Pulling Out of Procrastination Station

So this is what happens when life goes to hell in a handbasket and things run amok… you must at some point stop procrastinating and get off your arse and in the words of that there one comedian whose name I don’t remember… “Git ‘er done!”

Last month was Nano-wrimo. And between blog posts and my fanfictions and everything else, I did manage my 50,000 words. In fact, please feel free to pat me on the back, because I managed to go over by 1 whole word! Oh yeah. I am THAT awesome.

I also, strangely, managed to get my house back somewhere near the condition that I prefer to live in. The sad truth is that I really like a clean home, and I allowed my resentment towards my ex to get in the way of what makes me truly happy. A tidy, well-organized home is a blessing. Organization and creating systems that facilitate that is my gift–and I’m good at it. I was very unhappy, and my ‘home’ showed it.

Now it’s time to get my writing organized. I’m consolidating the Supernaturals XMind files, straightening them out, redoing them as necessary… all that jazz. I’m doing my first re-write of A Gargoyle’s Might and updating all of the lore that came with it. It’s quite a book, I must say… and it brought in loads of new lore. You’re going to love it if you like Fantasy elements with your Paranormal.

So anyway, I feel so much more like myself as I pull out of Procrastination Station, headed for “Git ‘er done”ville. I have left the guilt behind and I no longer feel obligated to put first someone for whom I wasn’t even on the priority list. I’m steering my own life again, and I’ve chosen the track I want to be on.

Chugga-chugga-choo-choo! All aboard!

A Gargoyle’s Might

So I finally put the last word of A Gargoyle’s Might into OpenOffice and hit Save.

Lincoln and Ivory’s tale is told in its rough form and is ready for all that must come after it. Strangely, this has been a very wild ride. Ivory changes so much over the course of the book… and yet she doesn’t. It isn’t until the end that you understand her.

This was a challenge to write because I resisted it every step of the way. I wanted Ivory to be a sympathetic character. I wanted to like her. I hated what she did to Lincoln. I thought Lincoln was being a big fainting daisy. I tried to change them and they fought back. They stood up for who they really are and challenged everything I thought about how they should be–and  a lot of what I think I should be.

They taught me lessons that I didn’t want to learn, and they showed me truths about myself that I thought I would hate once I saw them without their masks. Like Ivory, I learned that not everything is as it seems… even the things inside me. Like Lincoln, I learned that devotion can be a strength, and I learned that while sometimes it results in pain, it can lead to renewal, as well.

Romance novels aren’t thought to be great literature by most, but Lincoln and Ivory’s book, long and intense as it is, shows me that at least in my mind, it can be.

It won’t be long now. It’s coming. And it’s coming with lessons and with intense drama that is unlike A Wolf’s Song in almost every way. But then I think that’s how it’s supposed to be. Everyone’s story is different. Ivory and Lincoln both show sides of themselves that leave them vulnerable to dislike. They shed their outer garments of attempted perfection and they get down and dirty and honest about themselves and their confusion and their hurt and their hope.

The book is very raw, and their feelings are very raw. They are put through hell, chased and tormented by everyone who ever claimed to love them. They find new allies in unexpected places and they find old allies in places they hadn’t appreciated as much as was deserved.

They must find themselves, and each other–and despite the high word count, they had little time in which to do it.

Ivory teaches us that being honest and being vulnerable may make you more powerful than you could ever dream.

 

A Gargoyle's Might

A Gargoyle’s Might

A Gargoyle’s Might: Meet The Huntress

(These links go to either my own website or to the Supernaturals Wiki)

Book 2 in the Supernaturals Now series is A Gargoyle’s Might. This is Lincoln and Ivory’s book.

I have struggled with this book because Ivory is such a not-likeable character in the beginning. I really dislike her, and every time she seems to come up with a redeeming quality, she turns around and does something else particularly irritating.

That’s not the least of it, however. A lot of new players are stepping onto the board. Many of them are ancient, canny, unnerving creatures with few or no morals and vast powers. The primary one of these is The Huntress. She has forced her way forward by entering Tallis‘ territory at just the wrong time.

As you may know from My Love Under Cover, there’s a powerful, underground ring of drug lords dealing EnVygle to the rich. Just as tensions are at their highest between Tallis and Nerianne, and as Tallis nearly starts a war with the Ifrit Emperor, The Huntress arrives on the scene.

For all of her known history, The Huntress has been singularly neutral. She does not involve herself in any squabbles or fights between any of the other races. Despite this, she has been the most hunted creature, ever. Her power is so great that she is feared by every single race on Earth. Every creature from vampires and werewolves to goblins and wraiths fear her; not because she has done anything to any of them, but merely because she could destroy them all if she decided she wanted to.

For now, most of them are unaware that something even more dangerous brews in their midst. They are beginning the process of gathering together to combat any danger The Huntress may present. While they are distracted by her, another force plots dominion over all things.

The plot has certainly thickened in A Gargoyle’s Might.  Lincoln and Ivory are struggling to find common ground, completely oblivious to the danger that awaits them at every turn. Bless their hearts. 😀

Wiki, Wiki, Wiki!

The Wiki has begun!

I have started the Wiki for The Supernaturals. I do hope that people will check it out and enjoy it!

It’s still in process, but it has come a long way. Go, see pictures of a few of the characters! Yay!

http://thesupernaturals.wikia.com/wiki/Wiki_Content

SNF: Vamp Queen Comes to Vermont?

by Gretchen Vance

Well, there’s little to do now that we have a new News outlet than to tell you the News!

Rumors have it that Queen Nerianne may be putting in an appearance in Vermont. Since the new Master Sentinel, Paige was discovered, it seems almost certain that she’ll be brought with the Queen for the visit with Tallis Sharpe. For centuries now, rumors have flown around about the possibility of a coup by Tallis. And if there’s one thing that we all know, it’s that Tallis has a remarkable ability for long-term planning.

For those Supernaturals who don’t know what a Master Sentinel is, it means that Paige is able to read the intentions of any person in the room towards the person she focuses on. This could mean that she will focus on the Queen and discover that Tallis has designs on the Monarchy!

Whether these rumors are true or not should be more clear by the end of the month. Regardless, one would wonder if the Queen won’t simply come over for the sole purpose of testing Tallis’ designs on the Vampire Throne.

Granted, the rumors claim that she’s coming to investigate allegations that the Huntress is in the area. However, no one has seen that venerable personality in hundreds of years, to our knowledge at SNF.  Therefor, we are left to believe that either the rumors of an emerging Sorceress are true, or Queen Nerianne intends to check up on Tallis.

What I wouldn’t give to watch THOSE sparks fly!

A Gargoyle’s Might: the perils of dating…

Now, of course, some of these excerpts are subject to change at launch. But, I thought you all might wonder how Lincoln’s wooing is going…

Excerpt is here, since it has some minor adult words/concepts in it:  http://asupernaturaldiary.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/a-gargoyles-might-excerpt-lincolns-magic-pants/

More on A Gargoyle’s Might

So I’m working hard on book 2 of the Supernaturals Series; A Gargoyle’s Might.

In a Gargoyle’s Might, we have Lincoln and Ivory. If you read the first book, you’ll know who I’m talking about. Lincoln first met Ivory over four hundred years ago in the tiny village of Achenoit in what’s commonly called Scotland now. Achenoit was a werewolf village that was wiped out by an attack by Deathwalkers, Rakshasa, and Ghouls.

Before that fateful day, Ivory was returned to her mother for a short visit. Sadly, she never returned to Achenoit.

In their youth, Lincoln was utterly infatuated with her. Now everything has changed, but especially Ivory.

Ivory must learn new ways of viewing the world, and the people in it–even the familiar ones like Lincoln.

 

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