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An Unfortunate Hiatus

The status of things right now is that everything is on a temporary hold…well more like stuck in a gridlock.  A few months ago my Good laptop crashed, and I have been unable to restore it.  It’s a windows 10 upgrade glitch, obviously and …well a long story there.

Dealing with illnesses and medical issues has also set me back a bit, but I continue to be on the mend, and have just recooperated from a sinus infection that lasted about 2 weeks.

Now I’m ready to roll…but on my old computer.  It’s a challenge until I can get the new one fixed.

I’ll be resuming work on Charmed Lives, Prophecy Revealed, and the first few episodes of the serial.  Release dates to be announced soon (knock on wood everything works out finally). 😉



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Big Decisions & Beneficial Changes

Due to the changes in my health, I am unable to sit at the computer and do any tedious work for a long period of time.  I’ve split my writing time into 15-20 minute intervals throughout the day.  This allows me to give my eyes some rest, and will hopefully prevent (or at least lessen) these severe migraine headaches I’ve been suffering from.

In addition to this I’m no longer creating my own book covers.  I can’t do the work that I used to be able to do, as far as graphics and design.  Therefore, the covers the Daughters of Oberia series are the very last ones I will be doing myself–as they’re already done.  (I just have to finish the books! heehee.)

The cover art for the first novel in the Corithian Saga was made by SwoonWorthy book covers. I absolutely love it!  When I saw the mock-up I went ahead and purchased it even though the book’s not finished yet.  heehee! 🙂  Check it out! Prophecy Revealed book cover-FINAL

Also check out some of her other designs.  I have got my eyes on 2 other covers already. 😉

I am really confident that this will be a change for the best.  Better covers, more time writing, and hopefully less headaches can only be a good thing.

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What I’m Reading

For those of you who have been following this blog for a long time, you might remember my “Speaking as a Reader” posts. There was a year when I read mostly indies, followed by a year when I read exclusively indies. Once again, for 2015 I am limiting my reading list—but not based on who wrote/published them. I am reading mostly fantasy & PNR, an occasional romance or nonfic included.

Another peculiar reading habit of mine: I tend to read more than one book at a time. I tend to read one paperback, one audio, and one ebook.

Current Ebook: The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien (nearly finished) . And, yes it’s about the 100th time I’ve read this classic. I will probably follow up with Lord of The Rings.

Current Audio Book: Game of Thrones, George RR Martin. Actually, I purchased the whole Song of Ice and Fire series through Audible, and plan to listen to its entirety.

Current Paperback: The Snow Queen, Mercedes Lackey. I’m a long-time fan of both Misty and Hans Christian Andersen. Both are tremendous influences of mine. I am really enjoying Mercedes’ take on the Andersen story. (NO, it’s nothing at all like Disney’s Frozen. LOL but it does put me in mind of the Shelley Duvall Faerie Tale Theater version).

So how about you?  What are you reading?  Is there a book you’d recommend for me?

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Character Connections: The Demi-goddess Desirae

Character Connections: The Demi-Goddess Desirae from the upcoming series The Gifted Saga.

Once a beautiful goddess, Desirae as her name implies was the sovereign goddess of sexual desire and intimacy. A century before Book I takes place, she overstepped her bounds with tragic consequences.

The tribe that worshipped her was to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy princess to a noble young man. But, the goddess grew jealous of this princess, and wanted the handsome young groom for herself. She lied to herself that she would never be caught, if she lured him to the garden and seduced him. She had tricked him, and told him that if he sacrificed his passion to her then she would bless their nuptials.

But the most High God, ever watchful witnessed the sin of this demi-goddess and she fell from his favor. Her ivory skin now covered with eggplant toned splotches, her platinum hair was streaked with blue-black strands. Likewise, the Prince was rightfully punished as well…living for nearly a century with his shame. As for , the Princess and her family—in fact the whole tribe—they abandoned the goddess, never worshiping or honoring her again. They either followed other gods or became agnostic. When the people fail to believe in the deities, they lose their power.

In the upcoming series The Gifted Saga, Desirae becomes so jealous of favored demigods Saphyra and Zanthar that she plots against them, until she is double-crossed by the cruel demigod Oglis. She seeks redemption in the end, and makes a bargain with Saphyra.

As I write about this villainess, I picture a combination of Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman and Cercei Lannister from Game of Thrones. Seductive, cunning, and in the end paying the ultimate price.

The Fallen Demi-Goddess Desirae

The Fallen Demi-Goddess Desirae

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You Might Be a Writer If…

This is so epic, so I’m reblogging!
I can relate to ALL of these.

Also, just wanted to add one:
You might be a writer if …
You’ve actually lived on a steady diet of coffee and toast for two whole days because you’re so into this scene you’re writing you can’t be bothered with things like cooking, or grocery shopping…and you NEED MORE COFFEE!

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A lot of “stuff” has been going on in my life lately. Hard stuff. Heavy stuff. The kind of stuff that just makes me want to write massacre scenes….except I am so brain dead I had to google how to spell “massacre.”

Masicker? Missucker?

WHAT AM I DOING???? *breaks down sobbing*

I am supposed to be an adult an expert okay, maybe functionally literate. Fine, I give up! I have nothing left to saaaaayyyyyy. I am all out of woooords *builds pillow fort*.

I figured it’s time for a bit of levity. Heck, I need a good laugh. How about you guys?

We writers are different *eye twitches* for sure, but the world would be SO boring without us. Am I the only person who watches Discovery ID and critiques the killers?

You are putting the body THERE? Do you just WANT to go to prison? Why did you STAB…

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Best Writing Advice

I find that people are asking me about my writing quite often, and people who are just starting to write and discover their hidden talent are asking me for advice. Not that I am the greatest writer in the world—or any sort of an expert. But I have been writing for almost 20 years and publishing (for myself and others) for over 6. I think we all have a little bit of advice to give regardless of level of expertise. So here is my best (and most general) advice for anyone, young and old, who is embarking on their writing career:

  • Don’t let anyone tell you what to write. I’ve been saying this for years, now. I’ve had people tell me “oh you should right paranormal romance because that’s what’s in right now,”or “you should write mysteries, because I only read mysteries,” and so forth.
    • Don’t worry about what’s out or in. Write what’s in you. As with any trend, what’s popular now might not be popular within the next year or so. Trends change all the time. Don’t worry about keeping up with them.
    • Write your story your way. A lot of friends and family, and even teachers might mean well, but they are not your muse. Listen to what’s inside you—what you love—and write that. Sure you can always write a side story for aunt Jane who loves mysteries, and give her a POD copy for her birthday, but don’t cater to everyone’s whims. You’ll find yourself spread thin, and never find out what genre is for you, to tap into…and grow as an author.
  • Choose critique groups and critique partners wisely. Give each group/partner a “Trial run” first by submitting something short; not your full novel manuscript. Preferably something that you’re newly working on, maybe a first or second draft. If you have a bad feeling about a crit group, go with your gut. Try another group. Be comfortable. Not all crit groups are great, some are overly harsh, some full of amatuers who just write for fun (not that there’s anything wrong with that), some are too strict in their rules of submission, others not strict enough. And, some tend to become “mutual back patting society” while others are full of “crit vipers” and passive-aggressive types. I actually prefer a well-trusted crit partner rather than the “mixed bag” you often find with online crit groups. Sure, they’re great when you’re just starting to write…but be wary of “crit group vipers” and well-intended group members who tend to give out bad advice, (usually because they are just starting out too.)
  • Show and Tell. For years, people have been advising us to “show don’t tell.” However, I have observed that all of the best stories have the right mixture of showing and telling. Case in point: The Lord of the Rings.
  • Have a writing schedule, and keep it flexible. Start by setting a small block of time aside each day for writing, even if it’s just an hour or two. Preferably, when you’re the most creative and inspired. It doesn’t matter if it’s only for an hour or two. If something comes up (like a family function, emergency, or change in your day job schedule) you can always move it to another time (for example: right before bedtime, or after dinner). Some writers prefer to have a word goal each day; for instance 2,000 words a day minimum. They’ll create or download a NaNoWriMo inspired spread sheet or status bar to update regularly. This keeps them accountable and productive. Again, whichever works best for you.
  • Read every day. Even if it’s just the newspaper or a blog post. Read everything, especially in the genre that you write. I prefer to read at least 3 pages of nonfiction, and 3-5 pages of fiction each day. Also, it really helps to read and re-read any books on writing, craft oriented or otherwise. Read about self-publishing, read about traditional and commercial publishing. Stay informed. Which leads to my next piece of advice…
  • Chose the path that is right for you. People are always inquiring about whether or not they should submit to “big 5,” small press, or self-publish. At one time I was die-hard indie authorship, at another I was die-hard hybrid authorship. But now, my standard advice is this: Only you can decide which path is best for you. As you work on your new project keep an open mind. Look at all options both critically and objectively. Weigh the pros and cons. Not every project is suitable for traditional publishing; not every project is suitable for self-publishing. The same applies to authors. And, of course you could always try both paths, and see what works best for you. There are die-hards in each camp, and they will try to convince you that their way is the right way. There is also the advice that many give: That you should try the large commercial publishing houses first, then small/medium presses, then uber-small indie presses, and then and only then as a last resort should you self-publish. To me, this was the wrong way to go. However, there may be some that had luck traveling that path. And, several self-publishers who I am acquainted with became so successful as an indie author that they gained recognition of traditional presses, and were offered contracts. You see, there is no right or wrong path to success; and many forks in the road. My favorite motto “To each his own” applies here. However, you can only find out what is right by researching, and trying out as many options as possible. There’s no “set order” and certainly no “set method” for authors today.
  • Never give up. That’s the most important piece of advice I can give anyone, about any goal or dream that they have. Never give up on yourself, or your dreams. Sure, goals may change. And, it’s okay to take a break from it for a while, like a hiatus from the hamster wheel of “write, re-write, edit, proofread, submit…” A vacation may be needed, on occasion. But, don’t waste too much time licking your wounds after a harsh crit, slump in sales, or rejection letter. Have some R&R, have some chocolate, take some time to think, and then press on with new determination. Persistence pays.
  • Confidence is the key. No matter what anyone says, no matter how many rejections, no matter how miniscule your sales are, no matter how harsh your crit group/beta reader/teacher can be…never, ever lose confidence in yourself. Believe in yourself, your talents, and abilities. Let your self-esteem be a mountain, not a small tree that can be shaken or blown over in harsh weather. Or, cut down by the envy or nastiness in others. In all things, be confident that you are equipped with what you need to succeed, and know that you can and will prevail against all odds.

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New Years Resolutions 2014

I shall do my best to abide by these same resolutions this coming year. (since I fell short a little bit…) Here’s to a great 2015 in writing, and to keep on working towards new and old goals alike. 🙂

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1. Write one full poem per day, any style any subject.
2. Read at least 5 pages per day, fiction.
3. Read at least 5 pages per day non-fiction.
4. Apply for at least one freelance job per day.
5. Write at least 2,000 words a day of fiction.
6. Complete all unfinished writing projects.
7. Publish a new ebook (poetry or fiction) every 2-3 months.
8. Submit something to a trad pub (maybe small press), agent, or contest every 6 months.
9. Have a full day write-in (or write-a-thon) one day per month.
10. Stick to all my deadlines, no matter what.

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Little Tolkienesque montage to demonstrate a current event…

Art imitates life once again…some interesting stories coming soon, reflecting my recent breakup. Here’s a little doll montage representing us. I like how he kind of looks like Snape and I kind of look like Sansa Stark. LOL

My Dolls And Doll Memes

What has become of us?  What happened?  We had meant so much to each other? What has become of us? What happened? We had meant so much to each other?

The ultimate betrayal.  He should have never listened to Gollum! The ultimate betrayal. He should have never listened to Gollum!

So it's come to this?  Enguarde!  So it’s come to this? En guarde!

Truce!  I throw down my sword and surrender! Truce! I throw down my sword and surrender!

Forgiven, but not shall still pay for this deception! Forgiven, but not forgotten…you shall still pay for this deception!

The Quill is mightier than the sword. The Quill is mightier than the sword.

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Aunt Madea giving the best advice

Very true, and a very valuable lesson that I recently had learned. After my relationship ended I had difficulty moving on, it was hard to let go of someone I loved so deeply and so passionately. I caught this clip last week (before it was removed from youtube) and it really hit home.
Thank you Tyler, and Madea for reaching me when no one else could, and speaking these words that I really needed to hear…

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It hurts me when…

I agree with this. We should be feeding our minds rather than poisoning them.

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