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Weekly Word Count #8

That time of the week again, where I’m called to tally up my week’s worth. Was I a good writer with a high word count? Or did I spend my days piddling away on Facebook?

Word Count: 11,014

What story I’m working on: Still the Tuatha De Danaan one! I’m hitting the bigger arcs of the story, and I’m absolutely loving these characters and this story!

What I’m editing/marketing: Just began submitting Hunting for Spring, so fingers crossed! As for marketing, I’m getting ready for Stolen Petals free days!!!

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Inspiration and Other Weirdness

Sometimes I write and I’m in love with the plot twists. I laugh at the dialogue I pulled off, and I binge on all the emotions it resurrects. I have to say, with my current story, the YA Fantasy I’m working on, I feel a bit differently. I’m not getting the jitters to reread, or riding high on glorious feelings.

I didn’t understand why until I was ruminating on what the main character goes through in the book. That’s when I realized my issue. The story is a bit too on the nose for me.

A bit of background: this has been a rough year for my writing career. While a large part of me wants to hide behind pretending everything’s okay, it’s been rough. Rejections, letdowns, and even a press closure hampering every turn. Each attempt I make to reach out, I feel like I take ten paces backwards. Not that it’s all been doom and gloom–I love my life, I love my friends and family, I love all the new writers I’m meeting, and I’m so grateful for the publishers that have taken a chance on me with different pieces.

Still, as I’m sure all your other artist-folk can empathize, the up and downs of the field can batter you like a summer storm. So, I think the reason I feel so off with this story is due to how much of my own feelings of failure and defeat I poured into Bailey. The girl starts out full of spitfire and ambition, and as the story progresses, she just gets shit upon, continuously. She loses her boyfriend, gets kicked out, has her future stolen away, all because she’s clinging to what she believes is true and right.

And goddamn, isn’t that the case? It hurts my heart just to think about it, and I’ll be honest, writing it was no peach sundae.

But I think that’s the reason I need to make it to the finish line. To where hope and dream exist and possibilities are boundless. Because I’m no George R.R. Martin–I respect the man’s talent, but I can’t write that level of despair without losing myself there. I write of adventure, of promise, and hope. I write because I believe in people, and even if it seems naive, I believe with enough determination and effort, we can change our futures.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Chris Pavesic

It’s that time of week again, where we meet a new author! Learn about all the different approaches and methods of a motley assortment of talented individuals. This week, we’re welcoming Chris Pavesic, who kindly read and reviewed Stolen Petals on her blog!

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Since writers are known for their clever way with words, what’s your favorite quote about writing?

Jim Butcher wrote the following on his Goodreads blog, and it is advice that really stuck with me:

“YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD WHO CAN KILL YOUR DREAM. *NO ONE* can make you quit. *NO ONE* can take your dream away. No one but you.” (http://bit.ly/1L0hqWv)

That’s powerful stuff. I love Jim Butcher! When you’re setting down to write, where do you draw your inspiration from?

Coffee.

Seriously there is no simple answer to this one. Inspiration, motivation, a desire to write—whatever you call it—has to come from the person. It is totally on the writer. If you are not inspired, you really have to sit back and ask yourself why you are writing a book, short story, poem, etc.? Are you writing because you want to be rich and famous? This doesn’t happen often and the lack of success could drain your motivation. Are you writing because you love to write–because it is your favorite thing to do? Doing what you enjoy is pure inspiration in itself.

I wanted to be a writer literally before I could actual write. When I was a preschooler I would tell stories to my Grandmother, who obligingly copied them down for me. Writing is my lifelong dream. So I don’t have trouble finding inspiration because this is what I want to do.  Sure–there are days when it is frustrating, but I power through them because I want to write. I want to see something that springs from my imagination appear on a page so that others can enjoy it.

 But I cannot stress the coffee factor enough. 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, is there one that resonates with you, that you feel like you could write about forever?

Without a doubt my favorite is Devyn Du Chien from my first published novel, The Caelimane Operation. When I started writing, he was not going to be a main character. By the time I reached the end of the chapter where he was introduced, I had to go back and re-write it from his point of view. He was the most interesting character in the room. I hope my readers feel the same.

If you could travel anywhere on a dream vacation, where would you go?

Anywhere that I could go with my family and we could just hang around, visit, and do activities we enjoy would be a dream vacation. Time off is such a rarity for me that I’m pretty flexible in this regard.

Do you have a project in the works that you’re super excited about?

I have been have been working on a YA urban fantasy/dystopia novel based on a short story I wrote.  It actually features different characters, so no part of the short story will appear in the novel, but I really liked the story world that I created and want to expand on it.  I don’t have a title yet, but the short story was titled “The Revelation” so that might be a good working title. 

When you’re not writing, what’re your favorite TV shows are you checking out?

This type of question always causes a quandary for me because I pick one and then think “wait . . . what about this other one?” So I have to choose between Grimm, Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead? Or Doctor Who? Or Game of Thrones? Going with the length of time I have watched the series as a tiebreaker, it will have to be Doctor Who.

(Just be glad you didn’t ask me my favorite author or book. There wouldn’t be any room left on your blog as I pondered the answer.)

How about in the book-o-sphere? Any recommendations?

I just finished Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan. It is a mystery novel filled with a lot of humor. I would certainly recommend it.

What’s your astrological sign?

Pisces. (I had to look it up.)

Any huge pet peeves when you’re reading a book?

When I am reading a mystery novel, I like it when the writer “plays fair” with his/her readers and provides clues that allow a reader to solve the mystery. I do not like it when a detective solves a mystery by applying an obscure fact that no one could guess—some bit of information that the author did not present previously in the novel. This is one reason I like Agatha Christie’s mysteries. She provides the clues throughout the book that should make the solution obvious, but does it in such a way that I can never guess the outcome until the end.

Where can readers find your and your books?

You can find my books at amazon.com/author/chrispavesic

You can learn more about me at my blog www.chrispavesic.com or on Twitter @chrispavesic. 

I am on Goodreads http://bit.ly/1HsEls6 and have a YouTube channel, On Writing with Chris Pavesic.

wonderland cover copyThanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Join us next week to meet a new author!

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Beyond Fairytales Spotlight: Hunter’s Mark

Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series takes fairytales from well known to the obscure and then cranks up the heat! The differing stories delve into many different sub-genres and styles of erotic romance, but all of them have a fairy tale feel as the authors meld the old stories into something new.

Today we’re featuring Hunter’s Mark by VS Morgan

BFT_VSMorgan_HuntersMark_300x450Artist Casey Smith lives a quiet life, under the radar of his enemies, until one fateful night he loses control and the astonishing image of a wolf racing down a suburban street splashes all over social media.

Hunter’s bullet never misses its target. The assassin seeks out and kills his prey with a clear conscience by following two simple rules: 1) Don’t kill innocents 2) Don’t kill shifters.

Realizing his latest assignment violates those rules, the hunter activates Princess Protocol and the assassin becomes the protector. Red hot attraction flares between the hit man and his former target. Can Hunter resist the sweet shifter in his care?

Sneak Peek into Hunter’s Mark:

He stepped closer to Casey’s stall but stumbled over something small and furry. The toe of one Birkenstock caught on a clump of grass as he attempted not to trample the little beast, and he ass-planted with said beast jumping onto his chest to give him a broad doggie smile.

His buddy laughed piss-your-pants-hard in his ear. F**k a duck.

“Miss Priscilla!”

The target he’d worked so hard to observe remotely sank to the ground between his sprawled-out legs, peeling the tiny hairball off his chest and setting it on the ground.

“I’m so sorry! Are you okay?”

Big blue eyes fringed with long, pale lashes scanned his body while strong yet gentle hands moved over his ankles and legs, searching for an injury. Oh, a toucher. His wolf basked in the tactile attention. His breath hitched as those hands glided past his knees and skimmed his thighs.

Damn, he needed to get laid after this assignment.

“Oh, my, what a li’l sweetie. Look at those freckles! I wonder if he’s got them everywhere. I’d like to lick them,” Rex crowed in his ear.

He growled.

The other man chortled. “Possessive, much?”

He inhaled deeply, only to be slammed with the force of a Mack truck. Strawberries on a warm summer’s day and fresh-cut grass—shit, his target smelled delicious. He took another breath, and his brain reeled. He’s a wolf shifter, too? F**k.

Casey’s brows furrowed. “Where are you hurt?”

He forced a smile. “I’m fine. No worries.”

Casey returned the smile, his wide and high beam combined with sparkling eyes. Hunter stared as warmth wrapped around him like a blanket. He had no ammo against such a happy, open expression. The guy freaking glowed.

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Word of the Day: Bucolic

Word of the Day: Bucolic

What I think it means: Peaceful and idyllic–to be fair, I’m familiar with this one.

What it actually means: of, pertaining to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.

Yeah, while this is a familiar word, I don’t really write too many bucolic scenes, since my top preference is for gritty urban fantasy.

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Books I Love: Hunger Games

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

The Hunger Games (I volunteer as tribute–to read this book!)

by Suzanne Collins

I’ll start with the first book in this phenomenal trilogy. The second the writing kicks off, you’re drawn into this desolate world of Panem where the Districts starve and slave away while the Capitol feasts and enjoys their rich and fancy life. While District kids starve to death, the Capitol folks watch these kids kill each other for entertainment and also as the government’s reminder to the Citizens that they’re still powerless. #Panemproblems for real. More importantly, we watch all of this horror through the eyes of Katniss, a fiery buttkicking purveyor of awesome. This chick is like the ideal of strong independent teens.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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