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NaNoWriMo2016 in Review | The First

Hello friends!

On this Monday, the first of NaNoWriMo 2016, I’m changing up the usual Week in Review post to match 🙂

At the moment my total is at 8,951 words. It’s lower than it should be, but that’s got a lot to do with life and editing Eléonore! The latter is going extremely well, by the way. I should be done the edits today and I’ll be reading it once more through for any mistakes before sending it to my proofreader. Drawing closer to publication and it’s hard to believe that this is actually happening!

But back to The Desert Knight — my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m loving writing it right now and discovering my characters. Parvana is still developing as a main character and sometimes I find that I’m writing her with too much of Eléonore’s edge. When I find that happening, I make notes to go back and clean up her dialogue and inner musings. It’s happening less and less as I’m becoming more familiar with her personality. So that’s good at least.

It’s a first draft, so I’m attacking it as such, writing what comes without much filter, but I’m keeping notes as I go for problems in plot that I’m already noticing and scenes where I overstay my visit. I think one of my biggest issues right now is bringing the setting to life. The desert is such a gorgeous space to use, but I don’t think I’m doing it justice. To help, I have two books on my November TBR that are set in the desert: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley and Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed. Does anyone have any other suggestions for fantasy novels with a desert setting?

With edits finishing up on Eléonore this week, I’m hoping to turn more of my attention to The Desert Knight and hitting 20k before the week’s end. That’s the dream, in any case 🙂

For now, how about a small excerpt:

They knew me as Rikalasar. I was proud to be Rika’s serve, but I was also afraid of the reverence I garnered for it. 

Rikalasar was the mask of duty that I wore at night, to serve the god that had saved my life. My true name was Parvana. At one time I had been called Shara (daughter), Sestrys (sister), Nevalyn (niece). At one time I had been called Kivashik (kin killer).

– The Desert Knight. Faith Rivens. 2016.

How are your NaNoWriMo endeavours proving? Are you on goal? Falling behind? Share your experience! I’d love to hear about it.

And remember to believe in your stories, friends, and in your selves! You can do amazing things if you do ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink


Announcement Time | Nearing Achievement of a 2016 Goal

Happy Friday, friends!

I hope you’re all doing well, surviving NaNo if you decided to embrace the madness 😉

I have a big announcement. It’s the kind of announcement I’ve been waiting to make for a while… and when I say a while, I mean years.


Wait for it!

I am officially self-publishing my debut novella!

That’s right! I’ve been working a little crazily and I didn’t want to say anything until I could be sure, but with positive feedback from my beta readers I’ve decided to take the proverbial leap!

So December 2016, I’ll be releasing Eléonore as an ebook on Amazon, with hopefully a paperback version coming late December or early January!

Wait a minute while I pinch myself ;P

This post right now is probably coming off as a little rant of insanity, so apologies, but I’ve been excited to share this news for some time and I don’t know how to properly articulate just how pleased I am that I’m actually finally taking the plunge and sharing my first story with the world.

The next few weeks are going to be a little hectic, so bear with me if I disappear for long periods of time. It’s a lot to juggle, but I have such a supportive team behind me, which includes you, my fellow readers!

So many of my friends have published their books this year and they’ve inspired me with their perseverance, so to all of you — and you know who you are — thank you for sharing your journey  with me because I don’t think I’d be here right now if it wasn’t for you.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing my blurb and cover for my little novella, as well as a more precise publication date. Early December is the aim, but I still need to finalize one thing before I can be sure of making this self-imposed deadline. When I know, you’ll know. 😉

For now, let me just remind you that Eléonore is an urban fantasy set in Montreal. It’s a novella of about 40k words and features Eléonore, a single mother who stacks shelves by day and hunts demons by night. Always the hunter, things get tricky when she discovers there’s a bounty on her head…

I’m signing off now! Have to get back to some last minute edits and writing my NaNoWriMo story (5565 words so far)!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Take care and keep pursuing your dreams!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

Beautiful Books 2016 | The Desert Knight


Happy Monday and Happy Halloween Friends!

November is fast approaching (aka: it’s tomorrow!) and with it comes NaNoWriMo!

In honour of it Cait of PaperFury and Sky of FurtherUpFurtherIn are hosting the Beautiful Books link-up, a change-up from the usual Beautiful People! But the idea is the same: ten question prompts to introduce your work in progress.

Today, I’m sharing one of the two books I’ll be working on for NaNoWriMo: The Desert Knight.

What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

The Desert Knight is set in the realm where Pirate Eyes is located. I loved the world I created so much that I started to imagine different ideas. I marked it down maybe five years ago, but only now realized that it would be a great idea to bring to life as another novella.

Describe what your novel is about!

The Desert Knight is the story of a masked vigilante who travels the dunes at night, protecting innocents from bandits and murderers.

What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

If you want to take a look at The Desert Knight’s aesthetics, you should check out my pinterest board 🙂

Introduce us to each of your characters!

Our main character is a young woman named Parvana. She has a dark past and pursues justice as a vigilante in the night.

Nitareva is a young girl whose life will never the same after one calculated act of violence.

Daltan is a holy man who is devoted to the god Rika, and Parvana’s mentor.

Ghazeen is a famed warrior, dishonorably discharged for a crime committed.

Sristi is a soothsayer and a servant of the goddess Kari. She has been Parvana’s adopted mother.

How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

All of the above 😉

In truth, I mostly focus on developing my characters, getting inside their head and creating a general plan of action for the plot. With this one, I’m focusing a lot on researching too, focusing on the culture, religion and magic system of this Dalosian desert territory.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

The ensemble of characters that will support Parvana on her quest. I really love this cast. They remind me a lot of Keira’s crew mates in my Pirate Eyes novel. The same bunch of loveable misfits 🙂

List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

  1. Arid and dangerous.
  2. Lush and exotic.
  3. Restless and changing.

What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Parvana’s goal is to protect the innocent residents of the desert from the injustices of evil humans. Think that covers the who (or what) as well 😉

How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

I’d like to imagine that Parvana succeeds in recapturing a bit of the innocence she had previously lost but we’ll have to wait and see…

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

The main themes are the loss of innocence, the bond of family, the search for justice.

I hope that readers leave the story feeling thoughtful and satisfied, maybe a little sad, but mostly hopeful.

Okay, that’s it for today’s post 🙂

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and my days are going to be packed writing The Desert Knight and editing Eléonore! Look out for an announcement on Friday by the way! I have some exciting news to share 🙂

And if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, let me know what story your working on. You can find me under the username faith_therivens! Let’s join forces and conquer this month together!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

A Quick Update | 18.10.16

Hi Friends!

I have to apologize for the late post. This week is kind of a crazy one, but all for good reasons. I’ll just get you up to speed…

With Eléonore: I put the final touches on my second draft this past weekend and have sent it out to beta readers! The feedback I get will determine what happens next but I’m hoping for positive responses 🙂

Now, this week I’m putting Eléonore on the backburner and turning to a different project. For the past two months, my sister and I have been working on pre-production of a short film. Well, filming is taking place this Saturday and so this week is going to be a little hectic (to say the least).

For that reason, I’m going to be a little quiet around social media until next Monday. I have my WWW Wednesday post ready to go for tomorrow, but I might not be commenting around.

I’ll be back next week, though, and hopefully with lots of great things to share! Next week will also be the start for me for NaNo prepping my sequel to Pirate Eyes.

Until then, stay well friends and take care!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Thirty-Second

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Friends!

And Happy Columbus day to my American friends 🙂

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and a great week!

I’m in the thick of editing Eléonore right now, and I’m about to have family over for some turkey and mashed potatoes and rice and gravy and stuffing and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie and pecan pie and…. mouths watering yet 😉

But I’m taking a moment first to tell you a bit about how my past week has gone!


Actually, all my big highlights of this week are writing related.

I’ve managed to rewrite two scenes of Eléonore–they were my biggest stresses, so with that done I’m tackling some of the minor changes that need to be made which includes small plot holes and inconsistencies and terrible dialogue 😛

Anyway, I’ve also started to outline two new novels (one is the sequel to Eléonore and one the sequel to Pirate Eyes)! As I’ve been doing this, I have come to a rather big decision…

Friends, I can officially announce that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo 2016! I had so much fun writing Heritage last year and I can’t wait to write another novel this November. I’ve decided on which it will be as well…

Hollow Vows (Book II in the Cerastone Quartet). AKA sequel to Pirate Eyes.

My hope is to finish writing the sequel and start editing it in 2017 while shopping Pirate Eyes around and trying to pick up an agent/publisher. We’ll see where the road takes me, but for now I’m excited to continue Keira’s story 🙂

There’s not much more for me to say, but I’ll leave you with a small excerpt from Eléonore! The opening lines…

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 my usual Timmie’s. 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 anticipating building. Ready and willing to slit some throats.

– Eléonore

One thing I love about writing Eléonore is the setting. Holly really inspired with her Infernal Hunt series in which she masterfully paints an image of Prague. I hope to capture the same sort of realism as Eléonore works her way through the streets of Montreal and Vieux-Québec.

Speaking of Holly, if you are particpating in NaNoWriMo you should really check out her blog series where she talks about prepping for the thirty day challenge. She has such insight to offer. It’s a true gem! The link to the first one can be found here: NaNoWriMo Prep.

How was your week? What projects are you currently embroiled in? Anyone else planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Share your aspirations and achievements in the comments!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Thirty-First

Hello Friends! And Happy Monday!

I hope you’ve had a lovely week, whether it was restful or exciting.

Mine ended up being busier than I expected, but I managed to get some things done….

In Books:

As this is also the first, week of October, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share my September Haul, my September Wrap-Up and October TBR with you (I also shared them on Instagram)

These are all the books I bought in September. Oh, and the Funkos too…

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Well after the last package came in the mail yesterday, this is my official September Haul (#books and #funko)! I got a lot of these at really reduced prices. Ridiculously so!! I just couldn't resist. Here's a quick glance at the 31 books that emptied my wallet this month… (left to right, top to bottom) Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh • The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchadt • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë • Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett • League of Dragons by Naomi Novik • Uprooted by Naomi Novik • Rebellion by Peter Ackroyd • How to be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman • Life in Victorian Britain by Michael Paterson • Small Gods by Terry Pratchett • The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel • The Broken Kingdom by N. K. Jemisin • Lirael by Garth Nix • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas • Cinder by Marissa Meyer • The Game by Laurie R. King • Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop • Vision of Silver by Anne Bishop • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo • Siege and Storm Leigh Bardugo • Ruin and Rising Leigh Bardugo • Child of the Phoenix by Barbara Erskine • Scarlet by Alexandra Ripley • Mariana by Susana Kearsley • The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller • Vicious by VE Schwab • Chocolat by Joanne Harris • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Soooo yes 😜 any books here that you've read and enjoyed? Any here that you plan to read? What was your favourite purchase of September? #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookworm #bookstagram #bookishdelight #septemberbookhaul #readingisknowledge #knowledgeispower

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My September Wrap-Up and October Haul made it into one post, but for some reason my description wouldn’t save. Basically the left-hand stack are the books I read in September and the right-hand my October TBR. Goblet of Fire and Cruel Beauty fell in-between because they’re books I started to read in September but will only finish this month.

In Writing:

As many of you know, I completed the first draft of my novella, Eléonore last Sunday. I took the week off it, to allow for some time and distance. I just finished a full clean read of the manuscript a few hours ago and I’m rather pleased with the end result. There are two sections I need to rewrite entirely, but that’s about the biggest editing I’m going to have to do before I’m ready to send it to beta readers. The goal is to have it ready by Sunday, October 9th!

Meanwhile, I’m also working on outlining the sequel to Pirate Eyes as I hope to write it for NaNoWriMo. More on that in a separate post. Essentially this will be the second half of the original draft I wrote when I was 16, but considering how the first book took shape, I’ll have a LOT of new scenes to write. 😛

Let me know the highlights in your past week. Whether it’s an exciting experience or a quiet reflection!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Thirtieth (Eléonore Edition)

Happy Monday Friends!

As you’ve undoubtedly realized, I’ve been a bit inconsistent lately with posts. Why, you might ask? Well, I blame a woman named Eléonore and the story she made me tell.

For those of you who don’t already know, here’s the basic premise (please note it should be Eléonore not Eléanor – there was a bit of scuffle over how her name should be spelled…I lost):

September 1st, I sat down to start a novella. What followed was twenty-five whirlwind days of writing. I had an outline of my major plot points, I knew what my story’s conclusion was going to be. Everything else was up for grabs. It was a little more laissez-faire than I’m used to, but it was a good exercise for myself and, overall, I think it was an enriching experience.

I planned to have this novella done by October 1st, but I reached the story’s conclusion last night. First draft was completed just a little shy of my intended word count…

Once I hit the climax, I was ensnared and the words just came. I love those moments when you get so wrapped up in the world and everything disappears. When I wrote the final sentence (cheated here a little, because I knew what that was going to be since September 1st), I will admit to you, friends, I was proud of myself.

This is technically the fifth story I’ve finished writing (we’re talking first drafts here people). I’m planning to do a post on the other four shortly, but for now I’ll list them off. Pirate Eyes (the original version written in 2006), Stolen Minds (sequel to Pirate Eyes completed in 2012), Pirate Eyes (the new draft of the first half of the original Pirate Eyes – I kid you not, it felt like writing a whole new novel with new goals and a different structure of development – completed 2015) & Heritage (my first NaNoWriMo completed novel written in 2015).

Five stories. Five different experiences. With each written novel, I feel as though I have gained more insight into the writing craft. And there is still so much to learn.

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The plan now is to give myself this week off writing, to let my story sit and rest. We’ve gone through a lot together in the last twenty-five days and some time apart will do us a lot of good. I’m hoping to start editing on October 1st. After that…

I have a beta-reader lined up and I’m looking for an editor as well because I think this might be the one. Friends, I believe Eléonore will mark my debut as a published author. But before I count my chickens, I’ll wait to see how the eggs crack October 1st.

In the meantime, I’ll be catching up on your blogs and completing the beta reads and critiques I have piled up. I have to apologize for falling behind. I’ve been selfish and it isn’t right. It’s something I’m working on…

Stay tuned this week for some special posts introducing the titular heroine of Eléonore and the world/characters that define her life.

Before signing off, I just want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported me this past year. I believe that God has blessed me with your encouraging words. I hope you know that I believe that you can persevere, that you can fulfill every dream you set your heart to. Never give up on your happiness. Never be ashamed to be who you are.

How are your projects coming? Any recent accomplishments to share? Any big goals lined up in this last week of September 2016 (wait that can’t be right!!)? I’d love to hear about your progress and aspirations!

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

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Eighth

Another Tuesday edition because I sort of got carried away yesterday writing Eléonore (a very good thing)!

It’s been a good week for writing, but I’m still grappling with some life choices as I try to find a way to break out of my rut of routine and make writing my career. That’s the dream, right? 😉


As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve been focusing most of my energy on Eléonore lately, trying to hit my goal of 45k for the first draft. I’ve set myself weekly goals and right now I’m trying to hit 10k by tomorrow (Sept. 7th). As it stands, I’m sitting in middle of 7k after yesterday’s 2,374 word count 🙂 Couldn’t be happier with the progress I’m making and the way the story is going. If it continues this way, well… let’s not catch chickens when eggs are still whole.

Here’s a little snippet, just to give you a taste.

The small condo that I called home was on the third floor of a complex. It wasn’t the cheapest thing in Montreal, but it wasn’t exactly the cream of the crop either. It made do for the purposes it had to serve—not that there were many.

Provide shelter: Check.

Close to work: Check for day. Check for night.

Remain outside the radar of possible demonic enemies…


I’m also partaking in the monthly hashtag created by Bethany that offers authors a chance to share their works in progress. It’s such an amazing community and I love to discover all the talent and stories that my fellow writers possess. I’m sharing both Pirate Eyes and Eléonore this month. Here are just some of them…

What I’ve Been Watching

This… Unapologetically…

March 2017 cannot come soon enough!

One of my childhood favourites–if not the top–I’ve been worried about the live-action not doing the animated feature justice. But Dan and Emma seem to have good chemistry already and my hopes are lifting 🙂

Also, for people like me who still delight in animated movies and watch them for the joy of it, there’s this little tidbit of news that might excite you…

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Yep! Anastasia‘s coming to broadway! It showed on a smaller level already in Connecticut, but previews in New York begin March 23rd 2017 with an opening marked for April 24th! Tickets please 🙂

How has your week been? Anything exciting to share? Let me know 🙂

Take care friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink