March 2017 Newsletter

What's New?

Spring is coming!

Even though it really doesn't feel like it. As I'm adding the final details to this newsletter, the wind his howling and blowing snow. Ew. If you know me well at all, you know that I REALLY don't like winter. But, hitting March and being so close to the start of spring is always a big deal for me. It means I survived another winter even if I have to put up with a bit more of it. ;)

So what's new? Well, I've been in my own place for about a month and a half now. I'm pretty used to it now and feel settled in. Arthur and Timothy are all settled in as well. They especially love their window seat I bought them. They spend a lot of time there sleeping or watching birds. ^_^

What I'm working on now is better time management. Here I thought I'd have a lot of extra time living by myself, but I fee like it's the opposite! The days seem to go so fast and I never feel like I have enough time to get to everything. Hopefully that will get better, especially once I finish some of the many projects I have in progress. Most of those projects are writing related, but I also just started a new sewing project. I'm making a new historical outfit for this summer's upcoming reenactments. I should have it done by my next newsletter and will share a photo. I'm really excited about it. I'll just say it's blue, and striped, and pretty, and proper. :)

Besides that, it's just a lot of life stuff--grocery shopping, going home for Sunday dinners, doing tax stuff, filling jewelry orders, and all that.

Last night I was home at my parents for a movie night. We watched The Legend of Tarzan. I really didn't have any expectations, but I loved it! I thought the casting and the acting was great. There was the perfect amount of action, emotion, tension, and sprinkling of humor, in my opinion. ;) So that was fun. And the gorgeous scenery reminded me of my childhood obsession with jungles. I was probably around ten when I was determined to have a jungle themed bedroom. And I couldn't help thinking about my Ilyon cretes when the characters were running and swinging through the trees. They'd love those big trees. :D

“We write by the light of every story we have ever read.” - Richard Peck

Book Updates

Exiles has a cover!

In case you missed it, I revealed the cover of Exiles as a Valentine's Day surprise. :D As you can see, it's similar to the cover of Resistance with the sword. I think that works well because this book marks the beginning of the second half of the series. I've been getting farther in editing as some of you may have noticed from the progress bar on my blog. I still have a ways to go, but at least it has been going well so far.

I'm also trying desperately to finish No Chance Meeting. I was SO close to finishing when my move totally destroyed my momentum and messed up my plans for getting it finished right away. I've thought about setting it aside as I work on Exiles, but it makes me feel like I have unfinished business hanging over me, so I'm going to try really hard in the next couple of weeks to finish it so I can focus solely on Ilyon again.

 

Exiles Sneak Peek:

Talas stepped to the edge of the newly built section of the porch, as if one stumble didn’t mean a drop of a couple hundred feet. Though Kyrin didn’t fear heights like Jace did, she had a healthy respect for them and would never get so close.

“So you’re building on?”

His grandfather joined him. “Yes. Your father thinks we should stop here, but I say add another couple of feet. What do you think?”

 “Well, if you’re going to do that, you might as well extend it to that branch out there.” Talas gestured to a limb some ten feet away.

His grandfather laughed heartily and clapped him on the back again. “Now you’re talking.”

Talas winked slyly at his father, who shook his head, but looked more amused now than perturbed.

Q&A

So, in my last newsletter, I said I had to postpone my Q&A session due to how busy life was. To make it up to all of you, I have invited Jace to join my for this newsletter. *hears fangirl screams* Yes, I know that will make a lot of you very happy. :) So let’s begin.

“Welcome, Jace. You’ve done quite a few of these interviews now. Are you starting to get used to the craziness of your fans?”

He gives a light laugh. “I suppose you could say that.”

“It seems like you are always the one who gets the most painful or embarrassing questions. I don’t know how many times my readers asked you when you were finally going to kiss Kyrin before it happened.”

He nods with a bit of a bashful smile.

“Let’s get one of those harder questions out of the way first. Actually, it’s a two part question. Savannah asks, ‘What's the hardest part of being half-Ryrik? What's the best part?’”

“I guess the hardest part is living with people’s perception of ryriks. That, and dealing with the way my blood reacts in times of stress or anger. I always felt it made me a monster and I couldn’t control it. Thankfully I’ve gotten past that. I’d say the best part is my body’s resilience. I used to see that as more of a curse, but I would have been killed a long time ago if not for that resilience.”

“That’s true. You have survived a lot thanks to your ryrik blood.” I flip to the next question. “Okay, Addyson asks, ‘As a former slave, does the phrase "working tirelessly" offend you?’ She also says that I can explain to you the political correctness of today. Basically, anything you say in my world can be labeled as offensive to someone. Seriously, anything. You really have to watch what you say in public or people have a tendency to get all up in arms, even about the littlest things.”

Jace raises a brow. “That sounds exhausting.”

“Tell me about it. It’s ridiculous. Anyway, are you offended by the phrase?”

He shakes his hand. “No, it’s just a phrase.”

“Okay, Soleil asks, ‘What is a place that you would like to have as a getaway?’”

“The forest has always been my getaway. It’s where I most feel that I can be myself and don’t have to worry about society.”

I nod. “I like the forest too, especially if it’s by a river or stream. I guess that’s probably why it’s your favorite. You’re kind of my fictional twin, after all. At least in some ways.” I look to the next question. “Hannah wants to know if you enjoy riding Gem now that you aren't afraid of flying?”

“I do. The heights can still be uncomfortable, but I trust Gem and know I’m not in danger of falling when I’m with her.”

I smile. “I sure wish I had a dragon like Gem. All right, one more question before I have to send this newsletter off to everyone. Emily asks, ‘What is your favorite time of day and why?’”

Jace gives it a moment of thought. “Though I like the quietness of evening, I’d say early morning is my favorite, especially in the spring. Everything seems fresh and I enjoy the birds singing.”

“Well, I’m definitely an early bird myself, I agree with you. Spring and summer mornings are wonderful. Thanks so much for joining me Jace. You know by now how much your fangirls enjoy it.”

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If anyone has any questions for me or one of my characters, please email them to me and they might be featured in a future issue of Reality Side of the Pen!

Writer's Corner

One of the biggest lessons I've learned over the years is to never over-analyze or try to perfect your first draft. Write those words down as fast as you can. Be as sloppy as it takes, just get that first draft written! It can be total garbage, but guess what? Garbage is better than no book at all, and even garbage can be edited and polished to something great. Trust me, the first draft of Resistance was nothing like the finished, published book so many of you have read. So when you sit down to write, don't think or be critical. Just write each sentence, each paragraph that will get you to the next scene and the next scene until you have that book finished.

Giveaway!

For every newsletter, I will randomly draw one of my subscribers to receive a special giveaway. Since my Exiles sneak peek features Talas, one of my favorite Ilyon characters, I'm giving away this cute fox necklace that was inspired by Talas. This month's lucky winner is Morgan S.! Congratulations! I will contact you separately to get your information.

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

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