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Guest Author: Rebecca Maizel (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming the lovely Rebecca Maizel here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The first book in her Vampire Queen series, Infinite Days, will hit shelves on August 3, 2010.  You can read an excerpt here.  I absolutely loved this book.  You can read my review here.  Team Rhode? Team Vicken? Team Justin? Hell if I know…

One lucky commenter has a chance to win an autographed copy of Infinite Days.  Details are listed at the end of the post.

Intentions

by Rebecca Maizel

Empty glasses. The clink of ice in frosted glasses – late night taxis. I used to watch the clock…six…seven…one am…two… That was my life as a New York City bartender. I lived nocturnally, watching the world in the white cast of the moonlight. New York City moonlight, that is. I learned about side long glances and the nuances of a smile. I watched…and watched…I learned about people.

When I was asked to write a blog about intention and how it relates to my novel, Infinite Days, I thought a lot about my life as a bartender. I thought about how people treated me. Some thought I was taking them for every dollar they were worth. Some confessed their souls to me. Some people wanted me to entertain them, tell them about my life and often asked “when I would get a real job?”

So, how, I bet you are asking, is a post on bartending going to lead to a blog about “intention?” Well, when I thought about all those nights I spent working behind the bar, I thought about one of my characters, Rhode, Lenah’s vampire sire in Infinite Days. (Sidebar: Is it sad I wrote an entire vampire novel and did not know the phrase “vampire sire” until it was published? I digress…)

So I thought about Rhode and how he fully believes that it is the intention that matters. “No matter, what,” he says, “it’s the intent.” So why did a NYC bartender decide to write a vampire story where one of the core themes is intention? Because I worked, never knowing if I’d ever be published. I worked knowing that I probably wouldn’t ever see a book on a shelf but I believed in the craft enough that I kept bartending so I could keep telling stories. Because even though I wrote crappy manuscript after crappy manuscript, I kept making drinks because I believed in the intention of my hard work.

You can call it karma. You can call it obsession, you can also call it dedication to the craft.

I knew my intentions were good. I wanted to write, I wanted to work so it didn’t matter how long it took. I watched people mingle and drink, eat their meals and spend their free time. I met thousands of strangers over the years, some have become friends, some have passed away, some have come in and out of my life in the sheer time it takes to drink a glass of wine. Yet, for me, I knew this, writing fiction is what I wanted to do.

So when I wrote, Infinite Days, I wanted to explore intention. I asked, thematically, does it matter the outcome of an event if your intention is good? Lenah, my main character, comes from a place of complete selfishness. She is that – through most of the book. She’s selfish and through the power of her new humanity is forced to come to terms with the whole history of her intentions. Most of her past is marred in the ill treatment of others, even down to blood and bone.  The real question of Infinite Days is, can she stay this way?

I’ll finish this post with a quote from Lenah. When talking about the ritual used to make her human, Lenah says,

“The magic of the ritual lies within the vampire. It’s the intent. If your intentions aren’t pure, the ritual will fail and you both die.”

So, intentions within Infinite Days really matter. Despite the outcome, both Rhode and Lenah believe it is the intention hopefully, that’s all that matters of your actions that decipher whether you will live or die. I don’t have something as dramatic as a ritual to compare my story to Lenah’s but I think the essence is the same. Whether you are a 500 year old vampire or a 20 something bartender, if you believe what you are doing is right…then maybe.

Now, I’ll ask you…do you believe it’s the intention or the outcome?

Author Bio:

Rebecca Maizel graduated from Boston University and the Rhode Island College master’s program. She teaches community college in Rhode Island and is studying to receive her MFA from Vermont College.

You can visit Rebecca around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Infinite Days.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Is it the intentions that matter or the outcome?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to everyone.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Monday, August 23rd at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.

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81 Responses to “Guest Author: Rebecca Maizel (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Lauren MNo Gravatar
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    Both matter, but I believe the outcome is more important. Even if you have good intentions while doing something bad, you still did something bad.

    +1 Answering the question
    +2 I’m a follower of the blog

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  2. ChiaraNo Gravatar
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    I think the most important is the intention, because if you have bad intention, finally bad guys don’t success in their actions, and it can go against them. If your intentions are good, don’t matter the consequences, because people realise you’re cool. +1

    +2 I’m a follower
    +3 linking via my sidebar (http://oscuroyseductorromance.blogspot.com)

    moc.liamtohnull@50buee_araihc

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  3. LislaineNo Gravatar
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    I think the intention is more important than the outcome, but of course we cannot just consider that! + 1

    I’m a follower of the blog, but not on twitter (maybe +1?)

    moc.liamgnull@logamsil

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  4. JulieNo Gravatar
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    I think the outcome matters first, but the intentions can be mitigating.

    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

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  5. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 I definitely think that intentions matter a great deal
    +2 follow here and on twitter @throuthehaze

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  6. TyngaNo Gravatar
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    Well I think the intention matters most, but the outcome still has to be concidered. Even if you didn’t meant to kill someone, in the end, the person is still dead.

    Thanks for the giveaway =) I’m really excited about this book, heard great things!

    I follow your blog and your twitter.

    TyngaUF(a)gmail.com

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  7. Patricia LNo Gravatar
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    +1 – I believe in the intention more than the outcome.

    +2 – Follower of blog and Twitter (@PelicanJL)

    Sidebar entry : http://patriciasparticularity.blogspot.com/

    email: moc.liamtohnull@LJnacileP

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  8. KristineNo Gravatar
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    1+ It’s the intention that matters not the outcome. We cannot always control what happens therefore the blame for the outcome should never be shifted fully onto one person.

    2+ follower on twitter

    3+ tweeting: http://twitter.com/Chookristine/status/20522888159

    Email: moc.liamtohnull@em_htiw_enola_dnats

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  9. AlessandraNo Gravatar
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    +1 I think intentions matter the most, but you must also pay attention to the outcome of your actions.

    +2 following you o GFC and Twitter @alessandra83

    Alessandra
    outofblue1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    +1 I think the intentions are more important.
    +2 following you o GFC and Twitter@mbreakfield
    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/mbreakfield/statuses/20558518978
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Badass BookieNo Gravatar
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    +1 I think the intentions are more important. No matter the outcome as least you tried to do what you thought was right.

    + Follower here and on Twitter (@BadassBookie)

    + Tweeted -http://twitter.com/BadassBookie/status/20597675921

    ua.moc.oohaynull@lrigtsohgemllac

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  12. LlehnNo Gravatar
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    +1 intention matters
    +2 I follow your blog

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Julianna SteffensNo Gravatar
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    I think the intentions are good but sometimes are not enough, outcome is something concrete

    +2 for follow on twitter (@lostinchicklit)
    +3 to link on facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=wall&viewas=100000336424367&id=100000336424367#!/profile.php?id=100000336424367&v=wall&story_fbid=140818742617719&ref=mf

    juliannasteffens(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Mary DNo Gravatar
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    +1 I’d believe Intentions supercede the Outcome – after all, there are some things one simply cannot control.

    +2 New Follower :)

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  15. JenniferNo Gravatar
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    +1 Intentions matter more than outcome. Unless it has to do with death and if someone didn’t intend to kill someone(eg. car accident) then the outcome(death) is more important.
    pinkpeonyblossom at gmail dot com

    +2 gfc follower

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  16. BrookeNo Gravatar
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    +1 That’s a tough question, but most of the time, I think it’s the intentions that matter.

    +2 GFC follower

    moc.liamtohnull@54lag_saxet

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  17. JadeNo Gravatar
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    Is it the intentions that matter or the outcome?

    +1 I do believe intentions matter more, they’re the ones that ultimately become the outcome, even if it’s not thought up or done by yourself. They always say ‘have good intentions’ but never anything on working on their outcome :)

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of your blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter (@VamPoet)

    3. +3 entry for tweeting about this contest: http://twitter.com/VamPoet/status/20965858208

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  18. jenniferNo Gravatar
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    +1 i think intentions is what matter more cuz without intentions there no outcome …

    +3 http://twitter.com/thisisJenniferA

    my email is moc.liamtohnull@neet6ssim_refinnej

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  19. AikNo Gravatar
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    I think the intentions matters more than the outcome.

    +1 entry for answering the question

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter

    +3 entries for tweeting about this contest
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/21154060559

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  20. RuheeNo Gravatar
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    1. Intentions matter more than the outcome. +1
    2. follower :P +2

    moc.liamgnull@laggudeehur

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  21. EllieNo Gravatar
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    +1 mmmm, that’s a very good question. I think that the intentions should be what matters the most… unfortunately, a very good intention is at times overshadowded by it’s disastrous outcome :?

    +2 Follower

    Great giveaway! Thanks!!

    gabrielameti [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  22. Anne RoyceNo Gravatar
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    +1 entry for answering the question.

    The intention matters more. Even if the outcome is not what you want it to be, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s not what you’re meaning to do.

    +2 Twitter and blog follower. @anneroyce

    +3 http://isabookwhore.blogspot.com on left sidebar

    isabookwhore @ gmail.com

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  23. SC8003No Gravatar
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    I think the outcome is more important than the intentions. For example, you didn’t mean to drive over a person, but you did. In the end, the person remains dead, no matter you want it or not. So I think outcome is definitely more important than intentions. :)

    +1 Answer
    +2 GFC follower (Pink Panther)

    You can reach me at moc.liamgnull@rehtnapknipvul

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  24. Ladytink_534No Gravatar
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    I think it’s the outcome. You know what they say about good intentions!

    +2 I’m a follower (Google Friend)

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. MetteNo Gravatar
    25

    Thank you for another cool giveaway:-)

    +1 entry for answering the question
    What a hard question…If I have to choose I will say intentions, but it different from situation to situation.

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter (https://twitter.com/forceofstars)

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  26. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 Even if “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, I still think your intentions are more important; you may not get the outcome you expected but that is true with most things in life.
    +2 I’m a follower
    +3 http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/21850683645

    d.septer(at)insightbb.com

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  27. BreanneNo Gravatar
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    +1 Definitely the outcome!

    +2 follow blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter @RazzMyBerry

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  28. Stella (Ex Libris)No Gravatar
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    Intentions! Even if the outcome is bad, it helps to understand/forgive when one knows the other wanted to help.

    +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog

    +2 entries for following Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter (@Stella_ExLibris)

    +3 entries for tweeting: http://twitter.com/Stella_ExLibris/status/21898887582

    +3 for posting on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000899165880&v=wall&story_fbid=148328755197262

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  29. Ash LNo Gravatar
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    +1- Answering ?= I think intentions and outcome are of equal importance. If I have to choose though I guess your intentions are what make you the person you are. Outcomes can always be variable.
    +3- Tweeted= http://twitter.com/ferretvamp14/status/21957491838

    Total=4
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ferretvamp14[at]live[dot]com

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  30. Annie McElfreshNo Gravatar
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    Intentions, for sure!

    Old Follower on bloog and twitter

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  31. TaffyNo Gravatar
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    I think it’s the outcome. You know the saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Or is it the road to heaven?

    I twetted:
    http://twitter.com/taffylovell/status/23245458677

    moc.liamgnull@llevol.yffat

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