fantasy-adventure

One Week Left!

Hi everyone!

Black & Red

My First Book!

Just wanted to let you know there is one week left to get my debut novel, Black & Red, for FREE through Smashwords.

Now I shall end the shameless self-promotion 😛

Thanks to those who have downloaded it and if you’d like to leave a review, please do so! Even if you say my book is horrible I’ll happily link to it.

I can’t fix things if I don’t know they’re broken! All the grammar issues, though, I know about those hahahaha 😉

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Have You Checked This Out Yet?

Don’t forget!

Black & Red

My First Book!

For the month of July you can get my debut novel for FREE!

This is a Smashwords Exclusive and you can access it here!

I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read it 🙂

I promise I’ll stop being annoying about it…..

In August 😉

 

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Personalities and Characters

When I was a late teen until I was an early twenty-something I dated this guy who was  the most pretentious, ridiculous person I have ever met. For seven years I had a relationship with this guy and I almost married him. I had accepted a ring and plans were being made and everything!

Then one day I left the ring on the table with my keys and left.

It’s an embarrassing time of my life and I don’t like to remember it. He probably doesn’t like to remember it either.

He was a mechanic who wanted to be a doctor or an actor (he couldn’t make up his mind). He drank wine while bitching about the ‘low-brow’ humour that occurred on the shop floor. He was so full of himself watching Frasier and House like he wanted to be those guys it made me doubt my own intelligence.

Even now; I used to think I knew everything about writing but I don’t. Boss and BSP are far more educated than I in that realm. It made me feel like the one thing I had going for me was gone. I know that’s not the case, but it’s hard not to think that way sometimes.

And that reminds me of Brexton and Aldric.

Brexton is a showy, loud, confident guy. He’s probably not the sharpest tool in the shed as he leaves all the strategies and planning to Aldric. He discounts his own intelligence and is comfortable with the fact that there are those who know more than he does. He is happiest in battle, slicing his katana through the air and through bodies. That is his niche and it is where he feels his best. It’s part of the reason his relationship with Dessa broke down. Brexton wasn’t ready to discover who he could be without his sword.

Aldric is not confident. He has confidence in his battle skills, but that’s it. He is the smarter of the two in terms of planning and strategies. He also has more street-smarts than Brexton. But because Brexton shines like such a star, it makes Aldric self-concious. He feels that perhaps he’s too low to keep up with Brexton. It’s like Brexton is the cool popular kid that everyone loves and Aldric is the smart, quiet nerdy guy with no friends. In reality, they are the best of friends because they have traits that compliment each other. Aldric and Brexton have always been together so there’s that fear that they are only together out of habit.

The funny thing is, they both feel that way. Brexton feels like Aldric could do way better than him and that he is only with him because of familiarity and a sense of responsibility. Aldric feels the same way about Brexton. They don’t talk about it, but there’s that awkward concern under the surface.

I love writing scenes when this comes up. They’re both so ignorant with their emotions and that’s because they were never shown how to express them. Maybe that will change by the end of the story. I can’t tell you now though 😉

I channel a lot of my personal experiences in my writing. Of course I do! I don’t know a writer who doesn’t. This is what I know best because I lived it. I am living it. You could probably learn more about me by reading my book/musings than  you could reading a blog post.

It’s enjoyable to write about Brexton and Aldric. I can’t wait to write more! The office is getting painted this weekend and that makes me so happy! Soon, everyone. Soon I’ll be able to lock myself in there for hours on the weekend and just let my fingers fly over the keyboard.

My husband got his new laptop so I’ll be getting his old one. That will make it much easier to type as well.

Enjoy your Tuesday! Try to stay awake! 🙂

Stay-Awake-Funny

 

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A Godless World

In a fantasy world, there are times when  the appearance of various gods or goddesses is warranted. I once wrote a story that I may rewrite and polish for publication in a few years that followed such beings.

In Three Abandoned Kingdoms there are gods and goddesses. However, we don’t really see them. The followings are established and the information about the gods and goddesses is well known.

Here’s the gist:

  • The world itself is called Tessera
  • It exists in an almost bowl like formation. There are mountains or oceans that surround the kingdoms. Beyond the mountains are deserts. This may connect with a previous work I had written years ago.
  • There are four kingdoms: Byrnan, Haima, Hieros and Allos
  • Allos was said to have been loved by the gods. Their people were said to have been touched by the goddess and that is why magic came easy to them.
  • During the First Wars it was said that Allos had an incredible power capable of wiping out an entire kingdom. It was also said that power could save an entire kingdom from famine and drought.
  • Brynan has always been a war-nation. Before they were just proud of their prowess with martial arts and strategy. Their main exports before the war were metal, smithing skills, science and martial arts.
  • Haima’s main exports are literature, medicine and science.
  • Hieros has exports of art, music, and silks
  • Allos had exported magic, education, science, medicine, music and arts
  • If you think of Tessera like a box, Brynan is in the top left, Haima in the top right, Hieros in the bottom left and Allos in the bottom right.
  • In the First Wars Brynan breached Allos’s kingdom walls. It was said that when Brynan stole the Weapon the entire kingdom began to crumble. Brynan brought the Weapon back to their labs which sleep under the castle and for the next 500 years they tried to unlock it.
  • It was said in one last act of sadness the gods and goddesses closed Allos off from the rest of the world by causing the earth to shake and break. If you were to come to the border of Allos from either Hieros or Haima you would not be able to enter. There are sheer rock walls that encase it.
  • During the events of TAK Allos is closed off and Brynan has basically conquered the entire world of Tessera. The gods and goddesses are absent.
  • Our protagonists are attempting to retrieve the Weapon, return it to Allos and destroy Brynan.

And that’s all I’ll tell you right now. This is just a bit of back story that will be covered in the book itself. So don’t try to steal it. Everything I post is copyrighted so I will hunt you 😉

I might write up another short since I haven’t done that in a while. Maybe I’ll write one about Allos before the Fall. I haven’t decided yet.

I hope you enjoy what you’ve read so far, even though it’s more like thoughts at this time. Happy Tuesday!logic

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The March

The land

The land

It all belongs to us

We take

We take

You cannot stop it

Marching

Marching

Through the lands we take from you

Calling

Calling

None shall rescue you

The children cry

Their sorrowful tears

The mothers cry

Their pitiful tears

The fathers cry

Their  silent tears

The land

The land

Shall never be the same

The March of Byrnan Soldiers

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Oh Darling

Oh darling

My love for you is wild like Quorum

No man can sail it safely.

Oh darling

My hate for you is deep like Quorum

No man can see the bottom.

Oh darling

My tears for you flow swift like Quorum

No man can ford it securely.

Oh darling

My fear for you is cold like Quorum

No man can find warmth.

Oh darling

My hope for you is boundless

No man can contain it.

From the Songs of Hieros

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Resources! The World for Resources!

I find when I’m writing I prefer to have hard copy resources. These can be in the form of a book, a print out or even a photo. I want to be able to touch it, mark it, file it where I deem appropriate.

Last spring I purchased a used book that is an encyclopaedia of mythical, magical creatures. I already have a very good understanding of this kind of lore due to the courses I took in university and high school. However, sometimes there are things that I don’t know (shocking, right?!) and sometimes it’s good to get a refresher. I’ve been out of school for like, 10 years now.

In Three Abandoned Kingdoms I’ve introduced firearms as a method of weaponry. I do  not own guns, I have never held a gun and I rarely see them (I live in Canada). I wanted to buy a sort of encyclopaedia of firearms. The issue I tend to run into is the cost. Someone was selling a very small booklet, approximately 50 pages with illustrations, for $25 a while ago. That is just not something I could afford. The book about creatures is about 1000 pages long with illustrations and is a hard cover which I purchased for $5. That can be the issue when  you buy used.

Before you say it, yes, I am fully aware of the fact that I can look online and I can Google guns and such. But my issue is that I don’t have the basic background. I don’t even know the different kinds of guns available. Most of my knowledge comes from video games and when you play fantasy games like I do, they aren’t always realistic. There is a particular character that is using firearms; Gavin. He’s the leader of a mercenary group and I feel like he would favour a sawed-off shotgun. I have an idea of what that looks like, but as I said, I would prefer a picture or a diagram that I can write on, that I can copy and paste into my character record book. I may type up my story on a computer but all the other information is in a small lined paper book I received for Christmas a long time ago.

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Character Record Book, people.

I also use music as a resource. Certain scores or song evoke certain emotions and can make writing a specific scene easier for me. I used to have a hard cover book of baby names that I wrote in, earmarked and carried wherever I was writing. Especially back in the days when I wrote my stories in notebooks because laptops either didn’t exist or were too expensive (yes, I’m old). I got quite a few looks lugging those things around.

Once my funds increase again, I may have to take a trip to the used book store.

 

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Getting Back on Track

I was working hard today!

I was working hard today!

You’ll be pleased to see that I was working on some story-related brainstorming today during my lunch hour. Don’t try to read too closely as some,  if not most, of what I wrote can be changed. There may be some spoilers so don’t ruin your read if you don’t want to!

On the plus side, I believe I’ve mapped out what I want to happen. I’ve been overly stuck on the middle-ish part of the book as I’ve passed 100 pages but can’t seem to keep the story going. This session really helped and allowed me to change a couple ideas I had and flesh out some finer points on what I’ve already written. I think I’ll start working on my book during my lunch time too. If my tablet is charged I will bring it tomorrow. I’ll need to remember to bring my outline notebook and transfer what I’ve written in this one to that one.

It’s coming along my dears! I am beginning to look out for an artist for the cover. The first one I asked my husband to do and it was quite easy to that on my own. It’ll be in an ebook format again but this time I’ll just go with Kindle Direct Publishing and forego Smashwords. I also need to work on getting Black & Red  available in print. I should have quite a bit of spare time as my husband started school today and starts part-time work after school tomorrow. I’ll have to plan my evenings carefully for all of you.

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Returning So Soon…?

It’s kind of my lunch break right now at work so I wanted to write a proper post.

I’ve been asked before why I write. I have been writing since I was in my early teens for a lot of reasons. Sure, the stuff I wrote then wasn’t amazing, but it was good enough. Even now, I am my own worst critic and I have issues taking constructive criticism. I try to get edits done by people I don’t know personally  because then any criticism can be taken better.

Since I started my new job and my husband has been gearing up for his inevitable return to school, I found myself wondering what I would do. I am surrounded by extremely skilled and intelligent people at my new workplace and I’m finding it a bit hard to maintain my self-confidence. Without having time to write I am feeling more and more bogged down by all my “can’ts”. Rational brain realizes that this will pass and it’s just a matter of getting comfortable with my co-workers and identifying my place within this organization. My irrational brain does not realize this and consistently drags me down.

However, the sadder I get the stronger the creative juices flow and I am reminded of why I started writing in the first place.

I didn’t have the best childhood and I’ve beaten that topic to death. But I started writing as some form of self-therapy. I spent a lot of time when I was younger in a depressed state and it was then that I wrote, what I consider, some of my best. It’s as if I need that conflict to create and I don’t like that. I am in a great place and I want to continue writing TAK but I’m having so many issues just getting to it that it’s driving me crazy. My laptop is toast. My tablet is alright but the Bluetooth keyboard is less than responsive. The word-processing program on my tablet is also less than desirable. I want a new tablet and now I am just waiting for the funds because apparently I can’t have cheap taste lol.

Keep your eyes peeled because I will be reducing my book, Black & Red, to FREE in the coming weeks. It’s time. It’s been out for 2 years already.

Until then, brace for the coming Fall, best season ever!

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