This quote was posted on The Writer’s Circle, a group that posts about writing stuff on Facebook (click the picture to go to their page). It inspired a conversation among my writer friends, in which one friend told me about a “what if?” writer’s conference she attended. The speaker gave them the following writing prompt:
In 12 words or less, starting with “what if” , charismatically describe your book so everyone will want to buy and and read it.
Sounds simple enough. But here’s the funny bit-it’s not.
Here is what I came up with for The Gatestone Chronicles: Fayling
What if you were the only person who could fix magic?
It isn’t a bad sentence, but would it sell my book? It doesn’t really hit at the real story, does it?
Okay, let’s try again.
What if a human could save the universe from fairies?
Hmm. I like that one better. Closer to what the book is about, but it vilifies the fay a bit too much.
One more time.
What if saving one life could magically alter the course of fate?
Okay, well it isn’t perfect, but to be fair I have to keep it to twelve words, so it will do.
What about you reader? Tell me what you came up with in the comments below. Happy Writing!
I have officially been blogging for one year. It is a fun thing, to look back and review my own accomplishments. When I started out, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to blog. My brother, Izlain was a member of the Newbie Blogger Initiative(which has an event about this time every year) and encouraged me to get blogging. I had recently decided to write full-time, but was very disorganized and uncertain about my goals. My blog helped me focus on the work at hand, and I began writing about writing. It took me a while to figure out a schedule, and even now I sometimes have a hard time sticking to it. But blogging helped me focus on my career, and in December 2014 I released my first book, Tilted Tales. My second book, Fayling, will be releasing this summer, and my third by the end of the year. (read a bit about it on my website.) My blog helped me take myself seriously. I have since created my own website, created a professional Facebook profile, and opened a Twitter account.
But my one-year blogging aniversary reminded me where it all began.
So today is a salute to blogging, and to other bloggers. If you have something to contribute to the world, then I encourage you to blog.
Today I would like to share a radio blog interview of a new acquaintance of mine, April M. Reign. If you have not heard about her yet, you will. She is an extremely prolific writer, and she offers great advice that has already helped me focus and produce work I can be proud of. The best part: She is completely self-published, and an Amazon Bestseller. So when I say she has great advice, I say so based on her impressive resume as well as personal experience.
Around the 28 minute mark in the interview she starts talking about her upcoming free info sharing programs (such as webinars) that will help new and inspiring authors through the entire publishing process. When I hear more from her about that, I will definitely share it with you, and I’m sure it will pop up on her website.
Click on the radio bar image above to listen to the interview (you will be taken to another webpage).
If you are interested in reading any of her work (and you should be) you can go to her website at:
It is a new year, a new beginning. A new chance to start fresh and do things better. We resolve to do the things we’ve put off, and be the person we want to be. It’s a lovely thought. In the spirit of the season I have made a resolution to post to my blog more consistently. So, for the year of 2015 I will strive to create a new post every Tuesday and Friday.
We all know how woefully inconsistent I have been, but I am going to do my best to change that.
So my first post will be about the projects I am currently juggling.
First is my gnome children’s book that is more or less done being written. I keep putting it off because I am creating all the artwork myself using miniatures, and frankly it is a huge undertaking. I’m still creating half the props (if that is what you would call them). I moved houses right as I was beginning this project, and I shelved it because it was too hard to work on while moving. Picking it back up has been a slow process, because I have been pretty distracted by everything else going on in my own brain.
Next is Fayling, an urban fantasy novel I am writing about my own version of the Fay folk. This particular book is near and dear to my heart. I have written, re-written, started over, scrapped, and written again on this project for a few years now. It means a lot to me, and I don’t want it to see the light of day until it is just perfect. I have a pretty good outline going, but when I feel a little stuck I will set it down and come back to it again when inspiration strikes. About a third of it is complete.
Then there is a new project that I started about a minute after I published Tilted Tales. It is still in the concept stage, but I am on a good track. This one will be a sort of encyclopedia of the monsters and fairies that rattle around inside my head. Some are based of legends and stories I was told as a child, while others are just plain imagined into existence. I will update you more on this one as the idea solidifies.
And finally the one I am most excited about (at the moment). In Tilted Tales, I wrote an epic poem about six witch sisters. I have received very positive feedback on this poem, so much so that I decided to create a novel version. The title of the poem is Six Sisters. I have not picked a title for the novel yet, but there are a few bouncing around my head. I’ll let you know when I settle on one. I have written a thorough and complete outline for this book, and I am aiming at an august publication. I am thinking of trying to get this one traditionally published, but if I can’t get an agent/publisher to bite, then I will continue on with CreateSpace.
As you can see, I have plenty to keep my busy this year, wish me luck!
As I have mentioned before, I have had the pleasure of rubbing elbows with some very talented self-published authors. One such author, and a pal of mine, is J.N. Race, author of The Lost Remnant (find it on amazon.com). I Invited her to write a few guest posts for me. Enjoy her words of wisdom:
I want to start this post by saying thanks to my good buddy, Lady Ashmo for inviting me to do a guest post or two on her blog. What an honor! It’s officially National Novel Writing Month, also affectionately referred to as #NaNoWriMo by several hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic people across the country. What started out as a concept is pretty much now “a thing” in 2014 speak. In their own words:
“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.”
In a nutshell, it’s a place where procrastinating pigeons cocoon up until they emerge as published phoenixes. Ok not all of them publish. Many go on to become manuscript-toting ocelots. The point is, however, that it takes guts to write a novel and NaNoWriMo provides that much-needed boost!
I love the smell of writing a novel in the morning…
Having just launched The Lost Remnant in July, I will be taking a different approach to November. Rather than attempt to crank out the second story in the Pieces of Eden series, I have elected to draft out the entire outline for the novel which is a lengthy process in itself. I would hoist up a pic of my chicken scratch notes as evidence, but I’ll just leave it to your imagination instead.
That doesn’t stop me from getting in on all the fun. If you’re a Twitter-bird, then you’ll be in hashtag heaven as the #NanoWriMo’ers dominate the field. It’s a great way to connect with other people in the same boat as you and that makes for a much more fun journey.
What to do when it’s not National November Writing Month…
The main office of NaNoWriMo does more than just occupy space 11 months out of the year. Through its efforts, several in-person meetups and write-ins are held throughout the year. Many of them take place in libraries, coffee shops, and other headquarters of the willing who support the cause. Sign-up is free on the website. So if you’re social and you’re looking for yet another writing group, this could be your next big opportunity for friendship and beta-reading glory.
You can ALWAYS donate year round as NaNoWriMo is officially a 501(c)(3) organization. Yep, that’s right! All you self-pubbers like me who need a little tax break. You can help a good cause and help yourself in the process. In the meantime, it’s still November! You have plenty of time to get going on your masterpiece.