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It’s just me…

As I expected, November and December were bad migraine months. In the two month span, I think I might have had one week total without any pain at all, and those days were spread out.
I had been editing and eventually published my novel, The God Machine, in between migraine attacks. I have a new rule. Keep your hand away from the red publish button whilst in the middle of a month of Migraines! Thank God I didn’t sell much, cause it needed more work.
The way I’m doing it is probably not the best, but I’ve been editing a section of my book a day and republishing the better edits.
Also, I really need to rework my blurb for The God Machine. I knew for months it needed to be done because the current one looked more YA appealing than romance, but I think I have it now.
It’s really quite miraculous how these things happen. Yesterday morning, after a long night of tryptophan induced dreams, I popped up, and the first thing that popped into my head was a great first line for my TGM blurb….and then I wrote the rest of the blurb in five minutes. That brings letting things percolate to a whole new level. I hate migraines, but I love being a writer!
So I will re-re-edit The God Machine, Re-re-edit The Fall and hope to have it out by the end of January, Finish my alien series, etc….

There is no end!!!!!

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And 40 Years Later…

Here’s my tie dye of the day!

And here’s my post…

Passage of time is a strange little monster. I think it’s something that a lot of people do differently and there is not real right or wrong way to do it (as with all writing, I guess). P of T is an elephant I’ve been struggling with for the past couple of days. I have sought help from all corners of the internet and i still don’t have a really great answer, so I just made my own and hope it’s el correcto.
Here is a little background to my story… Two wizard’s apprentices are marked for death by the league of wizards known as the UWA. The apprentices are being attacked on a daily basis by the black wizard of death who has been taxed with their execution. The first P of T occurs over a time span of hundreds of years. Not much happens in that period of time except our heroes wander through the wilderness. Basically I started the scene a hundred years later and peppered in mentions of events and lines like “We did that a hundred years ago.” That one was easy.
Second P of T takes place when our heroes go into hiding for an undisclosed amount of time. They have a great life living on their own private island that they created with people they created and a town they created. This P of T was a little different in that I wanted to show that they had a good time, but I didn’t really want to go into it too deeply. What I ended up doing was writing about 2 pages worth of narrative with what I like to call blips of action where there will be several paragraphs of narrative and then a brief blob of action just so the readers know my characters are still there and participating in the story. I don’t know how well this will stand, but I’m hoping one or two of my blog friends may have some advice.
The last P of T instance, and the one giving me the most trouble, is right at the end of the book . Our heroes think they have destroyed the black wizard live in peace again for a short time. The apprentices even get married, but then it turns out the black wizard is not dead. He is just waiting for a moment of weakness to strike them. Basically its 40 years of battles and peace and more battles and more peace.
There weren’t supposed to be scenes within the 40 years. I was basically just gonna tell ya what happened. That didn’t work out because my characters are still writing themselves. I know telling is looked down upon in the writing world, but in some places, like P of T, it is very helpful.
I didn’t want to tell the whole thing because there were a lot of things I just couldn’t get by with telling. My two main characters are stuck in the human realm for 40 years this time, and they cannot use their powers because that would lead the black wizard straight to them. They live like humans for those 40 years but are always on the run. They are in the United States during this time and they live throughout the 70’s 80’s 90’s and 2000’s. Basically in this 40 year P of T, I would write a little bit of narrative, and then put my characters in an action scene. I would do the same thing for every decade. This was not the easiest thing in the world to do, but I owed it to my characters not to write the happiest parts of their lives away.
Anyway, writing passage of time is hard. I would appreciate any wisdom from my blogging friends.
Now I basically have a few small scenes before I can say “the end,” and that’s basically how I plan to spend the rest of my day. After I’m done here, I’m going to take a nice month long vacation on writing and do some intensive reading. Bloggers, do you have any book recommendations for me? Have fun!


I’m Giving my Regency Romance novel away for FREE!

I must be insane!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146442

COME AND GET IT LADIES!!!

 

To Love a Beast

Fiction » Romance » Regency

Cover for 'To Love a Beast'

By Teri Harvey
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: March 30, 2012
Words: 99645 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476341767

Short description

Unable to stand by as Madison Fitzwalter’s future is ripped from her, Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, who has inexplicably fallen for the lady he soiled and deserted, makes plans to forge a new future for Madison, a future where he is her husband…whether she likes it or not.

Extended description

To Love a Beast is a Regency romance novel about a young debutant named Madison Fitzwalter who is kidnapped by mistake. Judged to be a fitting substitute for his intended victim, Madison is blindfolded and seduced by man who awakens a passion inside of her the likes of which the sheltered innocent has never felt. At the end of her illicit night with a man only known to her as Teddy, Madison is returned to London manor from which she’d been plucked and left alone to face the scorn and rejection of the ton leaving her heartbroken and inexplicably pining for the mysterious lover who abandoned her.
Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, never expects to see this girl again after he’d seduced and released her. Charles is painfully aware that he should never have touched the chit delivered to his bed by mistake, but the young beauty is just too tempting, and watching the next morning as she is ostracized by an unforgiving Ton only complicates matters. Unable to stand by as Madison’s future i… (Read more)


To Love a Beast

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146442#longdescr

To Love a Beast

Fiction » Romance » Regency
By Teri Harvey
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: March 30, 2012
Words: 99645 (approximate)
Language: English

Short description:
Unable to stand by as Madison Fitzwalter’s future is ripped from her, Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, who has inexplicably fallen for the lady he soiled and deserted, makes plans to forge a new future for Madison, a future where he is her husband…whether she likes it or not.

Extended description:
To Love a Beast is a Regency romance novel about a young debutant named Madison Fitzwalter who is kidnapped by mistake. Judged to be a fitting substitute for his intended victim, Madison is blindfolded and seduced by man who awakens a passion inside of her the likes of which the sheltered innocent has never felt. At the end of her illicit night with a man only known to her as Teddy, Madison is returned to London manor from which she’d been plucked and left alone to face the scorn and rejection of the ton leaving her heartbroken and inexplicably pining for the mysterious lover who abandoned her.
Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, never expects to see this girl again after he’d seduced and released her. Charles is painfully aware that he should never have touched the chit delivered to his bed by mistake, but the young beauty is just too tempting, and watching the next morning as she is ostracized by an unforgiving Ton only complicates matters. Unable to stand by as Madison’s future is ripped from her, The Duke, who has inexplicably fallen for the lady he soiled and deserted, makes plans to forge a new future for Madison, a future where he is her husband…whether she likes it or not.

To all of my Word Press friends and followers, thank you so much for being a part of the blogging community. I feel like I learn something new every day, and I have fun doing it. You guys are awesome! If you’d like to help me out with some free marketing, please re-blog this post.

If you’d like to purchase To Love a Beast for your very own eyeballs, here is the link again.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146442#longdescr


On Smart Characters who do Stupid Things

You know them. You love them. They’re smart, witty, handsome/beautiful. They’re lives are interesting enough for you to devote countless hours reading about them. They are your main characters, and you trust them to bring you entertainment to the very last page.

But then, they do something so terrible, so vial, that you don’t know if you will ever turn the page, or even ever look at the book ever again. They do something HORRENDOUSLY STUPID!

Yes, I understand that the one horrendously stupid act may be the catalyst for the whole entire book and the story hinges on that one crazy mistake the main character made. Most books have this. Definitely most romance novels have this. It’s an elephant that I enjoy on a daily basis, but there is a line, so I beg you, don’t jump the shark.

What the author tells us and how the character acts can be completely opposite things. I’ve seen books where the author took so much time telling the reader how smart and beautiful and witty their heroine is, and then they make the terrible mistakes that are so out of character to her. Then the hero makes a mistake, and then the heroine again, and pretty soon its a stupid fest the likes of which I’ve never seen.

Before your character goes and does something out outrageous, I think the author should have the maturity to ask, would this person really do this?

I can forgive the one f aux pas that that gets the story in motion, to a point, but from that point on the hero/heroine is in a hole. They need to regain my trust and fast. I’ve read books where the supposedly smart main character would just do stupid things over and over and over again, and authors who even bring those stupid things into other books! Yikes! Nothing like a highly intelligent stupid person (yes they exist in real life too).

I’ve saved Maddie Fitzwalter from the fates of stupidity several times in my novel To Love a Beast” available at Smashwords.com.

In the first draft of the novel, Maddie attends one final ball in a last ditch effort to save her reputation. When all hope is lost, Maddie gets swept off her feet by a handsome duke. She has absolutely no inkling that this was the man responsible for kidnapping, seducing, and ultimately soiling of her reputation. She had no clue, no clue whatsoever. Forget that the night she was taken was the most passion filled night she’d ever experienced and that the man had completely stolen her heart. She just plum had no idea.

I didn’t want Maddie to come off the stupid heroine. I’ve read books like this, and they might be satisfying, but mostly they leave me screaming at the book.

With that in mind, I went in a completely different direction. When I did the rewrite, Maddie knows, gasp, that he’s the man, gasp gasp, that took her. She may be too afraid to say anything She may be too swept away to care, but at least she’s not stupid.

This destupifying of Maddie also led to several different plot twists that take place throughout the rest of the novel, and gave birth to another interesting character that will definitely be showing up in future books of mine.

Sooooo, don’t take the easy way out by making your characters do something uncharacteristically stupid. Think of ways to make them better for yourself and your reader. You may not realize how much a good re imagining will do for your characters and your readership.


Oh Notebook, Where art thou? Part 1

They never fail…They never send your work into oblivion by forgetting to click save, they will never run out of power and will never cause you eye-strain (well, not too much anyway) They are the ultimate hard copy. They are your notebooks made from 99.9% killed trees and.01% love…and fun chemicals, but that’s neither here nor there.

You guessed it. I am a huge notebook fan. Computers? Not so much.

So ,why, in all your writerliciousness, like you not the computer, you may ask.

They answer is quite simple: Eye Strain, EYE STRAIN, EYE S-T-R… you get the point. And I do get a lot of migraines too. I can work in a notebook before I’m completely better from a migraine. With a computer…I can hardly even have one in the same room with me.

With that, I thought it would be a fun Saturday project to do a history of Teri Butterfly Harvey’s awesome notebook collection.

It all started out with one… The one that in the seventh grade I’d decided would be for my writing only. Here it is, right here… It’s the first notebook I’d ever bought specifically for writing, and I was damn proud of it. I even bough some special shiny gel ink pens to use in it! I was going to write my first novel in this thing, and all my novel ideas, draw some pictures, gasp, become famous!

Well, I did fill that notebook up with my first novel. Sparkly and beautiful and very worn out by the time I was done with it, I loved the notebook. I didn’t even want anyone touching the thing. No borrowing paper from this thing. It was special, but what was I supposed to do when it was full. Buy another, of course!


Oh Notebook, Where Art Thou? Part 4

Finally, I come to the last group of notebooks, the ones I am currently using. I really love these babies, and I drive 50 miles to the nearest Barnes and Noble to buy them when I’m out of paper. These beauties are big. They are heavy, but in a good way. They do not fall closed easily. They are solid and thick. I practically refuse to write in anything else. Here they are.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I have here…The two brown and pink ones at the end contain “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” The tan one with the wave on it and the little Jesus book contains “The Claiming” my book about the aliens. The blue and brown one contains “To Love one’s Husband,” the second half of To Love a Beast.
That concludes my notebook fetish, so now I’ll tell you a little bit about my process.
I write the first draft in the notebook. I type out the second draft and edit it at the same time. 3rd draft-10,000th draft, I do just like anyone else on a computer. Most of my days are simply writing days with my notebook, but I usually dedicate one or two days a week for typing out pages. It helps out especially when I’m not feeling really creative, but still want to work on something.
I’ve heard people say that if you work on more than one project at a time, that you’ll never get anything done. To that I say, who cares? I’ve got several thousand characters trying to claw their way out of my brain and on the the page. I enjoy every moment of writing them down. I gets done when I gets done. I’m not itching to be rich or anything. I just want to be able to write whatever I want whenever I want and have a kick ass time doing it. Now that’s what makes a writer! Now, go fill up a notebook!


Oh Notebook, Where Art Thou? Part 3

When I got into college, I had a little bit more money for notebooks, so my notebook buying became a bit more interesting, but I’m going to get a little off topic here. I did happen to write one whole book without a notebook, and that book was called Edward.
I would now like to recount the very last time I ever attended a critique group. A very good writer and all around nice guy suggested that since a sparkly vampire, who was very popular at the time, was also named Edward, I shouldn’t use that name. Not like I named him before I even heard of Twilight or anything, buuuuuuut that set me off royally.
“Okay, so no one can never name their character, Edward again. Burn um at the stake if they do, and God help anyone who had named their character that before. Perhaps they can change their name to Edmund, or Eduardo. Oh, and we can’t have anyone named Jacob either, or Bella, and I really wanted to name my next heroine Renesme. OH, THE BROKEN DREAMS!” I was mad, and I admit I may have gone a little overboard, but I didn’t go back….
Okay, I was supposed to be talking about notebooks, wasn’t I? The silver notebook is my favorite of all my notebooks. My mom works for a bag company who does lots of business with China and that’s where this little gem came from. I call it my WTF notebook. On the front is this weird saying that is kind of true, but you wouldn’t want to go spreading it around. It says, love is what enables us to bridge the gap of disappointment when others do not live up to the expectations we have of them. Uh…thanks notebook. Just what I needed to hear. Ironically, this is the notebook I used for my first all nighter, and the notebook I wrote the first few chapters of To Love a Beast in, which took place during that all nighter. The rest of To Love a Beast was written in those lovely Tiffany stained glass journals. Yes, I graduated to journals! I bought two, and if I ever see another I’ll buy it on the spot!
The Fall was written on napkins and computer. I was working for Disney World. I couldn’t afford a notebook.


Oh Notebook, Where Art Thou? Part 2

When I finished with my first whole notebook, I was on a veritable writing tare, but my first novel was far from being finished. Shame on me for thinking that I could get it done in just one. Then I found the deal of a lifetime. 10 for a buck! And these were kick ass notebooks too…unperforated, plastic cover, big fat lines. I bout died when the Wal-Mart stopped carrying them. Here they are. Yes I saved them too…
Yes, I saved all 13 of them all well written in front to back…same book by the way, and after that I was still not finished. In fact, here is what my collection looked like before I called it done Oh yea, that’s all of them. And that’s how I spent my high school years, slaving over notebooks for a book that will never ever see the light of day. Who wants to read a poorly written YA romance about an asper-girl who is afraid of the world, and the stubborn fool who is in love with her? Plus, did I mention that it was 600 pages typed out and they were not, I repeat, not double spaced. Good Grief!


WordPress is Frustrating Sometimes

One of the worst things to ever happen to a writer is to lose content. This is the second time that I have lost a nearly complete post on WordPress simply by pressing the backspace button. OOOOH, that really STEAMS my CLAMS! Oh well, BFLYzone, you’ll never see the work of absolute genius I was about to loose on the universe. Laters.