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In Which I Have A Life…

So… I’m very much a homebody, which suits me rather well most of the time. However, this weekend, I spent three whole days going Illogicon, which is a SciFi convention that was being held not too far from where I live. Typically I don’t go to such things, but my favorite author (Jacqueline Carey) was one of the guests of honor, so I HAD TO GO!!!

I’m not going to fangirl too much here, but if you are interested in how that part went, you can read about on my Tumblr (here and here).

In addition to various SciFi topics and authors, there were also some panels on writing and publishing, so I thought I would share some of the highlights.

On Friday I started at the All Roads Lead to… panel, which was a discussion about the various options we have for publishing: self-pub vs small/independent pub vs traditional/large pub houses, along with the pros and cons of each. Lots of great information, and probably one of the most important things that I learned, was that no matter which route you go, you are likely still going to have to do a lot of your own work, in terms of marketing and promoting. A thank you to author Michael G. Williams and Lynn McNamee of Red Adept Publishing, for their insight.

Also on Friday, I went to a reading by author Natania Barron, who I had not heard of before, but highly recommend others go and check out. The reading that she did was a submission from the Kaiju Rising anthology, but she also has a several other books, including Pilgrim of the Sky, which is now on my “to read” list.

Saturday I had to work, so didn’t get to do much other than go to a reading by Jacqueline Carey <insert fangirl swoon>, but Sunday, again had several panels on various topics, two of which revolved around “worldbuilding.” The first was more focused on the use of religion and mythology when writing (and doing it well vs epic fails), the second was worldbuilding in general and what sort of things are essential to ensuring that the readers are fully immersed in the world that you are creating. In both, the key seems to be research and making sure that (as the author) one knows all the details, even if those details are never used on the page, and not to ignore logistics. Things don’t just happen, and there are a million little things that we do and see daily that are essential parts of our world, even if we don’t fully acknowledge them – these are important when building a cohesive world for your readers.  In addition to Jacqueline Carey, also big thank you to authors Debra Killeen, Natania Barron, Misty Massey, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Gail Z. Martin, Clay Griffith, Thomas A. Mays and Chris Kennedy for giving such great discussion on the topics presented.

Also on Sunday, was the You’ve Finished Your First Draft, Now What panel, which discussed editing and getting feedback, along with the pros and cons of using critique groups. Another big thank you to authors Clay and Susan Griffith, Terri-Lynne Smiles and Betty Cross for their insight.

Anyhoo… had a lot of fun, but now I’m going to go sleep for a week to recover!! XD

Life… Or Something Like It

Sorry been so quiet. This summer was crazy, and I finally just had to put writing projects on hold and just let the crazy follow it’s course, rather than risk my sanity trying to deal with it all. XD

Only managed about 20K words on DarkHarte for July’s Camp NaNo, but I’m ok with that. Got “part one” finished, rough state to be sure, but still pretty happy with it, and I know more or less how it ends. Just that pesky middle bit, to go. I truly hate middles.  Also submitted another query letter for In Plain Sight (the process of which went much smoother this time), so hopefully something good will come of that as well.

So, other than that, it’s been a bit quiet. Though I’m still not quite ready to dive back in, David Evans, author of The Mistress of Dimmiga Berg, shared this wonderful article with me, and in turn I’m sharing it with you all.

While I didn’t model In Plain Sight’s Rylee on any specific person, real women through the ages have done similar to help in various war efforts and it appears that Maud Butler is no different…

A teenage girl from the Hunter Valley coalfields was so desperate to be a part of Australia’s war effort that she cut her hair, dressed as a soldier and stowed away on a troopship.

Her life is currently being researched, and hopefully will be told in full, but for now we can read a bit about it here – World War I: Teenage girl stowed away on troopship.

Enjoy!! 🙂

 

Packing for Camp…

roasting-marshmallows

Or you know… grabbing a blanket, and some chips and moving the ten or so feet from my bed to my desk. XD

It’s just about time for the July session of Camp NaNoWrimo, and as it’s become abundantly clear that I can’t keep to any sort of writing schedule unless I have at least the semblance of accountability, I will be participating again this go around. If anyone wants to join me, or needs a bit of extra support/motivation to get through the month, feel free to add me over there and we can sweat it out together.

I’ll probably have some excerpts of the newest project up on Book Country within the next couple weeks for feedback. I’ll post more on that when the time comes.

Outside of camp preparations, I’ve been working on doing some final editing on In Plain Sight, so that I can get ready to send off some query letters. Exciting and nerve wracking… all at the same time!!

 

Downtime…

Thought I’d check in.

Not too much going on around here. Finished up Camp Nano at the end of April and squeaked out a “win” barely (with a modified word count) – though the finished product is still icky, icky, and no where near being in a finished state.

Next round of ABNA doesn’t drop until closer to the middle of June either, so just sitting and waiting on that, trying not to drive myself crazy thinking about it. XD You can still download excerpts and review them here if you are feeling froggy.

Other than that, have a few ideas kicking around for new projects. Some I have been mulling around for a while, some are brand spanking new. Now to just make the time to work on them. Time management skills FTW!!!

🙂

 

 

The Pitfalls of Caller ID and Assumptions…

Phone rings … and of course as is habit I check the caller ID, because we get tons of junk calls despite being on the “do not call list” and all that is supposed to imply. It says “CreateSpace

OMG why is CreateSpace calling me!!! Did someone on staff read my book and love it so much they want to offer me some sort of really awesome publishing deal… OMG OMG OMG!!!

Answer the phone…

Hi is this Sephira? We noticed your book has been in the proof stage for a while and wanted to know if there was any sort of issues that we could help with.

*dies*

Nah… it’s all good. Still working on some last minute changes. Thanks for checking in.

Hangs up….

*dies again*

Terrible, terrible thing to do to a person. XD

(ok…yes… my brain is obviously on crack… but what else would you think – especially when you currently have a contest submission with them)

 

3 Days…

The waiting is like to drive me nuts. I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest this year, and while overall I don’t have any expectation of winning it – I do have some small hope of (at the very least) making it to the 2nd round. They will make that announcement in 3 days, and admittedly I’m a bit of a basket case at this point.

Probably a good thing that my dad is coming in for a couple days, hopefully that will keep me occupied enough. Otherwise it’s going to be a very long 3 days.  XD

 

Welcome!!

So…  silly me (not that I don’t have way too many blogs to keep up with as it is) decided that I needed one specifically for my writing. A little place to keep track of what’s out there, what’s upcoming, and to hopefully get feedback, as well as interact with my readers.

So if you are just joining me – Welcome!!

I’m Sephira, it’s very nice to meet you.

🙂