By Legends of Erin | February 07, 2014 at 11:47 PM EST | No Comments
Huntington Beach Authors Festival
The Friends of the Children's Library Author's Festival returned for its 26th year on Jan. 28 with nearly two dozen authors making presentations at local schools.
The 23 participating authors were spread among 14 public and private schools throughout Huntington Beach. We all convene at the Huntington Beach Central Library at 2:30 p.m. for a reception and contest awards!
Thank you to Gail Page, chair of the event, for coordinating everything and inviting me along! It was a great day!
By Legends of Erin | February 07, 2014 at 11:37 PM EST | No Comments
At College View Elementary!Had a great assembly at College View Elementary! Thank you to the teacher of this wonderful class, Kathleen Young ! Thank you so much to Gail Page for inviting me to the Huntington Beach Authors Festival which made my visit possible!
By Legends of Erin | July 19, 2013 at 03:56 AM EDT | 1 comment
Have you ever imagined yourself as a mermaid? A goblin? A fairy? Well now you don't have to imagine! I do custom paintings and can make you whatever fantasy character you can think of! Please visit our "Want To Be A Fantasy Character" page to see some of my work!
By Legends of Erin | July 19, 2013 at 03:53 AM EDT | No Comments
I now have started face painting! It is fun for me and fun for you! Please check out our face painting page! I do parties too!
Also, I am up in Big Bear face painting every weekend on Pine Knot Avenue, at Dreamlight Designs, a wonderful store where you can create your own candles, soaps and so much more! Please stop in and visit us!
I will be face painting for Halloween up in Big Bear Village too, incase you would like a great face without the mask.
By Legends of Erin | December 03, 2012 at 02:03 AM EST | No Comments
So, I have been working on writing this week, and I am now on chapter 14, of book 3. It's going along very well. As always the characters have taken on a life of their own and have lead me in different directions then I was planning. I think that's one of my favorite parts though.
By Legends of Erin | November 26, 2012 at 03:11 AM EST | No Comments
Hello again everyone! So it’s getting nearer, book two is on its way. I just sent all my illustrations to Olympia, and I have already worked with my editor on the proofs. Corrections have been made, the illustrations are being put into place, and the front and back cover art are done! It’s moving forward very quickly, and at the moment the tentative date for release is looking like early summer. Legends of Erin: Towards the Restless Winds is truly coming soon!
Best to you all!
From the Writers Desk,
Hi things, hi! Books Two IS COMING! Waits till you reads about all the greats things I do! I is a regular hero, and I gets to drives a car! Well . . . sorts of, you has to reads the story and see! It’s coming soon! It’s coming soon!
By Legends of Erin | November 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM EST | No Comments
Hello everyone! I clearly need to get better at this, I am not a very good blogger. A lot has happened since my last post, one of the biggest is that I am now up in Big Bear every weekend, Saturday and Sunday. I have a booth where I sell Legends of Erin: Beyond the Castle Door, as well as products from the story. We have everything from Dragon’s teeth necklaces to Troll Spit. We carry all your magical needs, provided from the magical world, right to your non-magic hands. So stop by our little store, we are located on Pine Knot Ave, in the courtyard by the Christmas Store. We hope to see you!
From the Writers Desk,
Hi’s things! Its Ciaran, incases you don’ts know. I wants to tell you that I be’s up there too, in the little courtyards . . . every’s single weekend . . .and don’ts let little writer girl fool you, I brings most products, she does nothing, besides sits down and tell stories. I is the one who catches them nasty pixies, puts them in jarses, and gives them moss. I is the one who provides all those goblin tears, and them things sells like hot cakes. Remembers, goblins is very useful when you wants something hards to get! See you things there!
By Legends of Erin | July 24, 2012 at 08:43 PM EDT | No Comments
Hello everyone! Well I am doing my second bootcamp this week, from Monday-Friday. The first two days have gone great! We have covered characters, background events, creating a scene, and using the five senses to bring your readers into your story.
All of my students are wonderful! I love all their unique imaginations and ideas! What a great group! Can't wait to see what they will write tomorrow!
By Legends of Erin | July 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM EDT | 2 comments
Wow, so I had my first Teen Writers Bootcamp at the Rancho Santa Margarita Library, July 11th-13th. It could not have gone better. The teens were great, attentive, and all had wonderful imaginations! I cannot believe some of the incredible story's that came out of these young people's minds!
The class was for three days, and 2 hours a day. The first day we focused on my writing experience, authors who inspired me, and character development. The teens were asked to make up their own either hero or villain, and they did fantastic!
The second day we dove into dialogue, and plot structure. The teens wrote a scene with dialogue (all excellent!) and then went home and were told to write a short story no less than 500 words.
The third day the teens shared their short stories, and WOW, they all did amazing jobs! Then we talked about getting published and the steps to take.
All in all it was fantastic!
Thank you Julie Fitch for the marvelous idea, support, belief in my abilities, and just making it possible! Thank you RSM Library for allowing a young author to do a program! Thank you mom for every bit of help you gave me! And thank you my wonderful teen class! You were all remarkable!
By Legends of Erin | July 03, 2012 at 09:28 PM EDT | No Comments
So, I saw Diney's Brave, the other day. Such a good movie! I loved it, and the landscape...takes my breath away. I loved the lesson behind the story, to appriciate our family and especially our parents, even if you don't always agree with their choices.
By Legends of Erin | April 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM EDT | 3 comments
Hey Everyone! I got some great news the other day. I will be having my first school assembly at Olive Elementary on June 6th. I will be talking to the 5th graders from 8:30am-9:15am, the 6th graders from 9:30am-10:15am, and Kindergarten from 10:45am-11:15am.
There are 160 5th and 6th graders, and I am going to have an opportunity to sell my book to all of them! Plus the principle is going to tell them my book would be there summer reading! How amazing is that?
Olive Elementary, 3038 Magnolia Street, Orange, CA 92865
By Legends of Erin | April 12, 2012 at 07:06 PM EDT | No Comments
I will be holding a "Teen Writers 'Bootcamp'" at the RSM Library from July 9th-13th. Come and spend an hour and a half each day of that week and break down the writing process, explore the creative side of being an author and the parts that are hard work. See how idea's become story's and how story's turn into published books.
By Legends of Erin | March 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM EDT | 5 comments
So, as I was writing last, I have a whole scene with one of my favorite characters. Isn’t it funny that it just so happens to be one of the villains? For some reason I love writing my “evil” characters, I think it is so much fun, probably because they do and say things I never would. I am also a fan of more than one villain in a story. I like tales where there are several “bad” characters, different types, but I think my absolute favorite is a complex antagonist, someone you love to hate, but then there are things about them you like too, despite how difficult they make things for the hero. I hope my villains will be thought of as such.
“I like villains because there's something so attractive about a committed person - they have a plan, an ideology, no matter how twisted. They're motivated.”
By Legends of Erin | March 22, 2012 at 09:09 PM EDT | No Comments
So, I have been calling schools trying to wiggle my way into the school system to start doing school assemblies, and I have my first yes! I will be having the program at Olive Elementary some time in May, as more details are given to me I will keep things up to date!
By Legends of Erin | March 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM EDT | No Comments
Good Tuesday to you all. Wow, I really find, as I get older that time just fly's by, doesn't it? This day has slipped through my fingers, kinda like the sand in my hour glass. Sheesh.
Anyhow, to let you all know I have been in contact with several other libraries who show some potential interest in my programs, so fingers crossed!
I am also tarrying on with the agent search, we shall see what the road has in store for me. I am hoping a great agent soon, *chuckles* but of course that is like a coin toss in a wishing well. *sigh* But, what’s that saying? Never give up, never surrender!
Oh, before I forget, I have put some artwork up on the site: www.elfwood.com , it is a great fantasy/scifi art site, love it, been a member for years. I took down most of my old work, so as of now there isn't much up, but I am intending to put more artwork from the series up soon.
By Legends of Erin | March 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM EDT | No Comments
Hello everyone! Ahh, a rainy day. I love the rain, and I find, at least for me, that I get the best inspiriation for my story when the heavens open up and pour out their tears. Mmmmmm.
I have another chapter in book three completed today, after many hours of work (whew) It is amazing how long the writing process takes, especially if you haven't written in a few days. I always find that I have to go and re-read over everything I had written the last time, get back into the world I have created, and then start to write. Quite time consuming.
It is truly amazing, I find, how real my characters have become to me. Each has their own personalities, quarks, little things only they do, and I feel when I am writing them that I am not creating what happens, instead only listening and chronicling what has gone on in these characters lives. Especially when I think one thing is going to happen then when I write I find out that something totally different is actually occurring. Got to love the writing process.
From the Writers Desk,
"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does." William Faulkner