Category: Tattered Heart

Tattered Heart is an audiobook

Tattered Heart is an audiobook

At long last, the Tattered Heart audiobook is available! I’ve written this post a couple of dozen times over the past year, some more eloquent than others and now that I sit down and finally get to type it out, I can’t remember any of the heartfelt or charming things I was going to say. Through this, I’ve learned an immense amount about the process of recording and publishing an audiobook. It’s been fun and tiring and frustrating and incredibly rewarding. Without fail, however, when I think about the process or when I’m asked, I always say the best part of the entire experience was working with the actors. My […]

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#AmCurrently

#AmCurrently

I’ve decided to occasionally do update posts that aren’t just for the entire year. I stole my #AmCurrently format from Cait at PaperFury because it’s so shiny and versatile. She has agreed to forgive me as long as I feed her lots of cake. Nothing! I almost feel horrible about it, but not quite. I’m supposed to be writing Arizona which is the book I intend to query with agents and traditional publishers. I worked through the landmarks a few weeks ago and have been meaning to sit down and start getting the draft I have into that shape I just… haven’t. There are reasons I haven’t and they are […]

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the peril of proper names

the peril of proper names

It all started with pimchie flowers. The Blue Sword is one of my favorite books and a few years ago I finally got it into my bookclub for everyone to read the wonder that is Robin McKinley. And for about 20 minutes at the beginning of our discussion, all they could talk about was pimchie flowers. McKinley mentions them a few times in the opening chapter; nothing I would have considered over the top. I got what she was doing – trying to create this world with some nice, specific but foreign thing that said this wasn’t our earth. But my book club didn’t care about pimchie flowers and if […]

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things of 2015

things of 2015

If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve. The other part of this year has been editing my audiobook. I had no idea when I started everything that would be involved or how long it would take. My goals for the year were laughable. I was going to publish the audiobook of Tattered Heart by March and publish Enchanted Storms (which didn’t even have a title yet). I was […]

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the 80 percent rule

the 80 percent rule

I have an 80% rule when writing. It is the supporting caveat to all my other writing rules. You could say, though I call them all rules, that it turns them more into guidelines. Because the 80% rule is that I only follow all my other rules 80% of the time. The thing is, writing is not the domain of the perfectionist. You will never do everything in any story 100% of the time. You will use adverbs. You will need boring dialog tags. You’ll need an extra “that” to make the sentence flow or a passive verb just to get the point across. I will absolutely have fragment sentences […]

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things of 2014

things of 2014

Initially this post was a filler, just a way to space some things out. But once I started writing it, I realized it’s actually a year worth remembering. I published my first novel, Tattered Heart. That should have been a clue right there that I should write something about this year. It was exciting and gratifying and I learned so much about self-publishing and traditional publishing along the way. Since I decided to self-publish I also decided to do everything myself. I had two great editors, so not quite everything. But almost. I designed the cover. I handled the interior design. My sister did an awesome job drawing the map. […]

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when words toy with you

when words toy with you

I have a fairly robust vocabulary. I’m pretty sure it’s from reading so much as a kid without any concept of “reading level.” And I love nuance in words. Maybe that comes in part from my vocabulary and maybe it’s just a part of my personality – I don’t know. But the subtle differences in meaning and the different emotional connotations of words that mostly mean the same thing are what make language fun and interesting to me. The result of this, however, is an on-going joke in my family about my proclivity for big words. Because sometimes the right word is a little more obscure than the common word […]

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Tattered Heart pronunciation guide

Tattered Heart pronunciation guide

The thing about fantasy worlds is that they require a bit of a new language; at the very least new words. Or familiar words with unfamiliar spellings. When I was writing Tattered Heart I selected and created words to evoke the culture of this story. I didn’t really consider the pronunciation of these words because I knew as I formed the consonants and vowels how they sounded. In my head. And then my words were read by fabulous actors for my audiobook…. and they butchered them. It was brilliant and hilarious and suddenly I had to consider that not every reader would automatically know the correct way to pronounce Bion. […]

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Review copies of Tattered Heart

Review copies of Tattered Heart

Dear book blogger friends, I made the decision this morning not to send out review requests for Tattered Heart. I know it’s what you’re “supposed” to do: email bloggers – send them a copy – get them to review your book – watch your sales skyrocket! But I don’t want to. I addressed this to book blogger friends for a reason, we’re friends. I know how big your TBR piles are. I would feel guilty more than anything else asking to throw another book on the fire (wait, don’t burn books!). Which is a big part of why I’m gladly choosing to forgo this marketing strategy. That being said, I […]

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Writer Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Writer Blog Hop: My Writing Process

When Amy tagged me in her writing process post she had no idea what a gift it would become. Obviously, neither of us foresaw what a crazy week this would turn into – in both work and life and everything. Now, in the aftermath, I get to sit down with a cup of coffee and a good playlist and talk about writing, which is an unexpected gift. The interesting thing about being a writer is you kind of can’t talk about what you do. And by that I mean, you can’t really talk in depth about your WIP. Because why spend all that time trying to describe it instead of […]

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