Friday, June 16, 2017

In Which I Start a Newsletter

     Hello friends! I'm excited to announce the next stage of my author journey: putting together that all-important newsletter. I'm very new to this, and hope to send out my first edition in the beginning of July. I'm also planning on moving this blog to Wordpress around that time as well (if I can tweak my site to my liking before then!) so there are quite a lot of changes happening around here. (also, what do you guys think about the move to Wordpress? Please vote on the poll conveniently located on this blog's sidebar!)

     I'm really excited about this newsletter, and I'm trying to make its content a bit different than what's on my blog. Not only will there be writing updates, but also giveaways, sneak peeks, and some interesting historical facts and tidbits that I've picked up.

EDIT: So I didn't realize until the subscribing actually started, that whenever someone signs up, they see my home address, and my home address is also included in all newsletters. Obviously this is not acceptable. Apparently, a physical address is required due to anti-spamming laws. Most people who don't have an office use a P.O. Box, but I don't have the time or money for that. Friends who have newsletters, what do you do? Apparently the fines for using a fake address are pretty steep, so I don't want to risk that.

Any advice?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Story Weaknesses

     We all have our story weaknesses. It could be a word or a theme or a time period, and as soon as we see those in a synopsis or description, we're immediately bamboozled into buying whatever movie, book, or video game promises these fixes. Me? Well, I've got a few...

Adventure fiction

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     I mean your good old-fashioned, classic, slightly cheesy, maybe a little melodramatic but always swashbuckling fare. Think Indiana Jones or The Mummy in paperback form. (which, by the way, are fantastically entertaining because they are so clearly inspired by the very books I'm talking about.)

Novels like:

The Lost World

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

King Solomon's Mines

The Scarlet Pimpernel

John Carter of Mars

The Mark of Zorro

Captain Blood

etc.

     They are just so fun. Anything with archaeology + danger is my favorite thing, unless it's extinct-creatures-that-surprise!-aren't-quite-as-extinct-as-we-thought, which is also my favorite thing. And don't get me started on vigilante heroes in disguise, which is really a big weakness. Also, twist reveals and vintage-but-futuristic technology are some of my favorite aspects of such novels as well. They don't make 'em like these anymore. (also why I have zilch interest in the new Mummy movie, because what is the point if it's not set in the 1920s and full of delightful cheesiness? Why mess with perfection?)

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Crazy-Thick Victorian Novels

     Oh, the long sentences and the gloriously improbable coincidences and the heavy doses of morality. Also, there is a heavier dosage of snark than most people give them credit for. I love it. (also, the below gif is from Cranford, which is possibly my favorite period drama, but also possibly one of my least favorite Victorian novels, so go figure.)

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Anything Art Deco + British

     I prefer my 1920s and 30s glam with a dash of murder. Or a silver cow creamer. I'm not picky.

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     But adding a British accent or two, well, that just makes it better.

Fairy Tales

     Probably pretty obvious from my published writing. Beauty and the Beast will always be my favorite above all favorites, but there are so many other good ones: Rapunzel, King Thrushbeard, The Wild Swans, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella...the list goes on and on and I will probably keep reading them forever.

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What are your story weaknesses?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

What I've Been Up To

-Writing-


     I've finally gotten back into the habit. It took me much longer than I was expecting, since I've done zilch since December. I had to come to terms with the fact that I just wasn't getting anywhere with the stories I had it in my head to work on this summer. Once I opened myself up to possibly working on something else, everything has been going a lot more smoothly. It is bad news for those of you who've been curious about my next fairy tale retellings, though! Sorry. :/ But, if you like just straight-up historical novels, I'm working on something just for you.

-Embroidering-


     I knew I wanted to work on this over the summer, and I have- plus, I've just opened an etsy shop to sell some of it! If you are interested, you can check out my shop here. This is really my only job this summer, so I'm hoping I can actually make some decent money off of it, but I've never intently pursued this before, so we'll see how it goes.

-Watching-

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     I enjoy watching TV while working on aforesaid embroidery, and since I've gotten Netflix, a whole new world of options has opened up. Mainly I've been keeping up with DC's superhero lineup, Agents of Shield, and I kind of binged watched Terra Nova (Which sadly only had one season. I'm very bitter about it). I also recently started White Collar, which I'm loving. SO MUCH FRIENDSHIP. (and, ya know, thieves.)

-Reading-


     I recently finished my first Anthony Trollope novel, which I liked much more than I expected (judging from The Warden's synopsis, I didn't think it'd be half so interesting as it was) and I'm about to start Rudyard Kipling's Kim. I also just checked out a load of YA novels from the library, which I'm looking forward to, and finished my first comic collection. I like the idea of comics, but I've just never gotten in to them, but I'm really going to try this summer.


-Graduating-



     No, not me! But the month of May was pretty much taken up with preparations for my brother Harrison's graduation from high school. I stole the above picture from his instagram, but then I think he stole this picture from my phone in the first place, so I guess we're even.

-Unpacking-


     My family and I moved about two months ago, but a lot of our stuff has still been in storage, and now that the smoke has cleared from finals and graduation, we've been bringing stuff in little by little. I've gotten most of my books out (though I'm still waiting on a box or two) and so I've had a lot of fun--and frustration!--shelving and re-shelving my books. I've also purged a good box of them from said shelf, and am trying to figure out a way to get rid of them. I've traded books in at my local used bookstore before, but they don't really give you cash (only credits to get their books) and I just don't have room for more books right now! I was selling a few of them through Amazon, but they charge so much in fees I think I literally earned about a cent after selling my last two. So if anybody knows of a good retailer that you can sell used books to, I'd be happy to listen. If all else fails, I guess I could go the ebay route.

-Instagramming-




     I got an instagram! I mostly just post pictures of books, because books are pretty and I love them. All of this post's pictures (except for the Flash) is from my account.

And that's pretty much what my last month has looked like. How about you? Was your May as busy as mine was?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Announcing...Five Poisoned Apples!

     Rooglewood's fairy tale contests are very dear to my heart. This is not only because The Wulver's Rose was included in Five Enchanted Roses (although that's a large part!) but also because I love the chance it gives to writers, especially self-published ones, to spread their wings. And of course, I love fairy tales. This year's collection is centered around what many of us assumed would be the next fairy tale: Snow White. Yet, I have to say that the cover for this one is even lovelier than I imagined! It might be my favorite of the covers they've done.


As this is going to be Rooglewood's last (*sniff sniff*) Fairy Tale Contest collection, I have high hopes that the winners will blow me away with their takes on this fairy tale! You can find the contest rules here. Good luck!
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