28 December, 2016
Like Cabover Cabaret! It's tentatively scheduled for February 2017, much like the last three Appalachian Dream Tales, so I've been working on finalizing the manuscript, as well as getting the cover art ready. While I had hoped to premiere the full artwork for this blog post, I unfortunately still have some extras left to colour and shade, so expect it instead for the next blog post to come in January.
In other news, the manuscript has also been a priority for me, and while I really want to get back to my larger projects, like Tragedy of Ice and Comedy of Rain, I just have to shelve them until after I get Cabover Cabaret set up for release.
Anyway, I must be getting back to the art side of this self-publishing industry right now, so stay tuned for further updates!
13 December, 2016
28 November, 2016
13 November, 2016
In a way, I suppose you could say that I am participating in NaNo since I'm working on all projects, large and small, that need completed, but I'm doing so without the goal of 50,000 words of new material. I'm two chapters and an epilogue away from finishing Comedy of Rain. I'm working on the cover art for Cabover Cabaret, as well as final edits. I'm so excited to debut that cover art, too, as I'm having a lot of fun with it.
Back to Comedy of Rain, though. The writing may still be slow going, but it's progressing. Especially now that I've found the song for Franklin's chapter.
I'm looking forward to having a completed manuscript "on my desk", hopefully by the end of November. Fingers crossed!
29 October, 2016
One of my coworkers at my new day job is as much a classic metal fan as I am, and he pointed me in the direction of Last In Line, which is comprised of most of the original members of Dio. And just like so many times before, when I find the right song, I can write the chapter.
In this case, it was "Starmaker" by Last in Line. It got me through chapter 44, which I've been stuck on for months. Hipólito finally cooperated, and I got the plot twist and everything written down. So far the next chapter is on track, so I'm looking to keep that pace going.
Next up on my list, of course, is to start the cover art for my next short story, due to be released in early February. This'll be the next story in the Appalachian Dream Tales, and will close out the first wave of introductions to my main characters. I'm in the process of getting it polished and ready, and I hope it'll be a load of fun for anyone who's familiar with Waiting for Godot. Absurdist comedy, anyone?
Anyway, that's all for now. Back to work, and I'll see you all soon for my next update!
14 October, 2016
LOL! Okay, last question. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Okay, but really, I’d tell them to read broadly, practice deliberately, converse with their writing peers, and, yes, actually do the writing part. Talking about writing isn’t writing. Tweeting about writing isn’t writing. Sharing writer jokes on tumblr isn’t writing. Writing is writing. Do all that other stuff too – those things are fun – but make sure you actually write. Growth happens in the act.
29 September, 2016
Life is a grand adventure, right? I’m still just making things up as I go, for the most part. Ask me again in a year.
But yeah. The writing, I don’t have a problem with it. Everything else, on the other hand . . .
Also, I wish I’d created my little wiki program sooner. It’s been a big help for remembering little details.
So . . . yeah. Get started early.
14 September, 2016
30 August, 2016
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31 July, 2016
16 July, 2016
|Pierce's character sheet, July 2016|
|Kadiza's character sheet, June 2015|
29 June, 2016
14 June, 2016
30 May, 2016
15 May, 2016
|A Steampunk anthology.|
28 March, 2016
13 March, 2016
|Yellow to trim, pink to cut.|
I know some people don't like them, but I do. Their whole purpose is to close out the story, wrapping up loose ends, showing the fates of characters, giving the promise of a Happily Ever After, or at least a Happily For Now.
Originally, Tragedy of Ice wasn't going to have an epilogue. Or a prologue. But first round critics and beta readers wanted the story to start sooner. They wanted all the world building to be all together, not spread out over the course of chapters 1 through 5 like I first had it (which, in my opinion, I thought was a great approach because things came in manageable doses so no one would be overwhelmed).
My readers disagreed. And since so many of them disagreed with me, I needed to listen to that feedback and decide what to do.
|I really shouldn't hold my coffee that close to my Surface.|
Thus my decision to write an epilogue.
And it's a good thing I decided to do so, because my first round readers and critics were able to also tell me what things I had left as loose ends. I had one large thread and a few more little ones that gave me all the fodder I needed to close out the story with an epilogue from Kadiza's POV. The critics, for the most part, all agreed that it was a great addition. The only problem now was that the chapter was tail-heavy, and by that, they meant it was trying to do too much for a final "chapter".
|*glares at "The End"* Straggler.|
It's been a week-long chore, but I think I've got it to a point now where I'm happy to put it back out in front of the critics and betas to see if they like the improvement. I hope so. Cause if they love this version better, it puts me one step closer to putting this story out to you folks to enjoy.
Okay, time for me to get back to my spring cleaning before taking one last run through of the epilogue. I'll see you all again soon! :)
27 February, 2016
I've spent the day being productive, worked through the revisions of chapters 28 and 29 of Tragedy of Ice. I'm actually about to do the read through of chapter 29, then I'll be moving on to revising chapter 30. Quite the progress for a Saturday, for sure! After that, I'll have four more chapters and the epilogue to revise. I'm looking to have the whole second draft completed by mid-March, then back to my critics and consultant. I await their verdict.
In other news, I'm looking into something very special to add to the website here, which some of you click-happy folks may have noticed already. *grins* Don't worry, I'll make an official announcement once I have things sorted on it, but I can promise it'll be a nice addition. :)
But I'm off for now, back to revisions, revisions, revisions . . .!
12 February, 2016
05 February, 2016
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28 January, 2016
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13 January, 2016
On Friday, February 12th, I will publish Comeuppance to Amazon.com and Smashwords (and it's subsequent distribution branches).
Please check back here until then for some goodies I'll be putting out soon!
After a premonition warns her of a great, rising evil, Lady Hurst knows she has to do something – but to fight evil on the side of good, she must first do a great evil. As the resident witch doctor of Arthurfield, WV, she is tasked with keeping her role in the world as neutral as possible.
So when a grieving mother comes calling with her ghostly son, Jacob, in tow, Lady Hurst accepts the contract to exact revenge. Her problem now, though, is that Jacob has taken up residence in Lady Hurst's townhouse, and he's equally eager to do his murderer in. Should Jacob become corporeal before Lady Hurst can complete her contract, she may find the stakes are higher than she can handle . . .
Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.
When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.