Welcome to the latest edition of Time Flies! It’s my version of a monthly update, where I recap the past month’s accomplishments and articles, share news and random things from my offline life, and hint at what may be coming in the month ahead.
Is anyone else having a hard time believing that 2015 is now halfway over? Insane, isn’t it? But so far, 2015 has been an awesome year. Creatively, personally,… and now statistically! Because of your visits, comments, social media shares, and reblogs, this site has already topped 2014’s total page view counts – meaning it’s having its best year EVER. Thank you all so, SO much for your support and feedback. It means the world to me. And that’s going to make next month’s blogoversary that much sweeter. 😀
Which reminds me: I’m still taking questions for Eva’s blogoversary character interview! Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 pm on Friday, July 3rd. Click here for details and to see which questions have been asked so far.
Now, on to this month’s summary!
This Month’s Posts
- The Liebster Award Challenge
- An Ode To… Within Temptation
- Submit Your Questions for Eva’s Character Interview!
- Attending Writer’s Digest Conference 2015!
- Chronicling The Craft: Revisions 20% Complete
- Recent Reads: “Alanna: The First Adventure” by Tamora Pierce
- Beautiful People, Vol. 5: The “Parental” Edition
- Recent Reads: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor
- 5 on the 5th: Five Awesome Websites for Writers
- Interview with Angela B. Chrysler, Author of “Dolor and Shadow”
- Recent Reads: “Blackbringer” by Laini Taylor
Interviews, Guest Blogs, and Columns
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Tea From Taiwan’s Zhong Shu Hu Oolong Tea” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- “Official Kickoff to Summer, in 6 Words” (Coach Daddy)
- “Developing Themes In Your Stories: Part 3 – The External Conflict” (DIY MFA)
- “Tea Time at Reverie: Elinor’s Heart Black Tea from Bingley’s Teas” (A Bibliophile’s Reverie)
- New DIY MFA Article and Worksheet on External Conflict Themes
- Site Updates and Upcoming Changes (June 2015)
- FAQs (new page)
June seemed to take on the theme of “pace yourself.” I was able to stay more relaxed by taking on only the projects I knew I’d have time for. Apart from the writing, I made some simple updates to my author contact cards (see above photo), which I plan to bring with me to the Writer’s Digest Conference next month. Also, I ordered more tea samples from Adagio and decided on two more custom blends inspired by The Keeper’s Curse. One is an herbal blend representing Eva’s fellow Councilor Nito, who’s a healer. The other… is Eva’s tea!! Hers has been an absolute bugger to figure out, especially after my original idea bombed. So I’m thrilled that I’ve finally found something that a) fits her personality closely enough, and b) tastes pretty good.
Draft #2 of TKC is still chugging along. Since the last update here, I’ve finished Chapters 8 and 9 and cut another 700-ish words from the manuscript. Now it stands at a total of around 127,200 words (425 pages, double spaced), and continues to head in the right direction. Well… except for a world-building hiccup that was brought to my attention over the weekend. It’s going to require additional revisions in Draft #2 (and some in Draft #3, for scenes I’ve already revised in Draft #2), but I need to fix it for logic’s sake. So right now, I’m trying to remind myself that it’s for the good of the story…
Speaking of TKC updates, I might change the frequency of this round of Chronicles from every 20-percent milestone to every 10-percent milestone. It might depend on how close the next milestone (30 percent) is to the Writer’s Digest Conference. So I might hold off on the next Chronicle until August regardless.
Apart from writing, June was a family-oriented month. My maternal grandmother passed away a year ago this month, so I went with my parents to Maine one weekend to visit her grave and spend time with relatives. And this past weekend was Dad’s birthday, so I treated him to a New England Revolution game (which coincidentally fell on his big day – yay!). He’s a HUGE soccer fan, and I appreciate the sport as well, so it’s become a tradition to give him Revolution tickets for either Father’s Day or his birthday. Unfortunately the Revs lost (partly due to shoddy refereeing), but what matters more is that Dad still enjoyed the game.
Finally, remember how I mentioned last month that I’m having bad-luck streak with new movies? It finally ended, thanks to “Tomorrowland”! Inspired by the Disney theme park of the same name, it tells the story of an idealistic, techno-whiz teenager (Britt Robertson) who stumbles upon a pin that acts as a portal to a futuristic city. When the girl realizes the portal is only temporary, she searches for a way back and enlists the reluctant help of an inventor (George Clooney) who had once been there himself. It’s not a perfect movie; some of the action borders on comical, and the ending feels a bit anti-climactic. But I liked the overall message and couldn’t stop laughing at the banter between the two main characters. And after seeing a dozen or so film that frustrated me, sitting back and having fun for once was a welcome change. Definitely catch “Tomorrowland” in theaters while you still can!
Song of the Month: “Revolution” by Kamelot featuring Alissa White-Gluz
This track won’t be to everyone’s tastes… but OMG, I love this symphonic power metal thunderstorm. I’ve been a Kamelot fan for 8 or so years now, and consider them among my favorites with Within Temptation and Anathema. “Revolution” is from Kamelot’s newest album Haven and one of two songs featuring Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy. Death metal-ish growls and screams normally force me to tune out – but honestly, Alissa makes this song ROCK. And something about the song’s grittiness and tempest nature reminds me of a dark fantasy idea that’s simmering on the backburner. Oh, how I love finding inspiration where I least expect it. 😀
How Quickly Does Time Fly?
The next Time Flies will post on Friday, July 31st – Day One of the Writer’s Digest Conference! Until then, I hope you’re having a great start to your summer / winter. 🙂