Monthly Archives: March 2014

Thrilling Thursday and BIG NEWS

HA HA okay, it’s not really thrilling, but the sun is out (finally although we’re supposed to get rain for the next THREE days *sigh*) and I went to the gym this morning. So YAY ME!

@Casey270 asked me a few weeks ago what my favorite character to write was and why. The short answer is – I don’t have one. The long answer is…it depends on what I’m writing at the time. If I had to pick one character though, (like my life depended on it) it would probably be my original character Jase that I paired with Tommy in one of my fandoms. I ADORED Jase. He was funny, vulnerable, and he loved Tommy like nobody’s business. He wasn’t without faults, jealousy and possessiveness being two big ones. But they worked well together and in the end, I gave them their happy ending.

Other characters I love to write – Kara “Starbuck” Thrace – she’s just so damaged and so fierce and so I don’t even know but definitely one of my favorite female characters to write and you could probably say that I base a lot of my female characters back on her.

Ianto Jones – UGH I miss Ianto – so much. *sigh*

Stiles Stilinski and Derek Hale – the rambling, the flailing, the sarcasm coupled with the brooding, the one-word answers, and all the epic-man pain, guilt, and defenses that both of them have built up? WOW just WOW so much stuff you can mine from them.

As for my original stuff – Greg and Lane will always hold a special place in my heart because they were the first to get published. And it all started with an image I had in my head of a chef lighting a pan on fire and how the light would glint off the hairs on his forearms in a black and white photo. You could say I built the story around that image. I might have a thing for forearms (see Stiles Stilinski and Dylan O’Brien’s epic forearms…) – the muscles, the veins, the hairs, just everything about them. Also, long fingers. *cough* I digress. I’d really like to complete a full-on sequel for these two, I guess I just need to focus, find the right plot and do it.

There are two other pairings I think that will end up holding a special place in my heart, but I need to keep those to myself for a while. Remind me again about them later on and I’ll share when I can.

Now, for the big news of the week….I just signed a contract with Torquere to publish my first novella! It’s called Cast The First Stone about a werewolf and a hunter who end up having to work together to catch a rogue werewolf, despite how much they despise each other. I’ll let you know more about it as soon as I do.

With that…have a great weekend everyone!

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KH

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Writing Process Blog Tour

First, I would like to thank BA Tortuga for inviting me to participate in this! *claps* Here is a link to her website: BA Tortuga If you like cowboys, shifters, and even vampires, you need to check her out! Her cowboys are the best 😀

So here’s the deal, I answer four questions, tell you a little bit about my writing process and then the tour moves on. Here we go!

1) What am I working on? Well, I very rarely work on just one thing at a time because sometimes I’m not in the mood to write a particular emotion/subject/scene so I need something else. These are all listed in order of priority. Right now I’m working on a novel about Tom who has just lost his sister and is an instant father to his two nieces. Eryn, the oldest is starting the first grade and her teacher is Aggie. Tom and Aggie fall for each other but Aggie doesn’t want kids of his own and Tom doesn’t want the girls losing anyone else. And that’s all I’m saying right now.

I’m also working on a shifter post apocalypse type thing where shifters are known and in control, except there’s division in the ranks, some of the shifters don’t WANT to be in control, they want a partnership with the human race. It’s most likely going to be Het *gasp I KNOW!* and it’s still in the developmental stages.

I’m getting ready to submit a May-December romance to Dreamspinner about forty-five year old Steve learning to trust and love again with twenty-eight year old Riley.

I just submitted a werewolf/hunter novella to Torquere so *fingers crossed* A hunter and an alpha form an unlikely alliance to find a rogue killer werewolf and discover something that changes all of their lives forever.

Still working on an official novella sequel to my very first published story about demon hunter Lane and his client turned boyfriend Greg.

Also still working on Naval Intel officer Ben who’s back in town after numerous tours elsewhere and runs into his ex Pediatrician Josh. This was going to be my submission to Torquere’s Man In Uniform Anthology but because of RL stuff like snow days and sickness, I couldn’t finish it in time.

I also have a few fanfic things in the works, all Teen Wolf, all post season 3b so I’ve only been working on them sporadically, I feel like I can’t really do them justice before the season ends, so there’s that.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Hmm, this is a very good question. I’ve often been told that my work has a lighter feel to it? A fluffy feel to it? Because I’m obviously a big believe in happy endings. Funny thing is, I’m trying to change that with a few of the things I’m working on up there so we’ll see. Who knew that angst really sells? (Okay I did, but angst is hard!)

3) Why do I write what I do? I write what I know, military, healthcare, parents and of course the supernatural (because there are rules but again there really aren’t – you can create your own mythology so it’s very freeing.)

4) How does your writing process work? This is a good question. The first thing I do is write a character bio, physical description, age, job, family background, all the good stuff. The initial idea for a story/novel pops in from anywhere. Obviously a few are for particular submission calls or stemmed from them but I usually take the call and run with it and just go where it takes me. I let the characters drive the story. For instance – Tom is a new father and because his nieces have lost their mother he’s going to be fiercely protective of them and not want them to lose anyone else. Aggie’s a teacher, he loves kids, but he’s with them all day and the greatest part about being a teacher is he gets to send the kids home at the end of the day. So how are these two going to make it work when who they are is so closely wrapped up in what they want/need. I like to figure that out, find out what will drive them together or keep them apart.

And I use music a LOT. I’ll hear a song and think “WOW, this song is perfect” and all of a sudden I get images in my head to go with the song. And then the song goes on my writing playlist and sometimes ends up on insanity repeat while I’m writing.

So there you have it, what I’m currently working on, how I write, why I write, and what not.

Next week, the lovely Lillian Francis and Anna Lee have agreed to join the tour and talk about their writing process.

Lillian Francis writes historical fiction, with slow burn romances and has the honor of being the first m/m writer for Ellora’s Cave to earn the Blush rating. You can check her out here, on her website. Lillian Francis

Anna Lee writes fantasy, historical, and contemporary fiction, with happy endings all around and scorching sex scenes. She’s a writer and an editor over at MLR Press. You can check her our here, on her website. Anna Lee

That’s it from me. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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KH

Television and Fandom Thursday

Last Thursday I asked for suggestions on what to blog about. I got several really good ones! I picked this one first because the requester is currently looking for new shows. I thought I would help him out 😀 Someone else asked about fandoms I’m currently in, ones I’ve left, and what could possibly bring me back to them. I’m combining them because I thought they’d go well together.

Television Shows I’m currently watching – and by watching meaning NEVER MISS.

Monday: Almost Human, Teen Wolf
Tuesday: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,
Wednesday: Arrow, The Tomorrow People

Television shows I was watching regularly until RL got busy and we got behind, but plan to catch up on soonish:
Monday: The Blacklist, Intelligence (I really LIKE these two shows, but we got behind while my parents were here and due to our trip to New Orleans)
Wednesday: Revolution (I can only deal with this show in short bursts, hence why I got behind, I love it, but have to be in the mood to watch it)

Television shows I DVR:
Monday: Hart of Dixie, Star-Crossed (I’m still watching Season 2 of HOD but plan to watch Season 3 as soon as I finish, SC I LOVE but it airs opposite Almost Human so…it gets DVR’d and watched later on – like tonight LOL)

Television Shows I intend to watch eventually:
Beauty and The Beast, Killer Women, Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Supernatural (These are shows I started before we left for Germany (OUAT) and couldn’t keep up so we are planning to marathon at some point. Killer Women I’d kinda like to wait and see if they put out a DVD of the whole run before I watch it because I heard they cancelled it and aired the epis out of order 😡 )

New Shows that are just starting:
Resurrection, The 100 (These both look interesting, we’ll see.)

Shows that are done for the Season:
Haven, Sleepy Hollow (UGH these would be on the NEVER MISS list)

Shows I dropped:
Bitten, Helix and a whole host of others not even worth mentioning LOL.

Weird, I didn’t realize there were only a handful I would say I don’t miss, although I would include the ones I DVR & plan to catch up on as shows I don’t miss either. They didn’t get dropped, we just need to catch up, which we will do AFTER we finish the Veronica Mars marathon in prep for the movie on the 14th!

As for fandoms…well, I’m still kind of in the Adam fandom...but I posted my last fic for that fandom just this week. Right now I honestly cannot see myself writing more fic in that fandom, but never say never LOL.

Obviously the big one for me right now is Teen Wolf. I have a love/hate relationship with that show, just like we all have love/hate relationships with our fandoms. The show has plot holes you could drive a truck through and there’s rarely any emotional follow through. So you ask why do I watch it? One word. STILES. Dylan O’Brien is a phenomenal actor and especially this season, his skillz have blown away just about everyone else on the show. I’m really looking forward to seeing him in The Maze Runner this year, and he’s the reason why I’m still watching Teen Wolf. I can honestly say if he were to leave the show, I would stop watching. Even though I LOVE Derek Hale aka Tyler Hoechlin – I’m not sure even he could get me to continue watching without Stiles. Having to watch Derek be the whipping boy all the time without the humor and chemistry of Stiles? Yeah, how about no.

Fandoms I used to be in: Buffy – although I would probably say fandom adjacent LOL. I discovered fanfic through Buffy but was never really involved in fandom outside of RL friends and my hubs and watching the show with them. We did go to a convention but other than that? Yeah, I wasn’t in the fandom. After that there was a Star Wars Yahoo group because DAMN Ewan McGregor was FINE as Obi-Wan Kenobi! But we were our own little group and Star Wars is a VERY BIG FANDOM OCEAN.

But then came BSG. And Kara Thrace and Lee Adama. First full blown fandom. Again loved and hated it. BUT the best part was all the friends I made THAT I STILL TALK TO!!! It wouldn’t take much for me to get back into that fandom, because I had a great group of people I talked with. And I LOVED making videos and writing fic for Starbuck and Apollo. They were both just so damaged and fulfilling to write about. Kara was my favorite. There were times I thought Lee was an ass and in retrospect I can freely admit that Kara was a bit of a bitch. I loved the show and mythology discussions and I still miss those to this day. But alas the show ended and the fandom faded.

Then came Torchwood and my introduction to slash. I mean, I knew it existed, may have read some Angel/Spike and some Buffy/Faith back in the day and yes I knew it came about because of Kirk/Spock but Jack and Ianto were the first pairing I ever really took to heart. I cannot even express how much I loved that pairing. Probably as much as Apollo/Starbuck but in a different way? I wrote ALL THE FIC and made ALL THE VIDS. I’ll be honest, it was The Barrowman that drew me in, but Ianto was why I stayed. I LOVED Ianto. Also both of them were hurt and damaged. Obviously I like my pairings NOT PERFECT LOL. And then came the show that must not be named and yeah. Instant fandom killer. I think I did maybe three more vids because that was the only way to get out my feelings…but I never really wrote for Torchwood again. And honestly, I can’t see myself seriously getting back into that fandom. Killing Ianto killed the show and the fandom for me.

Then my first foray (and probably my only) into RPS. I got sucked into the Adam Lambert fandom by a Torchwood friend, thanks Maria! Who dangled Adam and all his fabulous goodness and Tommy Joe (his guitarist) and all his sassy blondness right on front of my face. It started with the AMA kiss and just built from there. (I actually watched when Adam was on Idol but I wasn’t in the fandom) They have undeniable stage chemistry and they fed the fandom frenzy with all the “stage gay” during the Glam Nation Tour. Unfortunately, there was a lot of hate directed at Tommy and at the “shippers” in the fandom and it became a not so fun place to be. I’m still an Adam fan, will ALWAYS be an Adam fan because the man is just an AMAZING singer (He’s TOURING WITH QUEEN!!! this summer), but the fandom is not really the place for me. I’ve always said, if it’s not making you happy, it’s time to move on. (I did make a TON OF FRIENDS in this fandom though and that really is the best thing I’m taking from it. They are spread out all over the world and bring me happiness every day – even though I Miss all my European friends!!)

Which brings us to the Teen Wolf fandom. You could say, I’ve learned from my mistakes. I’m staying fandom adjacent this time. I’m not friends with the BNFs, I occasionally tweet them and they reply, but I’m by no means mainstream fandom and I like it that way. I’ve got my own little group of people that I hang with and I’m happy with that. Some are friends from old fandoms, some are new fandom friends. We talk about the show, dissect the writing, try to predict what’s going to happen – a lot like I did back in my BSG days and it’s fun. I stay with my group (s) and have a strict policy about avoiding people that make me unhappy or increase my stress level about the show LOL. And yes, this does include some of the BNFs, which is why I’m happy being fandom adjacent. I write fic for the fandom – well really for me because I’ve also learned you have to write for yourself. So I write what makes me happy, put it out there and let it go. I also read only what makes me happy and don’t feel obligated to read what I know won’t. I know eventually the fandom will fade, like they all do, but for now it’s fun and I’m enjoying it. I hope Stiles stays on the show until it ends because honestly, he’s why I enjoy the show so much. And yes, I’m a total Sterek shipper and I don’t care who knows it. 😀

Who knows what fandom will be next…nothing is really striking me right now outside of Teen Wolf, I really like Star-Crossed but I can’t see myself writing fanfic about it. The others I just really enjoy watching. So I guess we’ll see what the future brings.

So that’s my television and fandom post. I’m ALWAYS up for discussing good tv shows, so if we have one in common, hit me up 😀 I’d be happy to talk about it 😀

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Next week – I’m doing a blog tour post about my writing process and I’ll probably also touch on what I’m writing at the moment – both fanfic and original 😀

TTFN.

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KH