Clockwork Alchemy 2014 photos, Friday!

I have no idea if I’ll be doing this daily throughout the con, but here’s some photos from today!

Me and JaniceT playing with a tardis
Friday 6
Signatures inside the tardis. George Takei signed it too, cause he thought it was funny lol
Friday 5
Our super awesome table set up!
Friday 2
Happy customers is awesome costumes!
Friday 3
Friday 1

And now… I’m going to get some pizza.

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Twist is going to Clockwork Alchemy 2014!

UntitledI should probably mention this, considering the con starts Friday.   I had too much stuff to do to get ready for the con, and I plum forgot to tell anyone I was going.  Whoops!

Anyway, yes!  Twist will be making an appearance at this year’s Clockwork Alchemy con, in San Jose, California, from May 23rd through 26th.  Just like last year, I’ll be signing books at the table, and selling swag.  I’ll have the first 2 books on sale, and even some new shiny buttons.

20140519_123740If you’re in the San Jose area and like a bit of steampunk, come in for the day!  There’ll be musical and special guests, lots of things to buy with gears glued on, weirdos–erm…  I mean, wonderfully attired individuals, and a library of all things steampunk with loads of authors and book signings!

Of course, you know, I won’t get to see much of the con myself, as I’ll be mostly at my author table.  So, please do come and say hi!  It would be lovely to chat with you.  And if you come in costume, I’ll be taking as many pictures as I can and posting them all right here on the blog!  I had a lovely time meeting a lot of you last year, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again.

Update on all things Twist, and what it’s like to write a long series.

Hello internet.  Usually on this blog, I share cool things that I find in the course of my steampunk existence or learn as a writer.  But since it’s Mother’s Day today, I thought I’d just tell you how Twist is doing.  I tend to call him “my baby” more often that he’d probably appreciate, and I love him so that I sometimes feel like a mother myself.  Don’t worry.  There’ll be more silly steamy things next week.

Since publishing Waking last year, and Trick last January, I’ve been working extra hard on finishing the first drafts of the rest of this 12 part series.  I’m getting ready to publish the 3rd book in the series later this year, and realizing that I’d like to be sure of exactly where the series is headed before I publish too much more.

Of course, I already know how I want the story to close at the end of the 12th novel, and I have copious notes on what will happen in the meantime, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve gotten there yet.  At the moment, while I write this post, I have completed writing (not editing) the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th books, along with 27 pages of the 7th.  So why, you ask, aren’t more of them out yet?  Because things in these books like to change over time.

As I write this series, I find that little details turn out to mean unexpected things as future events unfold on the page.  The events might occur just as I’d meant them to from the beginning, but sometimes the implications change.  And sometimes, I suddenly realize that I was completely wrong about a plot line and have to go in a totally different direction, while still following the same basic story line.  Some scenes that I mean to write turn out to be useless when I get to writing them, while other unexpected moments appear and surprise me by how perfectly they fit.  And sometimes (more often than I like to think) I realize that the book I just finished writing is actually a better fit for the fourth or fifth book in line, rather than the third, and I now have to write a whole other book or two between it and the last one.

With all of this flux, I hate to publish too close to where I’m writing.  When Waking first came out, I had already finished the 4th book and was half way through the 5th.  When Trick was published, I had added a different book in the 5th place, and then re-wrote the old 5th book to make it the 6th.  As long as I have about 4 books between where I’m writing and where I publish, I can feel confident that I won’t ever have to adjust anything in the published work to make the ending work.   It’s my goal, after all, is to share this story with you, in a smooth, complete, and solid form.

Are you writing a series as well?  Have you ever encountered these sorts of things?  Please leave me a comment down below if you have.  I’d love to know what you think about all of this.

In the meantime, I’m working very hard to finish the series as quickly as possible, so that I can make sure it will be the best work it can be.  In the scene I just wrote a few days ago, Jonas casually mentioned that he, Twist, and Myra had already traveled to every continent on the globe, and ventured into orbit as well.  I so wish I could tell you all about what is happening right now in the 7th book, but I must hold my tongue!  But I can promise that there are wonderful things in store for you as you follow Twist into the future books.

I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day, however you choose to spend it!

Bright Shiny Announcements that you missed!

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First of all, I’m terribly sorry that this blog has been silent for the last few weeks!  See?  Look how sad the clock is…  My nasty, broken, no-auto-posting blog is just as sad.  We had a talk.  Thing should be running smoothly again, with a weekly blog and an extra picture or two, as of now!  And if it doesn’t run smoothly, we’ll have another talk.  That’s right, I’m looking at you, blog!

Announcement 1!

I’ve quit my day job!  Pop those party popper, break out the music, and hand me a drink!  After trying to juggle a full-time job and a 12 part series, I finally dropped all the balls at my feet and thought “Gee, this is silly.”  I simply had to let something go.  So, bye bye full-time job!  I’m now only working part-time (more on that later) to help pay the bills, and spending most of my time writing and editing my books.  And honestly, as much as I liked my old job and my co-workers there, I finally feel like Twist and I are really getting somewhere!  Expect great things…

Announcement 2!

I got a part-time job with SteamyTech!  You know them, right?  Every good steampunk knows them.  They’re the people who make the wooden geared things that actually work.  Go check out their Esty.  SteamyTech is expanding and trying to get their lovely little toys and wooden bow-ties farther out into the world.  And that means that they need to cut loads of wooden bits on their fancy laser cutter…  That’s right, I now get to play with lasers.  I win!

Announcement 3!

In case you haven’t heard, Clockwork Twist: Waking has been nominated for Best Fiction by the Steampunk Chronicle!  I can hardly believe it, and I’m so honored.  Go check out what else has been nominated for the best of steampunk!  …and maybe, you know, scroll down to the literature section and … you know… (coy smile)  *Whispers* “It’s the ‘best fiction’ one.  Clockwork Twist…”

My mother, the awesome poet JaniceT has also been nominated for her book, Echoes: Neo-Victorian Poetry.  I’m ever so proud.  Voting will close on the 12th.  Just, you know, in case you wanted to know that… *wink, wink*

Announcement 4!

There’s still time to support Clockwork Twist and get sneak previews (and a free copy) of the 3rd book, Clockwork Twist: Dreamer, which will be out later this year!   Inkshares is a new crowdfunded publishing house, that is very excited to help propel the Clockwork Twist series into the world on a much wider distribution than it’s ever had before!
Get in while it’s still new and trendy!  Click here to see the Twist posting.

Wow!  That was a lot that my stupid blog didn’t post about.  Well, now you should be all caught up.  And if I missed anything, I’ll let you know about it all as soon as I remember!  I’m sorry about for the technical issues.  I hope you’ve all had a lovely few weeks as well!

Book Two: Trick, is out now!

This is it!  Today, Trick is officially available on Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and Smashwords.com.  Get you copy today!

Trick cover proof 4 front

Clockwork Twist : Trick is NOW available!!
Click the logos below to buy the paperback for $12.00 at

Buy the eBook for $2.99 at

  

As I mentioned earlier, the book will become available in the iBookstore, Barnes&Noble, and other retailers in the coming weeks.  Things take a little while to roll out.  While we’re waiting, check out the shiny new Goodreads page!

And thank you, once again, to everyone who has gone out of their way to offer support to this series.  You are the ones who make these stories matter.  Let’s get our lovely little Twist farther into the world, shall we?  Please remember to share, like, Tweet,Tumbl, review and lend!

Just 2 more days to go…

This is it, people.  The 2nd book in the Clockwork Twist series will be released in just 2 days.  Are you excited?  I’m excited.  I’ve been wanting to publish this book for most of a year.  And now, it’s finally ready!  For those who just can’t wait, here’s one more little taste of the adventure to come.  Enjoy the first 5 chapters of Trick, right now!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

We are so close to  Tuesday, January 14th.  The book will be available on Amazon.com, Createspace.com and Smashwords.com, right away, in both eBook and paperback.  And, if you buy the paperback on Amazon, you’ll get the eBook for free as well!  Trick will become available in the iBookstore, Barnes&Nobel, WHSmith, and other on-line stores in a week or two.  

Links to all of this will be coming in the launch post on Tuesday.  So, be sure to keep an eye on the old FacebookTwitterTumblr, or blog!  So close, so close, so close…  Is it wrong to fan-girl over my own book?  Don’t answer that…

But wait, there’s more!

It’s finally January.  With less than 2 weeks left to go, I’m feeling extra generous.  As a special treat, I’m going to post another free chapter!  Click the links below to read the first 4 chapters, now!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
~oOo~

As always, I want to thank my lovely readers for all of their  support, and patience!  Thanks to you, our Twist is really starting to get some momentum.  Keep sharing and following.  Every Like helps, you know…

Keep and eye on the Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or blog to find out the moment the final free chapter is up!

The 3rd chapter is up! Read it here, first…

You get to read the first 3 chapters of the brand new, not even released yet adventure novel, Clockwork Twist: Trick!  Be the envy of all your friends!  And then, go tell them all about it with a smug sense of knowledgeable self-importance. *wink, wink*  Click the links below to read the first 3 chapters, now!


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

 

As always, remember that this book will hit on-line stores on Tuesday, January 14th.  And this time, 3 chapters isn’t all you’re going to get!

That’s right, I’m going to post the 4th and 5th chapters right here on this blog, one per week, up until the book’s release.  There might also be an opportunity for some very lucky, very lovely dears to get a *cough* free copy of the whole eBook a bit early…  So, be sure to keep an eye on the old FacebookTwitterTumblr, or blog to find out about all of the exciting developments!

Click here for a quick synopsis. (no spoilers, I promise.)

MORE Free previews of the 2nd installment of Clockwork Twist!

Oh boy, oh boy, it’s getting closer now. The release of the 2nd book in the Clockwork Twist series is swiftly approaching.  Mark you calendars because it will hit on-line stores on Tuesday, January 14th!  As I mentioned before, I’m going to post the first few chapters, one per week, right here on this blog.  Click the links below to read the first 2 chapters, now!


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
~oOo~

 

What new wonders and strange happenings will Twist encounter this time?  Will he be surrounded by pirates once again?  Will he even get back home to London?  Click here for a quick synopsis of coming events. (no spoilers, I promise.)

Keep and eye on the Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or blog to find out the moment the next chapter is up!  Oh, how fantastically exciting!

Free preview of the 2nd installment of Clockwork Twist!

Here we go…  The release of the 2nd book in the Clockwork Twist series is swiftly approaching.  Mark you calendars because it will hit on-line stores on Tuesday, January 14th!  In anticipation of this most exciting event, I’m going to post the first few chapters, one per week, right here on this blog.


Click here to start reading right now!
~oOo~

 

What new wonders and strange happenings will Twist encounter this time?  Will he be surrounded by pirates once again?  Will he even get back home to London?  Click here for a quick synopsis of coming events. (no spoilers, I promise.)

Keep and eye on the Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or blog to find out the moment the next chapter is up!  Oh, how fantastically exciting!