Monday, February 08, 2016

Useless Rant (and a Few Updates)

I have to shut off the TV.

No, this isn't about wasting my time in front of it instead of writing. It's about not wanting to hear anything about football or politics (not that I don't stay informed of politics, I'm just sick of it). A few hours of music and a good book is probably all I need to recharge, so maybe by then I can safely resume consuming the news again.

Yeah, I know. Not likely. Politics is an endless cycle and this sports story will ebb and flow for awhile before finally (hopefully) disappearing. The only upside? Hiding dozens of Facebook posts so that I can remain blissfully ignorant about trending topics is therapeutic. No offense to any of my friends, of course. :-)

So let's get back to this real world of mine--the writing updates. In Another Life hasn't had an update on Write On in two weeks. Go ahead. Call me a slacker. I probably deserve it. :-) I'm going to try and get some more chapters up this week. And don't forget to come back to the blog at the end of the week for the details on my freebies coming up! Let's hope we all can have a very productive week. 

Monday, February 01, 2016

February Has Arrived

Why does my calendar feature a photo of a blobbish, heart-shaped donut? Because it's February, of course! No longer does the idea of candy hearts and pounds of chocolate given to me by a loved one rule my thoughts--as much as I would love to have someone show their undying love for me, I'd rather have it on a random day instead of when Hallmark tells them to shower me with gifts. Or any day at all. Ya know. Anywhoo...

Turning the calendar page makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy because I'm no longer wallowing my heart and brain in the terror that has been dubbed Singles Awareness Day (see above; I've finally become enlightened instead of a bitter shell of a human about Feb. 14). Sad because every flip of the calendar page tells me I didn't do enough personally and professionally. It's the audible Homer Simpson "D'Oh!" when you realize you haven't moved an inch from where you were in January. The productivity gurus all tell you it's about small steps. What about microscopic ones? What about those that are invisible to the naked eye? A basket of my microscopic steps towards goals of any kind still isn't really visible. Especially to me.

But I'm not stopping, even if I have virtually nothing to show for the previous weeks.  I could throw out that whole the journey, not the destination stuff, but no. I'll spare you. I want to arrive at that golden destination, look around, say, "Eh, not bad," and go about finding a new destination. That's the goal for me. Multiple figurative and literal destinations. Maybe February will be the stepping stone I'm looking for. Let's get to it.

**PS: I've got a fun freebie coming up next week; I'll post more about that later. Be prepared with your Kindle/Kindle app in hand. ;-)

Monday, January 25, 2016

Scouting Kindle Scout, Phase 3: The Verdict

Last week I finished the two books I was studying from Kindle Scout (one non-winner, one winner). I've already written my reviews, so I won't go into too much of that here, but you can read my review for The Standout and Autumn's End if you are interested.

So, what's my verdict on what should have been published and what shouldn't? Truth is, I think both of these books should have received a contract for Kindle Scout. Although I didn't enjoy The Standout as much as I thought I would, there was nothing wrong with the story, and I may have even been more interested in reading it if I had read the previous Robin Bricker novels. And Autumn's End was a great book--it had characteristics of books I already love, and it still provided surprises I wasn't expecting.

Because I think both of these were on equal footing to receive a contract, my first conclusion into this process is that a well-built audience prior to submitting your book is essential for being considered. Staying in the Hot & Trending category throughout the whole nomination process probably doesn't hurt either. Good to know. That means I have a ton of work ahead of me if I'm going to take on this journey myself.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Chapter 2 Now Live

If you're interested in getting your weekly fix of In Another Life, I have posted the second chapter on Write On. Let me know what you think!

So, what else is going on in my writing life? I'd love to say TONS, but I'm slowly working through a first draft of a novel. Slowly. Like, 200 words a day slowly. But 200 words a day is better than none. I'm hoping to find a better writing schedule so I can maximize the time I have to do it each day. If not, I'm going to have to put myself back on a strict schedule--which only means that I'm on a schedule for about two days before someone else royally messes with it.

Pair the slow progress with the constant distraction of other ideas--stories, poetry, nonfiction--it's all floating around in that brain of mine. I need to jot it on paper and get on with my life, but I find that mulling it over for a few days helps to really solidify the idea first. Or is that just weird? (Oh well. Writers are weird even on their best days!) What's your style for getting an idea out of your brain and onto the page?

Monday, January 11, 2016

In Another Life Now on Write On

The first chapter of In Another Life is now on Write On, which means you can go read it, let me know what you think, and if you like it, follow the story because I'll be posting more chapters every few days.

And while that's all going on, I still have a couple of other projects I'm deep in the middle of. So, it's off to write some more, because that's what we do, right?