Oh what the heck, I’ll post a day early so I can remind you of my book, Tilted Tales under the guise of the pop culture phenomenon, throwback Thursday. Cheers!
Every living being carries magic at its core,
Even those who never did a mystic thing before.
Don’t commit to memory shifty lines of magic spells.
Don’t mix yourself a brew of sense-offending smells.
The magic that I mean takes so little skill to cast.
Bet my worldly fortune that you’ve used it in the past.
It doesn’t take a wizard to figure what this means:
Loving is a power that is written in your genes.
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.
As you know, I live off in my own world, full of fairies, monsters, and creatures of my own invention. I like living this way, and I have no intentions of my work reflecting anything that isn’t me. I’m weird, and I’m aware of it. It showed through in Tilted Tales, and it will shine equally as bright in Fayling (my pending novel).
Now, when I share my work for critique, I get lots of great advice and encouragement from my fellow group members. But I sometimes get critics who just don’t like my genre. They question a characters abilities, and try to enforce real-world physics into my book. “that’s not possible,” one person will say “a character cannot be all powerful” another will say. Yes, because being able to move walls means nothing can ever harm you. It’s an ability, my friend. Not all mighty perfection. Magic is supposed to be unexpected, and put the super in supernatural. Their problem is not with my style, by the subject matter. And that is just fine; clearly they are not my target demographic.
Thank god J.K. Rowling didn’t listen to any such advice.
Feeling the way I did about the review of my current chapters, something occurred to me. I am always encouraging other writers to seek out and listen to the advice of other writers. I may have left an important tidbit of advice out of that sentiment:
Don’t stifle your own voice because someone doesn’t like your theme. Listen to the grammar corrections, and the honest concerns about your plot. But take the opinions of the people who don’t like the subject matter (and judge the work accordingly) and place their opinion on the shelf, where it belongs. Your writing is yours. Don’t let anyone try to change that.
Today I would like to show you a video I made to help market Tilted Tales. I did not hire anyone to put it together, so don’t expect a Hollywood trailer. It is intended to introduce new people to my book.
I published Tilted Tales via CreateSpace, and I do not have an agent. As I’m sure you can guess, Books do not sell themselves. I’ve been writing for ages, but now that my dream has come true, and my book is in print, the real work begins. This is uncharted territory for me. If I want to make a name for myself I will have to get people’s attention. I’m still not 100% sure how to do that. This video is my first attempt.
Click on the picture below to watch the video on YouTube.
All right, It took a bit of finagling, but the Kindle edition of Tilted Tales is live. Feel free to order a copy. If you do, I would be eternally grateful if you left a review. Click on the picture below to find it on amazon: