Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year



What are you hoping for in 2016?



I usually like to spend some time going over the year that past, just to see if I made my goals, but for whatever reason, I didn't make any last year. I don't bother with resolutions, they seem to be more self discipline than I have, but I think goals and things to hope for are a positive endeavor. So here are a few of mine.

I haven't been writing as much as I should, so I made a schedule, and added catch up days in case I fall behind. I have a few novels that are almost finished, a couple of anthology novelettes, and of course I plan on keeping up on Pretentious. I also have another series of short stories planned, but that will all be published together when the time comes. But every writer probably has more writing on their new year list.

Reading more books is a definite for the new year. Most people know that I read for a screenwriting contest every year, but this year, I want to read more novels, and post more reviews. You might see a 'this was just okay,' review on this blog, but chances are you'll never see a bad one. I have too many books to read, so if I don't get into it, I usually put the book down and move to another one.

Working out more often is always on the list, but I have a new bike desk to help with that, so I have no excuse not to get a daily workout in. I wish the desk part was bigger, but it's great for someone who sits at a computer a good portion of the day.

The last change for 2016 is to eat in more often. We tend to eat out more than we should, but eating in is usually more healthy,tastes better since I'm a good cook, and saves money. My husband likes to do a lot of grilling too.

My one frivolous plan is to save enough money to purchase a hot tub next year, but I say that every year and never get it done. Maybe this year is the one to make it happen..

What are you planning and hoping for next year?.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Character Madness Monday - Interview 3 of 5 The Followers of Torments

This Week Tolor Interviews 

Beslynx Spiritwalker

Interview 3 of 5 

from 

The Followers of Torments, series, 

by Katheryn Caffee


Tell us about your story

Which one?  If it’s about me, you’ll have to wait.  I’ve seen you talking to the others, so I presume you wish to speak about that filth who tries to pretend to be an alpha?  

What part do you play in it?

I tricked, and I was trapped.  I want no part in this tale.

Is it scary or a love story?

Who cares.  If it is scary, then it is even more reason for me to get out of it.  I still cannot believe the Woodland Path helped him trick me into the Path forsaken collar of his, and now will not provide me any guidance.

Have you heard any good gossip lately?

None worth sharing.  Thanks to the fiend who claims he “owns” me, I am going to have to move again.  And, I had just begun to earn a place in that village, too.  Do you realize how much it is going to cost me?  If not in wares, than in contracts that I cannot meet because I am not there to fill them.

If you could be anything you want to be, what would you be?

A proper werewolf.  I have been cursed from my first shift.  My father may not care, but the rest of the pack does.  And, pack law has it that any born who are born in fur, and cannot shift, or have the wrong shift receive no support from the pack, and must find a way to live on their own.  Even a babe born in skin who cannot shift receives better care than I.


Why?

Because, beran, I want to be happy, and included in the family.  Not some “ghost” condemned to see, but never to participate.  Even old Fenn had trouble justifying my first hunt – the one that makes a pup an adult.  And, it was because of Bowyer’s first spoken words that I was cursed, though he has long made up for it.

Where would you live?

With the pack, where I belong.

Where do you live now?

No where, is where.  I had a home in Coldshollow, but with this latest trap, I can’t go back.  I’m not even sure I’ll have any of my tools and supplies when I return.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? 

Would you be able to develop any lasting friendships if you were forced to move every ten or eleven years?  That’s about how long I can stay in a Leukreschen settlement before they start questioning me about the lack of aging.  I can’t help it that I age slower than they.


What would they think about the change?

Don’t even get me started.  This is an injustice, and one I will see righted, even if I have to kill the fiend myself!

Does your fur mat and pull? I was just wandering because I have a mat right now and it really hurts.

I would never let my coat get into such condition that it would do that.  Even in the warming days of spring I am careful to keep it pristine.  


Who is the scariest person in your story?

Me.  Just give me a moment, and I promise all our troubles will be over.

Who is the happiest?

I would have to say that delta that was trapped before me.  I swear that pup never has a sad day in his life.


What’s your author like?

Are you sure you want to know?  

She’s a cruel, vindictive, mean spirited whelp of the lowest planes.  I have no idea what she thinks she is doing, but she could have warned me what was coming, so I wouldn’t accept the trap.

Do you think she portrayed your part well?

By the Woodland Path, NO!  Even if I were a true werewolf, like any other member of the pack, the answer would still be no!  There is no call for what she has done to me!


Does she sleep as much as Jena does?

Oh, I could wish she did.  I might have a chance of fixing this problem from the top down.

Do you have any pictures to share?

If you insist.









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Monday, December 21, 2015

Character Madness Monday - Interview 2 of 5 The Followers of Torments


This Week Tolor Interviews 

Akantheldama

Interview 2 of 5 

from 

The Followers of Torments, series, 

by Katheryn Caffee



Tell us about your story

There are two stories with me.  The first is how I came to be, though I have not yet attempted to chronicle that one.  The second is much later, after I had learned the rudiments of what I needed to know.  I convinced my progenitor to “lose” me in a wager to the fighter I saw so long ago in the Sands.  There is something about him… something I can not yet grasp… that is important to myself, and my House.  Only in service to him will I be able to come to understand what that something is, or to bring my rogue gifts under control.


What part do you play in it?

I am a guide for Nameless, though I must tread carefully.  He is my master, and yet I must ensure he reaches the end I have foreseen.   I am also his Silk’s trainer.  All new captives are turned over to me for their training in preparation for the Sands.  He helps, but as a Runner, there are many things he must do which limit the time he can spend training his stable.  I am his right hand, and yet I am nothing.


Is it scary or a love story?

In a way, it is a little of both.  Do not get me wrong, Nameless has no idea what love is, or what it entails.  Yet, he loves Voras with his entire being, which is what makes it a scary tale.  I fear what will happen to him – both what he does to himself, and what She may do to him along the way.  He has so much to learn, and to do so, he must be divorced from the Web Mother, or else She will prevent him from learning it.

Have you heard any good gossip lately?

I’ve heard some of the best gossip!  Our chronicler has started talking to each of us, separate from Nameless, and is attempting to chronicle our lives as well.  It is going to be such an interesting time, learning if my gifts have given me accurate information.

It is also said our chronicler has the ability to see deep into our past.  That is one area I have never been able to explore.  My progenitor compelled me to never do so, and yet there is something back there that is important.  I know it!

If you could be anything you want to be, what would you be?

The head of my House.

Why?

The current prince is an incompetent fool who thinks he is the Tormenter’s gift to the world, and that he is the direct heir of Innu.  Even I can see he is not.  For starters, he is of mixed heritage, and Innu never had children.  We are a House in decline because of his foolish stewardship, and that must stop.  I will not let the idiot ruin us.

Where would you live?

Hmm.  That I do not know.  I have grown fond of the Melkreschen Realm.  Such wonderful flavors there, and a never ending feast.  Yet, the House’s established territory has features that make it desirable as well.  Perhaps, during the lunars when the sun is strongest I would remain in the Melkreschen Realm, then when the sun’s power weakens, in our ancestral home.


Where do you live now?

Wherever master is, is where you’ll find me.  I never know where he’ll take us to next.  Though, it appears I’ll not be seeing either of my preferred environments anytime soon.  Master has some odd ideas, and insists on trying to bring them about.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? 

I think so, but do not know for certain.  ::Flashes her fangs in a grin::  Though, if Innu arrived and asked me to be his bride, I would not say “no”.


What would they think about the change?

I was left alone, considered by everyone to be too insane to remain nearby.  Before I was embraced, I had been driven out of my village and abandoned by my protector.  There is only myself to consider now.  And Master.  I cannot forget to consider Master.


Does your fur mat and pull? I was just wandering because I have a mat right now and it really hurts.

Dear friend, if I have fur, then someone has cursed me and I would like to know who.  Though, I will admit that there are times I do not like my hair, matted as it is.  The rest of the time, I could care less.  It is as it is, and I have other things to keep my mind occupied.


Who is the scariest person in your story?

I would have to say Master.  Not for his fighting prowess, but because of what he could do if he makes the wrong choices.  There is something about him that I can see, but I have yet to be able to say.  It frightens me, because I fear my Gifts are awakening like my progenitor’s did – always for others, never for myself, and yet somehow I must know what to expect if I am to help him make the right choices that preserve the largest number of lives.

Who is the happiest?

To be honest, I think it is that scamp Raonal.  He may not like the collar, but he has a way about him that makes everything he does a game, and almost everyone he comes across laugh.  Even when he was faced with a first-blood fight, he still managed to make it funny.


What’s your author like?

Smart, headstrong, and everything you would want for a scribe.  She occasionally tries to guess the tale we have to tell, but after a bit of a tug-of-war with the story, she remembers she’s just the scribe and we’re the story tellers.


Do you think she portrayed your part well?

Very well.  Though, perhaps I am not as unbalanced as she portrays me.  Perhaps I am?


Does she sleep as much as Jena does?

As I do not know who “Jena” is, I cannot guess how much she sleeps.  K. sleeps less than some I’ve met, more than others.  And, at times, she refuses to wake, so I cannot honestly say how much she sleeps.

Do you have any pictures to share?




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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hurdles in Writing - When I Hit A Roadblock, This Is What I do.




Ironically, this was this week's blog prompt, but it seems like a hurdle to me.

There have been a few roadblocks for me over the years. Idea's usually aren't the issue though. One of my favorite screenwriters used to tell his students to open a newspaper if they need ideas. There's plenty of tension and life happening in there. I've never opened the newspaper, but I love tinkering with writer's prompts and images. Usually running into the right image is just what I need. I've used prompts and images, for both stories, and single scenes.

Sometimes I have trouble changing scenes when the intensity changes. I've found music is great for getting past that. I just figure out what emotion or atmosphere I need to create. There are all kinds of music playlists on youtube, spotify, and other websites. Just key in what you need. If words bother you, there are instrumentals, which is what I use most often, since words distract me.

Since I plan my stories. I always have an end. That isn't to say it will be 'the end,' because sometimes there are changes, and something else works better for the story. But even with planning, I tend to freeze up on the last third of the book. I've never been able to figure out why this happens, but I've seen it happen to other authors too, so there must be some kind of psychology behind it. This has been my biggest writing block, even though it makes no sense.

For atmosphere, we have images, for emotion we have music. I can always turn to a friend willing to plot with me, but freezing toward the end can't be dealt with by any of those things, and you probably won't like the answers I've found, if this is a problem for you, because they aren't easy.

The first answer is to find encouragement from your friends, or fans. People who like your work and have the ability to encourage. This isn't always enough to push through though. I suppose this answer is easy enough, but it might still take a while to get through the problem.

The second way that I've found is to simply to force myself forward. I might only write half or less of what I usually manage in a day, but I make myself work on it until I get past the block. Another teacher I had over the years said when you hit a roadblock, move on, because the story will come back together, and you can come back and take care of the problem later. I've found that he's right, it usually will come back together if you keep pushing forward.

One roadblock I hit was during Nanowrimo, Actually, Julnowrimo. I wrote Reflections in July. The problem was that I kept hitting snags where I wasn't sure if the historical accuracy. I Have friends that majored in history, and they are always willing to help, if they aren't busy, but they usually are, so I had a few friends who agreed to research any problems I ran into. I can't tell you how helpful that was, and critiquers still found areas for me to work on when I was finished.

If you're too overwhelmed to push through, put the story down for awhile. Work on something else, study or research things that apply to your story, or just freewrite for a few days and try to push forward again.

If you have other ways I haven't mentioned, feel free to share them.

Have an awesome day everyone.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hurdles in Writing: Avoiding Prologues




It's been a while since I wrote the last hurdles in writing post. This one is pretty huge for some people, and others tend to ignore this piece of craft. Not writing the prologue was never a real issue for me, but the problem it causes for many writer's, including myself at times, is the same, 

Then how will the reader's know the premise or background, and where do I start my story?

I'm going to start off by reminding you that I believe in craft. There are reasons that some things work, and others don't, but I've never been taught to see them as rules. Every writer has their own thoughts on the issue, and their own style of writing. The comments in this post are simply my opinions. Take what you find helpful, and toss the rest.

So, let's start with some of the reasons we avoid prologues.

I read a post once where someone said this. 
"Writing a prologue is like saying I'm going to tell you a story, but I have to tell you this first, or you won't get it."

Ouch. I didn't like the definition, but seriously thought it hit home. A prologue does sometimes create the ambiance for the story, but if you start with your plot, the ambiance should settle like a blanket, right? 

(I am sorry I can't give the person who wrote the statement credit for it, but it was a bounce around the web when I should have been writing, sort of day, and I didn't catch the name of the person who posted).

So what can we do to add the information the reader needs that would have been in the prologue?

We write it into the story. I was taught to write balanced scenes, and I have found balance a more refreshing read.It usually avoids too much backstory, description, and information dumps, but provides what the reader needs. I could get crazy here with what belongs in a scene, but here it is without too much detail.

  • Action and/or dialogue addressing the issue at hand. These two are usually separate, but there are times when a scene doesn't need both.
  • The setting of your scene so the reader knows where you are.
  • Description, so the reader can see what has up to this point, only been in the author's head.
  • Inner landscape. We want to know what the characters are thinking and feeling.
  • Backstory. Only what's needed.
  • A smooth transition (I added this one myself, but set up where your going to some degree so the reader stays in the story without a bump when they get to the next scene).
Incorporating all of these things will usually cover what information the reader needs right now, and sets up things that need to be set-up for the future. 

Don't misunderstand, you'll still need to be careful about information dumps, and I think description is a personal thing, some people love a lot of it, others hate anything but the most minimal. 

Another reason to avoid prologues is that a lot of people skip them. 

I know a few people who love them, but in reality, usually the prologue isn't necessary to follow a story. I attended a writer's conference a couple years ago where an agent discussed what she did and didn't want from Authors. She said not to send her anything that people might not read. I think that makes sense. 

So that kind of leaves us with where to start.

The best place to start is with the main plot, and hit the ground running. I know writers that argue with this, but I've learned from experience, that people don't always want what they think they do.

When I first wrote The Carriage, it was similar to the way it's written now, but critiquer's kept asking for the backstory about the brother who died. Mom, who died at my character's birth, and numerous other issues. I had a lot of trouble with that advice. I don't like reading a lot of stuff that isn't moving a story, and people that have been dead for years, (aside from the paranormal characters and creatures meant to move a story), make it stagnant. But I'm not always right, and I seriously think a lot of writers would be so much better if they were teachable.Too many of us get defensive, and shut down. I don't want to be one of them, so I took the critiquers' advice, and wrote in the backstory they wanted.

The biggest response was 'whoa, does all this stuff need to be here?' This came from some of the same people who told me to add it. I changed it back, and they all sighed with relief. If I trusted classes and my own instincts, I could have saved a good deal of time and frustration. My plan had always been to write short stories, separate from the novel for fans who wanted them, to download free. One is posted on my website, as well as online retailers now, and has been well received.

I'll remind everyone here, that I said I believe in craft, not rules, and I do feel there are times to do things differently. I have a contemporary NA romance I started when my character's were teenagers, and they grow up together. Their love story is the main plot, but it has a lot of characters and subplots, so I started when they met, and progressed as I moved the story forward. By the time we get to the end, many things will have come full circle, but sometimes the reader doesn't know why something does or doesn't need to be there. The comments and reviews have been great so far, but it was hard to write, and publish it the way I did.

I'll end with this. 

I remember someone telling one of my teachers they needed a prologue because it was the start of their story, and people needed to know it. Her answer was simple:
"Then why not just start there?"

Have an awesome day, everyone.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Character Madness Monday is Back

This Week Tolor Interviews 

Nameless 


from The Followers of Torments, series, 

by Katheryn Caffee


It's been a while since the last character interview. This will be the first of five character interviews from this series. Be prepared for a treat. Nameless speech pattern is strange to follow at first, but he has become a much loved character by many, and it becomes easier to follow after settling into the differences. 

Tell us about your story

What “story” is?  Life is.  Live, die, born, become.  Is story not to anyone.

What part do you play in it?

What part is?  Life is.  Win I, eat I, live I.  Said enough?

Is it scary or a love story?

::shrugs::  Scary why?  Living am free now.  Alone not, Her favor have always.  Apart not am.

Have you heard any good gossip lately?

Gossip?  What is?

If you could be anything you want to be, what would you be?

As am now, everything perfectly wrong.  Her life my care. Her honor my hands hold.  

Why?

Purpose other than Her is what?  

Where would you live?

Where She is, home am.  

Where do you live now?

Arena where Silk is.  Where Her honor increase can.

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? 

What is that?

What would they think about the change?

What change?

Does your fur mat and pull? I was just wandering because I have a mat right now and it really hurts.

What is fur?  ::Reaches up to scratch his matted dreadlocks::  What is mat?

Who is the scariest person in your story?

What is scary?  Apart from Her scary is.  Alone scary is.  Her Calling to Child be, scary is.  Person dead only.

Who is the happiest?

He who obey happy is.  He who not, dead is.

What’s your author like?

Nice she.  Keep Her happy.

Do you think she portrayed your part well?

No.  Wrong everything was.  Lived I, ate I, survived I.  Free now, win I.  Strange ways find, nice is always be author me to.

Does she sleep as much as Jena does?


 Know not.  Listens always does, sleep know not if.

Do you have any pictures to share?






Summay for Out of the Darkness - Followers of Torment's Book 1

He is called Nameless. Born to fight in the Arena, he has won his way to freedom. In a bloody world where cunning and strength count for all, and personal gain is everything, he finds that freedom is even more chaotic than slavery. Bound to honor oaths both to Goddess and self, he must fight a war against the culture that spawned him to strike his own path.


Author Bio

Born in Houston, K. Caffee has a long history of spinning captivating tales for a wide range of interested people.  One of her earliest memories is being lost in a huddle of adults as a kindergartener on her way to a church choir camp.  Whatever she tale she had been telling was captivating enough the entire group missed a rest stop, and the bus driver proved to be very patient when the 20 or so adults all requested an emergency stop about an hour after the scheduled one. 
After several years of running various role play campaigns, K. Caffee thought her story telling days were done.  She entered the work force, then school, but the stories were not done with her.  The Followers of Torments saga ambushed her in 2014 with the ultimatum “write.. or don’t sleep.”  As you can tell, despite a valiant effort to focus solely on school, K. Caffee lost the fight.  And, now, despite still carrying an overloaded graduate schedule, she continues to write and more of the pukah who gave her the ultimatum in the first place are lining up at the mental doors demanding to be let in.
What free time she can pry out of the hands of her story and her school work she devotes to her two furry, feline owners, human family, and discovering new friends on Facebook, Twitter, or keeping up with documenting the various non-story thoughts she gets on her blog.


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Blog Prompt: How Artwork Affects My Writing




This is the first of this week's blog-prompts, and for me, it's a pretty good one. I have a writer's prompt blog, and a Pinterest board with fantasy images for writing prompts, I bought tons of images, and have used free sites too. And we all know about the blog-prompt group, since I usually post from it at least once a week. I also had a Musicians with a Pen, group, but lacking vision, it bit the dust pretty fast.

For me, inspiration comes from everywhere, and when I'm writing, the muse goes all over the place. I've tried writing the ideas down, but I've found that the vision still wavers with time. So, to avoid that problem, I started writing terrible first drafts. I know that's okay, but the worse they are, the more difficult I find the rewrite to be. I have a couple of great novels coming as soon as I finish those rewrites.

My fascination with images began when I told a writing partner I wanted to write a dragon story. Waiting to hash out the plot and details, he kept asking if I had started yet, and finally sent me a website with incredible dragon images. I loved it, and spent hours flipping through them, in awe of the talent of the artists. I wasn't on Pinterest at that time, but many of those images on there now. Here is the link to the website if anyone wants to check it out. http://wall.alphacoders.com/

I use images and music to inspire me when I need a specific mood, or when the feel of the story needs correction,  although I've been known to sit down and write exactly what I believe the characters would feel, and how their specific personality would react to a given situation. Images are much faster than that.

Here are some of the images from Reflections that I've found inspiring, and why.



Juliette is my main character. When the story begins, she is a Regency era, teenager. She's arrogant, and cruel. When the story ends she has learned survival skills in some very difficult conditions, and she' learned how to love, and treat people with respect.

My character has dark hair, initially worn in the ringlets that were popular in her time, but as time moves on, her clothing and look have to change too, so she wears her hair down. While Reflections is a YA fantasy/fairy-tale. this image shows a touch of beautiful, sexy, arrogance, and a stubbornness that will make her strong.




I loved the idea of a female centaur and was so excited when I found this image on Shutterstock. Actually, all these images came from Shutterstock.

The woman is beautiful, she has style, but she is sassy, and she is not weak. She can stand up and defend herself in almost any situation, and take care of herself too.




My beloved Zylphia. A witch with a vendetta that refuses to take any sass from anybody. She loves her niece, but she expects Emily to obey her, and she will keep Juliette and the exotic creatures she's taken into her world, under her thumb where they belong.




Colovere, the unicorn in Reflection. He embodies wisdom. He is a King, and he is fiercely loyal. He has a clearing in the middle of the forest that he's claimed for himself. He love unconditionally, and chooses to love without wisdom at times. It was impossible to find a unicorn with a white body, black horn, tail and mane, and a gold spiral that corkscrews around his horn. This was the closest I could come.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

This week's Blog Prompt: If I Had Three Wishes




I've been really bad keeping this blog up lately. Not because I don't know what to write about, there are an abundance of things to discuss, and this blog is one of my favorite things that I work on as a writer. I do have my writer's prompt blog caught up till the first of the year, but I'm a writer's prompt fanatic. Setting up the blog prompt group was fun, but we aren't always interested in the same style of posts. I tend to focus on characterization a lot, but that's just who I am. I love great characters, and having fun with them. Keep your eyes open for the Character interviews coming up. They should be a lot of fun.

So, Three Wishes?

Like most people I know, I would wish for an end to hatred. 

I've learned over the years that it takes a special person to agree to disagree. We're people, and we all think differently. That will never change, so we need to agree to disagree sometimes, get along with each other, and stop hating. I didn't like adding this to the list, because it seems obvious, but it would be my first wish.

My second wish would be to be successful

We all want to be successful, right? But success generally comes with hard work and staying focused. However it happened, this would be my second wish.

My third wish would be to have a beautiful home, furnished the way I like it, paid in full.

This is kind of an interesting wish. It's always been considered the American dream, but it's a dream being realized by less people these days. 

I decided to get my hair done in Hollywood prior to a screenwriter;s conference one year. I don't remember what country the stylist was from, but I asked if she liked it better here. She loved it here. The only thing she missed was that in her country, property wasn't as expensive, and a home of your own was something you expected when you settled down to have a family. Maybe I should change this third wish to all of us having the home of our dreams, or at least something nice we can keep up.

There are so many things to wish for, how could anyone choose given an immediate choice. I know many would ask for good health, and I can't argue that would probably be a better choice than wish two or three. This might be better written as 'If I had ten wishes'. 

What would you wish for?

Friday, December 4, 2015

December Newsletter Followers Only Giveaway

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