Yup because I'm bored at home (and somehow not writing, I know, I know,) I decided to hold a flash giveaway on my Facebook Page! Because I know my Likes could be a bit higher, I've decided to make that the stipulation for entering the giveaway! All you have to do is like the page and you're entered to win!Read More
As you may be aware I've started a new shop on my website. You can click the "Books" link above or the links on the home page to reach the one item for sale so far:
With blood and love,
Today was a tough-ish day for me, what with the immense allergies, and the annoying eczema I've been graced with very recently. I went back to sleep when the boyfriend went to work, and stayed that way for 2 minutes, hating how I felt while 'awake.'
After a while of this, I decided to wake up and focus on things I needed to do. Applied for more jobs, and checked my Twitter. And got a nice surprise. I recently hit 400 followers. (Cue the trumpets.)
I know it's not a lot (yet), but it's a wonderful step in that direction. Anyway, I plugged A Night of Frivolity, you know that little horror, historical fiction, short story I wrote a year ago, published by Before Sunrise Press? And while looking for images of the book's cover (this is a new laptop), I found a cute little website where I guess people can put their wishlists, and I found a Night of Frivolity on their wishlist along with a bunch of other cutesy vampire-esque things the person desires.
There's something quite validating about someone wanting your work, whether that be verbally for visually. If anything it helped me feel a bit better about myself and the work I do.
(If you haven't noticed, I've been a bit miserable and fighting to remain happy.)
I guess the things I'm re-learning (sigh, ain't that always the way), is to remain focused on what I've done and what I plan to do and not get so hung up on the things that aren't exactly happening yet. I will get there, like I did everything else, in time.
Keep your bite,
Humans take on a much bigger role in the Dark World, namely in the book I'm writing now, THE TWO SWORDS. And I feel it'll be interesting to see how they match up against the bigger, badder, Creatures of the World. I had thought about including them back in THE IMMORTAL'S GUIDE, but decided against it for whatever reason, it just didn't fit. Now, however, I see a point to them, and as everything else does in the series, they all point back to Dracula.
It amazes me how much a lot of people can be influenced by the decisions of one person who decided to take all the power for himself.
Thats what the series addresses and is definitely my intention to mention outwardly more than once: how much freedom can one have if one is thrust into a position of power - and will he be a good leader? Does he even want to lead?
In THE TWO SWORDS, we definitely learn more about Dracula and why he felt the way he did about wanting to become human and not continuing to be the monster he is.
I've revisited an old project, THE RATHER DEPRESSING TALES OF PATRICIA LAUREN BORDEAUX, and I'm resolved to finish it and get it into the hands of an agent and Permuted Press.
That's all for now, I'm off to write some more.
Keep your bite Dark Creatures!
Currently Listening to: Breed - Snake River Conspiracy
P.S. to Self: Finish Reading the Tentyrian Legacy before the middle of July!
Being in a creative writing class has made me realize (if, only more so), my writing style and how it differs (and is similar to) my peers in the class. I've written short stories for the class thus far, two poems, and naturally, my inclination was to write, or share, my previously written work, or type up stories where couples were distraught, on the verge of a break up, lost secrets not told, secrets, as a whole, I realize tends to more or less resurface in my work, something my professor enjoys immensely to say the least. I showed him A Night of Frivolity, which he loved, and for my midterm, I had expanded upon Judgment, briefly flirting with the thought of making it a straight psychological thriller/mystery, but when it came down to it, the book was just that, but flirted, instead, with vampires and magic. Deadly vices in their own rights. He gave me an A+ on the work and told me that he would've distributed it to the class but he didn't want them, (and these are his words, mind you), to feel 'intimidated.' I scoffed immediately - my work hardly warranted such a claim, but he's remained impressed with my work, so much so, like I've said previously, he's offered to give The Dark World to a publisher friend of his, so we'll see how that goes.
He has stressed to me that he desires to see me write something that didn't involve vampires, magic, because he says my character building, plot structure...etc., it's all there, he just desires to see what else I can do. And I agree. I too have wondered when (because I know there is no more if), I will write a novel or short story that is solely...normal? Well, sans fangs and magic, at least. I don't know if that's soon, because I believe I've just begun to fully explore my love for those dark themes and what they bring out in me and what I can understand within them, and I can't see myself, for right now, working on anything contemporary or even solely historical fiction. I enjoy reading those types of works, but not too often, and would sooner pick up a book with swords, potions, alchemy, dragons, magic, supernatural creatures...etc.
I often wonder if this is a phase. Shall I one day grow out of it and venture onto...calmer pastures of writing? Or shall I always find comfort in the macabre, the bloody?
Only time will tell.
For now, I'm quite glad with the streaks of A++'s that I've earned in my creative writing class thus far, and the positive acclaim my writing has garnered.
Oh, and I was mentioned in the much-talked about author Jayme K.,'s interview with Carlana of This Lady Writes, do check it out and snag a copy of Disorderly and Nocturn by Ronald Andres Moore when you can!
Keep your bite,
Oh and I'm listening to this amazing music by 78Violet (sisters Aly and AJ Michalka) while I go about my night. Give it a listen, will you?
And believe me, I have been celebrating in my own way (drowning in Netflix shows counts as celebrating, hush), and I'm overjoyed at the story I have now. And as for what has been done with the story - well you'll have to keep reading future blog posts to find out. ;) Moving on, The Dark World is the novel I'm talking about in case you're a newcomer to this blog, and you can read more about it by clicking the link up there on the navigation bar.
And with the completion of The Dark World, (for the millionth time), I've been giving a lot of thought to the kinds of stories I want to write and where I want to take my career - 'cause I've decided this is what I'm doing for the rest of my life - and it's fantasy...with a lean toward horror, and darkness, which you'd know if you read my most recent work, my short story, A Night of Frivolity.
I don't know, it's something about these kinds of stories that pull to me, motivate me, captivate me, and my characters' processes are more psychological than anything despite the physical changes to themselves and their world. It's how I've...processed my own life - very much in my own head - and I didn't know there was another way to do this until I started actually living my life, and I'm sure many of my characters will walk away from their stories with similar revelations, though it won't be my goal in life to make every story the same, but naturally I do think many writers have a certain theme, and for now at least, I believe this one is mine.
I'm open to change, and to growing as a person and a writer, and I welcome all the change that living life brings - and I can only hope that this shines through in my writing.
Oh, and I'm definitely not shying away from the gritty, the real, the dark, the death...it's all some of us have, after all.
'Till next time, keep your bite.