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Mid-Month Check-In | 01.18

Hi friends,

The first half of January is over and done with! The year has just begun and it’s already speeding by!

I hope it’s been a great start to the year for you. It’s been busy here for me, what with things happening beyond my control, but I’ve been staying as productive as possible and trying not to get so stressed. I think it’s working. I certainly have accepted that you have to (forgive the trite saying) roll with the punches.

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In terms of my goals for January, I’m rather pleased with a lot of the progress I’ve made…

  1. Finish my current edit of Heritage – I’m over halfway there, and that’s with more rewriting than I’ve done on a project since Pirate Eyes in August 2016!
  2. Type up the handwritten first draft of Destinies Entwined – I’ve typed up 20k so far but I have at least another 50k to go, so this might not get done, but as long as good chunk is through, I’ll be happy
  3. Launch service with my sister – ACCOMPLISHED. In case you missed last week’s post, we launched our editing service for manuscripts and scripts last week. You can find us at Inky Squid Editing
  4. Post at least three blog posts here to help other writers – The first of these should be posted Friday, so eyes open 🙂
  5. Read 4-5 books – I’ve read four books so far (Wuthering Heights, Howl’s Moving Castle, Keep Her Safe & A Desperate Fortune) – for more on this, check out my new review blog BooksSpringEternal
  6. Watch 5-6 movies – I have accomplished this as of yesterday! My sister and I did a double feature downtown and watched Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water! Both were extraordinary. I also rewatched North & South (the BBC miniseries), Howl’s Moving Castle & Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and we caught The Last Jedi last Friday! Needless to say, it’s been an amazing month in movies thus far!!
  7. Write one short story – Well on the way to this one. I have a story outlined and I’ll be writing it this week and next.
  8. Finish character sketches for secret project with my sister – Finished in the first week!

 

So yes! I’m feeling rather accomplished today 🙂

 


How about you, friends? How is your month going so far? Anything exciting happen? Share in the comments and let’s cheer each other on through the good times and the more difficult!

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May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

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That Secret Project with my Sister… not a secret anymore!

Hi friends,

I can’t believe we’re finally here. At this moment.

For the past six months you’ve heard me mention a secret project that I’ve been working on with my sister. Well I can finally tell you what it is.

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We have officially launched an EDITING service for authors and screenwriters! It’s been a dream of ours to pursue a career in the written word. We’re writers first, but editing is a passion of ours too!

If you, or anyone else you know, are looking for an editor, why not come give our website a turn around to see if we might be a good fit for you! We’re offering promotional prices for the first six months.

https://www.inky-squid.com/

Here’s a quick blurb from the site:

Inky Squid is an editing service run by us, Faith and Chelsea, sisters who share a love of storytelling. Readers from a young age, becoming writers was the first logical choice. From there, editing was the next calling to make stories our life’s purpose.

Partners-in-crime, we’re all about collaboration and teamwork.
We look forward to getting to know you and your story!

Our site isn’t just about offering editing services, though. We also have a blog where we’ll be sharing tidbits about the writing and editing process, and a resource page where we link to other helpful websites for writers. Wnd will soon be posting worksheets of our own to further help you in your writing journey

Lots of exciting things coming soon everywhere!

Maybe I’ll see you over there 😉


Stay well, friends! And never stop pursuing your dreams! The road may be long, but the journey is part of what makes it worthwhile.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

2018 | HERE I COME!

Hello friends!

I hope you’re having a wonderful start to 2018! I’ve been slowly reorienting myself to a regular week of balancing work and writing and other life things. It’s been going well so far!

I’m here today to share with you my goals for 2018 and this January specifically. There are a lot of them! But I’m determined to see them done!

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  1. START A REVIEW BLOG
    • Excitingly enough, this is already done! You can find my new book review blog here: BOOKSSPRINGETERNAL
  2. QUERY PIRATE EYES TO AGENTS
    • I had started this process last year, but it led nowhere. Persevere, I say!
  3. EDIT HERITAGE TO A FINAL DRAFT AND QUERY TO AGENTS
    • Though I am querying Pirate Eyes, I believe that Heritage, my beloved MG story, will be the one to earn me representation.
  4. EDIT DESTINIES ENTWINED TO A FINAL DRAFT AND QUERY TO AGENTS
    • My fairytale retelling has become a passion project for me! I finished the first draft in December and I am devoting myself this year to editing it to its best!
  5. FINISH WRITING THE PHANTOM SQUAD AND EDIT IT TO A SECOND OR THIRD DRAFT – HAVE IT IN CP HANDS
    • I’m a quarter into this paranormal Victorian novel and it’s changed in so many ways, even though I had outlined it. That’s my writing life. Plantser all the way.
  6. WRITING A SHORT STORY FOR AN ANTHOLOGY
    • So excited to say that I’ll be supplying a retelling of a French Canadian legend for an anthology due out at the end of next year! I’ll be writing it over the course of this year. It’s supposed to be between 5-7k so it shouldn’t take me long.
  7. WRITE FIRST DRAFT OF MUSICAL SCRIPT
    • Another surprise passion project. Over the last few weeks I’ve been outlining a musical based off a fairy tale. I already have a good grasp on the songs and the story line.
  8. FINISH FIRST DRAFT OF THE DESERT KNIGHT
    • My NaNoWriMo2016 project remains incomplete. I’m nearly halfway through it and I will see it done this year. I still love the story, but I’ll need to rethink a bit of it before I jump into writing it. A project for later this year.
  9. WRITE FIRST DRAFT OF INÌONAOFA #3
    • I am so proud of Eléonore and Heralding and I am excited to write the rest of this planned 5-book series, but I don’t have any expectations of publishing the third book this year. I’ll be working on an outline for most of the year and hopefully finishing a first draft before the end of the year.
  10. EDIT THE BROTHERS DARWIN SCRIPT TO A FINAL DRAFT
    • This script is a family drama (not my usual go-to genre) but it’s one I’ve been working on for eight years off and on and I’m ready to finally get it out to agents this year.
  11. OUTLINE A SCRIPT TO WRITE NEXT YEAR
    • This is a fantasy script à la Lord of the Rings with kickass female leads. I need to do a lot of world-building and organizing of thoughts. I’ll iron out the details as the year goes on.
  12. OUTLINE AND WRITE SPECIAL SECRET PROJECT WITH SISTER
    • I want to say more about this. I can’t yet. But soon. It’s something we’ve been working on for eight years! And it’s one of our proudest works!
  13. PRACTICE THE VIOLIN/PLAY MORE GUITAR – WRITE MORE MUSIC
    • I used to compose a lot, but I’ve let my passion for music fall to the side in the last year. I want to embrace it again.
  14. TRAVEL TO THE UK
    • This would be a big thing ticked off my bucket list.
  15. READ 100 BOOKS
    • I read 120 in 2016 and 117 in 2017, but I have 730 unread books on my shelf, friends. Time to get that number down.
  16. WATCH 60 MOVIES
    • There are so many to be excited about this year. I still haven’t watched The Shape of Water or The Last Jedi. So they’ll be top of my to-watch list. But there’s also Black Panther, Infinity Wars, Annihilation, A Wrinkle in Time, Isle of Dogs, Ocean’s 8, Incredibles 2, Mowgli, Mary Queen of Scots & Fantastic Beasts 2 to look forward to!
  17. LAUNCH SPECIAL SERVICE WITH SISTER
    • Coming VERY SOON!
  18. LIVE HEALTHY (EAT HEALTHY, HEALTHY WEIGHT, BALANCE IN LIFE)
    • I know this is low on the list, but it’s one of my most important goals this year! I need to take better care of myself. We all do!
  19. LEARN A THIRD LANGUAGE (ITALIAN OR JAPANESE)
    • I already know a bit of Italian because it’s my dad’s first language, so I’m hoping to work on it and to start learning Japanese.
  20. PUBLISH MORE BLOG POSTS THAT HELP OTHER WRITERS
    • I am going to get this done this year. I already started drafting a MASTERING series, and there’s the CRAFTING THE SERIES posts I have planned to. I’m devoting myself back to this lovely community. Hope you’ll join me too!
  21. MARKET ELÉONORE AND HERALDING TO WIDER AUDIENCE
    1. Again, this is superbly important for me. I love my Iníonaofa series and I need to see it grow.
  22. SUBMIT AT LEAST SIX SHORT STORIES FOR CONTESTS OR MAGAZINES
    • One every two months. Should be doable!

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Are you still with me? 😉

If you are, here are my specific goals this January:

  1. Finish my current edit of Heritage
  2. Type up the handwritten first draft of Destinies Entwined
  3. Launch service with my sister
  4. Post at least three blog posts here to help other writers
  5. Read 4-5 books
  6. Watch 5-6 movies
  7. Write one short story
  8. Finish character sketches for secret project with my sister

What are your goals this year, friends? And this month? Let me know what you hope to accomplish so I can cheer you on! Whatever your goals, keep believing in yourself and you can achieve them! I know it!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Year End | At the close of one chapter, another begins…

Hi friends,

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, that you were surrounded by family and friends, that you are full of love and hope.

Despite the ugliness of this year, I had a lovely Christmas and subsequent week. It was a quiet one with my family. But it was beautiful in its simplicity.

And now a short musing to end off this year…

On this, the penultimate day of 2017, I am looking to a brighter future, to a more productive 2018, to a more balanced year, a year where I take care of myself, but also give more to others. A year where I learn to be patient and less stressed with my time. A year where I find happiness in the small things, and blessings in the sorrow.

On this, the penultimate day of 2017, I want to take a moment to reach out to you, dear friends, and apologize for my sparse presence here. Thank you for sticking with me through it. Thank you for continuing to support me.

On this, the penultimate day of 2017, I wish to extend to you all and to all those whom you love a very happy New Year full of love and kindness, full of hope and peace, full of possibility and opportunities.

Stay well, dear friends. I’ll see you on the other side 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

HERALDING IS HERE! | Giveaway

Hi friends,

Today’s an exciting day!!

My second book baby is out in the world. I can’t believe it!!

Please pardon the Tangled GIFs, I’m just really excited!!

And I really do have to extend a great thank you to you, my dear friends, for following me on this journey, for encouraging me, for supporting me. It’s been a hard year here at home, but your kind words have made it bearable and have kept me inspired.


Heralding (The Iníonaofa Chronicles Book 2) by [Rivens, Faith]Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.

But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.

Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…

Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?

With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…

Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.


This book means a lot to me. There are themes in it that are close to my heart. And the characters have become precious darlings to me.

But most of all, this book is a symbol of my perseverance. I want this dream, friends!

Each book is bringing me one step closer to it. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. And I hope that you’ll enjoy this second outing in Eléonore’s world.

I feel like I’m forgetting something…

Oh, right…

GIVEAWAY!!

Want to win a signed copy of Eléonore & Heralding and maybe some other fun swag 🙂

CHECK IT OUT HERE: GIVEAWAY TIME!!

You have until Friday to enter. Good luck!


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Month Ahead | December 2017

Hi friends!

Wow,  it’s been another case of long time no see, hasn’t it?

I can’t begin to tell you how crazy the month of November was. As most of you are aware, I’ve been preparing Heralding for publication. She releases Monday (December 4th)!! Plus I participated in NaNoWriMo and just managed to hit 51k on the 30th. And then life was, well, life.

All that to say, blogging was not at the forefront of my mind this past month. It’s been a difficult 2017 in my family life, but at least I have my health and my creativity and the best sister is the whole wide world!

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I am glad to put November behind me and move into the last month of December (the best month not only because of Christmas, but it’s my birthday and now both my book babies’ birthdays too!!)

Here’s what I have planned this month:

DECEMBER GOALS:

  1. Celebrate Heralding’s release December 4th (hold Giveaway, attend first real book event, etc…)
  2. Finish writing first draft of Destinies Entwined (I’m almost into act 3, so this shouldn’t be a problem)
  3. Finish editing Heritage from YA to MG (I had to put this aside with pressing release dates, but I am excited to finish it this month)
  4. Work on secret project with my sister (one that’s already six years or so in the making)
  5. Launch exciting project with my sister (been preparing for this all year round and it’s just about ready)
  6. Read eleven books (yes, this is crazy)
  7. Watch five movies (already one down. Rewatched Enchanted with my sister last night :))
  8. Fix up blog and prepare for new shiny things in new shiny year (SO MANY THINGS PLANNED!!)




Hope your November wasn’t too stressful!

What are your goals this month, friends? Share with me. I’d love to know.

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

 

… & ARC READERS WANTED

Here it is friends!

Are you ready?

The cover and blurb reveal for Heralding! I’ve been dying to share it since it came in last week.

Drum roll, please…

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*crickets*

With more gusto, please!

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Thank you, Michael 😂

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Life was simple for Eléonore when her biggest concerns were hunting demons, stacking shelves, and pulling off the single mother gig.

But that was before the night at the Citadelle two months ago. The night when she killed an Elder sorcerer. The night she discovered her own destructive powers.

Now Eléonore’s life is defined by questions of will…
Will her dangerous powers and Iníonaofa heritage ever be explained to her?
Will her son’s father make a reappearance in her life?
Will her son discover the terrible truth of her nighttime hunts?
Will the demon who offered her protection come for her due?

With chaos brewing in Daemoniar—the demon realm—and a tyrannical group on the rise, one thing is for certain…

Eléonore’s about to stumble into a whole new hellhole of trouble.

And there you have it!

Heralding releases December 4th 2017 (a year to the day since Eléonore released)!

The special edition of Eléonore is available now on KindleUnlimited and as a paperback!

Heralding should be up for pre-order by November 4th latest 🤞

Meanwhile, I’m looking for ARC readers to read & review Heralding between November 11th & December 11th. If you’re interested, leave a message in the comments 🙂

Thank you again, dearest friends, for following me on this journey! Keep dreaming big!


May inspiration flow like ink on your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

 

UPCOMING REVEALS, GOODREADS GIVEAWAY, NANOWRIMO & MORE

Hi friends,

Hope you’re all doing well!

I’m checking in today with a quick update as to where I am with my writing & other such progresses.

The Iníonaofa Chronicles:

As you may already know, the release day for Heralding is set for December 4th 2017! The blurb and cover reveal are set for this Friday. If any of my fellow bloggers would like to help share the news on Friday, click the link below to sign-up and I’ll send you email instructions by Tuesday 🙂

BLOGGERS UNITE

Everything is on track for publication and I’ll also be announcing a call for ARC readers on Friday, so eyes open friends! The time is approaching!

Also, I’m running a giveaway for a signed paperback of Eléonore (only for UK, US & Canada)! Here’s the LINK!!

You have until November 1st! Good luck 🙂

NaNoWriMo 2017:

Those of you who’ve been following me for a while, might remember that I last NaNo I had started writing a project called The Desert Knight. i stopped working on it the day I hit 50k, and I haven’t touched it since.

But this November, I intend to finish it. There should be a good 50k left in it. And if I finish my narrative with less than 50k, I have plenty of other projects to fill the space up with 🙂

Other WIPs

In case you’re interested 😉

Heritage: I had to put it on hold recently, but I’ll be working on it on and off for the rest of the year, slowly converting it for an MG audience.

Destinies Entwined: My fairy tale adaptation. I’ve begun writing it by hand again but haven’t had a chance to type it up yet! I think I’ve written a good 5k-8k this month.

TPS (Novella): A Victorian gothic with ghosts, I finally finished outlining it and hope to write it in December. I am really excited for this one, friends!

New Blog Series

I am starting a new series here called, Reading the Craft which is all about lessons I learn about writing through the books I read. The first one I’m working on is Mastering the Middle Grade. I read alot of MG novels last month to prepare for fixing up Heritage and the patterns are incredible. I have quite a bit to say on character arcs and plot structure and theme, but is there something else you’d be interested in: i.e. worldbuilding, prose, specific plot points?

Let me know 🙂



Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend! Any exciting news you’d like to share? Any good books to recommend?

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith     quill-ink

 

Eléonore | Special Edition | And a Giveaway!!

Hi friends,

I’ve been working hard lately not only on Heralding, but on a special edition of Eléonore with some exciting new features. It’s finally available today as an ebook on Amazon through KindleUnlimited!!

The paperback will be releasing soon. In anticipation of it, I’m offering another chance to win a free signed copy. To enter, all you have to do is sign-up for my newsletter before Friday. If you’ve already subscribed, you are automatically entered. I’ll pick a winner over the weekend!

SIGNUP HERE!!

Lots more exciting reveals are coming, friends. Thanks for following me on this journey so far. I am so greatly appreciative of all your support and encouragement.


Eléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.

For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.

A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.

One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.


May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

SEPTEMBER 2017 (and a newsletter sign-up!)

Happy October friends!

How is it possible that September has already flown by? I smell conspiracy 😉

It’s been a busy September over here and I thought I’d share some of the more important updates with you!



NEWSLETTER

After months of thinking about it, I finally threw myself into creating a newsletter and I am excited to share the sign-up link with you today!! If you’d like extra teasers, features, giveaways and general bookish delights, you can sign up below!!

SIGN UP HERE!!!

FREELANCE SUCCESS

I also got my first real paid freelance gig, and it’s writing reviews. Getting paid to read. That’s the dream friends. It’s definitely not enough to convince me to quit my day job, but it’s something to add to my CV 🙂

One step at a time, friends, one step at a time!

HERALDING

This project is at the forefront of my mind at the moment! The publication date is fast approaching. Release, cover and blurb reveals coming this week, so eyes open! My editor is working through it right now and I’ll be looking for ARC readers soon 🙂

Also, I’m hoping to reveal the news about Heralding across the blogosphere so if you’d be willing to share the news with your followers, leave me a message below in the comments!

 

PLANS FOR NANOWRIMO ’17

Some of you who have been following me for a while might remember that I wrote 50k of a novel called The Desert Knight for last year’s NaNo. I haven’t touched it since, but I am planning to finish it for this year’s NaNo. Anyone else joining in the fun this November??

MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS:

HERITAGE: My YA fantasy about a fiddler and her grandmother which I’m slowly transforming into an MG one, because the narrative is better suited for a younger audience. A discover made better late than never 🙂

TPS: A novella inspired by a short story I’m currently submitting. It’s set in Victorian London and features ghosts! That’s all I’m saying 😉 I’m nearly done outlining and I’ll probably start on the first draft come December.

Destinies Entwined: A fairy tale retelling. I’m over halfway through the first draft. I hope to be done writing it by the end of the year.

Fairy Tale Musical: Untitled at the moment, but I’m working on the outline at the moment, and the narrative has taken on a life of its own! It’s really gotten me excited 😀



Okay, that’s all from me for the moment…

What are your plans for October, friends? Any new developments? I’d love to hear more about it 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink