Currently listening to “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Setting goals and then achieving them can be one of life’s most difficult prospects. I had plans to update this blog more regularly this month, so that’s one goal I will have missed. It only means I will have to work harder next month. The two major goals in life that I have already accomplished are earning a college degree and completing graduate school. Other future goals I have for myself: beginning my career; financial independence; and getting married. I would also love to travel more. I have found in the past that placing things on a timeline and expecting them to happen at certain intervals just doesn’t work for me. It’s like buying something because you have the money for it—sometimes you take a step back and decide to put it off just in case. Sometimes you miss your chance, but other times you avert potential disaster by being prepared for the future. My writing doesn’t really follow specific time frames—it flows, I allow it to happen, and I usually wind up completing my work much quicker than expected. This is an instance where setting goals, like writing one chapter a day, are merely building blocks to a larger process.
Monday, July 30, 2012
I feel bad because I have been neglecting this blog! I’ve been so busying with writing, and my summer reading, that I forget to type out thoughts here. Anyway, writing is going very well—getting to 40,000 words won’t take long at all at the rate I am typing. Even though I was worried about this novel, I am slowly finding my voice, and the voices of the characters. Inspiration truly comes from the strangest places sometimes. And as always, there’s a certain amount in the fiction that reflects my own personality, desires, and interests.
Currently listening to “Cheaper than Free” by Stevie Nicks
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I've been known to dramatize things, turning minor events into life-altering situations with a simple turn of phrase. So it should no surprise that, halfway through writing my third novel, I find a slight lack of inspiration to be disconcerting. I'm writing this as we speak, maneuvering back and forth. I tend to do multiple things at once—a manic kind of multitasking that I know isn't good for my brain! At any rate, I am still looking at writing through different angles, drawing inspiration from any and all sources. Ideas can come from unexpected places; notions can arrive from unknown recesses of the brain. I find myself not as able to blog right now, either, but I’m trying. Call it a summer dry spell.
Currently listening to “Blue Moon with Heartache” by Rosanne Cash
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I am hard at work at my third novel, even though I promised myself I would take a sabbatical from writing. When the inspiration to write hits me, however, I have to start again. It’s an interesting process thus far. It’s a sequel to my first novel, Windswept, but I am working to cover different ground, to tell a story from a different angle. I’ve explored a variety of subjects in my first two novels, things I had never really considered writing until, well, I wrote them. So with that said, I’m still thinking about the different angles. Many popular fiction authors will write upwards of 30 or more books during a career—how do you get to a point where everything is still unique, and you aren’t just writing the same thing over and over again? It requires a lot of creativity, a lot of effort on the part of the author.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I may change my mind later, but so far my least favorite part of self-publishing has been self-editing. Earning two college degrees, suffice it to say I spent a lot of time editing and perfecting my own work. However, editing fiction seems to be a different animal entirely. In reading fiction, the mind seems to fill in gaps and enhance the story--it's all about using your imagination. So when I read, and then re-read, it seems as though my mind has skimmed over annoying little typos, and even more alarmingly, a missing word. Someday I wouldn't mind having an editor peruse my work. But for now, it reflects me and my quirks.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
It's official--I'm a two-time author. My book is up digitally and physically on Amazon and I am thrilled. This has been a really interesting year so far. When it began, I was not an author. Now I am, a mere seven months into the year, the author of two whole books. I've decided to stick with the author thing for as long as I possess the time and energy. I would love to have, you know, a full-time job that pays the bills but as of today no one is interested in me. Therefore, I'm gonna keep writing and blogging until my fingers fall off or the world gets tired of me, whichever comes first!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Today the proof for my second novel arrived in the mail. Again, I was overcome with a sense of joy. The cover looked beautiful and the book is rather thick, much longer than I ever could have expected. Anyway, the joy of accomplishment is hard to dim. I find myself wondering, albeit hopefully, if I'll manage to write anything as compelling in the future, anything I will enjoy as much. I'm well aware that I've been putting a lot of myself into my writing and sometimes I wonder if it's too much. Then again, only a select few people could ever understand all of the little personality quirks and inside jokes littering the pages. In some ways though, it is only appropriate--I'm writing a story that I would enjoy reading and if others enjoy it, that's fantastic, too.
Currently listening to "Play" by Rascal Flatts
Monday, July 9, 2012
Upon glancing at the cover of my second novel, I was overcome with an overwhelming sense of emotion. It's amazing to see something that I created, from my own mind, being brought to fruition. Of course, the cover is my own creation, albeit plugged into the Create Space design app. Still, it was my own photo, and my own small idea--literally a mustard seed that grew into something bigger than me, a story that I couldn't always understand but had to pursue to completion. I mean, I'm sure it sounds crazy but the characters wrote themselves. I created them but they drove the story and pushed me forward, changing my own ideas in the process. As with every completed work, there's probably a thing or two I could change--but I won't. I love my story as it is, and hope the day never comes when I tire of reading and re-reading it.
Currently listening to "You've Got to Talk to Me" by Lee Ann Womack
Friday, July 6, 2012
I don't want to jinx it, but so far I have received nothing but wonderful feedback regarding my writing. It's the kind of validation that I need, that I crave. This week has been pretty exciting as I worked on the final proofing before I submit my second novel. This one will be making it into the world much quicker as I created the cover image before finishing the book itself. At any rate, I can only hope formatting is a little easier this time around. I am truly excited about unleashing this novel upon the world as I have great feelings about it. I can only hope that my feedback continues to be good.
Currently listening to "Adore" by Prince
Currently listening to "Adore" by Prince
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Stop me if you've heard this one before...just kidding. I finished my second novel. The only thing left to do now is submit it online and design the cover. I have to admit that it was very easy to write. It was almost as though I created the characters and they wrote the story themselves. I was merely the one transcribing their lives, rather than their creator. I had my doubts but ultimately it was a very fun novel to write. I worried I wouldn’t be able to do justice to the characters but I feel that I did. When I was editing the novel, re-reading it, I was drawn into the story, the emotions that built up between the characters—which is weird, because it’s my story. Then again, at the end of the day, it’s only got to make me happy. I would love if other people read and enjoyed my story, but I also want to write something that makes me happy when I’ve completed writing it. I will be keeping everyone up to date as the book is submitted, proofed, and listed for sale.
Currently listening to “Let It Hurt” by Rascal Flatts
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Over the past week I took a sabbatical from my blog while I vacationed. Even in the midst of relaxing, I still managed to fit in a lot of reading, writing, and thinking. As much as I don't want it to, a third novel is germinating in my brain as I work tirelessly to edit the second one. I am making great promise editing the novel, but my personal life is falling apart all around me. I have received two job rejections in just the past two days, and I can feel myself slowly coming undone. I already have no confidence in my skills, education, and abilities, each rejection just makes it all worse. Why should I feel encouraged to promote myself when no one else finds me a valuable commodity? Pardon the metaphor, but is it really necessary that I must kiss so many frogs before I turn into a prince. Things were so much calmer, peaceful, easier while I was sitting on the beach and staring at the water. Here at home, the world is still a mess.
Currently listening to "Sign of the Times" by Prince
Currently listening to "Sign of the Times" by Prince