Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Top 10 Ways I Relax

Being an author, mother, reviewer, and homeschooling mom can be crazy.  It seems like I’m always going somewhere or doing something.  Recently my mother in law moved back down to California.  Needless to say my life has been CRAZY.

There’s one thing I learned from my mother.  You have to make ‘you’ time to keep your sanity.  If you don’t, no one else will.  I know some might think that’s selfish but the way I look at it is you need to have time to regroup and recharge.  The old saying, ‘When momma is happy, everyone else is too’, is so true.

I thought I’d share some ways I love to recharge after a hectic day or week.

  1. Go to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
I love this coffee house even more than Starbucks.  Why?  Well, I’m more of a tea lover and this place has a great variety of teas.  My favorite?  Mint Moroccan iced tea latte with chocolate.  Nom.  I also love Swedish berries and Wild Cherry. Once there I order a drink then write.  It’s great. 

  1. Get a pedicure.

I love getting pedicures.  It’s feels great to be taken care of for an hour plus I get to catch up on reading the latest celeb gossip with the People magazines in the salon.

  1. Get a facial

There’s just something about getting pampered that soothes the soul.

#4. and #5

Go to a bookstore and/or library to read a good book.  Believe it or not, just strolling in my local bookstore is better than any Prozac.  It calms me down.  I love the smell of books and just being around tons of them.

6. Go to a movie by myself
I love to do this.  My favorite movies have to be bittersweet love stories like THE NOTEBOOK and BECOMING JANE.

7. Being with friends
I love to get together with friends just to chat.  It’s nice to be around adults especially since I’m with my ten year old a lot.

8. Write

Yes, writing also helps me calm down and relax.  If I’m really stressed out I found that by writing poetry and expressing how I feel, really helps

9. Power walk

Getting up an hour early and going outside to power walk, really helps me regroup.  I love being outside and just reconnecting without anyone expecting anything out of me.

10. Watching a favorite TV show

Yes, I admit it.  I’m a huge Vampire Diaries fan.  I’m totally loving where this storyline is going, especially the other night’s episode that had that amazing kiss:

Research, anyone?


About the Author:
Kim Baccellia was a bilingual teacher in Los Angeles County for eight years and during that time she didn’t find many books for Latinas that were upbeat or dealt with their heritage.  During the time she wrote Earrings of Ixtumea, she was learning about her own Mexican heritage and decided to write a novel that was set in a Mesoamerican world.
Kim has also written Crossed Out, a YA paranormal and her YA fantasy No Goddesses Allowed has a tentative release date of Christmas 2012.
A current member of SCBWI and YALITCHAT, Kim is currently writing the sequel to Crossed Out and a YA multicultural Sci-Fi.  She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.

Monday, April 16, 2012

The fun of writing Paranormal Fantasy...

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My first attempt at writing YA Paranormal Fantasy came about when I was invited to join a team creating a Computer and Card interactive game GEMREALMS with Paradise Arts. 

Given beautifully depicted drawings of creatures, from half orc/elf to an Azerith, a half human/lobster, and the outline of the game objectives, I was allowed to let my imagination create the storyline of each character. 

This is a glimpse into their paranormal adventure... we meet Malika (an elfin healer) Hugo (an elf/orc half breed) and Fussel, (a Yacreen: an underground creature) rather less imposing than the hammer swinging orc/elf.

“Trust me, Malika, we need to keep moving. Fussy, come on lad. The lady has already risked everything to bring you back, don’t waste the opportunity to live a little longer.”

“Hugo…” Fussel’s eyes opened. Mud streaked his grey skin and a distinctive smell of damp earth accompanied every move he made. “Ahh… I remember the lightning. Nothing good followed, to be sure, to be sure. This rain, it is over-rated, Hugo. Can we go home yet?”

“Soon, Fussy. We need you on your feet, unless you want me to carry you?” Hugo offered, smiling as Fussel’s eyes opened wide and his face screwed into an indignant pout. “I take that as a ‘no’?”

“Carry me? You!” Fussel scrambled to his feet, sending streams of water moving as he threw away Malika’s cloak. “I am fine.”

“That worked better than my spells!” Malika caught the cloak and shook it once before wrapping it around her own shoulders.

“I fear we are too late.” Hugo sniffed and gripped his battle hammer. Before he could raise a spell of protection, the air chilled although no breeze disturbed the torch flame. Fussel cocked his head, as if he too sensed sudden danger. “I guess Lamia is ‘in’.”

“Lamia, the seductress vampire? She doesn’t exist does she, except in children’s tales?” Malika licked her lips and wrung the fabric of her cloak between her hands. “Tell me you are joking, Hugo.”

“No one jokes in Lamia’s realm, Malika.” Hugo dropped the torch as his spell crafted flames spluttered and died. “Trust me, she offers little in the way of levity or mirth.”

“Although described as more beautiful than moonrise and more powerful than night.” A smooth voice shimmered through the still air. In the gloom, Hugo watched Fussel stagger against the wall, while Malika covered her mouth as if she bit back on a scream.

“Lamia.” Hugo did not turn, or try to see the creature he addressed. “Don’t look into her eyes, Fussel, Malika. Let me do the talking.” He added, daring to offend the vampire in her lair. “Lamia, it has been a long time.”

“Hugo?” the voice sounded close. The air grew colder. “Have you brought me a gift? How sweet. A healer, you know I cannot resist the blood of a healer.”

“Ahh… these bodies are not for you, Mistress of the Night.” Hugo swallowed and turned as he felt the presence of the vampire emerge from the deepest recess of the shelter. “I know of an Azerith and two humans though, with warm blood pumping.” He could see the vampire now, despite the lack of light. She owned a dark tempting beauty few living souls could resist. “They left without offering you your due.”

“Will you share the hunt with me, Hugo?”

“Not this time, Lamia. I am on a mission. Have we permission to shelter from the storm in your domain?”

“Permission?” Lamia’s cold laughter chilled Hugo’s blood. Fussel and Malika clutched each other, their eyes showed white around dark irises. “I will not stop you entering or leaving, but I do not live here alone. Other creatures share my labyrinth. They only feed through the night hours. Do not stay too long. You know I can offer no assurance of safety once you step into the shadows.”

“We will not disturb your shadows. It is shelter and warmth we seek. Our path takes us to the Ravaged Goblin Realms. Azira has been up to her old tricks”

“Azira?” the vampire tossed her head and spat the name as if it tasted of poison. “Then you are welcome to travel through my halls, Hugo Orc Elf. You can save your weak companions three days of travel in terrible weather.” Lamia’s voice lifted in laughter.
 “If you dare.”

Thanks for dropping in today. Hope you enjoyed this peak at THE HEALER'S QUEST. I hope to keep working on this novel in the near future. I have permission from the owner of the game,  Nstarstudios to post the pics I was working from. So much fun. A new and exciting experience, although the project is still in the creation process, writing for the characters taught me a lot about creating interesting character traits, backgrounds, cultures and the world they inhabit.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Writing of Live and Let Fly

Rebecca asked me to write about why I wrote Live and Let Fly.  Really the answer is simple:  the story was in my head and if I didn’t write it, it would have driven me nuts!

That is the long and short of my life as a writer.  I get a story in my head; it grows until I am seeing, hearing, even feeling the characters living it out, until I am cleaning the kitchen while arguing with some Norse god.  If I don’t perform an exorcism by getting it onto paper, I can easily see the day that my husband comes home to find me curled in a chair with that blank “watching TV” look people get.  Only I won’t be watching TV; I’ll be living whatever adventure my characters have set for me.  It’s Virtual Reality 1.0.

It’s been a couple of years and even more stories since I wrote Live and Let Fly, so I don’t remember exactly why I chose a spy spoof for the next adventure for my dragon detective, Vern, and his partner, Sister Grace.  I do remember thinking that I wanted them to have a more dangerous case than the one in their first novel, Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, or the ones in their short stories.  To do that, I needed to get them out of their comfort zone: Los Lagos, Colorado, where the Faerie world and ours intersect.  And, if they’re going abroad, they might as well have secret agents and all the fun clichés they bring.

That’s another reason I wrote Live and Let Fly:  I love to laugh.  I love to take old stereotypes and make something new.  My character, Rakness, Stan Rakness, carries a lot of James Bond characteristics yet has a style all his own, like being more aware of his own cheesiness and playing into it when it suits.  I love puns.  I love to put characters in wacky situations—like when the rescue party gets trapped and attacked by a giant game board.

I like adding new dimensions to known characters, too.  Loki is actually kind of a nice father to Hel; he visits her in the dark world of Helheim and encourages her to laugh (they watch YouTube videos of practical jokes) and to decorate her kitchen in Japanese anime cats.

Because the DragoneEye, PI universe includes both our world and the world of myth, I have a lot of room to play.  I’m already working on the next book, Gapman, which will be a superhero spoof.  I started this one years ago, too, and don’t really remember why I started it other than I had such fun with Live and Let Fly that I wanted to continue to spoofing trend.  Already, I’m coming up with some fun new characters, again by combining clichés and twisting them into something new.  

That, too,is the long and short of being a writer:  finding joy in taking something that’s been done and twisting it into something new.

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