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Last Post – New Blog

22 Mar

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Hello to all of you beautiful people who have followed me from the start. I’m sure you have noticed the lack of posting in recent months, and I didn’t want to leave you all high and dry without the news of why that is.

I’ve started a new blog: christinakaylenhart.wordpress.com

I need to focus more on writing, and actually building more of an author site. Thank you for sharing this journey with me, and if you’d like to stay in touch, click the link above to follow my new blog.

Much love to all of you!

Book One in The Rosebush Series Now Available!

19 Aug

So, the series I was working on for years is finally being released into the wild. Book one, Lavender and Smoke, is now available on Amazon as well as the createspace estore.

Links: Lavender and Smoke – Amazon

Lavender and Smoke – Createspace Estore

The second book, Woods and Ash, will be released by the end of September. And finally, the third book, Rose and Dust, will be released by Halloween.

For those of you who followed me during this journey, thank you so much. I have not been posting blog posts on here lately, and I will be starting a new blog – more of an author website – and as soon as I get that running, it will be my final post for Daily Rants with the Bitch Next Door. I love you all. Happy writing!

The Writing Process: Down in the Rabbit Hole

20 Sep

Delicious post!

R.G. Tamaki

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Writing is like spending time on the cross, when you die painfully every moment; other times it’s like the resurrection, when you feel fresh and alive and brand-spanking-new.

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Premature Query-jaculation

19 Aug

Hello strangers!

I know, I know. You’re surprised I’m still alive. I haven’t written a blog post in quite some time. I apologize for that. The truth is that I’ve been busy with other literary “things.”

I’ve been revising my novel for months now, and while I want to rip my hair out, I’m satisfied how it’s coming along and I’m extremely excited that it’s finally almost done. I’ve also been writing the third book in my trilogy, and editing someone’s book as well.

While I was editing for someone else, I wondered why it was so much easier to edit someone else’s work. Then I realized it’s because when it comes to your own work, it’s personal. Those words and sentences are your babies, and you don’t want to cut them up and change their personalities. But, it’s vital. Now that my book has gone under major reconstructive surgery, I can truly say I’m happy with the changes I’ve made. It’s not that the original was all that terrible, it’s the fact that it had so much potential under all that rubbish.

When you can separate yourself from your work and look at it for what it is, you can see the problems with it. I decided to revise my novel, line by stinking line, because the truth is that I started this trilogy almost two years ago. Since then, my writing has changed and matured. I’ve changed and matured. It’s only right that that first novel reflects who I am now, not then.

Did I mention that I never want to write another trilogy ever again?? It’s been fun, but the amount of work that goes into it is overwhelmingly time consuming. I have a new respect for writers who write series. It feels like I may never finish. But then, I take a shot of apple cider vinegar and slap myself, encouraging myself that I CAN do this, I just can’t stop working on it. So in between work, and work, and this job and that job, I work on my novels. What’s a love life? Because I forget. I haven’t had one in almost a year. I’m too busy in a monogamous relationship with my novels. And if I cheat on them, I think they’d be really pissed.

I hope everything is going well in your lives. Have any of you writers had a chance to relax and go to the beach or something? Please, tell me how it feels. I dream of a vacation! Even if it’s only for two days. Also, does anyone have a clone machine? Because I could really use one.

Side note: I’ve put the querying process on hold for months now. I’ve decided to hold off on pitching this novel until it’s as perfect as it can be. They say hindsight is 20/20. I’m such an impatient person that I decided to query agents as soon as I finished editing the first novel, and now I’m kicking myself. I can’t say I’m surprised I got so many rejection letters, but I can say I’m surprised that I got one agent to request the full manuscript when it was in such rough shape. It gives me hope that in the hopefully near future, when I start querying again, I’ll get at least one more agent to ask for the full manuscript. I have faith that this will all work out, because what else do I have besides hope? Oh, right, two full manuscripts and one in progress, looking for a home. I can’t let my children be homeless! What kind of mother would I be?

RIP Maya Angelou: Her Legacy Lives On

29 May

RIP Maya Angelou 1928-2014

With the passing of Maya Angelou, a powerful voice in literature, a beautiful person inside and out, and a woman who pushed for justice and inequality, I know the world lost a damn good woman. With the events that took place in Isla Vista, California, I think it’s a time to reflect on what Maya fought for and stood for. She too faced adversity and struggles, but she turned those struggles into powerful poetry and prose. She didn’t turn to violence or hurt anyone because some things just weren’t f*cking fair. That’s life.

For me, it’s a reminder that life is not owed to anyone, even those who live to live and live to help others. It’s a reminder to not take life for granted. Each day is an opportunity to improve ourselves, our work, our spirit, and help those around us. 

Perhaps my favorite quote by her, though there were so many:

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

– Excerpted from Letter to My Daughter, a book of essays (2009)

Maya Angelou was gifted, wise, and a true teacher. Her words affected and reached countless people, lending lessons and truth to mankind if only for a short while. Though she is gone, her words live on, carrying her spirit in the homes of many.