Monday, July 30, 2012

A Thing! A Somewhat Important Thing!

August 1st will make it 2 months since Burnt went into print. That might not seem like much to the rest of the world, but for me that is EPIC. (Not in the least bit related to the fact that I have a fascination/potential obsession with the number 2.) And I want to celebrate. Because I never pass up a chance to celebrate. So!  Since consuming impressive quantities of booze is always fun for me, I decided to try to do something fun for other people too. Which means what? Another giveaway! This time, it's through Goodreads, which means all I needed to do is push a few buttons and type in a date to make it all happen. I love pushing buttons! Especially when it is making things easy on me! Because then I can go back to being lazy, you see. It was very exciting.

Anyway. I might be rambling about unimportant things. So now to the important one. How to participate... See the widget on the right! Just underneath the Amazon one! 

There you go! The giveaway starts August 1st and runs through the month. I'll be giving away 4 books, and if this goes well I might consider doing another one and/or one with ebooks in the near future!

Friday, July 27, 2012

About Freakin' Time

Well, this is it folks! After 6 years (6? Hmm... Might be more like 7...) of working on (the main character of Burnt and the upcoming Forgotten) Kaie, he FINALLY settled on a theme song!!

What, you ask, am I going on about? And why should you care?

Well I really don't think you should. Caring about this might actually be something along the lines of unhealthy. Not sure about that. Except that I'm talking about it! So it must be interesting!

Anyway, as to your first question, here's the deal: Whenever I write a character, I always take a little bit of time to find one song that really reminds me of them. This song almost always makes it into the soundtrack I assemble for each book I'm writing (assuming their in it), and can even change as the character grows and evolves and as I find new and more appropriate songs. Now, it's this last part that has caused me no end of grief from Kaie.

You see, no matter how long or hard I searched, he never really connected with one song. There were several that hit on one element of his personality, or how he is feeling in one particular scene. But nothing that could be considered his theme song for more than a handful of chapters. I'm not sure if this is because he's especially complex (I happen to think he is) or if it's because he's a stubborn prick (by far the more likely answer) and that is manifesting in song selection. Regardless, it's been like a scab that I can't help but to pick at for the better part of those 6/7 years.

But! All of that is over now! Because he has a theme song! Now, of course, I have to go back and retool the whole soundtrack to fit it in. Which will be an hour or more that I should probably be spending actually writing it. (This goes along with that whole stubborn prick theory). Oh well. Procrastination is an old frienemy.

Wait, you ask, what is this mythical song that so aptly captures that obnoxious character of yours?

Well, I say, quit with the interrogation! I was getting to it!

P.S. I'm considering posting my Forgotten soundtrack... Oh ye 30-some followers, any thoughts? I'm new to this whole "having people read my blog" business, and clearly need a hand in establishing what is remotely interesting.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Heck Yeah I'm Old!

I've decided today is a fantastic day to be excited.

Two weeks ago, I turned 30. That means I can *officially* complain about those damn young people making all the noise and keeping me up all night. I've been waiting to use that line for ages! Every time they set off fireworks at 1am. I love fireworks, but seriously? Some of us need to work in the morning! And us old people need to sleep! See? I'm already getting good at the complaining. I'm only going to get better at it, too. In another year or two, I'm going to sound old as hell. It's awesome. I'm almost halfway to the point where I'll be able to effectively fake senility. And I've been looking forward to that since I was about sixteen. I'm going to be so rad, walking down the street in my extremely purple jumpsuit, shouting about my cat trying to kill me. Because he totally is. 

Also, Forgotten, the second book of Blood and Fire, is now about halfway done! I've been slacking pretty hard these last few weeks, due in part to circumstances outside my control as well as my recent acquisition of a Kindle Fire (there are no words to encompass my joy in this new toy). But! Despite all that, I've still managed to get myself to that long-coveted halfway point. There is nothing that will keep me from getting Forgotten out this year! You can't see it, but I'm wearing my determined face!

Last, but best of all, I've gotten a real-honest-to-god artist working on the cover for Forgotten! More details on that (as well as Forgotten in general) will be forthcoming. For now, just know that this is news is...