Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Talk is Cheap

March 18, 2015

Hello everybody.  I’m finally back, and like I have said before, hopefully for good.  Things are on the upward swing here, and having spent a couple of years trying to figure out what to do with my blogs since I have undergone a bit of app overload, not to mention overload with blogging, podcasting, and writing as well.  Well, I figured out one thing – like the title says, talk is cheap.  I am not going to mention any deadlines, or when I hopefully am going to have something out; it will just happen, and you will know when it does.  I am going to make small deadlines, but they are going to be for me, and me alone.  I have found out that it is the best way for me to work.  As a writer or artist, or no matter what you do, I’d reccommend this action.  Do whatever works for you.  Don’t let anyone else tell you what to do.  You have to find your way with God’s help.  

Ok.  Now for the news.  For the past few years, I have been prayerfully reading and Illustrating Leah Pauls‘ book, The Tale of the Runaway Toenail, and this Saturday, we will be taking it to Pagemaster Publications Service, a local publication service to see what they can do for us.  I am looking forward to this appointment. Once this project is done, I will be concentrating on another childrens’ book.  

Secondly, I have completed chapters nine and ten of Sword of Earth.  I am also beginning to write short stories that tell of each character’s history.  This will also help with the world building for future edits.  

Thirdly, I am still writing for the King’s Poetry blog, and doing a podcast.  Again, I am not going to put myself on a public schedule; talk is worth a penny or less.

Fourthly, I am starting another blog and podcast.  Yes, another blog.  I know I got overwhelmed by it all last time, but I tried to put myself on too strict of a routine.  That got into the “I should do this…”, and it got to be an obligatory thing, rather than something I enjoyed.  That was the thing that kept me away from everything.  Anyway, the Blog is going to be called VIBE Visually Impaired Blogged Ezine.  there I will talk about anything relating to accessibility, especially for the visually impaired.  I will rate gadgets, apps, give hints on how things might be done in the kitchen, how to be thrifty, and more.  I know it’s a lot, but this has been brewing in my head for many years, and now it’s time for it to get out.  

I will still occasionally work on my other blogs such as The Kent Chronicles as well, but what has been mentioned here is enough.  of course things will change as time goes by.  Hopefully this will all turn from pennies to dollars someday with the Lord’s help but if not, that’s ok too.  🙂 Well, until next time, may your Journeys be safe, take care, and God blessl.  Bye for now.

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Acknowledging your Characters

November 24, 2014

Hi everyone,

Since there isn’t much to talk about in regards to news, I’ll get right to something that I finally accepted into my writing psyche.

I used to think of my characters, minor and otherwise, as people who passed through and told me their stories. In reality, they are people who come, tell me their story, and live with me. Some choose to leave, while, others set up shop. I know that sounds weird, but if you think about it, you are their creator, and why wouldn’t they affect you? I knew at the beginning of Sword of Earth that each character was a part of my personality, and I disrespected my main character.

How? I didn’t think I needed to research her world, except for what I needed for the story. In reality, I needed to write notes or something. I wouldn’t though. I did a little bit. I tried to draw what they looked like, but it didn’t work. It took me three years, and almost loosing my art and writing to realize this. I finally wrote Maidenhood Sign in response to this. I have finally acknowledged that a sixth character, my antagonist needed to be acknowledged. Her name is Kamisha Shotke, and she is my dark side. Writing her story, which will be a series of short stories will be a challenge, as I strive to focus on God. In doing this, I have finally been able to pick up a pencil and draw again and begin to write. I am beginning to feel whole again.

So what’s going on now? Well, I am going to start writing more of the Elementals’ history and looking into their world. Maidenhood Sign has been sent to Podcastle For their Artimis Rising event in February. I should know by Christmas Day at the latest if it has been accepted. If this story isn’t accepted, I will start a part of my website dedicated to the Elementals’ stories.

So, my advice to you is respect your characters, no matter how minor they are. Even if you have a servant with only a bit part in your novel, you can respect them by writing a blurb about them, describing them, their uniform, or their history. Anything that will help you. You never know, they may assert themselves in another way.

So, my advice to you is to make sure you know your characters, even a little; they are your friends, even the bad ones. They won’t hurt you. Until next time, may your journeys be safe; take care, and God bless.

PS. Feel free to comment on my posts. I would enjoy talking with you about my writing, or my art. I would also like to know if you want me to write about more topics. If so, what are they?

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.

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 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.

It’s that time of year again…

December 13, 2013

Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s winter again, not to mention the end of the year.  Where has the time gone?  I look back on the year, and I realize that much has been completed.  I have begun a new phase of my art career, which most likely will help not only my writing career take off, but my art.  I have goals for in the new year, and hopefully they will lead to my first publication.  It will be of The King’s Poetry, of course, but of course, it all depends on the Lord.  Looking  back on this year, i realize I have spread myself too thin, but I also know that this most likely will be a year of balance, or of pulling back.  I think it will be a year of balance, because I have been holding back on a lot of items.

The reason for this is that I have put so many expectations on what I feel has to be done.  I need to set up a schedule and stick to it.  The podcast might have to be monthly.  I don’t like the idea, but we’ll see.  Only time will tell.

So, I have had a poetry reading since I have last blogged here, and I will be a part of a Christmas show next week.  I am working on three pieces of artwork, two of which are complete.  I haven’t decided what the title of the series will be, but I’ll explain what’s going on in each.  The first is the three wise men traveling towards a large white star.  The middle one is pointing to the star and saying, “Look!  We’re almost there!”  The second is a picture of a Victorian Christmas outing.  there is a horse pulling a sleigh along with a mother and child.  They have on their Christmas gifts – the man has a scarf, the child his / her snowsuit, and the mother her new bonnet.  There is one gift at her feet for the outing.  All are in Christmas colors.  The title of the painting is called “Christmas Outing”.  The third is of a big family – There’s a big tree with a racetrack around it.  Each is doing his or her own thing, but there’s someone, one of the children, setting up the nativity. There is another playing with a horse and stable set.  It’s called “Lonely Christmas Morning”, although it does tie in all the paintings.  Maybe I’ll call it “What’s the best Christmas?”

I’m also illustrating for a Children’s Book.  It’s called “The Tale of the Runaway Toenail” by Leah Pauls.  I have two illustrations so far.

As for my writing, I am starting to get back into writing more than just poetry.  I have been doing a lot of exercises, and I am ready to redo Maidenhood Sign, although I think it will just need some adding to.  I thought at one time it would take a lot of work and that I would have to rewrite it, but it’s not so.  I’m excited and I have a deadline to submit it to an anthology.  I pray I get it done in time.

I’m thinking of changing up this blog a little, so stay tuned in!  It may be the same url, but the title will be different.  Until next time, may your journeys be safe.  Take care, and God bless.

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.

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.