Crimson & Emerald Update!
I thought I would fill you in on where we currently are sitting with Crimson and Emerald. I apologize for not keeping you up to date a little more but the sleep cycle portion of my powertube has been leaking lately, lol. I am fighting that subject while continuing to write, so hang with me, we are almost there. :)
Crimson- The ACX audiobook is going full bore. Recording and editing is currently happening and Bradetta is working hard to get me a sneak peek by September. Very exciting stuff. I am like a dog drooling over that proverbial steak waiting to hear it. I hope if you enjoyed the book you will enjoy this audiobook as well. I will again have 25 credits to giveaway for listeners so if you would like to listen and review it please get in touch with me. Thank you!
Emerald- Holy drones and spiders! The Reckoning. If I had to sum this novel up in one word that would be it. Reckoning. I love this story, the characters, the premise, and I have a funny feeling you will too. It is very dark and comedic. It twists and turns and has some of what I call great "ah-ha" moments linking Cobalt to Crimson back to Heliotrope. Some of the unanswered questions in the first two novels come to light. It has a certain 'Punisher meets Fletch meets the Grim Reaper meets Blade Runner' feel to it. Xanthe is dark and straightforward. Blunt and non-conforming like her representative and model for the cover art, Christine Thompson.
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My goal is to have Emerald finished by the end of September and into editing. That is what I am currently working towards. Doctors visits and days filled with pain will interfere but I will not stop. Ever.
PS: The Intermission in Emerald will have a poem written by a fantastic poetess and a glossary of terms at the end of the novel explaining some of the 'provocative' words or phrases from the 'misfit bunch' along with another song.
I thought I would share five things that help me write everyday. Your mind is a wonderful thing, let it do the work for you! 1) Do not wait for inspiration. Just start filling that blank sheet with words. They will eventually turn into sentences, paragraphs, and chapters.
2) You know when a chapter starts and stops. Only you.
3) If you feel like a character is slipping outside of their personality go back and read what you have written. It helps to keep you and them in line everyday.
4) Always stop writing at a point where you are able to easily pick back up the next day. Never stop writing in the middle of a conversation. It has to flow.
5) When you are done writing for the day always keep a pen and paper next to you. Something miraculous is about to happen. Your subconscious will continue to write the story for you. Let it out and write it down. Your mind is very amazing and you have to let it work for you every night before you sleep. When you wake the next morning, you will have fresh material. Try it. It works. Robotic Love, CG
Inspirational Writing Quotes from Famous Authors
Looking for famous writing quotes? Writer’s Digest has compiled our editors’ favorite quotes about writing to help inspire writers everywhere. Whether you’re a fiction writer, nonfiction writer, or poet, these inspirational quotes on writing will put the pen back in your hand with renewed passion.
Find Stephen King quotes on writing, Ernest Hemingway quotes on writing, and creative writing quotes from other famous authors such as Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, and Henry David Thoreau amongst other famous writer quotes. So put the pen down for a moment, step away from they keyboard, and soak in these eclectic author quotes on writing. - Writers Digest
I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. – Stephen King
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. – Ernest Hemingway
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. – Mark Twain
And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing A local habitation and a name. – William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. – Somerset Maugham
To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. – Herman Melville
It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. – C. J. Cherryh
It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. – Robert Benchley
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer. – Ray Bradbury
A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God. – Sidney Sheldon
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. – Henry David Thoreau
If you have other things in your life—family, friends, good productive day work—these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. – David Brin
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying. – Anton Chekhov
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. – Edgar Rice Burroughs
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him! – Ray Bradbury
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. – Willa Cather
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. – Douglas Adams
Words are a lens to focus one’s mind. – Ayn Rand
Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait. – Jean-Paul Sartre
A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer. – Joseph Conrad
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. – Philip K. Dick
The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any. – Russell Baker
Half my life is an act of revision. – John Irving
People on the outside think there’s something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn’t like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that’s all there is to it. – Harlan Ellison
People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. – Erica Jong
Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver
A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just begins to live that day. – Emily Dickinson
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. – E. L. Doctorow
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. – William Faulkner
I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within. – Gustave Flaubert
There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either. – Robert Graves
It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition. – Isaac Asimov
The work never matches the dream of perfection the artist has to start with. – William Faulkner
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing. – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writing is its own reward. – Henry Miller
The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. – Ursula K. Le Guin
Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. – A. A. Milne
A wounded deer leaps the highest. – Emily Dickinson
Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. – Joseph Conrad
Literature is all, or mostly, about sex. – Anthony Burgess
Writers are always selling somebody out. – Joan Didion
Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about. – Alice Munro
You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed. – Larry Niven
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. – Flannery O’Connor
I can’t write five words but that I change seven. – Dorothy Parker
There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write. – Terry Pratchett
Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. – Robert A. Heinlein
The more closely the author thinks of why he wrote, the more he comes to regard his imagination as a kind of self-generating cement which glued his facts together, and his emotions as a kind of dark and obscure designer of those facts. Reluctantly, he comes to the conclusion that to account for his book is to account for his life. – Richard Wright
No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing. – E. B. White
A poet can survive everything but a misprint. – Oscar Wilde
Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them. – Isaac Asimov
Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up. – Nancy Kress
In general…there’s no point in writing hopeless novels. We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this. -Anne Lamott
Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences. – Anne McCaffrey
If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic. – Ursula K. Le Guin
All the information you need can be given in dialogue. – Elmore Leonard
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. – Orson Scott Card
All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary—it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences. – Somerset Maugham
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. – Jane Yolen
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it. – Truman Capote
Click on Xanthe's eyes to read a sneak peek of her 'White Rabbit' moment in Emerald