My last moments of a breather before…. CRAZY August hits. What?
My manuscripts for The Rifters and The Initiate come back from my editor this Friday. So much work to do and as fast as I can possibly get it done. I have a game plan and wrote it on my dry erase board. And on my calendar.
Do you have phases of revisioning? I do. The one I dread most is usually an early stage, the ‘this really sucks’ and ‘I hate this’ phase. Luckily, I know better than to panic these days, although I still usually lodge at least one complaint to the Husband Unit… not as many as I used to. I know it’ll get fixed and I know I’ll come out on the other side, on the ‘this so rocks’, ‘I love this story’ phase.
Yet I’m nervous about launching my new series. It’s a bit urban fantasy. It’s a bit paranormal. It has contemporary sci-fi elements and steampunk elements. It brings people from the past into the present day and it brings otherwordly beasts to be contended with.
The official launch date remains September 8th. I’m recruiting help. If you’d like to help and/or help spread the word, I’d be mighty appreciative. You can help with just a straight shoutout of cover, blurb, buy links, or you can add a little something-something. What is it? A little story about your trip to Settler, Oregon.
“But Mary,” you say, “I’ve never been to Settler, OR.” I say, “No one has. I made it up.” There’s info HERE about Settler to help and there’s photos HERE to help inspire you, taken from all over Oregon. There’s a FB page HERE which tells of the daily goings on in the town.
I’ll be giving out prizes to those who help with a story on Settler. Two $25 gift cards to Amazon or B&N, signed paperbacks and handcrafted steampunk bookmarks by Dire Steampunk (aka Husband Unit), ebooks of the second book in the series The Initiate, and an ebook awarded to someone who comments on your post about Settler. All as a thank you for your awesome help. More about the giveaways and events surrounding The Rifters launch can be found HERE.
A story can be 100 words or less. It can be longer. Anyway, I’d be obliged. You can sign up HERE. Stories can be posted to FB or blogs. Either or both. Posts can be anytime in September through October 31st.
So yeah, The Rifters are coming… :-O
In other news… while on my break, I put in some work on Precipice, Backworlds Book 6. I’m not as far as I’d like but I’m unstuck from chapter 3. Huzzah! I’ll take it.
I also started a short story I hope to sell… Work on both will cease Friday and pick up again when all things Rifters are complete. Maybe September.
More changes are afoot. I logo-tized myself. My cover artist, Erin Dameron-Hill did an outstanding job at turning my name into a logo. She also updated UR’s logo. Go take a peek… And I have a new header coming if it’s not already up.
None of this would be happening if a really tough year hadn’t finally released its grip on the Husband Unit and I. I’m so eternally grateful for the turn around in our luck. I really hate plot twists in real life. They’re rarely good. Like Craze would say, nothin’ good travels the starway. To all of you going through tough times, hang in there and I send you positive energy.
This is not just an update, this is also my contribution to this month’s IWSG, a gathering of writers worldwide the first Wednesday of every month. Created by the farvelous Alex J. Cavanaugh, it’s not too late to join us.
Sixteen-year-old Hutch McQueen is shackled by near illiteracy and trapped in a dysfunctional family. When he tries to escape, he chooses the wrong way and lands in juvenile hall. He might have a another chance if he listens to the priest and the teacher.
You can enter to win a free copy or some Amazon money for a shopping spree.
Snapshots by Patricia Lynne
Welcome to the SNAPSHOTS relaunch blitz!
It’s said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that’s a lie. They are snapshots of a time yet to come–the future of the person to which they belong.
Cyclop Blaine stands out in a crowd with his pale skin and mismatched eyes, but it’s his ability to see the future that really sets him apart. The unusual gift makes him an invaluable asset to Tyler, his adoptive father and leader of the Victory Street Gang. It also means Cyclop must hide what he can do from others. Once, a man he knew only as Master controlled him, using him for experiments. Cyclop has no desire to return to that life.
But he may have no choice. A man claiming ownership over him haunts his dreams and waking moments, leaving him no choice but to go back to the past he thought he had escaped. Cyclop must face this man, along with his past, if he wants to reveal his own future.
Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and
college. But some stories are meant to be told and this one chose her. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
Over on Untethered Realms:
The Stupidest Superpower in Existence – Can You Beat it?
Just a brief announcement before I give my blog over to Tara Tyler. Gina Stoneheart was the winner of Mary Waibel’s giveaway and won a copy of The Mystery Prince. Congrats, Gina! Oh, and I’m uber excited about Sharknado 2 tonight. Anyone else watching? Now to Tara…
Imagine a vast, lush, green field dotted with white blossoms, surrounded by thick trees on the right and a rambling river on the left. The sky is bright blue with whispers of white clouds, and in the distance are snow-capped mountains, beckoning climbers to venture up their treacherous slopes.
Okay, that took some major brain power! Can you see it? It’s what I picture if I was standing just north of Broken Branch Falls. Well, Mary has awesome inspirational photos for fantasy settings (and sci fi, too, but that’s another post!) Today, I’m talking about…
Fantasy - the activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable.
Don’t you love that definition? You can make up anything and everything in fantasy – just like in cartoons, nothing is impossible! Traditional fantasy includes:
Creatures – dragons are my fave!
Setting – forests, mountains, meadows, lots of nature
Demographics – not a lot of technology or modern conveniences, castles and villages rule!
Magic – the explanation for the anything and everything! Yay for wizards and fairies!
But fantasy has branched out! It now includes:
Urban – magic in modern day cities or suburbs
Historical – magic altering recorded historical times and places
Space/Sci Fi – magic mixing with the future and technology
So many places magic can turn up! We can shrink down to bug size, expand up into giants, shapeshift into flying beasts, and cast spells for good, evil, or just some mischief!
Inspiration for fantasy isn’t far, for me. I imagine the world around me transformed into a magical setting and many times I will give characters an outer appearance to match their personality. (Remember Shallow Hal?)
The tough part of Fantasy is the world-building. We get to create all the magic, but we also have to make rules and limitations, weaknesses to balance strengths, antidotes and cures for spells and sickness. And we have to show the reader our complicated world without droning on with backstory! I think I’m getting the hang of that, now that I’ve had some practice.
What I still struggle with is setting. I tend to describe things mundanely – so I really enjoy coming across photos of magnificent scenes that inspire greatness and require a better description… like from Mary, here. She’s a pro at capturing beautiful settings from way out West (and out of this world!) And here are just a few of other bloggers whose photos inspire me.
Marcy Hatch - northeastern wonderlands
Hilary Melton-Butcher - English countrysides, coastlines, and castles
Rhonda Albom - fun from around the world
There are lots more, but I couldn’t remember them all. Help me out and name some in the comments!
Mary and I usually discuss sci fi, so today was a nice change!
Thanks, wayfaring woman!
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BROKEN BRANCH FALLS (MG Fantasy)
by Tara Tyler
Release Date: June 24, 2014 (NOW!)
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Gabe is an average fifteen-year-old goblin. He’s in the marching band, breezes through calculus, and gets picked on daily by the other kids at school, especially the ogres. But Gabe wants to break out of his nerdy stereotype and try other things. He has his eye on the new ogress at school. Though it’s against all beastly rules, there’s just something about her.
Gabe starts a fad of mingling with other species, forcing the High Council to step in and ruin things by threatening to destroy the school and split up Broken Branch Falls. With help from other outcast friends, Gabe sets out on a quest to save his town. They’ll show ‘em what different friends can do together!
Tara Tyler has had a hand at everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After living up and down the Eastern US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her three active boys and Coach Husband. Currently, she has two series, The Cooper Chronicles (techno-thriller detective capers) and Beast World (MG fantasy) She’s an adventure writer who believes every good story should have action, a moral, and a few laughs!
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