Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Updated Synopsis

Yes, I have written a new synopsis. This one is so much better than the last one. I completely rewrote it. I probably won't rewrite it again unless I change some of the main plot again. It is still a working progress so the synopsis is subject to change. I hope this makes you want to read the book even more. Anyway, enjoy!

Synopsis: 
Malus and Viridis vampires have been at war with each other for centuries. Richard Knight, a Viridis vampire who is caught in the middle, discovers that there is more to life than satisfying his bloodlust. After saving a girl from trying to kill herself, Richard feels an unexplainable connection to her. Kara Dales is shrouded in darkness and mystery that intrigues him. A series of events reveals that they are both hiding secrets. Kara stumbles across Richard’s secret that he was born a Viridis vampire. Richard gains Kara’s trust, and she opens up to him about her dark past of betrayal. Kara is thrown into a fascinating new world that is filled with all kinds of mythical creatures.
When Kara falls deathly ill, they learn that she is not human, and Richard is her destined guardian. Kara’s blood is the whole reason the two breeds of vampires are at war with each other, but they are not the only creatures after her blood. Richard is the only thing that stands between her and the greatest evil of all. Now the most powerful clan of Malus vampires are after her, and the race begins to save her life when they capture her. Can Richard get there in time to not only save her life but the world?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Vampire Myth and Folkfore

Before I get to what I want to talk about, I just want to quickly tell you all how the conference went. It was better than last year even though I didn't leave with agents who wanted to see my novel. I learned a lot though, and I know now that it is not ready to be published. I have more rewrites to do. Hopefully it will be ready soon, and I will let you all know. I have also decided that I am going to put up little excerpts from my novel maybe once a month. I don't have one ready right now, but I will hopefully post one soon.

Anyway, what I want to talk about today is vampire myths and folklore. They are very interesting. Most of the things people come up with are very strange. Of course you always have your stereotypically vampire that started with Bram Stoker's Dracula. Vampires that everyone knows are the ones that burn in sunlight, shy away from garlic, need an invitation to enter, don't appear in mirrors, and a stake through the heart will kill.  I consider that the Hollywood vampire, but there is a lot more to the folklore than that.

Each culture in the 16th century, although they have had no contact with each other have similar myths. Most of their vampires fed on children or infants and were closely related to witchcraft. I'm only going to mention a few but there are many more.


Lamia
The Lamia (right) originated from Greece and Rome. She was a feared demon that was half-snake, half-women. It was believed that she preyed on young children and men for revenge.

The Chinese Hopping Ghost or Iiangshi is another ancient vampire myth. They were lost souls that were covered in hair, had daggerlike teeth, and razor-sharp talons. They would of course come out at night to search for prey by hopping from their graves. (Unfortunately, I couldn't find a good picture for this one)

Sekhmet
Ancient Egypt had Sekhmet (left) as one of their vampire myths. She was once a war goddess who got drunk on human blood and began to hunt down all humans. She is seen as a women with a lion head.

There are many more vampire myths, and they are similar to one another. They may have come from different places or been created in different ways but they are all pretty much repelled and killed by the same methods. One of the thing I actually laughed at was that people thought if you spread rice or seeds around the hiding place of a vampire they would stop to count them. Or that if you throw a knotted rope in their path they will stop to untie. That just sounds really funny to me.

That's all for now. I will post again hopefully soon, and maybe it will be a small excerpt next time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quick Update

Here is a quick update:

I know I haven't been updating a lot in the past two months but that is because I haven't really had any news. The Write Stuff Conference is this weekend and I'm both nervous and very excited. Fingers crossed that I'll find an agent that is willing to take on my book while I'm there. I'll be posting an entree to let you all know how it went. As soon as I have any news about my book getting closer to being published, I'll let you know.

I have had some people ask me if I'll post the first chapter or an excerpt from DARK GUARDIAN, and I'm still thinking about it. I'm not going to do a whole chapter, but I might post a scene. The problem is that not everything is set in stone for the novel yet. I might change my mind about a scene or once I get a publisher they might me ask me to change it or take it out, so I am not sure. We'll see, I might do it.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Write Stuff Conference (Pre-Conference)

We are almost one month away from the Write Stuff Conference and I am so excited!! I am all registered and ready to go. I got into page cuts which I'm so happy about. Pages cuts is a limited workshop of 36 people. In this workshop they read the first page of your novel out loud and three people such as editors or agents critique it.

I also have an appointment with one of the agents that I am so excited to meet. She represents paranormal romances and is looking for new authors. I'm hoping that she will be willing to support my novel. Fingers crossed!!

Aside from her, I will be talking to several other agents about my novel. Last year when I went I had four agents interested in my work. Unfortunately they all have declined over this last year, but I have new hope for this year. I feel like my novel is finally ready to be published where as last year I wasn't so such. I'm determined to see DARK GUARDIAN  in bookstores even if I have to self-publish (If I do, it won't happen for a few years).

I have been working to get my manuscript in shape before I go to the conference. That way when they ask to see my novel I can email it to them the next day. Last year I wasn't that prepared, and I asked for time to work on it before I sent it to the agent, which she was fine with, but it would be nice to just be able to send it off. The conference is also a great time for me to learn new tools. I get to go to several workshops and learn how to become a better writer.

After the conference is over, I will let you all know how it went.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"I Don't Know What's Worth Fighting For..."

I know I haven't done this in a while and I apologize but here is this weeks song; Breaking the Habit by Linkin Park. This one goes on Richard's playlist and is a backstory song as I call it. It is a song that fits Richard before the novel starts. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Two Steps From Hell

As I have said before, I love to listen to music while I write. It inspires new ideas and keeps my imagination flowing. Besides music with lyrics I love to listen to instrumental music. One of my favorites is Two Steps From Hell. They are most famous for their trailer music. It is epic music and inspires me to write great scenes.
If you have never listen to them, search them on youtube. You will most likely fall in love with their music. It is hard not to. Some of my favorite songs are "Heart of Courage", "Intoxication", "Immortals", "Merchant Prince", "Wind Queen", "Promise", "Am I Not Human?", "What's Happening to Me?", and many more. I have a whole playlist I love to listen to. Anyway, that is all I have to say for now.



Here is one of my favorite songs by them:

Sunday, January 9, 2011

"You Stole My Happy, You Made Me Cry..."

Undo it by Carrie Underwood is this weeks song. It goes on Kara's playlist and it is about her ex-boyfriend. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Encouragement Quotes

Writing is a tough but fun job. Like anything else it can be hard to stay positive when you keep getting rejection after rejection. Over time, the more rejection letters you get, the easier it can become for it to roll off your shoulders and move onto the next agent. I haven't quite gotten to that point yet. It is still very hard for me to get a rejection letter. I think it will always be hard because my novel is my baby, but it will hopefully get easier. (So I have heard)

I used to be very negative when it came to my novel. I would walk around and say things like, "It is never going to get published" or "It will never do well and people will hate it". I have learned over time that it will get me nowhere, and it just makes me feel like crap. I now keep a positive attitude, and I do have faith that my novel will be published one day. I will see it in bookstores, and I have a strong feeling that people will love it!

Even though I stay positive almost all the time, I do have some moments where I started to feel bad and doubt that it is good and will be published. The way I get rid of those feelings is by reading some encouraging quotes. They always help me gain my positive attitude back. These are not famous quotes but they give me encouragement. Each one I have for a different reason.

Quotes:

“Every great wizard in history started out as nothing more than we are now, students. If they can do it, why not us?” ~Harry From Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix Movie.
(This one might seem weird to you. You might ask, "why does that give you encouragement?" Think about it this way, instead of wizard insert the word author or writer. Do see what I am getting at?)

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”  ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

“When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” ~Unknown

“Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.” ~Unknown

“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it." ~Debbi Fields

"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?" ~Robert Kennedy (I love this one!)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sleep Well, My Angel

This week's song is Sleep Well, My Angel by We Are The Fallen. They are another band I like to listen to while writing. They are also one of my favorite bands.


This songs goes on Richard's playlist because it would be from his POV (point of view). This song expresses his feelings from something in his past. Hope you enjoy it! It is a great song!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 2011!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope everyone has a great year!

I have great hope for this year. I believe that I will finally find a publisher for my novel. I hope to be closer to publication by the end of the year. Don't worry, I will be keeping you all updated. I can't wait for the Write Stuff Conference in March!