[clickbait poetry] Order a coffee and we'll tell you about your soulmate

In which I take a clickbait headline and write a poem in response. I can't promise it will be any good. This is a creativity exercise. Poetry uncensored. Feel free to add your own Clickbait Poetry in the comments. The Quest for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee - part 1How do I compare thee to a cup of coffee? Thou art warm and sweet on a sleepy Sunday, but come Monday morn, thou art bitter and strong.

How do I love thee compared to a cup of coffee? Thou brings a new day, fresh with possibility, but come evening, your energy does not belong.

How do I find a soulmate in a cup of coffee? Thou art mellow and bold, yes, smooth as black velvet, true, but to say I need you says more about me than you.

This headline is from Buzzed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexisnedd/order-a-coffee-and-well-tell-you-about-your-soul-mate

[clickbait poetry] How to become a morning person

In which I take a clickbait headline and write a poem in response. I can't promise it will be any good. This is a creativity exercise. Poetry uncensored. Feel free to add your own Clickbait Poetry in the comments. morning lemon teaRise. Rise and live for the day. Rise that you may be heard. Cast off the dread of night, Be not pulled into its slumber. Rise and seek yourself. Rise and shine.

Set your clock for gentle waking. Open your drapes to the sun. Breathe deep the unspoilt morning air. Bend and stretch. The dawn is breaking.

Darken your room before you slumber. Cool the temp. Change the sheets. Surrender your worries, doubts and fears. Prepare yourself for the new day's wonders.

And when the sky brightens to blue. And when the birds herald the dawn. Rise. Rise and live for the day. Rise that the world may hear you. Rise that the world may know you.

This headline is from Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/schickhydrocanada/how-to-become-a-morning-person

I made another book

I made another book, but I'm sorry. It's not the book you thought you were getting. In fact, I've kept the entire project separate.

I noticed genre fiction writers in my area were really, really talented, but there were no opportunities for their work to get noticed.

So I decided to put together an anthology.

I put out a call for submissions, chose the stories, and paid the writers.

I'm very happy with the results.

You might enjoy it. But please know the stories are all set in the City of Kawartha Lakes and written by authors living in Kawartha Lakes.

But they're all very, very good.

Kawartha

It's currently only available in print because I'm selling them at local events.

If there's enough interest, I might make it an ebook.

Oh, and I do have a story in it!

For more information, visit Kawartha Lakes Writers.

And now I have to get back to editing Melantha Caldwell book 2, Hunting A Demon.

On the doorstep of April

IMG_0771The daffodils are struggling but coming up weeks earlier than usual. I've nearly wrapped up the first draft of the next Melantha novel. The plan is to finish it this week and send it off to my development editor next week. I'm hoping to release it while it's still Spring. (That gives me right up until June 22, right? ;) ) If you're interested in being an early reader and posting a review, send me an email (sara dot walker dot author at gmail dot com)

I put my book up for a Goodreads giveaway. The giveaway ends on April 23-- that's Canada Book Day and my birthday (and St. George's day and Shakespeare's birthday), so I'm keeping with my tradition of giving away books on my birthday. You can enter the giveaway here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/178751-adrenaline-rush

I released a novella this month for newsletter subscribers, and I'm already working on the next story for newsletter subscribers. Click the "Add Me" button on my homepage to get on the list.

What's next? Remember that time I submitted a novel to the Harper Voyager digital submissions and I made it to the top double digits out of thousands? I'm going to revise it and self-publish it, along with its sequels. I'd like to put them all out close together so it might be a while before they're released, but I'll keep you posted. I'm also working on a few other ideas in the meantime.

The surface may look calm, but there's plenty of activity in the depths below.

 

Brownies, Compiling and What's Next

IMG_0417 Today I made brownies. They turned out okay. Thanks to my auto-immune disease, I had to skip out on the eggs and flour, so I basically melted (soy-free) chocolate with butter, added vanilla, (organic raw) sugar, almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, cashew butter and a mashed banana. The brownie texture is perfect. The taste is a little too nutty and not enough chocolatey. If you're looking for a better brownie recipe than mine, I suggest this one: http://thefoodieteen.com/toasted-coconut-caramel-samoa-brownies/

I also spent today learning how to use Scrivener's compile feature to make my book ready for Createspace. (In case you're looking to try this yourself, I followed this brilliant tutorial: http://edditto.com/how-to-publish-a-manuscript-from-scrivener-to-createspace/) I did have to tweak many settings not mentioned in the tutorial, but I finally put together a publish-worthy document and uploaded it today. Fingers crossed the Createspace-powers approve. In a wise moment, I saved the settings I used, so hopefully the process won't be as long or painful next time.

The next book I publish will most likely* be the next Melantha Caldwell book, Catching A Demon. It was the one talking the loudest to me in January when I was ready to work on something else. I've got the first draft to the point where it's mostly put together, but with missing scenes, a few things to move around, and a character to add. So, it's coming along. I've got my eye on a cover, but I need to finish the book and write the back cover copy before I proceed with the cover.

*The reason Melantha is "most likely" next is because I do have another book finished but waiting for edits. I've already got the cover, but it's waiting to be finalized once I get through the edits, settle on a title and write the back cover copy. So much to do, so little time.

Oh, and Adrenaline Rush got a new cover. I'd love to hear your opinion of it.

ADRENALINE RUSH eBook Cover FINAL Get the book