Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Liebster Blog Award: Something to Blog About

You all will never guess what happened to me while I was innocently working away at my real job yesterday.

Oh, you read the title of this post? Well then, never mind.

T. A. Miles has shown me the Lieb. And consequently, eleven others as well. I'm afraid that I cannot boast her number of blogmates, (at least not ones separate of hers) so I am going to start by saying that right off the bat, I'm breaking one rule: I'm only going to be nominating three people to carry this on.

People, know I don't sit here expectantly, awaiting your undying gratitude and enthusiasm to carry this on, but my resources are almost nil. It's not because I'm anti-social, it's that I'm non-social. And it's not that I live under a rock, it's that I'm encased in petrified obligations to life that prevent me from getting to know others in the blogosphere. So I have shamelessly drawn from authors whose books I've reviewed in Reviews in Word. At least one of you probably still hate me, and I'm sorry.  In fact, I don't actually know any of you. So, I'm sorry, but I'm putting your name at the end of this post. Do with it what you will.

I will reveal those persons at the end of this post. Now I see that it's customary for the awarded to post a copy of the rules, so without further ado...

1. List eleven random facts about me.
2. Nominate eleven bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award.
3. Notify the bloggers.
4. Ask eleven questions the bloggers must answer upon receiving the nomination.
5. Answer the eleven questions you were asked when you were nominated.
6. Link back to the person who nominated you.

The order of that list bugs me, so let's renumber it: 6, 1, 4, 5, 2, 3. There we go. And let's cross 6 off the list, since I already linked to the so very talented T. A. Miles. But I'll do so again here, here, and here.

Onward to Eleven Random Facts: 

1. When I was three years old I used to brag to my babysitter about being able to count to 100 and rarely made it to 77 without jumping to 88.

2. My humor is dry and my skin tends toward oily.

3. I reject all forms of gluten, soy, and any food with more than 4 ingredients.

4. I'm torn on whether or accept or reject labels. I don't appreciate the paradox of how they separate people whilst holding them firmly together.

5. I was raised Catholic, considered literalist theology in my teenage years, realized that the world was too big to be confined to one book, went to college, got a degree in history and minored in religious studies, and now currently have no religious label for myself. Jewish-Christian-Hindu is practically illegal in the realm of Theology, yet I hold strong affection for all three.

6. I just looked up 'literalist' because blogger doesn't think it's a word. It is, blogger, you bastard.

7. I screamed in space once. Someone heard me.

8. I'm a chronic liar.

9. I have little faith in my abilities as a writer, artist, and general creative person. This goes hand in hand with how I'm not as intelligent as I think I am.

10. It's not that I think you're stupid, it's that I don't trust I came across the way I intended to.

11. I have no tried and true favorites. My partner knows this quite well, as I'm constantly switching 'favorite' characters with whoever's point of view is in front of me. I do the same with music.

There we go. Now, to the questions. Bloggers who I'm tagging to carry this on, heed this list, retrieved from T. A. Miles' blog post, linked above.  I will then answer the questions on my own.

The Questions: 
1. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?
2. What’s your earliest memory?
3. What was your favorite subject in school?
4. Have you EVER had a need for algebra away from the school environment?
5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up)?
6. Most enjoyable book?
7. Have you ever spent money on something you’ve really wanted although you could hardly afford it at the time?
8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain?
9. What country would you like to visit that you haven’t?
10. What makes you grumpy?
11. What’s your GO TO switch to make you feel better on a gray day?

My Answers, Which You've Been Anticipating for Too Long Now: 

1. What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?

I've watched lots of movies that I've laughed at. Nothing in particular sticks out as 'the one.' Though, Monty Python and the Holy Grail does tickle my fancy. I can thank my favorite uncle for exposing me to that.

2. What’s your earliest memory?

The smell of that first babysitter's living room. Aged furniture, the plastic covering it, the musk that plastic covered, and a mild thread of mildew laced through. I was probably two or three.

3. What was your favorite subject in school?

English. Hands down, especially when we read theater works.

4. Have you EVER had a need for algebra away from the school environment?

That's the one that doesn't use shapes, right? Geometry uses shapes. But what is it algebra does with the numbers applied to it?

Okay, you know what? No. The answer is just 'no.'

5. Do you understand modern art (or even know if it’s hanging the right way up)?

Sure. It's upside down.

6. Most enjoyable book?

I'm sorry, T. A. Miles, but it's Darkside. It just is. I'm sorry.

7. Have you ever spent money on something you’ve really wanted although you could hardly afford it at the time?

Yes. Who knows what it was.

8. Apart from when you were a child, have you ever danced in the rain?

I walked in the rain just yesterday. Now I wish I hadn't neglected to jam in the streets of Ames.

9. What country would you like to visit that you haven’t?

Wow. I'm stuck thinking about countries I've visited that I want to go back to.

Japan, certainly. But also Israel, if it ever becomes a safe place to be. And if we can get the Israel-Palestine conflict settled in a peaceful, and humanitarian-minded fashion.

10. What makes you grumpy?

Rude people, hateful people, obnoxious people, people who reflect my shortcomings too solidly for my taste.

11. What’s your GO TO switch to make you feel better on a gray day?

The person on the right, and all the amazing characters
that speak through her. 
And now I pass this onto these other (deserving, and probably totally unassuming) individuals. I'll stalk you all and tell you about your award later.

Sawney Hatton - Famed Hunter of the Giant Beaver

Deborah Teramis Christian - Sociologically Driven Fiction

Ben Blake - Writes a Damn Good Book

Monday, February 18, 2013

The Immarcescible Story... Let's Get Going!

Well, we have something big happening.

I mean, something big is always happening.  This is Raventide Books, after all, but this is huge.


Last Monday we officially launched and posted the prologue to The Immarcescible Story, a blovel (blog novel) that is the central focus of our writing efforts.  It's actually more of a bleries.  One hell of a bleries (can I say that? I am saying that) and it will all be free because we want EVERYONE to be able to read and experience it, no download required and no money spent. This is all about sharing.

That's right. No cost to you, or us. Well, maybe us. A domain name is still under consideration.

Anyway, we plan on updating this thing on Monday's, though as we get going on a roll we may or may not do every Monday.  Trains take a while to really get moving and this one has about thousands of years worth of cars, but when it gets moving it's an unstoppable force.

That's what the Immarc story will be. An unstoppable force of our souls and the people who speak to them.

I anticipate this level of elation happening every time a chapter is posted.  And there will be so many chapters.  This is the start to a beautiful thing.

I'll post another link here, in case you missed the one earlier.  Everyone is welcome. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

I Name Thee- Worlds in Word! *Smashes Bottle Against Blog*

*Flicks bits of wet glass shards from computer screen*

There we have it.  This blog is officially open! Actually, to be more accurate, three blogs are officially open: mine here, T. A. Miles' new blog The Immarcescible Word, and Raventide Books' News.  Three different places, three different functions.  The first two are all by me and T. A. Miles about our writing, the writing of others, or whatever the hell else we want to talk about; a.k.a., they're our personal blogs.  Raventide Books' News is all just official stuff: releases, promo announcements, things like that.  So, choose what you want to read and save a link.

The Raventide Books novel Blood Lilies,
by T. A. Miles.  Chilling and beautiful,
on many points
Or just, you know.  Completely disregard them all.  However, I do highly recommend keeping track of T. A. Miles' stuff. She's very intelligent and crazy-creative, so I can't, with good conscious, suggest that you overlook it.  It just wouldn't be right.  And actually, she just wrote a great post yesterday titled The Inaugural Word, where she explains how she and I write together, and what it looks like on her end and mine.  It's a process that I wouldn't call typical among all authors who do writing collaborations, so I think it's worth taking a look at if you were ever curious.

There's no point that I feel particularly compelled to write about today.  The fact is that I'm mildly ill and don't have the mental energy to think much past getting this blog done and then writing.  So instead of reading a blog post today, maybe you should go read The Inaugural Word.  Or look into a lengthy preview of one of our already published works at Amazon.  I, on the other hand, am going to take some cold medicine and drink as much ice water as possible while I sit here wrapped in a couple of blankets and immerse myself in a world not quite unlike our own.

Have a great Wednesday and weekend that follows.  I'll come back later with something more interesting, I promise.