2010.07.11 Setting Music to the Trailer

July 12th, 2010 · 6:47 pm  →  July 2010

Today I had a meeting with the composer for the music to THE QUEEN OF CROWS promotional trailer. The first thing we did was listen to various sounds and whatnot to decide what the feel of the music should be. Did I want the composition to be dramatic and tense or smooth and understated? Did […]

May the great gods of gaming help me…

July 8th, 2010 · 2:29 pm  →  July 2010 News & New Releases

…I’ve just posted on RPGnet.

2010.07.08 The Inbetween

July 8th, 2010 · 1:03 pm  →  July 2010

In my setting, the Inbetween is a magical jail that holds the Condemned or crime-breakers from the Realm of magic. This place is kind of a setting within a setting; the Condemned are captured and then contained within a dimension that’s hidden within walls of stone in our world Above. The walls need to be […]

Design Notes for THE QUEEN OF CROWS at FlamesRising.com

July 6th, 2010 · 8:40 am  →  Queen of Crows

FlamesRising.com posted my design notes for THE QUEEN OF CROWS today. I’m sure you’ve all heard me talk about how important the creation process is before; this diatribe delves into the collaboration and the reason why I offered this e-book to you. Here’s a quote from my notes: One of the primary goals I have […]

I Have a Story To Share

July 6th, 2010 · 8:08 am  →  Free Fiction

Hi everyone, Today, I’d like to offer you something fun from my author website at www.mlvwrites.com. I hope you enjoy this story; I had a lot of fun writing it. Regards, Monica ***** For anyone who has gotten to know me, there’s probably a few things that stand out in your mind. One, I tell […]

2010.07.05 Frickin-Frackin Technological Snafus

July 5th, 2010 · 11:38 am  →  July 2010

Finished making the trailer and finding the sound effects for the music today. I decided to go with that “old film” feel as much as I could. Initially, I was going to do a black-and-white silent movie with scrollwork on black panels as the promotional text. It ended up being too hard to see the […]

2010.7.02 Music is the Universal Language

July 2nd, 2010 · 2:22 pm  →  July 2010

Had an exciting conversation with a professional composer this past week. While I work on the novel, I’m also looking at ways to promote THE QUEEN OF CROWS to raise funds for the print edition, which people are asking for. Hey, people. Remember that our world isn’t set up to allow writers, artists or musicians […]

New Releases and Other Writings

June 28th, 2010 · 4:56 pm  →  News & New Releases

Hello Live Journal-land, Things have been pretty steady on the writing front. Since the release of THE QUEEN OF CROWS, I’ve been more heavily focused on non-fiction than fiction, and there’s a couple of links I’d like to share with you. First up, I wanted to mention that I’ve got three non-fiction releases related to […]

Walking the World

June 4th, 2010 · 1:55 pm  →  News & New Releases

After much poking, prodding and arm-twisting, I mentioned I picked up a Nintendo DS. As part of my self-spoilage, I grabbed a selection of games and two items from the “Personal Trainer” line. I’ve been using Personal Training: Walking for a few weeks now, and I’m loving it. Daily goals and mini-goals and an over-arching […]

2010.05.28 I Don’t Need to Be a Celebrity

May 28th, 2010 · 11:03 am  →  May 2010

There’s a lot of advice for writers out there. One of the big pieces of advice is about how it’s important to have a “platform” or become a “celebrity.” (Looks at self in the mirror.) Okay, while I do have a bit of the theatrical flair on occasion — namely my love for all things […]