Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday Music 56 On A Tuesday

Yes, this week's Monday Music is on a Tuesday. Why? Because I ran out of time before my trip to visit Sarah, so I wasn't able to set up a scheduled post to go up.

The trip was FANTASTIC. It's so nice meeting in person someone you've spoken to for ages and shared your work with many times. It's so easy to fall into the flow of friendship. From the moment Sarah picked me up in the airport, we were chatting nonstop. And let me tell you, it's strange now that I'm back at home to resort to texting when Sarah and I chat now. The nice thing is, though, we both now feel comfortable enough talking on the phone if we need to brainstorm! (It's a bit awkward, we both agreed, to talk on the phone without ever having met the person you're talking to in person.)

There we are at the Maymont Park, two more graces to add to that statue, because we're fabulous. 

I definitely recommend to any writer to become friends with your critique partners and then go visit them! You seriously won't regret it.

And because I've blathered on enough, it's time for me to shuddup. Take a guess at what I plan on doing. (Hint: it involves writing. *GASP*)

Without further ado, here is your Monday Music selection. This week's is called Triton by Fringe Element. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Music 55 & A Rambling Update

Hi, everyone!

First off, you may/may not remember how back at the beginning of September, I was preparing to start writing a new WIP. It had been months--yes, literally months--since I last sat down to write a novel, and I was worried I'd not be able to finish another one after Hearts.

I'm happy to say that I proved myself wrong, and finished the WIP I talked about here. So yes, I managed to write another novel. And now I'm giving myself a little break to let the book percolate in my head. It couldn't be at a more perfect time, because on Wednesday, I'm flying to Virginia to meet for the very first time IN PERSON my fabulous critique partner and one-of-a-kind friend, Sarah. I've known her since last August, so over a year now. We met through WriteOnCon, when I was a wee baby writer and still out in the world under a pen name. She read the manuscript IN THE MIDST OF MONSTERS, which later, during PitchWars, turned into A SEA OF HOLLOW HEARTS, and has been a champion for them both from the start.

I think critique partners are an integral part of every writer's journey, and I have been so tremendously lucky with mine. They've all become amazing friends, and I couldn't imagine not having them in my life. I don't know where I'd be without them. (Probably a wreck right now.) They're there whenever I need them, whether it be a text or a tweet or an email I fling their way. They're my biggest cheerleaders when I'm feeling low or uncertain, always there to boost me back up.

This book came at a strange time in my life. I'd just moved from Arizona to Idaho, leaving behind a job and friends and plenty of familiarity. I took this fall semester off from college because I felt burned out on school and wasn't sure where I wanted to go in life. I was, to put it mildly, wandering in the darkness, and I think that's a major part of what formed the book I've just finished writing. (Well, technically I wrote "the end" last night, but I digress.) This book is dark and gritty and honest. I don't hold back with my characters and what they deal with, what they go through, the journeys--both mentally and physically--that they have to take. There's friendship and there's romance and there's heartbreak and betrayal and a dozen other things. But most importantly, this book is about overcoming the darkness inside your soul and learning to shine through it all.

It's a whole different ball game from Hearts. Don't get me wrong, I love my pirates, and they will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I'm still querying that book, and I will still champion that book until the world is sick of hearing me brag about my nutsy pirates and their crazy adventures. But while that one is dark, this book is gritty. It tore me apart and put me back together again. I cried and I swooned and I laughed and I cheered for my characters. And I hope that one day, hopefully someday soon, I can share these stories with more people than just my lovely critique partners and beta readers.

And so, before this post can travel into novel length, and before I get even more emotional, I'll leave you with a piece of music that has been playing on repeat while I wrote this novel.

So, without further ado, here is Souled and Delivered by Evan Frankfort.

I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do.

Happy Monday!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet My Character

I was tagged by the fabulous Melody Marshall to participate in the Writerly Meme (Meet My Character) blog tour! I'm going on a whim here as to what we're supposed to include, but it seems to be on the right track. So without further ado...

1) What is the name of your character? Is she a fictional person or a historic person? 

Her name is Eleri Marqtoven, and she is definitely fictional (though she'd beat you with a shoe if you said that to her).

(And, just as a side, her name is pronounced El-LAIR-ee, so the emphasis is in the middle.)

2) When and where is the story set?

It's set in a fantasy world, taking place primarily in the country of Gricia, on its northern coast. It's an epic fantasy, so there's really no time frame in comparison to our day and age, but it's set nine decades after an exile.

3) What should we know about your character? 

She's the youngest of ten children, in a family of hellhound breeders. She knows she's fabulous (thanks, Megara ;)) and she takes no one's shit. I remember tweeting a few times about what a bitch she was, so I guess she's that, too. But she definitely has a soft side. 

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

I wouldn't say it messes up her life, per se. But the demon queen comes to her valley and bam, everything changes. She begins to train with an assassin and discovers things about herself that really change who she is as a person. But the overall conflict driving the changes is that the demons were exiled and they want their country back...and they're months from doing so. 

5) What is the personal goal of the character? 

She wants to prove to herself, to her father, to her family, that she is much more than a silly girl in a pretty dress, and she knows no bounds to achieve this goal. 

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

There are actually two working titles, but neither of them I'm thrilled to pieces with. The first is WAYWARD, WICKED SOULS and the second is A DARKER KIND OF FIRE. They both encapsulate the story, but I'm waiting till my critique partners read it and see if they have any suggestions. 

There's nowhere you can READ more about it (unless you're following my Twitter, because I sometimes share lines), but you can check out the Pinterest board for it. I update that quite often. =)

7) When can we expect the book to be published? 

Someday, somehow... Haha! Right now, I'm just working on finishing it and getting an agent. We'll see what happens after that. 

And now I tag the marvelous EM Castellan, who's a wonderful friend and invaluable cheerleader. She writes YA fantasy and lives in an English castle. 

Happy writing!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Music 54

Hi, everyone! I hope your October is going well. I can't believe we only have less than three months left in the year!

Anyway, without further ado, here is your Monday Music selection! This week's is called Lords of Lankhmar by Audiomachine. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Music 53

Hi, everyone!

This week's selection is called Malukah by Epic Score. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!