Fantastic Creatures Launch

The new Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology, Fantastic Creatures, will be available on November 17th. There are a few exciting events coming up to help with the release.

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18 Creatures

1 Fantastic Read

Fantastic Creatures Anthology Open House is November 17th click the link to check out the page.

The second event is a Scavenger Hunt running from Nov 17 – 20. You can hop blogs and read a little about the book. Everyone loves a scavenger hunt.

Check back here on November 17 for the scavenger hunt and surf over to Facebook for the launch open house.

 

For more information about the Fellowship of Fantasy hop over to the website.

 

-CK

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It’s Free

 #FridayFreebie

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Mystic Brew is free today and tomorrow. If you haven’t read it, grab it now.  Available on Amazon.

Mystic Brew is a dark and twisted tale of friendship, secrets, and coffee.
Jane, a socially awkward writer, watches the world from the safety of the back corner at the Mystic Brew Coffee Shop.
A chance meeting, with vivacious redhead Margo, forces Jane out of her shell and into the world around her.
What secret is Jane hiding? Will Margo succeed in bringing Jane into the light? Or will the ghosts reemerge?

 

As always if you enjoy the story leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Indie authors live and die by reviews. Anything as simple as “I like it” is much appreciated.

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Have a good weekend.

-CK

I Finished!

Bob says, "Good work. You deserve chocolate."

Bob says, “Good work. You deserve chocolate.”

You know that feeling where you are just pages away from finishing your WIP? That’s where I was Thursday. I just finished it, like 5 minutes ago. I skipped check-in Sunday so I could get it finished. I’m so happy. I know first drafts are pretty raw and need lots of work. But the point is I wrote it. I have a major feeling of accomplishment. I won’t even mind doing all the chores that have been totally neglected this week so that I could write. Thanks hubby for understanding. The kids did have clean clothes for school! Hoot! Hoot!

Now, I will put it aside for a while. It needs to rest. I’ll work on a short story final edits while it simmers away.

On with Row80:

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  Total failure.

–Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week.  I finished The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble, loved it. I tossed several books aside, I didn’t care enough to finish them. I am currently reading, Sweet Tea Revenge (a cozy mystery), Pirate Latitudes, and I Never Thought I’d See the Day. The latter is part of a study for church. 3/4 for March
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. This is my critique project. I have submitted the first 5 chapters.
-Institute Meatless Monday. Nada, big surprise.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  I have 1 left to read. I have another week, I got the days wrong!
At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted.  Goal this week is: Finished!  25,976! I know there are several scenes I need to add. I wrote this one with minimal scene plotting (first time), I expect the final count to be a bit longer when it’s ready to publish.

Edit/publish Mystic Brew.   Done!

What reward do you like when you finish a project?

-CK

Happy Valentine’s Day!

   It’s national chocolate day! Oops. I mean Valentine’s Day.100_9298

It’s also the last day of Mardi Gras break. It’s back to work and school in the morning. We had a great break until Friday. Late, or early depending on how you see things, Friday my oldest started vomiting, that lasted for HOURS. I don’t know what it is about a school break, but someone’s going to get sick. She’s better now and at the moment- no one else has gotten sick. I’ve sprayed the entire house down with Lysol and washed all her linens. I thought about dipping her in hand sanitizer, but decided that’s frowned upon.

I took my youngest with me to the salon. I was in drastic need of a trim and highlights. Yes, you can be in drastic need of highlights. I was getting too grey, now I’m too blond 😦 My husband loves it! Anyway, the young one decided to get her hair trimmed and straightened. I have stiff-straight hair. My children range from fat, bouncy curls to ringlets. To them having their hair straightened is an event, I refuse to buy a straightener. She walked out of the salon and required a quick photo so she could text all her friends. I also refuse to buy them a phone. She’s pranced around the house for days. As soon as water touches it, it’ll curl back up. Kids are so funny.

Enough rambling. On with Row80 goals:

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  Let’s be honest. The only exercise I have had is chasing beads at a Mardi Gras parade!

-Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week.  I’m still reading Crimson Claymore by Craig A. Price Jr and I finished the ebook Let’s Get Visible . I just picked up the Stan Lee biography from the library, it’s a graphic novel! I may have to burrow under a blanket and read that. I don’t think I can wait. Of course I’ll have to steal it from my children first. 3/4 read.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. On hold. I’m making this my critique group project. It’ll take awhile, only 5,000 words at a time.
-Institute Meatless Monday.Total fail this week. Does fish count as meatless?
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  Done!
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. Still at 1000 words. I have a conundrum. I was wanting to use a certain fandom as a backdrop (something the characters are all interested in), but I’m not sure what legal issues are involved with that.

Edit/publish Coffee.   Done! Mystic Brew is out in the world. It’s my first time using KDP select. Because of that, it’s only available on Amazon.  In honor of Valentine’s Day it’s free the 14th and 15th. If you are tired of pink roses and hugs and kisses, give it a try. If you haven’t read the blog post click here.  That’s it, no more shameless self-promotion.

I feel like a weight has been lifted. Having my short story published makes me feel so much lighter. I don’t know why, but it does. I plan on publishing two more this year. I spreading them out a bit. I think making decisions about my WIP has helped as well, it had started to feel like a dead weight.  Sometimes it’s hard, as a writer, to look at the paths to publication and find a place in it. Sometimes you have to make a new path. Later on you may find that it didn’t work, but at least you tried.

How did your week go? What must read book did you find this week?

-CK

Mystic Brew

Guess what? It’s #NewRelease day!

 

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Let me introduce you to my new release, Mystic Brew. A short story that dives into the dark side of friendship.

Blurb: Mystic Brew is a dark and twisted tale of friendship, secrets, and coffee.

Remember how your mother told you not to talk to strangers? That’s great advice.
Jane, a socially awkward writer, watches the world from the safety of the back corner at the Mystic Brew Coffee Shop.
A chance meeting, with vivacious redhead Margo, forces Jane out of her shell and into the world around her.
What secret is Jane hiding? Will Margo succeed in bringing Jane into the light? Or will the ghosts reemerge?

 

Currently Mystic Brew is only available on Amazon, $0.99.

It’s the perfect treat to ward off the sticky sweetness of Valentine’s Day.

If you enjoy reading Mystic Brew, leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog.

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-Caren Rich

Birth of an Idea

It’s February!

I do love this month. It’s generally the coldest month of the year for us and it’s been quite chilly lately.  We are out of school this week for Mardi Gras break. I know, really. Mardi Gras ends on Tuesday but so many people use this as an excuse to take a vacation it’s just easier to plan a school holiday. For that reason, I don’t know how much I will get accomplished.

How do you come up with your ideas?

Lovely question there. The truth is- they come from everywhere and no where. A spark can come from the smallest place, like people watching at the local coffee shop. Here’s an example:

I was driving my daughter to swim practice when I started thinking about Joe Cain. He brought Mardi Gras parades back to Mobile after the Civil War. In my mind I had a picture of him dressed as an indian leading his friends through the streets with rakes, hoes, and cow bells. Without doing the necessary research, yet, my mind began to plan out certain scenarios. What did the occupying forces of the Union army think of this parade? Was it meant as a morale boost for the citizens or a snub to the Union? What if the parade was just a decoy for a secret mission? That led me down a cluttered path of alternate realities and histories. Heck, the event could even be changed to fit a number of dystopian story lines.  Hmmmm…

So there you go a small glimpse of my tangled mind. How did you come up with one of your story lines?

On to Row80:

Be sure to drop by the hub and leave a word of encouragement for the other participants.

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  I only made it to one class this week. The gym is closed for Mardi Gras but I want to go for a walk one day and class on Wednesday.
-Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week. I am almost finished with I am Number Four. I should finish it tonight. Start a new book.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. I’ve sent the MS to another beta reader. Thank you Beth for reading it for me. She sent it back with lots of insight. I think I will send it to one more person before I pick it back up.
-Institute Meatless Monday. Mostly meatless.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  No progress here. Critiqued one. Finish reading all stories by Sunday.
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. No progress here.

Edit/publish Coffee.
More to come later on this.

It doesn’t look like I made progress, but I feel like I have made progress on the writing front. Some projects have been finished others I have made important decisions about. Sometimes, thinking is as important as writing. But at some point you must get back to writing! I see that getting closer. My fingers itch with the thought of picking up the pen.

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How did your week go?

-CK

 

 

I See The Sun

The sun has finally come out. It feels like I haven’t seen the sun in months. It’s been cold and rainy. I forgot how pretty a blue sky was. It’s so pretty….

We are knee deep in Mardi Gras in the Port City. Fat Tuesday is Feb. 9th, the official end to the Mardi Gras season. My participation begins and ends with attending a few parades. I don’t belong to any mystic society. I will admit to being fascinated with the whole thing. An area known for it’s conservative social, political, and religious views goes insane for three weeks every year. I find that humorous. The history behind Mardi Gras is just as convoluted as the event itself.

In a nut100_9479shell:

Mardi Gras came to Alabama with the French and was first celebrated in what would become Mobile.

It was put on hiatus during the Civil War and brought back by Joe Cain. Who at this point is more myth and legend.

Mardi Gras parades are put on by Mystic societies. They can be expensive to join and historically have been segregated by gender and race. The membership is traditionally cloaked in secrecy. That’s why they wear masks. Not all societies parade. They’re like greek societies on steroids.

Mystic societies have balls with the coronation of a King and Queen with a royal court. The gowns and dresses created for these events are amazing. They are custom creations that take a year or more to create.

The only day non-mystic people can parade is Joe Cain Day.

From a writer’s point of view, Mardi Gras is an endless source of inspiration. It’s weird and fun. In honor of Mardi Gras I’m posting fun bits of information on my facebook page.

On with my Row80 goals for round 1:

Participate in the weekly Health/Fitness Challenge at church.  Goal this week attend two workout classes and one day on treadmill.  I’ve attended two classes so far this week. No treadmill. Goal this week is two classes and one treadmill. I actually skipped Wednesday night because it was too cold to leave my lazy-boy.
-Read 4 books a month, roughly 1 book a week. Check! I’ve read 6 books in January.
-Edit book 2 in my mystery seriesNada! I’m tossing this goal for now.
-Work on self-publishing Book 1. I’ve sent the MS to another beta reader.
-Institute Meatless Monday. Mostly meatless! We had baked potatoes and I put a small spoon of chili on mine.
-Keep up with the local Critique Group.  Goal this week is to critique 2 stories. I’ve read one story. Same goal this week.
-At some point I need to write a story I’ve plotted. I’ve started working on character sheets. Goal this week is to finish character sheets and review previous plot work. still working on this.

Edit/publish Coffee. making progress. Need to finish blurb and promotion materials. Also need to finish formatting.

On the surface it doesn’t look like much progress has been made. But it has. I’ve been busy everyday, it’s just slow. There are elements to the writing life that take time. Editing takes a long time. Formatting takes time. Planning takes time. Even though it doesn’t look like much, I know progress has been made. So I’m happy.  Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.

What goal is your hardest?

-CK