Hello, everyone! You might have noticed that we are here at MY NEW WEBSITE! (Those following on my wordpress blog, click the link! It’s awesome, I promise! And I won’t be updating here regularly much longer.)
There is a lot to tell since my last blog post. Most exciting of all is that I have an official publishing credit to my name now! My short story “An Issue of Blood”, a sort of prequel story set in my Soldaris universe, took third place in the 2017 Dragon Comet short story contest by Sibyl’s Scriptorium and was published in their anthology. Volume 4 (2017) of Sibyl’s Scriptorium I am, of course, really excited about this.
Second piece of exciting news is that my health has improved to the point where I am able to do gainful employment again. While I will lament the loss of my “excessive” writing time, the truth is that the stresses of being unemployed and sick were taking a toll on my ability to write anyway. I imagine that having a day job again will help with the self-confidence and with idea generation. It’s hard to get new ideas if you never leave the house or have no money to go out and have new experiences.
The third exciting thing? I have a tentative release date in my head for my first novel. It’s not going to be Soldaris, as I thought it would be. It’s from my Servants of the Source series, an urban fantasy romance series about a modern order of paladins. I’ve enjoyed getting to know these characters and this world, and I think you all will as well. As I get things like cover design and everything nailed down, I will have a better idea of the actual release date to announce it. 😀
Soldaris and Empress of Gold (my massive epic fantasy romance inspired by historical Korean dramas) are still in the works, but I’d feel wrong giving them to you before they were ready. ❤
I’m looking forward to some serious changes here on the blog, and I hope you are able to enjoy them as well. Please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter so you can keep in the know about news and when that release date gets announced!
There’s a lot to tell since my last post, but some of it has to wait until official announcements. 🙂
But one of the cool things that’s happened recently is that Spotify has changed the way you can share.
So if you’ve ever wondered what the Soldaris Saga feels like, here’s the most essential twenty songs off the playlist that capture what I feel when I’m writing it.
I hate New Year Resolutions. They are a great way to start off strong but more often than not, they set us up for failure when we don’t meet all of them and feel guilty about it. So I am giving up on the word “resolution” this year. I am not resolving to do anything. What I WILL do, however, is send my ambitions out into the Universe and chase after them with a passion.
So without further ado, here are my writing ambitions for 2017:
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I saw one of those things on Facebook yesterday. You know, the inspiring quote put over a lovely picture that can never be attributed to just one originator. But this one caught my attention because 2016 was particularly rough to me in the second half. The biggest and worst thing to happen to me in 2016 was that my health got worse to the point where I lost my job in November.
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So I’ve been struggling with the Soldaris Saga lately. I’ve been trying to decide if I want it to try to sell it as romantic fantasy or fantasy romance, so I can point the last of my rewrites and editing in the right direction.
Some of you might wonder what the difference between romantic fantasy and fantasy romance even is. Basically, romantic fantasy is a “standard” fantasy novel with a bigger plot than just the two characters getting together, but they’re a major part of it. Fantasy romance focuses on the story of the hero and heroine and their happily ever after, using the rest of the plot as a backdrop. The first goes in the fantasy and sci-fi section at the bookstore, the latter goes in romance novels. Yes, it actually matters, if I’m going to sell it, because that also determines where I submit.
I have outlines for both ready to go. Both outlines lead to the same ending, just told in different ways with the focus on different plot elements and subplots.
I have to admit that I’m curious what my audience would rather read (although if I start on one of the outlines and it doesn’t feel right, I will no doubt move right to the other).
Weigh in in the comments, would you? ❤
So the good news first: One of my stories managed to garner an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest! I’m still super-excited about that, and I have one submitted for last quarter, and one I’m working on to get submitted for this current quarter. I have a few other stories I’m working on for other anthologies as well. I feel like I’m so very close to making that leap into published territory and I am stoked.
The not so great news: I am out of school for the foreseeable future. I don’t care to go into all the reasons. They’re multiple and complex and y’all are no doubt tired of hearing me talk about my stupid health.
But what does this mean? This means that since my last classes ended a week ago, I haven’t gone a single day without writing at least a thousand words or some sort of outlining/pre-writing activity. It means that I’m deciding to take this as a sign from the Universe that I am supposed to be pursuing a different path than finishing my university education at this point in time. It means, basically, that this is the time to push forward on writing and do awesome things.
Now that I have time to write without feeling guilty about what homework should be getting done… there are going to be a lot of awesome things ahead.
Keep me in your thoughts, and wish me luck. (And of course, buy my books when they come out! :P)