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Though I say it myself, she is beautiful and sweet, and with the incomparable help of an epidural, I look back on the affair with a weird sense of enjoyment. I was expecting to have to tolerate the ordeal - I was not expecting it to be so painless, to have such a good time with my care-takers through the twenty-five hour labour, or to be able to look back on that time and think, "I could go through those hours again and not mind it." And that is due to the wonder of modern medicine. Now I have a beautiful baby girl of the sweetest calibre, and while I don't really feel any different being Maman, having and holding and loving my own child fills me with more than the mere names of emotions can possibly encompass.filigree marguerite freitag
'Eventually I realized my biggest problem with culture shock was that I couldn't forgive Ghana and its culture for not being MY culture. I didn't understand the values behind the behavior, so I couldn't accept it. Once I was able to learn from the people around me, and to look at things and say, "this is the way it is because of this reason," I was able to love it.'Her experience with a very foreign country has helped her get to the root of world-building. It isn't different dress or language or even customs which make a culture so new to us, it's values. Good, bad, mixed up or misplaced, values are the core of a culture. This is something which I understood intuitively, but until she put it down in words and diagrams, I had not really looked the matter in the face. As humans, we are (as much as we may try not to be) eminently logical creatures. Purpose and reason define our functions. We do not eat our food, put on our wardrobe, or order our days, without reference to some set of values which, to us, make sense.
what are the values of your world?
I think at the time I was asked that, I said "no," because in general it isn't as if I sit hunched over my desk, rubbing my temples while I stare at the screen, wracking my brains for the right description. In general, description comes naturally to me. But the truth of the matter is, I've never analyzed what aspects of writing are hard for me and which are easy - plot arcs, character development, world-building, narration, description, dialogue, etc. Usually, I am far too busy being concerned with becoming better at everything, and doing justice to the novel under my knife."Is description hard for you?"
I just finished reading a great little post from Go Teen Writers by Shannon Dittemore on sticking with your novel when the fire of your first love has died. Most of us are plagued with numerous spin-offs and completely-other story ideas, which threaten to lure us away from our project when our project becomes work instead of fun. I'm sure a lot of us are guilty of veering off and doing just that, leaving our original project languishing in the sad, uninteresting middle, cobbled together by vague promises that you will return. But you know that as soon as you hit the rough patch of your new project, you'll be whisked off onto another story, leaving yet another story to die. Have you done it before? It doesn't feel very good to think about it, does it?it's all hard, after a fashion
Honestly, Nike is right: you have to just do it. But that's not very helpful to simply say. If you have a long history of starting-and-ditching stories, how do you break the habit?how do you stick with it?
I do know what it's like to lose that first flame and to feel like you've lost your way in the story. Believe me, I feel like I've been wandering blindly through Talldogs in a passionless malaise. How much more fun would it be to, say, tackle the character snarls of Maresgate or plunge head-long into the cataclysm of Cruxgang, and leave Talldogs until I "got more ideas" for its plot? Well, it might be fun, but somehow I doubt it, because I'm not fooled into believing that the cycle can be broken by continuing to follow it. Talldogs hasn't always been fun to write, so I had to do the only thing I could do, and Shannon Dittemore is absolutely right: you have to persevere. There isn't a magic spell you can cast on yourself or your novel, there isn't a writing camp or a playlist to get you inspired. You have to keep moving forward, believing that you will come through and that you'll have done the right thing, if not the easy thing. Do you remember that quote by Screwtape?you don't plunge into the river to save a drowning man
"Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."In a way this applies to Talldogs, and your novel, as well. Even though long months felt like I was dragging the corpse of a once flourishing plot through a sorry Word document, I believed that in the end I would rekindle that blaze of life. I couldn't see it, I couldn't feel it, I often did not know where I was going. But I kept going. And you know what?
the fire rekindled
|charm & gumption|
I do acknowledge my physical and mental limitations. I'm carrying almost twenty extra pounds on my petite frame, and the frame is getting looser and looser as it prepares to shed that weight. Movement, which was once taken for granted, is now carefully premeditated and provided for. I know I only have so much energy in my body, and that energy level is usually less than what I have guesstimated. When they talk to you about "pregnancy brain," do not scoff at them. Chemically, it is a real deal that I have to own up to: I can no longer remember, or think, as clearly as I could. It will pass, but at present it's a real struggle.no pun intended, but you have to push
so, so close to the end!
The Penslayer has been jam-packed with news about this debut fantasy of mine; and The Penslayer hasn't been as frequented with news as my Facebook and my Twitter feeds have been! I am thrilled to be able to offer you this novel at last, to finally be able to share secrets that I have been hording like a dragon for years. At last you may know! ...Just don't spoil it for those who are a little slower getting their hands on the book.
Going into self-publishing, I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew that people did it and so could I. The next thing I knew, I was being directed by friends who had self-published to people who knew how to help, to people with skills, to people who were willing to lend me a hand. Out of nowhere I had a cover artist, I had a line-editor, I had people who could format manuscripts for several different venues. I had people who were fine with my complete inability to grasp the basics of the technical aspects of self-publishing, let alone its niceties. I had people who were happy to help.people have been there
so thank you. thank you for making this possible.
A lot of people ask me, "How does the paperback printing work? How do I get my copy?" It's simple! Primarily, people will order through Amazon (because that's the big gig on the block), the order will go to CreateSpace, CreateSpace will print the ordered copy, and it will be shipped directly to the customer. Easy as pie!The paperback is available!
|elisabeth g. foley // review|
No hemming, no hawing: two legitimate sub-genres collide to define the novel, just forceful enough to stop people in their tracks on the way to the nearest pigeon-hole. It adequately summarizes my approach to fantasy in general, it gives a glimpse of my style, sets my writing in the swath of literature to which it belongs, and you're left wanting to know, "Wot."magical realism meets planetary fantasy
Plenilune is now available in ebook format! If you haven't pre-ordered it, you can buy it for your digital devices now!October 20th!
I suspected this was coming and I'm sorry I have to say it. Due to technical hiccups, the paperback version of Plenilune will not be available by October 20th. Hopefully these hiccups can be avoided with future titles, and in the meantime, Plenilune is all set to be available through multiple ebook channels! The pre-order option has already been taken advantage of, and the interest turn-out on Goodreads has been wonderful. There are more Plenilunar things to come, and the paperback progress to keep track of, so if you don't already, follow me on Facebook and like my author page! Are you on Twitter? Follow me there too!there has been a delay in the release of plenilune in paperback
|rachel heffington // goodreads review|
Depending on maturity level, what age-audience would you begin recommending Plenilune to? In essence, how far does it get "dark" before the light of hope peeps through?Here is a question for Plenilune readers from another prospective reader. What is the rating on this novel? Who should avoid it? Who should dive right in? Are people going to be mentally scarred forever because they read this book? (Well, one certainly hopes not.) This is a tough question, and I am not going to give you the orthodox answer.
"Do, pray, find me an eligible book! I am not at all nice in my notions, and shall be satisfied with the barest modicum of virtues in my novel."The reading "group" under which Plenilune would fall is "young adult" literature. In short, it's not a children's book. That said, I actually don't buy into the frenzy to rate fiction that is so common among the Christian community today, least of all do I consider it fair for me to give you a rating of my own novel (that is better served by third parties which are actually good at critiquing). As true and admirable is the fact of the Kingdom, I take umbrage with the embarrassingly cloistered nature of the Christian community and its subsequent inability to comprehend the "outside world." A few weeks ago I sat working on Talldogs and listening, for no reason than that I wanted to, to Billy Joel's "Piano Man," and it chanced across my mind that the lyrics were casually educational of the nature of people in general.
plenilune is fantasy, but - i hope - it is honest
The fate of Plenilune hangs on the election of the Overlord, for which Rupert de la Mare and his brother are the only contenders, but when Rupert’s unwilling bride-to-be uncovers his plot to murder his brother, the conflict explodes into civil war.yes, i know, everything after this image might as well be considered filler text
I'll be emailing out the pertinent information for those participating in the very near future, so stay tuned for that!plenilune cover reveal soon!
Is there a book series you read, but wish you hadn't? Yes, Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. At the time I read them, they were fun and exciting, but after awhile I realized they were totally unbiblical, took more liberties than made me comfortable, and in general the writing is shallow. It makes me sad. Once upon a time we produced Ben-Hur, and now we get books like This Present Darkness.darlings, i think the coffee is finally catching up
undoubtedly, books are odd creatures
They gave me this huge kitchen, which is awesome, but I'm the member of the family which is all, "IS FLOUR THE STUFF THAT EXPLODES I CAN'T REMEMBER."Constructively, I have been answering some very lovely questions by a handful of bloggers, which will be posted along with their participating posts in Plenilune's cover reveal (October 6th), and I have been throwing pertinent information (including my edited manuscript) at my formatters. I've been monitoring readers' progress on Goodreads, and I must say, the enthusiasm is wonderful! October 20th will be here before we know it!
|first of all, we don't all get pretty desks like this|
man, walk at large out of thy prison
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