Monday, October 29, 2012

Monstrous Monday Blogfest

Creepy crawly and all things shivery. Today you'll meet creatures that make you jittery!

Today is Monstrous Monday and I must give a huge shout out to the host of this fabulous blogfest, Tim Brannon. You can still signup by visiting his blog, here, and posting one of several fabulous buttons. The button below was my fave.

And now to introduce you to one of the monsters from my MS, I thought I'd post a bit of the scene that introduces her. The poor creature was made using the body of my MC's mother and another poor woman that had the misfortune of being a captive of a dark mage. I'm sure you can imagine poor Ruark's horror at seeing his beloved mother's face on such a ghastly creature.

Excerpt from The Severing by Sabrina A. Fish
Namur took the vial of blood and uncapped it. He tilted it over the woman’s slowing heart as he chanted softly to the dark flame.
            “Beating heart, powerful blood. Black flame might, head our call. With this we create, let nothing hide. Black power, white blood, Born of fire.”
            The queen’s blood hit the heart and black flames consumed the entire inside of the circle. Namur and Ril basked in the pain of the fire as they stepped back. Energy prickled painfully along Namur’s skin. Pressure built against his ears. Breathing became difficult. The roiling energies lifted the dead queen’s body into the air spinning it around faster and faster.
The winds buffeted them. Ril kneeled to the ground covering his head with his robe to protect himself. Namur braced himself against the wind, determined to not miss a single detail of this moment. A tearing sound and a piercing scream broke the sound of the wailing wind causing pain like a sharp knife. He rubbed at a trickling wetness and realized he bled from his ears, nose, and eyes.
As quickly as it began, the wind died. Silence reigned. Namur caught his breath. Where the two women and tables had been, sat a magnificent creature with the face and torso of the dead queen, and the body and wings of a wyrm. Her black hair floated around her head like a living curtain. Poison glistened from her teeth as she devoured the body of the other woman and from her spiny tail that swayed in contentment. Smoky gray scales glinted on the skin of her torso and hide. A forked tongue darted out as she ate.  He had done it. He had found his wyrm. Tears filled his eyes as the creature finished her meal with a last delicate lick of her lips, looked at him with chilling red eyes, and spoke into his mind.
            “I am the quingore, Lilra. What would you have of me, master?
There she is, the quingore, Lilra at the moment of her making. I hope you enjoyed this snipit into my current MS. Please let me know if you, too, are participating in Monstrous Monday.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Building a Fantasy/Sci-Fi World

My number one favorite thing to do as a writer is world building. Some people like building characters, but I find my imagination prefers creating a unique world all my own and then finding characters that fit in it. It's so complex, involved, and overwhelming. Non-fantasy/sci-fi writers tend to get big eyed when I tell them I write fantasy novels. The first question they usually ask me is, "How do you create a whole world like that and make it believable? Isn't it really hard?"

I admit, it's no walk in the park.

However, the challenge is part of the fun. I have learned so much about weather patterns, ore mining, environmentally based cultures & religions, and weather patterns over bodies of water versus large sections of land. Though much of the information I have learned hasn't made it into any of my writing, I had to know these things to make my world believable. Putting an ore mine in a place where ore couldn't possibly be found might make your reader question the author. Once a reader is pulled from your story enough to start asking questions about your validity, you've lost them.

And that, my friends, is bad. Very bad. Even for fantasy writers.

As a follow up of my post for my collaborative blog, FoF, I wanted to share one of the sites responsible for helping me learn so much about world building. I have learned a ton from other writers within this fabulous blogging community. So I wanted to give back.  If you haven't been to it and you are also a fantasy/sci-fi writer, I think you are going to love me a whole bunch! *grin*

Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds by Michael James Liljenberg

I hope you'll come back and tell me what you think about it.

Do you like creating your own worlds or does the idea of attempting such a fete scare you senseless?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sabrina's 'R'my

My writer buddy, Erin York, and I met the other day for dinner and of course had to open up the laptops and talk about our current WIPs. I'm not sure who(probably her as I'm known for being a bit oblivious *grin*), but one of us noticed that all 3 of my current writing projects have MC's with 'R' names.

We found it so funny, that we decided we needed to do something to immortalize this inclination of mine. So, I decided to dub my followers and fans:

I don't know about you, but this totally cracks me up. Especially as I spent the early years of my 20s in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.

This got me to thinking about other fan community names. For example: Steve Berry calls his fans "Malone's Clones", our own Alex J. Cavanaugh calls his fans "Alex's Ninja Army", and then there are Star Trek fans, who prefer the term "Trekker" over "Trekkie", just to name a few off the top of my head.

What do you think, bloggy friends? Are we just two writing nerds loving our own silly ideas or does this strike you as genius an idea as it did us? What do you call your followers and fans?

Thanks for visiting and being such a fabulous member of my 'R'my!

Don't Forget!

Tim Brannan's Monstrous Monday Blogfest is coming up October 29th. Have you signed up?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Venturing into the world of Ipad and Scrivener

Technology and I aren't great friends. I don't feel the need to have the latest and greatest gadget, the most recent program, or the trending app. I don't care for the complication of changing programs and having to learn where everything I need is located. However, I know that to deny the usefulness of these things is akin to banging my head against the proverbial wall...a total waste of time.

My mom was a high school business/computer teacher. You'd think I'd have inherited some of her love for the infuriating machines, but I haven't. I loved my  mom as a teacher, but I hated her preferred subject. And my feelings haven't changed much. Thanks to my mom, I am familiar with Microsoft Office. And have felt no need to put out the effort to learn any other system.

I chose fantasy over science fiction for a reason. *grin*

But thanks to my friends constantly barraging me with how great the Ipad is, how fabulous Scrivener is, and showing me examples of what they are talking about on both, I now find myself reluctantly trying them.

I really hope I like them. I would hate to put this much effort and money into something only to have it be a total waste of time.

I'm giving you another chance, technology. Don't be too big of a pain in the butt...please!

Sound out, friends. Do you share my love/hate relationship with technology or are you a techno-junkie? What's the best Word processor app for Ipad? I am considering just using Google docs, but I am willing to hear any suggestions. How about Scrivener? Any advice for someone new to the program? And why isn't there an Ipad app for Scrivener?

In other news: Have you signed up for the Monstrous Monday Blogfest coming up on October 29th? Check it out. It is sure to be a frightfully fun time!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

My favorite writing season is here!

It's cold here in Oklahoma. I'm talking, thick socks and hot cocoa while you curl up on the sofa with the lap top and write, cold. This bipolar state I live in will most likely get warm again before it decides to stay cold, but for now I am enjoying this glimpse of my favorite writing season. 

I don't mean that I can't write any time of the year, because of course I can. There is just something about the fall and winter that I feel gives me permission to hibernate. I love that NaNoWriMo occurs in November when the cold really settles in and the snow makes its appearance. Being trapped in the house by snow while other people are prevented from visiting... now that is perfect writing weather for this writer. *mischievous grin*

I'm working on the sequel to my first book(which is in the submission process right now). It is an intense challenge to figure out that perfect balance of telling just enough that a new reader would understand what's going on and not telling so much that you bore the reader who read the first book. My first critique group session for this WIP really helped me figure it out a little more, and it helped me see that I have a long way to go. I have a couple of new critique group members who haven't read anything from my first MS, so they are a huge help!

Do you have any advice for writing a sequel? Are you in a critique group? What's your favorite writing season? Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? 

Don't forget that the Monstrous Monday Blogfest is on October 29th! I can't wait to read about your monster.