Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Busy busy busy little Leslie bee

Woo....so I've gotten a lot done lately. Never before have I worked on three novels simultaneously, but that's what I've been doing, with Hybrid Space, and Fallenwood 3 & 4. As for Hybrid Space, I've gotten the rough draft done and I'm tinkering with the story, day-by-day. I'm planning a big writing session for Saturday morning, where I'll get everything more or less in order with the novel (I tend to write different parts of a story at different times). THEN...step three will involve polishing up the language itself, and THEN the rough final draft will be done, which I'll send to the individuals who sent bids in for their characters to be included, and I'll ship it off to potential publishers for the yay or nay. As for the Fallenwood Chronicles - "my baby" - I've been working diligently on Fallenwood 3 and 4. You see, I want Ash's story to be a 10-year journey, culminating in the final battle with Malegaunt. Since I based Ash on myself, her journey roughly ends right before she turns 30. Well...I'm turning 30 later this year. So I know it's silly, but I'm trying to finish up the Fallenwood Chronicles before my 30th birthday. Melange Books is having a Christmas anthology, and I'd originally written a short story based in the Fallenwood universe, titled "The Feast of Yule". I'm going to try and polish it up and send it in by the deadline. Basically, Ash and company have to babysit a family of gnomes over the Christmas holiday, and all hell breaks loose! So there we have it. I've been keeping busy, and Fallenwood 2 is now out! I'll soon be looking for review sites and I might join a blog tour soon if possible, for promotion! Oh, and now that I've been playing with Windows Movie Maker, I might soon make some videos on writing, Fallenwood, etc. Fun things are in the works, for sure! :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Hybrid Space - the rough draft is done!!!

Woo Hoo! Well, things have been interesting. Fallenwood 2 has released from Melange Books! And...the rough draft of my Hybrid Space is....DONE! This is a story that's been years in the making. I wrote it when I was a young teenager, originally, and now that I've achieved an M.A., I'm re-writing it and I love where the story's gone. It's going to be amazing and unique and it's different than anything else I've written, but I love it in its uniqueness. :) And I'm working on Fallenwood 3 - Betrayer!!!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Poetry, Anyone?

Everyone needs art in their lives. Art nourishes the soul!
So...it's Sunday. Poetry, anyone?
Here's a poem by the master, Pablo Neruda. It's called "Don't Go Far Off..."

Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don't leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don't leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you'll have gone so far
I'll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fallenwood 2 - Edits complete!!!

So the edits are complete for Fallenwood 2 and it's set to be officially released at some point this next month. A friend told me once that I should write my memoirs. Well, even though the Fallenwood series is a fantasy series, it is no less real to me, and we writers put so much of ourselves into our work that the series itself might as well be my memoirs. As I write Fallenwood 3 and am beginning to form the story for Fallenwood 4, I'm looking on the series altogether as sort of a eulogy to my foolish, rebellious, painful and at times very happy youth. My 30th birthday is later this year, and I feel like writing this series has been a sort of cathartic journey wherein I've been able to process my life's journey and the things I've learned and picked up along the way. I'm still writing Hybrid Space as well, though it being a sci-fi and all is proving a bit challenging. I have a lot of ideas, and it will be interesting to see how they all come together and how my characters evolve and interact. Anyway, as Greymalkin would say, "Life is a patchwork thing at best," is it not? *SIGH*

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Quiet The Mind To Invite The Muse

"Quiet the mind to invite the muse" is the title of today's blog post. Lately I'd been in a state of lacking motivation to write. Life events caused my muse to flee for a little while. My mind has been unquiet as of late. As I was perusing the internet though, I remembered a site called gratefulness.org that I used to frequently visit. I went there and took a virtual tour of a maze. The exercise is supposed to be a kind of meditation. The one who enters the maze never comes out the same person that went in. I didn't expect to find my muse hiding there at the end of the maze, but as I allowed my mind to relax, the words came unbidden and I took out my notebook, to write the scenes that played themselves out in my mind. One cannot write in a tense state of panic, in that "constant sense of danger" that can take root in the mind after traumatic experiences. Are you having trouble with your own writing? Or perhaps just with your own sense of well-being? Take a walk through the virtual maze, and you might find your own sense of inner calm waiting there as well. :) -Leslie

Thursday, May 16, 2013

If you're a writer, WRITE! You know why?

This is why. Don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise. Shout it out for all the world to hear.

Monday, April 22, 2013

My Adventures/Misadventures in Hybrid Space

So I've been working on re-writing a novel I originally wrote when I was in junior high, a sci-fi/fantasy novel about human/animal hybrids, called Hybrid Space. I'm re-writing the novel in order to push myself. You see, one of my characters is a hacker, and I'm admittedly not very tech-savvy at all.

I bought this BIG book on Hacking - Hacking Exposed. It's huge - easily textbook size, but more like a tome. So I've finally decided to stop procrastinating and just read this thing. After all, how complicated could it be? Only it is - it's much more complicated than I thought it would be. It's like TECH is its own "language", really. I now feel very much like when I was in college at Sac State and we were testing the "immersion method" of language learning. I tried (unsuccessfully) to learn Icelandic, with no point of reference. After a myriad of tests, I came to the conclusion that the immersion method, contrary to popular opinion, simply does not work. Hopefully I'll pick at least some of this stuff up though. My aim is not to become a fluent speaker of Tech language, but rather just a non-fumbling one who has some idea of the way things work.

We shall see!