Ninja Spotlight #8: Carolyn Brown

August 2, 2012

Hello to you all, friends and followers. First spotlight of the week, first spotlight of the month, please help me give a big hand to Carolyn Brown!

What is your most prized possession?
I like my technology, so I would have to say my laptop!  It holds my world in its silicon brain!

What is your favorite genre to write in?
I love to write Paranormal, Fantasy Romance targeted for the New Adult age group.  I find I can be a bit of a cross genre writer and sometimes add bits of sci-fi into the mix.

What’s you beverage of choice while writing?
Mostly water, sometimes a glass of wine or two and an occasional coffee.  I try to limit my coffee intake to a maximum of two glasses a day, but I find it hard to pass up a cappuccino.

I haven’t been a Ninja for very long and am overwhelmed by the support the Ninja’s give each other. I came across Ali Cross’s site one day and joined up and soon after entered a competition on her blog which won me personal ‘Branding’ advice from Ali – a lucky score! I have followed her advice and I am so glad that I did! Thanks once again Ali!

I have started adding pieces of flash fiction to Friday#Flash most weeks on my blog and I have just released the cover art of my second book in The Protector Series, titled: He Came For Mine”.  It is a New Adult Paranormal Romance which continues on the story of Jazz and Sebastian’s fated love story!

If you are interested in helping a fellow Ninja please sign up for the Blog Hop to be held during the first week of October, 2012.  If you do participate, you will receive a free copy of “He Came For Mine” upon its release!

Thanks Chris for asking me to participate and having me on your Blog.

Thanks for coming, Carolyn!

I’m looking for a few good ninjas…

May 16, 2012

I went to a casual write-in at the home of a good friend last night, and for the fun of it I wore one of my favorite novelty T-shirts, the ‘Sneaky like ninja’ from Sick on Sin. Fantasy Writer Guy spotted the design as I came into the room, and we had an interchange that to me, perfectly sums up the fun of that design:

FWG: Are those cupcakes?
Me: Yes – except for the one that’s a ninja.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a full series of Spotlight interviews – not counting the few that I included in the A-Z challenge when I had absolutely nothing else to use on a tough letter of the alphabet, and the ‘Spotlight on Chris’ that I half-completed in late March. So, it’s time again.

From now through July 10th, I want to spotlight writing ninjas, from the Writer’s Dojo. The Dojo does run it’s own ‘Novel Ninja’ feature, but hopefully my spotlights will have more unexpected questions than those articles. 🙂

So – if you’re a Dojo ninja and want to step into my spotlight, just leave a comment to this post or contact me via email at chrisken zero at gmail dot com . I’ll be trying to visit a lot of fellow ninjas and dropping links to invite them to participate over the coming weeks.

Here’s what to expect for the spotlight – I’ll send you some offbeat questions to answer, and maybe one ordinary one that I’ll ask every ninja. You’ll also be able to tell us all about your blog or your latest book, and share a pretty picture if you like.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more ninjas around here. Or maybe not seeing them, if their ninja mojo is strong enough…

Pushing yourself for word count

October 7, 2011

As we race headlong towards the start of National Novel Writing Month 2011, I’ve been thinking a bit about writing for quantity. Trying to get yourself to write more can certainly be a worthy goal, though it isn’t the only worthy writing goal, and Nanowrimo certainly helped to show me what I could accomplish in terms of my raw writing output. But what about after November has come and gone?

Some people look for a different ‘50,000 words in a month’ challenge every month, or set goals for an entire year’s worth of writing – I’ve participated in Nanowriye several times, but I’m not sure that it’s the best way of going. Being able to choose your own goal and decide when you can take it easy and when you’re going to swing for the fences is key, as well as having a timeframe that doesn’t seem so distant or keep you from recalibrating your performance frequently.

I’ve thought about trying to count my word count on a week by week basis, but never actually gave that a try. A month is a good timeframe – I love the idea of Ninja Novel Writing Month, which is every month. And for a truly supportive monthly word count tracker whenever I feel like writing – yes, the Stringing Words forum has got that too.

Monthly word counts on Stringing Words are pretty simple affairs, no flashy gimmicks, but they work. You pick your target at the start of the month, or whenever you get around to it. You write, you track your count, and you cheer each other on. That’s about all there is to it.

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