Update for Unraveled

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

Unraveled (Thalia’s Musings, Volume Three) has been sent out to my wonderful volunteer beta readers. Well, “volunteer” might be less accurate than “hand-picked and drafted.” But anyway, I can’t tell you guys how excited I am that the book is finally at this stage! Due to numerous real-life complications, it’s taken me about a year longer than I’d originally intended. I appreciate my readers’ loyalty and patience.

Keep watching for release dates, cover reveals, and all that. 😀

I can haz title?

It’s official! The title for the third volume of Thalia’s Musings is….

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

Cover image coming soon!

First Official Teaser for Thalia’s Musings 3

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, you might already know that I finished the rough draft of Thalia’s Musings 3 on Friday! Now it’s on to the rewrites and beta. Here’s a teaser to tide you over for now:

It’s been two years since Thalia last heard from the Fates. She has a new mission from Athena: keep Beroe, daughter of Adonis and Aphrodite, alive. Poseidon wants to make Beroe his new queen and use her as leverage to gain a seat at Zeus’ court. Dionysus wants to marry Beroe and give her a life of hedonistic bliss in his forest. Beroe wants to battle for her own hand and join Artemis’ hunters. And Zeus wants Beroe out of the way because she holds the memories of the dead and claims she’s seen him kill Hera.

All the more reason for Thalia to keep a secret she’s discovered: Hera’s in love. With the mortal King Ixion. And they may have been set up by Athena.

Can Thalia save the people she cares about from becoming collateral damage in Athena’s revolution? Will the revolution succeed before everything comes unraveled?

Believe it or not, Beroe (whose name rhymes with Carraway) is not a popular subject in the art world, at least according to my internet searches. I’d think more people would want to draw, paint, or sculpt Aphrodite and Adonis’ daughter. Anyway, here’s an image of how I’ve cast Beroe and her parents in my head.

Aphrodite, Adonis, and Beroe, played by Christina Hendricks, Chord Overstreet, and Katee Sackhoff in my delusional mind

 

I’ll be announcing an official title by the end of the month, so keep watching for more updates!

[Cross-posted from ThaliasMusingsNovels.com]

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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Buy An Ebook, Help a Disabled Kid

Quick version: The royalties for all Thalia’s Musings ebooks sold between 3/1/14 and 4/1/14 will be donated to World Vision’s Child and Family Health Fund. Want to know why? Keep reading.

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UPDATE: World Vision has reversed its new hiring policy because of pressure from their financial supporters. I’m still making this donation because (1) everything I said about World Vision’s work and why I admire it is true, and (2) I’m bigger than the people who effectively turned the children helped by World Vision into hostages in a culture war that we’re all sick to death of fighting. If you’re as upset by this turn of events as I am, please don’t take it out on World Vision. In all likelihood, they only reversed the decision because it was the only way to keep helping the people they were helping. Also, as far as I know, they still stand by their repudiation of Uganda’s discriminatory laws.

World Vision is an international charity that supports children in need and their communities around the world. They’re most well-known for their child sponsorship program. As Rachel Held Evans explains in this post, the money from the sponsorships is pooled to support things like schools, housing, and clean drinking water for the whole community. World Vision makes a point of employing local people in the communities it serves. Their business model is designed to stay in a community for only 15 or 20 years, with the goal of training local people to take over their work entirely when that period ends. Although World Vision is a Christian organization, they do not require the people they help to be professing Christians or to take part in proselytizing activity of any kind. They’re just trying to fulfill the Bible’s commands to care for those in need, especially widows and orphans.

So, why has this awesome organization lost over 2,000 sponsors since Monday?

Because the director of their USA branch announced that they would employ Christians in same-sex marriages.

Christianity Today’s coverage of that announcement is at my Tumblr, including my initial reaction to the news:

This is a huge deal. Personally, I’m not a fan of employers requiring anything of their employees beyond “Show up on time and fulfill your job description,” and I wouldn’t work for anyone who wanted to regulate my sex life. But this is a big deal because World Vision is acknowledging that the morality of a sexual relationship is not determined by the genders of the people in it. They’re holding queer employees to the same standard as straight employees: you can only have sex with the person you’re married to. They’re acknowledging that a same-sex marriage is as valid as an opposite-sex marriage. While I don’t agree with World Vision’s definition of what qualifies as a moral sexual relationship, I completely agree that the genders of the people involved is irrelevant to the issue.

Oh, and World Vision Uganda issued a statement condemning Uganda’s anti-gay laws. You know, the ones that say you can be imprisoned or executed for being gay? The kind of laws even Glenn Beck calls “heterofascism”?

Now, as to why I’m donating book royalties instead of just quietly making a donation myself…I’m broke. That’s it. That’s also the reason I’m (full disclosure) not currently sponsoring a child myself, although I really wish I could. I don’t have the funds and this is the best way I can think of to raise them. But this really is just about supporting an organization whose work I believe in, not drumming up book sales. If you aren’t interested in buying Thalia’s Musings ebooks, or if you’ve already bought them both in the past, or if you don’t trust third parties to make charitable donations for you, please consider donating the price of one of my books ($4.99) directly to World Vision’s Child and Family Health Fund or any of their other projects. I picked the Child and Family Health Fund because, as someone who’s dealt with chronic medical conditions since childhood, this is an issue close to my heart. Maybe there’s another issue close to yours, like education or supporting small businesses in the developing world or fighting human trafficking.

If you’re as broke as I am and can’t even spare $4.99, then please at least go to World Vision USA’s Facebook page and leave them a nice message and a 5-star rating. Or send a friendly tweet to @WorldVisionUSA and the #WorldVision hashtag. However you’re able to help, I want to see this incredible Christian charity rewarded, not penalized, for actually practicing Christian charity.

Dear Persephone…

So, I guess you and Hades have been having a good year, huh? That’s awesome. You two are, like, my favorite couple in the Pantheon, and I’m really glad things are going well for you. Listen, I hate to be that supplicant, but with all due glory, honor, and reverence, your awesome Iron Queenness…

Your mom misses you. Like, really, REALLY misses you. PLEASE come home already? PLEASE? PLEASE? PRETTY PRETTY PLEASE WITH ANYTHING BUT A GODDAMN WINTER MIX ON TOP?

A polar vortex? Seriously, what in Tartarus? A polar friggin’ vortex! Your mom has some serious issues. Think you can come back for a few months and talk some sense into her? I’m sure not going to try it. The woman already sent a polar friggin’ vortex. That’s why I’m talking to you in the first place.

Yeah, I tried Apollo. He said if I wanted more sun, maybe I should try not writing him as a naive, gullible idiot. I showed him my latest manuscript and pointed out that he’s getting more character development just like everyone else, and that I might finish Volume Three a little faster if I were getting more sun. Then he was all like, “Volume Three? You mean there’s a Volume Two?” And that was the end of that.

Yeah, I tried Aphrodite, too. I told her that, the longer it stays cold, the later the pool opens, and the shorter swimwear season is. She said she’s fine with the cold weather because people have nothing better to do than stay inside and, uh, warm each other up, and that half the people in bikinis don’t need to be wearing them anyway. Bitch.

Okay, fine, I tried the fervent beseeching route. Time for a different approach. We, the inhabitants of Earth, will continue to record and upload covers of “Let It Go” until we can no longer look out our windows and observe that “Snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen…” Let the storm rage on! This song never bothered me anyway.

Random Musings on Thalia’s Musings

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~ I drafted a full chapter for Thalia’s Musings 3 last week. Ten down, six to go!

~ The Pirates of the Caribbean movie soundtracks can be great writing inspiration.

~ My Thalia’s Musings logo tests well in the three-year-old female demographic. Maybe I should use the blurb “I weally like dis ding!” on my next book cover.

~ I’m always impressed by particularly well-written action scenes in books, because I feel like film/tv is generally a more suitable medium for that kind of thing. In related news, I’m currently hating myself for plotting a novel that requires action scenes.

~ Aphrodite and Adonis had a daughter together in classical mythology. This is canon. One would think the daughter of the Ultimate Forces of Divine Hawtness would be a common subject for artists. Numerous searches on deviantART, Tumblr, Pinterest, and good old Google Images have indicated that this is not the case.

~ One thing I regret about my earlier volumes is putting Echo and Pan together. I did it for very personal reasons as a form of wish fulfillment. They would probably need therapy in real life. Echo should’ve ended up with Eustychus.

~ Not really.

A Thalia’s Musings Christmas Carol

“Why did I have to take a stupid sleeping potion before the most annoying dream ever?” I groaned.

“The night is only beginning,” said Adonis. “Tonight, you will be visited by the Three Fates.”

“Of course I will,” I said. “Haven’t heard from them in a few months, so I’m sure they’re getting bored.”

“Heed their warnings,” said Adonis. “It will serve you well in the future.”

“I feel an ad hominem attack coming on,” I said.

~ A Cronia Carol (Thalia’s Musings)

Merry Christmas! Click here to read the all-new Thalia’s Musings bonus chapter, set a few months after the end of Snarled Threads. Fates bless us, every one!

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Coming next week – A Thalia’s Musings Holiday Special!

I still have a way to go on Volume Three, but in the meantime, I’m posting a new stand-alone story for Christmas! It takes place the Cronia (AKA Saturnalia AKA Solstice AKA y’all know it’s my fictionalized version of Christmas) following Snarled Threads. Thalia writes a Cronia carol, is haunted by someone who’s dead as a doornail, gets a visit from the Three Fates, and takes a look at Cronia Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

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Happy Holidays!