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Writing Wednesday 1-13-2021

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Writing Wednesday 1-13-2021

Recently, while my brilliant narrator Penny was working on the audiobook for Call of Kythshire, I read through the entire kindle version of the Keepers of the Wellsprings again just to refresh my memory. While I was reading, I discovered something interesting. Kindle has a function that allows readers to see which passages have been highlighted by others! How cool!

I thought it might be fun to take a look at what people have highlighted and put in my two cents as to why, since as far as I know you can’t see others’ notes, just highlights. Here’s the first passage that was highlighted five times in Call of Kythshire:

“People should be allowed to feel their own true emotions. Forcing calmness on anyone for too long or to further your own agenda is an abuse of power.”

-Azi, Call of Kythshire

I absolutely love that this quote was highlighted so many times, because it’s basically the theme of the entire series. The fight for the Wellsprings is all about the battle for conservation, restraint, discipline, and empathy. While our virtuous heroes are diligent about practicing self-control, the villains of the story, the Sorcerers, are the exact opposite. They don’t care at all about how their destructive thirst for magic affects others. They’re too consumed by the arcane to even notice the cost.

It was so much fun while writing this series to play with this give and take of self-control versus utter abandon. Even in the very first scene of the book, Azi shows restraint by only defending herself from Dacva’s shocking and ruthless attack not by swinging to kill, but by choosing to strike him with the flat of her blade and crack his ribs instead. Mya, the guild’s leader, shows restraint by never using her magical voice to influence people, even though she could have the entire kingdom on their knees before her if she chose to. Rian struggles to keep himself under control when he enters the realm of the fairies, knowing he could easily harness the power of their Wellspring and destroy them if he let the magic entice him.

On the flip side we have Prince Eron, who rarely feels the need to keep himself under control, instead doing whatever he likes whenever he pleases, and Viala, who has lost herself to the drug-like lure of magic and become addicted to its power. In the big picture, there are the Sorcerers from Sunteri who have ruined their entire kingdom from their reckless abandon and thirst for more.

Lisabella’s notion that just because you have a power doesn’t mean you should use it, that people should have a choice to feel the way they feel and act of their own will, is a portent of things to come not just in Call of Kythshire, but throughout the entire Keepers of the Wellsprings series.

In real life, too. Sage advice, Lisabella. Thanks! ❤

Throwback Thursday 1-7-2021

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Throwback Thursday 1-7-2021

Slide the slider to see Call of Kythshire’s old cover compared to the new version! Did you know the Keepers of the Wellsprings series was originally called the Half-Realm Saga? I chose the original swirly cursive font because it reminded me of Mage Mark. But I love the newer version so much more, with Azi’s silhouette on the cover and the actual Mage Mark vines ominously curling into the brighter areas. Which do you like better?

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Writing Wednesday 1-6-2021

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Writing Wednesday 1-6-2021

Recently I went on a writer’s retreat to Porches in Norwood, Virginia. In their welcome binder, I found this beautiful passage by Martha Graham that set the mood for my long weekend of writing. Every one of us has value. What you create must exist. Believe in yourself. If you want to be a writer, write. If you want to be an artist, create. Don’t deny the world your unique gift. It’s not up to you to decide whether your work is any good. You’re worthy. Happy Wednesday!

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Trekking Tuesday 1-5-2021

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Trekking Tuesday 1-5-2021

So many of the places in my books are inspired by real life places, like this incredible monastery in Greece called Meteory. Imagine an entire kingdom perched on an ocean cliffside like this…

Meteory is “the name of the complex of Orthodox monasteries in Greece, the second most important, just after Mount Athos. They are also the second most popular place in Greece, overtaken only by the Acropolis. Literally translated, this name means “suspended rocks”, “suspended in the air” or “in the sky above”. (Credit to budowle.pl)

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Monday Muse 1-4-2021

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Monday Muse 1-4-2021

AURORA is a Norwegian artist whose music I absolutely adore. While I was writing Call of Kythshire, I had this song on repeat. She reminds me a lot of Azi, her lyrics are thought invoking, and her voice is otherworldly. I got to see her live in 2019 and gifted her my first two books. It was an incredible experience!

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2021 is Gonna be GREAT!

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2021 is Gonna be GREAT!

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December 2020

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December 2020

Hello! It has been a long year, but it’s finally December! I know I’ve been gone a while. This is my “I promise I’ll be better about blogging” post–and I mean it! I have a plan to post more in 2021, and I hope you’ll join me! Lately I’m working on a few projects I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks, so I hope you’ll stick around.

I love the cold of winter, but the darkness tends to get me down. Recently, I’ve taken to going outside in the early morning before the sun comes up and gazing at the stars. Orion is always there to greet me and make the chilly mornings so much more special.

What’s your favorite season? What do you do to help yourself enjoy your least favorite one?

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