Week Three | 2020

It’s the third week in January and I’m slowly getting into the swing of things.

So, what have I accomplished in the past seven days?

Let’s list it shall we and find out!

  • Written 1029 words across three projects.
  • Finished two short stories.
  • Edited one story.

I’m hoping to push the words in February when the kids go back to school. So, for now I’m happy averaging 1000 a week.

Here’s to another week!

Happy writing!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

She looked up at the stars and smiled.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Week Two | 2020

It’s a new year and a new challenge.

So, what have I accomplished in the past seven days?

Let’s list it shall we and find out!

  • Received an ACCEPTANCE for a previously published story into Stories of Hope anthology.
  • Written 1100 words across two projects.
  • Written and submitted a poem.
  • Edited 3 short stories.

I realized after I posted last week that I was a long way off my target of 3,500 words but as a friend reminded me tonight… it’s better than no words at all. And you know what? It really is!

Here’s to another week!

Happy writing!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

No one expected an angel to set the world on fire.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Week One | 2020

It’s a new year and a new challenge.

So, what have I accomplished in the past seven days?

Let’s list it shall we and find out!

  • Received an ACCEPTANCE for my story White As Snow into Twisted Fate vol 1.
  • Written 1506 words across four projects.
  • Submitted a story to the Stories of Hope anthology.

It feels like a slow start to January but given the amount of words written it’s definitely not.

I wonder what next week will bring?

Until then… Happy writing!

Raven Conspiracy is LIVE!

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Raven Conspiracy is now available!

Bringing together the stories Morrighan and Le Fay, it’s the perfect way to read both before Pendragon comes out and finishes the series.

Ten-year-old, Morgan is horribly lonely with just her cat, Merlin for company. With no one else to play with, Morgan seeks the company of an imaginary friend, Arthur. 
But, Arthur, isn’t who he seems and things turn sinister, when he reveals himself to be none other than Arthur Pendragon, Prince of Camelot, before locking Morgan up in the bowels of the earth in a long forgotten crystal cave. 
When she escapes she wants nothing more than to avenge her father’s murder.
Now an adult and gifted with a very powerful ally in the form of the Morrighan, Morgan is able to enact her revenge. But it comes at a steep price: the knowledge of Arthur’s premature death.
Can Morgan prevent the Goddess’s prediction from coming true or is Camelot destined to fall?

Get your copy now!

Available Here!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

I have a solution.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

An Interview With… J.S. Frankel

Hi, it’s great to have you here! Alright, so in the spirit of getting the mundane questions out of the way first, tell our audience a little about yourself and where you’re from?

Hi, my name is Jesse Frankel, pen name J.S. Frankel, and I was born many moons ago in Toronto, Canada. When I was twenty-six, I moved to Japan and never really went back. I’ve been here a long time, married a lovely lady from Osaka, and we have two eating machines, known as sons. I make my living, such as it is, as an ESL teacher, and I write at night.

 

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When did the writing bug first bite? 

For me, it was quite late, when I was around forty-nine. I started writing then, and my first novel came out when I was almost fifty. Now, I’m up to around thirty-six novels published, all in the YA Fantasy genre.

 

What do you enjoy most about writing? 

Trite as though this may sound, I love letting my imagination go where the story takes it. I love journeying to other worlds, making up alien names, and getting my characters into fantastic situations. 

 

Are you a plotter or are you more of a pantser? 

I started out as a pantser, but I slowly moved to the plotter’s stage. I keep things very simple. I write out a basic outline of what will happen during the chapter, do some dialogue and-or action sequences, and whatever else I can think of. I do try to keep things flexible, so everything is subject to change, but one constant is that I always leave the chapter on a mini-cliff-hanger!

 

 

What drew you to Speculative Fiction and/or Paranormal Romance?

For me, I wanted to see if I could write it. Fantasy is one thing, but with paranormal doings, particularly romance, I wanted to see if I could move in that direction. With Ether and What The Gods Allow, I think I did a pretty decent job of it. To seek the impossible, the unknowable, and then to write about it—that’s a kick.

 

Which authors have influenced your writing along the way? 

When I was young—as in kiddie time—I loved Ray Bradbury and James Blish, among others. When I got older, Robert McCammon and N.K. Jemisin. All of those authors and more had something to offer—and they were and are all great!

 

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Have you ever used a word or said a word aloud so many times it’s lost all meaning?

Not really, no. I try not to overuse words, and I constantly check myself to see if I’m doing so.

 

Has there ever been a book you couldn’t finish? Why or why not?

I’ve had a few DNF novels in my time. As for why, many reasons. Sometimes, it was the narrative, sometimes it was the poor characterizations or head-hopping…and more. Unfortunately, many of those novels were self-published, and my thought was that if only the authors had spent more time on the editing process, they could have had a halfway decent novel on their hands.

 

If you could go back in time who would you go back in time to see? 

My parents. My father passed away thirty-four years ago, and my mother passed away twelve years ago. They were very good to me, and if I could speak with them again, that would give me peace of mind.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone who is just getting started on their author journey?

At first, just write. Don’t worry about mistakes. Just write. Get your thoughts down. Get the plot hook ready within the first five to ten pages, preferably earlier. Keep writing, let nothing stop you. It’s your vision, your child. Raise it, nurture it, and when it’s edited, polished, living and breathing, and when it’s ready to step out of the pages, as it were, then you know you’ve done your job.

 

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Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share? 

Yes, I would, and this is from Ether, a YA paranormal romance/fantasy. In this scene, the protagonist of the story, Sam Timmins, a social outcast, has just been saved by a wind sprite from a beating by a bully.  Sam runs home, trying to make sense of it all.

 

A breath of wind touched me on the face. Instinctively, I backed up, semi-fearful that what had happened to the boyfriend-girlfriend connection a few minutes ago would happen to me. “Who are you?” I asked. 

No answer, but then again, I hadn’t expected one. “Look, you can tell me who you are. I believe you exist, okay? Are you a ghost or are you something else?” 

Let’s go with the something else concept, as the wind swirled around me and then went to the coffee table where a few magazines were stacked. One magazine slid off the top. The first page flipped open and then a few more pages. Freak… me… out, and my heart sped up due to the sudden adrenaline influx, “Holy crap, you are real.” 

Curious now, I edged over, and an invisible finger depressed certain words on the page. I’m real and I’m not. “You’re real and you’re not,” I echoed, wondering if I was experiencing a first-class delusion. “So if you’re not a ghost and I’m not going crazy, what are you?” 

Silence at first and then a young woman’s voice, someone who sounded young, like me, spoke in a silky whisper. The voice didn’t sound exactly human. It reminded me of the tinkling of wind chimes. But it was still feminine. “Are you ready for the answer?” 

It spoke to me. Whatever it was, it had actually spoken to me. After a few seconds, I managed to force the words from my throat. “Yes. Do you have a name?

“It’s Esther.” 

Do you want to tell me who you are?” 

“I’ll make you a deal,” the girl called Esther said. “Your school’s letting out for vacation next Wednesday, right?” 

How could she know that? “Uh, yeah, it is. You know about my schedule?” “Yeah. When your school lets out, I’ll tell you what I know.” 

She disappeared in a flash, with only the papers fluttering around the room signalling her departure. “Holy crap.” 

My voice cracked as it came out. I’m real and I’m not. What was happening here and now went beyond the boundaries of what people would call normal. So far in the past few days, I’d been saved twice, discovered a being from the great beyond—maybe—existed, and soon that person from the great beyond was going to fill me in on a brand new origin story. Somewhere, there had to be a movie in all this.

 

 

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New Years Resolutions

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Well 2020 is upon us and I had exactly four goals last year. So, for those of you wondering how I did, here’s a recap.

1. Write 300 words a day.

I did it! Over the last year I averaged 386 words a day.

2. Publish… something.

No, I didn’t publish any of the novels in my series. But I did manage to publish a few shorter works and get a bunch of short stories and poetry accepted, as well as publish four anthologies under Iron Faerie Publishing.

3. Write weekly blogs.

Yes! And sometimes daily blogs.

4. Read more.

I’m not sure I read more but I read. So… yes?

So, what am I embarking on this year?

Well for 2020 I’m going to…

1. Write 500 words a day.

2. Publish Book One of the Eldritch Series.

3. Finish Books 7, 8 & 9 of the Eldritch Series.

Now that my goals are out of the way, what are your goals? Writing or otherwise… feel free to list some or all of them in the comments.

And… HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope 2020 brings you everything you wish for!

Nightmares & Bones

With 2020 fast approaching I thought I’d see out 2019 with one last post showcasing two anthologies that have my work within their pages.

The first is Organic Ink 2… AVAILABLE HERE

A poetry anthology weaving words into beautiful prose. 30 authors remind you of your childhood, bring comfort from the hardships of life, fiercely spur emotions, and tell tales of old.
Featuring poetry by Clint Foster, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, Vanessa Bane, Zoey Xolton, Emily Fluckiger, Robert Beveridge, D.S. Durden, Irene Ferraro-Sives, Scott J. Couturier, J.E. Feldman, Theresa Derwin, Rich Rurshell, Mark Kuglin, Amy Ledford, Joshua Lupardus, Stephen Herczeg, Ann Wycoff, Amber M. Simpson, Datura Lily, L.L. Nelson, Beth W. Patterson, Vanessa Caraveo, Caroline Furlong, Rhiannon Bird, Sinister Sweetheart, Susan York, Gabriella Balcolm, Bobbi Sinha-Morey, C.L. Williams, and Jennifer Carr.

I have 10 haikus and 10 poems featuring. They are:

A Life in Motion

Flower Face

Isle of Apples

Loss

Nightmares & Bliss

Oh Cruel Fate

One Last Goodbye

Raven Queen

The Bastard Prince

Wolves Reborn

The second is 100 Word Horrors 4… AVAILABLE HERE

100 Word Horrors 4 brings you over one hundred new drabbles from a wealth of horror authors. Some new, some old, but all great. Each and every one of us hope you have a blast with the final instalment in the series. 

My drabble, Blood & Bone can be found within.

Here’s to even more stories and poetry and publications in 2020.

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

I’d never considered myself someone who was capable of breaking the rules,.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

2019 in Review

Well another year is almost over and it’s brought with it a lot of accomplishments.

I’ve had 65 acceptances and seen my work feature in 14 anthologies with more being published in the new year!

I’d absolutely love you to support me by purchasing a copy of any one of these anthologies and if you have already purchased a copy please consider leaving a review.

Angels | AVAILABLE NOW

Apocalypse | AVAILABLE NOW

Coffins & Dragons | AVAILABLE NOW

Curses & Cauldrons | AVAILABLE NOW

Divinity | AVAILABLE NOW

Fable | AVAILABLE NOW

Forest of Fear | AVAILABLE NOW

Forgotten Ones | PREORDER NOW

Hawthorn & Ash | AVAILABLE NOW

Organic Ink 1 | AVAILABLE NOW

Organic Ink 2 | PREORDER NOW

Spring’s Blessing | AVAILABLE NOW

Summer’s Splash | AVAILABLE NOW

The Best of Iron Faerie Publishing 2019 | PREORDER NOW

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

Demon possession was not how I wanted to start my day.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

5 Elements of a Story – Setting

The setting is the location of the action of the story. An author should describe the environment or surroundings of the story in such detail that the reader feels as if they can picture the scene unfolding in their minds eye.

There are also other important aspects fall under the setting.

These are:

Place – Where is the action of the story taking place? Geographically.

Time – When is the story taking place? Is it a past, present or futuristic setting?

Weather conditions – What season is the story taking place during?

 

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

Kings and Gods bow to me.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!