Farewell February Freebie!

"Acceptance" will be free until 11:59 p.m. PST Feb. 28. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077HWXV47

“Acceptance” will be free until 11:59 p.m. PST Feb. 28. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077HWXV47

From now until 11:59 p.m. PST Feb. 28, I’m offering Acceptance as a free e-book to celebrate the end of February and the approach of spring! If you are a fan of sword and sorcery or darker fantasy stories, definitely check out this piece. The Augur’s Rose Series #2 will be out some point this summer.

Don’t mess with the dead. Pure common sense. Necromancy gets messy — yet when pitted against Berit Gyllen . . . something or other . . . Svein is the only one wallowing in the filth when his artifact retrieval mission for the Mothers goes sideways. Perhaps he should have listened when that blasted bird told him to run.

Fun Facts About The Augur’s Rose Series

If you missed out on the Acceptance release party on Facebook, here are a few fun fact in regards to The Augur’s Rose Series.

FACT #1: I originally started Acceptance for a contest but didn’t finish it in time. It was also a more experimental piece that has morphed and expanded into what it is now. I loved the character of Svein so much that I decided I wanted to revisit him, and that is how it became an ongoing serial. It’s serial nature also led me to pursue self-publishing.

FACT #2: The Augur’s Rose Series combines Roman and Scandinavian lore and history. Svein’s name is Norwegian and comes from the old Norse for “boy.” Ironically, Vidar’s (Svein’s hooded crow companion) name means “warrior.”

FACT #3: Vidar is a hooded crow, which resides all over Europe and parts of the Middle East. They are different than carrion crows in that they are gray and black rather than straight black. Vidar shares his name with one of Odin’s sons in Norse mythology. Odin, of course, was known for his connection to ravens. Funny enough in Faroese folklore, a maiden would go out on Candlemas morn and throw a stone, then a bone, then a clump of turf at a hooded crow – if it flew over the sea, her husband would be a foreigner; if it landed on a farm or house, she would marry a man from there, but if it stayed put, she would remain unmarried.

FACT #4: I love reading a variety of magazines and online articles. When doing so, sometimes inspiration strikes — such was the case when I stumbled across this article from the Smithsonian magazine about Catholicism’s martyred saints, which are kept on eternal display. Paul Koudounaris, who is a member of The Order of the Good Death alongside Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), authored a book on these saints. This inspiration can be seen early on in Acceptance. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/…/meet-the-fantastically-be…/

Fact #5: If you don’t know what an augur is, please visit my original post on the subject at https://smwright.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/what-is-an-augur/. It involves forecasting the future and sacred chickens! And yes, there will be sacred chickens in The Augur’s Rose Series future.

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What Writers Can Learn From The KonMari Method

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When I’m sleep deprived, I spew out random things, and sometimes, just sometimes, they stick. In this case, a friend, while talking about reaching the end of her series, noted how sad she’d be to let go of those characters and their world. My response (knowing she’d also read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) was to say that she needed to KonMari her characters.  Namely, thank them for the time they’d spent together and the joy they’d sparked inside of her, and then let them go, making room for new stories and characters that will bring her just as much joy. Continue reading

Scene Building: Setting The Pieces Into Motion

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We are continuing our scene building series, which started at https://wp.me/pbN5v-jE.

We’ve discussed the pieces that are needed to build a good scene, but now we are going to dive into the actual process so we can see them in action. I will be using the very first scene in chapter one from a book I wrote in junior high — let it never be said that I’m not a good sport! At the time, I was hopped up on Tolkien and it really shows; however, it is perfect for this exercise because young Sarah was just beginning to learn the ropes. So let’s break it down. Continue reading

5 Gift Ideas For Writers

Christmas is just around the corner. If you still need to shop for the writers in your life, I have some gift suggestions for you. These suggestions, of course, also work for birthdays and other special occasions!

No. 1: Trashy Thoughts Journal

The Trashy Thoughts Journal by YetiandBooCreations

The trashy thoughts journal is homemade by a local to me couple, YetiAndBooCreations. I love this journal and had picked up mine at our local farmers market. Each one is completely unique and uses recycled paper of all varieties. My journal contains craft pages, pages from a Peter Cotton story, envelopes, scrap notebook paper, a blank greeting card, and a pouch made out of a The Republic of Tea package.

I simply love this journal. It is fun, unique, and just a treat. The only downside is this journal is so nice that I have a difficult time actually writing in it because whatever goes in it has to be perfect. Continue reading

Don’t Leave Your Scene In Check

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Join me for an in-depth look at building a scene.

What makes a good scene? For some writers, the answer to this question comes naturally while others struggle to make a scene come to life. If you fall in the latter category, don’t fret. Scenes have a lot of moving components, and it takes practice, an open mind, and a lot of reworking to make them really shine. But even before we get into practicing the development of a scene, we have to understand what makes a good one.

I personally like to imagine a chess board, with each piece representing a different component of a good scene. On this imaginary board, characters represent the queen as they are arguably the most dynamic part of a scene, especially since they are often driving it (albeit setting can be driving force in its own right). Characters in their uniqueness shape a scene often in unforeseen ways much like the queen, which can move in pretty much every direction on the chess board. However, characters can’t hold together a scene by themselves. Relying solely on characters, particularly on characters’ dialogue, can lead to a bland scene filled solely with talking heads. Whatever you do, avoid having talking heads or hobos in outer space. Continue reading

The Business Of Writing — Part III

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This is the extremely tardy third part of three-part series “The Business of Writing.” Part I and Part II, while very old, still might be of some use when it comes to crafting a business plan and platforming. This third part is largely about self-care and growth opportunities.

You have your writing business plan in place, and you are starting to build your platform, now what? Well, now you need to turn the focus back on yourself through resume building, pursuing “writerly” learning opportunities, and self-care. Continue reading

YouTube Channels Writers Should Check Out

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I love the custom content that has emerged on YouTube, especially those that are aimed at helping writers improve their craft or aimed at connecting readers. Today, I’m sharing five of my favorite YouTube Channels. I hope you will check them out because they have a lot to offer, plus they are entertaining!

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