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Nano Cruise 2008

Yesterday I got to play and celebrate with the local writers I met through doing Nanowrimo. Last year we started the tradition of joining together and taking a cruise: the Kootenay Lake ferry!

The ferry ride from Belfour to Crawford bay is the longest free ferry ride in the world. Takes about 45 minutes from one side to the other and we enjoyed every minute of it. We parked, walked on with snacks, drinks and a copy of part of our nano writing. On the to and fro journey we indulged (non alcoholic) and read snippets of manuscripts. We even got to go up to the pilot house and check out the view.

After the ferry we went and soaked in the Ainsworth Hotsprings followed by dinner at the fancy pantsy restaurant upstairs. It was a complete afternoon and evening and at the end I was tired in a good way and very relaxed.

Celebrating success. It’s hard to slow down enough to take the time but it’s worth it. To all my fellow Kootenay writers, hurrah for us!!!

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Thursday Things


Another step in the road to publishing: Book Cover.

I got a lovely email from my editor with the artwork for the cover. After I fell over and picked myself up there were a few shrieks echoing through the house. Not that I’m sure where they came from.

It is amazing, and I can hardly wait to post it here. The artist is tweaking one tiny thing so I have to hold off, but it’s perfect. How Angela Waters got the details so right from a one page description of the story blows me away.

The art request form for the story came to me September 11. Heres what the questions looked like:

SAMHAIN PUBLISHING

• Title of Book-
Wolf Signs

• Series name (do you want this on the cover?) Yes
Granite Lake Wolves

• Author (name to be on cover) –
Vivian Arend

• Author Email –

vivarend@gmail.com

• Genre –

Paranormal Romance

• Time Period –

Current day

• Where is story set –

Granite Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada
Rustic log Cabin on the edge of a lake, foot of Mountains.
February- lots of snow, lake is frozen over. Tall spruce dominant tree of area.

• Hero Description (Whatever details will help the art department) –

Human form-
30 years old (in that ageless shifter way…)
Very long dark brown hair (waist length) worn either in braid or loose
Tribal tattoo on left bicep
Dark brown eyes- on the verge of being black
Dark skinned, possible Native American tone, but not necessarily featured as such.
6’ +
Very solid build
Any clothing would be backcountry gear, ie. No jeans.
Tshirts ok, otherwise REI or Cabela gear.

Wolf form-
Silver grey Canis Lupus (Alaskan Timberwolf)

• Heroine Description –
26 years old
Shoulder length medium brown hair
Brown eyes with golden flecks
Slightly tanned skin
5’9”
Slender but muscular. Solid. She’s not a dainty little thing.
I’d tell you her bra size but it’s never mentioned! Not big, not small.
Same for clothing as hero, back country only. No lace panties/etc,
Y-backed sports bra mentioned in story.

• Short Summary of Story –
Robyn (heroine) is deaf and uses ASL, lip reading and written notes to communicate. She is a competent backcountry adventurer and heads out for a week alone at Granite Lake Cabin, a remote setting 10 miles from the Alaskan highway….+seven more sentences. Very short summary!!

• Author ideas/what would the author like to see (Please include specific examples and/or links, attach drawings or pictures if available, to help give art department as clear an idea of what you’re looking for as possible)
I’ve attached a couple of photos from the Granite lake/Kluane National Park area. This place exists and it’s beautiful!

• Is there anything you don’t want on the cover or any comments –
You people know your job! I love your work.

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So, if I’m not posting the cover yet, whats up there at the top of the blog entry? I’m so tickled to show off the banner the very talented Valerie Tibbs made for me! Val is a wonderful graphic artist and has been designing book covers as well as all the other little special things like banners. Once the book cover is official she’ll replace the wolf in the right hand corner and we’ll have Val’s amazing work with Angela’s.

I feel so fortunate to be able to be meeting such talented people as I continue the writing adventure.

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Random Chaos 08

My thoughts today are about setting goals. Yes, we need ’em. But more than we need to celebrate when we either a) meet them or b) realize that they were too lofty/too low and adjust them.

I figure a goal is a direction indicator. If we don’t put one up we can wander for days getting nothing accomplished. To set a goal, any goal and start heading toward is better than sitting around doing nothing. Really.

But since worrying about making the ‘right’ goal can make people freeze I like the changing goal post idea better. Set the target up, no matter what. If, as you aim at that thing for a bit, you decide that it’s not working and you’d rather be painting a fence than building a toothpick city, then move the target and change your aim.

Yes, you might end up with a few unfinished projects but here’s the final step. Maybe some of those starts were a step to the real thing you needed/wanted to do. Finishing the toothpick replica of the Great Wall of China wasn’t a goal, it was learning step. It’s okay to recycle that baby without finishing it.

So why am I thinking about goals?

No clue.

Actually, I’m celebrating her a little because I’ve had a productive weekend.

Got Wolf in Flight off to the editor on Saturday. Finished revisions on The Wind and The Sun last night and it’s off to readers. These were two things on my to do list, the first pretty major.

Yeah me!!

The other thing I’ve started on is looking through a few files of things I’ve written over this year that I will NOT be continuing on. Too rough, too pointless, too Mary Sue. :)

I’m not deleting them or anything, just slipping them into a file and labeling it “Random Chaos 08”. I can still go and glean bits from the projects, but no longer feel the need to finish the silly things.

You can’t know how good this feels. Kind of like when I gave away the needlepoint project I had for 7 years that was 75% completed. I was never going to hang the thing on my wall, so why was I hauling it around and letting it take up space?

So here’s to celebrations (Yippeee!!) and deep breathes of fresh air.

We need ’em both.

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Thursday Things

My website is one of the items on the continuing list of ‘things to learn’ as a writer. I chose a fairly easy one to start with, and for now it’s about all I need. However, I do drool over other author’s sites that have different graphics on every page, and all sort so bells and whistles.

But there is only so much time in a day. Only so much $ in the pocket. Now I’ll just have fun with what I have and spend more time playing here on the blog.

But if you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.

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Snags


I’ve hit a snag. I don’t believe it.

Writer’s Block? Nahhh. Just old fashioned following my characters along and suddenly they aren’t doing what I thought -and- I’m not sure how to approach the next section of the novel.

So here we go with a new and crazy situation. I’m going to write the scene a couple of different ways and see which one works. It feels strange not having the answers magically appear under my fingers.

But I can deal with it. It may require large portions of chocolate…

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On a lighter note, two authors I know and love have been nominated for an EPPIE award. This is the Oscars of the eBook industry and both of them are well deserving of the honours.

Jess Dee has been nominated for her story A Question of Trust in the Anthology Three’s Company by Samhain. Her individual story can be found at MyBookstoreandMore.

Mari Carr has been nominated for Erotic Research, also published by Samhain. Available here.

Good luck, ladies. March is a long time coming, but now I have someone waiting for March with me!

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