Friday, November 28, 2014

It's Another Sale

Happy 4 day weekend all!! At least I hope all of you are off for the weekend. When I had a "real" job, I didn't have this weekend off so if you're working I can relate. 

Well, if it's any consolation, you can still shop, that is if you do it on line. I hope that all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving and now look forward to Christmas or Hanukkah and plan to spend it surrounded by family and friends.  

In honor of shopping, and I don't mean Walmart, I'm having a sale on my books. I appreciate small business Saturday and since I'm a small business I thought I would join in - that and the fact that my birthday's coming up so I figured we could do a little celebrating!

So, starting this Saturday through next Saturday you can get Fable and Fated for 99 cents. They would make a great gift for anyone buying a kindle for Christmas. You can download the books on there as an added bonus.

I hope you take advantage of the sale and are still looking forward to Lore coming out soon.

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy the good food, the lights, and of course the shopping!

I'll see you back here next week! And don't forget my new blog at Djenworld

Love, Lisa

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

So the big dilemma of what to post today was finally remedied when I realized next week is Thanksgiving and I don't post again until Friday. 

Therefore Happy Thanksgiving to all my family, friends and supporters! 

I hope your day is filled with family, good food, football, and a wonderful nap! To me, there is nothing better than Thanksgiving. It's my favorite holiday for plenty of reasons, the main one being we celebrate having each other in our lives, instead of having to buy something. 

In my post I am listing all that I'm thankful for but most of all, to wish all of you a warm, wonderful holiday season!

1. Family - My Husband, children, grandchildren, Mom, and all my relatives near and far around the world! Oh, and my sweet Branch!

2. Good friends, old and new. You have all been so supportive and encouraging!

3. My home, and food for the table.

4. My husband's job.

5. My books, and the one's I am writing and plan to write in the future.

6. My fans that look forward to my next books and let me know that!

7. My new website and Heather who is designing it with great patience!

8. Living in the wonderful state of Colorado.

9. Getting to stay home to write and be there for my Mom.

10. The love I have from so many people. And I love them all back!

I am so grateful for my life and those in it. Thank you all for continuing with me on my journey with life and with writing. All of you mean the world to me!

Have a wonderful time next Thursday!

Love, Lisa

Friday, November 14, 2014

Latest Thoughts

Now that it's finally winter I can settle down and focus on writing more. When it's nice out we all want to play, but once that snow and cold hits we are forced to be inside more, and I'm taking full advantage.

Lore is moving along, but not at the pace I would like. Part of it is my lack of confidence at striking out on my own, and part is my foggy head sometimes. But I'm trying to move past my obstacles. 

Yes, we writers are as bad as most artistic people when it comes to self-esteem. We never think it's good enough and go over a chapter until we can't see straight any more. We need strokes to get us moving forward. So I've decided instead to revise a chapter twice, and then send it on to my critique partners. This way if it needs a lot of work, their fresh eyes will catch it and I can fix.

It's actually working out pretty good, although I have been fixing the critiques and sending the chapters back to them to go over one more time - just in case. I know, you're laughing at me, but hey, it works.

I have also decided to check out Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. I thought if I like the group I can start the critiques on Lineage with them, especially since I am half-way finished with Lore and they won't know the story.

My goal is to have both books out in 2015 - Lore by spring (at the latest) and Lineage in the Fall some time. We'll see if I can pull it off.

In the mean time my web designer and I have been working diligently on the website. There's been some issues, but it's almost finished. Now Heather is working on the interactive blog so it's more - well - interactive, and last will be more pictures for the gallery.

I look forward to getting the blog up. I really want to get to know my readers and fans. I think we could have some fun discussing the books and getting their input and ideas. Plus, I plan to use the site for all announcements and contests.

I hope to see more reader on there, since I rarely hear from them on this blog. I do plan to continue posting on this one but it will be used primarily for writing skills.

When you get a spare moment check out the website Djenworld You can read about Lore and Lineage and join in on the interactive blog.

Until next Friday, I hope your weekend is warm and fantastic. Take care and leave me a comment if your so inclined!

Love, Lisa

Friday, November 7, 2014

Secrets To World Building

So recently I received an email from one of my writing group friends who was struggling with world building and wanted to talk about it in our next meeting. I thought this would be a good subject to post about for those of you in the same boat.

World building is a difficult process and one that you continually learn new ways to accomplish it successfully. I discussed on here in the past about the importance of planning your book and this is especially important when you are creating a whole new world.

I believe the first thing you should do is sit down with a notebook and write what this world is going to be like, at least an idea of the basics

1. Who are the characters and what are their roles?

2. What type of people are they? Do you have different magical races or powers?

3. Build on their character traits - give them personalities.

4. What type of powers do they have, if they have powers.

5. With powers, they need to be consistent. You can't add a sudden power unless you've built up that this could happen.

6. What does this world look like? Is it more of a Sci-fi scene, or more epic fantasy?

7. Are there monsters? Dragons?

8. Is there a certain relic that creates a quest?

9. Who are the leaders of this world and what are their laws?

10. Is this on another planet? Is it in another time?

11. What is the basic infrastructure? Such as , what do they eat? Wear? Religion?

12. Last but not least, invent a history of this world.

Once you have figured out the basics of your world, then you will move onto the next step.

1. Create an outline for each chapter. Maybe do the first 5 to get started.

2. Create a graph of important events and details as you move along.

3. Create a character outline that you continually build on, like you are actually creating a person(s).

4. And finally, use your imagination - no holds bar.

It is good to know what is basically going to happen in the end, even if it's several books away in a series. This does keep you in line of how the story is going to go and keeps you moving it forward instead of stalling.

Remember you will need to touch on basic necessities, such as where do they go to the bathroom? How do they bathe, ect... How do they pray and who are their Gods? What about sex? Do they have it out of wed-lock? Do they have marriage? What about alcohol? Drugs? Herbs? 

There is so much to figure out and some of it you might decide on as you write, but just remember to keep it consistent throughout the book(s). 

So good luck with building your world. Take it one day at a time and keep track.

See you back here next week!

Love, Lisa