Monday, 30 July 2012

Lucky 7 Meme

Today, for the Buccaneer Blogfest, I'm meant to be sharing my feelings and opinions about social media and it's relation to writing and reading ...
I won't be participating in this one. But do pop over to either Sharon's or Courtney's blog and stroll through the links there.

So what am I doing instead?
The Lucky 7 Meme Christine Rains was giving out to whoever some time back.

For those of you who don't know the rules:

1. Go to page 77 of your current manuscript
2. Go down to line 7.
3. Copy down the next 7 lines.
4. Tag 7 others. (I won't be tagging anyone. But you can take it if you want.)

The last time I did this, I used Dark One's Mistress, and it didn't have a page 77 at the time. It does now, but I shan't be using that either.
As I flicked through my various stories I found a sweet little thing had happened in The Rogue King: due to there only being seven lines on page 77, this excerpt comes straight from the beginning of Chapter Seven. ^_^

      Lasil stormed down the corridors of Rogue Rise, fuming over Veng's rejection even after four days of flying. Not that the trip here hadn't been uncomfortable enough. He'd seemed almost hesitant to carry her, as if he feared she'd attempt to seduce him again once they were in the air.
      She wrenched open the door to Laccindy's chambers, unconcerned about surprising the woman while she was entertaining anyone. The spotted Roguess preferred the man's room for that sort of thing.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Liebster No. Three ^_^

Vickie Orians over at Page After Page has given me an award.
So ... yeah, as the title says, this is the third Liebster I've gotten.
Why am I still posting it then? Well, for one: the rules are different for this one. I've never gotten one with questions before. But I won't be doing the 11 facts about me (not unless you want boring trivial ones) or gifting to three blogs. I swear, I'm running out of people to give this to.

1) What is your favorite movie from the 1950's or before? Uh. I'm not sure I've watched a movie from then. I did once watch National Velvet though, that's from 1944.
2) Which band do you most wish would come back after 'disappearing' or retiring? I'm so out of date with who has disappeared or retired that I guess it'd have to be Evanescence.
3) What is your favorite book that you don't think many people would know? Why my own, of course. What's that? It's not a valid answer? Darn. How about Finders Seekers by Gayle Greeno? Now I think about it. It's a science fantasy too.
4) What song is stuck in your head right now? Right now? Well, me and my daughter have been jammin' to some of the songs sitting on my USB stick. So right now, as I type this, it's River of Dreams by Billy Joel.
5) How many animals do you have? Heh. Five cats, a pony and, just recently, a puppy (soon to be two).
6) What is your favorite type of cookie? Anzac Biscuits.
7) What place do you never want to go back to because it's so perfect in your mind you don't want to ruin it? Christchurch. I come close to tears just seeing what has happened to the city, I don't think I could stop myself if I actually went there.
8) How many paces from your computer place to the fridge? Um, well I have to go into the lounge from the dining room just to reach the fridge. So ... it depends largely on factors like toys, animals, people ....
9) Did you actually have to count, or did you already know? I never count.
10) How old were you when you no longer believed in Santa Claus? Seven years.
11) Did someone spill the beans or did you figure it out on your own? It came to me in a flash of lightning. Also the presents from Santa were under the tree a day early.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Review of The Colour of Magic - Comic by Terry Pratchett

Since I'm meant to be doing a review for the Buccaneer Blogfest today, this post will be pulling double duty and, as always, it is posted on LibraryThing and Goodreads.

Title: The Colour of Magic - Comic
Author: Terry Pratchett
Rating: 3/5

This was a pleasant, light and, strangely enough, more entertaining to read than the book it's based off. Certainly amusing enough to quietly while away an hour.
Some of the characters weren’t quite how I’d imagined them, in fact some of the outfits look a little goofy, but I’d watched the Colour of Magic miniseries, read the book and flicked through the Art of Discworld well before finding this, so I suppose that is to be expected. But the backgrounds scenes were wonderfully done and on for the story itself ... as far as I can remember, this followed the original story pretty well. Better than what I recall of the miniseries anyway.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - Top 5 Favs

The time has come.
This is the hardest prompt for the Buccaneer Blogfest ...
What are your top five favourite books of all time?

Five? FIVE? How I am supposed to pick five books from six hundred? I could pick by authors and still not get them all in. So here are the novels that started various points of my reading obsession ...

1. Dragonflight - This was the the first fantasy/science-fiction novel I'd ever read. This novel started my love for the genre of fantasy (I consider it fantasy though it is sci-fi in origin) and my obsession with Anne McCaffrey's world of Pern. They've got dragons. DRAGONS! Big, fire-breathing, golden-scaled dragons! Need I say more?

2. The Diamond Throne - David Eddings introduced me to the wonderful Sparhawk, a knight with more than a few rough edges. Young teen me was besotted, both by the quest to save the young queen, stop an evil god from taking over the world and the knights on this quest. This led me to the Belgariad series, where they were also trying to stop an evil god. I didn't care the premise was the same, the stories were completely different.

3. Gryphon's Eyrie & The Year of the Unicorn - Two novels, both by Andre Norton. I was entranced by her style of writing as well as Kerovan's plight of being different. It led me to consider The Year of the Unicorn, which gave me Gillan and Herrel to obsess over and fully committed me to the Witch World series.

4. Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit - You didn't think these wouldn't get a passing glance, did you? Since I've read both numerous times, I cannot recall which one came first. Most likely Lord of the Rings as I read it before the films came out. But they were both equally good.

5. The Sea and Little Fishes (Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy) - What? A short story in my ocean of series-long works? Well, this was the one that opened me to Terry Pratchett's Discworld. After suffering years of hearing my other half harp on about this and that in various Pratchett works, I finally bowed and read this short piece. I went on to read Strata, then The Colour of Magic. I've now officially read more Pratchett novels than him and can fling back what he used to give. ^_^

There you have it. Five points, with seven stories that affected me and my reading tastes. You know the sobering thought? All but one of those authors have passed away ...

Monday, 23 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - Books

Week Three of the Buccaneer Blogfest and it's time to reveal what we read, because all writers need to be readers, right? Practically mandatory.

I've been given the question: What are the last three books you've read?

Ha! I say unto you, ha! The last three books? You could go through my review category and see the last umpteen ones I've read (they are also posted on Goodreads and LibraryThing).
At the moment I'm on a Pratchett kick. Aiming to read the whole Discworld series in one long line, in fact. Although the availability of certain titles makes this difficult at times.

To keep it short and sweet: I'm currently reading The Fifth Elephant.
My last three books were: Carpe JugulumThe Last Continent & Jingo.

No, the towers in the front don't fall down.

Now to tell you what is currently in my Kindle/on my bedside table. *snicker*
I've so many paperbacks that my poor Kindle has drained its batteries several times without me reading a single word (seriously, why does it need to have something on the screen when it's turned off?). My bedside table barely has a book on it.

This is because my bookshelves are right beside the bed. Though, to be fair, only the lot on the left is actually my reading pile. My keepers, as I call them. There's about 600 of them. Mostly fantasy and science fiction, largely got via second-hand stores.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - Lightbulb

On a side note: I've been interviewed by Chris Kenworthy over at The Kelworth Files. ^_^

Ah, the lightbulb moment ...
Am I the only one now thinking about Gru from Despicable Me? Say it with me now! Light-bulb.

On a more serious note. That's more-or-less what the Buccaneer Blogfest has for this day's prompt is all about. Revealing what inspired us to write what we wrote. How the ideas were formulated. And what, if anything, is taken out real life.

I've sort of already revealed how I came up with Dark One's Mistress. It was a very strange month.
Of course, not as strange as the morning I sat down to type with Golden Dawn playing in my head. It was actually a dream. Really. The whole thing. Dreamt it. Okay I expanded on it, otherwise it would've been very short and as confusing to someone else as explaining the dream was. Everything I understood while having the dream doesn't just explain itself. Still, from Chapter One to the beginning of the Epilogue, it was all a dream (from an omniscient pov). Crazy.
Of the others, they've been around too long for me to recall exactly how they came into being. Despite being the newest WiP, Anubis' Handmaiden is lumped with this lot as I've no idea where it came from. I just started typing (like I did for The Rogue King, DragonAelfah and The Witch of Morthin). Perhaps it was a dream I cannot consciously recall dreaming.

I guess that means that none of it has been taken from real life. Unless you're including dreams in that, then I've so been ripping from real life.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - Character Interview

Looking for the Hangers part of the Hookers and Hangers Blogfest?

Since I used Anubis' Handmaiden for the last prompt, I thought I would use a different WiP for the character interview part of the Buccaneer Blogfest (although I was very tempted, I shan't be interviewing Veng again). So join me as I hop, skip and jump into the world of Dark One's Mistress.
Because her answers would likely be different at both the beginning and the end of the story, I'll be doing the interview with the her that she would be throughout most of the book.

And here she is, the mistress of the title, Clara.

As I see her in the beginning of the story

Right girl, get yourself comfy and I'll try to make this brief.
Take your time. It's not as if I can just up and leave. How did you get in here, anyway?
Hey, I'm asking the questions and number one is: What do you want more than anything in the world?
Well, it used to be to leave Everdark and my mother behind. To visit other lands. Now, all I want is my freedom. The choice to choose. That's what I want. He shouldn't be able to do this.
I see. So what is your biggest fear?
Sweet goddess, I'm terrified that he'll wear me down and I'll be stuck here. I know I promised I wouldn't try to escape, but he had Tommy. What else was I supposed to do? Surely, I can't be held to that. You can get me out though, right? You got in, you can get out.
Uh ... if you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
That I didn't have this hair colour! He wouldn't have picked me if it wasn't for this horrible hair of mine. Look at it! It's one of his favourite colours! Why couldn't he have liked green? Or preferred brunettes?
If you found a genie in a magic lamp, what would your three wishes be?
What's a genie and where can get one, because my first wish would to be somewhere far from this place. My second would have Tommy being free and with me, just to keep him safe. And, lastly, for him to never be able to find us. That's all three right? You sure I can't have another?
Sorry, only three wishes per genie. Last question: What do you think of Lucias?
What do I think? What do I think? He's an arrogant, egotistical, smug, kidnapping ... I don't know whether I want to slap him or ... or ... he just makes me so angry. I mean, one minute he's saying I can't leave and I have until the new moon to decide when I'll come to him, the next minute he's being so ... nice.
I'll just leave you to your ranting then (I should've interviewed him, he would've been more stable).

The HOOKERS and HANGERS Blogfest - Hangers

Looking for my character interview for the buccaneer blogfest? Why it be here.

So the 16th was the day of the hookers (sounds like some mega-cheesy, z-grade film). Naturally, I'm meaning the first sentences from each chapter of Golden Dawn.
Today it's the time for the last sentences of each chapter. Yes, I'm talking about the hangers. And, like I did for the hooker post, I'll be listing all the chapters (yes, I am aware that some aren't as good as others, that's just how the endings fall).

Prologue: He hadn’t died to let her slip away now.

Chapter One: If he was careful enough, he could likely go for weeks without so much as smelling a single being.

Chapter Two: You’ve gone too far this time, father.

Chapter Three: At least in the tower he only had one person to ignore and if she annoyed him too much, he could always spend his time on the steps.

Chapter Four: Far better to let others fall to his father instead of family.

Chapter Five: With his head pillowed on an arm, he closed his eyes.

Chapter Six: As if it always had been and he’d just needed reminding.

Chapter Seven: No.

Chapter Eight: It shouldn’t take much effort to open them.

Chapter Nine: The thoughts playing over and over in his mind, he drifted off to sleep.

Chapter Ten: She needed h-

Chapter Eleven: Just like his brother ....

Chapter Twelve: She wasn’t all that weighty, he could easily haul her back onto the floor, but trying to do so while she moved in counter to his actions only made it worse.

Chapter Thirteen: “I love you.”

Chapter Fourteen: He would’ve believed her, had it not been for the uncertainty in her eyes telling him she thought otherwise.

Chapter Fifteen: Guilt settling in his gut like a rock, he forced himself to leave the tower, staggering down the stairs in his haste.

Chapter Sixteen: If only the night would be prove itself to be a dreamless one.

Chapter Seventeen: If she chose to abandon the crystal, he’d only have to suffer her dying.

Chapter Eighteen: There was a thump of flesh hitting stone and he had his passage into the fortress once again.

Chapter Nineteen: Brother or not, he was still meat.

Chapter Twenty: Having previously scorned such laziness, he smiled at how easily he walked the halls unchallenged.

Chapter Twenty-One: By him.

Chapter Twenty-Two: And anyone who tried to stop him.

Chapter Twenty-Three: Inside, standing in the middle of the room, his father waited.

Chapter Twenty-Four: Herald scooped up the weapon, ramming blade into sheath as he jogged down the deserted corridors.

Chapter Twenty-Five: No matter the cost.

Epilogue: And there were ways of staying.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - WiP

A new week, a new focus for the Buccaneer Blogfest. This week: Works in Progress (or WiPs if you like). First up: I'm meant to post the first paragraph of a novel/WiP.
It is always hard deciding which one to post. It’s like choosing a favourite author and forsaking all others (we'll touch on that next week ^_^).
But since I'm doing Golden Dawn for the Hookers & Hangers Blogfest (click to see if you here for that), I thought I'd treat you to the first two paragraphs of Anubis' Handmaiden, taken from the prologue.

Blackness filled the room. An inkiness which could only be fashioned by many tons of stone. The smell of incense and embalming fluid hung in the dead air like a water-heavy log in the river. Their fuel already reduced to smouldering fragments, the last of the burners snuffed out.
Through the darkness he walked, footsteps mournfully echoing along the passageways, yet a subtle sureness threading into each stride. He skirted the sarcophagus sitting proudly in the middle of the room, its equally conceited inhabitant having already gone on to Duat. By now, the man would’ve passed through the fifth gate to Aaru.

Prologues not your thing? Fair enough. Here's the first two paragraphs of Chapter One.

Silence hung over the museum like a shroud. Darkness stalked the rooms, cringing at the approach of torchlight. Weak and pale in the oppressing night, it slid over the mummified remains of some unnamed man, seemingly absorbed as it passed by the giant statues of gods and men.
Swung this way and that, the light glittered upon the glass cases, halting as one caught the eye of its holder. Footsteps, muffled but still loud in the enforced quiet, echoed softly across the room. The object within the case shone.

Give you one guess where you've been plonked in the first section, then you can see what other people have written for their WiPs' first paragraphs.

The HOOKERS and HANGERS Blogfest - Hookers

Time to take a small break from the Buccaneer Blogfest and, instead, pop on over to the Hookers and Hangers Blogfest.
This one is hosted by the group at Falling for Fiction and is about the first and last lines in our chapters and getting them polished to a state that makes a reader wait to keep on reading.
Today it's all about the Hookers, and by that I mean the first sentence of a chapter (get your minds out of the gutter people, this ain't about sports).
I can't deny this was a hard, hard choice for me. It always is. I'm constantly plagued by the question of what one to use. Do I go for the favourite and do The Rogue King? Or should I toss the smaller sample of the incomplete Dark One's Mistress? What of Dragon? But no! I have rested my choice on what I see as the darker, middle child of my writing (the black sheep, if you will).
My paranormal novella Golden Dawn.
Now, as we can post the first sentence of as many chapters as we want, I've chosen to do the whole lot.

Prologue: Moonlight glittered upon the frost-shrouded road.

Chapter One: Winter cloaked the valley in the whiteness creeping down from the mountains.

Chapter Two: Herald had climbed the eastern tower but once in his life.

Chapter Three: He raced down the tower steps and onwards through the hallways.

Chapter Four: The sound of people moving about the castle reached his ears as he made his way to the tower steps.

Chapter Five: There’d been only one time when they’d never had humans in the valley.

Chapter Six: Darkness ruled.

Chapter Seven: Half aware he slept, Herald shrugged a shoulder and rolled over.

Chapter Eight: Opening his eyes, he stared at the blank wall before him.

Chapter Nine: He thumped a fist against the shutters.

Chapter Ten: The sun set, urging him to wake.

Chapter Eleven: He lay in a bed.

Chapter Twelve: Gasping, Herald sat up.

Chapter Thirteen: His sister slipped, falling off the window sill, dragging him close to the edge.

Chapter Fourteen: Acarna took a small step back, face blank.

Chapter Fifteen: He leant against the crystal and stared out at the grey clouds churning in their gentle snow-heavy swirls.

Chapter Sixteen: Herald strode into the courtyard.

Chapter Seventeen: He awoke in darkness.

Chapter Eighteen: The subtle squeak of hinges reached him as the last drop of blood touched his lips.

Chapter Nineteen: He raced through the corridors, crashing into people and near tumbling down the stairs in his haste.

Chapter Twenty: Herald clutched his arm.

Chapter Twenty-One: No guards lurked near the bottom of the tower.

Chapter Twenty-Two: He brushed her hair aside, his mouth seeking her neck.

Chapter Twenty-Three: Herald stalked the corridors.

Chapter Twenty-Four: “So it comes to this.”

Chapter Twenty-Five: He climbed the coiling stairway, each step coming woodenly.

Epilogue: Acarna rose above the towers.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Buccaneer Bloghop - The Interview

For the final entry of the Buccaneer Blogfest’s intro week participants are to interview the person below them in the list. This is my first interview, well, where I’m the interviewer and the other person is not a figment of my over-active imagination. ^_^ I am being interviewed over at An Alleged Author.
But now I’d like you all to welcome Clare Dugmore to my little section of the bloggy world.
Now Clare describes herself as a twenty-nine year-old, aspiring writer from the West Midlands of England and is on the editing phase of her first novel Sibylline Nights, a new adult contemporary fantasy. She usually resides at Clare Dugmore Writes, so do pop over and visit her.
Now everyone, here she is ...
Hi Aldrea. First of all, thanks for having me on your blog. I know it's part of the fest, but you didn't have to agree.
That's cool, we've all got to do new things from time to time, I'm just glad that my questions came out alright. You wouldn't believe what sounds fine while in the flu-fog. And speaking of questions:
What was the most random research you’ve ever done for a story?
Oh, Sibylline Nights has given me a lot to research. Just today I've been looking for alternate words for "human". I think the most random was when I was researching the genome, and looking into how abilities could be passed genetically.
That is certainly a random one, but I can see it as being necessary in your novel. And there can’t be many alternate words for human in the English language, can there?
If you could choose anywhere/anywhen to visit, where/when would it be?
New Orleans. I fell in love with New Orleans through Anne Rice's books, and it's top of my list of places to visit. I'd love to stand in the same street Lestat and the Mayfair witches walked.
And, I believe, it is a most fascinating place.
What has been the hardest thing about writing Sibylline Nights?
Making sure my three protagonists all have individual voices, and don't blur into one character. I took a risk writing triplets, and now I have to justify that.
Ooo. Yes, that would've been one to keep a good eye on. Hope they didn't give you too much trouble.
The best movie of all time is ....?
Just one movie? But there's so many I love. The Lord of the Rings movies were excellent adaptations, and I'm not sure I would have read the books without seeing the films first. The Labyrinth is also one of my favourites, I've been watching it for like twenty years, and can quote it by heart.
Both wonderful choices. I had a bit of a crush of Jerad in my teenage years. Gotta love a man who can pull off looking scarily sexy in tights and ruffles.
You’ve been granted the wish to meet one author. Who would it be? What would you say to them?
Oh goodness, this is hard. There are so many authors that have inspired me. I want to say George RR Martin, or Patrick Rothfuss, but I feel like if I met either of those, I'd be completely starstruck and ramble incontinently. I've recently gotten into Kiersten White's work, and feel like she's someone I could have a good old girlie chat with. She seems like so much fun.
Hehe. I think I’d be starstruck too. Well, that's the last of the questions. So long Clare, hope you have an easy time with your editing, and thanks letting me interview you. ^_^
Thanks again for interviewing me, and all the best.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - My Blog

Time for another post inspired by the Buccaneer Blogfest. Today I’m answering two questions:

Why did you start blogging? and What are your goals for you blog?

Well now, this blog was originally started to hold my book reviews. I know how original am I? ^_^ I post them on LibraryThing and Goodreads too. But I really, I wanted a place to trace them all that wasn’t mouldering quietly in some obscure part of my computer’s hard drive.
I was quite content with it.
Then I stumbled across what has to be the biggest writing community on the web and the blogfests/bloghops that were sprinkled throughout the blogs (for those who are new here, my 2012 goal is to participate in at least one bloghop a month). Six months later, I’ve been consistently reaching that goal and, as a result, have met so many new people. ^_^
That being said, I don’t really have a goal for my blog. That brings rise to the possibility that there may be an end to it and, right now, I'm having far too much fun to want this to stop. So the closest to a goal I have is the desire to have one place where everything about me, all my writerly happening and readerly thoughts, are in one place. Hence the blog’s title (Thardrandia being the planet my first story is based on ^_^).

Now you know the story of my blog and how it came to be. Remember to continue on through the linky list and visit all the others participating in this blogfest.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - Introduction

The Buccaneer Blogfest has begun. Running from the 9th of July to the 3rd of August, three posts a week, new theme each week.
This week, is intro week. So ...

Hello all, my name is Aldrea Alien. I reside at what I like to think of as the bottom of the world, otherwise known as New Zealand.
I'm both a writer and a reader of fantasy works, though I'll branch out into other genres if the story takes my fancy. ^_^
My love for books started about the time I wrote my first story, The Rogue King, some fifteen years ago and, after finishing it, found I’d been bitten by the writing bug. Since then, I have not stopped writing (or plotting) whatever strange stories I come up with. As of this moment, I’ve three completed stories and eight WiPs in various stages of plotting, writing or rewriting.

I'm not one for too many points of interaction, sometimes it gets a bit much for me to hop round all the blogs I follow, keep up with real life and then find some quiet time to write, but I'll occasionally tweet.

So now you know some more about me. It’s time for you to surf the linky list below and be introduced to some other people cruising the net.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

I'm all over the place

Okay, not me, precisely. I'm fighting a rather nasty dose of the flu.

No, no. I mean my work, well one of my stories.
This time, it's my uncompleted-first-draft of a WiP. Yes, I'm talking about Dark One's Mistress
Dianne K. Salerni and Marcy are giving their first impression of the first page (which has since had the Road and citadel on the second page).

As if that wasn't enough, Marcy is also critiquing DOM's whole first chapter over at Unicorn Bell.

Already, I've been tweeking and rewriting to clarify some spots. So if you reach the end and want to read more, flick me an email (tandora(at) and we'll talk about swapping chapters. ^_^

Okay, I'm out. Hopefully, I feel better by the time the Buccaneer Blogfest starts.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Introducing ...

Name: Coug-Our
Story: The Rogue King Saga - The Forgotten Queen
Status: Dark Born Bond Mate to Evalka

Big kitty. About as big as a horse, kitty. That's a lot of cat food.
I've no idea where I got the Coug-Our, which is both her name and species seeing as she’s the only one. Kinda. Sorta. Somewhere along the road I decided to give her a child. Immaculate conception style.
Probably a good thing then that she doesn't actually interact with the characters in The Rogue King Saga itself, instead taking a more curious, observing role.
She's also just about the only non-god Veng – the Main Character – wouldn't take on in the story. Boy may have some anger management issues, but he ain't a fool. Those fangs have got to be at least as long as his forearm.

Ugh, she looks horrible lightened. But black does not stand out well.
Why does it feel as if 99% of my Dark Born are black? They’re not. Okay, 55% are, but the one's that aren't? Not quite as many of them floating about (literally in some cases).

Monday, 2 July 2012

Blogfests: July and Onwards

This is going to be quite a busy month for me. Okay, all my months are busy.
I'm meaning blogfest-wise.

First up for my July Blogfest, is the Buccaneer Blogfest (most of July and part of August really). Hosted by Sharon Bayliss and Courtney Young. Those who've signed up will be posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday all July long.
Here's the sum-up:

Intro Week (July 9 - 13)
(July 9) Introduction: Tell us a little bit about you and your blog. Post the sign up linky for this blogfest in your post. Include your other social media links so we can follow.
(July 11) Why you did you start blogging? What are your goals for your blog?
(July 13) Interview the person signed up below you on the linky and post that interview.
Work in Progress (July 16 - 20)
(July 16) First paragraph of novel or WIP
(July 18) Character interview
(July 20) Share your light bulb moment with us. How did you come up with the idea for your WIP?
Reading (July 23 - 27)
(July 23) What are you reading? What books are on your shelf?
(July 25) Favourite authors and why?
(July 27) Recommend or review a book of choice. Tell the interwebz why you love it!
Final Countdown (July 30 - August 3)
(July 30) Social Media: Share your feelings and opinions about social media and it's relation to writing and reading.
(Aug 1) Host a giveaway using Rafflecopter or a similar tool. If you don't have anything you'd like to giveaway, we'd be happy to let you post the Rafflecopter form for a CQ sponsored giveaway.
(Aug 3) Reflection post: Share your experience from this blogfest. What are the next steps you want to take with your blog?

During the Works in Progress week, I'll also being participating in the Hookers and Hangers Blogfest, hosted by Cassie Mae, Hope Roberson, Jade Hart, Kelly Lyn and Jenny Morris at Falling for Fiction. That is to say, on the 16th I'll be posting the first sentence of a WiP. And on the 18th it'll be the last sentence of the WiP.
I'm not yet certain which story I'll be using as they're all so very tempting. Will it be Golden Dawn? The Rogue King? Dragon? Or perhaps the incomplete Dark One's Mistress?
Be here on the 16th and the 18th to find out. ^_^

THEN, as the Buccaneer Blogfest winds down, I'll be getting revved up for the WHAT IF ...? Blogfest. Running the week of the 13th to the 17th of August.
For this, I'll be taking a fairytale and making a slight adjustment to it. And all in 300 words. I can do that. I think. I'll certainly give it a shot.

And it'll belong in one of these four categories, judged by a particular host:
Plot Twist - Cassie Mae
Comedy - Mark Koopmans
Tragedy - Leigh Covington
Love Story - Morgan Shamy

Don't ask me what team I'm heading for, I'm not even certain what story I'll be using. All I know is, I'm not that strong when it comes to comedy or plot twists.
So to do a love story or a tragedy ... hmm ...