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!

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2012 Blog of the Year Award

Mary from Ocean Owl nominated this blog for Blog of the Year. 😀 As you can see by the icon below, I have accepted the nomination.

Blog of the Year awarded to AmethystMarie.com via OceanOwl.wordpress.com

Here are the rules of acceptance as per Mary’s nomination post:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Link back to the Blog of the Year 2012 Rules page so people can read the real, complete, and fully accurate rules of this slightly-different blogger award.
4. State 5 things about yourself.
5. Pass the award on to 6 other bloggers and link to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by pingback.

First, 5 things about me.

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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

What’s better than one Thalia’s Musings book for Christmas?

TWO Thalia’s Musings books for Christmas! That’s right, people. If all goes well, Snarled Threads may join A Snag in the Tapestry on Kindle and Nook in the next week or two!

In other book-related news, I now have author profiles on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m like all official and stuff. 😀 Or at least I will be once my awesome photographer gets my pics back to me and I have an author’s portrait on these profiles. You know how all the articles tell you not to get your friend with a cool camera to do your photos? Well, if you happen to have a friend with a cool camera who’s as talented a photographer as you are a writer, screw that.

Keep watching for updates on Snarled Threads‘ release. 🙂 And whatever holidays you’re celebrating this time of year, I hope the season’s off to a great start!

An Exclusive Interview

In anticipation of the ebook release of A Snag in the Tapestry (Thalia’s Musings, Volume One), I have given Greek blogger Seireina an exclusive interview. Here are just a few of the questions she asked me:

  • What inspired you to write Thalia’s Musings?
  • What influences does Thalia’s Musings have other than Greek mythology?
  • Who’s your favourite author and what’s your favourite book?
  • Any advice for web-lit authors out there?
  • Is there anything more you would like to reveal about Volume 3 that you haven’t yet?

Click here to find out what my answers were!