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Smashwords is having their sitewide Summer/Winter Sale. Until the end of July, you can get both of my books at discount:

In the Darkness Find Me is FREE with coupon code SSWSF.

Jia's Charms is HALF OFF (making it $1.50) with coupon code SSW50.

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Smashwords is having their sitewide Summer/Winter Sale. Until the end of July, you can get both of my books at discount:

In the Darkness Find Me is FREE with coupon code SSWSF.

Jia's Charms is HALF OFF (making it $1.50) with coupon code SSW50.
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Put up one of the short stories included in In the Darkness Find Me as a freebie:

Heaven Must Lose

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Put up one of the short stories included in In the Darkness Find Me as a freebie:

Heaven Must Lose

Day 26

Sep. 17th, 2010 12:29 pm
changeyourstars8: (Karavan's Dawn)
26. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

I have tried to draw my characters. Results-- sooooo not pretty. So now I pay other actually talented people to draw them!

Since I refuse to pick just one character portrait, these go below the cut:

Read more... )

Day 24

Sep. 11th, 2010 04:03 pm
changeyourstars8: (I kill with my heart)
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?

I'm willing to kill a character if I think it's necessary to the plot. To me, 'necessary to plot' means that it's unrealistic for a large group of characters to go through a situation like the one I've got them in with all of them making it out unscathed. Or if a character's in a seriously bad spot and there's no way to get them out of it and it's either kill them or come up with a deux ex machina, then they're toast.

I do specifically work on not killing one character just in order to motivate another. I hate the whole 'fridging' thing and when LOST started to do it is when I had to stop watching. And while I know that sometimes crappy, unexpected things happen in real life fights, I'm not much for Death As Gritty Shock Value either ((I'm looking at you, Serenity)).

It also partly depends on the universe I've got it set in. There'll probably be more death in the Pale Moon universe, with its vampires, zombies, werewolves, banshees, and all the accompanying inter-group battles than there was in the We Were Strangers universe, which was at heart a kids-style fantasy story.

As for interesting ways to kill someone: I did have someone attacked by a Demonic Creepy Thing and then thrown out a window in In the Darkness Find Me.

Day 23

Sep. 6th, 2010 10:15 am
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23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?

It so, so varies. Redemption is a story that's existed in my head in one way or another for about six years, and I'm only now really figuring out how it's going to work. In the Darkness Find Me, on the other hand, was probably a year or less? I had a dream about one of the main scenes in it, woke up and wrote it down, and the rest of the novel followed quickly-- helped that it was more a novella than a novel. :-)

I've got an alternate-reality series planned, but it'll be a while before I start on that, and while I've started on Pale Moon it might be a little bit before the book's ready, largely because of time. And I'm trying to get more organized with which project I'm working on when, so that I can get books put out probably around once a year or so instead of having fifty pages done on four different projects.

And speaking of projects done-- Jia's Charms should be available for purchase by November 1!! Going to put it out through Lulu, and I'm also going to try having it available on the Kindle.

Day 8

Jun. 27th, 2010 04:51 pm
changeyourstars8: (Elphaba and Fiyero)
8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

To write: Different kinds of fantasy-- Sci-fi fantasy (Karavan, Stealing Time); Urban fantasy (Pale Moon); Traditional fantasy (Memories of Her Singing); Romantic fantasy (Jia's Charms). Also YA (Eight Ruby Slippers for Charlotte) and horror (In the Darkness Find Me).

To read: Horror novels and short stories, fantasy, some true crime.

Day 5

Jun. 24th, 2010 09:49 am
changeyourstars8: (Stace by Warsheep Productions)
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?

Youngest character-- Anori from Karavan. She's 5.
Oldest-- Elizabeth from In the Darkness Find Me, who's over 100.

As for when I created them:

Youngest-- Anybody from Pale Moon, since it's my latest project.
Oldest-- The lady in my icon. :-) That's Stace from the We Were Strangers series; I came up with her in 1999. ((holy crow I cannot believe it's been eleven years o__0))


Jan. 31st, 2010 11:39 pm
changeyourstars8: (Ariel)
So I'm working out a list of "Things to Get Done Before Ian's Born":

1) Put In the Darkness Find Me up on my website.

2) Finish the decorative paintwork on the upstairs bookshelves.

3) Complete a revised edit for both Jia's Charms and its sequel.

I just got one thing-- rewrite the solely-my-character parts of Eight Ruby Slippers for Charlotte in the first person-- done tonight. :-) And Chris and I found a wall-mounted pot rack for a good price, and he also built a shelf out of scrap lumber and hung it on the kitchen wall, so we gained some cabinet/counter space and were able to reorganize the kitchen a couple of days ago. Another checkmark.

So, three things to get done before late May. I think I can handle that.
changeyourstars8: (Crysta)
We had a book signing at the Carnegie Library last night; it was fantastic! The Arts Council brought together eight local authors-- both self-published and traditionally published-- to talk with people about the process of writing and publishing and to sell their works. It was so much fun. Also, the Council gave each of the authors $100 just for participating, so that was beyond great. :-)

I brought a few copies of each of the trilogy novels, and five copies of In the Darkness Find Me. At the end of the night, I'd made $116 from book sales. Wheeeee

I also talked up Mandy Roberts, EMG Portrait Adoptions, and as much as I possibly could.

And today, since I got an unexpected windfall, I bought Devin a mini-fridge to keep in his room since he's been wanting one for a while. :-) All in all, great weekend.

New Book!

Jun. 24th, 2009 09:25 pm
changeyourstars8: (Far Away)

Available here! Cover art by the fantastic Mandy Roberts. You can see more of the art she did for this novel here.

*skips off*
changeyourstars8: (Quills)
Things are going well on the writing front! For a while trying to find time to get anything done has been a huge chore. But I'm starting to get into the swing of things again:

1) Got a submission in to Verb Noire

2) Received a call from a lady working on the 100th anniversary celebration for our Carnegie Library. One of the things they're doing is a group book signing thing for local authors, and she asked me to participate. So by July, I'm going to get some more copies of Kath's and my trilogy, and also

3) Finished up with In the Darkness Find Me, going to print up several copies to sell at the signing. Did a price-check at it'll cost me about sixty dollars to do that. Where has that site been all my life? :-D

4) Getting some artwork done for ItDFM so I can also put it up on my website as an illustrated novella

Not to mention the work Kath and I are doing, with revamping an early project of ours.

Busy and loving it!
changeyourstars8: (Dark Tower)
Having yet another hi-my-brain-is-swiss-cheese-and-I'm-loopy day.

Feeling kinda twitchy because a writing project that I was working on has up and died in my head. It's happened more than once . . . I'll get an idea, do character profiles, come up with a general outline, start writing-- and then about thirty pages in it'll all go 'ha ha' and wink out. When it stays with me I'll end up with something like In the Darkness Find Me, which I'm very proud of (query letters will be sent out this Friday!) and sometimes the once-dead ideas will come back.

I've heard from more than one writer that you just have to sit down and make yourself write, but I tend to go with the other school of thought-- if you force it, it will be crap. I know this to be true for myself at least, because I've tried, and it was crap. ;-) Something else will come along. It's still frustrating, though.

Ah well. I'm better at collaborative projects. *G*


Was looking for a movie to watch yesterday night and I saw the box for Quills. I've only seen it once, about three or four years ago, because it made me cry and I keep thinking that one of these days I really should watch it again but I can't quite steel myself because I know it's gonna put me through the wringer.

Considering that, why do I even own it?

Yeah. That would be why.

You know what? There is too much blood in my sugarstream. That's the explanation for all this.
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I just sent email queries for two of my novels, Fall Through Forever and In the Darkness Find Me, to Double Dragon Publishing.

I always get nervous just before I send out queries. This time I was sitting there staring at the 'send' button with my brain in constant 'eeeeee' mode, like I was going to click it and some booming voice from above was going to immediately say, "Nope, your novels suck, rejected."

Which didn't happen, of course, but it still took me a minute to click the stupid button. LOL

Anyway, if anything comes from this, you will of course hear about it. *S* ((and Kath, they're also specifically looking for 'sci-fi novels with an alien slant' . . . so if they're still accepting submissions when we get Karavan ready to go, maybe we can try there, too))
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Today is such a good day.

First, the character portrait (see previous entry).

Then, I finished the final draft of In the Darkness Find Me. If there's any publishing news later on, I will let you all know. In caps lock. ;-)

And now I'm over at mom and dad's, they're ordering pizza, and guess what came from today?

My copy of Bride and Prejudice! Will be watching that as soon as I get home. :-)


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