Monday, October 31, 2016

A man named Clifford

There once was a man named Clifford
That rode into town on a mule named Zipper;

Then Zipper died,
And Clifford cried,
For he very much liked his friend Zipper.

On Halloween night,
Zipper rose with a fright,
And galloped with delight.

Clifford sat astride his pet ghost,
Who adored his new post;
He felt more freedom than most,
Being allowed a ghostly coast.

But Halloween ended,
And the rules are quite candid:

Where a ghost fended,
There his energy must then be lended.
For the living must still be tended,

Because they are still alive.

Happy Halloween.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Hail from beyond the screen!

Alright, fine. I've been a bad blogger. But I haven't been idle, I promise.

Rod is still in progress. I know, I know. But trust me, things are still on the move.

As I was mulling over what to work on next, I realized that the story I was mulling over actually would make a better book to follow Jules than what I intially had (aka, Rod). Don't worry, don't worry. You'll get to read his story soon. The format in which you read it in might differentiate from the original plan, however.

In light of that, I'm working on a few things:

Next book (I'll put up teasers, don't worry)
Stepping up my marketing strategies
Coloring book Mrk 2
Several short stories, most of which will appear here.

So, I'll be going back to posting stories on a weekly/monthly basis on this blog soon. I'll also be adding a Book Reviews page and, depending on how fast I can figure out my reading pace, I may be opening up an opportunity to be a more functional blog (more on that in later posts).

I'm trying. I'm working on it. I've been taking the last number of weeks to try and hit a better pace with my writing career and school and craft shows and life. But apparently, you guys loved my little goofy poem about an alien, so I know that a few someone's out there love me. :D

I'm also working on a marketing/author services index that has much more than just links and a name. Stay tuned to see where I go with that.

Last but not least, thanks so much to you, my lovely viewers. This started out as a personal blog. And now I'm sharing it with at least 20 of you, if not more. I'm very thankful for you guys.

(More to come hopefully very soon.)

Monday, August 15, 2016

And GO!



Links!


Transformations: An Experimental Coloring Book: http://www.blurb.com/b/7240216-transformations

Transformations: Leftie Edition :http://www.blurb.com/b/7286321-transformations

New Releases!

Gah! I'm having such a hard time catching up with myself.

Alright, here's the deal:

Olyvia: The Special Edition and Transformations (My coloring book) are each ready to go. There will probably be an updated version of the coloring book later on, but for now, it's ready to go. However, I've still got to set up the books, put the links up and update some of the older links, and get the word out. Since I'm still a little ADD ---

---And I totally forgot where I was going.



Oh well.

There's some new releases. I'll come back when links are up and just shout "GO!!"

...How's that?

Friday, August 12, 2016

Well That Was Fun...

So...I honestly didn't expect my little alien story to take off quite so much.

It was probably the highlight of my day. :)

Anyway.

If you've been wondering what I've been up to (aside from coming up with poems about aliens), take a moment to check out my other creative pursuit: Ceramics!!

I've got an Etsy store here: KKBCeramics

And a connecting Facebook page here: KKBCeramics_Facebook

So, there's that.

The coloring book has come in the mail. I'll have a mini launch party once it's complete ready. Which will be soon.

Olyvia: The Special Edition has been taken off Kindle for the moment because somehow Amazon thought Olyvia and it's special edition were the exact same Kindle file, even though they were two separate uploads and everything. So, Olyvia: Special Edition is now going to be uploaded to Smashwords and Draft2Digital. I'll update the links on here for accuracy, so no worries. In addition, the physical copies should be ready soon, and I'll let you all know when they are.

So, that's my mini-update.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The story of an alien...

There once was an alien named Phil.

He came down to Earth on a Quill.

He looked around and spied,
Twirled around and cried.
He jumped and danced until he realized,
He did not actually have Phil's eyes.

He searched the world high and low,
Until he stubbed a rock with his toe.

People called him Bobawkward,
Because he was awkward,
He accepted their talk-words,
And wondered why wet fell from the sky.

He encountered a man named Phil at that time,
And didn't know what to say,
So he asked Phil about the wet in the sky,
And Bobawkward was told it was rain.

Bobawkward followed Phil to his house,
And tried to eat the thing called a mouse.
Phil told him no and called him a louse,
Which made poor Bobawkward cry.

He was an alien you see,
And didn't quite understand,
That Phil wasn't calling him names after all,
Phil was trying to help him instead.

So Bobawkward stayed with Phil for a while,
He learned about turtles and ovens and fires,
He cried when you watched his daytime Soaps,
(Which he told Phil was really more like a joke).

But his fun was short-lived,
Because Phil had a kid,
And soon it was time to go home.

So Bobawkward set out alone,
For in his culture he must atone,
Because he borrowed Phil's comb,
Without asking.

The alien went to the top of a mountain,
Where he saw an accountant,
Biding his time in song.

Bobawkward sat down,
Turned the accountant around,
And both of them frowned,
Like a poor frown-y clown.

They sang a good song,
Light-hearted and long,
About Godzilla,
And the mighty King Kong.

Eventually Bobawkward had to go home,
For he had a long life to live on his own.

And that's where this story must end my friends,
The tale of Phil the awkward alien,
That took on a different name to stay trim,
And to hide from the cupcake lurking within.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Update!

Alright, all 20 of you loyal blog fans! Here's the scoop of the upcoming plan:

Olyvia Special Edition:
Put the finishing touches on a physical copy and ordered a proof to see how it'll look. There will most likely be some tweaking afterwards, but know that the physical copy of the book is coming!

Rod:
Still working on it. It's in the editors hands, so it isn't stagnant. But it also means it's progress is out of my hands ATM. I have a few other minor adventures starring him that I can polish up and post, but those are not at the top of the priority list.

Coloring Book:
I've got all of the designs done, loaded up into a book form, and only waiting for a few final touches. Things like a name and a cover design. Little things like that. Those, however, are completely in my hands and I simply have to make a decision and stick to it before I upload. After that I've got to order a proof to check it, but even so, it should be coming out in the next few weeks. I'll keep all of ya'll updated.

Ceramics:
So, I know most of you follow me right now because of my books/stories, but as an aside, something else that's on my priority list is selling some of the pottery I've made over the course of my learning. I've been thinking and working towards this since I started throwing clay, I just never quite had the nerve to get moving on it. Welp, I've found my nerve now, and have been working on an Etsy store that is nearly come to completion. It's primarily bowls at the moment, but I've got a few other things up for sale as well. I'll post again about it when the Etsy store is actually up so that this blog remains primarily a space for stories, but this was just in case ya'll wanted to know. After all, this blog was started as a way to post a few pictures of my pottery. :)

Other Things In The Works:
Worldbuilding for the next book.

Scraps of stories (some of which have already had the beginnings posted) that I'm going to attempt to begin writing and posting a chapter a day/week as a way to test myself and let you guys keep my accountable to wordcount goals between books.

Researching ways to sell books a bit more close to home; third-party additions to this blog to allow you guys to buy directly from me, mostly.

I'm among a number of authors that's participating in a new website launch, with an aim to connect authors and readers. They've got a few cool features going on, and it looks to be a very good website in this new age of self-publishers and voracious readers, so check them out if you're interested: http://www.onestopfiction.com/



I'm sure I've got other things on the horizon, but they are pretty much on the horizon for a reason. I'll do my best to continue supplying ya'll with short stories and snippets and fun little 'insider' moments. I might even eventually have merchandise, but again, that's on the horizon.

Anyway, I shall see you soon, my pretties!
Happy reading!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gameplan

Ok, here's the deal:

I've finished with the overall manuscript of Rod. I'm sending it to an editor today, and it's currently in the hands of a few beta readers. With any luck, I'll get all my stuff together in time for a July launch. I know, I know. I said it would be a June launch. Sorry about that. Rod really just didn't want to play nice a heck of a lot.

So, I'm looking at a late July/early August release date.

In the meantime, Olyvia, Olvyia's Special Edition, and Jules are all still available for purchase and I'm working on a possible coloring book. Because it seemed fun and it means I get to further play around with the designs I made during my 2-D class last semester. :D

Something I'm working on at the moment, just to give you special ones a preview of your upcoming protagonist, is a 'short story' (I really don't know how long it's going to be at the moment, thus the quotes) that takes place during the latter half of Olyvia, from Rod's perspective. You blog readers are going to get to see what the mysterious magician was doing when Olyvia wasn't around. That'll start probably some time next week. After that I'll be doing a bit of hype for Rod's actual release date, I'll do a bit of marketing, and then I'll be moving on to other works including short stories inside My Fair Lady (a bar from Jules' book), snippets of life on another world, polishing and completing the stories I started in February (if you joined me after I did those, you can go back and take a look -- even leave a comment on my facebook or twitter of one that you'd like to see me write more on), and working on the next book in my series (of course).

So, summary: Keep your eyes on the blog, there'll be some activity back on here soon enough. Many thanks to those that have kept visiting, and to those that bought some of my books during the birthday special!

Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Finish Line!

I'm finished working on Rod for the moment!

Entering Beta-Read mode.

More to come.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Birthday News! (part 2)

Alright, so telling you to keep your eyes peeled this week was a bit of an over estimation.

Because it's up!

For today only, Olyvia's special edition is going to be $0.99c, along with the original copy of Olyvia and Jules. Because it's my birthday and I can do that, haha. But when I get up tomorrow, I'm raising the prices. Granted, I get up around 11:00AM Central time, but that's beside the point!

So, if you enjoyed the ramblings and scribblings of an amateur author, go buy a copy! I'll be grateful to each and every one of you!

Here's the link!
Olyvia: Special Edition

Birthday News!

Hey all!

Sorry for the radio silence. I've been tirelessly working on getting Rod finished up; the bad news, I may have to push his release date back to July. I realized a few key elements were missing, and it'll just absolutely kill me if I release something that's unfinished.

The good news: Today's my birthday! And this month is the one-year anniversary of the book I never thought I'd actually publish!

In honor of that, I'm releasing a special edition of Olyvia; One that contains all my ramblings and scribblings that you guys were subjected to during the Chapter-By-Chapter event. ;) :D It's not up yet, but keep your eyes peeled for it's official launch!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Future Plans

“ There's plenty of money out there. They print more every day. But this ticket, there's only five of them in the whole world, and that's all there's ever going to be. Only a dummy would give this up for something as common as money. Are you a dummy?"
--Grandpa George
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

I came to a realization lately.

I would rather know people are reading my book then get paid to know that they may or may not read it.

You guys have been great, so far. You keep (rather, you kept) coming back every saturday to read roughly 1000 words of short stories or snippets of things I was working on. It was great. I felt like I was really connecting with you, my readers. You guys were seeing the smaller side of me, the unedited, unprofessional side.

And since that was the interactive side, I thought hey, why don't I bring that interactive, unprofessional side and my 'author' side together?

Besides, I was running out of already-typed stories. You guys were killing me!

So, in honor of my June release (which is still on its way, no worries), I've decided that instead of posting once a week for my 'Saturday Stories', I'm going to post a chapter of Olyvia on this blog, every day, for you to read, all for free, all during the month of May. M for marwolaeth? haha.

I'll post a follow-up commentary after each Chapter; just little tidbits, backgrounds, character bios, and even a few sketches, should I have them. I know several of you have already read through Olyvia, but for those of you who haven't...Here's your chance!

And hey, if you like what you're reading and you don't want to wait till the end of the month to finish, Olyvia will still be available online for purchase and download. You can buy it and finish it before the month is up.

And hey, who knows? Maybe after May is up, I'll compile the whole month into a new edition that includes all the commentary and illustrations and, oh, I dunno, put it up for sale for the people who want it?

Of course, a party is only as good as it's party-goers, haha. We'll see.

In other news, next week I'm going to create a facebook page to celebrate and talk about Rod's book launch. I've got a new Wordpress site that pretty much serves as a collection of everywhere I've been, links to all the things, and updates of current book-y events. I'm fairly sure that most book-related updates will be posted there from now on, so don't forget about it! I'll add links soon, so don't despair if you can't find it. :)

So, there you have it; Rod's book is on it's way and there will be a place you can find out more about it, Jules is going to be undergoing a book blast during May, Olyvia is going to be appearing here at the blog, and I've got a new Wordpress site that'll be used to coordinate all links and information pertaining to my authorship and things. Oh, and I've been a little more conscious about reading and reviewing books. I've only just finished reading and reviewing a single book lately, but the review should be posted to my Goodreads blog soon. That, and I'll be getting an Instagram/Pinterest account (and maybe try Tumbler, if I think I can get the hang of it) to be posting lots of visual artistic endeavors. Some book related, some not. All me. :D

Happy Reading!
KS

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Gah!

I promise you guys, I'm still alive out here. Sorry, no new stories this weekend either.

My brain is like a purple goop that's been leaking out my ears lately.

Here's the scoop:

Since I didn't say last week (even though I'm pretty sure most of you know by now), my third book is titled "Rod" and it's from his point of view.

I'm still working on getting everything set up, but I am currently trying to gather names of interested parties for a launch team for Rod. So, if you'd like to be part of a launch team, shoot me an email at kaeliastevens89@gmail.com. I'll add you to my list, and contact you in the next few weeks to give you more details and let you decide if it sounds like something you'd really like to participate in.

I'm also looking at a relaunch of Olyvia, my first book. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, keep an eye on it to see if/when I go through with it. You'll know if I relaunched because the price will drop and I'll be trying to advertise like crazy. And even if I don't, it might be worth picking up a copy before June. ;)

Aside from that, I'm plugging away at artistic venues, touching up manuscripts, contacting advertising, and formulating a new author website for myself. :) But rest assured, Saturday Stories will be back! Possibly some time soon.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Update Time!

So, no stories today. So sorry.



However, I do have an update, and an announcement!

This month of April, I have a tour! It's from April 11th to the 15th, put on by Bewitching Book Tours. I'll add the schedule, don't worry. Just wanted to let you guys know it's coming up because it's exciting for me!!

But that's not the announcement. The announcement is the name (and by default, the main character) of my next book! The short blurb is as follows:

Act 1:
A thief gets pulled into a revenge mission by an old friend helping out a new friend.

Act 2:
A magical thief is commissioned to steal from a high-powered law enforcer.


Guessed who the character is yet?

...


I'll let that ruminate till next week. :D Because I just work that way.

OH! Right. Tour Schedule.

April 11
Ramblings of a book nerd
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!

April 12
Mythical Books
Paranormal Tendencies Book Reviews

April 13
Nimi Arora
Fang-tastic Books

April 14
Deal Sharing Aunt
Lisa’s World of Books

April 15
Roxanne’s Realm
Share My Destiny

April 18
Literary Musings
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Well then!

Wow, you guys are awesome!! This past month my number of views have pretty much doubled!! Thanks, all. I feel so loved. :D



I suppose I should take this as a sign to keep posting my little story quips, yeah?

Before that (because it's not saturday and saturday stories seem to be working for you lot) here's a few little updates:

The giveaway for 'Jules' and 49 other books is supposed to end TODAY, so if you haven't checked it out, you should probably go do that!

March is going to be the Month of Mad Marketing for me...if you know of any opportunities, don't hesitate to let me know! There should be a Contact Me button somewhere to the right (if not, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and GooglePlus). Also know that, if I play this game right, you'll be seeing more of me online...And specifically, more of Jules.

Since this Saturday Stories thing seems to be working out, feel free to subscribe to my blog if you're not already. That way you can get emails anytime I update! Or you can wait until I go out to social media and shout it to the virtual heavens...Because I'm still doing that as well. Feel free to tell your friends, retweet, share, and whatever else it is ya'll do out there. The more the merrier!

I'm wrapping up my work on my third book, so most of March is going to be dedicated to editing, rewriting, editing, and beta-reading. If you've enjoyed some of my stuff on here, be on the lookout during March/April for a possible call for Beta-Readers and a Launch Team invite in April/May!

There may be a migration sometime soon. Writings And Pretty Things may or may not be on it's way to a Wordpress site...I've had a number of moments where people have been telling me that Wordpress is the way to do a professional-looking blog...But I'm still not won over. So...It's...I'm ruminating.

At any rate, thanks again so much for ya'lls support. You have no idea how much it means to me to have so many views this month. Here's hoping that March will be as good to me as February was!

Happy Reading!!
KS

P.S
Because of the direction this third book has taken, there may be some special snippets posted before it comes out...Just for you guys. :)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Author Interview

My first interview is up! Lots of thanks to Mercedes Fox!!

Check it out here!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

50-Author Giveaway!

Hey all!

Remember the cross-promo I said I signed up to be a part of?

Well...

It's here!!

Here's the promo for it:

Do you love reading fantasy books? Then this giveaway is just for you! 50 authors have teamed up to bring you the ULTIMATE giveaway -- a Kindle Fire loaded with 50 fantasy ebooks! Even better, this contest doesn't just have one winner, but SIX! One person wins the kindle, and an additional five people will be given one of the 50 ebooks listed in this giveaway -- their choice. PLUS you can earn unlimited extra entries! Click here to enter.

Well? What are you waiting for? 

Click here to enter the giveaway!!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Been a while, no?

I've been away.

But I've been busy.

But not the usual busy.

First up: Book Stuff.

I'm participating in a fantasy cross-promotion period that's starting soon. I just signed up, so we'll see where further details get you! Err...Me.

I'm hoping to participate in an event called Writers for Writers. It's a facebook event on Feb 25th. I'll have to do a follow-up to see if it's too late for me to participate on the author-side of things, but even if it is, I still plan to participate.

If you've been following me, you'll hopefully have noticed that I do, in fact, enjoy self-publishing and attempting to do things 'on my own' (it's in quotes because I've actually had a number of wonderful people helping me during every step of the way). Anyway. I've sent a request to be one of the 500 chosen participates for Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy's book launch!

Anyway, the link here is that Michael Hyatt has a series of blog posts, books, and a few webinars on how to live your life outside of the office (and not die while doing so). Anyway, I'm excited for the release of his new book, #LivingForward which you can pre-order on Amazon here.

Second: Story Stuff

Also been working on my third book. The main protagonist wasn't quite who I thought it'd be, but if he manages to stay and tell me his whole story, it'll turn out extremely interesting.

I'm working on ideas for a number of short stories, while keeping an eye on short story competitions. I'm planning on entering every one I can find...While this may not be financially possible, I'm at least going to enter all the ones I actually can afford (both money AND time are a consideration, in this case).

Third: Other Stuff

My compost is still growing.
My garden is covered with a small tarp, waiting for spring.

On that sidenote, I found a decently-sized horsehair worm in the water that's been gathering on top of the tarp. Without going into too much detail about it (I know some of you were directed here because of my book, not because of my fascination with agriculture), it's good news in that if there's one, there's likely to be more, and they're a good step towards biological garden pest control.

Alright, I'll stop on that, now. Thanks for indulging me for a moment. :)

Last but not least, I've been working on some ideas for specific, long, "actual" blog posts. One of which has to do with world-building. I'm still marinating on the tone it'll take and how I'm actually going to write it, this blog being in it's baby stages (along with it's blogger).

Anyway. There you have it. Books, Ceramics, Gardening, and of course, School (which I didn't get into on here because let's face it, school is a momentum unto itself... A rolling stone, an inevitability, occupare mortuis). That's what I've been up to!

Happy Reading,
KS