NaNoWriMo is officially over! #nanowrimo2014

Participant-2014-Web-BannerIt’s December 1st, and many of us (me included) are coming off that month-long frenetic obsession called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, FYI).  My goal had been to write 50k by Thanksgiving (which was the same goal as last year), since family has this way of absorbing all your time.  Alas, I didn’t reach my 50k until November 30th, but I made it!

NaNo was really kicking my butt this year.  Between family who don’t seem to understand the meaning of the word “No” to other commitments that just happened to decide to start in November rather than being good and starting in December (cough-bowling league), it was certainly a challenge. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I managed to write 10k the first weekend, even though I had to visit my parents.  And I managed to write quite a bit while at work on some days, which probably had something to do with my success.  I had a lot of slow days, though...

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Writing a Blurb

In the past, I’ve had trouble writing blurbs or book descriptions.  When writing one for Forever After, I had the hardest time, finding myself completely stumped.

Sure, I’ve found plenty of resources giving suggestions on how to write effective blurbs, but that was never the problem.  The problem seemed to lie in trying to describe my book.  I couldn’t do it.  Not to save my life.  I’ve frequently found I couldn’t summarize my book if asked.  My mind just comes up blank.  There’s too much going on.  Where do I start?

It wasn’t until I think last year’s NaNoWriMo that I actually came to a sort of epiphany.  I am actually quite good at writing blurbs–when I have no idea what the book is actually going to be about!  I wrote the blurb for Mila’s Shift before I’d even gotten halfway through the outline, maybe much much less.  I barely had any clue what the story was about, but I managed to write a fairly good blurb.

I realized that that was the perfect time to write a blurb for...

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Patreon – Another Form of Crowd Funding

Recently, I’ve been rather intrigued by a site called Patreon.  The site, like with IndieGoGo and KickStarter, are intended to crowd fund, only Patreon works on a smaller scale.  Patreon is intended for content creators like web comic artists, musicians, writers, etc that create regular content.  Patrons, the content consumers, pay either per piece or per month, depending on how the content creator set up their page.  Like I said, I was intrigued and it seems rather promising.

So, I made myself a Patreon page.  The setup process was fairly simple, relatively easy to understand, but I felt it was decidedly lacking in “How To’s”  I found an FAQ, but that didn’t answer my questions entirely.  For the most part, the site seems to be pretty straight forward, though I did have a challenge with one of my “creations.”  When I tried to add an attachment to a creation, I ended up with this weird page with nothing on it.  I’ve emailed Patreon, and hopefully they can tell me what I did wrong...

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Being a lazy bum…

Yes, I know, I know.  I am a bum.  I keep trying to be good, and I’m not.

I’ve been half heartedly working on editing Forever After.  Once done, I intend to post the edited version to Wattpad for a limited time in advance of proper publishing.  They have a service that features works on there if they’re in good shape, so I want to do that once I go through the current edit, then post it to Wattpad, send it off to a proper editor, and move forward with publishing it.

I am completely in a standstill on Seize.  I seem to know what I want to write, but can’t seem to get motivated.

I have been coming up with plenty of ideas, though.  For lots of stories.  Maybe I need to start writing some short fiction – flash and short stories.  Get the creative juices flowing a bit.  Might get me in the mood.  I did discover a promising site called Patreon that I would like to try out...

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Science in Fiction: Arteries vs Veins

science in fictionI read a lot of vampire fiction, so I read a lot of stuff about fangs puncturing femoral arteries and carotids.  I thought I should clarify some about the difference between arteries and veins (and how it affects you paranormal writers in the audience).


Arteries generally contain oxygenated blood, meaning the blood flowing through those suckers tend to be a bright red.  Arteries are under high pressure, varying between peak pressure (systolic) and low pressure (diastolic), depending on which part of the heart pumping cycle you’re on.  This causes your pulse.
There are generally very few arteries in a given area, meaning that any damage to them can be catastrophic.  Arteries tend to be harder to find, deeper.


Veins are under low pressure, and are abundant.  Where an area (e.g. your arm) might only have two arteries, you’ll have a broad network of veins.  This, all in all, makes veins a better choice to puncture...
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King Tomb by Scarlett Dawn

So sorry that I haven’t managed to post lately.  My life has been positively off kilter lately.  I haven’t read, blogged, edited, wrote.  Nothing.  But I’m started to get my life back together again, so hopefully, you’ll be hearing more from me in the future.


And on to the topic at hand – Yeah, I can’t wait.  And, drum roll please….

It’s scheduled to release on October 1, 2014!!!  Yeah, super exciting.


I couldn’t decide which picture to post… so I posted both.  Enjoy.

Portrait of sinister cultist in hood with book

Beautiful woman posing in gothic clothes

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WeWriWa/Snippet Sunday 02/16/2014 #8sunday #snippetsunday

new seize smSorry about last week.  I started a new job this past week, and I realized last weekend I had no clothes!  Yes, so I spent a better part of the weekend clothes shopping, which I hate. And ended up completely exhausted, and probably partially brain dead.  I kind of forgot about this until Sunday…

On the plus, I got a new phone!  Gone is my LG POS.  Hello iPhone 4s!

And, yeah, here’s the next eight…

As we got closer, the details of the carvings because clear.  The doors were a collage of wolves.  Some slept happily curled up in a ball.  Others leapt and played, roughing each other up like puppies were wont to do.  Finally, the largest carving in the very center of the doors was of a wolf standing over his defeated foe, staring menacingly out the doors as if ready to kill any who threatened to take its prize.  I half expect it to growl.

Two guards stood outside the doors and, as we approached, they swung into action, pushing the doors open, then waiting for us to pass before pu...

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WeWriWa/Snippet Sunday 02/02/2014 #8sunday #snippetsunday

new seize smSo sorry about last week.  I was flailing around trying to collect information for a background check.  But, I should be starting a new job soon, so that’s good news.

And… I made a new cover.  What do you think?  I had just learned how to make glowing eyes and I wanted to play.  Plus, I wasn’t happy with the color contrast on the old cover…

I think my recent series of snow days might have influenced the design…

I had been gritting back pain ever since dismounting from the horse in the market.  I’d chosen not to look at the soles of my feet but knew they were pretty bad from my run several days previous.  It took everything I had not to wince every time I put my foot down, but I refused to let anyone see my weaknesses.  Stepping on the smooth marble of the steps leading to the castle was a breath of fresh air.  I nearly sighed as my foot touched the cool, soothing stone.

But even with the relief the stone gave, reaching the large wooden doors seemed like a monumental accomplis...

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WeWriWa/Snippet Sunday 01/19/2014 #8sunday #snippetsunday

seizeHope you enjoy Seize again this week.  Looking forward to your comments, and an end to this weekend before it has even started…

It was clear the castle, the city itself, was built strategically, with defense and war in mind.  The city was designed to destroy the morale of an attacking army before they even neared its walls.

As we approached the castle, it dawned on me.  David was a prince.  I couldn’t figure out why it hadn’t occurred to me before.  After all, the witch had kidnapped me and I was a princess.  It only made sense that David was a prince himself.  David was dragged us to see his father, the king.

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Book Review: Sleepless by Sera Ashling


I really liked this book, the writing, the characters.  Pretty much everything.  I laughed on a regular basis, the fight scenes were nice, and the characters really made the story.

The world building was nice and fairly unique.  I’ve gotten a little jaded with the whole quest/journey etc. type of Fantasy novels.  I’m afraid I’m getting to the point where I’m expected to break out in hives if someone says Epic Fantasy.  My mind tends to drift to that scene in Clerks II where the one guy is describing the Lord of the Rings and jumps up on the counter…  Still, I liked this world.  It was familiar yet different, which I have always felt was essential to any good story.

Even though he’s kind of a bad guy, I liked Traken right from the start.  The author did a great job with him because, even though he is decidedly evil, you can’t help but like him.
Santo aka the Blood Fox, well, I kept forgetting her name...
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