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Dog Days

Published 07/03/2014 by Lily Crussell

One of my favourite people on earth is going through hell at the moment. Her dog is suffering from Kidney failure and I was hoping maybe someone out there had been through it and could offer advice? She is the most wonderful person and I don’t know how to help her or what to suggest.

 

 

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Laptop I hate you!

Published 22/10/2012 by Lily Crussell

I have tried (unsuccessfully) to post on here for about a week and my laptop is not playing ball. I don’t know if it doesn’t like the site, or it just doesn’t like days ending in -day….urgh.

I’ve seen the possible covers for my book and am very excited. ‘Must Love Fangs’ on facebook is doing it for me, my problem is that all the options she shows me are great, so how am I supposed to choose? We’re looking at a Dec 22nd release and I am waaaaaay too impatient to wait that long! I will have a couple of copies to give away, but most will be available from Mystic Press etc. I will hopefully be flogging a tonne to family and friends too!

The e-book is gone from Amazon for the time being so it can be relaunched (Editted and everything! Unlike the last time where I paid £300 for it to be editted…BADLY!) Anyhoo, rant over.

Holy crap did you all see The Walking Dead? I’m in the UK so haven’t seen ep 2 (no spoilers) but I AM LOVING the extra Daryl action! I would quite honestly have sold a kidney to be Carol in that episode. Woah! Jealous much ;p

I hate my computer!

Published 02/10/2012 by Lily Crussell

Sorry for the lack of posts, but my lappy hasn’t been able to cope with WP for some reason! It’s been completely useless, but for now it seems to be playing ball so I will take advantage!

Not much to tell in the way of writing as I’m working on a few things. I’m hoping to send out one book for a critique soon, it;s the one I’ve sent out to my Beta readers and I think it’s the most complete book I have so far. Of Darkness and Light is driving me a little mental at the moment as I can’t bring myself to reread it to even think about the follow up ‘Of Blood and Feathers’ as I have read it so many times! No more! Not for the moment anyway!

Other than that, not much to tell though I do have some suggestions if you’re bored;

9gag.com

buzzfeed.com

cracked.com

As I waste waaaaay too much time on them. On a plus, apparently it’s been scientifically proven that looking at pictures of cute animals makes you more productive. That has to be a lie as if I look at cute animals, I then look up more cute animals, and more and more until it’s been three hours and I have no idea where the time went!

I’m currently reading ‘Jin-shei’ by Alma Alexander, which I’ve read before but found a copy of so thought I’d reread it. I also started the ‘Flowers in the Attic’ series by Virginia Andrews. I’ve finished the second book, but don’t know if I can bring myself to read the third as I just want to punch Cathy in the face repeatedly!

As the weather gets crappier, I thought I’d share my uber secret recipe for VEGAN hot chocolate. I honestly think it tastes better than the normal kinds I used to drink before I turned Vegan. By super secret, I mean I stole it mwahahahhahahaha!

I use rice milk as it’s sweet, but soya, almond and other fake milks work just as well, but they will affect the taste.

Mug of rice milk, chuck it in pan (not the mug, just the milk), chuck in vanilla essence (I use one measure of the cap as the bottles tend to be quite small, then agave syrup (I found this in the whole foods section, it’s made from cacti which sounds gross, but it’s really nice and low GI) I personally just throw it in without measuring. Once it boils, mix in a tablespoon (obv depends on how big the mug is as you may need more or less) of cocoa power. I use Bournville as it’s gorgeous! Make sure it’s all mixed in properly and then drink when cool enough! Booyah! Ensure you’re curled up with a good book whilst drinking!

Also! I am utterly, utterly in love with Fightstar at the moment. Trust me to re-love them when they’re on long term Hiatus! They’re a Brit band and I had their album ‘Grand Unification’ but had never bothered to look up the others. THEY’RE AMASING! To get a feel for them, look up ‘Floods’, ‘The English Way’, ‘Waste a Moment’, ‘Tonight we Burn’. ‘Unfamiliar ceilings’. So good! Their lead singer Charlie Simpson also has a solo album called ‘Young Pilgrim’ which I also adore! Look up ‘thorns’ it is such a sweet song!

Unfortunately my Reedus addiction only seems to get worse on a daily basis, so BOOM;

Stuck!

Published 30/08/2012 by Lily Crussell

I’m stuck on $215! Anyone have any ideas on how to spread the word for my donations page? I have 57 days left and I get nothing if I don’t hit a target! Argh!

http://www.pubslush.com/books/ofdarknessandlightx

 

Love

Lily x

Writing Course – The 12 Steps of the Hero.

Published 18/08/2012 by Lily Crussell

I went on a writing course on Wednesday, and whilst it was slightly pointless to me (no one else there had completed a book, they were at the very beginning stages, so it was aimed at them) there were a few things that I hadn’t come across before that I thought some of you might find useful;

The 12 Steps of the Hero

This is essantially the journay the protagonist goes on throughout the book to lead them to the ending. The steps are;

1. Ordinary World – The Hero’s life, what is normal for them. This can often lead to something upsetting the balance and changing it leading to the inciting incident (what causes everything in the book to happen essentially)

2.Call to Adventure – This is the reaction to the inciting incident i.e the hero needs to take action. This doesn’t mean that they do, but the need is there.

3. Refuse the Call – The Hero does not want things to change or does not feel they are up to the task at hand. They refuse. It builds suspense.

4. Meeting the Mentor – The Hero will meet someone who is a good example or offers advice to help them through (i.e in the Wizard of Oz, she meets the Good Witch)

5. Crossing the First Threshold – Essentially getting past the fear and deciding to do what needs doing.

6. Tests, Allies, Enemies – Conflict, the meeting of like minds or people who will hinder the journey.

7.Approach the Innermost Cave – Nearing the target, but something stops them.

8.Supreme Ordeal – An incident that causes the Hero to become disheartened and they hit rock bottom.

9. Reward (Seizing the Sword) – The Hero pulls themselves out of the pit of dispair and takes action.

10. Road Back – You think this is the journey home, but something often gets in the way.

11. Ressurrection – Hope is found. A minor character often reveals the Hero’s flaws so that they can over come them.

12. Return with the Elixir – Ending, resolution. The Hero has grown as a person and learned valuable things about themselves.

These can obviusly change in order, and not all will apply in every story (i.e not all books have happy ending. In Romeo and Juiet, no one learned anything, just that a tragedy had occured and lives had been wasted. There was no growth of the characters or knowledge that they could sue in the future)

I’d never heard of this before, but I think it might be useful to people who may be stuck in their writing. You can decide at what point your story is, and then progress onto the next step to give you some inspiration. Bear in mind rules can be broken and this isn’t something that should ever limit the creative flow!

Love and Hugs

Lily x

 

Reedus Gif of the day (They amuse me anyway lol)

Booyah!

Holy crap!

Published 13/08/2012 by Lily Crussell

I have been writing madly (between bouts of serious procrastination whilst looking at 9gag.com, buzzfeed and cracked.com lol) and have written 101,741 words in about two weeks. That is insane! Ok, I’m not going to lie, most of it is trash! It’s pretty much a fantasy story (not unicorns etc, I mean if I could write my own life, what I would like to happen) Might stick a unicorn in it though as if I could write my own life, there would be unicorns.

Having a giveaway on my fanpage on facebook. We’re at 1028 Likes! It’s insane!

Also, have my beta readers reading my newest completed work, so it’s just a case of waiting for that to come back.

Love and hugs

Lily x

 

SPOILER ALERT!

Norman Reedus Gif of the day! (Care of http://normanreedusgifs.tumblr.com/) Love it!

Yep That’s Norman and Alan Rickman,