ECLIPSE DAY!!!

It’s finally here! Eclipse day!

This morning, I thought I was so smart. I thought to myself, “I’ll leave my house so I can get to the library at 10. That way, I’ll be at the front of the line.” Then I’d get my eclipse glasses, spend the day at the library until the event starts, and see the eclipse. Perfect!

Except people had the same idea as me . . . but better. Some were there at 6 and 7 in the morning. Others had chairs set up waiting to get glasses. Talk about DEDICATION! The line was sooo long, and the library wasn’t handing out glasses until 1pm. But my sister and I stuck it out, and they decided to give out tickets so we didn’t have to stand in line all day. So I got me a ticket for the glasses! YAY!

golden ticket
The golden ticket . . . except it’s blue.

So my sister and I did some work at the library while we were waiting until we heard the announcement to line up for the glasses. I was so excited I walked out with a bunch of unchecked out library books. But I got them checked out and got in line for the glasses. It was a MADHOUSE! Lots of people were there wanting glasses–most without tickets. My sister and I got ours. It was fantastic.

The eclipse has started now, and as I wait for the moment the moon will cover the sun the most, I want to share with you a little more about my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon.  I’ve been mentioning the book quite a bit because I’m excited for it. It was inspired by my eldest nephew and my only niece as well as the verse, Joshua 10: 12b-13a (NIV), which goes thusly,

     “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

I’ve always been fascinated by that verse and so many of the themes and royal titles in the story come from this.

As for the inspiration from my niece and nephew: when she was a baby, my niece used to sleep all day and be active at night. My nephew, being older, did the opposite. So that gave rise to the story concept of “day people” (those who get energy from the sun and sleep at night) versus “night people” (those who gets energy from the moon and sleep during the day).

In any case, as I’ve mentioned before, the book contains a solar eclipse which is why I’m thinking about it today. And to celebrate the eclipse here is a book blurb of Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon–the one I originally wrote. I’m still in edits with my publisher, so it may not be the final version, but this is the spirit of the book:

For years the Moon Palace in the Valley of Aijalon and the Sun Tower in the Plains of Jashar has stood as testaments to the power of the sun and the graciousness of the moon.  Helio and Lumina, Guardians of the sun and moon, kept watch over them and the Prince and the Princess who ruled them.  But the Prince and Princess are missing, and the sun is exhibiting strange behavior.

Now Joshua and his younger sister, Deborah, must untangle a web of lies and deceit to uncover the secret of who they really are and save their world from an imminent disaster brewing in the heavens.  And they must hurry.  Between the earthquakes, the sun and moon standing still in the sky, and the planet Jants hovering closer than it’s ever been, the planet could be torn apart before they have a chance to do something about it.

So that’s that! I can’t wait to share more with you about this book and its release.

And now . . . I go outside to enjoy my glasses.

Until next time,

*heart* M.R. Anglin

Eclipse and Books

The Eclipse is coming! I’m so excited for it. I’ve always wanted to see a total eclipse. Unfortunately, I won’t be in an area where I can see the total eclipse, but I will be able to see a partial one. Monday morning, I’m heading out to the library to go to their viewing event. Free solar eclipse glasses FOR THE WIN!

“Coincidentally” my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon features a solar eclipse as a main plot point.  I don’t have a release date yet, but this is too good a chance to pass up. So to celebrate, I’ll be disclosing the tentative book blurb and perhaps post an excerpt from the book.

Hopefully, I’ll remember to take good pictures of the eclipse to post here, too. I’m so excited! XD

I hope you’ll join me Monday!

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Journeys in Editing

This week, I completed another round of editing with for my upcoming YA fantasy adventure book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon.  It was such a pleasant process and a bit different from the last book I released with a publisher. So I thought I’d give a brief overview of the different types of editing you have to undergo when you get traditionally published.

Pre-Edits

This process is something I went through with both of my traditionally published books. Basically, it’s conforming the manuscript to the publisher’s specific formatting requirements–such as having only one space after a period, or all numbers should be written out, or the removal of certain words the publisher doesn’t like. Doing all this first saves time later.

It’s a bit of a tedious process, and I found out I use the word “that” more than I should. But it also tightens up the manuscript. All told, not to bad. But it took a longer time than I thought it would.

Content Edits

This is where the editor goes through and suggests changes to your manuscript. With my first book, Lucas, Guardian of Truth, my editor suggested removing a large chunk of my story and revise some of the character interactions. I did so, and it made the story so much better. This time around the content editing was minimal.

This is the process that can be a little hard for a writer to bear. Your editor will take a good look at your story and be brutally honest about what needs to be changed. However, all the editors I’ve ever worked with are so supportive that even when major changes were suggested, I felt comfortable accepting their criticisms. And it helps to remember that they want your story to work as much as you do. In the end, though, the decision was mine to make.

Line Edits

Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon is the first time I’ve worked with a line editor, and all I have to say is, “Where have you been all my life?” From my understanding, the line editor is the typo catcher. Mine caught grammar mistakes, awkward sentences, missing words, and things like that. It was a pleasure to work with her.

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So that’s my journey into editing so far. I am waiting on my release date, the book cover, and everything else, but I’ll keep you posted on all that.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

What I’ve Been Up to

So this week I started/continued some new projects.

  1. Of course, I’m still working on my SF comic. It’s being uploaded on dA.
  2. I’m working on a book for my mother’s church. I’m also illustrating it. I’m not so confident in my art skills, but I’m moving forward.
  3. I’m working a new ministry/volunteer project. I don’t want to give details until at least next year, but if you have suggestions for any type of children’s, YA, and MG books, please let me know. All genres, please–including non-fiction.
  4. I’m working on two crochet projects. One is: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/persian-tiles . It’s nice.

The other is this one:Week 3 CAL

It’s part of Dearest Debi’s Crochet-a-long  here: http://dearestdebi.com/garden-romp-crochet-along-2017. She’s also uploading the pattern a week at a time on her youtube channel. It looks even more amazing in real life. And it’s gorgeous even though I messed up. By far, it’s the most intricate thing I’ve ever crocheted, and it’s so interesting to work on.

Anyway, so that’s what I’m up to.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

Useless Words

As I mentioned last week, I signed a contract with a book publisher for one of my manuscripts. This week, the editor had me run through pre-edits. It’s a list of items that all authors must comply with before they get into the editing process.

What an eye opener!

Two things I learned by going through this process: 1. I am a much better writer than I was when I finished that manuscript. 2. Useless words can plague a manuscript.

One of the items they sent me was a list of words they wanted cut. Can I tell you, you don’t know how much you use a particular word until you’re asked to remove it.

By the time I finished, I had cut a total of 1,913 words of useless words, phrases, and sentences–which doesn’t sound like much, until you consider that’s approximately 8 double spaced, 1″ margin-ed pages. Yes, *8*! YIKES!

Now, I consider myself a good writer, but I was astonished at how many overused words crept into my writing.

So take the time to cut those insipid words and phrases from your manuscript. Is there a phrase you’ve repeated a lot? Try to find a way to re-write them. And don’t be afraid if page after page winds up on the cutting room floor. Your manuscript will be better for it.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

An Exciting Week!

This has been an exciting week for me.

First, you may have noticed that the website has a new look. That’s because I decided to change my webhost on Monday. And what followed was a Memorial Day full of frustration and anger—all founded on the fact that I bought the wrong plan. The good news is that the support team was so nice, refunded my money, and I was able to get my website transferred successfully today. Some of the pictures on the posts are gone, but I can and will restore them in the next few weeks.

After that, I found out that Gods with Fur, the anthology one of my short stories was included in, won the award it was nominated for. You can see the stream of the award ceremony here:

(The anthologies’ award starts at 28:19). I’m so excited about that. It was shaping up to be a good day.

And then I got an e-mail.

A publishing company I had submitted my manuscript, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon, to decided to accept it for publication! I signed the contract on Wednesday, and now I am in the editing process. I’ll be sure to provide more details as I move along.

In addition, I finished inking the last page of Chapter 3 of the Silver Foxes graphic novel. On to writing Chapter 4!

So it’s been a good week. Yeah, a very good week!

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

A Brief SetBack (And GN Update)

A lot of times when I am following what God has told me to do, I feel like it will be easy or it will be successful. That’s not necessarily the case. Just because you’re obedient, doesn’t mean you’re not going to fail. For example, when Jesus sent out the disciples in Matt. 10, He told them what to do if people didn’t accept their message. In fact, He was up front with them and told them that they would be persecuted and arrested. Obedience didn’t keep them from getting hurt.

So when I started on this Graphic Novel project, I had to remind myself that it wasn’t going to be easy and it may not be successful.

I started out well, the first few pages were beautiful, and I was pleased that I was able to draw a decent ruined Jelu. But then came pages 8 and 9. I guess part of it was that I wasn’t feeling well, but my drawing that day was awful! AWFUL! Later that day I went back to it, and I was appalled. Every panel had something I had to fix, and one panel had to be completely redrawn from scratch. All my old insecurities flooded back to me: What am I doing? Why am I trying to do this? I can’t do this.

I was obedient, but not successful.

But instead of giving up . . . with all my insecurities ringing in my ears . . . I prayed for strength and ability, sucked it up, and tried again. My redrawn sections were much better. Not perfect, but my best. And no, I still can’t draw a speeder. Though I tried. I imagine that when I get better at drawing, I’ll come back and redraw what I have right now. But what I have will have to do.

So I’ve moved forward. I’ve finished penciling the first 11 pages of the GN–that’s Chapter 1. Next week comes inking.

On a more positive note, I got me a dip pen set. And I LOVE it. I drew and inked the GN’s cover for practice, and it’s the first time I’ve ever liked my line art. Oh, those crisp, beautiful, black lines! I love them. I also got my proof copy for Celebrity Dish so I’ll be working on that too.

Anyway, that is all.

-:heart: M.R. Anglin