Reena Jacobs

Jun 162013
 

I have done it again. I have developed my umpteenth website. Hardly enough time to rest, yet I couldn’t resist. When the concept entered my head, I had to do it.:).

It’s obvious. When it comes to sex, I can’t stop thinking about it. Well, not mundane, everyday sex … awesome sex. Long before I began writing, I had constant thoughts of sex running through my mind. And now I have an internet site to add fuel to my obession.

MyFemaleOrgasm.com

I love to share, and I hope you do also. Cause that’s what My Female Orgasm is all about. Join me with your tidbits and comments.

So, My Female Orgasm is just in it’s infancy, so don’t expect a whole website loaded like Ramblings of an Amateur Author … yet. And of course, you’ll help fill the web pages… right?

Anyway… drop in, send a post, and be prepared to be pleasured!

May 132013
 

Chasing ShadowsIn the last few days, I’ve put some time into Chasing Shadows. I know… that book should have been out a year ago… more than a year ago. As I started editing it, I felt it just wasn’t sexy enough. Then I had that recent life glitch. Now I’m energized and motivated to go at it again.

My plans!

I’ve added a chapter of sexiness which I’m writing now. Once that’s out of the way, I’ll do one of two things. Either I’ll skip to the end and finish editing where I left off, which was editing the last three chapters… possibly writing a bit more to the end to round it out. OR I’ll start at the beginning again and read through. It’ll give me a chance to catch more errors, plus make sure the additions and changes I’ve made work.

Either way, I’ll have to read through all again to ensure consistency. The biggest thing is staying motivated and on track to actually knock this book out.

Hopefully, finishing this book will motivate me to get around to the others. I currently have three other books which are 75-90% finished in terms of the first draft. I say almost finished because I believe they were all NaNoWriMo novels. 🙂 And we know how scary those novels can be.

So that’s where I am. Wish me luck!

Nov 032012
 

One of the things which helped me last year was being able to focus. I can sit in front of the computer for hours and get little done. I’m easily distracted. I’ll start writing and think about something, next thing I know I’m surfing the internet. I won’t come up until hours later. By the end of the night, I’ll wonder how I spent so many hours trying to write and only accomplished a few hundred words, if I was lucky.

For me, the idea of spending hours writing and accomplishing little is demotivating. I’ll be honest. I reached a point where I wanted to give up on NaNo. The only reason I kept going was because I hate losing more than quitting.

Write or Die

Last year (toward the end of NaNo, when I wasn’t sure I’d make it), I found a program called Write or Die. I’d heard of it before but never felt like trying it out. I figured it was just another program to waste my time. Folks were buzzing about it on Twitter… to the point I was annoyed they were pumping out the words and I was struggling just to put down a mere 100.

Well, I checked out Write or Die and found something quite interesting about myself. Remember when I mentioned I was easily distracted. Well, Write or Die showed me I was MORE than easily distracted. I don’t think I got more than a minute into the program before I found myself wandering to another activity. Next thing I knew, Write or Die was acting all sorts of crazy. The screen was turning red and flashing. It was making some annoying buzzing noise. OMG… I couldn’t think.

As soon as I started typing, Write or Die calmed down again. Let me tell you a little more about myself. I’m not all too good with loud noises. I don’t listen to music while writing, it’s too distracting. The loud honking noises which come standard with Write or Die totally blow my concentration. I can’t think. I can’t concentrate. I can’t get back on track. Well, lucky for me, there’s an option to turn it off. I’m not sure what, I think perhaps turning it to Normal rather than Kamikaze. When I start to slack, the screen slowly turns to a deep red. That’s enough for me to remember to get back on track.

It took quite a few sessions with Write or Die for me to learn how to focus on the writing rather than letting odd thoughts distract me. Now I set Write or Die for 15 minutes with a goal of 500 words. I break my writing into chunks so I don’t burn out. 15 minutes when I get up, 15 minutes before lunch, 15 minutes after dinner, and 15 minutes to top off the night. One hour of writing gets me about 2k words a day.

Keep in mind, your mileage may vary depending on your typing speed and how quickly the words come to you.

What I can say is focus is the key to effectively using your time as a writer. It’s easy to squander your time with idle distractions or even letting your mind wander. Write or Die has helped me retrain my mind to focus on the task at hand. When it’s time write; it’s to write.

So if you’re struggling with your word count each day, give Write or Die a try.

EDIT: Apparently, the Kamikaze deletes your work if you don’t write fast enough. So beware! Normal mode doesn’t do that.

Aug 162012
 

I’ve been in Kentucky for almost a week. Everyone who came with me has either returned home or moved on to their next destination. I have to say, I’m missing them. I can’t hardly wait until some (or all) of them return.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the company of my father. And the weather is way better here than in North Carolina. Still hot, but lacks the humidity. Now that I can deal with.

My writing has taking a backseat lately. I don’t at all feel like a writer today. I took some time to reread a snippet of Chasing Shadows and hated it… well… not so much hated, but I wasn’t impressed.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m in one of my moods, but right now I’m wondering if this should ever see the light of day.

Is it bad I’m sharing like this? I feel as if I should keep my concerns about my book to myself. Hopefully the additions I (supposed to be) making will give Chasing Shadows the oomph it needs to satisfy me.

I’ve been so busy the last few days yet I have a billion more things to accomplish.

Well, it’s late. I’m tired.

Aug 082012
 

I hope you all enjoyed the anniversary for I Loved You First. I certainly did. Thank you to all who participated. The responses to the questions were great. But alas, all good things must come to an end. 🙂

Special thanks to all the hosts

Creative Deeds || Ao Bibliosphere || Love of Books || Heather McCorkle || Mostly YA Book Obsessed || Basically Books  || Reading After Midnight || The Phantom Paragrapher || Book Cover Justice || Butterfly-o-Meter Books || YA Book Addict || Vandeervecken’s Veritas || Sliced Open Reviews || Have Book. Will Read ||  I Talk Books!! || Benjamin Jones Writes || Mistresses of Passion || Basia’s Bookshelf || The Bookish Babes || Dahl’s Doll || Forever 17

They were AWESOME to work with. Visit their blogs… you’ll see what I mean.

So… we have a couple more winners?

What’s up for grabs?

One of my awesome hosts along with a one of their commentators will win their choice of a $25 GC from B&N, $25 toward books at the Book Depository, $25 towards book at Smashwords, or any combination (B&N GC, TBD, or SW) totaling $25.

And the winners are!

Barbara at Basia’s Bookshelf (host)

and

Veronika

Emails will be sent shortly. XOXO everyone! Thanks for making this tour such a wonderful experience. Makes me eager for the next one.

For a list of the other winners on the tour, please refer to the New Adult – New Cover Post.

Aug 032012
 

Congratulations!
You’ve made it!

Day 5 of the Cover Reveal Tour.

On Sale!

For the duration of the tour, pick up I Loved You First for $0.99 at Amazon & Barnes & Nobles or use the coupon code below at Smashwords!

Promotional price: $0.99
Regular price: $4.95
Coupon Code: XY82H
Expires: August 5, 2012

Available at: Barnes & Nobles || Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon DE || Amazon FE || Smashwords || Diesel || Sony Reader || Kobo Books || iTunes || CreateSpace (Print) || The Book Depository (Print w/free shipping worldwide)
Add I Loved You First to your Goodreads List.

Are you ready for the final giveaways?!

Over $100 in prizes

Every day a new prizes, but you’ll have to hurry! Each giveaway lasts just 48 hours. And to wrap everything up, one reader and one blogger will each receive their choice of a $25 GC from B&N or $25 toward books at the Book Depository.

Many thanks to Today’s Hosts!

August 3
Basia’s Bookshelf
The Bookish Babes
Dahl’s Doll
Forever 17

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In Other News!

My writer buddy, Eden Baylee, has a new erotic release. 🙂 Stop by my blog and check out, Spring into Summer!

Aug 022012
 

We’re over the hump!
Just Two More Days. 🙂

Day 4 of the Cover Reveal Tour.

On Sale!

For the duration of the tour, pick up I Loved You First for $0.99 at Amazon & Barnes & Nobles or use the coupon code below at Smashwords!

Promotional price: $0.99
Regular price: $4.95
Coupon Code: XY82H
Expires: August 5, 2012

Available at: Barnes & Nobles || Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon DE || Amazon FE || Smashwords || Diesel || Sony Reader || Kobo Books || iTunes || CreateSpace (Print) || The Book Depository (Print w/free shipping worldwide)
Add I Loved You First to your Goodreads List.

Ready for

Another giveaway!!

Over $100 in prizes

Every day a new prizes, but you’ll have to hurry! Each giveaway lasts just 48 hours. And to wrap everything up, one reader and one blogger will each receive their choice of a $25 GC from B&N or $25 toward books at the Book Depository.

Many thanks to today’s hosts!

August 2
Have Book. Will Read
 I Talk Books!!
Benjamin Jones Writes
Mistresses of Passion

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Aug 012012
 

Can you believe it?
We’ve reached the half-way mark!

Day 3 of the Cover Reveal Tour.

On Sale!

For the duration of the tour, pick up I Loved You First for $0.99 at Amazon & Barnes & Nobles or use the coupon code below at Smashwords!

Promotional price: $0.99
Regular price: $4.95
Coupon Code: XY82H
Expires: August 5, 2012

Available at: Barnes & Nobles || Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon DE || Amazon FE || Smashwords || Diesel || Sony Reader || Kobo Books || iTunes || CreateSpace (Print) || The Book Depository (Print w/free shipping worldwide)
Add I Loved You First to your Goodreads List.

And of course

Another giveaway!!

Over $100 in prizes

Every day a new prizes, but you’ll have to hurry! Each giveaway lasts just 48 hours. And to wrap everything up, one reader and one blogger will each receive their choice of a $25 GC from B&N or $25 toward books at the Book Depository.

Many thanks to today’s hosts!

August 1
Butterfly-o-Meter Books
YA Book Addict
Vandeervecken’s Veritas
Sliced Open Reviews

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Jul 312012
 

Welcome! Welcome!

You’ve reached Day 2 of the Cover Reveal Tour.

On Sale!

For the duration of the tour, pick up I Loved You First for $0.99 at Amazon & Barnes & Nobles or use the coupon code below at Smashwords!

Promotional price: $0.99
Regular price: $4.95
Coupon Code: XY82H
Expires: August 5, 2012

Available at: Barnes & Nobles || Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon DE || Amazon FE || Smashwords || Diesel || Sony Reader || Kobo Books || iTunes || CreateSpace (Print) || The Book Depository (Print w/free shipping worldwide)
Add I Loved You First to your Goodreads List.

Guess what!

Another giveaway!!

Over $100 in prizes

Every day a new prizes, but you’ll have to hurry! Each giveaway lasts just 48 hours. And to wrap everything up, one reader and one blogger will each receive their choice of a $25 GC from B&N or $25 toward books at the Book Depository.

Many thanks to today’s hosts!

July 31
Basically Books
Reading After Midnight
The Phantom Paragrapher
Book Cover Justice

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