Guess what I got for Christmas?

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas, if that is the holiday that you celebrate this time of year. I want to share will all of you one of my Christmas gifts, which all happens to be an investment of sorts for my writing. I got a new desk.

So let me share will all of you the before the new desk photo:

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The old desk if you can remember when I posted this picture up originally was made from an old fish tank stand and a piece of wood for the table top. While this worked for a while, there were some issues, such as it was often hard at times to use the keyboard. Therefore, you could say that I outgrew this original setup.

Based on this fact alone, when it came to figuring out what I wanted for Christmas from my parents, I asked for a new desk that was not going to break the bank or be bigger than the space that I already have. Therefore, here is the new desk that I have, so that I can continue on with my writing journey:

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Is it not pretty? Sorry, I am so happy with this new setup, to where I space for my keyboard, the monitor, the mouse and I can breathe, and feel so cramped in, and it also adjustable as far the height, so if I want to make it a stand up desk I am able to do, but I don’t think that I will that much due to the size of the monitor that I use.

While, I am showing up the new desk, when it comes to looking at functional writing desks, or rather computer desks, there are some things to consider. One of those things is are you going to out grow your desk in a year or two? If the answer is yes then you will probably want to look at desk that you could use for years to come.

Another consideration that should be considered is are you going to be comfortable using it? If the answer is no then it’s also not the desk to use. When it came to choosing this particular desk, I actually saw myself using it for years if not months to come. It liked the feel of the desk and the flexibility that came from the design of the desk.

Remember when it comes to picking a desk, it’s all about you as the writer, can you see yourself in front of that desk for hours. Also remember that you are creating an atmosphere where you are going to be writing stories for hours, which also means picking a chair that is also going to be comfortable for hours as well.

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and I hope that you have a wonderful writing day!

 

More goals for Next Year…Writer’s First Source

Sorry, that I have not been on as of late for I have been very busy getting ready for Christmas, which means that I have not been writing either. This in my view has been not an easy thing. Especially when I really love to write as well as giving all of you new posts on here. But when it comes to the full swing of the holidays, I think that it is the number one reason why I a lot of writers do not take the time to write in the month of December. Although, December is a break from writing and I have not been doing it as much as I like, I have been looking at things for next year.

Yes, next year will be soon upon us and while I have already stated some of my goals for next year. I also have come up with another goal, which is to try to reinstate Writer’s First Source. Writer’s First Source is a topic area, where I would post different tools that could be used for writing, or objectives that should be used during one’s writing session. In view of this goal that I have for this site next year, I created a for real logo for Writer’s First Source. Here it is:

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My idea for next year is that when it comes to Writer’s First Source is that any time I have one of these topics come up on this site, I will use the logo so that it can be used to indicate that it is a Writer’s First Source topic. Now as you might have noticed, it has not yet been added to the header and that is because I’m deciding where to put it. I could put in middle square, which is currently vacant or I could put it on the bottom on either side of my portrait. I’m still trying to figure out placing. If you have a suggestion, please, comment down below on this post.

I hope that you will tune in next year, for all the exciting posts that I have planned for Writer’s First Source and in general for this site. One thing that I currently have in the works is making a post schedule so that I can stay on top of the information that I want to share will all of you. One thing I know for sure that I want to discuss is not only about working on writing but also building your brand and getting readership. This topic has many different avenues but I thought that it would be a fun topic to branch into next year. Therefore, I would like to talk about writership as well as brandship. Yes, I know that these are not words but it is the best way to describe the focus points that I think are important going into next year.

One thing that I have mentioned in my earlier post is that I want to read more next year, so look forward to book reviews, as well as what key take aways that we as writers can take from the readings. Remember that anytime we read a novel, we are studying an aspect of our craft. Also I will post movie reviews as well as focus points that we can gain from watching certain television shows, which are things that I have posted on this site before.

So in other words, I’m looking forward to sharing information with all of you next year, and I hope that you will all come back in the new year for the information or rather advice that I have to share will all of you. As always I want to thank all of you for your continuing support and coming back for more.

Thank you as always and I hope that you have a great writing day!

 

Next Year is almost upon Us

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It seems like if you look at a number of authors on Youtube, they are either talking about their last-minute writing goals for this year, they are looking back at the year that has been, or they are looking forward to all the things that they want to accomplish in the next year, I am no exception to this.

This year has been a number of things for me in terms of writing as well as personal. But I would rather not go through the long list of those things, because some of them are still hard to understand what happened. But in terms of writing, it has been a year of that for me. Granted, I did not publish as much as I had hoped to do. However, on the other hand, I did work on foundations in some of my stories, this included The Raven Prophecy, The Zodiac Tower, and Ravages of Time.

Therefore, I am going to take the time to reflect that this year, in terms of my writing was a year of growth. I focused on building images upon the page with words. I also learned a great deal about how to take my writing up a notch, which I have in turn paid it forward by sharing it will all of you. Sharing with all you has been a goal of mine from the start of this site, and that always makes me happy that I am able to share with all of you something new about the craft of writing.

While I have been sharing goodness about the world of writing, there are others out there that tried to strike a nerve within the community by trying to bring down their fellow authors down. This has left a dark mark on your community as a whole, and I hope that we in the new year can see that this trend or behavior make its way down a really dark hole, just let’s watch out for Alice as she makes her way down that same hole. But let’s also leave this darkness in the past shall we and make 2019 a year of rebuilding our community by supporting each other and trying to ruin others by copyrighting words, titles and other just items that are used to make our writings and our projects matter.

In other words, let us all get along and get back our job of writing without the added stress that comes from our community. We all have a common gift and we want to share our gift with readers. That should be our main focus and not coming after others within our treasured community.

Speaking of community, the community of Faerie Rose Press has grown, for this site now has over 125 followers. Let me put this on the record, that I appreciate all of you that continue to tune in for new content that I post, and this goes without saying it does not matter if this is the first time that you are visiting my site or the hundredth, it is appreciated. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you and I hope that you will come back next year for new content.

On that note, let me get into what I want to accomplish next year. There are a number of things I would like to make a reality next year. The first of which is telling more stories, whether they be short or novel size. I really want to get more written, edited and published. I also want to share more stories about things will all of you on here as well, such as the stories behind some of my writings. This has been a real struggle for me since sometimes writing can be personal, but on the other hand, how can I inspire others, if I do not share. This is a real matter that has come to pass for me from time to time. But never fear, I will give it a try as I accept the challenge. This is what I have in mind so far in the back of my mind, as items that I want to accomplish next year.

That goes without saying that the first project that I have in mind to get to a second draft at the very least is Ravages of Time. Ravages of Time, like so many of my projects, as somewhat taken a back seat to others, but I’m going to try and work on one project at a time. This means for me starting one project and seeing it through until it is done or rather completed in its published form. Ravages of Time is the first of these beauties on the list, so look forward to many posts as I talk about my progress on Ravages of Time.

Lastly, my other goal for next year is to read a lot more than I did this past year. Yes, I did not do a good job of following up on my reading list and I have plenty to read. Therefore, I plan to read a bit more than this year and so look forward to seeing posts on what I am reading and I hope to stay on task on that as well. But we shall see.

However, will all of this in mind, I am hoping that next year is a better year all the way around. I will close this post by saying, I hope that all of you are enjoying this holiday season and I wish all of you a Happy New Year. But just to let you know, this year has not come to a close and either has Faerie Rose Press, for there is still much to post throughout the rest of this year.

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My Writing Kit…The Story of a Fountain Pen

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Yesterday, I asked you all to stay tune today’s post, for today I was going to discuss the writing kit that I made. About last week, I was at Barnes and Nobel and was looking at all the notebooks that they had, and I picked out one of the bigger journals that had lined paper. I also picked up another pen, like we writers could never have enough pens. I also picked up a bag to put it all into. While on this same trip, I picked up a fountain pen, a little more on that later. The little pencil bag was a gift from the cashier, so that one was free, which is always a plus. Then a few days later, while I was at the Target I found some small thin little notebooks to add to my kit. These little notebooks are going to used as a place where I could jot down ideas for stories and such.

I have wanted to create this type of kit for a while now, I just couldn’t find the right tools for creating the kit that I wanted. My idea behind the kit was that I wanted a bag that was not a book bag, or a pack back, but was big enough to hold a notebook or two if so be. A bag that I could have in my car that would not draw too much attention for thieves, and yet it was a bag that I could take with me and that I could write down stories while I was out and about.

Therefore, when everything came together last week this kit was born and I am so happy to have a bag that has some of the essential tools that are necessary for me to write on the go. Now on the story of the fountain pen…

When I was about nine-years-old, I received my first fountain pen. Granted, the first time I tried using this pen, it marked me up with drips of ink. But overtime I began to master that pen. I mean I loved that pen, until it ran out of ink and could not find a replacement cartridge for it. However, since that fountain pen died, I have always wanted to replace it with another. I mean I have looked for years and granted they are expensive, which is one of the reasons that I could not replace my original fountain pen, until I got older.

Even though the price was one factor, I would not let that sink my dream of wanting another fountain pen. But hold and behold, Barnes and Noble was selling fountains at almost a fraction of what they were online. Granted, when I went up to the cash register the sales clerk irked her eyes at me and said, “You do know that this is very expensive pen?”

I smiled at her and answered, “Yes, I know it’s expensive for it is a fountain pen.” Then I went into my story of wanting to replace my first fountain pen, and then she sort of changed her tone about me purchasing an expensive pen. Sorry, if you are selling them in the store do not judge the customer who wants to purchase one, especially when they know what it is and why they want it so.

Granted, the one draw back to this fountain pen is that the ink is blue and not black, but the manufacturer does sell replacement cartridges for the pen in black. But I can live with blue ink for a while, since I found what I really wanted, which was the fountain pen.

Let’s also face the fact that we writers tend to have a favorite pen, and there is usually a story that goes along with that pen until it is either lost, stole or worse, its sadden death. But now matter what happens in live, we always go back to that favorite pen and wish that we could find another to replace it even if it is a hard thing to do.

I hope that you all have a fantastic writing day, and if you have created your own writing kit, please feel free to share. Happy Creating! Happy Writing! Happy Writing Adventures to all!

 

Its Been a Week…New Things are Coming

Hey guys! It has been about a week since I have posted any thing on here. There are some exciting changes coming to Faerie Rose Press, Moonspinner3 Books, and Elderwood Publications. But first lets start with the new header. As you can see there are two new logos that have been added to the header. The first is Pink Top Toadstool Productions.

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Pink Top Toadstool Productions is for short stories written in the Fantasy genre. So if you follow the logic of the header, Faerie Rose Press is for Fantasy genre novels and above that is Pink Top Toadstool. So Fantasy genre stuff is on one side and on the other side is Elderwood Publications with the other genre writings, and in the middle is Moonspinner3 Books and under that is my picture. I’m trying to expand my little enterprise while not getting over whelmed. I will explain my logic a little bit later in the post. But first let me introduce the other side of the short story coin with, River Valley Short Story Productions.

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River Valley Short Story Productions is for story stories written under other genres. This includes westerns, or anything that is not fantasy, and that is why it is placed just above the logo for Elderwood Publications. This is where story stories will be published.

 

 

The reason why I created these two divisions is that I love to write story stories. This has always been a joy for me since I was younger. Let’s also state that like most writers, I did not start to seek out on the writing journey of writing novels, but rather short stories. Short stories are fun to write, and are a blast to put out if you are looking for a quick fifteen minute fix on your writing, short stories are the way to go. Therefore, with all of this in mind, I thought that I needed a place to publish short stories and that is where Pink Top Toadstool Productions and River Valley Short Story Productions come in. Yes, I said productions for both Pink Top Toadstool and River Valley Short Story.

I main reason why I am going with Productions as the underlining title for both of these, is that productions in mind are quick and have a lot of make on their own merit. This is the same for any production company that is under a bigger name such as Disney or Warner Brothers, for some where in the mix is a production company that also deserves credit for what they put out, and that is exactly how I feel with these two divisions when it comes to short stories.

On this note, I want to give some quick updates on other happenings within Moonspinner3 Books. Ravages of Time is still being worked on. I have not put aside this project for the sake of short stories. Heck no. But I am currently working on a short story on the side, which means that I am still writing and actively writing and working on things even if I am not posting on here daily. I plan to work on making a schedule for getting things in order, for the new year.

I also created a kit for writing that I can take with me. I will make time to be on here tomorrow, so that I can share with you this kit that I made myself, so that I can take my writing with me. So I hope that you stay tune for tomorrow’s post.

Here we go again…

Before I begin, talking about the last oil that is being spilled upon the writing community, let me ask, “Is this for real?”

This year, in the writing community we have dealt with bullying tactics by the likes of Faleena Hopkins, but now we have someone is taking #cockygate to a whole other level. God help us all!

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The writing community is up in arms again in the defense of not an indie author, but rather a New York Times best selling author. This author has written and sold not just thousands of books but millions of books. In case you are not aware, Nora Roberts, (yes, thy Nora Roberts) has now been called out for plagiarizing titles. Let’s make this clear first off, “You cannot own titles.”

Sorry, for the red font but this one is over the top. Just saying. Nora Roberts on her blog, Fall Into The Story, she has written a post called, “Mob Rule by Social Media.” I have added the link so that you can read it when you feel like it. She says that she was recently accused her of stealing the title of her book. Let’s get to the facts shall we, this author who called out Nora for stealing, has one book out, her debut.

The book that Nora wrote came out a year before this author’s book, and as Nora says in her blog, “You can’t copyright a title. And titles, like broad ideas, just float around in the creative clouds. It’s what’s inside that counts.” Agreed and well said. Let’s also put out here that this author, has no fact just emotions that her follows have grabbed onto like a bunch of monkeys grabbing on to bunch of bananas.

Just like Faleena Hopkins followers grabbed on to the knowledge that they gained from her to attack other writers, this author’s followers are doing the same thing to Nora. This attack was not only on this author’s feed, but also on Nora’s pages, which let me state Nora clearly says on her blog that she is only Facebook, Instagram and her blog. That is all the social media that she is involved on.

This author has even claimed that Nora is “trying to use this first time writer-whose books has been well received-for my own profit.” Further more the quote goes on from Nora, “ride her coattails as I have no originality. This after more than thirty years in the business, more than two hundred books.” She even goes on to say that she has never heard of this author’s book and she has never read her book either, which she polity states, “I never will now.”

Nora states , that she does not now this woman and this author does not know her. Furthermore, this author “lit the match, foolishly.” Furthermore, Nora Roberts has been plagiarized before and as she says it leaves an open wound. So why in the world would Nora plagiarized?

This whole thing boils down to this new-bee author trying to make bank on someone else’s success from one title. Sorry, this is wrong. She has been called names and a liar for coming out about this situation, when all she did was write a book a year ago. That is all. She wrote a book a year before this other author.

Granted, I could ask how do we know that this author did not plagiarizer on Nora’s book? But we cannot do that for, no one owns a bloody title. Yes, I have a few of Nora’s books and I love to read them. Do we want to be like her someone day? Yes, we do. Let’s own up to that fact. But to call her out for the success of her career is just nasty business, and a slippery slope that we cannot take back.

Enough is enough. Sorry, this is year has been nasty and for the record some of the bridges have been burned between writers within the community. We need to rebuild and stand up for authors and to acknowledge that no one can own a title. This was Faleena’s downfall and this will probably be this author’s downfall too. I’m not saying pick a side but this year has been harsh to this community.

As Nora states on her blog, a fire has been started and the person who started needs to put it out. However, the fire is continuing to burn and there is not water to put it out, but there is enough fuel to keep it burning. Let us rise up from this and come together and stand by those that have been wrongly accused.

Nora wanted to be strong and not let this come out, but she has had enough. We have all had enough of this bull shit this year. Frankly, enough is enough. Let’s put out the fire and stand by those that need justice and face facts. Yes, we should be loyal to our readers and our readers should be loyal to us, but this does not mean that we use our readers to attack fellow writers.

Part of being a writer is doing your homework. Knowing the process. Understanding that titles can be used over and over again just like the names that we go buy. If you wanted something original go out on a branch and look for it.

Let me just say that I have found the covers of both books and the author, who has accused Nora of plagiarism. The author is Tomi Adeyemi and her book is titled, “Children of Blood and Bone.” Nora’s book is titled, “Of Blood and Bone.” I’m not starting a witch hunt here against Tomi, but give me a freaking break, there is one word difference between the two titles while four words are the same. This is unbelievably stupid to say the least.

Yes, Tomi has come out and appologize to Nora and has even acknowledged that both works were titled in “isolation.” Granted, this statement from Tomi came out two days ago. But the fire keeps on raging. Haven’t we had enough fires this year?

 

What to get Writer Friends this Holiday Season

Image result for Christmas FairyAs November draws to a close, and December opens its arms to the merriment of season greetings, the start of winter, Christmas, any other holiday that you might celebrate, it’s time to talk about what to get that writing friend that is on your list.

Yes, we writers like to have gifts that are essential to our writing goals or wishes. This is also how you prove that you are supporting their goals in life by giving something that will help them with their writing. So without further ado, here is this year’s Christmas list of what to get your writing friends. Let me also preface this as I did this same post last year, so if you need ideas you can also check out that post. Here is the link to last year: Need help shopping for the writer you know?

Let’s start with the kids that have an interest in writing. If the child that you know is interested in writing, give them a notebook or a journal along with a nice pen or pencils so that they can start using these tools to build their arsenal. Granted, this is the same suggestion as last year, but it’s always going to be a goto one at any rate. However, this year I’m also going to let you know who you can make it better. If there is a certain character that they like and they cannot find a notebook with that character plastered all over the front of the notebook, I would suggest check out Vista Print and make a personalized notebook with the said character on it. This way they have something unique that they will cherish and love. You can also do this same idea with Staples, or Office Max.

Now let’s talk teens and preteens that love the art of writing. Again I’m going to the notebook suggestion. You can never go wrong with a notebook or a set of really awesome pens or pencils. If they are into technology and already have a laptop, might I suggest that you purchase for them a licensed copy of Scrivener, or Microsoft Word that way they have a writing software at their lovely fingertips. The other gift that you can give them is a larger monitor with the capability to do HDMI, this way they can look at the bigger screen instead of depending on that tiny little screen. You are not only helping their writing but their eyes also. The other suggestion is a nice keyboard and mouse set so that way their fingers have more room to move than being confined to that keyboard.

Also on the licensing note, you can also give the gift of Adobe Photoshop. Yes, this gift can be helpful to the self-published author when it comes time to put together the book or if they are having someone else do it for them, then help with the deposit. But if they are like me and want to take full control of how that book looks and feels, Photoshop is not a bad investment for their writing career.

Now for the college-aged kids, same suggestions as above and you can never go wrong with Microsoft Word, for they are going to need it for writing those lovely papers. But let’s get into some other useful things that they can use. Planners are big. I mean really big, for there are whole sections now in craft stores just dedicated to the art of making a really awesome planner. If your college-age student is really into detail planning, you can not go wrong by giving them a planner and some of the different options for customizing that planner to suit their needs. Granted, the planner gift can also be a good one for those teens and preteens that are on your list.

Now let’s talk about writing guides as gifts. There are several that have come out this year and there a few that have been around that I have picked up this past year. However, I’m going to say one that every fiction writing is getting and it makes this year top ticket item for writers: Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need, by Jessica Brody. Save the Cat! books were originally written for screenwriters and someone has taken the formula and made it accessible for fiction writers. Granted, Save the Cat! has always been a go-to guide for any writer, but now we have one for just as fiction writers. Let me tell you, this is going to make a great Christmas gift, for it will come in handy.

Let’s get into the adult writers in your life, this list can be quite endless for anything is possible, and I mean anything. Notebooks, journals, technology, writing guides, and planners are going to be on the list for any writer. However, on my own personal take, think outside of the box. Really outside of the box. If your writer friend is a coffee drinker, while they write get them either a really nice mug or get a personalized mug from Vista Print, that has a quote about writing on it. Granted, you cannot go wrong with a candle or incense, for most writers like to write with a candle melting in the background. I would also suggest music that will help them relax when the writing can be a little bit too much.

Another handy gift, to give this season to your writing friends is a cork board, this way your writer friends can tack on their writing notes just above their writing area so that they can look up and find notes if they need it. Trust me, some writers can never have too much cork boards even if they have one.

Granted, if you really want to go out on a limb, a nice Tarot deck can be a good tool that writers can have in their arsenal. A deck and show images that can help inspire writers to unleash that creativity that they have built inside and is just waiting to come out. Granted there are so many decks out there and my suggestion would be to pick one that you believe speaks to them and not to you. Unless you want a deck for yourself and that is never a bad idea either.

On that note, I hope that you have a Happy Holidays and have fun shopping for that writer friend that is on your list! From all of us at Moonspinner3 Books, Faerie Rose Press, and Elderwood Publications, Happy Holidays!

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