A Whisper From The Wind

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Today I am lucky to have another sunny morning, with a light breeze. Where I live, a light breeze is welcome. (the lake likes to give us gusting wind) The soft kiss on my cheek to let me know the wind blowers are still about. One should never take the wind blowers for granted.

They are brothers and sisters, in a constant battle for supremacy. Some days they work in unison, but usually they like to fight. Just watch the clouds as they float by. Some are pushed one way, and other the opposite. “Don’t push your clouds to me,” they holler at each other. Us mortals only hear it as wind whistling through the trees. Sometimes they rage, and if you are on the sea, you suffer the wrath.

I enjoy when the breeze is about. My windchimes tell dark spirits to stay away, and help fairies flit about the petals of my flowers. When a dandelion is ready to burst its white seeds, a breeze helps them dance. “Farewell” say the fairies, for it is they who nurtured the dandelion to this point. They are sad for only a breath, for more flowers require their attention.

Today I will listen to the whispers. The wind has many stories, and if you listen with your imagination, you might be lucky enough to hear one.

Do Your Thing

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Yes I have rambled about this before, but it is something that bothers me.

Once again I heard the ridiculous comment “You’re doing it wrong”. (Ok, I read it on another’s post.) It pertained to the way a person wrote a mystery novella. I haven’t read it yet, but I can tell you this, they wrote it just right!

According to many, MANY, people and sites, there are rules you are expected to follow. It really annoys me. There is only your way. If you are confident, and comfortable, with how you do things, keep on doing it!

I will give an example that actually pertains to me. I hate indented paragraphs. I find they look sloppy, and make the paragraph have an unfinished feel to it. Apparently, indenting is the proper way to go. I say F. U. I like the spaces. It gives it a more finished look. I will always do it this way, and if that is the one thing you constantly find wrong with my writing, you have issues. My work has TONS more wrong with it!

Honestly, if you spend more time searching the “right way” to produce your manuscript, you have more to worry about. Ramble on paper. Let your muse flow. Don’t worry about how it looks, that is why you get another set of eyes to glance at it. However, stick to your guns about parts you really do not want changed. This is your work. You poured your life into it, so make certain you keep it yours. Follow your heart, but listen to your mind.

Do your own thing.

My First Real Giveaway

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I have done the odd giveaway through my Facebook page, but nothing that was promoted. Yesterday I launched a 2 week campaign on Goodreads. So far it’s gone better than I expected.

This giveaway is to win a free (somewhat advanced) signed copy of my newest novel, open to USA and Canadian residents. Click HERE to enter.

I say somewhat advanced, because if you live in the USA, you already have access to print copies on Amazon. That’s the problem with the print company I use. You can’t set a pre-order up. If you live in Canada, it shows that you can order it now, but will take time to get in. (Takes them 4 – 6 weeks to set it up – hence the somewhat advanced) The eBook version is available for pre-order, and will be released on June 15th.

I am really excited for this event, even though I’m not impressed with this novel. Every author has that one which there’s is just something they do not like. Apparently, this book is mine. LOL It’s still a good tale, and I hope many enjoy it.

As I said, it’s already doing better than I expected. I thought perhaps 100 people would enter in the 2 weeks. I’m already over that. So if no one else enters, I still hit the target I was hoping for.

So, click the spot above to enter, or just head over to my website. There’s a spot on the main page. (why not sign up for the newsletter as well…just hit the contact page and a pop up should annoy you)

I Believe

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Why do we stop believing? Why does our imagination go to sleep, and rarely show itself?

Today I began outlining a part of my next novel, and for some reason this popped into my head. Why?

Why do we allow the magic of this world to fade?

We reach a certain age, and begin to hear ‘it’s time to grow up – take on some responsibilities’. I say poppycock! The two do not have to go hand in hand. Yes you need to be responsible, and make tough decisions: be an adult. What does that have to do with growing up?

There needs to be more magic in our lives. Go back to days laying in a bed of wildflowers, listening to fairies giggle all about you. Days where your decisions depended on a daisies petals. Creating bouquets from dandelions. Rain never stopped anything from happening, only changed what was going on.

I remember picking up a stick and pretending it was a wand. “Grow taller” I would order a tree, and it would respond by stretching even higher into the sky. Standing on a cliff I would demand the wind blow harder, and it would make certain to act accordingly.

So dance in the rain! If you take children to a park, play with them. Stare at the clouds, and create a world of your own within the shapes. Use a daisy to make a choice. Play and laugh.

Bring back magic lost. You just might be better for it.

Sunshine

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Today is a glorious day. The sun is once again bright in the sky, and I love the feel of its soft kisses on my cheeks. A north wind is making it cooler, but it is only April. I actually cannot believe it’s April 19th, and we have had such beautiful weather.

Some would call me a sun worshiper. I guess this is an accurate tag for me, as I do love to be outdoors. I don’t at all like heat, so on those scorching days, I can be found hiding under my gazebo, or inside. To me, scorcher is anything above 23C. Like I said, not a heat lover.

There is something to be said about gloomy days too. They can be serene, and cause one to reflect. Listening to the light pitter of rain on a window, or better yet, the loud crashes of thunder during a storm, are quite relaxing to me. I tend to find inspiration on gloomy days. Days which are grey reflect in certain parts of my stories. My writing isn’t linear. I tend to jump about when doing a rough draft, so gloomy days become interesting bits in a tale.

Have you every walked through a forest during a storm? I don’t mean a tornado, or other such silliness. Just your every day thunder storm. I find it to be an unusual experience, yet full of wonder. The trees sound as if they are challenging the wind to try and knock them down. If you are having trouble finding inspiration, for any part of your life, try it.

As I have said in many blog posts, I love this area I live in. Forest as far as the eye can see, a large body of water, full of danger and enchantment. A part of the Canadian Shield begins here, and it is a wonder all its own. Magic fills the area, yet few actually see it.

If you look hard enough at a sunbeam, you may see a fairy dancing about. A raindrop could hold a water pixie. You never know what you can truly see until you look with a whimsical eye.

It’s Springtime..I think

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Spring has sprung in Northwestern Ontario. This means a day will hit 20C, and the next will be 4C with snow. We have it better than some areas this year, which makes it easier to get outside.

Outside – sigh – my favourite place to be. There is something magical about the wind blowing through the trees, and listening to small waves crash softly onto the shore. Lake Superior itself is a magical entity.

It’s so strange to think how much inspiration comes from this area I live in. We have farm lands mixed into lush forest, an amazing water fall (Kakabeka Falls), not to mention the Sleeping Giant and of course, Lake Superior.

In the novel I am outlining now, you get introduced to the Fallen Giant mountain, and a strange, yet beautiful, waterfall. Yes, I’ve stolen both from my daily life. You write what you know! Strange new things come up, and I am making them reflect closer to home than in any other novel. If you live around here, you might notice.

The Saviour’s Empire is out there for pre-order. Release date is set for June 15th, but that is for eBook. Printed, on Amazon, is already available to USA and UK residents. In Canada, you can order it and it will be sent to you when it’s available. If you wait, it should be up by the end of May.
Also, from April 23rd until May 7th you can enter to win 1 of 5 signed copies on Goodreads. (open to USA and Canada) Check out my media, and website, on the 23rd for the link.

Yes I have stated I hate this novel, and I don’t know why, but it is what it is supposed to be. (that makes sense to me ok) I love the character development, the new areas, and all it entails, but something about it annoys me. *sigh*

Regardless of my opinion, I hope everyone enjoys it!

So get out, get inspired, and do something amazing!!!

Another One Done

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Well, book 4 is now being finalized. As always, when I finish a book, I find it to be not as great as it once was. In this case, I don’t think I ever liked it.

I know it’s strange to say that. I loved writing this book. It was a huge challenge, however, the end result is sort of…blah. A large amount was removed, and no matter how I looked at it, it felt like something was missing. I did what was suggested, and find this end result to be wanting. I have a personal word count I insist on maintaining, and this one is under by a landslide. Still, it is what it should be. Perhaps if I could afford an awesome editor, they would have pointed something out. One day! For now, I will leave the true judging to my readers.

I have already begun book 5. It will be the last in this particular timeline, and I already can see it being epic. I worry though. After book 4 turning out to be what it is, I wonder if I’ve lost my touch. I’m certain many out there think this way. It’s frustrating.

Writer’s block hasn’t been an issue for me, yet. I do, however, suffer from too much information flying about at once. Usually I just write it all down, and see where it fits as I’m writing. So far, this has been the case for book 5. My notebook is filling up with where I want this to go, and the file itself is growing.

Don’t worry. Book 5 doesn’t end the characters we’ve come to love/hate, they just live for a time without quests or other silliness getting in the way. (Book 6 already has an outline) Once this one is done, I plan on working on the Order of Maget Trilogy. Now that is going to be a fun ride! (by fun I mean ridiculously difficult and an absolute awesome time)

Look for book 4, The Saviour’s Empire. It will be released on June 15th. I have already planned a giveaway on Goodreads, which will run April 23rd until May 7th. You win an advanced signed copy. The least I can do for something so weird and annoying as this book!

I hope most who read it, enjoy it.