Life Goings-On 11/12/17

My Life, NaNoWriMo

Yeah… I’ve been gone for awhile… Sorrys.

 

BUT! I have been working on things, a lot of things. So you really can’t blame me too much (well, I mean you can, but… don’t.)

 

LIKE:

 

1. I’m doing NaNo, which is all SORTS of fun. Today, however, I got the slightest idea to switch stories. No, not that simple. Let me just tell you about this, kay? I wrote a SIX THOUSAND WORD OUTLINE for this story I was planning on writing this November. I STAYED UP LATE WHEN I SHOULDN’T HAVE. And now this story I haven’t worked on since April wants to come push it out of the way out of nowhere, and… well, I’m probably gonna let it. I dunno. Or maybe I’ll just write both.

 

2. I’m getting into nonfiction works. Don’t worry, nothing boring. I’m writing this book about developing characters, and I gotta tell you, I’m pretty damn excited about it. I know I’ve probably told you about it before, but I’m throwing the last little ribbons of icing and candles and stuff on it now before I slip into the “get somebody smart to tell me what works and what needs to be killed with fire” stage. Editing shouldn’t take nearly as long as, say, editing a novel, but… mistakes are possible in anything. I guess what I’m saying here is: eventually a cover will be designed by somebody for this thing I love, at which point I will SHOW THE HELL OUT OF IT to you 🙂

 

3. Ever hear of Wreck This Journal? How about 1 Page At A Time? Steal Like An Artist (the workbook, of course)? Those books make me really happy! I got so inspired by those that I decided to create a random prompt book of my own. Haven’t quite decided on a title yet, but as with everything else I will definitely keep you posted. You can expect similar stuff that you’d find in the books I mentioned above (interesting, sometimes funny/sometimes intense prompts to stave boredom). But of course, I’ll have to add a touch of my own randomness and wild personality in there… so BE PREPARED.

 

 

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“A touch”? Who am I kidding? There will be TRUCKLOADS of randomness in there. The word “random” will most likely be in the title. You might not even understand it sometimes. But you might. Hell, you probably will. But I’m not sure. I’m really weird. Well at the very least, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll feel like a kid again, and who doesn’t want that?

 

4. Possibly coming up with story merch for this little marshmallow right here. Because I like to have fun, live life and hang awesome posters on the walls of my room.

 

Well, I’m off to go write again. And discover new fonts! No, really. I’ve developed some odd fanatical hobbies lately. Don’t judge.

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Life Goings-On, 8.16.17

My Life

*cricket cricket*

Hey, I’m back! Sorry about the post drought. Life came up and roundhouse-kicked me in the face, but what can I say. I’m here.

I’ve been thinking, and if I can’t find the time to post TPT stuff, I should probably at least let you in on what the hell I’m doing with myself over here:

Get a Free Kindle Copy of Forget Me

Bookish Stuff, My Life, Writing/Stories

Hey, peeps! So, this weekend is going to be a good one. I’m having a launch party for Forget Me on Friday! It’s pretty much just a family/friend gathering, but it will be bomb 🙂 I will be doing a reading, so I might post a video for you lovely people to enjoy too.

But while I’m having a real-life party, there will be a digital one (of sorts) as well! Because starting tomorrow, June 15th through Friday the 16th, the Kindle version of my debut will be free! Literally. Zero. Zip. Nada. $0. THAAAAT’S RIGHT.

Out Now: Forget Me, a Novella

Bookish Stuff, Writing/Stories

She’s out, my friends! It’s been a long journey, but I am a published author. Published by the good folks at Quiet Fire Books (you can check them out over here).

For those of you who are just peeking in the doorway now, I’ve been trying to write a publishable book for over eight years now. I wrote a lot of crap in those years, but now? This story, Forget Me, that I’ve been working on since September of 2014? It’s finally out there! *cracks open bubbly* HELL YEAH!

You may be thinking, “So… *clears throat* *checks watch* what’s it about?” Heh, got ya covered:

Thought-Provoking Thursdays: On The Loss Of Finishing Stories

Thought-Provoking Thursdays

Sigh.

Sometimes finishing a story is like losing a friend. I’ve had the experience when I’ve read other’s books, and I’m sure you know the feeling too. You just read through some serious action-y stuff, things have started to work themselves out in the plot, and now you’re getting to those last few pages. You knew this moment would come. The realization set in for you when your bookmark was exactly midway between the front and back. You tried to put it out of your mind, but now you have to face facts. You have to say goodbye to Richard, the character you related most with, and his clumsy ways. You can’t step into that colorfully-described herb garden anymore. You can never live this story for the first time ever again.

Thought-Provoking Thursdays: On Judging A Book By Its Cover

Thought-Provoking Thursdays

Ahh, the old adage. I don’t even have to repeat it to you, and you wanna know why? Because so freaking many people say it.

It’s just another one of those things that make independent publishers like yours truly lose sleep at night and go into mania. And, y’know? That doesn’t leave much time for obtaining sustenance, being a person, functioning in society, writing back your penpals (I think I owe some people an apology)… things of that nature.

Thought-Provoking Thursdays: On Celebrating Characters’ Birthdays

Thought-Provoking Thursdays

Characters are the best.

 

There may be some people out there who don’t understand this, but… I would say all readers and writers have developed a bond with certain characters they hold near and dear to their hearts. Like Harry from William Sleator’s Singularity—I get the whole sibling-angst thing because, well, I have an older sister and it’s not always sunshine and gumdrops. Or “Gabriel” and Bubba from Julie Gonzalez’s Imaginary Enemy. Those characters resonated with me because I used to have an imaginary frenemy (and he still resurfaces sometimes… DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT).