Saturday, December 26, 2015

So...There's that. :)

Jules is out and about now.

I feel like I'm wandering around aimlessly again. Among other things, I'm really itching to write again. But what about? I know it was only a few months ago that I started Jules, but I don't even remember how I started. Isn't that weird? I've been so immersed in the world of Jules, I've forgotten how to immerse myself into any other world!

...Of course, I was doing the same thing between Olyvia and Jules, so.

At any rate. A few days is enough of a writing break, right? :)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Time Is Here!

Well, it was a success. At least, I count it as a success. Jules has had several good reviews, and I believe only a few reviewers had read Olyvia first. Jules was still well-received. I've hit the top 300-something in the Kindle store under Sci-fi and Fantasy, and so that's exciting! :)

2015 has been a good year all around. This has been kind of the cherry on the top. Travel, painting experiments, world-building, book-making, family-having. It's all been good.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Book Launch, #2

It's almost time!

And somehow, I'm calm. Rather, I feel calm...I know that I'm Almost There.

Unless something happens, unless my timing is/was off, Jules will launch tomorrow. My book will be out there. I'll have published two books in a year. And I'm already toying with a third book (obviously, there's no time to launch any more in 2015)...This has been a crazy and amazing time.

I passed my classes, I'm happily painting with a friend every saturday, I've written and (almost) published two books, and the few tomatoes my plant produced were excellent, healthy, tasty tomatoes. Despite the hardships, I feel that I can say that this year has been a good year.

Oh, and I went to Spain. :D


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Launch

BLLLEEAHHHUUUUGHHHH

I don't know what I'm doing.

Finally finished my book. Sent it to the editor. Got it back. Mulled it over again. Got my lovely, wonderful brother to work on the book cover. Formatted the sucker myself using Scrivener. Trying to put together both a book launch facebook group and a launch page.

But all of this pales in comparison to the anxiety of being both social during this launching process and of trying to create hype for something that I love and don't want people to see. Why don't I want people to see it?

Because I'm scared.

I love it. I think it's great.

I'm scared of other people seeing it and stepping all over it.

I've done it for books I don't like. I've stomped ALL over them and basically called the author an idiot. I know how high of a standard I put on other books and I know how harsh other people can be to an author or artist they don't like. My books are far more personal art then my pottery, and so to not only put it out there for other people's criticism but also try and create hype for it so that everyone else can get as excited as I am about it...


What am I thinking?! Ask people things?!!? Show people my book?!

What is wrong with me?

I mean, I know why *I'M* excited for this stuff to be written. I apparently want to write an Epic/Magical Realism piece, but I'm just not there yet, so I'm doing it in spurts.

But who really wants to stay with a writer that's ADD enough to think this is a good idea?

Well...

I mean, I would. :)

I think it's an interesting idea. And I think I want to see how it turns out, even if I'm the only one that thinks it's interesting.

....

Which I guess, in the end, makes it worth it. I'll get to see how this thing plays out...And maybe I'll get a few fellow readers to join me on the journey. After all, what's better then a few good companions that aren't only in my head?

...

Anyway. It's getting close. Starting to gather people for support, rally the troops, whathaveyou.


Want to be part of the publishing process? Shoot me an email at kaeliastevens89@gmail.com or check out my facebook page (there's a link in the sidebar on the right) to get more information.

Happy reading!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Re-write/Edit #1 DONE!

I'm like...I feel like...




Now what?

Well, I know what comes now.

But I don't want to wait to contact people.

I want to get it to editors/beta readers/proofreaders TONIGHT!!!

But seeing how it's past midnight, I have to sit on my hands for a moment, and then I must force myself to check on my little checklist to make sure I don't skip a step during this next phase.

But I'm done!

...Again!

The manuscript is done, and now it's just the outside and trimming and...Oh geeze.



And guess what? NaNoWriMo isn't even over yet! I'm debating on if I should just pick up an old manuscript and use that to add to my NaNo word count...

Meh, sure. Why not? Working on two novels at once is going to be fun, right?

...Right?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Look at me! I'm keeping up with my blog!

Ok, quick actual introduction to what I'm trying to accomplish here.

As you out in cyber land may or may not know, I'm a fledgling self-published author. Been working on stories since I was little, yes, but "Olyvia" was the first one that I've actually let the whole world see. Go pick it up and try it out if you haven't yet, and let me know what you think.

I'm working on my second one currently. Started working on it in August, and have entered into the editing/rewriting phase already. A few detours happened during the editing process, so I'm reworking what I have and adding in content as I go. It's a crazy process, but it's very much worth it.

I'm also participating in NaNoWriMo this month, so I'll keep you updated on my word count and progress here as well as on my Facebook author page "Kaelia Stevens" (I'll add in links to things once I get back to my computer).

I'm also a budding ceramist, and am currently practicing where and when I can. I'll be attending my first craft show on Nov 11th, and hopefully my pieces will attract some attention. I'm still learning, but isn't that true of most people? Eventually I will have a business under my belt, making and selling  cups, bowls, and art pieces. I'll post pictures of my work on this blog so it'll can see how I'm doing. :)

Other then that, I've got a few side-projects: mapping out a potential new world, creating creatures, gardening, and just generally attempting to be me. So, here's this blog, to sort of share what I've been up to, what I've learned, little bits of inspiration and maybe even an old short story or two of my own.


Now, for my first actual update.

Progress is turning on its head as I work through my second novel. Currently holding a word count of 10k+ since NaNoWriMo started. Haven't done my writing for today, but I'm waiting until I can get comfy in my own little writing spot. The characters have decided that my original plot line was stupid, and they were going to write their own. It's their story, I suppose, so we'll see where this new plot takes us.

To be honest, it does seem a bit better then the plot that got destroyed last night, so no real complaints from me.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Welcome!

I'm going to keep up with this blog.

I swear.

Check back for bits and pieces and updates on my work!

Until then, here's a picture of a puppy.