A Year’s Worth of Updates

Well, it’s been a very long time. Almost a year, in fact! Quite a lengthy stretch of time for someone who used to blog often for eight years straight. I can’t guarantee I’ll be back to the same amount of posts, but keep an eye on this space for upcoming news. For those who have stayed on as followers, thank you! This is an extraordinarily long post so grab the beverage of your choice and pull up a chair. Feet propped up? Here we go.

First up, Dragon Soul Press. After years of having the Fantasy Writers group on Facebook and publishing anthologies so foundling authors could gain publishing credits to help further their careers, a new traditional publisher was born. This happened shortly before I disappeared from this blog. I threw myself into work and have built DSP into an amazing publisher that currently caters to over 200 authors, growing by the day. You can view all of the titles on the website or follow the Facebook page for the latest.

DSP has been featured in Writing Magazine, UK’s largest and bestselling magazine for authors. DSP also appears on multitudes of other websites, such as Duotrope, The Horror Tree, and The Grinder. There are far more I’m sure we don’t know about yet, but each one is extremely exciting and a testament of how far DSP has come in a short time. Most new publishers find themselves closing their doors within the first few months. Thankfully, due to the amazing writing community and the fantastic team behind the publisher, Dragon Soul Press will be around for many years to come. Dare we say generations?

Second, J.E. Feldman. Though my own writing has slowed down quite a bit due to working two full-time jobs and having a very introverted life, I have still accumulated a whopping thirty-one publications as of this post. Six books a year is still a reality. I’ve been very honored lately to be personally invited to join multiple anthologies. I have also been getting so many co-authoring requests that there is now a carefully managed list of potential authors to team up with. It’s an incredible feeling!

As usual, I’m currently working on several different projects. At the forefront is a novel called Quest of Angels. I snagged the premade cover from Atlantis Book Design and the book immediately began writing itself. It shoehorned its way into my schedule earlier last year and is currently still undergoing a rewrite. Publication is tentatively planned for later this year.

The sixth book of the Witch Hunter Chronicles is coming slowly, but surely! It is still planned as a thirteen-book series and all of the covers have long since been acquired. If you haven’t caught up with this series yet, start the journey here.

I have taken a break from the Cassandra Avocet series because it didn’t gather as much interest as originally hoped and there are many other fantastical things to write. If readers want the third book anytime soon, they are welcome to petition for it sooner.

Considering it has been a long time since the second book of the Arbedenion Trilogy has been published and my writing style has drastically changed, I am seriously considering doing an entire rewrite and rebranding of the first two books. The overall series is outlined for at least twenty-four books and I would have more peace of mind updating books I wrote at fifteen. Since I can’t fit it into my schedule anytime soon, this could almost be considered a trunked project.

Other trunked projects include titles that may not be familiar unless you have been an excellent stalker:
Rogue PrincessDeath Gem of GarzaBattle for Nanbet | Deadly Prize | A Second Life Lived | Written with Love | Fallen Skies | Cursed | Queen of the Sea | Ember | the Godmother Diaries series | Veracity | Torn Between | Siren’s Calling | Misery | Once Upon a Dream | Ranger of Death | Blue Moon | Forgotten | Castle of a Thousand Dreams |

Now that depressing bit is over, let’s focus on what will be coming relatively soon:
Quest of Angels | Haven | Beastly | Tempted | Hunted (Witch Hunter Chronicles #6) | SoulGrace | Instinct (featured in Coffins & Dragons anthology) | Reign of Queens (anthology)| Revenge | Legend | Organic Ink: Volume Two (poetry anthology) | Exile | Decadence | Lost Love (anthology) | Lethal Impact (anthology) |

None of the above are in any semblance of order, except I would like to have Quest of Angels wrapped up and ready for release sooner rather than later. It isn’t nearly as old as some of the other projects, but it is the next solo release I am most excited about.

As usual, I could always use some beta readers for my work. If you’re interested, join my street team on Facebook. Believe it or not, The Dragon’s Den has still been active as I seem to spend most of my days on Facebook compared to all other social media. It’s where I interact with the most amazing people and feed my cover art obsession. With other 700 covers (honestly, I lost track shortly after that), my fingers may very well start bleeding from all the writing I am expected to do. With the DSP team growing, I will be reclaiming some time for myself and getting these projects done.

Speaking of which, I need to get back into writing articles for TSR Games and other sources. As you can tell, I have the “squirrel” effect when it comes to new projects. I want to attempt everything at one point or another, especially if it is able to benefit the writing community in the end. Patience is a virtue.

Third, real life. I went from being an IT analyst for Whirlpool to playing secretary again for the family auto body business. Things worked out for the better because their company ended up closing down the location after I left.

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We went to Alabama and picked up our beautiful little beagle. We’ve had her a year now and though full grown, she’s just under twenty pounds. She gets along most of the time with my male cat, but my female cat avoids her at all costs. My two hamsters died. Well, one died. The other kept wanting to be Houdini and ended up getting himself lost. Pretty sure he became a cat snack in the end. Lesson learned. No more tiny pets.

On a week-long trip to Alabama, I stayed at a gold camp with my mom. We had an amazing time and were outside the entire time. We chickened out and got a cabin so we had a/c since it was summer, but well worth it because we were well-rested for all the shenanigans. The picture you see is one I took while gallivanting in one of the five creeks. It’s photography worthy, right?

I’m planning on going again because while there are many other amazing places to go (and yes, I’ll get to them eventually), the camp was so calming and most importantly had limited WiFi capabilities so I was genuinely forced to not work. Don’t get me wrong, I still snuck off in town when we went to pick up a handful of groceries, just to make sure nothing had caught fire while I was gone. Everything was handled amazingly by the DSP team and I’ll always be extremely grateful for them!

While I put on a happy face for everyone and work nearly non-stop, it’s been extremely hard after the sudden death of my fiancé. I have PTSD that is going untreated due to lack of insurance and it’s still not possible to enjoy media entertainment that I used to adore (example is Fast and Furious and Transformers). I’m still unable to finish shows we had started watching, at times have anxiety while driving, and find myself catching my breath when I see motorcycles. It has been a little over a year and a half. Everyone handles things differently and should take all the time they need. I now speak from the experienced side of that.

To help cope and keep busy (I’m sure you think I’m crazy by now and can’t possibly have any free time left), I’m planning on joining a huge local Mustang group soon. I bought my second one earlier this year and am a little tired of hydroplaning around (because of all the rain, ha) and hunting down car shows on my own. I think it will be nice to have a bunch of gear-heads to hang out with again.

In the meantime, I have also been crocheting blankets of various sizes: from baby blankets to king-sized. Some people will be getting them for gifts this year (I know, spoiler alert) in time for the “cold” Florida winter.

Have you read any good books lately? I’m finally finishing up the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas since a new friend I met in a record/bookstore helped me out with some spoilers so I wouldn’t have a PTSD episode. Thank goodness for other bookworms, right? Other than the amazing new manuscripts and anthology submissions pouring in for Dragon Soul Press, I haven’t been reading anything new except for technical books so we can expand the business further for plays and television scripts. It’s all very exciting!

I’m also back in college; I originally finished in 2013. Taking three courses simultaneously and loving every minute of it. Yep, I’m one of those weirdos who enjoyed learning and excelled in school. It’s been extremely helpful in the long run!

There are actually more updates, but I feel like readers may be losing interest as this is already so lengthy. As I said before, thank you very much to those who have remained followers and who take the time to read this. Feel free to leave your comments below to be answered by yours truly!

Until the next post.  ♫dramatic music♫

My First Author Signing – Part One

My very first author signing is tomorrow! For those that don’t know, I signed up to do one a year ago when “The Dragonscale” was first published but there was a year waiting list. Now it’s finally arrived and I’m so nervous! I know it’s going to go well and that everything will be fine, it’s just the nerves that are getting to me. I’m not the most social butterfly around and even in school, I would work behind stage rather than on stage in the theater. I prefer making something work and having people wonder how it was done than to be put in the spotlight. But here’s my spotlight and it’s ready to swallow me whole! Most of my family will be there so I’m grateful for that. They’ll get to see the inner workings of what being an author means and it proves that this really is a well-paying job. It’s may be childish of me to throw that fact in their faces but I have to do it. Especially since a lot of people give up writing because of the peer pressure from their own families. I plowed right on through it.

I know a bit of what is to be expected tomorrow and I can’t wait to share my book to the local community! I have a feeling that I’ll be meeting some other fellow authors while I’m there and maybe even come across a writing club. I miss the Wandering Writing Workshop I was part of two years ago that fell apart and I’d love to belong to another group. Here is the Facebook event and I hope to see my local friends there! In my next blog post (Part Two), I’ll let you know how the event was.


I Accept

I was talking to a dear author friend of mine about websites and marketing when she mentioned that one way to maintain a solid audience is to blog three times a week for three years straight. That number looks intimidating (470 blog posts total). But over the course of three years, that’s an excellent number to drum up. The problem is having enough material for 470 interesting posts but that’s where my other hobbies will come into play. Looking back almost five years ago, I wrote a post about one of my all-time favorite interests. It was about the infamous Bermuda Triangle. (I have provided a link below to that blog post.) I have been following all of the research and studying all of its history for twelve years now. That’s a considerable amount of time for one thing! I have other hobbies that have been around for most of my life too. Reading and writing are obvious ones, weaving/knitting, video/pc gaming, movie critic, hiking, gem mining, frisbee, drawing, and so much more. I’ll finally be able to put all of my weird hobbies to good use. So, I will accept this challenge even though I am in the middle of book publishing deadlines! I can do this!


Life Changes

I’ve been unable to post in so long because of the lack of internet availability. Storm systems have been tearing through where I live and messing everything up. A lot of things are also going on in my life that have been keeping me extremely occupied. As for the writing, it’s been on the back burner for a while now as I’m trying to figure out my living arrangements and life in general out at the moment. The entire story is actually rather boring so I’m not going to post it here. NaNoWriMo is already here for July and a lot of people I know are taking part in it. I wish all of them much luck in reaching their goals by the end of it! In between stressing out a bit to reach those crazy daily word counts, remember to enjoy the writing process. It’s not as much fun if you make it seem like work.

Happy February

     Happy February 2013 already everyone. A month ago was the start of this year and when the resolutions for this year were made. How many of you have kept yours up until now and be honest with yourselves about it. If you haven’t managed to keep those resolutions, then why? What made you stray from your goals this year? It’s not too late to get back on track either. Make each year as different as possible so that they don’t just become a blur of old chances not taken. Do something crazy and have fun doing it. Of course this month also holds the Valentine’s Day holiday and you’ve now got less than two weeks to do something special whether you’ve got someone or are single. Go do something you’ll enjoy and stay out of the house for the entire day. Spend your February making new memories. Seriously, get to it!

End of the World

Today is when the world is supposed to end, lol. All in accordance to the Mayan calendar. People are crazy but it takes all kinds I guess. I still have electricity, haven’t seen a zombie/vampire/dragon, and the weather isn’t any different so this end of the world sucks, lol. A lot of people have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time and nothing happened. Well, I got my computer up and running again, finished my college class, and am trying to catch up with everyone again. However, I won’t have to do that if the world ends today, lol. Just playing. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and holiday. Merry Christmas ahead of time. 🙂

Happy December

It’s December already! Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa, all the good stuff is this month. But don’t forget that the rumor going around is that the world will end on Friday the 21st of this month, lol. At least some people think that since the Mayans ran out of room on their stone calendar. There’s a bit of a debate going around that it will end similar to the movie The Day After Tomorrow while others think it’ll be more like a combination of Revolution and Walking Dead. I honestly seriously doubt that anything different will happen other than crazy people going on killing sprees before killing themselves and the usual illegal things but just in case it does, I’ve got my money on The Day After Tomorrow, lol! I’m just kidding. That movie was awesome though! So I hope everyone has an awesome December and for those who don’t live in Florida, stay warm!

Started College!!!!

    Change of plans! I started college today and it’s for writing! I’m taking five classes that will help me better some writing skills such as editing and descriptive settings(because I seem to forget the seasons in my books) as well as the publishing processes. I already turned in my first assignment today and everyone has loved it so far but omgosh! I’m still overcome with joy, lol! Maybe sounds crazy but I accomplished another of my goals! Next is to get the editing and illustrations for Book One finished. Then to have it published! Holding my own published book in my hands is my ultimate dream so when that comes true, first I’ll probably cry while I’m jumping up and down screaming. Then I’ll have to make another huge writing goal. 😀 Looking forward to all of that!

Game Time

     Today I ended up going to the mall with a couple of friends and it was awesome! We started off by walking around and just talking before running into the game zone. We played air hockey and a couple other games for a while before behold, there was laser tag. The best game in the universe and I haven’t played it in years. In we go and this one was very space-like. Ten minutes of hunting each other down and it was epic. When we finished, we checked out our scores. Scarily, mine at 1,980 points doubled theirs, lol. I got hit six times versus the thirty-one I shot. Apparently a high score for the game too and I got called “Raptor.” Then it was back to some more air hockey before we went ahead to Books-A-Million where we got coffee and discovered that there were books not only 20% off but used and in very good condition for only $2-6 each. Needless to say, I was in heaven and managed to finish collecting two series. All in all, a good Saturday. Now back to my reviewing need-to-read list. ;D

Happy November

     Happy November! Time for cooler weather, thank god, lol. Don’t get me wrong, summer is awesome but I loooove fall and winter. So! I’ve been extremely busy lately. It turns out that I will finally be starting college in late January so I’m really excited. It won’t  be for writing though and I’ve been told I’m crazy but it’s for a fifteen-month auto body course. I’ll have even less time to do anything during that time but it’ll be awesome regardless.