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Outlines, Writing Goals and Cacophony

Authoring a book is not an easy endeavor.  Setting goals – daily, monthly, and yearly keeps you on track to a finished project and a successful career if that’s what you are after. If you are a short story writer, you might aim for one story per month. Writing a novel may be more difficult so finishing a certain number of pages a day or week could be your goal. Developing good habits, like writing at a certain time or number of hours per day, keeps you productive and gives you the right mind-set for finishing your project. Schedules always change and you need not feel guilty if something comes up and you have to adjust yours. It’s all part of a writer’s world.   

Do authors need a detailed outline before starting a novel? It really depends on the author.  Some authors may have an outline in their head and can just sit down and start writing or create as they go along, while others find it beneficial to create a story structure beforehand. It gives you the opportunity to break the story down into smaller parts, even chapters, helps to keep your timelines straight, and gives you a direction for your story line.  In the end, you might do a little of both since you can change anything necessary to flesh out your story.  However your creative process works will be the best roadmap for you. 

Life continues to go on around you, which also determines how much work can be done at any one time. For instance, right now we’re having our yard landscaped and the amount of noise can get crazy. Most of that cacophony is provided by two medium-sized dogs who seem to think that their territory is being invaded and that it is their sworn duty to protect us from said invaders. The fact that we invited the crew onto our property makes no sense or difference to our canine protectors, so they continue to do their jobs relentlessly and with a good deal of commotion. It is endearing, but at the same time hard to concentrate on writing. 

It’s always going to be something that infringes upon your work time.  You just learn to go with the flow and carry on, believing that your goals will be achieved. Aim to make your goals attainable, not so high that it sets you up for failure. Manage your time wisely. Rather than a rigid schedule, be devoted to your writing passion.

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

Five Equally Valuable and Enlightening Sites for the Week

Have a great week!

Solitaire

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We Celebrate the Brave Men & Women Who Fought to Keep Us Free!

As we celebrate Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, 2022 across the nation, let us remember to take a moment to honor those who have given their lives in service to our country. No matter what we do this Memorial Day weekend and on Memorial Day itself, the holiday offers a chance for the solemn remembrance of those who served our country and are no longer here with us, but who are in our hearts forever. To the brave men and women who have fought valiantly to keep our country free:

Thank you! May God Bless You!

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

– John F. Kennedy

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

– Unknown

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

Science Fiction/Fantasy & Thrillers for your Fall Reading List.

Explore stories where you can lose yourself in imaginative worlds, engage in battles of good versus evil, and become part of gripping tales of people struggling to overcome pasts that continue to haunt them. DISCOVER YOUR NEW FAVORITE STORY –

 

Tinker Smith & the Conspiracy of OZ

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Ten genetically altered children while simply trying to survive seek to stop a mad man from releasing a technological mammoth that could take over the world.

http://www.solitaireparke.com/tinker.html

 

 

 

 

Vengeance of the Wolf

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In this dark and gripping world of dreams and nightmares anything can happen in this chilling thriller beyond your wildest imagination.  

http://www.solitaireparke.com/vengeance.html

 

 

 

 

Daughter of the Dark Lord Series

A Prequel to the Dragomeir Series 

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     Can a young girl and her dragon, the daughter of a ruthless Dark Lord, change the lives of those around her to reflect a new world free of the tyranny they have always known, and thus change her destiny as well?

http://www.solitaireparke.com/burning_sky.html

 

The Emerald Dragon – Dragomeir Series

This is the first novel of an all-new fantasy series

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Tanis Theatra, an ancient warrior is called by an emerald dragon – Demios, and learns to become a dragon rider.  He has to interact with the other riders and people of Mt. Drago, a mountain that lies in the middle of a desert but has access to other worlds that are inhabited by both unusual and evil creatures. The riders are led by the Ariella, Queen of the Dragons, and they must band together to fight evil forces that hold the crystal keys that will protect their world and peaceful existence. 

http://www.solitaireparke.com/emerald_dragon.html

When fall comes and the days are shorter, nothing can be more comforting than your favorite  blanket and a good book to read.  Fall reads can be spooky/scary, lighthearted, serious, or imaginative. So, curl up in your favorite spot and get lost in the world of your choice.

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMASHWORDS July Summer/Winter ebook Sale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Readers!

Welcome to the
Smashwords author discounts on their ebooks.

Why is it called “Summer/Winter?” Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s mid-summer. Readers are loading their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations in the age of COVID-19 – staycations.   South of the equator, readers are now in the middle of winter. They’re ready to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a great read too!

So, check it out and stock up on your favorite genres of books at great discounts!

You’ll find my Dragomeir Series, which includes the new fourth book, Back from Oblivion, as well as the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (Prequel to Dragomeir), and others. Also listed at my website along with other extras. (Only ebooks at Smashwords are discounted)

Have a safe and happy summer.

Solitaire

WWW.SOLITAIREPARKE.COM

 

Release of the new Dragomeir Series Book 4 – Back from Oblivion

A return to the Dragomeir science fiction/fantasy series,

continuing Katherine Pendragon/ Queen Mother’s story.

Book synopsis –

Queen Mother of Mt. Drago has a lifelong goal to liberate the Denizen people.  After locking away her father, the Dark Lord, in Oblivion she is taking them to the planet 267. Tanis is a dragon rider and an important person in her past, present, and future.  Through a series of misadventures, he regains the memories of not only his past but the accumulative knowledge gained by his future self and goes forward in time to effectively rewrite history. The earth becomes a burned-out cinder in 300 years because of the anomalies caused from time travel, so Tanis takes steps with his future self to remedy the situation. Guided by the Watcher, both Tanis and Queen Mother become stronger and wiser people through their efforts.  They learn the importance of working together and with others as they strive to champion for all while fulfilling their own destinies.

THE DRAGOMEIR SERIES – BOOKS 1 – 3

To read excerpts from the books and find out how it all began – check out the PREQUEL BOOKS on my website at WWW.SOLITAIREPARKE.COM

Have a great day and stay safe!

Solitaire

AUTHORS GIVE BACK SALE – NOW UNDERWAY – FREE BOOKS!

Smashwords authors are reaching out to do their part by using the power of their books to help minimize the emotional and economic hardships we all face in every country.  Many of us are faced with having to stay at home and stay isolated from others in order to contain this global pandemic.  So we, as authors, want to do our part by offering LARGE DISCOUNTS of 30%, 60%, or even FREE on select ebooks, starting now through April 20th.

We hope that all of you readers might find comfort and enjoyment from them and it might make your day a little brighter.  If you find a favorite book during the sale, please consider reading their other books as well.  There are 140,000 authors that publish at Smashwords from every country around the world.  They are all your friends and neighbors.

You can find all my Smashwords’ books here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/solitaireparke

 

The first book in the Dragmeir Series – The Emerald Dragon – is FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/446935

 

The first book in the Daughter of the Dark Lord Series (prequel books to Dragomeir)

 Daughter of the Dark Lord, The Burning Sky) – FREE

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/707732

Please spread the word, take care and stay safe!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

“Thank You” to Brimhall Wellness for Book Signing Opportunity!

An enormous “Thank You” to Dr. John Brimhall at Brimhall Wellness

for the opportunity to display my books at their 2020 Homecoming in Tempe, January 17 – 19.  I was able to connect with many new folks and view the other exhibits there as well.  It was a great weekend.  My good friends, Brian and Alex were there being super supportive.  Thanks guys! Many many thanks to everyone who stopped by.  It was a pleasure to meet you all.  Check out the pics below –

       

                 

Check out my website for all my books and fun extras.  Happy Reading!

Solitaire

www.solitaireparke.com

 

 

 

 

15 Quotes to Celebrate Father’s Day

The third Sunday in June every year is Father’s Day.  A great day to let your Dad know that he is important  and you care, with a card, a gift, or just a hug and a visit.  Fatherhood is rarely a smooth ride, but one that’s full of ups and downs, with both joyful and sometimes tragic experiences.  You learn to find joy in the everyday pleasures and count your blessings, because nothing in life is guaranteed.  So, live simply, don’t take yourself too seriously, live your life intentionally and with a sense of humor.  Cherish each one of life’s moments that you have.

Here are some quotes from a handful of Fathers:

“A Father carries pictures where his money used to be.” – Steve Martin

“One Father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert

“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” – Abraham Lincoln

“What you teach your children, you also teach their children.” – The Talmud

“A two year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.” – Jerry Seinfeld

“There should be a children’s song:  If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.” – Jim Gaffigan

“It’s on ongoing joy being a Dad. ” – Liam Neeson

“The older I get, the smarter my Father seems to get.” – Tim Russert

“When my Father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter

“A daughter needs a Dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”  – Gregory E. Lang

“Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.” – Mike Myers

“My Father used to say, ‘It’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.  You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ ” – Michael Jordan

“A Father doesn’t just tell you he loves you; he shows you.” – Unknown

“My Father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.” – Scott Eastwood

“Daddies don’t just love their children now and then.  It’s a love without end.” – George Strait

Happy Father’s Day!

Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

The Prequel – Tips on Writing a Great One!

 

Hello Readers!

My newest prequel book to the Dragomeir Series is now in the editing process and will be out later this year.  It will be the 4th book in the prequel series – Daughter of the Dark Lordwhich can all be found on my website –www.solitaireparke.com.

When you finish reading the last book in a series – one that you just couldn’t put down – it would often be amazing to find out the stories behind the story.   What were the circumstances in the past that contributed to, or carved out the personalities of the characters we either fell in love with, hated, or never even knew existed?   Generally, a prequel provides the reader with new or expanded information on a story line that was important to the original series but perhaps only touched upon.

Yes, I know that over and over again, prequels have messed things up – especially when you’re talking about movies.  Prequels can be difficult to write since they have to line-up with already established story lines.  But they can be enormously popular as well.  You just have to adhere to some guidelines in order to keep your stories straight.

First of all, be sure that your prequel story has a strong enough scope to merit telling.  It should be able to stand on its own without relying too heavily on the original story, otherwise it will feel like “more of the same.”

Can you expound on the history of a particular place or answer more in-depth questions about your characters or their families, all without compromising the original story line?  There might be an extensive untold backstory that could be important to the original series, that was only previously touched upon.  Focus on telling your audience something unknown.  In the prequel,  you might find pieces of the story or past events that never got a complete or proper explanation, leaving you with questions.

Since the reader knows the outcome of the story, it can be tricky, and you must be careful not to contradict anything said in the original series.  After writing thousands of pages, and spending countless hours editing and revising, an author can easily lose track of their own story.  The prequel’s job is to fill in gaps and flesh out story lines, answer the unanswered questions, and give some important characters background on their motives for later actions, so a reader going back to the prequel can have that “aha” moment. At the same time, the author has to be careful to keep the essential secrets of the original series.

I would suggest that if you decide to write a prequel, do yourself a favor and scan through the original series before starting and as you go along, to refresh your mind on the world and characters you have created.  It might even be wise to compile a database of information from which you can garner information when needed.

Telling a good prequel story is not easy.  But if you decide to take on the challenge, these tips might help you stay on track and craft a story that your readers will love!

Solitaire

What are your ideas about prequels?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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