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It’s Official – The Universe Hates me…

August 24, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

Scarlet died. Well, maybe she’s not dead, but my beloved laptop is non-functional. I left for work on Friday and she was working perfectly normal. I returned nine hours later and she was comatose. By that, I mean the power lights come on but the display is completely black. Unlike last time, no one spilled anything or caused any damage that I am aware of. I spent most of my day yesterday trying every trick I know, plus a bunch I found online, but I have not been able to resuscitate her. This is very, very bad. I’m thinking there may be an issue with either the motherboard or the graphics card, but until I can come up with the money to try to get her repaired (and right now I can barely afford to buy groceries and I haven’t sold a book all month, so it might be a little while) I can’t finish editing the second Crow book. On the plus side, I do have most of my work backed up – I did learn my lesson from last time! But I don’t have the finished first draft of the new book file to work from, only the
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Summer of Success Series – Interview with Nicole J. Fearahn

August 22, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Summer of Success Series by everyn

This is the last of my Summer of Success Interviews. Today we’re talking to the awesome and talented, Nicole J. Fearahn aka _Ahna_ of Wattpad! I wanted the series to not just show success in terms of having one’s work published, but also in finding your audience. Nicole’s book, The Fates, has been a runaway hit on Wattpad (I’ve been reading it myself – it’s pretty fricken’ wonderful and an entertaining read!) So, without further ado, here’s Nicole! About Nicole and Her Writing: How did you get into writing? I’ve been writing since before I even could That is to say, I had stories spinning in my head since the tender age of four, when I lacked motor skills to scrawl legible letters. And so my mom, the angel that she is, would let me dictate silly tales to her and she would sit down and transcribe them. Those were the early beginnings of my passion for writing, and ever since, it’s only grown What genres do you write in? I mostly enjoy writing fantasy and sci-fi novels. And I often wish “epic” were an actually accepted genre label, because I feel that that would be the common thread in
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The Trouble with Titles

August 15, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

I’m sure some of you have noticed that I’m still referring to the new book as “Crow Two” or “The Second Crow Book”. Even my little Writing Progress section on the side of this blog still has it listed as “Currently Untitled”. I’ve been having a hard time coming up with an adequate title. I know the third book is going to be called “Curse” – I’ve known it from the beginning, but the title for the second book has been eluding me for months. For awhile, I was thinking of calling it “Convey” (the reason will become obvious once you read the book) but it just didn’t sit right with me – It’s a weak title, and kind of awkward. Then the other night as I’m putting my son to bed, the word “Shift” popped into my head. I think it will work and it also suits the storyline. I still haven’t made up my mind though. I sort of had a theme for the titles in this series – the words all having a double meaning (example: “a crow” and also “to crow” as in the jubilant noise that Peter Pan makes or “a magical curse” as opposed
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Never want to say Goodbye…

August 13, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

I just finished writing the last lines of Crow Two. You’d think I’d be ecstatic right now – jumping and dancing and in general being a giddy pile of goo, but I’m not. Writing the last scene was bittersweet and left me feeling rather melancholy – not because the ending was sad, but more because I enjoyed writing it so much that I didn’t want it to end. I wanted there to be more (and there is more, just not for the second book). It ended where it needed to end, and I know this, but I’m already feeling its loss. I want to keep writing. Maybe this is a profound issue with me. When I neared  the ending of the first book I procrastinated writing the last chapter for over a week. I dreaded it. Last night, as I got about halfway through the final scene, I found myself avoiding it and I realized, after being on such a writing frenzy for the past week or so, that I didn’t want to stop writing it – but I had to. I enjoyed Silas and Denora’s new adventure so much, and I honestly hope that you will too. Denora makes
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Ce-le-brate good times Whoop Whoop!

August 11, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Crow Series, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

I’m feeling pretty amazing right now. My 4 year Anniversary was this past Friday, and not only did I get to soothe my jealousy over Denora’s fancy dinner date scene by going out to my favorite restaurant – I actually ate the same meal that Denora orders on her date (Chicken Milanese – it’s so frickin’ delicious! I should have taken a picture of it, but I was too busy gobbling it down.)  Yes, I’m talking about the date NOT with Silas. No spoilers, but she actually goes on two dates in the book with a certain new somebody you’ll get to know soon muhahahaha! And speaking of the second Crow book – I have some equally amazing news. Our anniversary gift to ourselves was a weekend without our darling kiddos. Huge shout out to my parents for taking the munchkins for the weekend. It gave me and my husband some quality time together, which we don’t get often, and more importantly for you, it gave me a nice big chunk of uninterrupted writing time. This weekend was highly productive for me, and I wrote more yesterday than I have in a long, long time. Seriously, I don’t remember the
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Summer of Success Series – Interview with Tracy Joyce

August 9, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Summer of Success Series by everyn

I meant to post this yesterday, but it was my anniversary and my husband kept looking at me like he was going to flay me alive every time I got near my computer (apparently, our anniversary is a “no working” day – little does he know, I snuck in some handwritten pages on The Piper’s Song yesterday morning muahahaha!) So, without further ado (because I’ve been promising you this interview for a couple weeks now), here’s the talented and awesome Tracy M. Joyce! About Tracy: Tracy Joyce is an up and coming fantasy author based out of Australia. Her book, Altaica, has recently been published by Odyssey Books. Where are you from? I grew up on a farm in rural Victoria, Australia but now live in Melbourne. Please tell me a bit about yourself: I am the youngest of three children. I grew up in a rambling farmhouse where my grandparents lived as well as my parents and siblings. Both my grandparents were avid readers and encouraged this in me. Story telling seemed to follow naturally. I owned and rode horses for 25 years, and now that I don’t have them anymore I miss them every day. I also love
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Fresh Start

August 1, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately – I swear I have a perfectly good explanation! July ended up being a very odd month for me. I was on vacation for two weeks and it was lovely and wonderful to go out and do things with my kids and spend time with my husband. Unfortunately, after being on a roll and getting halfway through the second Crow book, having my momentum broken and being unable to sit down and write for that extended period of time made it incredibly difficult to get back into the swing of things. Add to that, directly after my vacation, I was hit with a string of personal issues that made it even more difficult to get my head where it needed to be to continue writing. But it’s now August 1st and I’m determined to start fresh and get back to work. I left off with Denora going on a date in a five star fancy-shmancy restaurant (and, no, she isn’t on a date with Silas – cue shocked reader gasps!) Personally, I’m a bit jealous. It’s been ages since I set foot in a fancy-shmancy restaurant – but my four year wedding
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Summer of Success Series – Interview with Bruce Elgin

July 18, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Summer of Success Series by everyn

We’re kicking off the Summer of Success Series with an interview. Today we’re talking to the talented Bruce Elgin. Bruce was born in Des Moines, Iowa and now resides in a small town just south of Iowa City. I met Bruce my first week on Wattpad and have been enjoying his book Schism, which he is currently chronicling on the site. About Bruce… The son of a zoo director and an art therapist, Bruce lives in the midwest United States with his wife and young son.  He has thirty years of martial arts experience and is an instructor in Jeet Kune Do and Kali under the legendary Dan Inosanto.  He loves to cook, teach and spend time with friends and family.  He got his MFA in 2007 and has continued to study every aspect of writing since then.   Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me. Tell me a bit about yourself: I’m a writer, a dad, a husband and a long time vegetarian.  But don’t worry, I’m not the preachy kind.  I don’t bug people about it at parties or anything.   About His Writing: How did you get into writing? My father, as
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Blog Hop (Boing!)

July 8, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog) by everyn

Wattpad Author Blog Hop! I’ve been invited to participate in a Blog Hop with some fellow Wattpad authors. If you don’t know what a blog hop is, this site has a pretty good explanation: What is a Blog Hop Anyway? Back to the point, it’s a good way to find other blogs with similar topics, new people to follow, and some pretty good content. In participating with this blog hop, I’ve been asked to answer a series of questions about my work, so here it goes: 1.  What am I working on? I’m currently knee-deep in the second book in my Crow Series. I’ve passed halfway through my wordcount goal of 60,000 and am on track to finish the first draft by the end of July. I am also dabbling here and there with another book, The Piper’s Song, which I’m working on in spurts when my brain is just too overwhelmed with Crow lol. I’m actually really excited about The Piper’s Song – I think it has a fairly original plot and some pretty amazing characters. It’s probably the next book I’ll be working on once I’ve completed the Crow Series. 2.  How is my work different from others
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Authors and Success – The Summer of Success Series

July 2, 2014 in Adventures in Insomnia, Random rants, thoughts and unfiltered brain fluff. (Blog), Summer of Success Series by everyn

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what defines success for an author. Success for an author does not always mean hitting the blockbuster lists, landing that publishing deal or getting published at all. Sometimes, success for an author just means finding your audience – finding readers who love what you’ve created. And sometimes, it just means finishing the damn book! HA! I’ve decided to devote my blog posts this summer to discussing different levels of success. I’ve lined up a few interviews and guest posts from fellow authors in the Paranormal and Fantasy genres to talk about how they’ve found their success with their books. I’m going to be a total cornball and call it the “Summer of Success Series”. I’d like to feature one author per week and I’m still taking people – so if you’re an author in those genres and you’d be interested in doing an interview / guest post here on my blog this summer, please email me at everynkildare@gmail.com and we can discuss it further. Please use “Author Interview/Post” in your subject line so I know what it’s for (I get a lot of spam ugh!)