Friday, November 21, 2014

Clark Public Library Authors Meet & Greet...

So Ren Reidy, over at A Little Bit of R & R, shot me an email and asked if I would help spread the word. Clark Public Library in Clark, NJ is having an authors meet and greet. I'll share the info below. If you are in the area, it is a free event.





There will be over 30 authors signing books and meeting readers. Sounds like a cool event to me, and if I were closer, I'd go!

Again, it's free. So help spread the word!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I #Amwriting, I #Amediting...

Things in my writing world are finally taking shape. I currently had some help from a fellow Word Weaver pal. She formatted "Adversarius" for Smashwords. I no longer have vetting errors and I fixed my book cover in Gimp to meet their requirements as well. It is currently being reviewed for Premium Status. Whether or not it passes review, it is now up for sale for all eReaders here.

As my title indicates, I'm editing and revising book two, "Veritas" for publication. Once I've given it the once over, then the twice over, I'll need to find an editor willing to work with me.

I'm also finding that writing my little flash fiction pieces with the artwork is really helping me a lot. I love it. If you haven't seen them, the latest one was on Monday and you can find that one here.

Hope you are all having a good week and I'll see you next time!




Monday, November 10, 2014

Flash Fiction Monday...

Sitting above the city, looking down at the milling crowds, oblivious of the girl high above them. Blood drips from her blade as she contemplates the life she removed from this realm


~ Art by Kim Seung-jin

Friday, November 7, 2014

Slipping Into Writer Mode...


So yesterday and today I sat down at the computer and opened up my Scrivener program to revise book two.

In this last year, I took a hiatus from writing due to my living situation. Now, I have a room dedicated to just computers, writing, gaming, and I'm digging it! I haven't felt like writing much since my move, just because trying to get used to being in our own place once more and living circumstances what they are... Let's just call it a huge adjustment. Again.

But I sat down yesterday and forced myself to revise some of book two. I put on some good writing music, popped on my headphones and got to work. And I worked for two hours. I know, because the music I was playing was on YouTube. Two hours of epic fantasy music sort of thing, you know.

I didn't want to stop. I wanted to keep revising, but I'm trying to pace myself.

In this last year, even though I didn't write on my computer, I did write some things out by hand in notebooks. I read, I wrote and I stepped outside of my fantasy genre. Something I thought I would never do, but I did.

I don't know what has changed.

By change, I mean in a good way. I'm looking to be more concise, more descriptive and my writing is showing my "maturity", I suppose you could say. It's different. I'm reading what I've written before and I'm like, "Hmm... this could be so much better if I wrote it this way. Why didn't I see that before?"

Why didn't I see that before?

Well, I think it is what stepping away from things for a while always does. It offers up perspective. Now, I can't pinpoint exactly what has changed about my writing or when it happened. But I'm embracing the change and I hope it comes through when people read book two of my fantasy series. It won't be the same as book one, I hope. It will be different, but in a good way, as far as my writing skills go.

At least, this is my personal opinion. I'll just have to get it out there for the readers and see what they have to say about it.

Ahh... this feels good.

Have you ever stepped away from a project for a long period of time? What were your results?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Slow Work...

Well, I'm in my new place and back online. Hooray!!  My house is slowly being put together, but my list of things I need just keeps growing. Right now, I've only got one large pan to cook anything on the stovetop. I have a roasting pan and a very large stock pot. Not at all conducive to cooking small meals. I have a microwave, but it can only do so much.

But enough about that. I'm back, I'm in my own place, that is truly all that matters, right? Now I can get back to writing. I even have a whole room dedicated to just computers and work space for jewelry. What more can a girl ask for? Once I find my map of my world, I can get back down to business!

In this last year, I have come up with so many ideas for stories. I just need to apply myself and get to working on them all. My computer screen isn't in my face any more, it's a respectable distance, so I won't be getting headaches. I just can't wait. I'm happy!

I miss you guys and for those of you doing NaNoWriMo this year... Wooohooo!!! Good luck!

Monday, October 27, 2014

If You're Reading This...

Then that means we're in our new place and I have no internet! How exciting! (Haha!)

But that is exactly what this post means. So, as soon as we're able, we'll be getting our internet set up and I'll post once I'm back online.

In the meantime, I hope to get some writing in!

Have a great week, everyone.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review: Eagle En Garde by Olga Godim

Title: Eagle En Garde

Author: Olga Godim

Publisher: Burst

File Size/Book Length: 1420kb/271 pages

ASIN: B00K4PIH3S

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords
(I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.)
 
About the Book:

The kingdom of Talaria is surrounded by a magic-resistant spell. While the king wishes to invite magic back into the country, the fanatical sect of Cleaners is determined to prevent its return. Darin, a mercenary officer, doesn’t participate in the dispute, until he accidentally overhears the Cleaners’ hidden agenda to destroy all magic workers in Talaria, including witches and elves, including assassinating the royal family. Darin can’t allow their treachery to succeed—it would plunge the country into dogmatism and war—but what can a lone mercenary do against a horde of traitors? His only choice lies in trickery and deceit to outsmart his enemies.

My thoughts:

I really, really enjoyed this book. Olga did a bang up job of creating a fantasy world and dragging me along on Darin's adventures! This book kept you moving, as Darin is a busy man, working for the Eagles, a mercenary group. Each adventure takes you through this world that was seemingly effortless for Olga to create. Darin has the right amount of snark and humor. I did not find one spot of the story that lagged at all. The story pulls you in to the pages, the characters are well fleshed out. This was a treat to read. It has something for every fantasy buff out there. I highly recommend this book if you like fantasy.

My rating:

Five out of Five skull and crossbones.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Giving An Update...

Woo! I'm a busy girl! I will be moving this weekend. (And there was much rejoicing. Yay!)

I also just started a part time/seasonal job at Michael's. My dream job, ha! I don't think I will have a paycheck. It's all going to go to craft stuff. Gah!

I'm hoping to be back online rather quickly once we move. I really don't like radio silence much. Or internet silence for that matter. Besides, I can only watch my DVD's so many times before I want to throw the remote out the window.

I've gotten sucked into Gilmore Girls on Netflix. Why have I not seen this show before??? I don't know what I was thinking. I see a lot of me in Lorelai. Oh, the snark and sarcasm. This is totally my kind of show!

Anyway. I just wanted to keep you all posted on what's going on. I'm trying to get my notebooks and writing stuff all situated and packed so I can be ready to write. OH!! I am SO READY to WRITE!!!! I can't wait. AND I'll be able to hang my map up on my wall!!!

*Swoon*

So very excited. I hope you all have a good rest of your week and I'll see you all soon!!

P.S.

Drop by Friday for a book review of "Eagle En Garde" by Olga Hodim. See you then!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Good News...

Well, this last Saturday was my 44th birthday. Woot! I have to say it is the best one so far. The entire weekend was like one continuous gift and I am so, so grateful and thankful for it!

Friday, my hubs had a message on his phone to call the property management place where we've been trying to find a place to live. As far as this whole thing was going, I got so discouraged and bummed out for quite a few different reasons and was about to just throw in the towel. The one place we really, really liked had two people in line for it, so it wasn't looking good. Then another one we found, we couldn't get for reasons I can't talk about on the internet.

I was online last week, posting on Facebook about how defeated I was feeling. So on Friday, when hubs got that message, it was too late to call the office and we both thought, "They're probably just calling us to remind us to put in a new application". But I had a tiny glimmer of hope. I quickly tamped it down, not wanting to feel defeated all over again.

Saturday morning, hubs called. I was still in bed, but, being in this camper, I could hear him on the phone. I suddenly sat up because this call was taking longer than a "come fill out a new application" conversation. When he hung up the phone, he said, "We got it. For whatever reason, the two people in front of us fell through!" I had to go outside to jump for joy for fear of breaking the camper!

Saturday was a big day for us. We put the deposit down on the apartment, I got my free birthday breakfast at Denny's and then we went shopping. The local Habitat for Humanity store is one of my favorite places to shop. We found a couch, a chair and a desk with a hutch we can share for a very reasonable price. Then we had to find some other items and had been depressed by prices, but found the exact items at a locally owned business MUCH cheaper than the other places we were looking. Then dinner and cake and presents back at the house.

Sunday, one of my best friends from high school texted and asked what I would be doing Sunday night/Monday daytime. Found out she was going to be in Portland for a family party! So we went to Portland and spent the night. Hubs went to work while I spent the day with her on Monday.

On Monday, had a great time with my friend and then got a phone call for a seasonal job at Michael's. OMG! Dream job! You all know about my jewelry and I am a crafty girl. Plus, I can teach people! Adults and kids both, especially due to working at the Boy's and Girl's club. So things are looking up! We move in two weeks and then anything can happen! Hopefully, nothing bad. Right? I'm so excited! I can't wait to get back into writing and being a part of this community again. Hooray!!!

Got some good news? Share in the comments!