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Hello. It’s Me.

Hi, friends

*waves nervously* 👋🏼

I’ve been MIA lately. 🙄 *thank you captain obvious*

It’s been a lengthier hiatus than I planned – actually I didn’t plan it at all. Things have just been going on in my life lately that have been making it difficult to juggle everything, but I’ve gotten some things under control. I think. I hope.

I don’t want to go into too much detail. But it was a dark period & I want you all to know that I’ve seen your comments and your words of support have meant a lot to me. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart!

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Most of the last few weeks have been spent preparing to enter Pirate Eyes in #PitchWars. I tried out last year, but didn’t make it. Since then, she’s gone through three more editing phases, plus been read by my sister. I’ve also circulated the first chapter and I’ve gotten really positive feedback, so my ego is stoked and I’m trying my luck a second time before attempting to query her to a few more agents.

My submission went through yesterday and now the wait begins!

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Otherwise, I’ve been editing through Heralding the sequel to my debut urban fantasy novella, Eléonore. At this rate, I’m confident she’ll be publishing fall 2017, so keep an eye out and an ear open.

I’ve also been working on a few side projects side projects. One is an adult fairy tale adaptation, two are secrets 🙊, one is a family drama screenplay, and one is a YA paranormal historical novella. But these are projects that I only work on when I have the extra time.

The only other WIP that has my attention is Hollow Vows, the sequel to Pirate Eyes. I participated in CampNaNoWriMo in July and passed my 30k goal (hit 33k).

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Aside from writing, I’ve been preparing a few blog series that I really hope to commit to. One focuses on lessons I’ve learned as a writer from books I’ve read. I also intend to dive into the Crafting the Series series. I’m re-imagining my blog a bit, really trying to focus on what it is I want to offer people. Primarily, it’s about one writer helping other writers, but it’s also about sharing my love of books and stories, so I’m really going to center myself that way and try to be more disciplined in how I accomplish it.

Hoping that this month will be a good step forward.

Let me know what you’ve been up to, dearest friends. Share your happiest moments or your troubles. I’m here to talk again. So let’s catch up 😊


 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

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This Week in Review | The Twenty-Sixth

Happy Tuesday friends!

I do not want this becoming a habit of posting these Tuesdays, but yesterday was… well, I won’t bother you with that. Let’s just get to the week’s review shall we 🙂


ON MY BLOG

I’ve begun a new series of posts called Faith’s Fiddling Fridays. I’m learning to play the violin (self-teaching at the moment) and I look forward to sharing some little tidbits of insight with you as I go along 🙂 You can find the first post HERE!

IN WRITING

Pirate Eyes has been my top priority this month as I entered it into #PitchWars. This Thursday is the mentee reveal day and, while I have no expectation of being chosen, I have still appreciated the experience. The #PitchWars thread on Twitter has been rather insightful and has led me to make new connections with fellow writers. So it’s a win-win whatever the case.

It’s also given me a chance to do another round of edits (I lost track of the number after the 15th draft three years ago ;P). The best part: in the first eight chapters I managed to cut a whole 2k words! This is a big deal for a person who ended up adding 3k during her last revision session! I still have more edits to type up, but I’m expecting to be down by at least another 5k.

My plan at the moment is to start querying again September 1st, letting her loose into the world, just in time for me to apply myself to one of the new projects I’ve only been toying with during these summer months. More on that to come.


Wow, this was a shorter post than anticipated.

Stay well, friends! May this week be filled with many blessings of happiness and health ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith     quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Fifth

Hi everyone,

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time for another round-up of my weekly highlights. A lot’s happened since last week, but this is going to be brief report because I have to leave in five minutes and I don’t want the day to pass without posting this.

So here we go 🙂


IN WRITING:

If you’ve been following me, you might have heard that I was thinking of applying to #PitchWars, a contest hosted by Brenda Drake that gives authors the opportunity to submit a query and first chapter of their completed MS to potential mentors who will then help them prepare for the agent round in November.

So I submitted Pirate Eyes on Friday and now I’m waiting to hear back regarding requests–mentors can ask for partials and fulls to help them choose a mentee. It’s scary to think of my MS in the hands of someone else, but also exciting.

IN MY LIFE:

So, a week ago I applied for an internship at a literary agency and this morning I got an email saying they are interested in working with me. I’ve been given a manuscript to read and report on and this is probably going to be taking up a lot of time on top of the job I already have, plus the manuscript I’m reading for my critique partner and another MS I’m beta-reading, which isn’t even touching on my own writing which means that my time on social media might be cut really short. But I’m trying to work out a schedule to at least make sure that I can stay on top of commenting on your blog posts (which I’m already behind on)…

All that to say, let me apologize if I become especially sporadic on-line. Life changes are sometimes intrusive, but they can also be liberating on another level entirely! I’m hoping that these developments help me to become more fully immersed in the creative world and help making writing my true career.


When was the last time a life change shook up your schedule and routine? How did you deal with it? Let’s talk! And I hope you all have a beautiful week 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Forth

Happy Monday Friends!

It’s time for another This Week in Review. And, hey! Look at that! It’s August 1st! How in the world did that happen? With July done, I can officially look at my goals and how I succeeded or failed with them. I’m ashamed to say that I’m leaning more towards the latter…


ON MY BLOG:

Book Reviews: Reviewing the Sequel

WWW Wednesday

Pirate Eyes: #PimpMyBio & Beautiful People July 2016

In Writing:

Most of this past week has been devoted to me working on Pirate Eyes. I’ve managed to write a whole new chapter which reads so much better than anything I’ve come up with before. The second chapter is in the process of being altered as well. It’s the only other one that will need to be rewritten. Then everything is done and ready for submissions to #PitchWars. Well, except for the synopsis. But that will be done by tomorrow, just in time for submitting August 3rd! Then it’s a long wait until August 25th to find out if I was picked. I’ll be looking for a way to fill up that time while waiting….

Otherwise, I’ve been working on a new project, one that I’m keeping under wraps until I have a better idea of what I’m going to do with it. My goals for July were not exactly met as I hoped, but I do have a good sturdy draft of Heritage and my screenplay that I plan to finalize by August’s end. What I’ll do with them after that remains to be seen.

In Entertainment:

I watched two movies this past week. One was a rewatch, the other was completely new.

The rewatch was Corpse Bride. My sister and I were in the mood for something along the lines of a dark comedy, and decided upon the Tim Burton animated feature. It’s been a while since we last watched it, and did we ever enjoy rediscovering the true beauty of the cinematography and animation. The last scene honestly is stunning. And Danny Elfman is a brilliant composer.

The new film was Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. It is based on the true story of a woman (Robyn Davidson) who crossed through the Australian outback with three camels and a dog. I should have known better than to watch it. I’m usually good to avoid movies where animals outmatch humans in starring roles because the odds are never good for survival. But I decided to overlook my normal doubts. It was a beautiful film. Slow paced. Thoughtful. Mia and Adam were on top form. But the ending was heartbreaking. If you love animals and can’t stand to see bad things happen to such innocent creatures, please avoid this film. It will save you a lot of pain.

In Life:

Things have been happening….

On Thursday, I left a cryptic message on Facebook hinting of an announcement to come on Saturday. Well Saturday came and went and there was no announcement. I have to apologize for creating intrigue and then not coming through. I never meant to deceive. I really thought I would be able to announce something, but then things didn’t quite land the way they should have. Consequently, what I had planned to announce no longer existed.

All that to say, I’m never going to promise an impending announcement, unless I’m certain that it’s 100% cemented in stone.

On a happier note, I gifted myself with a little something this weekend…

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Oh Harry. I have missed thee 🙂


Any other Harry fans excited to dive into the latest adventure of the boy-now man- wizard?  No spoilers in the comments, please 😉 Let me know how your week’s been. Has anything exciting happened? Anything inspiring? 

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.

WHO AM I?

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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