Here's the TL:DR version:
Due to the extensive crossovers I plan for my various series as part of an interconnected world, I'm planning to self-publish. (Thus avoiding messy legal entanglements.)
Since crossovers take planning and I don't want to do too many awkward retcons, I'm doing a "publishing freeze" and focusing instead on writing as many of these manuscripts as possible before rapid-releasing.
I'm also significantly burnt out right now and need a breather. (Motherhood is amazing, but babies need attention.)
What does this mean? It means you won't see my books on shelves for a while (years) and I'm going to be less active on social media while I do all the behind-the-scenes that I need to do. It also means I'm discontinuing my Plan With Me series for the moment while I restructure.
I DO still have ideas for engaging at a moderate pace, so stay tuned for that information!
Who's going to be the most in-the-know? The people getting my email newsletter and Patreon supporters!
Welcome to my process video for my February 2021 author bullet journal spread!
Last month (January 2021), my theme was Antsi the fire squirrel from my science fantasy duology Cursed Hands. These are the finished pages from that month. As you can see, I didn't use my calendar to the best of its abilities, something that I plan to fix in my February calendar.
In this blog post: I've started a writing bullet journal for planning my novels and content. Video of the set-up process and lots of pictures.
Hey, welcome to my FIRST EVER writing journal/planner spread. If you are new, or just don't know this about me, I love bullet journaling (click here to learn more about bullet journaling) and have been experimenting with it since January 2018.
When the Dead Guy Doesn't Stay Dead
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I love a good trope, but sometimes they're overused to the point where they lose their emotional impact.
Join me in this discussion on what happens when the dead guy doesn't stay dead.
Three Tropes I Love
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What are your favorite story tropes?
This week, I talk about three of my favorites and why I think they'll never get old to readers: the chosen one trope, the adventuring party trope, and the quest trope.
Scroll down to read the blog post or watch the video below!
Accents in Fiction
How do accents influence our subconscious expectations for fictional characters? Join me today as I discuss how different types of accents signal certain stereotypes to readers and viewers, and how this trend might keep us from exploring broader possibilities. Scroll down to read the blog, or watch the video!
There tend to be two main types of villains: the type of villain that is Just Plain Bad, like the rats in Redwall or the orcs in Lord of the Rings. Then there's the complex, potentially redeemable villains, like Darth Vader in Star Wars or Loki in the Marvel Universe. Watch the video below or scroll down to read the blog post for my discussion!
The Power of Food in Fiction
Did you know that fictional foods have inspired real-life recipes and cookbooks? Join me as I talk about why food is such an important part of world-building and share about some of my favorite fiction-inspired foods.
Why Book Reviews Matter
Do book reviews really matter? Yes! Both to readers and to writers, book reviews help spread the word and share the love of reading. In this episode, I share my experiences (and rules) as a book reviewer and share about the video that gained me over 100,000 views in just a few years!
I'm a Creator on Patreon!
For the last year, I’ve wanted to find a way to connect more deeply with fellow Fiction Like Fire fans and be able to offer more opportunities for you all to interact with my creative process. In the past, when I wrote episodic adventures with choices that the readers guided along each step of the way, I learned that you all have FANTASTIC ideas! And I want more of them!
When a friend suggested Patreon to me, it all clicked.
Patreon is a way that invested readers get more from the creator. And, as the creator, it’s easier to give back to my readers with exclusive content when I know they’re as excited and committed as I am. For as little as $1 a month, Fiction Like Fire fans can access exclusive snippets of my works-in-progress, plus patron-only messages, polls, and other content.
Here’s some of what my supporters can look forward to:
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Because of my obsession with phoenixes, I especially enjoyed naming each support tier after a fire-bird:
I write YA/adult fantasy & sci-fi that explores fantastic and interconnected worlds, with stories that burn through the darkest realities with hope and redemption.
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