Happy Mother’s Day!
Whether your kids are two-legged, four-legged, or no-legged,
fuzzy, feathery, scaley, or skin;
if your darlings are with you
or gazing down from above,
if you’re doing the job of both parents
or have a partner in crime,
Happy Mother’s Day.
I hope it’s a day full of peace and being appreciated.
Copyright ©2017 by Necia Phoenix
The Bastard Prince plods on. I love this story so much I can barely contain my excitement. So close to being done! Sometimes I get this feeling of urgency. I have so many story ideas, I want to get them finished and published so I can get to the NEXT story. Sometimes I worry that I won’t get them done in my lifetime.
Elemental Truth I find it interesting and weird that both with E1 and BP I stalled around the part where things start to blow up in people’s faces (sieges and battles and such). Both storylines are complex, both storylines have a lot to them, and both stalled about 30 chapters in. I wonder why… Anyways, E1 is live both here and over at wattpad for those who prefer that setup better.
Politics: (this is a ramble, puking my thoughts on the screen.)
I’ve tried to stay out of politics here, but damnit I can’t stay quiet. I’m horrified. Embarrassed. Outraged by this mockery of a president that has defiled the white house. There’s a meme over on facebook that shows Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard (my hero!) with the caption of Damage Report! The note by the OP was that this was how they felt every morning when they looked at the news.
That’s how I feel. I’m afraid to say ‘What ELSE could he do to embarrass us?’ because I swear I feel like the great walking bad-tan is listening just so he can turn to his buddy Pence and say; hold my beer!
*takes a deep breath*
When did hate become acceptable? What has happened to my country? This isn’t who we are. Please, those of you who are from other parts of the world, please believe me when I say We’re better than this. I just wish my fellow countrymen, so blinded by hate and fear, would realize the damage they’re doing to us all.
And then the thought crossed my mind, late 90s early 2000’s there started a trend; reality TV. And the retirees suddenly started watching these horrid reality shows. Is it any wonder that they would then, turn around and elect a reality TV ‘star’? TV as I knew it growing up, doesn’t exist anymore. With the onset of faux news, and the war mongering, and the fear mongering following 9/11 followed by the insane hell bent efforts to obstruct and hate on our Nation’s first black president, is there really any wonder that the putrid, puss-filled, ignorant cheeto managed to win the election? They’d been groomed for a decade or more to go for the loud obnoxious one. And don’t even get me started on the ties with Russia*.
Sally Yates investigates cheeto.
Preet Bharara investigates cheeto.
James Comey investigates cheeto.
Gee, see a pattern here?
I’m so tired of this. I’m tired of seeing our nation being dragged through the muck behind a fool who knows nothing. I’m tired of the incompetence of this administration. The dimwits were so hell bent on getting into office by any means necessary, they forgot about things like organizational skills, planning etc… It’s exhausting. I want to go to sleep for a while. But we can’t back down. We have to stay ‘woke’. We have to resist. Our democracy, our nation is on the line.
And this is what spews from my brain at 1am as I’m trying to finish an edit and tell the Ice Dragons to stfu so I can finish the stories leading to theirs.
Anywho. I’ve got things to do in the morning, I’ve got scenes to finish, books to plot, and laundry. Lots of laundry to do. So I’ll leave you with this, one of my favorite songs covered by one of my favorite groups.
Peace can’t be just an obscure idea. We can get there. I know we can.
Be kind to each other. ~ N.Phoenix
Write. Practice. Even if it’s never going to see the light of day, write. The more you actually write, the better you get.
Be kind to each other. ~N.Phoenix
This week has been busy, writing wise. Something in my head has clicked. I’ve been writing. Averaging 10 to 15 pages a day (2500 words or more). Scenes that have stumped me over the years have become clearer than ever and I’ve been scrambling to keep up with the ideas, scenes, and such. I’m starting to feel more like Me than I have in a long time. And I’m writing. And finishing.
Currently BP is sitting at just under 80k. I’m so very close to calling this completely DONE I can almost taste it LOL. Once it’s done, it’ll go off to the Beta readers, and I’ll schedule the rest of it over at the Patreon . And then I’ll re-focus on E1.
E1 is back up (I think I mentioned it last week, I don’t remember) and I’ll tackle the final edits and gap filling and get IT scheduled as soon as BP is firmly off the ‘to finish’ list.
Once those are done, well I’ve got a stack of unfinished things to finish finishing. >.>
So, with this resurgence in writing, it might seem that life has calmed down. Nope, it hasn’t. In fact on the 25th my 11 year old broke his pinky knuckle playing toss the football while he and a friend waited for the buss. I spent that evening at the ER and the following day trying to find an Orthopedic Surgeon. The 27th was spent in Dr’s offices, trying to determine WHAT to do (brace or cast. We opted for a cast fwiw).
Yet I’ve been pushing out words. Maybe only a few hundred, but still. Writing is something I love. And something that has been pushed aside. And that leads me to the cold hard truth about Mental Illness. Not only does it suck, it also causes a major disruption in a person’s life. And sometimes medication really is the best answer to the chemical imbalance in the brain that results in depression, mood swings, bi-polar and a list of other brain affected ailments.
About three weeks ago I was finally able to get back on my medication that helps with my issues. The fact the medication is doing its job, balancing out the chemical imbalance in my brain, is reflected in the fact that, holy shit, I can WRITE again. My focus isn’t perfect, but it’s a hell of a lot better than it’s been.
Once upon a time, I used to average at 2 – 3k a day. Or between 8 and 10 pages a day.
I’ve been doing that again. And it is a wonderful feeling to be able to get back to being ME.
Seriously, if you’re going to spout off those ‘the only therapy/medication I need is a walk through the woods’ you can just go kiss my ass. Sorry, that doesn’t work for everyone. If it did, I’d never have these issues.
I’ve been doing more reading, and surprisingly it’s not as much fiction as one would think. I got several of Dean Wesley Smith‘s books, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch‘s books and power read through them. Those have gone a long way it helping me find my writing footing again. Thanks Dean & Kris. In rereading their blogs I stumbled across the Writing Story Bundle over here (more about what the Story Bundle is over here). Part of the bundle includes one of Dean’s online lecture series on the Master Plot Formula. I already got the Writing as an Investment lecture series and WOW talk about eye opening. Even the hubs (not a reader OR writer) sat and listened to in, nodding his way through. So I knew the Master Plot Formula lectures would be as educational.
I was right (I started to type ‘write’ **snickers**) Folks I would HIGHLY recommend investing in those two lecture series, at the very least do the Story Bundle and you get the one as part of the bundle (there are some really GOOD books in that bundle too). As a writer, in this day and age, educating yourself with the ins and outs of how the business works is a must. You can’t expect do be around for any length of time without understanding how it breaks down.
Changing one’s perspective and mindset is not easy. Especially when you’re fighting long held dreams. Especially when those dreams are founded on myth and not reality. I’ve re-connected with my writing/creative brain, due to a combo of the correct meds and changing how I look at writing.
The books I got which helped (not in the story bundle, I’m still working my way through those) were:
Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing
Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indi Publishing
Heinlein’s Rules: Five Simple Buisness Rules for Writing
How to Write Fiction Sales Copy (I’m still reading on this one)
Think Like a Publisher
The Pursuit of Perfection (DUDES READ THIS)
Those were my birthday presents to myself.
Lets see there was something else writing wise I was going to mention but I forgot. I’ll remember later.
I was going to vent about politics, but I don’t have the heart to. What I will say it we are not done resisting and it’s going to be a long four years.
I think that just about wraps it up. OH I’ve deleted my livejournals. I’m over at Dreamwidth now (actually just dusted it off a bit) but I’m really bad about posting over there. https://necia-phoenix.dreamwidth.org/ Now it’s time to get back to writing.
I hope you all have a wonderful peaceful weekend.
Please be kind to each other. ~ N.Phoenix
This week was surprisingly challenging. From sick kids, to an ER trip (kid broke his hand) to just being generally overwhelmed and exhausted. I apologize for my silence this week. I have been working on the final filling of The Bastard prince and I think I’ve lined up a cover artist*. I do have my copy-editor waiting in the wings.
Elemental Truth; I’m going to be working on that this weekend also and finish filling in the gap scenes and get more chapters posted.
E1 and BP are not the only projects/worlds I play with. Lately I’ve had a series of perhistoric fantasy stuff beating around in my head (alongside fallout fanfic. don’t ask, it’s nuts XD) .
Timeframe on wrapping up BP and E1? uhm, soon. I don’t have my notes in front of me (I’m actually about to go outside and have some mom & kid time) but I know for BP I only have about 4 scenes, maybe five to finish fixing. E1, I’m not sure.
Hope you all have a great weekend. I’ll be posting writing updates at my twitter, https://twitter.com/Necia_Phoenix if yinz are interested.
Be kind to each other
*On the cover art; So I have worked up mock covers for BP & E1 and other projects, but I know for a fact my skills are rusty and I’m not too sure I can produce the higher quality covers that I want. Eventually, but for now, I think I may go ahead and hire that out.
However you celebrate today, or if you don’t, have a happy day.
Be kind to each other.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on getting myself back on track with writing. With the posting BP on the Patreon, I’ve found myself a lot more motivated. Having things settling in the home life is helping too. So I was at the website going over the backoffice stuff and discovered that there were hits to my site coming from a site called Web Fiction Guide.
Apparently when I first started posting Elemental Truth, I’d gone over and submitted it so it would be listed. Then life happened and I completely forgot about it. Basically it lists your web fiction, allows people to give reviews and whatnot. Well at the bottom of the Elemental Truth listing, was a review.
Let me say, for the record, I try not to read reviews. For a number of reasons, the biggest being, reviews aren’t for me. They’re for the reader. Well I went ahead and skimmed over this review. Then skimmed over it again. And a third time. Each time my jaw was firmly sitting in my lap and the hubsbeast pointed out if I didn’t close my mouth, a bug might try to make my acquaintance.
You see, I’d just spent several hours rereading Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch‘s business and writing posts. I’d just bought the book Heinlein’s Rules; Five Simple Business Rules for Writing and read it (I’m a fast reader), just bought The Pursuit of Perfection: And How It Harms Writers and was reading it when I took a break and stumbled across that review. What timing.
The kind review is over here. Seriously people I am so stunned. Reviewer, thank you for your kind words. I hope I haven’t chased you away for good with my hiatus.
Perfectionism is a big problem with me. I find myself agonizing over whether it’s good enough or not. I see blaring issues.
I’m not sure what my thinking was when I pulled E1 offline. But to see someone who liked it, along with what I’d already been reading and my reawakening writing brain, I decided to go ahead and put E1 back up. I also fixed the TOC issue mentioned in the review (sorry bout that) and took a hard look at my writing schedule and what E1 needs to be called DONE.
The Patreon is scheduled through the end of May, so I can set BP aside and get E1 wrapped up. All I need to do, is filler for about five or six scenes. That’s it. That was all I needed when life crashed around me and I tucked it all away so I could focus on RL. Well now the focus is back on writing and I have a lot of projects I need to get finished and pubbed.
So that’s what I’ll be working on over the next week, and getting back on schedule for E1. I believe I’ll be posting on Thursdays, since the Patreon chapters are posted on Tuesdays (hey it makes sense in my head).
I’ll need to get a copy editor, and possibly redo the covers for both books. It would be nice to be able to pub both of them this summer. But we’ll see. The big thing for me is to finish E1’s posting online.
I picked up a copy of Starla Huchton‘s new book Wild at Heart. It is book five in the series but I’ve been assured by both Starla and several friends that they’re stand alones (my fav type of series). So once E1 is done I’m going to dive into it. The cover is absolutely GORGEOUS.
I’ve got a list of other books, suggested by several friends, which I’m planning on picking up.
Anywho. I hope you all have a blessed weekend. Happy Easter for those who celebrate it.
Be kind to one another
Last night I spent a few hours brainstorming with an old pal. It has been years since we’d had the opportunity to do so. Her life, and mine, has been very hectic. Today there has been this sense of satisfaction. I finally got things handled, I finally figured out something that had been bugging me for years about BP.
Today I put that stuff into practice and have been editing, fixing, arranging and scheduling on Patreon. And napping. Hey the brainstorming session was late at night! 😛
A funny; I accidentally posted the chapter I was trying to schedule. I apologize folks, I did fix it, but it made me laugh.
I miss having a proper office. My computer is next to my bed (the laptop took a shit) and it’s getting very aggravating not having a proper writing space. I would get a desk, but there’s no place to put one.
I’m all over the place today, sorry.
I need book suggestions. Any genre. I want to get myself back to reading. Isn’t that horrible? I haven’t read new fiction in a while now. So if y’all could suggest some books and authors I’d appreciate it.
I hope you all had a good monday.
Be kind to each other.
Everyone struggles, everyone is on a journey. Don’t judge your progress by someone else’s.
Have a peaceful day.
I love April, and not just because it’s my birth month.
ANYWHO, I hope y’all are doing well. I apologize for being so quiet on this page.
- Wrap up editing on BP
- Writing book 2.
- Get back to writing Friday Flash Fic
- Get back to regular posting here.
What are your plans?
Become a Patron!
I like patreon’s format. I like how they help artists of all nature share their art with their fans. I thought I’d share a couple patreon pages that I’m following.
Abney Park has some awesome steampunk themed music and seriously deserves a lot of support.
Seriously love their sound.
Their website is over here.
Another writer I support is Val Griswald Ford a long time dear friend. Recently she suffered a horrible loss so her page is sorta quiet. But her writing is fantastic and I really think people should take the time to check her out. Her patreon page is here. As I come across them, I’ll list other pages.
I’ve been practicing writing blurbs and I think I need a lot more practice. I wanted to write one for BP. All day, yesterday I struggled with writing it, I read other book blurbs, I wrote up several versions and hated them all because I felt so lost. Then a couple dear friends, including J.A. Marlow helped me by tweaking what I wrote and rewriting it, in essence, showing me how to condense it to something to catch someone’s attention.
So naturally I thought I’d share em here. 😛
The Bastard Prince
So this morning, I worked up one for book 2, The Sarukai Lord
I’m still playing with the book three blurb. I’ll add it here later. Anyways I wanted to share with you.