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|Posted by Carolyn Haven on September 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
I discovered a positive review of my short story, "Respect of the Dryads" available on Amazon, on Shelfari. It was so unexpected. I really appreciate the feedback. It really fired me up to get some work done on an actual novel.
In celebration of the review, I am reducing the price to $0.99. Should be available at the new price starting tomorrow.
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on December 16, 2011 at 9:20 PM||comments (1)|
A Paw length story in the Walker Fae Series
Respect of the Dryads
Who do the Werewolves and Fairies call when the FBI can’t handle it?
O’Neill Secure, Incorporated.
When treaties are violated and war is on the brink, Mike and Sarah O’Neill are called in to rescue kidnapped Fairies from a hostile Werewolf pack. The fight will be to the death, since that’s the penalty the Werewolves face for slave trafficking.
No one knows just where, in the vast woodland reserve, the rogue pack is hidden, forcing Sarah to ask the Dryads of the forest for help. Will Sarah gain the respect of the Dryads in time to defeat the kidnappers before war breaks out?
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on December 11, 2011 at 9:30 PM||comments (0)|
January 27 - 29, 2012
University of Houston Clear Lake
The convention is located in the Bayou Building on the University of Houston-Clear Lake campus.
ConJour is an annual sci-fi, fantasy, and horror convention sponsored by the UHCL Gamer's Guild. This year's theme is horror. The convention features special guests from the industry, an art show with one of a kind items, a dealer's room, workshops (for adults and kids), panels on numerous subjects, both old and new games, anime and much more! In addition, the convention provides a unique opportunity for emerging artists, authors, and game designers to network and get the word out on their products.
Hope to see you there.
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on December 11, 2011 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
Be nice or at least extend common courtesy to everyone you encounter. You have no idea who that person is, who they will become, or how they will impact your life. Sometimes, people make this seemingly small task difficult. You can only control your own actions.
Write your story. Write the story you want to write, the way you want to write it. Once the story is written, you can edit it. The most important step in writing is to write. Get the story on paper or screen, just get it out of your head and into the written word. This is actually harder than it sounds, which is why this step is so important.
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on September 19, 2011 at 4:45 PM||comments (0)|
Howdy Readers, Writers, and Just Plain Curious Folk,
I received basically the same writing advice twice in one day. My editor issued several comments while reviewing the first markup of my story. Nearly everything I edited out she loved, wanted expanded, suggested rewrites, or simply wanted more (if you ignore all the red ink, she didn’t want more of that). Halfway through showing her my "cuts" folder, she grounded/restricted me from using the delete key. "You write, I edit," she said.
A little later, I checked my email and there were fellow online writers discussing the very same matter. Just write the story and worry about all the technical stuff later. Probably among the best advice I've heard.
P.S. Can’t wait until this weekend. FenCon.org
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on September 7, 2011 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention
I'm going. FenCon's in Dallas, and it should be a blast.
There's an art show and auction, dealers' room, panels, concerts, filking, short story contest, writers' workshop, children's procramming, a masquerade, readings, gaming, demos, and more.
Guest of Honor: Gail Carriger
Music Guest of Honor: Joe Bethancourt
Fen Guest of Honor: Steven H. Silver
Artist Guest of Honor: Vincent Di Fate
Science Guest of Honor: Les Johnson
Toastmaster: Bradley Denton
Special Guest: Low Anders
plus tons of guests
See sebsite for more details. I hope to see you there.
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on August 2, 2011 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
August 2, 2011
August ain’t so late, or at least that’s what I’ll try to convince myself. Eek, so many great things have been happening. I went to ApolloCon in June, presented by the Houston Science Fiction Association (HFSA), and met some incredibly amazing people. Of which I will only be able to mention a few.
The panelists and guests of honor were wonderful, sat on several panels then also made themselves available for friendly conversations with fans, authors, and others with just something interesting to say.
Martha Wells, Ann Vandermeer, Jeanne Gomoll, Rocky Kelley, Lou Antonelli (always a favorite panelist of mine), Dr. Paul Abell, Reverend Keri Bas, Jayme Lynn Blaschke, Michael Bracken, Chris N. Brown, David H. Brummel, Ahliana Byrd, David Bennett Carren, Chuck Coshow, Bill Crider, Marianne Dyson, Gabrielle S. Faust, Melanie Fletcher, Larry Friesen, O.M. Grey, Bennie Grezlik, Mark B. Hall, Kim Kofmel, Alexis Glynn Latner, Stina Leicht (another fave panelist), A. Lee Martinez (a man of incredible talent and surprising humility – I might have been prompted to write that), C.J. Mills, Cat Osborne, Katy Pace, Lawrence Person, K. Hutson Price (the coolest 8th grade teacher in Texas and a fave panelist), Patrice Sarath, Mel. White, and many more.
The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse had excellent advice and comments to offer for impending doom and took the time to write them down in the front of my book. Rhonda Eudaly, Julia S. Mandala, Linda L. Donahue, and Dusty Rainbolt (all fave panelists) put together a hilarious tale. The premise is:
Death, War, Famine, and Plague have died. Now their wives are taking over. Too bad they don’t have a clue how to do their new jobs. Look out world, here come the Four Redheads of the Apocalypse!
You can find their books at www.yarddogpress.com
Please take time to look up some of these authors. You might just find a new favorite author.
Again, the ultimate message to writers is WRITE. Good, bad, ugly, uglier, doesn’t matter if it’s not written.
The next Conventions I hope to attend are:
ArmadilloCon 33 – August 26-28, 2011 in Austin, TX www.armadillocon.org
FenCon VIII – September 23-25, 2011 in Addison, TX www.fencon.org
Hope to see y’all there,
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on January 27, 2011 at 3:21 AM||comments (0)|
Dear Readers, Supporters, and All the Other Wonderful People Reading This,
I’ve decided to publish a short story online as a sample of my work. I am also working on a novella to publish online. Once my novel is as wonderful as I can make it then I will publish that online as well. Potential agents will not be off the hook, they will still receive query letters, synopses, and whatever else they prefer to receive.
When I do this, I will post information everywhere, probably to the point someone will have to call animal rescue for the horse.
Happy Writing and Reading,
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on November 10, 2010 at 5:06 AM||comments (0)|
I'm alive. I’ve been preoccupied with the living since that’s what funerals and memorials are truly for. I lost both grandparents within less than three weeks of each other. They made it to their 60th wedding anniversary which had been the goal my grandfather set. They loved each other very much, and God willing, in their beliefs, they will wake up in paradise together forever.
We had out of state relatives show up and we took them sightseeing to San Antonio, around Houston, and to Kemah where we all contracted a vicious stomach bug that I'm recovering from.
On a brighter note, I had really wild fever fueled dreams and have been writing like crazy. I probably should have joined in NaNoWriMo as much as I’ve been writing. I am no longer contagious and would like to participate with the living again, particularly the writers and readers.
Have a great week, and I wish everyone doing NaNoWriMo speedy fingers and quick minds.
|Posted by Carolyn Haven on August 6, 2010 at 5:38 PM||comments (2)|