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Six Sentence Sunday – Ew! #SixSunday

Hey, hey, hey …

I’ve been following a few blogs that do this “Six Sentence Sunday” thing for a while now, and have finally decided to jump on the bandwagon. I thought it was just something bloggers did (which isn’t wrong), but there’s actually a homebase! Who knew?

Anyway, with Healer’s Touch due to be released in January, I thought I might work on garnering some interest.

Llew walks the line between life & death

So, here goes a snippet that I hope works out of context:

“I can fight,” said Llew.

“You throw a letter opener mighty fine,” said Jonas. “But there’s a difference between a back-road scuffle and a battlefield.”

“What do they want with me, if not to fight?”

“They want your sons,” said Aris.

“My—? But I don’t … ew!”

So there you go. If you are swinging by here from the Six Sentence Sunday site – Welcome! (Actually, a big welcome to everybody). This is a snippet from my upcoming Fantasy novel, Healer’s Touch, which has a good dollop of Romance, and a touch of Steampunk.

Here’s a blurb:

Llew has a gift. Her body heals itself from any injury—but at a cost to anyone nearby.

 In a country fearful of magic, freeing yourself from the hangman’s noose by wielding forbidden power brings dangers of its own. After dying and coming back, Llew drops from the gallows into the hands of Jonas: the man carrying the knife with the power to kill her—permanently.

 The last of his warrior race, Jonas is haunted by memories of his loved ones. At his side, the cursed knife that took their lives, which also acts as a cruel reminder of his pain. Jonas has learned the hard way that caring for others means their death.

 Jealous of his half-brother’s celebrated strength and speed, Braph created the device that gives him the power to perform magic, any magic. But it needs fuel—the blood of a healer …

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[Music] Building a Playlist

So, I’m on the road to publication – Yay! Say it with me: YAY!

Anyway, I’ve been thinking of my marketing, from a book trailer to cover design to the BOOK RELEASE PARTAY! That’s right, it’s a partAy, baby, yeah! So, I’ve been thinking about what music I’d love to have playing, and while at my usual parties I’d go all dancy and stuff (granted, MY kind of dance, but still), I figure I won’t be doing much dancing at this particular shindig. No. Instead, I want to set the mood of the book.

So, I have a few tunes in mind – just under 2.5hrs worth so far. A good chunk of The Crow movie soundtrack would work, such as The Cure “Burn”, Machines of Loving Grace (I sense a Steampunk theme!) “Golgotha Tenement Blues”, Nine Inch Nails “Dead Souls”, etc. I’ve also slipped in Guns ‘n Roses “November Rain”, Deftones “Knife Party” (a song I have always considered Jonas’ “theme song”), The Feelers “Weapons of War”, and this one …

I’ve always loved the “I can do anything” theme to this song. I have to admit, I don’t understand it, have no idea what it’s about, but it still feels like it fits. “I can do anything” and “Vulgar before me” … Yeah …It means something.

Starting over …

I have got to say, starting a whole new novel is scary stuff!

Structuring the telling
Structuring the telling (Photo credit: bgblogging)

I’ve learned so much through writing Healer’s Touch that I’d love to think I can apply to this new book earlier on, with the intention of completing and publishing in a shorter time than I have HT. The good ol’ “Easier said than done” comes to mind right about now. When I think about story structure and outlining, I find myself a little bit paralysed. There is no doubt about it, I applied tried-and-true story structure theory I learned from Larry Brooks, and outlining techniques I learned from all over the show (seriously, too many references to even list any … if you search it, you’ll come across many influences I used), to complete HT. But, the simple fact remains, I started out pantsing it. I started with a couple or three characters and a vague idea of where I wanted them to end up. The story grew around them, and they within it.

Read more…Starting over …

[Music] My favourites: Candlebox


I just felt like throwing in a random music post, really. A celebration of where some of my own storytelling may have come from. Simple fact: music has been a huge influencer in my life.

So, as a teenager, my musical interests went through some fairly major shifts. But first, let’s go back even further (Yes! Let’s!) …

I remember my mother always having a radio on at home. Whether that really is true or not is of little consequence … it’s what I remember. Always music. The Beach Boys “Cocomo” sticks with me, for some reason … We also had an extensive collection of records, and a little HMV player for the smaller 45s (although, you could play a 33 on on it … just). I was always playing that thing – listening to “Bend Me, Shape Me“, various Monkees songs, some Beatles, Disney Classics, The Turtles (“Surfer Dan”!, “Elenore” – which my mum used to sing as “Alan-oh …”; guess my dad’s name) … “We Are Happy People” (I’m guessing it was The Foundations that did it … can’t find it anywhere except in my head … oh). Those were the days.

Read more…[Music] My favourites: Candlebox

[Music] A Sense of Opening …

Something I rather like about Wattpad is that you can post videos alongside the chapters you post — this could be a video of you explaining the process of writing, or some other information about the chapter, or it could be a music video …

Since music is a major influence in almost everything I do, of course I set about trying to line up the most appropriate songs for the chapters I submitted (very few, now that Healer’s Touch is set to be published soon …)

Here’s what I chose for the opening of Healer’s Touch 

Read more…[Music] A Sense of Opening …

Grief … Like a rollercoaster hiding in your closet

Today is … today.

A trip to a farm. “I’m in the back of a ute! I’m a REAL dog, ma!”

It’s the first of October here in New Zealand. This morning, when I realised the date, I also recalled, of course, what tomorrow is … October 2nd. Which was, and always will be, my first dog Griffin’s birthday.

And I realised something … I miss him, deeply.

Griffin came into my life when I was a 17 year old school girl, potentially on the cusp of making stupid decisions. But I didn’t need to. I had Griffin. I loved him and he loved me, and we did everything together. I still fancied boys, but I didn’t need a boy. I had Griffin.

Every year, we gave Griffin a present under the Christmas tree. It didn’t need to be food, yet he could always pick it out. And as long as the paper wasn’t that shiny stuff, he could open it himself, too. But he would always carry it to my mum to get the OK, first.

My Pop (mum’s dad) was diagnosed with cancer soon after I got Griffin, and a year later passed. I will always remember Griffin running happily into Pop’s house, which we were staying in to attend his funeral, and running around looking for him … he was very disappointed Pop wasn’t there.

Read more…Grief … Like a rollercoaster hiding in your closet