Saturday, April 5, 2014

How Can I Work When I Have All of this Work?!?

Egads! It's been too long since I've updated. Apologies, I did not mean to disappear for so long.

Grad school started Monday, and you know what that means! That's the day when you get syllabuses by the truckloads and feel as if your life as you know it is ending, at least for the duration of the semester (or, in my case, 10-week quarter). This is my very first foray into the academic world of a masters degree, and on Monday I was about ready to find the nearest window and jump (which wouldn't have gotten me very far... I live on the first floor, but you get the idea). Now that I'm a bit more level-headed (and already ahead on my assignments), I'm not nearly as panicked as I was. I'm sure that will change in an hour or two, but until then, I plan on enjoying my new-found contentment.

Of course, this means a serious cut back on the creative time I enjoyed up until this point. After all, when you take the time you divide between creative fiction writing and raising a 20-month old who is now climbing out of her crib, and add graduate level work to it, you find that the only one you can really afford to slack off on is the creative writing. It's sad, but true. And a bit worrisome. The minute I realized much of my writing would have to take a back-seat was the minute I was chomping at the bit to write a million and one stories.

I am still doing plenty of writing exercises, and Mike and myself are finding time to write scenes back and forth via email (which is, actually, much simpler than attempting to formulate anything on my lonesome) so the writing hasn't stopped, just slowed, and been supplemented with all sorts of academic writing on archives and research and the like.

Exciting, no?

On that note, I must be off. My tea is done steeping and there is still so much to learn about the profession of archival studies in this new day of data. Believe it or not, it's actually a really interesting topic (or was, 45 pages or so ago). Before I go, I will leave you with a rather exciting bit of creativity. If you have time, head over to The Periodic Table of Storytelling. It was designed by James Harris, and is a fun little reference to tropes. Might be fun to try and design a story by picking a few random elements, hmm? Have fun!

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Breath of New Life

It has been a year and a quarter (or fifteen months, however you like to keep track) since I wrote on this blog. It has sat, silent, waiting for someone to return and give it the love and care that it deserves. Well, in truth, I’m more here to use it to whip myself into shape – to try and get the fires stoked and share some of my own creativity with others (while hoping they are willing to share some of theirs with me). There have been a lot of changes in my life (mostly good, some not as much) and with changes in life come changes in perspective. You can’t change perspective without changing style, and you can’t…

All right, let me stop before I get carried away here. The long and short of it is that I am looking forward to doing some serious blogging, about everything from creativity to art to politics to religion (yep, you read those last two right – I like to live dangerously). In truth, it will mostly be about creative writing (my two loves at the moment are poetry and fiction) but other items might sneak in there, so don’t be too surprised.

I just want to do my part to keep you on your toes.

I would love, however, the opportunity to do more with showing you how my process has evolved, and maybe getting some feedback or input on how it might continue to do so. I am always looking to improve, to better my writing and my way in which I go about doing said writing, so I love the idea of making this all more of a discussion than anything else. Always, always, always feel free to comment and start a discussion, and I will do my best to make sure this stays a respectful and safe place to confer perspectives.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Running its Course

As I sit here penning (typing) this blog post, I have a very, very strong feeling that this blog has run its course. I know it was short. There wasn't very much written save for the sparsest of entries on some days, and long rambling entries on others, but I feel like I've learned a decent amount during my span of writing this blog. It often helps to keep a written record of these things, and going back over the months, I can see a lot of mistakes I've made, along with a lot of things I might have accidentally stumbled on to doing right (and maybe even a few things I've done intentionally right!). I managed to get a limited run of the hardcover out and about, oh, and the paperback AND ebook versions of the book are also now available on Lulu.com

Links to both books can be found on my Lulu Author Spotlight.

I am giving some thought to making short stories available in ebook format as well for sale (probably at a cost of $0.99 or something similar) but there's nothing to substantial on the horizon.

I have also branched out into the arts and crafts world, creating a few things (and hoping to do more) for an Etsy shop (The Rogue's Chest of Holding). Please, feel free to take a look around and see if there's anything you like.

Don't get me wrong, I do not think I'm going to abandon this blog all together. My experience has been a positive one, and I enjoyed writing everything that I did (even the not so flattering parts) but I think it will become more a venue for announcements than anything else. I (to some degree) documented my journey over the last year with writing and pregnancy and the baby, so I feel there's little else to say aside from... "Mission Accomplished"

Thanks for following, and stay tuned at least to some degree. I promise there will be announcements about future fiction (and possibly artistic) endeavors.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Biggest 'THANK YOU' I Can Manage!

So, now that I've managed to get everything organized, or at least organized enough to get some things done, I've finally gotten back to working on the novel. The first one, not the one that is going on now (oh National Novel Writing Month, you are such an addiction!). I wanted to offer a very, very, very sincere, warm, and overwhelmingly gracious 'THANK YOU' to everyone who helped and donated to the Kickstarter, all those months ago. Here's the list, in no particular order (as you are all equally awesome):

Diane Stafford, Elliot batTzedek, Kristina Ruane, Michael Bross, Tara Holland Fourre, Sarah Meacham, Doneen Mills, Alana Smith, Chrisula Tasiopoulos Bain, Stephan Szabo, Susan Wherley, Suzanne Earley, Dacia Boegning, Joshua & Amanda Jenks, Amanda Quevedo, Caitlin Stinneford, Laryssa, Norah, Alexandra Sessler, Teresa Noel, Amber Beck, Juliet Meyer, Mariealaena, Colby Williams, Erin Quevedo, Eric Smith, Ami Sallee Corley, Carole Devine, Jacqueline Prasse, Dianne Sanchez, Karen Lesch, Dorothy Gioia, Paul M. Zahorosky, Tara Vivian, Tessa Quevedo, Lane Quevedo, Aunt Susie & Uncle Jimmy, Joe Gaiteri, Dylan Rackley, Aunt Diane & Uncle Tony, and my mother, Theresa Pratt.

... and thank you to everyone else who also helped me by sharing the information or buying a copy of the novel and everything that anyone has done for me.

Thanks again!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Almost Too Excited To Wait

Ahhh, October. The changing colors of the trees are in full bloom. There's a chill in the air that carries with it the scent of wood-burning fire places and freshly fallen leaves. This really is the month of warm, comfy sweaters, hot apple cider, and cuddling up with a good book... or writing one.

Speaking of, you can still pick up a hardcover copy of "Dominion Legacy: The Book of Grace" over at Lulu.com.

Also, progress on getting everything together to fulfill the Kickstarter rewards is well under way. I plan on shooting a short video for everyone, so keep an eye out for it.

Now that the self-promotion is over and done with, I'm going to gush about something that I've been looking forward to all year. That's right, we are less than one month away from National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I find it somewhat amusing that I'm so excited about something that I was absolutely terrified about this time last year. It's pretty intimidating, writing 50,000 in one month. Last year I didn't know if I would do it, and every day was sometimes like wringing blood from a stone in order to keep up with the word count. This year I've got my idea ready, I'm working on my outlines and my characters, and I'm confident that I'll not only beat that word count, I'll overshoot it. My personal goal is 65,000 words.

What is my novel about, you ask? Well, it's a sequel to "Dominion Legacy: The Book of Grace", and that's all I'm going to say about. Well, maybe that and inform you that you'll learn so much more about the enemy and exactly what is going on in Grace and Eli's new world. There will also be two new characters, so that's something to look forward to. I love writing another story within the broader story of the Dominion Legacy series (it's like Inception, only with writing).

Anyone else participating in thirty days of literary abandon?