Here marks the official post of writing/reading blog that I originally began with livejournal. I've decided to move my blog over here in hopes of finding an awesome writing and book reading community. To read about why I started to blog my writing challenges read my very first blog here. Now that is out of the way...
Let me introduce myself. Hi! I'm Victoria. Although when I try to publish items and stories I'll probably go by the initial V or V.M. I love my name- Victoria Flower. It has a nice ring to it. A name that one would see on a romance or fantasy novel and not on a science fiction or horror story. I don't mean the whole issue of losing credibility by being female writing in a primarily male dominated genre, even though that is part of the case, but my name doesn't exactly illicit images of pirates in space shooting laser beams (pechew! pechew!) or creepy pseudo-demon serial killers back from the graves to exact their pound of flesh from humanity. I see my name and think meadows in Britain where the fey dance and play or some ancient female warrior defending her clan from invading armies that are wrapped in metals and wielding sharp, pointy things.
So for now I'll keep my blog under my name but in reverse. (The 'M' standing for my husbands last name.) I've been toying with the idea of keeping Flower or changing it to another family name, 'Reynolds.' Still haven't decided though. Names are tricky. Every writer knows that. Names carry connotations of who the character is or might become, what kind of town or world or planet the story takes place in, and what dangerous things they know and wield. And unlike our given names, a pen name or a stage name is entirely in that person's control. I could be anyone I want to be with a change of name. It's tempting and a little intoxicating knowing you hold the power of your destiny in your hands with a name change. Anyways, all that to say, "Hi! I'm Victoria. Nice to meet you. :-)"
If you're reading my blog, I hope that you are like me in that you wish to pursue the daunting life of a published author. Or at least enjoy reading the same books or maybe discussing the books that I've read. If like me, you are an insane person, highly imaginative, easily captivated by amazing stories, or all of the above, then you've come to the right place!
As I might have mentioned before, I'm an aspiring published author. I used to say writer but I feel like I've gotten past the point of dreaming about writing to actually doing it, therefore qualifying me as a writer. Recently married, no children except of the four legged corgi variety, unemployed (working on that) except for the occasional freelance job that floats my way (also working on increasing that as well). I'm an avid reader of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and recently some young adult fantasy novels. Another recent phenomenon of reading and love interest: steampunk.
I <3 everything about steampunk. From the Victorian style of dress and architecture to the incorporation of "what if" technologies. I'm actually in the early stages of working on my own mystery steampunk novel that I'm hoping will turn into a series. It's kind of like Agatha Christie meets Sherlock Holmes but in steampunk technicolor glory. I'm super excited about it and can't wait to start it! After I finish my current science fiction W.I.P. leftover from Nanowrimo. Which, by the way, I did complete the challenge but 50,000 words did not bring me close to finishing the novel. :-/ I'm thinking it needs another 30k- 50k. Intimidating to say for sure but I wrote one third of it in a month so I can definitely finish it in another month. :-)
So follow me as I blog about my travails of completing my current desert scifi novel, plan for the steampunk story, all while herding corgis and reading/writing reviews on old, current, and new books. :-) Welcome! Welcome to my world.