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.

I hope all of you have a happy writing day as you create worlds with your words. Have a great day!blog header 4-page-001