Monday, April 15, 2013

A to Z Challenge, Announcements, Game of Thrones Recap


Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! This is my first year participating. Basically, we post every day except Sunday, which in April means we'll finish on the 30th. We blog about something each day which starts with the corresponding letter of the alphabet. So, day 1=A, day 2=B, etc. Visit the A to Z blog for more details.

My theme is writing and related bookish things. A pretty vague theme, I'll admit, but as this is a writing/bookish blog, I thought I'd clarify. 

Today's letter: M 

M is for Mystery.
Mystery is an important element in any story, even if you don't write mystery as a genre. Human beings love a good mystery. They want to see how things will turn out. They want to follow clues and have something or someone to root for. As a writer, give them that!!!

Even if you aren't someone who writes mysteries, look at your WIP and think about what you could make a mystery out of. It doesn't have to be huge or significant. If you have a big reveal, or semi-big reveal, try revealing it over several steps rather than all at once. Make the reader work for the resolution, and give them something to obsess over and look forward to. They'll be much more invested in the story that way. And it'll keep them coming back for more.

Anyone else have tips about putting mysteries, minor or otherwise, into your writing?

Game of Thrones Recap

And episode 3 goes off with a bang! Loved it! Tyrion--after a hilarious game of Lannister musical chairs--is named Master of Coin in a small council meeting. Lord Baelish will go to the the Vale and marry Liza Aaron, Caitlyn's bizarre sister. He seems pretty happy about it, but Baelish has always been a bit strange himself. He wants to get his hands on the power of the Vale.
Arya and Gendry leave with Thoros, who also have the Hound captive, leaving Hot Pie behind. I actually thought that scene was sweet and well-executed. (Really wish we could see more than 5 minutes of Arya in each episode, but whatever.)

We see the Red Witch leaving Stannis for reasons he doesn't understand, and Caitlyn morning her father, as well as her two young sons, Bran and Rickon, who she believes is dead. The two boys weren't in this episode at all. We also see Samwell returning to Craster's hold with Commander Mormont and the rest of the party of the Night's Watch who've survived. Tilly, who asked Sam and Jon to help her months ago, gives birth to a baby boy, and Sam understands the implications of her giving birth to a boy, rather than a girl.

I'm not sure where Theon's story is going. In the books, he gets completely left out of book 3. When we see him again in book 4, lots of crazy things have happened to him, but we just didn't see any of it. Obviously, the series wants us to see some of it, which is fine, but it's hard to see where they'll go with it. We've seen torture, but his spirit certainly hasn't been broken yet. In this episode, he very nearly gets gang-raped, but is saved by a mysterious archer. Not sure who that's supposed to be, but I'll keep watching eagerly to find out.
And of course the Jaime/Brienne story line is satisfyingly furthered. We see Jaime's respect (feelings, maybe?) for Brienne growing both in the fact that he warned her not to fight if they tried to rape her--he seemed overly concerned that she might die--and again when he saves her from rape through cunning. For his trouble, he loses his sword hand--something that will define him as a character for the rest of the story. 

Great ending that made me groan. Aw man! A whole week before the next episode? Shortest hour of my life!

What did everyone else think of the episode?

Book Signing Update/Announcements

So maybe this is stating the obvious, but Barnes and Noble is definitely the place to do a book signing! I've done several signings over the past couple of months and each time I've only sold a handful of books--like less than five, with three being the golden number. When you're an unknown author, that's just the way it goes, and I'm always grateful for any sale. Then, on Saturday, I went to the B & N in Layton and sha-zam! I sold like a dozen books in under two hours! Can everyone say boo-yah!

It occurred to me that it's probably because, in other places there are books, but also other things. If people come in to Hastings to rent movies, they are often reluctant to plunk down money on an extra, unforeseen purchase. I get a lot of requests for digital copies in those cases. But when people walk in to B & N, they're there specifically there to buy books--so my sales are much higher. Yea!

As for the next events, I'll be presenting a workshop for the Write for the Heights conference on 5/4. My topic is 'The Big Opening,' as in, the big opening of your story. I'll also be presenting to Wasatch Writers, a chapter of the League of Utah Writers on 5/13. At that event, I'll be talking about traditional vs. self-publishing. Both will be held in Utah, but if anyone wants to attend, just email or comment and I'll give you details.

Anyone else had any awesome, successful bookish events lately?


  1. Glad your signings have been successful!

  2. Awesome signings Liesel. You're one busy writer!

  3. Awesome your book signings are going well. I didn't read the recap as I'm a week behind. But saw you liked it. Awesome.

  4. Congrats on the successful book signing!