Thursday, March 16, 2017

ALMOST THERE

I've finished the 2nd edit of Incarnate Memory and am doing a last digital read-through before formatting the manuscript for publication.  I plan on buying a proof copy before making it publicly available on Createspace. The goal is to publish this book by the end of March.

I made a check-list of what I need to do to get the manuscript put together, and I've completed a couple of things. One of them is the official map (aside from the Libera world map). I'm grateful for how this map turned out, and I'm glad it's not complex as some of my other maps.

I still need to do the back cover art, and I think I have a good concept, I just need to draw it on the computer. It involves mountains. I love mountains.

Pregnancy has been more forgiving for me lately. My morning/all-day sickness has tapered off quite a bit, and I've been exercising more and eating healthier. The warmer weather has been a joy, and we've spent a lot of time in the sun this past week. Hopefully with more energy I'll have more energy to write again, especially in Hammer of Fire, and more energy to draw. It's been exasperating not doing my hobbies as often as I'd like, especially the more physical ones (like archery 😭), but I'll get back into them.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Brink

Another art piece! Amazing what inspiration you can sometimes find when you're bored.


The first version I started and never finished.
This is a piece that I tried to do once before, but it fell flat. I wanted to capture the inner torture my character Sabra experiences towards the start of Book I of The Legacy Incarnate: Incarnate Journey. I focused a lot on her movement and body position in this piece. I used a brush in Krita that I'm assuming is intended for inking, and this particular brush helped give Sabra a sharp, messy feel while giving stark contrasts between light and shadow.

In Incarnate Journey Sabra experiences a dream where she's in a canyon of black cliffs, above her a red sky, and she encounters people that have suffered because of her, directly or indirectly, so that was the backdrop of this piece. I didn't get any other characters in, but that's okay. I'm happy with how the cliffs and the wind-blown, red dust behind her turned out.

This piece was done in Krita.

As far as writing updates go, I'm still editing Book III of LI and am getting into the last third of the book. I want to go through it one more time for grammatical/punctuation errors before formatting and ordering a proof copy. I also need to finish preparing the cover art and design. After Book III is published I want to jump back into Hammer of Fire and get Book 1 drafted before I go back to Legacy Incarnate. I don't have plans for The Legend of Draconite this year, but hopefully next year!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Book Review: King's Blood

So I'm sorry I lied about no longer posting book reviews on Xenithar's Lair, but I believe I need to keep posting my reviews on this site to remain in the book reviewer program for Bethany House, as this is the site that has all original followers they are aware of.  I"ll probably be doing it for another publishing house that I need to reconnect to. However, I'll keep posting them to Silver Dragon Reviews, as well as Goodreads. On to the review! (And spoilers ahead.)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Slightly Crazy

This is a character from the upcoming Incarnate Memory. I decided to showcase a bit of her crazier side. Feels good to have gotten a digital piece done, it's been a while!



Saturday, January 21, 2017

Deep POV Edit Session

Yesterday I recorded an editing session exploring things I learned from the Rivet Your Readers book by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. I had to try a few times to get Screencastify to work on this computer, so these videos aren't as in-depth as the first recordings I attempted. I hope you enjoy them anyway :) Sorry if the volume is a little loud, I tried to turn the microphone volume down before recording these.








Friday, January 20, 2017

Some Disclosure

I don't talk a lot about personal stuff on my blog, mostly because there's weird people out on the Internet like stalkers and such, but I feel a need to explain why I haven't done a lot of updating on here.

I'm pregnant! And while that's exciting news, let me tell you, pregnancy for me is not fun. I deal with a lot of morning, afternoon, and evening sickness, along with a serious lack of energy and motivation. I actually quit my job because I couldn't stand how sick I was feeling, being on my feet so much (and I love having a labor intensive job ☹). Sitting at our desktop computer for a lengthy time is a real challenge for my stomach, so I've done a lot of my book work on laptops. The cold weather has been terrible to my nausea too; my whole body will punish me for sudden temperature changes outdoor to indoor and shower times, and I've almost fainted a few times. What is hygiene again?

While being so sick drained most of my motivation and energy for doing just about anything, I've gotten off my antidepressant for the remainder of the pregnancy for the baby's sake, and that's just about done it for me. It's an awful thing not feeling any real excitement for anything, even my writing and editing. I still love doing it, but -- it's really hard to describe unless you've experienced clinical depression. It's like wanting to do it but not do it all at the same time.

However, I've been pretty regular about my editing lately; I'm on the 2nd edit of Incarnate Memory, which is exciting. It's going pretty fast. I tried to make a few editing videos for this post showing what I've learned from Rivet Your Readers that I mentioned in my last post, but I had technological issues. Hopefully my next post will have them once I have access to my hubby's new laptop.

Thank goodness for nausea medication, which has been a huge help. I'm sorry to dump all this onto my readers, but I hope my lack of news on Xenithar's Lair makes more sense now.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Writing Deeper

For Christmas my hubby gave me this wonderful book called Rivet your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. It's already majorly changed the way I edit and write.

Jill's focus on the book is using your narrative and characters to show rather than tell, and to keep the narrative voice out of the way when it comes to the story and character experiences. In all my years of writing I've developed bad habits along with the good ones, and writing "deep" POV was never one of my strong points.  Occasionally I would write deep POV and not realize it, but much of my prose, even after editing, involved a lot of telling and mundane narrative.

There's a lot to say about this book, but this isn't a book review. The easiest way to sum up what this book says is to write characters how you think to yourself.  Look around you.  Do you think to yourself, "I see this computer and how white the Blogger screen is"? No, you'd think "the white screen blared at me, as if berating me for not updating for over a month." I already see it, so only the description matters.

Sorry if that didn't make sense; it's hard to explain without throwing examples in, but I was thinking of saving that for an editing video on Book III of LI. This post is really about my relationship with my characters and how Jill's book has affected us.