Giftmas, Books, and Addictive Kitty Apps!

I have a couple of quick things to share! First of all,…

giftmas_350x350I have a couple of quick things to share! First of all, I’m participating in a Giftmas Blog Tour to celebrate the holidays. 🙂 I’ll be hosting two posts on my blog and be posting twice on others’. If you read the posts and follow along, you have the change to win a TON of awesome books from the people participating, including some thrown in by yours truly.

Look out for those posts coming in December!

Also, the book I mentioned in my Stories I Love post for October – Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton – is on sale right now on Amazon for 99 cents. It’s character-driven m/m romance that is very well-written and I just really enjoyed it a lot, despite the redhead’s scary face on the cover.

Nanowrimo – Here we Go!

I am participating in Nanowrimo (again) despite the fact that my track…

I am participating in Nanowrimo (again) despite the fact that my track record with Nano is NOT GOOD. My track record for finishing projects in general is terrible, as I tend to jump from idea to idea and never actually get to THE END on any. It’s a bad habit I am trying to break.

This year, though, I’m going into it with a hefty outline and a solid idea of what the story will be. I recently read 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron (Goodreads | Amazon), after hearing a few people over at the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast recommend this book. It has some great tips for how to write more – basically, reduce the amount of time you waste not knowing where your story is going, or writing scenes you’ll later cut, and instead do planning ahead of time, so you know exactly where the story needs to go.

In my natural state, I am some amalgamation of Plotter and Pantser. If I just wing it, I never write anything, or just randomly write a bunch of kissing scenes with no context. But I also tend to get bored of the story if I outline too thoroughly, because in my mind, the story has already been told. Here. Read the outline. That’s how the story ends. K bye. But clearly, my current method could use some improvement. I’m trying to learn to outline/plan without taking the fun out of the story, and Nanowrimo will be a nice test run of how that is working.

Okay, but what are you writing??

I’m writing a fantasy romance novella tentatively called “Serving Her,” set in a world (Ellaster) where magic is used to fuel technology, gods and goddesses are real and interact with human beings, and some humans – who have been Touched by the gods – can communicate with magic itself. 

Stories I Loved – October 2015

I love story in whatever medium it’s told in. I love books,…

I love story in whatever medium it’s told in. I love books, movies, webcomics, video games, tv shows, board games, etc. I thought I would round up and share some of my favorite stories that I loved this month!

Book – The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne – Historical M/F Romance (Goodreads | Amazon)

The final book in one of my favorite series, The Pink Carnation books, came out recently, and I went into a spymasters ladysad mopefest about how there would never be another one. I began asking everyone I knew for a book to fill the void in my heart, and this was recommended to me. It is nothing like the Pink Carnation books, except for its time period and that it’s a romantic spy novel. The tone, the writing, the characters – it’s much different.

The writing is rich and beautiful, with a sort of odd lilt to it that makes it sound like the entire book was written in a French accent. The characters have depth and nuance to them, and the humor in it is subtle and clever. It’s also got a great plot – spies lying to each other and playing games within games as they try to outsmart each other. What a perfect setting for falling in love! 😉