Pokémon Go

So it may come as no surprise that I am obsessed with Pokémon Go. I have gone around catching pokemon every day, #teammystic. In my town people are on the streets at all hours of the day walking up and down Main Street and setting lures to draw huge crowds of phone zombies that lurk around on the sidewalks. I’m surprised it’s gotten this popular, but at least I’m getting out of the house and walking. 

If any of you guys play, what is the rarest pokemon you’ve caught so far? I caught a Dratiri but then I accidentally transferred it because I fail.

How to Avoid Writer’s Panic

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Your face when you look at your to do list.

What is Writer’s Panic, you may ask? Well, it starts when you realize you haven’t been writing as much as you should. Then it deepens when you realize you’re falling behind. Next you’re neglecting your side projects to the point where they don’t exist, and something completely unrelated to writing completely monopolizes your time.

Now, it might be a happy thing. You could have a baby or adopt a kitten or go on vacation, or there could be a death in the family or a stressful move to another city. Either way, once you settle back in, all you can do is sit there and think about how very, very far behind you are.

Having just had a quarter-life crisis of sorts, I am there. I have an unedited novel from two years ago that still needs finishing, for god’s sake. Follow these steps and you will be up and running in no time.

Step One:

Get over your Writer’s Block. I have a post on that here, and it basically boils down to forcing yourself to write. The easiest way I’ve found is to just write whatever I feel like it whether or not it’s any good. Just sit down in front of the computer and make words happen in some sort of logical order.

Step Two:

Create a list of everything you’ve been working on in the last year or so (or shorter/longer, depending on how long you’ve been away from things). Organize the list in groups of things that are nearly finished, things that you’ve just started, and things you absolutely want to finish.

Step Three:

Decide on what to start on first. Have a short story that just needs editing? The choice is clear. Do you have five half-finished novels and no idea which to start? Think of which one is going to be the easiest to write and which ones you would weep to see go unfinished.

Step Four:

Don’t set any hard deadlines. Until you’re back into the swing of things, deadlines will only make you worry more. You can maybe set goals such as “finish novel B this year” or “write every other day at least” but you have to find a relaxed balance where you can stretch your wings, as it were. It might take time for some people to get back into the groove of things and there’s no use in stressing yourself out when you don’t have to, especially when returning from any kind of stressful break. 

Ask family members and friends help for motivation if you need to. Activities like NaNoWriMo or writing groups can help motivate you without putting any real pressure on you. You just need to remember that writing is supposed to be fun, no matter how much the opposite can seem true sometimes.

To celebrate my return to blogging, I’ve put my book Wildflower Crown for free on Amazon! Click here to claim your copy for Kindle. (It will work on a regular computer too, just download the app!)

Thanks for reading🙂

What is green?

Back in high school my English teacher asked “What is green?” as a kind of imagination activity in all of his classes to see what people would say. I wrote this recently with that old prompt in mind.


It’s funny how different I am now, now with the poison in my veins.
A poison only because in time, it would destroy me, but for now it is paradise.
Green, indeed, is obvious.
Green is nature.
Green is leaves, trees, and brilliant miles of meadows.
To live without hearing the birds chirp and smelling the fresh rain,
to never feel the heat of the sun on your skin or taste the fresh berries,
would be unthinkable, to me.
Green is peace.
It is about avoiding conflict, deflecting the negative thoughts.
Be quiet, just listen.
Shhhhh.
Listen. Hear the world around you.
Relax.
Breathe. Just exist.

So as it turned out, life had other plans

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Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado

So, blogging after a year’s absence is a bit like starting all over, so I suppose I’ll do an introduction of sorts.

My name is Bethany Charlotte, and I publish under the name of Charlotte Cyprus. Call me Bethany or Charlotte, your pick. I went solo backpacking through Europe and Thailand last fall and I plan to conduct a similar trip this October. I love pugs, nature, photography, and Chai tea. I write romance and fantasy novels, two of which you can find links to under the books tab.

I confess, I haven’t done any serious writing in about a year. Terrible, I know. I stopped working on my novels, stopped working on my side projects, and quite obviously I stopped blogging. My life changed dramatically and everything went all topsy-turby and it’s just now getting back to what I can consider normal.

love writing. I feel like maybe a part of why I felt so lost and confused while I had everything else going on was because I was missing that part of me. I wrote here and there, sure, but nothing substantial. I could have had two more books written by now! It’s just not an option to not write anymore, and so I return to my blog a changed person (well, sort of).

Now that I’m back I hope to keep sharing tips on self-publishing, writing, and editing as well as sharing my writing and connecting with the community. I will occasionally post about traveling as well since it’s become such an important thing in my life and also because I like sharing pretty pictures! Alternatively, you can just follow my instagram here @arewegoats.

I hope you’re all having a lovely summer (or winter, if you’re in Australia) out there in cyber space. Until next time!

 

Experiencing Love’s First Bloom in Wildflower Crown

A huge thanks to Melissa the Orange for the nice review😀

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Wildflower Crown
Charlotte Cyprus

An innocent free-spirit, aptly named Wild, finds herself in the middle of a royal mess. The king and queen, then, compels her to help them save their kingdom. As she partakes in etiquette and history lessons, Wild also learns about love itself.

Like Wild, this is my first foray into romance – in novels, that is. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this novel. It is funny, interesting, and quite easy to read.

The book is rather short at under 150 pages, but it is well-paced. The love scenes are tasteful, not unnecessarily long. I also liked how simple the ending is, it is quite sweet actually.

A few things about the novel irked me, however. The word “scowl” (and its other possible manifestations) appeared too often throughout the novel. There were also a couple of spelling and grammatical errors. All of these…

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Book Review: Wildflower Crown

Thanks so much to Wren for the review!

Wren's Writings

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After reviewing the novel, “Red Queen,” by Victoria Aveyard I got a message from author Charlotte Cyprus asking me to review her book. After reading and reflecting upon the book I am happy to announce my official review on the fantasy book, “Wildflower Crown.” Charlotte Cyprus or Bethany writes romance novels and likes fantasy as well. “Wildflower Crown” is self-published and is available at Amazon.com. She has also written the book, “Kiss of the Fey,” and while I haven’t read it, the description peaks my interest. You can read that description and learn more about the author at her blog.

“Wildflower Crown” tell the story of a girl who is given away to a lady in town when she is a baby. As the story goes on, it is revealed that Wild whose full name is Wysandra is blamed for killing a boy just by touching…

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The Perfect Bad Review

So, I recently got a 2 star review of Wildflower Crown on Goodreads. The person said that they couldn’t finish the book and found it entirely not suited to their tastes. I was a little bummed that she didn’t like it, but I actually wasn’t upset because of how nicely she worded the review.

I was really glad to get this review, even though it wasn’t good, because it can actually help people decide if they want to read my book or not. Rather than saying “This book is terrible, don’t read it, my eyes were bleeding” or any nonsense like that, she just pointed out where she thought the book needed work and what she didn’t like about it. She was also very polite about it.

When writing a bad review, keep in mind that you’re commenting on something a person made, and that person has feelings. You don’t have to lie or anything, but try to think of what is constructive and could help the writer/other potential readers. If you hated every single thing about the book, you can say that, but word your review as you would if you were telling the author your opinion in person. Or over Skype, at the very least.

Before you publish your work you have to be prepared for bad reviews, even if they are just hateful nonsense, because not everyone is going to like your book. I steer far away from what I consider to be purple prose when I write, and this person thought my book was too simple. And that’s fine. If they didn’t like it, they’re allowed not to and I bare them no ill will. Another person emailed me to say she couldn’t finish my book because she really hated third person POV. You know what? I can’t help that. My book is third person POV and that isn’t going to change, and neither will her tastes. I don’t aim to write a book that everyone will love, I just aim to write a book that I would enjoy reading.

Wildflower Crown by Charlotte Cyprus

A big thanks to Karen for the review🙂

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The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

 

My rating:  3.9  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Wild has been running her whole life from a power she never asked for. Determined to fill her life with excitement and fun, she’s done everything she could to push her dark secret from her mind. When outlaws come to her with a proposition to infiltrate the castle and switch places with the princess, she immediately accepts the job. What could be more fun than being a princess?

Daivat’s life has always been structured and orderly. He wakes every day at dawn and practices tirelessly at his knife work. His dream is to be a member of the king’s personal guard, but first he must prove himself by keeping an eye on the impostor princess while she fools visiting…

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