Posts Tagged ‘blog’

I don’t know what to say…

November 9, 2014

I have to admit it, it has been a tough year. I have not been doing much writing; what just went up onto the King’s Poetry is a poem I wrote a long time ago. In the summer, I did go to the Heart of the City and participated in a pop up art show and sale, but writing has been a bit of a chore. I don’t know why. I have been making myself write a little each day when I can, but ultimately, I haven’t got much done. I usually don’t do blogging or any kind of work on Sunday, but since I haven’t been writing so much, I decided to go for it.

Ok. Let’s leave that behind. What have I got done on Sword of Earth? Well, I finished chapter 9. I just have to edit it and get it off to my beta readers. I am almost through chapter ten. Four more chapters to go. Yay! Draft three is going to be different though. I am going to take what people have said and rewrite in the first person so I can get into my character’s head. I find that’s the best way. Then in draft 4, (yes, I know there will be a draft 4,) I will be reverting back to the close first person. I think that way, I will be able to describe more, and have more detail in the book.

I’m not going to say what my plans are, because, I have found, writing on here is like talking for me, and talk is cheap. If I think it’s really going to happen, you’ll hear about it. I think that’s part of my problem. I have been saying what I will do, and then life, or my self esteem gets in the way and I have bitten off more than I can chew.

Well, until next time, take care, and God bless.

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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.

A New Beginning

December 28, 2013

Well, I can hardly believe that 2013 is almost over!  A new year is beginning in a few days, and this site is beginning with a new image.  Why change this from Heart’s Alive?  Hearts Alive is the title of my whole ministry, from my writing to my art, and that includes music.  All my art comes from my heart, but it is nothing if not made alive by our Lord and Savior.

Hearts Alive! will continue on where Michelle Earl’s Writing left off – a news of what’s going on in my life.  I intended for this blog to be just a writing life blog, but I finally realized that they are all connected; they are all worship art.  That means obedience to where the Holy Spirit leads.  So, I ask that you please bear with me during the next few weeks as I continue to figure out how this site will morph into its new one.  I will bring out some polls for you, and I ask that you participate.  It would help me out a lot.

News

As of yesterday, I have edited Maidenhood Sign, a short story I had submitted earlier in the year.  I have submitted the new version to Tesseract18, a science fiction and fantasy anthology.  With the Lord’s help, maybe it will get in there. If not, well, there’s always more magazines and anthologies out there.

I pray your Christmas went well, and that your New Year will be blessed.  May your journeys be safe; take care, and God bless.

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.

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.

Beating to a different drum

February 22, 2012

Well, today is a lot better than last time.  I quit my belly-aching, and prayed about what was going on, and now I have moved forward.  I have worked on all my blogs, on my book, and more.  The first news I told you that I would mention is if I published any fantasy.  I did.  It’s part of Kent Chronicles, and you can see it at Fantasy’s Fancy.  Even though Fantasy, my use is small, she will grow full sized soon.

Now, I have also worked some on Chapter 5 for my book, Sword of Earth.  I’m hoping to be done that chapter soon so that I can get it out to all my beta readers.  I have been working on it for over a year now, so I want to be on draft 3 soon.  Hopefully by this tie next year.

I am working on both Christian and non-Christian poetry.  The Christian poetry can be viewed at The King’s Poetry.  The others will be published elsewhere, and when that happens, I will let you know.  I have nothing new for the King’s Poetry, but I did edit a poem that I first published there.  It is a biblical poem from Eve’s point of view.

I pray you’re doing well with all your writing or whatever your interests lay.  God bless you all.

Michelle

Prologue, 1, 2, now 3!

March 30, 2011

I know the title seems weird, but what it’s talking about is the book, Sword of Earth. I have just finished chapter 2, and now, in chapter three, the third member of the party, Scarlet Fira is introduced. Scarlet is the elemental guardian of Fire. They are imprisoned and find a way out. I am looking forward to working on the rest of the book.

I am also working on my blogs, as you can tell, as well as reshaping my ministry, Heart’s Alive! It’s purpose? To encourage a relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, art, and music. When I have redesigned the website, I’ll let you know.

I have been thinking about ways to explore settings lately and exploring that with Fantasy lately. I’m thinking of doing it with Sword of Earth too because we need to convey the setting to the reader. Any ideas?

From Frolic to Finnin’

March 15, 2011

This post, from Frolic to Finnin’ deals with the rest of my birthday week and some decisions I need to make. First of all, my husband took me out for pizza with some family and friends on Thursday to Royal Pizza. I chose a novelty pizza which is called “The Boss has Gone Mad.” It’s your pasta dinner in pizza form! You have your pizza dough, your filling is spaghetti and meat sauce with your mozzarella cheese. It was different…I liked it, especially the second time around. Yes, the second time around. I couldn’t finish half of it because we had a starter, so we were full. I had the second half the next day and the flavors were magnificent!

Secondly, thanks to some friends of ours, on Sunday, we went to see Steve Bell. His knack of storytelling and humor are a real class act. We had wonderful seats and a wonderful time.

Thirdly…you’re probably thinking, “What? More? Does she ever stay at home?” Yes I do, but this week has been a real blessing to me. Some ladies and I went to the Girl’s Night out. It was a hoot. You can see pictures of it by going here.

So, what am I “finnin'” about? I am thinking about doing an ebook of my Blog called the King’s Poetry. Subscribers would get a discount (and that would also include subscribers to this blog) and it would have pictures of paintings and photographs. So, what do you think? What would you pay for an ebook of poetry? Would you even buy an ebook of poetry? Please feel free to give your comments.

Welcome

July 25, 2010

Welcome to my writing blog.  Previously this was going to be a poetry blog, but now I think this will be a blog to talk about what I’m doing in my writing – my challenges, my ups and downs, and hopefully some amusing things to pass around.  I would like to make this blog a round table discussion.  For example, if you have a question about something I put in my post, I would like to be able to respond just like you were talking back to me.

I’m hoping to make this a weekly blog on Thursdays, so stay tuned!

I have two other blogs.

The first is called The King’s Poetry As a follower of Jesus Christ, this is my poetry dedicated to Him.

The second is called Writing With the Earth This blog mixes travel and linking certain places in Canada and my stories.

I hope you enjoy the blog.  Have a good day.

Michelle