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My darling Louisa made me this banner to celebrate my next victim WIP.



It's so pretty. *_____*

I'm about halfway through revising and editing, and should have the new book up and ready for purchase within the next few weeks! Can you guess what genre it is?
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Published on October 28, 2012 13:20 • 121 views • Tags: books, publishing, wips, writing
My reaction when someone likes one of my reviews on GoodReads:


My reaction when someone comments on one of my reviews on GoodReads:


My reaction when someone rates one of my books on GoodReads:


My reaction when someone reviews one of my books on GoodReads:
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Published on October 29, 2012 11:36 • 220 views • Tags: books, random, reading, squee, writing
At the risk of sounding like a Girl Scout trying to pimp out some fattening, extortionately-priced cookies, I'm posting some answers to some FAQs (i.e. "fack yous") I've been getting about me and my book, including plot, genre, where to purchase, the cost, etc. It just occurred to me that I hadn't posted that information on here yet- oops!



I know some authors on here can be rather aggressive when it comes to advertising their own books. I can see why: it's exciting! You just want to take out a big sparkly marquee and say BUY MY BOOK!. But I can also see why people get annoyed by this. I figure since this is being written on my own space, I'll be ok. Feel free to stop reading at any time!

WHO THE FLIP ARE YOU AND WHY THE FLOP ARE YOU ON MY FRIENDS LIST?

I'm not some creeper author who hacked into your GR account to harass you! I promise!

I am actually the reviewer formerly known as Pikachu Ketchum! I had the hipster pikachu as my profile pic. Though it would be really cool to see Pikachu Ketchum on the spine of a book, I'm pretty sure that's copyright infringement. So Nenia Campbell it is!

WHAT GENRE DO YOU WRITE IN?

Pretty much anything except romance, ironically. Cloak and Dagger is a spy thriller, Endgame is a dystopian, and I have some other WIPs that are horror, urban fantasy, and post-apocalyptic. I'd also really like to try my hand at writing an old-fashioned gothic.

WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR BOOK?

You can buy it in two places!

Paperback from Createspace for $11.54 and

Kindle format for $2.99

WHICH FORMAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Honestly, the kindle. It's less expensive, so if you aren't sure if you're going to like my writing it's best to start cheap.

Of course, if you want the hard copy I'm not going to complain. In fact, if I ever become famous and I see you with one of the original self-published editions of my book, come see me at my book signing and I'll write you a page long autograph expressing my gratitude!*

*If you do choose the hard copy, please buy it from the Createspace website. I don't get any royalties from copies purchased through amazon.com. :(

DID YOU MAKE THAT COVER?

No, that would be Louisa, who's as sweet as she is talented. Go over there and show here some love!

I SEE DEAD PEOPLE- AND TYPOS!

I'm not sure what to tell you about the dead people, but the typos are my fault. Sorry about that!

I do have two new shiny editors now, though! Say hello to:

Kendal

and

McQuinn

They are both just as talented and amazing as Louisa. ♥

IF I WRITE YOU A CONSTRUCTIVELY CRITICAL REVIEW, WILL YOU PUT ME ON THE STGRB WEBSITE?

Nope! I like C&C. It makes me happy! Gushing reviews make me happy too. Actually, the fact that anybody is reading my book makes me happy.

If you write me a review saying something like, "THIS AUTHOR IS LAMESAUCE AND SHE SHOULD TURN HER BOOK INTO SOME SOUP SO THAT WHEN SHE EATS IT SHE WILL BE AS SICK AS READING THIS MADE ME," I will be sad. And I will secretly be thinking, "WELL. HERE IS A BED OF POOP. GO LIE IN IT AND BE WRONG. AND SMELLY."

WILL YOU BE MY GOODREADS FRIEND?

SURE! I usually only add people who add me first; that way I know for sure that the people I'm adding actually want to be my friend! If I took the initiative it means I think you're especially awesome (although everyone on my flist is awesome by proxy).

*rolls around on the bottom of the page*
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Published on November 09, 2012 23:03 • 143 views • Tags: author-post, c-d, cloak-and-dagger, my-books, publishing, writing
Stephenie Meyer made the author playlist thing super popular. I actually think that this is one of my favorite things she's done because a) it gives all those wonderful music artists some love, b) it helps convey the kind of mood you want for your story, and c) it kind of tells a little bit about the person behind the author.

I love listening to music while I write, whether it's on Youtube or from my own personal library. I also love it when people tell me what music THEY listen to while they read. I've found a lot of great new artists that way. :)

Anyway, without further ado, here is my (unofficial) playlist for Endgame.

1. This Is What Makes Us Girls - Lana Del Rey
2. Keep Breathing - Ingrid Michaelson
3. Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
4. Sunday - Sia
5. Sway - Vanessa Carlton
6. Howl - Florence + the Machine
7. Stepping Stone - Duffy
8. Must Be Dreaming - Frou Frou
9. Red Rain - Peter Gabriel
10. Blinding - Florence + the Machine
11. Under Ice - Kate Bush
12. Fascination Street - The Cure
13. My Last Breath - Evanescence
14. Chokehold - Adam Lambert
15. Escape - Fireflight
16. Breathing - Kate Bush
17. Utopia - Within Temptation**

**I love this artist so much. Her voice is gorgeous, she seems like a wonderful person, and this track would just make the best end credits song ever imo.

Want to read the story behind the songs? Click here!

Enjoy!
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Published on November 14, 2012 15:04 • 99 views • Tags: author-post, endgame, playlist, writing
By Me, Nenia Campbell

Physical Appearance
I. Eyes
☑ broadcast emotion
☑ are a color that does not normally occur in nature
☑ excessively sparkling
☑ excrete sympathy-inducing tears
☑ have magical powers
II. Hair
☑ is a color that does not normally occur in nature
☑ excessively sparkling
☑ has magical powers
☑ never gets greasy (see above)
III. Body/figure
☑ athletic and toned despite never working out
☑ petite or statuesque/'model tall'
☑ someone in the novel actually asks her/tells her she should model
☑ big/'perfect' boobs
☑ no unsightly body hair, even if she doesn't shave
☑ no B.O. even if she doesn't bathe
☑ even when is dirty or in prison, men act like she's a Victoria's Secret model
IV. Other
☑ has marks, scars, tattoos that everybody comments on that may or may not have magical powers but somehow still manage to enhance her beauty even if unsightly
☑ Sue never "knows" that she's beautiful; complains how her flawless pale skin and shiny blonde hair and humongous boobs, etc. make her ugly and freakish and plain
☑ stares at herself in the mirror a lot ~Myrika

Background
I. Personal History
☑ is the last of her kind/people/race/etc.
☑ has a special power nobody else has/hasn't had for thousands of years
☑ orphaned at a tragically young age
☑ lives in an abusive family where nobody understands how special she is
☑ lives in a non-abusive family where nobody understands how special she is
II. Education
☑ knows facts she has no way of knowing, either from a past life or because she is just that awesome
☑ if magical, can cast complex spells despite never having heard them/received training
☑ gets good grades despite never studying
☑ bored by classes because she knows everything already
☑ instead of getting annoyed with her behavior, teacher calls her out and praises her OR unfairly castigates her in front of the whole class
III. Love
☑ love interest is her soulmate
☑ love interest falls in love with her on sight, especially if they shouldn't be together
☑ if love interest is going out with someone else, love interest dumps them for the Sue; slut-shaming ensues
☑ all male (and/or female) characters fall in love/lust with the Sue at least once during the book
☑ relationship with love interest is forbidden, thus making their love a critical plot interest that everyone is obsessed with/determined to thwart
☑ feels she is unworthy of love interest because of reasons (see "physical appearance") and/or lets him treat her like crap ~Llana

Personality
☑ bitchy as heck and yet everybody likes her anyway/thinks she's a laff-riot
☑ naive to the point of being mentally challenged
☑ creepily nice to the point of being mistaken for an alien/Mormon/pod person
☑ everyone likes or hates her immediately
☑ despite having tons of friends/one best friend who defends her from nay-sayers, Sue feels totally alone and misunderstood
☑ cries all the time OR stoic to the point of freaky robot-ness ~Aria
☑ excessive clumsiness, especially as a character flaw- this is not a personality trait; this is a result of too many inner-ear infections ~Llana

Ability
☑ things come to her like a Selena Gomez song- naturally, despite the difficulty of the task or amount of training
☑ constantly shocking everyone around her with how good she is at things
☑ speaks multiple languages or picks up multiple languages after only hearing them once
☑ extremely good at sex despite being a virgin and/or raped and abused and/or being raised in a convent
☑ plays musical instrument extremely well, usually in front of a love interest
☑ has an amazing singing voice
☑ breaks the rules all the time and gets away with it scot-free because 'she knows best' ~Aria

Other
I. Name
☑ is named after an inanimate object associated with nature, beauty, innocence; OR an adjective that calls up imagery from the former
☑ has a misspelled version of the aforementioned as her name
☑ her name somehow reveals her history/race/powers e.g. "Gabrielle d'Angelo" "Coven Mayfair" etc.
II. Narrative
☑ receives a disproportionate amount of description in comparison to characters equally significant to the plot (exuding love interest, who will probably be described in even more nauseating detail)
☑ is constantly breaking or bending the set rules of the cannon universe/fanverse, with little to no good reasoning behind it (e.g. making a cell phone in a steampunk era, being the *beautiful and powerful* child of an orc and an elf)

Any other suggestions? ;)
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Published on November 15, 2012 20:27 • 166 views • Tags: humor, lists, mary-sues, random, rants, writing
By Me, Nenia Campbell

A is for... Alternate Universe
For when you're too lazy to do your research.

B is for... Beta
A mythological creature. Good luck finding one.

C is for... Cannon
This is what die-hard fans will shoot you out of if you violate their OTP.

D is for... Darkfic
Proof that depressed teenagers should not be allowed on the computer.

E is for... Editing
Another mythological creature.

F is for... Fluff
What would happen if Nicholas Sparks rewrote your favorite fandom.

G is for... Gender-Bender
Please turn your textbooks to page 63.

H is for... Hiatus
When even the author can no longer stand to read their own crap.

I is for... In-Character
Don't worry about this one; you'll never come across it.

J is for... Jokefic
See entry for "Kid."

K is for... Kid
Most likely a crackfic in disguise wearing a false mustache and talking to his good friend, Mr. Inanimate Object, about the importance of wearing a condom when you're out weeding the garden.

L is for... Lemon
An acidic fruit full of vitamin C.

M is for... Mpreg
Because anatomy is just another word for 'boring.'

N is for... Non-Con
Putting the 'sensual' into non-consensual.

O is for... OOC
The characters you are about to read resemble their bookverse counterparts in name only.

P is for... Plotbunny
Nefarious, invisible creatures that devour the answers to questions like "what the hell is going on?" "why is the character doing that?" and "what is the plot of this fic again?"

Q is for... Queer
What happens when your favorite characters are dragged, kicking and screaming, into the GBLT community.

R is for... Rule 34
If it exists, it has been violated- literally- in some shape or form. Nothing is sacred.

S is for... Smut
Even the author admits that their fic is nothing more than a pretext for gratuitous sex.

T is for... Teen
Something to screen for when you're looking for smut.

U is for... Unresolved Sexual Tension
Akin to holding a carrot over a horse's head to make it run faster.

V is for... Vore
Taking the phrase 'playing with your food' to a literal, and extremely disturbing, level.

W is for... WIP
Author has no intention of completing the fic, but is too sadistic to admit it.

X is for... XXX
Please refer to "smut."

Y is for... Yaoi/Yuri
Slash with anime eyes drawn on.

Z is for... 'Zine
What happens in fanfiction does not necessarily stay on fanfiction websites.
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Published on November 16, 2012 10:36 • 180 views • Tags: fanfiction, humor, lists, rants, writing
After some initial formatting issues with the cover design, I finally got the green light. Endgame is now ready to order!

Unfortunately, the other cover did not fit the specified dimensions, so I had to make it myself. Let's call it "a special edition."

Click the book to order a copy for $6.00.



OR

Purchase the kindle edition here and satisfy your desire for instant gratification!

As always, I thank you for your support!
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Published on November 17, 2012 19:12 • 88 views • Tags: author-post, endgame, publishing, writing
I've just had my first author interview ever with our very own Demonic Lynx. Oh my gosh you guys. I literally started fangirling when she asked me. I feel like I'm Cinderella, and GoodReads is my fairy godmother letting me go to the author ball.

You can read my interview on her website.

Thanks, Lisbeth!

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Published on November 19, 2012 11:27 • 196 views • Tags: author-post, interview, publishing, writing
We all know her. She's the girl we love to hate.



Wondering if the character in the book you're reading is an Uber-Sue? Or concerned about your own writing? Take this fun Mary Sue Litmus Test to find out.

I'm in the clear! My characters passed. :)
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Published on November 29, 2012 20:46 • 268 views • Tags: books, mary-sues, publishing, tests, writing
I'm very proud for finishing this book--especially during National Writing Month. And on the last day, too. Talk about a close shave!

I hope the rest of you participants were similarly fortunate in meeting--or better yet, exceeding--your goals. And if you didn't, don't give up. There's always next year. Or, if you're feeling cheeky and daring, next month!

You can order a copy of Fearscape for yourself here, for $2.99 for the Kindle. If you have Amazon Prime, I believe you also have the option of borrowing it for free. FREE, PEOPLE!

The hard copy edition is still being proofed, so for those of you who don't have Kindles/would rather read the book in print, the paperback should be available soon for around $7.00. It's just shy of 300 pages.

Once again, I'd also like to thank everyone for the amazing feedback and support--even the mixed feedback. Especially the mixed feedback. Thanks to some of my reviews, I've now gotten the formatting down to a (mostly) fine art, and had some wonderful people step forward to offer their services with fact-checks. In fact, an extra-special thank-you goes to McQuinn, who helped me with all the info on legal proceedings and terminology. You're a star, Quinny!

If you're even the slightest bit interested, I would be honored for you to give my books a chance. When I posted my work online, the feedback I received from my readers helped hone me into the writer I am today. That feedback is especially critical now that money is involved and I'm writing (or trying to write) in a more professional context. Let me know what you like and what you dislike--and don't be afraid to be honest! :)

Happy reading,

xNenia

(Cover shout-out to Louisa again.)
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Published on November 30, 2012 23:26 • 117 views • Tags: author-post, fearscape, publishing, writing