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A Big Change

Greetings My lovelies,

 

Today’s post is bittersweet.  Today I’m starting the process of transitioning away from a traditional blog to solely working on Youtube.

It was been a wonderful journey with each and everyone of you these past 8 years.  I appreciate all the memories and laughs.

The reason why I’m switching is because I really enjoy making videos and I just don’t have the time to run both, especially when it’s the same content.

So thank you for being with me on this journey.  If you want to stay with me come find me on Youtube!

 

Goodbye and Thank you.

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5 Ways to Avoid Editing Burnouts

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I hope everyone is having a lovely Wednesday.  I hope that it’s not too cold, too wet, or whatever where you are.  

Today I’m gonna talk about a problem that I run into all the time edit burnouts.  If you don’t suffer from this, then you are one lucky person.  But for those of us who do, it sucks.

Editing burnouts are (for me at least) hell on earth.  I stare at the page but I don’t see anything.  I end up rereading the same words over and over and what I do rewrite is often littered with mistakes or even worse than what I took out.

So here’s 5 ways to avoid editing burnouts.

 

1. Play movie or game soundtracks

Movie and game soundtracks are made to be noticed but unobtrusive.  Basically, they’re the perfect background noise.  Now to fully take advantage of this technique, I would highly recommend instrumental soundtracks only.

 

2. Play an ambient mixer

Kinda similar to number one but not quite.  Ambient mixers can be made to sound like whatever you like.  If you go to http://www.ambient-mixer.com you can find pre-made mixers for Hogwarts, The Tardis, Narnia, and so many more.  I like the Hogwarts ones, they put me in the right frame of mind to edit.

 

3. Take breaks

Set a timer for 20 mins -1hr, however long you think you can constructively work.  When the time goes off, save your progress and take a 5 min break.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

 

4. Do some housework

If you’re like me, the housework (or as I call ’em domestics) often get pushed to the side.  I always tell my hubby that domestics can wait.  But when you’re editing and you feel yourself starting to get fuzzy brained, do some housework.  Go load and unload the dishwasher.  Fold a basket of clothes.  Clean the toilets, whatever it is that you’re getting behind on.  Doing housework helps to clear your mind because it’s such a menial task.  Give your brain a break.

 

5. Go take a walk

When you feel yourself getting fried, get up and get outside.  Try and soak up some vitamin D and freshish air.  Walk at a park, by a pond, around your block.  Just get out and give yourself a different setting for a while.  You’ll be amazed at the results.

 

So there you have it.  Five ways to avoid editing burnouts.   Have you done some of these before?  What do you use?

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Top 5 Favorite Couples

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something a little different this Monday.  Instead of reviewing a book, I’m going to talk about my favorite couples in books and other media.  Let’s get going.

 

5. Percy and Annabeth (Olympians and Heroes of Olympus)

I love these two because they don’t start off liking each other.  They’re barely even friends.  But as the series progress we see them start to recognize each other’s strengths and support each other when lacking.  Their romantic feelings evolve slowly over the years until they finally admit their love for each other and fight tooth and nail to stay together.  They are a good, healthy relationship that I can stand behind 100%

 

4. Daine and Numiar (The Immortals)

I loved this couple when I was younger, but now….the age difference is a little cringy.  But if you put that all aside, they start off respecting each other.  Numair is Daine’s teacher but he never makes her feel inferior.  He pushes her to be more and truly seems to care for her.  Now at some point, their relationship shifted from mutual respect to attraction.  Even they don’t know when it happens.  When they realize that they have romantic feelings for each other, they don’t know how to handle it.  They don’t want to trap the other in a relationship that they might regret later.  Well, that proves to not be true and they have a wonderful marriage built on trust and respect.

 

3. Feyre and Rhysand (Court Series)

If you haven’t heard by now, I’m a huge fan of Sara J Maas.  Of the multitude of couples in her books, Feyre and Rhysand and my hands down favorite.  Rhysand is willing to give up his mate and let her marry another man if that is what it takes for her to be happy.  Feyre takes in Rhysand’s past abuse (to him) and doesn’t try and make him take part in something that he may not have any desire to do.  Both put the other’s emotions above their own.  And we all can learn from that.

 

2. The 11th Doctor and River Song

I’m a third gen Whovian and I love it.  The 11th Doctor will always be my favorite because he’s the real reason why I love Doctor Who.  And when he and River get together it is nothing but pure gold.  I can’t get enough of their sass and love for each other.  They play so well off each other that I can’t take my eyes off them.

 

1. Harlow and Augustine (House of the Rising Sun)

What do you get when a computer hacker who can’t touch people because she gets overloaded with their emotions and an ex-criminal and playboy turn Guardian?  A fucking epic story.  I love these two.  Augustine falls for Harlow the moment he meets her but doesn’t try to push too far.  He respects her boundaries.  Harlow is a whole heap of issues but eventually she comes to terms with her baggage and realizes that he’s not as bad as she feared (and she hates it).  Augustine is not ashamed of his Fae heritage, but Harlow is.  Through him, she learns to accept a part of her that she’s tried to ignore.  They are so different but come together to create this wonderful duo that is unstoppable.  They are their own people, but they are definitely stronger together.

 

Well. that’s all I got today.  Do you have any other favorite couples?  Let me know by commenting below.

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Favorite Fierce Females Characters

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I have partnered up with Ashley from Falling down the Book Whole and a bunch of other lovely ladies to celebrate the kick ass and fierce ladies in both literature and in the real world.  Those who participate in either the Instagram photo challenge, the read-a-thon, or by liking blog post with the #fiercefemalereads tags will be entered into a give away with a litany of prizes that may or may not include my latest book Time of Prophecy, book themed candles, bookmarks, and other wonderful books from fellow indie authors.  Well that’s enough my tagging, let’s get on to the reason why your here.  Here’s my top 5 picks for fierce female characters.  Book or series titles in (_).

 

5. Alanna of Trebond (Song of the Lioness Quartet)

Alanna always dreamed of being a knight but there was only one problem, she was a girl.  Girls learned how to be ladies and married rich lords, not wield swords.  Alanna didn’t let that stop her.  She switched places with her twin brother and disguised herself as a boy.  She earned her shield, often beating boys bigger and stronger than she was.  She worked harder everyday ensuring that she was the best that she could be and earned the respect of the entire kingdom.

Alanna was my first fierce female character.  She inspired me to always try and be the best that I could be and to never take no for an answer.  She didn’t take shit from anyone.  She struggled to balance her knighthood with her femininity, something that she didn’t want to give up.  And eventually found a man who loved all sides of her and wouldn’t try and change who she was.

 

4. Juniper (Wise Child)

Juniper is a witch who lives on the outskirts of a small British(?) village.  She heals the people in the village even though they are suspicious of her.  When Wise Child’s grandmother dies leaving her an orphan, Juniper doesn’t hesitate to take in this lazy, pampered child and teach her the skills she needs to survive and a little of magic.

I wanted to be Juniper when I grew up, and I still do.  She cared for those around her and tried to help everyone, no matter what.  She cared for a leper when no one dared to.  She refused to accuse her friends during a witch trail and saw the good in all people.  She shows that there are different types of strength.

 

3. Feyre (Court of Thorn and Roses) 

Feyre starts off as a young woman who tries to keep her family alive.  Some shit goes down (trying to not spoil) and she ends up stronger than ever.  Feyre destroys herself for those she loves, falls into a dark pit of despair, but comes out on the other side stronger than before.  She faces the dark side of herself and embraces it wholly.  She is willing to fight for what she loves but is not a fighter.  She rather spend her days laughing with her family and painting.

As someone who has depression, Feyre is a character that I can cling to when the voices in my head get too loud.  She’s also a character who is strong without having to be a fighter.  She also isn’t perfect.  She has a temper and tends to lash out.  But her journey out of the darkness and embracing the darkness within is one that I can stand behind 100%

 

2. Lirael (The Abhorsen Trilogy)

Lirael spent her entire life not fitting in with the rest of her family.  She even contemplated suicide because she felt like there was no place for her in the world.  Fortunately someone stepped in and offered her a new path.  She becomes a master magician with a rare gift that could save the world.  She is fierce, driven, but also practical.

I never really felt like I fit in as a kid.  I was tomboyish and more content to read than deal with the drama.  Lirael spoke to me because she too was different and that proved to be a good thing.  She helped me to embrace the things that made me different.

 

1. Fiona Finnagan (The Tea Rose)

Fiona is a simple tea packer with big dreams.  She wants to open a shop with her childhood love.  But all that gets destroyed when her father “dies” and her family descends into a downward spiral which leaves Fiona and her 4yr old brother Seamus the sole survivors.  Her childhood loves makes a huge mistake that forces him to marry another woman.  Desperate and alone, she flees to NY where her only other living family lives, but things aren’t much better.  But she doesn’t cry about it.  She tucks in her skirts and fights tooth and nail to make a life for herself because she realizes that no one will help her.  If she wants something, she will have to make it happen for herself.

I love, love, love, Fiona.  I can’t get enough of her rags to riches story.  She even gets revenge for her family by the end.  Fiona is a perfect example of the strength of woman.  She is smart, fierce, determined, and loving.  The second book in the trilogy has another wonderful heroine, but Fiona is the fiercest of the fierce in my opinion.

 

Here’s the link to Ashley’s initial blog post for more details.  Falling Down the Book Whole

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Lessons learned from my first book release party

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The infamous, all important book release party.  From the moment I sat down to write my first book, I’ve always wanted to do one.  I used to practice interview questions like I was a famous author all the time like we all do…  No?  Just me?  

Any who.  For my latest book, Time of Prophecy, the epic conclusion to The Lost Guardian Trilogy, I decided to give it a whirl and try to make it happen.  And here are some things I learned, the good and the bad.

 

1. Indie book stores are you friend but you can host anywhere.

Most indie book stores are more than happy to host a book release party for a fee.  They usually have something on their website so check before you ask.  But you can also host release parties at Libraries, community centers, small coffee shops, whatever you like.  All you need to do is ask.  What’s the worst they can say.  If you’re a local, local businesses can be very accommodating.  I did the indie book shop route.  The lovely Page 158 books.

 

2. Ask questions

Especially if this is your first time organizing the event.  You may be responsible for advertising or ordering the books for people to purchase.  I didn’t.

 

3. Don’t be afraid to double check and get confirmations.

If a place is supposed to get back to you about your event and you haven’t heard anything back, don’t be afraid to call and double check to make sure everything is still on track.  I didn’t.  I hate to be a bother and assumed that everything was handled.  It wasn’t.  You never know what’s going on with someone else.  A family emergency will push everything out of anyone’s head.  This is your event, your baby.  Make sure it’s to your liking.

 

4. Stir up interest by a giveaway.

I wish I did this because what better way to drum up interest in your newly released book than by hosting a party for those who can’t physically come.

 

5.  Breathe

It’s scary hosting an event.  I had a mini panic attack over the thought of getting in front of people and talking about my book.  What if no one came?  My books kept falling through.  What if it totally sucked?  What if I came off as stupid or whatever?

Breathe.  Breathe.  Breathe.  And maybe take a Xanax.  Remember you are a bad ass writer who wrote a kick ass story.  People will be amazed just by that feat alone.  Remember all the times you pretended to be interviewed?  Well, you’ll fall back into that mode as soon as the questions come.  You can do this and will feel so good once it’s all said and done with.

 

That’s all I have this time.  Remember, always double check and make sure everything is in place before your event is supposed to take place.

 

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