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Writing Tips: Holidays

Great tip. Especially creating your own holiday!

Shannon A Thompson

As promised, I’m continuing writing tips, and today I am concentrating on the use of holidays in literature. No matter what culture you have or what country you live in, you probably celebrate holidays. I think this is a beautiful thing. Not only do holidays give us an opportunity to remember aspects of life like love, parents, or independence–they also allow us to dedicate the entire day to it. So why not use holidays in our novels to do the same thing?

There actually are reasons to NOT do this. They can easily come across as cheesy or distracting instead of symbolic. This brings me to my first rule:

Pick a Holiday Carefully: 

Holidays are often unnecessary, so choose carefully if you decide to use one. This is simply a personal preference, but I think holidays become something more when the author uses it in a symbolic manner rather than an…

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The things one’s find in the most awkward of places

I have been known to do many things in regard to misplacement. The last one I blogged about was the misplacement of a file, a section of a book written that was ready to be placed.  I will forever look for Untitled Document 2 if I ever lose one again, by the way.  My keys end up everywhere but the hook, my laptop was once sandwiched in the middle of a huge historical literature that I read for funsies and ideas.  My cell phone will forever and always end up hiding somewhere thanks to the fact that I refuse to shell out over $30 for a case, and even so finding one that is a Tardis would be harder, so a-hiding we will go.  There is always a straggler in the shoe family and forget about matching socks.  Flip flops are great for the summer anyway 😀  I have even put remote’s in the freezer before.  Who knows why these things happen but they do.  I place things and forget where they are at; I am human after all.  Or am I?  As a lovely Danish woman loves to tell the tale of the Nisse elf around the winter holiday season, I realize that maybe somewhere deep down inside I have a wee bit of Nisse in me.  I liked the history of the elf itself, but basically its quite mischievous in hiding thing and sometimes doing some unmentionable things if he/she does not get what it wants.  A few quotes, and yes Wikipedia because I would hate to misquote Ms. Lone.  “a particular gift was a bowl of porridge on Christmas night. If the nisse was not given his payment, he would leave the farm or house, or engage in mischief” “The nisse liked his porridge with a pat of butter on the top.”  If he didn’t get that…..stand back folks and expect a lot of things to just totally happen at random.  Your objects get misplaced and sometimes, if he’s very angry, well just read the Wiki.  ANYWAY I have decided my inner subconscious is a Nisse.  I don’t have the figure for it and I’m not quite from the Scandinavian region of origin it explains everything.

Nisse

If I haven’t lost my mind yet I believe I would displace that quite often.

So what have found out that have been misplaced?  2 mechanical pencils, a red pen and a black pen.  In my hair like chopsticks,  I am certainly not the only writer that does this, but kind of curious what people’s numbers are.  The sad thing is, nobody in the family ever seems to think twice to tell me.  I’m at it alone.  At least I have them on hand to draw out my map for the next section of this book.  Thats what I was doing when I realized it.  In the floor, mapping things out to get a visual.

Hint:  Someone of great historical value belonged to a secret society of vampires.  It helped him in his grand conquests.

Map of the Conquests of Alexander the Great 336-323 BC

 

Amazon being a bit glitchy, take advantage

For some reason Amazon is being a tad glitchy on the pricing of my book, updating it for a bit, then back down to the .99 cents.  I have spoken with customer support and will get more information soon enough.  So sure, take advantage before it goes back up.  Just my opinion.  Here I go, fighting “The Man” and it behemoth of a corporation.  Something stinks and I hope it gets sorted.  Of course the paperback has gone down too.  The sale price never changed on any other website so obviously its not competition.  Great thing to wake up to, especially after such a productive evening/early morning.

*sigh*  poor Ares.  It’s not going to help him much at all :/

Quiet night, just the right kind of emotion, and a strong will to push forward

Yep, I’m talking about Book 2 of The Vampire Realm.  3,519 words to be exact, and remember this is first draft.  It may not seem like much, but trust me those are words that are hard to come upon with a writer that loves to go for the goal of over 80-100K words.  When I do something I do it grand.

I can promise that it will be nothing short of the first one and learning the stories of the characters you seemed intrigued about (I bet one piqued your interest) will hold your attention as your emotions get wrapped up in their lives before reaching a pinnacle moment in the book only to be brought to a new, exciting twist that will have you salivating for the third.

Yes, I am proud of myself.  I hope I can accomplish what I have done with the first book and blow it out of the water, bringing the series back to life.  All proceeds will still go toward my – baby boy Ares to make sure he can get tested since vet’s aren’t keen on payment plans.  Hopefully it will give answers enough to not need surgery, which I will obviously post.

So about the quiet night.  I have one.  A moment of clarity and an epiphany came to me on how to word the next section since i could give you a rundown of the entire synopsis of the series right now, but what fun is that?  I am hoping for more quiet nights with just the right moments to keep this moving along.  I have a few Beta readers ready to go, still contemplating on how to do what i can, to wait until I am done or piece by piece.

The emotion.  That one is a tough one.  I am full of it lately.  I have moved so there is the new adventure part.  I have been saddened, I have been tugged back and forth in a world that I wish I could make as comforting as possible; I am quite empathetic and am very adamant on freeing someone who seems almost trapped in the life they lead.  I have been happy.  Those moments can be fleeting but do exist.

I do admit to my stubbornness and somewhat shame for not getting the move on.  All my ducks are in a row and all I have to do is type it out.  Oh wait, its much harder than putting simple words on a paper.  If it were that easy I think everyone would do it, although you would be quite surprised what you could do if you put your mind to do.

I also admit to something else.  I have gone to the movies.  I enjoyed World War Z, realizing it was just a different story and probably a prequel of some sort.  As flawed as some things were it was completely entertaining.  I have been gaming.  I picked up Resident Evil 4 once again and find it as interesting as I did the first time.  I also got quite involved in a game I highly recommend (unless you’re a shoot it up kind of person that likes to go online to do all that stuff, although it is there).  The Last of Us.  It is done by the same people who did the Uncharted series, which I loved also.  Actual story-line, great graphics, among stealth and action.  Oh and my new obsession, Patrick Stewart and Will Wheaton on Twitter.  Sir Patrick has entertained me fully, and don’t judge me, I find him quite…..well lets just say he is one my list of favorites.  I know you judge, you must.  You are now questioning everything else I have said.  Fear not my blog readers and book fans, it is just a part of the proud girl geek that i am.

Don’t forget, book proceeds will go to Sir Ares, my 10yr old miniature pincher.  I would hate to have to set up a donation site.  It’s unfortunate us Independent authors get paid a little at a time and sometimes that is not enough to cover such costs.  I do thank those who have helped so far and will constantly keep everyone updated on how Ares is doing.  His joint medicine is working.  Lets hope the insides will work just as well and that the outcome will be minor.

Book and Ares will send you to both.

The book picture will get you to Amazon.  For those interested in the kindle version, head over to my author page from the cute little picture of Ares I am sharing once again.

ImageAres now 2