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#FrankieWIP Editing and New Digital Illustration!

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Editing of Emergence is going well! Took a couple of days off writing to draw, and I’ve included it in this video! Tell me what you think of it! It’s also under the video 😉
It took me a couple of days and I created it on my Cintiq and Artrage 😀

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F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Long Time No See!

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A quick update about Emergence and why I’ve not been around much.

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Catching Up!

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Hi everyone! I do apologize for being absent a while. I was ill for three weeks and only just beginning to feel like myself again. I’m still a bit rough, so no video today!

I’ve been editing Emergence with every free moment I get when I have the motivation. It’s going good so far, though there have been days I’ve stared at a chapter for hours before actually doing something! XD But that is a hold-back particular to my fibromyalgia, and-because I know this-I forgive myself if I’m unable to complete more than one chapter a day.

A few days ago when I was unable to concentrate at all on writing, I read the next few chapters of Emergence. I read up to chapter twenty-six, and the more I read, the more I was convinced that someone else wrote the pages then stuck them in my drive. They just seemed too good and creepy to be something I had written in a hurry during NaNoWriMo. It was quite surprising to find that one or two chapters will only require a little editing, unless I change parts of the story. Which I did when rewriting the last chapter I worked on. Not a huge change, but one which will have future ramifications for the characters.

Through reading, I discovered that I have pretty much solved how the third book to the trilogy will play out, so I’m very pleased! I knew how the third would end, but only an inkling on why it would end that way. Now, looking at everything with fresh eyes, I see the threads I wove into the story which will accumulate to complete the third book. It’s all very exciting. In fact, I got so excited about it that I jumped onto the Dead Pete society conversation and just squee’d for a few minutes! XD

So, that’s about it for me, save to say I’m still collecting My Little Ponies and geeking out over new additions to my collection. I’m also planning to make a display for them this weekend! I’m a very busy Dragon!

Hope you are all well, and I’ll catch you all next week 😉

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

 

#FrankieWIP Christmas Cold and Editing!

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A short update owing to my cold and the fact I’m losing my voice! XD

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Editing Emergence and Competition!

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I’m editing Emergence! Really enjoying revisiting parts of the story I wrote a while back!
I also have a competition running on my Facebook author page. It finishes soon, so click over to my page. Competition is pinned to the top! Must be a follower of the page to be in with a chance! OPen to UK residents only. Ends in an hour, so hurry!

Good luck!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP Not Really…PONY POST!

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As you will be aware from my earlier blog I was at a Passenger concert last night. As a result, I am very hoarse, tried and sore and really not wanting to be on camera today! So, instead, enjoy a slideshow of almost my entire collection of My Little Ponies through the years. You can see how they’ve changed as the video goes on! (At bottom of post! )

Why do I collect ponies? Well, that’s actually hard to explain. I’m not a girly girl, more a tomboy and always have been. I played with action men and toy cars as a kid…but there was always My Little Pony there to remind everyone I was a girl.

I had a modest collection as a child, and when I became a teenager it quickly became uncool to have toys. I was loathed to get rid of my ponies though, and kept them anyway, secreted away in my cupboard. Then one day my friend’s kid sister said she wanted a My Little Pony. I told her I had some she could play with, but she took it I meant she could keep them. I wasn’t really too bothered as I knew they were going to a place they would be loved. So I gave my little collection away to a little girl who wanted a pony. Then I grew up and realised…I still loved My Little Ponies!!
In a bid to get my collection back I hit thrift shops and car boot sales in search of a Moonstone; my all time favourite pony. I finally found her one day down at a car boot sale at the Clyde Side. She was sat beside another two ponies and I grabbed them up and took them home. I’m now 42 years old and have been collecting My Little Ponies ever since!!

I’m not an overly fussy collector. I’m not in it for the resale value and certainly not in the habit of paying big money for any. I just love them–even the ones in need of some TLC. I take them in, do them up and add them to my collection. I’ve restored old toys for years and now most of the old and broken ponies look just as nice as the newer and well cared for ones in my collection.

How many can I cram into the spaces of my home? Well, I am in the middle of trying to find out as the collection grows almost every week. I had to sell some a few years ago as there was no room! 😀 Anyway, enjoy the video, and I will be back next week! Have a great weekend!! Peace and Om x

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

 

#FrankieWIP NaNoWriMo Ends and Hardback Malevolence!

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Finished NaNoWriMo on just over 85 thousand words! I also ordered a hard-backed copy of Malevolence and it is so COOL!

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

Our books are HALF OFF right now!

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Sam says:

OK, normally I’m not one for shameless plugs. I mean, I know I’m supposed to try to market my book, but I’ve been pretty lazy about it. I figure it will be easier to market if I have more variety to offer.

Disclaimer aside…can we talk about this AMAZING OFFER?!?

Our print publisher, Blurb, is offering 50% off its books. Yes, the ad says “photo books,” but I’ve found that any time they run an ad, it applies to my book at checkout as well. So if you go to purchase either (or BOTH?!) of our books, MALEVOLENCE by F.R. Donaldson or THE BLOOD OF NERYS by S.K. Balk, you can get it for 50% off between now and November 29…INCLUDING SHIPPING!!! 

I know there are over a hundred of you followers out there. Maybe you’re following because you find us entertaining (love you!), or maybe you’re waiting for the right book.

But…HALF OFF?! And that INCLUDES SHIPPING. Seriously!

Like, this would be a fantastic time for me to stock up on hardcopies (because I also get half off, and the more I buy, the cheaper it gets as it is). But, let’s be real…in two days, it’s going to be Black Friday. And this is one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

If you’ve got a friend who loves to read and might be interested in the stories we’ve written, there hasn’t been a better time to give it a whirl.

Blurb runs these discounts quite often, I find, but 50% off is about as deep a discount as I’ve seen. I’m excited to tell you about this. I hope you’re excited to hear it!

And if our stories aren’t your thing, no hard feelings. Writers tend to be pretty noncompetitive. Readers are as special and unique as writers are. Finding an author you enjoy is like finding a secret best friend, and finding readers that like you is like finding out you have a secret admirer. It’s a pretty awesome, special relationship. So if our books aren’t to your liking, but you do follow and enjoy this blog, we’d really appreciate if you’d just share this offer with your friends. If someone is out there that might enjoy our stories, we want them to be able to take advantage of this amazing deal, too.

Thanks guys! We love you so very much!

Happy holidays to you and your families, whichever holiday(s) you celebrate! Love and joy and peace and all those warm fuzzy things!

–Sam and Frankie (penned by Sam)

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#FrankieWIP Halfway There!

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I hit the 25k mark yesterday on NaNoWriMo! That brings the tally for Emergence at approximately sixty-five thousand and just over halfway through writing!
Music by Kevin MaCleod at Incomputech.com

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi  MALEVOLENCE

#FrankieWIP NaNoWriMo and Fibromyalgia

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While I wanted to write a ton yesterday, I was only able to manage one chapter. Fibromyalgia kicked my butt, then the meds I take for it burned my stomach when one broke in my mouth! It wasn’t a good day yesterday….but I did write something 😀

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi  MALEVOLENCE