#WIP Update 21 #amwriting

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So, writing is a tricky thing (in case you didn’t know). I’ve done quite a bit of writing as of late, but I haven’t made a whole lot of progress on any one story. (How is this possible you ask?)

Well, in the process of picking up stories I hadn’t worked on in ages, I found that my original vision for many of them has changed. This month, though, I just want to focus on my progress with the Saying Series 2 book. At the moment, the working title is “Be Careful What You Wish For.”

Since I’m bringing back all the characters from the first book but choosing to focus on one in particular, I had to figure out how to put my new (well, new to this installment) heroin at the center of the action or drama. Needless to say, there’s going to be loads of relationship issues and not all of them will be Lisa’s fault (she’s matured since book 1).

So here’s the basics of what I’m working with. Lisa and Teddy are working to keep a spark in their relationship as they both continue to excel in their careers, which kinda pulls them away from each other. Between Lisa and Rebecca, someone has to get pregnant soon so Sarah Rapture can have a grandchild. Paul, Alex, and a few new comers are back on the dating scene and it’s a little scary (some of Lisa’s life lessons will come in handy here). And while I’m sure some will be put off by this, there will be race issues addressed (in case you didn’t know, Lisa is black… dunt, dunt, dunnnnnn! 😮 )

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’ll explain about some of the other stories I’m rewriting and or structuring another day. If you’re up for it, please check out my Reading Challenge Update.

-Do you have a WIP Update to share? I’d love to see it.

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Return of the #WIP Update 20 #amwriting

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Well, it’s been a rocky road getting here- posting my first WIP Update in ages, late. Oh well. My plan was to post a wip update or reading challenge video the first Friday of the month and since I posted my Reading Challenge Update video with my IWSG post on Wednesday, today is all about the wips.

Just for clarification, I didn’t forget to post this, I mean not exactly. I actually forgot what day of the week it was. For some reason, I thought there were two Thursdays this week. In any case, here’s what I’m working on.

The 3rd book in the Eternal Curse Series. It’s further in the future and the world hasn’t changed as much as people would like, but it is a completely different world. Oh, and it’s on the verge of complete destruction.

The 2nd book in the Saying Series. This time the focus is on Lisa and Teddy, the best friend and brother of Rebecca, the main character from Sayings 1, It’s Like the Full Moon. New characters will be introduced but they’ll simply find their place within the circle of friends that’s already established.

Solomon Sword (working title). I have no idea what the title of this story will be. It just keeps growing and expanding. I’m very intimidated by this project. This will be epic, if I can ever wrap my head around it. Been building the world for a while and need to settle on plot points.

We are Jardin (Touched by Oma 1). I see this being a two-part series. I thought it would be a simple novella, but the story kept growing. This is a new kind of fantasy for me and I’ve nervous about how it will come off. Almost ready for betas to test it out to see if I’m on the right track or heading for a complete rewrite.

I have several children’s books I’m working on including a story about a chef that’s done but needs to be illustrated and new adventures about my rescue dog, Margie.

I’m also working to finish and or polish several short stories that have been sitting around waiting to meet some beta readers.

-Do you have a WIP Update to share? I’d love to see it.

-Feeling a little lost about what’s going on in this post? Just see the side panel and search ToiBox Topics, WIP Updates, to get all caught up. Also, check my Works In Progress tab to see what else I may be working on.

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#Author interview with Karl Ayling @AylingKarl #nonfic

Greetings readers, bloggers, geeks, and authors and welcome to The ToiBox of Words. I’m your host Toi Thomas, author of Eternal Curse, and today I have a treat to share. A while back, I had the pleasure to interview a wonderful author named, Karl Ayling. A good time was truly had by all, and here’s how it went down.

  Toi Thomas: Hi there Karl! It’s so lovely to have you here at the ToiBox Blog. I’m excited to learn more about you and your work.

Karl: Hi Toi. Thanks for having me.

Toi Thomas: So tell me, who is Karl Ayling?

Karl: I’m the author of Massive Power Massive Love. I’m a Christian who found faith later on in life. I’ve written about healing from the activities of paedophile parents and the emotional, physical and spiritual damage that this caused.

Toi Thomas: Well before we dive into your special message today, let’s get to know you, the person inside the author.

Toi Thomas: Who is so you and why?

Karl: I relate to The Who’s song Love Reign O’er Me from Quadrophenia. I have been listening to this track for many years and one day bopping along with my i-pod, I heard it differently. Something snapped and it hit me right in the heart. Transformation in music.

Toi Thomas: What’s your ideal reading spot for your next highly anticipated read?

Karl: I am currently reading David Finklehor and his research around the sociological background and effects of childhood sexual abuse. It’s an American book and based on US statistics which mirror those in my home country – the UK. I hope that this research will help me in my own writings.

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Toi Thomas: What was your favorite book or story, pre-teen years?

Karl: Pre-teen I was into Spiderman and Superman comics. It was a cool way to follow the crowd whilst also hiding (and not dealing) with family issues.

Toi Thomas: In terms of interviews, whose brain are you just itching to scratch?

Karl: I would like to interview Jesus at anytime from his birth to age 30.

Toi Thomas: Now that we know a little more about you, the person, let’s learn about you, the author, and dive into your special message.

Toi Thomas: So what are you sharing with me today?

Karl: Shocking… heart- rending… inspiring… compulsive reading.

My book is a paperback published by Apolostolos Publishing. Its called, Massive Power Massive Love. It tells of my overcoming addiction and sexual abuse. Visit this link to learn more.

Toi Thomas: So where’s the motivation behind Massive Power Massive Love?

Karl: Both of my natural parents were abusive paedophiles; surviving childhood, OCD, and PTSD left me wanting to share. It has been a journey, which continues and the more I share about male abuse survivors perhaps, the more will be inspired to seek help.

Toi Thomas: What’s so special about this story that’s going to reel in the readers?

Karl: Not many male survivors write about childhood sexual abuse and overcoming addiction.

Toi Thomas: Past, present, future, is there a rhyme or reason to your writing?

Karl: I’m currently researching my next book. Reading around the topics and statistics of child sexual abuse along with client centred counselling. So far, I have chapter headings and some titles for poems. For me, this pre-writing process lets me see and find the edges of my topics before actually sitting down to write.

Toi Thomas: What author(s) has most influenced your writing? Why or how?

Karl: Coming out the other side of therapy and thinking about what I had to say, I developed my own unique style not based on anything other than an open and honest reflection of events.

Toi Thomas: Now this is where the questions get a little kooky; are you ready?

Karl: OK!

Toi Thomas: If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Karl: Lord of the Rings trilogy. This was literally the last book I read before finding my faith. And, I thought it was a secular work too!

Toi Thomas: When the soundtrack of your life is playing in your head, what songs express your glee and what songs bring out your rage?

Karl: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture brings joyful glee whenever I listen to it.

Monster by Skillet brings up rage and anger.

Toi Thomas: Let’s play zombie urban survivor. What 3 things do you need to survive a black-out in Central Park the day zombies attack?

Karl: My bible. My family. My wits.

Toi Thomas: What’s the most fun experience you’ve ever had, to date?

Karl: Racing my motorbike around Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground at 166mph and popping an unintentional wheelie at 147mph.

Toi Thomas: Last question of the day; here we go.

Toi Thomas: Not that you can see into the future, but in your opinion, what does the future hold?

Karl: As I mentioned earlier, I’m reading research around my core subjects and this may lead to starting up a counselling service in my area of the UK. There are woefully few male counsellors doing this work with my kind of background. There is a charity in a local city that specialises training counsellors and I am booked onto an introductory course later in the year.

Toi Thomas: Thank you so much, Karl for spending time with me today.

Karl: Thanks again, Toi, for having me.

Okay readers, bloggers, geeks, and authors, that’s all for today. Be sure to follow this blog to see who will be visiting next time. For more from Karl Ayling, check out these great links:

Website: KarlAyling.com

Twitter: @AylingKarl

Purchase links for Massive Power Massive Love: Amazon | Book Depository

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Ralene Burke Interview – Fiction Author

Greetings readers, bloggers, geeks, and authors and welcome to The ToiBox of Words. I’m your host Toi Thomas, author of Eternal Curse, and today I have a treat to share. A while back, I had the pleasure to interview a wonderful author named, Ralene Burke. A good time was truly had by all, and here’s how it went down.

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Toi Thomas: Hi there Ralene! It’s so awesome to have you here at the ToiBox Blog. I’m excited to learn more about you and your work.

Ralene: Hello, everyone! Toi, thank you so much for having me over to your corner of the world today. I’m looking forward to sharing with you and everyone else.

Toi Thomas: So tell me, who is Ralene Burke?

Ralene: I am the wielder of a freelance editor’s sword, a fantasy writer’s pen, and a social media wand. In the non-business world, I am wife to a disabled vet, homeschooling mama of 3, and aspiring home chef, expert seamstress, and all-around domestic diva. Those last ones still need some work, though.

Toi Thomas: Wow Ralene, you sound like a magical Renaissance woman to me. I have a feeling we’re going to have a lot of fun today.

Ralene: Maybe that should be my new tagline: The Magical Renaissance Woman.

Toi Thomas: I like that. Well now, before we dive into your special message today, let’s get to know you, the person inside the author or editor, depending upon which weapon you’re wielding.

Toi Thomas: Who is so you and why?

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Ralene: Gilmore Girls is my favorite TV show. And I’ve always so related to Sookie, one of the secondary characters. She is just like me in so many ways: warm and friendly, if a bit on the emotional side; good at what she does, even though she’s a bit of a klutz.

Toi Thomas: It amazes me to this day what a following this show still has. I usually only see that kind of devotion from sci-fi and crime fans, but the show really stuck with people. It even started a reading movement with younger girls; what’s not to love?

Toi Thomas: If that’s who you relate to, I wonder what makes you geek out?

Ralene: Books? Hello, I’m a writer who also decided to become an editor just so I can be around more books. I’m a big fan of anything speculative fiction (books or TV).

Toi Thomas: That makes sense. No rocket science required.

Toi Thomas: Being a book lover, what was your favorite book or story, pre-teen years?

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Ralene: The Giver by Lois Lowry. I read it in the 4th grade, and it made me fall in love with people, life, and speculative fiction.

Toi Thomas: It’s almost sad, but definitely embarrassing for me to admit that I’ve never read this book. Of course it’s been on my TBR list for ages, and even got bumped up with the release of the film (I always make a point to read the book before seeing the film). I will read this book one day soon. I’m tired of being in the dark about this experience.

Toi Thomas: In terms of interviews, whose brain are you just itching to scratch?

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Ralene: Frank Peretti is one of my favorite authors. He’s also considered the father of the modern inspirational speculative fiction genre, paving the way with awesome stories like This Present Darkness. I’d love to just pick his brain about how he does the things he does.

Toi Thomas: It’s hard not to like Peretti’s work unless there a difference in philosophical or religious views, but even then one must recognize his talent. I’m partial to his book The Oath, but that’s probably because it’s one of lighter reads.

Ralene: The Oath is one of my favorites as well!

Toi Thomas: Now that we know a little more about you, the person, let’s learn about you, the author, and dive into your special message.

Toi Thomas: So whacha got for me today?

Ralene: I’m a semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis contest this year, so I can’t really tell you about the book I’m shopping around. However, I’m just starting a serialization project for a fantasy entitled Bellanock (a play on “Beautiful Night”). Bellanock is an island where God has placed all the creatures of lore–unicorns, dragons, etc.–but now the demons have infiltrated the island.

Toi Thomas: I love the premise of the story already and can’t wait to learn a bit more. The concept is both explicitly magical and spiritual (for some- religious) and I like that. The title also sounds very mysterious.

Toi Thomas: So who’s starring is this 2 dimensional script read of Bellanock?

Ralene: Fauna is the fairy queen charged with caring for Bellanock. She’s strong and competent, but a little out of sorts when she has to leave the island.

Brian is a down-on-his-luck preacher who works at an inner city church. He’s reached a point where he doesn’t feel like he’s making a difference, that nobody cares about God, and he wants to give up. That all comes into question when Fauna shows up at his door.

Toi Thomas: Ooo, this sounds so sweet! What a great teaser!

Toi Thomas: What do you think is so special about this story that’s going to reel in the readers?

Ralene: Bellanock is all about finding your true purpose and joy in that purpose. I think too many people “settle” in this life because they want to be safe, secure, etc. But that’s not what life is about. Readers will relate to both Brian and Fauna and their inner struggles while enjoying the interwoven tale with plenty of fantasy genre fun.

Toi Thomas: I totally agree with that. This is something people can relate to. I too have written about finding one’s purpose, because, like you said, people “settle” and I don’t even think they realize it. I’m totally into this.

Toi Thomas: Now I know what you’re working on, but I’m curious: past, present, future, is there a rhyme or reason to your writing?

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Ralene: After hollering at hubby to watch the kids, I grab my iced tea and head into the office, sit at my L-shaped desk, and open up Jesus Calling (a devo book) while the computer boots up. I’m either going to be working on writing Bellanock or revising Dividing Spirits (supernatural suspense). I pull up the story in Scrivener and read over my last sessions’ progress, making little fixes and such before diving into today’s work. I don’t have a lot of time to write, but my goal is 1,000 words/day (or 5 pages if editing). If there’s time for more, yay!

Toi Thomas: I feel bad about having trouble with finding time to write when I know authors like you do it with kids. I admire your dedication to a 1,000 word daily goal. I haven’t used Scrivener myself, but I’ve definitely been looking into it. I’ve heard it really streamlines the writing process. (Check out this video to see how the software works, if you’re interested.)

Ralene: A little bit of truth here: My goal is 1,000 words/day, but in the past year or so I’ve missed that goal more than I’ve made. I definitely do not have it all together most of the time and struggle with finding time to write.

Toi Thomas: So, what author(s) has most influenced your writing? Why or how?

Ralene: Frank Peretti falls in here again. In fact, the biggest compliment I ever received was when someone compared my supernatural suspense to Frank Peretti’s writing. I don’t think it was a conscious thing for me to be influenced by him, but I really like the way he deals with life and story.

Toi Thomas: I can see that. Specifically from a speculative fiction viewpoint, I look to C. S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien for inspiration, but Pereiti fit in there as well.

Toi Thomas: Now this is where the questions get a little kooky; are you ready?

Ralene: Absolutely.

Toi Thomas: If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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Ralene: Lord of the Rings. I love those movies. They are so well done and so memorable. And every time I watch them, there’s a little something new. And then I fast forward through the big spider parts.

Toi Thomas: Those movies are really awesome, and of course, the first in the trilogy is the best. Great choice.

Toi Thomas: When the soundtrack of your life is playing in your head, what songs express your glee and what songs bring out your rage?

Ralene: I’m pretty eclectic in my musical tastes, but I have less tolerance for secular music than I did as a teen/young adult. Most days my radio is set to the local Christian radio station or playing kids music. Yeah, I have 3 kids, remember? Anything by Casting Crowns, Lincoln Brewster, TobyMac, or Phillips, Craig, and Dean lifts my spirits. You don’t want to get me started on what brings out my rage!

Toi Thomas: TobyMac, nice! I’ll admit, while I’m unhappy with a lot a lyrical content these days, I’m a music lover. I admire musical creativity in so many ways, but accept that everyone is entitled to like or dislike what they want. For me, I don’t understand people who don’t like music at all, but to each his own.

Toi Thomas: Let’s play zombie urban survivor. What 3 things do you need to survive a black-out in Central Park the day zombies attack?

Ralene: Three things? You only need one: Daryl! OK, OK, if Daryl is not an option, then bow/arrows, friends with weapons, and fresh water.

Toi Thomas: LOL! I thoroughly enjoy this answer. Sounds like the perfect survival plan.

Toi Thomas: Can you think of the most fun experience you’ve ever had, to date?

Ralene: Last year’s Realm Makers conference. This conference has amazing workshops for speculative fiction writers, but it also has a TON of fun mixed in. This year, they’re having an all out Nerf-war on the second night. Score!

Toi Thomas: This does sound like a lot of fun, but conventions with authors and fantasy geeks always are.  

Toi Thomas: Last question of the day; here we go.

Toi Thomas: Not that you can see into the future, but in your opinion, what does the future hold?

Ralene: My home life won’t be much different. I’ll still be wife to a disabled vet and homeschooling mama of 3. However, I hope to be multi-published at some point. Between books sales and my editing business, I hope to have reached a point where my husband doesn’t have to work, but we can still afford for me to work from home.

Toi Thomas: That sounds like a very nice and simple future, no desire for excess just what you need and a little more for comfort. I hope this future is indeed waiting for you down the road.

Toi Thomas: Thank you so much Ralene for spending time with me today.

Ralene: Thank you again, Toi, for letting me hang out. I’ve so enjoyed your questions and your responses.

Okay readers, bloggers, geeks, and authors, that’s all for today. Be sure to follow this blog to see who will be visiting next time. For more from Ralene Burke, check out these great links:

Website: Ralene Burke.com

GoodReads: Ralene Burke

Facebook: Ralene Burke, Editor and Writer

Twitter: @RaleneB

Pinterest: Ralene Burke

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Posts from the Past: EC:GA – The Angels of Eternal Curse

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These are previous posts that have been dusted off, updated, and freshly presented to an audience that’s never seen them. These limited posts originate from the companion blogs I’ve written for books in my Eternal Curse Series as well as others down the road. Some information may be omitted.

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From 40 Days and Night of Eternal Curse : The Angels of Eternal Curse

There are several different types of Angels that will make an appearance in this series, but there are only three that are actually described in the first book. A Seraph and an Arch are two types of angels that are depicted in this first book. While the Seraph is unnamed in the first book, it will be more closely viewed in the books to come. There is a very brief description of another angel in the first book, but to describe it now would just cause confusion.

The seraph of Giovanni’s Angel is described as being twice the size of an Archangel, with four sets of wings, and the head of an Ox. The significance of this angel is not explained in the first book, but is meant to entice the reader into wanting to know about the background story that is slowly unraveled throughout Giovanni’s dream struggle.

The Archangel that is depicted in the story is a more traditional take on an angelic hero. The Arch is tall, lean, and muscular with golden glowing skin and powder white wings.  Each of the Angels is depicted as warriors carrying very distinctive weapons.  The significance of this particular Arch is also not explained in the first book, though followers of angelic history may be able to figure it out which one it is. Never the less, the whole story and all the players will be explained in full, later in the series.

The Angels of EC: GA carry weapons made of precious metals and gems, and while their weapons do make impact with their foe, the real battle occurs internally, mentally, and spiritually. Yes, I know, I said spiritually…Remember we’ve already determined that spiritual conflict can make for a good story and be really cool. I promise.

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