FINISHED!

postcard-4inx4in-front

Approximately one minute ago I finished my revisions and new ending for Vynasha Part One (still working on a better subtitle, lol) There are still edits and last run-through revisions to be made before we publish again of course. I’ll need to have my beta, Allison read through and correct the little things because she knows this story as well as I do. Then it’s off to the editor for one more run-through. But after months of struggling to do this story and our heroine justice, we’re finally there!

This process has taught me so much about storytelling and shaped and focused my writing to a new degree. Vynasha’s story is a much darker fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You won’t be expecting many of the twists and turns it takes, but hopefully you end up like me, desperate to know what happens next.

Before this revision, I had already written an in-between novella involving a secondary character’s perspective. I was a good quarter of the way through writing the first draft of part two. Now that part one has been tweaked so much, I will also have to tweak things in the companion piece and sequel. But we’re so much closer than before and I’m so happy to finally finish something again.

For those of you who know me personally, you know this year has been a good but tough one for me and my little family. I lost a lot of the will for writing. At the same time there were days when it was like my lifeline, a way to process my grief. To those of you who have passed through the valley with me, bless you! Thank you for being true and being wonderful and simply there.

Stay tuned for more updates on The Wylder Tales and other projects! Have a fantabulous weekend!

Posted in Books, Books: Wylder Tales, Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Darkness

“The darkness had come to claim her at last and she gave into it willingly. Her beast would keep her safe.”

-Vynasha

Posted in Books: Wylder Tales, Quotes | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Love is the Answer

tumblr_lo998jmSXm1qc9fkdo1_1280

So I thought I’d share something about Vynasha and the recent writing process/progress. I’ve been working through revisions, as you all know, but have still felt something missing. My husband went out of town for a few days recently and I was kind of excited. I’d get the computer all to myself and envisioned blissful hours of solitude and inspiration. But every day I sat down to write, nothing came and my fingers seemed stuck, poised over the keys. For the life of me I couldn’t understand what was wrong. I was kind of angry over the fact I couldn’t find the willpower to work. I tried watching different movies for inspiration. I watched Phantom of the Opera for its aesthetic beauty (and Gerard Butler’s wooing) and Jerry Maguire so I could make myself tear up. “You…complete me…” “You had me at hello.” I even put on G.I. Jane, hoping she’d make me want to write strength into my heroine. Results? Nada.

My husband came home tonight. It was wonderful. You would think it had been a year and not only a few days since I saw him. I was blissfully happy suddenly, just sitting near him, just holding his hand again. And that’s when it happened. Inspiration took hold, jumped and soared. I finally know how I’m going to properly end Vynasha Part 1. The reason for it was because of him, and because of love. I know it sounds sappy and trust me, it surprised me too. But it also reminded me that artistic inspiration truly does come from life, from living and from loving another person. That kind of love fills you up and overflows until you have to let it out somehow, you have to express it.

Posted in Books: Wylder Tales, Drabble, Inspiration, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Whenever I Despair…

Or when I think about how much time it takes to plot a book,

write it, edit, revise, rewrite, edit, revise and finally publish…

I try to remember that,

Posted in Drabble, Inspiration | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Losing Love

“It had been so long since she cared enough to think of her future and love meant nothing to her. Love meant losing the ones dearest to her heart and the pain of missing them afterward. Loving someone was like passing on a death sentence and she had not allowed herself to grow close to anyone, in case she truly was cursed.”

– Vynasha

Posted in Books: Wylder Tales, Drabble, Quotes | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

This poem and its author are a large part of my inspiration behind Silver Hollow and my need to be fanciful. It also reminds me just how much I am not Lewis Carroll, lol. Hope you enjoy this whimsical nonsensical poem as much as I do. 


Jabberwocky

BY LEWIS CARROLL

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)


tumblr_mp9mivrvy31qa70eyo1_500

Posted in Drabble, Inspiration, Quotes | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Defining Character

“What they didn’t know is that I am the monster that lurks in the shadows. I fear the spark of the flames that scarred me. I am the true beast, but most people do not know it…”

-Vynasha

Posted in Books: Wylder Tales, Drabble, Inspiration | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Setting the Scene

bloodred_by_blackbriarphotograpy-d6456bz

“The first thing she noticed were clusters of berries, gleaming like drops of blood in the snow. Dead shrubs stood valiantly against winter’s harsh grip, lined out in symmetrical rows and mapping out a strange pattern around the open garden. A frozen fountain sat at the garden’s center and pathways extending from it had been dusted to unveil the hidden, ice-coated earth. Snow fell over their heads in gentle waves and when she looked back over her shoulder, she realized the castle was keeping the high mountain winds at bay. High into the sky it arose so the tops of the uttermost towers were masked by lazy clouds that hid the face of the sun. Even though they were standing in the castle’s shadow, it was brighter than anything she had grown accustomed to during her stay.

Vynasha, Part One

Posted in Books: Wylder Tales, Drabble, Inspiration | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Impossiblities

I’ve begun a new post several times. Each one failed to meet my standards to the point I did not bother to save the drafts for a later upload. To try and tell you how I’ve been this year so far is a long story. If you want the prose version, you can skip on over to my book blog for a gander. But suffice to say that never in my life have I found more inspiration through pain. I’ve written multiple story ideas down, often late in the night when sleep evaded me. I came up with three separate and complicated contemporary romances. The outlines were fun enough to write I might actually take a stab and flesh them out one day soon.

I found time to work on Vynasha as well, that long-lost manuscript that’s been in “production hell” for more than a year now. I am happy to say that it is fleshing out nicely and I hope to bring the fully realized version to y’all sometime this summer. (I know I said that last summer, but we can hope for the best, yeah?) Re-writes weren’t too difficult. I mostly just changed the timeline a bit. Instead of the story’s events taking place nine years after the fire that killed Vynasha’s family, now it has only been four. With her nephew still alive, V has more reasons to go after a most likely impossible cure. In the initial draft, her character had already lost most of her will to live. She was more of a husk than flesh and blood. Now she is not so keen on remaining imprisoned.

In other news, I’ve been on constant lookout for ways to change my game, writing wise. I’ve looked into everything from serialized novelizations to Kindle Singles, etc. I  can’t say for certain which route I’m willing to go. Once I figure things out I’ll care to share ;) I’m still fairly new at this, as most of you know. I’ve got a few titles to my name and each one of them has been a huge learning experience. As I go back to school and hone in my craft, I’m hoping y’all will hang in there with me. It’s going to be a long and bumpy ride. But I know we will get there eventually. Thanks for supporting and encouraging me so much, all of you. You’re the reason I keep writing, keep updating and keep dreaming…

Posted in Books: Wylder Tales, Drabble, Inspiration, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

King of Ash and Bone Banner

RELEASE DAY BLITZ ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m very excited to share Melissa Wright’s newest release with you, “King of Ash & Bone”. I’ve been a huge fan of Melissa’s work, ever since I picked up the first of her Frey Saga. She has a gift for wit and characterization, and manages to suck me into her fantastical worlds every time.

While her first series took place in a very magical Middle Ages, and her second in the fast-paced fun of Urban Fantasy, this time she digs more into modern fairy tale roots. KoA&B combines the fast-paced action of the Descendants Series, with the wit and fun of the Frey Saga. It’s the first installment of a series you won’t want to miss.


unnamed (1)

When monsters break through the veil separating their worlds, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother is marked, her future has vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. After discovering the breach the monsters used as a gateway, Mackenzie devises a plan to stop them, whatever the cost. It isn’t exactly luck when she finds an injured stranger in the street, but he just might be the key she needs to succeed. What Mackenzie doesn’t know, is that this stranger isn’t the helpless boy he appears to be. He’s one of them. And he’s got plans of his own.


You can read a teaser here.

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.

Blitz Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Open internationally
Ends February 9th
Posted in Drabble, Giveaways, Sale, Words from Wonder Women, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment