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.

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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!

I Can Hear The Deadline A-Comin’, It’s Comin’ ‘Round The Bend…

Hello, everyone!

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As you may (or may not) know, the deadline for the Super-Duper Fan Fiction Crossover Challenge is quickly approaching. There’s only one week left for you to submit your entries!

If you haven’t started yet, there’s still plenty of time! It doesn’t take very long, especially if you already have an idea. I wrote Pevensie, my Captain America/Chronicles of Narnia crossover, in about half an hour, maybe less. And if you don’t have an idea…

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What if Thor was a baby sitter?

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Oh the feels…

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Now that we’ve got that over with, let me get to the point of this post. To help you get your writing shoes one, all of tomorrow will be an ongoing word war! Here are the rules.

  1. Write for 30 minutes.
  2. Figure out your word count.
  3. Post the word count in the comments below.
  4. Repeat as many times as you want!

No prizes… this is just a fun way to motivate you to write! 🙂

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.