A Hectic Month (and a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a while since I last updated you on my life, because life went a little nutso for a while. The beginning of the month had a trip to the grandfolks and a staycation, and last week my computer was down all week with the Blue Screen of Death. It was sad. And annoying. Mostly annoying.

I have been writing steadily, but I’ve also read a crap-ton in the past month. Starting with SHATTERED by Kevin Hearne, which I loved! It’s definitely my favorite book of the Iron Druid Chronicles so far. Then OF POSEIDON by Anna Banks, which was ok, but didn’t leave me wanting to read the rest of the series. Then THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA by Zoraida Cordova *finally* released, and I devoured it. Such a good end to a great mermaid series. Then I finished JUST BREATHE by Tamara Mataya, which was interesting because the MC has synthasia (she could feel sounds). I topped it all with TAMING FATE by Amalia Dillin, which was a nice little novella that tied into her FATE OF THE GODS series. I’m now reading THE RED QUEEN by Phillipa Gregory as a beach book, and HALE MAREE by Misty Provencher as my pool book (yes, I have separate beach and pool reads).

All that creativity in such a short time left me dying to stretch my analytical brain muscles, so last week I put out a call on Twitter for new WiPs to CP. I lined up three, and then my computer broke >.< But I did finish the first one and get it back to the author, and I’m waiting on a version of the second that I can open (for some reason my computer didn’t recognize the file as a word doc, so the author is re-sending). I’m still waiting on the third author to send theirs, but I don’t expect to get it until August. All the CPing worked, though – my analytical brain stopped being so pushy and let the creative side back out.

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See? I made that with my creative side :) It was a pain in the ass.

This is my first #WriteMotivation update for the month, so let’s see what’s going on:

  1. Actually finish the first draft of StO this month. For reals. With the broken computer this isn’t going to be quite finished by the end of the month, but I’m hoping to have it done by the time WriteOnCon comes around.
  2. Start switching Erie’s POV in the first half of StO. This isn’t going to happen until August.
  3. Catch up on Science Tuesdays because I still haven’t done that… Yep, still haven’t done that…
  4. Morning Swims! I’ve been pretty good with this! Although when I tried to go to the pool this week it rained :( I took the dogs for an extra-long walk that night instead.
  5. Don’t forget to cheer on the other bloggers. With a broken computer I haven’t been very good at this, but now that the computer’s back, I’m hopping back on the cheer wagon!

Not too bad, I think, although I was really hoping I’d be further along with StO by now. But hey, life happens. It’s not like I’m under any deadline that isn’t self-imposed.

Have a good weekend, Aledans, and I’ll see you on Sunday for an awesome Custom Pony!

Custom of the Week: Jenarah

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! Things have been a little crazy around here lately as my computer went CAPUT, so I haven’t been able to post as much as I’d like to (so far I haven’t posted a single #WriteMotivation update this month, oops). But those back-to-school sales should be starting soon, so I’m hoping to have a new computer once they do. Until then I may be a bit sporadic with posting, but I’ve been holding on to today’s beautiful custom for two weeks, and I have to share her!

Jenarah, by Mana Mihara

Jenarah, by Mana Mihara

I love the ringlets of colorful hair! And her fireworks symbol is gorgeous.

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

Cover Reveal Take 2: THE PAPER MAGICIAN by @CNHolmberg

Happy Wednesday, Aledan Merfolk! I know I’ve been mysteriously absent so far this month, but that’s because I was taking a staycation and reading, reading, reading! But you’ll hear more about that tomorrow – today I’m here with a Cover Reveal. You might recognize the title, because I did a cover reveal for the same book in May :) But the cover has changed, and I wanted to show you the updated version!

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I loved the old cover, but this one is so clean looking that I adore it too! Can’t remember what THE PAPER MAGICIAN is about? Have a blurb:

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the TagisPraff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

You can add THE PAPER MAGICIAN to your Goodreads shelf here. Or learn more about Charlie at her website.

CharliePic1.1Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. In addition to writing fantasy novels, she is also a freelance editor. She graduated from BYU, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day own a dog. The Paper Magician is her debut novel and the first in a whimsical series exploring a world of magicians who animate manmade materials. She currently lives with her family in Utah.

Custom of the Week: Orchid

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! I spent the weekend at the beach and pool (literally – I barely went inside at all this weekend) in a mini-vacation, so I’m rested and relaxed and ready for the short week :) And I have a beautiful custom to share with you!

Orchid, by Danielle.

Orchid, by Danielle.

Look at the details! The branch work on the wings is so detailed, and the color of the flowers pops so much. I adore this pony.

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

Fie Eoin Friday: Speak the Ocean WIP Lines

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! Debra Kristi tagged me in the Lucky Seven WIP Lines challenge this week, and you may remember back when I was tagged for APOLLO and NAMELESS. In case you forgot, the rules are: Go to page 7 or 77 of your current manuscript. Scroll down to line 7. Then post the 7 lines following from there, exactly as they are!

Page seven doesn’t even have seven lines on it because it’s the very end of a chapter, but page 77 has a nice little bit with Finn and Jen. Unfortunately, Erie the mermaid doesn’t appear in this selection, but you can read her WIPlines from a few weeks ago. For now, enjoy the human side of SPEAK THE OCEAN:

“Do you have any siblings?”

Jen looks at me, and turns back to the water so quickly it’s like I’ve shocked her. “No. I mean…I did, but she died years ago.”

“I’m sorry,” I say, a cold, dead fish in my hand, but I mean it. Jen’s too good a person to have lost someone like that.

“It’s not…” She presses her lips together, then looks at me again. “It’s not your fault, Finn.”

That’s a little weird. She says it like she just came to the conclusion that I’m not personally responsible for her sibling’s death.

~~~~~

Not the most exciting WIPlines, but the rules are the rules. I’ll try to have something a bit more exciting next week, and the week after that I’ll be bringing you an excerpt from a different mermaid novel: Zoraida Cordova’s THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA!

Tip: Pre-order THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA and enter to win one of the awesome prizes at Zoraida's website!

Tip: Pre-order THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA and enter to win one of the awesome prizes at Zoraida’s website!

Now it’s your turn: share seven lines from your WIP below!

Braindead (and a #WriteMotivation Update)

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! I’m still a bit brain-dead from training my ducklings, and not sleeping well last night, so don’t expect much out of me today. This will be my final #WriteMotivation update for the month, but I’ve already signed up for next month, since I failed this month’s goals.

This is totally me today. No wonder Bou is such a momma dog :)

This is totally me today. No wonder Bou is such a momma dog :)

1. Either finish drafting StO, OR finish changing Erie’s POV to first person. I’m almost ¾ finished with StO! I’ve been working steadily on it, just not quickly. I thought I’d have this entire week to work on it, but Hubs’ trip ended up being postponed, so I don’t have all the alone-time I thought I would (trust me: I’m NOT complaining! I’d rather have him home :))

2. Catch up on Science Tuesdays. There are so many emails that I’m scared to look at them right now. I’ll try to put up one giant “all of June” post on Tuesday.

3. Morning Swims! Last week I completely bombed on this, but this week I swam a few laps on Sunday, and a decent number the past two mornings. I plan to do it again tomorrow.

4. Don’t forget to cheer on the other bloggers. Bombed this again >.< How can cheering people on be the hardest part?

Next month I should actually finish StO and start working on switching Erie’s POV over to first person in the first half of the book. I’m disappointed, because there’s no way in hell I’ll have it ready for #PitchWars, but ah well, there will be other contests.

If you missed last week’s return of Custom of the Week, you should definitely check out the amazing (posable!) merpony: Mandarin. And check back this Sunday for another stunning custom! Have a good weekend :)

Custom of the Week: Mandarin the Merpony

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! After a couple months without ponies, I was finally able to get permission to post one, and it’s stunning! Not only is it a merpony, but the tail is posable. That’s right – you can move the tail to display however you like. Very cool.

Mandarin, by Cemetary-Nightmare

Mandarin, by Cemetery-Nightmare

Click on the photo to see all the stunning detail in this pony – there are even tiny bubbles on her face and around her fin!

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com