Monday, 19 October 2020

The Trials Of A Crime Writer: Search History Revisited

 

THE TRIALS OF A CRIME WRITER: SEARCH HISTORY REVISITED

I talked about this before (piece found here) but it was a hell of a long time ago, and so I wanted to revisit the subject because things have changed in some ways, but are the same in the others. You know those youtube videos where someone famous answers the most googled questions about them? It's kinda like that, but for my search history it would be everything from magic usage and systems, to the best way to degrade bone marrow, and how quickly one would die if bitten by this particular venomous animal.

We, as writers, always joke about the fact that we're probably already on some list somewhere, and it's most likely true that there are some searches that ding the bell at whatever agency and draw attention from the sneaky eye of the government. Personally, I don't think I've ever searched for anything *that* bad, but it did remind me of a story from way back when the internet was super slow, and didn't have the powers of Google like it does now, and I was writing my d├ębut, Blackout.

Before I continue I just wanna say this will contain no spoilers, but there might be hints of what the book is about so if you don't wanna know, then it's better to click off this post, scroll down or what have you and move on.

They gone? Good.

So picture this, a young nineteen-year-old me is trying to work out just how much of a certain medication someone would have to ingest for them to end up in serious medical trouble. I didn't have Google, but I did have a very understanding and patient lung consultant who was called Andrew. (When you see a doctor as much as I saw him, you skip the formalities!) He knew that I was writing, and I was going through a particularly bad period with my lungs and pain issues. I wasn't yet in the wheelchair full time, but it was the start of me needing one.

So I went to my appointment, still mulling this question over, and we went through the normal stuff. How I was feeling, whether I had any issues with meds, and things like that. And just out of the blue, I opened my mouth and said: "How long would it take to die if someone took enough X?"

He was silent, but his eyebrows raised and he looked seriously worried. I was oblivious and carried on.

"I mean, if I gave someone a high dose of X, would they die slowly? Is it possible they might flounder for a bit? What if I got them medical treatment? Would there be a protocol for that?"

Andrew went from panicking that I was suicidal to suddenly wondering is I was homicidal. He stuttered something, open his mouth to say something, but I had more to ask.

"I just mean in broad terms, I don't need to know the exact dosage, it's not like the character will have access to that kind of information either. But with me as the author, I kinda need to know how much is too much."

Andrew burst out in laughter. "This is for your book??"

"Yeah," said I, who couldn't quite work out what the joke was.

"Thank god for that, I was thinking you were going to kill yourself, or kill someone. I can give you the vague terms, I'll write them down for you now."

And he did, he also offered to read any of the other medical jargon, turns out I had it covered.

Looking back I realise that I must have scared the crap outta him, and the relief on his face was easy enough to see. Andrew left the area about two years later, and then I was with another doc, who offered the same advice and am now with another doc who does the same, and actually trained under Andrew, so I think he'd heard Andrew tell the story more than one.

So yes, times before search histories and times when maybe it would've been better to Google! You have any funny stories about finding out facts from people other than the internet? Lemme know in the comments!

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Friday, 16 October 2020

Review of Mad Magic by Nicole Conway

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

My Review: 5 STARS
I picked this up because of the blurb and the cover, and dived right in, happy to read about Josie’s life and the weird things going on. I adored the characters from the start and couldn’t help but get pulled into the story. It’s beautifully told and while I had some reservations about the love story, I liked the way it was subverted and turned out in the end. Overall, an amazing book and a series that I might have to read more of, I loved it!

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Happy Release Day!!

  

 HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!

 

YOU CAN NOW BUY CRAMPING CHRONICLES: THE FIRST TWINGE IN EBOOK AND PAPERBACK 

Amazon | Book Depository | Indie Bound  

Young Adult Urban Fantasy with chronic illness rep, and the start of a brand new series.

Meet Jessie. She’s fifteen, newly disabled and adapting to all that comes with that. She’s got her best friend Gray, and a new school to fit in to.

Only Jessie is more than she seems. She’s an empath. The powers are new. The film clips are included and up until now, she’s only had two triggers. Her mum and Gray.

On the second day of school, she spots Meera, a beautiful girl who Jessie could see herself falling for. The only problem is Meera causes Jessie pain when she’s in the same vicinity.

Can Jessie solve the mystery behind Meera’s worries? Or will she get caught up in the danger and only be able to save herself? 

 

 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Authortube: Being Consistent

 

 AUTHORTUBE: BEING CONSISTENT

I've talked before about things that you need to do when it comes to Authortube (piece found here) and in that I mentioned the need for consistency, but I thought I would branch out and make it clearer and more detailed as to why, and how, you should strive to do that. A lot of people know me as someone who's very organised, and I just want to make it clear that I know that's not the case for everyone. I'm lucky enough to be in a position where I don't have any other job, I'm basically a full-time author without the pay cheque to go with it. So when I talked about making a schedule, I know that my situation is unique and doesn't apply to the majority of writers, or event hose on Authortube.

With that out of the way, let's talk about why it's important that you're consistent with your channel, and posting.

#1 VIEWERS KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AND WHEN.
When it comes to the people who will subscribe and follow your channel, they'll expect to have regular content, unless otherwise stated on the channel. They'll want to know what they should be getting by clicking that red button and they come to the channel with that expectation in mind. Personally, I wasn't consistent when I started. I posted four videos a month and fitted them in where I could, without any planning that went into them, then I switched to a date that moved through the week every month, and finally hit the Thursday posting, and I'll be honest, the majority of my subs joined AFTER I stuck to the Thursday posting. They could expect to see content then, with the occasional bonus video on a Sunday and that made them more likely to watch.

#2 IT SENDS A MESSAGE OF YOUR BRAND.
A lot of the time, an authortube channel is started to both connect with the community and readers, and also to build a brand for yourself. I know Dal Cecil Runo hit that one out of the park when she branded herself an alien that never showed her face on camera. It works for her, and with the fact she mostly writes sci-fi, it gave her brand a boost.

For me, being organised was part of my brand, so knowing that unless I was unwell or in hospital, I would post every Thursday and keep on top of recording and the like, helped me a lot as both building my brand, and letting my viewers know they could rely on me to do what I said I would do.

#3 IT BUILDS UP SUBS
This is the final point really, the more consistent you are, and the better quality of what you're putting out, the more people who will return week after week to watch you content. This applies to livestreaming if that's your thing, as well as regular videos, though as someone who doesn't attend many livestreams and watches more regular videos, be sure to have a good mix of both!

And then onto the how do you stay consistent? These are just some of my tips, and like I said above, they may not apply or be possible for everyone.

#1 BATCH FILM/RECORD IN ADVANCE
It's no secret that a lot of authortubers will batch film, personally I record the videos a month in advance. It means that unless the video is time sensitive, by the end of the month, I have all the following month's videos done, uploaded, and captioned ready to just press publish when it's time to do that. I started out by doing extra filming the first month, and then just kept it up. If that's possible for you then I highly advise you do it. If it's not, the batch filming can be another good way to have some videos done in advance so that if life falls apart, you still have something to post on the right day.

#2 PLAN CONTENT IN ADVANCE

This is something that I think a lot of us do, we think up video topics, and write them down and then try and fit them into your schedule so that we know what we're filming next. That gives you a chance to write the script if you use one, and also just lets you think more on the subject before getting in front of the camera. Personally, I script and have a lot of my content planned, so will do the vlog scripts for the following month at the end of the last one, and then go from there.

#3 FIND TIMES THAT WORK FOR YOU

If you know that you want to post on a Wednesday but that the only time you can record and such is Monday or Tuesday, and you feel like you're always doing it right at the last minute and the whole process is stressing you out, then maybe you need to rethink things. Either you post on a different day, or you try to get ahead by batch filming and such. Personally, I like the Thursday posting and I'm already aware that I have time during the week to record and such if something were to go wrong and I had to change the video for that week.

I'm sure there are a lot of other points and tips that I could use, but if you have any lemme know in the comments!

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1 Day To Go!

  

1 DAY TO GO!

 

FACT SEVEN: JESSIE IS DETERMINED TO HELP MEERA, NO MATTER WHAT!

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[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 1 Day To go written, below that is fact seven: Jessie is determined to help Meera, no matter what!, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

 

Sunday, 11 October 2020

2 Days To Go!

 

 

2 DAYS TO GO!

 

FACT SIX: JESSIE IS A FULL-TIME WHEELCHAIR USER

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[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 2 Days To go written, below that is fact six: Jessie is a full-time wheelchair user, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

 

Saturday, 10 October 2020

3 Days To Go!

 

 

3 DAYS TO GO!

 

FACT FIVE: ONLY MEERA SEEMS TO HATE JESSIE

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[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 3 Days To go written, below that is fact five: Only Meera seems to hate Jessie, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

 

Friday, 9 October 2020

4 Days To Go!

 

 

4 DAYS TO GO!

 

FACT FOUR: MEERA IS A TRIGGER FOR JESSIE

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[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 4 Days To go written, below that is fact four: Meera is a trigger for Jessie, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

 

Review of A Crucible Witch by Ashley McLeo

Demons are taking over our world. 

To stop them, I need to embrace the black magic inside me.

I hate the idea. And yet, I realize just how powerful the darkness can be. 

That it’s probably the only thing standing between failure and success.

And keeping those I love alive. 

Can I master the demon magic running through my veins? Or will I succumb to the darkness?

What’s more, if I fall, will the world fall with me?

Amazon

My Review: 5 STARS

I have been reading this series since the first book, and I was desperate to read this one when it popped up on my radar. I adore Odie, Eva and the guys and I loved the way the second book ended and so was happy to jump into this one to see how the story would go. From the first page, I was hooked on their journey. McLeo has a way with words that makes you want to read the book all in one sitting and devour the words. It was enthralling and wonderful and I highly recommend both the book and the series!

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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Life Of Joey - October 2020 [CC]

  

Getting ready for #NaNoWriMo for Plansters! #Authortube
 

 

5 Days To Go!

 

 

5 DAYS TO GO!

 

FACT THREE: HER BEST FRIEND, GRAY GOES TO HER OLD SCHOOL

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[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 5 Days To go written, below that is fact three: Her best friend, Gray goes to her old school and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

 

 

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

6 Days To Go!

 

 6 DAYS TO GO!

 

FACT TWO: JESSIE ISN'T GOOD AT MAKING FRIENDS

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[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 6 Days To go written, below that is fact two: Jessie isn't good at making friends, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

 

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

7 Days To Go!

  

 7 DAYS TO GO!

 

FACT ONE: JESSIE IS AN EMPATH, AND NEW TO BEING DISABLED.

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[ID: A square background with Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge at the top, just below that is Coming October 13th 2020. To the left is the front cover of the book, a red background with a photo of Meera, a  dark skinned teenage girl eating lunch and staring angrily at the camera. To the right is big text with 7 Days To go written, below that is fact one: Jessie is an empath, and new to being disabled, and below that is the pre-order link. At the very bottom is the bug books logo and Joey Paul alone with the website www.joeypaulonline.com END ID]

Monday, 5 October 2020

Working With A Planner - The Creative Process

 

 WORKING WITH A PLANNER

I have always been someone who loved to organise. It was the way I did my exams as a teen, and again as an adult. It's how I function and how I work, and it's just my process for working through things. If I have a plan and am organised, then things can't go wrong, and if they do, I'll have a plan for that as well!

However, I haven't, really, since starting writing ever been one for a planner. I loved the idea of a bullet journal, but my artistic skill is zilch and it just doesn't appeal to me in that way. I saw a fellow authortuber with a flowery planner, and I had to get one. Up until that point I had been using the sticky notes app on my computer and it was starting to get glitchy so I didn't want to have to fight with it every month when a planner was a lot easier, and more able to be carried around.

I got the planner in February, it had been a birthday gift from my mum, but arrived late, and then settled down to use it for the first time in March, and boy, I was in love. All the stickers, all the coloured pens and all the ways I could reward myself with getting things done, and track how many books I read as well as my usual count of chapters, pages and words. It opened me up to a whole new way of planning, and I have to say, over six months later, I will be keeping this system for as long as it works for me. I've already ordered next years planner since it'll take a while to get here.

So why does it work for me? I think it's because it allows me to look ahead at the coming months and pencil things in, it allows me to keep a plan both on my ipad and on the planner itself and to see what the week ahead is going to look like without the need to worry too much about whether the app would glitch and lose my notes. I still use sticky notes to keep track of things like post orders for blogs, and my Friday posts, and authortube. I also have a long note with all the publishing deadlines for the next seven years (yeah I know I won't need all that but it calms me, don't judge!) and another that has big things that need to be done soonish, but not right now.

And the planner itself allows me to keep track of appointments and bills, and other such things. It lets me break down my goals on a monthly level and then again on a weekly one. I have the pretty stickers and the pens in colour co-ordinated fashion depending on the project, and I also have the ability to move things around if needed. It doesn't need to be messy, but it can let me look ahead on a yearly scale, which was something I didn't have before. I always had a vague idea of when things would happen, but like that seven years of publishing, I can keep track of deadlines that way, and it's all either in the planner for that year, or on the ipad calendar for the upcoming year.

All this time I thought that I would never be able to find that I wanted - a planner that I could use one month and not the next without worrying about wasting the pages. Because the Flowery planner isn't dated, (and it has space for 13 months) I don't have to worry about if I skip a month or something. It's just opened up a whole new world to me that before was out of my reach.

Working with a planner has been amazing, and I did a whole video on how I plan, which I will link here. Overall, it feels like when people ask me how I manage to be so organised and such, I can point them to the planner and actually show them rather than not really knowing how to explain it. Planners are awesome, and if you use one, lemme know in the comments below!

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Friday, 2 October 2020

Review of Out Of The Woods by BB Swann

17-year-old Zaidyn Mitchell thinks being known as a book nerd is weird enough—until he wakes up on his bedroom ceiling. 

A newbie-weird-wizard-extraordinaire—Zaidyn must navigate his newfound identity, learn to fit in with his fellow freaks, and avoid scaring away Piper Duke, the girl of his dreams. 

Thinking to impress her, he agrees to help Piper’s father promote a project for a new library in a fairytale-like wooded area outside of town—but Project-Impress-Piper-With-a-Library backfires as Piper, along with his parents, strives to protect the wooded land.

The rules for the magical community are simple: avoid discovery and keep to your own kind. Despite warnings from friends and foes, Zaidyn pursues a relationship with the normal human Piper, earning them both the ire—and retaliation—of the ones in charge. 

Zaidyn seeks answers. Who really owns the woods? Why is someone so bent on destroying them? And what are his parents and the other magical adults hiding in there?

As he grows closer to the answers—and to Piper—the outside pressure mounts, building toward a conclusion that makes Zaidyn wonder if they will ever truly be…

…out of the woods.

Amazon

My Review: 5 STARS

I picked this up because I’d read books by Swann before and couldn’t wait to jump into a new story and new world and I was not disappointed.  The world is engaging from the first page, the idea of a normal teenage boy being faced with something brand new, and yet more secrets behind held back. The characters were so complex and well rounded, and I couldn’t help but cheer on for the young couple. I loved the way this book dealt with some issues, and the mystery element left me guessing and desperate for more. Overall an amazing read and one I recommend for those who love the paranormal with a hint of mystery entwined in the words.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

#TeaserTuesday

 

 Jessie is only trying to help here, and for that she gets figuratively slapped in the face...




[ID: A graphic with a red background and the header of Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge and underneath the words: Coming October 13th 2020. The excerpt reads:
 
She turned back to look at me. “Yes, and you're Jessie,” she said.
It didn't sound friendly or welcoming. She actually gave the impression of being quite cold and distant.
“I mean no offence, Jessie, but I'm actually trying to look for a book here. I have an essay due and unlike some people, I can't wait for someone to do it for me.”
“What's that supposed to mean?!” I said, losing my temper a little.
 
At the bottom is Joey Paul, her website of www.joeypaulonline.com and the logo of a green and purple bug in the far right corner.

END ID]

Monday, 28 September 2020

Letting Your Book Sit - The After Process

 

LETTING YOUR BOOKS SIT

Last week I talked about the editing process as a whole (piece found here), and I mentioned that there's a period where it's better to let your book sit after writing that first draft. I don't think it's anything I've really discussed on the blog, but I have mentioned it along the way. Today I thought I would go more into detail as to why it's a really good idea to let your book sit rather than rushing through into revisions.

A caveat, I am a full time author, and have a large backlog of books that are in various stages of revision. Therefore, I generally always have the time to let a book sit for a longer period than most because I have that backlog. I publish two books a year, and I draft about four new ones in that time. My process works for me, but it might not for you, and that's okay.

So, with that out of the way, let's talk about what the idea is behind letting your first draft have some breathing room before you jump into revising it. The premise is simple enough, you're the author of that work and ergo, you know what's going to happen when, and you're not able to look at it with fresh eyes because you've just spent however long writing the story. You have the plan, if you're a planner, and if not, you still have a lot of knowledge about what happens from chapter to chapter. If you jump right back in, you maybe won't see glaring plot holes, or the like. You might just see your story as a whole because right after writing you are too close to be able to revise it.

Like I said above, a lot of people don't have the time to let their book sit before revising, and if that works for them, that's great. Personally, I'd advise at least a couple of weeks, or a month or two, if you're able. This is simply so that you have some distance and you're able to refill your well and maybe forget some parts of the story. That when when you go back to it with somewhat fresh eyes, you're able to see the story as a reader might.

The longer you're able to put between you finishing that draft and then picking it back up again the better. Like I said above, I do a good year between finishing and starting revisions, and sometimes it's longer than that. I'm aware that I'm in a very unique position and that's why it works for me. But I do have some tips if you're unable to put too much distance between the end of writing and the start of revisions.

#1 TRY A NEW FORMAT
Personally, I always like to have my books read to me at some stage in the revisions process. If I can have the document up and hear it read in a robotic voice, then it gives me a new perspective on the story as a whole. This can also be the case if you were to read it as an ebook, or print it out and read it on paper. Putting the story in a new format can let you get a different scope on it, and allow you to see things that you might have missed otherwise.

#2 CHANGE THE FONT
Similar to a new format, changing the font from what you usually use to something completely different is a great way to start looking at your project with fresh eyes. It's amazing how easy it is to spot mistakes when you're eyes are adjusting to a different style than you're used to. I've used this during revisions and it really does do wonders.

And finally #3 MAKE A NEW OUTLINE
This might sound like a lot of work for those who've already outlined during drafting, but this one is for the pantsers out there. I didn't use to do this, and then a couple of years ago I discovered that after I read the draft a few times, I started to connect the dots better if I made notes, and then made a detailed outline. I've done this for a good number of books now and it really does work. I know what's supposed to be happening in each chapter and I'm more able to see where there are plot holes I might have missed otherwise. It's better, for me, than simply reading it over and over again and trying to remember where things need to be added in. I keep doing this until I'm happy with the draft and then I move onto betas.

So there we go, why letting your book sit is a good idea, how I do it, and why you should try to do it too, and some tips if you can't get that same amount of space as you'd have liked to. If you have any tips, lemme know in the comments below!

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Sunday, 27 September 2020

Author Tag: Authortube Character Tag [CC]

 
 

And it's time for another tag with a twist! #Authortube

 AUTHORTUBE CHARACTER TAG

1. A crazy-ass hacker got into your computer and deleted your entire writing playlist with the exception of one song. Which song is it?
2. Your protagonist and your antagonist are paired together to go out to lunch. Where to they go?
3. You're crossing a bridge, and a troll stops you and demands you give him a chapter of your book to read. Which chapter do you choose?
4. Your friends have invited you to a party, and surprise! All your characters are there. Who would you hang with the most?
5. You somehow manage to lock your keys into your apartment. Which character would help you pick a lock to get back in?
6. It's the zombie Apocalypse. Everyone is heading to Mars, and you can only take one character with you. who do you take?
7. You've been given the ability to travel anywhere in your book. Where would you go?
8. You meet your main character, and you want to introduce yourself / get a conversation going, but you can only do it in 6 words or less. What do you say?
9. Crazy acid rain is falling. Which character would you use as an umbrella?
10. You are out to dinner with your main character, and it is time to order dessert. What dessert would you order for them?

TAGGED BY SELF-WRITEOUSNESS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enWl78XWWf4

TAGGING:
CAT BOWSER: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxTMg_dotzA3u4Ml_JI2tcg
WRITER MARKUS REGIUS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC90kBNW9fx121LAoG1nyfng
TEH BUGGY: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClU_xJcHJthmgP29fNhy63Q

 

Friday, 25 September 2020

Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge Book Trailer [CC]

 

 The Trailer for Cramping Chronicles: The First Twinge #Authortube #BookTrailer

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MUSIC BY KIM: http://apollostowel.tumblr.com

Review of Wicked Betrayal by Marty Mayberry

Nothing beats being locked up in supernatural juvie. If only murdering the guy I'm falling for wasn't my only way out.

Framed by the head of the Seeker's Guild and sent to Darkwater to serve a life sentence, I'm doomed. The prison is located in the fae world, on an island in the middle of a forbidding sea. Wizards sent there never return.

The moment I arrive, I'm forced to take a series of initiation tests with a snarky, too-hot fellow inmate. If the creatures trying to kill us don't do him in, I just might. Yet my birth father's at Darkwater, and while he could be the warden, a guard, or a fellow inmate, I'm determined to track him down. He stole something from me when I was a baby, and I want it back.

Once I get what I came for, there are two ways out. Survive the Challenge--another series of trials that take place in the ever-changing, magical catacombs beneath the prison, and they'll send me to pre-release at Darkwater Reformatory. Or I can fulfill the secret blood bond I made with the Master Seeker. Eliminate a fellow inmate and the Master Seeker will transport me home.

...Except the inmate I must kill is the wizard I'm falling for.

My Review: 5 STARS
I picked this up because of the cover and blurb and dived right in, getting lost in the world and the characters. Tria is sentenced to life in prison, but she’s there for a reason, one she’s sold on and another she’s been forced into. I read through this book in one sitting and couldn’t help but be amazed at the world building, and the thought that went into all of it. Overall, a quick read for me, but leaves me wanting more, that ending made me wish there was more to the book, and I’ll have to keep an eye out for book two! Recommended for all those who love the fantasy and paranormal!

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

#TeaserTuesday

 

 

 Just when Jessie thought things couldn't get worse, she's got her first new trigger...




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“Are you okay, Jessie?” he asked.
I looked around to see if there was anyone close by. There was. The girl I’d seen in the canteen, the beautiful girl who had drawn my gaze was in the library stacks, not three steps from our table.
Oh great, she was activating the ever-present twitch. My luck sucked balls.
 
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Monday, 21 September 2020

The Editing Process - The After Process

 

THE EDITING PROCESS

I've not talked about the whole editing process as a whole in a long while. I have discussed my editing process, which you can find here, and other bits and pieces about it, but I thought today I would dive into the editing process full stop. If you're a newbie writer and have just started or finished your first book, this is the piece for you because I'm gonna be going through all the steps you need to take when it comes to editing.

Just to get a few things out of the way, I see editing and revising as different things. Revising is when you're the only one making changes, or looking at the document. It's usually part of that after writing process, but usually happens after a bit of a break from the manuscript (piece coming next week!) For me editing is when you start to involve other people, like betas, critique partners, developmental editors and so on. This is what I'm going to be talking about today simply because everyone's revision journey has a different look and I don't think I have anything to add to the conversation there. But if you'd like me to, then lemme know in the comments!

STEP #1 BETAS/CRITIQUE PARTNERS
This is usually something you'll do after having gone through revisions yourself over a few drafts. The exact number doesn't exist because it depends on the book, on you, and so on. If you don't know, betas are readers from your target audience who read the book and give you feedback on what works, what doesn't, what they enjoyed, what they didn't, and characters, pacing and the like. This is generally a free service, though you can pay for betas, though I never have.

Critique partners are fellow writers with whom you swap chapters/books and such and give critique on them. This is usually someone who writes to your skill level, and writes the same kind of books, but it doesn't have to be. It's all down to how you click, and how you work out that partnership. Because it is a partnership, you are giving them critique, they are giving you the same.

This step is usually the first because you want to make sure that before you move onto step two, you have as clean as manuscript as possible. You will have to input those changes, as you see fit, but once you've done that and have gone through rounds of betas to know that you have as good a story as you're going to get, then you can move on.

STEP #2 DEVELOPMENTAL/CONTENT EDITOR
This is the editor that you want to go to first because they're going to be looking at big changes, on the story as a whole. They will be looking at the character arcs, the plot, seeing if there are any holes, offering suggestions if they have any, that kind of thing. They generally won't bother with grammar simply because it's possible that huge chunks are going to be rewritten or changed.

For me this is the step that takes the longest amount of time, and I get the impression that it can be for a lot of other writers. I work with my developmental editor over three months and we go through chapter by chapter. I know that other editors will do what's called an edit letter where they read the book, and make notes and give you a report at the end, and then you're free to make what changes you see fit. I prefer my way of working through it, as have the editors I've worked with. But nothing wrong with either.

Once all those changes are done to your satisfaction, then you can move onto the next step.

STEP #3 LINE/COPY EDITORS

I've grouped these two together because it depends on who you go to, and what kind of editing experience they have as to which one they do. I've heard from other editors that line and copy can be done at the same time. But first let me explain the different. Line is going line by line, making sure the words flow, that the pacing is right, that there aren't any awkward phrasings etc. Copy editors will be checking grammar, and making sure everything is ready to go to print.

Now I use a line editor who does both, so I get the best of both worlds. This is usually done through track changes and then letting you choose which ones to change and such. I do this in Google docs and we go through and change things as needed.

And finally, STEP #4 PROOF READER
This is the last step before your book is ready for publishing. A proof reader goes through, checks for any errors, everything in the formatting and such that should be there, and then corrects it if there's a problem. The idea being that once this step is complete, no more changes are made so that no errors sneak through.

And then you're done and the book is ready to be published! This whole process takes about five months for me, but it's worth it to know that my book is the best version it can be!

Any questions on the editing process? Lemme know in the comments below!

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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Author Tag: Authortube Olide Tag [CC]

  

Doing a tag today! The #Authortube Oldie Tag!!

AUTHORTUBE OLDIE TAG

Questions:
1. How long have you been doing authortube?
2. What is your favourite video you’ve made so far?
3. What’s the biggest difference in authortube from when you started?
4. Who or what inspired you to join authortube?
5. What is your most underrated video? (One that you’re super proud of, but it didn’t get as popular as others)
6. What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far?
7. How many books/collections, etc. have you published since starting authortube?
8. What do you think about your oldest videos? Are you nostalgic or cringe about them?
9. How has your process changed since you started?
10. What hopes do you have for the future of your channel and/or the authortube community?

TAGGED BY ERIN KINSELLA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a24IVWKX1F8

TAGGING:

WRITER MARKUS REGIUS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC90kBNW9fx121LAoG1nyfng
STORY DTECHTIVE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVGhBcS68CijUU85poaCeAw

 

Friday, 18 September 2020

Review of Curse Of Blood And Shadow by J.M. Kearl

Cursed with visions of death. Cursed to die. Cursed to be a bloodthirsty monster. One thing is clear at the Allied Kingdoms Academy, curses abound and no one is safe.

I was born a cursed princess. With but a touch I can foresee death.

At seventeen I’m sent to train in weapons and magic at the new academy where dangerous, deadly, and ferocious could describe any of the students, myself included. It isn't long before I foresee a boy die and realize I’m not the only one cursed. Something lurks in the shadows.
Something dark.
Hungry.
Murderous.
I must find out what it is.

The pompous, arrogant— gorgeous prince from another kingdom suspects I know something is wrong, and tries to convince me he can help. It doesn’t matter that we hate each other. It doesn’t matter that our kingdom’s rivalry is ages old, students could die. Prince Zyacus is one of the strongest and fiercest of us all but his hard heart might have one weakness— me, and I might be a target of the creatures out for blood.

My Review:  5 STARS
I picked this up because the blurb spoke to me. I’m not really a big fantasy reader, but I will say that this book pulled me in and had me stuck in the story turning the pages rapidly to try and find out what was going on, what it all meant, and how it would all end. It was an enthralling ride and will be looking forward to the second book in the series. I adored the characters, the love story and everything in between. I will have to add this author as one to watch and will be glad to jump into other stories by them. Overall, a great read!

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

#TeaserTuesday

 

 Going up against adults who think they know best when they're actually being ableist is hard to adjust to...




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“"I am going to have to insist that from now on, the table stays where I put it. Am I clear?" She spoke in a tone that was patronising and obviously not open for any input from me.
I didn't say anything. I just stared at her. I wasn't really sure exactly what I should say to that. I hated to admit it, but I think Craig and Roe were right. My parents needed to know and to deal with this.
"Am I clear, Ms. Oliver?" she asked again, her tone more forceful.
"Y-yes," I stammered.
She raised an eyebrow. "Yes, what?"
"Yes, Ms. Gibson," I said.
 
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Monday, 14 September 2020

Spoonie Writer: Managing Your Health

 

 SPOONIE WRITER: MANAGING YOUR HEALTH

This is something I've talked about a lot before (pieces found here and here) but I'm coming at it from a different angle this time. I don't know whether I've mentioned before on the blog that I have a benign tumour in my left ring finger, and have done for a long while. It took a lot of time before I switched GP surgeries and they finally were willing to fight for me to get the tumour identified and taken out. That was over a year ago now, been scanned and all the rest, and we know it's a giant cell tumour and it's been causing a lot of nerve pain in both my left hand, and from what the surgeons tell me, also my right.

Anyway, with the back story done, I thought I would explain how managing your health as a spoonie writer can put up a lot of roadblocks that you're not used to. The pain from my tumour is quite debilitating and the tumour itself is growing and making it hard for me to use my left hand. I'd been told it wouldn't be too long a wait in January and then in March, surprise plague hit and no one knew when they'd get to it. Thanks to aforementioned awesome GP, I am now finally going through the pre-op process and will hopefully be getting the surgery this month, though you never know with the NHS, and the plague.

I can cope with a lot of things with my health, and have done so, but one thing I couldn't cope with was suddenly having to learn to type using less of my left hand than before. I had to cope with needing pain meds and maxing out on them and still being in a lot of pain. I had to cope with the lack of sleep, and mixed up schedule because the pain drains me and my sleep was never usual before. And all of that has come together with this whole new way of managing my health, of managing how I stay ahead of deadlines while also not pushing myself to breaking point.

And to be honest, I've been pretty close to breaking point this last year or so. I've had to find ways to do my work and then be ready to crash out the rest of the day because of strong pain meds. I've had to be told that there's nothing more they can do, other than remove the tumour, because of my already fragile health. And it's soul destroying and difficult, and it's just a finger, y'know? At this point, the fact that I may lose sensation in that finger doesn't both me, I just don't wanna be in this much pain all the time.

So how have I stayed on top of things, like editing, revising, drafting, and release deadlines? A lot of it has been down to how I've managed my time. I do the majority of my work first thing in the morning. I don't know if the need to not be sat up is down to the tumour or just because my other conditions wanna have some part to play in this mess, but since I know that I won't be able to sit up for long, and I know that once in bed, I will need meds at some point, my focus has been getting the chunk of work done in the early, early morning.

This might not work for you, you might not find yourself able to do that, and that's okay. My point is that there will be curve balls thrown at you and all you can do is adapt, adjust and keep going forward. It sounds so easy and yet I know it's not. I know that I didn't expect the lump in my finger to turn into this nightmare, because for a long time I was told it wasn't an issue, until I changed GP and then well, it was something that needed serious attention.

So while the surgeons have said that they'd like to fit me in during September, I don't know for sure that's going to happen. My hope is that when I sit down to post this blog (since I'm writing it at the end of August) I have a surgery date or at least some idea of when it'll happen. I'm going through the pre-op process now which means that I just need bloods, and a review from the anaesthetist and then I should be cleared for surgery. We can only hope.

What do you do when life throws you a curve ball? Lemme know in the comments below.

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Friday, 11 September 2020

Review of From The Earth by AR Colbert

WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO WHEN HER ONLY OPTION TO LIVE MEANS DESTROYING EVERYONE SHE LOVES?

Claren didn't ask to join her society's Leadership. She was forced into it. And under the watchful eyes of her superiors, she's left with no choice but to carry out a mission that will destroy everything she believes in, including the man who has her heart.

The government wants her to kill the rebels. The rebels want her to play the part and infiltrate the city's Leadership. Can she find a way to maintain the trust of both sides, or will she die trying? 

And who exactly can Claren trust?

My Review: 5 STARS
I read the first book in this series and was hooked, so of course I had to pick up book two and see where the story continued. I adore Claren, and the world Colbert has built around their characters. The story carries off almost immediately after the end of the first book, and with the heartbreak, danger and intrigue, you’re pulled along the story rooting for people along the way. Colbert has a way with words that makes you feel like you are in the story along with the characters and it’s a series I very much want to finish. Will be looking forward to book three! Highly recommended!

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