In light of my previous poll, I’ve decided to rewrite and continue my failed Camp NaNo novel from 2011, Glass Dragons. It was the very first novel I began in my Cloneverse (which now consists of several stories) and a 50-page companion book (which is not even faintly close to finished). The story follows Ethaniel, the first successful genetically-enhanced human clone in this particular project, and his adventures with Niran, an Ularian king of the Kirit criminal underground.
Naturally, I’m super excited! I know that the spirit of NaNo is to start something new, but I have issues finishing things. NaNo is no challenge, but finishing something completely will be! Glass Dragons is a fun concept that I don’t want to rot away, unfinished.
So, in light of that, I have a challenge. For everyone who loves NaNo but never finishes beyond the 50k, I challenge you to pick your favorite unfinished NaNo project to date and finish it this November! Rework the outline, untangle your plot-knots, and pull yourself out of that corner! This NaNoWriMo on Goggles & Lace, it’s a Finish-Your-Novel-a-thon! When the forums reset, I’ll create a thread for us to chat about it!
Okay, since neither my camera nor this despicable Florida weather/horrific sunshine/cloud cover want to let me take a decent, color-bearing photo of the rings I’m using to make the Byzantine bracelets, I’m doing the next best thing. The following images are taken directly from my supplier’s website. ALL of the following photos were taken by/belong to The Ring Lord.com.
Once again, the rings are anodized aluminum and very lovely. Here are the colors I currently have on hand:
Bright Silver: (The difference between “Frost” and “Bright Silver” is that “Frost” is matte and “Silver” is shiny.)
Green: (It looks a bit mossier in person.)
I’m still open for orders! The bracelets are $20 +$1.50 shipping within the US. I’m working on other products as well, and I’ll have examples up soon. Also, if you’re in Jacksonville on Sept 20th, come down to Pagan Pride Day! I’m sharing a table with Harmsway Press!
… Then it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming. I promise.
Okay! So my GoFundMe has been successful! Thanks to the donations of the following fantastic people:
Jessica P. for purchasing two chain bracelets!
Keith L. for donating FIRST $25 and THEN another $10!
Mr. Anonymous for donating $25!
Shelley T. for donating $5!
Lounge Talk Radio (seriously, check out Gretchen & Toni and all they do. They’re amazing!) for donating $40!
Chris B. for donating $50!
Really, there’s no way I could have bought these books without all of you. You’re so amazing. I swear, my first novel will include a thanks to all of you for being so generous and supportive of my trek into the “down and dirty” aspect of creative writing. If you wanted a bracelet, but couldn’t make it in time for the Book Fund drive, that’s okay! I still make them, and I’ll have other designs up soon! I’ll post my Etsy shop as soon as I revamp it, make some back stock, and get some decent photos!
For everyone who is entitled a bracelet or a key fob or earrings, etc, I got my rings in! I’ll be photographing the colors as soon as the sky stops being so dismal so I can steal some decent lighting. Then you can give me your measurements and color choices. It could be 10 days until I can make all of them. I’ll get as many as I can out with what I have, but I have another shipment of rings on the way. <3
On another note, I’ve got more Writing Life content stewing around in my brain. I really just need to find the time to write it down. I’m also working on the plots for some short fiction that will be thrown about in here. And, by popular demand, I will be restructuring Letters from Blackford Hill and using that plot for my NaNoWriMo this November! Instead of seeking publication for it, I think I may self-publish it and make it available on G&L. Very exciting things to come, my loves!
I also need to work on a signature for my posts…. I have a tablet, I can do it easily, I just keep forgetting. TONIGHT! Yes.
Another progress report, guys. I know you’re getting sick of them. I’ll have new content for you soon! Right now, I’m focusing on getting ready for school, muddling through draft one of Amity Dawn, and fundraising. It’s been an odd summer; one filled with motivation, support, and love, and it just keeps getting better.
So, let’s start with Amity Dawn. It’s still a working title, until I can find the one that pops at me. I’m working through chapter 7 at this point, and getting ready to convert chapters 1-4 into third person perspective. Kadri is just about to confront the primary villain for the first time, after muddling through lead-up conflicts lackeys for the first six chapters. I’m excited. This novel is taking shape slowly, coming to life from the outline I began a year ago this month. Unfortunately, I put it down for a bit too long, but better late than never, right? Before long, I hope, I’ll be hunting down beta readers.
As for school, I still need to raise some money to buy my books. I’m still selling Byzantine chain bracelets for $20 a piece (+$1.50 for shipping within the US). You can see the details of that in this post. Alternatively, you can visit my GoFundMe page and check out some of the smaller donation amounts. They come with neat perks. =]
Lastly! I may be sharing a table with another writer friend of mine, J. Meridith Harmon, who has recently released his new novel Snyper: A Matter of Caliber, at Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day! Check it out on Amazon! Anyway, I’ll be volunteering at PPD regardless, so you should come visit if you’re in the Jacksonville area on Sept 22. =] If we do get the slot, I’ll be selling bracelets, G&L bookmarks, and possibly prayer beads (if I can settle on a couple of patterns I like, I’m being fickle). It’s going to be awesome.
I hate plugging on G&L, but I need to throw this out there. I go back to school in September, and I have two books I need to cover before my financial aid kicks in. That said, I’ve got a little “business” to promote:
I’m going to be selling Byzantine chain bracelets for $20 a piece (+$1.50 for shipping within the US). I have an array of colors on the way. I’ll post photos as soon as the rings arrive to give everyone a good idea of the pallet. I need to sell SEVEN of them to make up the cost of books and materials. College books are expensive (whine bitch whine).
Here are some examples:
Chain maille is fun. =] I still have the black and copper in copper rings, if you’re interested in that. The new colors are going to come in anodized aluminum. The clasps are toggle (though I also have lobster, they’re a pain in the butt to get on one-handed).
If you’re interested in picking up one of these spiffy bracelets, feel free to contact me at katiemacconnell [at] gmail [dot] com. I’ll give you my Paypal details and we can chat about your bracelet. =] IT’S FOR A GOOD CAUSE! 8D
I’ve got an update! Well, there are several updates, really, but this is the first one.
I’ve recently enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s creative writing BA program. Awesome, right? I know, I know. I’m still an active supporter of “you don’t need a degree to write a novel.” It’s true. You don’t. You do, however, need experience in editing and refining your work to make it appealing to people. Some of us have more trouble with that than others, and so I’ve decided to go back to school for something worthy of my passion. I’ve tried so hard to look for a degree or certificate program that would be a quick fix to my lack of professional direction, but there’s nothing out there that really makes me happy.
Writing makes me happy.
Writing is what I spend my time doing and thinking about.
Helping other writers to write well is something I take pride in. It’s rewarding for me.
I can’t help writers with any credibility if I don’t further educate myself. I can’t edit and rewrite my work very well, either, if you want the truth, and some guided direction is going to do wonders for me. I just know it. I want to be able to bring the benefit of these courses to others. I want to be able to help you, my readers, and anyone else who might stumble on this blog.
I also have an announcement!
INKWELL IMAGININGS HAS A NEW CHAPTER!
It’s true! Our local writers’ group has spread from a small library in Southbridge, MA to three separate states! I’d like to welcome Inkwell Imaginings – Oklahoma City to our ranks! Honestly, we never thought it would ever get this far. Now that it has, though, I’d like to talk to everyone about Inkwell. I’ve told you about it before, I think. It’s a group created for local fiction writers to gather socially, get their work critiqued by peers, and celebrate or commiserate over their stories.
Want an Inkwell in your town? Let’s make that happen! Keep an eye out for a post on “How to Create an Inkwell Imaginings Chapter Near You!” I’ll include an FAQ about Inkwell, what we do, how to join or create your own, popular meeting formats, and how to contact me.
AMITY DAWN DOES NOT HAVE A NEW CHAPTER!
Don’t judge me, I’m getting there. Chapter 6 will be done soon. I’m debating on whether to go back and fix my first person chapters by putting them in third person, or if I should just write the whole thing, then go back and include it in my first-pass revision. x_x Ah, writer problems.
Coming up next, a shameless plug for chain maille bracelets that will help me buy my school books… STAY TUNED! Same Bat time, same Bat channel.