Friday, March 22, 2019

Another draft down

It is a Friday night and I'm not in the mood to clean the house. I'm usually dull on a Friday night. I accidentally burned my hand when I was making dinner, nothing unusual. Fridays are usually casual at work so I can wear jeans if I wear a school related shirt.

Today was career day for the kids.the kids were told to wear someone related to the career they wanted. I dressed like myself and called myself a writer. I wished I could dress as I usually wear while writing, yoga pants. However I had a meeting with a parent, yoga pants not recommended.

I finished my young adult novel Beaker to Life today!! It is a scifi novel about a human clone. I'll be sharing more soon, but it is nice to get back into the swing of things. I'm actually accomplishing things and it feels good!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Audio Books

It's Friday night and I was recording audio for my kids for their upcoming tests. I subject the kids to my voice on an mp3 player. I keep meaning to do YouTube videos so you all can see and hear me. I keep getting sidetracked and it doesn't happen. It will one day!! Hopefully...

So how many people listen to audio books? I personally don't like them because I tend to zone out. Honestly when I listen to music I don't really even listen to the words, but really just the music part. I hate to admit I think I listened to Lips of an Angel by Hinder over 10 times before I realized what I was humming to. Oops!

However, looking at the prices and what the process I'm like "I record all the time for the kids, why would I pay someone for something I already do?" Is that crazy? Would you find it fun to hear the actual author doing the audio book? Would you even want to hear my books as audio books? I am thinking I might start with Beneath the Scars and see how that goes over.

Yet as I was mauling it over one of my kids today was laughing at my voice. Apparently one second I sound like I'm 100 years old the next I sound like a baby. Got to love third graders...

It would be a big project to take on. It might be a great project for the summer when I have more free time. However, whenever I have something on my mind project wise I am usually pretty determined to figure it out. So keep your eyes and ears open for more news.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Abduction - Blog Tour

We are one day closer to the weekend. However I feel like I blink and it is gone, which is one of the reasons I'm looking forward for Spring Break which is the 29th. I'm going to be going to Jersey and visiting my family. We will be doing some wedding stuff while I'm up there. We will have my bachelorette party, bridal shower, and dress fitting! I can't wait, plus we are doing a craft for the wedding while I'm up. I am debating on doing audio books for my books, would people be interested? How many people listen to audio books?

Until then, check out this new book!

The Abduction
By Ester Lopez

On a lawless moon of Plexus, a resourceful loner struggles to escape his alien, slave-trading father with the help of a beautiful bounty hunter who he realizes is worth more than his ticket back to Earth. 
Dram, a business man and slave-trader from Chroma, is thinking of making a career change. Too many close calls has necessitated this change, but he just got a brilliant idea...
Genesis, a princess from Atria working as a Bounty Hunter for the Interplanetary Space Patrol, has hunted the slave-trader, Dram, for ten long years. When she finally catches the man who abducted all the women of her village, she realizes she's got the wrong person.
Adam Davis, born and raised in East Tennessee, has a strange premonition that turns into a nightmare. What could be worse than being abducted by aliens and mistaken for a criminal?
Discovering the criminal is his alien father and falling in love with the Bounty Hunter who wants him dead.

"I had a life on Earth before you came along. You've changed everything."

    "Your fate could be worse, Earth man," she replied, tensing her jaw.
Her brows deeply furrowed.

    "Oh, yeah? What could be worse than being abducted from my home?"

    "I could have killed you," she whispered harshly.


"I'm a sci-fi, paranormal romance writer and screenwriter writing on the edge of reality.

I share my home with my husband and our two dogs, Ellie and Charlie. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, photography, crafts and watching movies.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Preorders now available

Good Morning!
I have another cold, but considering how much the flu is being spread, I'll take a little cold. Flem and all. However, I'm done with this rain. Anyone else? I might have to start to build a boat soon.

Leave it to me to figure out how to get the pre-order feature correct with a short story! However, you can now pre-order my band short story. Parts are real and some not so much, but prepare yourself to laugh. I love how crisp the colors are in the cover. I went back and forth with the idea of using one of my old band pictures, but then changed my mind.

Treble with Music

Sarah is just another high school student who is trying to survive her senior year during marching band season. Read about Sarah and her friends Julie, Angie, Bryan, and Milo as they go from game to game. Between band camp, games, and a little shenanigans you'll wish that you were part of their band.

I still have some copies of Beneath the Scars, End of the Line, and Project US. I have three copies of Beneath the Scars, five of End of the Line and Project US. I will sign and ship them out to US only readers for $14. If you are interested please email me at ottilieweber (at) gmail (dot) com. It will be first come, first serve.

Friday, March 1, 2019

It's a band thing

Look at this, two posts in one week! Do you think it'll last? I hope so. Right now I'm listening to some 90s/00s music. I'm kind of in the flashback feel. I'm writing one story (which I'll come back to), but I've started editing a band story. It is a short story for now, maybe eventually I'll revisit for a longer story. However, I think short and sweet is better for it. I don't know if I've brought this up or not before, but in high school I was in marching band. From grades four right until I graduated high school I was in band with my clarinet. My last year I decided to add Jazz band and tried to learn Alto Saxophone for it, it was interesting to say the least.

When I was in high school I did most of my writing, if you can't tell with me continuously saying I'm going back to rework a story. I don't know if it is because I had more time on my hands, or I was more creative then. To be honest, I'm hoping it is the first option. I started a story about being in band. It got out and the beginning might have been passed around by a few people. It ended up in my band director's hands, yikes! He took it, but I never heard or saw that printed copy again. He never addressed it with me either. I doubted he read it, if I was, I probably would have skimmed it purely out of curiosity.

Like many of my stories I got into a corner and stopped. As I was going through my old files to make sure I got everything on my new computer I came across the band story. I like to open up old stories every once in awhile to cringe at the writing style, but curious to see what that story was about because sometimes I forget. The bad grammar (yes it used to be worse!) didn't hide the funny story behind it. I talked to my friend Amy (cover of End of the Line second edition, not Amy Eye, but another friend of my from school who has been mentioned on here before) about the story. Then little by little the past month I finished it. It was fun to go back through the past at a few select football games and try to remember those days. Much like the main character living through it seemed trivial, but look back changes the view a little.

Unfortunately one of the things I did to rewrite it was to trim back on the number of characters. Originally I was going to have more characters based on people who impacted my band years. However, for a short story I thought they were too many, plus, I didn't want to contact that many people randomly on Facebook to get permission. After I finished my draft, I sent it to four people who I was in band with and their likeness made it into the story. I wanted to make sure that they were okay with a character that was like them, and okay with how they were projected.

It didn't take for the people to respond. I was pleasantly shocked because two of them I haven't talked to in a long time. However, all four were surprisingly surprised with their feedback. They thought it was funny and were curious on when it would be released. Which brings me to, I'm currently editing the band story which will be one of a few stories to be released in 2019. Hopefully 2019 will be as productive as I hope it will be! So if you are ready to laugh and relive (or if you're currently living through) the band days, please keep your eyes out for the story that I called Band Story. I'm hoping to come up with a better title soon. Also, some events in the story are real, and some aren't, it'll be up to you to figure out which is real or not.

I am also hoping to include a couple of pictures in the back of the story as well. Maybe ;)