News and quirks

November 20, 2013

Hi everyone,

As you saw earlier, I posted something that had a date back in August.  It’s odd, but I had written it, and I thought I had posted it, but for some reason it didn’t.  I hope you enjoy it, as well as what I have written now.

So what has been happening in the past couple of months?  Plenty.  I have published more poems at The King’s Poetry, and I’m almost finished another podcast for The King’s Poetry Podcast.  I have also completed several pieces of art and hope to post it to Hearts Alive! News and Art Gallery, not to mention others.

Speaking of art, I had my art on display at Edmonton Expo, the local comic and entertainment expo.  The event was a success; some people grabbed some cards.  Nothing was sold though, but that’s ok.  It was all about getting the word out there that mattered.

Ok.  Now on to the writing that I have been doing.  I have written some poems, but I haven’t been putting them up.  One new one, as well as a revision will be up soon, not to mention a poem of a featured poet, Leah Pauls.  I will also be putting up links to the appropriate podcasts.  I have a lot to do, and that’s the truth.  I have a little more written on Sword of Earth.  I am still on chapter 9, but it’s coming.  I am also working on a lot of short stories.  I know, but I plan on kicking it into high next gear soon.  I have needed a break, and now it seems that I am thinking of Horsemaster more and more again.  She is once again becoming a part of me again.  I know she is always a part of me, but somehow I think we could have been at odds with each other due to description.  I wasn’t willing before to describe her homeland or show more, but now that I am, especially after attending a workshop entitled “Show, don’t Tell” at Pagemaster Publications Services on November 7.

I am going to be restructuring this site in the next few weeks.  I will be making up an area with interesting links to not only my accounts I want you to know about, but also to sites and blogs I believe you would want to hear about.

I pray all is going well with you.  May your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

A LOT of News

August 1, 2013

Hi everyone,

Much has transpired since I last posted a note here. I have received my piece back, and I found out that I have a lot to learn with regards to writing, and I may take a course, but I do have an idea of how I might be able to work through it and make it a better story. That’s good.

I have since written some poems and revised others making the King’s Poetry blog a bigger place, but I’d like to make it even better. My only problem is that I don’t want to add illustrations yet because when I put the chapbook together, it’s going to have illustrations and photos. I will still put in the odd one to entice people, but I’d like to keep it to a minimum. What do you think?

Thirdly, I have finally started the King’s Poetry Podcast. Look for it In itunes, or under my name in Spreaker or Sound Cloud. There are two under my belt right now, and I’m hoping for another before the end of the day.

So what’s going on with sword of Earth? Not much, but it is going. I don’t know, after I lost the data again, I just couldn’t start again, but I finally gave myself a kick in the seat of the pants and I have been writing it. I’m going on vacation this week, and I don’t know if I’ll be writing anything in the book. It all depends whether I will be taking my computer with me. I still will be writing, but I have another tool, which I’d rather not mention at this time.

In the art field, I am working on a course on drawing fantasy characters through going through a book. I’m really getting to understand how the human body is put together with it. Not only that, the author is helping me with various careers that a person can have, and giving me lots to think about. If I can, I will take a picture of one of my sketches. I can hardly wait.

So, what’s going on the Audioboo front? Not much. I have been doing a boo here and there, and I know there is a lot to do. I hope to have another entry soon.

Well, I think that’s all for now. May your journeys be safe, take care, and God bless. Bye for now.

Summer Begins

June 22, 2013

Hi everyone!

Yay!  Summer is actually here!  We have been getting a lot of rain in our province and the southern end of it is actually in a lot of trouble due to them.  Our city itself is under flood watch right now.

The news on the home front is that our community garden has just been planted.  It is late in the season, so it will be interesting as to what comes up.  I am growing squash, carrots, turnips, zucchini, corn, beans, and for something pretty, some snapdragons.  We are in a raised bed this year, so this makes planting easier.  I loved it.

On the writing front, I have made some progress.  I have submitted Maidenhood Sign to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, so I am waiting on pins and needles as to whether it will succeed or not.  If not, I will try one more time, and if it doesn’t succeed, I will publish it myself on Fantasy’s Fancy.  I have just published the poem “Who?” on The King’s Poetry, and it already has a like, praise God!  Ok, now on to the really juicy news!  I have mentioned the Kent Chronicles, I’m certain of it, especially in the past few blog postings.  I have decided to do it like a chronicle, or a blog of members of the city.  For the moment, they will be around Mary and her journey.

That’s where I’m looking for an app or something I can use online.  I am using Edmonton loosely as a place.  Numbered streets as well as avenues will be replaced with names, and buildings will be relocated to keep their locations more secret.  The only difference is that I would like to put them on points of interest on a map. I don’t want to put it on something like FourSquare because they will be different from our town.  I want this to be as interactive as possible so that if someone were to come to Edmonton who read the blog, if they chose, they could see where Mary “lived”.  I would want to do it with hashtags, and have it link to the posting on the blog.  If anyone has any ideas, feel free to post.  Thanks.  Feel free to read The Kent Chronicles.

Ok., maybe that wasn’t the really juicy stuff.  For months now I have been mentioning that I was going to have a podcast for the King’s Poetry.  Well, the introduction to the podcast is up!  I will be doing the first podcast episode in a little over a week.  Here is the link. 

Just as an afterthought, I am planning on working on the art for the King’s Poetry Chapbook as well.  Lord willing, it will be ready for publication in five years.  Also as an afterthought, and I can’t believe I did this, I am again working on Sword of Earth with precautions so that if something happens to my computer, I can always work on it.

So, things are growing, just as things are in the garden and in the world around us.  All I have to do is praise God, for it’s all His.  He’s growing it.  Thank you for reading, and may your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

World-Building In Fiction

June 14, 2013

This weeks feature is the basics on world building, or in other words, creating the setting for your short story or novel. It’s filled with things to think about and apply.

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

In fiction, the world the story takes place in is called the setting. And in all forms of fiction, setting is a key element in telling the story. More than just a backdrop, setting can influence the behaviors, fashion choices, and histories and backgrounds of the author’s characters, as well as how those characters can grow and evolve within a story. That being said, a good setting is essential to creating a great story and an author cannot afford to be sloppy when it comes to the worlds they create.

Luckily, there are several techniques in the writing trade that allow authors of all genres to carve out a wonderful world for their setting. By using them as guidelines to create the setting of your novel or short story, you can bring your world to life in ways reminiscent of your favorite authors.

1. Make your world believable. This is…

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A Lot of News

June 10, 2013

Well, Spring has come around yet again…or is it supposed to be summer?  Technically, not until the 21st, but here in Edmonton, it has been really rainy.  We had 30+ degree temperatures at the beginning of the month, but now, it’s pretty rainy.  That is indicative of the change going on in my life too.  I have to quit making it so long between updates.

Our church is going about a move, so I am having to move my paintings from there back home; there is no room right now because I have to declutter my home.  It’s really tough to know they have to live in the back porch for now.  I know this is a blog about writing, but some of those paintings are of a fantasy nature…thus, they could all be story ideas.  Some of my marker paintings are, but it doesn’t matter as much for them because they have a portfolio.  It’s sad.

I am working with some of that sadness in a way.  I finally created a blog called “The Kent Chronicles.” I know that there is a series of books called that, but this is of a magical city called Kent.  It’s loosely based on Edmonton Alberta Canada.  The streets are not numbered though.  They are names of people that have had an impact on my life in one way or another.  The reason I call it the Kent Chronicles, is that we hear about what goes on in Kent through the journals of its citizens, starting out with Mary Anne DeRoss.  I just have the intro up now, but I’m hoping to have the first entry up soon.

I have also made another addition to the boosounds blog.  It’s about our community cleanup last year.  I am hoping to continue to add to it soon.

Speaking of talking, or podcasts, I have finally decided to get working on the King’s Poetry podcast.  I am going to do the intro tomorrow, and hopefully, next week I will have the first episode on the way.  I will let you know when it’s up.  As for the blog, another poem is up.  The King’s Poetry is approaching 100 posts – not all of them first issues, but there is more to come!

Ok, there’s lots of news, but you might wonder, what’s happening with Fantasy’s Fancy?  I might make that into a blog where I invite people to send in their short stories.  I don’t know because I have enough work of my own. I’m thinking I might have to rethink the blog and make her the host…that way she, as a sprite can live without me visiting her.  I don’t know.

What’s going on with Sword of Earth?  I am finally working on it again, and I will be uploading my updates to google drive.  I used to poo-poo the clouds, but now, I think that’s the best way to go.  Five gigabytes is a lot when it comes to text.  The complete drafts go onto skydrive.  Why two?  Then if something happens to one, there’s the other.

So there you have it – the weather, blogs, to my book – there’s a lot going on, not to mention editing my draft of Maidenhood sign.  Keep coming back, and maybe you’ll see some progress.  Do you want to hear my opinions on something?  Just ask.  I don’t know everything; what I don’t know, I’ll research.

Anyway, as Horsemaster says, “Great Terranna!  It’s time to go!”  May your journeys be safe, take care, and God bless.

Giving Your Characters Life: Online

June 6, 2013

Creating an online presence for your characters is a great way of promoting your book, and I am working on how to do something similar with a blog. Check out this well written article for yorself.

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

I am cross posting this on MariMiniatt.com and the Self Published Author Blog

I did something crazy, but fun this weekend. Something other authors have done, but I was a little nervous to try.

Giving your fictional characters on online presence.

I used Twitter for one. Facebook for the other.

How do you do it?

Things you need:

  • An email with an alias.
  • A third party client like Hootsuite. Not really needed, but makes it easier to manage.

Email with Alias
You need to make an unique email. You could go through the process of registering for a new email. OR if you have gmail (maybe some others) you can make an alias email address.

1. Log into your gmail. At the top, next to the search box, there are two choices. Click on “create filter”.
2. In the TO: box. Enter your email with an alias, so it…

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A Lot Going on

May 8, 2013

Hello everyone,

Wow, time has flown by, hasn’t it?  It seems like yesterday when I was writing the post called “Much Ado About Everything”.  I’m hoping to keep you all more up to date about what is going on.

On the chapbook front, I have begun to read through my revised poems and make notes as to themes.  I want to make sure that I have the right theme to create the chapbooks.  I am planning on making the chapbooks out of duotangs with CD jackets glued to the back covers, but it’s not going to be for a while.

On the audio front, I have just bought myself a headset for my computer.  I will be using this for when I record to Spreaker.  I am going to use the Spreaker App for the iphone, but it will only be for when I am out and about and want to get some birdsong or the sounds around me, whatever they are.

Speaking of funds, and I won’t mention this very often, I am thinking of getting involved in some affiliate programs here on the site.  I would like to have them because any little bit I get will go to the production of the chapbooks as well as if something happens to the computer etc.  I haven’t decided whether to make it a new page, or make it a part of the main one.

As for podcasts, I have encountered another good one, and some day, I hope to submit to this one as well.  It’s a young adult fiction podcast called Cast of Wonders.  The stories are well written and professionally read.  I hope you enjoy them.

On the fiction writing front, my book is at a stand still for right now.  I just haven’t had the urge to write it for a while, especially since I still can’t find my flash card.  I am thinking of just putting the files in the cloud as back up since I can’t keep things in order on my person.

Ok, I promise this will be the last paragraph, but I’d like to know something.  Please feel free to comment, as this is your blog as it is mine.  Would you like a little series about blogging?  I’m no expert, but I am willing to help out as best as I can.  I would be willing to write about 4-6 posts on the subject and people can ask questions, but I won’t start until I hear from you.

So, until next time, may your journeys be safe.  Take care and God bless you.

Michelle

Much Ado about Everything

April 14, 2013

Hi everyone,

Much has gone on since I last wrote in this blog.  I have gone through a chapbook making course, so I know that the chapbook will be a long time in the making because I have so many themes in the King’s Poetry that I am going to need to figure out a way to gather them together.  The whole theme of the blog is that the poems are inspired by Jesus, but there are deeper themes.

I am almost through chapter 9 of my book, but I have to redo it.  I think I had better put even my working copies on gdrive.  I can’t seem to keep them in one place.  I’m getting so tired of this.  I also learned today that a chapbook of fiction can be published as well.  Therefore, depending on what happens with my short stories, I will be creating chapbooks of fiction as well.

I am going to be doing some research soon as well.  With my ministry, I am going to have to set up a business, but everyone knows my ministry as Hearts Alive, yet when making a business, it costs money to have the business under a different name, but can I have the business on paper as Michelle Earl Ministries, and have subdivisions of Women’s Afternoon Out, Hearts Alive, and Living Waters Hygene Ministries?  I’m hoping so, because it’s the branding that counts.

So, anyway, there is a lot to think about, but for now, some fun.  I have recently found a podcast that I think is really good, and I’m thinking of submitting Maidenhood sign to.  It’s called Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  It can be found both at the site and on Itunes.  Enjoy.

Update March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

Hi everyone,

For those of you who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, I hope you had a good one.  March has brought Edmonton quite a lot of snow, and some of us are not pleased because we had some Spring like weather, and we were revelling in it.  Then again, I like to think of this as the “sugar snow.”  That means the sap is starting to run for the trees, and Spring is on its way.  I hope that’s the case.  Those who make maple sugar and syrup products are probably busy.  Are you one of them?  Make a comment here if you are, and tell me how things are going.

On to things with my writing.  I have good news and some not so good news.  I’ll do the not-so-good news first.  I submitted my piece, “Maidenhood Sign” in to a magazine, and it has been rejected.  That’s ok.  I’m going to try another, and hopefully it will get submitted somewhere.  If not, I might put it on triond.com  Triond is a site where you can get money for submitting photos or articles.  I have some photos and a poem there.  I haven’t received much of yet, but I forsee it being worth it, especially when I link it to my other blogs, and of course, when I get my website up.

Secondly, by the end of the month, I shall be starting my bi-weekly podcast of the King’s Poetry.  Leah Pauls is recording her song, “I’ve got the Joy”, and has granted me permission to use it for the podcast.  I am thrilled.  Her website is here

I have other news as well.  As of this week, my art, my writing, and my blogs as well as other ministries all fall under Hearts Alive.  I am now treating this ministry as a job – a not-for-profit one, but a job, none-the less.  I try not to do much on Mondays, because this is my day off, but I had to get this out while it is fresh in my mind.

My goal this week at the very least is to do a page of text, and at the most to finish chapter 9.  I’ll give you permission to hold me accountable, and you can jump on the bandwagon if you have goals, and I’d do the same thing.  Will you join me?

It’s Amazing!

March 6, 2013

Hi everyone,

I wrote this post at the beginning of February, but it got saved as a draft in the wrong blog.  I wanted you to view it before I posted new material.

Michelle

Just like the title says, I feel amazed.  The difference between how I felt during the past couple of posts is like night and day.  I have felt like I have had the equivalent of a blood transfusion from the Lord with regards to my writing.  You see, writing for me has been my oldest of ministries; I have been writing since I was a child.  In essence, when I am healthy, I can’t not write.  I am so thankful to be back to writing.

I am writing to you from Travelodge Edmonton East.  Right at the end of the Breakforth weekend, my husband and I went there for a personal retreat.  We do what we want, and what we want is to soak in the Lord.  It has been a wonderful week so far.  I have began to work on my book for the first time in months, and I have finished at least 2 poems.  I pray to be back in the swing of things soon.  I still have to be careful, but I feel better.  How do you deal with this in low times?  Do you just veg?  Do you have another form of art you switch to like me?  Or are you also like me and get depressed?  Feel free to comment here.