I have so many exciting things to share with you!
First, the lovely Taylor Lynn over at Perfectly Sensible Nonsense is hosting a fabulous giveaway for aspiring writers!
HERE, to enter for the chance to win a copy of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. It promises to be an amazing resource for all aspiring writers and Taylor insists it will follow through!
Let's see what else? Oh yes! As of last night's word war I have officially passed the 10,000 word mark on my first draft of Raven Letters! I have never written 10,000 words of anything in my life so it was a very exciting moment in the world of Katie.
In honor of this loverly occasion I have decided to share a short excerpt from the draft of Raven Letters. Originally I told myself I wouldn't let anyone read any of it until it had gone through at least one round of editing, but I can share a piece of my horribly rough rough draft with you, can't I? We'll keep it our little secret. If you're interest in knowing a bit about the book check out my Work(s) in Progress page!
The Fire Arts are tricky.
The Arts are not magic as many ignorant tongues have named them. They do not allow Artisan’s to simply conjure whatever they please whenever they wish. They are the manipulation of the world around you. The ability to use all of this worlds gifts in ways no one else can. It is simple enough to manipulate the earth; it is always there, ready and willing to be sculpted by Artisan hands. Air is even simpler, light and free, just waiting for us to give it purpose and direction. Fire, however. Fire has a mind of its own.
Conjuring even a simple fire requires a greater understanding of the world than any of the other elements. Fire is not laying around waiting to be picked up. It must be sparked. In a way, the Fire Arts are a further manipulation of the air Arts, an extension. You cannot create fire without air for it to breath. I suppose you could say Artisan’s do conjure fire out of thin air; we set fire to the air itself.
As I said, still pretty rough. But for some reason I just adore this passage! Really, I love the entire section it is taken from. During this section my MC, Anadilyn, is reliving the day of her mother's death in a dream. Its a tragic excerpt, and pretty dark, but it was such a rush to write!
I'm not a psycho who enjoys writing people's horrible deaths, promise. This scene in particular just really stands out!
Our Word Wars group has really taken off! We've officially reached 30 members and everyone who has been participating has been loving it. The friendly competition is a great motivator and we've all been meeting new writers in the process! We're even working on getting a Wiki page set up for it so everyone can share what they're working on and to keep track of everyone's word counts. Basically, its pretty awesome :)
If you missed my first post about Word Wars go check it out! Word Wars Post!!!! We'd love to have you join us:)
Lastly, and unrelated to writing, I would just like to share just how deeply disappointed I am in the state of North Carolina right now. By passing their appalling same-sex marriage ban amendment they have added their name to the list of states taking huge steps backwards towards true equality in our country.
I would also like to say how excited I am to see that Obama has finally decided to take a firm stand on the issue by coming out (well..not like that :P) in support of the LGBT community and all their many supporters.
Well, Diaries, I think that's all for now! I shall take my leave with a question for all of you: Have you ever written a passage that you simply loved like I do my deadly dream?