Thursday, October 27, 2011

Against All Boundries

*image does not belong to me*

It has been a long week to say the least, and here I was not even realizing it's already Thursday.  Like you, I'm also staring at the cover above and wondering "Ooh what is this?"
Unfortunately for me my mind never stops circulating this different, crazy ideas.  Literally the idea for this book struck me last night, and immediately afterward I grabbed a pen and notebook and began writing.  And for some reason every time this happens, in the back of my mind I'm thinking, "When Stephen King starts writing an idea down on paper it's amazing."  (It makes no sense, I know, but those are my thoughts.)

Anyways, as much as I would like to talk about this new creation I have to be brief because at the moment everything's up in the air with this one.   While I did get a bit further in New Life, the sequel to Cursed with Power, I also realized several plot holes that need to be reworked before I return to it.  It's a book I feel needs to be outlined in great detail before I can fully dive into it.  I can't guarantee that I'm even going to write any of Against All Boundries in fear that I might lose track of all the ideas I have for the Magicians series, but it's a nice reassurance in case I do need a break from the series.  Mind you, this doesn't mean I'd put aside Cursed with Power and stop querying it to work on this new idea.  This is just something to pass my time with, and if it turns into something that I can really see myself getting into it then even better.

That post about Cursed with Power will be coming soon.  Sorry again everyone!

Night all.
Lindsey R. Sablowski
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Desire to be published

That moment when you're scrolling through your dashboard updates and thinking, "Is everyone published except me?"  Of course you know you're not the only one, but sometimes it can feel like that when you see the people around you being published.
Already several authors from inkpop have made it into the publishing industry, including Leigh (author of Carrier of the Mark) and Amy (author of Saving Elizabeth).  Now sure inkpop has changed significantly over the past couple of months and landing a spot in the top five is anything but easy.  However, we can't really blame our own failure on anyone except...

Just like you, I've tried to look at it from every view point.  I blamed my characters, my book, the plot, the agents, the publishers... Anything and everything.  Of course the only person I was forgetting to blame was myself.  We don't like admitting to our own faults, but in this case it's something you'll want to accept much sooner rather than later.
So I'll tell you what I've been telling myself.  In order to get published I have to be the best I can be.  And if I don't show everything I have in my manuscript then publishers and agents will walk away from it.  I'm the only one who has control over whether my book is worthy of being published or not.  So sure we can blame whoever we want, but in the end you're the one who has to make a change.  You're the one who has to take that leap of faith and land on your feet, knowing that you'll be okay.  Maybe you don't know everything will turn out okay in the end, but isn't it worth it?
Lindsey R. Sablowski

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cursed with Power: "We are as human as you"

Before you head over to the Magicians series blog for a more detailed update, you can hear it first here.  Cursed with Power has been in the process of revisions these past couple of weeks.  The first major revision is relating to the prologue.  If you stop by on inkpop hopefully the new prologue will be uploaded sometime before the end of this weekend.  (You'll read a post when it does go up in case you don't check in as others do.)
We have an exciting addition to chapter 22, which also includes a continuation of something that was left behind as a mystery from earlier on in the story.  

What makes a Dark magician good?  Are they purely evil or are there good characteristics in them?  In the new scenes Celestria shows her own colors in the person she has become.

"We are as human as you.  I cannot change what our magic has formed us into, but there must be good in us."
And the Angel of Death may show itself in the new scenes, debating on what final fate our characters will face.

The official update: Once the official update is posted you'll be able to read a sequence of the scene, read a selection from the new prologue, find out what happened to the original prologue, and more.
The story continues as the revisions bring together the last threads to sew in a final, publish-ready product.  I thank each and every one of you as you join me on this.

P.S. In case anyone was confused, the book is complete.  These revisions are the last of several that I am making so that the book is ready for publication.  If you've read the entire book, I leave it to you to decide whether you want to read the additional scenes.  However, I will say the new prologue has shown to fit in quite nicely with the role of Dark magicians in the book.  Looking forward to your thoughts!
Lindsey R. Sablowski

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Carrier of the Mark

Obviously if you haven't heard about Leigh's book chances are you haven't been that involved in the writing community again.  (This is coming from the person that's trying to catch up on her blog lol).
Anyways, with all the excitement I did want to congratulate Leigh Fallon on her book.  This is truly an amazing book, and for any of you who have not gotten to it yet I highly encourage you to read the story.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

When I first hear about Carrier of the Mark being in the publication process, I stared at my computer screen for a long while and realized this was the same book I had been reading on inkpop long ago when Leigh was trying to reach the five.  Look at her now; she's gone above and beyond.  So to you Leigh, I want to send you all of my congrats.  This is an amazing piece of work, your voice in this book is absolutely lovely, and I believe I speak for everyone on the inkpop community when I say how honored we are that you started off just like the rest of us.  Thank you for being an inspiration.
Lindsey R. Sablowski

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Titles are finished for the series... so we hope

As you may have heard, it was difficult for me to come to a decision about the title of the last book in the Magicians series.  However, I am hoping I have come to a final decision with this one as you can see above.  Right now this is more of a less a promo picture for the cover.  As for when I can finally create the actual cover is a bit shaky right now because it may take a bit of time.  (Who knows, I might have it up by tonight for all I know.  Ha!)
Also, I believe this is in need of sharing:
Mind you I'd like to change the font on this before I set it as the official promo for the series.  All the same, I was hoping this would entice you for the time being.

In other news, I am working toward having several different covers to show as possible covers for Cursed with Power.  Of course if you should have any suggestions I am open to them.  Depending on when you last read Cursed with Power, please know that when it is next updated (I'll announce it here on the blog) you will notice:
  • The second half of chapter one, GREAT EVILS, has changed.  The original second half focused on Celestria's telling of Dyanna's absence.  This new one shows how her disappearance came about.
  • Once again, several new scenes featuring both Celestria and Alaire may appear to be "new."  You may notice these changes in chapters 20-23, but those are not (as of presently) exact chapters to follow by.
Not as long of a list as I was originally thinking of, but no complaints here.  Whether you want to reread chapter one again or not I'll leave for you to decide.  (I know how many times it has changed on you, and I apologized for that.) 

Followers: If you have a request focused on what I blog, please leave a comment or email me.  I post to please YOU, so if you are not satisfied let me know how we can fix that.
Enjoy your Saturday!
Lindsey R. Sablowski

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