Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crafting, reading and writing = a happy Mel.

(Disclaimer: I do not claim the artwork as my own!)

Fun fact: I drew a picture like this without the key for my art class in high school. Came out pretty well, amazingly enough, hand and all!

I do miss drawing though. Should bring that back during one of my crafty days.

I've made some progress on my reading list! I even started reading two books at a time, just like I used to. One of these days, I need to go back to hanging out in the park with my kindle. It's been so beautiful outside lately! I get both sad and jealous when I'm stuck in Dillard's while everyone else is out enjoying the weather.

I'm actually returning to SHADOW WALKER today - kept penning (and mentally filing away) ideas for it during last week. I'm playing around with the idea of more mystical races within the storyline, but not too many. The last thing I want is for the novel to feel cluttered. I originally only had three: humans, angels and vampires. I'm thinking my initial idea of adding elves to the mix could potentially work, only they'd be different from the elves from my Artemis Ravenwing novels. But more on that later! Don't want to spoil some things if it does work out for the world of Kamaria.

As for Artemis Ravenwing herself, I've managed to grab some time to work on her cosplay for Denver Comic Con. I've been working on her sai! This is the first version so far:

I still have to paint the hilts, but I think it's a fun version of what I created in the books! The dragon jewels that I described in CHILD OF BLACKWEN are actually just beads I picked up from the craft store. I have an idea for more jewels to be "embedded" within the weapons too. I spray-painted the sai themselves since they were originally black (in the novels, they're silver). I recently purchased a Dremel, so I'm going to attempt the engravings I mentioned in MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN on the extra set of sai I got (that novel is not yet out, I know). Yes, this cosplay of Artemis Ravenwing hints at events that happen within volume two of the series. A fun teaser for you all until it is finally published! :)

Here's a closer look at the hilt, by the way:
I can't tell you more about these particular sai yet, but I promise it'd be worth the wait!

I'm also getting close to being done for my second outfit for Denver Comic Con, Sheena Fujibayashi from the Tales of Symphonia video games. Here's a teaser for you:

I made the cards myself. The outfit, however, I ordered; it's customized to my size. I unfortunately don't have as much time as I used to (I can't quite curse job number two considering how it's been successfully filling up book two publishing funds so far), so I've been looking online for pieces that'd help enhance these fun characters. The outfit should be here sometime before the end of April. As for my Link cosplay for the third and final day of DCC, I finally found some white tights! That cosplay is now officially set to rock and roll.

Just a reminder: if you're going to be at Denver Comic Con in May, come find me! I'm going to be handing out CHILD OF BLACKWEN bookmarks (and will keep a silver Sharpie handy too). Gah, I can't wait to be there!

Now, off to the world of SHADOW WALKER. To those who remember the storyline, the "mangy ball of fluff" otherwise known as Cailean thanks you all for your patience. He is just as happy to be given life again and has greatly missed entertaining you readers (or "listeners," since I technically read that piece of the story aloud). :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New plan!

(Disclaimer: I do not claim the artwork as my own!)

I promised details about the new plan, did I not? I'm here to deliver!

I decided to stop writing SACRED SISTERS. No, it is not indefinite. I am stopping because I keep getting ideas for it that would require me to rework CHAMPIONS OF ARRYGN (book three of the Artemis Ravenwing novels) and I can't completely re-edit book three until I have published MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN. So, the series is on hold...for now. As for the two readers who still have the drafts I sent them some time ago, get cracking! Now! I need them back before May (please!).

Which brings me to the news concerning MISTRESS OF BLACKWEN. I really want to have it published before the year is over. After my trip to Denver in May (hence why I need the readers to send it back to me by then), I'm going to be reevaluating my financial situation and will be able to pinpoint just when book two will come out. More details on that once I get them!

In the meantime, I am working on a new series. I started SHADOW WALKER yesterday, yay! For those who do not know, SHADOW WALKER is a tale I began as my senior capstone at Green Mountain College. It involves shamans and animal totems, angels, vampires, and a few more additions I decided to throw in there. Much like Artemis' tale from when I first wrote about her at 13, Morrigan's tale has changed a bit since college. So far, I like what's been coming from it. I originally envisioned this story as a trilogy, but we'll see what the characters have in store for me. It's nice going back to Morrigan's world, I did miss it. 

The reading during my lunch breaks at job number two has been working well too! And since the weather has been awesome lately, I've been taking advantage of the balcony, my trusty Kindle in hand. Reviews are coming for you, my fellow indie authors!

Before I head off, I have a friendly reminder about CHILD OF BLACKWEN! 25 Amazon reviews will bring forth a book giveaway! Two autographed copies, bookmarks included, would be up for grabs.

Now, I'm off! Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone, be safe! I'll be with friends watching some Game of Thrones, just like last year. It'll be lovely. :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

She's alive!!!

(Disclaimer: I am not claiming the artwork as my own!)

Indeed, I am!

I'm truly sorry for disappearing for a while. I had just gotten used to the new routine of jobs and then it went awry this week. Yes, I am a stickler for routine; things get done when I have one and it is not disrupted. Luckily for me, next week is supposed to return to the schedule I am used to. Plus, it is the perfect time to implement the plan I had concerning the writing career. After all, a Mel who reads and writes is a happy Mel. :)

I started up my reading list again, thankfully. I have one of the double reads of the Indie Book Club I need to get to after I finish my current read (I already finished the other book chosen for it a while back). If you haven't joined up already, go to Goodreads and do it! You'd be helping out a handful of us indie authors!

Speaking of reviews, I'm still sitting at 17 on Amazon. Once the magic 25 happens, I'll give away two autographed paperbacks! Spiffy bookmarks included! And I'm doing the best I can giving reviews of my own. I even started taking a notebook during my lunch breaks at job #2 just in case I finish reading over there and don't want to forget my initial thoughts. Yes, I even pack a Sharpie pen with me.

Before I get back to my reading and marketing detail, I have a fun little bit to write about. I was tagged by the lovely Chess Desalls, author of The Call to Search Everywhen series, to list my top ten favorite characters from movies and television. First, go check out her work! The first book in the series is TRAVEL GLASSES - go get it now. Second, this was a really hard list to figure out, especially considering my love of anime and animated movies (good grief, I'm only 25 and I feel old when I think about these things!). This is in no particular order, so here's my list!

1 - Arya Stark, Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
2 - Kurama/Suichi/Yoko, YuYu Hakusho
3 - Spencer Reid, Matthew Gray Gubler, Criminal Minds
4 - Lagertha, Katheryn Winnick, Vikings
5 - Abby Sciuto, Pauley Perrette, NCIS
6 - Ned the Pie Maker, Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
7 - Legolas, Orlando Bloom, The Lord of the Rings
8 - Sally, The Nightmare Before Christmas
9 - Monroe, Silas Weir Mitchell, Grimm
10 - Hayley Atwell, Peggy Carter, Captain America; Agent Carter; Agents of SHIELD

If I were to start an honorable mention list, I'd never stop writing. I should get off now before I change that list yet again.