Trains and Free Verse

Trains and Free Verse

Two weeks ago, I rode a train for the first time. Well, Amtrak. The little steam train I rode years ago doesn’t count as a ‘real’ train. It was a nine hour, overnight trip to Pittsburgh. I’ll have more to say about the trip and train in my monthly highlights post, but I did want to share one thing with you all.

I finally expermented with free verse poetry! I’ve tried my hand at free verse once or twice before, but I’ve never studied poetry and have read hardly any. Still, while looking out the window at 3:30 a.m. from the observation car, I decided to give it a go. Here is the result.

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FREE: Rose of the Oath

Finally! It is here! Rose of the Oath is finished, published, and, best of all, free!

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War clouds the horizon and rebels gather under a mysterious leader. Alone, with her two younger sisters, Elissa watches the mountain road desperately for her brother’s return. Instead, she receives news of his capture by a strange figure covered in scars and cloaked in wolf skins.

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Day 4: Go forth and write!

3-2-1 WRITE! party

There has been quite a few handy tips and tools about writing, both (hopefully) from my blog and from the others who took part in this blog party. Now it is time to go use all you’ve learned!

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Day 3: Writing Tools

Day 3: Writing Tools

3-2-1 WRITE! party

Well, I’ve talked about it enough you might guess what my number one resource for writers is, but I’ve no problem with saying it again.

Kingdom Pen!

Kingdom Pen is a website, but it is so much more than a website too. For starters, don’t let the ages of the writers posting there fool you. There is so much great information posted every week, along with poems and the occasional short story.

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Day 2: Writing Advice

Day 2: Writing Advice

3-2-1 WRITE! party

Two pieces of advice… *grins* What to choose?

My first bit of advice sounds a bit cliché, but it is true nonetheless. This is persevere. Writing isn’t always easy. It is rewarding, in the end, but there are times you hate your work. Times you wonder why you ever started; why you even thought this idea was ever good. Don’t give up. Keep moving. Upward, outward. Keep working, keep pressing forward.

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Day 1: Writing Books

Day 1: Writing Books

3-2-1 WRITE! party

Welcome to the first day of the 3, 2, 1 Write Blog Party! Stick around over the next few days to learn more about writing tools and writing tips and click the picture above to head to main page and find others’ posts about their favorite writing books. Also, there is a giveaway at the end. Don’t miss it!

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Beyond the Parchment: Part 10

Beyond the Parchment: Part 10

Welcome to the next installment of my serial story, Beyond the Parchment

So far we learned that a dysfunctional portal, invented by a weary writer, May Ann, actually begins to work, bringing characters to our world. And herself into their world.

Anyway, you can read the first parts of the story here. You could just read the short blurbs about them, of course, but you’ll probably miss some important details. The blurbs are there for those of you who have read the story and are trying to keep track of all the names, more than anything else. You’re welcome. *bows*

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June Monthly Challenge

First the winner of last month’s challenge!

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And the winner is Esther!

In my country, the crown can only be won through victory in battle.
Since the days when Athelwyn Firstking slew the great Ebenwyrm, the heirs of his bloodline have fought a dragon to claim his throne and crown.
That is, until my own father was slain in combat with the dragon. Then the Council of Three took the scepter of Athelwyn away from my family, claiming that my father’s blood had polluted our line. Had made us weak, and unfit to rule. Not that they ever fought any dragons.
But I know the truth. I know the truth that my father taught me—that not all the dragons are evil, but that the council controls them through the mystic power of the Aegstan.
And I know the truth my mother taught me—that my father would not have died if the Council of Three had not poisoned him.
And so I fought the dragon who the council set before me, throwing their lies of weakness into the rubbish heap. And I split into pieces the aegstycce which controlled it, releasing its mind from the Council’s will, and it realized we were allies against the Council’s tyranny.
And so with my new ally at my back, I take Athelwyn’s crown in victory.
And the Council can do naught but watch.

Now for June’s prompt.

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You have 100-250 words to write a short story/scene that goes with this picture. You have until June 30th to submit your scene in the comments below. I’ll announce the winner in July.  Anyone can enter, but keep your entries clean. No swearing, no gore or sensuality. Have fun!

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May Highlights: Blogs, Editing, and A Vlog

My Life

I know, I know… It’s June. But I’m only two days late, and I have a valid excuse. It’s this blog, mainly. Notice anything looking different? *grins* I’ve switched to paid hosting and have everything on one website now, instead of two. It took about a week of working and waiting and more working and more waiting… I didn’t realize it took a week for domain names to transfer. But it’s set up now, and I’m very happy.

Only two minor details. The first is that I figured out how to transfer my followers from my wordpress.com site to wordpress.org! The only note is that, if you were following me through WordPress instead of by email, you’ll get notifications in your WordPress reader about a new post but you won’t get an email when I create a post like you might have before. Second, commenting is slightly more a pain in this template. One actually has to click on a post to comment. I don’t think that will be too big of a deal, though.

Life is good. Life is also crazy. I went to a Memorial Day outreach Monday. Saturday is a wedding, Sunday I have my first ever official sleep-over (yes, I’m 22 and this is the first ‘real’ sleep-over I’ve had). Then, next Wednesday night, I’ll be taking a train to Pittsburgh for a Kingdom Pen retreat and won’t return until Sunday night. I’m looking forward to that, but the train trip is overnight both ways and I sometimes get migraines when I’m really tired. I don’t want to get one while on the train or at the retreat, so prayers would be appreciated.

My Writing

WIPs:

  • Scarlet Rose: Not telling. It’s way less than I should have done…somewhere in the vicinity of five chapters. I’ll get moving on it more this month. Or next month…
  • Fidelyon: 14,447 words/6 chapters rewritten – again, not as much as I’d like. But blog and Rose of the Oath took up extra time this month.
  • Rose of the Night: PUBLISHED! Check out more here
  • Rose of the Oath: SET FOR PREORDER!

Goals:

  • Pricematch Rose of the Oath down to free and publish
  • Finish part 3 of Scarlet Rose
  • Fidelyon… as much as I can get done; another 10-15 chapters

Google Searches:

  • How long does a stab wound to the lung take to heal why can’t you just give me one single answer, Google? On another note, it is fascinating to see how many other writers have already asked this question
  • Recovery time for a stab wound to the chest at which point I remembered I had an Aunt who was a respiratory therapist. Twenty minutes of texting and details such as age and health and I got solid answers – collapsed lung: 2-3 weeks healing, 4-5 weeks before in fighting condition, barring infection and complications. Every writer needs an Aunt who knows medical stuff 
  • What is the front of a ship called? yes… I did just ask that
  • Flowers that mean sorrow Did the author of Hunger Games have any idea that Primrose means something along the lines of ‘can’t live without’? I did not need that…
  • Pictures of hazel eyes cause you need pictures if you’re to describe something properly
  • How long to apply a brand to the skin 30 to 60 seconds for a good brand. Ouch. I’m… I’m so sorry. Also, people apparently brand themselves for fun, like tattoos, only much more painful. *shudders*

Other Writing:

Me

A vlog! You thought I’d forgotten, didn’t you? Actually, you probably forgot about it… Nevermind. Here is May’s Vlog.

Let’s chat! What have you been up to? How are your writing projects going? Have you ever traveled in a train before?

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FREE: Rose of the Night

Hi, everyone! How do you like the new blog look? *grins* It took long enough to switch from wordpress.com to paid hosting, but everything is done now. Well, I had the pages and such fixed up early last week, but it took a week for the domain name to switch over and then there were a few minor details to straighten out. But it is done! *cheers* *treats self to cheesecake* *offers extra cheesecake to all of you who decided to stop by*

A huge shout out to my good friend, Kate, who made the graphics for me. I couldn’t have done it without her. Make sure to check out her blog, The Inky Notebook.

Ah, yes. And I said something about ‘free’ in the title. 😉 Well, Rose of the Night is published! The novelette is $0.99 on Amazon, but you don’t have to pay for it because I’m offering it for free to everyone who signs up for my email newsletter.

Behind every beast, there is a curse.

Behind every curse, there is a promise.

Behind every promise, there is a sacrifice.

Over two hundred years before the one he’d know as Beauty was born, Adrian risks all in an attempt to win the heart of the one he loves. Instead, he dooms himself and the rest of Aslaria. Blood and tears weave a legend of hope and sorrow, love and betrayal. Alive only because of the mercy granted by the King, Adrian dedicates himself to the only task that now matters. A mission to undo the night he has caused.

A prequel to Rose of the Oath, this is a timeless tale of a forbidden rose and the smooth voice of a masked stranger. A story of rebellion and despair and love. A story of a promise given and of a hope received.

The story of the Oathkeeper.

Rose of the Night is the prequel to Rose of the Oath which will be released later on in June. You can check it out on Amazon here or you can click here and receive a free ebook copy! If you are already signed up to my newsletter, you should have already gotten an email with your free copy. If not, shoot me an email and I’ll take care of you. 😉

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