Merry Yuletide & Happy Winter Holidays
Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 12 am by Yasmine Galenorn
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Blog Will Be Closed From Dec 21st–Dec 28th for Holidays
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
JINGLE BELL JINGLE BELL JINGLE BELL ROCK…
Brain Candy Friday
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
For this Brain Candy Friday…tell me…what’s your favorite holiday memory? Happy ones, please. And doesn’t have to be Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice–any holiday will do.
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The Backlist Blitz of All Time
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
And I’m NOT done yet, by any means.Posted in Writing | 2 Comments »
Middle of the Night Doubts
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
I realized the other day that I’ve kind of been getting in my own way. I am thrilled to be working on Autumn Thorns, the first Whisper Hollow book. But I’ve been second-guessing myself a little too much. I’ve been asking myself, “Will my readers like the direction I’m going in? Will they expect a clone of Otherworld?”
My editor said something about Flight from Death that made me very happy. She said, “This is so different than Otherworld.” And I was so relieved.
You see, the last thing I want to do is write just a carbon copy of my Otherworld series. I love the Otherworld series, but I can’t imagine only writing that series forever. Just like I can’t imagine only eating one food or watching one TV show. I’m excited to be writing new things. And the last thing I want is for the Fly by Night series to be a clone of the original. Shimmer and Alex are not Camille and Smoky, and the entire premise that I’m basing the series on is a different one than with the Sisters. And then, Whisper Hollow isn’t even urban fantasy, it’s paranormal romance/suspense.
I think some of the fear that I’ve been feeling came from the reception the Indigo Court series received. A number of my readers were not happy with the change. Now, I’m famous for saying that not every reader will like every book an author writes. That’s a given. And I don’t expect every reader of mine to like every book I write. I’m of reader myself, and there are authors that I read who — if they write more than one series — one of those will be my favorite, and the other(s) maybe not so much.
I also know the people get comfortable with certain characters and series. It can be daunting to start in on something new when you are conditioned to expect a certain genre, set of characters, or mood from a writer. In a way, it’s like watching an actor star in a new series on TV when you are used to seeing them in another role.
I don’t exactly know where I’m going with this. I suppose I’m just expressing the hope that you guys will give these new series of mine a try. And of course I hope that you love them as much as Otherworld (or maybe even more!). And yes, I know that’s not going to happen for some of my readers, and that’s perfectly okay.
But I truly hope these new worlds of mine will find their niche and settle in and become comfortable worlds for you to dive into. And with that hope, maybe I can free myself from the worry that interrupts my writing and makes me question directions I would otherwise not even blink about.
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Hee hee…Christmas Can-Can
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 10 am by Yasmine Galenorn
I love this (though it would have been WAY cool if they’d also included Solstice for us Pagans, but hey…the thought is there).
And on a personal note…today is the 14th anniversary of my mother’s death. (No, don’t feel you have to say you’re sorry–I do miss her but life…it moves on). I am feeling very, very introspective right now.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
For my readers who celebrate it, have a wonderful Hanukkah this season.
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Last Gasps of 2014
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
This week there will be no snippet–the next will be December 29th, when the blog is back from the holidays (it will be closed for a few days during the holidays).
I am feeling in an odd slump right now. It’s not a major spiral, although I could see it becoming that. I really don’t have much to be depressed about this point — life is pretty good overall. I’m working on a new series that I’m enthusiastic about, Sam and I are healthy as far as it goes, Brighid, Caly, and Morgan are all in good spirits and seem healthy. But it’s been a rough year — not just for me, but for a lot of my friends. We lost Meerclar, and the same week four other friends lost pets. Over this year a number of my friends have lost family members and/or good friends. I’ve had a couple friends walk out of my life for a decision I needed to make for myself, and that made me sad. Finances were rough for a lot of people, and this summer that included us, although things are much better now. I went through some rough swings in deliberating about where I want my career to go. Luckily I am fairly settled in that regard, and am happy with my choices.
The upshot of all of this, is that the year has been one giant roller coaster ride. There will always be downs along with the ups, but this year has been filled with a lot of rough spots for a lot of people. I think I — like others — am just tired of 2014. I’m looking forward to starting a new year. I know it’s only one day, but that number, that turn of the calendar, makes a huge psychological difference. It feels like a clean slate.
I have spent a lot of this year debating on what works for promotion, what doesn’t work, how to best reach more readers without being annoying, and how my time is best spent. And I think I’ve finally come to some answers, at least for the latter issue.
The hard part will be breaking old habits, and forming new ones. They say that it takes twenty-one days to break a habit and to create a new one. So I am in the throes of attempting to do so with a few activities that no longer bring me joy and that are time wasters.
I suppose I am just being introspective right now, but this time of year calls for goal setting and making plans and reevaluating the direction life is going.
How about you? Are you feeling the need to reevaluate your life and plan out the new year? If so, best of luck and try to enjoy the process. It’s a good time to examine the changes you’ve made through the year and whether you’re happy with them.
A Year of Trees: Week 15
Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
There is a street nearby that I absolutely love. Really, it could be any street, there’s nothing really outstanding about it, except for the fact that it is lined with trees. Now this a common sight around here except these are all deciduous trees. And every autumn they blaze into color around the same time. And every spring, they suddenly burst forth with leaves around the same time.
We have lived in this neighborhood since September 2010, so for four years now Samwise and I have driven down that street several times a week and I have watched the trees change through the year. So yesterday, when I was commenting on how much I like that street, Samwise suggested an idea and it seemed like a cool project. We’ll see if I can manage it — or rather manage to remember to do it — but I want to give it a try.
Every week, every Sunday, we will drive over there and I will take a picture from the same place. And I will post that picture on my blog. For a year, I will chronicle the change of seasons through these pictures. Maybe I’ll get bored partway through and stop, or maybe in a year I’ll have 52 pictures of the street from the same position. I guess we’ll find out!
Week 15: Well, back this week as usual. Again, sorry about last week but hey, life happens. So the snow is long gone, but we had a horrendous windstorm this past week. I’m surprised the debris was cleaned up so fast. Trees down, power lines down, scaffolding blown over at construction sites. Yeah, we were rocking and rolling. We’re headed toward Winter Solstice next week, so the days will begin getting lighter then. But here, the gloomiest times of the year seem to be January and February.
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Twisted Yuletide Carols: Alex and Shimmer
Posted on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
Dragon and vampire spat and scrap, they argue through the day,
Alex has a girlfriend, and this Glenda’s not so nice,
And Shimmer, she’s got baggage–she’s running from a clan
Come July you’ll join them on a case in Port Townsend,