There is a new interview out on Author Shout. I am posting the link and the introduction to the interview:
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine or do you have any weird, funny, or unusual habits while writing and what are they?
I have a full time job so writing is rather sporadic for me. I am either in the editing process or the writing process but due to time rarely do both. When writing, I set a minimum word goal of 1000 on work days and 4000 on days off. I usually write in the mornings though have also written during my lunch break at work.
When in edit, I do a chapter a day. I will probably pass over it at least five times with the last two read aloud. Much to my family’s distress, I do this backwards. I do one paragraph at a time in the last two passes but I go backwards pulling the paragraph out from the chapter.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes, I think everyone does now and then. There are several things I have done to break this barrier. I have gone to a writing forum and just participated in the discussion. I have read instead. You HAVE to read to be able to write. It is just the way it is. I have also got out my world notes and just worked on further development.
At reader request, this is Mesiande's story. Please note that while I am proofing, this blog version of Outcast has not gone through much in the way of editing. Enjoy the following tale after the jump.
“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
Above is what every writer dreams. Yes, it is true... Most want to make a name, know our work is read. But I would take inspiring a dream, bringing some one back from the edge of a precipice any day. Do not let anyone ever tell you there is not magic in the world. As long as there are dragons, unicorns and leprechauns, there will be magic. You just have to whisper... "I believe."
All right, where to start. Well as many of you know, Keensight found out that Farloft was being allowed on social meeting and refused to be outdone. It took some doing to create a headset for a large dragon but as many of you saw, he has now entered the scene. All three books, that are out right now, are in production for audio books. They will be available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes. I am very excited. So let me introduce two of the newest working with us at Dragons' Geas. For the Children's books, may I introduce Valerie Gilbert. Valerie is a native New Yorker. In addition to narrating works for others, she has also written and produced her own works. These include: Raving Violet and Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion (Raving Violet). She has a great blog at: http://ravingvioletvalerie.blogspot.com/ As an audible approved producer, Valerie comes highly recommended. She has recorded 24 ACX titles, done character work for stage and voiceovers for TV and film. She also placed in the Moth storytelling competition. We are looking forward to working with her. For our adult work, Outcast, I would like to introduce Paul Woodson also from New York. Also an Actor , he has a penchant for travel, history, science fiction, and the outdoors. Classically trained in Acting at Boston University, Paul has been a New York City actor, singer, musician, and self-taught audio technician for nearly 20 years, performing in everything from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre to Opera. He has always been a fan of classical literature, science fiction, travelogues, and many other styles of writing, perhaps rooted in his upbringing (his father Dennis Woodson was a Fulbright Scholar in English Lit. at Cambridge). A personal achievement for Paul was the conception and performance of a staged version of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's MAUD as a 2-person drama using the full text of Tennyson's epic poem, in which Paul performed 95% of the text. We look forward to adding both of these wonderful narrators to our team and look forward to future endeavors with both of them.
Please welcome Keensight. I finally managed to set up dragon speak for him... ironic that...since his talons are too big for my keyboard. I am allowing him to post on my blog in his first internet appearance.
Hello and Good Day Fine Humans and Fellow Dragons. I have chosen to personally respond to my fellow dragon, Farloft, in his recent musings. Find his post at Farloft's Rhetoric. As Cheri recently learned and placed into her novel, I first made a human friend when I had moved to eat him and he began to tell me the reasons I should not. This swift thinking fellow started with how he would stick in my throat and went on to all manner of digestive issues that I might encounter. It was so amusing that I did not eat him and in his short life span, we were fast friends. But I would challenge that humans are faithful. It is an inclusive statement. Some humans are faithful such as Theresa or Cheri. However, I have had others attempt to garner my friendship just to see my treasure bed and then I have found them stealing from it. Not all humans are faithful. One must be discerning. I would agree with the concept of formidable. Cheri came to my cave at least forty times demanding my stories and tales and would not stop her caterwauling outside my cave until I gave in. I will point out I did not eat her at first because I have never forgotten Henrick's complete description of what would befall me should I ingest a human. I may bite but I never swallow. I would also agree with fleeting and fun. Other than the fact she does not supply me goats as I have requested for my visits and continues to make me these weird dishes of leaves and plants, I have found having Cheri a great deal of fun. But each time I blink, she moves on in her short life. She was with child, then children and now she has grandchildren. I do not threaten to eat them however. I am fairly certain if I did, Cheri would EAT me! I do let them crawl upon me and tug my nostrils to see where the smoke comes from. Let me make very clear my new friend, I will NEVER let her put a bonnet on me. She may sit upon my back. She may paint my wings with dots while I am sleeping, (she did this and called me her giant lady bug) but I will never wear a bonnet for her. Speaking of painting my wings.... that took weeks to get rid of. I had to hide for what self respecting dragon wears dots?? I challenge you to consider, that maybe fun is unique to the human and dragon. And should you ever bring a bonnet... to tea or dinner... I assure you our words will not be this playful banter. Our humans, though, they move through life so swift and frantic. I fear I will miss it. Let us both keep them close lest we miss a moment of their wondrous creative lives.
Dragon habitats are as varied as there are dragons. Most people just assume that they have a cave and often this is the case. However, there are definitely some preferences and variations. Like people, not all dragons want raise their fledglings in the same environments. Of course, exploration of these habitats are dangerous and therefore most of what we know are from abandoned nests.
Black Dragons are slightly more wiry than their larger cousins. Due to this, they often find holes in the ground that cannot be really classified as caves. However, they have no qualms in taking over an abandoned cave. They prefer dark recesses where they can blend in and their spaces are often tighter then many of their kin.
Blue Dragons usually find natural caves that can be reached from underwater but have an air space within. They often will also choose sea side caves hard to reach due to the tides and crashing water. They prefer wet caverns as they often incubate their eggs in warmed water.
Bronze Dragons almost always dig their own caverns and these are as varied as the dragon. They may have winding corridors to their nest, organized rooms or even one large cathedral like space.
Green Dragons do not like caves at all. They will usually choose natural crevices that are hard to reach except by flight but never one with a roof. They do not mind the rain and will migrate to avoid the snows. They are most comfortable in mossy and heavily wooded areas.
Gold Dragon - Unknown at this time. No known nest or cave has been found.
Red Dragons are your typical dragon. They like caves and often have them close to areas of natural warmth. They tend to live in areas without snow. However, if the cave is deep enough to maintain a year around tempature, they have been found that far north.
Silver Dragons like to take over fallen cities, old castles and other such shrines. They redecorate making their nest an area of beauty, serenity and peace. They can also be found behind waterfalls if the area behind is dry enough.
White Dragons prefer sea facing caves hollowed out from icebergs or glaciers. Their caves are made by their own efforts and are often marvels of sparkling ice and sculpture. Rare is the ice dragon that has not created an ice scape that draws the eyes. This can be dangerous if you are staring at their surroundings if they are hungry.