Monday, January 30, 2012

Win a free DarkStar novel:)

Hi everyone!
The interview I told you about has been posted on http://t.co/ElwWY5sT. If you go there, not only can you check out Sarah's "I'm Loving Books" site, but you can enter to win a copy of DarkStar! I would LOVE for it to be you! :)

Talk Soon! :)xo

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New things happening.....

Hey, just want to update what's going on in the DarkStar world....

I had, Sarah, from "I'm Loving Books" contact me to see if I would do a guest post on her site. I pushed the deadline -- but finally finished it. I think it will post on January 30th. I'll let ya know when it does...for those interested:) In the meantime, you could check out her fun site, www.imlovingbooks.com. She wanted me to talk about magic & wizardry and how my book differs from others. I included some excerpts from the book so, for those of you who haven't read DarkStar, you can get a taste of my writing.

Also, if you didn't get a chance to read my interview with, Anthony Cardno, you can check it out on his site, Rambling On @ www.anthonycardno.com. He's an awesome guy! He's quite the traveler and he interviews a lot of interesting people -- so you should check them out too:)

I just received the sixth song off of Matt's new album. It's called, "Dancing," and like the other five, it's amazing. I'm so excited that he's on the downhill stretch of recording. It will definitely be released before his concert! He's putting the finished touched on our, DarkStar songs, too....LOVE 'EM!

I also have some exciting news! Last week Matt & I submitted a proposal to, Kickstarter, a site designed to introduce creative projects and allows people to be part of some pretty awesome ventures. They tell you to be patient, that they'll get back to you ASAP and I was so excited when they accepted our project within a day!! We are sooooo pumped about this. We're working on our page and a video & hope to launch it soon. Keep an eye out & I'll let you know when it happens. We also have a few other cool things in the works, so we'll let you know when they happen!

And...FYI...I've been hangin' out with a dark wizard named, Damarco a lot lately...really don't like the guy...


Talk soon:)xo

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Creative Mind

I recently asked my parents what I was like as a child ... kinda wondering if they saw any inkling of creativity in me when I was growing up. They said that I was just a normal, happy little girl. I try to think back to my teenage years and I do remember being somewhat creative, but because I was involved in my "extra-curricular" activities, and those of you who knew me then will so know what I mean, (I had way to much fun). I never allowed myself to grow or explore that side of my personality until I became an adult. (I guess you can consider me an adult.)  I have done everything from tole painting to wedding cakes, but I have to say that I never knew my full potential until I wrote DarkStar. It was such an exceptional experience and I feel that my creative mind was really put to the test. Writing a book is amazing. To be able to create your very own world and fill it with interesting characters that you develop is intriguing. To be able to determine their words, feelings, actions, expressions, etc., is a difficult task but also a rewarding one. Once one reaches into their inner soul and projects this creativity, little else compares - at least from my perspective.

With the venture that I have taken on with Matt Lande, it has been an amazing experience to sit back, watch and listen as he took my words into a whole new perspective. Before Matt read DarkStar, I gave him an idea sheet containing some of my thoughts as to what I might want included in the writing of my DarkStar song. I told him they were just ideas but to use his own creative mind and expertise to write the song. Well, as you all know, in reading my novel, Matt was inspired to write three songs instead of one. It amazes me how he took my words and engaged them into his realm of creative thinking and wrote amazing lyrics with the same emotion with which I wrote the story--but from his perspective and giving them deeper meaning by adding music...a musical synopsis. So cool.

The past few days I have been pondering the words to my DarkStar songs as well as three of the songs Matt recently recorded for his Welcome Home the Child album and I am in awe of the depth of his designs. Music has always been a big part of my life and being able to observe this amazing artist hone his craft and tap into his inner self to write such awesome music has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. It has taken my appreciation of the mind to a whole new level. With my writing, I am only beginning to learn the capacity of what my mind is capable of and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to observe and learn from Matt Lande. The depth of his thinking and the emotion with which he writes his lyrics and music will forever change the way I view things.

Matt knows how much I appreciate his unique and brilliant talent--but I just want everyone else to know. He is truly a master of his craft....the master of a truly creative mind....someone you should definitely pay attention too. Thanks Matt for being part of my DarkStar world and teaching me so much! :)xo

Talk soon:)xo 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Executive Decisions

How time does fly. It's hard to believe the holidays are behind us and that we're a week into 2012. Having time pass so quickly makes it hard to fit everything into our schedules and sometimes the things we plan don't quite work out the way we want them too, so...we stop and regroup. That's kinda what's happening now....I'm regrouping. I made an executive decision, and with Matt's approval, have decided it will be best to, temporarily, postpone his acoustic show. We just simply don't have time to make the February 15th deadline with everything we want to do. Matt has finished the DarkStar songs and is half way through recording his, Welcome Home the Child album, but we're cutting it too close for comfort. I've heard the songs he's recorded and they are so awesome and well worth waiting for! So, I will keep everyone posted as to when the new concert date will be.

Another executive decision: I'm going to take a couple of weeks off from work so I can finish my sequel, Wizard. I keep thinking I will have the time to write but with other things taking precedence, it doesn't happen. Alec, Amrie and my other characters are more than ready to get on with the story so....writing retreat...here I come!

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year and keep an eye out for Matt Lande's new concert date!

Talk soon:)xo