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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all!

 

I don’t have candy, but here’s a joke instead: Why do mathematicians always confuse Halloween and Christmas? Because OCT 31 = DEC 25 

 

❤ DragonBeck

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2018 Resolutions

The first month of 2018 is almost done, and I haven’t finished my resolutions – I hope this is not an omen for how the rest of the year is going to progress (knock on wood!).

So, in the spirit of better late than never –

and at the great risk of embarrassing myself in this spotlight I’ve created by being the only person left on the stage, I’ll go ahead and finish my ponderings and scribblings on the matter, and post them. I’m not really into the “new year, new me” philosophy. I don’t have to become someone else to be better, I just have to strive to be a better me.  In that vein, I’d like to have more balance in my life – I want to be optimistic, but realistic. I want to achieve great things, but I want to make sure the mundane gets taken care of too. So, after much thought about how I can beat 2017, here are the resolutions for 2018:

  1. Be awesome.
  2. Write a lot.
  3. Publish book #5.
  4. First draft of book #6.
  5. Read.
  6.  (more like 5.5) Read Stephen King’s On Writing.
  7. Exercise.
  8. Go to Africa.
  9. Learn to speak better Italian (and I do mean speak, not read or write).
  10. Draw or Paint more.
  11. Play my guitar.
  12. Write letters.
  13. Eat good food, drink coffee, have chocolate.
  14. Eat something unusual, that I haven’t tried before.
  15. Have a Golden Birthday.
  16. Sell lots of books.
  17. Write some awesome Stories My Friends Started.
  18. Enter (and win) a contest.
  19. Buy a mattress.
  20. Get a better phone.
  21. Focus on the real things: real friends, real communication, real happiness.
  22. Get a movie/TV series deal.
  23. Do something outside my comfort zone.
  24. Meet new people.
  25. Spend time on myself.
  26. Spend time on other people.
  27. Find something I’d lost.
  28. Give a present that really means something
  29. Do something unthinkable or ridiculous (but not dangerous or illegal).
  30. Something with dragons (for the English teachers and grammar nazis, yes I know that’s not a complete thought).
  31. Make a new friend.
  32. Be awesome (that merits saying twice).

So that’s that. That’s a pretty good list, pretty good motivation. I hope you all have a great year, and feel free to drop me a line and say hi! I’d love to know what some of your resolutions are and how they’re going so far?

❤ DragonBeck

A Look Back At My 2017 Resolutions

Hi people! So, as is only natural, at the end of 2016 I published a blog outlining my lofty hopes and dreams for 2017. You can read it here.

Let’s have a look at what those were, and how many of the got done, in part or in whole:

  1. Write. A lot. I did this. Not as much as I’d hoped (I wanted to get the first draft of my fifth novel done, but that didn’t happen). I rewrote book 1, and finished book 4, wrote some Stories My Friends Started, and some flash fiction writing exercises; and a few short short stories for anthologies. And a story to submit to Writers of the Future (it didn’t win but it was awesome).
  2. Read. Not quite as much as I write, but at least some. I did this!!! I read the Pendragon series (awesome) and Second Chances by Alanna J. Rubin (also awesome!).
  3. Keep Erika happy with my quota of Stories My Friends Started (if you’d like to help me with this particular resolution, go to Storiesmyfriendsstarted.com, and give us a sentence to start!) I sort of did this – Erika may disagree, but you can see what I did do here. “Jumping Back”, “Quiet”, “Liabilities of Language”, and “Inspiration” are a few of my favorites, as well as the rather impressive (if I do say so myself) four-part “Magic Mirror” story.
  4. Write/publish stories in the much-anticipated sequel to The Death of Jimmy – The Purge of Jimmy (coming soon). Yes – get your copy here for just $0.99!!
  5. Write/publish stories in Super Useless (coming sooner). And yes!! Get your copy of these delightful people with not so super superpowers here ($0.99)!
  6. Get my 2017 anthology in on time and within the specified word count. I did this too! “The Writer’s Trial” a fun little piece about writers, devils, and talking cats that I wrote several years ago, and by several years, I mean over a decade. You can get your copy here, also $0.99!
  7. Publish Book IV of the Guardians of the Path series. Yes! Go me! You can get the first four books here!
  8. Write first draft of Book V of GOTP (and dare to hope it will be published at the end of the year). Yeah, not so much. Strike one *sad face*.
  9. Write a novella series (or two). Yeah, really not so much. Strike two *sheds a tear*
  10. Savor the coffee. Let the Force flow through me… I did this. Lots of delicious coffee, and I saw Star Wars: Rogue One, though I haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, but soon.
  11. Spend lots of time with my family. I did this too. We Skyped a lot, because we’re spread out across the U.S. now.
  12. Spend lots of time with my amazing companions in the Ink Slingers Guild, drinking tea, laughing, and being awesome. I did this. It was awesome.
  13. Be awesome in general. I think I did this.
  14. Spread the awesomeness. I beta read a couple books for some friends of mine, baked people yummy things, did a lot of networking this year, made a super cool little calendar for the Ink Slingers Guild.
  15. Bake yummy things. So many yummy things: chocolate chip cookies, strawberry jam biscuits, gingerbread, mince pies, shortbread.
  16. Make some good memories. I went to California to see where I was born, I went to Megacon, I went to the movies to see Thor: Ragnarok with my mom for my birthday, I went to see WD HAN in concert.
  17. Do something that I haven’t done before. I went to Megacon – my very first Convention! It was awesome!
  18. Go somewhere new. I’m not sure if this totally counts, but here goes: I flew by myself for the first time to visit my sister in California. It wasn’t new so much – I was born there, but it was the first time I’d been back in 24 years, so it felt like some place new. My sister also kept complaining about how new everything was, and all the new buildings that were being put up, so I feel that lends credence to my assertion that this counts.
  19. Don’t spend too much time on the internet (very important). I totally did this. You can read about my internet-free adventure here.
  20. Find that dragon, and travel the world a-dragonback (from 2016). In progress.
  21. Take over the world (also from 2016). Also in progress.

And that’s the last one – not bad for a year!! I am very proud of myself for actually getting most of my stuff done! Now I’ll have to think up some awesome resolutions for 2018….

❤ DragonBeck

Merry Christmas!

Though it’s been said, many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you!

Buon Natale
Merry Christmas
Fröhliche Weihnachten
Joyeux Noel
Feliz Navidad
Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Hyvaa joulua
Sarbatori vesele
Kala Christouyenna
Shinnen omedeto
Mele Kalikimaka
Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
Vesele Bozicne
Sawadee Pee Mai
Gesëende Kersfees
Gezur Krislinjden
Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Selamat Hari Natal
Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Shuvo Naba Barsha
Vesele Vanoce
Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Tchestita Koleda
Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Subha nath thalak Vewa
Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Sretan Bozic
Glædelig Jul
Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Gajan Kristnaskon
Ruumsaid juulup|hi
Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
Maligayan Pasko!
Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
Nadolig Llawen
Feliz Natal
En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Shub Naya Baras
Selamat Hari Natal
Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut
Gledileg Jol
Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Natale hilare et Annum Faustum
Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!
Linksmu Kaledu
Sreken Bozhik
LL Milied Lt-tajjeb
Meri Kirihimete
Merry Keshmish
God Jul
Pulit nadal e bona annado
Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi
La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Hristos se rodi
Sretan Bozic oppure Vesele vianoce
God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Chung Mung Giang Sinh
E ku odun, e ku iye’dun

❤ DragonBeck

 

Writer On Holiday (Sort of)

Hey there, wonderful readers of the world!

I know I haven’t been gracing you with literary awesomeness like I should’ve been, but I have a good excuse – I swear!
I’ve been visiting my sister out in the great (or greatest, depending on who you ask) state of California, and so I haven’t had much attention or time for anything else.

California is really nice – I am enjoying myself. I am immensely enjoying the weather, though it got a little hot. My sister is taking me to all the ice-cream places which are to die for (shout out to Jeni’s and McConnelsl’s – aaammmaaazing ice cream). Have you ever had Earl Grey And Shortbread ice-cream? If not, I heartily recommend it. It has a very writerly vibe to it, I think. The only thing I have a small problem with is that it’s very difficult to find postcards – not really sure why; this is a touristy state, is it not?

Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well, and we’ll talk soon!

Oh, and any advice on where to get postcards in LA/Orange County? Or really good ice-cream?

❤ DragonBeck

Meet The Authors

Hello everyone – happy Friday!

The Ink Slingers Guild are officially at Tampa Bay Megacon this weekend – we have a table in Artist Alley, and lots of fantastic books for you!!!

Let’s take a moment to get acquainted, shall we?

Lisa Barry:

“Writing and reading every minute she can, Lisa counts on her cats to keep her keyboard warm and on the countless gargoyles who stand guard throughout her house to ensure the safety of all those who enter with good intent. The gargoyles, even more importantly, listen carefully when Lisa reads to them aloud.

On a person note…besides having a deep admiration of gargoyles (who says they’re not real?), I love to read and write.  I collect gargoyles, I love music and can be heard driving up before I am seen, I’m a very picky eater (just ask my friends -eyes rolling-), I enjoy fishing and will catch them, clean them, cook them but won’t eat them or anything else out of the ocean.  I also believe in many fairy tale creatures, just haven’t knowingly met any yet.”

And she has a really cool tattoo.

  and coming soon…

Dalia Lance:

Dalia says “I have had a very interesting upbringing starting with growing up in Hollywood, CA. Never shy, I learned that if you are not willing to try something new you may let life simply pass you by. I love meeting people from all walks of life and these experiences inspire me on a daily basis. As a true friend once pointed out “You are never a complete waste, you can always be used as a bad example”. So what’s the worst that can happen?”

 

J. M. Pacquete:

JM Paquette writes cheesy vampire romance novels filled with action, adventure, intrigue, and sometimes slightly steamy sex scenes. She enjoys alliteration and puns of all kinds.

   

Alanna J. Rubin:

Miss Rubin says “I’m originally from Massachusetts. As a northerner, I never missed an opportunity to pick apples, carve pumpkins, or visit Salem to see the witches and haunted happenings. Now that I’m in Florida, not a day goes by when I don’t miss the changing colors of leaves, but I would never go back to having to shovel snow. As a fan of science fiction, paranormal, and romance…I find that individually they are fun,  however, I love them more when they’re mashed together. Often, when I am not writing my next adventure you’ll find me torn between watching a Jane Austen adaptation or hopping on the Tardis for an adventure in time and space.”

  

And yours truly, Nicole Dragonbeck:

I was born on the first day of a year-long eclipse of the sun, the thirteenth child of the Prince of Elves and an enchantress. As a small child I fell into a poisoned well and was horribly transformed by the toxic sludge seething in the deep darkness. I was fished out by a band of gypsies, who promised to feed and clothe me if I cooked and cleaned for them. They taught me to ride bareback and read palms, but I royally pissed off the leader by setting his wagon on fire and he cursed me with a great imagination and an equally great inability to tell the truth…and the rest is history.

  

I hope to see you at Megacon this weekend and get the chance to meet you in person!

❤ DragonBeck (and friends)

 

 

 

Announcement: Ink Slingers Guild At Tampa Bay Megacon

Hello all!

 

If you’re not already familiar with the Ink Slingers Guild, we’re a writers’ group that has been together for over 6 years now. In our own words:  “The Ink Slingers Guild is a group of writers who came together (by referral only) for support and encouragement. We give each other inspiration and the occasional kick in the arse. So far, together we have created eight collections of short stories, four of our members have published their first novels and one member just released her fourth novel.”

We write everything from epic fantasy and science fiction, to paranormal romance, erotica, Regency era Jane Austen romance, ghost stories, and cheesy vampire romance:

                      

I am very excited to announce that the Ink Slingers Guild have a table in Artists’ Alley at the Tampa Bay Megacon Friday 29th September through Sunday 1st October, and we’d love to see you there!

Held at:

TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER
333 S. Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Ticket information can be found here.

Visit megacontampabay.com for more information.

Nerd on!

❤ DragonBeck