Category Archives: Life Updates

Open Letter From a Fictional Character – Willow

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It’s today!! A Book Without Dragons is officially out in the world! (Hey, have you been keeping up with the secret code? The last clue is 2:58.) And, in honor of that, we have our final open letter, directly to you from my main Character, Willow Ayers. 

(PS – don’t forget to come to my online release party tonight! I’m really looking forward to it!)

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Hi Everyone,

So… Yeah, I’m Willow. Thanks for letting me talk to you today!

I know I should probably be talking about the specific scientific aspects of the Unitime Satellites, and don’t get me wrong, that’s all important. But here what I really want to talk about: The title.

It’s a weird title, right? “A Book Without Dragons.” Why would a book be defined by what’s not in it? I guess the first thing I’ll tell you about the title is that the title is an accurate statement. There really aren’t any dragons in the book. Read the rest of this entry

You’re Invited to my release party!

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“It’s 11:11 – Make a wish!” (Confused? Click Here)

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Well, here we are! In another two weeks, A Book Without Dragons will be out in the world, and I am so excited! (Also, very sleepy—there’s a lot of behind the scenes work that happens in the home stretch—but mostly I’m just excited.)

And guess what?! I’m inviting you to an online release party. If you’ve never been to an online book release, check out my previous post Here. The party I attended for Coven was lots of fun, so I decided I definitely wanted to host one of my own when A Book Without Dragons was ready. Read the rest of this entry

The Advance Reader Copies are Here!

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“Wait, hold up… did you just say it was 2:58? Can’t be!” (Confused? Click here.)

Guess what??!! The advanced reader copies of my new book came in yesterday! (So very excited.) And I’ve set aside 10 of them specifically for my social media family. (That means YOU!) So, send me an e-mail and you could read A Book Without Dragons for free!

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Cover Reveal coming soon (or even SOONER?!)

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Hey Friends! 

My front cover for A Book Without Dragons is done, and beautiful (and it’s totally my phone’s lock screen because I ❤ it so much!) The official cover reveal is January 27th. 

HOWEVER!!!

If you want to see it even sooner, sign up for my newsletter before this Wednesday. You’ll see it a full week sooner than everyone else 🙂 Click Here to sign up.

 

 

Holiday Sale!

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Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to let you all know that I’m having a holiday sale for my book on Etsy! Use Coupon Code DANCE to get a dollar off my new fantasy novelette, “The World That Forgot How to Dance.” (It would make a unique stocking stuffer! Also, I’ll sign and personalize them at no extra charge.)

Click Here to go to my Etsy shop

I’ll be running this sale from now until December 31st. Happy reading 🙂

Dancing Cover

Cover Reveal – The World That Forgot How to Dance

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Here it is!! ISN’T IT PRETTY???!!!

Cropped Cover

The cover art was done by my mother, Susan Kent Berrier, and I am so in love with the way it turned out! She referenced a lot of pictures on my Pinterest board to get a feel for how Ellsie looked in my mind, and I think she totally nailed it! (Don’t you just love that skirt??) Read the rest of this entry

Dover Comic Con 2015

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Well, the second annual Dover Comic Con was AMAZING! (Seriously, if you’re close to Delaware, or if you’re in the mood for a road trip, try to make it next year. So much fun!) In my true Olivia fashion, I frequently thought to myself “hm.. probably should have taken a picture of that…” after the opportunity had passed. I’m a bad millennial, what can I say?

Here are the highlights I did capture, though:

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First off, this was my table. Purty, I know ❤ That sign in the back refused to stick to the wall with the tape I’d brought, so I had to send my Dad and sister to get me duct tape. They came back with—wait for it—Star Wars themed duct tape. Read the rest of this entry

Coming Soon to a Bookshelf Near You…. (!!!)

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Yes! That’s right, I’ve been coddling this particular idea in secret for quite some time now, but let’s make it official. In May of 2016, I will be publishing another novel. I’ve actually mentioned it once or twice on the blog before, under the code name “Clocks.” (The posts are here and here if you wanted to read them.) However, if I’m finally putting this book on the calendar, it’s time to give it a real name. So (I guess let’s call this the Title Reveal? Things always sound more exciting when you put ‘reveal’ after it…) the title of my upcoming novel is:

A Book Without Dragons

 

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Self-publishing adventures: I got The Box!!

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Hey, remember when I told you I was going to be self-publishing the Dancing Novelette? (No? Its here if you’re curious.) Well, I got a box in the mail. The Box. THE BOX!!!

Yeah, I painted out the cover. *Grins wickedly* Cover reveal is in a couple weeks, guys!! It's so pretty <3

Yeah, I painted out the cover. *Grins wickedly* Cover reveal is in a couple weeks, guys!! It’s so pretty ❤

I’ve watched YouTube videos of authors getting The Box, and found myself to be (ahem…) less eloquent than the majority of my colleagues. Or rather, I squealed incoherently for several minutes. But the books were just so cute and pretty and… real!
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I’m starting a new adventure… self publishing!

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As you know, I’ve been running a web serial on Wednesdays. I figured that once the serial had run through its 29 chapters, I would leave The World That Forgot How to Dance up as a permanent feature on my blog. Then I thought: hey, what if I also had it available as a pretty PDF so people could read it on their e-readers? And then I thought: well, if I’m already kinda sorta halfway self-publishing this thing, why not go all the way?

So, friends, I am officially working through the magical jungles of self-publishing. I’ll be honest, this wasn’t a route high school Olivia was planning on taking, and college Olivia was pretty skeptical as well, but now that I’m actually doing it I’m realizing that self-publishing is such a great choice for me. Read the rest of this entry

New Published Story! (and the bracelet that inspired it)

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Guess what, friends? I have a new story out there! It was published by Every Day Fiction on March 1st, and you can read it right here. This is not my first time publishing with EDF, but the first time I’ve had a fantasy (fantasy-ish? Someone in the comments called it a parable, which may be closer) piece appear on their website.

This story began as an object. This one.

Angel Bracelet

I was given this bracelet by my Great Aunt, who is also my pen pal, and a delightfully eclectic lady. I’ve always been oddly fascinated with holding it and playing with it. It has a very nice weight which I find comforting, and I’ve always really enjoyed the concept of angels, so one morning I decided I really wanted to write a story that incorporated both angels and beaded bracelets. Read the rest of this entry

Roanoke Regional Writers’ Conference

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Another full weekend of writer-ly things! I attended the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference, held at the one and only Hollins University. If I can learn more about writing while visiting my alma mater, I become one happy Olivia. And I was. It was a fantastic time.

Dan Smith (the awesome dude in the picture below!) did an amazing job of bringing this event together. I’m so grateful to him and all of the speakers who taught the classes.

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The TimeWarp Bill: 8 Random Facts

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This post features my story The TimeWarp Bill
Newly reprinted by The Fast-Forward Festival
Spoilers have been whited out

Exciting news! The TimeWarp Bill, originally published by Spaceports and Spidersilk in April 2013, is now also a part of the delightful webzine The Fast-Forward Festival! You can read if here if you’re interested 🙂 Also, if you found my blog after reading the story, then welcome to my internet playground! 

So, in honor of the reprinting of this story, I’m posting 8 bits of trivia about the story / characters / writing process. Spoilers have been whited out between these [[ Greetings! ]]. Highlight between the brackets to read them. 

 

1.   So far, this has been my only story in which my two main characters don’t have a names. The main character is Matt, and the guy you meet later on is Andrew (he goes by AJ) but I just couldn’t find a way to gracefully insert that information into the story without sounding forced.
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Oh, look: Free stuff!

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I have another story publication coming up very soon (YAY!) , so since I’ll be posting something about that early next week, I’ll keep this Saturday post short.

I’m finally doing some much-needed cleaning, and ran across the free things I had on my table at my first Comic Con adventure. These are the random shineys I was giving out:

Yes, those are indeed bookish origami things :-) I had WAY too many fun making those...

Yes, those are indeed bookish origami things 🙂 I had WAY too much fun making those…

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Dover Comic Con… (in which Olivia has a Moment)

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So, Dover Comic Con was kind of amazing. And by “kind of” I obviously mean indisputedly amazing. Oh my GOSH, you guys!!! What a great weekend! If you will permit me some newbie gushing moments…

When I got to Artist’s Alley, the beyond-wonderful volunteers at the Library told me to find my name on one of the tables. (I may have reverted back to grade school Olivia and got really excited about seeing my name on a desk…) On my table, I also found this badge, and did my little “Eeeee someone called me an Artist” dance.

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New Publication! “The Truth Behind Letters”

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This post features my shiny, new story, The Truth Behind Letters
It also talks about Waiting Room.

No Spoilers

On this most delightful of Saturdays, I have a new short story to add to my list of publications :-D.

This particular story is an interesting ‘first’ for me, because this is the first time I’ve written a story as a sequel to a previous story. Does anyone remember Waiting Room? Yeah: this is the same Samantha. Her character survey is located here if you want a refresher as to who she is. Read the rest of this entry

I’m going to a Convention!

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Okay, beloved blog friends: Olivia is very excited about something 😀

On August 16th I’m going to be attending my very first convention. (I mean, I’ve been to cons before, but this is my first time having a table and saying, “Hey, world! I write things.”) This was actually on my goal list for 2014:

(Still working on the second one, by the way... 2014 isn't over yet! There is always hope.)

(Still working on the second one, by the way… 2014 isn’t over yet! There is always hope.)


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My Camp Nano Adventures

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Happy weekend, all! 

I decided to take a little retreat from editing my longer projects and use camp Nanowrimo to focus on short stories. So far, this has been an EXCELLENT decision in my life. 

Here is the challenge I’m setting for myself in July: I want to write (or at least start) one short story per day. I’m not allowed to plan any of the stories in advance. They cannot be ideas I’ve been holding for a while, or anything I’ve attempted writing before. Also: each story must have an ending; even if it’s only in the form of a rough outline, and even if the ending is cringe-worthy.  Read the rest of this entry

I have business cards! Anyone want one??

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A while back, I read this awesome post by Twintype Books (and then proceeded to flood the author with questions on the subject. Thanks, Kate!) and was ultimately convinced that it would be a good idea to make author-ly business cards.

It was, indeed, an extremely good idea, and not just because I had inordinate amounts of fun making them 😉 When I was at Central PA Comic Con, it was beyond helpful to have something to pass out to the great contacts I made over the weekend. And beyond the more practical reasons, having the cards is strangely comforting. On frustrating days where I need to drag the words onto the page, seeing the little green card on my desk is a happy little reminder of who I am and what I want to accomplish.

Here’s what they look like:

My Card

So anyway, back to the title of this post. Because I am so giddy and excited to give these cards to people, I thought I’d extend the offer to anyone who stumbled upon me in the blogging world. If anyone wants one, just pop over to my Contact Page and send me a message with your snail-mail address. (The envelope will probably arrive with a wax seal. Because I just love wax seals ❤ )

The Liebster Blog Award!

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Hey, guess what, friends? The awesome-beyond-awesome Hayley Knighten nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award! Thank you so much, Hayley

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I’ve seen this award bouncing around the blog-verse for a while, and I honestly think it’s a truly neat idea. It has helped me discover tons of excellent new blogs, and I’m excited to be able to nominate 11 others and spread the word about their blogging adventures.

So, before I get to that, apparently I get to chatter about myself 🙂 Here are eleven facts about me:

  1. Occasionally I have lucid dreams in which I can fly.
  2. My favorite holidays are Halloween and New Year’s Eve
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Central PA Comic Con: In which Olivia meets some awesome people!

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Time to break my rules again 😉 because I attended the Central PA Comic Con over the weekend, and I’m feeling way too jazzed up to wait until next Saturday to chatter about it.

There were the usual Con treasures (Klingon 101 was particularly delightful, as was listening to JG Hertzler from Start Trek Deep Space Nine give a surprise Shakespearean monologue…) but I was surprised at how many writerly-gems I found there!

I attended a workshop with the lovely Danielle Ackley-McPhail about using the five senses while writing. Read the rest of this entry

Announcement

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So, remember how I said I was going to update only on Saturdays?

Do you also remember from my first post how I often break my own rules?

I’ll still keep up with my Saturday content, I promise, however I had an exciting moment that I couldn’t wait the long week to share.

I have another publication on the way!

I came home to find my SASE waiting for me in the mail, addressed in orange sharpie (I like colors…), and I was mentally preparing to bring my rejection count closer to the mythical 100 (almost there, by the way!). But I discovered instead happiness in the form of a piece of paper containing the words “intention to publish.”

It’s a poem this time. I’m mainly a fiction kind of girl, but I do enjoy poetry as well. This one is called “A Song of Flowers” and is one of my rhyme and meter endeavors. It has found a home in The Storyteller Magazine, and will be in the upcoming April / May / June issue, at which time I will probably dance, or cry, or both.

Greetings, Internet!

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Many years ago, I asked myself the question “When does an author become author-ly enough to have a blog about being an author?” I had just taken my first toddling steps into the world of publishing, and suddenly the Olivia of 2007 decided it was necessary to plan out the rest of her career as a writer in one afternoon.

Once I have a book published I’ll start a blog.

That was my initial rule, for no other reason than it seemed a blessedly definable line in the sand. Time passed, and I learned more about the blogging world, and my rule changed. Read the rest of this entry