On Gothic–Guest blog at A Woman’s Wisdom

Sing a Mournful Melody, Gothic, short story

Available at Amazon

Monday again, well, for today I have a little guest post of my own to tout.  You may remember, about a month ago, a lovely blogger named Bodicia reviewed my latest piece, SING A MOURNFUL MELODY. Today, she has a guest post by yours truly concerning the story. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about it, and why I decided to write a truly Gothic story, you can read the post here.

Enjoy–and thank you again, Bodicia! :) It’s been a pleasure, my friend!

Nanowrimo’s Antique Magic

I couldn’t fit this in earlier because we’ve been busy, busy here, but I’ve successfully passed the 50k word mark in the rough draft of the forthcoming Antique Magic novel, Mourning Dove Locket. Winner-2014-Facebook-Profile *happy snoopy dance* What’s this “win” mean? Nothing, in the scheme of things, it just means I finished yet another …this year. In fact what it really means is I’ve written over 100,000 words since August! Yes, this August. Which actually means probably closer to 150k (or more) counting Changeling’s Crown and a few things you haven’t seen yet, for the entire year. No, I’m not kidding in the slightest. The other thing about MDL? The thing that is now the book was written not in 4 weeks, but three. I almost didn’t make the official count because there were a few days there when my hands/shoulder hurt so bad I couldn’t do much typing at all. This, my children, is the bane of modern writing. (Did you know even Tolkien was incapacitated this way, at times while writing Lord of the Rings?) In fact, there are still scenes in my notebook from those few days that haven’t made it into the manuscript file.

Yes, that’s right. That makes MDL even longer than its official count of 52k. God knows how long it will be when it’s finally finished. I don’t recommend this typing pace at all, mind you for a lot of reasons, many of which my friend Jo laid out here. With or without this prompt, I’m a born writer; once I was bitten by the bug, I have very rarely ever stopped. But yeah, I get scattered and sometimes I have to force myself to sit down and finish something rather than work on this shiny new thing here. A long, long time ago, I ran across a Behind the Music about I think it was GooGoo Dolls and the singer said that he had the same trouble with writing his songs. He called it working writer’s block.

Once I realized that, I went back to Isaac Asimov’s example and decided not to worry about it when I switched projects. It actually helps my plotting to beg off one story to work on another for a while. (Which, to my beta readers and editors, this is why I have a steady stream of manuscripts to send your way). So what does that all mean? It means, sleep means just an annoying break in my writing. So does eating, playing, social media, knitting, and blogging. ;) I’m a writer, I write, therefore I am. I’m not going to stress myself out about getting down a full manuscript tip to toe in one sitting. It doesn’t matter when a book is finished, just so long as it is. As for MDL, the first draft is not quite finished. maybe another few weeks of sitting down and typing might be needed.  Right now I’m taking a little break on it to revise and get another ready to go to my editors and beta readers. After that, the edits, revisions, and so forth on MDL will commence, but the book that consumed me and frustrated me this year is almost finito! What are Caitlin and co. getting up to this time? Oh, plenty more mysterious mischief! Stay tuned for more on its emergence from the nest…probably sometime in the coming year, if all goes well (*knocks on wood*).

For those of you that tried, but didn’t hit 50k, that’s fine too. You have more in your manuscript than you did before–and that too, is an accomplishment. Don’t walk away from it now. Keep writing until you hit the end and happy holidays.

Katherina Gerlach–A Few Words About Stepmothers

I am pleased to have award-winning fantasy author Katherina Gerlach here. She has written about a subject also dear to my own heart–faery tales–in her latest release The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. So I asked her to come tell us a little about the inspiration behind the novel. (And just as an editor’s note, I can say from personal experience that stepmothers can be awesome. ;)) Take it away, Kat!

A Few Words About Stepmothers

by Katherina Gerlach.
I deliberately chose the stepmother as the main character of this ale. Even as a child I was annoyed the stepmothers were always the bay guys girls in fairy tales. Now, that I’m a stepmother myself (I’ve been fostering two girls for nearly ten years now), it angered me. I wanted to show that stepmothers can be just as good as, and in many cases much better than, biological mothers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the biological parents of my girls even though they’ve got severe problems, but they’re not very good parents. So why should the stepmother always get the blame? I thought it was high time to fight this cliché and show a different truth. What better place to do that then inside a story? But rest assured, I did it without a wagging finger and a moral sermon.

About “The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister

An imaginative retelling of “Little Brother, Little Sister” by the Brothers Grimm. What if they painted a wrong portrait of the stepmother?

Even with her powers as a witch, Isabel cannot find a trace of her stepchildren. Desperate, she crosses the Old Forest, filled with as much malignant as benevolent magic, to reach the distant mountain kingdom she left as a young girl when her magical powers manifested. She soon realizes that a sinister creature holds the unsuspecting kingdom in thrall. It will take all she’s able to give to save her children and the kingdom she once loved.

pre-order here: The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister (Treasures Retold Book 2)

About the Author
Author Katherina GerlachBorn and raised German with a generous helping of an adopted Scottish heritage, Katharina started writing at age seven (although she didn’t get serious until much later) when the tomboy adventures she lived in her father’s forest weren’t enough for her imagination any more.

Writing about balloon people, flying hearts, giant spiders, and more was her lifeline to sanity and Real Life™ all through her education. After finishing with a PhD in science, marriage and the start of a beloved but distracting family, she returned to her life-long vocation.

These days, Katharina lives for stolen moments of writing happiness in two languages while juggling her husband, two girls in puberty, a fledgling daughter that just left the house, a dog, and … laundry.

The easiest way to keep up with her publishing schedule is by leaving your eMail address with her (you’ll get a free eBook as a thank you). Or you can have a look at her amazon page or her homepage. She’s also on Facebook, Pinterest, and (occasionally) on Twitter.

Thank you for being with us today,Kat and good luck with The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. It looks like a fun read. Folks, if you’d like to check the book out, you can pre-order it here.

Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

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Cardinal in the Snow By AcrylicArtist/Morguefile.com

Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!

 

A Marriage of Land and Sea

Juli D. Revezzo:

Jolene’s releasing another new story in her subscription series. Do check it out. It’s gonna be great! (disclosure: I’ve been hearing about this story for a while and am really looking forward to see it finally released! woohoo, Jo!)

Originally posted on Strip Me Back To The Bone:

We’re coming upon the close of the year, and my mind is turned toward the upcoming projects for 2015. The support my Story Subscription received in six short months has been incredible and, to be honest, a bit unexpected. I knew there were a small number of people I was pretty sure I could count on to be interested in the material I offered. I was expecting the story subscription project to take a bit of the sting off this unexpected dental bill. I wasn’t really expecting for there to be enough interest that my bill would be covered. Instead, I have seen enough interest that my dental bill payments have been covered every month entirely by this project and your generosity has helped ease the sting of Corbie’s medical expenses.

There are no words to express my gratitude. ‘Thank you’ does not seem strong enough, but I’ve got nothing…

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And now for some #free #reads…

For something a little different, today, I have a freebie for you. A little taste of something old(er) and a little darker, for your  Friday. My short story House of Cards is free today. To get it, go here.

For a little about the short story:

House of Cards, supernatural fantasy story by Juli D. RevezzoYou can’t escape Fate….

A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate–a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he answer thwart his fate, one worse than the guillotine?

Reviewers have called it: “a quick, fun, and creepy read. I recommend it!” and “a refreshing take on the typical fantasy hero.”~Lizzy’s Dark Fiction


Yes it was one of my first (published–and I say that because I’ve dabbled in it in unpublished works for years) historically set fantasy tales. It later blossomed into a series, and a full book. One that I am revising as we speak. The first round of edits will commence after that. So the follow-up should see release…sometime in the first quarter of next year (I hope. If all goes well). I don’t have a share-able synopsis yet, but will in the near future.  For now, the short story HOUSE OF CARDS is free on Amazon. But hurry, because the free day ends tomorrow night! I hope you enjoy it! :) Reviews and of course placement on your Good Reads To Be Read lists are welcome.