Wednesday, May 6, 2015

IWSG and A to Z Challenge Reflections, The Future of The Cosmic Laire, and The New Trailer for Remake!

Need A Little Support?
Welcome back! So much has gone on that I'm having a difficult time pinpointing where to start. Good thing it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day, brought to you by the brainchild of this group, Alex J. Cavanaugh. I'll get to what's been making me insecure later. There's something I'd like to say about last month's A to Z Challenge first.

A few things occurred that kept me from participating in the challenge more than I could. Even so, I visited a lot of new blogs, made some new connections, got new members, and spread the word for my novel in a way that didn't come off as a constant promotion. Some of you said something to that extent in the comments of my Z post. In truth, I just wanted to share in any way I could, and I thank Al Diaz again for making it happen. It's only fitting to officially end the challenge by giving Tina Downey's family a free copy of Woven. It's in the mail.

Congratulations to all who joined in the challenge. You deserve it!

Now to the Insecurities: I won't lie. April was rough. The A to Z Challenge was amazing, and I literally had some Woven or author related event every weekend, but I took more emotional and financial hits than I was prepared to take. But more than that, I hopped on the keyboard this morning to blog and realized, I'm not sure what I'm doing with this blog. And you would be surprised by how many ARC review requests I've received in the last month. Due to time, I turned down most of them. I'm facing the reality of being a published author, which, from my perspective, is far different than what I imagined as a teen. So long as it doesn't interfere with my work and family, writing has to take priority, meaning I must cut things so I have more time.

To see how it works, I'm cutting back on blogging--maybe two posts a month. I'd rather have something of quality for you than something thrown together to reach a quota. Something engaging to readers and writers than reviews, of which I am only doing blurbs for books now. Maybe then I'll know exactly what I want to do with this blog.

I'm in a period of transition. I thank you for your ongoing support.

Are transitions rough for you? What have you done to get over that slump? Did you participate in last month's A to Z Challenge?

I'm David, and this trailer for Ilima Todd's Remake is amazing!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The WOVEN A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zack!

I dedicate this A to Z Challenge to Tina Downey, one of the A to Z Challenge founders and one of the brightest bloggers who sadly left us last year. Harder still, she was in a secret support group that I'm part of. The best way I can honor Tina, who was excited about and never had the opportunity to read my debut, I've teamed up with Father Dragon to present short bios and character portraits from Woven. I'll write the bios and all art is created by Al Diaz. I hope you enjoy this visual tribute to our friend, Tina.

Tassin is presenting us with this final piece. And while we don't have a character with a name that starts with Z, we do have an editor...

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Z is for Zack

Zack Clark is an Associate Editor at Scholastic, where he works primarily on fun, fast, MG and YA adventures. Along with Woven, he’s edited the multiplatform series, Spirit Animals, wrote the online companion game, and edited the 2011 re-launch of the first eight books in the Animorphs series. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his adorable bat-eared dog Zoey, and enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons about as much as Zoey enjoys eating his dice.

To learn more about Woven, please visit Wovenbook.com

That's a wrap! We survived the Challenge! I think a round of applause is in order for Al Diaz and everyone who stuck with the challenge this month. Extra points to those who came back often. Thank you for visiting. Al, Michael and myself hope you enjoyed this challenge.

The Cosmic Laire will return on May 6th. See you then!

I'm David, and "Woven is vast, clever, and full of twists..."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The WOVEN A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yalva!

I dedicate this A to Z Challenge to Tina Downey, one of the A to Z Challenge founders and one of the brightest bloggers who sadly left us last year. Harder still, she was in a secret support group that I'm part of. The best way I can honor Tina, who was excited about and never had the opportunity to read my debut, I've teamed up with Father Dragon to present short bios and character portraits from Woven. I'll write the bios and all art is created by Al Diaz. I hope you enjoy this visual tribute to our friend, Tina.

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Y is for Yalva

The father of King Lennart, remembered by many as a benevolent monarch, Yalva met an untimely death years ago. His son's reluctance to uphold the throne has caused Yalva to remain as a ghost in the kingdom, a ghost that no one has seen for decades. If only his son (or Princess Tyra, his granddaughter) would take his mantle and rule Avërand with honor, Yalva's ghost will finally be able to move on.

Tomorrow: Z is for Zack

To learn more about Woven, please visit Wovenbook.com

I'm David, and "she can help you, but only if you protect her."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The WOVEN A to Z Challenge: X is for The Ax!

I dedicate this A to Z Challenge to Tina Downey, one of the A to Z Challenge founders and one of the brightest bloggers who sadly left us last year. Harder still, she was in a secret support group that I'm part of. The best way I can honor Tina, who was excited about and never had the opportunity to read my debut, I've teamed up with Father Dragon to present short bios and character portraits from Woven. I'll write the bios and all art is created by Al Diaz. I hope you enjoy this visual tribute to our friend, Tina.

This next entry is a bit of a cheat. This is the letter X, after all. And who better to complement us with a cheat than Tassin the dwarf?

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X is for The aX

A useful tool for cutting down trees and chopping up wood, Axes have served the people of Avërand well for hundreds of years. Sometimes they get dull or rusty, much like Nels's before he sneaked his way to the festival. But in the wrong hands, an ax could be used for a more nefarious purpose. No one could've expected that the fate of Nels will be forever changed by bringing a new ax home from the festival...
 
Tomorrow: Y is for Yalva

To learn more about Woven, please visit Wovenbook.com  

I'm David, and "he needed a new ax anyway."

Monday, April 27, 2015

The WOVEN A to Z Challenge: W is for Wallin!

I dedicate this A to Z Challenge to Tina Downey, one of the A to Z Challenge founders and one of the brightest bloggers who sadly left us last year. Harder still, she was in a secret support group that I'm part of. The best way I can honor Tina, who was excited about and never had the opportunity to read my debut, I've teamed up with Father Dragon to present short bios and character portraits from Woven. I'll write the bios and all art is created by Al Diaz. I hope you enjoy this visual tribute to our friend, Tina.

This is it, the final stretch of the A to Z Challenge. Let's do this!

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W is for Wallin

A sturdy and dependable lad, Wallin is one of Nels's friends and his most frequent sparing companion. With tousled red hair and green eyes, Wallin is one of cobblestown's most competitively minded youth, who also shares the dream of being selected as a knight's squire. Quick to tease and unwilling to give up, you can't go far without him cracking a joke or out eating others in a meatball eating contest.
 
Tomorrow: X is for The Ax

To learn more about Woven, please visit wovenbook.com

I'm David, and "you owe me a rematch."