Adventures of your average every day writer!
|Posted by opheliacrane on March 28, 2018 at 11:55 AM|
I really should update this more often.
But the truth of the matter is when you’re a part time writer and full time mother, office manager, student, and circulation specialist, promoting yourself is pretty...well, difficult. Plug away I shall, however. Here’s the news.
First off, rEvolution is on the editing board and with any luck, I’ll be putting it out by summer. Barring no other hold ups. The other bit of news is that the title is no longer rEvolution. As much as I like to pat myself on the back for that play on words, it just doesn’t fit the story anymore. The new title is Moral Compass.
What I’m working on right now is the second book in the Pride Series and a little surprise story that walked into my living room a month ago. Let’s see which one i can finish first.
I’m also looking to book some events soon, but living in Michigan appears to mean that my choices are slim. Here I go praying to the book event Gods!
But here’s hoping for the best this year. Stay tuned!
-- O ~
|Posted by opheliacrane on September 21, 2017 at 7:50 PM|
Okay, okay, So, when I last left you, I told you I was heading out to MeccaCon this past weekend, and I did! I had a blast, even. First and foremost, a big shout out to Maia "Crown" Williams for organizing this event! I had a blast. It was a wonderful thing to be surrounded by so many creative minds.
One of the big connections I made was with author Mya Lairis. If you're not aware of her work, she's the author of some really trippy horror novels. I've added her to my Authors and Other Things Page, so you should go check her work out. In addition, she hosts Colors in Darkness, a great website for off beat authors of color, you know, kind of like me.
Outside of that, I met a lot of wonderful people and I do hope to get back there next year!
|Posted by opheliacrane on September 11, 2017 at 10:45 AM|
Soooo, I've been busy.
Yes, I know I promised more books this year. Sadly, that's not how things are working out. I'm STILL working on rEvolution, but I'll be cranking up the heat over the next few weeks to get ready for Nanowrimo.
Wait? You don't know what Nanowrimo is?? Oh, well, let me tell you.
So, all the little writer boys and girls in the world hopes to create that one great novel that will take the world by storm and every year the Novel Writing Gods come down from the clouds grant a boon to the writer that can complete an entire novel in thirty days time. Many try, few succeed, but all are granted the love of the muses for exercising our creative brains. As with many years, I plan to enter the gauntlet once again in the hopes of coming out of it with a brand spanking new novel.
But that can't happen until I finish rEvolution. Soo...yeah. First draft will FINALLY be done before November. When I do get it started, come show me some love on the Nanowrimo website.
Outside of that, all things are plugging along. Just be patient with me folks.
In other news, this Saturday I will be at the Meccacon at the Detroit Public Library! Come by and say hello!
ALSO! If you're out and about in the Detroit Area, you can now find my books in your local library! If your library is a part of The Library Network, you can find them! So, if you can't wait to own, then borrow! Get a jump on my novels today!
-- O ~
|Posted by opheliacrane on June 18, 2017 at 10:40 AM|
|Posted by opheliacrane on June 6, 2017 at 10:50 AM|
Hey. Hey look who's gonna be at the art fair!! Wait, wait, I'll get to that in a second.
First off, I know, I’ve been a bad writer lately. I haven’t been updating my blog nor updating anyone on what I’m up to. I realize that that’s what the modern independent author has to do to generate some kind of buzz for herself but…
Well, life gets in the way sometimes. What can I say? Let me just update you on a few things that I’ve been working on.
rEvolution is done – the first draft, anyway, and like everything I’ve ever written in life, I’m not happy with it at the moment. That’s okay, though. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about my writing is that I’m my own worst critic. I’m sure you all will feel differently once you get the book in your hot little hands.
It’s currently going through some major changes, however and that’s set me back considerably for publication. Hang tight, though. Hopefully, I’ll be done by the end of summer so I can get on with my other projects.
So, the BOOK FAAAAIIIIRRR!!!
I will be in Ann Arbor on June 17th at the Ann Arbor Book Festival! I will be there hocking my books and socializing with a great many of you wonderful readers out there, so if you happen to be in the area, stop by my booth and say hello! I’ll be the one with the blue tablecloth.
I gotta tell you, I am EXCITED. This is my first time at a book festival and I’m stoked to get out there in the world to let people know that I’m here and ready to share my inner world with you! Maybe you haven’t noticed from the decorations around my site lately, but it’s kind of a big deal to me .
As always, stay tuned and I hope I see you guys next Saturday!
|Posted by opheliacrane on February 23, 2017 at 11:30 AM|
First, let me begin by letting you know that “Three A.M.” will be available on Lulu on March 1st. It will be available everywhere else in April (date to be announced later), but don’t let that stop you from reading! It’s my personal collection of short stories I’ve gathered over the last ten years. I have it on good authority that it is a really good book.
Now that that’s out of the way, I need to you talk to you about the project I am working on now. Those of you who know me pretty well know that while I might not engage in very many political arguments, I am a pretty political and patriotic person. I have opinions about the state of our country, just like all of you, and like all of you, I have chosen a stance to take...or rather, it chose me.
That being said, you may’ve noticed that I don’t talk publicly about my political stances. I’ve learned a long time ago that the true art of debating is a dying one. We no longer absorb and listen to opposing opinions in the hopes of gaining something greater than we already knew. I don’t know if you keep up on social media or the news lately, but there is a lot of yelling going on and not a whole lot of listening.
But, I’m veering off track. I do have a point.
The point is that politically speaking, crowing about what pleases or displeases you is admirable in its own right and depending on how you go about it, it can be a wonderful way to show people who you really are as a person. By and large, I feel like this is an exciting time to live in. Whatever your political views are, you have to know that the tide is starting to turn. Change is upon us and how it hits you, personally, has the potential to change everything you now know. For some of you, that’s already starting to happen. If it hasn’t gotten to you yet, don’t worry. Change tends to rise like a flood.
Which leads me to my current project - rEvolution. By the title, you might surmise that it’s your garden variety “Fight the Power” story. Though, there are many anarchist themes involved, it’s not an ‘anti-government’, ‘anti-establishment’ tale. Simply put, rEvolution follows three revolutionaries in a future America, who find their beliefs challenged when they kidnap a mysterious stranger. This book will ask the question “What if everything you know right now changed?” We all seek comfort in our private universes where we understand the way things work. Coffee is hot, there is snow in winter and my job will be there when I show up to it on Monday.
So, what will happen to you if all of that changes? What if we really are in The Matrix and The cake is a lie?? What do you do on the day you wake up and the sky is nothing more than light and shadow?
But, I’m giving too much away. I’m here to say that the first draft is nearly complete and with any luck, it’ll be out by summerish and you can find out for yourself. My hope is not to inflame, necessarily, but I do hope I paint a complete enough picture for you, dear reader, to absorb. Personally speaking, rEvolution combines my worst nightmares with my greatest hopes for humanity. I hope you get out of it what I have poured into it.
|Posted by opheliacrane on February 5, 2017 at 1:05 PM|
Checklist for the coming spring…
First draft of rEvolution – In progress…but the story is starting to get bigger than I anticipated. Still hoping for spring, though.
Collection of stories – Completed! Yes, yes, I didn’t mention that I was compiling a book of short stories in my last blog. I didn’t really know if I had enough stories to put together a decent book. As it turns out, I do. Now, it’s not the tome that many writers tend to put out, but I thought it would be nice reading while you wait for the other novels I’m cranking out.
So what is this book? It’s entitled Three A.M. It showcases several stories I’ve written over the years. True to form, it sticks to no particular genre. You will find horror, science fiction, abstract, and even erotica. Yes, I have written erotica in my life. The one with the best response over the years is the one I included in this anthology – The Faery Ball. For those of you who’ve read it, I’m sure you’ll want a copy of this anthology to keep you warm at night. Do be a dear and make sure to tell your friends it’s in this collection.
Three A.M. is scheduled to be available in mid-February.
Next on the list…
The Pride: Sacrifice Book Crossing donation – Right now! So I have about seven copies of The Pride on my shelf right now with no homes. I got to thinking that they’re not doing any good sitting on my shelf, so I’m going to donate them. Where? Well, that’s where BookCrossing.com comes in. If you don’t know about it, here’s how it works. Each of the seven books will have a tag on the inside cover with a number written in it. If you should find one of my books, then read it! Please! After you read it, take that number, go to Bookcrossing.com and enter it. From there you can see where the book has been and who’s read it. But it doesn’t stop there! Keep donating it. Drop it off at your local library or book store. Leave it on a table in a restaurant. Keep it circulating as long as you can. Bookcrossing will track the book on its journey. Fun, right?
I’ll start leaving the books wherever I happen to be in the Detroit Area. If you should find it, Read it! Then tell Book Crossing about it!
So, that's the news for now, stay tuned. I've got a lot of work coming soon!
|Posted by opheliacrane on January 1, 2017 at 8:55 PM|
So, as it happens, I’ve been pretty busy writing new things to put out this year. Not to mention trying to navigate the normal troubles of life. Things like my day job, putting myself through school, daughters getting married, daughters starting high school, etc, etc. Normal life things.
This year, however, I’m determined to get some serious production done. First thing’s first…
The comedy about nurses working a doctor’s office in the age of screwball customers (you guys that work in retail know what I’m talking about) is only about three episodes in sadly. Writing a show based off of real life is difficult particularly if one is still working in that environment. It’s not impossible, however, and all things considered, the other ten episodes should be done by next fall.
The Pride: Royal Blood
The second book in The Pride Series has been pushed back to 2018, depending on how my other works come along. The story of the Tsavo Lions moves forward with Sa’iya, the eldest daughter of the Lion Prince Saro. As the next in line to the throne, she finds herself in a place between the life of a warrior and the political life of the heir presumptive to her grandfather’s throne. When members of the court plan a coup, she has to decide where she fits or else she and her family will perish. Sounds kind of neat, huh?
The plan has always been to get it out later next year, but life events have caused my muse to decide that something more important needs to be written first, leading me to my current project…
I’m not revealing any details about this one yet as it’s still in its embryo stage. That is to say, I don’t know if I’m having a boy or a girl or a three legged Rottweiler just yet. What I do know is that I plan to complete the first draft of this one by the spring. I have to be honest though, I’m kind of hoping for the three legged Rottweiler.
What I can say about the new work is that it's coming from a very personal place this time. I've been doing a lot of soul searching and I think it's long overdue for me to comment on the state of the world before us. I hope you all like it or if you don't, then I hope you at least read it and blog about how much you hate it. Hey, any press is good press, I always say.
So, new stuff soon! And there’s always room for more along the way. Hopefully by the end of the year, I’ll have quite a catalog to peruse through. Happy 2017!
|Posted by opheliacrane on October 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM|
Soooo….I am a huge fan of the Evil Dead series and Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi movies in general. So, it’s no surprise that on Sunday nights, you will more than likely catch me watching Ash vs Evil Dead series on Starz. Recently, it occurred to me while watching an episode of the show (now in its sophomore season) that there should be a drinking game for it. A quick search online told me that no one has as of yet produced a comprehensive one, so I figured, eh, why not me?
So, here we go. My version of an Ash v. Evil Dead Drinking Game to play with your friends!
1. One drink for every time someone/thing turns into a Deadite.
I know what you’re thinking, here, and no everyone won’t be drunk two minutes into the show. Yes, the ‘turning into a Deadite’ thing is a part of the whole plot, but surprisingly, it usually only happens once or twice during the thirty minutes that you’re watching…unless it’s a season finale or something, then you might have to bust this rule down to a sip.
2. Two drinks every time Ash says something racist or sexist.
Double that if he manages to do it in the same sentence.
3. One drink every time someone gets covered in blood/guts/goo.
This one happens at least twice literally EVERY episode. As a bonus, you can add a bet for how long it takes for someone to get splashed with something. Tip: Potential betters should stay within the 3-5 minute range for best results.
4. One drink for every ‘Jefe’ uttered.
Make that two if it’s Pablo that says it.
5. Chug for every creative/unique kill or attack
So, this one is a special. Any Deadite can attack Ash with a knife or an axe. It takes a special kind of monster to try to kill you as tiny little doll.
6. Three drinks for anytime Ash loses a loved one.
That appears to be the theme of Ash’s life. You’d think it would happen more often. It doesn’t though. Ash has only lost a few people so far in the series.
7. One drink for every time Ash has a plan
Two if it’s a dumb one.
8. Two drinks for every drug done/mentioned.
Yes, two….in keeping in the spirit of the show.
9. One drink every time Ruby/Kelly/Any female character does something bad ass.
Because girls rule!
10. One drink every time Ash puts on the chainsaw.
Because, come on. You know you love it when he screws on the chainsaw.
11. Two drinks for every Ash-ism.
You know, like; “Hey, She-Bitch! Let’s go” or “Hail to the King, baby.” Do I really need a reason for this one?
That’s about all I could come up with. All things considered, I imagine that with just those eleven, you will more than likely get smashed within the first half of an episode. I strongly advise that all participants play responsibly!
|Posted by opheliacrane on October 14, 2016 at 11:45 PM|
We need to talk. Seriously.
First, let me just say that I don’t have a problem with you. Personally, I’ve always liked having you around. When you’re on deck, you let everyone know how strong I really am. You see, there is this idea that a person who doesn’t brag about their prowess or who is soft spoken and reserved is somehow weaker than the rest of the pack. When the empty cans find themselves posting up to me as if I would run screaming in the night from their loud posturing, you have always let them know who in the fuck they are dealing with in no uncertain terms. You roar and the jungle knows to back.the.fuck.up. In that, Dear H, you have always been my protector. You’ve always looked out for me.
That being said, there is a time and a place for you to show out and I don’t think you’ve ever got a handle on when that is exactly. You don’t care about my job or if anyone is staring. You don’t care who is in your way be them family, friends, even small animals...even large animals. You could give two shits about my personal belongings - particularly the items that shatter loudly. Broken bones and lawsuits are of little concern and so are police officers and while you have yet to break any laws, I worry about spending the rest of my life in jail because I could not get your under control in time.
And here’s the thing. Fundamentally, I don’t mind your antics. Sometimes, people go too far in what they say or what they do. Sometimes, certain people really need to know where your line is so that they don’t ever cross it again. I accept that you are inside me for a very important reason. Should real shit pop off, I have no doubt that I will walk away leaving a trail of devastation in my wake. You will carry me when I need to survive against an insurmountable threat to myself or my family. When you are at the helm, I am a storm in a raging sea. I will destroy entire civilizations with a wave of my hand. I am the kind of natural disaster that history books still write about thousands of years later.
But there’s a time and a place for all that and the bottom line is that you don’t seem to know that.
And I know it’s hard - particularly right now. The climate in our world has changed a lot of people. People who used to be relatively kind and civilized are now rude and angry. Years and years of unresolved issues amongst so many groups of people are now bubbling over and invading everything all around us. You know as well as I do that those people are coming for us on a daily basis. I get it.
But you need to stop. Seriously, before somebody gets hurt. Now, I know I can’t really stop you once you get going. Trying to tell a pet hulk to chill once you’ve got your “Hulk Smash” thing on is quite ill advised and for me...well, I’m pretty powerless once you decide to push me out of the way and take over.
So, what I’m proposing is that we get a nice cage for you. Now, wait, I know how that sounds, but think of it more like that reinforced cabin in Agents of Shield instead of a cage, per se. We can outfit it with a king size bed...or whatever is above a king size for those really hard days...like maybe a God size bed or something. We can outfit it with a video game system and a big screen tv with Netflix, maybe a little porn, even. Hey, it’s Red Wings season. Wouldn’t you rather lay back and watch the Wings rather than bash someone’s face in?
Now, I can’t promise that the cage will hold you forever. I imagine the walls will get worn out and the door hinges might get rusty allowing you to bust out on occasion, but I promise you that I will try to keep the cage in good shape so those break-outs are occasional at best. I’ll find better outlets for you too so that you won’t go stir crazy. Maybe we can take up kickboxing or watch horror movies together? Or maybe we can get constructive and take up skeet shooting or increase our writing workload or work out more than once a week?
Listen, in all honesty, I want to work this out. You’ve been a part of me since I was born and I imagine we'll be together until I die. Just understand that I have to function in our semi-civilized society on a daily basis. I have to keep a job and keep social services from taking my kids away and keep myself out of an orange jumpsuit. I want to live a healthy and happy life with you, okay? Say you’ll think about it, at least. In the meantime, what do you say we pop some bubble wrap to take the edge off? It’s not breaking windows with a bat, sure, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers right?
You’re ever-present alter ego