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Monday, November 5, 2012

I'M BACK

After a bad case of writer's block, I finally feel like the blockage has dispersed. A lot has happened in my few months away. I celebrated my 21st birthday in August, my sister is nearly back to normal from her burns, she also has a new boyfriend that even I approve of, new ideas for writing projects are in the works, more poems and songs have been written, and I finally feel confident in the progress of book 2 in the Mystic Hearts series. I hope to bring my readers even better concepts to my posts than I have in the past. I hope everyone had a superb and safe Halloween. Feel free to leave comments below.

Friday, June 15, 2012

WRITER'S BLOCK

I had this ailment for about a week recently. It wasn't the worst case of it I've experienced and didn't last as long as usual, but it's so depressing when it strikes. We as writers use writing for outlets and a week without writing can take its toll. Luckily, I reminded myself of what inspires me and the block faded slowly. I still am not up to par with my usual creative writing ability, but I am slowly making a comeback. This is why I haven't posted anything for awhile. I do apologize. Anybody have some interesting stories about writer's block and creative ways to overcome it?

Friday, June 1, 2012

AWKWARD MOMENTS ON THE ELEVATOR

Yes, I realize this is a weird concept for a post, but it happened to me today and I thought of what a lovely blog post this would make. It goes like this, you are going on the elevator alone and somebody comes up and joins you. You stand there in front of the buttons and each take a turn hitting the button, unless you're both going to the same floor. The door ten closes and you wait in silence while the elvator takes forever to climb just a few floors. There are two types of people at this point, the chatters and the quiet ones.

The chatters always make it awkward for the quiet ones. Those who are shy will usually either nod with a smile or give one word responses. When two chatters are on an elevator, you would swear they have been bestfriends for many years, despite the fact that they just met. They will talk up the entire time the elvator climbs or descends. Two quiet people on an elevator is pure silence. They both hope the other won't intiate conversation. You can hear a pin drop within that elevator.

Now, I can be either of these depending on my mood. This particular day, I wasn't in the mood for small talk. I'm in a hospital and on a mission. This woman walks up and joins me in the elevator. I silently sighed to myself. luckily, she was a quiet one. The silent wait in the elevator for one floor seemed to drag on and on. I could feel the awkwardness creeping up. I considered breaking the silence for a laugh, but I didn't want to risk her actually being an undercover chatter and making my mission take that much longer. The elvator opened and we both sighed to ourselves and went on our way. And that is what what i call an awkward moment in an elevator. However, there are many worse scenarios.

Friday, May 25, 2012

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT- SOLITAIRE PARKE

Today, I have the honor of featuring Indie Author, Solitaire Parke! He has offered us a glimpse of his Horror/Thriller novel, "Vengeance of the Wolf!" A book sure to have you at the edge of your seat and turning each page with increasing suspense and anticipation. So without further ado, check it out!

MEET AUTHOR, SOLITAIRE PARKE

I have been avidly reading books of all kinds, but especially Science Fiction books since I was twelve years old. It was the author, Edgar Rice Burroughs, that really inspired me to become a writer. His style of writing spoke to me and evoked a passion for the written word. Throughout my life I have acquired a degree in Music Theory, a Masters in Photography and spent a decade and a half in Graphic and Web Design, but my love of writing never let up. I am currently pursuing my dream of becoming a full-time Author. I have written books ranging from Horror/Thriller to Science Fiction and Fantasy as well as Metaphysical and Poetry. I am also the proud owner of Tairobi…my Manx cat. He’s been a huge help in the writing process!

Friday, May 18, 2012

REVIEW FOR REVIEW

For any of my fellow indie writers reading this. If any of you are looking for a review and would be willing to do a review in return, let me know via email or simply comment on this post. I'm mostly into fiction, my dominant genres being fantasy, YA, and romance, but I'm open to most other genres. Also, keep in mind my two ebooks are fantasy and romance. If anyone is interested I wuld greatly appreciate it.

Monday, May 14, 2012

HEART TO HEART

As a writer of romance and fantasy with heavy romantic elements, I feel this is really my niche. I can't really write about dragons to you all on a blog everyday. If I could, I would. I love dragons. I wish I could own a dragon. Alas, dragons are not a part of this blog or my reality. My next best topic is something to do with romance.

Where I feel my best topic is right now is pride, for pride can keep a person from releasing the magical emotions from the depths of their hearts. Pride can be one of the hardest things to swallow, especially in a situation of extreme tension. But pride can cause a person to lose the one they love in an instant. It's good to have pride, but not too much of it.

It's something I have vowed to master, other than writing. Of course, I am still no expert and I am still very young. It will take many more years before I fully understand this concept. I wrote a poem about it.

Change

Like the leaves in the autumn season.
I was a rhyme without a reason.
I just can't strike this heavy feeling.
Or why my fate keeps sealing.
Before the dawn, the sun never rose.
Why it always rained, heaven knows.
I clung to this pride and wouldn't let go.

You came in like a hero to a foresaken soul.
Like the moon to the tide when it's full,
you became my heart's push and pull.
You showed me the error of my ways.
You led me to the path of brighter days.
Now it seems like before, I'm pushing you away.

I've fallen down to the darkest of sorrow.
Without you, I no longer look to tomorrow.
It amazes me how someone can reshape a whole life.
In your eyes, I saw a bright future where you removed this knife.
I now cling to this sadness and it chains me to never move forward.
All I want to do is make you the one goal I move toward.

So now I fight the darkness within.
Now I cast away regrets and sin.
Now I fight to finally break free,
so I can forge a future for you and me.
You blessed me and my thoughts did arrange.
Now I stand strong and tall on the road to change.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

BREAKING POINT

I'm sure everyone has gotten at least close to this point before. The weight of the world presses down on your shoulders and soon it feels like everyone is suddenly standing against you. At this point, it feels there is no way to relieve the pain and burning coming from within. You don't know whether you will burst into tears or explode on the next person who says something you find the least bit revolting. We've all been close to this point before, if not reached it.

The real question is, how do you prevent it? Is it as hopeless as trying to stop a volcano from erupting or a tornado from touching down and consuming all in its path? Obviously, holding the raw emotion within like a dam on a river won't work. The emotion will soon build and build and build until breaking is inevitable and unstoppable. There are methods of course to dealing with the emotions as they come, but does that work for everybody?

The only thing logical to do once you reach the point of breaking down is to be alone and let it all out. At least, that's what works for me. Other people might find company to be helpful. I find that writing and music help keep my emotions from running wild and breaking me down. Each one works as an outlet that calms me. other people find other ways. Any thoughts on this?

Monday, May 7, 2012

MY FAITHFUL COMPANION

We've talked a lot about my books and your favorite genres. You've seen two of my poems and read what I had to say about determination. Through my writing, publishing, and other endeavors, one friend has always been standing beside me. Or shall I say, sat at my ankles. He's there when I need a hug, to smile, or to play. He's a friend I know I can trust and will love me unconditionally. He's also one of the characters of the romance. Let me introduce you all to my pal, Cubby!

Isn't he precious? That little furry guy has been by my side through each of these books and continues to be there while I write the next ones. It's inspiring how he always seems so content and happy with life. I wonder to myself, what if we all could have that sort of attitude. Well, minus the butt sniffing and other gross habits dogs like. He is also the dog in the photograph on the cover of the romance. I couldn't submit the cover without him.

I know some people aren't into dogs and I like cats as well. But I must say that this dog has been a major help in keeping me strong and for that, I'm thankful to have him as a blessing to my life. I know it may sound cheesy to some, but rare bits of happiness should always be cherished. After all, happinesss can come and go in the blink of an eye. Do any of you have a faithful companion you would like to talk about? If so, leave a comment and tell us all about them. (:

Friday, May 4, 2012

FANTASY OR ROMANCE?

As a writer of both of these genres, I find myself quite curious to know how many people favor which genre, or even if you favor both or neither. I have been writing fantasy and poems since I was really young. I started romances around the age of fifteen or sixteen, so four to five years now. I'm wondering which genre will sell better. I realize this depends on how well I write either, but this also depends on the preference of the readers.

I must also point out that romance has always been a part of my writing. In the fantasy series, some heavy plot points revolve around the romance of the two main characters. I find romantic elements can really add feeling and suspense to a story. Yet, so can a giant minotaur, or even a dragon. I know what you're thinking. How can either of these creatures add feeling to a story. Read the first book of my fantasy series and you'll see.

I know there are some people who don't have a taste for either of these genres. If so, I would still love to hear your thoughts on the genres you prefer. This is an open post. I just wanted to discuss the two genres I read and write. You can even discuss your favorite books of your favorite genres. Anything to bring some entertainment. And I just realized it's not Saturday. Silly me. Oh well, this post can't wait.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

SEQUELS

This is a post I was looking forward to writing. At this very moment, I am working on the sequel to the first book of the fantasy series. I just got to say, I love writing sequels. It's just so entertaining wondering what the reader is going to think at certain parts, how it connects to the previous book, and whether the reader will think it compares to the other book. A lot of writers find this to be quite tedious to consider, or they lose their minds under the pressure of making a quality sequel that readers will respect.

To really grasp the many different reactions people pertain to sequels, one could consider movie series. Sometimes, fans hate sequels, feeling that the plot was weak and the storyline lost its quality. I find it quite common to hear that people feel that the first movie or book was the best in the series and the ones that followed tried to hard to outdo the first. Other times, I hear that sequels were either as good, or better than the first and previous books or movies before them.

I feel that the secret to writing a good sequel is to not forget what inspired the first. It's important to build off of it, but not stray too far from what brought fans to it in the first place. These are things I consider as I write my sequel. I'm no expert of course, but I have observed and formed my own opinions. I guess we shall see if it makes a difference or not. What are your thoughts on sequels?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

HANDLING ARGUMENTS

I figured I would return to my the basics on this post and cover a topic I cannot stand at the moment. Yes, this is a subject that vexes many people and still so few really know the answer. I'm definitely among those still searching for the answer sadly. In a friendship or a relationship, there always comes a point of extremem tension when something happens to anger one or both of the people in the friendship or relationship.

There could be many reasons why this moment of tension came so suddenly. It could be something said, something done, something not said, or something not done. Amazing how little of a chance we really have to get ir right in the first place, isn't it? So then comes the fireworks and many possibilities follow suit. This could be the end of the friendship or relationship, or it could be resolved.

There in lies the question, however. How do you resolve a conflict with as little hurt as possible, and how do you know if it should even be resolved instead of simply walking away? These are questions I've been longing for the answer to. If the answers could be found to these questions, so many unfortunate aching hearts would be eased of their suffering. Alas, we are not so fortunate to know the solution. The experts have many different methods, but this is a two way street and rarely do both sides agree on even the method of resolving the argument. Any thoughts on this would be lovely.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

LOWERED PRICES

I have lowered the prices on both of my books to expand readership. I realize ebooks should be cheaper and want potential customers to feel they are getting a good deal for a read they will enjoy. This time, I will provide descriptions for both books, as well as links.

Mystic Hearts: Light of the Bonded Fates

Mystic Hearts: Light of the Bonded Fates is a young adult fantasy and the first in a five book series. The book has a compelling amount of suspense, adventure, and romance with a message reminding us to have confidence in ourselves, even when hope seems lost, and that love can be a light in the darkest of times. The story revolves around Balthazar of Kalator, a boy of sixteen, who carries a burden when he discovers he is a destined hero know as the Chosen and his beloved Kristella is bonded to his fate. They share thoughts, feelings, dreams, and even death. If one dies, so does the other. The mystic kingdom of Kalator was once peaceful, but evil hangs in the air of an ancient demon who now hunts vulnerable Kristella to end the threat of his ancient enemies known as the Chosen. In the darkest of towers hides another enemy who follows the ancient fiend and means to summon a foreboding beast from the hellish Underworld. As a long forgotten war resurfaces, the people will, as they always have, turn to The Chosen Hero, but Balthazar refuses to believe himself a Hero of Light and it seems his love for Kristella is the only light in the world plagued by Shadows. He must overcome his insecurities to find the courage to protect Kristella, defeat the predator that hunts him, known as the Shadow, and save his people from the certain ruin they will face from the spawn of hell.

Amazon-  

Barnes and Noble- 

Smashwords- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/150041

Dream Journal

Description: Dream Journal is a contemporary romance that points out the miracle that is love in the face of great tragedy. Adam’s grandparents don’t know what to do with him when he is rendered mute after a fire claims both his parents and his home. His elderly guardians consider it a miracle when the boy starts talking out of the blue after dreaming of a mysterious girl. Over the years, Adam records the reoccurring dreams of the girl in a journal, until they fade away and he leaves the town of Willow Brook to attend college and further his path to a writing career. Adam returns a 23 year old aspiring writer and begins working in his grandparents’ book store, while finishing his manuscript.  He is startled when he crosses paths with the very girl from his dreams in reality. An upper class girl named Sarah, who is staying in Willow Brook for the summer. The two start a beautiful summer romance, in which they fall in love. But, the secret of the Dream Journal could threaten to tear them apart. Adam must somehow prove to Sarah that miracles exist and their love is real. The stakes are stacked against Adam and his heart can’t bear to lose the angel who saved him from his sorrow.

Amazon- 

Barnes and Noble- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1110146152?ean=2940014497664

Smashwords- 

I would much enjoy if any readers who look up these two books would comment their opinions about the descriptions and/or the covers.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

NEED REVIEWS

I need readers to read and review the fantasy book I uploaded not long ago. I posted links to the three main sites I need these reviews. I would greatly appreciate any opinion a reader posts on those sites, whether it be good or bad. Also, tell me what you think of the cover. It is a hand drawn cover and very much the way i envisioned it, as it pertains to a part in the story. I thank you all for your support and hope to bring more readers to this blog soon.

Smashwords- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/150041

Amazon- 

Barnes and Noble- 
 
 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

BOOK NOW AVAILABLE ON BARNES AND NOBLE ONLINE STORE

Here is another link for Mystic Hearts: Light of the Bonded Fates to be bought for Nook.

Barnes and Noble- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1110060302?ean=2940014149938

Also, I plan to hold a contest once the romance, Dream Journal, is added. The prize will be a free copy of either book. Check back for details.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

LINKS TO MYSTIC HEARTS: LIGHT OF THE BONDED FATES

Below are the links to Mystic Hearts: Light of the Bonded Fates. Any reviews would be greatly appreciated. When Barnes and Noble finally finish processing their edition through PubIt, I will provide their link to it as well. I hope you all enjoy it.  Also, the romance should be uploaded within the next few days.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

BOOK GENRES

I have recently gotten my first book uploaded to Smashwords and Amazon, still working on PubIt! It's called Mystic Hearts: Light of the Bonded Fates. It's the first book of a five book series and a young adult fantasy. I will soon also be uploading my first romance, Dream Journal, as well. I'll be providing Hyperlinks as soon as I can figure out how. I love writing in the genres of fantasy and a romance. What are some of your favorite book genres?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

QUICK POEM

My sister has been healing very well and is now starting to get back to her normal day to day lifestyle. I thank you all for your patience and will post a poem I put together real quick for you to enjoy and comment on if you'd like.

Don’t Run Away

So here we are again, driven apart by fear.
I don’t want this to end, but I can feel it drawing near.
You’re more than just a friend, but you’re barely here.
We both fear to take the chance and find the words to say.
Together, we can dance, but please don’t run away.
I’ll understand and I’ll be patient. I’ll always be there.
I know you fear abandonment, but darling, I’ll always care.
So take this leap of faith with me. I promise to dry your eyes.
We can runaway and be free, like a couple of fireflies.
And I’ll hold you when you hurt. I’ll know just what to say.
Don’t leave me in a cloud of dirt. Please don’t run away.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I APOLOGIZE...

I apologize for the amount of time I have been away from this blog. A tragedy in the family has occured recently that demanded my attention. My sister was in a very bad house fire, which she escaped. However, sixty percent of her body had been burnt. She is recovering very well and is now back at home taking the healing process one step at a time. I have been spending most of my time being there for her and helping her with whatever she needs. I will try to keep this blog as updated as possible and once she is better, the posts will be more frequent.

Friday, January 13, 2012

LOVE POEM

This is a poem I wrote recently that i've been feeling compelled to write for some time. It's only a rough draft at the moment, but I still felt like sharing, so enjoy:

There is little as divine and familiar to me as her name.
It belongs to the one girl who lights my inner flame.
Yours is the voice of reason when lack of sense shrouds my mind.
And through years of struggling and growth, in our souls we now bind.
I realize now a life without you is a nightmare so bleak.
Wrapped up in unceratinty, it's your love I only seek.
You are the dream I will fight for forever.
And only within your eyes will my aching ever sever.
I will always value the promises I've made.
If this love is true, it shall never fade.
With every laugh, smile, and touch, I am inspired to see my goals through.
I want to build you a life of joy, trust, and love, because I see my future in you.
I still remember the first time I saw that beautiful face.
If you should ever leave, my heart's still yours in case.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

DRIVING DETERMINATION...

This has been a very insightful holiday season for me. I recently pondered the notion of what the source of my determination is. What keeps me fighting for what matters most, even when facing uncertainty? I immediately knew the answer. As soon as I asked, I knew it. The element present in every poem, lyric, or story I write. The source of my resolve and inspiration is love. Whether it be love for family, love for friends, love for that special someone, or all of the above, love brings out a strength within that can be unrelenting.

When a person chases their dreams, or a goal, or even the one that got away, there has to be some notion or feeling that drives them to not quit. Otherwise, fear of failure or the first great obstacle would break a person into surrender. Many of the great icons we all admire have faced obstacles that cause a shudder to run through most people, yet they pressed on and refused to accept defeat. It's those people that now inspire others to do the same.

All of these thoughts remind me of why i've gotten this far and why I will still press on with my head held high. We only live once. We all have that one dream we chase even in the midst of the darkest days. Why not give it your all? Just remind yourself of the source of your determination and your reason for pursuing the aspiration. What drives you? What inspires you? What makes you feel like you can't afford to give in to defeat?