Friday, May 27, 2016

Authorial News and Such

As the release date for Five Magic Spindles nears, I've been busy making sure I have a presence online where readers can find out more about me and my writing.


First and foremost, I've created RachelKovaciny.com.  It's a little bare-bones right now, but my sister-in-law is creating some personalized artwork for it, and I'm sure that I'll do more with it eventually than I am right now.

I've got an official author page on Facebook now, which you can check out here.  And I have a GoodReads page now too, which is here.  Just so you know!


Next month, I'm going to do a series of interviews with my fellow Five Magic Spindles contest winners here on this blog, and something cool on my book blog later in the month too.  (Besides the Jane Eyre read-along that starts Sunday, I mean.)

And shhhh, don't tell anyone, but I've just begun writing a new western.  Not sure yet if it'll stay a short story or morph into a novella -- we shall see!  The working title is "In Russet Mantle Clad," but that's probably going to change.  One thing about it that won't change, though, is that this fella plays a key role:


17 comments:

  1. Ooooohhh, can't wait for the release date!!! Don't know how many times I've said that, but it's so exciting!! :D

    And the new western, so cool! Love the pic ;)

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    1. Blessing Counter, me too! Looks like it will be in July :-D That's feeling like both a very long time and not long at all.

      And thanks! I'm thinking if this new story turns out well, I might try e-publishing it myself.

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  2. So excited for you!! I'm really looking forward to reading your story! :-)

    Is that Alan Ladd? He looks familiar, somehow . . . Anyway, good luck with your new Western! It's so exciting to be starting a new story, isn't it? :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica!

      Yup, That's Alan Ladd. Probably looks familiar cuz I keep reviewing his movies, hee.

      Starting new stories is always a bit tough for me. Like jumping into a swimming pool you know is going to be cold. I'll love it once I'm in it, but I have to take a deep breath and just make myself plunge in.

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    2. Isn't that funny? For me, starting a new story is the most exciting/fun part of the writing process--then, once I'm in, the excitement level varies; sometimes it's super fun and cool and sometimes it . . . just drags a bit.

      But I love starting new stories. If I could do nothing but dream up new stories all day long, I'd be REALLY REALLY HAPPY.

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    3. Jessica, for me, dreaming up new stories is different from starting to write one down. I would love to do nothing but dream up new stories. That is The Best Part. It's exhilarating, there are no boundaries, and it's just total play.

      But starting to write one... that's tough for me. I think it used to be easier, and I'd just jump in anywhere, but now the sad fact of life is that I have less time to write, so I can't waste as much of it, so writing extra stuff that I won't need after all is something I avoid. It's why I don't do NaNoWriMo anymore either. So I stand poised on the edge of a story going, "Should I begin here? Is this where the story begins? Or does it begin farther down the line?" Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I spend two paragraphs on "throat-clearing" as I find the story's voice and feel, and other times I spend 2,000 words on it. But, in the end, the key is To Start, so I have.

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    4. Yes, I see what you mean . . . there certainly is a difference between imagining a new story and actually starting to write it. I do find the actual-sitting-down-to-type moment a bit stressful, too; but so far, at least, it's not usually because I'm not sure where to start. Generally I know exactly where the story needs to begin--the challenge for me is trying to find each character's voice, I think. It can be very hard at first to really get the characters I've been dreaming up in my head down in solid form on the page, as it were. After I've written the first chapter or so, it gets much easier.

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    5. I'm 785 words in now and feeling much happier :-) Initial impact has been survived and I'm in!

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    1. SW, thanks! It is for me too :-)

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  4. Exciting stuff! And I'm really happy you have a goodreads page now. I think you needed one. ;-)

    Hmmm, SOMEBODY really likes Alan Ladd...

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    1. Emma Jane, thanks! I've been on Goodreads a while, but never had an author page cuz I didn't have anything published and in their database.

      Yeah, somebody's a little fixated. And enjoying every minute :-9

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  5. Just wanted to bring this to your attention, in case you haven't seen some of these - http://www.rarefilmm.com/search/label/Alan%20Ladd

    I just came across this site today :)

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    1. Phyl, WOW! That is amazing! I actually have a copy of The Great Gatsby, but the others I haven't found anywhere. I'll be watching the others soon now! Thanks!

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  6. Congrats, Rachel! All this authorial news is awesome. :)

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