Thalia’s Musings 4 update

Hey, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth, and that I’ve started drafting the fourth and final volume of Thalia’s Musings.

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I’ll keep you posted with progress reports, release date estimates, etc. as I go. I want to get this volume to you guys as soon as possible, but I also want to make sure I give it the time and attention to detail it needs. Thalia is, after all, the Goddess of Happy Endings, so her series deserves the best ending I can give it. Looking forward to sharing it with you!

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Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings 3) ebooks are here!

Unraveled (Thalia's Musings, Volume Three). Click to shop for Thalia's Musings ebooks!
Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings, Volume Three). Click to shop for Thalia’s Musings ebooks!

Unraveled is now available for Kindle and NOOK at an introductory price of $0.99! Like all Thalia’s Musings ebooks, Unraveled is DRM-free. Click the image above to go to the updated Shop page and find the version you need, as well as links to download free e-reader apps that will work on whatever device you’re using to read this post.

Happy Holidays!

The Beginning of the End

Today I posted the final chapter of Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings, Volume Three). A year ago I felt like I would never finish it.

Unraveled (Thalia's Musings, Volume Three)
Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings, Volume Three)

Next on the agenda: drafting the fourth and final volume of Thalia’s Musings. At this point I can’t even begin to estimate when that one will be ready for publication, but it will be written, and you’ll get to read it as soon as possible.

Coming up a little sooner is the Kindle and NOOK release of Unraveled. I don’t have a date set in stone yet, but my goal is to get it out there before Christmas. Keep watching this blog and my various social media outlets for updates!

Speaking of Christmas, Volumes 1 and 2 will be marked down to $0.99 until tomorrow morning, when they’ll go up to $1.99 and stay there until New Year’s Day. If you buy them (or if you’ve already bought them, or read the identical free version on ThaliasMusingsNovels.com), you will be doing me a HUGE favor if you leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I’m an indie writer with a budget of zero, so word-of-mouth is the only way new readers are going to discover these books.

I hope you enjoyed Volume 3 and that you’ll stick around for Volume 4!

Thalia’s Musings 3 is here!

The first chapter of Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings, Volume Three) is online at ThaliasMusingsNovels.com!

Unraveled (Thalia's Musings, Volume Three)
Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings, Volume Three)

I’ll be posting a new chapter every Monday for the next seventeen weeks. This blog will keep the same format and content – weekly posts with geeky pop culture fangirling reviews and the occasional commentary on current events. I’ll also be doing short posts like this one linking to the latest Thalia’s Musings chapter every Friday. That way subscribers to this blog will still get updates on the series, but subscribing to Thalia’s Musings is the only way to get updates as soon as the chapters go online.

Miss my usual media review content? Click here for a review I posted yesterday on Royal, the latest book in Anthea Sharp’s Feyland universe.

Light at the end of the tunnel

I didn’t get a blog post written for this week, because the rough draft of Thalia’s Musings 3 has been taking all my writerly energy. I’ve finished 13 of a proposed 16 chapters. The book may actually be readable sometime this decade! So if you haven’t read volumes 1 and 2 in awhile, or at all, now’s a good time to catch up. Click here to read both volumes online for free, or here to purchase either volume for Kindle or NOOK. And now, back to writing!

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Goodbye, Persephone; hello, blog

The Autumnal Equinox has passed, summer is gone, and I owe my readers a few updates.

“Persephone” ©2008-2013 ~freethinker86

Remember that webseries I write? The one that has two published volumes and that I said would eventually have four? Well, believe it or not, I am still working on Volume 3 and have been all year. Right now my sandpaper draft (the roughest of the rough) is five chapters long and has about eleven to go. I don’t blog much about my health and probably never will, but suffice it to say, the last year has been insane in that respect. Crossing my fingers for a better season ahead and more energy to write.

I have managed to expand my social media presence a bit over the summer. In addition to Twitter, FacebookDeviantART, and Goodreads, I now have accounts on Tumblr and Google+, and a Pinterest board for Thalia’s Musings. The pinboard has a few teasers for Volume 3. No, I won’t tell you which ones they are or what they mean.

Thalia’s Musings is slowly gaining visibility in the blogosphere. Marie Erving, who’s reviewed the series before, has it listed in her blog’s very selective Recommendation tab. Last week, Cover Host, a blog dedicated to showcasing noteworthy indie book covers, included A Snag in the Tapestry in its “Thank Gods it’s Friday” roundup.

And that’s all the news I can think of for now. Happy Fall!

Still Here

Hey everyone, just wanted to write a quick post to keep this url out of the Blog Graveyard. I’ve been busy with afk/offline stuff, working on the third volume of Thalia’s Musings, and starting another writing project that I don’t want to say much about until I’m sure it’s going to turn into something. Yes, I am completely insane to be tackling two major writing projects at once. But where the Muse leads, the artist must follow. And I promise that, whatever other writing projects I take on, Thalia’s Musings will not be neglected or abandoned.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting for Volume 3, why not get Volumes 1 and 2 for Kindle or NOOK? Both versions are DRM-free, so the NOOK version should be compatible with any ePub reader or app (i.e. Kobo, Calibre, Bluefire, NeoSoar, etc.). And both Kindle and NOOK have free reader apps for PC, tablets, and smartphones.

Anyway, back to work!

The Next Big Thing: Thalia’s Musings

Thanks to fellow indie author A.M. Day for tagging me in her Next Big Thing post. Check out her Greek-mythology-inspired urban fantasy, Throne of Olympus!

1. What is the working title of your book?

The series title is Thalia’s Musings. The first book is A Snag in the Tapestry, and the second is Snarled Threads. The third volume, which is just in the outline stage, is untitled.

2. Where did the idea for your book come from?

This line, from The Greek Myths by Robert Graves:

Having learned his lesson [after killing the Cyclops], [Apollo] thereafter preached moderation in all things: the phrases ‘Know thyself!’ and ‘Nothing in excess!’ were always on his lips. He brought the Muses down from their home on Mount Helicon to Delphi, tamed their wild frenzy, and led them in formal and decorous dances.

I thought that sounded like all kinds of comedy and drama waiting to happen. And Thalia, who is conveniently paired with Apollo in one myth, has always been my favorite muse. Hence the short story that became the first chapter of A Snag in the Tapestry.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

The series is a fantasy dramedy. I’d put Snarled Threads under gay and lesbian, but not A Snag in the Tapestry so much since there are no prominent same-sex relationships. In A Snag in the Tapestry, Apollo’s bisexuality is only referred to, and Artemis and Athena’s will-they-or-won’t-they thing is just background stuff. In Snarled Threads, Apollo romances Adonis (who is also bisexual), and Artemis and Athena’s relationship takes center stage. Making one book gayer than the other was never a conscious decision. I’ve always just taken the story where it wanted to go, and will continue to do so.

4. Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?

I had way too much fun with this question. I ended up casting pretty much everybody, and Thalia’s Musings has a huuuuuuuuge cast of characters. For now I’ll give you the leads.

As Thalia, Beth Riesgraf, most well-known as Parker from TNT’s Leverage.

Beth Riesgraf

She’d need black hair and brown contacts, of course, but she plays a cloudcuckoolander well enough to pull off the character. And if her short film A Standard Story is any indication, Beth is insane in real life, too. This delights me to no end.

As Apollo, Jesse Spencer, aka Doctor Robert Chase aka Beautiful Blond Aussie Dude from House.

Jesse Spencer

The hair would be a bit longer – just past the shoulders – and his face would be completely smooth.

As Calliope, Anne Hathaway, most recently seen as Selina “Catwoman” Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises.

Anne Hathaway

I think she and Beth could look like sisters with the right makeup.

Want to see who I cast as the rest of the Pantheon? Watch for more posts under the tag “Thalia’s Musings casting”.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Thalia the Muse of Comedy observes the comedy, drama, and tragedy of the ancient Greek Pantheon – but when she becomes more than a mere observer, the Fates take notice.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

The series started as a webseries and is still available online for free. A Snag in the Tapestry and Snarled Threads were published independently for Kindle and NOOK. I’ll follow the same model with future volumes – publish them in serial format on the website for free, and sell them in complete volumes for e-readers.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I think the rough draft for A Snag in the Tapestry took about two and a half months. Snarled Threads had a lot of starts and stops because of health and other interruptions I was dealing with, so it’s hard to estimate how much actual writing time went into it.

8. What other books would you compare this story to?

I want to say the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan because it’s a mythology-based series people have actually heard of, but beyond the use of Greek gods as characters, they’re nothing alike. One review said A Snag in the Tapestry felt like watching Friends or Cougar Town set on Mount Olympus. I prefer Scrubs or How I Met Your Mother, but okay.

9. Who or what inspired you to write the book?

I did. I totally didn’t mean that. Thalia inspired it. Really. Let the record show that I am totes giving my Muse proper credit. I hate herding sheep.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Have you ever read another book that spoofed Aristophanes and Lady Gaga in the same gag? No, you have not.

Watch for this author’s Next Big Thing post next week:

Carol Parsons