September Update

Hey guys,

Just a quick update to let you know I’m still around. I’ve really been working hard on Blessed Cursed which is why I haven’t posted up in a few months. Its word count is up to 160k and rising. I’ve finished re-writing the middle chapters and I’m up to reviewing the last third of the manuscript. A lot of work still to be done but I really hope to finish before the end of the year.

The picture above is my cat Kuro when he was a kitten ‘helping’ me type. Such a little cutie.

Till next time,

Ashleigh

 

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Alanna, The First Adventure By Tamora Pierce

This last week I have started to re-read probably one of my favourite series from an author whom I would consider to be most influential on my writing. The Song Of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. I have to admit, if I was allowed to meet any author I wanted, this is probably who I would pick.

AtFA_Cover2The first book in The Song Of The Lioness Series is Alanna, The First Adventure. The story is centred around Alanna, a girl who doesn’t want to grow up to be a lady. She wants to be a knight and perform great deeds. But only boys are allowed to train to become knights so she cuts her hair and trades places with her twin brother. Taking the alias of Alan, she goes to the castle to prove her worth.

I loved re-reading this novel. I first read it years ago when I was still in primary school. My copy is looking more beat up than the picture to the left but it’s still whole. As a tomboy, the character of Alanna really spoke to me and I’m happy to say still does. This is the first time I’ve re-read Alanna since becoming a writer myself. It’s amazing the little things you start to notice. Tamora Pierce is a master of moving the story along without denying the reader. The short novel encompasses four years of Alanna’s life yet the story rolls smoothly from one incident to the next.

I have trouble with this when I write. It’s hard for me to write the passage of time. Reading this novel has reminded me that sometimes just a few words is all that’s needed.

I’m continuing onto the next book in the series today, In The Hand Of The Goddess. If you haven’t read this series yet, I recommend you place it on your list. It was the spark that ignited my passion for both reading and writing.

On Writing By Stephen King

These last few days I have been reading On Writing by Stephen King. I was given it as a gift. The book itself is split into three sections. The first is a memoir of his early life and how he came to learn about writing, the next is a breakdown of his best tips and the last is a description of his accident and how he recovered.

On Writing

This is a fantastic book and I suggest you pick it up and give it a read. It’s relatively short yet packed full of insight. I won’t go into too much detail here but Mr King has some fantastic tips for writers, whether you are new or just looking to hone your skills.

I feel that my writing will only improve from having read On Writing.

Importance of Reviews

Hey guys!

I just want to take a moment and explain the importance of reviews.

Our books are our babies. We nurture them for years and one of the hardest things we have to do is put them in the eyes of the public. Afterall what’s the point of a book that isn’t read. We want to share our stories, our adventures with the world. But in a society where hundreds of books are added to sites like Amazon everyday, it’s hard to be noticed. Our little voice whimpering ‘read me’ is often missed in the uproar. Many authors don’t have a huge budget for marketing. In fact they are probably working normal jobs on the side just to pay the bills. What we rely on are other voices, readers who stand by our books and say ‘Yes, this is good. Read this.’ Once enough people are there, the message can start to be heard.

Reviews don’t have to be a two pages narrative on every aspect liked and disliked. A simple sentence works wonders.

So I’d like to make this appeal on behalf of all authors. If you’ve read a book, and you liked it, please take 5 min to write a review on Good Reads or Amazon or where ever you like. If you maintain a blog, you can let your audience know how much you enjoyed it. The author will thank you from the bottom of their heart and so will I.

Only $6.60 on Amazon

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Tell your Friends, Family, Everyone!!  Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

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