Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Realms of Fantasy

So Allumineria is taking a bit of a back burner stance for the time being. Not fully but I have something else I need to work on. Along with getting my etsy shop up and running to hopefully raise funds to get my kitty to the vet, I have finally found a story I hope to submit to Realms of Fantasy magazine.

I don't know many publications for short stories such as this, so have been wracking myself for nearly 4 yrs to try and find something that seemed to fit RoF's genre of Fantasy as they specifically do not accept "Elves and such things" or your basic traditional Fantasy which I adore writing...I think I have finally found something though.

Inspiration randomly hit after reading The Charge of the Goddess recently for a story to do for Pagan Culture's Pagan Fiction in 113 Words or Less Which won't be posted on Magaly's blog until the New Moon but I shall post below (shhhh lol) and after playing out the short story aspect of it in my head one night as drifting off to sleep, I decided it would be a good story to expand. Their maximum word count is 10,000. I think if I can push it to 5000 - 6000 without it getting boring or repeating I will be lucky, but we shall see. There doesn't seem to be a minimum word count, so my aim is 5000 minimum. I know there is much more, and more details, to be added to this little piece and yet more mystery as well to shroud it in, so it shouldn't be to overly hard to expand upon.

I have also decided to work, initially, free hand on paper. Not only does this give me more time and options to work on a story at any given time (I love my laptop but it's a big 17 inch with the webcam and so is mighty heavy and a pain in the rear to move around a the battery life sucks horribly...) but I can scribble away into the night with less disturbance to the hubby when he's working, etc. and if I get a job somewhere that is slow at times and is okay with me doing 'school work' I can bring it with me if I get a job soon too. Of course I despise typing things up, but it takes two to three drafts to get things right anyway, so by the time I get to typing up the second draft I will have, hopefully, have found most of my mistakes.

So, this being said...Allumineria will be switched over to paper. I needed to edit the first chapter anyway and most of it will stay the same. While it's not my front project right now, I can work on it in between if I get block on my short story or just need a tiny break from it to work on something else. Anywhoo here is said short story, hope you enjoy!

The Never-Ending Dance
I stared at my feet in the grass. Hushed voices surrounded me. I looked up at the silver moon and all fell silent.

I looked to the center of the circle. She beckoned me. Without process, I stood before her. Her eyes blazed, taking my breath.

Her hands took mine. His found my waist. We twirled, twisted, danced for a lifetime. I stumbled. Four hands caught me. Two lips found my cheeks. I was alone, again staring at the cool, dark grass.

Voices silenced as my blazing eyes looked up at the young soul. I felt my lover by my side and opened my arms. Beckoned her to join our never-ending dance.

On a side note. I hope to create my first drawing to sell on Etsy inspired by this piece as well.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pen or Keyboard?

I'm having a slightly stupid dilemma here now. I need to do some minor editing to the first chapter of Allumineria, few details I need in there and completely forgot as I went at it. Thing is, there are times I wish I was writing by hand, pen and paper method, as then I could write all night if I wanted to (now with my handy $2 book light LOL) and not keep the hubby up with the sound of my keyboard.
Now, the downside of this is of course, hand cramps, the slight carpel tunnel I've got going on, and of course having to eventually type it up post and all that especially...

So, I am curious. How many of you write specifically by hand and then transfer, compared to those who say screw it and take on the technology and specifically type your stories?

March 21st

Still curious of your opinions, but am thinking I'm going to switch back to paper for first drafts and such anyway. Will make it a bit of a pain to show some online friends, but easier to write in the first place.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Writer's Bug :D

So, got a little over 1500 words and the first chapter written. Might do some editing I thought about later though before posting anything here just yet. Working on a couple art projects but hope to have the cover art done soon too! So, being busy but still gladly taking ideas for the conflict and such. I think I have it worked out for the most part, but we'll see how it grows!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Allumineria ~ a world not too far from our own

Title of book above *big cheesy grin*

Allumineria is actually the name of the 'world' of one of my OLD novels I have set aside. It is an Elven fantasy type, but when trying to think of a good name for my Faerie Realm here, it just fits so well I couldn't resist. I am sure I can think of another name for my Elven realm whenever I go back to that trilogy idea :)

I already know what I want to draw for the cover art too lol and have started on the first chapter. I have a rough idea of the conflict and such now, just not the actual "baddie" behind it all. Details that will hopefully be figured out once I get to that part as I plan on the first 1/4 of the novel to be outside of Allumineria anyway...Got some time to mull it all over and still work on it.

I would like to post something up of it soon. Going to wait til I have a decent chunk though, and might wait until I finish the cover art, not sure. I'm still catching up on the 52 Weeks of Pagan Art Journaling and need to finish a second drawing for my second guest post for the Welcoming the God blog party, and also want to do an Ostara piece soon...and need to think of something "witchy" for the Pagan Fiction in 113 Words or Less, and the lovely blogaversary party....So much to do...hehe

Friday, March 11, 2011

Needing to Toss Ideas Around...

So,started on some basic character info jot notes last night and still don't know what sort of 'danger' and 'bad guy' I'm going to have for this story. So here's a basic synopsis to give an idea of what I'm planning.

Lily, 12yr old girl, and Sara; 6yr old sister, are stuck spending Summer vaca with their grandmother. Sara loves it, but Lily's reached the age where 'middle of no where forest' isn't cool or fun...Anywhoo, to make it simple, their grandmother is a witch, but Lily thinks she's just old and lost her marbles basically, until she wanders in the forest, gets lost and manages to stumble through a Faerie Ring into the unnamed Faerie Land (I'll come up with something fun and Faerie-like lol) and has to save 'Faerie Land' in the end, etc.

Yea, so need some random ideas thrown at me for what or who is destroying 'Faerie Land'....Anything, no matter how silly, can help please.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


So, had a chat with my friend and she basically told me if I'm that excited to write this story, then to just write it, and we'll figure out our 60k later. She's sort of in a slump writing wise, so isn't able to start the project soon. I'm so excited to write this fun Faerie Tale...Just gunna work on some jot notes, character blurbs, and possibly create some sketches for the Faeries and their Faerie Land. Still need the 'danger' affect and 'bad guy' yet so will hopefully have something started and posted up here soon :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Anxiously Waiting to Write

Wow, I never thought I'd be so impatient to start a story as this one! I am almost wondering about semi-ditching the 60k thing or trying to pick a different idea for it...or what exactly because I want to write this idea I have NOW....but I'd feel horrible for completely stopping the 60k thing with my friend....hmmm what to do what to do....

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Faeries Did It...

So....figured I'd toss up the basic principal idea for the novel I'm going to do for this....It's an idea done many times before, although not insanely over-done and easily made unique. The idea of a more modern day witch (although she doesn't know or believe it yet) and her being kinda tossed into Faerie Land of some sort...sort of a Labyrinth meets Peter Pan idea in my mind. I downloaded the 1985 Legend movie after seeing a clip on Danni's Blog for the last of the February Faerie blog party and want to watch it soon. I think it'll give me ideas, I was also inspired by a short story a blogger had posted for her for her birthday during the blog party, I forget the author's blog though.... I might end up watching Labyrinth for the millionth time (own that DVD) for the sake of it too hehe and because I love it. Should pull my Faerie Oracle out and dust it off too for some guidance from my Faerie friends.
I will most likely do up some Faerie drawings for character and fun and might post a couple here. Still got a few weeks til we start again, but want to be sure I have enough of my info ready to go so I won't get stuck too often.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Purpose

Little adding to play with the layout, but also in case any of my followers from my other two blogs stumble here, this is going to be for my writing. Specifically for a challenge a friend and I are re-starting. 60k in 60 Days. We had started it almost 2 weeks ago, but between my novel being a little too serial killer thought process for me to stick with a solid 2 months (especially now, it seems with meditating and studying it's hard to stay in a dark mood to write it) and my friend has been having a lot of emotional issues so hasn't been able to keep inspired. So we're starting again April 11th. So, I have until then to come up with a new novel idea, but I do have something in mind which is much more in tune with my thought process now. Stay tuned for updates :)