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This Week in Review | 27.02.17 – 06.03.17

Happy Monday Friends,

I’m glad to be back with  TWiR after awhile without posts. But first, an apology:

I’ve been struggling a little lately with balancing life and my writing and my social media feeds, but I think this week things might start looking up. I’ve already started catching up on comments and posts that I’ve let slip away from me and I should be up to date today and I’ll be sure to try to keep up with them more consistently going forward!

That being said, let’s take a look at what I’ve been able to accomplish this week!

Posts on My Blog

Game of Shadows Review

This Month in Review

My Writing Projects

For the first time in a while, I’ve actually made decent progress on two of my projects. I’ve changed mentalities since February, making sure to prioritize my writing, which hadn’t been the case at all last month.

I’ve set goals for each week in March to help me accomplish my monthly goals. For HERALDING, the first full length novel in the Iníonaofa Chronicles, I’ve set a writing word count of 15k for Wednesday, March 8th — the MS word count stands at 34k. Right now I’m sitting on just a little over 11k of words written since March 1st. Which means that all I need to do is write 2k a day to get there. Absolutely feasible!


Some of you might have seen that I submitted HERITAGE, my 2015 NaNoWriMo novel, to #PitchMadness at the end of February. Well, the choices were made yesterday and I wasn’t one of them. But that’s okay. There were 60 of 1300 that went on to the agent round, and the judges remarked that over 300 made it into the first round ‘love’ pile. Those names weren’t released, but who knows, I might have been one of them — I like to think I was 😉

In any case, I’m editing through Heritage right now. This is the second draft I’m working with. My goal is to get halfway through the MS by Wednesday. This one’s a bit lofty and I’m ready to not make it. So far, one of the biggest change involved combining two chapters that were far too similar and moving up the action, which is always better.When I started, my MS was 84,856 words in length. I’ve cut 413 words in the first eleven chapters. And I’m pleased with the pacing so far. But I’ll definitely be looking for beta readers come the end of the month.


So if anyone’s interested in a YA fantasy novel about a timid fiddler who embarks on an adventure with her grandmother to destroy the rising Shadows threatening to steal the light and happiness from their homeland, let me know 😉


I thought I’d share a small excerpt for each of my WIPs from what I’ve written/edited recently:

HERALDING  –  a bit of dialogue between two characters that I’m rather fond of

“I already told him to go.”
“Obviously, he didn’t listen.”
“Obviously, I have no sway over him.”
“Obviously, you didn’t try hard enough. He likes sex with you. You should use that.”

HERITAGE –  perfecting Peggie’s voice is one of the highlights of this novel for me.

My bow descended with a far more spritely attitude than it had before, evoking a light-hearted melody that honoured the night and the white light that graced the land of Adramache. Images of couples dancing and children laughing played through my mind. Happiness, joy, hope: those were the emotions that guided the song. The moon gifted me with them, and I could do little else but bring them to life through my fiddle’s wooden form, expressing through music what I saw inside. Without words, the moon sent me inspiration and I heeded his creative call.

Well, that’s it from me. Let me know how your week has been friends! Any accomplishments? Any happy occurrences? Anything you’re struggling with? Here’s a safe space. So feel free to share 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink


Eléonore | Book Playlist

Happy Thursday Friends,

It’s December 1st. Hard to believe we’re only a few weeks away from the end of 2016.

With Eléonore releasing this Sunday, I’m taking the liberty to share some trivia and excerpts with you.

Today, I’ve decided to share the playlist that I have created for it.

I filled the first third of the drive to Quebec City with tunes on my dad’s tapes and reminisced on the past. The combination of memories of old days hunting demons with him and sappy ‘80s ballads were enough to ease my frayed nerves. In its place, rose a nostalgic sentiment that dulled my senses.


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I already have plans for a second volume for the next book, but that’s me getting ahead of myself ;P

Find Eléonore on GOODREADS or AMAZON.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

Eléonore | An Excerpt

Happy Wednesday friends,

Can you believe it’s November 30th! Only one more day and then we’re in December. And then there’s only 24 days to Christmas and one month til 2017! Where has this year gone?

This Sunday, my debut novella Eléonore (The Iníonaofa Chronicles #1) releases to the world. In anticipation, I’m sharing the opening paragraphs. I hope it’s an ample teaser 🙂

There were demons to kill, but first I needed a cup of coffee.

The nearest café offered a variety of frappés, lattés, and mochas, but all I needed was a good strong, dark roast black from Canada’s oldest coffee shop. An extra three blocks of walking was worth the bitter brew that steeled my nerves and jolted my brain. One sip was enough to get the juices flowing. Three more and I could feel the anticipation building. Ready and willing to slit some throats.

It was a little after nine o’clock in the evening and the night life of Downtown Montreal was quickening. Saint Catherine Street was a crowded hub of the young and yearning. Clubs, bars, pubs: those were the places that called their name. I couldn’t hear what the revellers did; the only voice in my range beckoned me to the open area of Dominion Square.

It was a rowdier crowd that gathered there. Druggies and drunks. The putrid stench had my nose wrinkling and eyes rolling. At least the demons I fought were physical.

Eyes surveyed me as I went. Maybe it was the short red hair that caught their attention; it definitely wasn’t the hazel brown eyes. I didn’t have the Marilyn bombshell body that would turn heads either. It could have been the long brown coat that I wore over my burgundy dress, grey leggings, and tall black boots.

Or maybe I was just being paranoid and over-observant. It could sometimes be a side effect of the job, and tonight I was especially on edge.

Most nights, I stalked the streets trying to detect evil with what some would call a sixth sense. Tonight, however, Sinéad had warned me that something bad was going to go down. It was rare for her to give me a missive, preferring to offer only spiritual aid, so chances were high that something significant would take place this evening. The thought of a big brawl was exhilarating.

Eléonore – Faith Rivens

Stay tuned for tomorrow. There’ll be a new post to share either the characters or Eléonore’s playlist. Not sure which yet. Any preferences?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Ninth

Happy Monday Friends!

The last week has been a busy one. Here are some highlights for you 🙂


Last week was fairly quiet, but this past weekend was busy with our annual barbeque at my parish. My mom is basically in charge of planning and preparing the whole thing so my sister and I were helping her on Saturday to get things ready and then Sunday we worked behind the scenes to make it a success. I think success would be a good word for it! There really is nothing like getting together with a community of friends. They feel more like family.

In other news, my sister and I have started pre-production on a short film that we’re hoping to shoot in late October, early November! It’s pretty exciting 🙂


In anticipation of my first year on aliasfaithrivens and Twitter, I’m hosting a giveaway. Want to win one of two prizes of my favourite reads this year? Enter here: GIVEAWAY!


I’m participating in the Twitter hashtag for two WIPs this month! Here are some of my favourite tweets for each:



In Writing

Of course, my most exciting news is linked to my Urban Fantasy novella: Eléonore! As of this moment my word count stands at 15,021. My best day of writing was on Friday when I hit 2,324 words. I hope to hit 25k by Wednesday, but that’s a pretty BIG order, so who knows whether that will happen.

What I can say is that with the progress I’ve been making and with my overall satisfaction with the plot ‘s unfolding and character development, I think this little story might just be my debut novel(la). 😉 But we’ll see where things go from here before any promises are made!

And how was your past week, my friends? Where are you at with your projects? Anything special to share! Leave a comment and let’s talk! 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

September Foresight | The Month Ahead

Happy Thursday friends!

And happy September 1st! Anyone else catch the Hogwarts Express this morning?

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No, wait, that was just a dream! 😜

In all seriousness, this September is one that I intend to take charge of! I have lots of milestones & aspirations for it! Let me share a few with you….


I have two coming up this month.

The first is September 10th. It marks the day I joined Twitter in 2015.

The second is September 16th which marks the first anniversary of my first blog post here!

I can hardly believe that a whole year has passed since both of these occasions. Time is rather speedy, isn’t it?

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They hold a lot of importance to me, not only because they introduced me to so many amazing wonderful, people, to you, dear friends, but it also marked the moment in time when I decided to put myself and my stories out there for others to see. The warm response I got in return was (and still is) a true blessing!

All that to say that, from September 10th – 16th, I’ll be hosting a giveaway to celebrate my first anniversary on social media! Keep an eye open.


Pirate Eyes is still up there on my list of goals. I didn’t quite finish editing my draft as I had hoped to in August, but I think I can wrap them up by Sunday. Meanwhile, my sister is working through the changes I’ve already made. Once hers are in, I’m sending my MS out to a critique partner and maybe one other beta reader (anyone still interested? I’d probably be looking in October, so there’s plenty of time to consider). And then querying begins in earnest!

I’ve been hinting at something else for the past few days, and I’m excited to finally share my new project with you! It’s one I’ve kept hush hush, only because I didn’t want to share something that I wasn’t going to follow through with, but I am ready for it! And follow-through will be my middle name this month. Yep! Just call me Faith Follow-Through Rivens!

First, an introduction on inspiration. In the past year I’ve met so many amazing people who’ve inspired me so many times over with their beautiful words & heartfelt stories. I’ve watched as they’ve published their novels, reaching others through the written word. That has been my greatest aspiration in life and seeing friends persevere in their goals has compelled me to strive harder to accomplish mine.

In particular, I have been inspired by Holly, the author of the gripping urban fantasy series Infernal Hunt. Her blog and her novels have really impacted me and inspired me to write my own urban fantasy. By the way, if you haven’t checked out her series yet, you really should. Right here!

And so this September I am writing Eléonore (working title), an urban fantasy set in my home province of Quebec. I plan on it being a novella length, just a little something to try. My plan is to do NaNoWriMo a little early this year (don’t worry, I’ll still be doing NaNo in November too)! I’m aiming for a length of 45k-50k. So this September is going to be MyWriMo! And I’m really excited about it 🙂

I don’t have a blurb to share yet, but I can tell you this much so far (I mispelled her name ;P: the right spelling is above)

If you want to know more about it, I’ll be tweeting all month about it & Pirate Eyes under the hashtag #WIPjoy.

What are your big plans/aspirations/expectations for September? Is anyone else participating in #WIPjoy? Share in the comments!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Beautiful People // Appearance Edition | Keira #2

Happy Tuesday Friends,

We’re nearing the end of August and once again I’m cutting it close for Beautiful People! But at least it’s going to be up!

The Beautiful People monthly blog meme is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In! Each month, these lovely ladies post ten questions designed to help writers tap into the quirks and qualities of their characters. Then writers link up their posts and jump around the blogosphere discovering the ‘Beautiful People’ that have been created

I was going to give a different character a chance to shine, but I decided to stick with Keira for another round. If you missed my first Beautiful People post, check it out HERE!

And now, here’s a closer look into Keira’s appearance!

Give a brief overview of their looks. (Include a photo if you want!)

Keira stands tall at about 5’5 with long chestnut locks that she likes to braid on one side. Her most distinguishing feature is her purple eyes — a descriptive feature that is also essential to the story’s premise.

Here’s a recent drawing that my amateur hand composed:


Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.

In the reflection of the waters, she caught a glimpse of her purple pirate eyes.  A cool breeze blew through her tangled brown locks, the salty water dousing her, refreshing her.

What is the first thing people might notice about them?

Definitely going to say the purple eyes. Some of them know what it might symbolize, others are just amazed by the sight of them.

What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)

As mentioned, Keira’s unique feature is her purple eyes.

How tall are they? What is their build (Ex: stocky, slender, petite, etc.)

Keira’s an average sized girl, about 5’5 in height and slender, but muscular. She’s been raised on a pirate ship, so she’s done a lot of strength building.

What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?

Keira’s stubborn and walks with her head high to convince others that she is brave and strong and unaffected by the hardships of the past. Head high. Eyes forward. Chin up.

Your character has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?

Keira’s life is often full of lazy days. Travelling the oceans allows for many moments of relaxation. She often wears the same loose white blouse and navy trousers. When it’s really warm, she opts for a sleeveless top.

Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?

She doesn’t wear many accessories before the start of Pirate Eyes. I can’t say that stays true true throughout the entirety of the novel, but to say more would be to spoil. And River Song really doesn’t like that ;P

Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!

Both, but only during Pirate Eyes and I really can’t say more than that 😉 Darn these spoilers!

Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?

Keira is content with how she looks, there really isn’t much she would change if she could, though she does regret what her purple eyes seem to point towards…

Well, that’s it for this month’s Beautiful People! Any thoughts on Keira? Feel free to express them in the comments! And if you have your own Beautiful People link, feel free to share that too so that I can check out your beautiful characters 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Faith’s Friday Fiction | Empowered

Happy Friday everyone,

There hasn’t been a lot of progress on the fiddling side of life, so I thought I’d post a short story instead. I can’t remember the last time that I posted one. If things continue this way, I’ll be alternating between fiction posts and fiddling updates for the next few weeks.

Also, sorry for the earlier mistaken post. I’d been preparing to share something and accidentally had it marked as scheduled and not draft. Oh well ;P




There is a moment when I know that the next action I take will decide the rest of my life. It scares me for a second. Every step up to now has been leading to this decision. All the past mistakes, all my mother’s whispered promises of a better future, of promises of deserved happiness, all my father’s bruises upon my arm. This is the moment when I can choose who I will be. What my future will be.

I have known abuse, but I have also known love. I know which I prefer. I know which I want to embrace. I know what I want for the child stirring in my womb.

The man who put the life there has also put scars that will never heal into the skin of my back. His fingers have dug dark marks into the flesh of my neck. His fist has broken the bones in my fingers. The bones in my nose. I chose him like my mother chose my father. But I will not choose to die by the hands of my lover as she did.

This is the moment when I can choose to stay subservient or become empowered.

So I raise the gun and fire one shot into the head of the man who never loved me as I deserved.

And I am free.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Beautiful People | Introducing Keira

Happy Sunday!

This is the last day of July and I’m actually going to make it for once! Make what, you ask?

Why the Beautiful People monthly blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In of course! Basically, these brilliant ladies devise ten questions each month designed to help writers tap into the quirks and qualities of their characters. Then writers link up their posts and jump around the blogosphere discovering the ‘Beautiful People’ that have been created.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  🙂 I’ve been meaning to join the link-up for a while, but never managed to make the time to do it! But I’m done with delaying.

As many of you know, I’m currently working on submitting my current WIP Pirate Eyes to #PitchWars. While I work through polishing my first chapter and query, I thought it might be a good idea to give you a bit more insight into my main character. Keira.

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?

At ten-and-eight, getting married or having children is not at the forefront of Keira’s mind. Living among pirates, her idea of family is not a normal one She’s in no rush to relinquish the freedom piracy has promised her and trade it in for a more traditional life.

What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)

Keira’s weapon is her stubbornness. She wields it against naysayers and those who would seek to control her.

What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?

One day, while wandering the streets of Lorantha, Keira stumbled across a vendor selling birds. Their cries sounded like appeals for help and Keira could not stand for it. When the merchant was distracted, she set to unlocking the cage that held them all and set them free. She was ten-and-three at the time. Five years later, she still considers that to be the nicest thing she’s ever done.

Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?

Keira has been physically violent, but I don’t want to say more than that because then we risk crossing into spoiler territory. And I take my cue from River Song in that matter.

Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?

Rebel. All the way.

Are they organized or messy?

There’s not much that Keira has in her life to worry about being organized or messy. That being said, she does prefer order in her life, though she herself is a source of chaos.

What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?

The last people to truly make Keira feel loved were her parents. She knew she was loved because they told her every day, and held her with a tenderness that always made her feel safe and cared for. They died when she was only eight. And though she has friends, they can’t convey the same love her parents did.

What do they eat for breakfast?

Depends on what’s available. Living on the seas presents a limitation on choice for food. Sometimes fresh fruit. Sometimes cooked fish. Sometimes bread and butter. If Keira could choose, she would start off every morning with a bowlful of Nell’s–the Diamond Heart’s cook–hearty porridge.

Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?

As was mentioned in question 7, Keira lost both her parents when she was young when the ship they were traveling on was attacked. The account of this traumatic incident is included in Pirate Eyes.

What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)

Keira loves to treat herself on especially hot days with a dip in the ocean. She could spend hours drifting alongside the Diamond Heart, delighting in the refreshing waters that promise endless possibilities.

Well that’s it for this month’s Beautiful People. I’ll be more on point for next month’s installment. If you’ve partaken in July’s edition, please share your link and I’ll hop on over. 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

Pimp My Bio | Pitch Wars 2016

Welcome to my 2016 #PitchWars Bio.

I know I’m late to the game. In all honesty, I just made the decision yesterday to put it up in the hopes of garnering some intrigue for a story I’ve dedicated ten years of my life to.

Her name is Pirate Eyes and she is a part of my soul.

This is the third competition I’m entering this year as I continue my attempts to get my novel published. There’s something charming about a third try, right?

To my fellow mentee hopefuls I wish the best of luck. To the amazing mentors devoting time to helping us fulfill our dreams, thank you! To my friends and followers, your support and encouragement over the past few months has inspired me to reach this point.

Now, for all of you, a little bit more about myself and my passion project.



No, that’s wrong.

My name is Faith Rivens. I’m a Canadian girl in my twenties with a deep love for the written word. Stories are in my blood. Here’s a little secret: they’re in yours too! And I feel them, coursing through me, yearning to be told, to be released. So what else can I do but share them?

While I hope to convey most of these stories through the novel form,  I also dabble in other mediums, including (and most certainly not limited to) film and television screenplays, musical stageplays and graphic novels. None have reached a broad public yet, but that will change in a year or two. The omens are good.

Fear of rejection and failure have held me back in the past, but over the course of the past few months I’ve built up my confidence, and believe that I can accomplish those goals that my mind and heart are set to. To share stories is my Personal Legend. It’s my raison d’être.

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
-Paulo Coehlo

While fantasy is my go-to genre (be it urban, epic, alternate history, fairy tale, etc.), I also have plans for stories that inhabit a myriad of others (i.e. family drama, thriller, historical fiction, Christian fiction….) The list could go on.

For a better sense of who I am as a writer, look no further than my five favourite books/series (believe me, this is a self-imposed restriction to avoid a run on listings of amazing books that have shaped my life!)

Harry Potter series, Sandman series, The Fionavar Tapestry, Jane Eyre and The Westing Game.

And my five last reads (ascending to most recent): Wind at the Door, The Prince of Lies,  The Book Thief, The Alchemist, Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Some other interesting and perhaps random facts about me: My current read is Saint OddThe last movie I watched was Belle (directed by Amma Assante). The last TV series I watched was Game of Thrones. Now I need to make time to binge-watch the latest seasons of Veep, Orphan Black, Orange is the New Black, the Americans, Daredevil and Jessica Jones  (I’m really behind on my shows, and I honestly don’t have high hopes…). If I ever get down to New York, I must watch Hamilton!

So, you see, I love a number of genres and forms of storytelling, which inspires me to explore each on my own journey.

But that’s enough about me. Let’s not forget the real star…

Pirate Eyes

Purple eyes stared out at the ocean and the endless horizons it promised and saw possibility.

As I’ve mentioned, Pirate Eyes is a novel I’ve been working on for just shy of ten years. It was the first story I wrote in completion (took me a good eight months or so). I was sixteen at the time (those good at math can play guess my age).

That first draft hardly exists anymore. It’s gone through so many changes, been divided in two to spread out the story and allow more development. I’ve put a lot of effort into getting her where she is today. And I’m more confident in her than I’ve ever been before.

At the heart of the story is an eighteen-year old girl named Keira. She’s an orphan who was raised by pirates. She wants nothing more than to travel the oceans that surround her, free to discover new lands, free to live according to her own rules. Being a pirate should give her that freedom. But living aboard the Diamond Heart means answering to her captain. And Sean is as stubborn as they come, obstructing her every attempt to prove that she is just as capable as any of the others who call the Diamond Heart home.

Then whispers are heard, a voice beckoning Keira to the discovery of a larger purpose. It’s everything she ever wanted. The chance to be recognized, to be considered worthy. But Fate and Freedom are incompatible beings and choosing between one or the other will imperil not only her life, but the lives of her crew as well.

Pirate Eyes is an epic fantasy set upon the high seas. Full of adventure, magic, wondrous creatures and flawed characters.

This is my passion project. My baby. As a mentee, I am prepared to set myself to the task of perfecting her and stepping ever closer to my goal of publication.

Well, that’s it from me. Thanks for stopping by friends, fellow #PitchWarriors and mentors alike. Have a beautiful day and a wonderful weekend!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink


This Week in Review | The Twentieth

Happy Monday All!

And Happy Fourth of July to my  American friends 🙂 Hope you are having a beautiful day!

And I hope you all had a beautiful week! Here’s what I was up to. Warning, it’s a lot 😉


20 Things About Me

Visions of Zarua: Blog Tour & Interview/Review

Reviews: Infernal Bonds

WWW Wednesday


This was the last week for #WIPjoy in June. The next one will either take place in August or September. I loved taking part this time, and can’t wait for the next one 🙂

Day 26: What keeps you working on this WIP?

Day 28: What do you want the future book cover to be like?

Day 29: What’s the best thing people can say about this WIP? (excuse the typo…)

Day 30: What are you planning for your next WIP after this one?


As day 30’s #WIPjoy post reveals, my other main WIP at the moment is Heritage. Last month I did a read through of my first draft and switched the entire POV from third person to first person. It was a BIG undertaking, but a necessary one, and ultimately a rewarding one 🙂

In July, I have three main writing goals outlined: edit a decent second draft of Heritage ready for a beta-read, finish a final draft of my dark adaptation screenplay (a goal carrying on from last month)! I’m also working on a new project–one that I’m rather excited for, but not yet ready to reveal. Maybe in August.


Thinking about the release of Beauty and the Beast in 2017 with Dan Stevens and Emma Watson, I’ve been in a bit of an Emma Watson mood, so I looked up some movies of hers that I haven’t watched and ended up choosing Perks of Being a Wallflower. I wasn’t prepared to enjoy it, and yet I did! Emma was fantastic and Ezra Miller has earned a great amount of respect from me. It was really great storytelling and directing. A surprise winner 🙂

In My Life

I mentioned in my 20 Things about Me tag that I had recently made one of the most impulsive purchases of my life! Well, I’m happy to announce that it came in earlier today and I am extremely excited to be get started learning how to play my brand new violin!!

I have been playing the guitar for many years which is in no way a sign that I’ll manage the violin with any more ease.

You might be asking why I bought it. Well, a lot of it has to do with an old dream to learn another instrument. But a big reason for the impulsive suddeness has a lot to do with the protagonist of Heritage, Peggie. She plays the fiddle. I want to feel more of a bond with her and I think that’ll be best achieved if we can share a love of an instrument. So I’ll be learning — hopefully she can teach me a bit ;P

Can you remember your most impulsive buy? What was it and what inspired you to purchase it? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear about it 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,