Saturday, 18 October 2014

Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway


What's that? Yes. A giveaway. A fantasy giveaway. How could I miss this? Well, apparently, my internet says I can. -_- But you shouldn't! Not only is there swag to be had, there's a lot of good books. Just check 'em out! Seriously, I can't figure out how to get BookBox to work correctly, but I can say these authors are involved...

Tricia Schneider, Nicole Zoltack, Marsha A. Moore, Mimi Sebastian, Terri Rochenski, Julie Reece, Lori J. Fitzgerald, Debbie Christiana, Georgia Lyn Hunter, M. Pax, Sharon Saracino, Shah Wharton, H. L. Burke, Angela Myron, Jocelyn Adams, James Garcia Jr, Tina Moss, Danielle DeVor, Sharon Buchbinder, April Aasheim, CL Bledsoe, Mara Valderran, Angela Yseult, Kallysten, Juli D. Revezzo, Loralie Hall, Allyson Lindt, Sotia Lazu, Angela Castillo, Valerie Twombly, R.M. James, Shanyn Hosier,Ronesa Aveela, Sofia Grey, Konstanz Silverbow, Jamie Marchant, Brandy L Rivers, JC Andrijeski, Stacey Nash, Scarlett Dawn, Jami Gray, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Tonya Macalino, Christine E. Schulze, Selah Janel, Ash Krafton. Oh, and me. ^_^


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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

#IWSG - From Good to Bad to Worst

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Shout-out to Kristin Smith, Elsie and Fundy Blue for being co-hosts for this month.

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I know it's the website’s one year anniversary and most of the entries are likely to be all primed for IWSG anthology of tips and all ... but if my previous posts don't give it away, things here have been a bit of a yo-yo emotionally. One minute, I'm good, everything's going okay, I even got a few chapters done with Dark One's Bride, then ... well, then it's not. It really, really isn't.


And that's when my downhill spiral with all the bad things I've been ignoring pile up in my noggin.


#1 is book related and it's been niggling in the back of my mind for some time. Just one question ... However am I going to get the sequel to The Rogue King actually published?

Mock cover.
For those not in the know, I'm self-publishing this four-book saga that's been seventeen years in the making. Ever since I released the first book this April, the next book, The Shadow Prince, has been waiting for its turn to leap through that editing wringer and get itself a shiny cover (as is The Forgotten Queen, if I'm honest).

To begin with, I was aiming for publishing one book a year.

That costs money. No delusions there. And it was money I was in the process of saving up until the bed carked it and then my car chucked it's toys not once, but twice in the last year. I won't bore you with details of my financial life beyond saying there's just no wriggle-room for what self-publishing another book would cost my family. If I had an extra year or two, I could ... maybe ... sort it myself by ... yeah, 2016 at the earliest. And that's only providing nothing else goes wrong in the meantime.

And don't think I haven't considered Kickstarter (now that kiwis can) to fund the important parts of getting The Shadow Prince published, because I have. It's my only other option besides waiting and hoping no more roadblocks crop up. I've even got a page set up just waiting for me to hit 'publish'. I even tweak it on my good days.
On the other hand, thinking about asking people for money like that is ... let's just say I have trouble asking anyone for anything.


Sometimes, I regret ever writing a word of the whole damned saga...

Monday, 22 September 2014

R.I.P

We lost a family member this weekend...


Crumble
Nov 2002 - Sep 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

#IWSG - I'm All Good

As always, sign up for IWSG here!

Got to give a shout-out to Laura at My Baffling BrainMark KoopmansShah Wharton and Sheena-Kay Graham for being co-hosts for this month.

And ... hey! It's the three year anniversary of posting! Happy Anniversary IWSG!

Heh, last time I was doing virtually nothing between the last Insecure Writers Support Group and the one before that. This time, I've been so busybusy with new projects, real life stuff and I seem to have lost two entire days to TV Tropes (don't ask), that I don't actually have an insecure post to ... er ... post. In fact, it wasn't until I came home from the weekly food haulage that I remembered it was the first Wednesday of the month!

So, yeah, I guess what I'm trying to say is ... I'm actually all good. ^_^

Thursday, 28 August 2014

No Title (but a story nevertheless)

So there I was, idly sitting in the parking lot, laid back and listening to my radio whilst I waited for my passenger to return. Got a CD going because the radio wasn't doing it for me. Then ... Lo! A story surfaces. This is normal. It's my muse using the time as an excuse to plot.

Of course, what she uses her time on is up to her. Does she set her powers to that pesky chapter I need for Dark One's Bride? No, no, no. That'd be a productive use of the time. Instead, we'll lay out what's happening for the unnamed story that I wasn't planning on outlining until I'd written DOM, Crimson Night, and Witch of Morthin.

The only named characters so far
And yet, despite me still calling it "the story with the elf in it", the plot is slowly coming closer together. Already, I have the two Main Characters: Lady Adyia (last name pending) and Kaheran.

Adyia had most of her family all sorted out right from the get-go. She has an indulgent father and an older belligerent brother, both of whom will come into play throughout the story. With the vibes I'm getting, I expect some sibling clashes seen from both sides as I think this story may have, at least, four Point of Views.

Whereas Kaheran has given up quite the back story. I'll need him to fill in some gaps as I get down to it, but so far, he was born to slavery, sold off when he was seven due to 'an over-abundance of males' and spent that time working in an orchard (as well as getting into trouble with the other slaves) where he was beaten, starved, mutilated and eventually resold. No, it's not a pretty life but, as he keeps telling me, it's all he's got.

There's also the general worldbuilding going on. I've a feeling I'm going to be influenced by a number of ancient cultures here. Certainly Ancient Rome and their older views on slavery, which I feel is the closest comparison to the vibe I'm getting from Kaheran's story. I already know there are certain norms to this world's culture that Adyia, a sympathiser, refuses to comply with and I'm immensely glad that those norms don't seem too outrageous (in context, anyway).

What I don't yet have is the reason behind the final clash. Her father keeps referencing some sort of war/revolution. The people behind it seem amiable enough to Kaheran, but are also pretty set on killing Adyia. That led me to thinking it's a good ol' elves-against-human shtick, but I feel the conversion Kaheran alludes to is part of a bigger battle ... possibly an invasion, maybe a slave revolt. I get the feeling Adyia's father knows more.




Oh, and the song that sparked all this thinking?

Brave by Sara Bareilles.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Villainous Side

Well ... okay, not my villainous side per se, but my villains.

I'm in a worldbuilding mood at the moment and, amongst others things, that brings me to deciding on an antagonist. It's been a very long time since I saw any of them as cut-and-dry evil and have a strange liking for some ever since William Shakespeare entered my school curriculum.
Yet, when it comes to creating them, I find myself favouring "unhinged" as a part of their general makeup. Honestly, I think my muse finds me doing the whole "figuring out why they are like that" as part of her daily entertainment. That or just enjoy torturing myself.

Either way, there tends to be two main types of villain that I lean towards...


The powerful, but bat-shit-crazy, deity

I've actually got three of these in the same world. Fortunately, they've different levels of crazy and different goals. Still ... not good for the protagonist. Character development-wise, their goals are relatively simple and can be pegged under world-dominating. These guys are the big bads who rely on their lackeys to get things done ... most of the time.
With them being immortal, I found it all too tempting to handwave the reasoning behind why they're bat-shit-crazy, but - surprise, surprise - having reasons gave them more depth. In every case, it's an old reason that also moulded them into what they are now.
To be fair, I've also got a non-bat-shit-crazy version of this agonists. She's less fun.


The vengeful noble out to destroy their enemy, no matter the cost

This just may be my go-to villain as I've quite a number of these (about ... five, I think) and plans for others to crop up in some sequels. I think the logical motivation needed to make a villain like this work is what makes them believable. Yeah, some aren't any less bat-shit-crazy than the deities, but without the all-powerfulness to get things done, that's when things get interesting for me.
On the other hand, I'm not sure why it's practically always a noble (and sometimes set against someone of equally noble birth). It just seems to fall that way.


Of course, there are other types of villains and obstacles along the way (no need to make things too easy for them). But I've nowhere near the same number of them as I do the above types.

So, what types of villains do you find yourself writing? Or even reading?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

You seem to have a hole there, madam plot...

Ah, the dreaded greebly bug has invaded my house, it snatch my daughter, jumped all over my fiancé and is busy wreaking havoc on my system. Joyous winter, how I loathe thee.
The one thing, the only bloody thing, I don't mind about being sick is all the completely legit "do nothing" time I get. Housework? Bugger off, I'm sick. Cooking? You don't want me near your food much less preparing it. No, no. I've been in deep time loafing around for several days now.
My muse, however, doesn't get sick. In fact, every time I do, she hops into overdrive and digs up some entertainment. Unfortunately for me, it's the "drag my butt out of bed and type" sort that she's so found of. That's how I managed Nanowrimo 2013; the greebly bug struck me down.


But plot holes, or rather the lack of a turning point ... that's what I've got going on in Dark One's Bride.
For a while now, I've had twenty chapters plotted. Some are 90% written (And I never thought I'd ever write wedding vows). Others are roughly 70% done (Somehow, I've got three consecutive chapters that could be described as ... steamy).
These points are moot as they all happen after the unplotted chapter. Whilst all the other chapters have an idea, if not words, dear old chapter thirteen just stares blankly back at me. I keep poking it and asking "what happens there?" but all that gets me is a shrug.

The thing is, I need that chapter. It bugs me to no end having it blank. It's like following a planned route only to find the bridge is down and there's no chance of making a U-Turn. All I can do is wait, write the other chapters, and hope the turning point comes to me. 'Cause if it doesn't ... well, not only can the last eight chapters not happen, neither can book three.


And that would be a shame as I'm looking forward to spending some time with Clara in the Ebony Court.