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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Authorgraph

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween!

I'm excited to say that Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) is now on Authorgraph! Send me a request if you want your ebook signed or if you just want my signature for some reason (you never know, I have had weirder requests before). I have a new toy/site to play around with and now I just need some people to contact me :-)

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Interview With Samantha Chase ~ Book Tour: Montgomery Brothers Series Box Set


Series Info: Contemporary Romance

Titles: 
Wait for Me (#1)
Trust in Me (#2)
Stay with Me (#3)
More of Me (Bonus Novella)




I'm so excited to be hosting a stop on the Montgomery Brothers Series Box Set tour today with an interview from New York Times Best-selling author Samantha Chase. I hope you enjoy reading her answers, I did!


MH: Hi Samantha, thanks for stopping by today. Why don't you tell my readers a little about yourself and what you like to do when you’re not writing?

SC: When I’m not writing? When is that? Let’s see, I’ve been married for 24 years, have two amazing sons (ages 21 and 13) and writing has been my passion my entire life. I just never thought that I could make a living at it! When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, scrapbooking, reading and I am addicted to Scrabble and computer Solitaire!

MH: I know what you mean, I can't imagine a day I wouldn't read or write! When and what made you decide to become an author?

SC:
Writing has been my passion for my entire life. I wrote my first short story in the third grade, read my first Harlequin book in the 7th grade and wrote my first romance (hand written!) in the 9th grade! I always wanted to write but didn’t think that I was talented enough to do it. It wasn’t until I was teaching creative writing to home schoolers that I realized that I had so many stories in me waiting to come out! I was encouraging my students to write, why wasn’t I?

MH: Wow, hand written! I did that once but will never again unless it's notes, all I can say is thank God for technology. Anyway, in the last week I’ve just been searching for the perfect names for my new characters. I always love seeing how other authors create names so how and what do you use to name yours?

SC:
Naming characters is always tough because I seem to be drawn to very similar names or I want to use them again in other books. Sometimes a name will just come to me as I am creating a character but primarily, and I know it sounds silly, I use the latest list of the top 100 baby names and go from there.

MH: I couldn't agree more, for some reason I'm drawn to Cs, Ks, and Ss - no idea why. Baby name sites are great too, I use them all the time :) While we're on the subject of characters, which was your favourite to create and why?

SC: 
In “Catering to the CEO”, the male lead, Adam Lawrence, was my favourite. He was just type of alpha male that was fun to write and had my emotions all over the place. One minute I was sighing and the next minute I wanted to strangle him! Readers seemed to love him, too!

MH: He sounds interesting, I might have to add it to my ever growing tbr pile. If you could cast any actress and actor for your leading characters who would they be?

SC: 
Ooo…I love this question and yet it stumps me every time because I don’t watch a lot of TV or go to the movies so I’m not up on who is big in Hollywood right now! For my book “Ever After”, I pictured Josh Duhamel and Blake Lively as Ava and Brian. In “A Touch of Heaven” I could imagine Jennifer Lawrence as Regan and Charlie Hunnam or Alex Pettyfer as Sawyer. And I don’t know who I would cast as Lacey in “The Christmas Cottage” but I would LOVE to see Henry Cavill as Ean!

MH: *Sigh* I would definitely go and see all of those with that cast - some of my secret - well not so secret - crushes there! Anyway moving on, do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do when it happens?

SC: 
Writer’s block is so frustrating because I can sit and agonize all day about a scene or a character or anything and then when I am mentally and physically exhausted and finally crawl into bed, THAT’S when I think the most creatively! I’ve tried just staying up later but it doesn’t work. My brain has to shut down quite a bit before I can actually allow myself to think clearly. Does that make sense?

MH: It makes perfect sense and I have exactly the same problem. I've never had writer's block once writing, it's always in the planning stages for me when I'm trying to figure things out. Speaking of new books, are you working on anything now? If so can you give us any details as to what it’s about, when we can expect it etc?

SC: 
Right now I am getting ready to release a box set of my Montgomery Brothers trilogy. It will be called “All of Me” and it will include a bonus novella that will be exclusive to the bundle. That is scheduled for release on 10/24 and then after that I have a Christmas novella entitled “The Snowflake Inn” with a tentative release date of 11/19. My goal for 2013 was a book a month and so far I’ve managed to do it so basically there is always something new coming out!

MH: Wow a book a month, that's impressive! What is your process for writing? Do you write notes or just let the words flow?

SC:
It’s different with every book. Some ideas come to me and I feel like I have to write that story immediately. I have a notebook with 25 different plot ideas and synopses! It’s crazy. And what’s crazier is that out of the 10 books I’ve released, only one of those came from the notebook! Most of the time the words just flow; every now and again and sit down and do some serious plotting but really, I tend to get an idea, loosely jot down the plot points and basic character descriptions and go from there.

MH: Notebooks are great, I'm always adding new ideas. I wish I could just let the words flow like you but I need a detailed plan to begin with...What’s one of the first things you remember writing?

SC: 
In the third grade I wrote a short story called “The Homework Machine”. I illustrated it and everything! I don’t remember if it was a class assignment or something that I did for fun but I always remember that story!

MH: I love looking over old work from when I was younger, it makes me smile at how much my interests have changed. Is there a secret to how you became a New York Times best-selling author? Can you reveal what you did?

Monday, 28 October 2013

The Exam Game

I was talking to someone today and they were trying to fit a new word into their vocabulary everyday. This got me thinking back to when I was taking my A-level exams in June and how my friends and I livened up boring and pointless General Studies exams with challenges. I say they were pointless for a few reasons:
1) Very few Universities actually accept it as a qualification so no one cared.
2) We only had one unbearable hour a week to cover every topic under the subject 'general knowledge.'
3) The teacher said during the first lesson "I can guarantee that anything we teach you in this lesson will not come up in the exam."

Basically it is an exam in common sense and general knowledge with some bias towards political and historical subjects. Due to this reason only a handful of student take them seriously. This is where my friends and I started to see how many book quotes, song lyrics and random words we could fit into our essays. We challenged each other, giving every person and obscure word and then the rest was up to them.

My words were aubergine, duck and carrots. I managed to get them into one essay around three times each (thank God for the global warming subject). On top of that I also managed to reference Justin Beiber, Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Jessie J in a separate essay while quoting a few of their lyrics and mention around twelve of the latest novels in my final essay. I was proud of my achievement! ;)

The exam was also a great time to practise my artwork as I spent the last thirty minutes drawing in my answer booklet. Needless to say I feel sorry for whoever marked my paper, but I hope it was a bit more amusing than the normal papers you marked!

I'm not condoning deliberately ruining exams in any way but General Studies was pointless and wasted me precious writing time. After telling you I did all of that though, I still managed to get an A* overall so that proves how simplistic and stupid they were to begin with. I may have not been expanding my vocabulary like the friend I was speaking to but it was definitely a laugh - especially when I re-read my essays.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

HarperImpulse Autumn Fete

Harper Impulse
On Thursday 24th October I was invited down to London for HarperCollins' new romance and digital imprint, HarperImpulse's Autumn Fete. I jumped at the chance when I received the invitation as not only have I read and reviewed a lot of the books they've released (and loved them) but I was excited to finally put names to faces and meet everyone!

The Hereford Gang!
Taken by Kimberley Young
I will admit, I had my doubts about going and did go through a phase of "I'm not doing this anymore" because I couldn't find an outfit. Well, I had but then the company decided to tell me every dress I liked was out of stock after I paid for them. I won't get into the details as it's in the past, but the run around definitely made me consider declining the request.

I'm so glad I didn't though. The event was great! I met loads of lovely bloggers and authors and even though some of them named and shamed me for not having read Divergent or Mortal Instruments yet (I know I can't believe it either), it was a great laugh and couldn't have asked for a better night out! 

Bloggers and Publicists at the event.
Taken by Dasiy H (She also has my book!)
There were even two people from my home city, Hereford which shocked me. For those of you who don't know, Hereford is a tiny city and besides: Cider, crisps, cows and the SAS there isn't really anything here so no one normally knows where I'm talking about when I tell them where I'm from!

I'm hoping they will run another event which I will get an invite too :)



Happy reading,
Mia

P.S Amy - I read Divergent on the train home :) You were right it was great and I'll be starting the sequel after I read The City of Bones!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Guest Post ~ Disrupted Worlds

The making of Disrupted Worlds – Anthology of Original Short Stories
Disrupted Worlds is an anthology, I edited and published, of short stories by six independent authors. It is available on Amazon and has its own website website.
Primarily I am a reviewer of ebooks self-published by independent authors and have for the last few months developed a blog to try and spread the word about the excellence that can be found outside of the traditional publishing industry. The rationale then for going into the editing and publishing game was to ask the question “is an anthology of short stories a good vehicle for showcasing the abilities of emerging authors.”
My thinking was this:
The world of self publishing is a paradox. It is now so straight forward for authors to get their words out to the public that it is now rather challenging to get anyone to take any notice. For authors who want to become successful there is a constant battle for attention.
My first focus in reviewing self published eBooks was to highlight the available quality, to contradict the dogma that self published books must be filled with basic errors and be fundamentally flawed, amateurish efforts. This was easy. There is originality and excellence in the self published arena. There are new and exciting authors writing imaginative new works that really should be getting more attention than they are.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Guest Post by Lorraine Wilson Author of Confessions of a Chalet Girl

Today I'm excited to host author, Lorraine Wilson who has kindly written a guest post for me. I may also be meeting her later on today at the HarperImpulse Autumn Fete which I can't wait for but that's another future blog post.

After getting advanced copies of both Confessions and Secrets of a Chalet Girl from HarperImpulse and loving them both I was intrigued about her inspiration behind the story. Here is her guest post on the subject so enjoy! And if you get the chance, go and pick up one of her books, they are perfect winter reads and brilliant romances :)



Guest Post ~ Inspiration
The wedding chapel from Secrets and it 
looks just like I imagined it too!

I love Switzerland, so when I was asked to write a series of Chalet Girl novellas I was a very happy bunny :) Partly because I can now justify all my trips as research but also because in my stories I get to revisit the places I love.

I’ve used a lot of the places I’ve visited in ‘Secrets of a Chalet Girl’. I came across a tiny wedding chapel on the ski slopes so with a little bit of artistic license have moved it to Verbier and turned it into a Ski Wedding location.

I’ve also used my favourite hotel in the world – the Mirador Kempinski (further towards Geneva than Verbier, overlooking the lake and French Alps. Watching the sunrise over the snow-capped Alps is a sight you never forget and it’s a fab place to chill.I always keep my eye out for inspiration – walks in pristine white snow, open-air hot tubs, log fires, chalet chic luxury and superfit snowboarders anyone?

It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it :)
‘Secrets of a Chalet Girl’ is the follow-up novella to ‘Confessions of a Chalet Girl’. The Chalet Girl series is set in Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous and home to the seasonnaire-set.

More photos can be founnd on Pinterest
Read the first chapter of Secrets of a Chalet Girl for free Here

and buy here

You can also pre-order Revenge of a Chalet Girl here
To keep up to date with Chalet Girl Series news checkout my author page on Facebook 

Thanks for stopping by Lorraine, I can't wait for Revenge of a Chalet Girl to be released!


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Introductions - Meet My New Characters

I've had a few messages now from people who want more information on my new book and I think I am finally ready to reveal a little more. I have been keeping the plans close to my chest deliberately over the last few weeks because of a few reasons:

1) I was still creating everything in my head.
2) I wasn't sure of where the book was going to take me until I started writing it. And...
3) I like being mysterious and keeping you guys guessing (which was probably the biggest reason for my silence).


It took me a total of two weeks to find the perfect names for all the characters in my new book and I never want to look at a baby name website again! There were also some great suggestions that were sent in when I asked for your help on here. So thank you for all the names, I had fun looking over them all! 

However, after much consideration, hair pulling and sleep, I settled on some that had been on my list from the start. They had been overshadowed by some other names my eyes were drawn to but didn't feel right. Once I had written up all of my character profiles they just felt right.

So everyone please give a warm welcome to my new characters: Cora, Rogan, Jed, Mayana and Kirby. I will let you decide who are the protagonists and antagonists though as I think I'm going to go back to writing and leaving you the the dark about the plot :)

Happy reading,
Mia

Monday, 21 October 2013

Book Tour ~ Forever Angel by January Bain - Guest Post & Excerpt




Today I'm pleased to welcome January Bain, Author of Forever Angel, to my blog. She has written a guest post about world building below and I couldn't agree more with it. I did the same thing and created a map when writing Deadly to Love so I know the feeling well. Any way I hope you all enjoy the guest post and excerpt.

Forever Angel (Forever Series #4)

Paranormal Romance
Date Published: October 7, 2013

Blurb
Will the blood be enough to save the Vampire Clans from certain annihilation?

As prophesied by Lord RA, a Dhampyre has been born to a woman of the Fae. Having coupled with a recently turned vampire, Sunday Rose St. Clair bore this special child she named Jax at much risk to her own life and to all that came to her aid.

The newly formed Forever Clan, also created by Lord RA to protect the gifted offspring from all who bore him ill, are sworn to protect the new Dhampyre. Will the now grown up Jax be the one to save all the ancients from certain death? Or will the evil Lucifer Clan that searches for him find him first and end all hope for the vampires…


Guest Post ~ World Building
As a writer I love to discover new worlds to describe and fill with real people that will continue to exist in my mind for months, if not years to come. The sense of all those images flowing from your imagination through your fingers to the page is indescribable. The setting and story begin with a nebulous shape that slowly shifts to become more structured. Perhaps you are envisioning a new land and need to create a map with all the landmarks, towns, and waterways. Or you may need to create the sigil for your clansmen. With all the research you could possibly want at your fingertips in this modern age of the miracle of the internet, you have no fear of not finding something that will set your muse free.
While working on Dragonfire I’m finding keeping a detailed map of the land (island) I’m writing about most helpful. I print a few of them at various stages and add new information as needed. Not till the end of the book will this map be completed, but I need to keep a record along the way. I’m also collecting ideas for sigil for each of my Houses (families) in the novel. Another useful resource is a glossary of medieval words and phrases.  I must say it does take some practice to get used to their lexicon!
Watching certain programs on TV can be helpful in mastering the lingo or dialogue. I particularly have found Deadwood and Game of Thrones useful in that regard. A different cadence of words and sentence structure can make your world building so much more believable.
And of course, read, read, read. The write, write, write. It’s said it takes 10,000 words to master a new skill. Writing is no different and deserves the best you have to offer it. Happy writing!

Excerpt
You’ll like Julie. She’s a very nice small-town girl from halfway around the world who needs a change of scenery. Promise me that you’ll show her a good time while she’s here, Jax. She knows nothing about our being vampire and since you’re a Daywalker you’re our only hope in keeping her suspicions at bay, though with her sister-in-law Ellie being a true healer she might have a more open mind than most.
That was his ma’s words just one week ago and here he was heading for the airport to pick up that bit of baggage, dutiful son that he was. He snorted in derision, remembering how absolutely unimpressed he was to be the official escort of someone—he almost used the word hick but thought better of it—from Nome, Alaska. And to think he had important plans this week—lord knows time was the one thing he did not have enough of and what little he had certainly did not include chaperoning a Miss Julie Stone through the tourist spots of Luxor. He ran his hands through hair that the sun had bleached to a burnished gold, his azure blue eyes glinting angrily in his tanned face, the chiseled jaw-line tightening from the momentary annoyance.



January Bain

January Bain is first and foremost a storyteller. She lives inside her imagination with so many characters clamoring to be set free that she is constantly working on two or three books. A visual artist, a teacher, a writer, January does not think there is enough hours in the day to capture all the magic that flows forth in our amazing world. A lover of research, she is drawn to world-building like a moth to a flame! She enjoys hearing from readers and writers alike. She is published by Champagne Book Group for her Forever Series of books. 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Emotional Rollercoasters -What Books Have Made You Cry?

Yesterday I finished reading The Edge of Never by J A Resmerski and it is one of the few books that has brought tears to my eyes. It takes a lot to make me cry at either books or movies but that's proably down to the fact I don't like paying for something to make me sad so avoid them. Ask me to go see a comedian, watch a Rom-Com or read a HEA book and I'll jump at the chance. However, trying to get me to watch or read something that will either make me cry or dampen my day? It just doesn't happen.

You see I'm a hopeless romantic and love HEAs. I want everything to work out and this New Adult genre is killing me with all the trauma. Although most of the time things do work out the books are definitely an emotional roller coaster and I will admit I get a few strange looks from my family when I'm either laughing, smiling or crying to myself for no apparent reason. 

The Edge of Never was definitely not what I expected, it was a lot happier and playful - a book I would highly recommend. However there is just one section with a letter that got me. I welled up and could fight the tears. The book didn't half batter me emotionally but I loved it, it was a brilliant read!

It takes a lot for me to actually shed a tear over a book and only a few have accomplished such a task. 

What I really want to know is what books have made you cry or broken your heart?



Here's my list:


The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)
The Edge of Never
J. A. Redmerski
Before I Die
Before I Die
Jenny Downham
P.S. I Love You
P.S I Love You
Cecelia Ahern
Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)
Wait For you
J. Lynn















Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Book Tour ~ Gemini Rising by Jessica O'Gorek - Guest Post

Gemini Rising

YA Paranormal Romance/Sci-Fi
Date Published: 4/13/2013

Blurb
Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.


Buy Links: Amazon |  Barnes and Noble


Excerpt
Onyx floated near the window of Violette’s room. He observed her sleeping face. The new scratches on her cheeks and dirt under her nails were a painful reminder of the mess he’d made. Everything had gone smoothly until he’d been unable to resist a little touch. He’d just wanted to feel her before he ruined the one chance he would ever have to get close to her. He had planned on taking over Slate long enough to proclaim his love for Eleanor and thereby ruining the boy’s hold on Violette’s heart. A nasty plan, but better than having to live with the thought of Slate having her to himself.
He never thought his reaction would be so explosive. Her hand had been so soft, warm, and the look in her eyes was liquid desire. When he’d led her up on her knees, his craving to be touched by her had overwhelmed him. It was like giving into a carnal sin, allowing a human to have power over him. For any human to get this close to a Gemini, in a peaceful fashion, was unheard of. A shameful need had begun to work its way into his psyche. The fire leapt out of control and turned into an incredible rage, a rage so whole and powerful, he had been consumed with Slate’s human adrenaline when he had attacked her. How could this lovely, weak little creature have such an influence over him? He considered this longing to be an inadequacy within himself, one that he could not conquer. He was then determined to kill both her and Slate. He had lost his temper. Never before had he felt he would wither away if he didn’t take a soul. He’d always been able to pick and choose his victims, but Violette had unknowingly chosen him. The thought of facing Tork with this information drove him to the grim conclusion that he had no choice.
Looking down at her now and how peacefully she slept, he was so very glad Slate had broken free long enough to chase her away. She did not deserve the fate he would’ve given her. His guilt was eating at him now. He had to destroy this place, but he was not sure he could leave her to perish. Frustrated, he sank to the cot beside her and laid his head down on her belly. She slept soundly, oblivious to his silent apology. If he stayed away from her, he could not hurt her. So he would follow Slate and learn where his strength to fight him off stemmed from.
"Sleep, little one," he whispered, and sank through the floor, on his way to the cellar.

Guest Post ~Why Book Covers are So Important

Monday, 14 October 2013

Mailing List

I now have a mailing list. I know I'm a bit behind on creating one, I've been meaning to do it for a while now but forgot all about it until a few days ago.

Anyway if you would like to receive updates on giveaways, freebies, new releases, arcs, tours or anything to do with my books, sign up below or the one in my sidebar. The plan is to send out a monthly newsletter unless something big (like a giveaway) starts. I promise I'm not going to spam your inbox!

Hope you'll sign up,
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Sunday, 13 October 2013

New Novel

I have just finished the planning for my new, New Adult novel and am about to start writing chapter one! For the last week or so, I have been stuck on Google researching locations, characters, names and then have been trying to piece together ideas in my mind. I thought I was going crazy some days!

It hasn't been as easy to plan as my Elemental Killers series due to the fact I'm starting from scratch once again. There have also been some elements that refused to fit and bend to my plot line. 

I ended up reaching the point where I could no longer stare at a screen and resorted to writing all of my ideas on post-it notes and rearranging on my wall. Some of you may have even seen one of my tweets with my bedroom wall covered in post-it notes. Well after that picture was taken I added around seventy more until my you could hardly see the paint. It took almost four hours to rearrange into some form of logical plot but in the end I was successful.

After collecting my 100+ post-its, I ended up expanding on the notes into a plot summary. Some how - I still don't know how it happened - I ended up with a four page summary which I have just separated into a chapter breakdown. 

So far I am pleased with the plot I have and can't wait to start. This book will be different from anything I have written before as I have decided there will be no romance. I want to write a purely action based novel. It will have an urban fantasy twist but that's all I'm saying. You will have to wait for me to reveal more.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Curiosity, Nerves and Excitement

My heart was pounding  like it was trying to break out of my chest. Every beat increased in speed as the bar drew closer to the end, signalling the loading was nearly complete. I could feel nerves coursing through my body as I waited for the page to load. As I spoke, my voice started to stutter from the nervous energy I was feeling so in the end I gave up. 

Peeking through my fingers I didn't want to look at the screen that had loaded before me...

Want to know what I was doing?

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Giveaway Announcements

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Deadly to Love Book Blitz! You guys were great and can't thank you enough for what you helped me achieve. I surpassed my expectations and goals so thank you!

Secondly, if you entered my giveaway, thank you to you as well! There can only be one winner of the Amazon gift card though which has a total of $5 though.


The winner is....


Konstanz!

Congratulations to Konstanz and for those of you who didn't win, check out my latest giveaway that is feature below and starting today. 

New Giveaway

I have decided to run another giveaway while the Deadly to Love ebook stays on offer for a bit longer. This time the prize is a paperback version of Deadly to Love as I'm running it through Goodreads. Either visit the Goodreads website or use the link below. 

Good Luck!




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Deadly to Love by Mia Hoddell

Deadly to Love

by Mia Hoddell

Giveaway ends December 06, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Cover Reveal ~ Push (The Game #2) by Eve Silver + Giveaway

Push (The Game #2)
Release Date: 2014
Harper Teen

Book Summary:
It’s either break the rules or die.
Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone— something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Name My Characters

Hi everyone!

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I'm in the process of planning and writing my new stand-alone novel. However, I'm finding it difficult to find the right name to fit everyone - especially my leading female. I have spent hours trawling through baby name sites and although I have a long list of ones I like, nothing seems quite right yet. 

So this is where you all come in. I want your suggestions, no matter how quirky, original or common the names are. And you never know, I may even pick yours if it fits.

My female lead is going to be a strong, determined, kick-ass kind of character so she needs a name to suit her. I'm would prefer something slightly unique but I'm open to all suggestions.


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Idea Bug

Yesterday I told myself that I was going to take it easy. I planned to look for some new character names, work out some of the issues in my plan and then spend the rest of the day reading before heading out for a meal - you know, tasks that don't tax me too much. 

I thought that writing 49,0000 words in a week and completing the first draft of Elemental Killers 3 (in my set timescale) granted me a well deserved a break. However, try telling that to my mind!

Instead of having a slow, lazy day, the idea bug decided to hit me at around 7pm after I had created a list of names and was about to head out. Don't get me wrong I love it when ideas fall into place and everything starts to come together, I get really excited over the new book. What I would appreciate though, is one early night every so often. 

Once I had got back from a nice meal, I was torn between reading to relax myself or write the first few pages of my new novel which had come to me. It probably doesn't need stating that I chose option number two and started to put words on paper even though I was barely awake.

It was 3am by the time I stopped writing (something I'm paying for today) but I'm glad I've got the new book underway - even if I have no names and only half a basic plan. Although, I haven't read what I've written yet so this may be a bit presumptuous. . .

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

An Introvert's Lexicon

I got sent a link to this site in an email from someone who knows me well. It made me smile as being more of an introvert than and extrovert, I could relate to the list well. I know it was written to be humorous but I do find myself thinking some of the same things. I'm not sure if that's good or bad but oh well, I'm happy with who I am, even if a few people think my writing and being an introvert is weird and can't understand it. 

What can I say? I like my characters and I'm happy in my own little worlds. Yes, I do mean worlds, there are quite a few I escape to.

Anyway, although I didn't read the serious analysis of being an introvert, I thought I would share with you the part that made me smile. Full the full article you can visit New Reflections Counseling which is where I have take this from.


An Introvert's Lexicon
The following is meant to be a humorous look at the world from an Introvert's point of view.
WORD
Extrovert's Definition
Introvert's Definition
Alone, adj.
Lonely.
Enjoying some peace and quiet.
Book, n.
1) Doorstop.
2) Paperweight.
1) Source of comfort.
2) Safe and inexpensive method of traveling, having adventures, and meeting interesting people.
Bored, adj.
Not frantically busy.
Stuck making small talk, and unable to escape politely.
Extrovert, n.
A nice, normal, sociable person. Never surprises you with anything weird.
A boisterous person who may be very nice, but who is somewhat exhausting to spend time with. Usually not too deep, but fun.
Free time, n.
A time when you do group activities. (See Introvert's Definition of work.)
A time when you read without interruption until you're in danger of going blind.
Friend, n.
Someone who makes sure that you're never alone.
Someone who understands that you're not rejecting them when you need to be alone.
Good manners, n.
Making sure people aren't left all by themselves. Filling in any silences in a conversation.
Not bothering people, unless it's necessary, or they approach you. (Sometimes you can bother people you know well, but make sure they aren't busy first.)
Home, n.
A place to invite everybody you know.
A place to hide from everybody you know.
Internet, n.
1) Another medium for advertising.
2) A place where geeks with no life hang out.
A way to meet other introverts. You don't have to go out, and writing allows you to think before just blurting something out.
Introvert, n.
One of those who like to read. Moody loners. Be careful not to tick them off; some of them are serial killers.
One who shows a perfectly natural restraint and caution when meeting new people. One who appreciates solitude. Often, one who enjoys reading and has a philosophical turn of mind.
Love, n.
Never having to do anything alone.
Being understood and appreciated.
Music, n.
Background noise.
Something with a tune and lyrics which may be moving and intelligent, or may be drivel.
Phone, n.
Lifeline to other people - your reason for living.
Necessary (?) evil, and yet another interruption. Occasionally useful, but mostly a nuisance.
Reading, v.
A chore that a teacher makes you do when you're a kid.
You have to do it in secret and pretend you don't really do it, or people think you're strange.
Shell, n.
Something you find on the beach.
What people relentlessly nag you to come out of. Why do you have to leave it, if you're happy there?
To go out, v.
Requires at least two people, and the more the better. Constant chatter, loud music, sports, crowds, and food consumption are all fun components of going out.
Can be done alone or with others. Enjoyable if there's some point to it; i.e., in order to see a band, a movie, a play, or perhaps to have a stimulating discussion with one or two close friends.
Work, n.
Having to read, write, listen, or concentrate on anything.
Being pestered every five minutes about something trivial, and not allowed to concentrate.
 
 
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