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November #InkRipples: Finishing That Book (Or Not!)

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on November 13, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Ink Ripples, WIP, Writing |

It’s no secret here on the Observation Desk that I’m a notoriously slow writer. I’ve expressed how I feel about prolific authors (see Confessions of an Author: Prolific Writers). More recently, I blogged about Why Is It Taking Me So Long To Write The Second Elixir Book. It took almost ten years from when I […]

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October #InkRipples: Writing Is My Career(ish)

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on October 23, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Family, Ink Ripples, Parenting, Writing |

This month’s #Inkripples of career vs. hobby had me scratching my head. Is my writing a career or a hobby? I’m not sure. I think somewhere in between. Here’s my dilemma: I’m a stay-at-home parent who also works on the side. So family stuff is the first priority, but my main “work” (quotes because raising […]

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September #InkRipples: Building a Fictional World

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 8, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, Pirate Island, WIP, Writing |

What exactly is world building (or worldbuilding if your prefer is as one word)? Basically, it’s the creation of a fictional world. More than that, though, it’s how that world is explained within the confines of a story. The imagining and creating is the easy part (in my opinion). It’s choosing which pieces to include […]

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August #InkRipples: Options in Publishing – What’s Your Path?

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on August 7, 2017 in Books, Elixir Bound, Ink Ripples, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, Writing |

When it comes to publishing a book, there are so many more options than thereĀ used to be. If you’re new to the business, it can be downright overwhelming and confusing to decide what publishing path is the right one for you. That is why we decided to tackle the topic in this month’s #InkRipples. Traditional […]

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July #InkRipples: The Hero Is the Villain

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on July 3, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Ink Ripples, Writing |

When I think about the July #InkRipples topic of heroes/villains, I always think about the many quotes along the lines of everyone is the hero of their own story (there are so many versions of this quote with different attributions, I’m not even going to try attribute a direct quote). I think this idea is […]

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