February 28, 2007
February 27, 2007
To my surprise while shopping tonight, I found the series! I knew I could find them at Walden's or Border's but I haven't had the time so I'm ecstatic that I found them! Gonna get me some "nocturnal" reading done....hehehehe.
February 26, 2007
I chose Faolan because I am (mostly) Irish. Faolan is the Irish word for wolf, or so the website where I found it says, lol. I've always loved wolves, add to that my interest in werewolves and the fact that my first book will be about werewolves, I knew this was the name of my muse.
I've had Roark picked as the last name for a while, ever since I learned that my maternal great grandmother, who was born in 1912 was named Mary Roark and that she had kept this piece of Irish history with her until she died. Her gravestone reads......."Florence Mary Roark Gilmore Vanetta Elias". Gilmore was my paternal grandfather, the rest were marriages after he had died. Seems as if she got used to picking up the pieces and moving on, lol.
I thought it odd that she would keep her name after marriage, especially in those times and after hearing stories of her, I felt compelled to honor her in some way.
By all accounts, she was a strong (she broke one of my great grandfather's ribs once), fiesty woman who did things "her own way". My grandma remembers her as never taking no for an answer and always up to no good. Just hearing my grandma talk about her makes me laugh to know that I would have such a rambunctious ancestor.
So, here's to the birth of Faolan Roark....."May you be as fiesty and relentless as another Roark used to be."
I am currently transforming that website and in a few days it will be the new home of Faolan Roark (my pen name and alter ego). So, keep in touch so you can see another one of my homes on the web!
I will be designing all the graphics, so I'm really looking forward to that. I have somewhat of a graphics background, along with my handmade goods I also sold banners and such for the web. It's an addiction that runs a close third to writing and creating. Can't wait to get it up and get everyone's opinion!
And she has, although I'm a little frightened at how complicated she has made the plot and how much different the book is from my original concept, but I'm sure we can come to terms and collaborate. It's now the story of werewolves with wings that protect the human world from the evil lurking in The Natural Realm.
It's so complicated(shaking my head and lol). Of course, it just feels like that to me because I'm not so sure I should've come up with such unusual creatures. I proposed Whisper Moon as the first book in a trilogy set. The second book will be wrapped around vampires and the third will involve witchcraft, with each book essentially using these strange characters as Guardians of The Natural Realm. That's the break down of it, anyway.
I will be praying with my fingers and toes crossed with one hand over my heart, silently chanting an oath to be the best writer I can be (sort of like the girl scout's honor) until I feel a little better about this, rofl.
February 25, 2007
I wish I could share it here, but I don't want to spoil it! A little bit farther and I think I might actually take a huge chance and submit it to Samhain Publishing.
Pray, people.....I need all the faith I can get!
February 24, 2007
I have lived all my life in search of something. I never knew what it was, why the longing in me would never cease. I just knew I wasn’t whole. My mom died when I was 15 and after that I lived with my aunt until I was old enough to hit the road and scratch the itch that had been burning inside me for so long. I had no other family so I was free to land wherever the breathless wind took me.
Not knowing my legacy, my history, had always galled me. Always made me feel even more empty. Like a coffee cup sitting on the counter next to the pot, waiting for it’s dry spell to end. Which is only one of the ways I know to describe it. I needed to be filled. I wanted to lay down and absorb every piece of me that I could find. I wasn’t finding anything in random states and seedy cities like I had hoped when I had fled five years earlier. When I realized this, I made the decision that has me standing here, looking up at a gabled roof on a farmhouse that is so old I swear it creaks like it has bones.
I can see the lights of the main house way off in the distance. I think of the old man. What was his name? Clyde. With the graying hair and smiling eyes who laughed as if he hadn’t a care in all this miserable world. It would be so wonderful to smile and laugh like that. I found myself wondering what it was in his life that kept him so happy, so light. Fulfillment is what ultimately came to mind.
Clyde was the owner of Willow Elm Ranch and from the looks of the place, he had a real first class operation going. The fences lining the drive out to my new rental were freshly painted, a gleaming white that had me pushing the visor down in an effort to stop the mid-day glare that was bouncing off the cross-hatched rails. The farmhouse looked magnificent for it’s age, although the weariness of it’s posture and the sounds it made when the wind blew through gave me a good guess as to it’s senility.
Looking forward to living in this spirited place, I hauled two suitcases from my failing car. The air smelled sweeter here, the scent of autumn, earth dying and giving way to new birth and cycles that would repeat themselves for centuries afterward. Continuity. Sacrifice. Contentment. Perhaps that was why I had always been intrigued by the season of golden leaves and crisp breezes, it held in it’s possession all the things I did not.
I can always write it and transform it later if I change my mind, which would be alot of work, but could be done nonetheless. I'm nervous that first person doesn't get the best reviews from readers. What do you think? Do you like first person novels? Do they work well in fantasy settings? Anything about any first person novels you've read that you would change? Let me know, I would love to hear your feedback!
February 23, 2007
Wrong....in my opinion. The villain is pretty darn scary and a few times I almost wanted to look away and that's saying something, lol. All in all it was a great movie but I regret bringing my son. He absolutely loved it and is sleeping like a baby as we speak so it couldn't have frightened him too much! Just a nervous mom, I guess.
Seriously folks, if you like superhero or fantasy movies, you have got to see this one! It's up there with my top ten now!
It's pretty interesting to say the least and I think I might have the start to a really great book idea...Yippee...maybe I'll kick that nasty block I've been having! If you want to check it out, click below!
It's really hard for me, though. My mood switches from day to day, sometimes hour to hour. One day I want to write a steamy erotica and the other I want to write a more tame fantasy romance. I get 5 chapters into it, then for whatever reason I have to stop (son needing me, errands) and when I come back to it I've completely lost my focus and whatever motivated me to start it in the first place.
So I have about 10 novels just waiting for me to put them out of their misery, to drop the proverbial hammer and give them their end. I can imagine some of my characters are a tad disturbed, suspended in mid-air.
I think I might back off a little, try to find some inspiration and pray that I can hang on to it long enough for it to be seared into my brain. Going to see GhostRider tonight with my son might just do the trick.
One of my favorite authors, Nora Roberts is a member along with numerous others I've come to admire in the e-publishing world. I think I might go ahead and fax that application right over.....start getting serious! The only problem is I almost feel as if I'm not worthy. But, I'm gonna put my negative thoughts aside and do it. After all, who's gonna believe in me if I don't?
February 22, 2007
I was offered representation by what I thought was a reputable literary agency. Following the urgings and advice of family and friends, I googled the company and checked the BBB for information regarding the agency and what I found really stunk.
The agency that offered to represent me is on Writer's Beware 20 Worst Agencies List. And here I was, eagerly anticipating the arrival of a contract for two of my children's books, which I would've happily and hastily signed had I not had the help of my wonderful aunt who is always supportive but at the same time my voice of reason. She knows how easily I fly off on whims and how much I fly by the seat of my pants in pretty much everything I do, rofl.
Out of respect and politeness, I'm not going to name the company, that would just be rude. Now I have to figure out what to email back when they send the contract. Because being as irrational as I tend to be, I told them to send it. I'll figure it out, I always do.
So, Lesson #1 learned: NEVER get excited or sign anything until you research the company. Got lots more to learn........
Happy Birthday, curly haired beauty!
I love you more than the sun, the moon and all them stars, baby girl.
I've passed this obsession on to my son, I think. It's so much fun sharing the excitement with him when a new superhero movie comes out. Truly, I get as excited as he does. And this weekend, I'm going to take him to see Ghost Rider.
I've visited the website, watched the clips and tried to determine if it is suitable for a five year old. From everything I've seen, it doesn't look much worse than anything he can easily see on ABC these days. I'm amazed at what they show on regular tv, which is why we don't usually watch the tube unless it's a movie about something super or magical.
I feel like jumping up and down at the thought of seeing it, seriously.....I am a big kid. And what a great way to celebrate my offer of representation from The Children's Literary Agency! Celebrate good times, c'mon!
February 21, 2007
This book amazed me at how well the worlds were organized and how many different elements were brought in that were unique to most fantasy books I've read, and I've read plenty, believe me, lol.
Loved the sensual feeling of it as well. The whole time I was just waiting for clothes to go flying. It was like the air sizzled whenever I picked it up and read on. I was actually quite flustered during one of these times because I was sitting at my son's Tae Kwon Do class, rofl.
I recommend this book for anyone who has a love for fantasy, dark or otherwise and especially for those of us women who like to get down and dirty every once in a while....hehehehehe.
P.S. I'll go into more detail on both these books in the future............
It's great that there is so much diversity out there. I've found agents who will accept nothing but a snail mail query with SASE included and agents who will accept nothing but an email query. Most give detailed descriptions of what the query should look like also, even posting an example query to make it simpler for us newbie submitters. I find that awesome. Because for me that was a ray of hope. Maybe not so much for my work being considered but rather safety from looking like a complete uneducated fool to the agent I was submitting to.
I'll admit, I'm fresh off the stack, as new as they come. I can say I've written my entire life, but without credentials or a degree backing me up, does that matter? So, thank you to all those agents who are kind enough to spell out exactly what they are looking for!
I've always been in love with the written and spoken word, but this is really the time when I've decided to go for it. I've always been fearful my writing wasn't adequate. But, that is how we get better, by being rejected, critiqued. All I have to say is........let the rejection begin!
I've got my fingers crossed in the Nocturne submission, because in truth, that is where my passion lives. I want to write dark, magical titles that can allow me to create worlds and characters that aren't usually acceptable to other houses.
One of the changes I will be making to both versions is that Sidda and Baine will not have a history. Instead, they will meet for the first time on the ranch where Sidda is renting her farmhouse.
I'm off to start the process once again.....
February 20, 2007
Whisper Moon is a magical romance set in present time in rural Missouri. Siddalee Roarke is the main character and a woman who has just been dumped by her fiancé, Baine. Sidda struggles to overcome the loss of her love and to make ends meet with her growing herbal company, where she sells soaps and remedies. Life is looking ominous and dark until things start to change.
Sidda begins to realize her destiny, she is a descendant of Flidais, the Irish Goddess of the Forest, charged to help and protect animals and all things natural. With the aid of Flidais, who comes to her in dreams, she also discovers that she is able to shape-shift into the animals of the forest. Sidda, a woman who knows nothing of her ancestors or her heritage, begins to unfold the secret story of where she came from, where she belongs and who she really is, something she’s struggled with since childhood.
Danger lurks in the air when Alsandair, a dark god from the natural realm, begins to plot his revenge on Flidais and all her descendants for defeating him when he tried to overthrow the Irish Goddess and take control of the forest thousands of years ago.
The only hope of restoring and maintaining safety for all creatures, animals and humans alike, is Baine, and his return to Sidda’s arms. For Baine is also a descendant of a magical God who lives and loves with Flidais; Ahern, the Lord of the Horses. Baine slowly learns the truth, that he belongs with Sidda and to conquer the evil that is thriving in the riotous nature of their spirtual birth, they first have to conquer what stands in their way, each other.
Sidda and Baine find their way back to each other and with their combined power, overcome Alsandair and his viscous scheme only to discover that the fight for peace has just begun. A new war is raging close to home, Sidda’s best friend, Brady is now at the forefront. It is her turn to travel towards her destiny and fight the whole way there.
What good is reality if we can't dream? This IS my reality. I exist fully when I am engrossed in my latest project or idea. I am content and focused, ready to take on any challenge that comes my way or any nay-sayer that thinks I'm "goofing off". To me, this is real. My stories are real because they happen in my head. That makes them MY reality.
Alot of people in my life would call me a "bouncer", which means I bounce from one thing to the next in daily life, never seeming to have any clear direction. That's because I don't. I'm one of those right-brained people; artists, creators, imaginative. We don't have a very good hold on where we are or what we're supposed to be doing in "real" life, but if you put a paintbrush, pencil or paper in front of us, it's on. We know what to do, we know who we are and most importantly we feel the beauty we create. We can almost taste it.
That's my take on it anyway. I'll probably discuss this in further detail at some point or another, fair warning, lol!