Monday, June 30, 2014

Killer Monday: A Killer Weekend (In Pics)

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, June 30, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (morning writing routines, newborn babies, and hotel pools)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (had me some Guarana--a soda pop made in Brazil--with fresh squeezed lemon from the tree AND freshly picked spearmint from the garden)
  • __1 hrs  Spent Writing (it's hard to write with World Cup on!)
  • _0__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (once again, I did the dishes ;/)

This past weekend was the American Library Association's Convention in Las Vegas. It was also a family vacation weekend to visit my brother's newborn baby in California. Since I'm tired from the whirlwind weekend of awesomeness, I'm going to post pictures to recap:


 w/ Deborah Bass-Publicity Lead at Amazon Children's Publishing

 w/ Valynne Maetani and Ilima Todd- two fabulous YA authors out of UT

 w/ Valynee Maetani, Christine Kohler, Kate Basset, Liz Czukas--YA authors from the OneFour Kidlit debut group (authors debuting in the year 2014)

Killing Ruby Rose along with other Skyscape books at the Brilliance Booth: The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle, Gilded by Christina Farley, and Timebound by Rysa Walker--ALL books you should read!

Me posing like a poser.

w/ Timoney Korbar-Marketing Manager at Amazon Children's Publishing--celebrating her birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe

Then off to Cali...
my lil' bro Jeff with my niece and daughter

 my older bro John with his wife Michelle and son Drake

 me in a lounge chair soaking up the sun while the children braid my hair
my daughter holding a very happy Baby Drake!

That was my weekend! How was yours?


Monday, June 23, 2014

Killer Monday: When To Kill Your Darling and Move On

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, June 23, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (sleeping in on vacation, sunshine while writing, kids who sleep on trampolines in the summer)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (had me some Dirty Diet Coke)
  • __4 hrs  Spent Writing (I'm finally making progress)
  • _0__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (I helped clean up though ;/)

So I've been thinking a lot about the act of moving on lately. It's hard to do. And don't try to divine into my personal life about any kind of trouble in Humphries Paradise--that's not it at all. I'm talking strictly about our creative endeavors. 

A lot of people ask me how I became a published author, and I think they're looking for a Cinderella story. Where the average girl got picked up by their Prince Charming-Agent-Editor through a series of magical moments. And I guess, in a sense I could sell them that story. However, I've found people become a bit dismayed when I talk about all the hard work and many books (throughout several years) that I wrote in order to have get published. 

Now what I'm about to say is a little controversial, and it's not meant to hurt anyone's feelings or step on anyone's toes, but here's the thing: 

If you've been working on your first book for longer than two years, you've revised, rewrote, handed it over to critique partner's and beta readers, queried it widely, revised, rewrote and queried it some more...then MOVE ON! 

Don't keep revising and rewriting the same story for 5+ years. I know the peanut gallery can give me example after example of great works of literature that took ten years to write, and look how successful those authors became! Well, whatever. If you're writing a "great literary work" than please, by all means, take your time. However, if you're writing a young adult contemporary romance or a middle grade fantasy...I'm not sure literary masterpiece is what you're going for anyway. WALK AWAY! There is nothing more freeing than starting a new work with all the tools you learned from your first try. And there's nothing more creatively and emotionally stunting than slaving over the same story for years and years. 

I see it all too often. Writers who can't let go. Just make like Elsa and freaking Let. It. Go!

It might feel like a stab in the heart to kill that darling manuscript, but just trust me and the other thousands of industry professionals who have said the same thing. MOVE ON. Cuz' guess what? You can come back to the general idea of the story later and get THAT published. 


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (Red Lobster biscuits, inspiring Facebook posts, French things)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated Beverages (drank a butt-load of water because Vegas is hot as H right now)
  •    1    Hours of Writing (yet a ton of productive non-writing-of-books-type writing took place)
  • __1  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (Eggs and Soldiers--over easy eggs with strips of buttered toast for dipping...don't ask me why it's called that. I had a British roommate and that's what she called them--kids love it, super easy to make, and costs about 25 cents per kid...WIN.)
Today, I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday- a weekly writing meme to stay in touch.

  • ELEMENTAL HUNGER by Elana Johnson. I may be biased because I claim Elana as my bff, favorite tennis buddy, independent publicist, and mentor...but whatev. This is a great book! Summer reading is in full swing. 
  • Copyedits and cover copy for RESISTING RUBY ROSE. Not too bad, but time consuming. 

  • Vision boards, positive thinking stuff, and inspirational Facebook share videos, like this one:

  • Traveling a bit for authorly stuff. Tomorrow I am going to Utah to participate in the Professional Author Series at the Pleasant Grove Library. I'm doing a presentation with my CP, Peggy Eddleman. The title of our talk is "How To Put The Villi In Your Critique Partner's Vanilli." Just kidding, Peggy would never allow such an inappropriate title for a community event. The event is at 7:00 pm for all you Utahns...COME OUT AND SEE US!!!
  • I will also be staying in Utah for Strawberry Days festivities with my kid lets through the weekend: carnival, parade, fireworks, etc. Summertime is awesome. Who wants to hang? 

What's up with you?


Friday, June 13, 2014

Finally Friday: Lip Sync Battle #3

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Friday, June 13, 2014 (eep...Friday the 13th...that's never good)
  • __3__ Gratitudes (summer vacay in full swing, easy copyedits, feta dip)
  • _2__ Units of Caffeinated Beverages (The Harts convenience store in Pleasant Grove, Utah has Diet Coke with Lime on tap!)
  • __5 hours_ Spent Writing (those copyedits aren't going to do themselves)
  • _2__ Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (smoothies and eggs for breakfast from real live chickens, and steaks, burgers, & salmon on the bbq with baked potatoes, the aforementioned feta dip, and green beans...FOR THE WIN!)
For many moons, my BFF (best freaking friend) and CP (critique partner), Erin Summerill, have been talking smack about having a Lip Sync Battle--inspired by our favorite movie, "Pitch Perfect" and Jimmy Fallon's epic battles on the Tonight Show. Well, we're done smack talking...and ready to start pitch slapping. This is week #3!

The rules are simple:
  • We both post our YouTube clips on our blogs every Friday.
  • 30 seconds minimum
  • 2 minutes maximum
  • F words are Frowned upon
  • extra points for dancing (even if I lose points for dancing like a white girl)
  • anyone can enter as a guest poster
And you vote via the comments. 

Here's my entry for this week:

And here's a special Guest Post Entry by my lil' bro, Jeff Coon:

Now go check out Erin Summerill's lip sync entry HERE.

Jessie Who Can Be Fancy From Time to Time

Also, I did a really fun interview for Las Vegas' best/most awesome magazine. Check it out HERE.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Killer Monday: Giving Stuff Away

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Monday, June 9, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (Chocolate cake with Nutella frosting, being sore from a run, Sunday naps)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (creamy coconut tea is amazing)
  • __3 hrs  Spent Writing (I've started getting up at the crack of dawn again to write. It's really hard to get back in the habit, but the morning is my perfect creative time and I love it.)
  • _1__  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (homemade guacamole with fresh everything: jalepeno pepper, cilantro, garlic, onion, tomato, cumin, cayenne, and a butt-load of fresh squeezed lime juice. I ate it like it was my job.)

So I have some cool stuff that I want to give away: 

  1. A Ruby Rose Shirt- available in S, M, L, XL, in Mens Crew Neck, Women's V-neck, or Women's Tank.

    2.  A KILLING RUBY ROSE Audiobook- MP3-CD narrated by Kimberly Harsch. You can listen to it on the CD or download it onto any device. 

   3. A $20 Amazon Gift Card- which can be used to preorder book 2 in the Ruby Rose series: RESISTING RUBY ROSE. Or a John Green book. Whatevs.

Soooo....How do you win? You review the book.

Why is this important? Short answer: Because reviews effect rankings and rankings effect all sorts of important authorly things. 

The rules are simple: 

Go to and click on the button:
 "Write a Customer Review"
...and/or... and rate/review 

You get one (1) entry for each of the following: 
  1. A review on Amazon 
  2. A review on Goodreads
  3. And a bonus entry if you take a picture of yourself with a copy of the book (hard copy or holding it up on your Kindle/eReader) and post it on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram or whatever (just put the link in the comments).
** 3 possible entries total
** Make sure to link your review in the comments.
**If you've already reviewed in the past, that's cool. Still shoot me over your link.
**If you don't know how to comment, just send me an email at with the link.
***If you don't know how to link, just let me know what name you go by on these sites so I can confirm your entry.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
  • __3__ Gratitudes (clean house, time by the pool, last day of school for kids)
  • __2__ Units of Caffeinated Beverages (not bad, including a "healthy" coconut spritzer)
  •    3    Hours of Writing (poolside with my longtime writing bestie from UT, Chantele Sedgewick! t'was awesome)
  • __0  Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (fail...and I don't even care)
Today, I'm participating in What's Up Wednesday- a weekly writing meme to stay in touch.

  • A manuscript by a friend. Supagood!

  • Character Bible stuff for my French book = getting to know each of my characters and fleshing out what their motivations are. 

  • Being inside or next to the pool as I write. WHAT?! It's already over a 100 degrees in Vegas!
  • I am being interviewed on Literary Rambles today with my agent, Sarah Davies. This is a big deal to me because I've long-since been a Literary Rambles blog fan. There is no other blog like it with all the amazing agent information, interviews and giveaways. For example, for my giveaway today the prizes are: 
  1. 15 minute query critique by phone with Sarah Davies (aka: Best Agent int the Young Adult World)
  2. a paperback of KILLING RUBY ROSE
  3.  a Ruby Rose teeshirt
  4. $20 Amazon gift card
Check it out HERE. I say weird stuff as usual...

What's up with you?