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About Erin Zarro

I'm an indie novelist and a freelance fine art photographer living in Michigan.

#ROW80 Final Check-in Round 3

It’s that time again. I’ve been so busy, I have’t been able to do any updates for awhile. The round officially ends on 9/22, next week, but per my usual tradition I am posting my final check-in early. (Weekdays are really hard for me to update these days).

So, the round went pretty well. I got a lot done. I have been battling the trigeminal neuralgia pain and have been trying to get a handle on it, so that affected things somewhat. But despite that I am still happy for what I did get done.

Here is the rundown:

~Continue with Fireborn rewrite. DONE! I’m at 47k of a projected 60k. On track to finish for deadline. 
~Finish secret project. It is currently almost half done. NOT DONE, but damn close! I have one more section to write.
~Continue participating in Camp Nano. I have two projects I am flip-flopping between, Oubliette and When She Sleeps. Should keep me busy! DONE. I worked on both books. I finished with a total of 12k which made my goal of 10k. Final stats: When She Sleeps, 5,700 words total. Oubliette, 20k (added 8k).
~Start plotting Survivor into Scrivener (Survivor is my Nano project). NOT DONE. Ran out of time yet again.
~One glass of water 5x a week. DONE mostly. I may have missed a few here and there, but I’ve been consistent for the most part. 
~Continue with FYFB class. DONE and NOT DONE. Class was being switched over into a new program so I had to download everything I hadn’t watched or worked on. I got that part done, but nothing else, regrettably. 
~Continue with chocolate consumption reports DONE!

Chocolate consumption: chocolate cannolis, chocolate cupcakes, mint cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, marble cake. 🙂

I believe that is it. See you next round!

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#ROW80 Check-in 8/30/17

It’s that time again!

I am still dealing with eye pain. The increased dosage of my medication is helping a bit, but I’m still experiencing breakthrough pain pretty often. I am hoping things settle soon.

Also been doing a lot of writing!

Here is the rundown:

Fireborn Rewrite – up to 39k now (3,661 words written since last check-in)

Secret project – Up to 20k now (915 words written since last check-in).

Water – Almost every day

Survivor outline transfer – Didn’t do it last week as planned. Will try to do ASAP before the end of the round.

FYFB class – Haven’t had the time to watch videos or do workbooks, alas.

Chocolate consumption: Chocolate mini donuts, chocolate ice cream, Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters. Not enough!

Fiction Friday – Aug 25th edition

It’s been awhile. As usual, I am totally behind on my reading. However, I have four books for you today.

Once again, my rating system:

Yay – Great book, would recommend.
Maybe – Read at your own risk.
Nay – Was a DNF (Did Not Finish) or finished but would not recommend.

Let’s do this!

Cashing Out by SM Reine – Another solid yay. Book #3 in her new Dana McIntyre Must Die series. You would need to start at the beginning because there’s a lot of stuff that starts in previous books and is now coming to a head. Really enjoyed it. Link to my review.

Mirror Sisters by V.C. Andrews – Yay. I used to be a rabid V.C. Andrews fan back in the 80s and 90s (along with Danielle Steel). But I started moving away from her stuff and over to fantasy, paranormal romance, and sci-fi. I just never found anything else that interesting until this book. It’s about these twins that are more or less forced to be identical in every way by their neurotic (possibly mentally ill) mother. And let’s just say that one of them doesn’t like that and takes some very drastic action. It was somewhat predictable — the final twist I had figured out in two seconds — but I enjoyed it and will be getting book #2 in the trilogy.

Vile Magic by Holly Hook – #4 in her Abnormals Underground series. A yay. I liked it because it forced the main character, Alyssa, to face a pretty big revelation and things are heating up story-wise. Lots of action. There’s one more book coming, I believe.
Link to my review

Mine to Break by Joely Sue Burkhart – a solid yay. I’m a longtime fan of Joely’s and just love her stories. This one also features BDSM, but a bit lighter than she normally writes. And the romance was awesome! I loved both main characters and what they went through to get their HEA. (If you haven’t read her Connaghers series, you are missing out!) Link to my review

And that is it, unfortunately. I have a few books on my radar, including:

A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar
Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

#ROW80 Check-in 8/23/17

It’s #ROW time again!

I’ve been pretty busy, to be honest. Writing. Trying to deal with eye pain. My neurologist appointment is on Friday, thankfully.

I changed up this blog, as I do periodically. I think it’s pretty and functional. 🙂

Hubby and I went camping this past weekend. It was great! Perfect weather, no mosquitoes, and I slept like a baby! I wish all trips were this great.

Here’s the rundown:

Fireborn Rewrite – Up to 35k now (3,435 words since last check-in!)

Secret project – Up to 19k (1,552 words written since the last check-in! Almost finished with the first draft!)

Water – Mostly every day.

FYFB class – I downloaded the rest of the videos and workbooks. Now, to find the time to watch them and complete the workbooks!

Survivor outline transfer – I’m planning on doing this today.

Chocolate consumption: chocolate mini ice cream sandwiches, chocolate-caramel thingies, s’mores at camping last weekend. Not a lot. I am falling down on the job! Need more chocolate!

 

 

 

#ROW80 Check-in 8/16/17 – Back again

I’m baaaaaack!

A lot has happened since I last posted. I’ve been so busy, it’s not even funny. And the hubby and I are going camping this weekend. And summer’s almost over!

Eye pain has been completely unbearable, so I have been forcing myself to take computer breaks. I am seeing the neurologist next week and I hope we can get me a dosage of meds that works!

Okay. so here’s the rundown:

Secret project – 2,334 new words since I last posted! I’m closer to finishing the first draft!

Fireborn Rewrite – Up to 32k now (10,215 new words written since last check-in! Mama mia!)

Water – Most days drink one glass, a few days managed two!

Camp Nano – Finished with 12,542 words! (Goal was 10k!)

FYFB class – Apparently it is being rolled into a new program so I have to download everything I haven’t watched yet as I cannot afford the new program (even with a deep discount). So that’s going to have to be a priority.

Survivor Outline transfer – Nada, but hope to at least start it before the round ends!

Chocolate consumption: Chocolate Devotion ice cream sundae at Cold Stone Creamery today (and it is divine!), hot chocolate, chocolate donuts/donut holes, Twix bars, GF Breakfast bars, GF chocolate animal crackers, Twix minis… is that enough??

How’s everyone? Catch me up!

 

#ROW80 Check-in 7/23/17

It’s that time again!

Well, I’ve been doing a lot of writing and a lot of thinking about what comes next after Camp Nano. I’d like to finish my secret project and release it and also get back to Covenant because it’s a third done and I think I can get the rest done if I really push it. When She Sleeps was also supposed to be written quickly, so I will probably continue with that. And then there’s Fireborn. So lots of options, and truthfully, I’m not really sure what to focus on. We have another week in this month so I don’t have to decide right now, thankfully!

fey touched
Fey Touched, book #1. A Queen fleeing from her people. A Hunter searching the stream of time. Forbidden love.

Just a reminder that my debut novel, Fey Touched, is on sale for FREE on Amazon today. Today is the last day, so get it before the price goes up tomorrow!

This promotion by the way has gone very, very well. I got a ton of downloads and even some sales of the other two books which is excellent. My royalties this month, while not huge, will cover the cost of advertising so that’s a win!

Here’s the rundown on the rest:

Secret project – Nada, but hope to get some words in this coming week.

Fireborn Rewrite – On hold till after Camp Nano ends.

Camp Nano – Up to 8k! My goal is 10k, so I should make it. (1,733 words written since last check-in).

Water – Mostly every day.

FYFB class – On hold till after Camp Nano as well.

Survivor outline transfer – That’s a no. Hopefully I can start soon!

Chocolate consumption – Gluten-free Chocolate Animal crackers (I’ve eaten almost the entire box in 2 days! They are soooo good!), hot chocolate, chocolate birthday cake (mother-in-law), Mackinac Island fudge ice cream, fudge stripes cookies, Twix bars, and Gluten-free breakfast bars at like midnight last night because I was hungry. Think that’s enough? Maybe.

 

 

Fiction Friday 7/21/17 – and a surprise!

fey touched
Fey Touched, book #1. A queen fleeing from her people. A Hunter searching the stream of time. Forbidden love.

Today’s Fiction Friday is kind of special. It’s because my debut novel, Fey Touched, is on Amazon for FREE right now for the very first time. Don’t delay! The promo runs till Sunday, and then it will go back up to its usual price.

So what would I say about Fey Touched? A definite yay, of course, but I’m probably biased!

A reminder on my rating system:

Yay – A must read
Maybe – Read at your own risk
Nay – Do not recommend or was a DNF (Did Not Finish)

Let’s get started, shall we?

Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs – A yay. I’ve been reading her books for quite awhile, and they do not disappoint. This one had a complex mystery that had me stunned as to who was the culprit. And I love the character Tempe Brennan’s narrative voice. So much fun! (Also? The show Bones, which recently ended, is loosely based on these novels.)

Kill Game by SM Reine – A huge yay. Book 2 in her new series. Dana McIntyre is still searching for a cure for vampirism, and there’s a mystery involving imported iron into Vegas. Also, one of the villains is creepy and fascinating and I’m curious to see what her next move is. Great book!

Save Me, Sinners by Jess Bentley – So far, a yay. This one is actually 4 stories in one, and I still have yet to read the last one. But I will talk about the first three briefly:

Save Me, Sinners – It’s about this religious cult that has their women “claimed” by men at a certain age, and the two men to do it are the clergy. Yeah, a bit controversial if that’s not your thing. But anyway, the main character captivates both clergymen and neither want to give her up…and, well, it’s very interesting how they solve that problem. My only complaint is that it was too short! I wanted to know more!

Save Me, Daddy – A young college girl is trying to get into a sorority and has to auction off her virginity as part of the pledging process. She is saved by an unlikely hero and they develop a relationship. An interesting one. Again, a bit too short but it was a good story.

Heat – This was probably my favorite. A woman who owns a popular restaurant is in direct competition with this guy’s restaurant across the street. The guy’s father, who’s narcissistic and rich, tells him he needs to seduce the woman so he can ruin her business. The guy does what his father commands, but learns that sometimes a game can turn real.

And that’s it for today. I am now taking recommendations! So leave recommendations or thoughts in comments.

#ROW80 Check-in 7/19/17

It’s been awhile. I’ve been camping, and writing, and dealing with eye pain, still.

Yep, new dose is not working. I am taking 600mg of Motrin every morning which does help take the edge off. But once it wears off, I’m hurting again. And I am not willing to take so much Motrin every day, so I usually end up dealing with it or taking a painkiller. Le sigh. My next appointment is August 25th. I will discussing this situation with my neurologist.

Let’s see, what have I done?

Secret project – 1,812 words written since the last check-in. Been focused on Camp Nano. Once that’s over, I’ll get more done. I do have a cover and a title! Will be revealing it soon.

Camp Nano – 3,711 words written since last post. (When She Sleeps = 2,110 words, Oubliette – 1,601 words.) Total for Camp as of today is about 6k. 4k to go!

Fireborn Rewrite – This is on hold until after Camp, but I have been thinking about it and trying to figure out ways to expand it.

FYFB class – Nada

Water – Yes, have been consistently drinking water almost every day each week.

Survivor outline transfer – Have not started yet.

Chocolate consumption: Oh man. While camping, I had a truly decadent chocolate ice cream thing called “Chocolate Devotion” at Cold Stone Creamery. I about died! Let’s see…Sugar free Oreos, Twix ice cream bars, hot chocolate, chocolate cupcake (1), s’smores.

#ROW80 Round 3 Goals

Round 3 already! But the year just started! Time is FLYING.

I’m going to stick with my less goals, less stress idea for this round. I have a lot coming up — Fey Touched’s free promo the 21st through the 23rd, increased TN pain despite an increased dosage of my medication, and job stress. So, without further adieu, here are my goals:

~Continue with Fireborn rewrite.
~Finish secret project. It is currently almost half done.
~Continue participating in Camp Nano. I have two projects I am flip-flopping between, Oubliette and When She Sleeps. Should keep me busy!
~Start plotting Survivor into Scrivener (Survivor is my Nano project).
~One glass of water 5x a week.
~Continue with FYFB class
~Continue with chocolate consumption reports

And that’s it for me. I may add an exercise goal to this at some point.

 

#ROW80 Round 2 Final Check-in

Hi, and we are here for #ROW80 again! I’m wrapping this up early because next week my husband and I will be going camping, and I will be packing and prepping and busy.

So, let’s see how I did:

~Publish Ever Touched on May 1st (on track to complete as of right now) <–DONE! So excited about this even now, a month later! 
~Add 10k to Covenant <–NOT DONE. I wrote 1,069 words though, 9k short of the goal. Just never got any momentum going. 😦 
~Start formulating a plan for Fireborn (looks like a rewrite as of right now)<–DONE. It’s definitely a rewrite, and an expansion, and I’m 20 pages in (of 40 pages). Those were pure revising, though. Have started writing a new scene.
~Drink a glass of water 5x a week <–DONE!
~Start working on FYFB class once things settle down<–NOT DONE. This also did not get off the ground. Thought about it. Will try to make this a priority in the next round.

Other things of note:

~Been building up my editing business and have secured a few new clients.
~Have written 13k of a projected 30k on my secret project
~Have loosely outlined a new novel, When She Sleeps, and have decided to make this a trilogy. Will be one of my projects for Camp Nano.
~Have made the decision to put Fey Touched in KDP Select. Its free promo days are July 21st-23rd. Been booking lots and lots of promotions.
~Been fighting a major increase of TN pain and that has really messed with my productivity and motivation. I have an appt with my neurologist on the 27th to discuss upping my medication dosage. Cross fingers that this helps!

Chocolate consumption: GF Chocolate-chocolate chip cookies, Twix ice cream bars, chocolate cake, hot chocolate. Not a lot. Need to step it up, because we all know that chocolate makes everything better, am I right?