After breaking my arm in January and then reinjuring it in April, I haven't felt like writing very much. One-handed typing sucks (my brain has grown too dependent on a digital medium for my stories and paper and pen translates them into a black hole of incoherent scribbles)! But more than physical impediments, I must confess that my mind has been blanketed in a heavy depression.
Or maybe just slapped with a reality check on naive ambition.
Since I graduated from college, I have written five novels. Two are self-published and another will be coming out in September. Two will never see the light of day because they were practice novels. And then I have another four novels totaling about 500 pages of half-finished work. I had a marvelous agent for about six years, but my work just never quite cut it on the traditional publishing market and we parted ways last October.
My bone is broken. So is my will. I'm tired. I want to quit writing. I've tried again and again. But the stories won't leave me alone, and truthfully--I don't want them to go. My soul grows blank and paper-thin without them.
So I will keep trying to learn from my mistakes, to revise, to read, to soak in the world, to ink something bright and dark and dreaming.
So I was happily surprised to get another review ofIffy Magic, which was published in 2016. This five star review from Readers' Favorite was well worth the wait!
*The Amazon editorial quote excerpt:
"An often surprising, always magical romp through a fairytale you wish would never end. With an incredible opening containing just the right amount of intrigue
and despair to hold a reader fast, S.E. Page sets the pace and
introduces the world of Iffy Magic in one deft move."
*But this has to be my favorite excerpt:
"Trying to steer a human venture, more suited to going on knightly quests
than playing the princess in peril, towards wedded bliss was doomed
from the start after all, right? The resulting battle of wills made for
great humor and poignant growth for both Prim and Ember."
I am currently buried in the middle of my Rose Red revisions, but just for fun, I have started a poetry chapbook on Wattpad! I will be sharing fresh ink every weekend.
"Prick-me-dainty" is one of my favorite archaic words. It has several meanings, including a fop, fancy and/or finicky dresser, someone overly fastidious about appearance, language or behavior. As a writer, I feel like quite the prickmedainty character in my own life story sometimes. So I guess I am trying to have a little fun with my poetry and not be quite so serious.
What do you do to get out of your writer's shell and drink in the world?
So at the end of January I broke my arm in my driveway after slipping on black ice.
My writing goals have been shoved to the side for the last few weeks, but I hope to tackle the revisions of my Snow White Rose Red tale a little bit each day. It's amazing how tedious typing becomes with one hand. But I've become so accustomed to a digital writing process that a paper notebook quickly becomes a black hole of illegible ink scribbles. Time to stretch my brain into new ways of processing creative energy!
On a happier note, I am thrilled to share a five star review of Stealing the Dark Moon from Readers' Favorite. I even get this spiffy web medal:
"S.E. Page combines everything that's captivating
about fairy tales with the need to belong . . . The characters are endearing,
amazingly written, and will completely melt your heart."
For me, it was not a theft, but rather a thrill. Every ounce of imagination tingled and
shot like a dream from my chest—straight into the illusion of wings, razor fangs snapping, cinders blasting, and rippling tail spikes curling serpentine
across a page.
I lost a bit of my heart to the clever malice of Smaug from
Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I traded more pieces for cherries jubilee with the fierce yet sensible Kazul from Patricia C.
Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and rides with Anne McCaffrey's dragons of Pern. I’m
not ashamed to admit the hot tears that fell when Draco became a new star,
or the wild rush of happiness I felt when Toothless pressed his head to
Hiccup’s hand for the first time. And I am currently relishing the stubborn pacifism and
diplomacy of the “nice dragon” Julius in the Heartstrikers series by Rachel Aaron. Each
dragon that I have encountered in print and film has made me crave ever more glint of
scale and fiery indomitable freedom.
Growing up, I spent countless hours
drawing sketches of dragons. The earliest creations I can find all seem to characterize them as rather brutish creatures in the most traditional sense of a monster:
But over time, dragons evolved into creatures of sinuous symmetry in my art:
And I ditched the damsel in distress trope for fearless girls braving the skies them.
suppose I love dragons because human creativity will never be able to tame
them. They belong to themselves, and we just make up stories to brush our awe
against their wing tips.
what are the dragons, or other creatures of myth and legend, that spoke to you
as a child and still stoke the embers of your ambition and imagination today?
am proud to kick off the Three Days of Dragondom with the official release of
my next novel, Stealing the Dark Moon:
Dragon’s Den Orphanage Volume I!
Foxkit plays with fire by striking a bargain with the ferocious dragon Aerohim:
Let six runaway orphans hide in his den in Galefang forest, and they will help
him find a lost artifact in his vast treasure hoard. But the longer they
search, the more Kit hopes they’ll never find it as the dragon’s den becomes
the home he never had.
wish is threatened when Aerohim starts growing weaker by the day and a
mysterious girl, Sheen, warns him their dragon is dying. Sheen promises to heal
Aerohim in exchange for one little thing from the hoard—the Dark Moon, a talon
that once belonged to the powerful ancestor of all dragons.
But Sheen isn’t the only one hunting that
ancient relic. Lord Ash, a fallen unicorn that harvests magic bones from other
creatures to replace his broken horn, storms the Galefang. Not wanting harm to
come to the only one that has ever treated him like family, Kit must decide
whether or not to steal the Dark Moon. Steal it, and lose Aerohim’s trust
forever—but just maybe save his life.
available on Amazon in ebook and print.
you buy the paperback, you can get the ebook for free. The same deal now
applies to Iffy Magic, too.