The Enchanted Library by Theodore Ashford

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The Enchanted Library by Theodore Ashford

Welcome to The Enchanted Library, where dragons hoard books instead of gold, and butterflies have books for wings. Here, the magic doesn’t stay contained inside the books and instead flows freely through the shelves. Grab a book and get comfy—there’s always a chair available here!

The pages from this book are all designed for readers and writers who love the magic of the written word, but sometimes need to be able to enjoy the magic of words through coloring.

Featuring

  • 30 images to color and enjoy
  • Single sided pages to prevent bleeding
  • 3 double page spreads
  • Color test page

About the Author

My name is Theodore Ashford, and I’m an author. I’ve been writing my entire life, though I first started sharing my work with others in 2006. Since then, I’ve been dedicated to learning as much as I can about the craft, and helping others to do the same.

I’m also one of the Municipal Liaisons for the Portland area for National Novel Writing Month, which I’ve been doing since 2015. It’s a whirlwind of fun, and if you haven’t tried it yet, you should!

In the summer of 2014, I spoke at TEDxYouth@Portland. My topic was “Finding Yourself,” and I spoke about my personal journey through homelessness and other hardships, and what I learned about becoming who you’re meant to be.

Aside from writing, you’ll usually find me playing with my cats, drinking tea, or (if I’m feeling ambitious) failing at something I saw that one time on Pinterest. I live with my spouse in Portland, Oregon.

Disclaimer: All images pulled from Goodreads and Amazon.

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Shifters & Mages Update #4

0000HelloDragonlings!

I have been hemming and hawwing about when to publish the Shifters & Mages series.

Confession Time #3

Do I start publishing now since the first book is ready for publication? Do I wait until all the books are done? Do I wait until I have three of the four(ish) ready to go?

In the end, it’s all about writer preference, but that’s where I’m lost. I don’t know what I prefer. I do know that, as a reader, I enjoy marathoning books, so if I like book one, I can automatically jump into the next one.

At the same time, I’ve been going to events recently and there’s a couple more I’m planning to attend this year, and it’s extremely discouraging to say, “Yes, I’m an author. I did have a couple of novels published, but now I don’t.”

I realize I don’t have to say that, but the thought’s always there in the back of my mind, and I’m typically a spit-fire person where I say things before I really have a chance to think about them, which is partially why I bite my tongue and hold back in most conversations honestly.

That’s why I’m pushing myself to try to finish the first drafts of the novels this year. I’ve got just over three months to do so, and I think I can. I only have two full-length novels (one of which is three-quarters done) and two novellas to finish (one of which is three-quarters done). I know I can finish them. I’ve got this.

Now it’s just a matter of motivating myself to actually get it all done, which is the most difficult part. To do so, I’m going to set some release dates, and I need all my readers to hold me accountable to it. If you’re reading this, bother me often on any of my social media accounts and ask me where I stand with my writing. It helps. I promise.

Release Dates

Puck’s Choice – March 22, 2018
Jenna’s Story – April 26, 2018
Untitled Novella Collection – May 24, 2018
Mages’ Sacrifice – June 21, 2018

There you have it! My official release dates for the books in the series. I will get them done, and I will get them out. Then I can start working on the next books. I’m so excited! Are you excited? Be excited!!! The end is nigh!

Also, I still need a title for the novella collection. If you have any ideas, let me know in the comments below!

0000ThanksDragonlings!

Previously on Shifters & Mages Updates:

How have I been doing with the #Sept100KChallenge? See the video below.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day


From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world… or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

About the Author


Actress, New Media Geek, Gamer, Misanthrope. Voracious reader of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, especially with a romance twist. Has a book club on Goodreads called Vaginal Fantasy to celebrate the smuttier side of genre literature. Join in if you dare!

Felicia is the creator of The Guild and producer of the web series network Geek and Sundry.

Disclaimer: All images pulled from Goodreads and Amazon.

Shifters & Mages Update #3

0000HelloDragonlings!

With Puck’s Choice completely done, I guess it’s time for an update on the rest of the series, huh?

Confession Time #2

Well, you’re in luck because that’s exactly what today’s going to be about.

First off, a change in the books:

Shifters & Mages Novels

  1. Puck’s Choice
  2. Jenna’s Story
  3. Mages’ Sacrifice

Shifters & Mages Novellas

  1. Warren’s Rage
  2. Scott’s Investigation
  3. Hunters’ Betrayal

So where does each book stand?

Puck’s Choice

Done. Ready for publication.

Jenna’s Story

Re-writing first draft. I cut out all of Scott’s parts to create a novella for him. I plan on adding a sub-plot that ties in the Hunters and change the ending and how everything comes together. I only need to write about 14K to make it match the length of Puck’s Choice.

Mages’ Sacrifice

Still in its first draft. There’s about 6K written in it already, all of which falls at the end of the story. There’s a lot of sub-plots from the other two books that need to be tied up with this one, so it’s going to be interesting getting that done without rushing the plot or completely destroying the work I’ve already done. This novel will the toughest to complete just because it ties everything together. There’s about 7K already written for this, which means there’s only about 65K left to go. Yup. A lot.

Warren’s Rage

Thanks to Puck’s Choice, some of the beginning of this is already done, although since Puck and Warren dated for about six months, there are a couple different scenes I’m showing with their interactions with one another, mostly as they hang out with Warren’s friends. I’ve written about 5K of it so far, and only have about 20K to go before I tie this one up.

Scott’s Investigation

This one takes the parts that were in the original published novel of Jenna’s Story and gives them their own novella. I’m also adding a few scenes that will tie it to the rest of the novels and also a few scenes that had been cut from Jenna’s Story before publication but can now be added to this novella. It’s just under 17K right now, and needs another 8K to finish it off.

Hunters’ Betrayal

This novella is done. The ending’s a bit rough and includes a little bit of information that I’d rather include in Mages’ Sacrifice and there’s a scene I want to add in that will tie this book to Mages’ Sacrifice, but for the most part, the first draft is complete. As soon as I have a first draft of the rest of the novels and novellas, I’ll begin edits on this.

Shifters & Mages Novellas

I’m excited about the progression I have on all the novels and novellas so far, and I hope to get a lot more done (all of Warren’s Rage, for instance) before the end of September for the #Sept100KChallenge. It will be interesting to see how everything goes.

My next major task will be to figure out a collective name for the novellas. I will be releasing them as a collection rather than as individual novellas, and need to figure out a title to use for the collection.

If you have any suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments below!

0000ThanksDragonlings!

Previously on Shifters & Mages Updates:

How have I been doing with the #Sept100KChallenge? See the video below.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace–or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

About the Author


Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, and she has worked as a dog runner, a packer in a candy factory, an editorial assistant, a legal assistant, and a freelance writer. She has lived in many places (including Sydney, New York City, Boston, London, Austin, and Jacksonville, Florida), and she currently lives in the Boston area. Graceling, her first book, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Fire is her second book.

Disclaimer: All images pulled from Goodreads and Amazon.

Shifters & Mages Update #2

0000HelloDragonlings!

The professional edits for Puck’s Choice are done!

According to my publishing plan, the next step would be the cover. However, I’m going to skip that for now and go on to formatting for a couple of reasons.

  1. Cover artist needs to know page count for paperbacks.
  2. I’m going to have the covers designed for all the books at the same time. (At least the eBook covers.)

But let’s go back to the professional edits for a moment.

NOTE: For those who have read and reviewed the original published version of Puck’s Choice, I apologize profusely and will be offering free eBooks to you all upon re-release.

Why?

Because it’s changed… a lot…

And it needed it. It needed it bad. There were a lot of things, thinking back, that I’m not sure why I wrote them, and I learned several things about myself from this experience such as:

  • Commas and I hate each other. Oxford comma? Regular comma? What friggin’ rules apply here?!?
  • I have a lot to learn about other cultures. One of my favorite things about Rand is that he’s half-Italian on his mother’s side, but there were several things that didn’t jive. I’d Americanized (basically white-washed? I guess?) someone who hadn’t been in the states long enough to be Americanized. Ahh! It was not intentional, I swear! Boo to me. I know better.

That said, my feelings after this edit have been completely different than any edit in the past (both self and professional). At the end of every past edit, I’ve hated Puck’s tale (Haha! Tail?) and never wanted to look at it again. This time? No. I’m excited. I’m ecstatic. “The gods are pleased with your sacrifice,” a demonic voice says to me, and I preen at the words. I want to publish it NOW so I can show it off.

A lot of things changed including some of the characters names, actions, and behaviors. These changes were all good and necessary, and a lot of them set people and scenes/actions up for the next book(s).

One of the main reasons I don’t hate the story though is because of all the positive feedback I got.

“This section reads better now. :)”

“By the way, I got this reference to the Salem Witch Trials. Nicely slipped in.”

“Good. This feels more like reticent Rand.”

“I wondered about that. 🙂 Another unanswered question. You’re lining ‘em up!”

“Good names. :)”

Even one as simple as this:

“Good :)”

But my favorite?

Puck's Choice Snippet

Puck's Choice Snippet2

This was, by far, one of my favorite scenes to write, and I love that someone else appreciated it as well.

Also, if you need editing done, Chelo is amazing! Love her work. I highly, highly, highly recommend!

0000ThanksDragonlings!

Previously on Shifters & Mages Updates:

Shifters & Mages Update

Renewal by Michief Corner Books

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Renewal by Michief Corner Books

Re.new.al (noun)

1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers.

Welcome to Renewal.



Renewal Banner

Excerpt

Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy!

“Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” —The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose

“I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” —Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner

“The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” —The Return, by Andrea Speed

“Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” —Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright

“When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright

“The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” —Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter

““Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them.” —Rainbow Powers, by Dustin Karpovich

“The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.” —The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Browne

“Intwir’s twelve eyes roved over the container, taking in the cracked outer lock and the elasticated fabric stretched tightly over its exterior.” —In a Bind, by S R Jones

“‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three—’” —Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel

“The doctor tells me that my wife is dying, but I already know.” —I Will Be Your Shelter, by Carey Ford Compton

“‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’” —When Light Left, by Lex Chase

“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” —Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer