#IWSG: Small Update

 

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It is August 1st and I have to report that the new short story that I was hoping to have published in October in an anthology isn’t going to happen. I have it about halfway finished but haven’t been able to work on it since the end of May because of school. I’m a little sad that I won’t get it finished in time to have it published this year but I plan to finish it and make it into a full length novel.

I’m spending most of my time working on the story that is my thesis project and other assignments. I’m working on a schedule for this site and the pen name site and on ideas for future posts I hope to start posting on a regular basis soon on both.

That’s it for now. Look forward to your comments. πŸ™‚

 

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#IWSG: Writing….

 

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So sorry this is getting posted so late today. Didn’t realize that we were posting a day early because of the 4th being tomorrow. Hope everyone has a safe and fun July 4th tomorrow.

Classes are ending this week and my next term starts in two weeks. Will be doing a lot of writing on Town Curse when classes start next term as it is my thesis project. All other writing is going well. Have a new project that I’m outlining right now.

I’m planning to rewrite the vampire series and the shapeshifter series because I’m taking those in a little different direction story wise. This is the plan I have for those two series. The vampire series will be one series, the shapeshifter series will be a series, there is a new elemental series as well, and Witches of Raven’s Nest which Town Curse is book one will be a series but they will be interwoven as far as characters and overall story arc.Β  The plan I have for them is that they will tell the individual series stories but the characters will be introduced in one of the books from one of the other series and then that character’s story will continue in the series they belong in.

My plan is to publish those under the pen name because I have decided I would like to have everything I write from this point on under the pen name other than a few things unless I can work it out where they can be listed under the pen name but one of those projects won’t be being published until next year any way so I have time to get with the other people involved in it and find out how to go about doing that.

I also plan to start updating the pen name blog and here on a more regular basis. I plan to make some changes to this one and make it a more general blog about writing, my writing updates, and writing related topics in general. I will be leaving up the page where the two short stories that are already published are located.

Look forward to your comments:)

 

 

#IWSG: New Short story coming soon…

 

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Hi everyone,

How is everyone doing? Good I hope. I’m doing great. The writing is going well. My classes are going good and I’m learning so much in them. I’m taking my first teaching class. So, far I’ve put together a syllabus and now I’m working on lesson plans for the type of writing class I will teach in the future. I’m also taking a class about publishing and have created a rough draft of a query letter, book jacket copy (blurb) and sample covers for the story I’m using for my thesis project. Also, speaking of the thesis project I have a fiction writing class starting in July and I have to have the plot outline, character sketch, and between 2500-3500 words for the first chapter written to submit during class and I have to have the first 25k written by October for my first thesis class. So, I’m going to be doing a lot of writing over the next few weeks and months.

Now, moving on to the news of the short story. I’m currently finishing up a short story that I don’t remember if I talked about on here or not. It’s a story about twin sisters who are wizards and inherit their parents’ wands. One sister is evil and the other good. I don’t want to give anymore than that away right now. I have a deadline of submitting by August 31st. I have about 5000 more words to go on it and then edit it and create a cover for it as well. It supposed to be published in October.

Wish me luck that I can get everything done by the beginning of July. πŸ™‚

Look forward to reading your comments. πŸ™‚

#IWSG: New story idea

 

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Thanks to one of my classes last term I now have a new story idea and it involves elementals. I had to post a story idea based on some pictures the teacher uploaded and came up with the elemental plot and the teacher and my classmates loved the idea and suggested I move forward with writing it.

So, I’m outlining it now and am thinking of revamping the vampire series to be not just about the vampires but elementals and other paranormal/supernatural beings. It would still be a series and the series title would change. I’m also thinking about making the Witches of Raven’s Nest series one that will kind of overlap and involve characters from the new series and the characters from Witches would be in the new series but each book would be an individual story about a character.

I think the two series will be written in the pen name. Of course other than the one story I have coming out later this year I’m thinking everything will be written under the pen name after that.

Let me know what you think. πŸ™‚

 

#IWSG: Writing….

 

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Hi everyone,

So sorry this is being posted so late in the day. I admit I forgot about it until a few minutes ago. I have been busy with school. I have two final projects due next week that I’m working on as well as two stories that are due to be submitted soon.

My goal for Camp NaNo is off to a good start I have a little over 4K written of the 15k goal I set for myself. Also, this term has been teaching me a lot about the different genres like speculative fiction. I have read some interesting articles and books this term as well.

For one class I was able to share my knowledge and love for The Lord of the Rings which my goal is to teach classes about Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, and even The Hobbit. For the other class I have read Stephen King’s On Writing. It was very interesting.

Have some things I’m working on behind the scenes that I will share at a later date.

That’s it for now. πŸ™‚

Look forward to reading your comments. πŸ™‚

 

#IWSG: Writing Updates

 

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I have made some decisions regarding some of the stories I’ working on which I hope will make things easier for me in the long run. I have decided to set aside the older stories like the vampire series and the shapeshifter series for now and focus on my newer stories like Town Curse and the epic fantasy story. I will still work on the vampire series and the shapeshifter series as I get the time and after I finish the newer stories that are due soon.

One story I’m working on right now is called Thornheart Legacy and it will be included in an anthology later this year. A new novel I’m working on has the tentative title of Dragon Fury. Thornheart Legacy will be published under my name. Dragon Fury might be published under my pen name. We will see. Town Curse will most likely be published under Diane Riggins as well. I won’t know the final decision on it until near the end of 2019 because I’m using it for my thesis project in Grad school.

The epic fantasy will be published under my pen name and other stories will be a case by case basis. One reason I created the pen name is to keep my teaching separate from the writing. I will still publish some things like I said before under Diane Riggins but since I write fantasy and paranormal novels as well as YA I want to keep them as separate as possible if that makes sense.

Also, for those interested here is my new pen name and link to her site. Not a lot there yet. Please give her a follow.Β  The pen name is Jordyn Elliot. Let me know what you think of her name.

On that note I will end here with some other news as well. I’m participating in the A to Z challenge this year. I just have to come up with a theme and the topics now.

Look forward to your comments. πŸ™‚

Can’t Wait for Spring Book Blog Hop

Hi everyone,

Thank you for stopping by during the hop. Hope you are having fun visiting the authors on the tour as well.Β  A little about me and my stories. I write fantasy (epic/urban) and paranormal novels and short stories. I have recently started writing Young Adult fiction as well.

I live in the South with my dog and two cats. When I’m not writing or editing I can be found reading my favorite books which include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and anything paranormal set in the city of New Orleans, playing online games like her favorite one Lord of the Rings Online, watching some of my favorite movies (Fast and Furious Franchise, Harry Potter Franchise, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) and tv shows (Supernatural,The Originals, and Arrow), and spending time with my family and friends.

My favorite author and an influence on my writing is J.R.R. Tolkien. After reading The Lord of the Rings one of the things I decided to try as a writer was to create my own languages in an epic fantasy story I’m working on.

I started writing in middle school and continued into high school. I got away from it for a time and started back in college where I received a bachelor’s degree in media arts with a focus in screenwriting and I started writing seriously after that. I’m now working on my master’s in English and Creative Writing along with obtaining an online teaching certificate in creative writing within the program.

I have several Works In Progress that I’m working on but they will be under my pen name which I will be sharing soon. πŸ™‚

Other places you can follow me:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/drigginsauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dianeriggins

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dianeriggins

Amazon Author Page:Β http://amazon.com/author/dianeriggins

I have two short stories published which are listed below:

The first one is titled Town Curse and is included an anthology I participated in a few years. It is currently being adapted into a full length novel. It is about a young man who is a witch and takes it upon himself to rid his town of a curse that has placed on it by a local witches’ coven. The tentative title for the full length version is Town Curse (Witches of Raven’s Nest).

Purchase link: Amazon

The other one is titled The Loss. It is about a female elf named Aleesia that is captain of the guard in the king’s army. She losses someone close to her and has to deal with further fall out when the king and prince are killed.

Purchase link: Amazon

I look forward to your comments. πŸ™‚