Monthly Archives: November 2013

After my morning writing session, I hopped on Twitter and found this: #WIPMarathon. I said, “What’s this?!” I clicked, I read; I followed more links and read more info. Since today is the end of NaNoWriMo, this offers a wonderful opportunity to stay engaged with your NaNo project. Check out more about it here.

I’m going to hop aboard the WIP train. I love working with other authors and being a support link for them too. So, here is my intro.

Marathon Goal: I want to finish the rough draft of my NaNo project and revise it before submitting it to my beta reader. I have over 30K so there is work a plentay! I also want to get book #2 of The Eramane Trilogy ready for editing. Yup…lots ta do.

Stage of writing: I’m at a little less than mid point I’d say on the rough draft. Arrgg. With Eramane, I’m in revisions so at least the meat is already there. Yay! (I think I might overuse the exclamation point. But it’s like my Gandalf staff, “You shall not pass!” SEE!)

What inspired my current project: It’s  sci-fi, and I luvz  me some sci-fi. The idea for this project came about while me and my hubby were talking about space, ’cause we talk about space…a lot. We’re not weird.

What might slow down my marathon goal: Ummm…just me. I’m a selfish writer and don’t generally let too much get in my way when I’m in the zone. There are things that can keep me from my desk, but I will go all “hadouken” on them and they know it;)

Best time of the day for writing: Morning, early, like before the sun rises. Not to be confused with late night. There is a difference… I’m just not sure what it is.

How Do You NaNoWriMo?

Hello blog peeps. You are probably so over me talking about NaNoWriMo, but hang in there; it will be over soon. I know that a few of you who follow this blog are participating in the challenge, and as I sit at my desk, in front of a flashing cursor, mind totally wiped, worried that I might not make it, I wonder…how are the rest of you fairing? What are some of your word counts? How have you moved beyond the pain, likely diagnosable as carpal tunnel. Seriously…I’m not kidding; I need to see a doc ASAP. What keeps you coming back to your work? I would love to hear how you are doing.
Next! I was just on Amazon and saw that Eramane has jumped from a really bummy 300,000 ranking to a not too shabby 59,000 ranking! What that means exactly…I dunno, but it makes me feel like dancin’!
And to send those in my time zone off to bed I say to thee, “that moment when you’re awake but you can’t move and you feel like there is something in the room with you!” G’night

Just a little FYI

To those of you who were following my blog, and no longer receive updates for new posts…here’s why: the transfer lost you:(
I’ve contacted WP to see if it can be fixed, but until then…I so sooorrrryyy. It SUCKS!

But the blog rolls on.

This upcoming week is the last week for NaNoWriMo, and I must say…phew! Right now I have over 32,000 words. I will try to meet the challenge; I’m not stopping until midnight 12/01. Even if I don’t have the novel complete, I’ll continue in to December; I’m finishing it. I have had so much fun with it and even though I just published Eramane, I gives a crap. I’ve got stories man, and they want out. There is no order here.

Guest Author on Ink & Angst

A few weeks ago, I was on Twitter and saw a tweet from an author about a Halloween Gate Crashing post. What??? you say. So did I, so I followed her tweet link and it took me to the Ink & Angst website. At the time I had never heard of the site, but the post was interesting and so were the authors who participated. The post was about what scares the authors or what they like about Halloween, ya know typical Octobery things. Anyway, I retweeted the Tweet and in a few minutes, the author of the post tweeted me! Cool! She thanked me for retweeting her post link and offered me a spot on the Thanksgiving and Christmas Gate Crasher post. I was like, hells yeah! I’m in! Where do I sign up! And then she filed a restraining order.
I kid, anyway…she sent me an email with some Novembery and Decembery questions and promptly returned them. Today, she posted the Thanksgiving Gate Crashing post and I stopped by Ink & Angst to check it out. Here is where it gets super freakin cool, not only were there a bunch o guest authors, but Jay Kristoff was one of them. That’s right, misterkristoff and all of his giant glory, (I’m truly not insulting him, he claims to be of the beanstalk lineage, but I digress). So, can you imagine how stoked I was to see Eramane sharing a blog post with Kinslayer!!? Yeah Yuh!

‘Eramane’ Book Blog Tour

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Tomorrow starts the ten day book blog tour for my novel Eramane! I am super excited to read the reviews from the wonderful bloggers who so graciously agreed to host me. There will also be interviews and a giveaway that’s all WHA POW! and stuff. Check it out!

Also, since I have been stupid busy writing for NaNoWriMo,  I haven’t had the chance to share some cool news. I recently received a Kirkus review for Eramane and I’m so excited to tell you that it was pretty good. Here is a tid bit, but I will post a link to the full review later, “…a well paced, well written story, with good suspense, and a good main character in Eramane. Readers will want to know what happens to her after this book. This solid fantasy tale is well paced and well told…” -Kirkus Reviews.

‘Eramane’ Book Blog Tour

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My blog has been officially transferred, but I’m still getting used to the new layout, so I haven’t made it pretty yet. But that’s not what I want to tell you about. Tomorrow is the start of the <i>Eramane</i> book blog tour with Book Nerd Tours. I’m super excited, and I can’t wait to read the reviews from the wonderful bloggers that are so graciously hosting my book. There will also be interviews and a giveaway that’s all WHA-POW! and what not. Check it out!

!Under Construction!

under-construction-4I’m having my blog transferred to WordPress.org. It’s really no biggy, but I won’t be posting until the transfer is complete. You will still be able to get to my site through http://www.frankieash.com after the transfer; those geniuses at WordPress got it all worked out to make it an easy transition. I’ll post again when it’s up and then you all can stop by and see my new bloggy home.

But before I head out, I will update you on my NaNoWriMo project. I am still typing away, striving to make that deadline on November 30th. I participated in the write-a-thon last Saturday and pumped out 3,466 words. It was awesome! If you are doing the challenge, keep it up…this is only week two!

If you really want to keep up-to-date with me and my book, Eramane, check out my Facebook fanpage at Frankie Ash Books. I post there often:)

Whispers of Awesome

Magical-Book-Abstract-Fantasy-475x728NaNoWriMo…I’m so glad I chose to do it! We are nearing the halfway mark of the challenge, and although I felt like I made a mistake taking this on at first, I’m suddenly filled with more ideas, new inspirations and well…just all around better writing mojo. Even though I have been working on the second book to the Eramane Trilogy, taking a step away from it has truly paid off. My mind needed a break from the story, and to get a chance to write another book without feeling too guilty about taking my attention from the baby (Eramane, not a real baby, gah) has been a relief. Sitting at my laptop, beyond what I normally would, stretching my imagination, flexing my creative wings, I feel something magical is happening. But it goes beyond what I am doing. Knowing that others, over 200,000, are doing this and most likely feeling the same as me, is comforting and exciting. What worlds are being created now, even as I type? Who is telling a story that they had jailed in their skull? How many writers are feeling rejuvenated and exhausted at once, like they have just sent their mind to a kick-ass cross-fit class? Awesomeness is happening…it’s out there at this moment, appearing one typed letter at a time.

Writing Like Mad

It’s day three of NaNoWriMo and I am already wondering if I’m insane for trying to write 50K in thirty days while I’m also in the process of finishing the Eramane trilogy.  What I have noticed though is that writing a different story has done something to my brain (not like what a zombie would do to it). It’s more like a creative catharsis. I have been working on Eramane for over a decade and writing Stock Generation for the NaNo challenge has been…revelatory. I have discovered that I am not limited and that as long as I can…I will always write. I encourage anyone to keep on keepin’ on. Write until your head slams down on the keyboard. Sometimes you are surprised at what your fingers have typed while on auto pilot. But most times you have to hold down that damned ego-crushing, most likely butt-saving delete button…for like, a long time! Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo

nanoSo, today kicks off the Nation Novel Writing Month! I have decided to participate and write a sci-fi novel that has been jostling about in my brain for some time now. It’s a totally different direction from Eramane, but I’m really excited to write it. I have titled the piece, Stock Generation. I’m not going to get into a synopsis right now, but just know that it’s set in space, and Liv, the MC is about to be all like, “Uh oh!”