Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2019!!!

Yes, there are many that have probably have started their first blogs of 2019 with this sentiment, and I am no exception. Let’s praise something that 2018 is over (finally). Now we can start to get to the things that we want to do in 2019, which I have mentioned in several posts that I have many things that I want to accomplish in this new year.

First of all, let me discuss one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time. Yes, if you were with me last year, you saw that I was working on either too many projects at a time or I was jumping from project to project without finishing one. Shame on me. This year, however, one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time and see it from start to finish. The first of these projects is Ravages of Time.

In case you are not aware, Ravages of Time, is one of the first novel projects that I took on in my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, back a few years ago. While it is a completed first draft, I want to get it to the phase to where I can get it published. I have designed three covers for this book, two that are really similar to one another and the third is like a complete overhaul on the cover design. Here are all three covers displayed together:Ravages of Time Covers-page-001

So that is what I am working on as far as bigger projects go. As for a small one, yes, I’m taking on a small one at the same time. Granted, this goes against the one project at a time thing, but I feel that this project needs to be done for it is somewhat bugging me. Remember, we writers tend to be perfectionists. Especially when we learn something new and want to go back and fix things that we might not like with something that we may have completed in the past.

This one project, is redesigning the cover for Poems in a Milk Bottle, my poetry collection. Yes, the poetry collection is already out there, on Amazon, in publication. However, there are a couple of things that have bothered with me with the publication of the collection. For starters there is the cover. Granted, the original cover was put together and designed when I did not know much about cover design, and most recently I redesigned the cover (I will display them down below). The second thing is when I look at the design for the poetry collection a whole, i feel that it was a bit rushed in places, so I want to go back and fix those things, so that I can republish it this year. So that is a small project that I am taking on. Here are the covers as promised, before I go into describing why I am taking on this project:

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One of the main reasons, why I am going to republish my poetry collection, is because in one year I have learned a lot about putting a book together and I want to make things better. I also learned that I can re-do things, such as unpublish and republish works. I want to expand on what I know and at least try to make things better than they were before. I know that this is a huge undertaking in itself, but I feel that I can do it. So when the updated version of Poems in a Milk Bottle is available, I will let you all know. I also feel that the difference in the cover design is a step up from what it was before.

Another thing that I said that I was going to do in this coming year, is read more than what I did last year. Yeah, I did not read much last year, which I know I should be a shamed of myself. However, instead of reading I was writing, but on the other hand I know that in order to improve upon my craft I need to read more. Therefore, the first book that I am undertaking to read in 2019, is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Well this is the start of what I have going on in 2019. I hope that your 2019 is getting started where you want it to be. I hope that you have a Happy New Year! I also hope that you have a great writing day! Happy Writing, Happy Creating until next time!

 

Updates for the Month of November

I can’t believe that November is almost over, like in two days. This month has been extremely busy with NaNoWriMo, getting ready for Thanksgiving, and of course may the shopping season begin. In the mean time, there are still things happening right here at Faerie Rose Press, this includes making plans for next year. Yes, 2018 is almost over and 2019 will be coming soon upon us. Before, we get to what is in store for next year, let me get into what has been going on this past month.

Let’s start with NaNoWriMo. This month, I started work on the first draft of The Bird that Sings. This draft is going so well, that I’m still working on it. Let me define this statement by saying that while I didn’t reach the goal of 50 thousand words, I did however, get to a point in the draft where I’m going to stay that it is a work in progress. Yes, it will be put on the shelf of projects to be worked on but it will not be so far on the shelf that it gets ignored. There are other children that have asked for my undivided attention. One of those children is Ravages of Time. Let me preview this conversation about Ravages of Time with it’s in the plan for next year.

However, about Ravages of Time, while it quietly sat on the table going, “Hello over here have you forgotten about?” The answer is now, I have not forgotten about Ravages of Time, not per say, it is just that other projects came along that gained me attention, such as The Bird that Sings and The Raven Prophecy to name a few. This can be a real problem having so many writing projects sitting on the shelves calling out for attention. That as part of next year’s plan, I really plan on working one project a time and seeing it through. This is where Ravages of Time comes in. While The Raven Prophecy has been a work in progress for the last fifteen years, I feel that since Ravages of Time has been calling out the loudest to me, I thought that I would see to it’s final stages. This means getting a second draft written, and hopefully get it published next year.

See, I’m working on sticking with goals. One way that I am seeing this through is by making another cover for Ravages of Time. Yes, I have made previous covers for Ravages of Time, but this one is the most suitable cover, in my opinion for the piece. This cover is more mature and gives a more complete feel for the story that is going to behind the front cover.  If you need a reminder of the previous two covers here they are:

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While I kept the house as the center point of both of these covers with time being a secondary theme of the cover. One is plainly in cover, while the second is in black and white. The clocks at the bottom on the second one are somewhat smudged out to give the feel that time can get fuzzy as time goes on. While the first one, is actually my first attempt of making a cover and I feel that it’s time has passed and is no longer needed. The second one, while it gives more of a setup for the book it still does not convey the message, or rather the tone that I want to give for the book. This third cover, sets out to do exactly that and that is set the tone. Without further ado, here is the third front cover for Ravages of Time…

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This cover still has the house being the center point, and the clocks are really taken a back stage. When you look at the cover, it gives the impression of a picture frame around the house. I have changed the colors on the house to give it a more older feeling.

Of of my goals this year is give more of a story vibe when I describe how things have come to me, as far as writing projects, as well as the covers that I make for my work. In the past, on this site, I have posted up a new cover without going into detail which on my part is bad. As writers we should be story tellers, and on this I want to work on this piece of what I want to convey on this site, which means telling the story. Therefore, let me give you the story of how this version of the cover came to be.

I was driving in my car at night, through Longmont, Colorado when out of nowhere Ravages of Time called into my brain. I had the previous cover in mind, but then something was like wait a minute, it can use a different cover. Granted, the funny thing that came first to me was the clocks, such as the clocks were going to be used as border around the image of the house. Therefore, the second thing that came to mind was the house, which is so funny for when I first made the cover for Ravages of Time, the house was the first thing to come to mind. However, that was not he case this time, for it was the clocks. However, when the image of the house came to mind, I wanted to make it look older and more worn down then the previous versions. However, I was like that’s perfect, but instead of going to my computer straight away to work on it. I sat with this image in my head for a week. Yes, this image was coming to me for a whole week, when I was intensely working on The Bird that Sings. Then last Saturday, I had enough of this image coming to me and being like: Hey, I gave you a fricking gift what are you going to do with it? Therefore, I sat with my computer and I worked and configured with cover for four hours. Yes, that’s right, four hours! Let me just say that it was the best four hours that I have spent working on this cover, that is not to say that I rushed the previous covers but this cover I wanted it done right. I didn’t want it rushed. I wanted to take my time to work on it and to make it as perfect as I could possibly make it.

Granted, I have been sitting on it for the last few days keeping it to myself, but I guess that is also my proactive as a writer and as a creator. I can keep things to myself until I’m ready to send it out into the world.

Therefore, next month one of my goals is to start the ground work of getting my area completely ready to work on Ravages of Time. Yes, while others take December to recoup from NaNoWriMo and gear up for the holidays, I’m going to be digging deep into Ravages of Time. This of course is my decision. Part of it is also that it can get the attention that it feels that it deserves and oh will it get it.

On a final note, I want to thank everyone is currently following this site. Let me announce that currently, there is a 120 followers and growing. Thank you, thank you to everyone that has followed this site, for your support means the world to me.

Also I want to say, that in the month of December, I will be posting new content as well as my list of Top Ten gifts for Writers, which is a continuation from last year’s post on, Christmas gifts for your writer friends.

That is all that I currently have to say in this update post. I hope that you all of a great writing day! Happy creating!

I’m back…

I would like to star again by apologizing for not being on here for a while. But I was taking a bit of a break from writing. I know that’s bad, but I was getting ready for shearing season. The alpacas got sheared on Sunday and now I’m getting back to writing, and above all trying to get back to giving advice on writing. Also, things are happening in the writing community besides #cockygate that are having an effect on us writers.

I would say at this point, pay very close attention to what Amazon is currently doing in the next couple of weeks or even the next month. Amazon makes most of its changes during the month of July so any policy changes will be taking effect then. I do know of a couple of changes that Amazon is going to be putting in place, such as when you release a book you can only have 5 advanced copies. Anything more than 5 will have to be purchased or your readers will have to purchase so that they can leave a review of the book. One reason for this change is that there are so-called scammers, who would get over 1,000 advanced copies and would say that they are advanced copies and those readers would put out reviews. This was giving a disadvantage to those that could not get a whole lot of advanced copies. Therefore, Amazon is trying to make it fair for all.

Granted, there are bad and good things to come from this change. But there are other changes that may be taking place too, as I said before that will affect us, writers. As for readers, they are also becoming aware of the changes that are coming into play for us and some are like it’s good to know information and there are others that really don’t care. That’s fine, but right now our job as writers is to assure our readers that what we are doing is not changing, for we are still going to be putting up content and writing the stories that they want to read.

In other news, there is so much discussion going on with traditional publishers, indie publishers, vanity presses and the like that I want to write a post on this. The issue that it boils down to is that you and me, as writers trying to publish our works, should not have to pay a so-called “publisher” to publish our books, and therefore, some of these different avenues for publishing are considered as scams. So when I get into that it will probably be lengthy, as we as writers, even first time published authors should not be taken advantage of.

So I know that you are all probably wondering about The Raven Prophecy. The book itself is still being written, the front cover is done, for I do not have any more desire to re-make my front cover. But I have also been spending some time making/working on the back cover, which I will put down below both the front and back cover images. Overall, I just got back to working on the draft, for I last touched it on May 27. Trust me, when I say looking at it again it’s been a while but on the bright side, I knew where I left off so I wasn’t lost again.

As much as I say this, I’m back and I want to get more content on here about writing, what is going on in the writing world, what is going on with my writing, and furthermore some tricks and tips that we as writers can take on with our projects. But I must say that I’ve missed you all and hope that you will look forward to what I have in store to share with all of you.

So here is the latest design for the front cover and the back cover:

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Latest Cover Design for The Raven Prophecy

Earlier today, I designed the latest front cover for the Raven Prophecy. I felt that the last one was not really setting the tone for the book. I know back last month I said that I wasn’t going to re-design the cover but I thought you know, maybe I should do one more.

So here is the old version of the cover:

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And here is the newest version of the cover:

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Please, let me know what you think in the comment section down below.

It’s Fall you know what means…

Yes, we are in the fall season, which means the leaves are changing, Halloween is upon us and for us writers it is also when we start planning for Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). If you don’t know what Nanowrimo is about then, here is the quick two-minute blurb.

Nanowrimo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, takes place in the month of November, and as writers we try to write 50 thousand words for 30 days, which basically comes down to 1,667 words a day. But you have two choices during this time, and that is to work on a new writing project, which is what you are supposed to do, or you can be a total rebel and work on a project that you have already started.

To get ready for Nanowrimo, typically you start coming up with your ideas during the month of September , and then in the month of October is usually the month that you really start making your notes and jotting down your story ideas.

The first time that I heard about Nanowrimo, it was about three years ago when I went to the Castle Rock Writers Conference, and it peaked my curiosity so I went to the session on it and I was like I’ll give it a try. But of course after the conference and I was starting to take the plunge into Nanowrimo, I was like what am I going to write about. Well at the same time, my neighbor started having memory issues and she thought that her husband was alive and that one of her daughters was keeping them apart. It went on and on, and also during this time my father said something along the lines about ravages of time, and that is where the ideas started coming for my novel, Ravages of Time, and I went really out of my element and wrote the novel in multiple first person’s point of view, and I hardly write in first person. But I have enjoyed it, and have thought about getting it published or not publishing for that matter.

But now, I’m going back over it and working on self-publishing Ravages of Time under Elderwood Publications, which is a division of Faerie Rose Press. But back to Nanowrimo, I have done three camp sessions, which take place in April and July, and two Nanowrimos. My second year of doing Nanowrimo, I was doing a fan fiction of Hocus Pocus, and then last year I was working on the Raven Prophecy.

As for this year, I’m still coming up with ideas on a project that I should do. So as you might have guessed, I’m in the planning stages, and thinking of the different story lines that I could write about.

So while I’m working on coming up with a project for this year’s Nanowrimo, I have been working on Ravages of Time as I said and one of the first things that I did was work on my cover. My original cover was my first time working on my cover. So I have the old version of the cover and the latest cover design down below.

Also as we head into the fall season, the count down is also on for this year’s Castle Rock Writer’s Conference for that take place next month, which I’m so excited for.

So for the next while, on here as we gear up for Nanowrimo, I will posting tips and suggestions for those that have never tried Nanowrimo, or if you have and you need a few new ideas on how to tackle that writing project, I can post things that are always helpful as well.

I hope that this got you ready for the fall as a writer as you think about part taking in Nanowrimo. If you are I hope that you enjoy it and if that not that’s okay too. But you fall time is the start of projects for many of us as we start to get ready for the holidays. But let’s not rush the train yet and let’s enjoy the start of fall.