Lyn Lowe's Blog
July 11, 2014
We are on the final draft! The cover is ready! I'm fully expecting it to be finished and ready to publish this weekend, barring major disasters happening. Like the leak in my ceiling in the living room combining with the new leak in the bedroom to form one giant massive Super Leak and then have another freak Super Torrential Downpour that seems to be plaguing Upstate NY, which in turn pours all over my computer and shorts it out.
So now you are thinking, "so you should move your computer, silly author!" But I can't. Because my computer uses my tv as a monitor. And my tv rests on my entertainment center. And THAT, ladies and gents, requires spending the weekend rearranging my living room instead of finishing this book like Lyn and I planned. Plus I'm pretty sure Kosa would find a way to screw with me with that Super Leak anyway. It's just there... Waiting...
And now the gliders are awake and demanding my attention. So, until next time my dears... Be brave and fight the good fight!
May 15, 2014
Because I'm the shortest out of my group of friends, they often refer me to a gnome. I'd like to disagree with that. Minus the chubby belly and wooley feet, I prefer to think of myself more like a Hobbit. My love of food seems to make me think I'm more Hobbit like anyway. So in true Hobbit fashion, I am giving away stuff for my birthday! Well, technically three things. Book things. Destiny. Three signed copies of Destiny on Goodreads.com.
So go to goodreads, get into the contest (it starts on May 16th) and maybe you will win a copy of Destiny! It ends May 23rd, so hurry, hurry, hurry!!!
May 10, 2014
So I haven't been heard from since February. Either that means I'm dead (hmmm... I feel alive...)
... Or I've been busy moving halfway across the country. That's right! Lyn Lowe no longer resides in Michigan, where it snows far too often. I now reside in Columbia Missouri. I'm told it still snows, which is a profound disappointment, but otherwise I'm very pleased with this move. Especially the 72 inch plasma TV my new roommates brought with them...
But while the pretty pretty video games and the packing/unpacking may have kept me from updating this blog (and the site in general), Michelle is a task driver and has, more or less, kept me on track with the next book. Which is looking like a late June/early July release. We'll have more on that very soon.
For now, I just really want to emphasize how pretty games I've been playing for a while suddenly look on this giant TV. I had to replay Beyond: Two Souls (the most beautiful game I know) which was absolutely astounding. And now I've moved on to Kingdom Hearts 1.5. For the HD factor. I might actually drool a little while I'm playing, and I'm not ashamed of that.
April 3, 2014
And the weather is finally getting warmer, which means this lizard is getting happier. I so hate the cold. I often question myself why I'm still in New York. Then I realize it's because I can't convince anyone to move out of here with me. Oh well.
So it is now April. Lyn is in the process of moving out of her state and into a new one because she has that ability (lucky!) and that leaves me with the plotting. Not necessarily book wise. Just kinda promotion wise. We had a Good Reads give away going for Valentine's day. I'm going to do one for May. In true Hobbit fashion, I'm going to give gifts instead of receiving them. Well, mostly Destiny. Because I can do that. And I'm hoping the more it gets out the more people will recommend other people to buy it, because poor starving artist over here. Ok, so I'm not starving, writing is a part time job, but you get the idea.
Speaking of food.... I'm hungry. Time to feed the beast.
February 14, 2014
That's right. The great, mysterious celebration is all about poor romance decisions and bad break-ups! Because, if I have to celebrate, it's going to be celebrating love gone wrong! Because I'm twisted like that.
So what is this celebration, you ask? Well I'm glad you asked! First off, Burnt is available free (in e-book form) through the 18th! Additionally, Forgotten is only 0.99! Because if there's one guy who just excels at falling for the wrong girl, it's Kaie. But wait! There's more!
In addition, Michelle and I are hosting yet another Goodreads giveaway! This time it's for THE FIRST THREE BOOKS! That's right! One lucky winner will get to read all about how bad Kaie and Elora are at picking relationships! Want to throw your hat in the ring? Want more info? Check this out:
Goodreads Book Giveaway
by Lyn Lowe
Giveaway ends April 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details
Enter to win
February 12, 2014
... Though it sure as heck feels like it, with all this snow. Have I mentioned how I hate living in Michigan? Because I really, really do.
So! What's going on? A couple things. I'm working on something a little special for Valentine's Day. Normally I'm against recognizing it in any way, shape or form. But I'm trying to grow. See how much I'm growing? I'm not even launching into my usual anti-Valentine's Day rant! It's super fun for me, but since most people roll their eyes when I get going, I'm holding myself back. Aren't you proud of me? You should be.
Not that I'm going all flowers and goofy teddy bears. If I'm going to celebrate, I'm going to do it Blood and Fire style, which involves very little romance...
I'll share more soon. For now, I'll get in the spirit of the "holiday" by making people wonder what exactly I have in mind...
And by people, I mean the one person other than Michelle who might be reading this. Heh.
What else? Hmm... I feel like there was something...
Oh yeah! I'm going to be entering that story I wrote for Nano in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest that opens on Feb 16th! I don't know how well I'll do; as of now I only have my own opinion on the quality of the story. I'm waiting for feedback from a couple of my beta readers, but they seem to think that their jobs and lives are more important than my whims, and haven't gotten around to reading it yet. What jerks. Whatever. I'll keep you guys (aka. that one person) updated on how I do!
I'm also toying with some new formats for the site here. Squarespace has added some new ones for the new year. We'll see.
Finally, I'm happy to say that Ruin is coming along quite nicely. Michelle and I are doing things a little differently this time, but it seems to be weaving together very well and we're making good headway. No firm date for release yet. I want to say 'think spring' but I'm actually planning a fairly big move and Michelle might be as well. I'm sure that'll throw at least one monkey wrench into the works.
What else is going on?
Nothing! Quit bugging me! Geez! You guys are NEVER happy!
But stay tuned! More on that promotion VERY soon...
December 11, 2013
November is over and I even lived through it! I hit 50,000 and then 80,000 and then, on the 6th, I finished the story at 94,000 words (which will drop way down after some MUCH needed editing, I'm sure)! So not only did I survive, I daresay I flourished!
I got some advice from a fellow Nanowrimo participant, and she convinced me that I should post some of this story I labored over up here. I'm not ready yet (see above about the editing) but it will be going up! Just little parts. Teasers. All leading up to it being published sometime next year. I'm thinking earlish.
But that's not the point of this post! That's just a bonus I wanted to pass along before I forgot. The real news is that Michelle and I are starting work on Ruins on the 15th! Maybe sooner, if I have another night without sleep because I'm thinking about it. This is not the time of year for writing-related insomnia. Heh.
In book 5 the characters will finally come together. Kaie will be back! With Elora. And that meeting is probably why Michelle and I are working on this series at all. It's all very, very exciting!
To celebrate this - and, you know, the holidays - we're having an equally fantastic giveaway! Four copies of Misery are up for grabs via Goodreads!
Goodreads Book Giveaway
by Lyn Lowe
Giveaway ends January 30, 2014.
See the giveaway details
Enter to win
November 4, 2013
So this is my first blog post here. I have to say... it is quiet. Almost too quiet. Aside from the cats snoring. I know my characters are plotting away..
Have you ever come up with a character, started playing a video game, get to a character in said game and went ACK! THAT'S MY CHARACTER! Yeah. I did that about 2 am this morning when I was fighting Demise from Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the first time ever. Demise is a more evil version of one of my characters. I'm not saying who, because it would spoil things, but yeah. I had a moment. Stupid collective unconscious.
Speaking of writing... I should be working on my short stories for the B&F series. I got Aster's down.... four more to go. But now the problem becomes who I want to use. Aster didn't give me a choice in the matter. He's a rather pushy jerk. And I've been writing scenes that occur to me just randomly. Lyn loves some of them, but I just dont channel Kaie as well as she does.
And there's a side project I'm working on that I really should get started on....
Huh. Hey, a shiny. I think my little sugar gliders are awake. Yup. There's the wheels going. I wonder if I can get them to power a toaster.
November 1, 2013
For years, I've wanted to participate in Nanowrimo (for those who don't know, that's Nation Novel Writing Month, where participants commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November). My day job is in retail, which has always been an excuse (maybe a good one too) to hold off. Last year I was also in the process of getting Forgotten some small amount of attention as well, which made the whole thing seem downright impossible.
I have the same reasons (excuses) this year. In fact, I work at a busier store, where I have more responsibilities than ever. And Misery has got to be ready to go halfway through the month! Which means trying to get it some small amount of attention as well. But here's the thing...
I'm going to do it anyway.
This is most likely a sign of oncoming insanity. I've never been more stressed than I was last month, and my response is to heap more stress on myself? Well... Yeah. It is. Because as stressful as the thought of 50,000 words in 30 days while trying to help run my store and market another novel entirely is crazy overwhelming, it makes me excited. Excited like I haven't been in a long time.
I love the Blood and Fire Saga. Love it like crazy. But I need a break. For about two years now, it is the only thing I've written. I keep a notebook by my bed, because I'm often struck with inspiration as I'm falling asleep and like to write it down. If you check, you'll find nothing but notes for B&F. Meaning I haven't even let my half-asleep brain think about other things. And I'm starting to get a little burnt out. I'm so excited for Ruin and all the books that come after, but the thought of starting them just makes me feel very... meh.
Writing is my outlet. If I can't work up enthusiasm to start a story I desperately want to tell, there's something wrong. And I think it might be a big part of that being stressed out last month. So I think it's time for a break. I need to do something with my writing I've never done before. Something I've always wanted to do.
The story I'm working on has nothing to do with B&F. It's a pure science fiction, actually. Full of space ships and light speed travel. And this story I am excited to start. I just began it this morning, and I'm already 2,000 words in! Take that writer's block!
So what does this mean to people waiting for Ruin ? Not much. Since Michelle and I weren't going to start it until we were done getting Misery ready anyway, this is a delay of 15 days or so. And getting rid of that burn-out/writers block can only be a good thing!
October 26, 2013
Well, it took far longer than expected, but I've finally finished my first round of edits for Misery! Now I just have to implement them and I'll be ready for the feedback from everyone else. Which is a really complicated way of saying MISERY IS COMING.
See what I did there? With the title and everything? Clever, huh?
The official date, I can now safely say, is November 15th!
One thing that I might as well make note of now: the intended story for Misery was WAY too long to fit into one book. Or, I guess it isn't. But telling it properly would require something around twice the size of Forgotten . And I'd be perfectly fine doing that, except for one thing. Misery is about one thing and the parts I left out are about something else altogether. The two themes just don't blend well. I'd say it's like oil and water, but that's not it. More like what you get when you mix blue paint with red paint and green paint: an ugly brown that you don't want on your walls.
Meanwhile, the remaining story blends just about perfectly with a section of the next book that I'd always kind of wished was a separate from everything else we had planned. So what does that mean? It means I've talked Michelle into splitting that part off, joining it with the other bit I have laying around from Misery , and adding another book to our series!
Some people, I'm sure, will be happy about this. I expect others will be frustrated. How long do we intend to drag this thing on, after all? Well, the answer is simple. We don't know. Michelle and I have always had a clear picture of where this is going and what it will take to get there. But we agreed right from the start that we weren't going to slap a number on it and say "exactly this many." We want the story to take exactly as many books to tell as it takes, and not one more.
More than five. Less than fifteen. Make of that what you will.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. A new addition to our plans! We're going to call this one Ruin and it's going to be fantastic! Why? Because Kaie is back. Ha! He is, though, and so is Elora. And Larina, obviously. So all three main characters will be together for the first time. Though whether they actually meet is a question you'll have wait to find out.
But all of this is completely unrelated to my big news. I just thought it was interesting, and since it's the first post at this brand new site, I thought I'd make it long and rambling so that any newcomers will know what to expect. Heh.