Friday, September 29, 2017

When the muse is not amusing

Update on Aranya Book 4, me & the muse, and the world of dragons.
I'm the kind of writer and person who is led by the heat of the idea. I love mad complexity and beauty and the poetry of words. That's why my series intertwine and come out haphazardly, because I'm chasing one burning idea - an all-consuming storyline - that simply MUST be written. The muse wakes me at 4am begging for time at the keyboard. I fly dragons whilst washing the dishes and produce at a manic rate. I want to use every waking hour for writing. I splash words on paper at 3-5,000 words per day.
Not so fun when the muse is silent, or at best, misfiring. I'm not wanting for ideas. I have 4 or 5 ideas bubbling at any one time, but as I've been labouring on the 4th book of Aranya, to be entitled "Beautiful Fury", I've been struggling for months now to reach that place where the prose simply flows - where I know I produce my best writing. Partly this stems from a struggle with depression this year, worse than I've ever experienced. Those who've experienced depression or loss will know all too well that feeling of living under a dark, oppressive cloud that may not have any particular reason to exist, but it does and it colours everything.
So I hope you will forgive me, but I doubt Beautiful Fury will be finished this year of 2017. I am crafting a couple of other quirky ideas to be set on the Dragonfriend timeline, however - one called Quickpaws which will feature one of Hualiama's grandchildren, and another book to be entitled "The Dragon Librarian". I've also written 4 chapters on a brand new idea which I hope you'll love ...
We all know there are seasons in life. This has been a hard and deeply frustrating season for me and for my family, who have been brilliant. That said, I'm stubborn. A fighter. So I am determined to chase that next burning idea for all it is worth, because I know that the process of creation and crafting to completion will bring back the joy.
Thank you for reading this post. My wish is that you would experience deep, abiding joy in your life, even amidst the struggles. If you can't find it? Chase it!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Law of Tall Girls!

My heroines range from a 3-foot 11.5 inches Pygmy girl to the Shapeshifter Dragoness, Aranya, who is inches taller than her lanky father, King Beran, to the ultra-tall 6-foot and 7 inches (!!) Zhialeiana of my IsleSong series. Oh, and she's not done growing ... in all sorts of unexpected ways. That's what Dragons of Sea and Sky, the 4th in the IsleSong series and also the sequel to Dragon Thief, will reveal!

Now, I've a treat for you. How's about a contemporary tale featuring a tall girl, The Law of Tall Girls from the always excellent Joanne McGregor? (by the way, it's a #1 Bestseller on Amazon)

When you really stand out, can you ever fit in?

Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her. 

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong. 

This young adult contemporary romance will appeal to fans of Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Julie Buxbaum and Morgan Matson.