Well, the worst has probably happened now, and now I’ll need to begin again. Not entirely-but pretty damn close. For 3 days now I have searched morning through night for the hard copy of my sequel to TORN and its outline and it is nowhere to be found. All of my corrections, changes and notes were on the hard copy and now it seems I’m SOL. I do have the first 12 chapters on my computer . . . But they haven’t been updated, I don’t have an outline saved, and well those remaining chapters are history if things don’t show up. I thought I had been so careful packing all of my writing material before the move but apparently not. I really hope it makes a surprise appearance somewhere. It would solve so many problems. I don’t know whether to keep looking or just move on. Anyone have any advise?

Amber 😦  

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So . . . I decided to do a random search on the web on my book TORN. I wanted to see if all my efforts at being on the internet were paying off, and one pleasant surprise shocked me. TORN made the Lesbian Summer Reading List for 2010! TORN is one of only 10 books on the list. I couldn’t believe it because there is so much competition out there— as I’m sure you’re all very well aware. So to be included in this list really meant a lot to me. So slowly—very slowly—I guess my efforts are paying off. Just goes to show you that you never know what you’re going to find on the internet! If you’d like to see the other books on the list, you can find them at: http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesbianfiction/tp/SummerReading2010.htm Happy summer reading!

Although I run my own publishing company, www.ClosetCasePress.com, I have often wondered about the simplicity of print on demand books and ebooks. I’ve been resisting trying either because I have to admit, there’s nothing like seeing 1000 books being delivered to your doorstep on a palate. Of course the one drawback to this is having to store 1000 books in your garage! Right now I’m  in the process of house hunting and I have no idea how I’m going to move that entire palate of books. You see for the utility of neatness and preservation of the books, they are all heavily shrink-wrapped like one giant cube. I like it that way . . . it keeps it tidy and bug free. But the thought of having to cut that shrink-wrap and carry every box individually just makes me want to groan.

June 1–30. Created to increase the recognition of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writing. Begun in 1992 by the Publishing Triangle, June was selected in honor of the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riot in New York City. It was this brave resistance to police harassment that kick-started the gay pride movement in the US. Libraries, bookstores, publishers and bibliophiles everywhere are invited to form a chorus line and celebrate with the community. Annually, the month of June. For info: Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Roundtable, c/o American Library Association, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, 50 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611. Web: www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt.

And please, don’t be shy. Come visit my site where you will find GLBT books waiting for you! http://www.closetcasepress.com !

These are the Lambda Literary Award winners for 2009, as announced on May 27, 2010.[8]

 

Here are some little known facts about my approach to writing and my quirks:

  1. I can’t read any books—not anything while I’m writing because I’m afraid I’ll pick up the last author’s voice I’ve read.
  2. I’m an insomniac and write best between midnight and 4 am.
  3. When I have an emotional scene in a book I’ll often listen to music repeatedly. For instance, when writing the love scene in TORN I had Mandy Moore’s “17” playing in the background for two straight days—even though the lyrics have nothing in common with the scene, the tune moved me emotionally.
  4. I print everything I write. I never use handwriting.
  5. I carry a pencil and paper with me EVERYWHERE I go when I’m in the middle of a book—even to the movie theater or a restaurant. I’ll scribble notes in the dark if I have to and then decode them later.
  6. I have to write everything out in pencil first (I never use pens) before I type the text into the computer.
  7. I write in Hello Kitty notebooks.
  8. My writing is usually character driven, meaning when a character starts talking to me I write out that scene—I have no idea at the time of where or if it will actually appear in the book. Hence cutting back my novel TORN from 1100 pages to 404!
  9. I have a friend who is my first reader and everything—each scene or chapter—passes through him first for approval or changes.
  10. I mostly write in bed.
  11. I keep my computer printed writing drafts in schoolbook binders with numbered tabs separating chapters.
  12. I never have an outline; the story just comes together in pieces.
  13. I prefer to have a lot of scented candles on when I write. I’m probably Partylite’s biggest customer!

Amber 🙂

Okay . . . so I know this has nothing to do with writing, books, or TORN . . . but I just had to share my utter amazement at the child prodigy Greyson Michael. He’s only 12 years old and can play the piano and sing like nobody’s business! If you haven’t already seen or heard about him you can find him on www.youtube.com by just typing in his name. All of his songs are breathtaking. I really hope someone recognizes his talent and takes him under their wing so that he can create an album. That’s all I have to say for now. I’m going to go back and listen to some more of Greyson!

Amber 😉

Hey Everyone! Well I’m really excited to share some news with you that I just learned of today. My book TORN was named the Winner in the GLBT (Gay,Lesbian. Bisexual, Trangender) category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards! I’m pretty excited. I mean, I’ve never won anything outright before, so this is a surprise. A very pleasant surprise. I was notified by email and the results won’t be posted on their site for another few weeks, but I was just so happy that I had to tell you ahead of time. You’ll be able to see all of the 2010 winners and finalists in a few weeks by going to this link: http://www.IndieBookAwards.com. Thank you to everyone who has gotten behind me and helped me by supporting my writing. You are helping me turn my dreams into realities. TORN, it seems, has gained exposure mostly by “word of mouth,” and I have you to thank for that. Thank you to every reader out there. And thank you also to the readers who take their extra time and effort to write a review for TORN. Even to those of you who didn’t care for it. To me, every opinion counts and holds its own merit. I am very grateful to all of you. So thank you all, again . . . and let’s see what TORN has in store for us next!

Amber 🙂

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