Natasha Raulerson

Well I’ve Been Scarce

Okay, so it’s been a minute. My bad.

I’ve missed being a part of the writing world, but as happens with so many of us, life pulls us away from the computer. That doesn’t mean it’s forever. I’m back–and I intend to get back into the groove.  It’s been a while since I’ve written a new novel, but that’s about to change.

 

Not that I know what I’m going to write.

In the last year, a lot has happened. My son turned 1, I was without power for 5-6 days after Hurricane Irma, I graduated with Bachelor’s in English, and I got a dream job. No, seriously, people want this job. I’m a website editor. I get to write newsletters and content, I get a lot of free food, there’s production days. Like, a lot goes on in this job, and ya know what? It’s the people that make it amazing. I’m pretty damn lucky to have landed it.  I also won 2nd place in the Writer’s Digest 86th Annual Short Story Competition (Literary/Mainstream). A lot of people have been asking for me to post it and I’m trying to find out the details, as for second place, WD doesn’t actually post the story anywhere. So it may be resubmitted, or I may add a page here with the nifty little badge they gave me.

It’s been a transition, but the amazing thing is, I come home and don’t have homework. I get to hang with my hubs and my son. Then my son goes to bed. Then I have time.

I can write again. I’m not fighting to stay awake, drinking three coffee’s a a day just to make it through, and the best part–no homework. What happens at work, stays at work. Home is home, and bed time is early for the Lil Monster Boy.

So, on top of doing my own writing, I’m happy to say, I’m reopening my freelance editorial business to help amazing author’s work on their own stuff too. Seriously, I love being an editor and there’s so many forms. I busted my ass in school, and I’m happy to say, it was worth it.

That being said, I miss you all, can’t wait to get to know you if I don’t, and hope to get back to doing what I love!

Later gators!

 

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Natasha Raulerson

It’s An Author Thing: Writing In Between

I’m visiting my parents in the middle of nowhere. When visiting family, it can be hard to find time to yourself–I mean, well maybe you’re lucky and have that family that actually leaves you alone when you tell them you’re going to be writing for X amount of time. Yeah, that doesn’t work with my family, as my CP group, the Walrus Writer’s can attest to.

Me: “Ma, I have my CP group at 1:30 on Skype. Just so you know.”

Mom: “Okay, no one will bother you.”

I head off to set up. Get comfortable. Dad decides to pressure wash the pool deck–and latest-loud-noises-gif-323that pressure washer can be heard clear from the back to the front, and we had the windows open because it’s been cool. I know, cool weather in Florida in May. So freakin’ weird.

Okay, so I find the quietest spot I can, which is still pretty damn loud. I start to write before group starts.

Mom takes over pressure washing to give dad’s hands a break.

1:25 p.m.

Dad: “Tasha, where you at?”

I poke my head out.

Dad: “I want you to go grab them two pork butts and that rack of ribs out the fridge and 6928d1f7-6cd0-4204-8c5a-e9ee7f842a00season em’ up for me. I’ll throw them on the grill when we’re done with the pool.”

Me: …..

When your family says they’ll leave you alone so you can write, but then magically forget about that promise and give you a list of stuff to do.

It’s an author thing.

So, if you’re anything like me, you learn to write in between the ‘I needs’ and the ‘do me a favor’ and the phone ringing.

A hundred words here. A thousand words there when you get a blissful hour of peace. It adds up. Even if it’s fifteen words or half a blog post before your OCD mom walks out looking for one of the five portable phones she keeps in the house.

Mom: “How many phones do you have?” ea365359jw1epg61d41y1g208w06okjl

Me: “One?”

Mom: “Which one?”

Cause she has them labeled.

Me: “Kitchen.”

She walks away. I continue to write.

Interruptions suck and sometimes they can throw off a rythm. When there’s a lot going on, you have to learn to adapt, being able to stop and start as many times as is needed to hit that deadline.

Then, ya know, when it’s down to twenty-four hours before deadline, you just threaten everyone not to disturb you unless someone is dead, dying, or rising from the grave–under penalty of their own possible death if they don’t adhere to said guidelines. Then you have less than 24 hours to complete the manuscript and get it ready to go.

Yeah. That’s how we roll.

It’s an author thing.

Fractured Immortal by E.L. Wicker – Release and Giveaway

 

NewReleaseThe first in a new series aimed at New Adults, Fractured Immortal is the tale of Ilia Rose, a vampire and a tortured soul and Nathaniel Dayton, a vampire with secrets that will force them together. For a chance to win a digital copy of Fractured Immortal see the end of this post.
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After a terrifying vampire attack in 1810, Ilia Rose spends the next two centuries hunting Sol, the man responsible for turning her and her friends into vampires.When Ilia discovers he’s run to the one place she’s running from, she’s forced to face her most painful memories back in her hometown, Bearwood.

There, Ilia finds herself face to face with Nathaniel, an insanely hot vampire, and despite the evidence he’s working for her enemy, Ilia can’t fight her attraction to him, especially when he seems to show up whenever she needs him most.

But Nathaniel is keeping secrets and as they begin to unravel, instead of running away from him, Ilia finds herself falling for him. When his last secret is revealed Ilia’s past comes together in a way she never imagined and she’s left with only one option: trust Nathaniel to help her kill Sol, or risk relinquishing her new found strength thus causing catastrophic and devastating consequences for her and everyone she loves.

Ilia begins a gut-wrenching battle to save her life and the lives of her friends, a battle which not everyone will survive.

A vampire tale like none other, love, pain, devastation and revenge, all weave together to create the first in a dark and unmissable new adult series.

Due to sexual content, this book is intended for readers age 18+

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waldo2E.L. Wicker lives in England with her husband and two children. A connoisseur of not having the foggiest about anything and an intrepid dreamer, writing became the obvious choice. After ditching a pursuit of a professional career in psychology, E.L. Wicker chose to immerse herself in her own little world where bullying characters vie for attention, demanding she put them on a page. So she did.

Connect with E.L. Wicker on her Blog or Facebook or Twitter.

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New Year – Same Me, With a Few Upgrades

This year flew by in a flash! Not to be confused with the actual Flash. Even though I’m absolutely loving that TV show, but yeah, this year has gone by about as fast as he runs.  All in all, I have to say it’s been a good year too. I feel like I’ve evolved with my writing, and that I’ve met so many new and wonderful people in the career field I want to be in. Yes, my goal is to be a professional writer. Crazy and out of this world, but hey I’ve had the dream since I was seven. Now that I actually see it as something obtainable, I’m just screaming to myself IT’S ALL GOING TO BE WORTH IT IN THE END!

I keep hoping it will be. It’s definitely not an easy path, and I’ve made some poor choices in the past. If I’d been more focused on my goals when I was younger, I can’t help but think I’d be a lot farther in life now.

Of course, that’s the kicker. A lot of people think the same thing. The good thing about society today is that being a non traditional student isn’t unheard of. In fact, it’s more convenient with part time, night classes, and online courses. The first year I was back in school, I worked full time and went to school full time.

The second year, I got lucky and didn’t have to have a job. It would have made things easier if I did, but in order to graduate when I wanted too, hubs worked and I got to stay home.

Speaking of which.

I took my last final today! Barring no massive upset, I WALK THE STAGE THURSDAY!

Can I get a what what?!

It’s an amazing feeling, but I’m still tentative because I’m waiting on one more grade. I’m always the person who’s waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Anyways, trying to think positive!

Provided all goes well I start at the new University in January. I plan to progress with my education, because I want to learn more, and eventually embed myself in the writing world permanently. That’s right folks, ain’t getting rid of me. 😉

Speaking of!

If you’ve been watching #WWWriting you know we’ve got a lot of stuff in store! We hope you’ll be watching and participating with us. PS you should also enter the rafflecopter as we’re giving away two query critiques and two mugs with the #WWWriting logo on it! Yeah I’m using that hashtag a lot. Trying to make it a thing. 😀

There’s so much going on that sometimes I just feel like I don’t know which way to turn, but it definitely keeps things exciting.

I’m looking forward to great things in 2015, and I hope you guys are too.

Have a wildly creative New Year!

 

 

Whiskey, Wine, & Writing – The Return!

Whiskey, Wine, & Writing

is back due to overwhelming request. We are beyond stoked that you guys love the show so much.

That being said, I’ve been trying to work out a schedule and implement things so we have a decent show for you guys each week. We’ll see about maybe getting some guest authors and other awesome people on the show, maybe do some give-a-ways and other awesome stuff.

Right now, I’m hoping to have one show a week–the exact day is still to be determined. With the exception of competition fun (for contests such as pitchwars, etc) the show will only be an hour long. For special occasions it will probably run over.

If you are interested in GUEST HOSTING feel free to email me at: thirtynerdyfabulous@gmail.com

Also, please use the above email for anything blog or WWW related.

Whiskey, Wine, & Writing Topics May Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • General Writing
  • Grammar Stuff
  • Contests
  • Twitter
  • Book Topics
  • Pet Peeves
  • Rants
  • Awesome Authors
  • Awesome Agents
  • Frustration With The Writing Process
  • Drunken Ramblings
  • Things That Occupy Your Desk
  • How To’s
  • Don’t Do’s
  • And Penguin Overlords Ruling The World.

The first show will commense on 9/27/2014 at 6pm EST. 

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