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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Review of 'Wings of the Divided: The Divided Book 1'

I don't normally grant reviews of my work their own blog posts, but I felt as if this one deserved it. It perfectly captures what I was trying to say with the story. So if you're curious or if you like well-written reviews with a splash of humor, please hop over to Jon Herrera's blog and read it -->here<--.  Also, feel free to follow him while you're there! He currently posts short stories and personal musings on his blog.

Have a good day, everyone!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscar Party 2013!

Yesterday I went up to Oklahoma for the annual Oscars party at my friend Misty's! We've been doing this since high school, back when we wanted to be Hollywood actresses ourselves. Each year we get together, dress up, and pretend we're at the show. We even pick imaginary dates. This year, my date was Christoph Waltz, who ended up winning for Best Supporting Actor.

For something different, Misty and I decided to have an actual theme to our party, and that was to dress as if we were on the infamous "Worst Dressed List." Normally we dress up and look super elegant. But not this time!

What do you think? Think we would've made it on that list?

My designer = P-diddy. Misty's = Black Sabbath

We created little ballots this year, too, which was also something new for us and our guests. We all had to fill out the ballots ahead of time to vote for who we thought would win in each category. The winner got a little trophy. Guess who ended up winning? That's right--the hooded goofball you see in the middle of everyone below:


Some of the girls in this picture have been coming to this party for years. For others, it was their first time. We welcome anyone who wants to play along, but the one rule is you have to dress up.

We've also started taking these group shots you see above. We pick the best one out of all the cameras, and we print out large copies of it. Then we all sign the pictures with a sharpie so they look autographed, and we all keep one.

I love the tradition. I love how it evolves every year. It's fun to see how much we all change every year and also how much we stay the same. I hope we can do it for decades more.

Are there any traditional get-togethers that you have every year? Feel free to share in the comments section below!


Friday, February 22, 2013

New Blog Interview

Happy Friday, folks! Today I'm being interviewed over at author Terry Reid's The Four Corners of Santerria blog. I'm discussing things like Wings of the Divided: The Divided Book 1, how I got inspired to write it, and what influenced the characters. If you'd like to check it out, please click -->here<--.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Nostalgia/Looking For You"

Every now and then I hear a bit of music that is magic. Certain compositions of melodic sound have the ability to transport me to a higher place. I managed to catch one of these masterpieces on the radio on my way to work today. Here's "Nostalgia/Looking For You" by Ennio Morricone.




Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Why I Write

Today I'm over at William Louison's blog, What If It All Means Something, where I'm discussing the main reasons why I write. Curious? Click -->here<--.

Monday, February 11, 2013

For the Love of It

Today, on my day off from the day-job, I chose to hang around the house in my comfies and do whatever I darn-well wanted. One of the things I ended up doing on a whim was watching a documentary called Happy. I'm kind of glad I did! It presented some thoughts that were new to me and also affirmed some of my own theories on what makes people happier or more content.

Now, writers and other creative types, I want you to pay attention to this part. A large fraction of a person's overall happiness (according to the research presented in the documentary) is doing something you're good at and that you enjoy, simply for the love of it. Writers, if you do that thing you love (writing), but you attach the stress of having to do it (paycheck) or the pressure of it needing to please another person (reviews), it drains all the happiness out of it. Think on that...

Getting out in nature is one more thing that consistently makes people happier.


taken at River Legacy


Also, another thing that happier people do is bounce back from bad situations. I'll give an example that isn't author-related. Take the morning from hell, for example. You stub your toe upon awakening, get into a fender-bender on the way to work, and then find yourself in trouble for some flub you did yesterday. Many of us tend to dwell on these sort of bad things. We text five friends about our toe injury. We call eighty different people and tell them how mad we are about the fender-bender. We worry all night long that we're going to get fired for our mistakes. That sort of dwelling actually keeps you in a depressed state, whereas happy people shrug it off once it's done and gone. Sure, your toe got hurt. You might have even shouted a curse word. Yeah, you got into a car wreck. Yes, you're human and you messed up at work. But then you moved on. Interesting concept, huh?

Happy also said that spending time with friends and loved ones and doing things to help other people can actually increase dopamine in our brains. For some, it's as strong an effect as taking a physical drug. We're truly social creatures. We need our friends! Even strangers can be of great joy and comfort to us. You hear that, authors? Sometimes you need to step away from the manuscript and socialize. (I'm talking to myself here, too.)


In New Orleans with a friendly stranger



So, in closing, get your mind off of the money you think you should be making with that novel you're working on. When you write a chapter of that book, have fun with it! Don't worry about what people are going to think, and don't stress about the money it may or may not make. And then, after you've spent a couple of hours writing, go hang out with a good friend. Have a good time just because. Studies show, you'll be happier if you do!


A couple of Halloweens ago

Monday, February 4, 2013

Announcement!

ANNOUNCEMENT! I am going to be moving exclusively to Amazon Kindle for my digital books! That means I won't have my titles available for Nook, but it also means...free e-book promotions are in the near future :-D


I hate to say it, but I haven't made jack on the Nook. Seems like all of my buyers are getting their e-books in Kindle format. Also, if you read this news story, you'll see that Barnes & Noble isn't doing too hot these days... Kinda sad, as they're the last big chain bookstore in existence...but times are a-changin'. 



Saturday, February 2, 2013

'Blade of the Divided' Now Available!

Guess what just went live?

That's right.

Book 2!





 
Laphelle has committed the ultimate act of rebellion, dividing him from both the angels of light and the angels of darkness. Now an outcast, he has the choice to turn away from the angelic war or to continue to play a part in it.

His path is set when he hears rumor of an ancient prophecy, one that could finally put him in the limelight he feels he so rightly deserves. Circumstances present him with no alternative but to allow the healer Gidyon to help him. Together, they journey to find and read the original written prophecy, Gidyon at the risk of his reputation, Laphelle at the risk of his life.



The Kindle version is available now. 



(*A note to my readers: the paperback for Book 1 is still being worked on. I'll post notice as soon as that's ready.)


I'm pretty excited about BLADE OF THE DIVIDED. It's a slight departure from the feel of WINGS OF THE DIVIDED (Book I). Where the first installment was set on Earth, you now get to follow the angels to different worlds. There's a lot of variety and more sci-fi/fantasy-type of adventure. But I think you'll enjoy it!

Thanks to you all for your continued support!