“You want me to WAIT!?!?!?”

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I am a die hard reader.

I have to force myself to step away from a story until the very end. This means a series really takes a lot of time out of my daily life. I’m raising children so this reading trait is not ideal at the moment. I end up not reading many things because I don’t want to wait, but that would be good because I would break up the reading over years instead of standing over the stove holding a book and stirring. I have the same problem with movies and TV shows. I just watch episode after episode until I realize my husband will be up for work soon and I should at least pretend to be asleep! At least with books I’m a fast reader.

Even my own book keeps expanding leaving my impatient to know the end. A three book series shrank to two and I was happy with that. But recently my characters kept bugging me with storyline that goes beyond the current plans for book two. Okay. Three book series are common. I can do that. Right? Uh oh. They were at it again, those crazy characters. Four books???

Canceled shows that have years of seasons to work through are my gluten free bread and butter. The West Wing can take weeks. The Buffy/Angel world takes even longer to watch. Firefly should take weeks out of my life, not a day or two. At least Farscape got more years before the chopping block caught up.

Seasoned writers have a back log so I can go to the next one without dwelling on the story for years as if I stopped mid-sentence. The first time I drew a line at waiting-for-the-next-one was as a teenager. The Wheel of Time was never going to end. My cousin and I decided to wait until the last predicted one and then read it at the same time. Hah! Has the last one even shown up yet?

With Bujold and her Miles Vorkosigan series I can take my time and not be left anxiously waiting for the next one. I started Harry Potter when book four was coming out so I got a good run of reading in before I ended up waiting… and waiting… and… (sitting on the edge of my seat, biting nails… when… when will I know what happens?)

I need to get better at reading newer authors and being patient for the next book. After all that is what I am asking of my readers. There are good stories I’m missing out on because of this trait.

This is my goal for 2015: I need to find three or four books that will require me to be patient for a year or two after I read them.

Any suggestions?

I recently read The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg. It was well worth it, but didn’t leave me with a cliff hanger so I need a few of precipices followed by THE END-see-you-next-book to teach me a lesson help me practice patience.

What are your reading and viewing quirks? What new series are you waiting on book two of?

 

Do you want some practice of your own?

I guarantee an adequate cliff hanger. Try The GearMaker’s Locket.

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Click here to purchase The GearMaker’s Locket.

 

Whirlwinds

Wow! I hadn’t realized the passage of time. We ended up moving two hours away from everything we know followed by two trips out of state in a row. Only in the last two days have I been able to sit down and think about more than the list of what needs to be done–NOW!

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Two days after we moved I had the first promotional event for my book. I sold three paper copies and had a lot of interest in the e-book. I love that event filled with people being whatever they want to be; faeries, mermaids, lost boys, ogres, pirates, etc. If you can dream it, you can be it when you are in the Realm.

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After that we headed out to a family reunion. My children grumbled and groused as we packed and drove. What could there possibly be to do on the Oregon Coast?! We got there as the sun was setting. They ran through the sand with joy on their faces no matter the age. This may have been the first beach experience for most of my kids. The next day they wouldn’t leave me alone until we went back out to the sandy expanse. The days went by too quickly.

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Now it is time to unpack, organize and get the kids registered for school. Interestingly enough the mascots for the Jr. High and High school are the Whirlwinds and the Tornadoes. Living in the Northwest this holds no local significance. But looking back at the last few months I see my life! Spinning, spinning, spinning around me until it finally settled back down leaving me to figure out which way is up.

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What has thrown your life up in the air? How did you re-balance your days afterwards?

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This beautiful night flyer loved my book! Or maybe just didn’t like being disrupted by my customers.

Paper and Ink

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If I wasn’t so run down right now I know I would be feeling that flying high, toe tickling excitement that certain moments in life induce in silly humans.

Today I held a physical, paper and ink copy of my book! My cover artist did an amazing job. It is stunning! I have to tweak the formatting before the paper copy will be available to the masses…

BUT…

For this week only you can get the digital version of my book for promotion prices!

http://www.amazon.com/The-GearMakers-Locket-GearMaker-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00JE32JIU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401761172&sr=8-1&keywords=the+gearmaker%27s+locket

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Need something to read?

May you have such excitement about something in your life this week!

Geek Girl

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Well. Here it is. The straight up truth. I am a geek girl. I love Farscape, Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and of course I always can use some Doctor Who(especially David Tennant style!). Give me the Marvel super heroes and my week is complete. Each Hobbit movie was already listed on my calendar a year before the first one came out. I love Veronica Mars and the deeply intelligent writing for West Wing! Yes Geek Girls are smart AND sassy. It doesn’t matter that I have a heap of children and even a teenager. I’m still a Geek Girl! Of course this means I have geek children too!

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Then of course there is books to geek out about! Hunger Games, Tolkien, Patricia Briggs(can’t get enough of Mercy!), The Iron Fey… The list goes on and on. We talk about them with excitement and passion. Geeks love their movies, their books and their events. In this day of Memes we can show exactly which characters hold us captive. Being a geek is a positive. Having things you love gives you things to talk about. We have cable channels catered directly to us like the Sci-Fi channel. We have events spanning the world, covering nearly every weekend of the year. I live all year for FaerieWorlds. Now FaerieCon West will be my February destination! To dress up and escape, be someone else… Ah. The joys of being a Geek Girl.

Who are your favorite characters? What is your favorite world? What turns you into a geek?

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Leave a comment. Lets start a conversation. What makes you a geek?

Whirlwinds

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After the exciting release of my book earlier this week I realized I needed to get down to writing book two. Book two!? I only just got this one done! The minute The GearMaker’s Locket showed up on Amazon, life went tripping onward. Two, no three dashes to urgent care. Who’s next? Bills, shopping, school, scouts, 4-H, pets demanding attention and food, kids demanding attention and food, and chores, and appointments and… and…

Life is a whirlwind, a toads-wild-ride, a messy pile to be sorted endlessly. But we have moments within all that to exist. We can delight in the simple things freezing a moment or short video in our minds for later perusal. There are pleasures to absorb ourselves in (I have a rather extreme love of chocolate). Diving into a book or movie can be the best thing ever. We can live through the problems that plague someone else. Maybe our hardships look a lot nicer afterwards. Maybe the protagonist’s ability to conquer the challenges will bolster us up to greater strength as we jump back into the fray.

What is your favorite escape that keeps you going? What is your favorite story for rekindling your own flagging determination?

Post an answer in the comments and I’ll send you a free copy of Chapter 1 of The GearMaker’s Locket! Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Really! No Joke! My book is finally out there in the world!

 The GearMaker’s Locket

By Shannon L Reagan

Mechanical prodigy, Copper Rose, discovers a locket while cleaning out her grandmother’s attic. Inside it, gears turn of their own accord. She flips it open to investigate the inner workings and is swept away to a world of airships, huge buildings and massive plant life. She becomes a reluctant guest to Bromin Shere, the cruel leader of half of the land. He claims to be a living machine and he believes she is capable of making more living machines. It’s a life she never imagined. But will she survive?

http://www.amazon.com/The-GearMakers-Locket-GearMaker-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00JE32JIU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396366459&sr=8-1&keywords=the+gearmaker%27s

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I’m so excited that conversations about the characters and story elements are already happening. Today is the first time The GearMaker’s Locket is available to the book reading, adventure loving, steampunk adoring public! I’m also excited that a between-books novella will be available in a few months!

Enjoy this story inspired by a locket belonging to my best friend and thank you for following my adventures here on this blog.

Steampunk

Putting out three posts a week has been difficult. With sick family, parent/teacher conferences, cars needing repairs and life in general, days go by and I realize there hasn’t been a post. I am trying to figure out a way to deal with this.

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Our local Steampunk convention was this last week. For years my husband and I have wanted to go, and next year is the year! That is if the convention happens which is up in the air. I was imagining dressing my kids in Steampunk clothing. My one year old Fairy Changeling would be adorable in anything Steampunk! Most of my children are no longer little. Teenagers would need fancier clothes like adults. There are so many things I could do though. Some of my kids could be mechanical beings. Others could carry around some of my puppets. SteamPink loves to go to social events. I make mini-goggles for my puppets. Maybe I could make some baby safe ones for people who bring their infants along to their steampunk adventures. That would be fun.

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SteamPink the hand puppet

I have a fondness for the late 1800’s clothing. The silhouette is so graceful. I even made a Victorian era ballgown for my college graduation (one kid wore a graduation gown that year. That made him unique for a Cornish graduation! The joys of private art colleges.) After five babies, I have modified it for my less svelte figure. I threw a bit of mechanical into it and my own twist on Steampunk faerie wings and it has been my steampunk costume for a few years. I think I need to work on some new ones for future years.

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Puppet goggles

The goggles have been the hardest part of my Steampunk accessories. I am very picky about what goes on my head. I spent years rejecting perfectly good goggles until the day I found the Valkyrie goggles. Part of my blogging problems has involved the failing of my faithful camera. It shouldn’t surprise me since it is older than two of my children. By the end of the month that problem will be solved with a glorious smart phone with a camera stronger than the one I have now. I will get a picture of my lovely Valkyrie goggles and post it around Thanksgiving.

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So keep an eye out over the holidays and send me your favorite stories and photos. I plan to share my cool creations, our family adventures and thoughts about what ever occurs to me. I love your comments so please respond when ever you want.