12/28/15

Book Love: Giving away a Kindle Fire and a Stack of eBooks


We love books at the Writer's Colony in the virtual world of Nara's Nook.

Greyville Writer's Colony at Nara's Nook.



I think the stack of books of books you see in this video might be dwarfed by the one I'm teaming up with Tibby Armstrong and a group of other authors to give away. Tibby is adding a Kindle Fire to the prizes you can win in this giveaway. I'm contributing a copy of The Tiger's Tale.

A few years ago Tibby talked me into logging into my first virtual world. Today I have my own grid for virtual worlds and authors who use them to inspire their writing and promote their books.  So big hugs to Tibby for taking time to get me started and please click the link to the giveaway to see how to get your name in the running to win prizes.

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12/23/15

Back at the Keyboard Again



More accurately, I am back in production again. Writers never stop writing, but I did have to stop releasing books for awhile. My works in progress were tied to the Pantherian Tales series, Passions Portal, and the Games 4 Love series. The first few books in those series were all with the same publisher and that publisher was in trouble in a number of ways which brought books sales for many authors to a halt. With things going nowhere I requested rights be returned so I could find another publisher or re-release the books and continue the projects as an independent author.  Unfortunately, while I could write while waiting for rights back, publishing anything would have put me at risk of losing my chance to regain control of those works.

So I drafted new work for some 18 months and waited. The wait is over.  






The Tiger's Tale is up for sale again. Just click through the book page. to see the blurb and excerpt. You'll find a buy ling there. It should show up at the major e-tailers over the next few weeks.

In other news I've launched this:
Cover photo from my Flipboard Magazine 12-20-2015

Did you know authors are supposed to have a newsletter? I tried to talk myself into writing an email newsletter, but I just couldn't get excited about it. So I decided to go with a Flipboard magazine which I would enjoy writing for and curating. If you'd rather have content in email, you can always add your address in the subscribe box on the sidebar to have this blog's content delivered directly to you. There is an email subscribe link on the Nara Malone blog as well.

What you will find here:

* Articles about cutting edge storytelling
* Explorations in storytelling
* Reviews of intersting stories or games
* How storytelling is evolving
* Articles from the NarasNook.com blog
* Articles from NaraMalone.com blog
* Articles on Craft
* Adventures in the Next Dimension
* Information on my projects and books
* Story Inspiration in words, pictures, and virtual reality

Click the magazine cover to open it in your browser.
View my Flipboard Magazine.

11/4/15

Reflecting

Picture by Nara Malone in Scene 6 of Immersive Edge: Confusion
In this place of moon petals and impotence
We suspend revolving sorrow
Let wind walk up the curtains
Drawn tight against truth
Outside we play hide-and-seek
In the wilderness of windows
Ordering reflections
Birthing inner mannequins
Fleeing heaven
~Nara
Picture by Nara Malone, scene 6 of Immersive Edge: Nostalgia
Immersive Edge grew out of a poem I wrote a long time ago. The pictures above are from scenes designed and built by +Cherry Manga  and +Praline B  this summer. They had never seen this Reflections poem and their build didn't exist when I wrote it a year or two ago.  The words and images make me wonder if  our futures sometimes reveal themselves in poetry,  a precognitive dream on paper.

You can learn more about the Immersive Edge project here.

10/31/15

Yarny Gets a Rescue!



About a week or so ago I had a message in email that Yarny was closing down. Last night I got another message that Yarny had been rescued and would now be hosted on servers at Cook Center for Entrepenuership

This is important because we use Yarny on our Inworld Laptops. In fact it is the only thing I know of now that lets me write for free from any device I have. In addition, Yarny is like a cloud version of Scrivner which is a favorite tool for novelists.

I admit the number of writers who write their tales on pixel laptops and need a word processor that allows for that is not massive. I think that is simply because most people don't know how or why to do it. I make the "how" easy by giving away virtual laptops for free in Opensim. You can find one in the cafe at region Greyville at world.NarasNook.com:8900 The cafe is directly across from the landing point. If you don't know what a virtual world is or how to get there, you'll find that info here.

 I like writing in virtual reality because as a new story is taking shape in my mind I go inworld and build a setting and characters. Then I can sit inside the dream and write. When I opened Yarny this morning the page that I last worked on was about writing in Yarny:
"There's magic getting lost in a story, or a poem. Once you are inworld the words sort themselves out.

When I can see myself typing the compulsion to get some real words on the page is irresistible.

When the sun is just high enough that we can get about the yard without falling in holes or tripping over roots, the dog comes for me. Nudging my laptop, he pushes his head into my lap and pleads with those big dark eyes.It works every time. "

We're at that point of the day now, where the light is good and the woods are calling. I'm sitting in the cafe finishing this post. In real life the dog has his head parked in my lap and I am as anxious to get going as he is.






I'm glad to see Yarny has been rescued. You can grab a laptop at the cafe (Don't get one with a blue screen as those aren't web enabled) or go to https://yarny.me/ to make an account and write from your web browser. I'm sure this will come in handy for Nano. Happy writing :)

~Nara


9/19/15

Immersive Edge


I've been quiet on the blog lately. I've been working on getting my rights back to the all the stories I'd published. I've used that quiet time to build a platform in virtual reality from which we could have influence on the future of the book. Now I am back with the third hypergrid story team I've invited to tell a story with me. The talent pool working on this story is so deep you need scuba gear to read through the list of participants at the end. This time author Shannan Albright and I did the story and developed the protagonists together while this incredibly talented team of artists and virtual builders created the settings and cast of supporting characters. These are not avatars acting out a story, but virtual characters designed and scripted to play their roles on demand when readers appear on the sets. Readers are essential to  the characters finding  their way home to a happy ending.

I've also drafted about four or five other tales, so get ready to see those launching as I release the recovered stories and continue my experiments toward discovering the future of storytelling.

I'm excited to see what the future brings. Hope you are too.

~Nara Malone

2/28/15

Broken Reason
















When fantasies jackknife your to-do lists
and longing for the aural caress of a lover's sigh
trumps need for solitude,

I'll be your reason.

When you're on your knees,
armor of business suit and spreadsheets shredded
by black satin sheets and scent of wild roses,

I'll be your reason.

When your carefully mapped journey past temptation gets detoured
by a kiss-licked trail headed south to curl your toes,
 making you forget all the reasons to say no,

I'll be the reason that un-breaks your heart.

~Nara Malone

This is my contribution for Open Link Night at dVersePoets. Drop by this evening to join the fun or to read what others wrote.

2/27/15

Guest post by Siobhan Muir - To Boldly Go...Where?

I'm so happy to be here today. I met Nara Malone four years ago when I picked up a copy of one of her books and loved it so much, I had to message her on Facebook. It’s been a full four years since that moment and we’ve connected in writing as well as in OpenSim, the virtual world, bringing our tales to a more visual plane.

Early on when Nara asked me if I’d like to help out with Nara’s Nook and set up a small parcel in Greyville, I had no idea what OpenSim or SecondLife was. She showed me how to get an avatar and find clothes and hair, and how to walk around. It was a little daunting because I’m one of those kinds of people who likes to screw up alone. I like to work out the kinks and mistakes on my own time before I put myself in front of others.

Things have changed since those early days in the Nook. We now have several other authors and artists building parcels and regions there, and I’m not nearly as shy as I was. See? I worked out my mistakes and kinks, lol.

This week I released a new book called The Ivory Road: A Walk in the Sand about a young woman who accidentally steps across a dimensional boundary and ends up in a whole new world. One she’s rather ill-equipped to survive. Fortunately, she meets the hero who at least gives her a hand a surviving. But it’s not always easy and she can’t just hide out and learn to make mistakes alone. She has a whole audience with her.

Here’s the blurb:

The adventure of Ivory’s lifetime might just be the death of her…

When it comes to make believe, A-list actress Ivory is a professional. But when a desert hike takes her across a dimensional rift, her real-life self, Iliana Rory, must separate fantasy from reality. The man she swears is the costar in her next movie might share the same surname and appearance, but there are no sets in this Mr. Crowe’s world, no props, and no director to yell “cut” before blood is spilled.

With a fortune in stolen treasure and the forces of the Knalish army hot on their trail, Brandon Crowe and his partner, Ahmad, must cross a desert neither of them knows well. Mistaken for their guide, Iliana seizes any chance to stay ahead of the army and survive in this new world.

Adventure straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster might be on Iliana’s bucket-list, but she never dreamed there’d be the real possibility of death when the end credits roll. A Walk in the Sand is the first story in the four part serial recounting Iliana’s journey along the Ivory Road.

What kind of adventure is on your bucket list?