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Archive for May, 2015

In the News

There is so much talk about Josh Duggar and his molestation charges he acquired when he was fifteen. People are commending his family for the way in which they dealt with it. However, his family didn’t deal with it. When his father found out, he waited a year before he turned in the information to the authorities. This means for 365 days his five victims had to deal with their “attack” and learn to cope with the invasion of their body. It’s horrible that TLC didn’t know this before even broadcasting the show. This is not something that should have been missed. They cancelled Honey Boo Boo for the same reason.

All in all, I find the whole thing disturbing. My sister was a victim of sexual abuse/molestation and her capture was let go to do it again. And he did. Eventually he was put behind bars, but he would taunt us sometimes when we walked down the street. My mother told me to ignore him. There was nothing I could do to protect my sister and that’s a feeling that I will never forget. Helplessness, anger, and hatred.

I can only imagine this is what his victims felt and again now as their names are smeared through the mud. Becuase let’s face it, the media tends to blame women.

Well that’s my thoughts on that. Moving on, I was able to write almost 2,000 words yesterday on my Calamity Jayne novellas. How awesome is that? I am looking forward to writing more today, being that I am off work today.

Progress Report

On the plus side I managed five days of working out!! Woot woot, thank goodness for exercise videos on youtube. I am still able to do my group exercises. This ia great because I don’t drive due to my limited vision. I also managed yoga twice this week.

I am taking the day off to watch some kids and I plan on attempted pilates and yoga tomorrow.

In my writing world, I focused on editing book two and thanks to The Kingsmen, the movie, I drafted nine novellas. How awesome is that? I love getting inspired by watching good movies.

I have been actively posting and interacting with lots of other indie publishers. I am learning alot, so if you want some free advice head on over to http://www.kboards.com. You can post questions and get real answers. Not saying that other forums aren’t but these people have published.

I have found lots of good advice about my cover, it has helped me alot. I plan on posting at least two blogs this upcoming week and eventually making a schedule of sorts.

Wish me luck and thanks for reading.

Writing Woes

So the yoga lasted two days….I am going to give it a shot again this week. Also I plan on picking up my Zumba. Last week was a bit of a wash for me.

I posted up my potential cover on a writing forum and essentially it tanked. No one was mean or anything like that, lots of good constructive criticism. There was also concern about the title, which I was thinking of changing anyway. There are just too many Jaded out there.

So I have been playing around with Photoshop. It is so fricken hard. I think they need to scale back on the icons. However I did find several useful YouTube videos that at least got me started. I might play around with it today, we’ll see.

I have been slacking on the school thing too. I think I fell into a slump, but I’m coming out of it today. I swear! I have to respond to two students discussion, submit five pages of a short story I have to write for my sci fi class, and submit a short for my other fiction writing class. I have already written the story so that’s merely a revision.

I also need to write at least 1000 words and unfortunately this blog doesn’t count.

So in short today will be productive….I hope.

And the week begins…..

Today I embarked on my Yoga Journey. I found this awesome video, Yoga with Adrienne. She’s thorough and doesn’t try to force you into poses. I am going to try to do the routine every day this week. I went to work so relaxed and calm, which was needed because I am taking phone calls today instead of doing my usual billing work.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

In other news I have to submit the first five pages of my epic short sci fi novel that I have to create. Um…I have started this, but I have to say that short stories are hard for me. I tend to want to write more and more. So I decided to use the world of a story I have already created for a novel of mine and create brand new characters, but still keep my novel characters as well. So it’s a subset of my novel. I hope it makes sense. I am hoping this class will propel me into finishing my sci fi novels. I have about four of them just sitting on my computer collecting dust…errrr….cyberspace dust.  Is that even a thing?

I plan on editing one page of book 2 of my Addison series and do more marketing research for my self-publishing journey. I might even start writing a new story. I have lots of ideas floating around in my head.

And lastly I plan on doing Zumba A on my playlist today.

I’ll report back if I accomplish all of this.

Decisions…decision…..I need advice!!!

So I am strongly considereing self publishing a piece of fiction I have been working on for almost a decade. Yes I know it’s a long time and my friends and family are tired of me changing my mind. It’s hard! Any writer knows how scary it can be to just put your writing out there for the world to see. I know what have I got to loose? ALOT. My dignity, my pride, and most of all my writing. My writing won’t actually disappear, but figuratively it will. It won’t be something I choose to share with people, being that it would be available for purchase.

Not to mention I have doubt in writing as well as my self. I am preparing for no one to purchase the book and it to just sit out there in cyber space. I know I will get bad reviews. I”m no where near a best-seller. See my dilemma? So any advice, words of encouragement or even the harsh reality that would be welcomed.

With the blog challenge over, I will be attempting to blog at least three times a week. I say this every year and end up posting about five times the rest of the year. I want to start doing author series where I interview different authors. I also want to take my readers along with me on my journey into self publishing.

So I am signing off for now. I have to create a new world for my sci fi class. Wish me luck!!

Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story—Part Two

Part 2: great advice!!

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Last post, I started talking about the dreaded topic…structure. I write these posts because I really DO want you guys to succeed and as an editor for far too many years, the single biggest reason most new novels flop? Structure. Pretty prose does not a novel make. Each of these blogs will build upon the previous lesson. By the end of this series, I hope you to give you guys all the tools you need to be “structure experts.”

Yes, even the pantsers.

Structure is one of those topics that I feel gets overlooked far too much. There are a lot of workshops designed to teach new writers how to finish a novel in four weeks or three or two or whatever. And that is great…if a writer possesses a solid understanding of structure. If not? At the end of…

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Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story—Structure Part One

Great advice!!!

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Structure Matters Structure Matters

Writers must understand structure if they hope to be successful. Yes, it might take five years to finish the first novel, but if we land a three book deal, we don’t have 15 years to turn in our books. Also, in the new paradigm of publishing, writers who produce more content have greater odds of making money at this writing thing.

Understanding structure helps us become faster, cleaner, better writers. Structure is essential to all stories, from screenplays to novels to epic space operas.

Plotters tend to do better with structure, but even pantsers (those writers who write by the seat of their pants) NEED to understand structure or revisions will be HELL. Structure is one of those boring topics like finance or taxes. It isn’t nearly as glamorous as creating characters or reading about ways to unleash our creative energy.

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