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Page 221: New Website, New Life

Hello, everyone!  You might have noticed that we are here at MY NEW WEBSITE! (Those following on my wordpress blog, click the link!  It’s awesome, I promise!  And I won’t be updating here regularly much longer.)

There is a lot to tell since my last blog post.   Most exciting of all is that I have an official publishing credit to my name now!   My short story “An Issue of Blood”, a sort of prequel story set in my Soldaris universe, took third place in the 2017 Dragon Comet short story contest by Sibyl’s Scriptorium and was published in their anthology.  Volume 4 (2017) of Sibyl’s Scriptorium   I am, of course, really excited about this.

Second piece of exciting news is that my health has improved to the point where I am able to do gainful employment again.  While I will lament the loss of my “excessive” writing time, the truth is that the stresses of being unemployed and sick were taking a toll on my ability to write anyway.  I imagine that having a day job again will help with the self-confidence and with idea generation.  It’s hard to get new ideas if you never leave the house or have no money to go out and have new experiences.

The third exciting thing?  I have a tentative release date in my head for my first novel.  It’s not going to  be Soldaris, as I thought it would be.  It’s from my Servants of the Source series, an urban fantasy romance series about a modern order of paladins.  I’ve enjoyed getting to know these characters and this world, and I think you all will as well.  As I get things like cover design and everything nailed down, I will have a better idea of the actual release date to announce it.  😀

Soldaris and Empress of Gold (my massive epic fantasy romance inspired by historical Korean dramas) are still in the works, but I’d feel wrong giving them to you before they were ready.  ❤

I’m looking forward to some serious changes here on the blog, and I hope you are able to enjoy them as well.   Please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter so you can keep in the know about news and when that release date gets announced!

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So that just happened.

So the good news first:  One of my stories managed to garner an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest!  I’m still super-excited about that, and I have one submitted for last quarter, and one I’m working on to get submitted for this current quarter.  I have a few other stories I’m working on for other anthologies as well.  I feel like I’m so very close to making that leap into published territory and I am stoked.

The not so great news:  I am out of school for the foreseeable future.  I don’t care to go into all the reasons.  They’re multiple and complex and y’all are no doubt tired of hearing me talk about my stupid health.

But what does this mean?  This means that since my last classes ended a week ago, I haven’t gone a single day without writing at least a thousand words or some sort of outlining/pre-writing activity.  It means that I’m deciding to take this as a sign from the Universe that I am supposed to be pursuing a different path than finishing my university education at this point in time.   It means, basically, that this is the time to push forward on writing and do awesome things.

Now that I have time to write without feeling guilty about what homework should be getting done… there are going to be a lot of awesome things ahead.

Keep me in your thoughts, and wish me luck.  (And of course, buy my books when they come out! :P)

Quick blog update

Some of you might have noticed that there’s a new page on the blog called Calendar and Events.  Right now it just has NaNoWriMo write-ins and the like on it.  I’m hoping in the next few months that I’ll be able to get some book releases on there, and if I’m lucky, times where I might be able to convince the local bookstores to let me come in and talk about writing and my books.  I might even include times I’m just hanging out at the bookstore but approachable for talking shop.

I just wanted to get it up there, for some reason.  Probably mostly because I’ve been playing around with Google Calendar and I think it’s useful and cool.  So check it out and come see me sometime.

So, I’ve been quiet…

But here’s why:

I didn’t want to say anything until it was official, but I  finally have a worthwhile and fulfilling full-time job.  The past few weeks have been filled with paperwork and interviews, and yesterday I finished my first week at work.  It is awesome.  This is the job I want to keep until my publisher says I have to start going on book tours.  And since I haven’t been picked up by any big publishers yet, it may be a while still before that happens.  And I am oddly okay with that.  This gives me a chance to actually focus on writing when I’m at home, instead of stressing about other things I “should” be doing.

Anyone else who writes can tell you just how much chronic life stress will take a toll on your ability to connect with the ideas and inspiration just sitting inside you waiting to be tapped.  And thinking about things today, I realized that I’ve had something close to ten years of a lot of stress.  No wonder I haven’t been anywhere close to as productive as I might have  liked.  I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to let things go and how not to stress about things not under my control.  I’m hoping that once financial stress starts easing its death grip on me, that productivity will shoot up.  It usually does.   I’m curious how many other writers experience this stress cycle with their writing.  (Don’t be afraid to comment!)

Anyway.  That’s the extremely good reason that I’ve been so quiet these past few weeks.  Looking forward to doing awesome things with this new chapter of my life.

 

State of the blog, Aug 2014

So you’ve probably all noticed that I’ve stopped posting regularly.  I want to take a minute and explain why this is.  It’s a simple answer, really.

Because I stopped writing.  

I got so wrapped up in producing content for my blog, making sure that I had a blog post every day, that I started neglecting the reasons that I was here in the first place.  When I became literally stressed over the last book of the week post (that I still haven’t posted), I realized that this had become a problem.

Since giving up the focus on daily content, I’ve written two short stories, some scenes that are going to find place in longer works, and I’ve gotten ridiculous amounts of outlining and planning done for the next major project.   I’ll admit I probably swung a little toward the other extreme by not blogging at all, but I feel like I’m back to being a writer and aspiring novelist.  Not just a blogger.

So I’m not going to do the daily posts anymore.  I’m still going to post when I’m moved to do so, and keep everyone updated on what I’m working on, of course.   Nanowrimo is fast approaching, too.  So thanks for bearing with me.  I know with this new focus on productivity I’m going to have plenty to share.  🙂

Regular features!

All right!  So I am back with a vengeance.  What this means is that I’ve finally figured out the regular features that I want to have on my blog.   I have seven different things I wanted to do, so I’m going to have a different kind of post for every day of the week.

Sunday: What I’m going to be working on this week.  Sort of a progress report.

Monday:  Choosing one of my characters and highlighting them in a profile, interview, descriptive segment, whatever I feel like doing for that character.

Tuesday: What I’m currently reading, and/or a review of a recently read work.  Book of the Week will replace my overly ambitious Books of the Month project.

Wednesday: Highlighting an article I found about writing in general or things going on in my genres.  Could also occasionally be a guest blog day.

Thursday:  Talking about some aspect of the writing craft.  This may commonly include words on the craft from others (expect to see quite a bit of Writing Excuses quoted), or it may just end up being my ramblings on a particular subject.

Friday: Playlists.  I’m a very auditory person when I write.  When I’m in a mood to write a particular kind of scene, I will find music that helps me get further into that mood.   Or it may be what I’m watching.  (For example, Hulu begins streaming classic Sailor Moon tomorrow.  I always get ideas when I’m watching Sailor Moon.)    So I’m going to share what I’ve been inspired by this week.

Saturday: Excerpt of the week.   I know you all like to see some of what I’ve been working on.  So I will be posting some of what I’ve done during the week on Saturdays.  Bear in mind that these may be portions from rough drafts, and what you read on Saturdays is not necessarily the finished product.  Just something I felt was good enough to be shared from what I did over the week.

Also, just because I’m doing these does not mean I won’t be doing other posts as well.  From time to time, I will naturally give updates on submissions I’ve made .   I will do reports from conventions/conferences.  I like to highlight other writers doing good things.  And of course sometimes I like to talk about my side projects.

But this will get me seeing you all more regularly.  I’m looking forward to it.  🙂

I’m back!

Two months to the day since I announced a hiatus, it seems.

I’ve had a lot of time to think.  A lot of time to figure out what I want for my creative life.   I’ve decided I’m really stinking tired of letting everything else get in the way, especially myself.  I feel like I’m rebuilding myself slowly, one small piece at a time, from the bottom up.  I had to be broken down completely, I think, for things to be put back the way they need to go.

It’s going to take a long time.  I’m holding no illusions about that. But it’s going to be worth it.

Expect to see the changes and updates I was planning on making before the hiatus soon.   I’ve got three LTUE summary posts hiding in my drafts folder waiting to be completed, and I have other ideas coming.   I’m also doing The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, so I expect that I’ll be sharing some of the experiences from that with you as well.

Anyway.  Rambled on long enough.  I’m back, and I’m glad to be back.  I’ve missed you all.  ❤

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