New Website Domain!

For those of you new followers who perhaps don’t know, I’m a writer.  Writing and everything bookish in general is my passion and has been for as long as I can remember.  I published my debut novel at age seventeen and then published its sequel at age nineteen.  I wrote a third novel for NaNoWriMo in November, and I’m working on editing it.  It’s been a slow process since I’ve been either working (and subsequently exhausted at the end of the day–not a good state for editing) or job hunting (and therefore distracted, which is also not a good state for editing).  I am dying to edit through this third book, craft it further, polish it, and let my husband read it to see what he thinks.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to seriously get into it.  I’m honestly stoked about this story and I can’t wait to do more with it!

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On that writerly note, I wanted to let you all know that I have updated my website domain.  You can now find my website at http://www.tiallarising.com.  You might (or might not) recall it used to be TheRubyVial.com, which is playing off a significant magical object from my first book.  While it wasn’t an issue when I published my first book, once I published my second book, it started to feel off.  This is due to even though the second book is a sequel, the Ruby Vial isn’t present in the story.  Now that I’m working on a third book which is completely unconnected with the first two, I felt like a change was in order.

It makes more sense to focus on my website as a place for readers to find the books I’ve written (and therefore giving me ample flexibility for adding more books of all genres and worlds), rather than a website based on the first book.  My interests go far beyond the plot of my first book, so changing the URL to TiallaRising.com feels just so much more write! (Ha, I’m so punny.) 😉  I also feel like it gives me more freedom to grow beyond my first book, which is always something I’m striving for.

Anyway, that’s the update!  I think I’ve changed all my links on my blog to the new URL, but if you happen to catch one that doesn’t work in your perusing, please let me know.

Have a great weekend, friends!  I have no idea what’s in store for us this weekend, but I hope it includes lots of rain and thunderstorms. ❤

-Tialla

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Finished!

Merry Christmas, everyone!  Can you believe it’s already only four days until Christmas?  Where has December gone??

I just wanted to post an update on here that I FINISHED my novel!  I actually finished it back on December 14th, but I’ve been so busy with preparing for Christmas, job stuff, being a wife, dental issues, church, finances, keeping our kitten from destroying our apartment, shopping, and more, that I just haven’t gotten around to it until now.  It’s been quite the month!

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However, since finishing my book, despite everything else going on, I’ve still been able to step back for a moment and sigh with relief.  It truly is the best feeling ever to finish an entire first draft of a novel.  Though I still have lots of editing and revisions ahead of me I’m sure, just knowing that the story from start to finish is down on paper, not just swimming around in my head, is an incredible feeling.  The story is there; now I have to polish it.  Also, considering I was starting to become a little fearful that I wouldn’t finish, I’m pretty relieved.  In fact, I was so determined to finish my book that I wrote 7,000 words on December 14th.  Which, if you don’t know, is a LOT.  Especially for one day.

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I wrapped up “The Cursed Blessing” at a total of 77,400 words.  I was aiming for somewhere between 70k and 80k, so I’m quite pleased with the result.  I have hopes to reach 80k in the editing process, but I guess we will see.

This book has been completely different from my other two novels.  Not only is it the shortest novel I’ve written, but it was the easiest to write by FAR, and it had the most fleshed-out/developed outline.  While my outline for my second book was simply a page with a “timeline” of plot events, the outline for TCB sat at over 6500 words, with each notable scene jotted down from the beginning to the end.  While I had to revise the outline for my second book about three times while writing the book, the outline for TCB stayed true and worked for the entire book.

I can’t help but wonder if my latest novel is shorter due to the fact that I had a stronger outline and a more developed concept of the book before even starting it than I had for either of my other books.  Thus, I was able to be more concise in my writing.

Another difference between TCB and my other novels is point of view.  For my two published novels, I wrote from various points of view, the main character being in first person, and then other parts of the story from different character points of view while using third person.  For TCB, I stuck to the main character’s head, in first person point of view.  The reader only knows what she knows, and honestly, I really liked that.  It makes sense that not writing scenes from other character points of view would shorten the book as well.

Though there is this entire idea behind NaNoWriMo of “quantity, not quality” (which, for a time bothered me, though I learned this November that they just meant you can always edit later–you can’t edit a book that doesn’t even exist to begin with), I do believe this book is my best work of “quality, not quantity.”

But I guess I’ll see if that still seems true when I start editing sometime in January. 😉

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Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I finished and after New Year’s I will start editing it, life permitting that is.  Work and being with my husband take priority.  For now, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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-Tialla ❤

Thoughts on NaNoWriMo?

I’ve decided on doing NaNoWriMo this year!  For those of you who don’t know, November is National Novel Writing Month.  I haven’t done it before, and I’ve had hesitations due to the fact that I usually like to focus on quality, not quantity.  However, since I’m having a hard time getting back into writing, maybe just getting those words down on paper is exactly what I need.  After all, I can always focus on quality in the editing phase, after NaNoWriMo.  I may not succeed in finishing the novel during November, or maybe I will, who knows.  Also, even if I do succeed, this book might not end up published simply because I’m not doing NaNoWriMo to publish another book; I’m doing it for the joy of writing.  And because of that very fact, I’m very excited.  No pressure to perfect a book for readers; just writing to write.  Maybe that’s what I truly need to get into writing again, because it might be the whole process of publishing that is intimidating in the back of my mind somewhere, keeping me from pouring myself into it again.  Next month starts the serious planning stages, and I can’t wait!

I explain a lot more about my thoughts on NaNoWriMo in my latest vlog:

The Dry Well | A Writing Update

The Dry Well {A Writing Update}

Some, or perhaps all, of you may have noticed my lack of blogging for quite a while.  A large part of this absence from blogging in the past 11 1/2 months (wow, almost a year!) has been due to God bringing a very special man into my life–the man I now call my husband.  However, it’s been longer than that since my consistent blogging, probably since I published my second novel, “Where Shadows Lie” in June of 2015.  Ever since I decided to take a break from writing at that point, I haven’t blogged very much.  It’s been one post here or there, every month, or couple of months truly.  My blog has become a place for general updates–how I spent my summer, haircuts, big news, dating, engagement, and marriage.

I would like to take back my blog to the place I consistently updated, but I’m not even sure how to now.  It’s been so long, and my life has changed so drastically since that was a priority for me.  I started this blog when I was fourteen and in school and now I’m nearly twenty-one, married, and working.  Life is 100% different in every way.  I feel like I have grown up with this blog, but I don’t quite know where to go with it now.  I don’t even read blogs like I used to–I have severely cut back on my blog subscriptions and I only follow at most five blogs now.  I am more particular about what I put energy into reading, and I hardly update my blog because I just don’t know what to write.  I love my life, but it simply isn’t fascinating enough to share about all the time.  Honestly, I feel like that has a large part in all this: what to write.  And that actually brings me to the topic I wanted to share.

I am a writer and a published author.  Writing is my passion and nothing else quite compares to the thrill of seeing a book go from an idea to a published novel in the hands of readers.

It kills me that I have absolutely zero passionate story ideas to follow right now.  I am dying to start writing a new book and begin that process all over again; to experience the joy of a story unfolding before my eyes as I type away.  The truth is, my imagination feels like a dry well right now.  Perhaps I need to just wait for things to settle down with my marriage and then I’ll have an idea to run with.  People ask me when my next book will be out, they wonder what I’m working on…because surely, as an author, I always have a ready spring of ideas to pull from.  I watch my favorite authors as they release book after book, year after year, and I can’t help but marvel how they have all these great ideas–they never run out!

So, to be completely honest, I’m a bit at a loss right now in my writing.  But I refuse to give up and I am keeping my imagination wide open for an idea that I can latch onto and mold into a story.  I have high hopes that I just need to wait for life to settle a bit, and then it will come to me.  We will see, I suppose!

The same concept applies to blogging.  I still don’t know how to start consistently blogging again because I simply don’t know what to write about.  Perhaps I will post more book reviews here, but even as much as I love books, those reviews don’t feel personal enough for my blog.  Perhaps I will post more vlogs, but I have a hard time filming those because I’m such an introvert.  Or perhaps, through trial and error, I will find something that suits me, and discover my blogging niche.

Until then, thanks for sticking with me, friends!

-Tialla

Guide to Getting Your Book Published

Guide to Getting Your Book Published

As an author, I’m often asked questions about how to publish a book.  Writers come to me, wondering about everything from the writing process to editing, formatting, cover design, and last but not least, finding a publisher.  Sometimes even a little marketing is thrown in there.  Considering writing and publishing books is my passion, I love answering these questions and talking about this subject.  It thrills me to share what I know and hope that it helps others who are looking to see their story printed and bound.

Due to the fact that I greatly enjoy discussing this topic, I’ve recently written an article with this exact subject over at HomeschoolLiterature.com.  It is a guide to getting your book published, and I basically poured nearly everything I know about the process into the article.  It is filled with tips, links, resources, and more.  For those of you who are looking into publishing your book, I hope it is helpful for you!

Happy writing,

-Tialla

New Writing Project?!

If you have been following my blog for a while, you probably know that I took a break from writing after publishing my second book in June of 2015.  Simply put, I was exhausted.  That book required so much from me, for so long.  I needed a reprieve.  I needed a chance to just read what other people had written without being concerned with my own work.  So I took that break, and it was glorious!

However, now that I am refreshed and it has been about eight months, I’m back to easing myself into the writing world again.  Because of my fresh start in writing again, I thought it might be fun to film a vlog to document it!  So here you go, my video explaining all about this new writing project I’m working on, and some struggles I have been having with it. 🙂

AFHE Convention 2015!

I was once again blessed with the opportunity to have a booth at the AFHE Convention this year, which was held July 10th and 11th.  Instead of writing all about it, I thought it would be fun to recap my favorite moments and thoughts about the whole event in a vlog.  Below are photos from the convention.  I hope you enjoy the video.  🙂

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-Tialla ♥