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December 2015

Twas a week before Giving Day

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*Read like “Twas the Night Before Christmas”*

Twas a week before Giving Day and inside the castle,

an old sage was pacing, his pepper hair all frazzled.

His large friend – the Steward – did nothing but stare,

listening to the sage rant his concerns through the air.

The sage wanted to get his apprentice a gift,

but didn’t know what would help her mood lift.

Caldor knew the girl had all her gifts ready.

She had wrapped them for Cáel, Foe… hell everybody.

So, the sage had to think.

He thought long and thought hard.

His large friend then stood to leave, without any regard.

“Where are you going?” Caldor spouted in fear.

“You are supposed to help me think of a gift for Liora this year.”

“I got her a dress, somethin’ small an’ sweet.

She don’ want much, just somethin’ useful that she needs.

Don’ think too hard, it’ll come right to yah.

Now I must see me son and me wife if that’s all ‘ight with yah?”

The Steward lumbered off.

The sage paced with more speed.

Gift giving was easy for those who knew greed.

Chijin weren’t gifters.

They hated this day.

He’d rather eat fish hash

than participate in Giving Day.

<.>.<.>

Meanwhile upstairs on the second level,

a whole other person was having the same trouble.

He tore through his books and looked at sheet music.

He plucked at his lute and believed he blew it.

Blew it by not getting her the right gift.

Liora was special and deserved every bit.

He wanted to give her a journal, but no –

she just got a new one three days ago.

A dress?

No, the Steward had gotten that handled.

Some shoes?

No, those would be left sitting up on the mantel.

The ginger haired prince sat cross-legged on his bed.

Looking and hoping something would pop into his head.

Everyone was struggling to find the girl the perfect gift.

With everything that had happened Liora deserved it.

<.>.<.>

So, let’s jump to Liora sitting on her windowsill.

A big book on her lap, her demeanour calm and chill.

She stared out her window, towards the snow filled garden below.

She didn’t like being inside when their were other places she could go.

The presents she had for the others lined along her desk.

Each wrapped with brown paper to conceal them from guests.

The old sage had popped in while she had been wrapping,

He had been surprised to see all the items she had been packing.

Marcia had helped her get the gifts for the boys,

but Foe and Caldor’s gifts filled her with joy.

She knew the two men, what they liked and what they needed.

She had made them their gifts without being impeded.

Now she could sit. Relax and be merry.

While everyone else was stressing over last minute prezzies.

<.>.<.>

Caldor hurried through the courtyard and through the large gateway.

There was only one day to go before bloody Giving Day.

He was the only one without a gift.

If he had nothing for her, she surely would be miffed.

And who could blame her with how much work the girl had done?

Liora took care of him delaying her fun.

He needed a gift that would show her he cared.

That he loved her, and never wished her to go elsewhere.

Yes, yes, this was not a Chijin tradition

But the girl wasn’t bitter or declined participation.

<.>.<.>

Cáel fiddled with brown paper, his wrapping not so good.

He thought he could wrap it but obviously he couldn’t.

The corner was showing and so was the spine.

He’d wrap another layer to hide it behind.

He hoped that she’d liked it. No he knew that she would.

The girl loved her gryphons and spent all the time with them that she could .

She had voiced her attraction and interest in riding,

which was perfect ’cause what he got her would tie in.

He had also gotten her another item to unwrap.

More of a thank you than a giving gift – she’d likely call him a sap.

Or silly boy, or freckles. All pet names he liked.

Just thinking of that made his cheeks blush bright.

His heart it then fluttered, as he went back to wrapping.

“I hope she’ll like what I got her,” he muttered, as his gut began flipping.

<.>.<.>

Liora was holding a basket in hand,

all her gifts ready to give on command.

It was Giving Eve and soon would be dinner.

She hoped that she did well for a Giving Day beginner.

Sitting down in the dining hall on one of the oak chairs,

she appeared to be the only one seated there.

The flames in the fireplace danced on the walls,

casting the armour’s shadows very thin and very tall.

There came clomping from behind her, as the king appeared in her sight.

He was brutish, and mean not due to his height.

He had called her a Snake, a brat, and other worse names.

She still got him a gift to try to lessen his insults and blame.

Scurrying over with a glass bottle in hand,

Liora held it out before her to where the man chose to stand.

His brow knotted, jaw clenched, as he peered down towards her.

She just smiled and gestured the gift hoping she wasn’t being too forward.

He took it and turned it, with a questioning glance.

“What’s this?” he grumbled, stiffening his stance.

“A bottle of malt liquor from the city of Calin.

I over heard you asking for a drink here and that one you mentioned.

Caldor said you liked it… so I hope that you do.

I just wanted to give a gift that would be just for you,”

Liora then smiled, scurrying back to her spot –

just as the King went lumbering off.

Had she insulted, or maybe heard wrong?

Maybe she angered him or came on too strong?

Liora didn’t care, at least she had tried.

He could go storming off to his office to hide.

<.>.<.>

Dinner was good and the gifts were grand.

Foe gave her a dress. Marcia gifted a leather hair-band.

Caldor gave her a book engraved with her name,

and Cáel gave her a book on how gryphons were tamed.

Each gift was wonderful and showed that they cared.

From what she could tell, the love that she felt was shared.

Caldor was using his new tobacco for his pipe,

the old sage had tucked the bag of tea in his robe for later that night.

Foe was giggling like a little boy with glee

when she gave him the ointment to help with his hip and knee.

Marcia was testing her new hairbrush on her golden locks,

while Druce played with his new wooden figure of a gryphon hawk.

It was Cáel she approached, who was wearing his goofy grin.

He had been focusing on restring his lute so he could give it a spin.

She had gifted him strings and sheet music to match,

as he glanced up at her before taking a chance.

“Yay, look pretty tonight,” he muttered before swallowing hard,

“and I like me gift… although restrin’ is hard.”

“Thank you, and yes… but new strings were needed,”

she smiled, he chuckled. Now he could play unimpeded.

Marcia began singing a holiday tune,

and everyone joined her – who stood in the room.

Malt wine, and spiced cakes were brought out to display.

But there was one person missing from the holiday.

The king hadn’t returned to the dining hall for dinner.

He wasn’t their for the cake, wine, or malt liquor.

Just then there came a booming voice calling her a name.

“Brat!” Charn shouted, the singing halted. His eyes burnt like a flame.

He lumbered over, a small package in his monstrous hand.

She hadn’t expected a gift from the large brutish man.

Yes, it was just a candle – likely just from his desk –

but the king was trying… he was doing his best.

“Thank, Charn,” Liora smiled from ear-to-ear.

“Yeah, yeah,” the king waved her off with a sneer.

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Lissome

This week on WWW I offer you the word lissome. It is a simple and beautiful word used to describe something graceful and slender. Isn’t is better to say lissome instead of those two words. Sure, graceful is a nice word, and the same goes for slender… but why divide them with an and when you can just use one word that incorporates them both?

Here are some examples of using lissome in a sentence:

The horse was lissome as its mane glistened in the sun.

Or…

The lissome woman wandered towards the men on the other side of the room, eyeing the tallest of her companions before winking at him.

#20 on the Canadian Kindle Bestseller List

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So… I don’t know what happened but today my book made #20 on the Juvenile Social Issues Bestseller’s list on the Canadian Kindle store. It’s been out for three days… I kind of find that unbelievable…

Find the book HERE

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Onto Book 2… I guess…

Yeah… you know how I just published a book… and you know how I said I would be taking a break… I lied.

Well… not about publishing a book – which you can buy here (<Kindle) or here (<paperback). I mean I lied about taking a break.

Apparently I’m terrible at taking breaks. How I relax is by writing… and what do you do when you take a break – you mainly relax… so you can see where this became a problem. I started writing out ideas for book two, which led to chapter headings and scene design… which led to 30000 + words of book 2 first draft complete. Yay?

Yeah… what I’m trying to say is you can now expect updates on my progress with book 2 – Child of the Water. 🙂

Toodles for now.

Strengths and Weakness – Writer’s Edition

I’ve written a lot about how I love to write. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what I want to do. I spent the last six months dedicating myself to my craft.There were countless months of editing… and countless more months of editing… I hate editing… yet here I am.

After all that writing, and editing (-.-) I can say that I completed my goal of writing a book. 78000 + words later, my work is published for the world to see; for them to judge and for me to hiding in the corner suffering from overwhelming panic at what others will think. (Anxiety attacks aren’t fun, people!)

Anyways, with all that hard work I know I want to be a writer. It’s in my core. It’s in my heart and blood to share my words with the world even with the massive anxiety it causes me.

I can easily write 78000+ words about characters of my own creation, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to market to the real world.

By market… I mean figure out a way to share what I’ve worked so hard for with the world. I’m introverted… I don’t like unfamiliar human interaction. I would rather sit alone on the couch writing, reading or playing video games than go out with a group of people.

So, my issue I’m now starting to realize is I have no idea how I’m supposed to promote this thing. I’ve written blog posts. I’ve tweeted, bookfaced, and pinterested. Yet… I feel like I could do more.

 

If any of you have suggestions on what I can do to possibly spread the word, or places that would review my works – any information would be helpful. I want to keep learning from writing this book and the best way to learn it through peers – that means you. So, let me know your suggestions/ideas in the comments below. You know I’ll reply back. XD

Today I Published a Book

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Twelve years ago I started on a journey that many take and few complete.

Twelve years ago, I opened a notebook and stared blankly at those lined pages unsure what to do or what to write. After putting my pencil to paper, and listing ideas down a story started to form and a world began to grow from my words. I created characters that made me laugh, cry, get angry… I learned how to write from writing.

When I put my pen to paper I couldn’t stop. The writing bug had bit me and every moment of every day was consumed by escaping into those lined pages. I spent nights writing to the light of my night-light. I was scolded by my teachers for working on my ‘project’ instead of their assignments.

Writing helped me find people who loved the written word as much as I. Writing gave me teachers that pushed me to do my best and taught me where I could improve. Some of the best advice about life I got from those who taught me to write.

And sure… I had my bad moments with writing as well. I had moments I wanted to give up. There were moments I believed I was never going to be good enough… or would ever have anyone read my story. I was convinced my writing was the worst in the world, and that I was a failure in my craft. There was even a moment in my life that the passion I had as a child died… leaving me staring blankly at the pages with long apathetic sighs. The longer I stared at the pages the more I withdrew… the more it became work…

But somehow in some way it returned to me and here I am writing again.

Twelve years of typos, scratched ideas, sleepless nights, and apathetic sighs. Twelve years of cramped hands, broken pens, spilt coffees, and missing notebooks. Years of lost files, computer crashes, and research…

Twelve years and I can say I did it. All that had work and time I spent writing has finally brought me to this part in my journey. This – of course – isn’t the end of my writing… it is only the beginning but at least I can say something that my 12-year-old self always dreamed of saying.

I – Deanna Wiltshire – have finally published a book.

UPDATE: BOOK RELEASE!

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OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS!OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS!OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS! OH GODS!

Okay… now that that is out of my system….

The title of this Update says Book Release, and that would mean that now my book is released…

Good news! It’s released, and can be found in e-book form on Amazon. 🙂

REALLY GREAT NEWS! I know I’d say the paperback would be a while longer… but I lied. I’m sorry! Lying is bad I know that but this was the first time I’ve done this so I’m just learning the ropes. The reason why this is really good news though is that the paperback is available on CreateSpace. Those of you that like to order from Amazon will be able to get the paperback off their site in 3-5 days. I’ll do another update when I find out about that. 🙂

Now onto the money.

Depending on where you live it will vary but the major two US and CA I will cover.

E-Book:

Right now for the US this version will cost 0.71c due to some marketing thing they have going.

For the Canadian side, sorry we are not cool enough for marketing or promoting price decreases so it will cost you 0.99c. So, you have a choice to get a small coffee at Tim Hortons or my book. Choose wisely. 😛

 

Paperbacks:

The paperback book on CreateSpace will cost you 9.99. 

I do not know what they will be for Amazon as of yet but I will post an update for that in the future when I get that information. 🙂

 

AND so… that’s all I have for now….

I just want to thank all of you for sticking by me through this awesome six month journey. You have all been wonderful to talk to, learn from, and read about. It’s your support that kept this thing going and without you I don’t think this would have ever gotten to the point of publication.

With that said, this is not the end. Child of the Light is only the first book in the P6 series and there is a long journey to the end. I look forward to posting more blogs in the future and hearing from you in regards to the second books creation but right now I think I’m going to hermit from the world and recover from this roller-coaster for a little while. XD

Thanks again for everything guys and please let me know what you think in the comments below.

Toodles,

DMWiltshire

 

 

UPDATE: Free Preview!!

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So… I know I said I would update in 2 hours but Kindle was being a pain… and then I found out the only way to get a free preview was to go through Smashwords. Now that I got that out of the way, I also discovered upon uploading this to Smashwords that the formate doesn’t like wingdings…

I apologize for the 1H and 2G thing for the chapter heads… formatting isn’t as easy as some may say. I also said the book wasn’t going to be perfect… and I have a few days… 2 days until I have to get this all fixed up.

With that being said, here is my gift to you for all being so awesome. A two chapter preview of my book. Enjoy.

Click on picture to go DOWNLOAD it now!!!!

Update: 2 Milestones!

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There are two big milestones coming up, which I’m so excited about.

One is I am about to get 400 followers, which is absolutely amazing and I still can’t believe. You are what makes blogging so much fun and I love hearing from all of you about my different posts. XD

Two is in three days I will be releasing book 1 of P6 – Child of the Light. This has been a long 6 month journey of writing that all of you were around to experience with me, which I am so grateful for. I may have written this book, but it was your encouragement and support that pushed me to complete it.

So, with that said I will be posting something for all of you soon to hopefully enjoy to celebrate these two milestones with me. I will be posting another update within the next two hours that hopefully will be well received. 🙂

Talk to you soon,

Classy (Deanna) Canuck

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