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.

Almost There

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As always, when the end of the latest novel draws near, I like to post a little something. The final suggestions are being put forward, and I love what I’m seeing.

Yes, I said suggestions, not edits. It’s a me thing. Saying edit sounds like things are horribly wrong and it all needs to be fixed. That isn’t the case. Someone walks through your work, and gives you ideas on how to fix it. So, suggestions.

This can be stressful, especially if you are someone who feels you are just THAT good, there shouldn’t be so many issues. I expect at least one per page.

I find this time interesting. Somethings you see make you wonder if you are truly capable of doing this writing gig. No really, you will look at some suggestions and go: how the F did I miss that obvious issue! This is usually along with a face palm, or banging your head on the wall. Other times, you look at what they stated, try to put it in, but feel it won’t work, so you scrap it. You do not have to implement every thing given, but you do need to see if what they are pointing out is valid.

These next few weeks, yes weeks, should be crazy, stupid and fun. I will finalize the book, get things in motion, and put it out there to be judged by the masses. There will be a giveaway for this novel, so add more to my plate. The only down time you get is a deep breath before you open another file, and start all over again. It’s amazing!

So, while Mother Nature taunts us, as she tends to do this time of year, I will be attempting to finish up the latest in my series. Hope everyone enjoys it!

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Trying Something New

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I would like to start by saying, I hate daylight savings.

So last week, after thinking about it for quite a few months, I decided to launch a newsletter. Too often I get told, from many people, that they wished I posted contests and stuff. My reply: I always do them, and they are on FB. Well low and behold, barely anyone pays attention to my Facebook Page. I’m stunned.

These revelations led me to decide to do this newsletter. If you are interested in signing up, just go to my website, and a pop up will ask you to sign up. This has to be done on an actual computer or tablet. I had to deactivate it for mobile. Messing up things. If you only have your phone, go to the contacts tab, and send me a note saying you wish to sign up. See..easy.

One thing to note; this is a quarterly newsletter. So you won’t be getting things every week demanding you buy my books, or other such nonsense, with the first one coming in April. My plan is to have little tidbits of info in each one, along with plans for giveaways. Pretty much all things Melarandra. Of course, if there are things you would like to see, let me know!

So go, sign up, support ridiculous ideas.

It’s March 1st

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Yes, another lame title. Go with it folks.

Today marks the first day of March. Spring is just around the corner, and I’m certain most people are getting antsy for warmer weather.

Spring and Fall are my favourite seasons. With spring comes new things. For many, you look at it as time to start anew. Perhaps create something new, take on a new adventure, or just something simple like becoming a new you. Personally I think it’s a great time to change things up.

I look at spring as crunch time. I’m releasing book 4 this June, so spring hitting means ‘move your butt’. The last little bits need to be brought together, and make sense. It’s an awesome time.

I also look forward to being able to get outside more. Nothing is more relaxing than writing outside. The soft breeze, and warm sun, make it an absolutely perfect setting. I am going to be planting a vegetable garden, something small, so I have that to look forward to. So many reasons why spring is an awesome time.

The temperature might still be on the cold side, but it won’t be long until the snow is all gone, birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming all around. Perfect time to do something different, and wonderful. Don’t let this inspirational time go to waste.

 

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Telling A Tale

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Many people have a tale in them they wish to be told. With stories like mine, you don’t have to start at the beginning. Sometimes, just putting your ideas down help get things rolling. Getting it all in order comes later.

Another issue most of us face, is the dreaded “real job”. Finding time to write when you have to go to work can be quite annoying. It is a sad reality, but one all of us has to work through.

When it comes to telling a tale which is based on real life, you take a different approach. As I said, with my type of story, you can jump all over. If you want to tell the story of your life, you must start where you feel is a good place to begin.

If you have ever read a biography, most are done in collaboration. Like I said, many of us have a tale to tell. Unfortunately, not all are equipped with the ability to do so. This is why you hire help. You can start by keeping a journal. If you are already years past where you think is a good place to begin your tale, just start writing. Open up a word file, and go!

Ramble on, spell things wrong, and forget punctuation. None of that matters. Get as much of your story down as you can, and keep it up. Once you have the basics, or even all of which you wish to tell, find yourself some help. There are many, MANY, writers out there whose only goal is to help clean up your tale, and get it out to the world. Make certain you get one who suits your particular tale. Don’t find just anyone, research! If you are wanting to go through a publisher, find one that likes to publish tales such as yours. Again, research! (yay for the internet)

So if you have a life tale you think could help others, get it out there! You never know whose life it might change.