All about what I've done, haven't done and looking forward to.
I promised I'd never clutter your inbox and I've kept my word. Mostly because I've not really been up to much more than boosting those around and focusing on myself. Not my writing, mind you; I've a sort of slacker these days.
After I was hit with bronchitis, I sorta fell by the wayside. I even had to put my gym membership on pause for a bit. But I never stopped reading, reviewing and now making Book Videos for my IG! Have you seen? Well, here's what's going on:
I've written the outline for Just the Way You Are. It's my attempt at writing light romance. It's a short story, so it won't be in paperback for anyone but my main betas- they know who they are! It's taken from mostly fiction but a bit of my own life as well. None of this happened, mind you, but the wishful thinking from years back. I'm going to write it this July, with Camp NaNoWriMo. Are you participating next month? I hope you enjoy it.
I've still not finished The Malignant Soul. Why, you ask? Purely because I've not liked any of the endings I've worked out. Nothing seems to do this story any justice or true purpose. I think I've lost it! I don't know, but one thing I believe to be true about myself is that I'm simply afraid to release another novel. The two I've previously written, I took back! I sold copies, but I didn't like the relationships created to get them out there and the publishing life just crushed me. So I guess I'm the reason behind it's lag thus far. So wish me luck. Hopefully the final draft will be finished before the end of the year.
My joy in book video making has been a blast! I don't make one for every review, but when I can, I get them out there and share all over my media. Speaking of media, I am really struggling with it. I get all sorts of "impressions" but the interaction is awful! Anybody else going through this? I really do not want to pay for assistance and I refuse to use Pinerest's, Facebook's and the rest, their services to help with followers and all. They're a rip off and I won't do it. What do you do?
Lastly, I'd like to share an author I've read this year. Her name's Darlene Burns and she's from California, like myself. I asked her a couple questions concerning her inspiration and influence for her running book series, The Vampyr Plague.
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Books! Books! Books!: So where are you from Darlene, for those who do not know.
DB: The original story was put together in 1999 and it was going to be basically a story about a father and daughter relationship. Kind of mirroring Beauty and the beast but making the daughter the Vampire. When I came out in 9 years later, I had no plans to even write. After a conversation, (which I've credited my good friend) she asked me why don't I start writing again for therapy. So I changed everything about the characters including their sexuality. It was done on purpose. I wanted to make the most misogynistic supernatural character and turn it on its head. I had no idea that my sexuality was a catalyst, but I'm happy with the results.
B3!: Lastly, what's next, for those who aren't current followers?
DB: I try to blog as much as I can. I will be publishing the final short story that will be featured on my website only. Lastly, I'm trying to find out where I can make appearances to speak next year. I just need to promote and start writing the 3rd installment, which I've started. I'm on the 3rd chapter.
Be watching for her!
Can you believe it? My time has arrived. This weekend, I will be leaving most of you and joining others! I wish I was just going, so I could take the time to meet so many of you in London, Ireland and so forth. There's nothing I'd love more than time to socialize with the ones I've shared a bulk of my life with, but not this go-round. One day though! So what have I to share before leaving my home country for the one I wished I'd been born?
The Malevolent Soul
Who Am I?
My name's Alyssa and I'm just like you. Within me are stories, looking to be told. I do my best to relay them to the public, as magically as possible.