Tools of the Trade

There are many tools that I employ to help me along while I plan and write my books.  Sometimes it’s a steaming cup of tea or a tall glass of wine.  And it always involves music.  At first I used good ‘ol Pandora, bouncing around stations as they suited me.  Then I found the lovely playlists on Spotify (yes I know, I’m a little late to the party).  But my newest discovery is a wonderful little gem call ambient-mixer.com.  Talented people have created background noise for you to listen to!  My favorites (so far) are Ravenclaw’s Common Room, Loki’s Chambers, and Bucky and Steve’s apartment…oh not the mention Witches Cabin.  They have nature sounds too, but so far these are the ones I love.  Seriously, check them out and let me know what are some of your favorite stations?

 

Later my peoples

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I’m alive, I promise.

My life has become a roller coaster right now.  My grandmother is not doing well and may be loosing her battle with cancer.  Work has become a whole basket of crazy this year. And I’ve finally started to the get the clinical help that I need.  So much is going on and so much is changing that writing or anything related to writing has taken a back seat.  But while things haven’t gotten any better, the ride has gotten a little smoother.

Today I finally finished writing Frank Tales.  I have been trying to write this children’s book for two years, but The Lost Guardian series has continually pushed it to the back burner.  But now that Souls in the Dark is published, I have some time to dedicate to it.  I still need to revise and make the illustrations but at least the hard part is done.  I’m planning on having that book out by Christmas if I can help it.

I’ve also continued to outline Time of Prophecy.  I’m not 100% sure I’ll stick with that title but it works for now.  I don’t plan on starting the actual writing until after the first of the year.  I want to give myself some time to catch up on some other projects and finish outlining.  I haven’t even done a poem of the month for some time now.

Any who, time goes on and I struggle to keep my head above water.  I just have to hold on until things smooth out a little more.  It’s going to be rough, but I know I can do it.  Stay wild my friends!

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Someone kill me now!!!!

I love the people that I use for publishing my book.  I really do, but they are killing me too.  As you may remember my book came out this month.  It was a struggle from start to finish but it appears that the struggle isn’t over yet.  There were formatting issues in the book!  And on top of that there a was mistake that both myself and my editor miss!  Oh holly hell someone kill me.  I have since corrected the mistakes and hopefully no more will pop up.

 

 

Preemptive Strike

So now that Souls in the Dark is off to my lovely editor I could use this time to take a breather…but I’m not.  I’ve decided to already get a jump on outlining the last book in the Lost Guardian trilogy.  I won’t release the title I have now, because it’s more of a working title.  But I figure that the sooner I get started, the sooner I can get it out there.  There are other stories that I want to write, but I can’t write two different stories at one time.  At least, not my own.

I still need to finish my children’s book and get illustrations done.  Frank Tales would have been done much earlier if I hadn’t been working on another story.  So I have learned my lesson and will never do two books at one time.  Some people can do it, I can’t.  Ha-ha.

Well, I hope that everyone is enjoying their hump day.  ‘Til next time peoples!

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Weird forms of inspiration

There are some things that help a writer find the right words to say or breathe to life a scene.  Music is usually the first thing that people talk about.  I often listen to certain styles of music when I’m writing certain pieces.  The music helps me to create the world and people in my head.  It also helps to create sequences.  When I’m editing, I tend to listen to music that l like to sing along to.  Editing is one of the most boring things a writer has to do.  I tend to go cross-eyed after a while.  But I don’t really want to go too far into musical inspiration.

There are some really odd things that I do that help with my creative process.  First, it’s cleaning. More specifically when I’m cleaning alone.  As I tackle the chores I have neglected all week, I work out a considerable amount of my dialogues.   I even do accents, thus the need to be alone.  My husband already thinks I’m crazy.  At least my pugs won’t judge me.  The other thing is the Game of Thrones game on Facebook.  I don’t know why but for some reason that game gets my story juices flowing.  Maybe because it’s a story driven game…shrugs.

Anyways, I would love to hear of the ways you guys find your inspiration. Comment below

 

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