Eclectic Cycle
7Oct/14Off

Next Projects in Writing

Well, guys, sorry I missed last Monday's mediocre blog update. Blame it on October nearing. I always get a special kind of kooky as fall approaches. As for writing updates, working on two different projects, some of which I hope to publish in December. For my 'dark fantasy' and 'horror' fans, I am working on quite a few horror shorts that I hope you will enjoy. I have some semi-big plans for these short horror stories. You want to know what my plans are? You do? Awesome! Here's the plan (of which, knowing my history, half will fall apart before it even gets to production and half will be delayed):

1. Publish horror short stories as ebooks. Duh.

2. Compile into an anthology and publish that (duh again).

3. This is where it gets exciting! I have a voice actor lined up ( the same one who did Demon Draw) to read the stories.

4. Publish audio stories on podiobooks and video channels.

5. Profit!

Yep, that's the plan. For those of you still curious about the shorts, I will give one further clue: they are mostly what is commonly called 'quiet horror.' Shirley Jackson's House on Haunted Hill is a great example of a quiet horror novel. A good example of a quiet horror short story would be The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen. Less gore. More ghosts and the unexplained. H.P. Lovecraft also wrote a fair bit of quiet horror as well.

As for the elf romance, it's still chugging along too!

That's all I got, folks! Have a great day!

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26Aug/14Off

Update on Writing Projects

I've been writing a lot lately and hoping to get it all published soon. Because I am ridiculously optimistic, I am actually writing two things at once.

I can hear your collective groan, guys. I know, I know,  I'm bad about not finishing stuff. But this time I think I'm going to finish both!

...Maybe.

Remember the elf romance I mentioned in a previous post? I finished the first draft of that and am starting on the second draft. I got high hopes for that one and I am crossing my fingers for a late December release on it.

And if you go waaayyyyy back in my blog posts, you will remember that I was writing a journal of my real life ghost hunting experiences. I am on draft three of that...AND HOPE TO PUBLISH NEXT MONTH!!!

Whoo hoo. Big deal, right? I actually think the ghost hunting journal is near and dear to my heart for a bunch of different reasons.  For one, I love to talk about myself, like most people. However, I am quick to acknowledge that most of my life has been pretty dull. The second reason I love this project is because my friends have been egging me on for years to write stories from my paranormal events journal in an ebook. I am humbled that they think my story is interesting enough to tell. I mean, no one has ever suggested, "Hey, You! Moses! Yeah, I'm talking to you! Why don't you write about that incident at the grocery store the other day? Where you bought groceries, were checked out by a mildly surly cashier, loaded the groceries up in your fuel efficient car, and drove home!"

Oddly enough, no one has ever asked for an account of my grocery shopping habits. Can't imagine why! The third and final reason this project has me all excited is that this ebook will be the first piece of nonfiction I have ever written in that format and length. In many ways, it was easier to write than my fiction because I didn't have to make any paranormal events up. Combine these factors with the fall season/Halloween looming, and I am as happy as can be.

Well, that is about it. Hope you lovelies have a gorgeous week!

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12Aug/14Off

This is Why I Can’t Get Any Writing Done Y’all

So I'm going to blame my procrastination on the sheer, raw power of four year old cuteness. See, I have this little girl, the aforementioned four year old. And she is convincing like a 1950's era used car salesman. She could sell sand to a desert lizard and make him feel like he got a bargain. Seriously, anyone with the wee ones know how persuasive they can be.

And my little girl doesn't care about me writing. Oh, no. Forget that. She wants to paint.

RIGHT NOW.

And she doesn't want to just paint by herself. Nope. She needs Mama.

RIGHT NOW.

So when I was supposed to be writing, this is the conversation I had and the resulting crazy artwork.

Mama: You want to paint so I can get some writing done?

Wee One: Yes!!! I do want to paint. I do, I do!!! Will you come paint with me, Mama?

(she then pulls out my chair at the art table and gives me the angelic head tilt smile. Heart melting, it is.)

Mama: You are so sweet! But I have to work.

The Wee One's head slowly lowers and she sighs, then looks up with wide eyes. Her trembling lips open and she whispers: Please, Mama? Can you paint me a monster with a monster house?

I sigh along with her and completely cave in, as I am known for doing. How can you say no to the trembling lips? And a request for a monster with a monster house?

So here is the resulting fun-silly-weird artwork per my four year old's request. She wanted a monster house with sixteen windows, three doors, made of sticks, with berry bushes all around and she wanted two monsters. Oh, and the monster house was being rained on with icky blue monster blood.

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So there you have it, my faithful fans. The monsters reign supreme in my house, not the writing!

 

 

 

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22Jul/13Off

Spurned is FINALLY Available at…

Barnes and Noble!!!! If it in itunes bookstore yet, I can't find it! I was beginning to think it would never show up at Barnes and Noble, then bam! there it was! It has already had quite a few downloads, so I hope my 'old' fans are liking it as well as 'new' fans. And of course, remember that with my series, the first taste is ALWAYS FREE! somewhere on the web. Though Amazon insists on charging for the book, everywhere else Spurned is free, including Barnes and Noble. Whoo hoo!

The second book of the "Hither and Nigh Carnival" series is well underway, like the second draft is 2/3 done. I have already gotten a few inquiries as to how many books will be in this series, and I change my mind on that...pretty much every day. Some days I feel like this is a four booker, other days it only feels like three. I am letting the story flow as it will with the hopes that that issue will resolve all by itself via magic. And I'm dying of curiosity about who everyone will love to hate in the new series! Almost everyone disliked Abira in the "Last Savior Trilogy" and loved Baphomet, so I am curious as to your reactions with my new cast of characters...feel free to leave your thoughts in a review, on Goodreads, or here at my humble internet abode.

Well, as usual, enough blathering by me! Here's the BN link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/spurned-r-moses/1116058252?ean=2940044618657

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1Jul/13Off

Spurned (The Hither and Nigh Carnival Series) is Halfway Published

...because one of my publishers is lightning fast, and one is so, so slow. The book is available for FREE (whoo hoo) on Smashwords and at Amazon it is $3.99 (I would set it free there, but it is at Amazon's discretion, not mine). But for my fans at Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, and Apple, the book is still not in those shops. It could go through three hours from now...or three weeks. Sorry about the wait!

Here's the blurb, cover and links:

Kara has one burning desire. To free her mother from slavery. But after Kara's father spurns her from his estate, brutally thrusting her into a world rife with creeping evil and dark magic, she must find a new home for safety. And she does.

At a traveling carnival, where the only work she can get is as a pickpocket, luring crowds into shows and then stealing from them. But under the bright lights and gaudy masks hide dangers far worse than Kara ever thought possible. How will she free her mother and keep herself alive?

Spurned is the first book in 'The Hither and Nigh Carnival' series.

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23Jun/13Off

Zentangle Quail

This might be the most fanciful quail you have ever seen! I had a lot of fun doodling her while writing this week. Ready? Here she is:quail

 

Okay, now that the random doodle of the week is out of the way, let us move onto news regarding my writing. Remember how I said there was some sweet audiobookage heading your way this month? Man, it is not happening, not this month and probably not next month either. While my publishing schedule is not too far behind (more on that in a sec) the audio stuff is waaayyyy behind. Sorry, guys, but there was some poor scheduling on my part. It's a shame, too, because Keplar (my audio/tech superstar) had a soundtrack already written for A Shadow of Lilies

Bummer.

Now, my next book, which was promised at the end of this month, is experiencing some minor delays, which you guys who are older fans knew was coming. I try so hard to keep a production schedule up, but my three year old has other plans (that's right, I, a grown woman, am blaming my poor scheduling on a teeny tiny adorable little girl). It's nothing horrible, but between life getting in the way and general summertime craziness, early July is looking a little more likely. Sorry yet again! I am really excited to hear what my fans think of the book, and every day that publishing is delayed is another day I will not get your thoughts back on the book.

So what else is going on? Hmmm, I have been getting more questions from fans who are aspiring authors, and I have been giving very, very general advice on how to get started via Heinlein's rules of writing. The last rule of his is simply this: You must put your story on the market. Back when he was writing, that meant submitting your work over and over again to different publishers. From what he claimed, the day he got a rejection of one of his stories, he would send it right back out to another potential publisher. Now, if you are interested in traditional publishing, this is pretty much still good advice.

However, if you have been consulting at the oracle of 'R. Moses' for a glimpse of your author future, you know I am indie published and plan to stay that way unless a publisher backs up a truck full of money and unloads those bales of greenbacks into my secret vault.

Yeah, don't see that happening anytime soon.

So, how does Heinlein's classic advice work in the modern world of indie publishing? It works brilliantly! One of the most beautiful aspects of independent publishing is that once you put your ebook on the market, it stays there unless you remove it (or if you have a dispute with your distributor and they remove it, a common occurrence with erotic works especially, though anyone can be bitten by this snake). And if you take the extra step and have your book signed up for print on demand distribution, then your fans can order paperbacks of your work and the book is not printed until they order it. Whoo hoo! So, yeah, once you submit it to the market, you can move on...hopefully to your next bit of writing. Keeping your work on the market is pretty vital to getting sales, and that aspect of writing is so much easier than it was in Heinlein's day.

So good luck, keep writing, keep reading, and have a great week!

 

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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2Jun/13Off

Zentangle Frog

Hello all! This week I am featuring a little frog prince, doodled while contemplating some plot points in my new fantasy book series. He's a bit glum because the silly little princess with the golden ball has yet to arrive at his home in the dark forest!

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zentangle frog

 

And I do believe I said I would discuss 'my advice for new writers part two' this week, so here goes. I am actually giving you the classic "Heinlein" rules for becoming a writer. He was successful back when there was quite a bit more work involved in getting your stuff out to potential readers, so he knows what he is talking about. So what is his second rule for writing?

You MUST finish what you write.

Yep, I know, sounds like another 'duh' bit of advice. But once again, so so true-and so rarely followed out by aspiring writers. Granted, I have quite a few half-finished manuscripts and short stories around here somewhere, all done before I decided to get serious about writing, but I wished I had finished them (and who knows, maybe I will one day!) Because only by actually finishing stuff do you learn how to wrap up plot, start new ones,  plus create a beginning, middle, and end. Once you have a rough first draft,  you can see what works and what does not, and you can more comfortably decide whether to scrap the project or set it aside or start a new project. Note that I am not suggesting you plug on though a second draft if  you hate it. Not at all. I am just suggesting you finish the first draft before deciding if it is hopeless. I have written first drafts several times and set them aside because they were not very good. Another good thing about finishing what you write is that you do have a direction. Nothing is more dreadful to creative types than a lack of ideas. A blank page will haunt you! When you have a first draft, no matter how good or bad you perceive it to be, at least you have a rough map through the wilderness of your vivid imagination. You have a path to follow, so get those ratty running shoes on and go!

 

 

Check out my coloring books at Becca Paige’s Author Page on Amazon. And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest. If you are here for the fantasy book goodness, the R. Moses Author Page is where you can find my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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28May/13Off

Release of ‘The Last Savior Trilogy’ Omnibus

The Last Savior Omnibus

 

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Awww, yeah. Here it is, the super sexy omnibus edition! I love the cover, it is all gritty and dark, isn't it?! As I mentioned in a previous post, there is no 'bonus' material within, no extra chapters or author interviews or anything like that. If you already have A Shadow of LiliesA Binding of Demons, and A Fury of Angels, then you are not missing out on anything. This is just one compact package for those who like to buy one edition. The whole series clocks in at a little over 225,000 words, which was more than I thought it would be.

Now, on to other subjects! Still working on the next book, all is well there. No surprises, shocks, delays, or computer failure so far, so hopefully it will be released in June as promised.

Another thing I would like to address in this post is the question I (and other authors) get the most from friends/fans/family (the three awesome f words!). And that question is...

I want to be an author! How do you do it? (Alternate versions include "What is your advice for new authors?")

If this question is asked in person, the person sits back and looks at me like there is one simple, easy answer.

There isn't!

So many authors have been asked this question and have answered, so I do not feel I am contributing any new information/advice. This is just what has worked for me, and since you guys ask me personally, I will try to give my own take on the process. The most classic, overused, yet truest advice is the most obvious:

You must write. Every day if you can.

Well, duh. Of course you have to write to be a writer. But this is often what happens to aspiring new writers: They talk about writing. They join writer's groups. They plot out story. If into fantasy, they draw maps. Many illustrate the characters. They think about writing constantly, doodling notes all the while.

Notice how little actual writing is going on. To be a writer, you must write. And you must write knowing that what you are writing will most likely be scrapped for a better draft later on. You must write knowing that your first book/short story/novella have the odds greatly stacked against it being a best seller-if that is even your goal.

And that brings me to the second aspect of writing. What is your goal? Only you can answer that one. Maybe you just want to write a memoir for friends and family. Maybe you want advice on how your poetry is progressing. Maybe you want to be a best seller and fill up a swimming pool with your sweet, sweet cash. How you write, what you write, how often you write, depends on a clear and concise goal that only you can set.

So that's how I did it. I plotted, then I wrote, then I rewrote (I usually go through about five drafts). I scrapped the first two novels I wrote because they sucked really, really bad. That is normal. I hated to trash them because I put so much love in them. But I knew I had to be better. I have to be better every day to make even a modest living as an author. I want to be as good a writer as I can because my readers deserve that. Your time is valuable. Your money is valuable. It is my job as an author to give you the best I am able! I think that is my personal goal. I hope I didn't fail!

So that is part one of how to be an author. Stay tuned for part two!

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13May/13Off

So What Is R. Moses Working On Next?

Awww, c'mon guys, I just released a whole 75,ooo word book! Yet you say you want more, so since I am ever your humble servant, I shall give you more. Let's see, what is going on?

Well, the launch of A Fury of Angels went smashingly. Already got lots of positive comments/emails/reviews, thank you all so much for your feedback. For the "Last Savior Trilogy," I am working on an omnibus edition for those of you who like to buy one bundle. The omnibus will not have any new material, just the three books. No bonus chapters or interviews or anything! I am sad to see the series done but I am so excited to be working on the next series...

Speaking of, I do have an update on that as well. A few posts back I said I was going to write a young adult series about a carnival. As I was writing the first book, I realized something...

I have a really hard time writing young adult. Much as I love to read it, I find restricting cursing/violence/sexuality too hard. It's just not my style. So I am not diving into young adult books anytime soon. The next series will be under the same pen name of R. Moses. It will still feature a carnival and is fantasy themed. Do you want a sneak peek? Do you?

Okay, you talked me into it. I have to warn you, it is only a second draft so it is not polished and will likely change by the time the first book is published. Here goes!

Untitled Second Draft of the Carnival Book

Mud and blood filled Kara's mouth.

 Kara tucked her knees under and pushed up. She spit out the blood and mud as best as she could.

 Anna's mocking laughter washed over her. She said, “You have been spurned, dear sister.”

 Kara did not respond. Carefully she found her footing in the slimy earth. She stood up and backed away from her half-sister. Her teeth and jaw were throbbing from where Anna had just hit her. But Kara could not hit back or she would be a fugitive, running from the King's Law.

Anna gave her a mean, little smile. She was dressed in green hunting leathers and metal-tipped boots. She was much taller than Kara, even though she was younger, and towered over her as she asked, “Nothing to say?”

 It took every last bit of Kara's self-control to not rush her half-sister or retort back. Anna was their mutual father's heir, a young noble, and enjoyed the full rights and protection that station afforded. If any commoner, sister or no, hurt her they were fair game for the King's Justice.

 Kara was just a recently freed slave with little rights and no kingly defense. If she hurt Anna and was caught as a fugitive running from the King's Justice, the best punishment she could hope for was having the hand she hit a noble with cut off.

 She did not even want to think of the worst punishment.

 Kara backed away a few more feet, towards the woods. She had to leave now. If she did not, she was going to hurt Anna very, very badly. She said with forced calm, “I am leaving now.” Her jaw throbbed with each movement. She edged a little closer to the woods where she had hidden a satchel full of food and spare clothes.

 Anna was not done with her taunts. She said, “Father may have freed you, but you will always have the soul of a slave.”

 Kara's fingers twitched and jerked towards her throwing knife. She forced them to stop. Nothing would make her happier right now than if the knife was buried up to the hilt in Anna's long neck.

...and that's all you get! Hopefully the book will be out next month. Have a great Monday!

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2May/13Off

Published “A Fury of Angels” on Nook!

I am very happy to report that A Fury of Angels is published and ready for your explicit pleasure over at Barnes and NobleAmazon & Smashwords. Itunes/Kobo/Sony are all still pending...

A Fury of Angels

A Fury of Angels (Book 3 of The Last Savior Trilogy)

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