Aisa Tea by Viridian Tea Company

Aisa Tea, Image Credit: Viridian Tea Company

Whenever we least expect it, the universe conspires to bring us together with kindred spirits we may not have crossed paths with otherwise. In those special moments, happenstance and fortune combine to work a little magic. 

That’s exactly what happened eight months ago when I met author Kimberly Richardson at Wizard World NOLA. (You can read the rest of that story in Kimberly’s own words – here). What I couldn’t have imagined then was where that happy occurrence would lead us…

Introducing Aisa Tea by Viridian Tea Company – a blend of tea inspired by The White-Haired Fate herself! This is the first of many collaborations to come between myself and Kimberly, who also happens to be the owner (and Empress of Tea) at Viridian Tea Company. 

Aisa Tea is a blend of Assam tea, sage, honey crystals, and dried lemon peel

The tea is available for purchase online through Viridian Tea Company, and will soon be available in New Orleans at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop

Like Kimberly always says, Happy Cups!

Eva at CONtraflow NOLA

Event photo courtesy of NOLA CONtraflow
Hi all! CONtraflow NOLA is right around the corner! Here is a list of the panels I will be participating in. Hope to see you all there!

  • Fri Sep 30 @ 8:00 PM: How Not To Write a Novel
  • Fri Sep 30 @ 9:00 PM: Using Folklore in Fiction
  • Sat Oct 1 @ 11:00 AM: Epic Fantasy: The Next Big Thing
  • Sun Oct 2 @ 11:00 AM: Myths and Legends: Using Fantasy to Bring Mythology to Life
  • Sun Oct 2 @ 1:00 PM: “How do you write good dialogue?” she asked

Upcoming Author Events

UPCOMING LOCAL (NEW ORLEANS) EVENTS:

September 24 – Paranormal Con at the at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. I will be participating in two of their panels. Specific times to follow.

September 30 to October 2 – CONtraflow VI at the New Orleans Airport Hilton. CONtraflow is a Science Fiction & Fantasy literary convention with a New Orleans flair. I will be participating in several of their panels. Times and dates to follow.

October 8 – Japan Fest at the New Orleans Museum of Art. I will be signing and selling books from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Kawaii NOLA, who I work with often, will also be in attendance! Come by and say hello!

 

On becoming involved and writing uncompromisingly for yourself

Yoshida
‘Sarusawa Pond’ by Yoshida Hiroshi.

Hi all! Once again, a million things have been going on; so much so that I can barely keep up. To tell y’all the truth, I don’t even know where to begin! I guess the beginning is always best, but who’s to say exactly where the beginning is? (I’ve been reading Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, can you tell?)

In the past eight months, I’ve gone out of my way to participate in as many local events as I can.  I was already struggling to juggle my writing and my day job, so the masochist in me decided I needed to add another level of intensity! It’s been tough, to say the least, but it’s brought a whole new dynamic to my author life and I can’t stress enough how game changing it’s been for me as a whole. Not only has it brought me into contact with fellow authors and people in the local community who have offered their friendship and support, but it’s brought me closer to the readers I’d hoped to connect with and reach.

If you’re wondering what I mean by becoming locally involved, here are a few examples. This weekend, I ran a Fantasy Writing Workshop at Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop in New Orleans, with author Kimberly Richardson. Before that there was Geek Fest at the New Orleans Public Library in July, NOLA Time Fest in June, the Independent Bookstore Day events at Tubby & Coo’s in May, and contributing to New Orleans’s first Cherry Blossom Festival hosted by Kawaii NOLA in April.

The next few weeks will be even more intense. I’ll be releasing the Second Edition of The Butterfly Crest, just in time for a three week extravaganza of local (New Orleans) events! (Scroll down to the end of the post for event dates and times). For a while now, I’ve been considering making several aesthetic changes to the cover and book design of the paperback, and I figured there’s no better time than now! So, I shelved Book Two for several weeks to make the necessary updates. Fear not, there have been no substantive changes to the contents of the story (not even to those parts where I might have been somewhat overzealous with my descriptions)!

So, what’s going on with Book Two? Glad you asked! I’ve started over. I’ve ‘destroyed’ my work. What do I mean by that? Exactly as scary as it sounds! Back in April I mentioned going ‘back to basics’. Things had been paralyzed for quite some time and I kept hitting a wall. What I had no idea then was how far I would have to go to change things!

After a year of trying to force things (and denying there was a problem to begin with), I ended up having to pitch it all and start over. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but I’m glad I did it. I honestly didn’t have any other choice. I wasn’t happy with what I had of Book Two.  I knew exactly what was wrong with it, but I was too scared to do anything about it; the problem was systematic and if I addressed it, I’d have to destroy everything I’d taken so long to create. That’s why I’d been paralyzed for so long. Destroying everything after so much blood, sweat and tears—the idea of it was terrifying. I didn’t want to accept it.

So what was the problem? It was something simple (basic) in hindsight. I wasn’t writing for me. Not a single word of it sounded like me. My voice, as an author, was nowhere to be found. Once I realized that, destroying it was my only option. The second I pitched it all, the writing started to flow. In a single month I wrote what had taken me a year to write before. I’m happy to report that we’re back on track and stronger than ever! Yes, the release of Book Two will now be delayed, but I’d rather have a product that is my own and that I’m proud of. I want to write uncompromisingly for myself, fearlessly and without apologies.

UPCOMING LOCAL (NEW ORLEANS) EVENTS:
  • September 24Paranormal Con at the Jefferson Parish Library. I will be participating in two of their panels. Specific times to follow.
  • September 30 to October  2CONtraflow VI at the New Orleans Airport Hilton. CONtraflow is a Science Fiction & Fantasy literary convention with a New Orleans flair. I will be participating in several of their panels. Times and dates to follow.
  • October 8 – Japan Fest at the New Orleans Museum of Art. I will be signing and selling books from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Kawaii NOLA, who I work with often, will also be in attendance! Come by and say hello!

 

This post’s image is  “Sarusawa Pond” by Yoshida Hiroshi, a Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker who is known for his beautiful landscape prints. I chose this image because of how serene it is and how calm it makes me feel; the perfect sentiment as I move ahead. Calm and steady.

Kawaii NOLA

Hi all! I am thrilled to announce that The Butterfly Crest is now available for purchase at one of my favorite local shops, Kawaii NOLA, which specializes in bringing Japan’s culture of cute to New Orleans!

Stop by their Magazine Street boutique today for your local dose of all things cute (including some awesome Miyazaki swag)! Feel free to click on the Instagram link below to take a look at some of their amazing merchandise.

Local shops supporting local authors; it’s a beautiful thing.

Kawaii NOLA is located at 3512 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

NOLA Independent Bookstore Day

Image Credit: Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop

Hi all! Just a quick note to mention that New Orleans is celebrating Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, May 7th, and that I will be celebrating at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop at 2:00 pm!

The shop will be open and celebrating ALL day with tons of events, including a workshop with Alys Arden, a Neil Gaiman happy hour, a Harry Potter read aloud, a literary costume contest, and adult coloring and wine! They’ll also have exclusive merchandise (the Neil Gaiman Coloring Book, a signed print from Anthony Bourdain, a Stormlight Archive companion from Brandon Sanderson), sales, giveaways, and an epic scavenger hunt in partnership with Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books, and Maple Street Book Shop.

I hope to see y’all there!

For more information, check out the Event Page here.

Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop
631 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119

 

 

NOLA Cherry Blossom Festival

Sakura Fest
Photo credit: Kawaii NOLA

Hi guys. Just a quick news flash/update!

Our friends at Kawaii NOLA will be hosting the NOLA Cherry Blossom Festival this Sunday, April 24th! If you’re in New Orleans this weekend, come celebrate spring at Kawaii NOLA from from 12 to 2 pm!

Hosted by Midori & Eureeka Starfish, the mini-festival will include performances by LibeRaunchy the BeauxQueenEureeka Starfish, Chelsea Chavis, & sora with tunes mixed by DJ BELLA! There will be 3 pop-up shops with handmade accessories by local shops DozidotesMintyMix, & T-Baby’s Cute n’ Fuzzies. There will also be a J-Fashion Contest with prizes from local New Orleans merchants and artists (including a copy of The Butterfly Crest), a special NOLA Lolitas Fashion Show, and treats by Nola Voodoo Cakes. A Sakura Petal Toss will conclude the event at 2 pm!

For more details, you can check out the Facebook Event Page.

For a quick peek at their cute inventory, check out Kawaii NOLA’s Instagram.

Kawaii NOLA
3512 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

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