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I have a confession to make:  My writing brain is fried!

I’ve been furiously at work trying to make a deadline to my editor for the first few chapters of my debut novel and it’s been crazy!  I summoned every ounce of creative mojo in my arsenal, not leaving enough to put up an awesome post. 

So instead of letting the crickets keep singing their song on this blog, I wanted to share some pheonomenal blog posts I’ve had a chance to check out that are not only educational but very entertaining!

Why Your Novel Won’t Get Published (Ten Reasons) – Terrible Minds

This guy is absolutely hilarious!  I love the way he tells it like it is!

Developing Your Unique Writing Voice – Kristen Lamb’s Blog

She is one of my favorite bloggers and her posts are always full of great info and funny analogies!

When does a bad movie become a must-watch spectacle? – IO9

This was more entertaining than anything else, but it does make you think about why you  love some of the bad movies in your life!

The Writer’s Enemy List Part IV—Over-Praisers – The Best Damn Creative Blog

The picture they use is priceless and the information very valuable – (overpraisers are monsters in disguise people!)

I hope you all enjoy and I will be back on the blogging wagon very soon!

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Christmas is almost upon us my friends and the holiday madness is only moments from starting!  So I thought it would take this time to share some of the cool artwork from Frederic St-Arnaud an artist I just discoverd after coming across this first picture.  If his work doesn’t get your creative blood going I don’t know what will!

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Totally awesome huh???!!

All photos courtesy of: http://www.starno.net/

Music is a huge inspiration to me when it came to writing this novel.  I literally have a playlist on my IPOD that’s filled with songs that evoke the words, feelings, and moods of my novel, depending on which part I’m writing.  The last one from the Prince of Persia went along perfectly with a romantic scene I wrote in Damaris. This time around, we’re going to take things up a notch with this video for the song Night by Disturbed.  I listened to this song a lot while writing this excerpt below because it takes about the mental changes my main character goes through.  Her connection to the Epsilian God Eros (the God of Fire, Lust, and Passion) manifests itself through her dreams.  This dream sequence is the last one she has before she realizes who she is and before the whole world of Epsilon is turned on it’s head!

Damaris.

She opened her eyes to find herself at the steps of Eros’s temple in the City.  At its entrance were two big golden urns, each one overflowing with flames.  Its smoke just added to the ominous fog that surrounded her.   Emerging from the temple entrance was the same figure in the red and gold cloak, its face still hidden.

Damaris.

It extended its arm out in front of it, exposing a dark, shadowing hand.

Damaris

She was slowly walking up the steps, the fog slowly turning to flames.

Damaris

She was just a few steps away from it now, its hand still a shadow.  The air was ablaze all around them but Damaris couldn’t feel its heat.

Damaris….it is time.

The voice was crystal clear now, it’s feminine voice strangely familiar. She took its hand and they both disappeared in the flames.

 

Though I haven’t seen the Prince of Persia yet(though it’s on my Netflix list!), I absolutely LOVE  this song!  For one, I’m a huge Alanis Morissette fan and to hear her again after all this time is awesome!  Her voice is so melodic and realistically heartfelt that they couldn’t have picked anyone else for this song.  Second, the music gives that Middle Eastern feel that I love to listen to when I’m writing ( I don’t know why but it does!).  When I listen to this song, I envision the romantic storyline that my novel has.  Though I’m not a hopeless romantic or into all that mushy stuff, I do believe in the theory of soul mates and a connection that goes beyond the “I love you’s” and all the other flowery words and gestures.

Here’s an excerpt from the romantic plot and enjoy the video!

She couldn’t explain it and neither could Fael, whose years of loneliness were instantly erased, feeling complete just by knowing her.  Words weren’t necessary that evening for their silence said all that they were afraid to say as they watched the night roll in.  They both knew it would be their last night together, though Damaris didn’t know that it would be the last time in her young adult life that her heart would have its say.

Photo courtesy of: comicsmedia.ign.com

Queen Gorgo: Spartan!
King Leonidas: Yes, my lady?
Queen Gorgo: Come back with your shield, or on it.
King Leonidas: Yes, my lady.

 For those not familiar with my one of favorite movies 300, King Leonidas was a fearless Spartan who led a team of 300 men against an entire Persian army in Thermopylae.  Though he was the clear star of the movie, Queen Gorgo was just as much of a star.  While her husband was kicking butt and taking names with the Persians, Gorgo was being the strong woman on the homefront.  It takes a very special and secure woman to support a man like Leonidas.  Her job isn’t one for the weak-hearted or the overemotional.  Her strength didn’t come from wielding swords but rather being strong in character.  She knew the chances of her husband coming back alive were slim and she did what she had to do in order to get him the help he needed.   She had to be his voice of reason when Leonidas needed to make a difficult decision.  She had to be his rock when he left with his men, them both knowing his chances of coming back was next to none.  She had to be the Queen of her country when she spoke in front of the council.  Even when that slimeball Theron double-crossed her, she gave him exactly what he deserved.   I absolutely loved this character in this movie because she wasn’t the damsel in distress nor the your typical warrior princess.  Her presence alone was enough to make anybody take notice!

Photo courtesy of: thisnext.com

Did any of you see this movie?  What did you think of Queen Gorgo?

A few weeks back I finally finished the first draft of my novel.  Man, what a feeling! I’ve been working on this story for almost two years now, falling victim everytime to the writer’s procrastination.  My writing people know what that is – work a little and then set it down until inspiration hits, and then when you get inspired, you never have the time.  At the beginning of the year, I only had five chapters done, with the first chapter being rewritten a few times already!  But once I got with my partners in writing business, I had the pushs I needed and finally finished the damn thing.

Anyways, the road trip was conveniently planned the following week with my husband.  We drove to Pensacola,Jacksonville, and St. Augustine ( a feat I know but thank goodness my husband loves to drive!), armed with my Samsung Vibrant phone taking pictures like crazy.  I’m not the greatest photographer, but I found myself taking pictures of trees, clearings, and coastlines.  I did it because I thought my novel needed some help in the description department – especially being that it is a fantasy novel.  Descriptions are super important because my world (called Epsilon) doesn’t exist in real life so I have to make sure my reader can experience it to its fullest potential.  Pensacola was great because I-10 was a five hour stretch of nothing but green grass, lush trees, and the occasional farms of goats, cows, and horses.  Most of my novel takes place in the countryside, so this was super helpful for me in that respect.  I then took a stroll down Pensacola Beach, which had clean white sand and warm blue-green water.  It was gorgeous and I found myself picturing the shoreline for one of my Epsilon cities, Avenera, which is situated along a coastline.  The beach even had houses on stilts which was so crazy because it was my first time there and the houses in my Avenera were on stilts!  Super awesome to have something concrete to look out when I tighten up my novel descritpions.     Jacksonville is very urban so I didn’t find too much story inspiration there.  However, in St. Augustine when I took a tour of the famour fort, Castillo de San Marcos, I came to realize that the same coastal city in my book may need some type of fort like this because from a military standpoint it makes sense.  There’s a war that will break out soon in the series and such a fort would be very necessary.  I probably would have never thought of that had I not visited this fort.

All in in all this roadtrip not only served as a mini-break that I desperately needed but also a tool to help me out with my scenery descriptions for my novel!

Here are just a few of the gazillion pictures I took.  Hopefully they can help you and inspire you as much as it did for me!

Tell me, what inspires you?

I wanted to start off my new blog with a major source of inspiration for my first novel, Damaris.  As you will learn, music is a HUGE inspiration for me.  I literally have a soundtrack that I listen to while I’m writing and fingers crossed if it becomes a movie, that list would prove invaluable! LOL  And you will also learn that Evanescence is my favorite band…EVER!  Amy Lee’s voice is so melodic while her band just brings that rawness that makes every song of there’s a hit!  So when I heard this song, a pivtoal  scene in my book (which you have to stay tuned for!) ran through my head to this music and my creativity just took off!

I couldn’t find an official video for it, but this fan made one will give you the essence of not only what I like about the song, but the main feeling of my book!  Enjoy!

Youtube video courtesy of: Myrth1994