Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Change is as Good as a Holiday

Good morning, everyone.

Happy Monday.

If you're thinking that there's something about this blog that looks different, you'd be right. I got quite sick of the design I had before and so investigated for a new one. The layout is the same, of course (with a few minor alterations). What really has changed is the background.

You might be able to tell that I was in one of my darker moods when I settled on this particular design. To be honest, I'm rather liking this new look. After all, nothing says "I write angsty dark fantasy" like trippy purple smoke on a black background. I'm sticking with the colour purple, at least.

It was while designing the new look over the weekend that I noted I had forgotten to pre-schedule the weekend's edition of Forgotten English. So, here is Saturday's one:


A quick motion, between running and walking when one, on account of fear or weakness, is not able to run at full speed. The term seems to have had its origin from the flight of those who, living in a country subject to many inroads and depredations, were often obliged to escape from their enemies, while in consequence of hot pursuit their lives were in jeopardy every moment.

- John Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, 1808

I had a mixed day yesterday. The morning and early afternoon was lovely. I went on my first ever Sugar Bush, complete with a horse-drawn wagon ride. The horses were the most beautiful pair of Belgian Draft horses you could imagine. I though, at first, they weren't Belgian (though they didn't look very Clydesdale), as when I hear the word "Belgian" in the context of horse breeds, I imagine this:

Which is more typically referred to as a Friesian. Oh, and in case anyone wants to buy me an extremely extravagant gift, I would happily accept a Baroque Friesian...

Isn't he gorgeous? What a beautiful breed of horse the Baroque Friesian is. Baroque specifically - they're stockier than the more common (and more modern) Sport Friesians, and I like the heavier breeds (you can probably tell the difference between them even in the photos provided).

Then, last night, I learnt that my father is in the hospital awaiting a gall bladder removal. It's scheduled for today at 3:00pm, but will be moved back depending on what happens during the day. Needless to say, I'll be at the hospital tonight instead of at training. From what I understand, the surgery is a fairly standard procedure, so I'm not extremely worried (but worried enough).

Right. It's back to writing from this week on. I really needed that break from writing. Now I'm ready to tackle the rest of book 4 of The Great Man series.

In writing news of a separate kind, with book 1 of The Seraphimè Saga now free to be shopped around, I've started to query agents. I sent it out on the 31st to one agency. They were very prompt with their rejection. That's the first official one of the year. So I sent out another query on Friday. We'll see how that goes.

I've gotten to the point, I think, where I'm thinking that all my writing is crap, and I'll never be published. That is not true, of course, but I'm kind of thinking it all the same. I'll keep writing, though, and trying. I still want to make a living as a published author. Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?

Once The Great Man series is written, I have plans to start another project that will be made available for free/donation only. I haven't decided. I still have to contact some people and clear it with them first (don't want to tread on anyone's toes). To be honest, I'm quite excited about having something available for free for my readers (which, according to sales of The Dying God are all of four people). Mostly because I don't have to stress about whether agents/publishers will like it or not.

Still on the writing thing, The Dying God & Other Stories, has not done as well as I might have hoped (I was hoping for more than four sales, to be honest). Seems no one really wants to read it. I'm going to go for a re-launch of it this year's Hallowe'en on Smashwords to see if it does any better than it did on I also want to publish a paperback version, but don't have the time for it right now. I will be looking into a P.O.D. version, though. I'm not sure how it'd work with the pictures for those do it yourself places. Anyone with experience have some advice?

For a post that was supposed to be mainly about my blog's new look, this really did veer off topic. I'll let you all get on with your lives after these messages:

Today's Forgtten English is brought to you by Jeffrey Kacirk.


Elated with lquor.

- William Cope's Glossary of Hampshire Words and Phrases, 1883


Genevieve said...

Hi Sonz,

Like the new look but why don't you use Word Press, the layouts are very nice and it is really easy to use, I use it for all my blogs and websites. I don't know how you maintain your inspiration and drive in the face of all those rejections! I would have fallen in a heap long ago and given up (granted I don't have the amazing writing skills that you have though!)

Ah, the Friesian but it is a Dutch breed not Belgian (from Friesland) I fell in love with it when I first saw Lady Hawk... I've moved on from it though and now I desperately want a Percheron, the most regal creatures with beautiful temperaments, amazing strength, endurance and grace that belies their enormous size. Yup, definitely wold love to own a well bred Percheron (it helps that it is a French breed and I am connecting with my French roots).

I love you Sonz, and I can't wait for your dreams to come true, I just wish they'd hurry up!! Big hugs!


S.M. Carrière said...

I find blogger is ridiculously easy to use. I quite like it, in any case.

The rejections, while sometimes crushing, bring out the 'stubborn ass' aspect of my personality. I literally dig my heels in and chant 'I'll make it. Just you wait and see. I'll do it. And then you'll be sorry.' Only usually with less malice. I just wanted poetic effect there. Seriously, I get less hopeful and more stubborn. It becomes less of 'I hope so' to 'I will, dammit!'

Friesians are Dutch, you're right. I had to look it up as they've often been called 'Belgian Blacks.' I just assumed they were, therefore, from Belgium.

I adore horses of all kinds, the heavier kinds especially. The Percheron is a great horse, but I'm afraid that Friesians are still my preferred. They're like most larger horses - good natured and hard working, and, from what I've read, remarkably agile for their size. And they're normally pitch black from head to hoof... I love that imagery!

I can't wait for my dreams to come true either. I also wish they'd hurry up!

Love you too!

Pam Asberry said...

I love the new look! I have tried both WordPress and Blogger and I definitely prefer Blogger. Keep up the good work!

S.M. Carrière said...

Thanks so much, Pam!