Spring Fling Craft Fair and Bookfest News

Hello once again, Readers!! Oh how I’ve missed this blog. I swear I’m slacking and not because I have been abducted by aliens or even left to join the circus. Well…maybe you could call my house a circus at times…

This past weekend Sonya and I embarked on yet another craft fair, hoping to sell the last bit of our art to put into savings. It was a two-day event so we were pretty pumped about the possibilities. That is, until the weather decided to throw us for a loop. And when I say loop, what I really mean to say is tried to kill us.

Death by wind storm. Or by sunburn. Or both at the same time with a side of ex-convict stalking.

But I digress.

Day one was crazy windy and pretty much slow on the business side of things. We sold a few small items and left feeling a little blue, but still with a smidgen of hope for day two. The craziest part of the day was when a lady bought one of our wish necklaces (a vial filled with dandelion seeds) and asked if she could remove the seeds to put her dead boyfriends ashes inside of it to wear. I think Sonya almost fainted. I thought it was neat in a creepy-lovesick kind of way. But that’s just me…lol.

Day two we sold enough to earn back our tent fee and met a convict who said I have a dark side. He could tell this by looking at my art. 0_O

So apparently, I am somehow related to Darth Vader with a side of Voldemort and the Wicked Witch of the West. I’ll get you my pretty!

Any who, here are the photos from the fair:

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Our lovely whimsical setup.

 

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Our fairy-tasmic shadow boxes and liquor lamps. Can I getta oh snap!

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Necklaces, doorknob hangers, and other pretty things.

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One of the painting stands.

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More paintings.

Yeah, so moral of the story…there is no moral. We had a ton of fun despite the moody weather and plan on going to another in Orlando. Hopefully. In the meantime, I am near halfway through my edits on From the Embers and waiting for word on when Embracing the Flames will be ready to go.

When I know, you will know. *wink*
Also, we have been given the okay by the lovely woman directing the Bookfest to share some exciting news about certain authors who will be signing alongside of the rest of us. So without further adieu, here is the announcement:
IBF BannerOh snap! Can’t wait to meet everyone going!
That being said, Echelon out ♥

Born in Flames Playlist

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photo credit: Fey Ilyas via photopin cc

Hello once again, Readers!!!

Let’s start this baby off with a quote today.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” ― Victor Hugo

How do you like that….huh…huh? Powerful stuff right?

I know, which is why I am writing about music today or more specifically, about the playlist for my novel, Born in Flames.

I love music. It is the single most powerful art form that moves me. The next would be dance, and then paintings… I digress.

Every note, every key, it all pulls me to a place that is indescribably beautiful. A place where words are never enough. Only the sound of the music and the way it makes you feel on the inside. Exactly like what a good book does. And when I think of my story and try to sum it up, the emotional part of it I mean, there are a few songs that hit home. So this would have to be the playlist for Born in Flames.

  1. Active Child – Hanging On.
  2. Florence + The Machine – Drumming Song.
  3. Christina Perri – Arms.
  4. The Knife – Heartbeats.
  5. 30 Seconds to Mars – Alibi.
  6. The Xx – Shelter.
  7. Paramore – Adore.
  8. M83 – Another Wave From You.
  9. Mutemath – You Are Mine.
  10. Blondfire – Walking With Giants.
  11. Ellie Goulding – I Know You Care.
  12. Gary Jules – Mad World.

And scene.

Some you may now and some you may not. I love them all. Each song fits a specific scene and the lyrics all relate somehow to the characters and what they are going through. The fun part would be listening to it as you’re reading Born in Flames, and trying to figure out what song pertains to what.

Now to leave you with a question: If you’ve read Born in Flames, do you have any song suggestions to add to the playlist?

P.S.

I don’t know how many of you are Game of Thrones and Dexter fans, but I sure am. Like mad crazy. When I saw this, I died laughing. Okay, well maybe I didn’t die, but you can imagine my delight!

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Echelon out ♥

NaNo Success!

candacekI completed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Was there a moment when I thought I might not…..umm….more like tons of moments.

But I conquered it with a whopping 50013! Woot!

That being said…it is nowhere near finished. Also, the story completely changed about halfway through, but due to the time constraints I left it all as is to be fixed later. From the Embers will continue to be my main focus until I have time to pick this back up.

What I learned:

  1. I can do something I didn’t know I could do.
  2. I can drink three Red Bulls back to back and not have a heart attack.
  3. I can juggle (literally).
  4. I can get sick and still find it in me to put in some pretty wordage.
  5. People are mean. (Okay so that has nothing to do with NaNo and everything to do with Goodreads…lol)
  6. Letting yourself go is really the best way to write (at least for me.)
  7. A year ago I didn’t even know about this.
  8. My jaw clenches up when I get in the zone…ow.
  9. I can write something other than my trilogy.
  10. It’s okay to believe in myself.

Okay…so those aren’t deeply philosophical points, but I just put in a lot of words today and finished another painting so my mind is beat and my jaw hurts lol.

To everyone else who finished way before me or with an obsene amount of words, congrats. And to those who didn’t finish…don’t worry about it. Putting a thing like this smack dab in the middle of the holidays is a little silly and makes it pretty hard to accomplish. I barely made it. Keep writing. That is all that matters!

Here’s my latest painting:

Dreams 12×12

Side View

And I’m spent. Have a great night everyone!

Echelon out ♥

A Tale Of True Love ♥

Hello once again, Readers!!! Check out my chitlins and me. Their so cute, aren’t they? We were enjoying ice cream on a Friday afternoon recently (a treat my son gets when he has a full week with no note in his planner). He is a terror like me, muhahaha.

But I digress.

So only a couple of days left for NaNo and I’m on track. Thank goodness. This has been a trying month. And by trying I mean, a week-long bout of the flu, another art festival done, preparing for another two shows in the next two weeks, writing for NaNo, and continuing the third installment to the Born in Flames Trilogy, From the Embers. Need I go on?

Phew.

So a couple new things before I get to the fun interview. I added a new page to the blog for Embracing the Flames which will be back any day now from the editor. I also added a page titled: Aurora’s Journal. She will be sharing thoughts off and on about the trials and tribulations she goes through and what her take is on it. It’s an experiment. Lastly, I added an art page to the Fae Tis Moor page to showcase all the work Sonya and I are doing.

Baby steps people.

Now let’s see if I can keep up with it all…hahaha. I’m not happy until my plate is overflowing.

Any who…now on to the fun stuff!

I’ve been working around the clock (and by round the clock I mean when I remember), finding blogs to review Born in Flames for me. It’s a great way to market your novel and get exposure. One of the blogs who responded back offered to showcase a character interview for me. I had already planned on doing this on here, so I was really excited for the opportunity. And just because I love you so, my Little Flames, I am posting the interview before it has even hit the other blog.

It’s an interview between Fenn and Aurora. I used some of the same questions I did in the character interview with just Aurora because I wanted to give Fenn’s reactions to the major issues in Born in Flames as well.

So without further adieu:

Tell us a little about yourself.

Aurora: *shifts uncomfortably*. Umm…so talk about myself…I don’t normally talk about myself. I would say I’m just your average girl, but the truth is… *looks away and says quietly* I’m not. Fenn wants us to be normal, but lately, normal has become pretty unavoidable.

Fenn: *Fenn laughs* That’s an understatement.

Aurora: *She rolls her eyes* So anyway, I guess I’m your not so average girl. I just pray that I can keep what’s inside of me…my dragon side…under control.

Fenn: Me too. And you forgot to add that you are incredibly stubborn and cute at the same time. *Looks at Lisa* It’s really not fair.

Aurora: Well, Fenn, why don’t you share your attributes then? We’re all dying to hear how you see yourself.

Fenn: *Flashes charming grin* Drop dead gorgeous, funny, witty…you know…

Aurora: *She coughs to interrupt* Also hardheaded, fiercely protective, and annoyingly funny.

Fenn: *He puts his arm around her* What more could you ask for?

 

Aurora, how did you feel when you found out you were able to shift into a dragon?

Aurora: Well that’s a funny story. You see, I always knew I was different…I mean, if I was angry enough I could set anything on fire, but dragon!? And it all started when this Creepy guy followed me one night to the diner I work at.

Fenn: No, it started at the bus stop when you ticked off the bus driver.

Aurora: *Face reddens* Oh yeah. Well anyway, that night at the diner he foretold a prophecy about a conqueror who was of dragon born. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about, and of course Fenn decided to throw him out before I could get any answers. So it took me quite a while to piece together just exactly how I fit into all of this. But long story short, I actually feel at piece with it. *her face softens* It brings me one step closer to uniting with my parents.

Fenn: *Looks to Lisa and shakes his head* The guy screams crazy stalker. She never listens to me. It’s been like that since we were kids growing up. And as far as Aurora being a dragon…it makes sense. Hot-tempered, egotistical…*he sees her shocked face and laughs* I’m kidding, Rory. You know I think it’s awesome.

 

How did you feel when Mr. Creepy foretold the prophecy?

Aurora: *starts laughing* I’m sorry…Fenn’s right, he’s just…creepy. He doesn’t follow the norm. So when he told me…I was a bit scared. I mean his eyes were glowing bright white and his hands were pulsing with magic. It’s not a sight you see everyday…especially not in my small town. *leans in and whispers* But to be honest with you, I was exhilarated! I mean, I felt like things were beginning. Things that had been laying dormant for so long…like my dragon side. *Looks at Fenn and smirks* But I’m not the only one who learned something that night.

Fenn: Ah yes…here we go. I didn’t admit to her that I have powers of my own. And somehow, this creepy dude knew that and chose that moment to air out my dirty laundry.

Aurora: You only have yourself to blame. Honesty is the best policy.

Fenn: *Looks at Lisa uncomfortably* She’s so cute…isn’t she?

 

Speaking of honesty…what are your true feelings for him, Aurora?

Fenn: *Turns to Aurora and smiles* Yes, Aurora. What are your feelings for me?

Aurora: *blushes* Heh…just had to ask that, didn’t you? *pinches the bridge of her nose* You see, he’s my very best friend. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without him. And after I thought that I had lost him, well *looks away, voice breaking* well, I won’t make the same mistakes again. *Looks up at him* He knows I love him…wholeheartedly. I would do anything for him, Fates be damned. I just hope he can learn to open up more and trust me. He has this problem with over protection. It’s not his fault really, he was deemed my protector, but still…it can’t work if he can’t trust me.

Fenn: I have this overwhelming need to protect her. *looks at Aurora* It’s not that I don’t trust you; I just try to protect you. *Looks back at Lisa* I was glad to hear that night at the diner that I am her protector. It makes sense now. We are drawn to each other and there isn’t anything we can do to change it. Not that I’d want to. She’s everything I want and more. *Aurora leans in and kisses his cheek*

 

Is your shift uncomfortable, Aurora?

Aurora: *she smiles brightly* The first time I shifted it was, but the fifth Fate ensured that it would be the only time I felt pain. He said I was reborn. And I don’t shift into a dragon like how you may be thinking. I still have a “human shape”. Weird right? It all starts with tiny wisps of smoke that swirl out of my nose. At first it was an annoying quirk, but now I barely pay attention to it. Then my eyes shift to a blood-red color (which freaks Fenn out).

Fenn: Only the first time because I wasn’t expecting it!

Aurora: Ruby red scales that reflect like mirrors race along my skin, covering me from head to toe. *she laughs* You totally need sunglasses around me ’cause I’ll blind you. *leans forward and points to her tailbone* My tail comes from here. But my wings are the best part of shifting. They emerge from the top of my back and stretch out to around 7ft a piece. I know because Fenn insisted on measuring. *shakes her head* But anyway, the Fate told me I was a hybrid; his greatest creation.

Fenn: You are.

 

One last question…Fenn, how do you feel about the connection between Zordon and Aurora?

Fenn: *His jaw clenches* It pisses me off. He is evil and set out for revenge. He’ll kill anyone who tries to get in his way. I can’t say I’m thrilled about him being the one she is tied to by The Fates. If there is something I can do to change that, I will find it and make it happen!

Aurora: It’s not a romantic connection. We share something in common…something that I fear will be the deciding factor in who wins the inevitable war to come between us.

Fenn: He doesn’t stand a chance. We will find a way to defeat him. I won’t let him hurt you or our people.

 

And that is all folks. I know…big post today. If you’re still here reading, I applaud and appreciate you!

Here’s a bit of humor for hanging in there:

Until next time, Echelon out ♥

Art For The Soul ♥

Hello once again, Readers!!! How goes it? I can tell you, my brain hurts. My NaNo is finally caught up (wrote a little over 5k today). I am really sick, so I spent the past couple of days resting trying to kick this nasty cold. I’m on the upside now…I think…so I just wanted to show you a couple more pictures of my art that will be on sale through our website and at the craft fair this Saturday in Polo Park. I’m hoping I’ll be well by then. Sheesh.

 

Any who, here are some photos:

This one actually just sold, so I am going to try to paint something similar to take to the fair.

Fly free.

Dreaming Butterflies.

Magical Owl.

I’m finishing up a christmas themed one and am hoping to get a few more done before tomorrow. We shall see.

Wish me luck! And good luck to all those still writing for NaNo!!

Echelon out ♥