Monday, December 20, 2010

Listening to Pandora radio and eyeing the pink arrow with anger.

I've been stuck with the pink arrow at rank 44 for two days now. It really does get tougher to go up in rank once you break 50. I really want to put up another project on inkpop sometime, but I don't think I can handle promoting more than one book. I don't have that much time to spend on the computer.

I'm typing up what I handwrote for Fall of the Falcon very slowly. I reached about the halfway point of my handwritten material, and hope to get it all covered during Christmas break. (I know I have to update the countdown on my sidebar, too.) I'm also editing Autumn of Secrets and it's turning out to be a big pain. While I'm rewriting it so that it's better (I have tougher competition where I am in the 50s!) the plot wants to change so badly and I'm fighting that with all my might and it's really not easy. The goal is to have a better storyline, but one that stays faithful to the book trailer, which you may find at the bottom of the page. Wish me luck, I'm 10 chapters in. I had the whole book up on inkpop until I started editing; now I only have the ones I've edited thus far, and will be updating while I get it done. I hope to finish by January. It's a short book compared to my previous works, and I'm a fast writer, even when typing slowly due to carpal tunnel :P

I'm on day 8 of Pure by Rebecca St. James. It only gets better. Please try this devotional, it will help you so much.

I hope you're all having a good Christmas season! :)

Friday, December 17, 2010


First of all, I'm really excited. I've got a book trailer now! :D I think it's pretty awesome. Scroll all the way to the bottom to watch it.

I've got to start working on another book review this week, I just need to find the time and choose which book (out of many) aside from my own has hooked me enough to write something fangirlish about it. :) I like promoting other peoples' stories.

Autumn of Secrets is skyrocketing. I want it to break 30 this week. I want it to reach the top 5 so I can start thinking about putting up 10k of The Shadow.

I really need to edit Autumn of Secrets, I might get some friends to help me...there's only so much I can do on my own.

I'm 17 now!!! Believe it or not, I really do feel a year's kind of feels like I just turned 16 yesterday. O_o That's a little scary.

Pure by Rebecca St. James is meeting my expectations. It's a really good devotional. I'm on day 5, I think I forgot to read it last night so I'm a day behind. Still, it's wonderful so far, really. It's really making me think where nothing else would. It's making me wonder if GOD has any other plans for me aside from writing, since life seems a bit repetitive sometimes. It's prompting me to ask Him what those plans are, that way I can work on them and have something new to add to my daily schedule. :) Another hobby to focus on, perhaps. I hope I get an answer soon! I highly recommend this devotional, go find it.

For my birthday, I got a beautiful Anne Klein watch!!! I'm putting up a picture of it sometime. My awesome mom got it for me, and even when there's nothing going on, I don't take it off. :P Dad got me a book, Light of the World, an interview with Pope Benedict XVI. I'm also reading that, rather slowly as I'm taking notes as I go. It's really good, as well. These are my two favorite birthday presents, among quite a few others. I love them all, but these are just very awesome. :)

And that's about it for now. I'm on 65 pick lists, so thanks to everyone who's supporting my book! I appreciate it a ton. *HUG!*

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Autumn of Secrets broke 50!

That's right, I'm exactly at the rank of 50 on inkpop. *SQUEE!* And I'm kinda sorta going nuts about it. THISIS SOOOCOOL! *breeeathes* Okay, moving on. (*SQUEE*)

I'm adding a new section to my left-hand sidebar that tells you what I'm reading, both on inkpop and as published books. Right now for spiritual reading, I'm starting on Pure by Rebecca St. James; I saw it at the bookstore months ago and wanted it, but left it, and I can't remember why. Now I went back hoping it was there and, after digging through the shelves, tadah! There it was. You can imagine how excited I was. I'll probably be making some more meaningful blog posts on here as I learn how good this book is. It certainly sounds good--I've skimmed some of it--I can't wait to start.
On inkpop I'm currently reading two other projects, and a couple more will go up there as I update this blog. Please read these books. If I've chosen to read on, it means there's something seriously good with them. I'm pretty sure they'll wind up on my MUST READ! tab. :)

Just because I'm so happy, I took a screenshot of Autumn of Secrets at number 50. Here it is! :D
*dances around some more*

This means I've definitely got to start editing it. Gah I can't wait for Christmas Break. I'll have more time then. Much more time.

That's it for now! :D

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm beginning the countdown till Christmas!

If you'll look at the image on my right-hand sidebar, you'll see there are only 16 days left till Christmas. I started rather late but I'm going to continue the countdown. Since I adore that picture--it's the Madonna of the Streets--I might just keep it up after Christmas is over. :) I'm excited!

I might be putting the first 4 chapters of The Shadow--that's 16k--on inkpop. I'm still thinking about it, but leaning more towards yes. It would help build a fan base for the novel, I'd get critique for it, and I'd see if it's any good. :) But not until Autumn of Secrets gets higher. I'm almost thinking top 5 higher. I can't promote two projects at once.

Speaking of, Autumn of Secrets is at rank 54 now. Getting higher! I'm so close to breaking 50! :D

That would be all for today.

Review - CARRIAGES IN THE SKY by TheFlowerDagger

Thus begins day one of my determined decision to focus a bit less on my own story and more on those of others. Not only do I frequently run out of things to say about me—only so much happens with my book, and it’d be silly to blog every time I go up one point in ranking—but there are other great stories out there that don’t get the attention they deserve.
So, here’s my first attempt at a professional review on my blog. I sure hope I do well. :)
Book Jacket
Carriages in the Sky -
Genre: General Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Romance
Short pitch: The children of Elricka were kidnapped, forced to rule a city in the sky. Unfortunately, teenagers and government do not always spawn successful results.
Long pitch: Six years ago, ten children were stolen from their ordinary lives and taken to Elricka: the kingdom in the sky. There they ruled with generally happiness, oblivious to the suffering of their people as they bond into a family.
But paradise is never permanent. As they prepare to lose one of their own to a fatal illness, and their group begins to fall apart, the citizens they have ignored grow restless. Conflict broils just as they meet the CIcely - the Queen who will join their ranks as a replacement for their dying friend.
**Cover made by the brilliantly talented Tracy Michelle**
Thoughts: The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this story was the cover. The cover is gorgeous, and I’m afraid I do sometimes judge books by their covers, and in this case I judged well. Second, I was awed at the mental picture that the title of this story brought to me; I thought of magic and glitter and a deep sense of the unknown. I knew this was my type of book.
When I first started reading it, I was rather sleepy *grins sheepishly* so I can’t critique very well for the first two chapters. I do know that I was hooked from the first line. There are typos in this story, but it really draws you in, so you hardly notice them. All you really know when reading is that the plot is incredibly original, and you want to know what happens next; the characters are not cardboard, far from it, and you share the same concerns as they do. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the tone in one of the chapters was somber, and I became rather sad as I read it. The author can really set the mood, which can’t be said for every story I’ve read on here.
Then, I began reading more about the presumed main character, Cicely. I love the name, first of all—my middle name is Cecilia. :) This character is very entertaining to read about. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I’m only going to say that she made me chuckle a couple of times, and she’s definitely 3D. She’s the rich character, yet is written differently; it didn’t give me the impulse to roll my eyes. The author, by making the plot more important than the wealth of the character, made it work. I like Cicely a lot, and I rarely like rich characters.
She wrote this one character very well, and did an exceedingly good job with all the others.
I’m hooked now. I don’t always read to the last chapter of a book on inkpop, but this time I did because I couldn’t stop. I really hope TheFlowerDagger updates soon, and I predict this book will make it big on the site. I picked this story, and it will remain on my picks for quite a bit.
So read it! :D
My two official reviews for it on inkpop:
Carriages in the Sky is a lovely name for a book.
Great first sentence. It makes you want to keep reading.
I love the first chapter. This is really different. Your writing style is brilliant, the plot so far is crazy good. I already know I'll be picking this :)
Cicely is a lovely name.
I love how the story is so easy to read, and it's the perfect pace--not too slow, not too fast. The chapters aren't too long either.
[She wanted a season other than autumn right now.] LOVE!
GREAT description of his eyes.
Picked as soon as I have a spot, and I'll write another better review when I finish reading on. I might even write a blog post about it. :) But I'm definitely hooked at this point!
REVIEW 2-Nooooo! ;-; Total cliffhanger here! I WANT MORE. Let me know when you update.
I'll write up a better review when I find time. :)
But this. is. BRILLIANT.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I can't, I'm writing.

Nanowrimo song. ^

Since I rarely have anything to say about myself in blog posts, I've decided to use my blog to help promote other peoples' stories as well. I'll be choosing some of my favorite stories I've read on inkpop and write posts about them on here. I kind of can't wait, I'm excited :)

Also, I found a different template, but it still doesn't feel right. If you know anyone who could possibly make me a custom template, please let me know!

A more lengthy blog update will come soon :)

Friday, December 3, 2010


I'm planning some changes for Autumn of Secrets that will take place during the editing time. The prologue of the first book, the one up for reading now, seems to fit the second book better; I wrote a new prologue for Autumn of Secrets that fits better, and helps explain the backstory, but I need to get it to some friends for comparison. It might not be as powerful as the one I have right now, so I need some help on it.

I'm currently ranked at 68 and will continue to make my way to the top 5.

I should also start editing The Shadow so that the final bound version will be at its best. I'll give it a skim before ordering the copies. I can't wait to hold a bound copy of it in my hands. :) But I also can't wait for it to be on bookstore shelves. I know I've been saying this over and over for the past year or three, but next year will be the one that I really work on getting published. Because I finally have a version of the book that I'm satisfied with. I'm sticking to it, and therefore will be working on getting it out there.

I'm still writing Fall of the Falcon, but slowly. Battle scenes are hard...

That's about it. :) More updates later!

Trailer for The Wishing Well

(The trailer still has the title Autumn of Secrets, but that's the only thing that changed--the plot is the same!)

Thanks to Nickname for making this trailer!