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Welcome to Moonspinner3 Books!

Hello and welcome to what is now Moonspinner3 Books! Yes, I have just changed faerierosepress.com to now moonspinner3books.com. This change is all due in part to my original vision for my publishing company changing from being Faerie Rose Press to being Moonspinner3 Books.

In the beginning, I stated that Faerie Rose Press was for publishing works of fiction that is under the genre of fantasy. However, as a writers, sometimes we tend to work and write works that are in other genres. Therefore, I am diversifying my portfolio and made Faerie Rose Press and imprint of Moonspinner3 Books. Therefore, with this change that I made months ago, I am now making the changes to the site to reflect this change in that the website is now under the main company name.

Yes, I have been away from my site; however, this does not mean that I have not been writing or working on various projects. I hope that you continue to come back for more content as things are changing and becoming better in focus for myself and my works in fiction.

Thank you as always for supporting me and I hope that you will continue to support the site.

It’s May!!!

Welcome back! We have finally made it to the month of May, and for many of us we are still under ‘Stay-at-home-orders’ or we are only half-way to getting life back to the way that we used to know it. No matter you dice it, please, stay safe and healthy. I can honestly say at this point, my family, my boyfriend, and myself are all healthy and safe.

Now normally, at the beginning of the month, I would give some sort of update on how things are going here at Moonspinner3 Books; however, I want to start this month by giving a brief or some what brief overview of what I will be trying to work on this month.

Writing Projects:

Last month, during the update I completed all of the previous novels being updated. On that note, I have also completed The Eighth Dwarf. Now currently, I’m working on finishing Crimson Solider, which means that I am working on edits, and the final draft. Furthermore, after Crimson Soldier is completed, I will either be starting on Crimson Saloon or I will be starting the prep work for The Dark Side of the Rose. I’m still thinking about which one I will start next.

See, I’m trying to be good about working on one project at a time.

Other Things to Note:

I am starting to, or rather trying to plan out my posts that I want to put on here. In the past, I have always just written on here about topics that I have seen or heard put on social media. I have written posts on updates of what is going on with Moonspinner3 Books, which included the projects that I am currently working on. But no matter what I post on here, I also have one goal in mind and that is to help fellow authors with their writing, and their craft.

So what does May look like?

Well, May to me looks like, spending time updating this website for sure. Now, I’m not changing the look and feel of the site again. But rather adding pages that get me to where I want to go with Moonspinner3 Books while still help fellow authors while also building this up as my platform.

There is more to come on this, so please stay tune.

I’m going to leave it here, for now so that I don’t give too much away.

As always, thank you for your continued support. I hope that you have great writing day! Please, stay safe and healthy until next time.

 

Trusting Our Craft

Hello! I hope that you are all safe and well during this time that we live in. I can say that My family, my boyfriend, and I are all safe, well and healthy. I now it’s been a while, since I have been on here but I’m currently adjusting to what is my new schedule for a while. Where I currently live, we are on ‘stay-at-home’ orders until May 8, which could change or who knows at this point. On that note, I want to get today’s topic.

Let me preface this conversation with this is not my first post that I have made today. My first attempt at a post today went totally into a rant session, which I do not want to do here right now. So I’m kindly switching gears to talk about trusting the craft.

Many of us see writing as a hobby, as a business, as an art form, as an escape from reality. Now matter how you see it, at the core of writing or even telling stories there is a craft. A craft that I will try to describe nicely in saying, that when it is done right, it’s like magic.

The reason why I turned to this topic for right now, is that I recently was watching Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This series was both beautiful and for me worth the watch. Well, after I finished the last epsiode, I wanted the making of documentary, The Calling of the Crystal. Now normally, when you watch these specials they do not cover the writing process, for it’s usually over the casting, the special effects and other such elements that go into making a production like The Dark Crystal; however, with this special they did cover the subject of writing.

I’m going to say one big thing here and that as a writer I apprecaited it. You have no idea who much I apprecaited it.

Getting back to the subject, I loved a certain quote that came from special and that was from Simon Pegg, who is not only an actor but who is also a writer. He was a writer on one of the Star Trek films. He said that as writers we need to trust in the process. Granted, while he was speaking about film or television production.

This means that no matter how we tackle our writing, whether it is by means of plotting, or flying by the seat of our pants, traditionally publishing or self-publishing. No matter how we tackle our writing, we as a whole need to trust in our process. Once we trust in our processes, then we are able to focus on our writing.

The other key takeaway from what he said in the special is that, as writers we don’t need to think about designers, or builders, for you write as massive as you want. But in terms of writing books, this means not thinking about editors and book designers, all you have to think about is writing the story that you want to tell.

Focusing on that idea is one of the main reasons, why I love self-publishing. Sure I have an editor, and I have an idea of how I want the cover to look and feel but everything else relies on the craft of story telling. If it was not for that, then there wouldn’t be a book, which is the underlying goal at the end of the project.

Granted, every project in how it is handled is different. But the processes that we keep in mind at the end of the day is what makes us keep coming back to the table to tell/write the story that we want to write.

Now if you want someone to tell you and dictate what and how to write something, then by all means your writing process is controlled. Some like having it controlled while others don’t. I am one that feels that I should be able to tell the story the way that I have always done so. I have a process that works for me.

My process is different from others, and that’s fine. Not everyone has to have the same process when it comes to engaging their craft. It’s fine. But as long as you trust your craft, then your craft will see you through till the end of your project(s).

I hope that you have found this topic helpful. I hope that you stay safe and well! I hope that you have a great writing day!

 

Focusing on being Creative During Stressful times

Hi and welcome back! Of course we are now in the month of April, and for many that means the start of Camp NaNoWriMo. If you are partaking this month in Camp, I wish you and your project the best of luck. I also hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty.

Really quick, I just want to let you know that I just finished The Eighth Dwarf, which means that it will be published very soon for Amazon Kindle, and when that goes live I will let you all know.

Now that I finished my plug for my newest work, let’s get on today’s topic, which is about dealing with trying to focus on creativity during stressful times. I got the idea for this post from Kristin Martin. Kristin Martin, for those that are not aware of her, she is an author tube channel that has published works of her own. While there has been some drama centered around some parts of her business model, I still found that her latest video is something that we can all relate to right now.

Giving the current climate that we are in, with having to stay home and only go out when it necessary for essentials. We might find that currently, it is hard to focus on our creative outlets during this time, with the news being all about the virus and us having to stay home. This might be a great time to look at other methods to help get that creative flow going.

This first tip, came directly from her video, which was to write in a journal our thoughts and feelings so that way its out of our heads and onto the page. Think of this as free-writing, in that you just take that pen or pencil to the page and you just write not stopping, unless you give yourself a time limit and you write for that amount of time. This is a perfect time to write about your feeling about being home, or questions that you have about what’s going. It’s just getting the flow of writing out and started. If you feel that you have more to write, then keep writing. It’s your time to focus on what is bothering you.

Another tip, that might help and this also came from her video is to mediate. There are many that say that the practice of meditation can help during times of stress. It help calms and relaxes the nerves. This can also help with any anxiety that you might be feeling during this time. It is also a great help to those that deal with mental illness. My suggestion when it comes to mediation is to mind some relaxing music or listen to either sounds of water running or nature sounds to get you in a place to focus on what you are trying to mediate through. If you have an image that comes to you through out your mediation, then after your mediation session is completed then write all about that image. Now this last part did not come from her video, this is my personal suggestion.

Another great suggestion that I have, and this is one that I’m going to be borrowing from a couple of my past teachers, in that while you write or trying to calm yourself down listen to calming music. Sometimes music within itself and give off images that our minds and sometimes our muses grab onto so tight. This is one of those times when you are strongly encouraged to follow your muse down whatever rabbit hole that he/she might be going down. Remember, the muse is there to help in courage your drive and your determination even in times of chaos.

If you have another way to cope and to keep your creative paths flowing then keep doing what you’re doing. We all get through this one way or another, and for me during this time, the best way that I am coping is to take my fingers to the keyboard and to write. No matter your method, there is no wrong or right way, for you know your methods the best. Trust your methods and your craft will get through this.

I hope that find this post helpful. I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. Happy Writing! Happy Creating! Until next time I hope that you have a happy writing day!

Updates for the Month of March

Hello and welcome back! It’s the end of March, means that for this post I’m doing my monthly update and what to look forward to next month.

I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe. I can say at this point that my family, my boyfriend, his family, and me are all happy and safe at this time. We are following the guidelines that the government has imposed on us all. As far as my work life goes, I was working for an essential business, i.e. a liquor store up until yesterday, because I will be starting another job on Monday, working for a company that I had worked for before, so I have that going for me.

As far as Moonspinner3 Books is concerned, I’m still working on my projects and working on content in the meantime. As for my goal of re-working and re-publishing works that I had published in the past, that goal has been met. Yes, you can now get the updated version of Crimson Protection, the third installment of the Sheriff Crimson Series on Amazon.

So with the completion and the republication of Crimson Projection, the following have been re-worked and re-published with new covers:

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I am so happy with myself for getting goal completed, and on that high note, I have to tell you of my next upcoming work that I am currently working on to be published. This work is titled, The Eighth Dwarf. The Eighth Dwarf, is a take on the telling on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so yes, it is a fan-fiction.

Here is the cover The Eighth Dwarf:

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The Eighth Dwarf, is a fantasy short fiction piece, that will be published for Amazon in the near future, as soon as the re-write, the second round of edits, and so forth as is my process. Originally, The Eighth Dwarf, was written when I was in my senior of high school for a creative writing class, and so it was one of those pieces that I adore and cherish, and I hope that you will enjoy it as well, when it becomes available.

So what comes after The Eighth Dwarf? Well, I’m still working on figuring out what my next work in progress will be, since I can go one of two ways, I can either work on the fourth installment of The Sheriff Crimson Series, which is titled Crimson Soldier. Yes, there is a cover for that as well:

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So either I can work on Crimson Soldier, or I can work on one of the other projects that I have sitting on a shelf currently. But whatever the project is, I will certainly post the update of what I’m going to be working on as soon as The Eighth Dwarf is completed. See, I am getting better on working on one project at a time versus having lots of projects going on.

The other thing that I am currently working, that is for my business, I getting all of my pieces that I have written in the past in one central location so that I can find them and work on them as time goes, and as long as we are all home-bound, that too gives me loads of time to work on my writing and focusing on my goal.

Well, until next month, I hope that you and your families stay safe and healthy. I want to thank you, for all of your continued support. Until next time, I hope that you have a happy writing day! Keep writing and keep creating!

In Memoriam: Tomie dePaola

Last the sad news rang out that one of my childhood icons, Tomie dePaola passed away at the age of 85. He was a children’s author and illustrator. He passed away from complications from surgery after he fell sometime last week. We hope that he rests in peace.

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A COVID-19 Update and Writing Through the Storm

Hello everybody and welcome back! So real quick I want to give an update on where things stand with COVID-19 before moving on to today’s topic.

First and for most, I am feeling fine and my family are doing fine as well. My boyfriend is fine as well. Now on to the latest, the mayor of my town just issued a “stay-at-home” order that goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. (MST) tomorrow and that lasts through until April 10, which means that I will be home for quite a while, which means that I can focus on my business.

Now, like so many around my town they are going to the government website to see what businesses have to be closed during this time and which businesses can remain open.

What does this mean for Moonspinner3 Books?

Since Moonspinner3 Books is mainly operated online, I am able to operate during this time, like I normally am able to do. This means still publishing content and giving updates on how things are going.

With that being said let’s get today’s topic….

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Writing Through the Storm

For many of us, we can consider “stay-at-home” orders to be a sort of storm, and like most storms we are ordered or in some cases mandated to stay in our homes until the storm has passed. Also like most storms, for many of us we see it as a chance to focus on our writing or working on our projects.

But for many there is the question of how do we get that inspirational spark, while being at home? Since many of us cannot leave our homes to seek out sights or even go to the library to do our research, there are so many opportunities that we can gather from the web. This includes listening to music, doing searches through Google, or even picking up a book that maybe on your shelf. I also have discovered that streaming services also do provide some documentary features as well. There are many places that are your fingertips to gather inspiration and new material.

But I would not necessarily, say that finding inspiration may not be an issue as keeping your focus on that inspiration. Let’s face it, for many of us we have not been in our homes for long periods of time, for we have work and places that we can go. However, during this time, for many of us we are told to stay in our homes for long periods of time, which also means that during this time we may go “cage-crazy” or even board with staying in the confines of the same four walls day after day.

However, look on the bright side, if you are safe inside then your chances of getting this virus is less. I’m not making light of this situation. I’m just trying to show that there is a bright side and we could also use a little brightness right now in our lives. Also during this time, we as writers should look at this right now, as we have our gift to help us through.

Yes, for some of us we are either stuck at home working, or we are stuck at home without work and therefore, the only thing that we have to keep us going is our gifts, our art, and our craft.

We will wither out this storm together and by all means, our craft and our art will grow.

So today, look around your house and see what can inspire you to either keep working or what spark will kick your writing today. I know that I have plenty to be inspired by.

Thank you for your continued support! Please, stay safe and healthy! I hope that you all have a happy writing and happy creating until next time.

 

 

 

Gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo

Hello again and welcome back! Yesterday, was one of my product days on the site, for I managed to get five posts on here. Yes, most of them were on the topic or had to deal with COVID-19. But today, I want to focus on something else that is very important to us writers and that is gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo, which is like starting in twelve days, or for those that want to count the days April 1.

In case you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is, it’s basically a one shoot off of NaNoWriMo but instead of doing the necessary 50, 000 words in 30 days you get to pick your word count or you can decided to edit a piece that you have already written. The other thing that is different about Camp NaNoWriMo from NaNoWriMo is that you get sorted into virtual tents, just like if you were at an actual summer camp.

I have done Camp in the past, but I have not done in the last couple of years, because I was busy or I was dealing with other things. As far as this year goes, I’m on the fence whether or not I’ll do it, just because I already have projects that are already in the works and I really don’t feel like starting something new. I’m just not sure.

My other thought on this is that I could still camp but on a unofficial basis just because I want to work on my projects that I already have in progress without actually having to report my progress on the site. This is where the fence comes in, because it’s a great way to hook up with writers online, but at the same time I’m working on finishing one project at a time.

However, the other side about doing camp this year, is that due to COVID-19 many of us are already stuck at home with no where really to go that it would be a great way to knock out some work or a story or even a novel.

But if you are doing Camp NaNoWriMo, good for you. I’m not knocking it down I just don’t think right now, it’s a good time for me to do so. Since I’m on the brink of finishing the edits for Crimson Protection, and that is the last of the previously published works that I’m currently updating and then that goal will be completed.

Please, if you want a challenge think about it and sign up soon since I think the deadline to be sorted into a tent before April 1, is coming up. Good luck and I hope that you meet your goal that you have set for yourself in April.

Also in case you did not know, Camp NaNoWriMo will also be happening in July and at which point in the month of June you would want to start planning or even thinking about doing it then. Then of course NaNoWriMo will take place in November and you want to start planning for that one in late September and through out the whole month of October. But we have plenty of time before then, and I will definitely being participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

I hope that you have found this post helpful, if not to give you something to think about for next month.

Thank you, for your continued support! I wish for you have a happy writing day! Happy writing and happy creating!

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Time Discussions: COVID-19

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Hello and this post is sort of like my spilling the hot chocolate posts that I have done previously; however, this time it’s over lunch. Lunch today was with my mother and my sister, we all live together so don’t worry, it’s not like someone came over and that sort of thing. Granted, the topic was about the lovely virus like it is dominating everything right now.

Granted, I have already covered some material on my platform about the virus as well. But I’m going to also add some more input that came from my sister about this virus.

My sister made the point that my generation, the millennial’s, have never had to do something of the things that the older generations have done in the past. I mean, when you look at my other sister, she doesn’t understand the meaning of staying at home and vegging, for she always needs to be going somewhere. During this time, more and more of us are being told to stay home and do something.

The point was even made that during this time, you have a whole world at your finger tips to where you can learn something new. You can go on virtual tours of museums that are closed.

Nowhere in the history of our lives, or the lives of our grandparents, our parents have seen times like this. Take it as a lesson that even though, this is the first instance of this situation, it may not be the last time either.

But now going to an even bigger point of all of this, to all those that are the younger part of my generation, please, for God’s sake take the precautions and if you are told to stay home stay home. There’s no need to go to the beach and party. Yes, I know its spring break and all, but with everything going on right now it is not the time to party.

Just based on the last paragraph above I want to put out:

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This is serious and these clowns that are out there want to party like nothing is going on, and their like if I get it I get it no big deal. It is a big deal, because the few of my generation that have gotten have been seriously ill, and part of is this the risk that has been imposed by vaping e-cigarettes.

While, I don’t make light of this situation at all, I reached my bubbling point to where I need to say something.

I apologize, if this has nothing to do with writing. But on the other hand, they say that is best to write your feelings out, or you will bubble over and that is not good for blood pressures, since it will lead to stress.

Thank you for joining me on this rant! I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy writing and happy creating!

 

Minecraft: Can it be used for writers?

Hello again. I want to go back to a subject that I addressed on here some time ago, and that is video games, or more in particularly a game that I’m sort of obsessed with, and that is Minecraft. Minecraft was first started back in 2009 and has most recently been making a comeback.

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Minecraft is a pixel came where you build things using squares and everything is squares in this game. There are three ways to play the game: survival, creative and adventure mode. My favorite of these three ways is creative mode, because you just get to create without having to forage for things and mining for dirt, minerals and such.

The reason, why I’m talking about this game is that as writers we enjoy the process of creating, and that is essentially what you can do in the game. While you can’t necessarily write as you play, but I have found that while creating my house, my farm, and such that my mind is being engaged in ways that never knew that a game could do.

If you haven’t had an interest in playing, I suggest before you knock it down, give it a try and see what things you feel inspired to create. If you need inspiration, try looking at all the different videos on YouTube that is on the subject.

So while Minecraft may not be for fully writing out stories, but in other ways it can help you create and may even help you achieve that look that you want for a building. But instead of looking up a picture and going off of that for inspiration, you built the inspiration yourself.

Minecraft is available on PC, XBOX, Playstation and the Nintendo Switch.

Minecraft nor any of its creators endorsed this post.

I hope that you have enjoyed finding a new tool that can help you with your writing today.

Thank you again and I hope that you have a happy writing day! Happy writing and happy creating.

 

Homeschooling and Writing for those Children

During this outbreak of COVID-19, also know as the Corona virus, for many that have children, they are not in school but they are home. While there are a lot of resources out there to keep children engaged to their studies. Let’s also bring up one study that can be incorporated into that school work, writing. But not just writing but creative writing.

This one of the greatest things, that I love about my platform is that I get to talk about this subject, for there are many out there going I want to share the gift of stories with my child or further how do you get them to embrace the art and craft that is writing?

While there are different ways that you can go about this, there are some pieces of advice that I will give and for the most part are some of the ways that I learned to write. The first piece of advice, is work on the vocabulary. Don’t over whelm them with big words but use words that are appropriate for their age group. You might remember that when you were in first or second grade and up until seventh grade that you were giving spelling lists that were themed. These themes ranged from Halloween to spring themed and the latter.

Now here are some suggestions that I’m going to barrow if you will from a former teacher of mine. She would have us write the words five times on a sheet of paper, depending on pen-men-ship you could get about 10 or twelve words on a sheet. The second step was that we had to find the definition of the word and write down the definition. Then she would have us draw a picture of the word being used, and for that part of the assignment you picked eight words, and you would fold the piece of paper into four squares so that you would have four pictures on both sides of the paper. Then lastly, we would have to use the words in a sentence or a more cleverly a story. Then next was the spelling test. Now granted, you can do this however you like. My favorite method that we do at my house was spelling baseball.

What is spelling baseball?

You don’t use a ball but you use the same positions that you do in baseball and have four areas so that you have a diamond. If you have more kids this is really fun. But each kid is given a word they spell the word and if they get right they get to take their base, if they get it wrong then they get a strike. You give them three chances to get the word right. Also you can have one kid that goes from being a player to being a score keeper. Everyone’s engaged and they are learning at the same time. You can also use this ticket for having your kids learn their multiplication tables too.

Another thing that you can do, during this time is read to your kids. Reading helps with them developing images in their mind of what is going on in the book. This is handy for when they go from picture books to chapter books. Make them imagine the characters and later on have them draw a picture of an image that they got from the time that you were reading to them. Now take this a step further, if there is a movie based on the book, show them the movie but only after the book is finished.

The other idea, that might help get kids to write is having them write fan-fiction. This method has been used countless times in the classroom, granted its usually done with fairy tales first, but since you are the teacher you can use anything that they like. This might include any movie that they enjoy. But the idea is to get them to write a short story, and depending on age if they are like first or second grade no more than a page or a even half-page. If the children are older than you can be the judge. I know that from middle school to high school the max that we could go was five pages.

So the key takeaways from this is: vocabulary, reading, writing and having fun.

If the child is not having fun writing they are not going to understand why many enjoy it. But not only should it be fun for them but it should be fun for them as well.

I hope that this gives you some ideas on how to engage your children during this time to not only being away from school but to keep their minds engaged.

Also, even though, this outside of the normal things that I talk about on this page, but also find a craft that you can do together with the kids. This idea was an inspiration from one of Facebook Friends, in that her girls have been working on school stuff they take an hour after school is done, to crotchet or knit together as away for distance themselves from the school work that is being done at home to the rest of the evening that is supposed to be their time.

Remember, that right now they are also going through an adjustment period, and that also means that the line between school and home is sort of getting blurred. But if you can find a way to show them that there is a line between the two while at home, you have got it made.

If you have tips of your own on getting children to engage to story and to writing and want to share them, comment down below.

Thank you and I hope that you have found this post helpful during this time. Happy writing and happy creating.

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