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Let’s talk about describing your online fiction piece.

I read a lot of short stories and novel-length things stories that don’t always get categorized as published book. Lately I have noticed that there are few things that bother me about them. Not the actual stories, for most times they are quite fun and if it comes with some grammar mistakes or misspelled words or timing mistakes, they don’t matter, because I know they are not professionals.

However, there are few things that could be done differently. So I decided to add a little list for any aspiring writers, who post on fictionpress or wordpress or fanfiction or any other platforms so they may get readers to read rather to skim past them:

  • Describing your story should really be a one-two sentence description, not “I’m not good with this describing thing” or “You decide after you read” or “I don’t own these xyz-named-firm’s characters, whaaah!”. Or “Your avarage fiction of…” or “I know I’m bad, but it’s actually quite good!” . Oh, and my absolute astonishment “Read to find out!”
    And “Don’t like it, don’t read.” Truly, if I wasn’t interested, I wouldn’t have picked it out of the line of hundreds, now would I?
    There is time and place to spread your insecurities, it should not be the description where the reader expect to find out whom the story is about and what’s the situation. I am consciously skipping every story that “dares” me to find out how good they are, for 3/5 are actually bad. Often not because the idea is bad, but the entire thing is often written sloppily, with little care and almost no editing. I loath stories where one paragraph turns out to be 215 word long sentence with no punctuation, small or capital lettering and pretty much remind me of Timothy Dexter, who added his in the end of his novel. Only, it was annoying 1797 and is annoying now.
    “This is going to be…” is also a kinky way to actually say nothing about the story and thus lose your reader, for after reading the description they still are not much wizer on who did what or what the conflict is about.
    When I am in searching mode, then a simple who did what or conflict description goes a long way. Or if the story is based on some incident.
  • Acronyms, for example   T/S, M/C, P&T&S or anything else that gets invented on the go, should not be in the description unless it is well known. That trend is actually moving into temporary romances as well and it is a big turnoff. Takes forever to understand what you could have either added in the first paragraph in your introduction rather than in that description where “After x-movie timewerse, Tony met Sally on his way to school and they decided to have a lunch” works so much better. Leave the acronyms for the first introductory paragraph, so they are still there, but they don’t take away that tiny description space that can actually pull in the readers.
  • “OC was just a normal person”. Alright, I understand that this is a common noter of a younger writer, which I’m not discussing more than I wish to bring out that if you say normal, try imagining what that “normal” character is doing. If you can imagine them reading a book, eating, drinking coffee with their eyes searching blue sky – maybe there is a better way to describe your OC you wish to mix in the already existing realm? Skip “normal” and say “Patric tested out his new toy and opened up a portal to Avenger movie”.
  • “Disclaimers: I don’t own the characters/movie/realm/etc” should be enough. But mostly it is followed by “If I did, I’d be *something f-u-n-n-y*”. Aside the disclaimer, I have developed a quick finger syndrome to skip whatever rant follows, for one can read only so many witty disclaimers before you get overloaded.
  • Begging for reviews or threatening to quit writing if you don’t get likes or using emotional blackmailing in the first sentences… Blackmailing goes down on no-one unless they have some emotional investment in you. Rather keep your dignity and don’t beg. “It’s my first story, so please be gentle” – it’s like setting up a sign asking all the trolls to gather for lunch. If your reader finds it interesting enough, they’ll let you know. If you are out to get “texts from your readers”, then most see it as time to leave.
  • Which brings me down to the last, and most important reason why I began in the first place – don’t apologize for your writing in advance. If you posted it, you are taking responsibility for it anyway. You already agree that what you’ve posted might be offensive to some, so why apologize to them in advance? Just say “This story deals with mature topics, sensitive topics” rather than apologizing in advance in case they didn’t like your story.
    The thumb rule, at least for me and most of the writers, is that you post only what you are ready to stand up for. If you are uncomfortable or feel insecure about it, then don’t post it. Look it over, think it through and then, when you are ready, then put it up. But what you DO put up, you take full responsibility for. There will always be somebody, who feels they need to point out some moral rule based on their world view or think you should not write this or that. So you have to be sure.
    If you think you can avoid it by warning ahead that this will be “hardcore violent” or anything else, you need to know that it makes you look worse if you don’t deliver. When I read, I deliberately start searching out the promised “warning” and I’m afraid, a lot of beginners don’t deliver what they promise. Can’t blame them, really, for often they need more experience to know better. So my advice would be – don’t do it. Don’t warn people – if they picked your story out in M section, they already expect it to be for adults and thus have no need for warnings suitable for PG-13. Think, when is the warning necessary and when you are overdoing it. 

These were my grains in the pot. Something that has been bothering me, and will continue bothering me, when reading online. Hasn’t stopped me from reading yet, but sometimes it’s better to learn from other’s mistakes than repeating them yourself.

Have a nice writing day!

 

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July Nano, homepage and boxes

It has been very busy lately. Firstly because I am finally leaving the dormitory life behind and, well, it takes some work to do that. Mainly things like packing and ordering a moving help and all that and I only have this last week end for it.

Secondly, because Nano is around the corner again. I doubted if I’d want to take it up. Because of the reasons up there. I thought it will go to half way to July, but then I was told I can finish the contract earlier and I went for it. So suddenly I discovered that I do get the time! Well, as much as it is available, but I can do it!

The idea, what to write, came to me few days ago  too, so now I’m super exited as if on coffee rush and can’t wait for it to start! For that I even made the Friday Flash Fiction entry a bit earlier. Oh, and because I don’t have any internet for the week-end. No time for writing either. Or not at least before Sunday.

But the idea!

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Gale Wenalan , a gargoyle has a rare pearl he knows dragons would want – his baby brother. And thus, he hates dragons with a vengeance. It doesn’t help that Accark, a dragon, has moved across him in his apartment building and seems desperate to become his friend. Accark’s logic seems clear – he wants the pearl. But when the dragon shows up again, wanting to hire him, things don’t seem so clear any more.

I’m exited! Maybe it’s a fluff story, maybe something more, maybe lots of tears, maybe tragic – god knows. I have no idea! And that, my dear readers, is what makes it so deeply exiting. Ok, so maybe i already have some idea, but that has to end on paper now 😀 . Clicking on the image will take you to the homepage, where the character profiles are.

Speaking of which – I have filled out all the empty articles I had for the purpose of building the system, but got left to wait due the time that the publishing took. I still have a book at editing stage, but I figured it didn’t look right to have empty places, so I just gritted my teeth and went and did it. The only part that has no entries yet, is Feher’s characters. There are two reasons for that – Nano is starting and at the moment I think the publishing rate is full enough. So I’ll concentrate on Nano for now and leave that for the August, which would give me a nice prep for the next Nano, when I’ll take up the last alien book again and finish it – there are a lot of characters of that section, so it will take a lot of time to fill them all up.

I also began a new section there, which I hope to continue – LC Sunday Journal. It’s a bit different, so I hope you’ll be nicely surprised when you visit it.

I will hopefully have time for a movie though, after I have exhausted my energies on cleaning and packing. I decided that I just will make the time, because the last time I went to cinema was with my niece and half a year ago. So, a little grown up movie would be good for change, and the perks of going to see that at 22 in the night is soooo tempting.

But I gotta go back to work now – still have some boxes to sort out before I can go and collect the next punch and I still have some cargo packing to do as official work.

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Planning

With the new homepage, although I doubt I can call it new as I’ve had it over half a year already, I realized that I haven’t had much time to actually write here. However, I have learned tons about managing my own page, making e-books and editing. And how to plan my time.

When I started the whole homepage thing, I confess, I thought I will run into error pretty much after I have started it, making it into another dead end project.  I am very pleased that somehow I have managed to work out a schedule and it is working nicely so it won’t be a dead end project. I know I still have a lot to fix there, and I am working on it, but in general it has become pretty much what I was hoping for. Maybe tweaking the design later a bit.

Another good thing to announce, although  a bit late duo all the work we’ve been doing in my day job, for something has to pay rent too 😀 , I have a book out! My very first one. If you click the image, it will open the window to my Amazon page – I still can’t believe I have that! – and you can buy it from there.

 

gargoyle amazon finished

Selene Ferguson is falling off the wagon. Her life has taken step for the worst and now she shares her living space with rats, cockroaches and a singing neighbor, who wakes up at three. Not to mention the odd pair two doors left, whose colorful arguments rock the small community every passing hour for the past two days.

Enter – a goblin! With simple enough task for the lady – open a box and get paid for it. Selene is no simpleton to forget the mistakes of Pandora, but with money running out faster than sand through the fingers, she decides to close her eyes and just do it. She doesn’t know what this little box is for and little does she care.

Until the distraction that box was suppose to create in the hall is suddenly hunted down by a gargoyle…

I know the first book was supposed to be Third Law. I haven’t set it aside yet. Only, this book’s editing ended before that and I decided not to wait. In truth, I have one book more that is edited to its last form, so I am planning to let it out before Midsummer’s Eve, as the book itself is about Midsummer. Sad news to my English readers though – that book is in Estonian. I do have English version too, but as that is only the first draft, then this will stay as free read on the homepage. Or, let me rephrase it – it will come there as free reading instead of Estonian, which will be published soon.

Another news, I am adding this blog into the schedule list. I was thinking… Sundays are still free? 😀 I am learning how to use the Tasks in Google Calendar. The last week has been under the star of removing and learning how to use the new writing systems next to Scrivener. I like that program, but it has become clear that if I want to be productive, then I need to arrange myself somewhat more relyable system than my hardware is at the moment. Too many blue screens and other problems, which both send my brother into laughing fits. So to make up to it, I am moving my writing around, organizing my writing and how I write, schedule the homepage things and see that I have few off days there too.

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A week of rest

Or, more like a life story going “how the wind played ping bong with electricity and I got a stomach flue.”

The last part was a mystery to me – I haven’t gone out from the house besides the few hours for the shopping, but oddly I’d spent two days with serious headache. Then a very bad day spent curved over the sink and sleeping and then it was gone leaving a mild headache… Never seen a stomach bug like this before.

However, if the first part of the week I ignored the pc because it was safer not to turn it on, and my laptop is apparently only a vessel of good will, then the second part was duo the headache turning seeing anything bright into hell on earth. So despite my enthusiasm to spend the last three weeks before publishing (the last week I was hoping to let it rest a bit) doing the last edit, I’ve already lost 4 days. No biggy, I still have time.

I have finally got so far that the homepage gets updates almost daily, which is nice. Including the Friday Flash Fiction! I admit it gave me a good headache of its own earlier – seemed like a fun idea, until I realized I just went for it without any prep and now pretty much wrote myself in a corner. So, I cropped out two chapters and wrote them again and now it ran in a completely different direction making me a very happy little camper.

I’m thinking… future plans… I think I want to publish the Gargoyle story next… Like, before April CampNaNoWriMo arrives… Too soon? I don’t know… I just feel suddenly that I want to do that one too so it would start coming out sooner and then I could come out with the second book by Oktober or so… I’m still thinking, ok?

Might just be that i might wanna write something completely different for April Nano. Nothing’s decided yet.

But that’s it for now. Just wanted to share that I’m still here, still working and still writing. Gotta keep writing. Keeps lots of doctors away. At least that’s what brother suggests.

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Oh, and if you ever think of going to see “The Good Dinosaur” – think twice, for it was a shock bolt out of the blue to my niece. She very much wanted to see it, so I took her, and after the movie she held a long pause, then turned to me and said: “This was a very sad movie.”

It sure is sad – it was like overdoing dramatic situations. You know how writers like to do those lists of “choose what can mess up your character’s life”? You wouldn’t think to find that entire list in a kid’s cartoon, which by the trailer and techs you would never guess would be far more dramatic than many grownup movies! Weird is, I don’t mind such drama in children’s books, for there you get time to explain to them if they ask or the kid has time to come in terms with reading what they read and take it in their own stride, but on screen…

THE GOOD DINOSAURAlthough, I must admit, the little girl repeating the triceratops (birch bark like!) on the screen saying “Hemorrhoids” did make the mothers laugh next to me until one of their kids went so into the movie that each time the dog-human howled on the screen, he answered, which humored the rest of the theater a lot the entire movie. But in general, I’d seriously consider twice showing it to any kid under age of 13 for it was way too dramatic for a kid’s show.

And now is time for bed, for I have to get up early again tomorrow and then, after the work is done, I have days of editing to make up to.

 

 

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**News from LC Aisling** 27/01/2016

Hello readers!

Updates on the Huntsman’s Daughter!

The editing is completed and all there is left to do is some basic grammar check – gotta have the comas in the right places and then formating for better reading for e-books.  After long deliberation I decided to change the name of the novel. The new title is called Third Law.  Thank you, John, for cracking the gears with me!

Also, I am happy to present to you the ink fresh cover for the Third Law! I will add the introductory chapter to the homepage soon, so you can peek inside and taste it.

third law testing

You can find out more about the characters and the story on my homepage under the Encyclopedia section as I will keep adding them there over the upcoming weeks. I hope you enjoy their company and the story they take part in!

Don’t miss the next chapter of Flash Fiction this Friday, on 28th of January 2016!

L.C. Aisling

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Half books

I did it. Two half-books to add in the series I’m working on.

I actually had it all planned out, the book I started with. However, about half way through I found my characters sitting by coffee cups, neatly sipping their drinks and having an info dump. Took a refreshed look on that story, what was to follow that conversation with a tea cup, and realized that about two scenes further they are yet again back in that kitchen and having coffee!

So it dulled my mind with puzzlement for a while until I left it to sit  and picked up another book idea from the same series and worked on that one instead. Why not? The series is the same and if it goes right, it will have at least 6 full separate standing romantic stories to boast with. I know what has to go in which book – wow, that much I actually know! – and thus I see no problem skipping the second book for now and giving it another try in April Nano. Or in spring anyway. Currently, even getting the 50k together has been a struggle of its own duo suddenly piled up work.

Which means that I’ve still a promise to fulfill. It’s on my desk, printed out, large red words saying “I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU” written on top. Because after I gave a promise of taking a look at it inside a week, behold, several of them have suddenly passed and I am yet to do so. Well, now that Nano is done, I am doing it. I’m sorry about that.

But as it is with the gargoyle series – it’s thrilling to work with and despite the odd revelations like “family member can’t wake them up if they have exchange program for their youth” it has been most interesting project I’ve dealt with in a while.

We’ll see how this week goes. Despite the workload I made sure to get as many words as possible in order to finish it today, because my entire family has got some kind of cold and it’s catchy. I’ll probably be sick in just a day or two. So, having sniffles while you need words down – not a workable combo. I seriously want to return to editing my important stand alone story so I can feel good enough to start offering it out, or publish myself if need would rise. I have 2 volumes out of three re-written.

I also got an exiting idea about a short series, because I’m searching ideas for an anthology that is accepting submissions soon and saw that aside with my gargoyles and few other general ideas, I happen to have one more that would be rather cute thing to explore. So I spent jotting that one down today as well. Yeah, talk about giving up writing. You’ll see me doing that my share, but in reality, I don’t think I’ll be able to. Too damn entwined with the heart.

Plus, now that Nano is done, I am turning back to adding new stuff on the homepage, because thanks to going deeper in the Hatangy world, I have character profiles to add and new info on the continent and stories.

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Here’s the proof. Finished. Done. Enough. I’m off to bed.

 

 

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Official NaNoWriMo 2015

hardened boulder

Hardened Boulder

Synopsis:

Fern Brent has been searching for one person that mattered her the most for over a month. But she’s not giving up. They only trusted each other. So when she suddenly receives huge sum of cash with a note thanking her for their friendship, it pisses her off. But not as much as Bascun Bishop, when he declares Selen’s his sister-in-law.

Bascun Bishop knows he is in trouble, when he gets drugged and tossed through the gate. A chance meeting with Fern is not what he’d call a positive encounter, but he has no choice but to recruit her help to get back home.

The name, Hardened Boulder comes from my last week’s funny quest for a book name that includes anything relatable to stones or rocks and the outcome of ironic lesson on modern name choosing game they have going on in Amazon. It’s a ha-ha name for me, but hey, 😀 if it works even on a tiny level until November is over, why not? Really need a good name game for this.

I haven’t really prepared for it aside working out the duo and having meager understanding of what I want in the story. But the idea isn’t leaving me and I need it to build up for the next story. Yeah, got about 5 of them figured out in idea sense.

So, write well and may the muses be merciful this year!

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