Tanya Miranda
Writer, Dreamer, Intergalactic Superhero

IWSG : How to Write With A Cat In The House

Posted on May 4, 2016
For IWSG, instead of writing about releasing the ebook version of Isabel & Leo this summer, or Walking Up on Wattpad, or even The Onyx Ring (the second book in the Family Relics series) I decided to talk about how to write with a cat in the house.

It is that same cat that wandered into our home a few months ago. He is now our resident mascot. We tried a forever home with the stipulation that if it didn't work out then they'd just give him back to us. Well, it didn't work out, so they gave him back. We decided that fate, once again, brought the cat to us. Who is to argue with fate, am I right?

Hi! I'm Gato. This is my home where I let my humans live and take care of me...

The trick to writing at home with a cat is to keep him busy. So here are some things I've learned in dealing with Gato while writing at home. 

Isabel & Leo : Just Cupcakes

Posted on April 28, 2016
This week, I have been so busy with my son's birthday party that I have forgotten my keys, my wallet, paying the bills on time, the kid's dentist appointment, and even taking my vitamins before going to sleep. I missed my spin class on Tuesday and yoga on Thursday, both which help me stay balanced and happy and zen-like so that in case the kids leave their shoes sprawled throughout the living room I won't roar like Momzilla.

I didn't even brush my teeth this morning. My teeth! If I have to forget something, why can't I forget to eat?

So now, due to my lack of exercise and proper eating, my calves and hamstrings are cramping up. Calgon, where the hell are you! Take me away!

As I create... no... attempt to shape blue cupcake frosting into Cookie Monster faces, I am suddenly struck with the notion that it was a stupid idea to make them from scratch. Who am I - Martha Stewart? They look like blue circles with two white dots in the middle. Where the hell did I put that box of mini chocolate chip cookies?

IWSG, Vacation Photos, And A Bit Of Line Art

Posted on April 5, 2016
Created by Alex J. Cavanaugh
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

I'll admit it, I did absolutely NO writing during my two week vacation. *gasp!* When on a family vacation in Spain, it's hard to stay seated in front of a computer when the weather, fresh breads, coffees, and the kids literally pull you outside. And, has anyone been to NJ lately? Did Mother Nature forget that it's Spring? Thanks goodness I didn't waste a single day indoors. 

Celebrate The Small Things - Plants & Writing

Posted on March 11, 2016
Blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain
http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
It feels like Spring, right? 70-degree weather here in NJ and I'm telling you it's hard to stay inside. But I have been since I have the 90-day cough, but I have also been working on my WIP.

So here are my celebrations this week, writing and non-writing related:

1. I propogated my giant pothos ivy plant. I have no green thumb, and have killed many indoor plants, but this seems to be the only plant that likes my house. I bought it last year in March and it has grown all bushy and happy with new leaflings (I think that's what they are called) So, I separated my leafy bushy green ivy plant into several little soil pots and water-filled jars. Six containers total. I'll give an update during the summer as to how many survive my black-and-blue thumb.

2. Wrote another short for Isabel & Leo on Wattpad. It's a bit personal, and I've changed several facts, and I debated whether I wanted this out into the world -- it has been percolating in my head for months -- but in the end it was very theraputic. Some relationships are tougher than others. Check it out!

3. Chugging along with book 2 in the Family Relics series, The Onyx Ring. There is so much detail to the story that it's taking me a lot longer than expected to finish the first draft. However, I feel like it's finally flowing through my fingertips and out onto the keyboard. There's a new character that I love, love, love, and he will rock everyone's world!

Happy Friday!!!


IWSG : Fantasy Art

Posted on March 2, 2016
Created By Alex J. Cavanaugh
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

Last week, during a period of intense reflection (and procrastination), I found an amazing artist who perfectly captures the mother-dragon relationship in The Box Of Souls. Her name is Anne Stokes and her art is magical. Here are some of my favorites, each inspiring a story of their own.

Friday Celebrations : Procrastination

Posted on February 26, 2016
Blog Hop
Hosted by Lexa Cain
Of course, I write a post about how I'm going to be heads-down on The Onyx Ring, the 2nd book in the Family Relics series, and then the procrastination bug hits me. The planets must be out of alignment, or maybe I had too much Manchego cheese on Tuesday. Have you ever had Manchego cheese? It's hard to just have one piece, or ten. I won't even mention the Oreo Thin Crisps I discovered last weekend. Maybe my blood-sugar level is low. Better eat another crisp to be on the safe side.

But it isn't without just cause. On Thursday morning, I started an intense scene and I suddenly found myself doing some hard-core inner-soul type of thinking. The kind of thinking that has you doing multiple u-turns when driving because you keep passing your destination. Or the kind of thinking that has you washing your hair 3 times during a single shower, and you screem from the icy cold water slapping your back because the hot water ran out.

Yeah... that kind of thinking.

Must. Write. Novel.

Posted on February 22, 2016

I've been MIA for a while, mainly because I am working on The Onyx Ring, the 2nd book in the Family Relics series, and I am into it like it's the best piece of hazelnut chocolate-filled croissant pastry I've ever had, covered in crushed almonds and hazelnut chocolate drizzle, served with a tall glass of whole milk.

Celebrating The Stink Eye...

Posted on February 12, 2016
This post is part of the Celebrate The Small Things blog hop managed by Lexa Cain where we celebrate some of the wonderful things that have happened to us in the past week, no matter how small. If you're not part of it, where have you been?!?!

This week, I am celebrating that my own brother badgered me a little about me NOT writing the sequel to The Box Of Souls fast enough. My big bro, who is an AVID fantasy reader, like the entire Dragon Lance series kind, loved my book and asked me when I was coming out with the next one. 

When I told him it would possibly be out by December of 2016, he gave me the stink eye. 

Did you say de...cem...ber?

It was a nice feeling. I'm totally soaking it up while I work on book two.


Happy Friday!