27 February, 2011

One Year Ago I Started This Blog


And then things took off.

Or, more like, I started a site which was basically just another blip in endless cyberspace.

I called it The Eagle's Aerial Perspective. I called myself The Golden Eagle. I put in a black-and-rainbow Pyzam template which I thought looked pretty schnazzy. I wrote up a cheesy "Welcome To My Blog!" post which you really don't want to go back and read.

My reasons? I didn't start a blog to create a writing platform (I didn't know people did that) and I didn't start a blog to network (I didn't know much about following and commenting) and I didn't start a blog just to be able to say I did (I don't do things for those kinds of reasons).

I started a blog because (once I learned what the heck a blog was) the fact anyone could go to Blogger or Wordpress or whatever and set one up appealed to me--a lot. So I jumped into the world of blogging, and I learned that having the ability to post on any subject, whenever I wanted to, was a lot of fun.

So I posted and I followed and I commented and now I am able to say that I've been doing it for an entire year.

But let's go back to the beginning, shall we?

One month in. The Eagle's Aerial Perspective has few connections, only 5 or 6 followers, (some notables would be KenzyIcewolf, Shimmer, and Jayden Black--I can't forget you guys!) and a Pyzam template which doesn't look very good along with several mismatched backgrounds from a whole host of sites. It also has a cool, eagle-oriented button.

3 months in. More followers now, ever-changing backgrounds, and now the blog author has learned the finer art of adding images, videos, multimedia, and other such stuff to her posts. Plus, she has gotten somewhat established with new followers popping up in the widget on the sidebar and more comments on posts.

6 months in. The blog and her author have been at it for a while now, and she has suddenly been exposed to the world of writing blogs, something she hasn't heard of before--and the next month is The Great Blogging Experiment hosted by Elana Johnson, Alex J. Cavanaugh, and Jen Daiker, which she signs up for although she doubts anyone will actually read her post on How To Creating Compelling Characters. (The post subsequently gets over 50 comments).

10 months in. LOTS of followers now, and plenty more than the blog author ever expected. Posts continue, but now there are ones specifically directed toward humor, writing, book reviews, tags/awards, and Teaser Tuesday is going strong. Comment counts somehow manage to grow large, and for that the author is extremely appreciative.

12 months in. The blog author is struggling to keep up with what's called The Writer's Platform-Building Crusade, is preparing to launch the blog into the A-Z April Blogging Challenge, has something vaguely resembling a blogging schedule, and is amazed by the number of followers she has.

She also decides writing in the third person about herself feels odd but is fun.

Whew.

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And yes, I am planning to do something for my blogoversary. You know how I celebrated my 400th post, where I gave you all the chance to ask me questions? A lot of you seemed to enjoy the post and some of you even said you hoped I'd do the question thing again.

So--guess what--I'm doing it again. :)

It's the same as before. On this post, or on any other post up until next Sunday, you can ask me questions (as long as they're relevant/reasonable) which I will answer on March 6th. Put them in the comments, email, cbox, whatever. And if something occurs to you feel free to come back again and ask that, too. You've got a week!

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And, finally, I'd like to thank you all. For following. For commenting. For sticking with me and this blog through months and months, visiting my blog, reading my posts, and knowing that what I'm saying isn't just more blips in cyberspace. It means a lot to me!


-----The Golden Eagle

25 February, 2011

400+ Followers!

I have over 400 Followers!

Gosh. It seems like just yesterday I was linking to 300. The Platform-Building Crusade really does build Platform, doesn't it? But anyway.

Wow.

Thank you so much, everyone! :)

As usual, here's a list of everyone with a link to their blog/profile/website/etc.:

TJ Tjheart John The Words Crafter Mist of the blossom rain The Library Lurker Misha Mathew Alison Jessica Canfield Bobbye Terry Bleah Briann Bamba Karen Gowen Kenzy Icewolf Taylor Alex ~Prism~ Julie Shimmer Bleah Briann Jayden Black  Memzie Jojo Shantal Quintessajazz Sarah Bekah Hayhay Bridget Liliejane Hannah Audrey Liberty Miss M Kristen The Neverending Shelf Adria Milli Guinevere Roland D. Yeomans Lizzy Caroline Cornet Crazie Katie Krinkleberry Maryo Shaynie Laughingwolf RA Elliot Grace Alyssa Kirk Elana Shelley Julie Artistaplastico Jessica Nicole Kulsuma Brooke Samantha Cx2 The Artist Kelsey Opsahl In The Hammock Blog Darlyn LadyViolet Orchid Peaceful Reader Dog Trainer In Training Oceanwing Brian Jenna B. Bobbi Marie Sunsinger Amy Ant Brena Tate Arlee Bird Alex J. Laurel Of Green Dahlia Sammy Sleuth E.J. Stevens Medeia Sharif Theresa Crystal Jigsaw Debbie Curran Cruella Collett Clarissa Draper Becca & Zippy Deepali Anne Sepulveda Kelley Lynda Young Elena Solodow The Alliterative Allomorph Renae Mercado Christine Fonseca Michelle McLean Lola Sharp Talei Tere Kirkland  Sandra Ulbrich Almazan N. R. Williams Lisa Potts Shannon O'Donnell Sharon K. Mayhew Jen Chandler Pam Torres Misha Gericke RaShelle Elizabeth Mueller Len Hannah Kincade Whiskfang Cinette Julie Nelson Kathi Oram Peterson Quinn Angela Felsted Sabryna Lauren Parkinson C. N. Nevets Brave Chickens Emma M. Ishta Mercurio-Wentworth Hannah Joe64 Tyrean Rachel Morgan Gail Kiki Deni Krueger Marieke J.C. Martin Jamie Aleta Carolyn Abiad Patricia Stoltey Nature Freak Nicole MacDonald Jennifer Hillier DEZMOND Lydia Kang Angela Ackerman Simon Kewin Sangu Francine Paul C Mary Jeffrey Beesler Ellie Great KILLER CHICKS Holly Ruggiero Brenda L. Diane Wolf Christine Danek KarenG Stephen Tremp Jackee Ann Emily Talli Roland Joann King AFIcionado Old Kitty Robyn Campbell Liz Maria McKenzie Rachael Harrie +Flamingo Pink+ Angus and Robertson Edwardstown Reading Lassie Regina Linton Jayne Michelle M. Merrill Swirly Girl Claire Goverts Kris Kaumeyer Lucy Westenra James Deagle Theresa Jane Kennedy Sutton L'Aussie Jessica M Stanford Pk Hrezo Adina West Susan Wilcox The Blogger Formerly Known As Jewelknits Colene Murphy Jai Joshi Mohamed Mughal Jesse Noe Mendez Julia C Dominic de Mattos Cherry Brian Madeleine Tuncerni Jemi Fraser David J. West Hart Angie Summer Ross Susan Fields Shannon Whitey Messenger Patricia A. Timms Liz Pezzuto Lisa BLHmistress Mason Canyon Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams Kanespock Mary Mary Chary Johnson Ali The Weed Tessa Quinn Milo James Fowler Ellie clp3333 Laurel Garver Flamestorm Emma de Mattos Samantha Verant Lazy Girl Crystal Celery Tree Amparo Ortiz Klahanie Julie Musil Tessa Conte ~Chris Life 101 Heather M Amanda the Aspiring Tracey Neithercott Michael Di Gesu Susan Gourley/Kelley Ricky Nicole Duclerior Jacqueline Howett Tricia J. O'Brien Creative Chaos Summer Frey Susan Kaye Quinn Jamie Burch Sarah Ahiers Erin Laura Eno Katie Mills Sash Bess Weatherby Charli Mac Tony Benson Katrina Lantz Dancing Through Life Janet Johnson Aaron Vincent Julie Dao Ben Edith F Jodi Henry M. J. Fifield Sajack88 GryphonFledgling E. Elle Dempsey Sanders Ellen Amy  Margo Benson Gabriela Pereira M Moonlight Gleam T C MckeePlamena Schmidt W. B. Alexia Elaine AM Smith Angelina Rain SariBelle Madeline Bartos Donea Lee VR Barkowski MJAWare Kindros Aracelis Indigo cal12 Heather Hellman Dimitris Nikogloy Rachna Chhabria Ellen Abby Minard Walk2write Alison Stevens Flying high in the sky Marie Rearden Tuca Zamagna Gail Zuniga Miles McG Gary Baker Carole Ann Carr Demitria Lunetta Ben Langhinrichs Amanda Milner Katharine Owens Cathye Carolina Valdez Miller Kelsey Lindz Happily Cheesy B.E.T Sarah Amy Saia Luke Raftl Ann Best Ian Bontems Lisa Ricard Claro Tara Cherie Reich Elizabeth Twist Niki KatieO Auburnville E.C. Smith Austin James Ella L.A. Colvin Donna Glennhyt Witless Exposition Mason Bundschuh Dazzling Mage Shelly Kavrik Megan Bickel Anica Grey J Fritz Margo Kelly Liz Fichera Deborah Walker Tanya Reimer J.L. Campbell Paul J. Lincoln Lynnette Labelle Charity Bradford DS Tracy Jolene Sully's Scribbles Zan Marie Scheherezade Natalya Raising Marshmallows Rane Anderson Susanna Gen Revelation Cheryl Anne Cinders Rusty Devin Bond MC Howe Carrie Carol Riggs TayLyee Pixie Leigh Meredith Kristal Alberta Ross Deniz Bevan Louise Francesca Killer Reviews Sierra Trisha Nas Dean Karen Danette Catherine Johnson Emailman Sharde(Shar-Day) Lauri Luna Chris Anika Hold my hand WritingNut Alleged Author Tina DC Hayes Bryna Fisher Александр Jordan McCollum Lana Banana Beth Elisa Harris Akoss Tangynt Catherine Lavoie Susan Kane Catherine Denton J.R. Jennifer Duffey Lois D. Brown Yves Brown McClain Nebular Henrique Moura Paula Pinto

**If I do not have your link, linked to the wrong blog, or got your name wrong, please tell me in the comments so I can fix it!**



Do click on someone's name! They're cool people. Obviously. ;)


-----The Golden Eagle

24 February, 2011

I've Been Tagged!

It's been a long time since I've done a tag! Yat-Yee Chong at the blog of the same name tagged me with this, so here I go!

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1) If you have pets, do you see them as animals, or are they members of the family?

Hendersen is a member of the family! (Even if he didn't truly appreciate being dragged around in a cat carrier while we were moving . . . it was either that or leaving him in the backyard, which we certainly weren't doing.)

2) If you can have a dream come true, what would it be?


To contribute something to the world, in any form, whether it's large or small, and has positive effects.

3) What is the one thing most hated by you?

Stereotypes. Especially since I'm homeschooled--I keep running into the fact homeschoolers are often thought of as being "weird" "dorky", blind when it comes to social situations, etc. 


4) What would you do with a billion dollars?

A billion dollars?! That's a lot of money. But first things first--make sure the people around me are safe and secure, and then donate a percentage to organizations that help people all over the world. Invest what's remaining and use the interest to continue supporting the people mentioned above.


5) What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?

Writing. Playing a musical instrument. Reading a favorite book. Running.

6) Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?

Loving someone. Although it is nice to be loved in return. :) 


7) What is your bedtime routine?

Take care of teeth, take out contacts, put away the stuff I was using earlier. Bathroom, too. (You aren't pulling the chair trick on me! ;D)


8) If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?


Ask me that again in a decade.

9) If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?


I can vouch for a writer's process--it's probably the closest of most processes to a spectator sport, LOL--but it would be interesting to watch a musician compose something.

10) What kinds of books do you read?

Everything. Well, I have my favorites--all sorts of SF, Fantasy, Realistic/Contemporary Fiction--but if there's a genre I haven't tried I'll chase after it and if it's well-written and a good story then I'm not picky.

11) How would you see yourself in ten years time?

Doing scientific research. And writing a fascinating book about it. Okay, that's just how I'd like to see myself. 


12) What's your fear?

This tag really doesn't hold anything back, does it? I don't have a single biggest fear--at least, I can't think of any at the moment--but I can tell you that despite all my thoughts on writing and etc., the most important things on my plate aren't getting published. If I don't get published . . . *sigh*.


But. I can still write anyway, right?

13) Would you give up all the junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit space?

As in, actually get the chance to be in a shuttle and go to the International Space Station? ABSOLUTELY. (Besides, I don't eat that much junk food.) 


14) Would you rather be single and rich, or married and poor?



Make that happily married and poor.

15) What's the first thing you do when you wake up?



Shut off the alarm and go to the kitchen to eat breakfast.

16) If you could change one thing about your spouse/partner, what would it be?



Please see answer 8.

17) If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?



I like my name. Both here on Blogger and in life, although few people spell/pronounce it right the first time . . . and with an American accent it's hard to get my Chinese name right.

18) Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?



It depends on who the "special someone" is. And what they did. But considering very bad things? No. I might not give them the cold shoulder for the rest of their life (or mine) depending on who it is because I don't like holding a grudge, but I wouldn't be able to let some things slide, and certainly not forget them.


19) If you could only eat one thing for the next six months, what would it be?


Er, soup? It's fluid, and you can put all kinds of things into it . . . so I would think I'd be able to stay a little healthier than if I ate something like chocolate the whole time.

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And there we are! Feel free to take this tag and fill it out yourself if you want to. :)


-----The Golden Eagle

22 February, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (29)

Somehow I managed to get mixed up with this. It was supposed to be 28 last week, but I put it down as 27 . . . ah well. Today is Teaser Tuesday, regardless! Check out MizB at Should Be Reading for more on this meme.

Rules for participating:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser is from Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov. I am not crazy about the book so far--it's not bad, exactly, but I certainly don't think it's the best book in the Foundation Series.


Bander, despite its paean to freedom, found this unique opportunity irresistible. There was no way it could speak to robots on a basis of intellectual equality, and certainly not to animals.
-p. 184

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Got a teaser to share, or some thoughts on a book you're reading? Feel free to leave them in the comments!


-----The Golden Eagle

21 February, 2011

Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day is a US Federal Holiday landing on the 3rd Monday in February. People used to celebrate both George Washington's birthday (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln's (February 12) birthday, but President Richard Nixon proposed a holiday in 1971 to celebrate all the presidents who first helped create the country and those who have held office since then.

So now it's one three-day weekend for the schools, government, banks, and whoever else doesn't have to go anywhere on federal holidays.

Have a great week, bloggers. :)

-----The Golden Eagle

20 February, 2011

Crusader Challenge: The Lie Is Revealed!

You know yesterday's post?

"Crusader Challenge: One Secret, One Lie, One Interesting Quirk, One Annoying Habit, One Character Trait, and One of My Favorite Things--Not Necessarily In That Order"

Well, according to the challenge rules, I have to tell you what the lie is now.

. . .

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Ready for it?

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Oh, holding you all in suspense has been fun! *evil laugh*

. . .

Just kidding about the evil laugh.

All right, all right! I'll tell you. Here's text from my original post:

I love riding elephants and camels—the former of which I’ve done a few times and the latter is something I do at any opportunity.

Yes, the lie is the one about the elephants and camels. But not in the way you'd think--I have actually ridden a camel, and a few elephants, but I don't love it. In fact, I'd definitely skip it if I got the chance to do so again, since it's A) bumpy (and the camel was actually kinda painful seeing as a metal bar was digging into me) and B) riding those sorts of animals was fun the first time, cool the second, interesting the third, but that has since worn away into "Ah yes. Elephant. Camel. I'll pass, thank you."


The people who came the closest to the answer are Witless Exposition, Devin Bond, Old Kitty, Dezmond, W.B., Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, and J. L. Campbell.

And yes, people, I do eat my sandwiches like it says in the post, in layers, one layer at a time. I cannot swim, and it's likely I would drown. The activity I mentioned is dance, more specifically, ballet recitals and other performances.

;)

So. Now that you know more about me, what do you think?


-----The Golden Eagle
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19 February, 2011

Crusader Challenge: One Secret, One Lie, One Interesting Quirk, One Annoying Habit, One Character Trait, and One of My Favorite Things--Not Necessarily In That Order

To learn more about the challenge, go HERE.

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It’s likely I would die if thrown into a pool of dihydrogen monoxide and left without help.

I have occasionally been bloviate about a pastime I seriously enjoy—a pastime that has also demanded I fake being a boy, and an angel, and an insect (among other things) although I have never had the honor of being a rabbit.

I am constantly moving; whenever I’m sitting down or standing, I’m usually twitching, bouncing, or moving in some way and cannot stay still for long.

For me, sandwiches are not to be eaten whole. Top layer of bread first, insides layer by layer, and bottom slice last. Eating everything together in one bite? No way.

I love riding elephants and camels—the former of which I’ve done a few times and the latter is something I do at any opportunity. And while we’re speaking of exotic animals, I’ve also held a lion cub.

I cannot wield a blade with skill; try me with a keyboard instead, since I’m a writer and write practically every day. But I’ve never tried doing using it in a fuliguline manner—just isn’t my style.

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One of the above facts is not strictly true. Can you guess which one?


-----The Golden Eagle

18 February, 2011

Guest Post at My First Book, Awards, and Watson

Breaking News, everyone! Today I'm guest posting over at Misha's blog My First Book on Strong Female Protagonists.

It would be awesome if you went to check it out. :)

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In other news, I was awarded the Stylish Blogger Award by Luke Raftl at All your stars are out. Thank you so much, Luke!


(I hope you'll excuse me if I don't pass this on/answer the questions. I've done it before, and I don't have a  lot of time today.)

Also, The Words Crafter at The Rainy Day Wanderer recently handed the Write Hard award to those who came by her blog, and I decided to do the same; so, reader, go ahead and take this one if you want it!


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And you know what? Watson--a computer created by IBM--actually did win Jeopardy!

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Finally, don't forget to check out the interview with Nicole MacDonald below, if you haven't yet!

Have a wonderful weekend, bloggers!


-----The Golden Eagle

17 February, 2011

Interview With Nicole MacDonald, Author of The Arrival

It is my honor to announce today that I have an interview with Nicole MacDonald! She is the author of the Epic, Contemporary Fantasy The BirthRight Trilogy Book One: The Arrival, which is now available on Amazon Kindle!

About Nicole:

I’m a 28yr old kiwi girl living in Wellington and I’ve recently completed my first novel, a 116,000 word fantasy with two sequels in the works. Although I’ve been an avid reader since age seven I’ve always loathed writing so discovering now that it’s something I love with a passion – well it’s rather surprising! Follow my blog as I navigate the muddy and pot-holed road towards achieving publication.


About The Arrival:
Cat, Kassie, Sian and Loi are anything but damsels in distress.
   Fed up with a lack of decent male specimens they cast a love spell in the hopes of finding their soul-mates. And inadvertently land themselves on another planet. Oops.
   The Arrival follows the girls' adventures as they stumble through a foreign and often hostile world where humans are NOT at the top of the food chain.
   Friendships are forged and love teeters on the horizon while the threat of civil war looms thanks to the girls' very unexpected 'gifts'.
   Will the girls master these gifts in time to survive a war in which, not only are they the ultimate weapons, but also the ultimate prize.
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Now, to the interview!

The BirthRight Trilogy: The Arrival is one amazing book! What gave you the idea for a story with 4 kick-butt heroines and a love spell?

I can't stand damsels in distress (had you guessed? Really?? ;p) so any girl lead I write is likely to be able to take care of herself.  Even if she doesn't have a black belt in jujitsu (I wanna do jusjitsu!!).  The love spell was the easiest way to get them to the other world and four girls were needed to 'make' the spell work J

Neither can I! Damsels in distress . . . nope, not my cup of tea. And I agree--would be cool to do jujitsu!

While there are similarities between Earth and Sytas, there are many differences; what inspired you to create all the different aspects to it, like the Griffon Guard, fabricers, and the many races?

Well it had to be a 'foreign' world and from a young age I've been fascinated with mythical creatures and the concept of having 'powers' or a gift as I refer to them.  I love the idea of a multi-racial world it just seems very natural. 
And Ada the fabricer is inspired by my Nana (Ada) who used to be a seamstress and was incredibly gifted at it.  As a child it looked like magic to me the way she could create something so quickly and easily.

Multi-racial words do seem natural, in a way--it does seem likely (in a world like that of The Arrival) people would have gotten used to living next to each other.

What's your writing process like?

Intensive plotting on scraps of paper/books/post its and just in my head.  I try to keep the flow of it in my mind and I aim toward plot points.  Most the time I have the plot fully in my head and I just keep 'rerunning' it on the movie reel in my mind.  I fix something then play it out again to see if I like the feel of it.  Writing involves a LOT of daydreaming *grin*

LOL. I day dream a lot, too--sometimes when I shouldn't be. *ahem*

For you, which parts were the hardest to write? Dialogue? Description? The action scenes? Which were the easiest?

The hardest were the first couple of chapters because the very first scene I wrote was the action scene in the forest when the girls meet the Griffon Guard.  OMG did those chapters take forever.  They also received some of the biggest overhauls in the re-writes.

I've had trouble with the beginning's of stories as well. They're hard!

There are many point-of-view shifts in The Arrival--it says on the website for the trilogy "The book is written in an unusual style, allowing the reader to see inside many of the main characters minds. This provides a broader perspective of the journey and gives a fuller reading experience." What made you decide that switching the POV was the best way to tell the story, instead of staying with a single character, or only 1st or 3rd person?

*grin* well yes it says that on the website… but truth be told, it's just what made sense.  I wanted the reader to be able to fall in love with any of the girls, not just the lead and then it's also due to the way I play the plot out in my mind.  I see it as a movie and then write what I see.  So it's not that surprising that it reads like that J

Cool!

It also says on the website "BirthRight is a Contemporary, Epic Fantasy that was inspired from a frustration of the typical 'damsel in distress' type reads". Do you think that there should be more books written from the perspective of damsels who can stand on their own? Have you ever come across a book whose female characters you have truly enjoyed because of their personality?

Claire in Diana Gabladon's novels.  Some of Tamora Pierce's novels have the right feel.  Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series and quite a few of her sci-fi works have the right feeling.  Yes I would love more books with capable female leads, but it's making sure there's the right balance.  I don't make a big issue of my girls doing jujitsu because for them it's just a hobby they enjoy.  The same as I don't announce (normally *grin*) that I'm a target shooter - it's a hobby I enjoy and I'm good at.  It doesn't define me.  I also sew and do lotsa 'girly' stuff but again they don't define me.  I like being a contradiction in some senses and I like characters who are too.  They deal with crappy circumstances much better J

I'll have to check out those books! And, a target shooter? That is awesome. I agree, though, activities don't define a person, and balance is a must. It adds something to the character, and they're more 3-dimensional if they enjoy all sorts of different things.

Since some of the characters in the story--Kassandra, Sian, and Laura--are based on your friends, do you think it is easier or harder to write about people who already exist (in a way)? And is Catherine, the fourth, like you?

Easier.  Because they only influence the character so I can pick certain characteristics I find amusing or interesting and play with them.  A character we meet in book 2, Leseach, is a Northerner and she is based on a work friend and it's due to certain aspects of her personality that I adore.  Because I like to create characters this way it makes people watching so much fun and very necessary.
Yes Catherine is based on me.  For a newbie at writing it seemed the easiest way for me to be able to envision the story if I was there in it.  That’s the original reason too for selecting my friends as the inspiration for Cat's friends.

I always found basing characters on real people harder--and it always felt strange to me. But all writers have their individual ways of putting together their characters!

I could picture Cat as you, and vice versa. ;)

Self-publishing seems like such a big step: what was the hardest, and what did you find the easiest? Any advice for people who are considering self-publishing?

Ever step seems hard the first time.  At first it was the right cover (thank you Keary!) then it was editing and proofing (thank you Kerrin & Vicky) and then the most tedious part, the formatting.  And now getting the word out about it. 
It's a constant and demanding hobby but I just can't stop!  I would love for this to transition from a hobby to a career so it's worth it. 
Advice to those considering?  Go for it!

Nicole also has a helpful post "How to format an e-book for dummies", in case you want to learn about formatting.

What's the best thing about being a published author?

Getting reviews from people you don't know who love your book!!  Makes the months and months of work feel worth it J

Now that sounds like a plus!



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And so concludes our interview!

You can find out more about The BirthRight Trilogy: The Arrival HERE on the website, and you can find out more about Nicole at her blog, Damsel in a Dirty Dress. You can also purchase The Arrival at the Amazon Kindle Store HERE.

Thank you for reading, everyone!


----The Golden Eagle

15 February, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (27)

Another Teaser Tuesday! This meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser comes from The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer, the companion book to Life As We Knew It.


Bri stood absolutely still. "Is it an orphanage?" she asked. "Are you sending me to an orphanage?"
-p. 93

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Have a teaser? Feel free to share it in the comments! :)


-----The Golden Eagle

14 February, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!



Have a wonderful day with those you love, fellow bloggers!

Lots of virtual hugs to you all.

-----The Golden Eagle

13 February, 2011

Book Review: The Ring of Solomon


Title: The Ring of Solomon
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure/Humor
Page Count: 398
Rating: 5 out of 5
Cover Rating: 4.5 out of 5. I love this cover! The only thing that prevented me from giving it a 5 was the fact it is a teensy bit spoilery, if you take it literally. Which I tend to do. (THIS COVER is also cool, but the gargoyle is rather grotesque.)

Inside flap:
It is 950 B.C.E., and King Solomon rules Jerusalem with a steely hand; a hand on which gleams a magic ring of immense and unforgiving power. Solomon has just begun to work on his marvelous temple, charging Khaba, a formidable magician in his royal court, to oversee its construction. The workforce is an ill-behaved bunch of demons, a particularly unruly djinni names Bartimaeus among them. True to form, Bartimaeus promptly gets kicked off the temple project and assigned the even more miserable task of hunting bandits in the desert. There he crosses paths with Asmira, a highly skilled and loyal captain of the Queen of Sheba's guard, on a suicidal mission to save her country from Solomon's imminent attack. Of course, Bartimaeus has no intention of helping her. That is, until Asmira makes him an offer he cannot refuse . . .

My expectations: High. I LOVE The Bartimaeus Trilogy, and I expected a lot from this prequel.

My expectations were met, and even exceeded in some ways.

About the book: I love Bartimaeus. He is one of the funniest, most endearing characters in the Fantasy books I've read, and definitely the best dijinni. I found the historical setting in this book quite interesting, along with the portrayal of both the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon and the whole culture across that area.

The writing style is great--Jonathan Stroud writes well, and as with all Bartimaeus books, the little footnotes that serve as wisecracks are definitely a bonus, even if the reader has to keep glancing down at the bottom of the page. For some authors that would be a drawback, but for Stroud it certainly isn't.


  • Plot:
Fast, and there are several unexpected twists--it never lagged, and the ending wound up everything well.


  • Characters:
Bartimaeus, as I have mentioned, is quite funny. You get a lot of his character in this book, from the dancing hippo (I cracked up at that part) to the banter with his fellow djinni.

Asmira was a determined, and strong girl. She does what she has to do to accomplish her mission. I didn't really like her at the start, but by the end of the book I did. She changes throughout the story, even though it doesn't span that much time.


Khaba is an excellent antagonist. Evil, cunning, and power-driven, he has all the right stuff. Or, rather, wrong stuff. He knows what he wants and he'll do anything from torture to killing to get it, and is a formidable enemy.


  • Setting/Elements:
The setting--historical figures, warriors, demons, magic--is fascinating, and something unique; it's nice to be able to read something that's put in a setting different from a lot of other books.

Other: Violence, (bandits, assassins, etc.), but that's really about it.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely!

-----The Golden Eagle

11 February, 2011

Passing On Some Blogger Love

Jules at Trying to Get Over the Rainbow recently passed on this lovely award . . .


. . . to all of her followers, and asked them to do the same for their own.

So I am now handing this award to you, reader of this blog. :) Help pass on some love this 2011!


-----The Golden Eagle

10 February, 2011

I Finished My Novel!

Well, I finished the first draft, anyway. But still, I got it down, beginning to end, all the way through!

YES!

But it's strange. I'd been working on that story since September 19th, 2009, and even though I finished it on Tuesday I don't feel like I have really and truly finished it, despite the fact I had planned for it to end there for a while now.

And when I opened up the computer the next day, I felt like "Ah yes. Time to start working on--wait. Hang on. I don't have to do that anymore. I finished it."

I'm actually rather morose. Before, while I was working on the story I had Shiny, Sparkly, Come-Write-Me! ideas clamoring about in my head, but now?

Nothing.

I tried starting a Fantasy story I had wanted to get started on for some time, but it flopped. I'm not inspired; not in the mood to go chasing after it. There's another idea, too: a Science Fiction/Dystopian story I had a really clear-cut dream about (there was even music playing in the background, which I remembered after I woke up). I might try working on it, or just try something random and see if I get any ideas that really hook me.

But anyway. As for the story I just FINISHED (I'm telling myself that as often as I can) I think I'm going to break it up into a trilogy. It's made up of nine parts, so that's pretty easy division.

And no, I won't end up with three novellas. I've been working on that story for over a year, so I've got a lot happening before the end, hundreds of thousands of words, which will not do for a single novel.

It's not that I feel like it's unfinished or anything; I know it's done, but another part of my mind is rebelling and telling me I should keep going. I feel like I could jump right in again and start writing where I left off, and I really miss the world and the characters and the ideas I have been wrapped up in for so long. Sigh. I don't know why I my writing mind is doing this, since I'll be back with it when I start revisions/edits after a couple weeks or so.

Maybe I just have to get moving with another story.

Have you ever felt lost after you finished something (writing or otherwise) you'd been working hard on for a long time?


-----The Golden Eagle

08 February, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (27)

Today is Tuesday, so, of course, this is a Teaser Tuesday post! This weekly meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser comes from Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce, one of my favorite Fantasy authors.


Aly looked down, quivering. She knew, just as surely as if he'd shouted in her ear, that Nawat had been the archer.
-p. 190

If you have a teaser, feel free to share it in the comments! :)


-----The Golden Eagle

07 February, 2011

*300+ Followers!* and Second Writer's Platform-Building Crusade

ANOTHER BREAKING NEWS ALERT:

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-----The Golden Eagle