Monday Blog: Woolaston Entertainment Turns 23!

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At long last, December has arrived. December is one of my favorite months, because of several reasons: Christmas, snow, time off from work, my birthday…and most importantly, Woolaston Entertainment’s birthday! This year, Woolent is turning 23. Yes…23. There are a few milestones that took place this year, but, before I get to them, let’s go back to the beginning…

 

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Vanessa Vance, W/E/’s first character

 

Summer, 1994

I started watching Sailor Moon on UPN, in Hampton, Va. I made sketches of the characters I had been visualizing for months. The first one to come to life on paper, was a black cat named Vanessa. From there, I began writing furiously and drawing during every spare moment I could find. I started drawing comics and writing my own books. Little did I know, 23 years later, all of that creativity would pay off. Watching anime and reading mangas, writing books and drawing comics, would lead to a series of paintings, learning to play the guitar, and publishing 19 books. No matter how far Woolaston Entertainment goes or how old it gets, I always attribute everything to Summer 1994, when everything got started.

Milestones

W.E. may have been born in 1994, but things REALLY kicked off in 2009, with Fortune’s Wing. But let’s go through the years, as I can remember them:

1994: W.E. is born!

1997: Enos, W.E.’s first series/comic is created

1999: first short story publication in Polaris Literary Art Magazine

2000: my artwork is published in Polaris Literary Art Magazine

2002: Fortune’s Wing is written

2005: my first attempt at teaching myself to play guitar (a failure which later inspires creation of Our Lady)

2009: Fortune’s Wing is published

2010: Valentine is published

2011: Fortune’s Wing: Second Flight is published; first 2 W.E. books featured at A.L.A. convention in Washington, DC

2012: W.E. becomes an adult and turns 18!

2013: I publish Valentine on Jukepop Serials

2014: W.E. turns 20!

2015: I discover Create Space and republish a few titles; 6 W.E. books are published, including Our Lady of Righteous Rage, W.E. books sold at Brooklyn Expo, interview with Self Publisher’s Showcase, here: http://selfpublishersshowcase.com/interview-nicole-e-woolaston-author-of-our-lady-of-righteous-rage/

2016: First book signing at Barnes and Noble, 2 W.E. books available via Hampton and Norfolk public libraries (this may have occurred in 2015, but this is when I can remember discovering this for myself!)

2017: Jon and Olivia comic featured in Bear Facts newspaper, published 19th book, The Witch of Fulton Lane, 2 W.E. books available via Queens Public Library, W.E.’s website becomes self-sustaining

 

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The Witch of Fulton Lane

 

The Witch of Fulton Lane

My first paranormal book is finally available for sale! You can purchase a copy from Create Space’s website, or Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1979849943/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511630272&sr=8-1&keywords=witch+of+fulton+lane It’s currently in the form of a paperback. I will release the ebook within a month or so. This is the first W.E. book outside of the current four series I previously published, so I hope you enjoy it!

The Monday Blog entries for this month will all be related to W.E.’s 23rd birthday. So, here’s to 23 years of writing and creating!

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Monday Blog: Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo

We’ve come to the end of the month of November, folks. NaNoWriMo 2017, is drawing to a close. I hope everyone had a successful month. However, I suppose everyone measures their “success” differently.

Perhaps you finished your novel, but you didn’t meet your word-count goal. That’s okay! It’s not the end of the world. It’s also okay if your novel is still incomplete. What matters is, did you get something accomplished? My goal for The Witch of Fulton Lane was 50,000 words. I ended up with 31,952, or 18,048 words short of my goal. I’m good with that. I’m happy with what I wrote, and that’s all that matters. I could probably go back and add another 1,000 words or so, but it would just be useless filler.

If you did any writing at all, even if it was just an outline for your novel, then consider it a victory. If you’re happy with what you wrote, then it is most definitely a victory.

I just approved the proof for The Witch of Fulton Lane, so it should be available for sale via Create Space’s website and Amazon.com.

Next week, I’m kicking off Woolaston Entertainment’s Birthday Month!

 

Yes, I Changed This Site

With another book nearing completion, I find myself with more time on my hands than I would care for. I’m so used to working on a book, that when I finish one, it’s time for a much needed (but not wanted) break. So, here I am, with nothing better to do than play around with my Word Press site…again. If you’ve been keeping up with me, you may have noticed I have changed the background color several times over the past two weeks. Today, I changed the entire theme. I’m happy with it…for now. We’ll see. 

 

http://www.woolastonentertainment.com

The Witch of Fulton Lane

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One good thing has come out of this year’s NaNoWriMo for me. I actually managed to finish a book!  I had the idea for The Witch of Fulton Lane floating around in my head for several months before I sat down to commit it to paper. Yesterday, I completed the first draft. Now I’m editing and adding a few more details. While I continue to work on the manuscript itself, I decided to go ahead and work on the cover. The image featured above, is what the cover currently looks like. I may or may not change it. We’ll see. 

Monday Blog: Tips For A Successful NaNoWriMo

This week I wanted to share some of the tips that have helped me with my writing. Since November is NaNoWriMo, this is perfect time to focus on the novel you’re currently working on, and try to get it done. Hopefully, these tips will make writing your novel, a little easier.

Outline Your Novel

There was a time when I hated—and I mean hated—outlining anything, especially a book I was working on. I felt like it was a waste of time. The time I was spending on the outline, was time I could have spent just writing the book! But, as I became older, I began to appreciate outlines. Now, I outline all of my books, from simple cut-and-dry outlines, to detailed outlines. You have to use whichever method works for you. Working without an outline, is like driving from New York to L.A without a roadmap. Sure, you know you need to head west, but which route will get you there the fastest? For some of my books, I simply wrote the number or title of the chapter, and a sentence or two describing the main events that needed to take place on that chapter. When I started doing this, I realized, the entire book was practically done. I already had the foundation for each chapter mapped out, and all that was left to do, was fill in the gaps with some details and dialogue.

Pace Yourself!

Writing a novel should be enjoyable, not stressful. It’s okay to set a deadline, and it’s also okay not to meet that deadline. If you haven’t finished your novel by the end of November, the world will not come crashing to an end. Pace yourself. I have found, when I rush through my writing, my writing turns into crap. Plus, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. Take your time, and write the best story you can possibly write.

Don’t Be Afraid to Collaborate

The writing community is filled with amazing writers with a variety of talent. Don’t be afraid to reach out for encouragement, advice, or help with editing.

Keep Reading

I’m constantly reading books that fit into whatever genre I’m currently writing. This includes magazines as well. For Our Lady, I read books on the history of punk rock, and punk related magazines such as Alternative Press.  For The Witch of Fulton Lane, I’m reading books about witchcraft and studying tarot cards. It doesn’t hurt to read books related to what you’re writing. It may even inspire you.

I hope this helps. Until next week…

 

Monday Blog: NaNoWriMo 2017

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Welcome to the first Monday Blog for the month of November! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. This is the month writers push themselves to finish their current project. Some writers are concerned  with the number of words their novel contains, while others focus on pages or chapters. Generally, I don’t focus on words. While I try to write a lengthy book, I also know when its time to stop. I don’t know about you, but I become bored very easily with a story which contains too much “filler”. The goal of good writing, should be telling the story. You don’t want the story to move too quickly, however, you don’t want to drag it out, either. I’m currently working on The Witch of Fulton Lane, ​and I already know I need to go back to the earlier chapters and add more details.

​If you want to visit the NaNoWriMo website, here is a link: https://nanowrimo.org/.  Their website helps you track your progress , and provides tips and support.

I’m going to track my word-count for The Witch of Fulton Lane on the top of the Woolaston Entertainment website homepage. My goal is 50, 000 words or more.

Until next week…