The Other Side of the Pen: November 28th, 2016

Other_Banner

As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

Repetition & Redundancy

When I was in high school, my mother (who was my teacher because I was home-educated through middle and high school) told me about writing a paper: your introduction is to tell your reader what you’re going to tell them; the body of the paper tells them; and then the conclusion tells you what you just told them.

This is good advice for paper-writing, but less for novel writing when you do all this in one paragraph.

I’ve edited some things that would easily be sent off to the Redundancy Department of Redundancy. They will tell you the same thing about three four times in one paragraph; sometimes with the same words and sometimes in different ways. They always read to me something like this.

“I’m going to tell you this thing, because it’s really important. This important thing that I’m about to tell you is really important. It’s a thing, and it’s important. Do you remember that I am going to tell you this important thing?”

Readers usually have enough of a memory to recall that you told us Character A’s hair is black, you don’t need to tell us three times in three paragraphs. We know their last name, so you don’t have to use both first and last name every time you refer to them.

Try not to start every paragraph with the same word, especially pronouns.

Yes, sometimes you need to repeat things; you have to remind readers about important information. But watch out how often you do it in short spans of times. Are there any other ways to deliver information? Do you really NEED all of those words and descriptions? Do you use the same word that many times? Try to do a “find” function on a word or phrase, and you might be surprised how often you use it. (“Smirk” is apparently my curse.)

So…there it is. Watch out for repetition, redundancy, and reiteration. 😉

Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: November 21st, 2016

CT_Banner

Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

Covering Connecticut

The following are pictures of Connecticut–stock photography, I’m not that good with a camera!–that I’ve used for Adelheid cover, either current or upcoming. (The cover to Adelheid, Volume One is not actually CT but does look like the state. It’s not included here, though.)

This was used for Adelheid, Volume Two (Freak Central) and is a picture of Hartford, the state capital.

This will be used for a future cover, and is a picture of Fairfield.

From Mia’s Desk: November 14th, 2016

FMD_Banner

From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.

Gutted

I’m happy to announce that the third story in the new Adelheid sequence releases today! Gutted is a short story featuring Abby, the Ancient vampire trapped in the body of a ten-year-old who we met in Voracious. It also goes and plays in a bit of historical fiction, looking at the time of Jack the Ripper, because Abby was old enough to be there.

A Ripper tale has been something I’ve wanted to write for a while, and this one–and the theory I posit–is one I had fun with and am excited for readers to check out!

Buy It Now!

 

Category: From Mia's Desk  Comments off

The Adelheid Chronicle: November 7th, 2016

Chronicle_Banner

The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

In Memorial

 

Today would have been my grandmother’s 84th birthday, but she passed away on September 3rd. Although we weren’t close in the way many other grandmothers and granddaughters were, the loss has been difficult. She was always very supportive of my writing, even when she didn’t always “get” it. But today’s “The Adelheid Chronicle” is dedicated to her because it’s her birthday, and the story I want to share.

She actually started watching “Angel” on television before I really knew much about it. But she knew it was vampires and magic, and that being what I wrote, it made her think of me. One day, I came home to find a box. In the box were all five seasons of “Angel” on DVD, and a note that said, “This is to help you with your writer’s block.”

I watched the hell out of those DVDs, and wrote. I still have the note too. It was out of the blue, but very important. Today, I want to remember that support.

 

Category: The Adelheid Chronicle  Comments off

The Other Side of the Pen: October 31st, 2016

Other_Banner

As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

Happy Halloween!

Okay, no rant today, ’cause it’s Halloween! While I revere the less cheerful roots of Samhain, I also really enjoy the secular festivities of Halloween, especially since having a child. We dress up as a family and go out trick-or-treating at the mall’s event. Last year, my husband was Captain America, my son was Hulk, and I was Black Widow. It was a hoot!

So instead of ranting today, I’m going to celebrate with freebie flash fiction from Adelheid! Enjoy this quick Dakota story. 🙂

Also check out In Somnis Veritas, the next Adelheid short story that released today!

Halloween Night

The doorbell rang.

I groaned with my head against the back of the couch. I knew we should have spent Halloween night at my place. The house I shared with my brother and his girlfriend was too far back off the road for trick-or-treaters, but Sam’s apartment–the ground floor of a building where all the doors let out straight outside–was perfect for this street. There had been a steady stream of kids at the door.

“You get it this time,” Sam murmured sleepily against my shoulder, poking me in the side. If she had been anyone else, I might well have bitten that finger off.

“It’s your house,” I returned, none too maturely.

“I don’t care,” she said, poking me in the side again. “I’ve gotten all the others. You get it this time.”

I mumbled something unintelligible–well, unintelligible to her because she didn’t speak much German–and leveraged myself off the couch. I did so without pause and let her fall against the couch since she no longer had me to lean against. She didn’t seem to mind, rolling over onto her back with a yawn while Frankenstein–the movie, circa 1994–played on the television.

At the door, I snatched the bowl of chocolate from the small table sitting there and opened the door.

Two little girls stood on the mat. One proudly declared, “Trick or treat!” while the other gawked at me.

I stared at the silent one, wondering what her deal was. Was she always like that, or had I scared her? I didn’t do anything, so I didn’t think it could be that. I scared people all the time, but I usually had to do something first. Knitting my brows, I looked more closely and tried to figure out what she was meant to be.

Her dark blonde hair was sticking up at weird angles with some kind of hair product. It wasn’t as short as mine, but it wasn’t very long–just short enough that product could make it stick up a bit. She had boots, jeans, a black t-shirt and a leather jacket. Couldn’t be more than eleven, although human children are notoriously hard to age.

Under her jacket, I saw a lime green and orange water pistol in what had to be a homemade holster; a cat claw glove on one hand and whiskers drawn on her face.

“What…” I began, blinking. “What in hell are you supposed to be?”

I’m not a kid person.

“I… I…” she stammered.

Her friend jumped to her rescue, her voice practically a squeal. “She’s you!”

My head snapped around to stare at the second girl like she had just sprouted another head AND turned green. Sam came up behind me and I heard her grin in her voice when she said, “That’s so CUTE!”

I looked back at the kid dressed up as…me.

“I… I…” I stammered just like she had.

The very idea that someone might…want to be me had never occurred to me. Horror and humility and being flattered all warred in my brain while I and little me still stared at one another, despite the girls beside us poking our shoulders.

I dumped a handful of chocolate into each of their little plastic buckets.

“Happy Halloween,” I said with a half-smile, staring at mini-me, “hunter.”

Her young face all but split in a smile, then her friend giggled and they spun around, rushing off to the next house.

“See? You really aren’t so bad,” Sam said with a cheeky grin, shutting the door.

I frowned. (I won’t say I pouted. Sam would say it, however.) “I am so…”

 

 

 

halloweenpug2

Category: The Other Side of the Pen  Comments off

Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: October 24th, 2016

CT_Banner

Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

FM Radio

It looks like the first commercial FM radio station was founded in Bloomfield, CT. That’s pretty neat. ^_^

Category: Nutmegs & the Charter Oak  Comments off

From Mia’s Desk: October 17th, 2016

FMD_Banner

From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.

Release Day!

The next Adelheid story is, at long last, finally available! It’s the first in a series of seven short stories working on a loose theme. I explain more in the book’s introduction, but suffice it to say, the first one is now available and the others will be coming every two weeks. There will be pre-orders available!

Apex Cover

Apex (Adelheid #6)

There are certain things you don’t mess with.

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t play with preternatural genetics. And you don’t screw around with Dakota.

People seem to have forgotten that.

She’ll just have to remind them.

Buy it Now!

Category: From Mia's Desk  Comments off

The Adelheid Chronicle: October 10th, 2016

Chronicle_Banner

The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

Hunter’s Point

I’m happy to finally give you a little more information about the next series I’m planning to write, which will be a series of paranormal cozy mysteries. Think… Murder, She Wrote with vampires! How can that not be cool, right? I get to talk about it here, since while it’s not in the Adelheid series or city, it is in the same universe.

It will be primarily set in a city called Hunter’s Point, Maine, in the United States of post-Cameron’s Law existence. 🙂 I may have Adelheid characters make visits and cross-overs, which could be fun. The series will follow a narrator named Victora ‘Vic’ Morgan as part of a cast of character who, frankly, amuse me. I hope they’ll amuse you too!

Category: The Adelheid Chronicle  Comments off

Other Side of the Pen: September 26th, 2016

Other_Banner

As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

I Wear Many Hats

Books and words are, almost literally, my life.

I’m an author who writes and publishes my own books. I edit, format, and create cover art for the books of others. I do “hobby” writing. I have a book review blog where I read books for others, and then I read books for pleasure.

The author and editor are the two most prominent, since the latter is my “day job” and the author still my “night job.” Since I do these things in addition to being a mother, and a wife, and maintaining a household, and dealing with chronic illness, the day job that helps pay the bills comes first. This often means that my own writing suffers.

Further, after spending a day working on other people’s books, it can be too much to want to work on my own.

It’s been difficult trying to find a balance between the two. Like most people, finding a way to pay the rent and live our dreams is a hard one. It’s one that I continue to struggle with, pretty much every day.

This is one of the reasons I created my Patreon account, to try to help afford a little weight to the scales and allow myself to write more. Otherwise, I soldier on.

Do other author-editors find this as much of a struggle as I do, I wonder.

Category: The Other Side of the Pen  Comments off

Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: September 19th, 2016

CT_Banner

Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

Autumn!

I’m so excited that it’s rolling into autumn–officially starting in just three days!–that I’m running around squealing! Okay, not really, but pretty darn close. New England is BEAUTIFUL in the autumn! Drive down some of our lovely rural roads, and the trees look like they’re on fire…without the actual nastiness of being on fire. <3