About

Writer, Maker, Mother, Gamer, Dreamer. 
Managing Editor at Rue Morgue magazine.
Strange, creative human being.
Lifelong lover of monsters.

* * * *

The BLOOD MAGIC Saga is...

BLEEDER [Blood Magic, Book 1] - complete!
LETTERS FROM NEW YORK [Blood Magic, Book 2] - complete!
RULER [Blood Magic, Book 3] - returning soon!
REBELS [Blood Magic, Book 4] - TBA 2016
+ CHASING MILDRED (Bonus Story - read after you've read Part One of RULER)

The BLOOD MAGIC Saga's chapter art is done by @JerryThistle

Like the BLOOD MAGIC Saga on Facebook for news about the series, extra content and more! http://www.facebook.com/bloodmagicsaga
And join the BOUND BY BLOOD MAGIC group for official author-hosted events and contests.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/boundbybloodmagic/

* * * *

Thank you for visiting my profile. If you've enjoyed the BLOOD MAGIC Saga, Till the End of the World, or my poetry, please consider voting, leaving a comment, following me (so you get all the latest updates) or telling your friends about it. Every bit of support counts, more than you probably know. And, of course, feedback is the best kind of writer food - even the critical stuff (that's how we grow!).

Lastly, if YOU have any questions, ask away! I'm always thrilled to gab about my work or writing in general. What can I say, my brain is here for the picking.

* * * *

Highest Hot List Rankings:
BLEEDER: Vampire #58
LETTERS: Vampire #60
RULER: Horror #14 / Vampire #29
CHASING MILDRED: Vampire #50
A WRITER'S JOURNAL: Non-fiction #10

* * * *

Places I haunt on the web...
Tumblr: http://monicaskuebler.tumblr.com
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/deathofcool
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/deathofcool

****

LOOKING FOR OTHER GREAT READS ON WATTPAD? Be sure to check out the works of @AlysArden, @LIttleCinnamon, @DistantDreamer, @Rusty_Fischer, @SeeThomasHowl, @KatherineArlene, @DavidJThirteen, the @TeenFictionCommunity reading lists and all the books on my own Highly Recommended! list. Happy reading!
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Joined:
    4 years ago

Reading Lists


9 Published Works

Featured work.

Books to Die For

Social data: 431 reads. 8 votes. 8 comments.

Description: A collection of reading recommendations, as they appeared in my weekly Books To Die For column on Rue-Morgue.com and my #fabfictionfridays shout-outs on Wattpad. Here you'll find mainstream releases, Wattpad serials, short stories and much, much mor...


Other Works by deathofcool.
Ruler [Blood Magic, Book 3]

Ruler [Blood Magic, Book 3]

39.6K 2.3K 620

What if the only way to prevent a war was to start one? Keel Argarast is a disgraced king, and the youn...

Bleeder [Blood Magic, Book 1]

Bleeder [Blood Magic, Book 1]

350K 11.9K 1.3K

What if everything you knew about yourself was a lie? Mildred "Mills" Millhatten had a good life: close...

#162 in Vampire
Completed
A Writer's Journal

A Writer's Journal

3.1K 141 94

A collection of pieces on writing, editing, publishing, Wattpad life, and online writing culture.

Chasing Mildred

Chasing Mildred

1.1K 159 28

This series of tweets, posted as part of the #TwitterFiction Festival 2015, flings you into the head of...

Completed


deathofcool
@MorrighansMuse I was thinking about this more last night and you are completely right, a writer must always embrace what works for them and that definitely won't be same thing as what works for the next writer and the writer after that. 
      
      The idea of muses is also interesting. I don't have a muse, it's not a thing for me, but by the sheer fact that writers and artists have been using that word in the context of creation for hundreds and hundreds of years does give it some value and worth. In the long run, does it matter if you call your inspiration "inspiration" or "muse" or "Freda" or whatever? Nope. It's just a name for that special thing that every creator experiences: that fuel, that rush, that drive to make something out of nothing.
      
      I tend to get a bit ornery when people suggest that my experiences as a working writer/editor are not "real." It reminds me of that time back in high school where my teacher disputed my teen experience, as if I wasn't the teen experiencing it right then and there. 
      
      I do think there is some inherent danger in telling people the right and wrong way to seek inspiration for writing and how to approach the process of it, because if that way isn't what works for them, it's just as likely to get them blocked and not creating. Just as not all artists paint and illustrate in the same style and manner, not all writers work in the same way either.


deathofcool
Lastly, there's no such thing as writer's block, so there is nothing to lose or take away. You either write or you don't. You either sit at your desk and do it or you don't. But when you are sitting there, writing, you better be prepared to trust your gut  - and that's really what I mean by "characters taking control" in this discussion. ;)


deathofcool
@TheAlvarezChronicles I never said anything about anything supernatural. Don't put words in my mouth. ;)
      
      And I'm definitely not scared of writing or being in control. I've been a professional writer/editor for the better part of fifteen years. This is what I do. I understand what I do. I understand the process of what I do. I must. It's my job. (Just like how you, being a former police officer, could read people.)
      
      If my characters didn't occasionally challenge my outline/plans and want to do their own thing (or push parts of my books in different directions), there would still be a story. Maybe not as good of one, however, because sometimes you just have to let go (of control) as a creator/artist and see where the inspiration (or scene or characters) takes you without overthinking it. Insisting on control often leads to overthinking your plot (and being too rigid in adhering to your outline) when what you should be doing is *feeling* your plot and letting the words and characters' actions flow. This isn't anything supernatural and certainly has nothing to do with muses or voices in one's head, but it does have to do with daring to experiment, daring to push your personal boundaries in service to your story, daring to let go of that precious control for a few moments here and there because sometimes there's something amazing waiting in the wings that you hadn't fully considered before and won't until you just try and run with it.  
      
      There is no ceasing of characters or anything else "to help" because there is no relying on them in the first place, just listening when you get that tingle in the back of your creative brain that says, "They would not do this. This is not true to the personalities I've imbued them with." It's all about trusting one's instincts as a writer, which again is nothing supernatural. In fact, I bet you understand the idea of "trusting one's instincts" very well, as I suspect that plays a big part of being a cop too.


deathofcool
I agree with everything you've said here, except your disdain/disbelief about the "characters who take control." It's real. It's happened to me and it was shocking when it first did. Allow me to explain. My fiction comes to me like lightning strikes or in dreams, after that there's a lot of outlining and world building and character development before the writing proper even takes place. Lots of authors can write well from the seat of their pants, I cannot. A good outline (a.k.a. road map) is gold.  So after all this planning, I leap into the book, and somewhere halfway through my characters do something wholly unexpected (unexpected only because it wasn't in my original outline). Why did they do this wholly unexpected thing when I'm the writer and writing them? Usually because whatever was in my outline didn't feel authentic and, hence, they resisted being shoehorned into the scene and forced another better idea to pop into my head in its place. Did the characters actually take control? No. But were they developed enough to tell me that what I wanted them to do didn't make sense with who they were. Hell yes. Sometimes getting to know your characters - really know them inside and out - affects the trajectories of their narrative arcs. For me, that's usually a sign that a character is a good, believable one, and I should trust my instincts.