Got Community?


Writing is not usually a team sport. It lends itself to the solitary lifestyle. Some days, I don’t even change out of my pajamas, let alone shower.

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But this is where writing communities can be helpful. And I’m involved in a few.

I’m a founding member of an online group of writers. We call ourselves Wordsmith Studio. It is a fantastic group that is always ready to provide encouragement, comment on work, and inspire you to new heights. I love it!

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I’m also a founding member of a local writing group, Wicked Wordsmiths of the West. We met through NaNo write-ins and word sprints last November. We normally meet once a month at the local library and share resources, short pieces of writing, and have fun writing activities. We are currently prepping for NaNo this year and meeting once a week to plan our projects. Once November starts, we’ll be meeting at least once a week for word sprints to cheer each other on to our word count goals.

And I’ve recently joined another online writing group, Writer’s Carnival. This online group is centered around writing and reviewing. Before you can post your writing, you must review at least three pieces already posted. This ensures everyone is getting peer feedback. They also have tons of great contests with cash (and other) prizes. For another month, you can join and get a year membership free, but after that they will begin charging a small fee. So HURRY! The newest addition to this group is Classes. They’ve got three starting in a little over a week: Starting a New Blog (taught be me!), Starting Your Novel, and Self-Editing. Since this is the first group of classes being offered, you can get them at a discount. There are lots more planned to start in January and make fantastic gifts for writers (hint, hint). ;)

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Do you belong to any groups, online or otherwise? How do they help keep you motivated and on task? Are you looking to join a writing group? Feel free to visit the ones I mentioned above. They are all very welcoming to new members. See you there!

Daily Prompt: Community

Addicted


I’m addicted to reading.

The world could fall apart around me, but if my nose is in a book, I wouldn’t even notice. I have a hard time putting a book down before it’s finished. Even (especially) when there’s something else I should be doing, like writing, laundry, dishes, and even wiping baby butts.  All I need is my kindle, and a soft, warm blanket, I’m lost to the world.

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What about you? What are you doing, instead of what you should?

Daily Prompt: Addicted

A Lavender Wand


lavenderVeronica Roth, a good friend of mine, recently wrote a blog post detailing how to make lavender wands. Check it out. They looked very pretty and I love the scent of lavender, so I thought, “Hey, I have lavender. I should make one of those.”

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So I did. I think it turned out pretty well, although not quite as neat as the ones she made. It was also harder than it looked and took a little longer than I had anticipated. But I like it. And it smells fabulous. Now I just need to figure out where to put it . . . I’m thinking: lingerie drawer. ;)

Oh, Here I Am… Drink Up!


Hello!

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately.

I’m in the beginning stages of planning my newest novel. I’m really excited about it, so it’s been hard to pull myself away. I’m using the Snowflake Method, and it’s fantastic. If you are a writer and haven’t read about it, click and do so now. You won’t regret it. Besides planning ahead, like I’m doing, it’s great for organizing and mapping works you’ve already written, too.

Since I’ve been focusing most of my writing on this new project, I probably won’t be posting much of my fiction writing here. Unless, of course, I come across a particularly inspiring prompt and just can’t resist. ;)

I will, however, still be posting responses to at least one photo prompt a week. I love my photo prompts too much to resist, and they are a great break from writing when I need one.

drink-upSo, without further ado, and in response to the Wordsmith Studio’s Weekly Photo Prompt, I say, “Drink up!”

Moscato is my favorite wine, light and fruity, and just a little bubbly.

Feel free to grab your favorite beverage and toast with me.

“To inspiration.”

“Cheers.”

 

Becca ♥

New Cover REVEAL: A Ranger’s Tale by Mysti Parker


I’m so excited to share this with you all! I LOVED this book, and can’t wait to see the new cover! Read about this awesome book below and join in the cover reveal fun. See you there!

The world of Tallenmere was born in January, 2011 with this first exciting story about Caliphany, an elven noblewoman who longs to leave her gilded cage, and Galadin, the half-elf former pirate who trains her to do just that. To better reflect its place in the burgeoning series and Caliphany’s choice between two good men, cover artist Caroline Andrus and I tore down the original cover to make room for a whole new look!

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Join us for this exciting reveal party on Facebook, Friday, March 29 from 5-10 PM EST. Bring a friend, too. There do be prizes, mateys!

*$25 Amazon.com gift card

*Signed Print copy of A Ranger’s Tale

*And MORE!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE PARTY: https://www.facebook.com/events/103766896485420/

Blurb: 

In the world of Tallenmere, an elven noblewoman longed to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wanted nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done…

High elf Caliphany Aranea leads an enviable life as King Leopold’s niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard’s most famous wizard. Yet, being forced to follow in her father’s footsteps and being betrothed to a man she doesn’t even like makes her want a taste of life outside the city walls.

As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents’ death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany’s hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose.

From that moment on, she and Galadin embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Only if they can survive the trials ahead, will they find a love that stands the test of time.

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You can find the brand new version of A Ranger’s Tale with its shiny new cover at these websites:

Melange Books (PDF, HTML, ePub)

Amazon.com (Kindle)

Lulu (Print)

 

…and very soon from all other major online retailers!

 

About the Author

mysti2Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. Book Three, Hearts in Exile, is expected to be born in the summer of 2013. Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog recently voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She is currently a book reviewer for the online speculative fiction magazine SQ Mag and has served as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s six week free course, F2K.

 

The Tallenmere Series:

A Ranger’s Tale

Serenya’s Song

Hearts in Exile (coming summer 2013)

 

http://www.melange-books.com

www.mystiparker.blogspot.com

Twitter: @MystiParker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mysti-Parker/103786449704221

mystiparker@yahoo.com