Translations, Narrations, and Progress, Oh My!

Posted July 28, 2017 by Jennifer Ellision in blog, IRL / 0 Comments

Hello, friends!

I didn’t want another several months to go by without updating you on life and books and work and such.

SO. What have I been up to?

Writing Things:

  • Progress on Lady Pirates is slow… but it’s progress nonetheless! I’m doing my best to puzzle out the plot with the aid of a 5-subject notebook, and I’m sharing teasers from said progress over on Instagram:

Well, it isn't Tuesday… but have a teaser anyway ūüėČ

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  • I’ve also been doing a lot of research for this book… on everything from what pirates ate, to their officer rankings, to historical lady pirates like Anne Bonny

Book Things:

  • Translations of Threats of Sky and Sea are officially in the works! Look out for a Spanish edition first and an Italian translation after that. Other translations (hopefully!) to come!

Audiobook Things:

  • I’m¬†finally¬†wrapping up production in the next couple of weeks on the fabulous Elodie Nowodazkij’s¬†One, Two, Three.¬†It’s taken me a while to get this out after doing the narration of prequel One Dream Only¬†(between bouts with depression and simply not having recording time/space), but I’m¬†very¬†excited that listeners will be able to see what happens to Elodie’s tortured ballerina Nata, who is fighting like hell after an accident that took both her father and (possibly) her ability to ever dance again.

  • Also wrapping very soon: production on S. Usher Evans’s¬†Alliances¬†(Book #2 in the Razia series). You may have noticed that I narrated Book 1, Double Life,¬†and¬†I’ve so enjoyed reuniting with Lyssa and other familiar characters in Evans’s sci-fi piracy world and I think listeners will love it as well!

Look out for both of these on Audible soon!

Life Things:

  • I visited my second state of the year! In a happy coincidence, I visited Wisconsin for some 4th of July fun the same weekend that my best friend since childhood moved to the state. We managed to meet up for an all-too-brief lunch, during which I got to meet her new baby.

Got to meet the BFF's little one and got the second new state of the year in the books!

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  • I’ve also taken in a few more concert, theatre, and sporting events, like:
    • Pitbull/Enrique Iglesias
    • Miami Marlins baseball games
    • Dierks Bentley
    • Finding Neverland
    • Cirque du Soleil: Ovo

It's always a good night for a musical. (Side note: possibly the most gorgeous set design I've ever seen? Wow.)

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I’m in a good place these days and looking forward to seeing what else the year has to offer! What are you looking forward to?

Remember Me?

Posted June 5, 2017 by Jennifer Ellision in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Hey there, reader friends! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?

I’ve had to step away from the internet a bit in the past few months. Anxiety and depression are¬†A Thing that I deal with sometimes and, unfortunately, it was exacerbated a bit in the past several months by things like the Twitters and– well, keeping an authorly social media presence in general. Not fun and in ways I missed it, but stepping away for a while was what I needed. I’m feeling pretty okay these days though, so I’ve got a bunch to update you all on!

Book Things:

-Thanks to all of you, Fall of Thrones and Thorns was voted one of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2016! Not only that, but it was in the Top 20 of those books! Thank you!

-The¬†audio edition¬†of Fall of Thrones and Thorns was released! Grace Glass is back with her beautiful narration, and I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

-I published Tales from Fire to Frost: A Collection of Threats of Sky and Sea Stories, which includes all of the previously published shorts (Sisters of Wind and Flame, Breathe In, and Defining Justice). I put together this little compilation for the paperback aficionados out there who wanted to have a hard copy of the stories and complete their Threats of Sky and Sea collection. ^_^

Writing Things:

-You may remember that last year, I wrote a mini-episode for The Bridge Podcast, which is a fantasy audio drama podcast, of¬†which my lovely CP Alex is one of the creators and showrunners. I’ve got my hand in a couple more upcoming episodes there, so make sure you subscribe!

-If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that one of my Christmas gifts was a “Writing Prompts” journal. I’m starting to make an effort to use it as sort of a writing exercise/warm-up.

-Things on the novel-writing front are slow, but starting to pick up steam! I’m making more of an effort to schedule in some library time, which is my preferred writing location.

Life Things:

(I try to keep my “author Instagram” (@jenellision) free of most of these things, but if you’re interested, you can always keep up with me on my personal Instagram, @dayinthelifeofjen.)

I’m working on ticking off some of those 2017 goals that I mentioned in my last post! So far, I:

  • ran my first 10K!
  • visited 1 new country: the U.K., where I had an absolute¬†blast–¬†I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and did a ton of fascinating historical tours, one of which inspired a plot point in the book I’m working on… and another of which was a tour of Shakespeare’s Globe, which has been a dream of mine for some time now
  • visited 1 new state: Illinois. I had my first Chicago experience, complete with deep dish pizza, “the bean,” and a visit to the Hancock to see a breathtaking view of the city, as well as an architectural boat tour of the buildings Chicago is famous for. It was a great trip, and it’s a city I’d like to go back to one of these days. 1 new state down, 3 to go.

Sight-seeing

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-As far as states I’ve already been to go, this year I’ve also traveled to Colorado, Georgia, and Virginia/D.C. All very fun trips. ^_^

-I’ve been lucky enough to see some theatre and concerts so far this year. Shows have included:

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Something Rotten
  • Aladdin
  • Matilda
  • Blink-182
  • New Found Glory

And I have a few more shows already on the docket for the rest of the year!

And that’s life in a nutshell these days! How have things been with you?

Nice to meet you, 2017. I want more from you.

Posted January 2, 2017 by Jennifer Ellision in blog / 0 Comments

 

Hello, 2017.

I hope you’re good to us, 2017, because 2016 was a shitshow overall– I’m looking very pointedly at you, World at Large.

But it held some high points for me:

  • I published the conclusion of my YA fantasy trilogy
  • That conclusion was voted one of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2016
  • I had my best sales months
  • My romance novel was mentioned in a Huffington Post blog
  • I voiced a minor character in an audio drama podcast
  • I wrote an audio drama podcast minisode
  • I visited 3 new states and 1 new country
  • I accomplished the Goodreads reading challenge that I set for myself
  • I became a godmother
  • I trained for and ran 2 5Ks for the first time
  • I went to Disney quite a bit
  • I found a new gym that I love, which is helping me with my mental health in a big, big, big way that I just can’t overstate

 

I had some major lows, but also some amazing high points.

And now it’s time to think about 2017.

My guiding word for 2016 was “new” and I think it lived up to that. My word for 2017?

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And to narrow that focus down a bit, I’ve outlined a few specific goals for the year:

  • Run a 10K
    • I’m going further than last year’s 5Ks. I signed up for my first 10K yesterday! It’s at the end of February. Stay tuned!
  • Publish 2 novels
    • I published only one novel in 2016, and I won’t lie to you, 2 will be a challenge. If you’ve paid attention to my writing speed over the past few years that I’ve been in this self-publishing game, you may have noticed that even 1 book in a year is often a struggle, but I have some¬†fun ideas…
  • Narrate 4 audiobooks
    • Considering I’m midway through 2 audiobook productions and plan to also release Breathe In on audio myself, I think this is very doable. In 2016, I narrated 2 books. I’m doubling that this year.
  • Visit 4¬†new states and 1 new country
    • I already have the 1 country lined up– I’m going to the U.K. in March! I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve had this trip planned since late 2015. I have some ideas on what the new state trips will be but they’re still to be determined. Below is my updated “states visited” map after adding Tennessee, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania in 2016.

So that’s what I’m hoping to get out of 2017. How about you?

Finals of 50 Best Indies of 2016 – Last Day!

Posted December 16, 2016 by Jennifer Ellision in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
Finals of 50 Best Indies of 2016 – Last Day!

Hi all! If you didn’t already know, Fall of Thrones and Thorns made it to the FINALS of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2016! Today’s the last day to cast your vote– you can vote twice in each category and I would so appreciate the help in getting a little extra exposure for my work! You can vote on readfree.ly (If you’re redirected to the main site, here are are some step-by-step instructions to get you to where you can vote!) Hover over “The 50 Best Indie Books of the Year” on the top menu Select “Nominate the Best of 2016” from the drop-down Choose “Fantasy” from the genre choices Scroll below the book covers to find “Fall of Thrones and Thorns,” choose the box next to it, and and¬†hit “submit!” You can vote twice, as well as vote […]

We’re Here

Posted November 16, 2016 by Jennifer Ellision in blog / 0 Comments
We’re Here

So. The election happened. There’s no changing the results, but God, I hope we can change some things going forward. So this is where we are. We’re here. Where do we go now? Well, a lot of people a lot smarter than me are telling us what we can do now, so I’m taking their advice. For example: In the book world: You can buy and boost #ownvoices books. You can donate to We Need Diverse Books. You can signal boost. You can report trolls when authors who are marginalized or who dare to speak up are viciously attacked. Here is a piece detailing the small hope that Democrats can take back the Senate majority, due to a run-off race in Louisiana. You can donate to this campaign. You can volunteer for it. If you live in Louisiana, you can […]

October Mini-reviews

Posted November 3, 2016 by Jennifer Ellision in blog, Books / 0 Comments
October Mini-reviews

I read… kind of a lot this past month and I often miss book blogging because I miss talking about my reading! I don’t know if I’ll do a reading wrap-up every month, but I read some¬†really¬†cool stuff in October that I just had to yammer on about a bit. Here are my October mini-reviews of the books I read last month. Fiction YA Fantasy Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass is possibly my favorite on-going series. Possibly my favorite¬†series.¬†I’ve been in deep love with these books since reading an ARC of Throne of Glass. And Empire of Storms doesn’t disappoint. With each installment, Mass draws her readers further into the intricate world she’s created, unfolding more and more plot and whirling us around the twists and turns the story takes. I […]

NaNoWriMo 2016

Posted November 1, 2016 by Jennifer Ellision in blog, Writing / 0 Comments
NaNoWriMo 2016

Hey, friends! Here’s a¬†very¬†quick post to let you know that I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo 2016– also known as National Novel Writing Month again! I’m planning to write a total of the usual 50,000 words, but I plan to do that between drafting two short stories and starting the first draft of my next novel. You can follow along with me by being my NaNoWriMo 2016 buddy! My profile is here. Good luck, fellow Wrimos! I’ll see you on the other side~

Free Books for Trick or Treat Reads!

Posted October 31, 2016 by Jennifer Ellision in blog / 8 Comments
Free Books for Trick or Treat Reads!

Happy Halloween, my friends! This year, I’m participating in Treat or Treat Reads, hosted by Patricia Lynne. What does this mean? It means that books are the candy this Halloween. There are a¬†bunch¬†of authors giving books away for free, including me! If you’re in the mood for some light New Adult romance,¬†Now and Again¬†is free. Or, if you want a YA fantasy short, you can grab¬†Sisters of Wind and Flame. NA Romance Available exclusively on Kindle YA Fantasy Short Available exclusively on Kindle Sale ends November 1. ¬†Grab more books for free! Keep hopping around the Trick or Treat Reads linky, below:

Reflections on writing prose vs. an audio script

Posted October 19, 2016 by Jennifer Ellision in Writing / 0 Comments
Reflections on writing prose vs. an audio script

Pretty much all of the writing I’ve done has been prose– that’s how most of you know me, right? Former fanfiction writer turned novelist (with a couple of short stories thrown in for good measure). But recently, I tried something new. You see, one of my critique partners, Alex Brown, co-created an audio drama podcast called The Bridge that I am O B S E S S E D with. And The Bridge has a few mini episodes that stand apart from the main story arc. Alex invited me to write one. I was intrigued– because hey, this was sort of an opportunity to write canon fanfiction for a thing I love! But I was also nervous. I’d never written any sort of a script before. Still… I’m rather happy with how it turned out! You can listen to the […]

Questions to ask when you’re world-building.

Posted October 12, 2016 by Jennifer Ellision in blog, Writing / 0 Comments
Questions to ask when you’re world-building.

Once upon a time, I was a baby author, daunted by the task of world-building for my fantasy novel. The majority of my writing had been fanfiction. The stories I created were set in worlds other people had established. I had to think deeply about the world I presented in my Threats of Sky and Sea series if I wanted readers to believe my world-building; to truly immerse¬†themselves in the world and story. As my friend Angel said, after reading an early draft of¬†Threats:¬†Do all of these world-building details need to be included in the book? Not necessarily. But should¬†I, as the writer and world-builder, know them? Absolutely. A version of this post originally appeared on my old blog, Almost Grown-up, but with a completed series under my belt now and gazing off into the horizon at my next upcoming […]