Show me the history gaps!

I have always had a love of history. Pretty much any era, but those from the Dark Ages and Medieval times hold the most fascination. Not so much the Kings, Queens, and Knights in shining armor as the fact that the records of those times are so sparse. Written records are few and far between and those we do have fall across the spectrum from complete truth to complete fantasy. Cultures during those eras relied on oral traditions rather than the written word, and that makes it so much harder to decipher the reality. Then consider that by the time someone thought to write everything down, it was either several hundred years later or written from the perspective of the conquerors. There is no dispute, however, that the Dark Ages/Medieval times were tumultuous and barbaric no matter what part of the world you focus on.

As a writer, that opens up a gold-mine of valuable gaps across the history timeline. Within those lapses of information, one can only imagine what took place. Who were the victors, the pillaged, the battle-hungry, the farmers, etc.? How did they interact with each other? Did they try to get along? Maybe they did have formal governing rules and lived in civilized pseudo-cities, but that information has been lost. I can imagine it any way I want as long as it stays true to the facts that are absolute, and that’s what makes story creation so fun to me. Mix in a healthy dose of mythology, which I believe always has a vein of truth to it because it’s how some cultures try to explain what they can’t understand, and voila.

My ancestors hail from places like Ireland and Scotland, which both have rich Celtic and Nordic histories as well. It’s far more entertaining to believe that there are heroes and heroines in my past that did great deeds, or terrible ones, and deserve to be remembered.

But, at the end of the day, I’m not trying to teach, I’m trying to entertain because remember. . .it’s fun!

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Happy Thanksgiving

This is one of my all-time favorite holidays. It gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas nowadays, but it shouldn’t. To me this is the day when you put aside negativity, forget about the stress of that stack of bills and upcoming gifts, set aside hurt feelings and just remember everything in life that is good. It’s a time for treasuring those things in life that are truly important to family and friendships.

Do me a favor, ignore those blasted commercials and emails about what might be on sale – just for today and concentrate on what really matters. I’m thankful for the time you took to read this, the fur-babies on my lap making me twist at an odd angle to type it, the coffee in my cup and for the opportunity for the reminder to stop and be thankful.

You are wonderful, and I’m so thankful for you too!

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Free Giveaways

As a reader, I enjoy finding fresh new stories to read. As an author, I love supporting my fellow creators, especially those just starting their careers like me.

Places like Instafreebie offer a service that is helpful to both of those groups. A reader can try out a new author without any risk and that author gets the opportunity to introduce themselves to a reader. Win, Win!

I’ve recently added my novella, Arcanum, to the pool of offerings at Instafreebie and then went a step further to join with other authors in group giveaways. Stories of a similar genre are pooled together for readers to find what they enjoy in one location. I’m loving it so far and will definitely continue to use this valuable service for myself and my readers.

Here are the giveaways that I’m participating  in during November and December:

November 8-14th

November 10-17th

Mythical Fiction Giveaway – November 18th-25th

YA and Clean Romance Giveaway – Dec. 1st – 9th

 

 

 

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Celebrating Perseverance: We’re in this together!

Today I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere!, an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s backstory which will shape their motivation and behavior afterward.

Because Angela and Becca have spent the last year exploring painful human struggles, they wanted to highlight a very important aspect of overcoming difficult circumstances: it can make us stronger. I promised to let Angela hijack my blog today, so please read on!

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Hi everyone! When you set out to find examples of inner strength, you don’t have to go very far. Right here in the writing community we see it every day. Writers more than anyone understand the swirl of emotions as we work toward publication. We dream of making it and seeing our books in the hands of readers…yet doubt and frustration can be a constant companion. For us, there is a lot to learn, much to steel our nerves for, and unfortunately, a host of real-world problems that can try to derail us. And, even as we slowly move forward and grow, we can sometimes feel like impostors. This is a tough road.

But the fact that writers face this battle, day after day, and KEEP GOING…this should be celebrated! We need to be reminded that we are much stronger than we sometimes believe. We dream, create, and force ourselves to keep striving. Through the ups and downs, we persevere!

Have you encountered something on the writing road that made you question yourself? Have you faced an obstacle that required a force of will to get past?

If so, we want to hear about it! Join Becca and me at Writers Helping Writers from October 25-27th, where we are celebrating writers and their stories of perseverance. Stop in, and tell us about a challenge or struggle your faced, or if you like, join this event by writing a post on your own blog and share it using the hashtag #writerspersevere. Let’s fill social media with your strength and let other writers know that it’s okay to question and have doubts but we shouldn’t let that stop us.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

We also have a prize vault filled with items that can give your writing career a boost, so stop by Writers Helping Writers. I would love for one of you to win something that will help you get closer to your goal!

If you struggle, remember to reach out to others. We are in this together, and by supporting one another, we cross the finish line together (and then keep going!).

Happy writing!

Angela & Becca

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So much to do, so little time

It’s a little crazy for my mind to believe that I’ve published my first book!  Ingrid, The Viking Maiden (yes, I’m shamelessly giving another opportunity to find it here if you want *hint, hint, smile*) is available on ebook. There are so many parts to figure out, and I’m still learning, but I’m on my way. I enjoy the process so much, every bit of it; researching, planning, writing, editing, and marketing.  Well, editing and marketing certainly don’t come naturally to me, and I’m not sure I’ll call those my favorites, but in every part of the process, I find parts that I love.

I have made a decision recently, that with all the time it takes Read more ›

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