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Hunting for Spring News

So folks, you know that urban fantasy gem I’ve been posting excerpts for? The bushel of chaos that descends upon Philly with Conor and Brenna’s story?

Hunting for Spring has a publisher! I just signed with Loose Id!

Thrilled to be working with these guys, and I’m so excited to share this story with you all! Not only is urban fantasy one of my favorite genres to write, but it’s set in Philly, a city I grew up right outside of. Hope you’ll join me for one wild ride!

Here’s the first paragraph, albeit unpolished, so you can get a sampling of what you’re in for:

Back in the old days, hunters were revered. Everyone had heard of Van Helsing and hell, the Inquisition. These days, the burden of tracking mythical beasts fell to those with the bad luck of being born into the wrong family, because a hunter’s abilities only passed down through bloodline. After all, if Conor Malone could ditch the responsibilities of his clan and somehow forget all the horrors he’d seen, he wouldn’t be stuck tromping through a nasty part of West Philly, trying to avoid stares and the permeating stench of bird shit.

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Books I Love: Dealing with Dragons

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Dealing with Dragons (Cherries Jubilee is Making a Comeback)

by Patricia Wrede

This book is a fantastic young adult intro to writers like Terry Pratchett. The whole book pokes ridiculous fun at fantasy tropes all the meanwhile creating a fantastic world with memorable characters. Princess Cimorene is another female lead who was ahead of her time, sarcastic, rebellious and practical.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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Weekly Word Count #15

Time to crank out the weeklies. Or cry in a corner and rock back and forth. The glamorous life of an artist, switching to and from happiness and despair within the span of a day. Ding ding, you have got a wonderful review! *basks in the joy of a thousand suns* Ding, ding, your manuscript has gotten rejected! *melds into the floor until becoming one with the sludge stains*

Word Count: 4, 316 (another slow week)

What story I’m working on: Airship the Sequeling!

What I’m editing/marketing: I just finished my edits on A Reflection of Ice this week and sent out my first submission, so I’m feeling pretty awesome about that. As for marketing, I’m currently marketing Curiouser!!! The Caffeine Crew project is finally available in print!

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Project Purse Dump: September 18, 2015

I’m so meta. You can see, in the background, this blog posting as it’s being written
I’m so meta. You can see, in the background, this blog posting as it’s being written

Welcome to Week 1 of Project Purse Dump. I get to go first only so I can give the other wonderful people who’ve signed up a chance to get their blogs ready. Mine will be the dullest purse, I’m sure.

First of all, I don’t carry a purse. That alone is a blog post (not really, that would be cruel). I’m a backpack kinda gal and have been for about 30 years. I have come to the following two conclusions about this:

  1. It’s better for my body.
  2. I’m a Libra and hate to be unbalanced.

And here’s my stash, once more, with feeling:

Sept 18 - PurseDump - Tracey Gee

Here’s the tale of the tape, minus the tape.

  1. The two most essential drugs/supplements in my life, after Xylometazoline: Acetaminophen and Lactaid®. They go with me, everywhere.
  2. I live in Canada. And like most Canucks, I have a dizzying array of Tim Cards. Neither of these has any money on it. Bummer.
  3. Boring. My wallet and coin purse.
  4. Double-boring. My water bottle. You never know when you’ll be stranded and need water. One day, I’ll blog about my struggle (mostly over now, phew) with OCD. Not fake OCD, the real deal.
  5. My blood donor reminder card. I went last week. Yay! Cookies!
  6. Ok, now we have a story. This is my ultra-cool Swiss Army knife. I’ve carried one forever. The best thing about this one (my second in 30+ years, first one was stolen)? I was in Genève once a long long time ago and got locked in a public toilet. For years I wondered what on earth would I ever do with a fish scaler. Seriously? Me? I’m at two with Nature.

Then I went to Genève. Things to know about many parts of Europe? Pay toilets. Things to know about this particular pay toilet in Genève?

  1. If you catch the door before it closes and you haven’t put any coins in (I didn’t have any, I wasn’t being cheap, just desperate), you will be LOCKED IN THE TOILET.
  2. A lot of the public toilets are floor-to-ceiling walls for the cubicles. That means, they aren’t really cubicles. They’re tiny rooms.
  3. There is a drug problem in some parts of Europe and in some public toilets (even in really nice places), they use black light so those wanting to find a vein can’t do so.

So you get the idea: I was locked in a very dark tiny room in Switzerland. And I have a train to catch (once I find the train station) because I’m heading to Italy (the food’s better).

Oh, did I mention I’m claustrophobic?

And did I mention there is little-to-no sympathy for North Americans travelling in Europe without change for the toilet? That’s just an aside.

In panic, I rifled through my knapsack and dug up my Swiss Army knife and tried a few things before hitting the fish scaler and voila! I was in Milan later that same day eating farfalle al funghi, the morning just a bad memory.

  1. My teeny phone. I live on my teeny phone. Mummy loves her teeny phone. It’s an HTC Desire C and I have three of them.  No. Really. All I need: email, WhatsApp, and Instagram. It possibly works as a phone, too.
  2. A watch. Yes. It’s true. I wear a watch. I hate having to look at my phone for the time because I don’t want to look like one of those people who owns 3 HTC Desire C phones.
  3. My comb. Just in case I get a moment to actually comb my hair. That happened in 2014, and I look forward to it happening again this fiscal.
  4. What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t have my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle gel pen?
  5. Don’t laugh. It’s the schedule for the Y by my house. I circle classes on it (which I never attend).
  6. My only cosmetic: lip balm. That’s it.
  7. My key chain. See that carabiner clip? I hang my keys on my bra strap. It’s the only way I can find my keys. I never keep them in my purse except when I’m NOT out. That spine on my key chain? That from my evil chiropractor. It’s a great ice breaker.
  8. My teeny tiny travel New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. Because you never know when you need a quiet moment with God.

About Tracey Gee

Sept 18 - Headshot - Tracey GeeBright light! Bright light! (Sure, you saw Gremlins, didn’t you?)

I’m a crabby old bat. Easily distracted. Portly, perimenopausal, whiffy yet whimsical. I keep the BFG 9000 in my girdle. In my spare time, I eat stress. Lots of it.

I’m the O/O of LOVExtra.com, my newest binary baby who’s about to turn one, this November. My personal blog is the aptly named Old Enough and Ugly Enough. J

I’m trying desperately to write a book which is worthy of a publisher’s notice.  In the absence of that, I play piano and classical guitar—badly—and go to Zumba. My own true love.

eschew malls.

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Curiouser’s Arrival!

Alicephoto

This project makes my little Leslie Knope heart happy. For those of you who don’t know me well, I love helping creativity flourish. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve thrown myself into projects, one after another, and I’m always scheming the next one. I want to see my friends connect to their imaginations, and I want to provide people an escape, or chance to see the world a little brighter.

I knew with Caffeine Crew I wanted to tap into that creativity down the line–after all, my friends are fantastic people full of all the potential in the universe. So, when we planned this Alice in Wonderland photoshoot at the beginning of the year, I was a wee bit nervous, but also excited. I wanted to see what we could come up with on our own, and given limited funds, we had to get inventive.

Ashley and I went to Goodwill and picked out costumes based on the artistic vision Rob provided, and we hodge-podged everything together. We had tried to pick individuals that we thought would fit the characters best, and based on the way it turned out, I think they did. Before the shoot, we all got together to do hair and makeup, and then made our way out to Miller Park in Exton.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, which is what led to the photos featured in Curiouser. But it wasn’t just pictures, I chose poetry of mine that fit the whimsical vibe, and Carrie submitted hers as well! And then began the long arduous task of formatting which yours truly waded through. All of that work led to this release though, and I can’t wait to bring copies of it with me to Steampunk Unlimited!

For those of you who want your copy now, now, now–here’s the link! 81 pages of full color awesomeness!

Curiouser

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Books I Love: Cursor’s Fury

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Cursor’s Fury (When Puppies Attack)

by Jim Butcher

Book three of Codex of Alera brings in one of the biggest battles we’ve seen yet with the twist that Tavi is a man now and leading the Legion against the Canim. The Canim you say? Yes, our furry friends are the big bad invaders at this point, coming in midway through the book after Kalare has declared war on Gaius. Of course, the timing was rather impeccable since Kalarus had been corroborating with them. With our plucky friends torn in two different directions, Kalare’s war quickly takes a backseat to this insane Canim invasion. This book was a treat to read though, as it drops more surprise bombs and plot twists than the previous ones, all with panache. As the couples start solidifying through this book, most of the point of view switches centralize on them and it’s easy to follow.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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Weekly Word Count #14

September is here, and that means campfires, the crunch of autumn leaves, and probably an onslaught of pumpkin flavored drinks and desserts well before October. I should tally up every time I hear the word pumpkin and hold myself accountable to that many words for my WIP. But I’m also not insane.

Word Count: 4, 329 (Slow week, I know)

What story I’m working on: This was a very hodge-podge up and down week, partially due to Labor Day. However, I was adding a chapter to the Tuatha de Danaan story, as well as continuing Airship the Sequeling. I made it up to 20k!

What I’m editing/marketing: Still editing Reflection of Ice, and now Tuatha de Danaan story is out with the betas! Currently pulling together marketing for Curiouser, our lovely project that will release through the Caffeine Crew! So excited for this.