Thursday, November 16, 2017

I'm so sexy, it hurts!

I'm having the best time with these felt dolls. 
This is a doll I made from my own design. The eyes I got from a couple manga drawing books, I embroidered them. Sean's ice blue eyes, voila! Oh, this is Sean Fielding from my Watergirl series. I gave him ears and toes! And a nose. Super fun. I wish they had more patterns for boy dolls so I wouldn't have to finangle the jeans over and over until they fit. 





Friday, November 10, 2017

The Water Lost Rewrite

I'm rewriting Water Lost. I pulled the book because it's all wrong, and my stats crashed and I'm such a crazy person for doing this writing thing, blah, blah, blah. So I am NOT writing Watergirl 4. I'm rewriting Watergirl 3. Total rewrite. Maybe be able to use two scenes hacked to pieces in the rewrite. On the upside, I'm almost a third of the way through the rewrite, and I'm tentatively liking it.


There wasn't anything wrong with Water Lost except that it was the wrong book. Why did I put an issues book in my Watergirl, light and fluffy, world? No idea. Issues books belong in contemporary fiction. Not Watergirl. Although they're important and stuff, too heavy, serious, you know. that kind of thing.

Change the cover, title, the whole thing. Maybe Water Curses or Water Genicide (for Gen, you get it? No? Never mind)

I'm feeling very asdfahw@$%rcoiwh about it. Trying not to notice the rewrite until it's over, edited, perfected and republished. Right now I'm supposed to be focusing on BB2. But maybe it's all wrong too. Maybe it's actually a spy noire book or something random. AGH the AGONY of my ARTISTIC LIFE!!!!!

That is all for now.

Unicorn Girl

Man, I've been eying this for awhile, so when my 6 year old had a birthday party to go to, that was the perfect excuse to buy the pattern. I whipped this up in... ten hours? HA! Not a quick project, but super fun. Super complicated. I'm going to make a green one with some spikes down the back for a dragon for my son's birthday next week. Lots of time, right? Of course!






A few things, the right ear piece is messed up, so just copy the left one. Oh! the dress is too small. You can't really tell, but her body is squished together to get it to stay on, and I think the snaps are going to pop. Still, super cute. Oh, and the pattern doesn't have any clear photos of front and back. I provided some although I have no idea if that's how the pattern was actually supposed to go.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Ruffles and Burnout

I'm a terrible blogger. I've decided to start a group on FB instead because the only thing I want to post on my blog are crafty things.

Things going on with me: Right now I'm neck deep in lace ruffles, trying to finish a Cinderella Halloween costume. I've already done Little Red Riding Hood and have Hulk still to go.

I did a quilt last week. That was a lot.

The thing I'm excited about is dolls. I just bought the book, 'my Felt Doll' and I'm going to make tons of those things.

In writing, I'm heading towards the wrap up of my rewrite of Watergirl 3. I pulled it because after a reread of the first three, when I was going to start Watergirl 4, I realized that it's the wrong book. How do these things happen? It wasn't a bad book. Not at all. Lots of people loved it, but it wasn't right. I can't keep building when one of the layers is the wrong material. Anyway, that's what I've been doing in October. I had meant to keep it free of writing because I was publishing Butcher, Baker, Werewolf Savior, but instead, I did the Watergirl 3 rewrite. Like crazy. 30-40 pages a day for a week, just too much, particularly with the quilting and costuming that this season requires. It's too much. I got sick. I'm getting mostly better now and cutting back on the writing even if I want it to be finished before I really notice it, books are too long for that kind of denial.

Whew. On Facebook my group is Juliann Whicker's Secret Society of Witches and Warlocks and Pretzels. If you want more regular updates and sample chapters of whatever I'm working on, check it out.

Back to the ruffles!


Friday, August 4, 2017

This is a really good blog post. Really. Like super good.

Look, I made a banner! Letting it proudly wave! Happy Photoshop Friday!!!!!

Anyway, I feel like I need to make a really good blog post, but seriously, I'm so busy doing fun things. And not fun things. I'm on page 227 or something on Butcher Baker 2. That's fun. I'm kind of just happy that I've finished House of Slide. That's fun. I've taken up running this summer, and every time I go, I jiggle a little bit less. Yep. For some reason, sitting in front of my computer and writing 900 pages in 41 days isn't that slimming. That's Darkly Sweet, coming next year. Right now I want to write the next Watergirl. It's going to be like college dorm life only underwater. FUN. And hard, but let's not focus on that. Hm. Maybe I'm not in a hurry to write that after all. I am in a hurry to read it.

I was in the library today. With five kids. (NOT fun) and I realized that the YA section was jam packed with dark angsty, vampire/dystopian/weird stuff. And that's why Watergirl is so necessary for this world. We need some happy fluffy hot guys with gills, you know? I know.  I was personally looking for that kind of story. But I've got to settle for Butcher Baker2 which is still pretty fun and light. Ah, Armand. I had my husband read this one bit out loud last night, okay, like 25 pages. You know, light reading for a college prof like him, and he snorted and laughed out loud for like three minutes. FUN. 

What else? Harvesting our own mushrooms, the Ash tree Bolete, in case you were wondering, going going going, meetings, don't ask, oh, and now I'm teaching piano lessons. Um. So, busy, which means I want to just hide somewhere dark and write nonsense, or read nonsense, but I'm having a hard time finding the perfect thing. Which is why I write. I actually really want to go back and read Darkly Sweet and Dreadful Delicious, books 1&2 respectively, which are pretty close to publishable, but I'm going to publish the entire 4 book series in one summer. Next year. Will be frantic. But fun. 

Loved Valerian. The movie. The soundtrack, been listening on repeat, along with Kubo's 'While my Guitar Gently Weeps'. Weird show. Loved that too. And Spiderman was super cute, and Wonderwoman, but everyone knows that. Honestly, was more impressed with Valerian. But that's because it's french and I am tres chic. Oui. or Non. Whatever.

My garden is not too shabby. Finally got mulch on it. The day before August, so rawr! The kids tested as brilliant so I can be less frantic and worried I'm destroying their brains by not shoving them in pub school. Pub school would be so cool. Like a different pub every day, learning lessons from all the veterans and other interesting folks who habitate the space. Hm. Maybe next year. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

About that cover reveal...




HOLLOW IS OUT!!!!!!

I can't say how happy I am. I feel like I just got released from some kind of sentence, not a terrible one mind you, I love House of Slide, but I've been in that world for over a decade, and I want to explore new ones. I am really proud of myself for finishing this. I'm not really the best at finishing things in a responsible manner, but I think this is a great sign! Also, I love this book. I've been writing it over three years and it's just a delight. I mean, how delightful can horror be?

Oh! I realized that House of Slide is horror. I'm so shocked because I don't read Horror. IT's too scary for me because my mind is a scary place already. Apparently. :) But it's horror, sort of funny Horror with a lot of kissing. And dancing. And fighting demons and monsters and uncomfortable conversations with Satan who lives in the basement. (He's not really Satan. He's her uncle Saturn who just looks like the devil.)

The Blurb:

Things to do:
1 Tame the Hollow One (Before he destroys the world)
2 Defeat the Demon Mistress (Before she destroys the world)
3 Don't become a Demon Mistress (Who destroys the world)
4 Don't lose your mind.

Three out of four, not bad.

In the Exciting Conclusion to the House of Slide series, the world is overrun by demon hordes and the only hope is a group of misfit Hunters.

Can Dariana convince the Hollow One to ally against the demons, or will he be the one who destroys everything she loves? 

From the wizard of Oz's Hunter Camp to narrow alleys of Romania, Dariana, Smoke, Snowy and Ash band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: a demon mistress that not even the Hollow One can defeat. In the hunt for the last demon mistress, they'll find friends turned to foes, and vice versa. Nothing in the world can defeat the Hollow One but is he truly with the Hunters, or does he have his own darker motives? 

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive fourth and final installment of the House of Slide series?

I even like the blurb. The book is better. 

I've been going crazy, doing edits again and again, trying to make this really shine, and I've been working on the second Butcher Baker book, Butcher, Baker, Werewolf Savior, in case you were wondering, (p. 128) and redoing all my covers for House of Slide. 

Now I want to relax and binge read something super light and fluffy with great dialogue and hot guys. And kissing. :)

Hope your summer is going great!

Friday, May 26, 2017

House of Slide: HOLLOW!!!!! Cover Reveal

Wow. I know I've been all about Darkly Sweet, but that's because Hollow is in the edit stage, so I don't have to give so much brain space over to it. At any rate, this is what I just did until my eyes are twitching. I have to figure out how to blink while doing photoshop.

Coming SOON!!!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Zoo!!!

We went to the zoo. It was fun.


Wow, a picture with me in it! Hi world! I exist!

Silk spider. So cool.

Leaf cutter ats. Amazing.



Bush dogs.



carrion





Only picture not the rhino's butt.







Oh this was the cutest thing!



Catalpas! I miss ours.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Darkly Sweet and a conglomeration of covers.

Hello! I just thought I'd put this out here. It's always interested to me to see the creative process in process. And what a process it is. This has been my most confusing cover to date. I think because the genre is so quirky. It's Addam's Family meets Mean Girls, and it's dark and it's funny and it's weird and it's magical. A little bit horror, a lot romance.

What do you think? Which is your favorite, and which screams witches are hilariously cruel to each other while fighting over husbands?

Very rough blurb: Penny Lane has eight months to find a suitable husband among the monstrous mages at Rosewood Academy. With only a weasel, her wits and a handful of lollipops, she sets out to tame one of those monstrous mages, but can she keep her heart from being bewitched by notoriously wicked, Drake Huntsman?





I'm leaning towards this one. And why is my font gray? 

Monday, May 8, 2017

The last of the kitchen shelves up! Hurray!

This has been a kind of crazy weekend. So much shelf nonsense. I never thought we'd get these finished, but with a deadline, it's happening! Hurray! And some things going on in my garden. :)

This week will be all about the living room, getting it back into a living room instead of the kitchen it had to be for a year. Today I made a little reading nook in the attic. The mice will enjoy it.














I'm so sexy, it hurts!

I'm having the best time with these felt dolls.  This is a doll I made from my own design. The eyes I got from a couple manga drawing...