Welcome to Faerie Rose Press Part 2

d86be4ce65bf82512775609ba751b966--fairy-silhouette-free-silhouette-cameoHello and Welcome to the world of Faerie Rose Press! Last year, I started this website and this has been a love and a sincere joy to able to share what I know and what I am currently learning about the writing process. Each day I learn something new and with everything that I learn is give me more knowledge and insight on how writing is like creating magic.

I have always said that since day one, that this site would be changing through growth for nothing is set in stone. I have been flexible in what I have posted and the way that I have presented the information. Furthermore, I have presented the content on this site in a way that may not have been presented or addressed like no one else.

My goal has always been to be able to encourage others to go find and take on their own writer’s journey, and to make their journey their own. This even means making mistakes along the way and to acknowledging the weak stories that we may have written.

Granted, in the year that this site has been created, I have published four short stories and a poetry collection on Amazon, and I have been working on several novels. I know this is where I need to work on one novel at a time. But I still have the goal to finish one of my novels and to get it published. But I’m not only writing, I’m also creating book covers for what I have written.

Also in the same year, I have created a sister division of publishing, Elderwood Publications. The parent company for both Faerie Rose Press and Elderwood Publications has also been created, Moonspinner3 Books. Faerie Rose Press is for works of fiction written in the genre of fiction. Elderwood Publications is for works of fiction in other genres.

Through every step that I have taken through this year, I must say a huge thank you to s-l300 (2)all of you for your continued support. This is regardless if this is the first time that you visit this site, or the hundredth time. Thank you and I hope that you find something that helps you through out the days that you consider as your writing days. Just remember to create magic  through the use of imagination and to use that imagination to unleash your creativity. Further more take time to create, write, grow and to inspire.

Using Pen Names and things to consider

There is a subject, or rather a decision that every writer goes through. Yes, even I am dealing with this decision as of late. The subject is that on using or not using a pen name. Pen names have long been used in the history of our industry. Back during the time of Little Women, female writers were discouraged from writing, for it was long held that it was a male industry. Well, women can write just as men. No, I am not attacking men but rather stating a fact that could also be considered an opinion.

If women wanted to write and be published they had to either take on a male name or would keep their writing to themselves and upon their death it would be later published. Even J.K. Rowling was told this with the Harry Potter series when it came time for her to leap into the world of publication.

Aside from J.K. Rowling, there was a long held belief that when it comes to children writers, that little boys would rather read books written by a man then by female. While this may be fact, and gender bias. On the other hand, it should be looked at who is teaching children, but I will save that rant for another day, for I will stick to the subject on pen names.

Besides gender bias and the history of women writers on their treatment, there is another side to using a pen name and that is based on genre writing. There is a long held belief that if you are going to write in other genres, then you need to use a pen name. There are some famous cases of this and there are some that have broken this as well.

One example of this from the traditionally published, is Stephen King. Yes, the thriller mastermind behind some of New York Times best sellers. He has written in other genres while still using his name. While Nora Roberts, who for the most part writes romance, has indulged into the world of mystery using the pen name, J.D. Robb as well as Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. Even the name Nora Roberts is also a pen name. Now on the self-publishing side, an author that I follow on YouTube, Mandi Lynn is also a pen name. A pen name that she has used in different genres that she has published.

While using a different or a same pen name for when it comes to writing and publishing genres may be up to the author to make. But I have been told that it is an industry wide practice to using pen names when writing or publishing in different genres. Granted, I made different imprints under Moonspinner3 Books, for this purpose, but should I also have to use a different name of this as well.

Granted, on the J.D. Robb titles, it does have the subheading or rather by line of Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb or something to that effect. I have thought about this matter quite a bit and while it maybe something to consider, but on the other hand from a business standpoint, does it make sense?

Hear me out on this, using a different pen name, whether you label that you are using a certain pen name or not can make branding hard. Let alone on Goodreads, you would have to have a separate author page for every pen name that you use.  This can be not only time consuming but probably also ridiculous in the long term as well.

Here is another reason, why I am talking about branding under this post as well, is that if you follow or do not follow but Mandi Lynn just re-published two of her books so that for one they got a face lift on the cover designs, but for another her author name on the covers looks the same. She states in one of her videos that is in part due to her brand that she is working on building. I can see her point on this as well.

Coming up with a pen name or even thinking about using a pen name for that matter is a decision that is not made lightly. Granted, I have given this much thought and for one I do not want to have ten or even twenty different pen names, for that could be quite cumber sum to say the least. But I want to use one name, so that my work can be judge based on one persona and not a thousand. This could also make for an author to have multiple identity disorder at which point, how does one sleep at night. I’m not making light of those that are inflicted by this, but we as authors due have to look at this and take it very seriously.

There is one more side to using a pen name, and that is to make a line in the sand between the personal and the business. I can agree with this as well, for one does need to have at times the separation between the two, and if it is the same then everything that you do in the future in your personal life is reflected on your business good or bad. Do you want it to have an impact in your business? On your writing? How your work is judged? We this all the time when it comes to known celebrities.

This is something that does need to have some consideration and all that I can say is that the decision is up to you. Granted when you are self-publishing or traditionally published depending on how big you are then you can make the decisions that are right for you and your business.

One my side, I am considering it just because I don’t want to have too many pen names, or having to making unnecessary social media pages to stay in contact with my readers. I also don’t want to have several signatures also when it comes to signing books. Yes, I may be sounding lazy but really who has time to do all of the lists above. Let’s here it: No one. I know that I do not. I’m currently working on deciding on which one that I want to use.

I hope that this post has given you some thoughts on the use of pen names. I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating until next time!

 

Still making plans for this year

Hello and welcome back to my site! Yes, as you can guess I have made some slight changes to the website header and the logo to Faerie Rose Press. One of the reasons for the changes was that I hated in the previous version there was that blank square and I also hated that I could not fit in the logo for Writer’s First Source.

The issues that I have had with the logo for Faerie Rose Press, was that it was a bit too dark and the words could be barely seen. Therefore, I changed the colors on the logo. Therefore, here is the new logo for Faerie Rose Press:

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Now as you can see from the header there is also now a new logo for a new imprint called Silver Wolf Writing. Silver Wolf Writing is a direct imprint of Moonspinner3 Books, that allows for me to publish works that are either non-fiction and what also may be considered creative non-fiction. Yes, granted I’m mostly about fiction writing but there are times when we as writers that focus on fiction need to take a break from fiction writing and dive into the world of non-fiction. Therefore, that is where Silver Wolf Writing comes into play.

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Here is the story behind Silver Wolf Writing, is that as I have been starting to think about what I want to accomplish this year, I also started thinking about publishing a book of essays. Let’s face it, not all essays are for academic purposes for there are times when we just need to write or rather jot our ideas down on paper. Sometimes it can be crap, but when they are pure genius, that is when you want to share with it others. Therefore, one of the things that I want to accomplish this year is a book of essays. There may also be a memoir in mind too, but I have not yet decided.

As I have mentioned on here before, I want to make this year all about the craft of writing. I want to explore, write, and publish. I am also in the process of working on re-working and re-publishing my poetry collection, Poems in a Milk Bottle. While I am also working on the second draft of Ravages of Time.

You may ask why, and the answer is simple, I feel that I rushed the poetry collection to publication and I want to add some new poems all the while, doing a really good relaunch. So look to that happening. I’m also thinking about re-publishing some of the short stories that I previously published last years as well. There are many things that I want to do and redo as well.

That is one of the blessings of being self-published and owning your own business, is that you can make these sort of decisions. This is also part of me learning about running this business and learning about marketing as well.

I feel that while this year is still new, and fresh I can take the time to build my business and my brand right. Now please, do not take this as I am restarting this website. Heck no, no one has time for that. I know that I don’t have time for that. I’m just doing things to make my brand stronger than it was yesterday. I know that you are probably sick of me changing things up, but look at other businesses that have made changes over their lifespan.

The one takeaway from all of this is that when you make writing your business, and you are still new and trying to make an impact and market your business, you try to be consistent on what your image, brand, and your message looks like. My message is that writing can be obtainable if you put forth the effort.

There is a saying that we have in the alpaca world, which I also feel is appropriate for the writing: What you put into your writing is what you are going to get out of it. If you don’t put the time or the effort into it, then it is not going to pay in the long run. Granted, I have learned the lesson and continue to learn that lesson.

Therefore, I want to make better choices and not just choices that need to be rushed into. That is something that we all should do when it comes to thinking about the choices that comes from trying to make writing a business.

I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating until next time!

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2019!!!

Yes, there are many that have probably have started their first blogs of 2019 with this sentiment, and I am no exception. Let’s praise something that 2018 is over (finally). Now we can start to get to the things that we want to do in 2019, which I have mentioned in several posts that I have many things that I want to accomplish in this new year.

First of all, let me discuss one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time. Yes, if you were with me last year, you saw that I was working on either too many projects at a time or I was jumping from project to project without finishing one. Shame on me. This year, however, one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time and see it from start to finish. The first of these projects is Ravages of Time.

In case you are not aware, Ravages of Time, is one of the first novel projects that I took on in my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, back a few years ago. While it is a completed first draft, I want to get it to the phase to where I can get it published. I have designed three covers for this book, two that are really similar to one another and the third is like a complete overhaul on the cover design. Here are all three covers displayed together:Ravages of Time Covers-page-001

So that is what I am working on as far as bigger projects go. As for a small one, yes, I’m taking on a small one at the same time. Granted, this goes against the one project at a time thing, but I feel that this project needs to be done for it is somewhat bugging me. Remember, we writers tend to be perfectionists. Especially when we learn something new and want to go back and fix things that we might not like with something that we may have completed in the past.

This one project, is redesigning the cover for Poems in a Milk Bottle, my poetry collection. Yes, the poetry collection is already out there, on Amazon, in publication. However, there are a couple of things that have bothered with me with the publication of the collection. For starters there is the cover. Granted, the original cover was put together and designed when I did not know much about cover design, and most recently I redesigned the cover (I will display them down below). The second thing is when I look at the design for the poetry collection a whole, i feel that it was a bit rushed in places, so I want to go back and fix those things, so that I can republish it this year. So that is a small project that I am taking on. Here are the covers as promised, before I go into describing why I am taking on this project:

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One of the main reasons, why I am going to republish my poetry collection, is because in one year I have learned a lot about putting a book together and I want to make things better. I also learned that I can re-do things, such as unpublish and republish works. I want to expand on what I know and at least try to make things better than they were before. I know that this is a huge undertaking in itself, but I feel that I can do it. So when the updated version of Poems in a Milk Bottle is available, I will let you all know. I also feel that the difference in the cover design is a step up from what it was before.

Another thing that I said that I was going to do in this coming year, is read more than what I did last year. Yeah, I did not read much last year, which I know I should be a shamed of myself. However, instead of reading I was writing, but on the other hand I know that in order to improve upon my craft I need to read more. Therefore, the first book that I am undertaking to read in 2019, is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Well this is the start of what I have going on in 2019. I hope that your 2019 is getting started where you want it to be. I hope that you have a Happy New Year! I also hope that you have a great writing day! Happy Writing, Happy Creating until next time!

 

Some Final Thoughts on 2018

In a few short hours, 2018 will be nothing more than a memory, as we welcome in 2019. I would not go as far as a distant memory or even an ugly memory. Just a memory. While 2018 was not all good it was not all bad either. It will be a memorable year, just the same. I will say this about the past year, I learned a lot about writing, the craft and how to improve upon the craft of story telling. This learning is what is driving me forward to continue on to next year.

As much as I learned about writing and shared it with all you, there has also been some good things that came this past year, and there has been some heart ache this past year. Heart ache that was not necessarily that came into my view or rather dreams of writing, but on the personal side, which I am still trying to come to terms with. Let’s face it there are some heart aches that even we writers keep to ourselves and have to say at the end of the day there are no words to express the grief that we are feeling. That is how much this grief is personal for me.

But besides all this, in the past year we indie writers were seeing our community being torn apart by some ugly business. Frankly, in part just did not need to happen, but it did and in part it has cast a shade upon our community. Granted, in any community that we are part of there will be some sort of drama, but this drama goes beyond regular drama and was more like a war was brewing. Let’s hope in the coming year, there is less drama and we can manage to rebuild our community and put the pieces back together. This should a resolution for the community as a whole: put the community back to where it was before #cockygate.

Speaking of resolutions, if your goal next year is to write then I am happy to say that you are not alone. If you are not putting writing more as one of your resolutions then that is fine as well. But going back to the later, did you know there was a thing called Januwrimo? Well, if you have not, than you are not alone for I did know that this was a thing either. I guess it is similar to NaNoWriMo, but instead of November it’s done in January. I totally agree with this idea, if you have writing more as one of your new year’s resolutions. Just like NaNoWriMo, where I declared my project, I am going to declare my project there, and that is to work on Ravages of Time. Yes, I am picking the second draft of Ravages of Time as my Januwrimo project. Granted, I only heard about this like yesterday, but I was like sweet, I can work on Ravages of Time and work on my resolution at the same time. Killing two birds with one stone.

Oops guess that cannot be said anymore, sorry PETA, put it’s a figure of speech.

Simply put there is a lot being put on the young shoulders of 2019. There is a feeling of real optimism, which is great. Granted, we all feel this way when a new year starts, but this time it feels different. It feels as if the heaviness of 2018 is being taken off of us and a new page is turning. A page that holds promise and hope. It’s like we were drowning and now we can come up for that long awaited breath. It feels fantastic.

Of course, as writers we should be being this way, for a new year means that we have another year to hone in on our craft. Set the course to learn new things and to experiment. Yes, we should be experimenting what we can do with words that we have in our vocabulary to draw out images. Images that either have been done before and needs new life put into it, or images that we have worked on before that were not quite write. No matter where we are on our writing journey we should have one resolution in mind that is to improve on our craft.

Yes, even this is a goal of mine. In the past year as I look back, I feel that my ability in using words to tell a story has improved. But of course as I work on my writing journey, with each project that I take on, is a new step forward to creating something. Yes, I am working on past projects, and that’s okay. Every one of us, writers take on a different view, such as what you write in the past should be left behind and never looked at again. Where as I take the approach of what you wrote in the past should be accepted for it is and should be looked as a mile marker that shows how far you have come until now on your journey. It’s part of your journey and it should be accepted as such.

But aside from all of that, I have plans, dreams and goals for the next year. These include everything from what I want to accomplish as a writer, as a reader, and as a business person. I want to help others, which has always been a goal of mine on this site, which I have stated from the beginning and I continue to strive for every time that I post. Even if that post is just giving an update on what I have going on here at Faerie Rose Press.

As I have posted in the past month on here, there are things that I want to improve on, and there are things that I want to strive for in the new year. Some of which is to tell more stories about what inspires me as far as a story that I’m working on. I want to share knowledge that I have not yet shared before with all of you, but has been a work in progress for me. I hope that you will all stay tune to see what I am up to next year.

There is one more piece of business that I must include in my final post of 2018. Thank you to all of you that have come here to see what I am up to, what advice I have to give, and anything else that I have posted on writing. I could not do this with out all of the support that you give. I feel that all of you, my followers are part of my community, and if I have not said that before, I am sorry. But I want you all to know that you are apart of something, and it means the world to me to have your continued support.

I hope that you all have a happy new year, and I hope to see you in 2019. Happy writing, happy creating!

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See what good can come from Change

If you haven’t heard by now, then you probably will I have a made a couple of changes in the last few days. This all in part due to me wanting to make my goals obtainable, and to continue saying that I am growing as both as a business and as a writer. Any time that we do something, whether it relates to writing or to another art form, we want to grow as an artist. It just the human nature that we have. It also is away for us to show that we are flexible to changes.

Yes, change is hard to accept, but sometimes change is not always a bad thing for it can also be a good change. But being able to accept the changes to come to us, also shows that we can grow with change as well as expand our knowledge upon our craft. Let’s face it the way that we write today is not the way that we wrote a couple of years ago, or even months ago. This shows that we are adaptable creatures.

Adaptable creatures that can form to the changes or rather the challenges that lay ahead of us. I know that I can not change something of the things that I have done in the past, but I can learn from them and can make a continual effort to show that things are possible once I accept the changes that come into my life, as well as those that I want to make.

One of those changes, is always growing and expanding my knowledge on how I can go about growing my business. Growing my readership. Growing to make not only to make what I want possible, but to also help others achieve what they want possible through the power of writing. Making this happen, granted did not happen overnight. It took months and a couple of years to get to where I am today. But I always try to help others see that writing is a something that we all can master.

Helping others with their craft, is away that not only I can help or rather give back to the community, for there are others that do that as well through whatever platform that they chose. This includes those that use a blog, YouTube, Twitter, or any other social networking platform that is out there free to the public. Yes, there are trolls out there that do nothing but bash and tear down authors. But there are also those out there that are not trolls that want to help others. It’s just that sometimes trolls tend to be a bigger threat and make those that want to do good in our community be overshadowed.

This is a real shame, to see this take place in our community. But this is also something that we have to learn and adapt from, and accept that there are bullies out there just like the ones that we faced as children on the playground. However, as we grew from that past hurt, we can grow from this too and try to make sure that our voices are stronger and louder than their’s. There is power in the community and there is power in our writing. We just have to make the choices to make the changes to make things possible.

Furthermore, when we make things possible, we also see our goals become a reality. Yes, that can be a challenge but it should be a challenge that we fully accept so that we can see what awaits for us on the other side of one challenge. Think of it not just as challenge but as a door. Yes, this has been said before, but when one door closes another opens and when it does we will be accepting of this door and want to take a peek. We are curious creatures after all.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and I hope that you will take this in consideration as you continue on your writing journeys. I hope that you have a wonderful writing day!

A Change to the One that Started it All

Hello again! So yesterday, I changed or rather updated the look and feel to the logo for Elderwood Publications. While this took time to do so, I also felt that an updated look was need to the logo for Faerie Rose Press’s logo as well. The reason in part for the change was that when I originally created the logo for Faerie Rose Press, I used one of those logo generators that you can find on the Internet. Yes, it was a nice logo, but at times I could not change the way that it displayed on somethings, which was a pain, which was one of the reasons that I felt that the logo needed to be changed.

This was not a hasty decision, for I gave it much thought on whether such a change was needed to be made. There were so many questions that I thought about the change, such as am I able to access the original file to make changes that I wanted to make, and the answer was a big fat no. Therefore, this was one of the biggest reasons why I changed the logo. So as I said yesterday, out with the old and in with the new. So here is the old logo:

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And here is the new logo:

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One reason why I also made the change to the logo, was so that I could display the moto to Faerie Rose Press, “Where Stories are not just for Faeries.” This was not something that I could change or add to the original file of the logo.

Now I know that you are going to ask, are you going to change the logo to Moonspinner3 Books? The answer that I can give without a doubt is a heck no!! The logo to Moonspinner3 Books is not going to change. Not now and not ever, for it is here to stay.

I can honestly say, that I am done making changes to the logos that are under the umbrella of Moonspinner3 Books.

When I make any change, it is a decision that I do not make lightly, for I know that making any change can undo the balance that has already been put in place, but on the other hand, as I grow my business, I also want to be able to make the necessary changes that show that I am able to be flexible, which is apart of any business. Not just my business.

I hope that you continue to tune back for the content that you always enjoy. But one part of the content that I put out is letting you all know about the changes that I am making to Moonspinner3 Books, as well as Faerie Rose Press, and Elderwood Publications. Being able to put out content and sharing with all you writing advice and tips, as always been one of the things that I wanted to from the creation of this site. But also I want to share with all of you what I have going on and what I am working on. These are all the things that I want to do with this site.

As always, I appreciate your continued support, and I hope that you have a wonderful writing day and if you don’t come back until next year, I hope that you all have a wonderful new year!

New Logo for Elderwood Publications

Hello and welcome back to my site. Today I want to talk about the change to the logo for Elderwood Publications. As you can see by the site header, there has been a change to logo design for Elderwood Publications. If you can remember the old logo for Elderwood Publications, which was sort of bland and a bit somewhat did not look or give the feel of the other imprint logos. Therefore, a change needed to be made to the logo design. Therefore, I started working on this a while back to make the changes to the logo. So if you need a refresher, here is the old logo design for Elderwood Publications:

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When I look at this logo, it was somewhat off from the direction that I took with the other logos. Therefore, a change needed to be made, and so out with the old and in with the new:

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With this logo, it fully incorporates what would come to mind when someone thinks of Elderwood. A woodness, such as a tree, and I added the antlers in the front with the roses to give it a connection to Faerie Rose Press. Since Faerie Rose Press, was created first in this little publishing world that I have created. I feel that this is more completed design and not just a blank slate as before.

I hope that you like the new design of the logo for Elderwood Publications as I look forward to the new year. I feel that with this logo, it gives a new life and it breathes life into Elderwood Publications that might not have been there before.

I hope that you are excited as I am for the new year and all that will becoming up in the new year. But as I have mentioned before, this site is growing and as I learn new things, there is always a possibility that there will be change. But with out change there can be no room to grow.

Thank you as always for your continued support, if I don’t see you until next year! I hope that you have a happy new year and I hope that you all have a happy writing day!

Guess what I got for Christmas?

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas, if that is the holiday that you celebrate this time of year. I want to share will all of you one of my Christmas gifts, which all happens to be an investment of sorts for my writing. I got a new desk.

So let me share will all of you the before the new desk photo:

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The old desk if you can remember when I posted this picture up originally was made from an old fish tank stand and a piece of wood for the table top. While this worked for a while, there were some issues, such as it was often hard at times to use the keyboard. Therefore, you could say that I outgrew this original setup.

Based on this fact alone, when it came to figuring out what I wanted for Christmas from my parents, I asked for a new desk that was not going to break the bank or be bigger than the space that I already have. Therefore, here is the new desk that I have, so that I can continue on with my writing journey:

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Is it not pretty? Sorry, I am so happy with this new setup, to where I space for my keyboard, the monitor, the mouse and I can breathe, and feel so cramped in, and it also adjustable as far the height, so if I want to make it a stand up desk I am able to do, but I don’t think that I will that much due to the size of the monitor that I use.

While, I am showing up the new desk, when it comes to looking at functional writing desks, or rather computer desks, there are some things to consider. One of those things is are you going to out grow your desk in a year or two? If the answer is yes then you will probably want to look at desk that you could use for years to come.

Another consideration that should be considered is are you going to be comfortable using it? If the answer is no then it’s also not the desk to use. When it came to choosing this particular desk, I actually saw myself using it for years if not months to come. It liked the feel of the desk and the flexibility that came from the design of the desk.

Remember when it comes to picking a desk, it’s all about you as the writer, can you see yourself in front of that desk for hours. Also remember that you are creating an atmosphere where you are going to be writing stories for hours, which also means picking a chair that is also going to be comfortable for hours as well.

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and I hope that you have a wonderful writing day!

 

More goals for Next Year…Writer’s First Source

Sorry, that I have not been on as of late for I have been very busy getting ready for Christmas, which means that I have not been writing either. This in my view has been not an easy thing. Especially when I really love to write as well as giving all of you new posts on here. But when it comes to the full swing of the holidays, I think that it is the number one reason why I a lot of writers do not take the time to write in the month of December. Although, December is a break from writing and I have not been doing it as much as I like, I have been looking at things for next year.

Yes, next year will be soon upon us and while I have already stated some of my goals for next year. I also have come up with another goal, which is to try to reinstate Writer’s First Source. Writer’s First Source is a topic area, where I would post different tools that could be used for writing, or objectives that should be used during one’s writing session. In view of this goal that I have for this site next year, I created a for real logo for Writer’s First Source. Here it is:

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My idea for next year is that when it comes to Writer’s First Source is that any time I have one of these topics come up on this site, I will use the logo so that it can be used to indicate that it is a Writer’s First Source topic. Now as you might have noticed, it has not yet been added to the header and that is because I’m deciding where to put it. I could put in middle square, which is currently vacant or I could put it on the bottom on either side of my portrait. I’m still trying to figure out placing. If you have a suggestion, please, comment down below on this post.

I hope that you will tune in next year, for all the exciting posts that I have planned for Writer’s First Source and in general for this site. One thing that I currently have in the works is making a post schedule so that I can stay on top of the information that I want to share will all of you. One thing I know for sure that I want to discuss is not only about working on writing but also building your brand and getting readership. This topic has many different avenues but I thought that it would be a fun topic to branch into next year. Therefore, I would like to talk about writership as well as brandship. Yes, I know that these are not words but it is the best way to describe the focus points that I think are important going into next year.

One thing that I have mentioned in my earlier post is that I want to read more next year, so look forward to book reviews, as well as what key take aways that we as writers can take from the readings. Remember that anytime we read a novel, we are studying an aspect of our craft. Also I will post movie reviews as well as focus points that we can gain from watching certain television shows, which are things that I have posted on this site before.

So in other words, I’m looking forward to sharing information with all of you next year, and I hope that you will all come back in the new year for the information or rather advice that I have to share will all of you. As always I want to thank all of you for your continuing support and coming back for more.

Thank you as always and I hope that you have a great writing day!

 

Next Year is almost upon Us

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Amy Brown

It seems like if you look at a number of authors on Youtube, they are either talking about their last-minute writing goals for this year, they are looking back at the year that has been, or they are looking forward to all the things that they want to accomplish in the next year, I am no exception to this.

This year has been a number of things for me in terms of writing as well as personal. But I would rather not go through the long list of those things, because some of them are still hard to understand what happened. But in terms of writing, it has been a year of that for me. Granted, I did not publish as much as I had hoped to do. However, on the other hand, I did work on foundations in some of my stories, this included The Raven Prophecy, The Zodiac Tower, and Ravages of Time.

Therefore, I am going to take the time to reflect that this year, in terms of my writing was a year of growth. I focused on building images upon the page with words. I also learned a great deal about how to take my writing up a notch, which I have in turn paid it forward by sharing it will all of you. Sharing with all you has been a goal of mine from the start of this site, and that always makes me happy that I am able to share with all of you something new about the craft of writing.

While I have been sharing goodness about the world of writing, there are others out there that tried to strike a nerve within the community by trying to bring down their fellow authors down. This has left a dark mark on your community as a whole, and I hope that we in the new year can see that this trend or behavior make its way down a really dark hole, just let’s watch out for Alice as she makes her way down that same hole. But let’s also leave this darkness in the past shall we and make 2019 a year of rebuilding our community by supporting each other and trying to ruin others by copyrighting words, titles and other just items that are used to make our writings and our projects matter.

In other words, let us all get along and get back our job of writing without the added stress that comes from our community. We all have a common gift and we want to share our gift with readers. That should be our main focus and not coming after others within our treasured community.

Speaking of community, the community of Faerie Rose Press has grown, for this site now has over 125 followers. Let me put this on the record, that I appreciate all of you that continue to tune in for new content that I post, and this goes without saying it does not matter if this is the first time that you are visiting my site or the hundredth, it is appreciated. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you and I hope that you will come back next year for new content.

On that note, let me get into what I want to accomplish next year. There are a number of things I would like to make a reality next year. The first of which is telling more stories, whether they be short or novel size. I really want to get more written, edited and published. I also want to share more stories about things will all of you on here as well, such as the stories behind some of my writings. This has been a real struggle for me since sometimes writing can be personal, but on the other hand, how can I inspire others, if I do not share. This is a real matter that has come to pass for me from time to time. But never fear, I will give it a try as I accept the challenge. This is what I have in mind so far in the back of my mind, as items that I want to accomplish next year.

That goes without saying that the first project that I have in mind to get to a second draft at the very least is Ravages of Time. Ravages of Time, like so many of my projects, as somewhat taken a back seat to others, but I’m going to try and work on one project at a time. This means for me starting one project and seeing it through until it is done or rather completed in its published form. Ravages of Time is the first of these beauties on the list, so look forward to many posts as I talk about my progress on Ravages of Time.

Lastly, my other goal for next year is to read a lot more than I did this past year. Yes, I did not do a good job of following up on my reading list and I have plenty to read. Therefore, I plan to read a bit more than this year and so look forward to seeing posts on what I am reading and I hope to stay on task on that as well. But we shall see.

However, will all of this in mind, I am hoping that next year is a better year all the way around. I will close this post by saying, I hope that all of you are enjoying this holiday season and I wish all of you a Happy New Year. But just to let you know, this year has not come to a close and either has Faerie Rose Press, for there is still much to post throughout the rest of this year.

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My Writing Kit…The Story of a Fountain Pen

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Yesterday, I asked you all to stay tune today’s post, for today I was going to discuss the writing kit that I made. About last week, I was at Barnes and Nobel and was looking at all the notebooks that they had, and I picked out one of the bigger journals that had lined paper. I also picked up another pen, like we writers could never have enough pens. I also picked up a bag to put it all into. While on this same trip, I picked up a fountain pen, a little more on that later. The little pencil bag was a gift from the cashier, so that one was free, which is always a plus. Then a few days later, while I was at the Target I found some small thin little notebooks to add to my kit. These little notebooks are going to used as a place where I could jot down ideas for stories and such.

I have wanted to create this type of kit for a while now, I just couldn’t find the right tools for creating the kit that I wanted. My idea behind the kit was that I wanted a bag that was not a book bag, or a pack back, but was big enough to hold a notebook or two if so be. A bag that I could have in my car that would not draw too much attention for thieves, and yet it was a bag that I could take with me and that I could write down stories while I was out and about.

Therefore, when everything came together last week this kit was born and I am so happy to have a bag that has some of the essential tools that are necessary for me to write on the go. Now on the story of the fountain pen…

When I was about nine-years-old, I received my first fountain pen. Granted, the first time I tried using this pen, it marked me up with drips of ink. But overtime I began to master that pen. I mean I loved that pen, until it ran out of ink and could not find a replacement cartridge for it. However, since that fountain pen died, I have always wanted to replace it with another. I mean I have looked for years and granted they are expensive, which is one of the reasons that I could not replace my original fountain pen, until I got older.

Even though the price was one factor, I would not let that sink my dream of wanting another fountain pen. But hold and behold, Barnes and Noble was selling fountains at almost a fraction of what they were online. Granted, when I went up to the cash register the sales clerk irked her eyes at me and said, “You do know that this is very expensive pen?”

I smiled at her and answered, “Yes, I know it’s expensive for it is a fountain pen.” Then I went into my story of wanting to replace my first fountain pen, and then she sort of changed her tone about me purchasing an expensive pen. Sorry, if you are selling them in the store do not judge the customer who wants to purchase one, especially when they know what it is and why they want it so.

Granted, the one draw back to this fountain pen is that the ink is blue and not black, but the manufacturer does sell replacement cartridges for the pen in black. But I can live with blue ink for a while, since I found what I really wanted, which was the fountain pen.

Let’s also face the fact that we writers tend to have a favorite pen, and there is usually a story that goes along with that pen until it is either lost, stole or worse, its sadden death. But now matter what happens in live, we always go back to that favorite pen and wish that we could find another to replace it even if it is a hard thing to do.

I hope that you all have a fantastic writing day, and if you have created your own writing kit, please feel free to share. Happy Creating! Happy Writing! Happy Writing Adventures to all!

 

Its Been a Week…New Things are Coming

Hey guys! It has been about a week since I have posted any thing on here. There are some exciting changes coming to Faerie Rose Press, Moonspinner3 Books, and Elderwood Publications. But first lets start with the new header. As you can see there are two new logos that have been added to the header. The first is Pink Top Toadstool Productions.

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Pink Top Toadstool Productions is for short stories written in the Fantasy genre. So if you follow the logic of the header, Faerie Rose Press is for Fantasy genre novels and above that is Pink Top Toadstool. So Fantasy genre stuff is on one side and on the other side is Elderwood Publications with the other genre writings, and in the middle is Moonspinner3 Books and under that is my picture. I’m trying to expand my little enterprise while not getting over whelmed. I will explain my logic a little bit later in the post. But first let me introduce the other side of the short story coin with, River Valley Short Story Productions.

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River Valley Short Story Productions is for story stories written under other genres. This includes westerns, or anything that is not fantasy, and that is why it is placed just above the logo for Elderwood Publications. This is where story stories will be published.

 

 

The reason why I created these two divisions is that I love to write story stories. This has always been a joy for me since I was younger. Let’s also state that like most writers, I did not start to seek out on the writing journey of writing novels, but rather short stories. Short stories are fun to write, and are a blast to put out if you are looking for a quick fifteen minute fix on your writing, short stories are the way to go. Therefore, with all of this in mind, I thought that I needed a place to publish short stories and that is where Pink Top Toadstool Productions and River Valley Short Story Productions come in. Yes, I said productions for both Pink Top Toadstool and River Valley Short Story.

I main reason why I am going with Productions as the underlining title for both of these, is that productions in mind are quick and have a lot of make on their own merit. This is the same for any production company that is under a bigger name such as Disney or Warner Brothers, for some where in the mix is a production company that also deserves credit for what they put out, and that is exactly how I feel with these two divisions when it comes to short stories.

On this note, I want to give some quick updates on other happenings within Moonspinner3 Books. Ravages of Time is still being worked on. I have not put aside this project for the sake of short stories. Heck no. But I am currently working on a short story on the side, which means that I am still writing and actively writing and working on things even if I am not posting on here daily. I plan to work on making a schedule for getting things in order, for the new year.

I also created a kit for writing that I can take with me. I will make time to be on here tomorrow, so that I can share with you this kit that I made myself, so that I can take my writing with me. So I hope that you stay tune for tomorrow’s post.