Way back in October I introduced Project Blackford, my super secret foray into the shared universe of some well known, well respected, and award winning authors. Much to my astonishment, I found I wanted to keep most of the information to myself.
My self esteem is just a bit more fragile than I realized. I didn’t want to announce what I was doing for fear of failure, I mean, what if they didn’t like it? What if I made a big deal about writing a story for them and it just didn’t make the final cut?
Why don’t I stop whining and build some excitement instead?
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Today is the release day for Dawn’s Early Light, the third novel in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. This novel is a road trip!
In brief, Books and Braun are sent across the pond to consult with agents of The Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical regarding a case of missing airships and run across my favorite set of villains, the House of Usher! From there a madcap adventure ensues, providing all the fun, gadgetry, and derring-do of the previous novels. There are cameos galore, the Ministry’s version of ‘Q-Branch,’ steam powered cars, pop culture Easter Eggs, and a surprising twist at the end.
Saddle up, and be forewarned; spoilers abound!
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That’s how many days I had consecutively written more than 250 words per day. 242. And then, I fell down. (Figuratively, of course. I didn’t break anything but my pride.)
Seriously, I didn’t think it was that big a deal until I failed to do it, and once I stopped it took 12 days to start again. Unbelievable!
Funny thing, when I looked at the breadth of my writing over the past 242 days, the majority of it really didn’t amount to anything; almost as if I had been marking time.
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Books and Braun are back for another rollicking adventure, beginning this time on the Outer Banks! Dawn’s Early Light is the third installment in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris.
Pip and Tee are prolific authors, podcasters, lecturers, and social media mavens. They are also a great deal of fun to be around. It’s a lot like being in the The Thin Man. They have a great dynamic and an infectious sort of fun that translates well in their writing.
I recently caught up with them on their blog tour for Dawn’s Early Light, and asked them about the new book, how the series has transformed since the first novel, and how their working relationship has changed. Continue reading Dawn’s Early Light: Now, It’s a Party! »
I was on Facebook the other day (yes, *instead* of writing) and came across this survey: What music do you listen to when you write? As you can imagine, the answers were all over the place, and the comments were as well. One comment in particular stuck with me: “I don’t listen to music. It occupies the creative centers of the brain and prevents me from writing.”
Huh. Weird, right? I had always been under the impression that listening to music served as a focus. Unless it was music with lyrics. At that point, I’ll start singing along and the kids will come in and tell me to stop torturing squirrels, it’s too loud, the neighbors are beginning to complain, and the police have been called. I really don’t understand why; I have a beautiful singing voice.
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