tinhuviel: (Cadmus Art)
This came to me in the middle of the night as I lay half-awake in the dark: Corruption and blasphemy undulated from his being with every beat of his withered heart. I may use that with the prompt from a few days ago. If I keep going like this, I'll have a drabble comprised of nothing but prompts. That would be a first.

In other news, I'll be delving deeper into the the third draft manuscript of The Blood Crown and making changes where needed as suggested by The Mother Unit. I need to get this done so I can pass it on to [livejournal.com profile] gunslingaaahhh as I want to get the finished product to Sophie ASAP. Khanada is wanting to draw Cadmus and asked me if I had any suggestions for the picture. I mentioned that a crown of thorns in the background would be superb. If all turns out well, her picture will be the cover of The Blood Crown as she's already given me permission to use the picture however I want. Of course, I'll need to get written permission for Fey Publishing's records, but I don't foresee that being a problem. Things seem to be magickally coming together.


Oct. 1st, 2010 04:43 pm
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
The first batch of autographed books will be going out tomorrow. I have to wait to receive the second batch to sign, so please be patient with me. I went to address the package for Barry and I couldn't find his address! Like a moron, I had to email him and request his domicile once again. He's going to become convinced I'm a stalker, especially if my dream comes true and I end up living in the West Country. Even though I would be in Avebury, not Swindon.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Castigation)
I've done a bit more self-promotion today and I've come to grips with the ugly truth: I can pump up anybody, but I get shy about myself. Sophie has said the push of the book will happen in a few months, when she will be promoting all the Fey books. I'm grateful for that because I feel like I suck at doing this for myself. I'll take opportunities to advertise the book, but I'm clueless about anything else I can so right now. I'm just hoping the book does well via hearsay and that it explodes in popularity once Sophie weaves her magick wand.
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I keep being asked this so, here goes.

If you want me to autograph your copy of 'The Chalice.' please send $25 to susperia5atyahoo.com on PayPal. Once I get your dough, I'll get the book, sign it, and send it your way. I could really use the dough, so please consider this.

Good God!

Sep. 29th, 2010 10:29 am
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
That last post almost drove me to distraction thanks to the html and xml codes. I was about to tear the computer apart and run about like a hooligan. Now that I have that sorted (for the most part), I can get on with my other jobs. I'm looking for sites that do free reviews and, especially, reviews from reading a file instead of reading an actual book. I'll need to buy more books for the review sites and, to be honest, I don't have the money to do that.

If you have any recommended sites, please pass them on to me. I'm eager to get the book Out There. I want to do my part in this, even though I know Sophie is working hard to promote the book herself. I surely don't want to step on any toes when all I want to do is help.

So yeah, I'm trolling through sites like that. I'm also going to force myself to start reading my book. I've read it a dozen times, proofreading and altering things. This is the final product. I want to see what has come to fruition.

I made Aunt Tudi some toast. She wasn't much for eating and her shoulder is in such bad pain, she just wasn't up to fixing her own breakfast. Despite her illnesses, she insists on being independent. The problem is, she's 66 and has a host of health problems. Her days of being completely self-sufficient are waning.
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I got my copies. Have you ordered yours yet?

the books!
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I got 'em I got 'em! They're beautiful! Everyone involved in making this a reality really outdid themselves. I am so happy. Now...It's time to do some signing. SQUEE!
tinhuviel: (Maul - shit)
UPS hasn't delivered the books yet. I'm freaked out. I'm having flashbacks to when I worked and had to talk the company out of the shithole of trouble because UPS dropped the ball. What if they delivered to the wrong location or refused to leave the package because Uncle Michael can't make it to the door? I keep refreshing the UPS page to see what's going on with the package and all I get is "in transit." I want "delivered." I'd have so much relief and be happy to finally hold the books in my hands. Today was supposed to be the day. UPS, don't screw it up. Please.

What if...

Sep. 28th, 2010 12:14 pm
tinhuviel: (Khaaaaaan!!)
I'm as jumpy as a virgin at a prison rodeo. I'm being bombarded with "what ifs."

What if...

  • The books get lost en route to Uncle Michael's house

  • The books are damaged in transit

  • The books arrive and they look horrible (despite Stacy and Amy's beautiful work)

  • The books aren't delivered today despite their being out for delivery

  • I get the wrong books

  • I mess up signing the books thanks to my shaky hands

  • I write the wrong name in the wrong book

  • I don't have enough books and have to get more

  • I open the book box, have a heart attack and die right there

So that's how my day is going. How's about you?


Sep. 28th, 2010 09:39 am
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
The books are out for delivery today. I've already written out what I'm going to write in each book. I'm put off that [livejournal.com profile] morriganwind and [livejournal.com profile] booraven22 went and bought copies 'cos they were on my list of recipients. Oh well, boo on them. I'm particularly nervous about sending a copy to Barry. What on Earth is he going to think? That I'm a whacko? That I'm a cloaked genius? That I have serious Shriekback issues? I don't know. But this is my bit of bravery to send him a copy. After all the inspiration he's given me, he deserves a signed copy of the book that features our demonic brainchild.

I just wish they'd get here already. Hurry up UPS! WTF?
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I can now die a happy woman.

The Chalice.
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I'll be getting my books no later than the 28th. Can I wait until then without having a Beeker attack? God only knows. Sophie has been incredibly communicative with me and most helpful. I can't ask for a better publisher than Fey Publishing. When they tout the phrase "see the world through different eyes," they truly mean it. I can't wait until it truly goes live on Amazon so I can show it off. I'm wondering if it'll be available on Barnes & Noble as well. There's just a part of me that hopes it shows up there.

We're planning on a trip to Asheville soon, at which time I'll be taking a copy of the book to Malaprops. Something tells me they'll be wanting to buy wholesale and pat me on the back for mentioning them. There are a lot of Ashevillian sites mentioned, but Malaprops is a bookstore. What bookstore wouldn't want a book that mentions them?

But all this hinges on whether or not I can wait until 28 September. I mean, man...KABOOM. That's how I feel. Maybe a nerve pill is in order. meemeemeemeeemeeemeee!

On a less freaked-out side of this post, if you receive your copy of the book, read it and want to write a review. Please do! Copy it to me and Amazon too. The more exposure I can get, the better it all is for the Tinlet.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Wrath)
Order your copy of The Chalice right here. Feel the pure Cadmusian energy in your hands for the first time in...evar!


Sep. 21st, 2010 11:24 am
tinhuviel: (T and B)
I just feel totally surreal that The Chalice has actually been published. I have 16 copies headed my way for autographing and sending off to others. The one I'm super-frightened about (no big surprise here) is Barry Andrews. Next nervous is Carl Marsh. I still haven't decided yet whether or not it's a good idea to tell him that Cadmus is named after him. Barry has always known that Cadmus was is demon child, but I don't know how he'll react to all the horrible things that Cadmus actually does. I don't want the book to affect our relationship, so I hoping he'll take it all in stride, knowing that the character is inspired by his music and is not about him. We've talked about this before, so I know it's all good, but I'm still grousing and navel-gazing about the whole thing.

Another thing I'm nervous about is going live on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I never thought my name would be on their websites.

And when on Earth did Wicca become mainstream. It was just mentioned on the View like it was no big deal. We worked so hard in the 90s to be recognised as a real spiritual path and it looked pretty bleak that this was going to happen. Now it's like "don't offend the Wiccans" year. What the hell happened while I was Solitary? Did the Wiccan community suddenly get some sort of PR person during my absence? Of course, it's only the Wiccans who are getting a break. If you're a Wiccan, it's all good. Call yourself a Witch and people run for the hills. It's the same thing, jack-wagon, just the term 'Witch' is closer to the actual tradition. Get the hell over it.
tinhuviel: (Default)
AT&T is having Internet issues, which means I can't get online and do the stuff I wanted to do with The Chalice. The first official day it's out and people are excited about it, I can't do diddly. I could throttle the Intarwebs Gods. ::shakes hand to the aether:: Darn you! Darn you all to heck!

I honestly can't believe how many people are wanting signed copies of the book. And here I am with crap penmanship. Guess I should start practicing.

It's been hours since I've had an Internet connection and it's driving me crazy. What's going on? What's the skinny, the dealio, the ultimate news? I have nothing of it and I want it badly! I feel like a limb has been chopped off and no one designed a prosthetic for me. It sucks to the nth degree. I feel like fretting, but I'm too busy feeling sorry for myself to fret. The time is 9:20 PM DST.

Damn damn damn.

The time is now 7:30 DST. Still no connectivity. The monkey on my back is jumping up and down and screeching. I think it's a howler monkey. I'll be heading to the library at 9 PM to catch up with my emails and see how the book is doing. This could not have happened to me at a worst time! Dammit on a kebab stick!

No wait...I have it! I have connectivity! It's alive, I tell you, aliiiiiiive!

tinhuviel: (Chalice)
After the sacrificial offering of blood, sweat, and tears, I'm happy to announce that The Chalice is now available for purchase. You can go to the Fey website for now and order it straight from the publisher. I'm sure after some time, it will be available via other media but, for now, you can buy it directly from Fey. Here's the link:

Please buy the book voraciously and pass the word on that the book is now available. The official release date was September 10th, my birthday. How cool is that? Happy purchasing and, most importantly, happy reading!

Those of you who want a signed copy can send me the money and I'll get the book and sign it for you. Just be sure that I have your full name. I know most of you, but I don't want to make any mistakes in whom I'm signing a book for. That would suck.
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
This may explain my glee over the skin-like cover.

tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I've seen it, but I still can't believe it. Words just aren't sufficient. Instead, I shall opt to "squee" at [livejournal.com profile] spydielives until she has the authorities come in and euthanise me. I think that [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl will be squeeing along with me when she sees it. The work being done to release this book is breathtaking and humbling. I can't thank [livejournal.com profile] spydielives and [livejournal.com profile] theafaye for all the work done, and in duress thanks to my dumb ass making things 10 times more difficult. In my mind, I'm dancing some ridiculous hillbilly jig that I made up on the spot. Join me if you dare.


Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:33 am
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
Sophie sent me the final proof of The Chalice overnight. It looks beautiful! She's done an exemplary job on the manuscript. I emailed her back with one change to the acknowledgments and that should be it; it'll be ready for publishing. I still can't believe this is happening. It's like I'm living someone else's life.
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
Happy September!

The lyrics are back in the book and getting them back allowed me to have more "conversation" with Carl Marsh. The man is a sweetheart. He passed on the lyrics to his two songs on the new Shriek album and I explained to him what I did with the song-by-songs for the band. He's just an absolute joy to communicate with, just like Barry Andrews, but without the fright. Ha ha!

So yeah, September. The MONTH. This is the month The Vampire Relics is due to be released. I'm nervous as hell. What if everyone hates it? How would that affect The Blood Crown and The Augury of Gideon? What if a posse is formed to come hang me for my written transgressions? This is where my brain is. Hope for the best, expect the worse. Thanks loads, Mel Brooks.

Aunt Tudi and I have errands to run and we need to drop by Wal-Mart for a handful of things. Gods forbid, I don't want to go there, but there's nothing for it. Go we must. Perhaps something worth writing about will pop up while I'm there. We shall see.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Ink)

30 Pages

Aug. 22nd, 2010 02:48 pm
tinhuviel: (Cadmus)
I've got thirty more pages to finish the third draft of The Blood Crown. The more I read this book, the more I like it. There's something about it that I really do like, especially the odd tidbits that link the first book to the third. I didn't even know I'd written those in, but I did nonetheless. I'm planning on taking the laptop back to bed with me tonight and knocking out the last of it, making any changes that need to be made, then sending it on to SUPAEDITAH, [livejournal.com profile] gunslingaaahhh. She'll be able to toss draft #2.

Then I'm gonna take a break from it all. I'm focusing on just The Chalice for the month. I'm hoping it's going to be busy and filled with wonderful surprises, so we'll see.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Priest)
On Facebook, Amy Michelle Levy asked people to get their friends to join her Welcome to River Street facepage. I did just that. Then, later on, she stated whoever had the most friends to join would receive a copy of her book, a copy of Idol Musings as well as a tote bag. I checked to see how many of my friends had joined and 40 had. So I let her know. It turned out that twice as many people joined as the next highest accumulator of souls. So I won, thanks to my invaluable friends. I got the books and tote bag today. The tote bag I gave to Aunt Tudi 'cos she's a tote bag nut. The book by Amy I'm reading voraciously as quickly as I can. My list of books to read is momentous. Idol Musings has been back by Aunt Tudi for some sort of rainy day. So yay!
tinhuviel: (Cadmus and Faust)
I just finished putting the Fey logo on all my art. It was a request on Sophie's part which I was more than happy to oblige. Words can't express how excited and honoured I am to be part of a publishing house and didn't have to go the route of self-publishing. There's no way I could have done that. From what I've seen, it's an expensive venture and money is one of many things I do not have.

I've reconnected with [livejournal.com profile] luvthyjoker after a couple of months of mutual depression and misunderstanding one another. There's nothing better than rekindling a friendship that should never have gone awry in the first place. If there's one thing I hate, it's drama, and I've agonised for some time, wondering what it was I had done. It turns out that we cycled into a dark place together and parted ways as a result. That's behind us now.

She's given permission to use the Cadmus/Faust victim pic for the cover of the second book. Since the torture of Faust by Cadmus is a pivotal part not only of The Blood Crown, but also the whole of the narrative, this is most momentous. I hope [livejournal.com profile] theafaye. Of course, her word is the last word in all this and, for this, I'm actually grateful. I'm glad to have a wise voice out there keeping me grounded. Being a Virgo with Sagittarian inclination, despite Libra being my rising sign, I can sometimes get overly excited and a little too enthusiastic when I should have my head screwed on straight.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus and Faust)
I'm taking a break from proofreading. All the words are starting to melt together. How am I supposed to see if I've made a mistake when everything looks like a jumbled mess? I can't stand proofreading. My third go at The Blood Crown is, I must admit, going faster than I expected. I did pretty good finding the flaws the second time around. Right now I'm listening to "The Saddest Song I've God" by Annie Lennox. Not very conducive to productive reading. I do love her though.

Considering the end of The Augury of Gideon, I'm thinking about going back to the original ending, then beginning a new story with a surprise. It's something to think about. Maybe I'm just jumping the gun a little bit.

I need to contact Meg to see if I can use her picture of Cadmus and Faust for The Blood Crown. The image is inexplicable, but more than appropriate for the importance of their encounter to the narrative of the story. If only she'd write me back. I think I'm gonna try to Facebook. I've also written [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl, but she hasn't written me back yet. Her image would be much different, being a representative of Orphaeus and Cadmus, with the Deaghydhen staff, in travel mode. I'm not sure which I'd prefer, but 'The Sainted Confessor' was so important to the narrative of The Blood Crown. I don't know. I wish I could draw the cover, but I've discovered that my hands are too shaky to draw in the way I used to, which makes me feel really bad because I wanted to draw Claire for [livejournal.com profile] paisleydaze and Everett for [livejournal.com profile] gunslingaaahhh. The Claire picture, before it got damaged, looked like crap and the Everett picture still looks like crap.

I think I just talked myself into a depression..
tinhuviel: (Cadmus and Faust)
I've begun reading the third draft of The Blood Crown and, only twenty pages in, I've found a plethora of mistakes. Hopefully, by the time I'm finished, [livejournal.com profile] gunslingaaahhh will have a breeze at editing. I'm in the mood right now to read and, honestly, The Blood Crown is my favourite of the three books, having hints of humour and tons of Tarmian mythology. This is the book I would have written about the Tarmi had Professor Miller discouraged me from taking that path. Besides, giving hints and insights into the Tarmian history leaves them with the ultimate sense of mystery, which I appreciate. I want to be finished with proofreading The Blood Crown by next week and send the new manuscript to [livejournal.com profile] gunslingaaahhh. Something tells me things will go quickly after the release of The Chalice and I want to be prepared for any eventuality.


Aug. 13th, 2010 08:07 pm
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I have to ask Sophie before I post any Relics-related art. Since she just had her baby, this is probably not the best time to bug her about such. I've never signed with a publisher that dictates everything I do regarding my writing. It's kind of weird, but in a good way. I feel like I'm a part of something and, if I just toe the line, I'll be helped in innumerable ways. I'm gonna give it a week, then contact Sophie about the art. That's a long enough waiting period, methinks.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Wrath)
I dreamt of murder last night. I dreamt that I watched a cow get slaughtered then I began to cut the fat off the liver, making the comment that the cow wouldn't have survived for very much longer because it had a fatty liver. It was disgusting how much fat I sloughed off the large organ. I then began to cut the liver into small slices for sale. It was one of those dreams where I could feel and smell everything. Working in a slaughterhouse is something I would never...could never...do. Now, I wouldn't have any qualms about eating my fellow survivors after a plane crash in the Andes, but killing a cow was just disturbing.

Today consists of taking Aunt Tudi to the doctor, then a trip to Wal-Mart. I think I'd rather kill a cow than go to Wal-Mart, but what must be done...must be done. Maybe I'll collect some fodder about which to write while I'm there. There are so many times I'll leave that hellhole with notes written all over my hands. I'm like the illustrated woman. With school about to start and the kids out of their minds trying to get supplies, I'm betting I'll find something rancid to write about.

I'll also be mailing the flyers off to [livejournal.com profile] booraven22 and some to the Mother Unit. I'm curious to know how effective this advertising campaign will be. Hopefully, it will be wildly successful and Cadmus Pariah will become a terrifying household name around the globe and on the moon.

Breakfast = two pieces of toast with apple butter. Yum.


Aug. 11th, 2010 05:50 pm
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I got my flyers today, so I'll be sending them to [livejournal.com profile] booraven22 in the next day or so. Office Max wasn't going to cut them without a fee, but they cut them anyway, which I think is nifty of them. I have 600 flyers to be handed out at Dragon*Con. Hopefully, this will pique the interest of the Goth division of the con and they shall all purchase the book voraciously and pass the news on to like-minded souls.

The flyers turned out beautifully and were cut to perfection. It was a very professional job for which I am eternally grateful. If I have any similar business in the future, I'll be going to Office Max.


Aug. 9th, 2010 08:47 am
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I woke up tired even though I slept relatively well last night. I'd lie back down if I thought I could sleep, but I wouldn't be able to and I've got things to do today. I have to go to the dentist to see how much it will be for a cleaning. I have a cavity too that needs to be addressed. I've also got to take the flyer to Duncan Press to see how much that will be. I'm hoping it's gonna be for cheap. All I want to do is curl up and nap right now though.


Aug. 8th, 2010 03:18 pm
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Ink)
I just finished proofing The Augury of Gideon. I feel like it took me 2000 years to read through the manuscript. I'm the kind of person that hates proofreading my work. I've written it down, isn't that enough? Of course, it never is, because mistakes are always made. I'd like to think I found every last mistake and now the manuscript is perfect, but I'm sure I missed a few. I passed the file on to [livejournal.com profile] gunslingaaahhh, who is still working on The Blood Crown. Once she's finished with both manuscripts, I get to read them again. Then, and only then, will they be complete.
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
The weekends have become the time when Aunt Tudi have movie marathons or watch shows Aunt Tudi has taped during the week that I didn't watch because they came on too late. Right now we're watching "What Would You Do," a show that ABC shows at 9 o'clock. We usually watch it when it comes on, but I went to bed earlier than normal. When I finish watching this, I'm going to delve into The Augury of Gideon, my goal being to finish the proofing of the manuscript. I may then go back to The Blood Crown and do some spot-checking on that. Everything is moving so fast with The Chalice, I want to be ready for any eventuality.
tinhuviel: (Blood Prince)
A third of The Augury of Gideon is now proofread. The first edit with [livejournal.com profile] gunslingaaahhh will occur after she finishes The Blood Crown, then the manuscript will come back to me for a final read through. It's the strangest sensation reading this narrative, because I don't have hardly any memory of writing it. I'm depending heavily on Massive Attack, Brian Tyler's soundtrack for Children of Dune and James Horner's score for Avatar during the proofing. Depending on what I find during reading Augury, I've already changed the ending. I'm not sure if it's the coward's way out or a demand from a character that has cut the umbilicus that connected to the two of us. Something tells me I'm going to agonise over the ending of The Vampire Relics. Something also tells me that I haven't seen the last of my Vampires.

I know I'm dreaming, because my nerves won't allow me to sit still long enough to do this, but I'd like to finish proofing Augury by tomorrow. I have another one of those crappy Starbuck's energy coffees with Ginseng, which I shall consume tomorrow morning. Hopefully this will give me the boost I need to work on the biggest project of my life.

Maybe if all this catches on, I can create a name for myself as a real author instead of a wannabe scratching around the edges of an elite circle of people with real talent. If Cadmus has his way, he will demand and get all the attention he feels he deserves. And Barry will just chuckle with self-deprecation.


Aug. 6th, 2010 10:34 am
tinhuviel: (Default)
The guys at Duncan Press remember me from the Pit days. They were happy to hear from me after all these years. I'm hoping that the goodwill we translate into a good deal for these flyers. Just goes to prove that you should always be decent toward people no matter what, because history will always return to haunt you for good or ill. I meet with Steve on Monday to discuss the details of what I need for this The Chalice flyer. They tend to get jobs done the same day, so I'm thinking I'll have the flyers to [livejournal.com profile] booraven22 by the following week at the latest.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Wrath)
There's no way I can print out the amount of flyers needed for Dragon*Con. The ink cartridges don't last for any length of time at all. So, tomorrow, I'm going to my local printing press, Duncan Press, to see what their fees would be to print me out 600 pages of the flyer, then cut that flyer in half to make the mini-flyers I need. I want to give [livejournal.com profile] booraven22 right at 1100. It would have been right at 1200, but the printer running out of ink like crazy messed up quite a few pages. Oh, this is frustrating. I want to do things on my own instead of having to depend on someone. Duncan Press is a reputable place, though. I used them all the time when I still worked in The Pit. They're fast and efficient. Now I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow.

This is the full-page flyer which will be cut in two to create two mini-flyers to be handed out at Dragon*Con.

tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I got up with a crick in my neck that feels like it's the size of Florida and shaped pretty much the same as well. It hurts to turn my head either way, so driving later on will be fun. We have to go to the grocery store today for some foods, of which we are mostly out. It'll be later in the morning after the washing is done, so I have some time to piddle and proofread in the interim.

I've created a flier for The Chalice, which will be handed out at Dragon*Con, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] booraven22, [livejournal.com profile] morriganwind, and friends. Sophie wants me to include the Fey Publishing logo, which will be no problem as I still have it in .PSD format for any changes she wanted made to the flier. The Mother Unit is funding the ink and card stock I need to print them out. It's at times like this, I know I've done something right, 'cos it's coming back to me threefold.

Once the flier is complete, I'll post a picture of it here so everyone can see it. I think it looks pretty niftic, as Faust would say.

I've diddled around with the ending of The Augury of Gideon and I'm happier with it now, although I'm still not certain this will be the actual ending. It's a good thing I have the time to work on it some more 'cos the manuscript is far from ready to send to Fey. Something tells me I'll be amending it more before I ever send it to Sophie.


Aug. 4th, 2010 08:37 am
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
I'm looking for a way to print postcards on my printer or for a cheap postcard printer. Does anyone out there have any ideas that could point me in the right direction?
tinhuviel: (Chalice)
If you don't mind, please spread the word!

tinhuviel: (Vampire Relics)
It's on the Fey Publishing site now. Go check it out!

The Chalice
tinhuviel: (Vampire Relics)
I got both written this morning. The synopsis wasn't so bad, but the bio kicked my butt. I never know what to say in a bio. I kept both short and sweet because sometimes minimalism is the right road to take. I feel like this is the case with The Chalice.
tinhuviel: (Vampire Relics)
Five copies of the book may not be enough. I may have to buy a couple in order to get everyone a copy of their own.

  1. Aunt Tudi

  2. The Mother Unit

  3. Barry Andrews

  4. Carl Marsh

  5. Jill Rosenburg

  6. Heidi Bowles-Ellis

  7. Heather P. Dunbar

See the dilemma?

I also need to get a copy to show around town to see if local book shops would be interested in helping a local artist out. First place on my list is Malaprops in Asheville.
tinhuviel: (Tarmi)
I plan on flying with the Green Fairy, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] b_bopper55. How will proofreading go with that? I may not proofread at all. I may write whatever comes to mind and then we'll be in trouble.

Speaking of writing, I've decided to finish The Moon Myths. Some are featured in The Vampire Relics, but a lot are not yet written. I'll be nice to get back to something completely Pagan and possibly even have a publisher for it that is not Llewellyn. I have nothing against Llewellyn, but a lot of people seem to, so I'd prefer not to go that route if at all possible, like they'd publish me anyway ~ but never mind.

I've had some good luck with the Green Fairy in the past, mainly because I have to drink it fast at first. It has a licorice taste, which I abhor, so I burn off the taste buds quickly. After that, it's sipping and hallucination time. I am bound and determined to write down everything I think or see while I'm under the influence. I can't wait. I literally can not wait! Whee!
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Priest)
Because the book cover is almost a done deal, I sent out an email to just about everyone, telling them that I am indeed going to be published. One can't be too careful about such things, especially when one is a pessimist and a cynic. But things seem to be rolling along nicely, so I figured, what the hay?

I got an email back from Cathy, an old friend whom I met at BMG what seems like an age ago now. She and Glenn are doing okay after a long bout of financial scares. They are, after all, American citizens living through the second Great Depression. I'm prodding her to come for a visit. They live in Florida now. I also got a note from Carl, which said in part:

"Of course, a tiny protective part of me feels the need to warn you that, if getting a book publishing deal is anything like getting a record deal, your work is only just beginning and you may be about to enter a whole new world of pain. But in a good way. I think."

I think that's one reason why I'm so hellbent on completing the series, so I can pay attention to the business side of The Relics when that comes. Since Fey is a small publisher, I doubt there will be much red tape; however, I'm going to try to market myself (*gulp*), which will take time away from writing, but will help me no end when the other two books come out. A person or product doesn't just appear with a bevy of fans. A fan base has to be created, nurtured, and encouraged to bring in more fans. That's what I kept going on about with The Joker Blogs, but that's neither here nor there. Not anymore, anyway.

Today finds me with 5040 words added to the manuscript, which now stands at 63,439 words. I'm well over three-quarters of the way finished with the story, so it looks like Augury will be closer in size to The Chalice and The Blood Crown will be the monster of the three. Crown topped off at 111,818 words. My one big fear in all of this is that the stories get a cult following and I am then tapped to write more about this Vampiric world. I'm wholly uncertain whether or not I have it in me to do. I guess we'll find out come December and afterward.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Ink)
Here's the art I want used for the book. It's breathtakingly beautiful and something I could never have done. Kudos to [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl for her inimitable talent!

Chalice image )

If things don't go as planned, I may see about their using this image as the cover for the book. I dunno. I mean it reeks of Cadmus, but using an image of my own just seems over the top to me. We'll see.

another Chalice image )

I was hoping that [livejournal.com profile] luvthyjoker would do the cover for The Blood Crown, but I doubt that is going to happen. If this works out with Stacy, I'm betting I could get her to do the covers for both Crown and Augury. At least a consistency in imagery would be had, and that's always a good thing.

A Break

Jun. 11th, 2010 07:17 am
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Art)
I might be taking a break from The Augury of Gideon today. I opened up the manuscript and felt no urge whatsoever to add to it. But after almost 10,000 words written in the past two days, I don't feel guilty about not writing today. If I force myself, it'll be crap and we don't want crap, boys and girls. I may just read through some of what I've already written and do a few touch ups here and there and let that be that.

One thing I want to do is blog...a lot. I miss the multiple entries each day. But I don't want to repeat myself, nor do I want to blab constantly about writing. People get tire of the same old thing. I know I do. Why would I want to saddle any readers with crap I wouldn't read myself? So I keep my piehole shut if I don't have anything new to write about.

Brian Tyler's soundtrack for The Children of Dune has been something I've been listening to with relish. It's all I've been listening to for the past two days and is definitely a part of The Augury of Gideon now, so much so, I think him in the acknowledgments now. That music breathes a certain life into what I'm writing and, for that, I'm extremely grateful. I know why I've connected this music to Augury ~ Kallum. His anchor is James McAvoy and James was the star of Children of Dune. But it's not just that. The music is incredibly beautiful, lyrical, and stirring. And I contend to this day, seven years after Children of Dune came out, that "Inama Nushif" is the most beautiful song ever recorded. Period. If you don't have it, get it. I promise you won't regret it.

Sophie and Amy are having problems with the art. They're needing a higher resolution version of the Cadmus w/Chalice art that [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl drew ages ago. If [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl can't comply and the rendered version Amy is working with is even a mite blurry, we'll have to go with a different image, which torques me no end. I've got my fingers crossed that the version they have works out okay because I really want [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl's name out there. I may ask her if she could throw together the image we discussed a few weeks ago, but I know her days are full of this and that, and she may not have the time. I just want her name on the book.
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Art)
My official word count for the day is 5025. That's with a nap and several interruptions. I'm proud of myself. I'm waiting to hear back from [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl as to whether or not she has a hi-res version of the picture in the icon. If I don't hear from her by Friday, I guess I'm gonna give Amy the go-ahead to use the smaller version, if she can at all. I was really hoping to use this image for a couple of reasons: 1) The image is just so incredibly Cadmus. [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl really caught his spirit in that picture. 2) I want to help [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl get her name out to as many people as I can. There have been certain individuals who've been of great help to me. I want to do the same for them. So here's hoping she can find a higher res version of the Cadmus Art file. If I don't hear anything by Friday, we may have to go a different route, which will really make me sad. I might ask if the Cad Art could be featured on the back of the book instead. We'll see.

Tomorrow will be more of the same. I'll get up at an ungodly early hour and begin ingesting caffeine and writing like a fiend, laughing like Renfield from Tod Browning's Dracula. It's no wonder Aunt Tudi wakes up in a cold sweat every morning. I would too, if I lived with me...which might explain my penchant for getting up so early.

Onward and upward, as someone somewhere said to someone.


May. 28th, 2010 08:59 pm
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Art)
I got copied on a letter from Sophie to Amy (the art guru at Fey) forwarding her the image of Cadmus drawn by [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl. Amy is supposed to create the book cover for The Chalice and give any copyright credits appropriate to said image (see icon for the image in question). I was copied on the note to confirm the name of the trilogy and to make sure [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl is privy to the goings-on regarding her art. I am so loving this. I told Sophie and Amy that I'm so excited, I could pop. And I could, I really could.

The only downside is that it's hard for me to get into character while writing on The Augury of Gideon. Cadmus is being difficult (as usual) and I'm not even trying Gideon right now, even though I probably sound crazy. I've come to the realisation that you can't write good Vampire fiction (or what I consider good Vampire fiction) when you're freakin' gleeful.


May. 24th, 2010 05:20 pm
tinhuviel: (Cadmus Art)
Even though I didn't think I'd be able to reach it, I actually did reach my 3000 word goal today. And I ended it with Cadmus showing what looks like, for all intents and purposes, compassion. See as the story goes on, he will show more and more emotion so that, come the completion of The Augury of Gideon, he will be driven by emotion whether he likes it or not.

I got an email from Sophie saying the picture of Cadmus with the chalice would be fine as long as [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl didn't expect payment. I told her that the recognition would be payment enough; however, I'm asking here just to be on the safe side. [livejournal.com profile] m0usegrrl, is this picture okay to use for the cover of The Chalice? I recall your saying it was, but I want to be absolutely certain.


If so, do let me know. You'll have credit on the cover and inside the book.

Looks like everything is coming together. I'm just waiting for the ball of doom to drop on my head.


May. 18th, 2010 09:25 am
tinhuviel: (Vampire Relics)
I had to take an Ativan, I'm so freaked out by the news I got this morning. I feel like I just want to crawl out of my skin and play my ribs like xylophones. I've now committed to writing at least 3000 words a day to get The Blood Crown and The Augury of Gideon finished. I work best under pressure, so this is a good thing. I'm just going to pretend it's November and run with it like crazy. For now, for today, I'm gonna focus on the reality of this letter and let the excitement have its way with me. Then tomorrow (maybe later today), I'm off to work.


May. 17th, 2010 08:35 am
tinhuviel: (Vampire Relics)
Okay, I just wrote Sophie about The Chalice. It was a tiny follow-up note to see where the book stood. Here's hoping I get a favourable note back from her. Great Goddess, I hope so!

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