Dreaming in Character

G.L. Jackson


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Oops! Plus Free E-Books

With only one day to go before the start of NaNoWriMo, I decided (not quite on a whim, but closely enough) to start a completely different novel from the one I’d been planning.

Wish me luck! I’ll be flying entirely by the seat of my pants at this point.

In other news, only one more day for the free anthologies from Untold Press. There are some really beautiful stories in there. Of course I’m partial to my own, but that’s not what I’m talking about. For the low, low price of free, you can find out for yourself. I hope you enjoy them.


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Happy Halloween from Untold Press!

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Happily Ever Afterlife

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Revisit your favorite childhood fairy tales…with a paranormal twist. Eight classic stories rewritten by eight talented authors with one common theme, they all feature the undead. From angels to vampires and ghosts to zombies, you’ll be sure to fall in love with the classics all over again and quickly learn that even the undead can have a happily ever after.

In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman

Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t stray from the path. If you do, the wolf will eat you. Once swallowed, you will be trapped forever in the dark and musty limbo of the belly of the wolf, a larger and more crowded world than you ever suspected. You can’t blame him, though. After all, wolves will be wolves.

The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson

When Marianna’s stepmother betrays her by having her turned into a vampire, she must flee home and the love of her life. Darren, her werewolf lover, believes he’s found a cure. Will it lead to heartache or happily ever after?

Hans and the Best Day Ever by G.L. Jackson

After a seven-year apprenticeship with the Boss Lady, Hans decides it’s time to go home. Accompanied by Gabe, the two boys make their way back to the house in the woods where they hope to find Hans’ mother. Gabe is never at a loss for words but Hans is always quick to act on what might either be a fantastic idea…or the worst idea ever.

The Baron and the Firebird by J.A. Campbell

In the depths of the Russian wilderness, Baron Pyotr Vasilyev does his best to care for his people but his long years weigh heavily and he’s beginning to lose his taste for life. The only things that keep him going are his devotion to duty and his magical cherries. When his cherries go missing the thief turns out to be the Firebird. The desire to hear her sing one last time drives him through the centuries.

Clara and the Coon by M.K. Boise

Clara is born the height of a quarter-an abomination to the village of Fankfret. On the outskirts of town, she’s left to die in a hole that’s the size of a teapot. She soon learns her story is far from over though. Getting eaten by a raccoon is just the beginning.

Blood Borne Pathogen by Shoshanah Holl

Javier is too young to be waiting for death, but in the hospital battling late-stage AIDs there isn’t room for much else in his mind. A mysterious woman begins visiting him and they form a strange friendship. Aurora only comes to visit after the sun goes down, leaving long before dawn. On the Day of the Dead, they both face the choice between life, death…and what comes after.

In Spite of Fire by Tilly Boscott

Alice’s husband, Henry, died, leaving her to wander the world alone, searching for a way to bring him back. When she stumbles upon village gossip describing a place where ghosts dwell, she sets off to find her lost love. Instead of her husband, she discovers a ghost with eyes of fire, keen on the contents of a ragged tree. Alice clambers into an adventure of fear, darkness and true love.

The Angel by Troy Lambert

Abel is a poor urchin, trying to survive on the streets with only his wits to protect him and a tiny garden of struggling flowers to bring him pleasure. Zach is a young boy struggling in the fight of his life against the blight of cancer who wants to see the flowers of spring one last time. It seems inevitable that these young souls will soon leave the earth. But what awaits them in the beyond?

** In Support of the Boston Children’s Hospital:
Troy Lambert, author the The Angel, will be donating 50% of his Happily Ever Afterlife royalties to the Boston Children’s Hospital. Untold press has pledged to match his donation. J.A. Campbell, author of The Baron and the Firebird will also be donating 50% of her royalties! Pick up your copy today and support a great cause!**

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DRAGONTHOLOGY

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Enter the pages of the Dragonthology. No single story has ever been great enough to contain the mystical, wondrous creature known as the dragon. We assembled the greatest draconian tales and put them between the covers of a single tome to satisfy your hunger for everything dragon. Seven magnificent stories, ranging from science fiction to mystery, await you within.

The Case of the Bloodstone Dragon by G.L. Jackson

A washed up has been, Private Investigator Clark is down to his last $100. That is, until the night a mysterious femme fatale walks through his door weaving a tale of intrigue in hope of recovering an artifact steeped in mystery and danger. What follows is a raucous ride through a little known human and dragon history, played out on the streets of New York City.

Unto the Breach by Jason Andrew

Jonathan Heller uncovers an unusual secret during one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War One in the middle of horrific trench warfare. Can he convince an ancient dragon that humanity is worthy of life during their darkest hour?

The Dragon of Sullivan Hall by Marian Allen

A dormitory full of fun loving female students, an angry red dragon with a litter full of hungry whelps, and a particular student of Irish descent. This won’t end well for the dragon.

Egg Hunt by Jay Wilburn

A lonely smuggler must make decisions he never dreamt possible in the darkness of space to elude capture and protect his precious cargo of dragon eggs. When one of them hatches, it threatens to damage his ship. Can a person change enough to save a ship, a dragon, and himself?

The Clan by Troy Lambert

Dragons return to the earth and humanity enslaves them with the last remnants of technology of their dying race. Now the technology of old is fading. Will the dragons be able to rise again? Will the humans declare war, or will a peaceful solution be found? It all rests in the hands of an ancient dragon, and a lowly shepherd and his clan.

Dragon Seeks a Wife by Sandra Graves

What happens when a dragon falls ill and is told he will die in a year and a day unless he finds his one true love? The only thing a dragon can do. He sets out on a quest to win the hand of the perfect mate for a dragon–the daughter of the king. Aided by a Quetzal bird sorcerer, he begins his quest. An old fashioned fairy tale with a Meso-American twist.

Darkness Taken by J.A. Campbell

In a land where children are warriors and the only adults are mythical creatures, all are called to fight the Darkness. Til and her dragon partner, Heliodor, complete the perfect Welcome Ceremony, but their joy is short lived. The Dark has slain a unicorn and taken her foal back to the Darklands. Can Til and Heliodor venture where none go and rescue the young unicorn?

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FLASHY FICTION AND OTHER INSANE TALES

(Volumes 1 & 2)

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An anthology of the strange, bizarre, and just plain weird.

Zombies, vampires, ghosts, and …crickets? Try a taste of writing from two very different fantasy authors. Flash stories are super short and perfect for when you ‘just have a minute’. This anthology contains 15 stories from authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. Run the rampart of emotions in this exciting mix of tales. From humor to twisted, there is something for everyone.

Unicorns, zombies, devils, dark whispers, teddy bears, and …fireflies? Try a taste of writing from two very different fantasy authors. Flash fiction stories are super short and perfect for when you ‘just have a minute’. This anthology contains 15 stories (both flash and longer short stories) from authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. Run the rampart of emotions in this exciting mix of tales. From humor to horror, sweet to twisted, there is something for everyone.

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Note: Some stories contain adult language.

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Now I’m Happy.

I’ve been plotting out my NaNo novel (as one does), and during the process realized that my main character is someone I already know.

Let me backtrack: I have a great fondness for writing sequels. The story I’ve been editing — the one I referred to in my last post — might not be my best work but it has spawned a whole world of other stories.

I didn’t realize this new one was supposed to be another piece of the existing puzzle until I got there and started matching up the edge pieces. It is such a relief to know I’ll be wading back into familiar waters. In each of these sequels I’ve taken a minor character and given them their own life and their own story. It pleases me no end to know that this character, who I’ve only used sparingly in the past, is about to get her own turn in the spotlight… and in a world I know so well that telling stories about it is really second nature.

This just goes to show that there really are no minor characters. Everybody is the star of his or her own show. All it takes is for the spotlight to turn in the right direction.

(Can it be November yet, please? Now I’m ready to start.)


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NaNoWriMo Again

What do you do when you’re planning your NaNo novel but can’t start writing yet?

Easy: edit something old. I’m in the process of getting an old novella set up properly in Scrivener (by the way, I tried Scrivener last November and bought a full copy as soon as I was done with NaNo, it’s wonderful and forces me to be more organized). During this process I’m becoming keenly aware of the way my writing habits have changed. For example, I use both colons and semicolons a lot more sparingly now than I did just a few years ago. The book I’m looking at is filled with incomplete sentences. They’re not quite fragments, but they’re not necessarily grammatically correct either. Missing pronouns and the like. I wasn’t intentionally trying to be edgy – it was more like stream of consciousness. Reading it now, though, I find it jarring. My job between now and November is to soften those rough edges that scream first draft to me now.

In the meantime, snippets of what I want to write in November keep tugging at my heartstrings. I have to bat them back down and away, and I hate doing that. It’s all for the good, though. 50,000 new words means 50,000 new words.

I can keep notes, though! I don’t want to lose any trains of thought for the novel. By the way, I’m in the camp that says 50k words is too short for a finished conventional novel… but it’s a hell of a good start.

Happy planning, everyone! I support all my fellow NaNo authors, so if there’s anything I can do to help or just to cheer you on, let me know.


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Getting ready for NaNoWriMo

In years past, when I didn’t participate in NaNoWriMo, I would get so tired of hearing about it. Maybe I just felt left out: all these people all over the world working apart-yet-together on this massive goal. I didn’t have the time for it. I didn’t want to work to someone else’s schedule, for heaven’s sake. I didn’t need the artificial encouragement. I found hundreds of reasons not to participate… and then last year, due to a little nudge from my long-time writing friend Amanda Davis, I decided to take a stab at it.

I had so much fun. That’s why I’m prepping for this year’s round of NaNo. My checklist so far:

  1. Pick a genre – check
  2. Pick a title – check
  3. Come up with a vague concept for a storyline – check
  4. Come up with a vague backstory for the protagonist – check
  5. Come up with a vague backstory for the other main character – check
  6. Start researching – check
     

Things left to do:

  • Outline the plot arc
  • Come up with the secondary complication
  • Decide how this is going to play out
  • Name the characters

I’m coming clean with things here. I’ve been very vocal about being completely done with paranormal stories, particularly paranormal romances. Yet here I am thinking of writing a sort of romance with a paranormal slant to it. What can I say? Never say never!

Which of you are going to participate in NaNoWriMo next month? I’m myself over there. If you’d like to be writing buddies, I will be extremely encouraging. If that’s something you need, don’t hesitate to add me.


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Hello.

I’m brand new on Ello now.

Do you ever get social media paralysis? At new sites, we have the opportunity to rebrand ourselves. What we post becomes a part of who we are and how we act. I like to consider what I put on sites like Ello and Twitter before I let them become a part of my public record.

What to do! Staring at the blank page anywhere fills me with more than a little bit of apprehension.

(If you’d like an Ello invite, let me know.)

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