Howdy! It's been a quick few weeks. I don't want to say "rough", more just tiring. Work has been really busy. I'm gradually getting into the swing of things there. I've halfway started to work out again. I finally got The Rise of Aredor books relaunched. I finished a novella. I got my edits back for The … Continue reading Time To Be Real.
Howdy! Tuesday evening saw something amazing happen. I finished a book. That's right. I actually finished a draft of a WIP. For the first time in about 3 years, people! (To be fair, I did write a novella back in 2015 for a contest, but it's still been that long since I've finished anything.) I … Continue reading I Finished A Book!
Howdy! It's hard to believe it's already the last day of Indie E-Con! It's been a spectacular week full of all things writing! Missed any of it? You can find all the posts and links over on Kendra's blog! Also, Adela's Curse is up for some awards! If you've read it, I'd love if you would head … Continue reading Indie E-Con: Owning This Writing Thing
I have the exact same outlook on this subject.
by Lauren Sapala
Every morning when I open my inbox a landslide of emails from the online writing community pour out. Blog posts, newsletters, classes and programs and retreats. And then I jump on social media and the wave continues: Advice and instructions on character development, plotting your plot, finessing the end and then going back to that first page and polishing your opening hook until it sparkles and shines and catches the eye of every agent with an email address.
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Howdy! I posted last week about a Black Friday sale put on by myself and a large group of other indie authors. (Also, thanks to those bloggers who saw my post and shared and/or signed up!) Today kicks off the sale! There's some great books being offered. I'm offering the Rise of Aredor series in … Continue reading Black Friday Sale!
Guys! Check out this awesome cover from Steph Gregory!
As promised, here is the cover for my new novel: Oath of God.
I’ve still got a few tweeks to finish up, but this is basically how the cover will be.
Below is a re-work of the blurb, just as a little added extra!!
What is murder anyway, except a job?
At least Valdis tells himself killing for a living means nothing…
He knows only too well the cost of selling one’s soul to the highest bidder.
Now his skill and sword are no longer his to command.
And his mistress obeys the will of a god.
Ataran has been slighted.
He is Immortal and yet fears the hand of death.
All that stands in his way is a girl and a dragon.
Kama was forced to watch as Immortals burned her world.
They made one mistake.
Across the vast Emptiness lives the last spelled…
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I’ve mention The Scriptorium here once or twice, but we’re now back up and running with a new website and a new round of Flash Fiction centered around the word Phoenix! Check out my entry and the corresponding post about what inspired the story!
Also check out the other cool entries by my fellow Scriptoriumites! 🙂
Fellow #BlogBattler, Cathleen Townsend invited me over for an interview today! Go check it out! 🙂
Today’s guest is the fabulous Claire Banschbach. She was born and raised in Midland, TX, the fourth of eight children. She was homeschooled through high school and is now a proud member of the Texas A&M University class of 2014. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She continues to write in her spare time (and often when she doesn’t have spare time). She hopes her strong foundation in God will help to guide her writing.
I’m a fantasy author, too. 🙂 How did you decide on your genre?
Growing up on stories such as LOTR, Narnia, and Redwall certainly influenced my love of fantasy. It’s still my favorite genre to read. My first big story idea was fantasy and I’ve just really run with it. I think it’s so much fun…
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Rachael graciously had me over for a short interview today! 🙂
This is a very late interview with our Week 42 “Gift” #BlogBattle Winner. But I suppose I subscribe to the old adage, “better late than never!” Claire’s story, The Strange Gift, was a wonderfully fantastical story about a girl who learned to love books in the most magical way. If you haven’t read it yet you should pop on over and enjoy it.
So, here with me is author & full-time student Claire Banschbach, ready to be interrogated . . . errr . . . I mean interviewed. Thanks for coming, Claire! We’re pleased as punch you could stop by.
I just have to know,
1) If you had to give up writing in order to pursue your career after graduation would you have to stop and think about it, or would it be a no-brainer? Why or why not?
I’d have to stop and think about it for…
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Yes. Just yes.
Love has been a core element of fiction since…well, since forever, I guess. It drives and unites characters, it pushes plot forward, it distinguishes good from evil, and it’s an integral part of what makes a story real to us.
Romantic love certainly isn’t the only manifestation of this force, but it is a prevalent one. It’s a trend I don’t foresee readers ever getting tired of because it resonates so much with the human heart.
But genuine love is all but gone from today’s fiction menu.
A culture that soaks up visual stimulation like a sponge has replaced selfless, sacrificial, protective love with superficial mind-candy.
Pick up any given book with a romantic element to it (doesn’t even have to be romance genre), and you’re just about guaranteed to find perfect bodies (featured on the cover to make sure the book sells), high-school level personalities (the angsty-yet-so-muscly dude who…
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