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Yes! I am having my very own Thank God It’s Over Party here with a, well, a glass of water and what’s left of the chocolate, but screw that, the point is it is OVER!

I crossed the finishing line by 24 words and that’s good enough for me. That fifty-thou added to the already existing 20K of the draft (yes, yes, I’m a rebel) gives me a nice base for revising.
First it needs an ending. I just got to the point when they start to figure out who the murderer is and BAM it’s over. And honestly, I’m too tired to care right now. I’ll get to it once my energy bar is a bit fuller again 😀

Here’s my badge of honour and this year it’s 8-bit! I want to cry a little when I look at it because it’s the proof that I can stop typing like crazy for a day or two.

2013-Winner-Facebook-Cover

Congrats to all fellow NaNoers! Whether you win or not, you are awesome! See you again next year 🙂

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NaNo Time!

Posted: October 23, 2013 in Love, News, Writing
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You know what time it is (almost)?
That’s right, NaNoWriMo’13 is here. It’s so close I can smell it (smells like something is burning).

I’m going for it, stockpiling gummy bears and perfecting my caffeine IV for that mad rush when the start-pistol goes off. Who’s with me this year? Let’s see some hands folks!

Sign yourself up for the madness at NaNoWriMo and get a nifty process meter like this to flaunt your failure success everywhere!

Note that by the time I’ve been actually doing NaNo for, oh, four, five days, my enthusiasm will have cooled considerably. Every thirty minutes I’ll lift my weary head to look at the calendar and scream “ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME!”
Ah, NaNo…

I put together an email list for those of you who want to stay updated on my publishing and book related stuff. If you do sign up, know that I will never spam you. I will only send you email when there’s an update, something new published, to be pre-ordrered, discounted or given away for free.

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And when I want to post silly pictures of my cat, I’ll do it right here. Like this:

buffylaser1Cats with friggin’ lasers on their heads!

WIP: Book 2

Posted: August 19, 2013 in Writing
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Here’s a picture of what’s going on with book 2 of the Ikaros Crux series.

This is ‘The Belly of the Beast’ and it’s just been printed and all ready to be sliced and diced into order.

Notice the Red (Gel) Pen of Doom.

Not long now…

IC 2 Draft

soon

Those of you who’ve read The Dark Song might know what I’m referring to with the title. I thought it would be fun to explain the idea and inspiration behind “the Bakery House”. So here goes:

It’s all real.

Okay, not really, but close. Parts of it are indeed based on reality.

Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, my parents bought an old house on an island. It’s a big island, not one of those rocky solitary places. My island is green and lush, and it was already very familiar to me having spent all my summers there with my grandparents.

But this house was different. It wasn’t as old as the Bakery House of the story, but it was plenty creepy, and to be honest, I hated it.

The first time I visited the place, before we moved in, it was quite the experience. The house had no lights, so everything was in shadows even by day. And there were flies swarming around, just like in the movies when you know there’s a dead body somewhere. I wasn’t a happy girl that day, the place scared me. But I was curious. It felt like an adventure, like visiting a haunted house. You could *feel* there was a story there.

After we moved in, got rid of the flies, and cleaned the place up, the house started to reveal its weirdness to us in earnest.

It was full of other peoples old stuff, like unsettling drawings and paintings in closets upstairs, and there were books and old papers with religious scribblings on them inside the walls. Inside. The. Walls.

There were secret compartments too, I’m not even kidding.

Sometimes I could swear someone was watching me. I still feel that occasionally. Usually there’s a smell of cigarettes when it happens.

I never found out how the place got so creepy. After my parents worked their magic, the place changed. Now there’s light. It’s cosy and pleasant. It feels like home. Like the darkness was exorcised by my family moving in and shining a light upon it.

But still, I admit, I’d rather not be there alone at night. The house still knows how to scare me, even if the ghosts are all in my head.

P.S. Just a few minutes ago I learned from my brother that there’s an actual room in the house that I didn’t even know about. The door is sealed and wallpapered over.

A very exciting bit of news for me: my short story The Dark Song went live today on Smashwords.com.

It’s Urban Fantasy featuring a guitarist and some fae-like creatures (with sharp teeth, remember), it’s a little under 9,000 words and available in every format Smashwords offers for 99 cents.

In case you want to take a look, here’s the cover/blurb and link:

India, a struggling musician, buys the house of her dreams in the countryside, knowing that this is where she’ll find her lost inspiration. But soon she finds the house is already inhabited by strange creatures who disappear when you look at them, and the townsfolk refuse to put one foot inside the cursed place.

India never knew inspiration could be such a dangerous thing.

Clicking the cover takes you to Smashwords where you can read a sample (and if you feel so inclined, to buy it. If you do, bless you.)

The parental rating is for 17 and up because of a few swearwords and small stuff like that. It’s nothing really but I thought it might be better to play it safe. (UPDATE: I thought about it some more and removed the parental rating. 17 and up seems a bit excessive.)

Now I can finally concentrate on revising my novel and writing some new stuff. Hey that reminds me, NaNoWriMo’11 is right around the corner. I’m going for it! Who’s with me? Come on, let’s get a chant going. 🙂

Hello there!

My name is Piia Bredenberg, I’m a Finn and I make stuff up. Some people like to call this “being a writer”.

I write stories and have lots of fun doing it.

I’ve been writing for over ten years now, and thanks to the eRevolution, my first short story will be published soon, and my first novel some time next year (early, I hope) as E-Books.

I write Urban Fantasy and ‘Gaslight’ Fantasy (set in the 19th century). Both have elements of horror, but I wouldn’t classify them as such, just ‘dark’ every now and then, and humour is a big favourite of mine so expect plenty of that.

This blog will be both in English and in Finnish, since those are the two languages I write in (the other one with a little help from an English speaking editor…) and will probably consist of all sorts of things that have little to do with writing because I’m very easily distra– hey, what’s that!

So please stick around and we’ll see if I manage to entertain you.