September 2, 2011 · 10:40 pm
Recently, I’ve been on a dual quest of muscle flexing! I’ve been on a physical exercise program for the last 6 weeks that has me been working out a lot more, but I’ve also been on writing quest as well. I’ve really been flexing that writing muscle. I’ve been hammering out my novel, but also working on a few other things. I have been really trying to write even more these past six weeks, and have implemented more specific deadlines. At the same time, I’ve been stepping it up each week in my physical work out.
I made the connection on the track yesterday. I jogged for the first time! Woot! While doing so, I realized that I had also been working out my writing skills. Even while on the track, I’ve been thinking about my novel. There’s nothing like killing two birds with one stone (pardon the cliché!)
It won’t be long now before I’m not only a successful novelist, but also a skinny one!!!
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August 14, 2011 · 10:32 pm
I’ve been watching a lot of book trailers lately. They are like movie trailers only for books and they are shorter. I’m going to make one for the novel I’m working on, so looking at a lot of trailers is a good idea!!
So, here is a trailer for an upcoming book for an author I particularly like. I adore the trailer and hope I can come up with something half as good. So, watch it and see what you think!
[you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tojCn2Y41ig&w=560&h=349]
I have to note also, that Maggie Stiefvater is running a contest for people who post her trailer – so I have a dual purpose! I want in the contest. But, also, the trailer is really neat!! She recorded the music herself and drew the animation. She is so talented. I definitely jealous!
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August 14, 2011 · 3:55 pm
I started writing this blog to document and share my experiences with writing/publishing. So, I thought I’d take a minute or two to hash out some of the challenges I’m dealing with at this stage…
One of the most difficult and challenging parts of writing fiction is coming up with the names for my characters. I want the names to be appropriate to the character. The name has to fit. If I have the wrong name, it doesn’t work well. Sometimes it is very difficult. Sometimes it comes easy. It is also a lot of fun. It is part of creating that character. What is that person like? What are their idiosyncracies? What makes that person who that person is? There are times when that is really hard, especially when that person is an alien or is alien like. It is also difficult when you try to name someone within a historic context. If this character comes from ancient Ireland, they can’t be named Fred, right?!
The other big challenge hitting me right now is getting stuck on little things. I keep getting stopped flat by small things that might not even matter, but I get so hung up on them, that I can’t move forward. This is what I was stuck on this week:
*A different word for canteen.
*Where did I put my notes on a different story entirely than the one I’m trying to work on.
*I needed to buy a new cushion for my chair in my office where I write
Seems like small things, but I’ve wasted a long of time on these things! Gave up on the thesaurus problem, finally found my notes, and bought a seat cushion (on sale at Kohls!) So, now I’m ready to write… what am I working on today?
I need to do some yoga and focus!!
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August 9, 2011 · 1:04 am
OMG My BFF Jill, I read the best WIPline yesterday… had me ROTFLMAO…
I love Twitter – but sometimes I don’t know what they’re talking about. I had to figure out what the heck a hash tag is… #wth. And how to retweet. And how to mention someone… @someone.
It has been challenging, but also fun. It is very fast paced. There is some new thing to read like every 2 seconds! The more followers you get, and the more people you follow, the faster it is. I also found out that the more people you follow, the more people will follow you back! Ha! #funfollowing
If you leave it on while trying to work on other things (like #blogging or actually doing some serious, #amwriting or #amediting) it can be very distracting… Oh gotta go check out 3 new tweets…
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August 8, 2011 · 3:33 am
I’ve been writing a lot this weekend, and it has really been going well… until today. I keep getting stuck. Saturday, I flew on the keyboard and wrote 15 pages, today…5.
This will sound crazy, but I think my problem is that I’m trying to get my character to do things that she doesn’t want to do. I wanted her to rebel and fight against her arranged marriage, and she decided she liked the guy… sheesh… you think you know someone. I wanted her to go directly from point A to point B, and she wanted to hang around and find something else to do around the house. I don’t think she liked what was coming at point B. I want her to run away, and she wants to sit around waiting for her betrothed to come rescue her. So, now, I’m just going to have to kill someone! Probably the husband to be. She’s too attached to him, and she has other things to do.
See my problem!?! I hate when characters get a mind of their own!
I know that may seem like I just don’t have my story planned out enough, but really I have it planned well. Sometimes when I write, though, strange things happen. I think I actually like the chapter better this way. It feels like she is being more true to her character and reacting to what I throw at her, instead of causing the trouble. (Don’t worry, she causes a lot more trouble later on.) But, in the end I think it becomes more interesting than I originally planned, and still ends up where it needs to.
That’s just a little peek inside my head for what I’ve been writing this weekend. I guess it is more interesting than what I had for breakfast, right!?>
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July 26, 2011 · 1:37 am
I’m working on my new novel, Desolate Incubus. It is about some bad ass vampires that find themselves on a strange path. They have to figure out what is going on while trying to decide if they are the good guys, the bad guys, or something else completely.
When working on a novel, sometimes I write a lot of “back story” stuff that doesn’t really make it into the story (or at least not in the form I originally write it in). It is part of the process of creating the characters and universe (or world) in which we put the characters in. I must have a clear picture of it in my mind before I can tell the story. So, the following is a bit about how vampires are “made” within the realm of Desolate Incubus. The premise is definitely a part of the story, but this paragraph is not one you will see in directly in the story, at least not in this form. So, this is really a sneak peek, behind the scenes if you will… enjoy.
It is really simple, yet complex and difficult. You have to drain the potential vampire of as much blood as you can without killing them, and then replace it with vampire blood. The vampire blood slowly takes over all internal systems and changes the human into vampire. But, it is a difficult process because if you take too much of the blood, they die. You have to be careful not to kill them, and in the heat of a bloodlust, vampires tend to lose control. Vampires are not “dead” or the waking dead or walking dead like all the stories and myths indicate, they are very much alive, just different from humans. If you kill the human while trying to change them, they are just dead. You can’t bring them back from the dead. You don’t get a second chance. After draining the human, you need to give them enough vampire blood to actually take over their system. It is as much art as science. A lot of vampires that try this end up dying because they let the new vampire feed until they themselves are too weak to stop the feeding. The new vampire hits the blood lust stage as the vampire blood takes over, and then the new vampire ends up killing the maker. Yes, a vampire will die if it is completely drained; little known fact.
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July 18, 2011 · 12:27 am
Hi all… I posted the prologue for my new novel, Desolute Incubus, on my website…
Please check it out and comment… is this something you want to keep reading? Want to know what happens to Matthew?
The novel is about Vampires. The prologue is probably the only PG rated portion of the book, but the intent is to introduce the hero.
If you purchased my ebook of short stories, you may have seen an introduction to this novel.
It is coming along… hope you will like the prologue. Please let me know what you think…
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April 16, 2011 · 5:15 pm
Earlier this week I was asked what inspired my writing. Since then I’ve been thinking about that question. What inspires me was originally supposed to be a big part of what I was writing about in this blog, so I guess it is a good time to address that question again.
The short answer is life; everything. I take in everything and slice a little from this and a little from that and put in a blender and make something else entirely. Sometimes it is from what is going on in life and my emotions, and sometimes it is from other literature or music. Whatever I take though, ultimately becomes something else entirely.
When thinking about what inspires me and how it shows up in my writing, a particular scene from my NEXT e-book about vampires, Desolute Incubus, comes to mind. I wrote the scene years ago when living in Orlando. One of my neighbors really made me mad. The one thing that infuriates me above all else is when someone is being irrational and shuts their minds off to any other possibility than the one they have created. So, this neighbor got it in her head that my family wronged her daughter in some way, and her response was to yell and scream at my daughter and then at me. She would not even give me a chance to explain or talk about the perceived slight, which of course enraged me. I wanted to kill her. In real life I ignored her and we eventually moved, but in my writing I ripped her throat out (yeah, vampires!) It made a great a scene.
Another example of where I get a lot of my material is from other literature. The example that comes to mind is one of my more recent favorite series by Kim Harrison. In her “Hallows” series, her main character kicks ass. I really like that, and in thinking about my own writing, I don’t really have a lot of characters like that. But, when I create one, that character will be like Harrison’s character, but completely different.
Here’s what I mean. I love Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series. The symbiotic relationship between the riders and the dragon fascinate me. So, I wanted to make a character like that, but completely different. So, I held on to that thought for a while. A long while. Then, years later, I had another inspiration. I read C.S. Freidman’s Feast of Souls. This series has an ancient monster, the stuff of legends, that suddenly returns to cause much world-shattering trouble. I liked that idea. It was a bit like the boogey man, stories you scare the kids with. Be good or the boogey man will get you. But, then the boogey man steps out of the closet and starts eating people. Hmm… I added that to my blender. I wasn’t finished though. The other inspiration came from music. Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks have a song called Rhiannon. The lyrics and the feel of the music added to this development as well. This is the story of a nasty creature, the stuff of nightmares, that swoops down on an unsuspecting boy and both their lives are changed. The character has a symbiotic relationship with a nasty creature that is vicious and makes dragons look like kittens. The sentient creatures that share the relationship are just as dark as their partners. They have a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth and they share the kill of their partners to feed. They are black legend come to life. So, add a little of that ass-kicking quality and I have something altogether new; the Wynath. This story is still under development, but I hope to put it out within the next year.
So, the long answer then is that it doesn’t really matter where the inspiration comes from; it comes from everywhere. The more important question is what I do with it and what comes out of my metaphoric blender.
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March 30, 2011 · 1:23 am
I started writing this blog to document my journey into professional writing. So, my first e-book has been published. Yeah! But, that is just the first step. Now, I have to promote the book. (Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me on promoting!)
One of the ways that I want to promote the book is to post a free short story on my website. The story I’ve been blogging about, Second Place, is going to be that story. Of course, I have to finish it first. I’m having a little mental block with it though. I blogged about the big mess up I had with it earlier, and since then I’ve been having trouble going back to it. I know it will be a lot of hard editing. I just need to suck it up, right!?
Once I’m finished with Second Place, I’m going to put it on the website so everyone can read it. http://sjordanasble.com/
Then, hopefully, if they like it, they might want to buy the e-book. So, it is a win-win. I just hope it is interesting and entertaining. Besides that, Geddy is a bit stuck in my head right now and she’s keeping me from writing other things, like my second e-book which is looking like will be a short vampire novel. Vampires are in right now, and I’m hoping my spin will be well received. I have a plug for it already in the back of the e-book. Here’s the plug:
“Vampires are making a come back lately with the success of series like HBO’s True Blood, and SyFy’s Being Human, not to mention Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series. So, if you like Vampires, here are some real nasty ones for you. They try to be good… but…well… they’re vampires! Get ready to check out what they are up to in my upcoming Desolute Incubus.”
This is a great novel, really shaping up, but I have a lot of work to do on it still and can’t get to it until Second Place is finished.
This is an aggrevating step along the journey, but one I have to face.
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March 21, 2011 · 2:15 am
Here’s another clip from “Stories to Fight Demons by” now available on B&N and Amazon. This is from the second story “Rubicon” that I named my blog from! Enjoy!
“Sangchai’s motorcycle flew down the remains of an old paved Highway. The Astrograph meter in his System Interface/Protective Eyewear, that he called SIPE, displayed a red arrow pointing south. He slowed the bike to a stop and looked directly at the speck of red light in the bottom right side of his SIPE. Again, it demanded that he head south. The desert stretched as far as he could see, even with his SIPE on 2,000 magnify. Sagebrush, dry grass, different cactus strains, and the queer looking Joshua trees scantily covered the rubble and sand. Everything a dull green, brown and gray blended into the horizon of soft pink sky.
Sangchai did not want to drive across the harsh terrain. The Astrograph’s signal intensified and urged him to move. The tracker implanted in the palm of his right hand itched. He refused to acknowledge it and revved the throttle instead.”
He spotted a tiny path as he jerked his bike around. It slithered through the brush like a tiny garden snake and wound across the desert, slowly circling around cactus and Joshua trees as it crept wider in some places and almost non-existent in others. “I guess that’s where I’m going.” Only a tiny green lizard heard him and dashed out of his way as he picked up his feet and started toward the trail. He leaned forward on his bike as he gassed it, swerving past the bigger bushes that lined the decrepit highway. The Astrograph needle continued to flash steadily, assuring him that he found the correct path. It continued to guide him across the desert floor toward a small mountain chain barely peeking over the horizon.
The road twisted and turned and eventually began to climb toward the side of the mountain. He weaved his bike in and out along the path, avoiding as many rocks as possible. He lost his back tire to skids in the loose sand occasionally, but generally he made decent time, as he gained altitude within the mountain range.
He resented the flashing Astrograph telling him where to go. Smashing the damned SIPE would bring him great pleasure. Even as he thought about it, the tracker in his hand began to itch. Sangchai cursed under his breath and brought his thoughts back on track. His ability to concentrate kept him on task and had kept him alive for too long to give up or give in. He took a deep breath and focused to heighten his senses.”
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