All Change!

Welcome to the new look “World of the Teigr Princess”!

I got bored of the old look; it was dark and gloomy, not welcoming in any way. I also got bored of keeping everything separate; it takes such a lot of effort to keep more than one blog going and I am, essentially lazy – show me the easy way to do something and I’ll do it…

…Except when I am making things – I go for quality when I’m designing and making, as well as when I am editing / formatting…

Ahem.

So the last few days have been spent rearranging things on this blog, removing stuff from the other blogs and adding it into the mix here.

If you take a look at the menu bar, I’ve separated the book pages into menus under the pen name (Kira Morgana or A. E. Churchyard) that they are published as. Where a series is listed, each series has a sub menu with a page for each book. Just hover over the menu to explore.

I’ve also added a “Free Stuff to Read” section. You’ll find different pieces of work in here; a serial story called “Confessions of an Unintentional Bartender“, a Doctor Who Fan-fiction and space to expand into; I’m intending on posting some of my poetry and short stories that haven’t been published yet. I’ll also be doing Author Interviews and Book Reviews, so keep your eyes open for that!

The final section (which isn’t up yet) is going to be about my other creative endeavours… as you may remember, I design and make a variety of objects using various different techniques; everything from Cakes, Cookies and Candy to Figurines, Jewellery and Jumpers. I’m going to showcase the best of my work from all of those areas.

And yes, I’ll still be blogging about whatever pops into my head, be it books, bread or babies…

Enjoy!

Drawing and Writing and Reviewing…

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I’m considering giving up something. Not sure if it’s going to be the writing or the drawing yet.

Why?

Well look at it this way, neither of them are advancing my bank balance. *snorts*
Okay, I’m not giving up either, but it’s one of those days when I feel that nothing I do is working. I spent the last few days drawing letters decorated with flowers, bugs and cupcakes…

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…because my mind had gone completely blank on the Camp NaNo story. I just worked it out though.
I’d always intended to merge all the previous versions of the story with the new one – I had too much good material in those others to lose them – so I pulled out the sections I wanted to use and put them in (I’ll sort them out later) and it happily came to just over 40k (my ultimate word count goal).

I don’t consider this cheating because I was going to use them anyway and at least now I have all the bits I need in one place to link together. So I got one of these for April –

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– and I can go back to finishing off TTATE #5 feeling pleased with my progress. I’m going to do Camp NaNo again in July and continue the same story; that way the book gets two good months on it and I get the warm fuzzies.

I really want to get a new book out. I’ve got a pair of box-sets that I can do – I just need to spend some time on putting them together. I also have a novella I can do for the “Secret of Arking Down” series so all is not at a halt.

Now I’m going to rant before I go to bed, so if you’ve weathered my rambling thus far, you might want to stop reading now…

Reviews.
I don’t get them.
Not that I don’t understand them…

I DO NOT GET ANY. 

 
I’ve sold books – I’ve been paid royalties for said books and they haven’t been returned, so that’s a part success, but I haven’t had any reviews for them either.

All the reviews I have are for “The Angel’s Crown” or “TTATE: A Beginning”. Believe me, I’m grateful for them, but no one is bothering to review the later books, even though I know some people must have read them!

Look, it’s not hard – I’m happy with any old star rating and one line review on Amazon, I just want to know that people are actually enjoying / not enjoying my work.

It’s depressing.

Really and truly. I write the fingerprints off my fingers, spend hours in front of the monitor and yes, I enjoy the process, but I also enjoy knowing that other people are enjoying them once I get them out there.

Every review on Amazon boosts my work in the algorithms. It means that someone else might take a chance on one of my books…

So if, by the smallest chance, you have bought and read my work (Thank you for that) please, please, please, please, pllllllleeeeeaaaaasssseeee… *coughs*…  leave a review of some sort.

 

Plotting for complete world domination…

While the Landlord was playing with the electrics and installing a new shower today, I was forced off the computer.

This isn’t the catastrophe that it used to be – I find that forced time away from the PC can often help me think about my plans for world literary domination and give me a fresh hope that I may actually, one day, be able to put food on the table with the proceeds of my warped imagination.

It’s not warped; just slightly twisty…

Yes, thank you Puff.

Ahem. I was thinking about what I would like to publish next. Obviously, TTATE #5: Nightbringer, is very much on the cards; but there are a few things that I have had in mind for a while…

… so here is a run down of the books I have on the TO BE PUBLISHED list:

KIRA MORGANA

The Tower and The Eye: Nightbringer
(TTATE, Book 5)

The Dragon’s Pendant
(The Secret of Arking Down, Book 2)

The Tower and The Eye: Creation of The Lych Mistress
(A ‘Tower and the Eye Tales’ Novella)

The Bog Boy
(A ‘Secret of Arking Down’ Novella)

The Tower and The Eye Omnibus Edition
(TTATE Box Set)

The Tower and The Eye Tales
( Story Collection)

The Secret of Arking Down Chronicles
(Story Collection)

The Mind of Morgana
(Box Set)

A. E. CHURCHYARD

Genesis of the Churchyard
(Box Set)

The Song of Albion
(Novel)

Now, there aren’t any dates on these titles deliberately. I’m not the sort of writer that can work on one thing, finish it, edit it and publish it within a definite timespan.

I can do deadlines for small pieces, but the big ones take time, thought and mass amounts of energy. For example, the first drafts for three of these are finished, but I’m not doing any editing on them until I’ve finished the first draft of Nightbringer.

Essentially I follow the 8 Rules of Writing that Neil Gaimen came up with:

1) Write

2) Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.

3) Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

4) Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.

5) Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.

6) Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

7) Laugh at your own jokes.

8) The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

I’ve got rules one to five down pat. Six is something I tend to have trouble with – I can never be certain when to let go…

I like “Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.” – it should be on a T-shirt.

All right Puff… actually you have a point there; it should be on a T-shirt…

I also like “Make Good Art” which is another of Neil Gaimen’s sayings.

Ahem… enough of that Puff, can we get on with this post, please?

Of course, all of this is subject to the approval of my overlord (or should that be overlady?) the beauteous Princess Wriggles:

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That’s just an excuse to put a picture of her in the blog post…

Shhh, Puff!

PW is the main reason I don’t have any dates for publication of these books; I can never tell from one day to the next if I am going to have any time to write… *grins*

But it is a lovely excuse not to write, or do housework…

“The Baby needs me.” or “I’m playing with the Baby.”

…both go down quite well with everyone!