The wedding was beautiful -- simple, geeky (I got to dress as a fairytale princess in fancy gown, and my adorable husband dressed as The Tenth Doctor), and loads of fun -- and I am now Mrs. Sebastian Korwal, aka Karen Korwal, aka Karen R. Thorne for my reading fans.
The new site is up and fully functional, so hop on over to check out all the amazing new developments!
Since Sebastian is a professional graphics designer, I have the privilege of his expertise in redesigning my covers to make them even more professional. I'm still doing the work, but he's giving me pointers on layout, balance, fonts, etc. and the new covers are a refreshing improvement. As of this writing, I'm still updating everything on Amazon, but they should be available with the new covers within the next week.
Food for thought
Many people are confused about the difference between spirituality and religion, some unaware there even is a difference. This article describes the differences quite nicely -- do yourself a favor and check it out.
7 Differences Between Religion and Spirituality
Elsewise, I've *finally* updated the excerpts here with the new covers and info, so those are all good to go. It's taken a while to have the time to go back through them and get the updates done ... whew, what a relief!
In light of my new marital status, I will have a new website (link to come), which will be a one-stop shop for all my offerings, not just writing. I'll still be keeping this website for the books so as not to be confusing. (At least I hope it's not confusing.) The new site will be available after April 1.
EVPs - finally!
I finally found my EVP files for Giving Up the Ghost: The Walk-In, which were originally on another publishing site until I had to close that account because the publisher acted without asking me first. The audio files were lost for awhile, but I managed to salvage most from an old backup CD.
So here they are, AT LAST... Giving Up the Ghost: The Walk-In EVPs
More updates to come, as available. Wishing you a bright and beautiful Spring!
Time flies...and here we are at another NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month.
I wasn't sure I would be able to do it this year. My schedule was already so full I was only getting about two hours' sleep a night, and that didn't even include writing! (I inadvertently took a two-month hiatus from writing anything, due to other commitments.) So where I'd find the time to cram in 50,000 words or more in November, I hadn't a clue.
Then my lovely Muses decided to entice me with something I didn't expect: a novel based on a young friend of mine, Scott Trunzo, which would tie in to the nonfiction book he was writing called Growing Up Starseed: We Have Arrived. This novel, my 16th, was to be loosely based on him (though as you all now by now, story people take matters into their own hands and are most definitely their own people!).
A story about an Indigo kid and an Indigo-Crystal child teaming up to battle the evil forces taking over the world . . . how could I refuse?
So the story has taken off, and much to my surprise, I get to write from the perspective of a 16-year-old boy, Logan. Quite the feisty personality, he definitely has his own quirks; I'm curious to see where all he goes. His sparring partner/companion has also made an appearance . . . another one to be reckoned with.
Currently I'm approaching 13k words after four days of writing (goal this year: 75k). It's such a blast getting to be a 16-yr-old kid, but then again, my own son insists I'm a teenager, so I guess I have a lot of practice. XD
All this is in addition to commutiing and working the day job as well as undergoing an intensive kettlebell fitness training that's really kicking my butt in all sorts of good ways, among other things. Lots of energy work, in preparation for a battle much like what Logan and his companion will have to face . . . hmm, Muses, are you leading me towards that reveal? I wouldn't doubt it for an instant.
:::muse laughter echoing in the distance:::
Okay...I admit it. I'm terrible at blogging.
I love writing, and I do a lot of it all day and sometimes it seems it's *all* I do. Just not here. The hours and days pass, sometimes weeks or even months, and then I find myself going, "Where'd all the time go?"
Not that I haven't been busy! It's been insane the past month or so, especially, so much so I can hardly keep up. I got a major upgrade from Source in my spirituality -- abilities that had long been dormant came to the fore, and I've been working on them, developing them in every way possible from totally changing my diet (Source's idea...it just happened) to finally being able to resume kettlebell training again (also Source's idea...I'm being trained for something big). Every single day brings new changes, and I am reborn.
Lately, my life has branched out into other areas, including my book cover design website, visionarycovers.com, and now a new area: dream interpretation. I just set up a new site for that, visionarydreamscapes.com, which will go live in a day or so. I'm so thrilled to be able to be using my newly reawakened intuitive abilities to help people better understand their dreams!
I also have the fantastic opportunity to help a brilliant young writer with a book he's working on, and I've been asked to do another cover for my dear friend, author Lexi Brady. Exciting times!
So I will update here when i can, I promise. I hope you'll be patient with me, as I ride this rollercoaster ride of fast-track spiritual growth and development ... good things are about to arrive!
So how do you guys like the new look of the website?
I've spent a lot of time revamping to make it easier to read and navigate, as well as more professional-looking. If you haven't tried the Prezi, go take a look -- it's pretty cool, zooming around through space.
Today I discovered I'd somehow missed my email from the Visionary Fiction Alliance (VFA), with the web badge for my site. So now I've placed the badge proudly on my homepage. What a wonderful alliance of Visionary authors dedicated to uplifting this world. Do yourself a favor and go check them out.
Another development: Just registered a new domain, www.visionarycovers.com, to offer my services as a book cover designer. As of the time of this blog post the site is not yet live, as I'm still waiting for the domain registration to kick in. But the site's all set up, ready to go as soon as the domain is live. I'm super excited!
As always, more updates to come....
So I'm still refining, honing what I want to say and how I want to say it. Recently I came to the realization that I've been backing off, afraid of offending anyone so I couched my words in pretty icing sugar with sprinkles on top. Now, I happen to *love* icing and sugar... just not on my words. It's not being fully honest.
The need for a clearer, more precise "elevator speech" became apparent as I've been rethinking and revamping. When you're standing in line at the checkout and someone asks you what you do, you don't want to go off on a diatribe. Yet it's not effective to just say "I'm a Visionary novelist." What the heck is that? And why would I be interested?
It's easy if you're a romance writer or horror novelist. Self-explanatory. But Visionary? I've come to realize that even that term is vague and covers a broad spectrum. I'm working on a more precise description, and for now the term "Quantum-Visionary" will do.
Quantum-Visionary fiction venturing beyond outdated religions, to a more sovereign You
It really is about shifting paradigms, but that might sound a bit lofty to throw out in casual conversation. I want you to be intrigued, not standing there listening to crickets. I also want to find "my people." Those who are open and eager to read stories that push past the old boundaries and into the new, quantum realm. To literally "go where no one has gone before." (Yes, I'm a Trekkie. ;)
Continuing on my journey, as always, ever seeking Truth and bringing back the elixir as I find it ... and sharing it with you.
Lots more updates, to the site as well as elsewhere. I have a laundry list of things to get done, but I'm working on them, bit by bit.
If you haven't seen my new Prezi visual overview, which paints a picture of me and my writing, check it out! You can find it on the homepage, or on the Prezi site.
Look for more goodies in the days to come!
A lot of new changes, not the least of which are my NEW COVERS, totally revamped for all my titles. I'm still in the process of updating the website, and there's a bit more work to do on Amazon, but all the Kindle editions are currently available with the new editions and new covers. The print editions are coming along as well.
On the main page of the site, you can see all the new covers in the slideshow. I'm really proud of them, and I think they look beautiful -- I hope you do, too!
I want you all to know that I work really hard to give you the very best quality in not only my writing, but in the presentation as well. Every cover has symbolic meaning to the book, and unlike the big publishing houses, I have a say in what goes on the cover. Each and every image, font, and symbol are chosen carefully to convey the mood and meaning of the book it presents.
Being indie, I rely on my "one woman band" (me) to get all this stuff done, so if you catch any typos or errors in my books, please do let me know. I'm quite the perfectionist, but I do miss things from time to time.
Watch for more updates to come, and let me know what you think of the new covers!
It's finally here - NaNoWriMo 2013!
This week has felt six years long, I'm so excited to get started. They're anticipating half a million people will sign up this November.
Will you be one of them?
People ask me, "What's NaNoWriMo all about?" They then proceed to ask all sorts of questions like, "Who wins?" and "Does it cost anything?" and "What about copyright?" and "You submit your novel and then they decide whose is the best. . . ."
My answer is that the goal is to write a 50K word novel in 30 days.
Next come the questions about publishing, and critiquing, and editing, and judging. . . .
All that is only if you want to go that route. You choose. It's totally up to you.
Do it for the sake of doing it. Do it because it's a challenge and you never know what you'll learn from it. Do it because a lot of other people are doing it and they're having a blast, banging out that many words. It's just plain FUN!
And I guarantee you'll learn something. You'll come away a better person from having tried.
Even if you don't make the 50K goal.
I like to say I've learned more from doing NaNo than anything else in my life except having my son. It teaches you a lot about yourself and what you're capable of, while having a terrific time and meeting new friends and just living life to the fullest for those 30 days. Some of us aren't so fond of actual rollercoasters -- but NaNo is a rollercoaster in its own right. One that I personally get onto every single year, without fail.
This year marks my 10th year doing NaNo. Some years have been better than others, but every year has absolutely grown me as a person. Even if I never published anything, I would still do NaNo. The friends I've made, the challenges I've overcome, the courage I've found that I didn't know I had.
Yeah, that's what it's about. Becoming a better me. And that's always a challenge.
One that's well worth it. :)
I had never heard about Sharknado! until I saw a Facebook post from Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing about what writers can learn from it.
The link led to a blog post by Kristin Lamb, titled What SHARKNADO Can Teach Us About Writing.
In her post, Ms. Lamb mentions having met Anne Rice, who was told her story about vampires would never sell. Fortunately, Anne didn't listen--she listened to her heart instead. It launched not only the book but also her career, not to mention numerous other vampire novels, one of which was my own Reflections of a Vampire.
One of my favorite parts of Ms. Lamb's post is when she says:
This is one of the reasons I LOVE the new paradigm. Instead of relying on bean-counters running numbers to predict the human heart, we can just put our work out there and allow chemistry to ignite if it’s meant to be.
Instantly my writer-ears went, "New paradigm? She said 'new paradigm'!"
And then my heart did the happy-dance -- this is how I write! It is exactly why I write what I write: because I am following my heart, my Muses, some inner prompting that says This is the story you're supposed to write, now.
Regardless of trends. Regardless of forecasts. Regardless of marketing strategies, or statistics, or number-crunching. Regardless of whether anyone else is writing it or not!
Someone, somewhere will resonate with my story. Someone will find inspiration in what I have to say. Or, rather, what my story people have to say. Because I let them do all the talking - I take dictation.
Are you a writer? Have you struggled with what you want to write vs. "the trends," or what publishers are trying to dictate? Have you found the courage to follow your own path?
It takes a lot of trust to take your hands off the wheel and just go with what you're being given. Even after nine years of NaNoWriMo (this coming November will be my 10th year), I still have to practice. Like a ballet dancer, or a martial artist, I "come to class" with what I hope is Beginner's Mind, ready to surrender to the creative process and get myself out of the way. So many times I want to jump in and make the characters do this or that, or not do this or that, but they insist, we struggle, and then they win. Every time.
And I'm glad . . . most of the time. (There are still times I'm not happy with the character's choices. I'm working on trying to see his/her point of view.)
So really, this article about Sharknado! and writing is a kind of validation, for me and all the writers who dare to blaze their own trail, to defy what all the writing books say you have to do, especially with regard to publishing. It's pretty darn scary just trusting your writer's gut and going for it, despite what others think. And then putting it out there, all by your lonesome, wearing all the hats for now until enough Someones take interest in your trust-offerings that you can afford to hire someone to do the covers and the editing and the marketing so you can focus on what you do best: write. From the heart. Full time.
It's an adventurous, scary path, but a fun one. Even if you're not a writer, there's probably something you've always wanted to do in your life that "bucks the trend," goes against what your mother or father or society insists you should do. Why don't you give it a try? Maybe that's the reason you're here -- your special gift to the world. Your own special twist, combining tornadoes and sharks, that will make someone say, Wow! How cool is that? I never would've thought of doing it that way.
And then you can say, That's right. Because you're not me. :)
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