Today I posted the final chapter of Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings, Volume Three). A year ago I felt like I would never finish it.
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!
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.
The Autumnal Equinox has passed, summer is gone, and I owe my readers a few updates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Mark your calendars, people. Snarled Threads, the second volume of Thalia’s Musings, will be available DRM-free for Kindle and NOOK on…drumrollllllllllll………….
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
In the meantime, if you haven’t bought A Snag in the Tapestry yet, here’s the Amazon listing and the Barnes & Noble listing. And if you don’t have a Kindle or a NOOK, you can get free reader apps for PC, smartphones, or tablets.
While getting Snarled Threads ready for ebook release, I made a few more notes about Scrivener specifics that I’d forgotten from the first time around (which less than a month ago, so I have a pretty sad memory). So, here it is: How To Format Your F#%&ing Ebook Without Losing Your Mind, Part II.
See the grey sidebar on the left, hereafter referred to as the binder? Notice how I’ve opened a few of the folders so you can see the documents inside them. I labeled the folders with chapter numbers for ease of navigation and labeled the documents inside with “[Numeral]. Title” for the actual Table of Contents, which Scrivener creates for you.
While I was compiling the ebook, under “Contents” I selected the texts from the folders but NOT the folders themselves (see the checkmarks?). This gave me a Table of Contents that listed the chapters by numeral and title, just like the titles of the documents.
I retained my formatting, including my chapter headers (bold, centered, 18-pt, double space above text) in the Formatting checklist. See all those boxes? Check ONLY the ones in the “Text” column. Make sure all the other boxes are unchecked. And see that dropdown menu that says “Custom”? It can say “Ebook.” Make it say “Custom” unless you want your entire text to be left justified with indented paragraphs and no paragraph spacing. I prefer full justified text with spaces between paragraphs in an ebook. Plus, as you’ll see, I had some sections that required special formatting.
Several chapters in Snarled Threads feature poetry. Some of it is my own, and some of it is borrowed from a public domain translation of the poems of Sappho. Keeping the verse format and putting proper citation in footnotes was essential. Here’s how I did it.
The verse text is left justified while the main text is full justified. I inserted the footnotes in MS Word before I copied and pasted the text into Scrivener. Fig. 4 shows how the footnotes appear in Scrivener. Don’t worry, once you compile the draft into a MOBI or ePub file, you get little numbers and corresponding notes at the end of the book just like your original document. Just make sure you select “Text” for Formatting during the Compile stage like in Fig. 3.
Random Weird Stuff
Part of Snarled Threads is told through physician’s notes made by a doctor who blacked out her patients’ names and struck through some of her medical observations. Warning: The next image contains plot SPOILERS.
Scrivener kept the strike-throughs from Word, but I had to redo to the black highlight marker. The ePub version I previewed in Calibre (still cannot get my NOOK app to preview self-made files) shows a black highlight over black text as in the image. The MOBI version I previewed in my Kindle app shows a black highlight over brown text, which looks even cooler imo since you can actually see what’s been “censored”.
Want to see how it turned out? Watch this blog for Snarled Threads‘ release date! In the meantime, check out my first book, A Snag in the Tapestry, for Kindle or NOOK.
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!