100 Pages, Indie Author E-Con, and Sale!

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve actually written a post, but I have big news!

100 pages!!!

Yup, I just hit 28,670 words in the sequel to Twinepathy, which, if you haven’t found out, is titled Lightporter. I’m not far enough along to post a blurb or a snippet, unfortunately. But I have several other things to announce!

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First, I’m going to be participating in my first e-conference! From March 20th-24th, Kendra E. Ardnek will be hosting the Indie Author E-Con. There will be tons of awesome blog posts on a bunch of different blogs, and there’s also going to be contests that you can participate in! First, there’s a writing contest, where you can write a story to fit one of the covers. There will be prizes, and if you get Best-Of for the cover, you get that cover! Go check them out and see if any inspire you. There’s even one I made! 🙂

The second Indie Author E-Con event I wanted to tell you about is the fanart and cosplay showcase for Indie books. I’m very excited about this, as it’ll give some of us indie authors a chance to see how much our readers love our books. If you have an idea for fanart or cosplay for Twinepathy or any other indie books, get started on it now! Trust me, it’ll be fun. I might even be doing some for my favorite indie books, if I have time.

And finally, as celebration for hitting a hundred pages in Lightporter, and because of the Indie E-Con…

Twinepathy is going to be on sale until the end of March! If you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet, this is your chance! Still not sure if you want to buy it? Read some reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. If you want super detailed reviews, I’d suggest Deborah O’Carroll’s review and Christine Smith’s. They both basically wrote their own book about my book, and they’re super entertaining, so go check them out!

I hope you pick up a copy of Twinepathy and join us for the Indie Author E-Con! Comment below with random ideas for Twinepathy fanfiction, fanart, and cosplays for the E-con. I’d love to see your IDIAs!

August Contest: Character Creation With A Twist

Why, hello there! I didn’t mean to disappear this month, but how can I help it when I’m forced to go on a top secret mission to Russia? Or *cough* when I completely forget about blogging. Never fear, August will hopefully be better when it comes to posting.

That aside, let’s move on to the winner’s of the June Picture Perfect Writing Challenge. I had two entries, so instead of doing category winners, I’m just doing one over all winner, which happens to be…

The Writer’s Warning by S. K. Lupu

Congratulations, S. K. Lupu! I’ll be emailing you your winner button shortly. Check out writinganyone’s entry, too! Both contestants did a great job, and it was really close.

Now for August’s contest! I’m super excited about this one! You may (or may not) remember the contest we did in May, the Character Creation Contest. I got such a positive response from that contest that I’ve decided to do it again… only this time with a twist.

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I am 99.9% sure that you’re thinking Why hospital? I’ll admit that it does seem very random and it would be the last thing I would pick for a topic… except that my current work-in-progress has quite a few scenes that take place in a hospital. Mostly in the children’s ward, to be specific.

I’m super excited! The prize for this month’s contest is a spot in the novel. Your character will be in the novel! Not as a main character, but as a sort of cameo… with a few speaking parts, of course. Please note that if you win and you would rather keep your character for you own stories, that is perfectly fine. You’ll have the title of winner, but second place will get the prize.

I don’t want to use specific pictures, since that would limit your options, but here are the categories:

1. Child patient

Information that must be included: Name, why they are at the hospital in the children’s ward (what sickness or disease), what condition they are currently in (bedridden, wheelchair, fairly normal), and of course their personality. PLEASE INCLUDE A PICTURE. Ages 5-13, preferably. Need help finding inspiration? Click here for some cute black-and-white kiddo pictures.

2. Nurse, doctor, or other hospital worker

Information that must be included: Name, position, what they usually do, and personality.

Your story can be on whatever topic you choose – their past, how they interact with others, how they are at work or the hospital, their family…

Submission Guidelines

1. Maximum amount of entries is one per category.

2. To submit, post your short story, with the contest button (above), and put a link to your submission in the comments belowOR, if you do not have a blog, you can submit your piece through the contact form on the Talk To The Writer page. (If you post your submission on your blog, tag it with “CCC Hospital Edition” and “The World of the Writer”.)

3. The deadline is August 31st, 2015!!!

If you have any questions, ask below! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

Got an idea for a contest? Submit it using the Talk to the Writer page.

Giveaway Winner And A Few Other Things

Hullo, everyone! In case you missed it, yesterday was my blogiversary!!! *throws confetti and sprinkles* As you may have noticed, I hosted a little giveaway for a PDF copy of my novella, Paralyzed Dreams. And I am here to announce the winner.

But before that, let me tell you how I decided the winner. Because suspense and stalling, of course.

I wrote all the contestants’ names down on slips of paper and then put them into my wonderful Avengers cup.

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This is clearly an animation or drawing, not a real cup, but hey, it’s the same as mine. And it’s all I could find.

Then I shook it up…

A lot…

Okay, fine. The winner is…

Claire B.

*throws confetti, glitter, and sprinkles towards Claire* Yay!!! I hope you’ll enjoy!

Now for the “other things” mentioned in the title.

1. THE DEADLINE IS COMING UP FOR THE JUNE CONTEST! Hurry and get your entries in!

2. My friend Daisy over at The Bookish Flower is hosting a contest, too! Hers ends on the eighth, so you’ve got a little more time than for mine. So go check it out!

3. I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it before, but I got a Goodreads account! Go ahead and follow me, friend me, and add my book to your shelves. 😉

And that is all for today, friends! *bows* Until next time!

June Contest: Picture Perfect Writing Challenge

Hello, everyone! I’m ready to announce the June contest! We had a great response to last month’s contest, and boy, you guys did not make it easy. 😀 Wonderful job! I’m hoping we’ll be able to do that one again in the future. Special thanks to everyone who participated! Now to announce the winners:

Picture 1 – The Old Man

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Picture 2 – Reflection Girl

Myliana by Bianca C.!

Picture 3 – Little Sunset Girl

Camille by Writinganyone!

All of them were super close, guys! Great job! And for those of you who won, I’ll be stopping by your blogs and giving you a winners button (and a virtual slice of celebratory cake). I’ll also be giving all participants their scores. Thanks to all of our contestants for participating! Check out the other posts: Aubrey, Willowy Whisper, Writefury, and Sprinklesquink. You guys all did amazing!

Now, on to the next contest!

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In the Picture Perfect Writing Challenge, contestants will write a story of less than 1,000 words based off of one of three pictures. Winners will be judged on creativity, plot, characters, and use of the picture. Any inappropriate entries will be disqualified.

I’ve got some cool pictures, so let’s get started!

The Pictures

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The Rules

1. Maximum amount of entries is one per picture.

2. To submit, post your short story, with the contest button (above) and your chosen picture, and put a link to your submission in the comments belowOR, if you do not have a blog, you can submit your piece through the contact form on the Talk To The Writer page. (If you post your submission, tag it with “Picture Perfect Writing Challenge” and “The World of the Writer”.)

3. The deadline is June 30th, 2015!!!

Are you planning on participating? What do you think of the pictures? I hope to see your entry this month!

Got an idea for a contest? Submit it using the Talk to the Writer page.

The Deadline Is Approaching…

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Just thought I’d remind you that the deadline for the May Contest is quickly approaching!!! Hurry and get your submissions in! We’ve already got several entries, but there’s still time! See the original post and rules here.

May Contest: Character Creation Contest

WELL.

Yesterday was the deadline for the Super-Duper Fan Fiction Crossover Challenge 2… and I completely forgot to remind everyone this month.

Whoops.

But instead of doing yet another one, or lengthening that contest, I decided to try something different, and came up with a very intriguing idea.

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In the Character Creation Contest, contestants will create a character based off of one of three pictures. There will be one winner for each picture. Winners will be judged on (a) creativity, (b) how intriguing the character is, and (c) how well developed the character is. Bonus points if you write a short story (

The Pictures

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The Rules

1. Maximum amount of characters is one per picture. You can do one for each picture, but not three for one picture.

2. This is about creativity! Think outside the box.

3. To submit, post a description, interview, or short piece with your character on your blog, with the contest button (above) and your chosen picture, and put a link to your submission in the comments below, OR, if you do not have a blog, you can submit your piece through the contact form on the Talk To The Writer page.

4. The deadline is May 31st, 2015!!!

Hopefully I will remember to remind everyone! I can’t wait to see what you come up with, so go get started! Got any questions? Ask below! Also, please vote on this poll, too:

Writing, Marketing, And Other Wonderful Things

I mentioned in when I did the 777 Writing Challenge that I would tell you more about my work-in-editing soon. And I believe this is a wonderful time to do that.

But, first, some updates on Paralyzed Dreams!

I want to thank everyone who has reviewed the book! Every review helps, and the more reviews, the more the word gets out. All of you are amazing! 😀 If you’ve written a review in one place (Goodreads, Amazon, your blog, etc.), it’s super easy to put it on other sites, too! Special thanks to everyone who has done that, too. (That means you, writefury and Kathy @ Kathy’s Cottage Books!) If you haven’t reviewed, it only takes a minute to write down a few thoughts, and a couple more to be detailed. Even just rating on Amazon or Goodreads helps. 🙂

And Paralyzed Dreams is now listed on the Homeschooled Authors blog. Go check it out, along with the other homeschooled authors!

If you haven’t already, tell your friends about the book, too. And if you’re interested in an author interview, let me know! I’d definitely be interested.

Oh, and if you have an Instagram, Pintrest, or other social media account… Here are some quotes from the book you can share!

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Now that we’ve got that over with, let’s get on to even more fun stuff.

I finished the first book in my new series! It’s in the editing stage now (which I’m procrastinating, of course). I may have mentioned it before, but now it’s time to officially announce the title of the series. Now. Right here.

Drumroll, please.

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The world of Lerali is at the brink of war, and its fate rests in the hands of five teenagers, the group called WISHE. Their task? To find a long-lost portal before it’s too late.

Sound interesting? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you’re interested in helping to promote my books and join my street team* (Got any cool street team name ideas? Share!), head on over to my contact page. I’d love to hear from you!

And don’t forget that the Super-Duper Fan Fiction Crossover Challenge (the Second) is open for submissions! The deadline is May 1st, which may seem far away, but it’s not… so get started now! (Tell me that it’s not far away the next time I’m moaning about Avengers: Age of Ultron…) I can’t wait to see you guys’ stories! Need ideas? Check here.

I believe that’s all, folks! Got any questions? Got ideas for street names? Like the quotes? Curious to learn more about anything? Comment below! I’d love to hear what you have to say!

*A street team is a group of devoted fans who help promote an authors’ work, through book reviews, social media, and just telling others about the book. In exchange they get exclusive content, bonus fun, and, sometimes, ARCs. Worth it? I’d say so.

The Results Are In… And Another One!

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I’ve finally finished the judging for the Super-Duper Fan Fiction Crossover Challenge! Don’t worry, the next contest will be easier to say. Hopefully.

As I stated in the original post, all of the contestants get a shoutout and a link. So let me introduce you to both all of our contestants!

Erinkenobi2893 submitted an Avengers/Sherlock crossover: Hours of Men and Monsters

Writefury submitted an Avengers/The Lego Movie crossover: The New World (this is part one, part two has not been posted)

Go check both of them out!

I must say that I had a really hard time with this contest. If there had been three contestants, it wouldn’t have been so bad, but… *sigh*

I’ve spent a long time deliberating over this. Both contestants did a wonderful job, and I loved both of their stories! But, unfortunately, there can only be one winner.

Congratulations, Erin! ❤ I’ll re-blog your post ASAP! 😉

It was super close (only one point separated both of them!). I hope both of you – and everyone reading this *points finger at you* – will enter the next one!

Speaking of which…

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That’s right. We’re doing another one.

Have a crossover idea that you didn’t get to? Have a brilliant idea, but not know about the contest? Here’s your chance! Same rules, same scoring. Same amount of fun! Seriously, go ask the contestants how much fun they had. 🙂

In honor of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the deadline is May 1st!!!

I’d love to see more entries this time, and I’ll be posting soon about the prizes! I don’t want to give away too much, since I want to make sure it’ll work out, but the prizes are going to be awesome… 😉

So go start writing! Remember to come back tomorrow for the Paralyzed Dreams virtual book tour – it’s going to be a blast!

The Results Of A Contest And A Poem

No, this isn’t about my Super-Duper Fan Fiction Crossover Challenge… although I must point out I still haven’t received any entries… But no, this is about a contest I entered. A poetry contest. The finalists were announced today… and I made it to the finals.

I made it to the finals.

What???

The irony. I wrote the poem for fun, with little editing, and… I don’t even like poetry that much…

Ah, well. Here’s a sonnet I wrote for English a while back. Hope you enjoy!

 

Like The Flowing Sea

The ocean waves flow like the prairie grass.

They softly whisper on the sandy beach,

Then crash onto the rocks with violent speech

As the sand slides back in an hourglass.

Seaweed, clam shells, and sea water drift past,

And the fingers of waves stretch and reach.

The water flows and seems to beseech

The bright bold sun to turn it to glass.

Without the constant ebb and flow of life

We would not be able to learn and grow.

The long, strong struggles test you and me;

We will grow stronger through all the strife.

And by the ocean’s movement we will know

That life is so much like the flowing sea.

 

The Super-Duper Fan Fiction Crossover Challenge!

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As you can see, I’m horrible at naming things, including challenges/contest. 😛 But does that surprise anyone?

Rhetorical question…

For some reason, I really, really like crossovers. It’s always fun to see my favorite characters come together in a way they probably never will in real life. I honestly haven’t written one, unless you count the Avengers’ Isle series thing, but I’d like to, if I could come up with a good idea. For those of you who don’t know what a crossover is, it’s basically fan fiction combining two different universes, e.g. The Avengers/Chronicles of Narnia, or something more book-ish, like the Hobbit/The Hardy Boys. (BTW, the second one was a random, on the spot one I made up…)

So, on to the challenge/contest. Basically, you are to write a fan fiction crossover. (Duh… *facepalm*) Since I will be “judging”, the fandoms must be ones that I know, from movies or books that I’ve watched. I’ll give you a brief list. Pick two, or if you think of a different one you’d like to do, comment and ask. I can’t properly evaluate characters from movies and books I don’t know.

Here’s the list:

Movies

The Avengers (Please keep in mind that I haven’t watched Iron Man 1/2/3, The Incredible Hulk, Thor 2, or Cap 2. No spoilers for those, please. 😀 )

Finding Nemo

Frozen

Tangled

Brave

Toy Story 1/2/3

The Chronicles of Narnia

Night At The Museum 1/2/3

National Treasure 1/2

The Princess Bride

The Lego Movie (??? If you do this one, that will be at the top of my list to read. 😛 )

Books

The Sherlock Holmes stories/novels

The Bible (Please don’t feel obligated to do this one, but I would enjoy reading it all the same…)

Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew (These apparently qualify as one, although I do not agree…)

Dr. Seuss (Eh-he, eh-he… *imagines Avengers/Dr. Seuss crossover*… *dies laughing*)

Frankenstein

The Tale of Despereaux

The Word Changers

Indian in the Cupboard

*end “brief” list*

Ah, so now that we have that over with, we can continue. You do not have to do a book and a movie, I just wanted to provide plenty of choices. If you don’t see something you’d like to do, just ask?

Feel free to do multiple crossovers and submit all of them.

Speaking of submitting… After you finish writing your story, post it on your blog, if you have one (if you don’t, borrow a friend’s, or comment and ask me… hopefully I’ll think of a solution…). Then post a link in the comments here so that I can find your post. The deadline shall be… February *goes to see if it’s a leap year* 28th. That gives you a little over a month. If I don’t have any submissions, I’ll extended the deadline, reboot the contest, whatever.

Now, prizes. If you submit a crossover (or multiple ones 😉 ) you are automatically guaranteed a link/shoutout in the post on the deadline. I will pick the winner based on plot, level of difficulty (e.g., a Lego Movie/Avengers crossover would get more points than a Frozen/Tangled crossover), how close the characters are to the original, and probably a few other things I come up with… And the winner’s story will be posted on here, with the author’s permission.

Now, go start wr–

Wait, what? *whispers with invisible friend Bob* Bob here says I haven’t made this hard enough! He wants me to make it more fun! And what better way to do that than…

Add a twist!

Now, for the sake of your sanity, this twist won’t be required, but you’ll definitely earn some bonus points if you do it. 😉 So here’s the twist. To earn those special bonus points, you must include a quote from a third fandom (as in, not one of the two in your crossover). It must be one of these ten quotes:

  1. The Avengers: “So that’s what it does.”
  2. Finding Nemo: “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine.”
  3. The Princess Bride: “You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line’!” (Or if you would rather you can use “Anybody want a peanut?” or “Hello, my name is [insert character name]. You killed my father. Now prepare to die.”
  4. Tangled: “Frying pans! Who knew, right?”
  5. Frozen: “Oh, look at that! I’ve been impaled!” (Please don’t make this disgusting if you use it…)
  6. The Lego Movie: “A house divided against itself… would be better than this.”
  7. Night at the Museum: 1 – “Let’s do this, people! And… animals! And… weird faceless puppet creatures!”  2 – “You know, two words come to mind when I hear you talk. “Delusional” and “weirdo”. And if I had to say a third, “goofy.” Just goofy.”  3 – “What, have you never seen a gorgeous woman before… who could be a model if she didn’t love pizza so much.”
  8. National Treasure: 1 – “It’s a big blue-ish green man… with a strange-looking goatee… I’m guessing that’s significant.” 2 – “Sir, please dismount the banister.”

I stopped at eight because somehow I already had more than ten quotes… Go figure.

So, let’s recap, because that was long and rambling…

  1. Find two fandoms, and (optional) choose a quote to include.
  2. Write your crossover!
  3. Post your story on your blog (or someone else’s).
  4. Put a link to your story in the comments here.
  5. Repeat!

Please, please participate! The more participation, the more likely it will be that I’ll do this again! Have fun!