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!

 

Next Year is almost upon Us

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Amy Brown

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.

I hope all of you have a happy writing day as you create worlds with your words. Have a great day!blog header 4-page-001

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!

Tips for Engaging to NaNoWriMo

Well, we are one week down on the prep work for NaNoWriMo and discuss some tips that have helped me in the past that you might find helpful as well. The first tip that I would like to share maybe simple and that is to take out a piece of paper and jot down any ideas that I have had for my novel ideas.

I have done this tip a lot, I have done this since I was about nine or ten and have continued to do to this today. The main reason why I do this is so that I can make a list of the ideas that have in mind. This way also I can go back to the list if I ever get stuck. Granted, for The Raven Prophecy, I have made like a hundred or so of these lists. The two times that I have strayed from making the list is with Ravages of Time and The Zodiac Tower.

I can tell you that when it came to Ravages of Time, I so had the story in mind, that I didn’t need to make the list, for I knew what I wanted in the story, who was in the story and where I was going with the story. As for The Zodiac Tower it was similar to Ravages of Time, but only I didn’t have a lot of time to write the story, for it was

written for a class. Now for The Zodiac Tower, I wish that I had more time so that I could make a list of ideas. Here is the beautiful thing with the re-write of The Zodiac Tower, I’m starting to make a list and I’m thinking of doing the same thing with Ravages of Time. The reason for this is since I have written the first drafts, and moving on the to the second drafts there are some things that I want to improve on so that I can make them stronger novels.

My second tip that I have is to get a folder and in that folder I put everything that is for that novel in that folder. The reason may simple but for me I find it helps keep it organized and it doesn’t get mixed up with another story that I might be working on. Also getting stories mixed up is not a good thing either. Now you can put them in one folder if that is what you want, just make sure that you label on the top of your pages which story that page belongs to.

My third tip is to find an image that will inspire you or keep you focused on the project. I find this very helpful when looking at where I want to go with the story that I’m currently working on. Just as an example, with Ravages of Time my focus point was a house. The reason for a house, was the story starts with the house and it ends with the house or more focused on the word home. If you can find a focus image that works for your project, stick with that image, even if the meaning of the image changes, for it will be a focus point.

My fourth tip, which has helped me in the past is to picture if your novel was to be published what would you want the cover to look like. Yes, just draft up a cover so that you have something to hold onto of what a possible goal might be for your novels. I have drafted several covers as you well know for The Raven Prophecy and Ravages of Time. I recently worked on the cover for The Zodiac Tower and my new project for NaNoWriMo, which I will discuss my project in another post.

Granted, I don’t have fancy software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, for what I do have is Microsoft Word, and I think that my covers are turning out quite well. Just as an example, here is the latest cover for The Zodiac Tower:

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I love making covers, and each time that I make a cover, I learn something new about the process and what is even possible. But that is something that you can do to with just a little bit of time and patience you can craft covers just as easily.

My last tip for NaNoWriMo is don’t ignore yourself or what you need. If you ignore yourself during the NaNoWriMo then you can’t complete your best work. You can’t focus on the story that you want to write or tell. This is making sure that you are eating, drinking, talking walks, breathing and anything else that you need to make sure that you are being taken care of. Yes, we all know that as writers we tend to eat, drink, sleep, and think primarily on our stories. While that is all good, if we don’t take of us the creators then the story is not going to be written let alone told. So taking care of the creator is key.

These are five tips that have helped me with NaNoWriMo or any writing project that I happen to be working on at least for the first or second drafts.

I hope that you have found these tips to be helpful. I hope that you all of have a lovely writing day.

Updates from Faerie Rose Press

The first month of 2018 is almost over, and it’s time that I give an update for the month. This month has been about writing and discovering the possibilities that come from the world of writing. Every day, I post on here about something things that I have noticed from different aspects of writing, and the biggest reasons why I do it is that I want to share my knowledge with others, which has been the biggest reason why I started on this journey last year. While this website has not been up for quite a year, I have felt accomplished in what I have learned from working on this site and working on the social media aspect as well for my business.

As for the current projects, The Raven Prophecy is still a work in progress, for last month I completed the first 100 pages of the first draft and I have worked on it some more and as I have mentioned in an earlier post, my biggest goal this year is to complete the first draft of The Raven Prophecy. I have yet to work on Ravages of Time but at some time throughout the year, that too will also get its time to be worked on. In recent days I have started working on a series of stories for the Sheriff John Crimson series. The Sheriff John Crimson stories are being published under Elderwood Publications and they are a set of western stories. So far I have published two of the stories, Crimson Bounty and Crimson Shot, which are now both available on Amazon. The third story in the series I started yesterday and hope to have that one published very soon.

So far I’m enjoying writing and working on the Sheriff John Crimson series, for they are allowing me to explore a different world and to explore writing westerns, which I have always had a deep desire to do. Right now the fun part about writing the series is exploring the character that is Sheriff John Crimson and the town of Harbor Gulch. I plan to work on this series throughout the year.

So that is the latest update on what is going on with Faerie Rose Press. I hope that you stick around all year to see what other exciting things that will be taking place.

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We have finally made to 2018. As we greet the new year, it also means revolution time. The time of year when we make our goals for the new year and sometimes writing become a focus of revolutions and sometimes it doesn’t. But never fear, we at Faerie Rose Press have been busy thinking of good writing revolutions for the new year.

My biggest goal for this coming year is to study the craft of writing, which means both writing and reading. I have a good library of writing guides and some of them it has been a while since I have looked at them and others I have looked more recently. The other focus that I will have on studying the craft is reading my genre of focus, which means Fantasy.

Another goal for this year is to focus on the business of writing and putting out more posts that have to do with the business side of writing. Even though I have not gone over my posts from last year, I feel that I did a somewhat poor job of covering the business side of writing. While I’m covering the business side of writing, my other main focus is to help writers with their writing. I have some other goals in mind towards this, such as hosting a couple of events this year when it gets warmer called “Writing and Alpacas.” The main idea of this event is to get writers out of their element and away from the keyboard and for them to write out in nature while gazing at Alpacas or other elements of nature. When I have those dates I will get them posted.

Now for two biggest goals that I have for my writing. One is to finish a complete draft of The Raven Prophecy and the other is to complete the second draft of Ravages of Time. I want those two projects completed before we hit the next year. There might be other writing projects but the two biggest is The Raven Prophecy and Ravages of Time.

As far as Faerie Rose Press is concerned, the biggest goal that I have so far for the press is to continue to work on things and to make it grow. I hope that you have enjoyed this sneak peek into what we will be working on for the new year, and I hope that you will enjoy being with us on the journey ahead.

 

Latest Updates on Faerie Rose Press

It’s been a while since I have given an update on how things are going here at Faerie Rose Press. Well, let’s see followers are growing and so is readership on this website. Thank you, again to all for the support it truly means the world to me.

On the website itself, I’m working on posting something every day during the week and I’ll try to put something out on the weekend, which I’m still working that out. On the social media front, Facebook is going well, Twitter is going well, and we are now on LinkedIn. I will post the link down below so you can check out the page. I’ve also been doing some freelance work as an administrative assistant for a real estate agent up in Boulder, sending out invitations and thank you notes and that is going really well. I also helped someone write a school paper and that was sort of fun, for it was on a topic that I fairly familiar with but I didn’t fully know about from a historical standpoint.

On the writing front, Ravages of Time is still sitting on the shelf for I have mainly been working on The Raven Prophecy, which is at 46 thousand words and counting. I also working on a new cover design and when I have that all published out, I will post it on here first before the other platforms.

So overall things are looking up, for us here at Faerie Rose Press. In case you are all wondering the alpacas and llamas are enjoying their new home, where they have lots of room to run and play.

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Update at Faerie Rose Press

Every once a while, I like to give an update on how things are going at Faerie Rose Press, so here is the newest update.

Earlier, this month I gave an update on the Raven Prophecy, which is still going well. Currently the story is moving along and I’m still adding elements to the latest first draft of the book. As for the Ravages of Time, I have put that one down for a while as I work on the Raven Prophecy. My current goal right now for the Raven Prophecy is get the first 100 or so pages completed.

I have just add a list of the services that Faerie Rose Press is starting to provide. This is a promise if you will to our commintment to helping writers with their writing as they find their writer’s journey. Also I have added as part of the commintment, three new sections this month: Writer’s First Source, Book Reviews, and Movie Reviews. Right now I have five or so sections under Writer’s First Source.

I have been working on Faerie Rose Press’s Facebook page, which is more the most part where I would like it to be. Granted, I’m adding information here and there, if you would like go check it out and don’t forget to like. My Facebook Author page is still a work in progress, which is where I’m posting some things but not as much as on the other page. Twitter is going strong. I still need to work on Youtube and Instagram.

But for the most part things are moving along here at Faerie Rose Press. Also this month I published a flash fiction piece on Amazon’s Kindle, called “My Grandmother is Missing,” and a poetry collection called, “Poems in a Milk Bottle,” where it is also available on Amazon’s Kindle.

NaNoWriMo was this month, and granted I didn’t really work on my piece of it as much as I should have, but it is also a slow project, so that I why I put a main focus on the Raven Prophecy. So in the next couple of days NaNoWriMo is coming to a close and that means for those that participated they can either start editing or they can take a month off before they edit. But here at Faerie Rose Press will be doing neither as we will be writing and hopefully helping those with editing or proofreading their work.

November was a busy month, and December will be just as busy with the holidays coming up and all the gatherings. I hope that you have enjoyed this update on Faerie Rose Press.

Update on Ravages of Time -#1

So lately I’ve been working on my second draft of my novel, Ravages of Time, and I thought that I would give you a quick update. So far I have created all the front matter for the book, which includes two title pages, a copyright page, a dedication page and something that sort of works for the story that the novel tells, this is a definition.

For the body of the novel, I’m currently working on chapter 8 out of 42. I know that you think that is a lot of chapters, but they are for the most part short chapters. However, as I have gone back and looked over it, I also have a couple of long chapters too. As far as word count goes, I currently have over 7100 words written (that is without all the front matter text).

That is the quick update on Ravages of Time, which I have mentioned before will be published under Faerie Rose Press’s division Elderwood Publications. So if you are keeping checked on things, I have a front covered that I designed, the front matter of the book, and now I’m working on the body. I still have some more work to do but I will keep you to date on how the novel is progressing along. This maybe what I put up on here on Wednesdays as a weekly check of how I’m doing from week to week.

That is all I have for you tonight, if you like to hear more about my progress keep tuned in and like or comment with any questions that you have.

 

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.