Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Monday, June 5, 2017
1. So the plague has hit. I've been sick since Tuesday, plus son's still under the weather.
2. So I haven't done much writing but plan to get back to it soon!
3. Been reading though. Latest:
4. 16 WAYS TO BREAK A HEART by Lauren Strasnick
Friday, May 12, 2017
2. Check out my GoodReads giveaway!
I'll giving away one signed print book!
3. Son passed the written portion of his driver's test! Next Monday, he'll be starting driver's training.
4. Reading: SPELLBOOK OF THE LOST AND FOUND:
I really enjoyed THE ACCIDENT SEASON and Doyle's latest doesn't disappoint. Set in Ireland, three friends find pieces of a lost journal and a 'spellbook'. Events in their lives lead them to do a spell that sets off a string of events.
** Guilty pleasure:
Need to finish this one educational project. Tomorrow I plan on going to my monthly OCCRWA meeting. I love my local RWA chapter as it always motivates me with my writing. For now though, I plan to grab a mocha swirl from Dunkin' Donuts to help me with scoring these essays.
Sunday, May 7, 2017
GODDESSES CAN WAIT, the sequel to NO MORE GODDESSES is OUT. NOW!
Here it is!!!! **Isn't the cover pretty?
Here's the blurb:
It's available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Goddesses-Can-Wait-Myths-Mayhem/dp/1612712975/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493955333&sr=8-1&keywords=goddesses+can+wait
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/goddesses-can-wait-kim-baccellia/1126271005?ean=9781612712970
2. And check out the new cover to NO MORE GODDESSES:
I'm so happy with both covers! I think this deserves an Audrey dance of approval, don't you?
**Check back as there will be giveaways, swag(who doesn't love Parisian goodies?), and more!
Friday, March 24, 2017
Recently I came across another useful list "Five Worldbuilding Mistakes Even Enthusiasts Make" and a new blog that I can delve into (the related Mythcreants - check out the links there!) for even more ideas.
Some of those mistakes listed were definitely part of lazy thinking and general assumption-making. Why should traditions in current culture and society turn up in another time and location? Even as a kid I was bothered by the Flintstones celebrating Christmas when they were supposedly in the Stone Age (B.C. does mean Before Christ). How many times is the Santa Claus story transposed into cartoon universes? Even though Santa Claus may be considered "secular" nowadays (enough so that penguins and lions and hippos can help him), there is still a religious beginning to the myth.
Traditions change when they are transplanted out of the area where they first began. Palm trees originally decorated during the Christmas season look festive enough that some leave the lights up year-round, thus losing the meaning behind the decoration (if it wasn't already lost by changing trees - there was a symbolism behind chosing evergreens as a tree that stayed green when all others 'died' during the winter). Halloween in the U.S. would look a lot different if people had stuck with the Irish tradition of carving turnips rather than switching to the larger and more visible pumpkins.
Traditions can also be lost the further away a generation is from leaving the land of their ancestors. My born-in-England-of-Irish-immigrants grandfather didn't pass along any traditions to my father that he passed along to his children, other than wearing green on St. Patrick's Day and eating corned beef and cabbage, both of which are Irish-American developments and not pure Irish (and the corned beef and cabbage custom died quickly when my siblings and I all hated it). My older siblings don't remember any customs my American-born-of-German-immigrants grandmother might have passed along to my father. So assuming customs and traditions will be carried on the same in the far future are they are in the present is not a sure thing. Each family will be different, of course.
Mythcreants has a very useful "Creating Realistic Cultures" blog that covers similar elements as Patricia Wrede's Questions site. History, weather, communications, and health are all useful factors to think about when creating your world. Manners and fashion are trendy lately, and I've enjoyed stories like K.B. Wagers' The Indranan War series, CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series and Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Universe series where you can really see the differences in how those are depicted in those science fiction societies.
Wildlife vs domesticated animals, crops versus plants city folk might have in their dwellings versus wild plant life - is a planet hostile to an alien colony? Has a culture evolved in sync with the rest of its world or does a society exist in danger of killing off all life that it doesn't find 'useful'?
Every writer has their own way of worldbuilding. Some plot out their world before they start writing; others dive in and add details later. There's no one right or wrong way. I have found Patricia Wrede's list great both for helping me think out details and for inspiring a story in the first place.
What are some resources you use for worldbuilding?
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
WHEN DID YOU FIRST KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER AND WHY?
Monday, January 30, 2017
When you know what once existed (or still exists), you have a point to start from when designing your own fantasy creature or alien lifeform.
In the days before computers I used to rely heavily on books to learn about various birds and animals. Magazines and journals like National Geographic, Science and Discover were also useful for information and photographs. I used to be able to count on nature programs on PBS and the Science Channel for additional inspiration, but now there's only the few shows like Nature and Earth (BBC).
The internet has provided quite a few new resources, ranging from formerly book-based guides like online encyclopedias and identification guides like The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds to general science websites like IFL Science. But usually all those are good if you already know what you are looking for. Sometimes you are instead looking for that flash of inspiration, that moment of serendipity when you see something new and can say, "Oh! I can use that! Well, maybe not that, but something like that...."
I have several friends on Facebook who share marvelous videos such as Marching Dinosaurs (which, at five minutes long might be too long to share at a young writers session, but I really want to!) and the latest scientific discovery or dinosaur dig. (I love #13 of the "Top Thirteen Fossil Stories of 2016".)
What are some resources you use, either for inspiration or to learn more?
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
It's here. The audio book for UNDER A PURPLE MOON. Thank you, L. Diane Wolfe, my publisher, for the audio edition of the novel. This is my first audio book, and I want to share my happiness with you, dear friends, so I'm giving away two audio copies.
1. Leave a comment on this blog saying whether you like audio books or not.
2. Follow me on twitter.
3. Follow me on my Amazon Page.
You earn one point for each thing you do. You can do one or two or three or none. Tell me in your comment how many points you've earned, and that's it. I'm giving away two audio copies. The giveaway will run through Jan. 31. Winners will be announced a few days later.
I'll write everyone's name that enters on strips of paper, one strip for each entry, put them in a basket, and my cat Patches will draw the winners. Don't laugh she's done it before. If she's too tired, I'll use a random drawing.
Have any birds visited you lately?
Don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Two of the most fun things about Disney Cruises are the food and towels!
Food is a given. Not only does it taste good, but they make pretty too. And every night when you return to your stateroom, a neat towel figure has been placed on your bed to amuse.