Happy 2015!

Happy 2015 Aledan Merfolk! I’m back from my holiday hiatus with a new blog theme that’s as bright and cheerful as Erie the mermaid! After spending ten days in the car travelling to and around Michigan, Hubs and I are back home relaxing for the long weekend. We shook our fists at winter last night and had grilled hotdogs and potato salad – summer in January!

The long days on the road kept me brain-dead enough that I haven’t worked on any writing since mid-December, so I’ve mostly been playing Pharaoh on the laptop. I do plan to have the third draft of StO finished and off to CPs within the month, and I’m hoping to have something awesome to read from one of my CPs soon, so I’ll get back to the writer-brain asap.

After I beat this level of Pharaoh. I’ve restarted it four times already!

I hope you all had a wonderfully calm holiday season full of love and laughter. Any big plans for 2015? I’ll be here to cheer you on!

Hanging out by the campfire with Pike the cat.
Hanging out by the campfire with Pike the cat.

Holiday Hiatus

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, Aledan Merfolk! This is just a quick post to let you know I’ll be on a blogging hiatus for the rest of the year. I always forget how busy November and December are at work (who knew nuclear chemistry and retail had the same busy season?), so I need to focus all my energy on the dayjob and the next draft of StO. Three of my CPs sent their critiques back (within 24 hours of each other!) and they all said basically the same thing: StO’s narrative arc is solid, but I have a lot of characterization to work on. I already have a plan to re-write the first chapter, and plenty of changes to make in the middle, and I think this draft is going to be really solid.

I’ll see you next year, Aledan Merfolk, and I’ll have a new blog theme based on Erie! Have a safe and happy holiday season :)

Erie is even more beautiful in person!
Erie is even more beautiful in person!

#ScienceInSF Guest Post

Happy Wednesday, Aledan Merfolk! I’m happy to say I’m cruising along on the re-write/edit of the first four chapters of StO. The first chapter is finished, and I’m working on the horrible third chapter right now (third chapters are always my difficult chapters). The second and fourth chapters have their fixes plotted out and written on stickies. I hope to be finished by the end of the week, but that’ll depend on how this bar scene in the third chapter goes.

But that’s not really why I’m posting on a random Wednesday. I’m here to tell you Dan Koboldt invited me to write a guest post for his Science In SF series and it posted today! It’s all about Proper Lab Technique – if any part of your novel takes place in a laboratory, check it out and make sure you aren’t misusing a pipette in those scenes. Trust me, as a scientist reading your book things like that stick with you ;)

I didn’t have a chance to get Science Tuesday up yesterday, so I’ll be posting it tomorrow instead. All of Octobers best science news, all in one place on my blog!

Cover Reveal: ONE LAST SONG by SK Falls

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! Today I have a special treat for you, and it’s actually a special treat that has a lot to do with a special treat I showed you before. You may remember me gushing about this book being dark and twisty when I read it, and since then it’s gone through some major changes. The biggest change? It’s been picked up by an agent and publisher, and SK assures me that it’s even darker and twistier than the original version – and it has a new cover to match!

But before we get to the cover, have a blurb:

I was seven when I swallowed my first needle.

My mom freaked out and rushed me to the emergency room.

She stayed by my side all night.

I never wanted it to end.

When you spend your whole life feeling invisible-when your parents care more about deals and deadlines than they do about you-you find ways of making people take notice. Little things at first. Then bigger. It’s scary how fast it grows. Then one day something happens that makes you want to stop. To get better. To be better. And for the first time, you understand what it’s like to feel whole, happy . . . loved. For the first time, you love someone back.

For me, that someone was Drew.

And now for the new cover!


Look for One Last Song on January 13th, 2015! For now, you can add it on Goodreads.

Skfalls12_colorsat_100x125S.K. Falls likes to believe a degree in psychology qualifies her to emotionally torture her characters in an authentic fashion. Her books have won the gold medal in the 2014 IPPY awards, been featured on USA Today’s book blog, and regularly appear on Amazon’s various bestselling lists. When she isn’t writing her twisted love stories, she can be found gallivanting around Charleston, SC with her family.

Visit her on the web at www.skfalls.com.

I Have a Brain Cloud (and the final day to vote in #PonyFest14!)

Happy Friday Aledan Merfolk! I disappeared for most of the week because I caught the monster cold that’s been going around (apparently the whole country, because I had friends in Maryland and California and a cousin in Colorado with the exact same symptoms), so if you were wondering why your social media streams were suspiciously absent of PonyFest14 nonsense, you can blame my two-sizes-too-big head.

Speaking of PonyFest14 – today is the last day to vote! You have until midnight EST today (Friday) to chose your favorite design here! The winners will be announce Sunday, although I already know who won the Judges Panel vote >: )

And if you missed my post a week ago: I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF SPEAK THE OCEAN!!!

Mermaid tail ring from Juliana <3
Mermaid tail ring from Juliana <3

The excessive celebration last weekend may be the reason my immune system was so compromised that I was able to catch such a nasty cold ;) But if that’s the case? Well worth it. Next week I’m going to re-write a couple chapters in the beginning that need work, and do a read-through for typos and easy-to-fix edits, then send it off to my lovely CPs to rip into shreds :) I do so love getting a shredded manuscript back!

And this is pretty much all that my brain-cloud can take right now. Time for some lunch and hot tea to sooth this throat. Don’t forget to vote!

Speak the Ocean is DONE! (Well, the first draft is…)

Happy Friday night/nearly Saturday morning, Aledan MERFOLK! I’m happy to announce I just wrote the final scene in the first draft of SPEAK THE OCEAN! It took far longer than I ever expected to write this draft, but I’m hoping it’s stronger than most of my first drafts. I can see plenty of weak places already, and I’ve already been told I need to re-write Chapters 3 and 4, but if I don’t have to completely scrap it and re-write the whole thing four times like I did with NAMELESS I’ll call it a win :)

So have a song that always makes me think of my mermaid, Erie, to celebrate:

Nearing the End of StO!

Doctor Who nails have nothing to do with this update.
Doctor Who nails have nothing to do with this update, but I loved them!

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! The summer rush finally hit us at work (after all the interns return to school) and I’ve been busy writing writing writing, so I haven’t been on the blog much lately. Except to announce PonyFest14, of course! If you’d like chance to win a custom My Little Pony based on your novel, check out the link. It’s a super fun contest :)

I completely forgot to sign up for #WriteMotivation this month, but I’ve been pumping out the words despite it. I’ve made it through the climax and the resulting super-emotional scenes of StO and now I’m only seven or so scenes away from the happy ending! Happy compared to most of my books, at least.

I also have an awesome new CP who’s already ripped apart the first four chapters for me to put back together again. AND he ripped apart the first three chapters of Nameless and found the problem behind the “I just didn’t fall in love with it” comments I’ve been getting. So once StO is off to critters I’m thinking I’ll tackle Nameless one more time (I know, I’m crazy).

That’s it for me, Aledans. I hope you have a great weekend, and don’t forget to join PonyFest14!