Monday, September 17, 2012

The Haunted Writing Clinic and Contest




There is nothing SCARIER than rejection, so this Halloween face your fears by entering a spooky writing clinic and contest by Curiosity Quills. Not only will you get help crafting your submission package, you'll have an opportunity to win a request from Curiosity Quills. And it's all FREE!

We will have two types of bloggers involved:

Minions: Writers with query ready manuscripts.

All fiction genres are eligible for entry, however manuscripts that fall into our "favored genres" list will be more likely to win requests. Check the submission guidelines for this list.

Super villains: Published and pre-published authors from Curiosity Quills.

So far, I have six authors signed up as super villains and I'll publish their names when it's final. Super villains will enlist teams of minions to mentor. Each team will have a spooky name and theme. The super villain whose minions get the most requests will win bragging rights as villain supreme.


Blogfest schedule:

Week of 10/8: Query Week - Super villains will post tips on how to craft a successful query and their own successful queries (if applicable). Minions will post their query and super villains and other minions will stop by and provide critique.

Week of 10/15: First Page Week - Super villains will post tips on writing a great first page and their own successful first page. Minions will post their first pages and super villains and other minions will stop by and provide critique.

Week of 10/22: Mentoring Week - Super villains will pick teams of minions. Super villains will provide personalized critique on their team members' submission package. Minions from the same team are also encouraged to help and support each other.

10/31 - It's fright night! Minions ready to face their fears will submit their query and first page to our criminal mastermind judges (three submissions editors from CQ). If they like what they see they'll make requests and hopefully graduate some minions to super villains.

P.S. If you entered the Wilde's Fire Editor Judged Contest you ARE eligible to enter this contest too. Your work will be seen by fresh eyes.

Mwah ha ha ha ha ha!




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wolf, Myth, and Man - A Guest Post by A.K. Morgen

Today, I'm proud to welcome a guest post from the author of Fade (The Ragnarok Prophesies), A.K. Morgen.



In this New Adult urban fantasy, A.K. Morgen blends current shapeshifter and wolf tales with deep, apocalyptic Norse mythology.


When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.
When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.
Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.
And without further ado, I turn it over to A.K. Thank you for being here!
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The world is full of beautiful animals that awe and inspire us in turns, and the wolf certainly fits that category. The animal is one that we have come to revere over the years. Our love is proudly displayed in beautiful artwork, thought-provoking poetry, and even on the shelves of the average toy store. But there's another side to our relationship with this majestic animal, and it is one full of fear and disquiet.

For decades, wolves in the United States and elsewhere in the world were considered a prime hunting target. The animals were accused of brutal attacks on humans and livestock, causing those who lived side-by-side with the species a great amount of fear and anger. As a result, red wolves were hunted to extinction in the Southwest by the early 1980s, and gray wolves in northern states came very near following their brothers. This prompted a move to place the gray wolf on the Endangered Species List, which ended hunting of the animal in favor of replenishing the rapidly dwindling population.

Despite these protections, however, the odd relationship between man and wolf continued. Over the last decade, the species has been considered for delisting and a reintroduction of hunting in multiple states several times. Just this week, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the wolf would be removed from the list in Wyoming by the end of September, and regulated hunting would resume. This news has been met with mixed feelings across the board.

There are those who proclaim the animal the lowest of the low, worthy of being exterminated down to the last pup. And then there are those who see things differently. Those who view the wolf as that majestic, inspiring animal worthy of our respect, reverence, and protection.

How this extreme polarized relationship came about is one of great debate, but there is no doubt that mythology and folklore helped build the foundations of modern man's relationship with the animal. In nearly every culture, you run across mythology that paints wolves in very differing lights. Many even have their own stories to explain how our confusing, dichotic relationship with the animals came about.

The Cherokee people, for instance, tell of a time in which the wolf lived alongside man while dog lived in the wild. When winter set in, the dog came to the fires of man and chased the wolf away. This was no great loss to the wolf. He found that living in the wild suited him far better than living alongside man, so he remained in the mountains. Eventually, man forgot their bond with wolf, and when the wolf returned from the wild to hunt man's animals, man reacted with anger.

In Norse mythology, the wolf was also loved and hated in turns, even by Odin himself. His most beloved companions were a pair of wolves fed from his table. They followed him everywhere, hunting with him and providing him comfort. And when he created man, he sent his wolves to teach men how to love one another. But there was another wolf that caused Odin great concern. He was the giant Fenrir, who grew so massive, Odin feared what he might do left to his own devices. Odin and his brethren tricked Fenrir into a magical chain, and bound him in the bowels of the earth. Fenrir swore vengeance upon Odin, and the Northern people say that if Fenrir ever breaks free, he will kill Odin in revenge, thus ushering in the end of life as we know it.

In Fade, my new young adult novel, you'll be introduced to a pack of gray wolves who understand, perhaps better than anyone, how tenuous their acceptance in our world can be. They are tolerated. They are feared. And eventually, they are hated. But Arionna Jacobs and Dace Matthews realize what many of their neighbors do not: sometimes, the things that separate us from wolves are a whole lot smaller than we like to believe.

xoxo,
A.K.M.

A.K. Morgen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, and three crazy pets. Her debut young adult novel, Fade (The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book One) is available now from Curiosity Quills Press. You can learn more about Ayden and her writing at: http://akmorgen.com


Friday, September 7, 2012

Writerly Research - Guest Post by Fel Wetzig

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It’s an honor to be a guest here on Sharon’s blog, so thank you for having me!

I’m a fiction writer at heart, but as much as I love jumping into a fictional world, I also love jumping into a good encyclopedia. I was one of those kids who would sit at home on the computer reading through an encyclopedia (yes, apparently those people really do exist). I like to know how things work, where ideas come from and how the world has evolved.

Research, luck has it, is also an important part of writing good fiction. It adds depth and believability and can give authors an edge when it comes to crafting new ideas.

Everyone has their own way of researching and some (like me) see it as a treasure hunt. Deciding when to research for your MS and how you’ll keep track of these notes and ideas afterward is an important step for every author.

Deciding When

I wouldn’t recommend scouring piles of encyclopedias in order to get that “lightbulb moment.” It might work, but it might also take years. It’s best to come to the research table with a topic already identified and some kind of question in mind. Knowing what you’re looking for the moment you set out to research will also save you valuable time, which would be better suited for writing the MS.

Whether you begin your research ahead of time, complete it during the process of writing, or wait until the MS is completed to fill in the details, depends on the subject matter and how much the research will impact the flow and outcome of the story (e.g. your characters may need to know that vinegar is needed to kill a kathakano long before you finish the first draft of the manuscript). However, if you consistently find yourself stopping to see how fast a horse can run or how tall the empire state building is, you may find it more beneficial to make a brief note and save the research until the end.

“I’m merely in need of a dinner companion. I have reservations for [insert swanky Chicago restaurant here], but my colleagues backed out and it would be a shame to squander the evening.”

Keeping Track

What are the chances someone will ask you to cite your source in a work of fiction? Probably not likely, but you should still write down enough source information so you can find it again. I keep a file of research sources for every MS I work on. Inevitably, I’ll decide I needed something more or realize I don’t understand my notes. And, what if those notes spark a new idea down the road? You’ll want to remember where the information came from. Start a method that works for you, possibly a research journal, and be consistent.

I remember watching a Master’s of Horror special years ago, and in an interview with Wes Craven he said that the best thing for people who want to write a successful screenplay to do is stop watching movies and read books. While keeping up with the trends in your genre is important, it’s also important to step away and expand your sources of inspiration. Maybe while you’re trying to figure out what a kathakano is, you’ll discover a new tidbit that will launch your next MS.



BIO 

Fel Wetzig is a paranormal and suspense writer who spends most of the day arguing with the “Peasants,” with whom she shares her blog, aptly named The Peasants Revolt (http://scotzig.com). On the blog, she shares her experiences and regularly features blog tours, reviews, and interviews with fellow authors. She started writing her first novel while finishing her MA in Public History and since then has begun work on two additional manuscripts. Some of her short stories have been featured on The Book Times (http://www.thebooktimes.com).

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Thank you for the great post! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who does this... [insert smart science sounding thing here].

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wilde's Meadow Cover Reveal


I am pleased to present the cover for Wilde's Meadow, the third and final installment in the Darkness Falls trilogy by Krystal Wade. Wilde's Meadow will be available for purchase on November 5th. So, if you haven't checked out this series yet, you've got two months to get caught up before the big finale!

Grab a copy now....
 

About Wilde's Meadow:

Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who’s already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her Dra√≠ochtans.

Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.

Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way. Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?



Links:
www.krystal-wade.com
@KrystalWade
www.facebook.com/author.krystalwade
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15830543-wilde-s-meadow


I want to know who is lying on the ground on the cover. Any guesses? Brad? Arland? Perth?