Monday, October 31, 2016

NaNoWriMo

So I missed my usual blog post last week... Oops. I was a little preoccupied, recovering from an injury and doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) planning like crazy. 

I decided. I'm sitting down and finally doing NaNoWriMo. 50,000 words in the month of November, no big deal, right? Eh... Hopefully. I'm super excited about it though. I'm doing Tattoos and Tiaras for this year. I've been working on character development and story planning for a year.


Kailee Mae is, according to her not-at-all prejudiced father, the sweetest, cutest, most adorable little girl on the planet. Her father, James, is a heavily tattooed, very muscular, and generally all-around tough guy, who melts like butter when his little girl asks him to paint her toenails. 

Being a single parent isn't easy, James writes on his blog when Kailee is a year old. But so far it's been worth it. 

So I've been rather busy lately...



This is just a placeholder cover. I haven't had a lot of time to invest in cover design.






Kailee Mae!





James is a blogger, book reviewer, and magazine writer. Also he drinks coffee. I might have to get a cup of coffee sometime, I've never had it.




Floor plans of an actual apartment that you can rent in Greenwich Village, which I'm using as a rough outline for James's apartment.




My story takes place in New York City... so I've been doing a lot of research about New York City recently. 



Copyright 2016 by Annie Louise Twitchell
Photos used - free stock photos from Pexel. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Miss Floof




So after spending Saturday morning and part of the afternoon at a library book sale, I was planning to play with my rabbit, Bethie Butterscotch. However, my mom wanted some help at her library, so we decided to load the rabbit up in a laundry basket (because she's kind of too big for the cat crate we had handy) and take her with us. Turns out, the space underneath the bookshelves is just the right size, and she spent the hour+ that we were up there, running around underneath the bookshelves, and NOT chewing on books.





When we came home, she was a bit agitated from the car ride, so I left her in the laundry basket in the living room while I went to do horse chores, intending to come back inside and snuggle her and help her calm down when I was done. I told Elli, jokingly, to keep an eye on the rabbit.




Elli took me seriously. She babysat the rabbit. By the time I was back inside, she was napping, and Bethie was all calmed down and comfortable, despite the cat sleeping on her. They stayed in the basket together like that for about an half and a half total. 





Once upon a time, Bethie B was little... 




It's autumn so here, have another picture. 

Copyright 2016 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pumpkin Moon

October is always a busy month for me, so all I have for this week's blog post is some Harvest/Halloween stuff:



One of the things I'm busy doing is preserving. I made salsa a couple weeks ago and applesauce this week. 

I also harvested potatoes from my garden. I can grow potatoes really well. Potatoes like me.



This is my 'Pumpkin Moon' painting that I did November 2015.



And finally, a throw back to a poem I wrote last year. 



Copyright 2016 by Annie Louise Twitchell

Monday, October 3, 2016

Spinner of Secrets Update Six




This past month has been so busy for Spinner of Secrets! First off, here's the newest and my favorite cover image: 


Thanks to my amazing friend Hannah for giving me some photography pointers and tips for design! I don't know if this is the cover that will be on the book or not, because of complicated stuff with CreateSpace and graphic design and so on and so forth, and yeah, I don't know if it's possible for me to be much more vague than that. 

Would you like me to come back and explain when I can be a little more ambiguous? 

Also, *drum roll* on Thursday last week, I finally asked in the Facebook group of writers that I'm in for some beta readers! I ended up with five fantastic readers and have gotten a complete set of notes and editorial comments back from one of them already!





I'm super excited! I'm really busy with editing and behind the scenes stuff, and I'm super excited with how well this is progressing. Also, peach salsa, is really amazing. We made four pints on Saturday and one of them is basically gone already so we're making more this afternoon. 

Copyright 2016 by Annie Louise Twitchell