Friday, October 31, 2014
Many thanks to Viklit and her team for hosting Celebrate the Small Things, and Many Thanks to Misha and Beth for hosting Do You Have Goals?
I'm going to combine posts, so hopefully it all makes sense, and is short enough to read. :)
1. Progress on Champion's Destiny sputtered and nearly died, and then I started up again - new plan, refreshed perspective.
2. I wrote a grouping of poetry/fiction/vignettes and submitted them at the beginning of the month, so my "short works" Write 1 Sub 1 goal is on track. Plus, a previous submission, "Cloud Download," was published at Espresso Stories.
3. I'm working on several "short" projects like: my micro-fiction series, Ashes Burn, a free, ongoing series; plus some re-pubs of individual short stories like "Seedling," "The Bridge Snap," and "The Horse in the Well" - which are all kindle select publications which I plan to use for my Friday Freebies. (Hint: wait for them to come up free on Fridays in the months to come.)
4. I had a sale on my books this month - trying to earn some coffee money, at least. Marketing seems to be a skill that has escaped me entirely, but I'm still persevering.
5. I'm signed up for NaNoWriMo. At first, I planned on focusing on Captain Wrath (finally), but now it looks like I'll be working on dueling plots: Champion's Destiny in the mornings, and Captain Wrath in the afternoons/evenings. I will get them finished, by hook or by crook. (does anyone else actually say that?)
6. The red carpet premiere of Ghost Noir - a little indie film that both my daughters acted in this last summer and fall. (2 pics at the end of post - added late)
What are you celebrating? And, do you have goals that you're working towards this year?
#FridayFreebie Dragonfold and Other Adventures - only free on Friday
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Last Friday, I was tagged in the Meet the Character Blog Hop by the sweet Cathrina Constantine, the ultra-talented author of multiple books including:
Tallas - Dystopian, fantastical creatures, and characters with depth!
Wickedly They Come - Angels and Demons face off in this novel!
Click on the titles to get to the Amazon buy links. :)
Now, let's meet Clara
What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical?
Clara is a teen sword master with a heavy destiny on her shoulders as the chosen Champion against evil in the world of Aramatir. She's definitely fictional.
Champion's Destiny is my current W.I.P. but Clara has struggled through Champion in the Darkness and Champion in Flight, books 1 and of The Champion Trilogy.
Champion in the Darkness, Champion in Flight, and all my books for kindle, for Nook, and at Smashwords are currently up for 99 cents through the end of October. This price is due, in part, to celebrate the new cover for Champion in the Darkness (the new paperback cover will be coming soon).
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
"Justus felt his mouth tighten as the impossible situation began to gather around him like the tangle of a rough net, ending every opportunity for escape." - Wilder Mage by CD Coffelt
"Magical. Hmm. Mack certainly was special . . . but magical? She glanced at the cup of coffee someone had served the priest just moments before. Oh, phooey. Maybe she'd set it there out of habit in anticipation of his arrival." - Ma Tutt's Donut Hut (A Mack the Magical Cat Mystery) by Lyn Perry.
"There's nothing more common in the spiritual life than starting out right and then going wrong . . .
And then we're stopped by something beautiful - child, friend, stranger; cloud, song, fragrance . . .
Wrapped up in ourselves, we had forgotten entirely about God; we now see ourselves as wrapped up in the bundle of God, with Nabal reduced to nothing more than a footnote to the text of our life." - Leap Over a Wall by Eugene H. Peterson (context 1 Samuel 25)
What have you been reading lately?
Monday, October 27, 2014
Writing Prompts (jolt-size):
In the rain . . .
Standing in the rain . . .
Fave pics from the weekend (between rain showers) at the Kenmore Canoe and Kayak Race:
Friday, October 24, 2014
Celebrate the Small Things:
(Brought to us by Viklit and her team of Celebrators)
1. My husband's hospital stay was less than 36 hours - yay! He's a healthy guy, but we had a scare that is requiring some further tests. With some minor medical care and his usual eat-healthy-bike-to-work lifestyle, he should be ok.
2. Lots of prayers, thoughts, hugs, and offers of help by family and friends. Thank you. When my prayers were in the speechless-shock-groan-of-the-heart category, I had some serious
prayer warriors intervening. Again, thank you.
3. Ashes Burnis on its 9th episode today. The three characters: Wend, Teresa, and King Bryant have intertwined stories. Wend's story updates on Mondays, Teresa's story updates on Wednesdays, and King Bryant's updates on Fridays.
4. And, these eyes . . .
Prep for NaNoWriMo, Part 3: Super Simple Outlines
Loglines are a single sentence summary of the plot. Although a challenge to write, they guide me through the twisting "squirrel" chasing moments of mad writing for NaNoWriMo.
I would write more about loglines, but I found this amazing, incredible post on loglines by C. Lee Mckenzie.
After I write a logline for the whole book, I try to write one for each character.
When I get through my loglines, I expand to this style of outline:
1. Set up/Inciting Incident: What starts the story?
2. Three challenges/obstacles that the MC will face:
3. Mirror Moment: at what point will the MC see the difference between who she/he wants to be and who she/he is, and decide to change/make a difference?
Slightly more extended outlines, like the Save the Cat 18 point outline, are where I head next . . .
Do you use simple loglines or outlines, or do you need the twenty page type outlines to write? Are you a plotter/pantser/hybrid?
What are you celebrating this week?
And don't forget your Friday Freebie: Dragonfold and Other Adventures for kindle readers. This is a book of fantastical stories and poems. Enjoy!