WHEW, I had a big day! 😀
S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print) and short fantasy A SHINY FOR TRICK (forever free for your entertainment!).
Check out the #SamWIP category every Monday to hear about Sam’s current projects!
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)
I completed my fifty-thousand word goal for NaNoWriMo a few days ago. I’m continuing to write as Emergence isn’t quite finished yet, but I am very happy with my progress.
The injury to my hand appeared to get better with the heat and splinting. I felt it was in a good way so I took off my splint day before yesterday and managed to worsen the healing injury. As a result, typing is slower than usual! I’m finding even the most tiny of things difficult as the hand is such a complex joint, and you forget how much you use your hands–even your non-dominant one! But, I’m getting there!
I’ve received most of the My Little Ponies for my collection which I ordered this past week and a half. Very pleased with all of them, and even included a few G2 and Equestria type, even though they are not my favourites. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I hate Equestria and think G2 ponies are ugly, but they came in a couple of bundles so I have them as part of a more fuller collection. (Though, I am getting to like the G2 a little XD) I’ve lost count of how many I have in my collection. It was over 700 last year, but I sold some so I need to do a recount of all the ponies. I bought the little houses and castles and nursery for display purposes. I have been collecting these for years and don’t have a single pony on display!
As for drawing, I haven’t even attempted to draw a thing for a few weeks. I did buy a My Little Pony adult colouring in book, purely as a part of the collection you understand….and I coloured some of that in while I was unable to type! Colouring in is almost as relaxing as sticking stickers into my sticker albums XD
That’s it for now! I hope you are all well and enjoying the weekend! I’m away to write for a while 😀 Bye for now!
F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE
I think I’m just going to write two books.
Yeah, I said it.
November is a weird month for me. I know a lot of people look at our burgeoning word counts and think we’re something that’s somewhat superhuman. It hardly even looks fair. NaNoWriMo was put in place for the struggling writer to have an attainable goal. It’s not meant to be crushed. It’s not meant to be a place where established writers gloat about smashing records.
So for starters…sorry about that.
Recently, a fellow Wrimo asked how I do it. The answer is pretty simple: shove aside the distractions and surrender to the plot. Good characters with a goal in mind should pretty much write themselves if you give them the effort to do it with.
But to balance out that scale…remember, since you’ve been here this whole time…Frankie and I are seldom this productive. It’s pretty much a November-confined awesomeness. I can’t answer for Frankie, but for me I know it has something to do with the camaraderie of all the other writers geeking about being creative at the same time. Of course, part of it is because I am insanely competitive. Word sprints get me every time. I’ll sprint even if I don’t think I am ready to sprint. And then I’ll usually have the highest word count in a sprint (though Mandie gives me a run for my money for certain!). Anything less than that gives me the grumbles.
What I really need to be able to do is funnel that power into writing throughout the rest of the year, and there so far I have fallen a little flat. I find all the excuses again outside of November. I’m going to try to hone my discipline.
Writing consistently gives me a huge influx of ideas. If I can keep the energy going, I have a lot to say. I have so many plot bunnies right now begging indulgence…so many ideas I need to check out.
And for that reason, I think I’m just going to write two books. I have this toxic romance brewing in my imagination that needs out. I also have a couple of half-finished novels that I feel better about now. I’m probably not going to finish the second book this month, but hopefully I can get a good jump on it.
Back to the actual update, though.
Frankie’s right. I have 45K written (45,602). My goal is to have it finished by the halfway point, Nov. 15. The book may need an additional 5-15K, but shouldn’t need much more than that. I love it again, thank goodness. The characters are getting to be pretty interesting. I am having a little bit of trouble in key places. There are a few scenes in the middle I blanked on and skipped. And then there’s the loose ends at the end that I’m having trouble keeping concise without it getting boring. Honestly, though…that’s the kind of stuff I save for editing. If I can’t figure it out soon, I’ll probably just leave it for now and get back to it in a few months.
And maybe I really can finish a full second book because…well, I have a 9-day vacation. No joke. I always like to be able to burn up my accrued Paid Time Off (the best benefit an employer can offer, in my opinion) in November. Usually, I take it earlier than this. Last year I think I took it between the 9th-15th and the weekends thereabouts. This year, I didn’t have enough saved up to take it earlier because I took time off for my mom. I’ll be visiting Jori and Kevin for part of it and we usually get quite a lot done together. For another part of it, I’ll be visiting my mom, and she doesn’t have the internet (which does WONDERS for productivity, let me tell you!).
It’s funny…I talk to a lot of people in November, and this has been an odd year. Everyone I know is either kicking butt and almost done or at least a week behind. I have yet to meet anyone who’s hovering right around goal.
Back to Life…
I think most of us can agree that 2016 has sucked pretty badly. It was one of my worst years mentally. The world looks like it’s going to shit. I hardly wrote much at all.
So if you’re still here and you’re still reading this, let’s make the world a better place in 2017. Try to accentuate the positives and lift up good people. Try to be a better person yourself, even if that means confronting the ugly truths you don’t even like to admit to yourself. The world needs better people in it. The world needs some hope and affection.
The world needs some doers.
Right now it seems like a lot of us are just kind of…watching. And complaining.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
We’ll talk more about what we’re planning in 2017 soon enough. For me, I’m working on tackling some debt, aggressively, to try to make room in my life for the idea of children (if the world isn’t in some kind of nuclear winter by then). I’m reflecting on the state of my mind because my fail-safe defenses…you know, failed.
I can write more. I just haven’t. But I need the finances to improve my mental health, and I need the mental health to write. The words simply don’t happen if I’m exhausted by my own brain. So that’s the rough outline of my plan.
If you’re also out there writing, may the word gods be merciful. Good luck!
Check out the #SamWIP category every Monday to hear about Sam’s current projects!