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Practice Makes Sore (and Perfect)

Posted by ashleymchristman on December 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM

So my new hobby--though I shouldn't call it a hobby, it's a lot of work---is Roller Derby.  It takes a lot of time to get your body and skills to the level it should be to compete. One hour a day/5x wk of gym/work out time. Half of that is cardio to build endurance, the other half is doing exercise to strengthen my core and legs. I also have to relearn skating.

Yup. It's not at all like riding a bike.

I haven't been on a set of roller skates since I was ten. That's sixteen a...

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Non-writing related activities

Posted by ashleymchristman on December 13, 2012 at 8:25 PM

There's a perception that all writers do is sit at their computers and type away on book after book, neglecting family, friends, and life in general. Well, the good ones don't do this. The good ones understand that life experience is the very corner stone of compelling characters.That's not to say you can't write amazing fantasy worlds, but you're characters are going to be pretty limited in their world view.

I'm working on this myself. It's important for me to have experiences so that...

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Writing Soundtracks

Posted by ashleymchristman on December 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I have very eclectic tastes in music and that often comes through in my character's choices of favorite music. From Tabitha in the Blessed Damned's love of Soul music, to Derek Kay from Dead Before Midnight and his love of blues and Jazz.. The Witching Hour's Tuesday Peters loved classical music--specifically the romance period and Grace in Nightingale had a penchant for rock music and glam rock. When I write, I often have a soundtrack that works itself out according to the tone I need for th...

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2012--A Year of Transition

Posted by ashleymchristman on November 29, 2012 at 9:35 PM

As 2012 draws to a close, I'm taking the chance to reflect on it.

I was burned and had skin graft surgery which changed the way I look at myself. It forced me to take some time off running, but I came back and managed to finish a half marathon. 13.1 miles, y'all. I don't know if anyone reading this has tried to run 13.1 miles, but it's hard...really hard. You want to quit, you want to stop and give up, but once you're in it, you realize you've come too far to give up. It's like a metap...

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My thoughts on Trayvon Martin

Posted by ashleymchristman on March 31, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Those who know me that I tend to have strong opinions about current events, but I shy away from posting them too publicly because I feel that I shouldn't be pushing my opinions on others. In the wake of what has been going on with Trayvon Martin, I bit my tongue, waiting for more evidence to come out before I formed an opinion. I have one now and I am going to lay it plain.

First, I should start off by saying that I think that people have a right to defend themselves if they are imminen...

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What now: How my life changed in a second

Posted by ashleymchristman on January 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

January 15, 2012, I was cooking as normal and a small grease fire started. I went to put it out with a fire extinguisher but got splattered with grease in the process. My house didn't burn down and the dog was okay but I suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on my hand and legs.

I ended up in the hospital overnight and was sent home to recuperate. I returned to the hospital a week later and was told the only way to heal my burns without them getting worse is a skin graft.

Now this is...

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Update

Posted by ashleymchristman on December 26, 2011 at 9:20 PM

So I've been busy. Busy doing what? Well, I've been writing and doing research and working a day job (yeah I still have one of those). So busy that blogging hasn't really been on my mind. Since I've been gone for a while, I think I'll talk about what's been going on.

Nightingale is now available and I've been working on the follow up to that as well as a new series. Writing series is time consuming because I have to do more worldbuilding than I've ever had to do and make sure the two d...

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Goals and other updates

Posted by ashleymchristman on August 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I'm back in the north and loving it. I missed my family and it was hard being away from them for almost a month. I had a lot of fun, saw a lot of cool things, hung out with a really cool person and now I'm back to life as normal.

In other news, life is not so normal. I've received the arc for Nightingale. I always enjoy that. Its the finished product.

I've also begun running for fitness. I never thought I'd say it, but running helps me focus and I like it. I've worked my ass off...

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Look Out Tenessee

Posted by ashleymchristman on July 8, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Originally my job was supposed to send me to Albuqerque, then they changed it to Jacksonville and now the final verdict is Arkansas. But what's best about being shipped to Arkansas? I'm 2 hours from Memphis. Meaning, myself and Sonya Clark, the author of Mojo Queen and Bring on the Night are getting together to cause mayhem. Okay, not really mayhem, but I'm talking about partying it up in Memphis.

For those of you who don't know, Memphis is the original music mecca. Its where Elvis, Jo...

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I just love shiny new covers

Posted by ashleymchristman on May 14, 2011 at 8:22 PM

One of the funnest parts of having a book published is getting the cover art. There's just something about seeing your name on a great piece of art that makes it, well a piece of art.

When my publisher delivered the artwork for Nightingale, I did a little happy dance. Be glad you didn't see it, my happy dance is rather awkward. I joyfully danced up and down posted it everywhere.

Now if only I could find an awesome artist to do comic style renderings of the characters for some pr...

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