Custom of the Week: TARDIS Pony

Happy Sunday, Aledan Merfolk! We’re in the midst of #PonyFest16, so I wanted to bring you a custom by one of the judges, and when I saw this beautiful TARDIS pony the day after watching the Pandorica episodes of Dr Who, I knew she was the one.

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TARDIS Pony, by Jupiternwndrlnd

Isn’t she gorgeous? The details on the tiny TARDIS are amazing! And all the stars❤

And don’t forget, join #PonyFest16 by Oct 2nd to win a custom pony based on YOUR book!

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

The Amazingness that was #NeboRetreat

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! Last weekend I spent a few days at Lake James in Nebo, NC with my BFF Juliana and several other authors on my first ever writing retreat! It was so much fun, even if I didn’t get as much work done as I had planned. So much fun, in fact, that I’m having a hard time coming back down to the real world where shit needs to get done.

Can you blame me, when this was my view?

The weekend was so much fun. I made a ton of new friends, got to hang out with my BFF (who lives 5 hours away so I rarely get to see her in person), tried paddle-boarding for the first time, went swimming, worked on edits, helped plot a couple books, played some games, read my own writing out-loud to a group for the first time ever, and then got to sit through someone else reading one of my sex scenes out loud. I’ve never blushed so much in my life😉

We also painted our nails because why the heck not?

Before we’d even checked out we’d already reserved the house again for next year, and now I can’t wait to go on my second-ever writing retreat with these fabulous ladies!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Aledans, and don’t forget to check out #PonyFest16 for a chance to win a My Little Pony based on your book!

Announcing #PonyFest16!

It’s here! PonyFest16! For those of you who’ve been hanging around the blog for a few years, you know what this means: my blog is being taken over by My Little Ponies for the next month. For those of you who haven’t been around, PonyFest is a contest where authors design a My Little Pony based on their book for a chance to win a custom pony based on their design and a bunch of books! All the rules and prizes for the contest are below, but first we have one of the 2014 winning customs by PonyFest customizer Caeti-Leigh:

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Kasmira, design by Bethany, custom by Caeti-Leigh

And now for PonyFest16!

 The Rules:

-either draw your own pony or use the pony creator to make a pony based on your novel. Choose colors for the body, mane/tail, and eye color, as well as a symbol. Ponies can be earthers, unicorns or pegasi (ponies with both a horn and wings will be disqualified). No Twice As Fancy symbols (the symbol design can’t cover the whole body).

-all ponies must come from a full-length, original work (no fanfics). Unpublished novels are OK. Feel free to plug your published novel in your post!

-it can be a pony based on a character, setting, or theme from your novel. You can make more than one pony, but they must be voted on as a whole, from the same book, and only ONE of those ponies will be customized.

-write up a short description of your pony(s), and a one sentence tag-line for the book.

-post the pony(s) on your blog (or other social media page) by Sun October 2nd and reply here with the link to that post.

-from October 4th through 15th visit the other blogs and vote for your favorite pony!

winners will be announced on October 16th!

The Vote: There are two votes: one popular, one panel. The Panel vote is made up of pony customizers including Kalavista, LightningSilver-Mana, jupiternwndrlnd, RevRuby, Nichi Tsukinoko, TexasGal, and Saja, among others. The Popular vote will be the same as in years past through a poll on the PonyFest post.

The Prizes: The winner of the panel vote will have their pony made into a real custom pony by one of the panel customizers, plus receive a copy of The Secret of Shadow by customizer Kalavista! The winner will also receive a copy of Ink by Amanda Sun (the first PonyFest winner!), Inspired by Danielle Shipley (2013’s PonyFest winner!), and Storm Chaser by Angela Wallace (2014’s PonyFest Panel winner!).

The winner of the popular vote will receive their choice of Mane Six pony, plus a copy of The Secret of Shadow by Kalavista, Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky, Angelfire by Courtney A Moulton, and Kiss of the Fey by Charlotte Cyprus (2014’s PonyFest Popular Vote winner!)

Restrictions: The custom pony will not have clothes or accessories (no sculpty/clay will be used), so make a representation of the character, rather than a carbon-copy right down to their underwear. No Alicorns/Unipegs, Twice-As-Fancy symbols (symbols that cover the entire body) or sitting poses. Open to US/Canada residents only (you can still play, but only US/C residents can win the prize, sorry!).

Good luck everyone!

Bouncing Around Projects (and #PonyFest16 is coming!)

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been about a month since I last posted, because we’re officially in the busy season at work (it’ll last until the end of December), and OMG I just realized that it’s almost #PonyFest time! (Like, I literally realized that as I wrote “December”). Last year’s #PonyFest was cancelled because of family health issues, so this year’s fest will be doubly fun!

Not sure what #PonyFest is? You can check out past contests here: Contests

I am so excited now! Compounding that excitement? I’ll be in the mountains of NC on a writing retreat with my BFF Juliana (and a bunch of other authors) when the #PonyFest announcement post goes live ^_^ I can’t wait for next weekend!

Last time we talked, I was still trying to decide between three different paths for Enfields, otherwise I was going to start working on Fie Eoin. Well, a fourth path sprang up and punched me in the face, and it’s so good I’m going with that one. But instead of actually working on it, I decided to work on Fie Eoin, and got a bunch of good feedback from some new readers. The first three chapters are too long, with too many characters, so I’m going to have to tear them apart and rewrite them again. This is the book that never ends. And I adore it❤

But I’ve put that aside as well, to work on creepy mermaids ^_^ This summer is just me bouncing between projects like a manic puppy.

As for reading, I’m still listening to EMPIRE ASCENDANT, and I finished reading A STRANGER IN OLANDRIA. It was so beautiful, and I especially loved the Jissavet parts. It was also way more literary than I’m used to, so I’m giving my brain a break with EMPIRE OF STORMS. I also bought A WORLD WITHOUT YOU, AS I DARKEN, A HALL OF KEYS AND NO DOORS, and LABYRINTH LOST (which I CPed last year, and let me tell you: you will love this book! Brujas and magical worlds!).

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Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans! I’ll see you next weekend for the official #PonyFest announcement!

Reading and Writing and Butchering Chickens (Oh My!)

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! How is it already Friday? I swear it was just Tuesday…of last week. I’ve been busy busy lately, first with work, then CPing, and now work again. Lots and lots of work. *breathes in the chemicals* The lab smelled like tomatoes this week and I wonder what kind of poison that is? Whatever it is, it made my face break out like crazy. Tomato chemical = acne.

As I said, I finished my CP project (and OMG I can’t wait for you guys to read it someday. It was so wonderful and tear-filled and just *le sigh*). I also finished listening to THE ROOK, listened to the entirety of THE IRON KING (ugh, Ash, go away), and started EMPIRE ASCENDANT. And I finally finished reading THE NAME OF THE WIND – it took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I loved it. It was bizarre and wonderful, and I can’t wait to read the second one (but I still have seven books to finish first). I started reading A STRANGER IN OLANDRIA, which has almost the same feel as NAME, but is completely different. It’s also extremely literary, which isn’t really my jam so it’s taking a while to read. I’m enjoying it though – the setting is beautifully described.

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Fox notebook to finish Enfields someday…

As for Enfields? I still don’t know which of the three paths to choose, so I’m still letting it simmer. I’m going to play WoW this weekend, and if no path asserts itself, I’ll start working on Fie Eoin, because I figured out what I’ve been doing wrong with Kaye. I mean, I’ve known for a while what I’ve been doing wrong with Kaye, but I finally figured out how to fix it.

 

In sad but delicious news: we finally butchered the Littles. Well, Hubs butchered the Littles because there was no way I could even look at them without crying. We ate the first one last weekend, and it was delicious. It tasted like no other chicken I’ve ever had, not even the super-organic, pasture-raised ones we buy at Whole Foods. And we’re using every little bit of them, from the meat to the intestines (tripe tacos, yum!).

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Hops the dog was so distraught over the Littles that she was depressed for the entire weekend😦 We kept having to show her the Bigs and tell her that we aren’t going to eat them because they’re her pets (she absolutely thinks that the Ladies are her pets – she helps feed them and everything).

Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans!

Glamping, the Monster Cold From Hell, and Camp NaNo Is Almost Over!

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been nearly a month since I last posted, and boy has it ever been a month. I started out strong with Camp NaNo, doing writing sprints with my cabin and staying on top of transcribing my handwritten pages into the computer. I knew I’d be taking a week off from writing to go glamping, so I wanted to get ahead as much as possible in those early days.

And then…Hubs brought the Monster Cold From Hell home from Alabama. On his birthday. We had plans to visit his grandparents the day after his birthday to kick off our week-long vacation, but when he woke up sick we postponed the trip, then canceled the first half of our vacation (we didn’t want to get the grandfolks sick!). By Weds he was feeling much better, so we decided to keep our reservations in Asheville. We stayed at a nice hotel on Weds night, complete with complimentary bath salts to help cook the last of the sick out of his body.

On Thursday, we saw my BFF and CP: Juliana!!! It’s been over a year since I’ve seen her, so I was terribly excited. We hung out at a local Asheville brewery and talked over a couple beers. Then we made plans to meet up downtown the next day, and Hubs and I headed just north of Asheville to go “glamping“.

What’s “glamping”? It’s glamour camping! We stayed in a yurt that had an actual bed (with memory foam mattress) and a mini-fridge. There was a private, open-air shower with hot water, a spigot, and the cleanest port-a-potty I’ve ever been in. And a firepit, of course. (There was also a propane grill, but we cooked dinner in a skillet over the fire)

Totally awesome experience…until I woke up Friday morning with Hubs’ Monster Cold. Still, I wasn’t going to let that ruin my vacation, so I slept in a bit and then we met Juliana for early lunch before heading to the bookstores (because you can’t go to Asheville and not spend the day at Malaprops and Battery Park Book Exchange!).

On Saturday we were supposed to wake up early and head to Juliana’s to go white water rafting, but I woke up feeling so horribly sick that there was no way I could get out of bed, much less keep myself in a raft. So I canceled the rafting plans with Juliana and we decided we’d meet the next day for lunch. Hubs and I headed to Black Mountain instead, since we plan to eventually buy a bit of land out there and raise chickens (and mini-goats, although Hubs still says no to that. I have time to wear him down😉 ). It was a sweet little town with lots of shops and eateries, and a used bookstore. So you know what we did!

By Sunday I felt so sick I just wanted to get home, so unfortunately we didn’t see Juliana again😦 I get to see her in two months for a writing retreat, but I was still super bummed the Monster Cold kept us from enjoying two days together! Stupid cold *kicks it* (Also: no proper bathroom when you have a cold is NOT FUN)

All last week I was fighting off that cold, and I didn’t get any writing done. So two weeks without writing for Camp has put me pretty far behind. I did hit the midpoint of Enfields this week, and I realized it’s actually a YA (goodbye sex scenes!), but now I have so many ideas for where to take it from here that I don’t know which to choose. It’s the opposite of writer’s block, but it still has me unable to move forward for the moment.

Which is fine, because I have a new project to CP🙂 I’m going to spend the next couple weeks working on that while I let Enfields simmer, and then it’s time to get back on the draft horse and finish that hot mess of a book. Then I’m heading back home to Fie Eoin❤

Have a lovely weekend Aledans, and stay away from the Monster Cold!

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These flowers were all over the campsite!

It’s Time for Camp! (NaNo that is)

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! Today is the beginning of Camp NaNo: a month-long, set-your-own-goal writing challenge! It’s kind of like the original NaNo, but you don’t have to write 50k to “win”. I’ve set the goal of finishing the rough draft of Enfields, or at the very least writing as much of it as I can and plotting out the rest so I can keep up the momentum in August. Considering I still haven’t figured out my worldbuilding problem from last week’s update, AND realized the scenes I’m writing currently are in the wrong order, we’ll see how far I get in Camp…

I have my trusty CP Mike to help me with the plotting this weekend, and he’s a superstar, so I’m sure we’ll have it all figured out by Monday🙂 In fact, I may have figured out part of it on my drive in to work…or I may have screwed up the order of the scenes even worse. We’ll find out at lunch break.

I finished listening to ANCILLARY JUSTICE last weekend and LOVED IT! I loved it so much I re-listened to the last chapter the next day, and as soon as I get through some of the other books in my que I’ll be buying the rest of the series. Mostly so I can hear Seivarden say “Breq” in that annoyed-yet-amused way the narrator does it.

I’m still reading NAME OF THE WIND, and I finally got my B&N credit last week so I bought eight books (I also had a coupon!): SEA OF TRANQUILITY, THE GHOST BRIDE, A STRANGER IN OLONDRIA, HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, STORY FIX, THE CITY STAINED RED, A HARVEST OF RIPE FIGS, and BINTI. It’s going to take me the rest of the year to read them all! And I still have A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES from my last B&N shopping spree…

Have a wonderful weekend, Aledans, and if you’re in the US have a wonderful Fourth of July!

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This cardoon thistle looks like a firework!