marzo 28, 2014

A couple of blog posts!

Hi everyone :) I have a couple of guest posts out about my latest release, the steampunk - gun kink Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders! I thought I'd list them here...

• Why did I set this story in a Victorian-esque circus, @ Amethyst Daydreams

A William Tell-like pistoleer offered exciting possibilities. I was immediately drawn to the danger and the tension that come with standing before a target while somebody is shooting at you (although I would never, ever do it). It must be thrilling and frightening at the same time; it must require infinite trust and familiarity with your partner. And what about being the one who pulls the trigger, what about knowing the life of the person before you is in your hands, that they are entrusting themselves completely to you? And what about doing all of this in public, for the entertainment of hundreds of strangers?...

• Writing an extended 'director's cut' version of a story, @ Pants Off Reviews

Benjamin Pepperwhistle – Director’s Cut features over 7500 words of new material, and has evolved from a short story into a novella. It’s the first time I had the chance to go back to a story after over a year to add more to it, and I was a little concerned – what if I could no longer slip in the characters’ heads? What if I had forgotten about them?...

• How I come up with characters, @ Novel Approach Reviews

Over the years, I have accumulated a ton of inspiration pics – for settings, props, fantastical creatures, and for characters as well. So I like to browse around them for a bit, in case any of those jumps out, because I really like having visual references for what I’m working on...

marzo 08, 2014

February Report

So! Only two months into the new year and I already suck at these monthly reports.... ;) will try harder with the March one!

So, let's see how I did in February. The list was:

finish revision on Circus of the Damned DONE! Submitted at 94.500 words.
★ finish reading book for research - failed
★ write 1 chapter of PhD novel - miserably failed
★ write 1 blog post - totally failed
★ finalize job and get started - annnd failed

However, I embarked on a new enterprise, since I don't have enough to do already:

★ started a Fantasy and Sci-Fi online course on Coursera!
★ wrote four essays - Brothers Grimm, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Dracula, Frankenstein

It took the whole month to finish the endless rewrites and edits on Circus. It's my first novel-length manuscript - as you know, I usually keep in the 12K / 30K range - and it was definitely a challenge. The requirements of the format are obviously very different, and I'm actualy looking forward to relaxing with another novella or short story before tackling novel length again!

Also in unrelated news, I became an aunt! My sis-in-law had a beautiful little girl called Greta. I got to hold her for the first time Friday night and she's an absolute doll! Not to brag, but when I took her she settled down immediately and her hiccups passed, then she dozed off sprawled on my chest. Awwww!

Now, for the March to-do list (even though we're like 1/3 through already, but whatever...)

★ MUST write something for the PhD (since I need to send something to my tutor next week)
★ get started on Steampunk Inventor (and maybe find a title for it)
★ edits on the Benjamin Pepperwhistle extra scene
★ write the next four essays for Coursera: Poe, H.G. Wells, Gilman, Bradbury
★ (maybe) line edits for Circus of the Damned?
★ read 1 book (since I started about 5 but haven't managed to finish one since Jan)
★ write 1 blog post (before my blog gets buried under spider webs)

I'm going to keep adding the book and blog entries even though I've already botched them twice, because I'm an optimistic person... ;)