Romance · The Crucible · Website · Writing

Building Worlds & Other Godlike Stuff

One of the things about being an author I find simultaneously amusing and invigorating is the fact that as a writer with your own world, well … you’re the sovereign divine. You say what goes, who’s blessed, who falls, the problems they have to contend with, so on and so forth yadda yadda blah oh look, an uneaten snack cake on my desk. *noms*

Where was I? Oh right, ehem. So, like any good deity (or maybe you’re a malevolent bastard your minions would usurp if they had the chance, who knows?) you’ve got your own lore and backstory and tons of details that you’ll likely never actually get the chance to put into any of your stories. But that way, if someone charges you down with a million questions about why the plot in your story makes no sense and you should fix it, you can whip out your customized “bible” and use it like a shield all “Ah, here it is, the book of Lore, Chapter 2, Verse 12 … ” Anyway.

It’s like we need files upon files detailing all this stuff we’re never going to put in a story. Well, I have files upon files, not sure how much of a weirdo that makes me, but I’ll digress. I’d even drawn out a map of Ithelyon at one point (if you’ve read my stories, you know it’s another realm) though this map is heavily outdated (I think I made it like ten years ago, long before Blue Moon was published) so yeah, point being; building worlds and keeping up with them is a full time job in itself.

I’m surprised more writers haven’t exploded into a million pieces. Some days I’ll stare at a page in a story I’m working on and notice a plot device and ask myself “wait, how did that work again?” Only a moment passes before I go “OH YEAH!” BUT! Then I feel this ominous sense of overwhelming dread when I start to worry about how I’m going to make sure the rest of the story bides by this (probably unspoken) piece of lore and whether or not I’ll be shooting myself in the foot in future books if I should forget about it somehow.

Thankfully, that sense of dread doesn’t last long, and I’m happily carrying on my way, tapping out word after word on a page.

But I was just wondering, because I’ve seen it in books before; Just how well received are those stories with really long lists of terms and definitions before the book actually starts? Like hi, I’m here to read a fantasy story, not learn ._.! LoL! Still, I have to admit, I was kicking around the idea of having such a list added to my fifth book (though certainly not before the story begins, that’s just too much to trudge through). But if I add it at the end, it’s kind of like “Oh, didn’t know what that one thing was? Here it is long after you needed it.” Hmm, maybe it’s best to leave my terms on the terminology page of my website.

In any case, and speaking of websites, mine just got a new layout WOO! I think I’d mentioned that a week or so ago? I can’t quite remember, but I’m very pleased with it, and now that I’m done, and today is the last day of my work week, my weekend will be free to write more of The Final Calling! Good weekend is good. I hope lol!

Cheers! :D

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Light of Dawn · Romance · The Crucible · Website · Writing

What’s Next?

So I decided to make a quick update here just to say that woo, April’s been a busy month! Lots going on, and it’s been great! Mostly, these things have to do with website updates (which are going smoothly) and getting my facebook page edited, yada yada, lots of little things here and there.

But I really wanted to come by and comment on the fourth book coming soon in my paranormal romance series. I only have a working title for it so far, and I haven’t written up any blurbs yet to post, so I’m not going to be revealing too much information here. In fact, progress is going somewhat slowly at the moment if only because I’ve been so busy with other things (both writing and non-writing related). But I’m happy to say this book is going to (finally lol) dive into The Crucible itself a little more and offer some information on the way in which the divinians work.

Also vampires. Did I mention vampires? :D

Lastly, I’m still proofing Light of Dawn’s paperback version, and it’s almost ready!

So expect more updates in the near future, and thanks again for being so awesome! Cheers! :D

Blue Moon · Personal · Romance · Website

Thanks Everyone!–Book Sale and Website Updates

The three day book sale is over now, and wow! It was awesome! Thanks so much to everyone who left comments and offered ratings on goodreads.com! If you missed the sale, don’t worry, there will be more to come in the future definitely! :)

Now, I have an announcement to make, being that I’ve finally managed to acquire my own website! www.AngelaColsin.com is under construction, and while there is a placeholder page with links and info up at the moment, nothing else is currently available. Still, it shouldn’t be too long before everything is in working order! In the meantime, I’ll definitely still be using this blog for updates! :)

As a side note, my non-proof copy of Blue Moon in paperback arrived yesterday. I may or may not have become emotional LoL! But the timing seemed strange. I’d just acquired my website and there was my book. I wonder if it’s some kind of a sign…XD

Cheers! :D

Blog Updates · Design · The Crucible · Writing

Planning Ahead

Hi guys! I come bearing gifts! Or, well, updates, but if you can consider news a gift, then it’s not entirely inaccurate! :D

I’d been planning to take a short break from writing once Strange Brew was published in order to recharge myself and also work on other aspects of being an indie author, and all of that is well underway now. For the past week, I’ve been diligently hammering out a layout for a website I’m planning to open in the coming months. What does that mean for this blog? Nothing as of yet! I’ll continue to use it for updates along with my website, so this will still be a main “base of operations” as it were! :D

As for The Crucible, I’m in the process of brainstorming and further developing my ideas for the 4th book. It’s much too early to offer any information on it as of yet, but I can say that I have 3 more books planned out so far, and no intentions of stopping once those are done. I wanted this series to be ongoing, and I really have no idea when or where it will end!

So, for now, that’s about it. I’ll be posting up another article for you guys to read in the near future as well, so keep an eye open if you’re interested!

Cheers! :D

Design · Personal · Romance · The Crucible · Writing

Migration

Before I start posting on anything I’ve been planning recently, I wanted to comment on something else I’ve been noticing lately, which is an increase in followers and hits to my blog. I don’t know who you guys are, but thanks so much! Maybe we’ll get a chance to chat sometime! I promise I don’t bite!

Unless that’s your thing and you want me to. Even then, I may shy away. :|

So! Moving on along to other things of varying levels of import doo tee do. You may have realized that the name of this post is migration, which means I’m in the process of making a layout for a website of my very own! In turn, that means I’m going to have to migrate some information because I plan on integrating my blog here into the website there.

Which, even though I do have a good bit of coding experience, I’ve never particularly attempted in specific before. So on that front, it’s going to take me some time, and I’ll likely be blogging here for a while longer. But aside from that, I’ve been trying to get the content for my website all organized anyway, which can take a while in itself, so there’s no huge hurry at the moment. But as a consolation to everyone else, I’ll try to get a screenshot of the layout up soon now!

In the meantime, the second story of The Crucible Series is coming along, and finally, I have a working name, which is very subject to change at the moment considering the story is no where near completion, but it may give those of you who are curious an idea about what the next story involves: Dragon’s Chase. (Watch the name change to something drastically different now that I’ve brought this up!)

Hmm, Dragon’s and Chase? It’s about ghosts, right!? :D

Anyway, cheers all!