I can't believe it's been four months since I last blogged. I really need to pick up my game this year. I need to focus on blogging more, losing weight, having that growth spurt that didn't happen at thirteen, fighting crime with my superpowers ... whoops ... disregard that last part ...
Anyway ... onto other things; I have some fabulous news to share. A Fable's Origin: Fynian Encounter, the prologue and concluding book of The Fynian Fable is finally complete (and is available for purchase as an ebook via amazon, right now). The printed copies are being sorted out at the moment and should be available for purchase by the end of the month.
You may also be interested to know that an ebook giveaway for this new title has been scheduled for later this month ( around mid-February), but the details surrounding that will be posted closer to the date (I swear to blog again within a few weeks). My suggestion is to stay tuned and watch this space.
On another note, I still regularly write for Blaire Magazine's daily juice section, and was recently asked to contribute to their magazine. In February's issue (Journey), you'll find an article about domestic violence written by someone you know *cough* me *cough*. Like I've mentioned previously, if you're curious about my opinions and jones-ing for a hit of my writing, it's a good idea to like Blaire Magazine on facebook or my facebook fan page. That way you can nourish your addiction on a regular basis.
Okay ... now that's over; things are going to get a little deep ... If you've read A Fable's Origin, you'll have seen the author's note I've included about the series. It's not what I really what I had in mind to begin with, I was going to include an experience I had with a psychic (which I thought might have been of interest to the reader) along a few other things, but then I received feedback from my editor which made me think twice.
In fact, out of all the books I've written, this book received the most negative feedback from an editor. By the time I'd gotten my manuscript into the shape it is now (don't worry, I assure you it's great now), I was left wondering if there was a little something else behind the criticism. So I asked and received an essay back.
I won't bore you with the details, but I will say she did not like it. In fact, she pretty told me my entire series had come out too quickly for it to have been done/developed well. A pretty harsh statement, considering she hadn't even read the lot, but it was her honest opinion and I can't bregrudge her that.
Let me tell you, getting that type of a feedback is a massive blow (it would be for any writer). It definitely left me questioning myself about my own writing ability and even parts of my personality.
When my uncle heard about the feedback, he turned to me and said, 'Don't you dare listen to her. People are c*nts and love to bring other people down in any way they can. You know that. You can write. The books are great and there is a market for it. Don't doubt yourself; your last editor absolutely loved them.'
And he was right. My editor for Damien's Off-Shoot had read the lot and loved the ending (I believe the word 'awesome' was used) and I've received a lot of positive feedback from my helpers at my market stalls (apparently one woman grabbed her boyfriend, pointed at Mad Town's poster and screeched excitedly, 'That's the book Aunty Joan was talking about!'). I've even seen people laughing aloud as they've been engrossed in one of my babies.
So, if you're like me and attempting to do something different or out of the norm (I don't know ... let's say you might be trying to write something that isn't commerical fiction ...), and have an experience that leaves you feeling like shit, remember the wise words of my uncle.
People are c*nts, then pick yourself up and keep on going.