Oh, yes, yet another confession. I haven't finished one writing or art project in the last....three months or so? I know you guys are waiting for the next book after Spurned and I keep waffling around, writing here, writing there, but never quite finishing anything enough to publish. I am very annoyed with myself for making you guys wait for the next work! I have a list of excuses a mile and a half long for why I have not been doing my job, but all my excuses suck. And now the trampled rush known as the holiday season is upon us and my time and attention are more divided than ever! Oh NOOO!
So, yet again, I beg your continuing patience as I get my act together to get some writing or art out there! Until then,
...in terms of writing. I stopped writing after the move and I am just starting up again. I really wanted to be done with Spurned Part 2 by now and it's looking like that isn't happening for a long while, like maybe not until 2014. Ouch. I am seriously considering switching to just short stories for a little bit due to further time constraints than I had before. I have never been so very busy, which is frustrating because I still have the same amount of ideas for writing floating around in my head. I never suffer from writer's block, thank goodness, only time-management block! I wish I had a better update for you guys but I don't! I've been a slacker, I admit it. Between unpacking from the move and getting lost in our new town (even with the gps going full throttle) and my hubby's job transfer and my three year old, I fall into bed every night mumbling "....must write....need to wri-"
Then I pass out and start the whole crazy cycle over again tomorrow. Perhaps things will calm down a hundred years or so from now.
As always, thanks for you guys patience and understanding. I will try to get some decent writing out soon!
I know, I know. You were expecting a unicorn sketch or a random bit of rambling, barely incoherent writing advice. I do both weekly-normally. But this week and next week are very special because...
I am moving. Whoo hoo. If you have ever gone through the horror show that is moving, you understand why my time is scarce, my patience is short, etc. etc. etc. I am still writing mostly every day, so the next book should be out on time.
Well, I have to go pack boxes of stuff. Stuff that I don't understand why I bought it in the first place, mostly! Thanks for stopping by!
Yeah, another bit of drawing randomness from yours truly. I think it is the heat and the rain making me a little crazy!
Oh, yes, and for those of you eagerly awaiting Spurned to go live on Barnes and Noble...sigh...still no luck. The book is still pending. Gggrrrr. I got nothing, guys! Other than the encouraging news that I am writing every day in the hopes of having the second book out in August or early September. But I think we all know how fabulous I am at meeting deadlines!
So here goes a random sketch:
Another froggy doodle...I don't know if it is the constant rain 'round these here parts, or because I've been reading the frog prince story to my daughter three times a day every day for the past month or so, but I keep drawing frogs! Here is my prince, warts and all:
As for news on my recently released book...sigh...still pending distribution at Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony, and Kobo. Spurned really is being spurned right now! You can still get it for free through Smashwords, though, which is a little bit of awesome, or for 3.99 at the 'zon. I shall post the moment I find out it is available elsewhere. 'Til then, toodles. Gotta go write while thunder pounds outside my window...
Oh, here we are again, my lovelies. It is Monday, which means it is time for me to update ye old blog. Not too much craziness happening this week other than the first stage of the cover is complete. I thought you guys might want to see the mask design I am using for the book cover, so here goes:
It's in 'raw form,' which is to say it has not been 'prettied up' with graphic design tweaks yet. But I think you get the idea of where this is heading.
The next order of business is the rules of writing, which I have been posting about for the last three weeks. The fourth 'rule' is that you must put your work on the market in order to succeed as a writer. Once again, I know that sounds really 'duh' but aspiring writers will go to amazing lengths of denial and avoidance so that no one else may view their works. The excuses range from 'one more polish' to 'I don't know how to submit a manuscript' or 'I don't know how to format an ebook.'
So why do aspiring writers not put their work out there? Fear, of course. Fear of rejection, fear of ridicule, fear of this and fear of that, fear that grandma will read your stories and be appalled with the cursing...
So let me tell you a little secret. Gather close, now. The secret is this: Someone, or quite possibly several someones, will hate your work. They will loathe it. They will dump a heap of one star reviews on you, say it is the worst book ever, so on and so forth. They will curse the day your mother birthed you into this world. You know what I say to that?
Let the haters hate. Let 'em. Meanwhile, you have moved past the fear and put your very best work on the market, and you keep writing and keep honing your craft and business skills. And that is the secret-acknowledge that no matter how good your work is, someone is going to hate it. Deal with that reality, know the one stars are coming, and move on. It's just part of creating something and presenting it to the public. But you know what? Someone else is going to love it. And for further moral boosting, go look at the reviews of your favorite book. It almost certainly has loads of bad reviews.
I would like to make a special note, though. Many low star reviews are valid, and are giving you valuable feedback. If you keep getting reviews saying your grammar/editing is poor, or that your plot does not make sense, then you really need to take a hard look at the problems being mentioned, preferably with a person in your life you can trust. If you cannot afford a freelance editor's charges, then find someone to help you. Another set of eyeballs can catch loads of problems that you never saw. I know this is not the first time I have mentioned this, but a trusted person who can objectively look over your work is priceless. Cherish this person, because it is a very hard thing to tell someone the work they created and loved has flaws.
Well, enough preaching at you guys. Go on, get off this rambling blog and write or read. No more to see here!