Manuscript Review

And the process continues… My apologies for my absence of late. I really should make more time for blogging and keeping up with the bloggers I follow, but finding the time has proved exceedingly difficult. It’s a wonder if I can even find time to read through my manuscript, which needs to be done beforeContinue reading “Manuscript Review”

5 Things Not to Do at Your Book Reading

Before you plan your next book blowing— oh, pardon me, I meant book reading— here are some tips to improve your performance. Unfortunately, there has been no Hans Effect to this blog post, so don’t expect to find tips indicating proper use of bananas. That being said, I hope you find the following blog postContinue reading “5 Things Not to Do at Your Book Reading”

Success! I Have A Manuscript!

Much thanks to Hyperion (aka Dan) for all your help, especially for preparing my manuscript for me. I couldn’t have done it without you! Twilight of Yggdrasil, the Dark Realm is very near to becoming a real book! This is book 1 of a trilogy, for those who are new to my blog. Last stepContinue reading “Success! I Have A Manuscript!”

Ready, Set, Go!

And it’s time to knock out the last chapter! (Technically, not the last chapter of the book, because I already completed editing chapter 11 before proceeding chapters, so I’m now working on chapter 10. The non-writers in my life are always so baffled when they hear how out of order I work! Haha!) Anyway, toContinue reading “Ready, Set, Go!”

Another One Down!

Editing for chapter 9 is finished! Only one more chapter to go. Then I just need to review the small additional scenes before Hyperion can do the formatting. After that, it will be off to the editor, and I’ll be contacting those of you who volunteered to read the finished product! Ahhh!!!! I’m so excitedContinue reading “Another One Down!”

7 Down, 2 To Go!

Well, technically, 7 plus the prologue. I just cracked open chapter 9 and then there is only chapter 10 left to edit. Plus a quick review of the couple additional scenes that I wrote this past week. Would anyone be interested in being a beta reader? I can think of a few of my fellowContinue reading “7 Down, 2 To Go!”

Writing and Staying Fit

Now that I’m back in the swing of things (finally have decent internet, so I can synch up my files with my little team of editing elves), I felt it was time to ramp up my activity levels. My yoga group and I have been skipping a lot of classes lately. I teach yoga onceContinue reading “Writing and Staying Fit”

The Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1: Chapter 1

Here is the first chapter. Just like with the prologue, pay no attention to the numbered paragraphs. I look forward to hearing everyone’s honest opinion and hope you all enjoy the chapter. 1. On a cool, crisp autumn morning, an hour before dawn, an elf, with silvery blonde hair bound in a long braid, andContinue reading “The Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1: Chapter 1”

Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1: Prologue

An earlier draft was shared once before. Here is the edited draft. Don’t mind the paragraph numbering; that was just added for ease of editing and will be removed later. What does everyone think? Give me your honest opinion and don’t spare my feelings, please. Thank you! 1. It was winter solstice, the longest night.Continue reading “Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1: Prologue”

How to Market Your Book — Hans Style

Book signings are a thing of the past! Done to death, but there is still hope! Hans the ASS has developed a cutting edge marketing scheme sure to have your new book flying off the shelves as customers flood book stores. It’s called “Book Blowings”. Every customer to purchase your book will recieve a complimentaryContinue reading “How to Market Your Book — Hans Style”

Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1

Dagmar, a young elven princess, accompanies her father on a voyage to a dark and dangerous world in the hopes of preventing war from breaking out between her people and the dark elves of Svartálfheimr, but the peace is broken when the elven chief is murdered. Dagmar, the only survivor of the massacre, is nowContinue reading “Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1”

Update on My Manuscript

Hi everyone! I hope your Monday is off to a great start! The sun is shining here in Germany, so, I might get to do a little gardening this afternoon. Just a quick update on the progress of my book. Hyperion is helping me out with a final edit of the prologue and chapter 1Continue reading “Update on My Manuscript”

Book Cover Art Wanted!

Hi everyone! So, Hyperion is helping me out with trying to develop the concept I have for a cover for my book, but it’s possible we may need the help of a talented artist. So, if anyone out there has a talent for fantasy art, or knows someone who does, please contact me or leaveContinue reading “Book Cover Art Wanted!”

I’ve Crossed The Threshold!

Chapter 10 is now over 9,000 words, and the battle hasnt even begun! I might even have to split this into two chapters. This means my book is now over 81,000 words! So exciting! Yay! Now, can I please finish this in the next few weeks??? Prepare yourself, because when this is finished, you’re goingContinue reading “I’ve Crossed The Threshold!”

Creeping Forward

If you’re new to my blog, then let me fill you in. I’ve been hard at work over the past year and a half on writing the first book to a fantasy story that has been on my mind for many years. It all started as a writing assignment in highschool, which I won’t goContinue reading “Creeping Forward”

How To Wage War Like A Roman…

Step 1: Think like Julius Ceasar. Step 2: Do not engage the Picts! Just put up a wall and be done with it! 😜 Step 3: Do not try to emulate the Romans (pronounced Womans) from Monty Python’s film, Life of Brian. “I had a vewy good fwiend in Wome called Biggus Dickus.” What youContinue reading “How To Wage War Like A Roman…”

Dragon Lovers Wanted!

To provide feedback on my first attempt at writing a scene with a dragon! I do not wish to post it here, except with a password. So, if anyone is interested in reading what I’ve got and giving me some honest feedback, please let me know! Personally, I like the scene, but I have notContinue reading “Dragon Lovers Wanted!”

How to Avoid Being too Wordy in Your Writing: Clause and Effect

https://wp.me/p4SsOO-oIj by Richard Risemberg   Do you love subordinate clauses? I know I do. And how about assonance and alliteration, rhythm and rhyme? Let’s face it: they can be as tasty as chocolate. But would you make an entire meal of just…chocolate? (Okay, whoever said “yes” please leave the room now!) Consider this a meetingContinue reading “How to Avoid Being too Wordy in Your Writing: Clause and Effect”

Writing Under A Full Moon

I don’t know if it means anything, although I’m inclined to believe that we are influenced by the moon and other celestial bodies, but for the last three nights, it has been a full moon. Not just any full moon, either. I noticed it the other night when I was riding my bike home fromContinue reading “Writing Under A Full Moon”

Hurrah!!!!

We have a DRAGON!!!!!  And something dead… 💀 Whew! What a relief! So glad that’s over with! Now I can get on with editing chapters 8 and 9 and then finally finish writing chapter 10. The war is about to begin!

A Dragon Quest

As some of you may know, Ásbjorn, who is the son of Chief Ivar, was ordered to travel to Jötunheimr to capture a dragon. Meanwhile, our dark elves in Rathmahen have no idea what their enemies are up to, but when word reaches King Hrothgar of Ásbjorn’s secret quest, he sends out scouts to tryContinue reading “A Dragon Quest”

I learn something new every day…

Eikinskjaldi (AYK-in-skyald-i): “Oaken Shield”. A Dvergr (dwarf). (From the Ásatrú Edda.) Well, what do you know! Yet another name Tolkien borrowed from Norse lore! Thorin Oakenshield from the Hobbit… I wasn’t even looking for this.  I just wanted to check the spelling for a certain group of primordial rivers in the glossary, and end upContinue reading “I learn something new every day…”