Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November IWSG--Pushing Forward In Spite of Insecurities

It's IWSG time! Click here to see the complete list of participants. I'm currently #84

Can you believe it's already November?! It came so fast this year. Although it's possibly one of my favorite months, it can be a bit stressful. This year I added to that stress. :)

Nanowrimo
On November 1st I planned on sleeping in and being lazy all day. However, I was awake by 7 AM thinking, "It's November 1st! Must get up and write!"

My brain has been programed. Since I started participating in Nano in 2008, 4 of the 5 years were dedicated to writing Talia stories. Because of this, it's easy to turn back to her story for this month. I'm running with it! I'll probably do a mix of editing her second novel and drafting the third. This means I might not "win" this year, but for those readers who have been bugging me about the sequels it'll be a win. Every time I try to move forward something happens. Maybe this time I'll reach the end.

If you want to add me as a buddy, I go by solstice1974.

Bold New Worlds High School Short Story Contest
Mark this one up as a giant flop! I'm so sad about it too. As of Nov 1st there were no entries. The deadline is the 10th, but what kind of contest will it be with only 1-2 entries. *sigh* I'm prepared to return the donated prize money on November 11th.

One day I'll give this another try.

Kickstarter
Nanowrimo 2011 was the only year I didn't explore Talia's world. Instead I met a troubled girl named Ryanne. She had secrets I didn't want to uncover, but her desperate need to be loved in spite of her scars kept drawing me back to her. I finally finished her story in 2013. Early this year I dug into revisions with a drive I hadn't felt since THE MAGIC WAKES (WiDo Publishing, 2013).

I was on fire.

That novel has been through multiple beta readers and grown into something I never could have planned. Some people will love it. Others won't get it. It's about a co-dependent girl who protects those who hurt her and runs from those who can make her whole. She's based on many women in my life. All of us had to learn that we are worth it and embrace those who knew that.

This month I'm running a kickstarter to pay for a professional editor and typesetter. With any luck, I'll make my goal and this book will be available early next year. Please take a moment and watch my video about the project. The book trailer is at the end. Then think of it this way, a $12 pledge is pre-ordering a signed print copy of FADE INTO ME. I will be selling the print copy for $12 on Amazon and other places when it's available, but it won't be signed!

For those outside the US. An $8 pledge gets you the e-copy of FADE and the e-copy of my short story collection STELLAR CLOUD.

Thanks in advance for any support you can give. Even if that's just tweeting and facebooking the project to your friends.


What do you think? Does it sound like something you'd read?
Click HERE to read the first 2 chapters.

Early Praise for FIM--

Fade Into Me was a remarkable read. I couldn't put it down! Bradford writes the story with so much conviction, I wondered if she was trying to tell us all something about the human race. The book is clean and well written. The character building hooked me from page one. The author's imagination helps make the book come to life. I give the book a 5 out of 5 rating! Great read for all audiences! I can't wait for others to be able to discover this new Urban Fantasy!
~Alicia Rivoli - Author of The Enchantment Series

I love the glimpse into two different worlds and can't wait to see how they collide! I have a clear picture in my mind as I read, I can't help but visualize Caeden's world-not something I can usually do in the first chapter of a book. I'm only disappointed I can't read the rest yet!
~Trish


31 comments:

  1. I'm sorry the contest isn't working out. Hope you'll be willing to try again. Maybe just need to connect with the right people to propel it forward.
    And sleep is overrated - write, woman!

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    1. I'll definitely try again! I know it can work, I just need to reach the schools.

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  2. Good luck with everything! Maybe for next year you should grab as many blogging buddies as you can that teach and ask them to share a flyer or the like for the contest at their school.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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    1. I tried that several times, but it didn't seem to work the way I thought it would. I'll still try again. The trick is to actually get in touch with the principals. Emails are not the way to go because they are to easy to forget.

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  3. Sorry to hear the contest didn't get the response you wanted. It sounds like a good idea. Perhaps you could retool and try again.
    Good luck with Nano. I'm right there typing along with you.

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    1. I will! Thanks and good luck to you too.

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  4. Good luck with Nano and the campaign!

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  5. That's a bummer the contest didn't work out. What can you do but try again another time.
    I donated to your kickstarter! =D I hope more do too and you get it funded.

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    1. Awesome! Thanks Patricia. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If not, stay tuned and one day the book will be for sale, no matter what.

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  6. Sucks about the contest. I hope you complete your NaNo goals.

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  7. Sorry that the contest didn't go as planned.
    Maybe you can try it again, from a different perspective...
    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I'll definitely try again. I think it's just going to require more leg work and phone calls instead of emails and letters.

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  8. Chairty: I'll take a read of the two chapters a bit later tonight (have a poem deadline tonight yikes...and more IWSG visits to make.) Haven't done NaNo....yet.

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    1. Thanks Dean! I'd love to hear your thoughts. Good luck with the deadline.

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  9. Sorry to hear about the contest. I was wondering about it and since I hadn't heard anything in awhile I kinda suspected lack of submissions. Don't feel too bad...my guest reviewer idea is semi-flopping as well. So you're not alone.

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    1. Yeah. It started out well, things felt like they were falling into place. I sent 100 emails to high schools around the country but never heard a single reply. Makes me wonder if they went straight to junk mail. I sent them each individually so as not to look like a spammer. Ah well. I'll have to fork out money for stamps next time I try.

      I even hand delivered flyers to the three schools close to me. Maybe teens don't like scifi and fantasy as much as I thought they might?

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  10. Best of luck to you with the Kickstarter. I've heard of people getting a lot of help through those. I'm doing NaNo this year after taking a year hiatus. It's slow going but I'm proud of the word count I have so far :)

    Best of luck!
    Jen

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. It started out really well when I had four days to pester people. Now that I'm working all day again there's nothing. *sigh* It was worth a try. Maybe I'll still make it. Gotta think positive.

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  11. So you're a seasoned NaNoWriMo-er! Good for you! One of these days I'll try it myself, maybe when the kids are a little older and I can get more me time =)

    Good luck to you!!

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    1. I feel so seasoned that I'm almost done. LOL. No, I've always loved Nano. This year is starting out really slow. Only 1700 words for the first 5 days, but I've also revised about 20 pages of my other ms in that same time. It'll have to do.

      When my youngest started kindergarten it was like getting out of prison. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and feel blessed to have stayed home with them, but with them gone all day I could finally dig into my passion for writing. I really miss the two years I got to enjoy that before starting to work during the day. :( My advice is do what you can when you can do it. Otherwise there will always be something to slow you down or hold you back.

      Good luck!

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  12. I hate missing NaNo and just got underway yesterday. I'll have to get a move on. I wish you all the best with your efforts. I don't get those kickstarter programs.

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  13. I'm sorry about the contest not working out. Good luck with your kickstarter! Also, good luck with NaNo.

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  14. Are you sure the contest hasn't worked out? Teenagers procrastinate. Give it until the 10th before calling it a failure.

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  15. Good luck with NaNo. I admire all of you who participate. Liz (above) makes a good point about teens. Don't give up on them. And it isn't a failure. You tried.

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  16. It is extremely hard to do anything with schools these days. The administrators are scared to do anything thst isn't routine.
    I had luck starting much smaller, one teacher and one class. If it's good it will grow from there.
    Good luck w/nano
    doreenmcgettigan.com

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  17. Good luck with NaNo! It's not an easy. And Kickstarter is crazy! I haven't looked into something like that yet, but it's awesome you've stepped out and are giving it a shot!

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  18. Sounds like you have lots going on! GL with the Kickstarter!
    lucindawhitney.com

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  19. Love doing NaNo, so I'll see you round the water cooler. hehehe

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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