Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

It’s good to see all my blogger friends back. I always look forward to Christmas. I suppose it’s ingrained in me to be excited for it, and then I end up doing so much work that I start to fantasize about skipping it all and going on a cruise.

One thing I got for Christmas is a Kindle Fire HD…wow, do I ever love it. Everything ran smooth setting it up. The only glitch I encountered to my surprise was the volume. I couldn't get much out of it at first, so I googled the problem and ended up downloading a free volume app that solved the problem. It's so much better than the keyboard Kindle I have that is about four years old. One of the main things I'm using it for is when I'm jogging on the treadmill. I can watch videos or read at the same time. I tend to get bored with exercise and this seems to be the answer.

Some people make New Year’s resolutions, but those are always so difficult to keep. So I just make goals. I mean, why completely give up the fun stuff? I barely do anything fun as it is. Of course as a writer, I want to publish more books. That’s the obvious goal. But how can I be more productive? I’ve said in a previous post that outlining has helped a great deal. The only other thing I have to do is not take on projects that take me away from writing.

I will publish at least one book in 2015, but the goal is two books. The draft of Rebel Shifter is done. I think in the past I have rushed things a little. It’s hard not to be excited, but I am going to take my time as I don’t feel in a hurry to publish anymore. I mean, it’s taken me this long…what’s a little more time?

Awhile back I made a book trailer for Seer of Mars with the help of a website called "Animoto" I discovered it through a computer class my son was taking. You can make a free one, but you only get thirty seconds. I've been trying to decide if it's worth it to upgrade and and make this longer. (F
or professional use it is $35 month.) 

Here is it is for now. Only 30 seconds, so don't be afraid of time spent here. *grin*

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Happy Holidays

Just a small update to say that things are going well. I’m at 63K words of a new story called “Rebel Shifter” It’s a paranormal/historical/romance. These genres seem to go together. All I need to do is write the climax. In other words, the hardest part. For the last two years, I’ve had some writing experiments that fizzled. Once this is done, I will return to one of them and make it work. Then there are so many other things that must come first. Still, I am determined to finish it.

My other blog Good Book Alert is going well, but I still need guest reviewers. Please consider being one and you will be featured there as well. I get so many submissions, but not near enough people wanting to guest review. I tend to work harder to find a reviewer for those people generous enough to contribute.

Recently, I finished judging for the Bold New Worlds SF contest. The results are posted. Three of the ones I picked are in the top five. It was fun being a part of the contest.

I have been working on a trailer for the Vallar Series and have it partially done. I only work on it occasionally, so it’s rather slow progress, but I like what I have so far. I’d like to post it, but I really need to finish a novel.

Until I post again…Cheers!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Do you feel insecure over NaNoWriMo?

It's time for my IWSG post. You can join or follow other writers in our group: HERE

I decided to post this a little early because last time I forgot to post it until the evening when everyone was done with IWSG. *rolls eyes at self* 

Seeing as it’s National Novel Writing Month, I thought I’d talk about the insecurity surrounding it. For those who don’t know, NaNo is held in November and it’s a challenge to write at least a 50K word novel (or at least finish that much of your novel.) If you complete this task, you are a NaNo winner. The fun part is that you can get in on a lot of mutual support among all the struggling writers. Visit the site for more information.

I completed this once back in 2009 and found it to be a good exercise in letting go of that internal editor. The biggest fear for many is that they are writing crap and it's all going to be for nothing. Well, the truth is most likely you are writing crap, BUT...there is no such thing as wasted writing. Even if your story turns out to be a muddled mess, you are still gaining in characterization, ideas and world building (for us SF/Fantasy writers) So even if you can’t use your NaNo novel once this is all done, there is going to be something good that will come out of it.

People who have detailed outlines before November have the best chance of writing something more useable, but even if you don’t something valuable will come form it. 

In my case, I didn’t end up using a lot of my Nano novel, but it did bring out the ideas and later resulted in the sequel to my Vallar series. Of course, I had difficulties with my Nano novel too. Did I ever learn how to push past plot holes whether it made sense or not. Anything to keep up the word count! Also the funny thing that happened at the end was I had momentum and was turned into some sort of writing machine that took a long time to slow down. Sort of like a race horse taking a long time to slow down at the end of a race.  *whinny*

I know everyone is thinking why didn’t you do it this time? I'm working full time now and I'm in that sandwich generation where the middle aged person (me) is taking care of everyone both young and old. But now that I recall that momentum..well….maybe next year.