Posts Tagged ‘Audioboo’

Consistency and other topics

April 5, 2014

I have heard that consistency is the key for getting followers when it comes to blogging.  When will I learn?  Anyway, I said earlier that I would let you know if my short story, “Maidenhood Sign” made it into the Anthology.  Unfortunately, it didn’t.  There were so many people who responded to the call that it just didn’t make it.  That’s ok. though, because I am going to resubmit it to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and hopefully it will find a home there.  If not, I will find a way to sell it through my blog and let you decide.  It is backstory for my book, Sword of Earth.

This winter has been a hard one because temperatures have been extremely low.  I fight with depression in the winter and this winter was no exception.  I found myself thinking of my characters, but not writing much.  I hope to rectify that.  I hope to be in draft three next year, and with that, I can concentrate on the description of things.  I tend to do the bare bones for draft one, which tells of what is happening mainly.  Draft two seems to flesh that out, adding some depth to my characters (at least I think so), and draft three brings in more description.  I am not sure of what happens in subsequent drafts, as I haven’t been that far with a book.

As for audioboo, I haven’t been doing that much at all.  I just haven’t felt much like talking and this has been the same for the podcast which I know isn’t good at all.  Pray for me please, for I know this is the Lord’s work.

I haven’t been writing much poetry either.  This is a real slump for me, but I feel I am coming out of it.  I have been able to get out somewhat, and then I got slammed by a cold.  I’m sorry that it sounds like I’m complaining; I’m not.  I’m just letting you know where I stand with regards to the writing and all.

There are a few positive things though.  I have received an email asking if I want to be in Heart of the City this year, and of course I said yes!  It’s going on June 7 & 8, although I will be there only on the Saturday.  That could change though.  You can keep an eye on things by going to Hearts Alive! on Facebook.  Secondly, I have been keeping up with some creativity.  I have done some marker art, some of which I have mentioned on Audioboo.  You can see some on the facebook page as well.  Things are looking up!

Well, I have to go now.  May your journeys be safe, take care and God bless.

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A Bit Ditsy

February 26, 2014

Some of you who are looking at this post were expecting to read a poem.  Well, I posted to the wrong blog.  Well, God has a sense of humor, and that’s quite ok.  I haven’t written here in a while, and that needed to change anyway.

What has been going on?  Well, the Lord finally broke through something that I have been wrestling with for over a year, and that’s a long time.  It has been keeping me from doing what I need to here, and I am glad to be back.  Hopefully I won’t get overwhelmed again.  What was the whole thing about?  Believe it or not, it was about whether or not I am leading people to the Lord with my art and my writing.  That matters to me.  I found out that I am leading people to Him through the Holy Spirit when we were on our staycation this year.

So, I have finally come back to writing with a vengeance.  I have come back to working on draft 2 of Sword of Earth, and started draft one of Bow of Fire.  I have decided to write first drafts in the first person so I can get the feeling of the person.  The books are written in close third person anyway, so think it’s the best.  I’m doing the odd post on Audioboo, and I have written a poem for the King’s Poetry.

As for my art, I am illustrating for a children’s book, and am looking forward to its completion.  I am working using markers and illustration board.

Well, that’s it for now, and I pray I will be able to write again soon.  May your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

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.

Little bit of everything

January 23, 2013

Hi everyone,

I won’t say things are totally back to normal with regards to my writing, but it’s better.  I have been writing letters to Jesus for the past three days, and that has been helping.  I know that through Him there is hope.  I am just in the valley, and I need to ride it out.  With His help I can do it.  I have to take it like I am recovering from an illness, and it has been like an illness.  It affects me physically when I try to write, and I don’t like that.  Writing to God has helped.

This weekend I am going to Breakforth 2013, an event I look forward to volunteering for every year.  I am volunteering as elective room host.  That means I am the person to take the tickets and make sure the room is clean after every session.  Writing is one of the intensive learning workshops I am taking and I pray the Lord shows me what I need to know through it.

On the Audioboo front, I didn’t get to go through the festival earlier in the month, but that’s ok.  I did a boo about cooking, and now I’m doing something about the breakforth countdown and what I am doing each day.  It’s here.

Ok, now you’re probably wondering, “Where’s the podcast?”  I have been feeling that the Lord has been telling me to get it right.  I have selected an artist to provide the instrumental track for my podcast.  Her name is Leah Pauls.  When that is done, I shall start working on my podcast.  It’s coming.

So what’s coming?  I’m just praying that I can do what the Lord wants, and I pray that people will stick with me and understand.  Until then, may your journeys be safe, take care and God bless.

Happy New Year 2013

January 2, 2013

Hi everyone,

I can hardly believe that it’s 2013.  It seems like yesterday when we were ringing in 2012.  Where has the time gone?  It has flown by!  I feel this is a year of victory, and I claim that for everyone who reads.  I pray you feel that in your heart.  I feel that I should tell you about the last of 2012 – specifically why I didn’t post until now.

To be honest, I went through a real dry spell.  It was one of the worst I have ever had.  I began to wonder if I would ever write again.  I have never felt like that before.  I couldn’t write a poem, nor write in my book, and I wanted to have the second draft of sword of earth done by the end of the year.  Oh well, we’ll see what happens.  Lord willing, it will be done by the end of next year.  Today has been the first day I have felt like writing at all.  I am so thankful to God for rebirthing this.  I still haven’t got my podcast going, but that’s part of it too.  I need to get the introduction written, and if I can’t write, then how can that go on?  Hopefully I will have it written by the fifteenth and ready to go.

Well, on a more positive note, I pray that the year will be more positive.  I keep thinking about my characters once in a while, not to mention about the ability to write a poem.

I am still at Audioboo though.  I am not doing as many right now because it’s winter, and when it’s cold, I don’t get out often.  But it’s fun none the less.

So I’ll say farewell for now, and I pray that your day, as well as year goes well.  Until next time, safe journeys and God bless.

Updates and Podcasts

September 27, 2012

Hi everyone,

A little bit has gone on since I last posted here.  A writing group has started at the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, and I have begun to go.  We are just working on prompts right now, but I’m hoping for a critique circle time soon.  I also listen to podcasts, some of which are writing based, like “I Should be Writing”, and others such as Clarkesworld Magazine.  Both are wonderful for their own reasons, and I’ll tell you about them a little later.

I have been working on some stories from my characters’ lives before they went on their journeys to Hardtra, the city of Love.  I hope to send these to various magazines to gain publishing credits, which is important in the publishing world if you’re going to go the traditional route for a novel. I haven’t decided for sure, which I’m going to do, traditional or self published, but I have to plan for whatever needs to happen.

Secondly, I have been working on Sword of Earth.  I’m still on chapter eight, but the fleshing out is going well.  Bow of Fire is doing well too.  A recent idea has made the book pregnant with possibilities, and I won’t go further than that.  🙂

In the last post, I mentioned that I was going to create a blog called Boosounds.  Boosounds is going to be an extension of an audio blog I have on Audioboo.fm.    Boosounds on WordPress will be a place where you can hear the boo and learn more from me about the place, or about the event.  There may be more photos, a video, etc.  I hope you’ll join me there.  My cooking and gardening will go there as well, so this means that the Food Tunnel will no longer be active.  I hope you enjoy it.

I have been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, as I said earlier.  The first is Clarkesworld Magazine,  Clarkesworld Magazine is a magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy which is well edited, and Kate Baker does an excellent job of narrating each story.  There is a good balance of news and story, which makes the podcast easy to get into. You can donate to keep their magazine and become a “citizen” and recently, they have made subscriptions available through Amazon and Weightless Books.  To find where else you can subscribe, click here.  

The second podcast is Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing podcast.  Her podcast is about navigating the writing field, and she has a great balance between news from her writing life, interviews, feedback, (answering the questions she gets through twitter or email, etc.), and what’s going on in the publishing world.  It’s through her, I have learned to give myself permission to write “crap” in my first drafts.  I feel encouraged and challenged when I listen to her shows.

I hope there has been balance here as well.  Keep on writing, and if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please feel free to do so.  I will try my best to answer comments promptly.  Enjoy your day.  Take care, and God bless.

Long time no blog

September 16, 2012

It has been a long time since I have blogged here and much has gone on in my writing life.  I have now completed draft 2 of seven chapters of my book, Sword of Earth and have completed the first draft of the prologue of Fire Bow.  I am still thinking of whether or not I should go independent or not with publishing; I need to know the pros and cons of both.  If you have any ideas, please post them here.

I have also done more thinking about serializing another project I have.  I have put most of the project on Writer’s cafe, but I’d like to do it as a blog I think, but I’m not sure of that either because I don’t want to spread myself too thin as I have in the future.

I have decided to shut down The Food Tunnel, but don’t worry, there is a better blog going on even as we speak.  I have an account at Audioboo.fm, which is called Boosounds.  Boosounds is a boo about my travels, no matter where they are.  They also include audio cooking recipes.  When I get Boosounds set up here on WordPress, I will feature some of my favorite boos and write about the event, more of my impressions, or even bring in some information that I never knew before.

I hope you’re all doing well.  May all your journeys be safe ones.  Take care and God bless.

 

A New Week

March 26, 2012

Hi everyone,

Well, it’s the start of a new week and I’m letting you know what’s going on.  The truth is LOTS.  I am now on Audioboo, and you can now hear my boos here.  Basically, my boos are mini podcasts, but I’m using them to read The King’s Poetry   If all goes right, I will post on The King’s Poetry on Tuesdays; then on Wednesdays, I will read a new boo.  If you want to follow me and have itunes, hit the itunes button.  You will get the poems directly in your itunes then.  Enjoy!

Anyway, I have also made my first posting on Livejournal too.  If all goes right, I’ll post on either Thursdays or Fridays.  My profile at Livejournal is here.  I know the title is a bit lame, but I’m working on it.  It will come as the blog takes shape.

I am still working on the Food Tunnel.  I’m thinking of taking an in-depth look at recipes by researching the ingredients before working on the recipe.  Some people will be impatient, I know, but I believe it will be a good learning experience. 

As for my book, I’m finally moving forward again.  I pray that it continues to.  After all, it’s God’s book, as are these blogs. 

Well, I pray all is well for you.  Take care and God bless.

Michelle

Excited

March 20, 2012

Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I blogged last (although not as long as the previous postings), and a lot has happened within a short time.  I will be posting a poem on The King’s Poetry. I was also told about Audioboo, which is going to add a way to podcast my poems and let you know when they are posted.  I’m still on chapter 5 of my book, but that’s ok.  I’m working bit by bit.

By the way, if you’re into making a 3d model on your computer to visualize your home, your book, etc., I found an AWESOME open source program that is easy for all to use.  It’s called Sweethome 3d.  I would recommend it to anyone.

Also, you’re going to think, “What?  Another blog?” I’m going to be opening a blog on livejournal.  I will give out the url when I have made the first posting.  This will be about my everyday life including all my creativity, my ministry, you name it.  I hope you’ll come.

I’m striving to find a balance, and I’m finding it a bit hard right now.  I need to make time for the Lord, but I need to write too.  I pray that it will happen soon, so I keep praying.

I pray that all is well with you.  Please feel free to leave a comment.

Michelle