Maria_David

Maria_David
As his face changes, her fate unfolds. The Mirrors of Fate: Out of the Past (Book 1 to The Mirrors of Fate Trilogy). Click on the pic for e-outlets.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Dolphin Cove & Update on Vampire Fic.

Okie dokie, so yesterday I had a nice little writing break and went to Dolphin Cove in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. What is Dolphin Cove you ask? *Gasp* I suggest you go ask Ben Stiller, Tito Jackson, Jane Seymour, Yendi Phillips, Hulk Hogan, Tori Spelling, and Martin Lawrence what it is, because they've all been there. ^_^ Or you could keep reading and I'll you that it's a nice place of water-based entertainment where you can interact with dolphins, sharks, sting rays, pirates, go on jungle trails, etcetera and so forth. Here are a few pics of the trip :-).



Beyond this bridge is a pirate who...well, I won't spoil it for you if you ever go. Just be careful! lol

                                                                My little hombre...or big hombre.




Nurse Shark swimming about. Zoom is a good thing. I was not in the water for this one lol


My favourite pic! I just love how the sun glistens against the water and the nurse shark's back :-D


All in all it was a nice trip. Yes, no dolphin pics. At that time my camera was buried in my bag :-p but you should all definitely go and check it out. You will definitely enjoy the experience. The workers are friendly, engaging, and spot-on. I had no complaints ;-).


Update on YA vampire fic!

It's going great. I'm about 61,000 plus words in. So far it's dark, romantic, touching, inspiring--definitely a cross between the Christine Feehan 'Dark' series, Vampire Academy and Twilight. Definitely something that young adults AND adults will enjoy. I've been wanting to reveal what it's about for a long time, but due to the sheer volume of vampire fiction out there, I've decided to just let the idea stay concealed until it's completed. I may consider a small indie press for books in the future, like this one, so that I can have a bit of a breather on the marketing side. While I love marketing, I'm very busy and I let myself get toooo stressed when I'm working. It would be nice to have more help on that side. I'll definitely be combing the net and my twitter followers for wonderful presses out there. I tell ya, twitter is a powerful tool ;-).

I'll keep you guys updated :-)

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Fiction is for fools






If you're a writer, you probably said this at one point or another:
"Mom, I want to be a writer."

And to that your mother might've said one of two things.
A) "Writers don't make any money, sweetheart. You should be a lawyer or a doctor."

or

B) "You can be anything you want to be, and I support you 100%."

A few days ago I was speaking to someone taking English in university. She was a bit torn as to her course of study. According to her, she always wanted to do something in the field of writing. But I could see she was letting the voices of doubt and criticism circulating around the university and that circulate in the working world get to her. Those voices that say Humanities courses are pretty much useless when compared to the Social Sciences or otherwise. That you can't get anything worthwhile with a English degree so you're better off becoming a doctor or a lawyer. I could relate to her plight because, heck, doing English at university I heard the same ol' stuff as well.

I remember once even heading to my car and meeting a fellow who was doing...er, I don't quite remember his course, but let's just call him "Mr. Sciences Guy". Mr. Sciences Guy was pretty much the full embodiment of every bit of criticism you could think of when it came to studying English. His reading material stringently went no further than the Bible and the newspaper and "documents", because, and I quote, "you couldn't LEARN anything from fiction"--to which I thought he probably didn't know how much fun, educational, and involving it was to read classic literature that threw you back into those periods of which you were not a part of, instead of solely reading a history book full of dates and feeling removed. And he probably wasn't aware that English students, who have been taught to dissect the simple and the complicated in novels could draw out layer upon layer of great meaning from the Bible perhaps more so than some others, with all its parables, stories, and vast means of interpretation.

But to all of this, I say, if it's your personal ambition to write, you shouldn't let anything stop you. And to this
young lady I say, if it's your dream to get in the field of writing, whether it's to be a writer, a newspaper editor, a journalist, whatever it may be, aim for that and don't give up. There is the reality that writing as solely an author won't help you pay the bills upfront, and if it does, that sort of success may be a long time coming, which is why it's always a great idea to have another degree to fall back on  know what you can do with your English degree and learn how to utilize the kind of flexibility that Humanities-based courses give you in the working world. In case you're wondering what I'm referring to, just glance at that longwinded list.


  • Account Executive
  • Account Supervisor
  • Actor/actress
  • Administration
  • Administrative &amp Program Director
  • Administrative Assistant/Office Mgr.
  • Advertising
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Advertising Sales Representative
  • Agent's Asst.
  • Announcer
  • Application Developer
  • Archivist
  • Area Coordinator
  • Assistant Account Executive
  • Assistant Editor/Production Editor
  • Associate Company Manager
  • Associate Director of Publicity
  • Associate Editor
  • Associate/Public Accountant
  • Attorney
  • Author
  • Bank Officer
  • Book Publisher
  • Bookstore manager
  • Broadcast Advertising Manager
  • Broadcasting
  • Business
  • Business Operations Senior Planner
  • Buyer
  • Career Counselor
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Child Care Specialist/Teacher
  • Columnist
  • Commodities Trader
  • Communication
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Communications Assistant
  • Community Affairs Specialist
  • Computer Manager/Consultant
  • Confidential Assistant Executive
  • Consultant
  • Coordinator
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications
  • Correspondent
  • Counseling
  • Court Reporter
  • Creative Director
  • Creative Writing
  • Critic
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Design Specialist
  • Development Associate/Social Worker
  • Director of Public Relations
  • Drama
  • Editing
  • Editor (assignment, book, copy, dictionary...)
  • Editor/User Consultant
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Educational Researcher
  • Educator
  • Electronic Publishing Specialist
  • Entertainment Agent
  • Environmental Planner
  • Executive Assistant
  • Executive Search Consultant
  • Filmmaker
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Foreign Service
  • Fundraiser
  • Government Service
  • Head of Advertising/Asst. Vice President
  • History
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Humorist
  • Information Officer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Interior Designer
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Interviewer
  • Jeweler/Goldsmith
  • Journalist
  • Junior Accountant
  • Legal Assistant
  • Librarian
  • Loan Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Trainee
  • Manager
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Market Editor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Marketing Director
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Projects Coordinator
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Mass Media Assistant
  • Media specialist (buyer, planner, director ...)
  • Musician/Composer
  • Narrator
  • News Reporter
  • Newspaper/Magazine Editor
  • Operations Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Patient Financial Coordinator
  • Personnel Manager
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Press secretary
  • Production Assistant
  • Professor
  • Project Manager/City Planner
  • Proofreader
  • Psychology
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Public relations
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Service
  • Publications Manager
  • Publisher's Assistant
  • Publisher/Indexer
  • Publishing
  • Publishing Assistant
  • Quality Assurance Assistant Manager
  • Reading Consultant
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Regional Director
  • Regional Planner
  • Reporter
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Journalist
  • Researcher: Opinion polls, Fact checker
  • Sales
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Senior Account Executive
  • Senior Editor
  • Senior Staff Writer
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Social Work
  • Social Worker
  • Special Agent
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Special Projects Director
  • Speech
  • Staff Assistant
  • Staff Photographer
  • State Representative
  • Stockbroker
  • Store Manager/Regional Manager
  • Student/Teacher
  • Teaching (all levels)
  • Telecommunications Systems Consultant
  • Television Producer/Performer
  • Text Specialist Engineer
  • Traffic Manager
  • Vice President of Financial Services
  • Writer: Technical, Speech, Freelance

Now that your eyes are bleeding from that list pilfered from University of North Carolina Career Opportunities list, no more excuses. Do what you will with your English degree, and don't let the voices of doubt tear you down.

Hey all you moms out there and writers out there. Anyone else experience the same kind of criticism going to school, or even now when you're in the working world? If you have any words of encouragement for this young lady, be sure to drop 'em in the comment box. ^_^

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

A Writer and her lenses

^_^ Time for a 30% blog post. Taking a mini-break from writing, which I totally need since I've been burning the midnight oil like a mad woman. One thing you probably don't know about me that I decided to share today is that I like to collect contact lenses. I have a nice little collection, from the simple to the odd and to the unique. Why you ask? Because I decided long ago that if I'm gonna wear contact lenses for my vision, they better look awesome ;-). And as a Gemini I admittedly get bored fast, so I've gotta keep switching it up. So far at least I have gone between the Western brand Cibavision for simpler but still eye-popping results, and also Korean brands for when you just want to throw convention out the door. Here are some of the ones I've tried and loved.





Super Nudy Gray (Korean)
From: The Geo Big Eye Series
Manufacturer: Geo Medical Ltd

Here's what the general description of the lens says: GEO NUDY EYE has a great big eye effect. The dark black ring make your eyes look bigger and create that stylish with the added natural color. GEO MEDICAL invented innovative dyes engineering technology dying process. Unlike Pigment type contact lens, Geo lenses help transfer Oxygen through Lens. Aurora effect of dyes express natural and mysterious color. With ionized dyes and more water for your eyes therefore, its even more comfortable.(GetYourLenses.com)

My take: When I bought my first pair of "big eye" lenses, my concern was comfort and breathability. But thankfully, having worn GEO for years, I'm glad to report that not only are they comfortable but my eyes never typically get dry in them, which still surprises me today because you think that big lenses should be drying out your eyes like the Sahara desert. The above pic was taken in NATURAL LIGHT by the way.






 
Sterling Gray (Freshlook)
From: Freshlook Colorblend Series
Manufacturer: Cibavision

This is one of my favourites from Freshlook. They look gorgeous in flash or otherwise. Freshlook contacts are comfortable, although I do find that I have to lubricate with eye drops more frequently than I do with the big lenses from Korea. I think anything from Freshlook in general is pretty gorgeous though.

More from Freshlook (Violet):



Okay, I have a ton others, but this was supposed to be a short post :-/. Always be careful where you purchase your contact lenses. I live all the way in the islands. I've had great experiences with purchasing my Korean-branded lenses from asianfashioncity.com and also getyourlenses.com. ^_^ Hopefully I can share with you all more of the lenses I collect, but it's back to writing for me. ;-) This vampire fic won't write itself.