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Author: annpaquette


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I can’t believe the amount of garbage comments I receive regularly! It’s crazy how many “sexy ass cams” and “prns” and other such nonsense bots/spammers there are out there. Due to the overwhelming amount of poop trying so very hard to be real boys, I’ve had to disable the comments on my blog. You can still reach me on Facebook (add spaces between the name) and Tumblr (no spaces) at @authorAnnPaquette

I can only handle so much garbage. Thanks all!

Smooth Flying

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Do you know what my biggest plot issue was when I first wrote The Shadows of Sylvara series? It was having everything go smoothly all the time. No joke. So something would happen and my characters would just magically have the ability to deal with it. I did mention before that magic does have its limits right? Well inventing things as you go along should be one of those limits!

In real life, we want things to go smoothly. We want our trip to go off without a hitch and any surprises better be positive. We want our celebration to not be ruined by a crabby relative or someone’s ex, so we don’t invite them. Perfect weather, great driving conditions, no deer/moose/elephant on the road, everything is on time, and you even hit all the pokestops while driving by.

But reading about how the hero stumbled upon the magical sword just as they were about to gain their title of knight and go on to expertly slay the evil usurper to save the day while nothing they can’t handle gets in their way would be a little boring.

Ok, a lot boring.

We want the rawness of personal growth, which includes pain and loss and hardship. We want them to persevere and gain the victory, but only after they were so low they just about gave up. Throw those obstacles in their way, let them fall only to get back up again, let them be saved by unlikely sources, let them lose. I think one of my favorite memes (and this is a rough idea of what it said, as I can’t find it at the moment) was that you need to lead your character to the top of the tree only to turn around and throw stones at them. Rough translation, get your character to the place they want to be, but make sure you place something in their way once they get there. Think Indianna Jones grabbing the totem from the rock only to end up being chased by a giant boulder.

So, my friends, keep your story moving, keep the pace going, and don’t let a scene stagnate because you love the conversation. I know I’ve touched on this before, but ensure there’s always something going on. Every scene doesn’t have to have a life changing event. Keeping the tension can be as simple as an argument, a realization, a change in attitude, or yes, even sex. Once your scenes are down and you’re at the editing phase of your writing, evaluate the scenes and ask yourself what they are bringing to the story. Does it advance the story? Does it give us deeper insight on your character? Did something happen?

Essentially, does this scene encourage you to read the next scene? If you keep nothing else in mind, remember this question. Because that’s what it’s all about, getting the reader to continue on with your story.

That’s it for now, fair winds and good flying my friends!

Review: Amazon’s Kindle Select

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I read many blog reviews, both good and bad, before choosing to enroll in Amazon’s kindle select program. Amazon Select is an exclusive program through – and here’s the shocker – Amazon, which means you publish your EBook through them and only through them for a period of 90 days. Apparently they push the works of members harder than if you publish widely. There’s a fund you can get moneys from if someone reads your book (a per page kind of deal) through their owner’s lending library, which gets updated every month to inform people how much money they can get a piece of. That is, if anyone reads your book.

Problem is, there is about 75 gazillion authors trying to get everyone’s attention in exactly the same way.


For the love of pit stank!

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You meet a lot of interesting people when you go to a martial arts gym, from the “I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time but was too shy” to the “I didn’t know this was so much fun” to the “I want to learn to kick ass” and everything in between. Personally, I fall under the I’ve wanted to learn to do this for a long time but could never really get up the courage to try. That was over five years ago, my courage is no longer in question! If the many souls are there long enough, they almost become family. Anyone who’ve seen you sweat from every possible place on your body and don’t bat an eye when your face becomes as red as a tomato can be nothing less. But hey, don’t ask me to point any of them out if they aren’t wearing sports clothing and drenched in skin tears! (It’s happened, you see someone from the gym, they look familiar, but hell if you can place them. The other person is also staring at you wondering where they know you from. It takes a while for the recognition to kick in, then it’s all laughs at your silly asses for not knowing who it was earlier.) (more…)

The New Years Resolution

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Ah, blog post, how I miss you. My world of diaper changes and spit up and naps where he-who-will-not-be-put-down cuddles in my arms for sometimes hours at a time leaves little time for personal reflection or witty comments on writing. It leaves little time for writing period, something I fully intend to correct in the next little while. While raising a little human who hopefully won’t become an asshole certainly is important work, the task, along with the weather, leaves me unable to get out and get inspired. By inspired, I mean find subjects which irk me or provoke me in some way. I’ve lost my connection to the downtown area, unless I use the carrier, as the city is currently working on the underpass ramp. Hard to get a stroller up and down stairs after all. At the moment, I’m fully convinced they’re using school glue and popsicle sticks to renovate the relatively short ramp, why else would it take so long? That thing better look like a glamorous dwarven cave filled with jewels and precious stones once they’re done!

Occasionally though, inspiration hits me in the forehead. Case in point, new years. More specifically, the all-mighty new years resolution. (more…)

A peek at my Characters: Daystorm

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I do apologize for the radio silence, my days are filled with diaper changes, bottles, and spit up. They sort of meld into one another, and before I know it, three weeks or more have gone by and I haven’t come up with any new ideas for posts. I’m secluded from the world, aside from the news I get on TV and the paper, and really only get fired up when it’s time for my husband to do something and he doesn’t do it. Anyways, this isn’t a post about not posting, I do have some information to share. I wanted to present some insight on my characters, how I came up with them, some of their flaws, the whys of those traits. I am trying my hardest to tell you about them without giving anything away, so no worries if you haven’t read/are in the process of reading the book, no spoilers were harmed in the making of these posts. (more…)

My Opinion on Opinions

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The word opinion is thrown around a lot nowadays, usually accompanied by things like entitled and freedom of speech. You want to know mine? Well, this is my blog, so I’m giving it to you anyways! Ha! I think the word opinion is the most abused word in the English dictionary, right alongside terrorist. In fact, many are confusing the definition of opinion with that of oppression. (here’s looking at you, scaremongers) Current day politics aside, opinions are things we need to be aware of and take advantage of in our writing.

The Google searched definition of opinion is as follows: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

Not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. (more…)

Newborn expression

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Have you ever watched a newborn’s facial expressions? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on something real. Mind you, child of mine is using me as a glorified pillow most of the day, so I sometimes have no choice but to sit and watch. I’m beginning to believe that at this stage in his life these are the truest emotions he’ll ever show. While yes, there will be moments when he’s older that are genuine and pure, there will also be moments when those emotions are formed, or hidden, for some sort of personal gain or because he feels he must. Guilt trip anyone? (more…)

A few things to think about when creating a new world (or editing your existing one)

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I do apologize for the intermittent blog posting, life with an infant makes it difficult to get things done which aren’t necessary for survival, like blogs. Actually, life with an infant makes it difficult to think clearly on the best of days, without a couple cups of coffee first, anyways. I’ll be the first to admit that this post is a bit of a jumbled mess, it’s meant to get the gears going, think about what you will need to start up. You know, what with Nanowrimo around the corner.

Gods, that’s exactly a month away today. This will be the first year I don’t feel “ready” for this challenge.

Anyways, here’s a topic which spans pages upon pages, on which people write novels about, dedicate websites to, cry over while drinking wine, and have tons of journal entries trying to figure out what exactly what they’re doing. If anybody can truly claim to know what they’re doing nowadays.

World building. (more…)

Here’s to a hectic but boring week!

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Well, the last week has passed in a blur of feedings and naps and bottle washing and appointments. I now permanently smell like breast milk, but no, my supply is not coming in yet. My thoughts slowly return to writing and preparing for NaNoWriMo, which yes, I will still be giving it a go again this year despite my new arrival. While my mind might be thinking of writing, they really aren’t getting any further than that. No plot development or new ideas, though I pretty much know where I’m going with this next installment. Let’s hope the characters know where they are going as well.  (more…)

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