Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bonding with my characters

I’ve discovered while working on my novel, The Last Dawn, that I’ve been taking on the emotions of my characters. I guess that can be a good thing but man, I’m on an emotional rollercoaster! While trying to effectively describe the heartfelt emotions these characters are going through, it’s causing me to feel them as well. I listen to music in association with how I believe they should feel, especially when I’m running low on inspiration. Music makes me emotional in general but even worse when I’m searching to feel a specific way.

I just hope I’m successfully conveying these emotions into words!

How do you bring the intense emotions of your characters to life through your writing? Do you use any aides, such as music, as inspiration?

-Christina

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Living in a bubble sounds like a better idea everyday

This past holiday season I was terribly sick. A lot. I joked that I was going to live in a bubble and bathe in hand sanitizer just to stay away from germs. Now, people in general are those germs I desperately want to stay away from. A sound proof bubble needs to be designed just for me with only an opening for the power supply cord to my laptop.

I set time aside in my day for the important people in my life; my fiance, my kids, my friend who needs a babysitter so she can make it to class on time. But there are people (a.k.a. my mooching, persistent neighbors) who need to understand that when I’m held up inside my apartment, I’m not trying to be rude by ignoring you. I’m not sitting inside watching television and being lazy. I’m working on a project very near and dear to my heart. I’m obsessed with it. I eat, sleep and breathe it.

In order to finish my novel and publish it, I had to set a deadline for myself. That deadline is fast approaching. When I’m constantly being bothered and made to feel guilty for not jumping to other’s every need (especially those who aren’t immediate family), my mind becomes cluttered with thinking of them. I think, are they gonna come bang on the door again today? I have to keep the little one quiet so they won’t hear that we’re home. Close the blinds, turn off the lights, maybe they’ll leave us alone. Instead of being obsessed with writing, I become obsessed with avoiding people.

Maybe I’m just being ridiculous and maybe I should take my friend’s advice to become “super bitch” and tell them all off. Until I can grow the balls to be mean to them, I’ll just continue to dream of building that bubble and write in between the pounds of desperate smokers and my avoidance of them.

-Christina

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Reveal: Book Cover & Synopsis

The release of my book is not too far away. In anticipation of it’s release, today I am revealing the cover art and synopsis.

The Last Dawn Synopsis:

The Last Dawn begins in late 2055 during the last few days of Earth. As Earth’s demise is imminent, Madison Weatherly and her former flame, James, reunite. Only a few hours remain for life on the dying planet when the entire population is dispersed throughout the universe. As Madison tries to adjust to a new life on a new planet and far away from her love, the desire to be with him never wavers. When an unexpected opportunity comes to leave her planet to find him, Madison takes off on a risky adventure through the galaxies.

Let me know what you think!

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Taking a quick break

The past two days at my weekend job were just a little too draining. I work as a part-time photographer at a portrait studio dealing with obscenely loud children and their demanding and hateful parents. Some days I feel they drain the passion of photography from me, making me hate it. This weekend was by far the worse I’ve worked since the rush of Christmas died down.

Being so tired is making it difficult to work on the three chapters I had planned to finish writing today. Plus, my mooching neighbors started banging on my door before 11am. My mind is all jumbled and with all of the distractions constantly coming my way, I need to take a step back. I need to keep the quality of my writing great, not write just to get it all done.

My writing goals for this week is to finish 2-3 chapters a day until Friday. If I do this, I will be done with my book by the end of the week leaving all of next week open to edit and format it in preparation to publish. I’m looking for the week of February 6th (my 25th birthday!) for my book to go live on Smashwords.

Speaking of Smashwords, who out there has had an experience with this site? As a newbie in the self-publishing world I’m open to all the advice and opinions I can get! Leave me a comment with any words of wisdom.

-Christina

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Flash Fiction

In August of 2011 while I was writing for Yahoo! Contributor Network, I came across an assignment for Flash Fiction. Before receiving this assignment, I had never heard of this genre before. After I did my homework and figured out exactly what I was in store for, I made an attempt at writing a story. I was happy and relieved when I received positive feedback. It gave me more confidence in publishing my work for everyone to see.

Here is an excerpt from my story “A Sister’s Revenge”. You can read the full story on my Contributor page here. Enjoy.

She saw him enter the coffee shop from the opposite side of the room. Sixty long years she waited for this moment but she still had no idea what she would say. He paused at the door as his recognition of her became obvious. She clutched the delicate, aged silver chain draped around her neck. He approached her seat, his smile beamed bright as he looked at her in awe. He took a seat next to her, never taking his eyes off of her for even a moment.

-Christina

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I took a break from writing because I felt like I was getting nowhere with it. The chapter I was working on seemed stale and I just couldn’t get the motivation to start it, much less finish it. So I designed the book cover. I’m happy with it; it’s exactly what I had in mind. It needs a little touch-up but all-in-all, it’s done! Closer to the book’s launch date, I’ll release the cover design. I’m also thinking about publishing the prologue; give everyone a sneak-peak.

There’s just about 2 1/2 weeks until I plan on having my project finished. Unless there are any circumstances that arise between now and then, I can do it!

-Christina

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Countdown to publication

The prologue and eight chapters are complete, only sixteen more to go. The final rough draft of my first novel is closer to completion. If I could write full-time with minimal distractions, I probably would have been done months ago. My goal to have this book published is February. That’s right, next month. I have decided to take the self-publication route. There is more going into this route than I originally thought but I’m fine with that. I like to have control over my work and every aspect of it.

I’ll be updating throughout my writing adventure; expressing concerns, conflicts, frustrations, etc. Here’s to a successful career move and an amazing start to 2012!

-C

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