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Friday, September 25th, 2015
11:45 am
Leavin', on a Jet Plane... la la la....

It's now officially Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere; Spring in the Southern.  In both places, the days and nights are of approximately equal length.  Something else that happens at the end of September is a small writers retreat.  I'm at the airport now, waiting for my flight.  There are a surprising number of crying infants and one lady actually brought her small, and yapping, dog.

Thank the powers for noise-canceling earphones and Pandora, is all I'm sayin'.

Boria, the large, white fluff ball in the picture, always prowls around the house when I pack for a trip as though I'm seriously messing with his chi.  He'll do things like get in my suitcase and curl up on my clean clothes, trip me as I try to walk between the dining room and the office, or stand in front of his (full) food dishes and sing the Song of His People.  At the top of his lungs.

And a twenty pound cat has a lot of lungs.

This year, we're going to a mountain resort in Utah about an hour outside of Salt Lake.  I'm excited.  We won't have wifi in the rooms, even; just in the main lodge area.  We're not a hundred percent sure we'll have cell phone coverage.  Three days of silence.

I can't wait.

What about you, Dear Reader?  What sounds like a great way to spend a weekend?  Tell me in the comments; I'd love to know.

Current Mood: excited
Monday, September 7th, 2015
2:42 pm
Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day!

What are you doing for today?
Friday, August 14th, 2015
10:02 pm
Torquere Press Part IV Review Round-Up.
My Fiction Nook

The Bohemians by Sean Michael

Sensual Reads

Midnight Rodeo Homecoming by B.A. Tortuga Kiernan Kelly and Julia Talbot
That Stormy Knight by Shad O. Walker

Long and Short Reviews

The Bohemians by Sean Michael
Tales from the Outer Lands
The Apples & Gin Shorts by Jenna Jones
Building a Life by Alexa Snow
Destroying Angel by Missy Wilkinson

Top 2 Bottom Reviews

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Rainbow Book Reviews

A Second Chance at Happiness by Jessica Chase
First Day of School (Mannies Incorporated 3.5) by Sean Michael
Feumaidh Mi Ruith (A Night Wars Story) by Missouri Dalton
Sir WW by Angelique Voisen
Some Like it Scot by Julia Talbot
A Time to Heal by Anna Mansel
As Fair Art Thou, My Bonny Lad by Ari McKay
Kilt in the Closet by Logan Zachary
Perfect Working Order by Elizabeth Coldwell
Off-Kilter by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

Cocktails and Books

Blended Family by Sean Michael

MM Good Book Reviews

The LD50 of Memories by A.R. Moler
Agate: Then and Now by M.D. Grimm


The Shroud Eaters by Alyx Shaw
Sunday, August 9th, 2015
3:13 pm
Torquere Press Review Round-Up Part III!

Whiskey and Want by Megan McFerren

Lesbian Lovers by Berengaria Brown

and Manny Makes Seven by Sean Michael

Conjoined at the Soul by Huston Piner

Herc’s Mercs 2: Line in the Sand by Ari McKay

Herc’s Mercs 3: Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Hoarse Play by Sean Michael

Assumptions by Nicole McCormick

Bonds of Blood and Joy by Nora Birch

Everyday Stories, Jarhead Shorts by Sean Michael

Briar Rose 3: Blended Family by Sean Michael

Cascade Failure by Lynn Townsend

Feeling it Out by K. Lynn

Life Happens by Katherine Halle

The Great Escape by Rob Rosen

The Healing Heart by Mychael Black

What a Man Needs by Andrea Dalling

What East Wind Brought You? By Yolande Kleinn

Tossing It by Rob Rosen


Moby’s Dick by AJ Llewellyn & DJ Manly


Labyrinth of Stone by TA Moore


Early to Rise by V.L. Locey

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange


Za Week 1 by I.D. Locke

Building a Life by Alexa Snow

Moby’s Dick by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly

Emerald Keep by A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder

Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere’ M Fishback

Holiday Collection by Kiernan Kelly

Bus Stories by Sean Michel

Mythologically Torquered Anthology

University of Southern Georgia: Davy & Tony by Heath Greenfield

Controlling Parker by Sean Michael

Gage and Hamish by Julia Talbot

It was Supposed to be a Vacation by M. Durango

Finding their way by Chris Owen and Tory Temple

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Tha Haven by AJ Llewellyn

Box of Nails: Making Repairs by Sean Michael

Sometimes the Cowboy Falls by B.L. Dayhoff

The Fantasy Collection by Kiernan Kelly

A Hard Man is Good to Find by Kiernan Kelly

sugar Rush by Dani Myrick

Haven: Generations by Lee Benoit

Haven by Lee Benoit

Radio Boys by Sean Michael

Songbook by Paulo Preston

Bits of Magic by Angela Benedetti

Lock and Key by T. Strange

The Bohemians by Sean Michael 2nd Edition

Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner


Sleeping on the Job by Missouri Dalton

Someone Like You by Mychael Black

Special Teams by Charlie Richards

Cast the First Stone by Katherine Halle

And Manny Makes Seven by Sean Michael

Moby’s Dick by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

The Hellfire Legacy by Missouri Dalton

Treat by Sean Michael


Loving Aiden by Ashavan Doyon

Room 1024 by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae


Cream – A Hammer Novel by Sean Michael

Winter’s Gift by Sean Michael

Radio Boys by Sean Michael

Beginning to Believe by Sean Michael

ZA: And the Dead Shall Rise by ID Locke

Screwdrivers, a Hammer Short Collection by Sean Michael

Dawg Days Anthology


Sometimes the Cowboy Falls by BL Dayhoff

Full Moon Dating Book I by Julia Talbot

Full Moon Dating Book 2 by Julia Talbot


An Erie Operetta by V.L. Locey

That Stormy Knight by Shad O. Walker


Daddy, Daddy and Me by Sean Michael

Never Too Early: Finding Their Way by Chris Owen & Tory Temple

Beginning to Believe by Sean Michael


Never Too Early: Finding Their Own Way by Chris Owen and Tory Temple


Take it Like a Man Anthology


A Hard Man is Good to Find by Kiernan Kelly

Bus Stories by Sean Michael


Andrew’s Prayer by Ashavan Doyon

University of Southern Georgia: Davy and Tony by Heath Greenfield


Prodigal by Lexi Stone

Freighter Flights by Drew Zachary

Beloved Captive by Jez Morrow

Cabin Fever by B.A. Tortuga

Gentleman of substance by Julia Talbot

Never Too Early: Finding Their way by Chris Owen and Tory Temple

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange


A Cheap Racket by Syd McGinley
Thursday, August 6th, 2015
8:40 pm
Happy August

Another late appearance - why do ARe always have flashsales on the 6th of the month? And put dragon shifter books in the advert? I'm having a shifter mood at the moment. It'd been a while since I read any shifter stories and then I picked one up in a sale and I'm hooked again.

It looks like LJ is going to be awkward and have some maintenance in an hour or so - if I got my time zones right. So you'll just get one post today, which actually has more to do with me getting up in the middle of the night to go into work early today.

In just over a month I'll be on my way to Bristol for the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet - a weekend of fun and nattering. This year I'm on a panel about humour in writing as well as reprising my 'questions for inspiration' topic that I did in Manchester for a smaller audience. The questions one is sorted, but my panel isn't, so I thought I'd ask for some help.

Can you suggest any books with humourous blurbs? Or just books that have made you laugh? I've got a few of my own, but only what I've read which is a drop in the ocean. So if you have any suggestions I'd be very grateful - genre or mainstream or whatever.

Humour and romance are often difficult to fit together, but when done well it is a fantastic combination. I happen to think that a seasoning of humour improves any genre. Do you enjoy humour in your romance or do you prefer a more serious approach to the big topic of true love?

I'm toddling off to bed shortly, so I'll catch up with you tomorrow when LJ has recovered.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
7:36 pm
Itteh Bitteh Clouded Leopard Committeh

My husband and I are on vacation this week in Seattle. We visited the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma and they have four baby clouded leopards!  This is very important, since there are only about 400 left in the world at all.  404, I suppose, huh?

I took several pictures, but they're all the same. Like housecat kittens, they slept. The one on the top left rolled and put his head on his sibling's, which is why I picked this shot. I want to love them, and squeeze them, and call them George.

Catching. You're Doing It Wrong.

This gorgeous specimen is being given his din din by a handler. They toss him meat six days a week, partly to help train him to go up on the rock when asked, and other stuff like that. He got beaned in the kisser by this one, and you can see the lump on the ground to the left (his right). C'mon, dude. You're the top of the food chain. Act like it. (In his defense, he's a) young, and b) new to the zoo.)

And finally...

Camouflage. You're Doing It Right.

This picture has a red wolf in it. Can you see him?

And now, I must toddle off to get some sleep.  Vacation is wearing me out!  But first, tell me: what are you up to this week?

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
- E.E. Cummings

The Persis Chronicles:
**New** Book 2, EMERALD KEEP, out April 8th 2015!
Other Fun Stuff:
Knoontime Knitting: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Ravelry
Noon and Wilder links: Blog | Taurus and Taurus (NSFW) | Website | Facebook
The Writer Zen Garden: The Writers Retreat Blog | Forum | Facebook | Twitter | Meetup
National Novel Writing Month: NaNoWriMo | ChiWriMo | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Current Mood: relaxed
Monday, July 6th, 2015
8:57 pm
Review Round-up - April - June - Part 2 (More to come)

Hope you enjoy another section of Review Round-ups! There are more to come, and if you notice any that I may have missed feel free to email them to me at joanna@torquerepress.com . Thanks!!

MM Good Book Reviews

Winter's Gift by Sean Michael

Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Beginning To Believe by Sean Michael

And a Chook Shall Lead Them by Kara Larson

Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay

Ghost's Dilemma by Morwen Navarre

An Erie Operetta by V.L. Locey

Spearmint Warning by John Amory

Torqued Tales M/M Anthology

Labyrinth of Stone by T.A. Moore

Who Cannot See by B.A. Tortuga

Aubade by Jenna Jones

Going to the Chapel: Don't Ask by J.J. Massa

Prodigal by Lexi Stone

Blues by Lynn Townsend

Early to Rise by V.L. Locey

Rainbow Book Reviews

Becoming Andy Hunsinger by Jere' M. Fishback

Cereus Rescue by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, & BA Tortuga

House Call by Jane Davitt

Moby's Dick by A.J. Llewelly and D.J. Manly

Radio Boys by Sean Michael

Room 1024 by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

Guilty Indulgence Romance Review Site

Herc's Mercs Series by Ari McKay

Manic Readers

Herc's Mercs Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Love Bytes

Cereus Rescue by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, & BA Tortuga

Labyrinth of Stone by T.A. Moore

Herc's Mercs: Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

Moby's Dick by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

One Warlock's Love Story Books 1-4 by Shad O. Walker

Reviews @ TRS

Eagle Peak by Elizabeth Fontaine

Winter's Gift by Sean Michael


Black, One Sugar by Jae Christopher

Vitamins and Death by Medeia Sharif

Everyday Stories by Sean Michael

Need for Sale by Sean Michael

Cast the First Stone by Katherine Halle

Lunaside by J.L. Douglas

Cream (A Hammer Novel) by Sean Michael

Literary Nymphs Reviews

Cereus Rescue by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, & BA Tortuga

Bloody but Unbowed by Ari McKay

The Blogger Girls

Labyrinth of Stone by T.A. Moore

Room 1024 by Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese

Sensual Reads

One Warlock's Story: Last Goode Knight by Shad O. Walker

Top 2 Bottom Reviews

Apples and Gin by Jenna Jones

Hearts on Fire Reviews

Early to Rise by V.L. Locey

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

Sinfully Reviews

Building a Life by Alexa Snow

Redz World Reviews

Building a Life by Alexa Snow

Coffee Time Romance

Georgia Knights by Julia Talbot

9:50 pm
Time for bed
I'm going to toddle off to bed now - 5am comes around much too quickly.

See you in July.

9:21 pm
More Nostalgia
As I was on a nostalgia kick last month I should have posted this back then. This is part of my very first hosting day here at the TQ LJ on 4th May 2009. As I'm in a silly mood today this fits rather well. If you haven't met the Ninja Pirate Ballet Company read on.

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8:08 pm
Do you remember learning to read? Did you get given books with large writing, short sentences and big pictures? Think back to those first reading books and use your imagination to make the pictures more detailed and full colour.

This is Kat.

. :)

Kat is happy.

This is Matt.
. (:

Matt is happy.

Kat likes Matt.
. :) . . (:
-[]- -{}-
. /\ . . /\

Matt likes Kat too.

Kat sits on Matt.

(imagine your own pictures from here!)

Matt is very happy.

Kat is very happy.

The End

(Shame the automatic smiley faces didn't copy across)
7:45 pm

July already and at least we are having some summer-like weather over here in the UK. Last week was sweltering, but this week is supposed to be cooler - I'm expecting torrential downpours as Wimbledon always attracts extreme weather. Do you follow tennis?

I hope all of you celebrating over the weekend had a good time. There were hot rods racing on Pendine Sands in Wales, but this year I stayed home with the dogs and enjoyed the peace and quiet while the car-nuts were away.

I've thought up a little foolishness for today to be explained in my next post.

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
12:05 pm
Untamed by Madeline Dyer: Learn the Lingo!
So, with the very exciting news that my debut novel, UNTAMED, releases today (May 20, 2015), I thought I’d share with you a glossary of sorts. UNTAMED is a YA dystopia set in an alternate reality. It was only during the editing rounds that I realised just how many ‘unfamiliar’ terms are used in the book, and how helpful a glossary could be.


So here is that glossary:
AUGMENTERS - these are the chemical drugs that the Enhanced Ones take to give them artificial emotions, supernatural strengths, and alter their physical appearances. Augmenters were designed as a way to eradicate crime and violence from society, as they were created to make people better. When taken (either orally or injected), these augmenters cause the person’s eyes to become the mirrors that are characteristic of the Enhanced Ones. [For more info on their eyes, see ‘EYE-MIRRORS’]. The eye-mirros from a single augmenter can last from several hours to a few days, whilst the results of the augmenters (such as specific emotions or abilities) can last for up to three days, depending on the individual and how many augmenters were taken. But taking augmenters comes at a price: the individual can’t think properly, and has little control over his or her actions. Augmenters are also highly addictive, and practically impossible to come off of. Common augmenters referred to in this novel include Kindness, Benevolence, and Compassion. Augmenters play a key role in the conversion process, when an Untamed individual becomes an Enhanced or Chosen One.

CHIVRAS – one of the supernatural spirits present in the world. They are usually extremely dangerous, but can be helpful to the Untamed, if under the guidance of a powerful (and usually Untamed) Seer. [See ‘SEER' for more info]. Like all spirits, they are nearly always on the side of the Untamed.

THE CHOSEN/THE CHOSEN ONES – this is what the Enhanced Ones call themselves. They believe that they have chosen to lead better, more satisfying lives--through sacrificing negative emotions to the augmenters—and that it is their duty to convert all the Untamed Ones into Chosen Ones. [For more info, see ‘The ENHANCED’].

CONVERSION – the process of transforming an Untamed person into an Enhanced or Chosen One. The nature of the conversion depends on how willing the Untamed person is to become Enhanced. It can range from taking a couple of augmenters (and developing the lifelong addiction), to employing methods of torture to get an Untamed person’s will to submit to the Enhanced/Chosen Ones’ lifestyle.

DEATH (the figure) – an entity who people never talk about, perhaps because they don’t believe he exists, or because of their fear of him. Very few people see Death.

THE DREAM LAND – an altered state of reality, only accessible to Untamed Seers. The spirits and Gods and Goddesses have the power to bring Untamed Seers here, and show them short visions of the future—most often, of times when the Enhanced Ones will attack the Untamed Ones and attempt to convert them—as a way to enable the Untamed to escape before they are attacked. If an Untamed Seer is converted into an Enhanced One, they lose their access to the Dream Land.

ENHANCED (adjective) – refers to someone’s physical state. If they have the eye-mirrors, they are said to be Enhanced, and therefore belong to the Enhanced Ones’ side in the War of Humanity.

THE ENHANCED/THE ENHANCED ONES/THE CHOSEN/THE CHOSEN ONES (noun) – the group of people who embrace the Enhanced Ones' lifestyle, choosing to take augmenters as a way to eradicate crime and violence from the world. They believe that violence needs to be eradicated, and claim they are not murders, like the Untamed are; any Untamed who are killed during conversion attacks are because of ‘accidents’--murder isn't their intention, conversion is. The Enhanced see the Untamed Ones as a massive threat, due to their violent natures, and their goal is to convert as many of the Untamed as possible. These people believe that they are the supreme race. They call themselves ‘the Chosen/Chosen Ones’, whilst the Untamed call them ‘the Enhanced/Enhanced Ones’. The Enhanced Ones make up around ninety-five per cent of the world’s population, and they have control of all the towns and cities, food and resources. Due to the highly addictive nature of the augmenters, and the security of the Enhanced lifestyle, once a person is Enhanced it is almost impossible to convert them back to being Untamed again. Enhanced Ones are frequently referred to as being ‘robotic’ and like ‘machines’.

ENHANCED SEER – this is a person who is now an Enhanced One, but who was given the gift of being a Seer when they were Untamed. [For more info on Seers, see ‘SEER’]. Upon conversion to the Enhanced life, a Seer loses their ability to see the future (as the spirits and Gods and Goddesses no longer summon them to the Dream Land to warn them of attacks, as they have switched sides in the war), but Enhanced Seers retain the other Seer powers, such as mind control.

EYE-MIRRORS – All the Enhanced Ones are said to have ‘eye-mirrors’ due to the effects of the augmenters. An ingredient was added to the recipe for all augmenters that makes their eyes metallic in surface, acting as a one-way mirror. This is seen as the perfect solution for protecting the Enhanced Ones’ souls from the Untamed, as the eyes are the gateway to the soul. When one looks at an Enhanced being, all they can see in the Enhanced One's eyes is their own reflection, whilst the Enhanced One can see perfectly.

THE GODS AND GODDESSES – the invisible entities who the Untamed actively worshipped long ago. They are still referred to in times of need, and are prayed to (as a collective group) regularly by the Untamed, but no one has seen a God or Goddess. Gods and Goddesses are acknowledged as having great power, and when an Untamed person has his or her first Seeing dream and becomes a Seer, it is accepted that the Gods and Goddesses and Spirits have made that person a Seer.

NEW WORLD – an Untamed concept. The New World is the place where people’s souls/spirits are sent to after death. The journey to the New World can be difficult, and therefore the Spirit Releasing Words should be said over the body, as soon as possible. Some Untamed believe that setting a body off down a river gives a better chance of the soul/spirit reaching the New World quickly.

RUNNING LEAN –an Enhanced/Chosen One is said to be ‘running lean’ if he or she needs to top up their augmenter levels.

SEEING DREAM – the type of dream that Untamed Seers have when they are brought to the Dream Land by the spirits, Gods or Goddesses. Seeing dreams give Untamed Seers warnings of future attacks, and these dreams are often mistaken for reality by the Seer at the time of the vision, as they start seamlessly from the last point of consciousness for the Seer, and are highly vivid and realistic in nature. All Seeing dreams feature the image of a bison in the sky, and as such, can be used as a way to distinguish them from reality or dreams, but it’s not always easy to see the sky. The first Seeing dream an Untamed Seer has (upon being made a Seer by the Gods and Goddesses and spirits) also usually warns the individual of a coming Turning—see ‘THE TURNING’.

SEER – an individual who possesses extra ‘powers’. The Gods and Goddesses and spirits have the ability to make any Untamed person a Seer, and will pull their Seer into the Dream Land to give them warnings about future conversion attacks. If an Untamed Seer becomes converted (whether willingly, or forcefully), the Seer loses the ability to enter the Dream Land (as the Gods, Goddesses and spirits never invite an Enhanced Seer there, as they are on the enemy side). But an Enhanced Seer doesn’t lose their other powers. Other Seer powers include mind control, psychological torture and psychic abilities. These powers take a long time to master, and are used strongly by Enhanced Seers who are trying to convert Untamed Seers, as one of the reasons the Untamed still exist is because of their Seers being able to give them warnings about future conversion attacks.

SEER PENDANT – The Dream Land is a dangerous place and an Untamed Seer can get lost there if he or she is not anchored to the real world by a special pendant. Usually made of crystal.

SPIRIT RELEASING WORDS – These are the words said over a dead body to aid the spirit/soul’s journey to the New World. Often accompanied by specific gestures.

SPIRITS – the entities that inhabit the world. They are usually considered as dangerous, or potentially dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs. However, they are usually all always on the Untamed side in the war, and therefore will aid Untamed Seers in battle if absolutely necessary. But they can’t be controlled by a Seer for a long time.

THE TURNING – indicates a change in the season, and the time when the spirits are the most dangerous and active. During a Turning, the sky changes colour and dark holes appear, letting more spirits into the world. If any individual sees a spirit during the Turning, it is believed that he or she will die, as the spirits' powers are too strong during that period, and spirits don't like being seen on normal occasions. Turnings can occur at any time, and are not limited to a minimum number per year.

UNTAMED (adjective) – the physical state of being Untamed: having normal eyes, and being able to think clearly.

THE UNTAMED/THE UNTAMED ONES (noun) – the group of humans left in the world who do not rely on augmenters for their emotions. These people are the only people who are fully in control of their feelings, as they can feel negative emotions as well, but they are hunted down by the Enhanced Ones who want to convert them. The Enhanced see the Untamed as a threat as the negativity of the world still exists within them, and the Untamed kill as many Enhanced Ones as possible—though this can be difficult, depending on which augmenters the Enhanced Ones currently have in their systems. Due to the small number of Untamed humans left in the world, their lifestyle consists of being on the run, constantly looking out for Enhanced Ones, and raiding Enhanced towns and cities for food and supplies.

UNTAMED SEER – a Seer who is on the side of the Untamed, and who receives visions through the Dream Land of upcoming conversion attacks, and other events that could threaten the existence of the Untamed.

THE WAR OF HUMANITY – the on-going war between the Untamed and the Enhanced. If the Enhanced win, humanity will be destroyed, due to the replacement of genuine emotions with artificial ones, because the Enhanced Ones can choose what they want to feel at any given time.


There you have it--some of the 'unfamiliar' terms used in my novel, along with their definitions!

About Untamed....

As one of the last Untamed humans left in the world, Seven’s life has always been controlled by tight rules. Stay away from the Enhanced. Don’t question your leader. And, most importantly, never switch sides, because once you’re Enhanced there’s no going back. Even if you have become the perfect human being.

But after a disastrous raid on an Enhanced city, Seven soon finds herself in her enemy’s power. Realizing it’s only a matter of time before she too develops a taste for the chemical augmenters responsible for the erosion of humanity, Seven knows she must act quickly if she’s to escape and save her family from the same fate.

Yet, as one of the most powerful Seers that the Untamed and Enhanced have ever known, Seven quickly discovers that she alone holds the key to the survival of only one race. But things aren’t clear-cut anymore, and with Seven now questioning the very beliefs she was raised on, she knows she has an important choice to make. One that has two very different outcomes.

Seven must choose wisely whose side she joins, for the War of Humanity is underway, and Death never takes kindly to traitors.

I am so incredibly excited for you to read UNTAMED (available from Prizm Books, Torquere Press, Amazon etc.) and would love to know what you think of it!

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
8:31 pm
A word of thanks
I'd like to say a quick word of thanks to Kristi, Joanna, Brandon, and Deelylah for their encouragment in helping me bring Light in Endless Darkness to publication. Torquere Press (and Prizm) is the best!

Also, a word of thanks to Pride Promotions and all the kind people participating in Monday's blog tour. What a blast!

And finally,  my sincerest thanks to all my readers. It's all for you!


Current Mood: ecstatic
Thursday, June 25th, 2015
8:35 am
A Journal of Two Writers - Noon & Wilder Behind the Scenes
Okay. Not what I was going for, when I looked up "funny behind the scenes pictures."  I expected a goofy lolcats.  I almost reframed my query when this gem caught my eye.  I adore Hugh Jackman; his sense of humor is infectious.  Gandam style.

Today I thought I'd share a little peek into the behind the scenes here at Noon & Wilder.  People ask us periodically, you write together? Then they start to tell me how that looks: you must alternate chapters, right? Surely one is writing, and the other just listens? Are you sure you're not doing all the work? How does that even work, you both writing? Do you write at the same time?

It's hard to explain, partly because it's so personal.  Each writing partnership is different and unique to the people involved. But here's how we do it:

One of us has an idea for a scene. It could be a character, or a siutation, or a place. Sometimes it's even a trope, (a cliche'd situation in a particular genre - like in romance, the amnesiac meets their future love interest but then their memory comes back and they already have a partner).  We write anywhere from a couple thousand to twenty or thirty thousand words, and then share it.  From there on in, it's collaborative.  We talk almost daily about our ideas, working out different directions for our characters and things we want to show through our story.

Once we have the draft done, the real work begins. We make several editing passes: content edits, continuity checks, and grammar checks.  We even have checklists of things to look for in those edits - capitalization rules, particular spelling conventions, etc.

Now I have a question for you, Dear Reader: what do you think of the behind the scenes snippets included with movies?

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
- E.E. Cummings

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