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Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 1-25-2016

{Notice: This is a scheduled post.}

Image recovered from the-weathered-raven.deviantart.com.

Challenge: Leave a name for the unicorn in the comments.

Extended challenge: Using the name you've left, write a clean short story about the unicorn. Submit at oliviasrealm.blogspot.com. Should the story follow the given terms, it is likely to be posted on *A Sapphire Chamber* as soon as possible.

Extended challenge extended: Write an author bio to go with your story! If your story is posted on *A Sapphire Chamber*, your author bio will be listed after it. Please keep your author bio short, and make it no more than two short paragraphs.

I can't wait to see everyone's submissions! Have fun!! :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday's Unicorn -- 1-18-2016

Note: Sorry this didn't post sooner! Supposedly it was set to release this morning... Anywho, feel free to go ahead and have at it! :D

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Challenge: Leave a name for the unicorn in the comments.

Extended challenge: Using the name you've left, write a clean short story about the unicorn. Submit at oliviasrealm.blogspot.com. Should the story follow the given terms, it is likely to be posted on *A Sapphire Chamber* as soon as possible.

Extended challenge extended: Write an author bio to go with your story! If your story is posted on *A Sapphire Chamber*, your author bio will be listed after it. Please keep your author bio short, and make it no more than two short paragraphs.

I can't wait to see everyone's submissions! Have fun!! :)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Announcement: Of Unicorns, Character Prompts, & Short Stories!

{Notice: This is a scheduled post.}

Something magical this way comes!

For the next several weeks, -- up until March twenty-first -- I am going to do my best to make Monday somewhat bearable for you. And what better way to do so than with a weekly unicorn?! (...Okay, so I may or may not have been inspired by Anne Elisabeth Stengl's Tuesday's Dragon series...)

Every Monday (and this time, I mean, literally, every Monday -- they'll be scheduled!) through March twenty-first, *A Sapphire Chamber* will be home to another new post: of unicorns, character prompts, short stories, and other such fun!

Here's the jest of all this: Every Monday (and I know I'm turning this phrase into a bit of a cliché), a new post will be released, titled Monday's Unicorn. Each post will contain a picture of a unicorn (with the image's source, naturally), and a challenge to comment with a name for the unicorn. But there's more!

Readers are also welcome to submit a short story featuring the unicorn! Know that submitted short stories must be entirely clean -- something that a parent would be willing to read to their child. Submitted short stories -- if found to be presentable (meaning that they are clean) -- will be posted on this blog when the time is found (which hopefully means not long, at all!).

I understand that not all of you will be able to submit a short story. But just know that, should you desire to, you are most certainly welcome!

As for short story submission end dates -- I'm not quite sure when. I would like to give writers plenty of time to respond. So, when the timing seems fit, I plan to publish a post notifying everyone that the end date is coming up!

Have fun! I hope to see ya'll on the blog, soon! :)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Book Review: CHATAINE'S GUARDIAN

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CHATAINE'S GUARDIAN by Robin Hardy


The first book in The Annals of Lystra, Chataine's Guardian tells the story of the spoiled heiress to the throne, Chataine Dierdre. On her tenth birthday, Dierdre is appointed a guardian known as the homely soldier Roman, who is to protect her from the assassins anticipated to strike. However, surprises are in store for Roman and Dierdre, along the way...

Upon first picking up Chataine's Guardian, readers are hurled into the world of authoress Robin Hardy, where they watch the chataine slowly grow and mature. They are drawn to the young heiress's guardian, and encounter murder, treachery, war, and love, along the way. Truly, Chataine's Guardian does not disappoint!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Downpour in San Diego

Fair warning before I begin: This is an attempting-to-get-my-mind-off-the-weather post. So it may be a little bit crazy.

On Sunday, I was informed that we were to expect four inches of rain by the end of the week (which is a lot for southern Cali), and just this morning, between work in the math lab and my English class, one of my friends told me that they were now expecting somewhere around nine inches (if I heard right).

Around three o'clock this afternoon, my dad called my mum, letting her know that he was on his way home and there were tornado warnings in surrounding areas. Since then, there have been sightings from University City (a community in SD) of tornadoes off the coast and in the water.

Which, of course, has been totally nerve-wracking. Truth be told, I've never seen so much rain in my life!

And there's my attempting-to-get-my-mind-off-the-weather post. Which, I suppose, helped (even though it apparently made me think about the weather even more). ;)

Ta ta, for now! :)

P.S. Thanks for enduring the reading of this random scribbling! :P

Monday, January 4, 2016

Toying With Design

So you know my WIP, When the Sky Cries? And you know that hideous cover concept I drew up (which can be found at this link)?

Sometime last summer (2015... I get so confused with year changes, and all), I drew it up, though I wasn't quite happy with it. Still, I knew that, when When the Sky Cries gets published, I'd like that kind of scene to be on the cover.

But I really don't like that cover concept I drew.

So, shortly after I drew it up, I started playing around with design. I took a random picture of a midnight sky, and then found a photo manipulation by Barbara Florczyk.

(Here's the image by Barbara Florczyk:)

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Then, with the lovely help of piZap, I set to work.

This was my first result:


...Uh...

I wasn't sure what to think, but I knew it wasn't good. (I still ended up liking it more than my own drawing!)

So I started over, and was ecstatic to come out with this:



Much better! And just the sort of cover concept I was hoping for!

And there you have it. That's my random post of the day. :P

(Note: The images in this post do not belong to me! And my WIP is a long way from getting published! The images in this post were just something fun I made up.)

Author Bio Time Lapse Challenge

Challenge: First, copy and paste your author bio. Next, rewrite it, as you'd like/expect to see yourself in three years. Then, rewrite it as you'd like/expect to see yourself in five years.
Source: oliviakfisher.blogspot.com (yours truly)

Okay, here it goes. :)

My current author bio:

Olivia K. R. Fisher makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her parents, two dogs, and university-attending boarder. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, Celtic music, and hot chocolate, and practices the arts of gardening, painting, baking, and photography. Though Olivia currently does not have any published works, she hopes to, soon, and writes often.

What I'd like my author bio to say in three years:

Olivia K. R. Fisher lives in the forest-clad countryside of Humboldt County, California. She is the author of When the Sky Cries, and is currently attending College of the Redwoods. When Olivia is not writing, she enjoys reading, Celtic music, and hot chocolate, and practices the arts of gardening, painting, baking, and photography.

What I'd like my author bio to say in five:

Olivia K. R. Fisher makes her home in Oregon, not far from Portland. She is the author of When the Sky Cries, as well as several other published works. When Olivia is not writing, she enjoys reading, Celtic music, and hot chocolate, and practices the arts of gardening, painting, baking, and photography.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Shelfie!

This post was inspired by a shelfie tag I found on author Jill Stengl's blog, books, cats, and whimsy. The challenge is to post, rather than a selfie, a picture of your favourite bookshelf. And my subject for this post is to be the shelf by my bed (which has only recently run out of room).


However, seeing as this is the newest of three bookshelves in my room, I have only had the chance to read about seven of the books actually on here. And you will see little tidbits of series here and there -- just a little tribute to the many series too big to fit (Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Heroes of Olympus, etc.).

:)


This image is of the top shelf -- the "random" shelf, as I like to call it. Strange sci-fi I'll probably never read, modern mythology, the grand HP, and mysteries.


This is my favourite shelf, and probably the prettiest and most exciting I possess! Here we have fantasy with a little bit of historical fiction scattered throughout it.


And here is the third and final shelf! More modern mythology stuff, a few Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary novels (which are a genre all of its own), devotionals, three copies of the Christian's Expositor (number four of volume three, number four of volume four, and number two of volume six -- all issues that my dad wrote in!), Amish fiction, classics, and tween novels (that I'll probably never read).

So there you have it! That is my latest shelfie. :D

What about you? What are some of your favourite bookshelves?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Events of Nightwind Court -- January 2016

I still can't believe it's already 2016! And, annoyingly enough, I'm still wanting to wish everyone a "happy New Year" -- every chance I get.

So, this'll be my very first Events post of the new year -- yaay! (*enter Irish musicians playing songs of celebration*)

That being said, here they are. (Forgive my rather awkward introduction.)

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FIVE MAGIC SPINDLES Entry

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Shortly after I entered my novella in the 2014 creative writing contest, I began to feel pretty down about it, seeing as the plot was nearly identical to the Disney cartoon, the characters unrealistic, the wording unedited, and the writing downright awful.

But oh my stars! After six months of work on this project and a ton of editing, I feel as if, this year (or last??), I actually stand a chance! And, whether I Once Dreamed be included or not, I am whole-heartedly looking forward to the Five Magic Spindles collection!! :)

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WHEN THE SKY CRIES


I've been making little progress on draft two of my WIP, When the Sky Cries, but, seeing as I Once Dreamed has been sent off and my participation in The Snow Queen over, I don't think this draft will be terribly hard to conquer.

[Learn more about When the Sky Cries here. Follow its board on Pinterest here.]

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School Starts

School restarts, this week. Yaay.

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Can't you tell I'm thrilled?

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Blogger Awards

Moving on to a happier note, it's time to determine the winner of this month's "blogger award"!

Congratulations to Celtic Woman and Oonagh, with "Tir Na nÓg"!


To celebrate Celtic Woman's upcoming album, Destiny, the group teamed up with German singer Oonagh, to bring us a stunning new music video! And Destiny is to be released in only thirteen days!!

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Click here to pre-order Destiny.

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And those are the January 2016 Events of Nightwind Court!

What does your January look like?

Friday, January 1, 2016

Books of 2016

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you've all had a wonderful, safe, awesome time celebrating!!

Seeing as my last post was on my reads of 2015, I thought it might be time to make a few goals. Last year, I was one book away from reaching my goal of twenty (which wasn't too hard to get close to, seeing as there were a couple of long series I happily accomplished). This year, I'm setting it for the same (since there'll be quite a bit less travelling than there was in 2015).

And, I really need to plot my year in books (hopefully I'll remember to come back to this post every time I finish one)!! Seriously, I do. So, if ya'll don't mind, here are just a few of the books I hope to read, this year:

  • Clementine by Sophie Masson
  • Carabas by Sophie Masson
  • The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
  • Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman
  • Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman
  • Journey by Rachel Starr Thomson
  • Out of Darkness Rising by Gillian Bronte Adams
  • Angel in the Woods by Rachel Starr Thomson
  • Orphan's Song by Gillian Bronte Adams
  • Until That Distant Day by Jill Stengl
  • Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse (and hopefully the books following it!)
  • The Word Changers by Ashlee Willis
  • Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  • A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


And that's without even mentioning sequels and new releases coming, this year!

As to book recommendations! I have heard people ask for them a lot, lately! You can find my list of recommendations over at this link.

Anyhoo.

What do you plan to read, this year? Any fun trips planned? :)

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