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Blog hopping…Why and how I write what I write

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So, Lindsay Cummings (author chic who wrote a book I can’t wait to read…The Murder Complex) unofficially called me (by me I mean everyone) out to write a post on their writing process. At first I was like, “I don’t wanna, cause my writing process is top secret and, well, I don’t want to have to flash that little red light from M.I.B I, II, and that other one in ALL.THE.EYES. But then I figured, why not, I haven’t used it in a while.
So, hopping on Mrs. Lindsay’s Divulge your most secrety secrets train, I shall reveal.
1. What am I working on?- At this very moment I have a doc opened and minimized, and it’s labeled “My Sci-Fi WIP”. Most of you know a little about it because I have posted some peak-a-boos on my blog. But it’s quite more than just a YA Sci-Fi book, as they all are right? Am I right? I’m right. But aside from that, my lips are sealed, like a…(you choose the visual metaphor) and as Forrest Gump says, “That’s all I have to say about that.”
2. How does my work differ from other’s of its genre?- Hmmm. It just does. It’s different because there isn’t a ton of young adult sci-fi out there. It’s different because of its plot and its characters and their motivations and the setting and the characters, and it’s a total left fielder for me. I believed (before I busted out this awesome monster) that I could only live and write in the realm of fantasy, because I love it so. But I’m also a huge sci-fi fan and exploring that side of my writing has opened me up to writing all kinds of different things…like my short story Serial Wanda. You member that post don’t you? Member?
3. Why do I write what I do?- Because I grew up watching movies like Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Legend, Star Wars…I mean…I just…I love it like I love my own blood. Yes, that sounds strange but think about it…think about your blood and how sad (and dead) you’d be if you didn’t have it anymore. See.
4. How does your writing process work?- It’s not really a process because it’s not a rhythmic thing I do.
In short, I write every day.
In long, my mornings are precious. The Earth is quiet and it gives me a chance to be still and let my creativity do its thang. It’s hard to write on my WIP every day because there are also other things that I have to write: blog posts, Twitter snarkies (insert your own definition…it’s more funner that way), Facebook…all the social media what-nots. But at least four days of the week are devoted to my project and on a good day (three or more cups of coffee) I can knock out 3500-4000 words, on a regular day (one cup), 1500-2000. But, there are those special moments when you HAVE to write. Those moments when you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t do anything else but drag yourself to the computer and work. I love those. And on those occasions I have written some of my best content.
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Updates and Announcements, and a Funaaaay Video!!

The 2014 Book Expo America is just around the corner! With the event nearing, the nervousness and excitement are making a knot of fluttering in my stomach. I shouldn’t be this nervous; no one knows who I am, I’m doing a short signing event at the Independent Book Publishers Association booth, a small corner at a gigantic show, the paparazzi surly will not be following me around, and NO ONE KNOWS WHO I AM. So, why am I nervous? Hmmm…I should seek the oracles. I’ll let you guys know how that goes…if I make it out alive!!!
Looking beyond the BEA, I am preparing myself for what is possibly a huge event in my career. I mentioned this briefly on my Facebook fan page, but I’d like to elaborate with you here because, as Christopher Walken says in one of the funniest Saturday Night Live skits, I can “really explore the space.”
Of course you know I’m going to hook you up with the link to watch it.
So, the news is just as big as it is small. Whaaa?…you say. Keep reading.
A few months ago I submitted ERAMANE to an agent and included all of the amazing reviews. Seriously, they are awesome. This agent emailed me back and explained how my personality reached them and they wanted some more information on the book, sales so far and such. But I’m a self published author with only me promoting my work, so being a newbie puts me in a dark hole with countless others. It’s amazing how much room is in there!
Anyway, we exchanged several emails before it occurred to me that I have a project which hasn’t been published (cause it isn’t finished) so I took a shot and mentioned my WIP. With enthusiasm, the agent asked that I submit a formal query to them as soon as it is finished!
So, there it is my huge/tiny news. No it’s not an announcement that I’ve been agented, or better than that picked up by a publishing house, but it is an announcement that my work has caught the eye of a person that has the capability to get me signed, and that my friends is pure awesomeness!
Now that I have written a short story for you, I will wrap this up, but before I do I want to mention that in a few days I will have the times for my book signing at the BEA which I will post here, Twitter, and my FB page, and look for a short story that I will be releasing June 2014 for $0.99 entitled Serial Wanda. It’s a dark comedy and has been fun to write. I will announce this again when the release date gets closer.
Okie dokie. Thanks for hanging in there and reading all of this. You guys rock, and thanks for sticking with me.

 

 

 

 

 

Flash Giveaway!

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Since some of this site’s followers don’t connect with me via other social media, (BTW, my feelers are all hurt and such) I wanted to make sure no one misses out on this flash giveaway. It only lasts until midnight tonight, so make with the clicky! Below is the post from my fanpage with a link that will take you there, it’s really quite magical, like Aladdin’s carpet (except there will be no beautiful princess or sing song while you are being redirected).

#‎HappyValentinesDay! To celebrate this day of romance, or as I like to call it, the day of chocolate, I will be hosting a Flash Giveaway! Just LIKE and COMMENT on this post (maybe send a valentine shout out to someone you love, or comment on ERAMANE) then email me at frankieashbooks@gmail.com with your preferred eBook format, and you will receive a free eBook of ERAMANE. Contest is International and not sponsored by Facebook. You have until midnight tonight to enter here https://www.facebook.com/authorfranki…

Slugin’ a synopsis straight in the face!

Hi er’body! I’ve been working on my new project, and have actually sent out a few queries, you know, that bait we write to try and hook an agent on a new title. Anyway, in most cases, not only are you submitting that query thing, but you are generally required to send in a synopsis with it. WAIT! Don’t run! I know the word synopsis can be terrifying *shutters* but it doesn’t have to be. Let me ‘splain it.

For me, when I sit to spit out an entire novel on 1-5 pages (the length varies from agent to agent) I take a deep breath, close my eyes, and imagine that I am making a movie trailer for my book. What are some key points that are pivotal to the story? What events have that OhMuhGah factor? When does the main character begin to progress/digress in development? Do any of the important characters die/get married? Stop laughing. I’m serious; funerals and weddings can be some of the most crucial events in a story. Remember Red Wedding on “Game of Thrones”? Yeah I thought so.

Once you get a few ideas sloshing around upstairs, start writing! This part is not different from writing the book. The first draft is never perfect, neither is the second, third, fourth, I’ll stop depressing you, but you get my point. It took me and entire day just to write and revise a query letter; that’s a few short paragraphs and it took me a whole precious one of my days! I’ll never get it back:(Where’s some tissue?

Okay…I’m better now. See what I’m saying though? Not to fear, I bring advice from the writing world. This morning I read a short piece titled SYNOPSES DEMYSTIFIED on Cindy Dees Facebook about this very thing. She has some great insight on how to view a synopsis rather than how to write it, but it’s very useful information, and her FB page has lots of writing advice; I think she knows a thing or two:)

Okay, I must get back to that thing I love doing sooooo much…writing.  But before I go let me say…it’s freakin cold outside!!! Eww I should go build a snowman and dress it in a bikini! No, no, must write.

!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:)

Four Giveaways for Eramane Ending Soon!!!

I have four giveaways for my YA fantasy novel, Eramane running, and each are ending within the next four days. If you don’t want to miss out, here is what you can do. Like my Facebook fanpage and enter to win an Eramane E-book.  Are you a Goodreads member? If so, enter for your chance to win a signed copy of Eramane. or head over to mybookaddiction.com and enter the raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card and an E-book! You may also visit Chapter-By-Chapter and enter for your chance to win an E-book of Eramane there too! Good luck!