Saturday Music: Who Wants to Live Forever

Going to try and revive this feature. A little late in the day (night?) but I was cleaning the house (gasp!) and then conked myself out on an allergy pill. Fortunately, I had Thomas on, so my little didn’t go wandering off.

But! That means tonight is for writing, and I have an old project that’s come out of the woodwork with a new plot and a new hope. So, to celebrate, here’s basically the theme song of the piece.

Kinda fitting when you’re writing immortals, lol.

Silence, or A Writing Parent’s Lament

There is a perfect silence, for the moment.

No machines run. No dogs bark. No clocks tick.

It has been done. Oh, great hallelujah, it has been done.

Softly, gently, the pencil moves, never quite disturbing the silence which enfolds the space as a heavy blanket.

Words flow, a quiet river of contentment, creativity thrives.

Shriek! A cry. Silence broken. The blanket shredded beyond all hope…

The toddler has arisen from his nap.

(Just a bit of silliness to share)

Book Review: Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima

So state of things: still working on my novel, but hitting a funk; trying to work on blog posts for the Fable Online; there was a small hiccup in the formatting of Volume II, but it should be on the way soon; oh, and I’m working on a poem for some crazy reason. We’ll see if I end up doing anything with it.

But even with all of that, I needed to take a break and do some reading. Seeing as my job is near the main library (w00t!), I decided to head down there and find something to read.

Now, one of the things I do like doing as a writer is grab things that aren’t necessarily in my precise writing genre but still fit within the larger genre/sub-genre mold I’m going for. Basically, since I write romantic fantasy (or romantasy) in a spec-fic/urban fiction specific way, I like going for romantic fantasy that’s rural or epic. I want to see how others work with the tropes, but don’t want to steal plot ideas, you know?

Reason why this is important is because I went directly to new fantasy paperbacks section in the library. And found this:

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Looked pretty neat. The blurb intrigued me too:

For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities. Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever.

Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes. Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all…

Okay. So probably a bit more romantic than I was going for, but it sounds pretty epic here.

But. It’s not the first book of the series. And I’m one of those that has to read the rest of the series. I hate picking up in the middle. But hey! The library has the rest of the series.

…it’s here that I must confess my own idiocy. So taken was I of that first blurb, for book three, that I didn’t look at the blurbs for the rest of the series. That probably would have saved me a lot of headache here.

Which is how I ended up reading this:

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Announcements, Announcements, Announcements

 

No, I couldn’t resist that video.

So, some big things going on.

 

First, the classical poetry magazine I read for, The Quarterday Review, recently released its latest issue for Lughnasadh. As usual, there’s a great selection of poetry to check out, so I hope you will. There’s also options to purchase copies of the magazine as well now!

 

Second, I was asked by Sarah Kedar of The Fable Online to help out more with that magazine in the capacity of Associate Editor, which I happily accepted. We just released Issue 18 today, and we’re also happy to introduce options for purchase as well if you enjoy.

 

Finally, the Steampunk Fairy Tales anthology has been doing so well that we’re about to release a second volume! We had a number of new authors join us, so we’re all looking forward to showing you some more great fairy tales to enjoy. I’ll be back with more information as we get closer to the release. If you haven’t checked out the first collection, now’s a great time to do so 🙂

 

And maybe I’ll actually post more often.

So….

I have mentioned that I’m horrid about blogging, right?

A lot of that is from never really knowing what to say. Ironic for a writer, yeah?

I do know what to say right now though. I’m back to work on the paranormal romance I thought I’d have to give up, thanks to help from Scribophile. So that’s going well. Also working on a new steampunk tale. We’ll see how that one turns out.

Think I’ll do a post soon that I planned to do a while ago about gaming. And I need to do some reviews of stories I’ve been reading or playing.

So plan for something fun on Friday!

Updates, updates, updates

Someday I’ll actually do this blog consistently. Lol.

So big thanks to everyone who’s downloaded Steampunk Fairy Tales! It’s been holding within the top ten of free books for the Anthology & Short Stories and Fairy Tales categories. It even broke into the top 500 for downloaded books at one point! So I hope you all have been enjoying the read.

And if you haven’t gotten it, please take a moment to! It’s free and has a wide variety of stories so there’s bound to be one right up your alley. And if you do get it and like, we’d love some more reviews.

Anyway, been trying to do some more writing. Current project hit a major stumbling block, so it’s being retired, unfortunately. All good things, right? So going to take a mental break before figuring out the next story. Maybe I’ll do some reviews I’ve been putting off in the meantime.