Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The more the merrier?

I am, as of today, working on two novels.
Does that seem crazy? I don't feel like it's crazy.
I'm not exactly working on them at the same time. 
What usually happens is that I'll work on one for a bit, hit a wall, go to the other novel and work on it for a bit, and continue the cycle until one of them is finished. If I'm struggling with both stories then I write something else, such as a short story.

It can be a tad difficult to switch between story worlds sometimes but this method works for me because it makes me keep writing. It's basically my cure for writer's block. Obviously, that method doesn't work for everyone. What do you guys do when you get stuck?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"The What Ifs of Debut Novels"

Cherie stopped by to talk about the what ifs that come with writing.
Take it away, Cherie!
The What Ifs of Debut Novels

Publishing a novel is not for the faint-hearted. It takes perseverance to write, edit, and polish a novel, but it takes courage to release it into the world for others to enjoy or hate. As writers, we do what we can to produce the best book possible, but once we release it into the wild, we are left with many what ifs.

There are the bad what ifs: What if the novel doesn’t sell? What if no one likes it? What if I can never publish a book as good as this one? What if the novel is so hated I have to change my name? What if I get trolled because the novel is perceived to be so bad?

Then, there are the good what ifs: What if it does sell? What if it gets on the bestsellers lists? What if it’s optioned for a movie? What if it sells better than Harry Potter? What if it becomes so popular I have to change my name because everyone knows who I am and won’t stop hounding me about the next book?

Even some of those good what ifs can be scary. As you can see, it’s no wonder I’m a speculative fiction writer since I focus a lot on the what ifs!

In the end, all we can do is write the best we can. Beyond that, we need to take a deep breath and let those what ifs come, whatever they are.

What are you worried about publishing your work?

To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.

Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.

Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.

Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.

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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

What "American Beauty" Taught Me About Characters

I've been in movie mode lately. 
From Oscar nominated films to the classics, I've been watching whatever I could find and taking notes.
Most of these movies have a really great story but to be honest, a great story will only take you so far. What that great story needs are great characters.

I don't remember every plot detail of some of the best books I've read but I DO remember the characters. 
Who remembers everything from all 7 Harry Potter books? Few people. Who remembers why Severus Snape is one of the best characters in the series? Basically everyone.

Movie characters are no exception when it comes to their importance. That's why I was so pleasantly surprised when I finally watched "American Beauty."

This film is about a man named Lester who is going through a mid-life crisis and trying to get back what he's lost. Other characters are Lester's wife and daughter (who think he's a loser), the next door neighbors consisting of a hard core Marine and his strange son, and a high school girl who is about as self-centered as they come.

None of these characters should be likeable, given their actions (will withhold information to keep from spoiling the movie) but for some strange reason, they are likeable. I believe that the reason why it is easy to look past their negative qualities is because you can't help but to feel a bit sorry for all of them, and for very different reasons. I think that feeling sorry for someone helps us to relate to them and I have found this especially true for characters.

For example: Severus Snape.
Kind of hate him Books 1-6. He's such a jerk to Harry, obviously working for Voldemort, and is just generally unpleasant. Then in Book 7 it all makes sense and suddenly, Snape is just really misunderstood. BAM. Awesome character that practically every reader likes.

Ever seen American Beauty? What characters you should dislike, but actually like a lot? Any movie recommendations to keep the movie mode going?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Lazy Girl Fitness: Walk It Out

I like to exercise.
Really, I do!
But sometimes I just want to stay in my pajamas for the entire day instead of putting on my running shoes.
What's a lazy girl (or guy) to do?
Cheat, of course.

Lazy Tip #1: Invest in a pedometer.
Apparently we're supposed to take 10,000 or so steps per day (which roughly comes out to 5 miles). I have an app called Pedometer that allows me to track my steps, but a regular pedometer would work just fine and would probably save your phone battery. 

Lazy Tip #2: Make a deal with yourself.
There's a perfectly good way to incorporate writing and exercising. I write in a notebook, so for every page I write I walk around my apartment twice. This could easily be adjusted to taking a walking break for ever X amount of words written. If you have housework to do, do it while you're on your walking break. Need to check the mail? Walking break. Need to stretch? Stretch and then take that well deserved walking break. Really need to pee? Walk to the bathroom and then take another lap when you're done.

It may not add up to 10,000 steps but it certainly makes a dent and makes me feel slightly less guilty for keeping my pajamas on.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Do you want to play a game?

Not that game! 

More like a game of catch up. 
Here's what I've been up to:

1. Spent a week in PCB for spring was as crazy as you probably think.
2. Went to my last spring formal and looked fabulous.

3. Finished the semester with 3 B's, 1 A, and 1 Satisfactory. Kind of disappointing considering that I'm mostly an A student...but I passed.
 4. Changed my blog profile picture.
5. Changed my relationship status. Apologies to Elizabeth Seckman, who secretly hopes to be my mother-in-law someday.
6. Changed my enrollment status from junior to senior!
7. Started making payments on my student loans. Bleh.
8. Changed my career path. Again.

And that's about it! Well, from what I can remember right this second, at least. I can't wait to jump back into the blogging world. I have missed it (and you guys, of course).

What's new in your world?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Currently taking applications for therapists (license not necessary).

Just stopping by to let y'all know that:

1) I'm still alive.
2) But barely because the end of the semester has reduced my brain to melted cheese.
3) I'm being featured on Alex's blog today!
4) I miss you guys.

Only a few more weeks until I come back!
A lot has happened since my last post (all good things, all good things...Frozen, anyone?). I can't wait to catch up!

See y'all in May.
*Buys the big jar of Nutella. Eats it all. Stares at study guides. Cries. Repeat*

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I don't understand...

Things I don't understand:

1. How Tennessee could have 9 inches of snow one day and then have lovely 55 degree weather two days later.

Early morning. Also, palm trees and snow do not go together.

View from my porch. By midnight I was officially trapped. 

2. Why no one uses the library on campus for things other than research. Seriously, they have everything. In the last two weeks alone I've checked out five movies and an audio foreign language program on modern Greek, just because I could. I mean we only pay 15k per year (you know, pocket change), so at the very least I'm going use the dang library. 

*end of rant*