Sunday, September 28, 2014

Writing exercise: The Cat

Photo by Erik Ammon
Our cat, Kona.
Writing exercises.  I thought I'd give one a shot.  I didn't find this exercise anywhere, I just made it up.  It's not long, really just another way to to work at my writing.  I decided to take a picture of our cat, Kona, and write about it- the photo, not the cat.  Though, when he softens our laps to sit, it does seem like he's looking for a weak spot.  Anyhow, here's what I wrote (short, but what I wanted):

The cat sleeps now.  Sitting up, semi curled tail wrapped around his legs, his side rises and dips as his lungs fill and empty.  His fur glistens in the sun, making it look blacker than black.  Soft, warm, furry, the cat sleeps in my wife’s equally black chair, shedding his mark on her seat.  He twitches, moves and resettles without opening his eyes.  Now, completely curled, his white claws extend, just enough to let you know he has the capability to rip you to shreds if he wanted to.
Is he truly asleep or biding his time to strike?  One never knows with the feline persuasion.

What else would you add?  Leave it in a comment!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Meeting tonight for The Lost Squirrel!

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I'm really excited to be meeting with Jennifer Frith tonight.  We're going to be going over the sketches for The Lost Squirrel, the second book in the early reader series The Adventures of Kona and His Friends.  I have the story ready in the same font and size the first book, The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly, is in, cut up and ready to be matched up.  Plus a second copy for notes- gotta be prepared!

We'll discuss the location of the text within the images and any possible changes, if necessary- which I doubt!  Of course I'll take some pictures, too, and post them here, the FB page and twitter (@RunningMoose13).  I'll definitely be enjoying a great coffee from The Towne Book Center and Cafe, too.  They rock-note to self...I need to RSVP while there for Monday night- they have R.A. Salvatore coming!!

When I first decided to self-publish The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly, I never imagined it would lead me down the path of writing as it has.  I thought I'd be writing and self publishing epic fantasies.  Instead, I've fallen in love with writing children's book.  This past year I've written over a dozen manuscripts.  The MSs are in various states of editing, from first draft, to polished and "completed".  My writing has come a long way, and I'm hoping to land an agent soon!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Winner winner, chicken dinner!!

Hey folks!

It's that time!

Time to announce the winner of the giveaway!

And, the winners are:

#31: Jenna O: Her blog post comment: I loved Cinderella book. I don´t know why it was my fav one, but I just loved it!


#54: Janis: Tweeted about the giveaway!

Alright ladies!  I'll e-mail you in a few minutes (ummmm...7:45 P.M. EST on 9/16... :) ) for details!!

Thanks to everyone who entered!!  Make sure you keep a watch here and over at Jennifer's blog for updates about Kona and Friends!!

If you'd like an autographed copy, feel free to shoot me an e-mail: erik@ erikammon. com (just remove the spaces...). They're $6.99 through me (plus shipping).

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Book Giveaway! Win one of two copies of The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly!

Hey All!

With the new school year under way around the country, I thought it would be great to give away two copies of The Rabbit Who Wished He Could Fly!  Many of you already have a copy, but wouldn't it be nice to have a copy to give to a friend, relative, school classroom or library to a new group of young readers?  What could be more altruistic than encouraging kids to read?

Plus, it'll help Jennifer and I as we will be publishing the second book in The Adventures of Kona and Friends titled The Lost Squirrel later this Fall!

There are many ways to enter, but the one that will get you two entries (make sure you click on the Rafflecopter link below to get the two points!!!) is to answer this question in the comments:

What was your absolute favorite kid's book growing up?  What about it moved you?

Here is Jennifer's favorite:
My favorite books were the Bugg Book series, written by Stephen Cosgrove & illustrated by Charles Reasoner. They're not in circulation anymore, but you can find a few on Ebay. They were stories about bugs, and the 1st page always started with "don't look up into the skies; instead look down and squint your eyes. Squint them both so very tight that if you look with all your might You'll find the land of Morethansmall. And in this land are buggs, that's all. (I still have it memorized!). I loved how imaginative it was and would pour myself in the stories of these little bugs... crickets, june bugs, and the mean old "Evil Weavel". It was a big reason I fell in love with art as a kid. I hoped to create magical vivid worlds on paper too.

Here is my favorite:
My favorite book as a kid was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I always dreamed of entering some sort of fantasy world, and I think this desire has directly led me to writing. When I write, I can create, and enter, any world I want! The drawing of Max and the monsters made it easy to imagine what it would be like to be Max and be King of the Monsters!

Good luck and share this contest with the world!!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

End of August Writing Report

I thought it would be a neat way to keep track (for me) of my writing over the course of a year (well, the rest of it anyway...and into the future) by doing end of the month writing reports.  Words will not be exact, but I can add in about what I worked on.  So, here goes!

I wrote three manuscripts: 2 picture book, 1 chapter book
I wrote about 3500 words for an adult urban fantasy (for Part 2 of the Demon Hunter Series)
I wrote about 11,500 words total (my goal was 15k).
I also came up with an idea for a non-fiction picture book.

I was hoping to hit 15,000 words for the month, and most of them in the epic fantasy novel I'm working on, but I ended up not touching that book at all.

I also wanted to hit 3 manuscripts for children's books as well, and I hit that!!

The kid's chapter book manuscript was an early reader MS I wrote a while back, but never really liked.  I loved the idea of the story, but the 2,000 or so words were not enough to tell the story how I wanted it.  After a dinner with some fellow writers, I felt inspired to change it.  I did some research on a locale in Mississippi, added more action and narrative, and voila!  A nearly 9,000 word chapter book manuscript!

I felt like it was a productive month.  i didn't hit goals, in terms of numbers, but I love the words that I created!!

How about you?  What creative goals did you hit this month?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Live Your Passion!

We must create who we are.  Waiting around for life to happen to you is a waste of your time, your creativity, and your future.

What in your life are you truly passionate about?  That is what you must do.  It will not happen over night.  I may not happen in the first year.  If you put in the time and the effort, all the bumps, bruises and setbacks will, in the end, have been worthwhile.

Never give up working towards your dreams.

Your dreams are there to inspire you.

Now get off your ass and make those dreams, that "it" you are passionate about, happen.