Words are Power

We’ve all heard it before that words carry power with them. They can tear someone down or they can build someone up. Words can destroy someone. They can also encourage someone. Words are powerful and should be respected both in the written form and the spoken form.

When writing a fictional piece, whether it’s poetry, a short story, or a novel, words create images in the reader’s mind. They bring both the world and the characters to life. For me, when reading (or writing) a movie plays through my mind. Imagination is a wonderful thing and sparked by, you guessed it, words. If there is magic in this world, I say it is in the power of words.

And now that I’ve mentioned the word word so often, it seems like a strange word…


Book Review: Accidental Leigh

Accidental Leigh: A Paranormal Romantic Comedy (Literal Leigh Romance Diaries Book 1) by [James, Melanie]

2 out of 5 (that’s being highly generous)

Not at all impressed. You couldn’t really relate with the characters and they were on the annoying side. This story had so much potential but fell short. Also, I don’t really understand the comedy aspect of the novel… There were some parts that could have been funny but simply failed to deliver.

Book Review: Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter

Echo Volume 1:  Approaching Shatter by [Wayne, Kent]

4 out of 5 stars

Echo Volume 1: Approaching Shatter by Kent Wayne

There was nothing abhorrently wrong with the novel. No glaring errors that keep popping up throughout the story. The writing was quite descriptive, in some cases a little too descriptive. There were parts that I didn’t like, probably the entire first chapter. I almost gave up here but I am glad I didn’t. I feel that the first chapter was to demonstrate the mentality of the soldiers and the environment they have to endure. Kind of a key point later on.

I kept moving forward with the story, curious as to where it was going. My biggest problem with the novel was getting bogged down by descriptions of technology. The backstory of people and the world didn’t bother me as it was laying down a foundation for the story to continue. Maybe the descriptions of the technology come into better play in volume 2.

With that being said, I did find the story a good and interesting read. Atriya, the protagonist, lures you in. You can see he’s struggling with the way things are and the fact that he used not to. That something inside of him has changed. It keeps you reading, wondering what’s going to happen to him.

Like most books in a series, it does end in a cliffhanger. Probably, not such a sudden cliffhanger as this one does. However, if you read the passage after the ending of the book, Kent Wayne does explain why he does this. It’s also not a bad thing that it ends this way. It makes the reader want to continue the story, to find out what happens to Atriya. To see if he eventually figures himself out. To see how he survives what’s coming. Isn’t that the goal of authors? To get people to want to read? Kent Wayne did that here! Bravo!

I also enjoyed the world building the author accomplished here. Although the world doesn’t seem like a pleasant one, as if humanity has gotten off course (more than we are now), it’s a world that is firmly placed in the reader’s mind. It also helps establish the whys of what some people do. Society plays a big role in how the majority of people respond to situations in life and I feel Kent Wayne nailed that point.

Overall, I encourage people to read this book. It is just a glimpse into an expansive world, but a glimpse that leaves you wanting to discover more. For me, that’s one of the most enjoyable parts of reading and discovering new people and new worlds.

Writing Update

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve done one of these. The original goal was to do a weekly update on our progress. Whereas that is a good goal to maintain, sometimes, for whatever reason, it’s a bit difficult to do so. And sometimes, we don’t make much progress in a week.

It seems that progress on book 2 in the Magna Luctus series has ground to a halt. I’m not sure why. I guess I’ll have to ask the hubby as he’s the main on this series. Maybe I can get it going again by adding to what he already has and making suggestions on where it should go. Though, it does seem like he’s been working on something else. Something he hasn’t told me about yet. Hmmm…. It seems like we need to catch each other up on some things.

As for the Ordinaries series, I have started book 4. This book is going slower than the other 3, mainly because I have Strep and have been miserable and also focused on getting better. I am about 18k into the book though. I refuse to allow illness to make me stop working on a series that I’ve fallen absolutely in love with.

The last book in the Hartland series called New Beginnings has come back from the beta readers and they loved it. It was mentioned that the ending is powerful. We’re looking on editing it a few more times to address a couple issues brought up by the amazing beta readers. We’re looking on a release date for this book March 23rd.

Well, now that I’ve written the post and schedule tweets for all of next month (such a drag at times), I am ready to take a nap and then dive back into book 4 of the Ordinaries series.

Valentine’s Day

My husband and I have had a longstanding tradition on Valentine’s Day. We do nothing. We don’t go out and have a fancy date. We don’t even have a fancy meal at home. Tonight, it’s leftovers and watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother. Like all other nights, we share dinner together, converse about the day, and watch part of a movie or an episode of a show we love. The most important part of this is that we’re together, sharing with one another the most important commodity of all: Time.

We have done things like this since we were married. I believe it started when we were engaged, two years before we were married. For the twelve years of our marriage, we have dedicated ourselves to doing nothing on Valentine’s Day. The reason is simple: We believe we should show each other we love one another every day, not just this one day a year. To us, Valentine’s Day is a consumer made holiday that we wish to take no part in.

We prefer to show we love each other in simple ways every day and when we do go out of our way to make something special or do something special, the other person has no idea about it because it wasn’t done based on a holiday.  It wasn’t expected. These are the moments I cherish. These are the moments I remember. These are the moments I know are coming but I have no idea when.

For those of you who do celebrate it for whatever reasons you have, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

Inspiration and Its Wild Ride

I don’t know how I’ve done it, but in less than 2 months I’ve finished two novels and am already partway through the third novel, a little over 22k. When inspiration hit, I decided to push forward and see how much I could get done. Editing the first drafts of these books and polishing them can come after I’ve gotten the story out of my system. (I almost regret pausing to write this out. Almost.)

It is probably what I should have done with the Hartland series. I paused to edit and polish each book, when I really should have just finished the story while the ideas were flowing. By pausing, some of the ideas kind of fluttered away, leaving me stuck in places that shouldn’t have been so difficult to write. But because I lost the inspiration for the story, they were extremely difficult. Eventually, I found it again, but not after months and months of struggling to write a few words.

Because of the learning lesson I had with the Hartland series, it’s the way I have decided to start writing. Finish the story. Let inspiration take you on its wild ride.

Size Doesn’t Matter. Or Does it?

There are authors out there who can write amazing short stories. With only a few words they can paint a canvas and give their readers a peek into a new and exciting world.

I tend to become too attached to my characters or worlds to do short stories. Each time I’ve tried it has ended badly. Well, not badly, more like it ended with me scrapping the idea so I could use it later in a full length story and most likely use the characters in a different story.

The same thing can happen with a story which is novel length. You get a great idea, you pound out 60,000 or more words and end it. Then you realize that your characters or world have more to say. Soon, one novel turns into 3 or 4 or even 5. What started out as an idea for a short story has become an epic series where you’re not even sure if 5 full length novels are enough to hold everything you want to say.

Words have a strange way of multiplying.