Thursday, October 20, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things 21-10-16

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

It's a LOOOONG weekend!

Yes, Monday is Labour Day here, so we get an extra day off.  And boy am I looking forward to that!  I've reached that time of year where I really, really, really need a break.

I have no plans for the long weekend (other than getting my older son's bike fixed so we can go bike riding) and I have a pile of library books to read.  I also want to do one last read-through of SHOOK to make sure everything makes sense.  I'm going to print the whole thing out and read it on paper because I always see things differently on paper.

I also hope to do some thinking about the new book I'm going to write during NaNo.  I have a bunch of characters I love and can't wait to spend time with, and the skeleton of a story, but I'd like to work out a few more details before I start. Not too many, because if I know too much about the story ahead of time, I get bored and don't want to write it…  But I do like to have a few key scenes in mind so I know where I'm aiming, even if I don't actually ever get there.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Guest Post From L.G. Keltner

I'm lucky enough to have author L.G. Keltner here on my blog today.   L.G. is the author of the 'Self Help 101' series, and has just released the third book.

She's visiting Fiction and Film today to talk about….

Being Open to Inspiration

The life of a writer is filled with ups and downs.  Sometimes inspiration strikes when we least expect it, and when the ideas are flowing freely, it feels like we can accomplish almost anything.  However, this isn’t always, or even often, the case.  We’ve all had those times when we can’t seem to make any kind of magic happen on the page.  Maybe the ideas just aren’t that strong, or we have what might be a good premise but the words just won’t follow suit.  What can we do in those situations?

An important part of being a writer is being open to the muse.  Everyday life is filled with opportunities for inspiration if we’re looking closely enough.  Maybe you find your muse by looking at a beautiful flower or a sunset.  Or maybe you find it in those mundane absurdities that people tend to take for granted.  For example, Thanksgiving in the United States is supposed to be a holiday where we spend time with family and take the time to think of what we’re thankful for.  At the same time, stores have been opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving so people can push and shove each other to get good deals on various items they may not even need.  It’s an interesting contradiction, and who knows?  Perhaps someone could make a compelling story out of it.

Dani, the protagonist of the Self-Help 101 series, writes books based on her own life experiences.  She sees the absurdities of life and enjoys weaving a story out of them.  That’s something we can all do as writers.  We just have to keep our eyes open so we don’t miss a good story opportunity when it presents itself.


“You look like you belong in the 80’s,” Seth said.  I was not at all pleased with the level of amusement in his voice.
I stood in front of my bathroom mirror, desperately trying to comb as much glitter out of my hair as I could before taking a shower.  This left my hair looking decidedly larger than normal, not to mention more shimmery than I’d typically like.
“I know, and that’s not the look I wanted to have for tonight.”  I groaned as I continued to tug at my hair.  “It’s hopeless.  There’s no way I’m going to be able to get it out in time.”
“What’s wrong with that?  I think you look cute with all that glitter.”  Yes, he was far too amused.  I needed to think of a way to wipe that grin off his face.
“Then why don’t you come closer so I can wipe some off on you?”  I held my glitter-covered hands out like I was about to touch him.
His look turned serious.  “The glitter wouldn’t go with my costume.”
“It won’t go with mine either, and if I don’t get it all off now, you won’t be able to touch me for the rest of the night without adding a little sparkle to your look.”

Title: Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People
Author: L.G. Keltner
Genre: holiday/humor
Length: 29,000 words
Cover Art:  L.G. Keltner and Jamon Walker
Release Date: September 27, 2016


Book 3 in the Self-Help 101 series.

Dani Finklemeier is adjusting to life in college and the realities of living away from home for the first time.  She’s also learning to deal with the criticism that stems from sharing her writing with the world.  Some of the online criticism is even spelled correctly, which somehow makes it worse.

Fortunately, she has a Halloween party, a group of friends, and a supportive boyfriend to distract her from the things that are bothering her.  Of course, a holiday celebration wouldn’t be complete without something going wrong.  Between an unpleasant confrontation with an infuriating classmate, some shocking costume choices, and a bizarre fraternity stunt, the evening will be anything but dull.

Dani’s detractors may not like it, but she’ll definitely have enough material for another book.


L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband.  Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six.  Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good. 

Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.

You can typically find L.G. lurking around her blog, on Twitter, or on her Facebook page.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly Goals

To be honest?  Relaxing.

I finished Sam & Amy on Saturday and even came up with a half-decent new title for it (SHOOK).  So it's in the hands of my CPs and a new beta reader.

Hopefully they won't hate it.

So until November 1, I'm calling myself officially on a break. I need that little bit of space and time to work out a few things about the new book I'm going to write in my head.  I have a basic idea, but it's always good to have a few key scenes planned out as launching pads when things get knotty around November 10 or 20.

Other than that, I plan to catch up on some TV watching and see some friends.

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things 14-10-16

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?


I know I say that every week, but I am looking forward to it.  By this time of year, I'm really starting to drag.  I must remember that and book a vacation next year, before we get to this point.  I think it might make a difference to my mental health.

Anyway…  I have very little planned for the weekend, so am looking forward to a lot of nothing.

I tore the ending of Sam and Amy (which I'm leaning toward calling Shook) apart this week, because I had some weird idea that I had the events in the wrong order.

I was wrong.

So now I'm trying to piece it back together again, just in a slightly different way.  I plan to be done by the end of tonight so I can take a break before NaNo.

What are you celebrating this week?