The Mistress of Dimmiga Berg

Admittedly, I have a soft spot in my heart for Loki, and while it often pains me to read fiction in which he is portrayed as the bad guy, I can’t help but recommend the following book. I really enjoyed talking with David while he was writing it, and have been looking forward to it being published ever since. Lucky for you all… that day is finally here!!

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From of the declining Halls of Asgard, to modern day Australia, an epic race against time to stop a God’s powerful protege from restoring the worship of Loki to it’s former glory. It’s a deep laid plan set in motion over hundreds of years – complete with nightmares that kill, and legends come to life. With the clock ticking down and human lives at stake, the battle lines are drawn, and it’s up to the ancient guardians of Dimmiga Berg, and the mortals they’ve aligned with to stop her at any cost.

Richly detailed characters, beautiful scenery, and a perfect mix of Norse and Aboriginal lore skillfully meshed together in a thrilling, action packed ride that leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat until the very end. Thoroughly enjoyable, and a true pleasure to read!

Want your very own copy of David Evans’ The Mistress of Dimmiga Berg… grab one right here!!

*squeeeeeeeeeeeee*

(actual approximation of the sounds I was making… I swear… along with quite a bit of screaming and manic giggling)

It’s a question I posed before, and now I’ll pose it again (and maybe if I’m REALLY, REALLY lucky I can do it again in June)…

GUESS WHO MADE IT TO THE QUARTER-FINALS IN THE ABNA CONTEST?!!!!!

quarter finals

I’m seriously so excited, and nervous and excited and nervous – being this happy should not make one’s belly feel so funky!! Still a long way to go, but a whole lot closer than I thought I’d ever get.

You guys are awesome!! ❤

 

Writing Is Hard

 

I’ll admit that I’m struggling just a bit. I didn’t go into this fully prepared, didn’t have any sort of outline, or even a fully fleshed out plot to work with. While I’ve managed to throw something together, still getting from point A to Z (and all stops in between) is proving to be a lot harder than it should be. I know more or less where I’m going, and what needs to happen to get there, but OMG… there just are no words. Nothing… Nada…

Part of it, I think still has to do with my issues over point of view, and the related issue of past tense vs present, which others in my Camp NaNo cabin brought up today as well, so at least it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one. The other part (as I mentioned to a friend the other night), is that my MC has been more or less out of it for the last 10 years – it’s not like she’s just going to jump out of that raring to go. It’s going to be somewhat slow going, which unfortunately, at least up to this point is boring as hell.

Currently the whole thing reads like an overly detailed diary, and I figure if it’s got me reaching for the snooze button, I can’t really expect anything better from anyone who might be unfortunate enough to read it. So at some point there will clearly be massive amounts of editing going on, otherwise this whole project will just end up a footnote in the history of epicly fail-tastic story telling. For now though, I’m going to keep muddling through, and fighting the good fight.

But srsly gaiz… writing is hard!! 😄

Bonus points: what sort of things do you do when you feel like what you are writing is total shit, but you don’t necessarily want to abandon it completely?

 

Point of View

I’m currently working on my newest project – potentially titled “Is This The Real Life”, as part of Camp Nano, and though I should be typing away at my 1000+ words a day goal, I sit here pondering point of view instead.

I was/am seriously considering writing this one from a first person point of view, really wanted to, since a lot of it, especially in the beginning is all just the main character sort of nattering on about her life, but I know too that once the other characters come into play, it’s going to be harder for me to stick to that. First person is not a comfortable writing style for me at all – guess that’s why I always had a hard time keeping a diary as a child. 😄

Anyways…

  • What point of view styles work best for you all? Or does it vary depending on what you are writing?
  • What ways do you find it best (when writing in first person) to convey the thoughts of others, or to convey actions/events that may have happened outside the narrator’s presence, but that are somewhat central to moving the plot along?
  • Should I just abandon first person and go with third person, or just keep at this and see how it goes for a bit?

Inquiring  minds want to know!!

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo

April 1st starts Camp NaNoWriMo, which is a much more laid back version of NaNoWriMo which happens every November. Both are great motivators, for those who are need a bit of an extra boost to keep to a writing schedule, but the great thing about Camp is that you can set your own word count goals. So it’s not quite as grueling as the 50K words in 30 days, that NaNo generally is.

I’ve had a few things kicking around in my head for a while, so I think I’m going to give Camp a go. If anyone wants to join me, feel free to poke at me, and we can find a forum or something for motivational support, or Twitter/Tumblr, etc… Whatever works.  Not sure how this one will turn out though, since I don’t have it nearly as well planned out as I did with my last NaNo effort.

Either way… shall be interesting.

 

 

Aengus Amused

From the fiery hot lava pits in the time of the dinosaurs, to the rain-swept fields of Scotland… an epic tale spanning 65 million years. A journey to find one’s true self in time to battle a jealous and vengeful God, who finds joy in the misery of others. A tale of true companionship, overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, and a cautionary reminder as well that some things are inevitable, no matter how much we may wish otherwise.

Humorous and compelling, an action packed story that just sucks you right in, and before you know it, it’s 2am and you should have been asleep hours ago. 🙂

Great debut from first time novelist Chris Dews. It’s billed as “book one” of a trilogy – can’t wait to read the rest of them!!

Pick up your copy on Amazon today!!  (even if you don’t have a Kindle ready device, you can pick up the free reader app, and read them from your PC as well)

 

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. 😄

(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.  😄

 

The Devil Is In The Details

It’s a topic that has come up in a couple places recently, which made it sort of obvious that maybe it was something that needed to be addressed on a larger scale.

  • How much detail is TOO much?

The first instinct is to say that there can never be too many details – the better picture we paint with our words, the better our readers can understand our characters and immerse themselves in the world we have created. On the other hand there are authors like George R.R. Martin, who while being perfectly marvelous at their craft – sometimes just don’t know when enough is enough. Yes George, we’ve already been down the road to King’s Landing (more than once even), you don’t need to tell me about it AGAIN. Or as a friend likes to ask – Does he ever shut up about the food?

In any case there is clearly a time when less is more, or at least a point where the reader doesn’t need to be shown every single rock and pebble, or condensation drip on the rim of a glass, unless it’s absolutely central to moving the plot along.

  • As a reader – would you rather read a book that was too detailed, or one that was maybe a bit more on the sparse side? 

Personally I’d prefer too little (if I had to choose one over the other), BUT I’m also a very visual person, so it doesn’t always take much for me to envision something based on very little description.  For others, having a perfectly crafted setting – down to the last floor tile, might  be something that works better. It’s often hard to find a good mid-point. 

Which begs the question… at what point does the line between the perfect amount of detail and oh dear gods please stop, start to blur? Or is it something that we each have to judge for ourselves, and hope for the best?

Seriously asking, so please feel free to comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!