I’m a Writer

The biggest asset to the independent author (or any artist, for that matter) is the online community.  Making friends, making connections, with fellow authors, bloggers, and writers is probably the absolute best thing you can do.  This community is one of my favorite things about being an independent author.  Everyone I’ve met is so helpful, so friendly, so supportive.  It’s a wonderful group to be a part of and I’ve just had such a wonderful experience. 

One of those authors and bloggers that has greatly helped to shape my path as an indie author is Rachel Thompson.  You can visit her website here: http://rachelintheoc.com

The other day, she posted this quote.  

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This quote really made ME think.  What do my books do for others?  How will reading them impact their lives?  How does any book, for that matter, impact our lives?  Why do we read in the first place?  

We don’t read because, despite what book lovers may believe, we don’t need to read to survive.  They aren’t vital to our survival like food or water or oxygen.  But I do believe they are vital to our existence and our human experience.  

Books enrich our lives.  They open our minds up to new experiences, to new worlds, to new perspectives, and to a greater appreciation of our own lives and the world around us.  We read books for the same reason that we indulge in dessert or travel to new and exciting places or make friends, and that is because as humans, we do not exist to simply exist.  We are meant to live and to experience and to enjoy.  

As for what my books, Cemetery Tours and Between Worlds, specifically bring to the table, I usually think that’s for my readers to decide.  As the author, I can tell you now my point of view is extremely biased.  I think my books are great.  I think they’re funny.  I think they’re spooky.  I think my characters are likable.  But any writer who doesn’t think the world of their books probably shouldn’t have published in the first place.   

What does a reader gain from Cemetery Tours?

A fun and fast-paced read about ghosts.

Twists and turns.

A touch of romance.

Characters that I’ve grown to love as friends.  Honestly, I miss them when I’m not writing them.  

A few chills down your spine and maybe even a few tears.  

A new perspective on death and the afterlife.  

Brink (everyone’s favorite character… the Ensemble Dark Horse) 

That’s to name a few.  All I know is that I love these books.  I enjoy writing them and it simply makes my entire life when I hear that readers are enjoying them too.  To have just one person go out of their way to tell you that they truly loved something that you wrote is just about the best thing in the world.  It makes my day, every day, more so than sales or even the act of writing, both of which I really love.  

That all being said, what has been your experience as a reader/writer? How have books changed your life?  

 

Apocalypse Graduation

Hello again, all.

I just found out that a friend of mine (and fellow author and blogger), Toni, is producing a short film!  You can check out her blog here: http://tjwiltshire.wordpress.com

Anyway, this a film that she is producing with her friends and fellow University students and they are planning to submit it to various film festivals and host a live screening.  It’s called Apocalypse Graduation and it’s about my favorite monsters (or the monsters that scare me the most)… ZOMBIES!

Here is the link to their KickStarter page.  Even if you can’t donate, please share the video and help out your fellow author, artist, scriptwriter, and filmmaker.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tjwiltshire/apocalypse-graduation-a-short-film

If the link, for whatever reason, isn’t working, here’s a the information that you’ll find on the page.

“Apocalypse Graduation is the story of two University students who are ambushed while studying in the library.

Apocalypse Graduation is a short film created by Matthew Tse (Director) and Toni Wiltshire (Producer/Scriptwriter). We have a first draft of our script finished, and can’t wait to get started on production!

Together, we are putting together a cast and crew of fellow students and intend to submit our final film to several film festivals.

Our film has a unique edge on most other zombie films: it’s packed with sarcasm, humour, relatable characters and NO ROMANCE. So many films – not just those with zombies – have the underlying (or even prominent) theme of romance, and we wanted to make a film without any of that. It’s just two friends who are trying not to get killed.

Apocalypse Graduation is the story of James Kirk and Clara Jenkins, who are ambushed by zombies while studying at the University library. They have to fight their way out and then survive their new zombie infested world. They have been friends since the start of University, having met at a gaming society. The only slight problem with them being apocalypse partners is the small issue of procreation – Clara is gay, and James can’t see Clara as anything more than a friend – even when faced with the threat of extinction.

As well as aiming to submit our films to several film festivals, we’re also hoping to have a screening in Lincoln (MORE DETAILS TO COME).

WHAT WE NEED:

Costumes

Set/Props

Make-up

Cameras

Mics

Print onto CD/DVDs

We have our script, but we need your help to get our film made! We want to create it to a professional standard, making it a debut film to be proud of.

MEET THE MAKERS:

We are Media Production students at the University of Lincoln, UK, and we are beyond excited to create this professional short film.

Matthew Tse has been studying Media Production for almost three years, and has worked on several short films as part of his college course, but would like to expand and make his own project outside of education. He has also been commissioned to create videos to advertise martial arts groups and was a camera operator for a documentary video about the Olympic torch passing through Peterborough.

Toni Wiltshire comes from an English, Psychology and Sociology background, and is currently going through the motions of self-publishing her first book. Toni’s interest in media lies in script writing and producing, so this opportunity to do both is an exciting prospect for her awesome organisation skills and budding writing abilities.

The two have been hypothesising about this film since November 2013, both wanting to make a zombie film that was both kick ass and realistic.

We intend to shoot the film in March/April 2014, and have post-production finished by May so that we can distribute by June 2014. If there are any delays, you guys will be the first to know!

Likely delays could be caused by the zombie apocalypse not actually happening, Toni killing Matt, or an increase in University work. We will try and make these issues as avoidable as possible, but if something is thrown into the works and causes a delay, we will of course let you know here!

We can’t wait to get started on this film and be able to share the finished product with you guys!

Please remember no donation is too small, anything and everything is greatly appreciated and you’ll be the cause of us feeling warm and happy inside.”

Thank you all!

The Liebster Award

Last night, I got an early birthday present.  I found out that I was nominated for The Liebster Award!  Thank you so much Nicole Sloan for nominating me!  Here’s a link to her blog: http://nicolesloanswriting.com

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The rules for Liebster Award are as follows:

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

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My answers to the ten questions I was asked are…

1. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is cerulean.

2. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? Australia

3. What is your favorite sport? Baseball

4. If you could be in a movie, which movie would you choose? The Lord of the Rings

5. Who is your hero? Harry Potter.

6. Do you prefer iPhones or Android phones? iPhone!

7. What is your favorite song? At the moment, it’s Heaven Knows by Five for Fighting.  Overall though, I love Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.

8. If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would you choose?  Dragon!  But if that doesn’t count, then either a tiger or a dolphin.

9. Do you know how to play a musical instrument?  I do!  I can play the piano, the flute, and the piccolo.  I also took a semester of guitar.

10. If you could restart your life knowing what you know today, would you?  Nope.  I’m happy with where I am and the life I’ve lived so far.

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I nominate the following bloggers for this award…

http://beingcreativebc.wordpress.com

http://heatherellisbooks.wordpress.com

http://archaicsugar.wordpress.com

http://aprillwood.wordpress.com

http://echoesofthepen.com

http://thenewcslewis.wordpress.com

http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com

http://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com

http://talainsphotographyblog.wordpress.com

http://michellejoycebond.wordpress.com

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My ten questions are…

1) What is your favorite book?

2) If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

3) If you had one superpower, what would it be?

4) If you could visit a fictional world (i.e. Narnia, Middle Earth, Hogwarts, etc…) for a day, where would you go?

5) Where is your favorite place in the world?

6) If you could meet three people from any time in history, who would they be?

7) Why did you start keeping your blog?

8) What do you hope to accomplish in 2014?

9) What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

10) If you could be any Disney Character, who would you be?