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book trailers are awesome

I’ve been watching a lot of book trailers lately.  They are like movie trailers only for books and they are shorter.  I’m going to make one for the novel I’m working on, so looking at a lot of trailers is a good idea!!

So, here is a trailer for an upcoming book for an author I particularly like.  I adore the trailer and hope I can come up with something half as good.  So, watch it and see what you think! 

[you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tojCn2Y41ig&w=560&h=349]

 

I have to note also, that Maggie Stiefvater is running a contest for people who post her trailer – so I have a dual purpose! I want in the contest. But, also, the trailer is really neat!! She recorded the music herself and drew the animation. She is so talented. I definitely jealous! 

 

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What are they talking about?

OMG My BFF Jill, I read the best WIPline yesterday… had me ROTFLMAO…

I love Twitter – but sometimes I don’t know what they’re talking about.  I had to figure out what the heck a hash tag is… #wth. And how to retweet. And how to mention someone… @someone.

It has been challenging, but also fun. It is very fast paced. There is some new thing to read like every 2 seconds! The more followers you get, and the more people you follow, the faster it is.  I also found out that the more people you follow, the more people will follow you back! Ha! #funfollowing

If you leave it on while trying to work on other things (like #blogging or actually doing some serious, #amwriting or #amediting) it can be very distracting… Oh gotta go check out 3 new tweets…

#justsayin

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Want to know about vampires?

I’m working on my new novel, Desolate Incubus.  It is about some bad ass vampires that find themselves on a strange path. They have to figure out what is going on while trying to decide if they are the good guys, the bad guys, or something else completely.

When working on a novel, sometimes I write a lot of “back story” stuff that doesn’t really make it into the story (or at least not in the form I originally write it in).  It is part of the process of creating the characters and universe (or world) in which we put the characters in.  I must have a clear picture of it in my mind before I can tell the story.  So, the following is a bit about how vampires are “made” within the realm of Desolate Incubus. The premise is definitely a part of the story, but this paragraph is not one you will see in directly in the story, at least not in this form. So, this is really a sneak peek, behind the scenes if you will… enjoy.

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It is really simple, yet complex and difficult. You have to drain the potential vampire of as much blood as you can without killing them, and then replace it with vampire blood.  The vampire blood slowly takes over all internal systems and changes the human into vampire. But, it is a difficult process because if you take too much of the blood, they die. You have to be careful not to kill them, and in the heat of a bloodlust, vampires tend to lose control. Vampires are not “dead” or the waking dead or walking dead like all the stories and myths indicate, they are very much alive, just different from humans. If you kill the human while trying to change them, they are just dead. You can’t bring them back from the dead. You don’t get a second chance. After draining the human, you need to give them enough vampire blood to actually take over their system. It is as much art as science. A lot of vampires that try this end up dying because they let the new vampire feed until they themselves are too weak to stop the feeding. The new vampire hits the blood lust stage as the vampire blood takes over, and then the new vampire ends up killing the maker.  Yes, a vampire will die if it is completely drained; little known fact.

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It is coming… it is coming…

Really…. I’m doing the final edits for “Second Place” right now. This is the short about the hover craft racer. The rough draft is finally finished and it is in the final edit stages. So, that means I will be ready to publish very soon. This will be free to everyone on my website, so I hope everyone is excited. I know I am.

Peace, love, and hover-crafts!!! It’s coming!!!

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Inspiration

Earlier this week I was asked what inspired my writing. Since then I’ve been thinking about that question. What inspires me was originally supposed to be a big part of what I was writing about in this blog, so I guess it is a good time to address that question again.

The short answer is life; everything.  I take in everything and slice a little from this and a little from that and put in a blender and make something else entirely.  Sometimes it is from what is going on in life and my emotions, and sometimes it is from other literature or music.  Whatever I take though, ultimately becomes something else entirely.

When thinking about what inspires me and how it shows up in my writing, a particular scene from my NEXT e-book about vampires, Desolute Incubus, comes to mind.  I wrote the scene years ago when living in Orlando. One of my neighbors really made me mad. The one thing that infuriates me above all else is when someone is being irrational and shuts their minds off to any other possibility than the one they have created.  So, this neighbor got it in her head that my family wronged her daughter in some way, and her response was to yell and scream at my daughter and then at me. She would not even give me a chance to explain or talk about the perceived slight, which of course enraged me.  I wanted to kill her.  In real life I ignored her and we eventually moved, but in my writing I ripped her throat out (yeah, vampires!)  It made a great a scene.

Another example of where I get a lot of my material is from other literature. The example that comes to mind is one of my more recent favorite series by Kim Harrison.  In her “Hallows” series, her main character kicks ass.  I really like that, and in thinking about my own writing, I don’t really have a lot of characters like that. But, when I create one, that character will be like Harrison’s character, but completely different.

Here’s what I mean.  I love Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series. The symbiotic relationship between the riders and the dragon fascinate me. So, I wanted to make a character like that, but completely different.  So, I held on to that thought for a while. A long while.  Then, years later, I had another inspiration.  I read C.S. Freidman’s Feast of Souls.  This series has an ancient monster, the stuff of legends, that suddenly returns to cause much world-shattering trouble. I liked that idea. It was a bit like the boogey man, stories you scare the kids with. Be good or the boogey man will get you. But, then the boogey man steps out of the closet and starts eating people.  Hmm… I added that to my blender.  I wasn’t finished though.  The other inspiration came from music. Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks have a song called Rhiannon. The lyrics and the feel of the music added to this development as well.  This is the story of a nasty creature, the stuff of nightmares, that swoops down on an unsuspecting boy and both their lives are changed.  The character has a symbiotic relationship with a nasty creature that is vicious and makes dragons look like kittens. The sentient creatures that share the relationship are just as dark as their partners. They have a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth and they share the kill of their partners to feed. They are black legend come to life. So, add a little of that ass-kicking quality and I have something altogether new; the Wynath.  This story is still under development, but I hope to put it out within the next year. 

So, the long answer then is that it doesn’t really matter where the inspiration comes from; it comes from everywhere. The more important question is what I do with it and what comes out of my metaphoric blender.

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Always making progress

There is always so much to do and so little time to do it in. It seems my greatest challenge lately is just making the time to write. With my mental block on editing my story, Second Place, that has only made that problem worse.

Well, I’m happy to say I actually made time to work on the story! Woo-hoo! I did a big chunk of editing and worked out my previous blunders.  I still haven’t finished the story, but I think I’m over the hump now that I’ve moved past my block.  I know where I’m going and how I want to lay the story out. I just have to finish writing the narrative and do the final edit. I think I’m about half way now.

My earlier mistakes really set me back, but I learned from it and figured this one out. I call that progress.

Now, I have to go for a walk. I have to make time for my health too! I can’t let myself get wrapped up in any one thing to the exclusion of everything else. I’m learning balance.

I guess it has been a good weekend!

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Another step in the journey

I started writing this blog to document my journey into professional writing. So, my first e-book has been published. Yeah! But, that is just the first step. Now, I have to promote the book.  (Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with me on promoting!)  

One of the ways that I want to promote the book is to post a free short story on my website.  The story I’ve been blogging about, Second Place, is going to be that story.  Of course, I have to finish it first.  I’m having a little mental block with it though. I blogged about the big mess up I had with it earlier, and since then I’ve been having trouble going back to it. I know it will be a lot of hard editing.  I just need to suck it up, right!?

Once I’m finished with Second Place, I’m going to put it on the website so everyone can read it. http://sjordanasble.com/

Then, hopefully, if they like it, they might want to buy the e-book.  So, it is a win-win.  I just hope it is interesting and entertaining.  Besides that, Geddy is a bit stuck in my head right now and she’s keeping me from writing other things, like my second e-book which is looking like will be a short vampire novel.  Vampires are in right now, and I’m hoping my spin will be well received. I have a plug for it already in the back of the e-book. Here’s the plug:

“Vampires are making a come back lately with the success of series like HBO’s True Blood, and SyFy’s Being Human, not to mention Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series. So, if you like Vampires, here are some real nasty ones for you. They try to be good… but…well… they’re vampires!  Get ready to check out what they are up to in my upcoming Desolute Incubus.”

This is a great novel, really shaping up, but I have a lot of work to do on it still and can’t get to it until Second Place is finished.

This is an aggrevating step along the journey, but one I have to face.

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