Tuesday, October 30, 2012

NaNoWriMo Rebel

Last year I set a firm resolution not to participate in NaNoWriMo until I finish one of my current WIP’s. But that still hasn’t happened! So I’m going to use the community to push me to do so. Going to be a Rebel and use NaNoWriMo 2012 to finish one of my neglected novels.

And it doesn’t hurt that I found the most awesome AND gorgeous tracker to use. Check out what the talented Svenja Liv has created: http://svenjaliv.com/2012/10/nanowrimo-2012-word-trackers/

I’m using her Forest Fairy template. LOVE it!

You can find me on the official site, username Feywriter. Who else is in? What are you writing?

Monday, October 15, 2012

11 Questions and a Blog Award

*Dusts off blog so she can post shiny award*

Thank you, Heather Riffle, for the award. And the excuse to dust off my blog. Hopefully I still have some followers left after its neglect.

Now on to the fun stuff.


-Answer the presenter’s 11 questions
-Choose 11 lucky recipients (who have fewer than 200 followers)
-Formulate 11 questions for them to answer
-Plaster the award on your blog

I’ll likely bend the second rule, but the rest I can do! Here are Heather’s questions for me:

1. Does music ever inspire your writing? Absolutely. I find Celtic music especially gets me in the mood to write fantasy. I’ve also become hooked on Radio Rivendell. Epic music for epic writing.

2. What is your favorite season? Autumn. Warm colors. Crunch of leaves. The weather is just starting to cool. The kid is back in school. The writer community comes together for The Muse Online Writers Conference, and NaNoWriMo. Fall may not be the usual time for new beginnings, but it represents MY beginning. I was born in November. So this time of year is also perfect for my blog’s revival.

3. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. I was born on Thanksgiving, and it’s a time for food and family and fun.

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?  And why? Ooh, this is a toughie. No, actually it’s not. There’s this island I researched for one of my novels. Sylt island, the northernmost part of Germany. It never gets completely dark at night in the summer. Miles and miles of beach. The smell of the ocean. Charming villages. So very magical.

5. Cats or dogs? Why? Cats. An obvious reason, I am more allergic to dogs. They are more self-sufficient. On a more emotional level, cats are comforting, playful, always bring a smile. They tend to be cuddlers, just like me.

6. Favorite color?  What do you think it says about your personality? Purple. Purple is creativity, passion, fantasy, play, and possibility.

7. Favorite movie? Why? The Avengers. Joss Whedon + Chris Evans + great dialogue + an epic cast + action + superheroes = AWESOME

8. If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Why? What a wonderful follow up to #7. LOL I would choose flight. To fly through the air, up where it’s pure, traveling wherever I please.

9. If you could time-travel, would you? Where/When would you go? And for what reason? I would travel back to when Stonehenge was in its full glory. I want to see it whole, and learn how and why it was built.

10. Favorite food? German Chocolate Cake. If dessert doesn’t count, then homemade banana muffins.

11. Who/what is your favorite character (movie, book, TV) of all time? Hard to label just one. I must have a thing for bad boys, cause the names that pop into my head are Captain Mal Reynolds (from Firefly), Leesil (assassin from The Noble Dead Saga), Matrim (from Wheel of Time), and Raistlin (from Dragonlance). No wonder the male hero of my first book is a thief!

Not sure who to pass this on to. That may have to be a future post. I hope you enjoyed my answers. Smile

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Darkness and Light: part 2

My original plan for Chiaroscuro was a 25 page chapbook. But Utah Arts Council has a writing contest with a poetry book category. So this past week I’ve been expanding it to fit the 50 page minimum. I’m at 54 pages now, and am feeling confident about my poems after my fellow Poetic Muselings gave the book a good edit.

What I’m working on now is writing a short introduction. For my high school senior paper, I wrote on Understanding the Starving Artist. I think some of the points apply here, on how tribulation and sorrow give a depth to writing that is crucial to poetry. Tempted to steal a couple paragraphs from that. The alternate is to write something new from scratch. I’ll brainstorm and work on something fresh and current for now, but if I run out of time I know I have a back up.

Contest deadline is June 29 (two days from now!). Wish me luck.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Darkness and Light

When I first started looking for themes in my poetry, I found a lot of them were on the darker side: death, pain, abuse. Of course, a lot of those were from my teenage days. You know how teenage angst can get. But I still use poetry to deal with the darkness.

So a few years ago, I decided to put these poems in a collection. At the time, I didn’t have any publishing credits, so I hesitated sending it out. It’s been sitting on the virtual shelf. Now I’m ready to take a look again, and I believe my newest poem will be a strong addition.

I’m using Scrivener to organize the poems. My title is Chiaroscuro. Focusing on the contrast between dark and light. Exploring the darkness, bringing the monsters of death and abuse into the light.

And now I have a book publication, the Lifelines anthology with the Poetic Muselings. Time to step up and try getting my own collection published.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Action Scenes

In my writing, action scenes--especially one-on-one fight scenes with no use of magic--are not my strong point. So when Authoress posted about a critique round for action excerpts, I jumped on the opportunity. Barely got in. Mine is #22 of 25. So head on over to Miss Snark’s First Victim and check out the action scenes, let me know how I did.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Myths, Mystery, and the Modern World

This week the press embargo was lifted regarding the hands-on event for The Secret World. As a result, a lot of articles are coming out on gaming review sites. Each new tidbit about this game gets me more excited (if that’s even possible). The Secret World is an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). It’s set in the modern world, but a world where everything is true. All the myths, the conspiracies.

It’s not your traditional kill-10 quest system. There will be those, but there will also be investigation missions, sabotage missions, 3 faction PVP. And all saturated in deep, intriguing story telling. The man behind it is Ragnar Tornquist, who did The Longest Journey and Dreamfall games.

The release date has finally been announced: June 19, 2012. I know what I’ll be doing this summer! Will anyone be playing with me?

PS: I’m approaching 500 blog posts! I have an idea for something to giveaway in celebration, so stay tuned.

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Love Story

Last week I had my ten year anniversary. Now I’m going to share our story.

J and I first met online, through a dating site. I had a free profile and so did he. When he saw my profile come up as a match, he paid for a membership just to contact me. We chatted online, sent emails, eventually graduated to phone calls. After about a month, he finally asked me out.

It wasn’t all roses from there though. We had to be persistent just to meet!

Attempt one: Date time came, he showed up on my doorstep, and I wasn't home. I had gone downtown with some friends for a volunteer project. I had planned to be back in time for the date, but was reliant on others for transportation. When I found out I wasn't going to be back in time, I called his home. But he had already left and didn't have a cellphone. He thought I stood him up! I felt so bad. When I finally got a hold of him and apologized, he allowed me to reschedule.

Second chance: My planning wasn't that great the second time either. I had spent the previous night at a friend's, and got back to the apartment I realized I'd left the keys on the dresser inside, and no one else was home! So my hour to prep and freshen up was instead an hour sitting outside the door writing in my journal. I'd at least showered, but hadn't brushed my teeth, and was wearing this oversized t-shirt and no make-up (which for me is actually standard, but it was a first date! I wanted to impress!). He smiled at me when he approached, and held out a hand to help me up. He admitted he was surprised to see a blonde. I had totally forgotten my picture on the site was from earlier that year when I had my hair dyed auburn.

Success: Thankfully, I think seeing me in my more natural form helped us both to relax. I wasn't putting on any fronts. He was seeing the real me, like it or not. And he must have liked, as our date was the longest first date in my dating history.

We went miniature golfing (tied score!), ate lunch at Sconecutters, then extended the date to go to a movie. We were in between showings, so bought tickets and went to browse the bookstore next door.

I listened to the music CDs, and fell in love with this Celtic sampler. I had left my purse in the car, so asked him to buy it for me. Later I was reminded the exact phrasing was closer to: "Do you want me to love you forever? Buy me this Celtic CD." So he bought my love for $2.

We watched The Others (very enjoyable), then *still* didn't want to go our separate ways. Next stop: Leatherby's, where we talked and laughed. We probably would have kept our date going even longer, but couldn't think of anywhere else to go so late.

Sad thing? After this long, amazing date, he didn't ask me out again. Figured I was too good to be true, and wouldn't want another date. I had to ask *him* out for our second date. And what an intimidating date that was. I asked him over for a game night at my family's home. I had siblings bringing dates, and asked him to be mine. Playing "I have never" may not be the best way to introduce an introvert to your family.

But that did open the door for him, and he followed through by asking me to the zoo for our third date. I didn't hesitate in saying yes. I had tried with previous guys to get them to take me to the zoo, but none had. I have many fond memories of Hogle Zoo, and always thought it would be a great place for a date.

That day we held hands for the first time, he tried making me snort my lemonade from laughter, and we had a great time. After the zoo, we went to the movies. I don't remember what we saw, but we waited on the couch in the hall waiting for that show. I kicked back, lay my head on his lap, and my feet on the couch arm. Closed my eyes while he ran his hands through my hair. And when it was time to go in, he leaned down and kissed me.

One month later, he asked me to marry him. Three months after that, and we were married.

So there you have it. The beginning of our romance. It’s been quite a journey.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ten Years Today

On this day ten years ago, I married my sweetheart. Marriage has had its ups and downs, but we’re happy and together. Love you, sweetie!

Got lots to do still before we leave for our weekend get-a-way. So come back next week to read about how we met.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Looking back at 2011

My year started in upheaval. I had no sure footing, no idea where I'd be at the end of the year. I found it incredibly hard to come up with goals. I had three works in progress, so my only plan was to finish one of them.

I had plenty of time I could have used, but got too caught up in insecurities and distractions. Felt like I wasted my year away.

The surprise was getting Lifelines published. That was my writing highlight of the year.

My strengths are in grammar and world building. My weakness is not torturing my characters. The story gets too predictable, not unique or grabbing. I need to take my stories to the next level! I need to apply my poetic description to my prose, and use more story in my poetry.

If I could get a do-over, I would spend less time stressing over the unknown and put more energy into my passions. I also need to spend less time revising works in progress, and more toward actually finishing them.

Still working out goals for this year. My projects still lie unfinished. I have my first book which is calling me to revise it again, but I worry that it still wouldn't have a strong enough hook for publication. My goal is to come up with goals by the end of the week.

Wrote this as a response to Anne’s post on Poetic Muselings.