I don't actively seek out resources every day for help with my writing. Sometimes I trip over them while scrolling through Instagram or facebook. I happened to faceplant on a gem of a class: How To Write A Fantasy Novel - Online Master Class. I can't find a link on their webpage so it might've been a particular ad for Instagram. Read on to find out about other resources offered by the same folks. (No. I'm not being paid for mentioning them or sharing their links.)
I have a lot to catch up here on the blog. Five days of challenges have flown by. It's funny how holidays throw off the schedule so badly for me. But then again, any change in my normal routine is detrimental for my weirdly wired brain. So I'm forcing myself back into the routine again. I apologize for the photo flood. It's going to be rough for those with slow internet.
I have to confess to some major dragging of the feet on this challenge. There's a reason I write fantasy books. I'm trying to steer clear of the 'real world' for a little while. But once I got started, I found out some really interesting things.
This week, the weather has been a little more interesting than the last few. We're getting some rain now and goodness knows we need it. It's been humid but the rain keeps going around our area. There's a bayou we cross on our way to church. It's got a small dam in it and when we're getting enough rain, you can't see the little barrier. Lately, it's been showing far too long. Scum is building up on the surface of the water it holds back.
I'm looking forward to the storms they are predicting for this week. Hopefully, they'll cool things off a little. Our whole family went through the courses to become advanced certified storm spotters. For probably a year, there's been nothing in our area of note -- just the normal sort of rain shower. I guess that's probably a good thing economically. It's just a bad thing for people like my husband who have a passion for storm photography. Last night was the first close thunderstorm and we're hoping more will follow over the weekend. I'll share a photo at the end of a cell I snapped a shot of two days ago. (It dissipated before it got to us.)
So if you wondered what an author does besides writing... This particular author does a lot of things. How could there be the possibility of writing well otherwise? LOL On to the challenge!
To start today's post off, I should probably give you a little more info about my background. I grew up on Bible stories, fairy tales, Mother Goose, and Aesop's Fables. My parents listened to classic country music and gospel music, as well as a little bluegrass, which meant that's what I listened to. Wanna know more?
#MayLitWrit Day 21 - Comic Relief vs Tension
I don't write much humor. If there are any funny parts in my stories, they show up unexpectedly. My personal sense humor is kind of hard to get at times. I tend to write more moments of tension. I think that's probably because generally I have a more serious nature.
In The Know...
The posts this week will probably be pretty short. I'm working on a joint community service project with some of the ladies from my church. It doesn't involve writing but it will take a good portion of my time. I'm just so happy for the opportunity to use my abilities and surplus to give to someone who has a genuine need. If you don't already volunteer, I highly encourage you to find an area you are passionate about to get involved. You'll be surprised how much encouragement and joy you gain from helping others.
The weekend challenges brought out one of my favorite topics and also my least favorite type of challenge. I'm no judge of books if you go by the critics because I invariably choose books they won't even touch. :/ This makes it difficult for me to pitch my own book. What appeals to me rarely appeals to the masses.
It's also why I chose to self-publish. I don't know how long it would take to find a publisher who would see the potential in my work and I don't want to take the time or lash my soul more often than I need to with constant rejections. My skin's pretty thick after all these years, but I'm also soul-weary. On most days, I'm just too tired to fight after I've poured all my energy and effort into my work.
I spent the better part of yesterday blogging and making a quiz on Quotev. You don't really think about all the time it takes to do these "little" things until you're actually doing them. Then, poof! The day is suddenly gone. My oldest daughter has been encouraging me to create a quiz related to "Ripples" and I finally decided to do it. I love taking personality quizzes and answering trivia questions. When more people have read my book or when I have more than one book published, I'll create a trivia quiz or two. Until then, I'll just keep doing personality quizzes. It's all in fun anyway. Keep reading to see how I answered yesterday's challenge and get the link to the quiz.
I was editing my bio here on the website yesterday and I know how to spell "whole-heartedly." <.< Or at least, I thought I did. It's actually not hyphenated. XD Much to my surprise there are a long list of words to add to the Hall of Ridiculosity that's buried somewhere in my head. Read on to see the craziness and hear about my favorite places to read.
I was busy yesterday. No idle hands here! I'd been toying with a marketing idea for a while and I finally decided to just go ahead and jump in. I'll tell you more after the challenge photo. :)
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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