What I’ve Been Up To!

Granite Con

So! It has been quite the busy summer! Aside from kicking it back at the wonderful New England Authors Expo in July, I also had the chance to get in on the action of New Hampshire’s Granite State Comic Con! What a joy that was! I manned (or shall I say womaned?) the New England Horror Writers table with my fellow authors Scott Goudsward, Rob Watts, Gordon Bean, and Matthew Bartlett on September 13th and 14th, a midst a sea of Harley Quinns, Arya Starks, and Starlords. I even had a run-in with one of my worst fears…one that I couldn’t have even imagined would be present: a stilted devil clown that continued to haunt me no matter which direction I looked in. I had copies of my Monstrum Chronicles series present and was promoting the upcoming 3rd book in the series, Memento Mori. I made a few sales, enjoyed getting to know my fellow writers, and checked out some of the many other vendors at the show. (I came close to getting vampire fangs. Maybe next time?)

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Devil Bananas, The Walk, Fly Fishing, Typing Marathons, and More!

Yes. It has been quite some time. Much has happened in the last month or so. And while not all of the stories are fun, I would like to take a moment to focus on what has happened, what is happening, and what is going to happen. Call me the seer of seers, prognosticator of prognosticators…Wait. That’s from “Groundhog Day”.

Anyway, without getting all ‘Phil’sophical on you, I’ll get straight to what’s going to happen here in Katherineland.

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Inspiration Through Music: “Seeing” a Scene While Listening To Music and Writing

It occurred to me recently that I have never fully explained why write these blogs. Sure, I love discovering new music and sharing my discoveries with people. I like to write and listen to them. But there is something more to it, something I hope you writers and readers will appreciate.  I once remember looking at another author’s playlist of songs that she listened to while writing her book years ago. When she got to a certain song on her list, she put in parentheses next to it “Generic action music”. I remember being extremely annoyed by that. Not sure if it was a blast against the writing of action scenes in general or if it was against that genre of music (in this case it was Fat Boy Slim). The author has since changed the list, removing the random note. And while this author shall remain nameless (*cough*Stephanie Meyer *cough* *cough*), I would really like to take a moment and focus on just how important action scenes are in the books that require them and how a certain song can really fit in with the scene you have in mind.

When I listen to music as I’m writing, I’m not simply using it as background noise. It’s more than just a distraction from the world going on around me. I tend to visualize the scenes in my novels and, often, I will do this to the tune from a song whether it is instrumental or vocal. There are certain songs that I can close my eyes to and see everything that the characters are doing in time with the music. I suppose it could be seen as a form of synesthesia, although I wouldn’t say I’m seeing a specific color while listening to a specific song or hearing a specific voice. This generally happens when I’m writing an action scene more often than not.

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Inspiration Through Children’s Books!

Inspiration Through Children's Books

As I sit here on the couch enduring a terrible cold and wishing for the life of me that I had some cough drops, I find myself reflecting back on the books that inspired me to write. Over the last several weeks, I’ve noticed that I am naturally drawn to writing and reading dark fiction, fantasy, and monster genres. Perhaps it is an unconscious desire because that is the kind of fiction I grew up with, the kind of writing that I wanted to be able to imitate but also make my own some day. And while the Monstrum Chronicles and my other projects do have more adult themes, I can’t help but realize now that my inspiration to write these is drawn from five very important authors and their works that I read in my youth. So today, instead of music, I will be sharing with you my top five favorite books from my young adulthood and what it was about them that inspired my current writing style. Enjoy!

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HAPPY FREAKIN’ NEW YEAR!

Hello, folks! As I sit here sipping my coffee and enjoying the scent of fresh peppermint chocolate scones, I’ve decided to unveil to you one of my New Year’s resolutions: BLOG MORE! I totally dropped off the earth with both my cooking and music blogs this year and that put me in a bit of a funk. So, this year, I’ll be returning with new weekly Cooking Adventures blogs, and Inspiration Through Music blogs. Having taken the last several months of 2013 away from the blogging scene, I’ve uncovered a dazzling array of glorious new recipes and inspiring music to share with you.

I’ve also got something else for you today: a copy of my first book, “Vox”, free on Amazon Kindle! And, later on today, the sequel, “Aequitas” will be available for 99 cents! Too good to be true right? In exchange, I ask only a favor. If you enjoy one or both of the books, would you please consider leaving a review on Amazon? Reviews are quite helpful to us struggling authors. It lets us know what you (the reader) likes (or doesn’t like) about our work and helps us improve ourselves in future projects.

Follow the link here to grab a copy of “Vox”! http://www.amazon.com/Vox-Book-1-Monstrum-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B004VSZQTW/ref=la_B004W4P690_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388577478&sr=1-3

Don’t have a Kindle? You can read it on your smartphone, IPad, or computer, too, with Amazon’s Cloud Reader (which is totally free!) How do you like that?

Enjoy your first day in a brand spankin’ new year and stay tuned for a whole host of exciting blogs!

KSilva

Southern Writers Magazine Blog Featuring Moi!

Back in May, I was asked to write a piece for the Suite T blog by Southern Writer’s Magazine about myself and being nominated for the Maine Literary Award. Here is that piece now! http://southernwritersmagazine.blogspot.com/2013/11/reinvigorated-writer.html

Halloween Readings Galore!

Hello! Long time no see, right? Yes, I’ll admit that I’ve been away from the blog for quite some time… and that I said I wasn’t going to do that. That being said, I’m really going to try my hardest to get back into a routine of blogging, starting with a little about what’s been happening that last couple weeks.

Last Saturday, we kicked off our 2nd Annual Mid-coast Halloween Readings with a reading in Portland at Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge! The dark atmosphere is cozy and dark, perfect for us to settle in and tell some frightening stories for the evening. And did I mention there’s some wonderful Shipyard Pumpkinhead on tap for a little liquid courage. Indulging in a glass of that was perfect and made me feel a little less nervous about getting up on stage and introducing everyone. I was joined by fellow authors Kate Cone and E.J. Fechenda, who have their own reading series that they hold at Slainte, Darcy Scott, and April Hawks. The evening was a major success! We had a bunch of people come and listen to us as well as win prizes from our free raffle. The pictures below (featuring E.J., Darcy, and Kate), while grainy and from cellphone cameras, are the best that I have to catalog the evening. Being so dark in there, it was tough to get very good resolution.

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Surfacing for Air

So… it’s been a while since I posted anything. Fall always unleashes a creative surge in me that I find it hard to quell. Last year, that creative urge was all about cooking and writing blog posts. This year, I’ve been channeling it into my writing, which has been excellent, but…it leaves you guys wanting. I apologize for that. September has been a month of thought, trying to work out what I’d like to change in order to help benefit my career as an author. Several positive things have happened this year, things that I’m grateful for. I’ve had several book-signings, met some talented and wonderful writers, got a pretty fancy literary nomination, and, in less than two months, I’ll be self-publishing my third book, Night Time, Dotted Line.

But, I haven’t been able to focus on the actual marketing of any of my books and that, as we all know, is kind of important. I’m not going to lie; it’s been tough this year keeping up my self-esteem when it comes to my writing. I’ve constantly felt as though I haven’t had enough time on my hands to get things done and when I do, I am exhausted. I know I’m not the only one who has ever dealt with this feeling; it plagues many other writers or really anyone creative. We want to be able to come home from a long day and relax before we go absolutely bonkers. And, in allowing myself some time to relax, I’ve neglected this blog, for which I feel sorry for.

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What I’ve Been Doing the Last Month…

Hello All,

I have been extremely sporadic with my posts for over a month now. I’m going to tell you why.

I was nominated for a book award at the prestigious Maine Literary Awards. I went to that awards ceremony with some extreme excitement and trepidation. And while I didn’t win that evening (the award went to the extremely talented Joseph Souza), I had lots of fun getting to know several of the other authors that had shown up to the event. The nomination has also granted me the chance to have a guest author blog on the Southern Writers Magazine blog. I’ll be sending that in at the end of this week.

I worked four days at my day job, took one day off to drive up to Unity and watch one of my best friends graduate (congrats again, Sabrina!), then worked another two days, then drove off to New Hampshire for a work clinic and some crazy hiking with one of my other best friends, and then returned to work another three days. While it was all fun, it left me little to no time to get anything done.

I realized that I only had a month to finish writing a manuscript on a story I started back in 2o10! I had given myself the June 1st deadline as a way to knock myself into gear and not be lazy. And while I was a couple days late finishing the manuscript, I’m happy to announce that “Night Time, Dotted Line” my indie dram-edy’s first draft is finally finished. I’ll be spending the summer and beginning of the fall editing, revising, and formatting. Joy, oh, sweet joy.

This brings me to the blog and some changes going on here.

If you didn’t catch my last Inspiration Through Music post, then you’ll have missed the fact that that blog will not be a weekly blog any longer. I have no time to commit to it each week any more but I would still like to keep it as an occasional blog.

The last Cooking Adventure that I did was some time ago… as most of you are aware. May was an absolutely crazy month for me… as I’ve said several times before. I want to make sure we get summer on this blog kicked off the right way and unfortunately, I’m going to have to abandon my last idea for a cooking adventure which I cooked… and don’t remember much of what happened.

As of late, my choices for the cooking blog have been rather bland or boring, things that are much too easy for me to make. It may have something to do with me grappling with financial woes or just not having enough time. But, I don’t want to let down the devoted readers of this particular blog either. That being said, we’re going to see a Cooking Adventures Re-Boot in the month of June. This week, I’ll be making Rice Krispy Treats or attempting to anyway… and next week, I’ll be making a Lemon Pepper Shrimp with Orzo dish to kick off this fantastic summer weather we’ve been having.

Stay tuned for a post this week. And yes, this time, I mean it.

~KSilva

Hiking in the White Mountains!

Glen Ridge Trail

Hello everyone! You may be staring at me angrily wondering where in tarnation your Inspiration Through Music blog is or where the hellfire your Cooking Adventure blog is. Well, I have yet to write either one on account of the crazy work schedule I had this week and more importantly, the trip to the White Mountains that I just took with my good friend, Celena. We signed up for a Lowa Boot clinic going on on Tuesday and Wednesday the 21st and 22nd respectively. This required my work week to get shifted a little and as a result, I wasn’t able to have your Inspiration Through Music up for you on Monday. No worries, all will be rectified this coming Memorial Day weekend. But until then, let me give you some details about the trip!

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