BookBlogWriMo: Today’s challenge is first design, but since I only changed the design of my blog once and the change wasn't that dramatic, I’m going to write about the change in my writing style. I started writing the beginning of the year. Yup, hasn't even been a full year since I started writing and what I can say is I have definitely grown as a writer. I am sure I have a lot more growth in my future, but I can only talk about what I have experienced.
BookBlogWriMo: Today’s challenge is favorite childhood books. I had a favorite but I can’t remember the name. I can recall it was about a boy going to the dentist or doctor and there was a mirroring story line on the bottom of the pages about a little bunny going to the dentist. It was called something like Johnny does to the dentist. It wasn’t famous or beautifully written but for some reason I love the dueling stories.
BookBlogWriMo: Today’s challenge is where I blog, but I am going to turn it into where I write. I do it about 90% of the time at the dining room table. I have a laptop there and it’s out of reach of little hands. I have had a few scares when my son tries to help mommy by picking up my coffee mug and bring it into the kitchen. Yeah, there were a few times things got spilt, but luckily the laptop was closed at the time.
Do you ever have doubt? I mean real doubt that what you have spent months, perhaps years pouring your heart and soul in is...well...crap?
BookBlogWriMo: Today’s challenge is where I read. That’s an easy question, anywhere I can. I have even read sitting in the car waiting for my husband to get out of the train. My reading is in spurts. Sometimes I can’t even get through a paragraph due to my kids. But if they are playing nicely (this is rare) or napping or eating lunch then I can get in a few pages. Most of the time it’s when they go down for naps, but even that’s rare since I am an author and use that time to write.
I have decided November isn't hectic enough with putting together a boxed set of my series, creating the graphics for it, getting a street team organized, still be a full-time mom to my kids, cook/clean you know the usual stuff, make something for Thanksgiving, and getting a part-time holiday job. No, I needed more of a challenge. So I took on not one, but two different writing challenges. I already know I am crazy, my husband reminds me everyday.
But #BookBlogWriMo looked fun and to tell the truth, I have been slacking lately when it comes to the blog. As for NaNoWriMo, I look at that challenge as discipline for me. I need to write a book anyway, it just forces me to focus and keep my writing up on a daily basis.
Here is the schedule set up by the lovely Brittany over at Book Bumblings.
I love to laugh, like a lot! Anyone who knows me, either in person or on the interwebs knows this about me. I wrote my senior thesis about Monty Python and auditioned and got into Second City Conservatory Program. I know comedy. To me it’s an art form that should be indulged in by all. Everyone might not have the same sense of humor as me but they should laugh at something at some point in their lives.
Many of you out there in the web world have most likely learned by now of Robin Williams death. More shocking, his suicide. Am I heart broken, yes. Am I surprised, no. Why? Because I was a comedian for many years. Not a stand up, like Mr. Williams, but a performer. I used to do improv for many, many years. And, if I may toot my own horn, I was pretty good. Good enough to get into Second City Conservatory program.
You know how sugar is addicting. Oh come on, it's time to admit it to yourself: sugar is a drug! So, we got that straightened out, you also know how love is addicting too. Well, that's how I have felt for a while. Hence why I have been AWOL for the past few weeks. I haven't done anything on the internet - no email, twitter, Facebook, blog, nothing!
Why would I do this or feel this way? Is it that I have a new love and if I do isn't that cheating on my husband. Well, the answer is yes and no. Yes I have a new love, but no I am not cheating on my husband. It's my book or more to the point the couple in my book.
There are many things I have learned since becoming an indie author. Some of it applies to my writing, others to how I market my work, and a few words of wisdom on what not to do. The last part I hear or witness on a daily basis, as I make many mistakes!
Sludge. That describes my life right now. If it’s not me getting sick, having my one free day a week to write taken up by family obligations, wondering if this pursuit of writing is even worth it given the lack of interest from people, or hopping between several story lines at once than it’s the actual writing that’s creating the sludge.
This has been a hard day. Capping off a mental rollercoaster of a week. I started writing a new book. One of about five different books I am currently writing. But this one is different. It has more of me in it than the others. Sure, I used elements of my life and the people I know in my other books, but this book has the raw demon that still haunts the back of my mind. I knew one day I would write about this character, I just thought it would be years down the road when I could distance myself from it.
So, it's been almost 2 weeks since I published my first erotic book and..... nothing. Not one person has bought my $0.99 book. I though at least one person would buy it. Some things did happen, my keyboard broke and my Microsoft word trial expired even though I have an account with them. I guess this is just the average problems of an author. I better get used to it.
Almost done my second book, which I hope will do better. I think it will, just based on all the information I gathered on attracting an audience. I have learned a lot these past few weeks. I hope to pass the info on to you, so you won't make the same mistakes I did. If you have learned from some mishaps along your writing journey, I'd love to hear from you.