Hey all! I hope all the Americans out there had a lovely Thanksgiving – and I hope that my non-American readers had a great weekend as well! I had a great potluck party with friends. Cards Against Humanity was played, as was Halo. It was a nice night!
So this is a post that’s near and dear to me. Writing and martial arts have been my dual passions for a very, very long time. It’s been about ten years since I decided I wanted to do something with writing (then decided to do something else, then came back to it). And about nine years since I decided that I wanted to do something with martial arts, specifically taekwondo.
So. For those who don’t know, I’m a second degree black belt in taekwondo, currently training for my third degree black belt. I’ve been training on and off since I was fourteen (in fact, my first classes were a few days BEFORE my fourteenth birthday!) For some perspective, I’m currently twenty-five.
These don’t seem like things that go hand in hand, so I’ll give a bit of background. I’ve started to realize that martial arts and writing do go hand in hand. There was a point in my life that I had just about given up on my writing career. I hadn’t been able to land a job in the writing field despite revamping my resume and applying everywhere like mad. It was exceptionally frustrating and it was really having a negative effect on my personal writing as well. I didn’t really want to do anything at all.
And then I found out that my old martial arts school had closed. And that the instructors had opened a new school.
I hadn’t left on good terms (one might say awful terms), so I was hesitant to even try and contact them. Continue Reading
Hey all! Sorry for the period of radio silence there. I was busy winning NaNoWriMo. That’s right. I actually WON this year! First time ever! It was also the boyfriend’s birthday this weekend, so I was off celebrating with him. It was a great weekend of relaxation.
We also went and saw Thor: The Dark World this weekend.
Which is where this post is coming from.
So I’ll go ahead and say this now – there will LIKELY be spoilers for Thor 2 in this post. If you haven’t seen the movie and dislike getting spoilers – tread with caution. That was your fair warning! ON TO THE POST!
Hey all! NaNoWriMo continues to go well. I figured I’d try to keep life as normal as possible this month – so I’m continuing to do regular blog posts as well. I even managed to get READING done! It was a treat for doing so well on word count this year, to be honest, but still. I’m happy to have done READING.
A few months back, a friend on tumblr was posting about an author friend needing help getting word out about their novels. As I’m also an author, I love to support indie authors – so I kept reblogging and spreading the word to my few followers.
I also decided that I’d read the first book in their series to see if I like it.
I require the next books now.
I mean it. NOW.
So, I figured I’d let the description from Amazon tell us some about the book.
“Born to the vivid heat and unyielding sunlight of Phoenix, Ray dives into her pool and surfaces in a cold lake.
There is no sun in Qol. She has no family. Ray has never existed–only Laenyn.
Or so the mad scientist claims. But her younger sister, older and yet smaller than she ought to be, seems to remember their life rather differently…
In the world of Rewritten, information is hoarded. Any false move or lapse of judgment could have dreadful ramifications. Each character has their own lies to tell and secrets to keep, and the struggle to cooperate despite drastic differences in their own perceptions of their world and situation sends every one of them into danger.”
That managed to hook me. Continue Reading
I wanted to make check in posts like this to see how all of YOU are doing this year as well!
I’ve been posting excerpts over on my tumblr, that’s if you’re interested in reading excerpts from my novel!
I’m currently sitting at 36158 words written, which is more than I’ve written ANY year in NaNoWriMo, much less at this point of the month.
So the month is going well for me. If you have writing based questions and love tumblr, feel free to contact me on my writing tumblr!
1. keep having fun – this is contest, but its all in good fun!
2. make sure to take breaks – sore wrists, sore necks, and other sore body parts don’t make for an efficient writer.
3. if you’re getting stuck, try writing short little descriptions of events you want to have happen. It’s been working like a charm for me.
4. don’t give up – you CAN do it
Excerpt behind the cut!
Hey all! NaNoWriMo is going SO WELL this year. I actually feel confident – though I need to get a little more of my outline done. My pace has been absolutely insane this year – even with the past two days being ‘stumbles’ at 1,9oo~ words, my average per day is at 2,900~.
I’ve never written so much so fast before. It’s a great feeling. Even if my hands are starting to get a little more sore. Poor things don’t know how to react! But I’m going to keep pounding this novel out. I should break 25,000 tomorrow!
For those who don’t know, I started a writing advice tumblr – just some writing tips. I like giving writing advice and trying to help when I can. Feel free to shoot me asks there – or send emails! So far its been very fun and I think it helps me become a better writer when I have to try and break things down for OTHER writers. So yeah. Send me an ask if you need or want advice. or if you just want to chat!
So this is something that I’ve been thinking on for quite awhile. What is the big difference between Young Adult versus fiction books. Is is the content? Is it the writing style? What really defines Young Adult versus fiction aimed towards adults? Continue Reading
I am pleased to release the cover of Convergence Point: where worlds meet. The art was done by the lovely emptycicada on tumblr.
This novel is due out in December – likely the 16th.
Karmalink – a mere mention of the name sends the internet into a frenzy. People say that the organization deals with the growing psychic portion of the population. There are whispers that Karmalink deals with anything that the government wants to cover up. Everything changes for one girl when she unwittingly stumbles onto the location of the mysterious organization.
Celia Grey – a powerful psychic – has a boring, average existence. She leaves her comfortable life as a graphic designer when she discovers the coordinates for Karmalink. Nathaniel Harper and a man who only goes by Cheshire give her a choice: go home and never speak of what she saw, or work at Karmalink.
She chooses to work at Karmalink, of course.
Celia finds out the world is far larger than she could have ever imagined. Between scavenging for technology to protect their universe and encounters with otherworldly beings, life at Karmalink is beyond busy. Their adventures turn darker when the past of one of the team members catches up with them.