Wednesday, October 7, 2020

#IWSG-- Changes!

 Welcome to the monthly blog hop of insecure writers EVERYWHERE!

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So this has been a very interesting week. I applied for an Early Exit from my day job (with severance) and got it in part due to my years of training getting badges for Comic-Con International (limited spots-- got mine submitted in 19 seconds ;)). This is great news!  As of Dec 31, 2020 I will be a full time writer.

It's also scary as heck.

When people think of stressors, they think the bad ones. However, good events can still cause lots of stress. It's a step into the unknown. We like being in our routine and this is going to blow the socks off. Plus, while I will NOT miss my day job, I've been there 15 years and have many people I WILL miss.

But I'm moving forward. My office at home needed/needs a serious revamp and I'm in the process of it. New computer, new monitor. Moving forward.

Which actually sort of leads into this month's question-- do we think of ourselves as a working writer?  Hmmm- the IRS has thought so since my first year being published.  But, yes, I do think of myself as being a working writer--even BEFORE the escape at the end of this year.  I spend 30 hours or more (way more) on writing. Along with my current day job--this leave me tired. A LOT.

But I LOVE IT.  I am proud to be a working writer.

Happy IWSG day!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Seeker's Chest is on preorder! More drunken faeries!

 Soooooooo--I just put a book on pre order-- The Seeker's Chest!

 This book is the start of new adventures for Taryn and some familiar drunken faeries. The Diamond Sphinx wrapped up the six book original series, but I just couldn't let them go!

This new series The Lost Ancients Dragon's Blood takes up a week or so after the epilogue at the end of Diamond Sphinx. New adventures and new mayhem! We're traveling to the southern continent of the world, where more dangers lurk.

While you don't have to read this if you read the other series, that was a contained story (in six books ;)).

BUT you REALLY should have read them if you want to read this. There are spoilers for the original series all over and it is designed for folks who read the first six.

If you think you might want to go on another adventure this fall, click the link!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

#IWSG _Famous People

 Welcome to a monthly romp through the psyche of many a deranged soul-- aka a blog hop for writers. Join us!

A question of the month is presented by the mothership (see above) and we can use it or not.

Today's ponderings are if we could have any writer from the past be our beta reader/critique partner, who would it be and why.

So freaking many!  But, the first one that struck me was Isaac Asimov.  Simply because he was so prolific, didn't stay in his lane (aka wrote what he wanted), and was always doing something.

I'm not sure what impact I would have on him, probably not  alot, but I think just being around that brain and watching it work would make a huge difference for me and my writing.

So, question for you writers and non-writers-- if you could hang out with one person from the past for a week, who would it be and why?

Happy IWSG day!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

#IWSG Where are we going again?

Welcome to another round of the monthly blog hop for neurotic writers--okay--all writers!
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Today's question posted to us was what changes would we like to see in the next ten years in the publishing world. This brings up a lot of thinking (it's late, stick with me). Way back in the dark ages, when humankind was discovering the wheel, I was working on my first book.

It didn't have a title, nor do I recall that much about it. I do remember the main character's name, Vaslisha Tor Dain, (which I later stole from myself for the Asarlai Wars space opera series). But I wrote the book. Then set it aside. Years later, I started another book. Back then the only options for publishing were agents and traditional houses in NY. Or vanity press (aka pay someone to print a ton of copies of your book which then sat in your garage).

I read everything I could on writing and publishing, I went to conferences, I met with editors and agents, I kept writing. I'd get closer, but there was always something--my book was too much like another client of of theirs. It was too different. Humor won't sell right now. Etc.

Then I discovered self-publishing and the angels sang and the skies opened. Not an easy path, but I had control over who I hired for cover, editing, formatting, etc. My stories could find folks who never heard of me, but fell in love with the worlds I made up in my head. It was wonderful. And still is.

Those are pretty huge changes we went through. Moving forward, I would love to see indie authors get more respect. Some readers won't read indie because they feel we just throw things up without a care. 

The serious ones care. And spend a lot of time, money, and hard work to make it so readers care.

So, I guess that's what I'd like to see change, more acceptance. 

Happy IWSG Day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

#IWSG- Secrets

Hello and welcome to another post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group! We gather once a month in support and solidarity-- join us!

Today a question was broached as to what secrets we carry as writers.

Darn good question.

Wish I had an answer.

I'm presuming the secrets are referring to something our readers wouldn't know about us, but just what?

Hmmmm- here's one- I went to an eye doctor twice a week in first and second grade to correct my vision. Only YEARS later, did my mom and I realize I had a form of dyslexia-- but no one called it that. Before the two years, I printed my first name with a backwards E, I, backwards R, A and M. But no one called it dyslexia. 

More writerly? I often don't have a conscious clue where I'm going in a story, but once I finish it, the pieces start snapping together and it feels like that was the only way it would work.  Ray Bradbury said his job was just to follow the characters and report what they did, I kinda work that way.

Not sure what other secrets I can tell without, well, giving away my secrets! If I told people about the magic bottle that really creates all my books, then everyone would want one. Mayhem and shenanigans would ensue. Madness, just madness.

So what are of YOUR secrets? Share with the class and happy IWSG day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

#IWSG Just keep swimming

Hello and welcome to another session of As the Writer Turns! Kidding-- it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day!
This is a group of writers from across the land who join in to share hopes, dreams, fears, and secrets ;). Join us!

I'm not going to lie, the world is a strange and dangerous place right now. I personally prefer my strange danger to keep to my books--those I write and those I read. I'm not a fan of it coming into the real world like this. That being said, one thing has remained constant-- keeping the writing going is always a struggle.

Even in "good times" it's not easy to keep writing. I can't speak for all writers, but I don't just slap myself into a chair and crank out words. Words and ideas can be quite sneaky and difficult to control and maintain. So, that hasn't changed. :)

I've found for myself that being able to switch gears helps. I currently have two new projects going on, a book in edits, and two new series in "thinking about" stages. 

And it works.

Now, my writing isn't fast right now, not even my normal speed--but I am getting things done. When I get stuck in one project, I switch to another. Having a lot of creative things in my head seems to keep the fires burning.  To be fair, I've apparently got a weird mind (or so they keep saying ;)). But you might try multi working to keep forward momentum. 

Now, this isn't the "OOOOO! Start a new project and abandon the other one!" These all get done. But having options puts less pressure on me right now, and that's a good thing.

Gotta keep swimming (writing).

Have a great IWSG day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

#IWSG--Writing when the world goes sideways

Hello and welcome to another Insecure Writer's Support Group, blog hop. Writers from all over the world gather and share our hopes and fears-- join us!

We are living in interesting times, and no one is happy about it. Our world is going sideways and it's scary and strange.

Writers have really good imaginations which can backfire on us when the world gets scary.

But we're also the ones who create escape for ourselves and others through our works. I don't think my books are going to change the world--but if they offer someone an escape from fear? Then that's all I need.

I'm not writing as much as I sometimes am able to, but I am working on books. Editing one, writing another, thinking about a third. Getting new words and new books out in the wild is my escape (along with lots of reading). 

I look at each day as a new start (and am lucky enough that my non-writing day job is allowing us to work from home--weird but it gives some balance). I remind myself there is still hope and light. I'm moving forward, slower than before, but still moving forward.

How are you dealing with creative pursuits right now?

Take care of each other- and happy IWSG day.