Queen of the Mountain

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The Jour­ney is finally over. It took me two and a half years to com­plete the story and today (yes­ter­day, actu­ally, but I had some fixes today) I fin­ished the draft of the third book. I will be revis­ing and pol­ish­ing it later, at the end of April, so I can begin the edits on May 15th. Per­se­ver­ance, Book 3 of Falaha’s Jour­ney, will be sched­uled for release in June 2014. Damn it! I’m pub­lish­ing in sum­mer again! Third time in a row. :-/ I still need the idea of the com­pleted project to sink in, so I’m not ready to think …

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{Personal Notes} Invisible Author

What you think you're doing.

Authors are peo­ple, too. We have kids, we work full time, we get sick, and we die of can­cer (R.I.P. Iain Banks and Ann Carol Crispin.) Our lives can be pretty messed up and we still find time and/or strength to cre­ate. A lit­tle or a lot—we con­tinue doing it. We move for­ward, one step at a time. I turned 31 this Feb­ru­ary and I’m like a moun­taineer who looks for the win­dow of oppor­tu­nity to live my life between the storms of severe pain my moun­tain of a bro­ken body inflicts on me on a daily basis. I can’t enjoy full …

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C is for Case Closed

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A ball of pain explod­ing in my head, flush­ing down my spine into arms and, later, into legs reminded me why I can­not work every day as I please. Though I tend to for­get this shit once it sits quiet there some­where. Today is one of those glo­ri­ous days when painkillers don’t work, or they don’t work as intended, and my mind gets numb, my body worn out by the con­stant stream of painful sen­sa­tions. It’s barely past noon and I’m dead tired. I woke up tired, with a headache, feel­ing bat­tered with a sand­bag. I hate to say it, …

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B is for Beta-Readers

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At some point in our writ­ing lives comes a time when we need another set of eyes to look at our mas­ter­piece. Your draft is done, your first revi­sions are done, time to look for a beta. Of course, there’s no such thing as the ideal beta reader, but you have to have an idea of what you are look­ing for. Find­ing the right peo­ple is hard work. It takes time, patience, and tri­als. If you’ve set your eyes on a writer pal, there’s no guar­an­tee that a writer would be a good cri­tique part­ner, and the qual­ity of reads you …

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3 Elements of an Appealing Anti-Hero

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If done right, there’s plenty of spice in a dark hero. A fla­vor that no usual hero-villain rela­tion­ship can bring. A mix of frail­ness, con­flicts, strength, and some­times a solid core (or a bro­ken one—like Nyx in Bel Dame Apoc­rypha series), some­thing very flawed and very human, and some­thing very other at the same time. It draws us in, it promises a jour­ney in the shades on the edges of famil­iar human nature. If morally com­plex and sym­pa­thetic enough, this char­ac­ter will leave you ques­tion­ing the lim­its of your own integrity, grace­fully lead­ing you out of your com­fort zone. The question …

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When a Story Refuses to be Finished (The Way I Thought It Would, Naturally)

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No, this post is not about unfin­ished sto­ries. I fin­ish all of my projects because I’m obsessive-compulsive about loose ends in every­thing. I like things done. I like have writ­ten. Some­where last Decem­ber I set aside all other projects, illus­tra­tions, world­build­ing ‘toys’, even more fre­quent blog­ging, and pushed for­ward to write the third book. It went smooth, though I did not write every day—I still don’t, and I need almost a week of chill­ing out between each chap­ter. This March the end was already in sight: I finally entered the Cli­max Zone. The Big Bat­tle awaited, blah, blah, blah, etc., etc. …

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