To be honest, I wasn’t that excited about the Oscars this year.
Aside from Great Gatsby and Frozen, I haven’t seen any of the nominations. So for me it wasn’t that big of a deal. I was very happy however that Ellen hosted, she is so awesome!
And if you are like me, you are probably sick of seeing this picture lol.
I’m glad people looked like they were having fun. I might catch some of the highlights on YouTube.
But to be honest, ever since my current WIP In Need of Direction (out 2015) I can’t watch the Oscars without sobbing. Can’t tell you why, spoilers, but it’s very moving for me. Thanks Charlie, thanks.
My biggest disappointment was that Great Gatsby didn’t win more. Leo totally deserved it. Next time, Leo, next time.
Did your favorite movie win? What did you think about Ellen’s hosting? Who was your favorite star?
Post in the comments below what you guys thought about Hollywood’s big night
As promised, here is my contribution to #SteampunkHands month long world wide Steampunk event!
This event has been a lot of fun though, I hope Airship Ambassador makes this into an annual tradition! Thanks for letting me be apart of it!
The book I reviewed is Railroad! By Tonia Brown and it was overall very good. I give it 4 out of 5 stars!
This book is by SWAG author Tonyia Brown. I really, really liked this book! Dodger is a great main character and he ventures into this strange wild western Steampunk World. Dodger has a heart of gold with a deep history that makes you want to read more. The campiness of the book was a lot of fun and had an interesting cast of characters plus a twist I didn’t see coming. It had a lot of room for improvement in regard to editing. Not so much typos as much as repeating points, bogging down action and some scenes were dragging. But that aside, I really enjoyed this book.
Fans of Back to the Future Two, Firefly and the Wild Wild West show need to check out this novel!
What really impressed me the most was that it was part of a web series. So, like, the audience kind of wrote it type of book. It was based on a roleplaying type community and Tonyia put it together in a book format. I think that concept is really cool!
Here is a full video review but I would totally recommend this to anyone who likes action, gadgets, and adventure western novels, and it’s a must read for fans of Steampunk! Below is my full book-tube review:
Check out SWAG: http://steampunkwriters.ning.com/
Check out the Steampunk Hands Around the World:http://bit.ly/1cWDEXw
Check out the book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1cWDwYa
More about the author Tonyia Brown and the web series: http://bit.ly/1cWI7JW
I found in February that I am completely worthless as a writer without a deadline. I had a short story to compose in collaboration with a Doctor Who group, the project is for charity and very exciting. I had never done a collaboration project before, so I was in.
Originally I thought the deadline was BY March, and thought – okay, one month for a short story. I can do this. It’s about the Doctor, how could anything go wrong? Well half way into the month I was panicking. I thought WHY does February have to be the SHORTEST month of the year? Because, I had some couple of other agreements I committed to writing-wise as well for the Steampunk event. Which, yikes, I still haven’t finished.
And then I find out that I had it completely wrong. The deadline for the Doctor Who story was at the END of the month, not at the start. This lesson, while at first I was annoyed to discover I had misread the details, taught me one very important thing:
LOVE THE DEADLINE
Yes, if I spent more time loving the deadline, as it gave my wild muse some kind of structure, instead of fearing it – I would have spent less time worrying about it, and more time writing. Or at the very least more time THINKING about the story. If I learned earlier to love the deadline, it wouldn’t have annoyed me so much that I crammed 10,000 words in three weeks was no reason to panic.
5 tips I learned about loving the deadline:
1. Don’t panic. Douglas Adams’ best advice to me applies to most things in life. I learned panic makes people do stupid things. So, don’t.
2. Remember why it’s a good thing. Remembering why we have deadlines in the first place: to keep things on track, is a calming thought.
3. GIVE yourself PERMISSION to procrastinate. If you’re like me, as a writer, I cannot stay focused 100%. Allow yourself some TV or movie time, break time, hanging out with family and friends. Just know you also have that story to finish when you come back from your break.
4. SLEEP – or try to. I haven’t mastered this one yet. But I hear it’s good for most people.
5. Celebrate – you did it! When you make your deadline, pat yourself on the back. Grab a special brew of coffee or treat yourself to a chocolate. You earned it!
Now, get started on editing
HOW DO YOU ACCOMPLISH DEADLINES?
Got any tips I missed? Share in the comments below
Hope everyone enjoys the rest of February! Happy writing!
Hello and welcome to another week in February!
It’s been an exciting month full of Steampunk wonderment with the Hands Around the World Project.
And because of my involvement with said project, I was able to connect with a lovely fellow blogger and writer Bia Helvetti. You should swing by her colorful blog here if you are also a fan of Steampunk: http://childoftheisland.com/about/
I was among good company for the “award ceremony” which can be found here: http://childoftheisland.com/2014/02/11/sharing-the-love/
And the award I won is the Versatile Award! She thought my blog had a lot of nifty stuff in a lot of variety so she honored me! Thank you Ms. Bia!
Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @BiaHelvetti
Thank you again, Ms. Bia! Welcome to the community of LMC!
Have you guys been participating in the Steampunk event this month? I’ve been busy away at it myself Share in the comments if you have!
Welcome back to Life, Muse Coffee.
Yes, I know it’s a bit late but I’m too excited to share to wait until morning! Plus, I have a busy morning with interviews and what-not. So, without further ranting, here is the big news! I’ll let video-me explain down below:
So basically for the next month I will be doing what I can for this awesome cause. To bring Steampunk fans from all over the world together as one awesome community! I can’t think of anything else that would be as epic.
So stay tuned for Steampunk book reviews, reblogs and Steampunk poems from yours truly!
How do YOU celebrate the great art of Steampunk?
Hope everyone’s Friday is chillax-worthy. It might be a bit odd to introduce a new project at the end of the week (is it, is it really?), but the idea hit me last night. And it’s the kind of idea that got me all bubbly and excited and unsleep-ness. Because you know, great ideas only happen at night, when you ought to be getting ready for sleepy time.
Regardless, here is the idea. I know it might not be too terrific, but I’m excited about it, and that’s what counts. After all, it’s my blog. I can party if I want to. Or, drink coffee if I want to. I decided it’s time to put the “coffee” in “Life, Muse and Coffee”.
So here it is: The Last Drop Project.
Wherein I will post a picture of the bottom of my coffee cup after the last drop of my last cup of coffee every day. Or just about every day. But it won’t be about the coffee or the mug. It’ll be how I’m feeling that day while I consumed coffee, what I was working on, and what I kind of coffee I was enjoying, and if I recommend that coffee or not.
The goal of this semi-artistic project is to create an interesting scene outside the focus of the coffee mug. Because by trying to make an interesting background for each picture, hopefully will make my life a little bit more interesting, one cup of coffee at a time. It’ll also be a neato way for me to keep track of my writing progress and speed via keeping track of the cup of coffee.
So here we go, the first #LDP #Project:
As you can see, more than just coffee. I chose the card for the backdrop to remind myself to mail a friend’s b-day card, and the stapler….just because
Coffee: Obsidian by Caribou (K-Cup)
Working on: Social Media and Job Hunting things
Feeling: Tired, wasn’t able to sleep because of coyotes last night and excited for new project ideas.
So that’s it. I welcome everyone to join me in making their own documentary of the coffee/tea they drink each day that helps them get through. It’s a different kind of art documentary!
EDIT: This will be posted on Tumblr to save space on my blog, so follow me there!
Greetings everyone! I have been a busy writer lately. Not only have I been busy as an active job-hunter, but I have finished re-writing my Time and Heart series into a more action-packed and now will be a series of stand-alone instead of a series-series. But this is more about the writing itself, because I have discovered a handy trick while writing.
Now, this might be an old hat to some Windows users, but I found this simple trick easy on the eyes which made it more of a clean-slate interface so I don’t become so easily distracted.
If you are like me, anything out of sight is out of mind. And if it’s in sight, it’s very distracting.
I used to love the little taskbar on the bottom (or wherever you tuck it away) of the window screen. It used to make me feel so productive seeing how many applications I had in the background. I loved how I could pause Spotify by hovering over the window, or click on the Chrome icon when I had to search for a better word or scan on Wikipedia.
But the problem with having it so easily accessible was I found it very distracting. If I was staring at the Chrome button, I was more prone to click on it instead of focusing on writing. Even the big ol’ clock was distracting. So I decided to ditch it.
How to remove the toolbar:
Right click on the taskbar and hit properties. Make sure auto-hide task bar is clicked and hit okay. When you hover over where the task bar used to be, it’ll be there when you need it, and out of your way when you don’t (i.e. when you’re writing!)
Now I have a wider based window to work with, and it surprised me how faster I have been working. I know it is probably a silly thing, it shouldn’t make such a difference – but I think it has to do deal with I feel more organized. Not seeing “clutter” on my screen helps relax the muse, focus less on Facebook and Spotify and JUST WRITE.
And here is result:
Simple, clean, and productive. That’s what I found makes me a happy writer. Aside from lots of coffee, of course!
Hope you cool cats have been busy writing away too! What tools are your favorite for writing? Comment below to share your writing space needs
#ebook #sale #specialprice for fall! .99 cents for #YA #scifi #steampunk #timetravel #adventure Time and Heart!
So the bad news: it’s Monday. Apologies about that.
The good news: Starting today, my book is on sale for .99 cents, woop!
You get a jam-packed adventure novel for the price of five lives on Candy Crush. Can’t beat that, I don’t think. The sale lasts from now until December.
Why, you ask, is the sale lasting so long?
Because Fall is my favorite season ever, so to celebrate, I’m giving YOU a present Yes, yes I am nice…thank you!
NOW CHECK THIS OUT:
Where can I buy the book? Good question! Check out the linkage below:
And above all….ENJOY, HAVE FUN and DON’T LET MONDAY GET YOU DOWN!
So three weeks ago I found out my position at the coffee manufacturer place I was looking at was eliminated. So I decided to move with my parents to Greenville, SC. So now I’m once again an unemployed writer. Not fun, I assure you.
However, I’m very excited for meeting new people and finding the job opportunities to be a little more than in Chicago, so I’m hopeful.
I hope to do more exploring of the downtown. And I hope to move to the downtown area because it’s just so cute. Not as big as what I’m used to in Chicago, of course, and I’ll miss the hot dogs of Chicago…but Greenville has a lot to offer too.
SO not used to nature. Getting bitten a lot so that is not fun. But it might do me good to prepare for being on Survivor, which is still a dream of mine
Anywho, a new chapter of life. Let’s begin, shall we?
How is everyone else doing? What projects are you working on? Are you ready for fall?
About the photo: Photo I had taken at the Farmers Market on Main Street, Greenville. It was a great time
Finally, after a long wait by very patient (or not so patient) readers, Tears of War, the highly anticipated sequel to the award winning Embers at Galdrilene is here!
“Old things come again and new things surface.”
Faced with a looming war, the riders have no choice but to leave the safety of Galdrilene and reach out to the nations for help. But the Shadow Riders too are reaching out and not all nations are opposed to their rule.
New discoveries are made, old wounds are reopened and betrayal hides among welcoming smiles.
As one nation begins to unravel it’s clear that some choices, even those made with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences.
Grab your copy in either e-book or paperback today! And don’t forget to come on over to the Facebook release event between 7pm and 10pm CST for a chance to win a free e-book copy of Tears of War.
Follow the link below to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win one of two sets of the first two books in the Dragon’s Call series in paperback!