Friday, November 6, 2015

Celebrate: Still Revising & Giveaways!

This week I'm celebrating:
1) I revised 8 chapters so far this week!  Yay!
2) I just finished Ch 11 (of 33), so I'm a third of the way through. (Except Ch 11 needs a bit more work, and Ch 12 is the only one that needs a full re-write because I'm changing the setting.)
3)  I got inspired by a setting and decided on the next novel I'll be writing!

It's a based on the city of Whittier, Alaska, an ex-military base, cut off from civilization for most of the winter, the only access is by sea or a 2-mile tunnel that's only 16 feet wide.

The town's 200 residents all live together in one 14-floor apartment building that has a police station and post office on the first floor, and a school connected to it by an underground tunnel.

Can you imagine living in one apartment building with everyone in your town?  And it being so cold you can't go outside? 

CTST has a blog roll change:
Into the Imagination Vortex (Aura Eadon) has a new blog address:

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Celebrate The Small Things Linky:

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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is visit the Celebrate page on Lexa's Blog for the rules, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)

Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Friday Freebies posts -
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  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors

Here are Foxy's suggestions for Nov 6, 2015:

Free 5 eBooks – TB Markinson is holding another fabulous giveaway featuring 5 free books. Win Christmas Actually (Anthology), Paris~Rue Des Martyrs by Adria J. Cimino, Legacy (Anthology), Christmas Confessions and Cocktails by Vicki Lesage, and The 13th Floor Collection by Christine Rains via rafflecopter on the TB Markinson blog. (ends Nov 30)
Free 1 of 3 novels – Win The London Game (romantic suspense) by Alyssa Linn Palmer, or Backstabbing in Beaujolais (cozy mystery) by Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balen, or White Leopard (crime thriller) by Laurent Guillaume via entry form on the France Book Tours blog. (ends Dec 1)

Free MG SciFi Action/Adventure 2-book Series – Win The Voyagers: Project Alpha (#1) by DJ McHale and The Voyagers: Game of Flames (#2) by Robin Wasserman via entry form on the Childrens Book Review blog. (ends Nov 25)

Free 2 YA Fantasy Novels - Win The Young Elites and The Rose Society by NYT Bestselling Author Marie Lu via rafflecopter on the YA Books Central blog. (ends Nov 15)

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Free 5 Novella Set and $10 Amazon Gift Card – win The Elementals, Season 1 by S.G. Basu a YA Sci-Fi Thriller and a $10 Amazon card via rafflecopter on the Juniper Grove Book Solutions blog. (ends Dec 1)

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Heather R. Holden said...

Eight chapters in a single week? Impressive! Congrats on all the productivity!

And wow, no wonder Whittier, Alaska inspired a novel for you. Certainly sounds like a unique town to live in! (And possibly maddening. LOL.)

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations on your writing success for the week! Have a great weekend!

T.F. Walsh said...

Woohoo on your awesome progress... very well done;)

OMG I love that Alaskan town you found... And everyone lives in an apartment. How bizarre and strange. I'm going to go read up on it. Sounds so cool. Where do you find these strange places?

Kate Larkindale said...

What a great setting for a book! I bet you will have a ton of fun with it. And congratulations on getting a third of the way through with your revision! That's great progress.

Laura Clipson said...

That's certainly an interesting setting! Congrats on those revisions, you've got a lot done this week. Have a great weekend :)

M.R. R. said...

Sounds like an interesting place to live. And yay for getting so much done!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome you revised so many chapters!
They all live in that one apartment complex? That's rather creepy if you think about it. I can see why that's the setting for you next book.

JeffO said...

Yeah, I don't know that I'd like that very much. Seems like the sort of place where cabin fever could lead to fairly regular cuts in the population size.

Great work this week, keep it up!

messymimi said...

A town like that certainly is food for the imagination with story writing! Love the cat pic, too.

mshatch said...

You've made some great progress (unlike some other people who shall remain nameless) and no, I can't imagine living somewhere like that. It's cold enough here in the winter.

T. Drecker said...

Whoa! It's been one productive week for you. Congrats!
We toy with the idea of moving to Alaska (still undecided), but that would definitely not be the town. The idea of having all those people around all of the time...*whew*. Too much for this introverted mouse.

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on the editing!

I once lived on a military island, but I'm thankful all of us didn't live in one building. I'm also thankful it wasn't in Alaska! Brrrrr :)

Linda Kay said...

This claustrophobic person would be very unhappy and crazy in that location! Good work on your editing...I'm in the same boat.

WallCat said...

Wow, that sounds like an incredible place to live. I think there is so much I take for granted that is so different elsewhere. Keep the ideas flowing, it feels good to keep our imagination's inspired. :D

Catherine Stine said...

Very cool setting idea, and ripe for all kinds of freakouts, what with the extreme winter weather claustrophobia. I am devising a novel right now with a secret tunnel, too. So, of course, great plot device for all kinds of nasty deeds. LOL.

Birgit said...

Congrats on your progress! I can see why that would be a great place for your next book. I'd die if I had to live there-nice scenery and all but ichhh

Anonymous said...

Congrats on all those revisions! I can't imagine living in a place like Whittier. I get claustrophobic just reading about it. It reminds me of The Shining. Definitely a great place for a creepy story.

Cherdo said...

You're on fire, Lexa!! That's great news.

The picture - wow! No wonder you're inspired. The scene looks like a perfect setting.

Have a great weekend!

Rachel Pattinson said...

Congrats on your revisions! It sounds like you're making great progress! Love the setting for your new novel idea!! I'd totally go down the cut-off-from-civilisation-zombie/serial killer route, but then, that's just the weird way my mind works ;). Have a great weekend!

Mere Joyce said...

Congrats on the great revisions progress! Sounds like an excellent location to inspire a good story ^_^

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations on the edits. You're on a roll.
What a perfect setting for a novel. I bet you have some great ideas for it. The underground tunnel spooks me. I'm claustrophobic.
Have a super weekend.

Anonymous said...

You're on a hot streak, Lexa! What a week; I guess it helps when there's a feline capable of ordering out for you. :) What an amazing setting you chose. Can't picture myself ever living somewhere like that. Have a great weekend! Love you. Eva

Denise Covey said...

Hi Lexa. So many bargains here my head is spinning! Have read Rue de Martyrs by Adriana Cimino. Awesome.

Great progress with your edits. Right now I'm drafting for NaNo. Gulp! I know some people love first drafts but not me..:-)

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on revising 8 chapters!
You ROCK!!!
Thanks for all the links once again...

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Your work ethic is motivating me to get my act in gear. Six months of the year I live in a very quiet spot. During the winter I'm surrounded by neigbhours. I love it. I love the noise, the chatters, the music, even the old trucks backfiring.

Kim Lajevardi said...

Yay for the revision production! What a cool setting. I cannot wait to read what you do with that town/situation. So many interesting avenues to pursue.

Anonymous said...

Awesome. Write on.

I'd love to visit Alaska, but wouldn't want to live in such a building.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I'd get a little claustrophobic after a while. But I've heard Alaska is gorgeous

Congrats on getting some writing accomplished and an idea for a new book!!!!!

SA Larsenッ said...

All the best to finishing your revisions! Feels great when you have a productive week, right? And you've been wonderfully productive.

Julie Flanders said...

Ooh what an awesome setting!! I have to admit I'd probably either kill myself or everyone else in the apartment if I was living there. Sounds like claustrophobia hell to me LOL. But I can't wait to see what story you come up with for the place.

Congrats on being so productive!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

That's such a crazy cool setting! Beautiful too. All manner of creepy things could happen there. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Sorry it took me so long to respond. This month has been crazy!

Yolanda Renee said...

I spent a weekend in Whittier, took the train from Anchorage. Such a unique place. Would go again in a minute! Great location for a story.
Congrats on your progress!

Anonymous said...

You revised EIGHT chapters this week? What?!?!?! I'm happy when I get through two or three. But eight!

And hurray for deciding on your next novel!

Rhonda Albom said...

Great progress. My dad lives in a building like that, where they never have to go outside, only it's too hot, not too cold - Of course with the avg. temps you get, you probably wouldn't notice, but he thinks it's too hot. Me, I would go nuts, and go outside anyway.

Crystal Collier said...

Oh my goodness, no! That's insane--but totally epic for a book setting.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

8 chapters is AWESOME. and I love alaska (not that I've ever been, but it looks amazing)

DMS said...

The setting for your new book sounds fascinating!

Congrats on all the editing. Woop! :)

S.K. Anthony said...

Such awesome progress!!! Yay, Lexa!

OMG what a cool town! So weird and interesting that everyone lives in an apartment, definitely a writer's dream! :D

Mark Murata said...

Thank you for these giveaways week after week. You're a great help for doing this.

Is anyone in your story going to play their stereo really loud? Sound mostly goes down to the lower units, because furniture is placed on the floor.

PlanetKimberly said...

Wow, you can get lost in imagination thinking about that place in Whittier, Alaska. I'd like to live in a less populated area, but not with all the residents in one building! Yikes! If someone gets murdered, it might be like the game of Clue.

I love that the school is connected by an underground tunnel. It would be cool, but scary, to go to school through that every day.

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