I started my daily Facebook Live challenge this past Monday and it seems that somewhere around that time FB changed its algorithms and thus by Wed I had to stop. I just wrote a long rant here about it - but how boring is that? So I erased it. The short of it is - if you want to watch the videos, you can see them here. I will do a smattering in the future and may try another platform like Instagram or YouTube but daily FB is out for me unless they change the pay to play model back again to just "play".
But what I'm really excited about is that I finished Iphi's first book - titled - Distant Light - book 1 in Tales From the Edge and I sent it off to the proofreader (after 3 rounds at the editors - who saved both it and me!) My cover designer just sent me the final cover and I can't wait to show everyone, it's gorgeous! As soon as it goes to the ARC readers, I'll do a cover reveal and put the book up for preorder :)
Going into the holidays means more writing, more eating and more hibernating - my three favorite things!!! Hopefully we'll all pass through unscathed.
Thank you for reading, for being part of this process and for listening!
I am so honored that Rachael Herron asked me to be on her Podcast "How do You Write?" -- which features inside information, tips and tricks for all writers whether you're new or a seasoned veteran.
I haven't watched my ep and it was video recorded but I hope that y'all gain at least one insight from it or that it entertains or both! I highly HIGHLY recommend Rachael's Podcast - it's super duper awesome!!! And I'm not talking about the episode I'm on - I'm talking about all the episodes! Rachael interviews great people who talk about their writing and publishing processes. Every ep is chalked full of fantastic information and Rachael herself is inspiring, helpful, knowledgeable and humble! She also has another podcast that I highly recommend with J. Thorn about how they both quit their day jobs to become full time writers and how you can too! Petal the Metal. I really can't say enough good things about this amazing woman!
Go read Rachael's books!!!
I'm going to start a facebook live challenge on my author page. One that I'm giving to myself! I will go live on Monday 10/23 and I will post a live video each day at 7am PST for 11 days. For the 3 days following (11/3 - 11/5) I will post live at a writer's conference I am attending in Vegas.
That will be 2 weeks of daily live posts and then I'll post regularly at least 1 time per week but maybe 2 after the initial challenge.
I'm blogging to you about the challenge for accountability, which is one of my favorite things to talk about :)
So what will I be facebook living about? I've decided to cover a variety of topics which include the things I am most passionate about. Health, sustainability and helping the planet, cooking, exercise, motivation, accountability, the writing process, optimism and peeks into my life. Why am I doing this? Why not? Just kidding :) I'm doing this to connect with readers, to form a community and to have fun!
I do have a background in TV production (and I even had a live TV show once upon a time) but this is very different. This is scriptless (bullet points only) - darn I miss that teleprompter already. This is personal. This is unedited. Exactly like these musings!
There will be mistakes and flubs and maybe even tea cups crashing to the floor, certainly my dog will bark during at least one of them. But so what? That's what live video means!
I'm not worrying about viewership or follows - though all that would be nice. But that's not why I'm setting up this challenge. I'm doing this challenge because I love to be challenged, it makes my blood swirl and twist, writhing through my cells like a tornado and no I'm not talking about the adrenaline. Challenging myself to jump out of my comfort zone, to do something new and different and to follow that process is what makes me smile. I hope, that at least once during the live videos, I can make you smile too! Because this truly is about you, the viewer, not me!
Some of this comes out in Iphigenia's book, which I'm editing now but I had a wonderful reader ask me "what is up with Aurelia?" - though she didn't use those exact words.
But the questions I hear about good 'ol mom are:
1. Why is she such a b?
2. Why do some of her daughters try so hard to get through to her - are they gluttons for punishment?
3. What is her backstory?
And the answer to those 3 questions is the same -- Aurelia, at now 187 years old, has seen a lot in her lifetime but what most people don't know is that before Chrysothemis, Sadie and Iphigenia -- before Taylor and Alistair, Aurelia had another life.
When she was a young girl she met and fell in love with a human. This was also before she was as powerful of a witch as she is now. They got married and had children but because he was human and the children were human - and she was not powerful yet - everyone eventually died.
They all died and they left Aurelia alone. She swore off love and didn't want any other kids and was alone for more than a century. This proved to be even more painful and with all that time to think her pain and grief faded enough for her to try again. This is when she met Taylor and had the 3 girls. But after he disappeared without a word, leaving her to raise three daughters on her own, she dove completely off the deep end of bitterness.
Aurelia acts harsh and uncaring to her children because she wants to protect them. She is the mamma bear and though her bite is just as bad as her bark, she does what she does out of love - or so she tells herself. Tough love is Aurelia's motto.
She gets pigeonholed as an antagonist in some scenarios but there are others far worse than she. Aurelia is misunderstood. She's not evil, she's not a sociopath. She truly loves her children but she also holds grudges and covers up her pain with harsh words and actions.
It is the author's hope that knowing this will help you relate to her and understand her motivations.
Author Chloe Adler
Here are some musings - Nothing fancy - no outline and no editor - just some stream of consciousness. If you're looking for the Journey of Rain Star (blog/story) you can find it here. If you want to read my books, please go here :)