Sorry, was a couple hours late
Lazy Sat. Need I say more?
Actually more like rereading older works and trying to remember where old files were stashed
Have a happy Memorial day
Mom’s taxi. That sums up the day and the week. I’m tired and grumpy and ready to call it a night. Did have a fun conversation of ‘Oh I lived there!’ With a couple folks in a writer chat. Geekery, all I can say. LOL
Started and restarted the flash fiction only to start something that is going to go longer than 1000 words. Printed out the short story I wrote for the FM anthology Blame It On The Dog. The flash-that-will-not-flash is set in the same universe. I realized that that short, Autumn Storm never got put up as a single title. I think this weekend I’ll dust off my cover-making skills and see if I can do a quick cover that looks halfway decent and put it up for sale sometime niext week. I meant to do that when it came out, in 2014, but then we had a series of family crisis’s crop up.
Have a great weekend folks!
Holy crap it just goes! Kid is prepping for a Caribbean cruise this fall and needed a passport. So we went to the appointment to to apply and we had everything. Except the application he left on the dresser at home LOL. Luckily they have applications right there so he could re-fill one out, but I got the giggles (successfully smothered them because, not COOL mom! LOL). So that’s off and running. Should be about 4 to 6 weeks to get it in. Then I played taxi, driving kids all around hells half acre; the store, to work, to friend’s house and to a school function preparing the 5th grader for the new middle school. Oh and I was pokemon go-ing while I waited. It seems like my life is a collection of moments where I wait in the car for someone to do something. Kinda annoying really. But the little pokemon go game makes it fun. I don’t know why, but bouncing a poke-ball off the head of some wild pokemon is immensely satisfying.
Next week is the last week of school. The dreaded June is right around the corner. Not sure how I feel about it. I’m not sure how this summer will go.
I wrote about 400 words on when I thought was a flash fiction. But it’s all setting no real visible plot. I’ll try to whip something up tomorrow. Got nothing done today on E1 which is frustrating, but running around sucked out my brain, I swear.
Finished the Sales Copy book. Good, informative and now I want to read the books he used as examples LOL. I would recommend any writer who intends on self pubbing to invest in this book. Yes, I said invest. It will help hone your skills if you practice. I think this weekend will be sales copy practice time.
The Patreon is still up, I need to decide, and quickly, what I’m going to do with it.
Hope you are all doing well.
Be kind to each other
Dr appointments and errands. And A took his drive test. And the parallel parking got him. Again. *sigh*
Dean Wesley Smith mentions ‘cycling’ in his blog. It’s a method of going back through as you write to tidy things up as you go so, theoretically, you can have a clean first draft. It’s funny, I’ve been doing the same thing, only I call it layering. Though I have a ways to go to get a ‘clean’ first draft, that’s my goal as a writer. I just kinda squeed when I realized exactly what it was he was doing. Revelations like that geek me out. You can check out the most recent blog post where he talks about it over here. If you follow his video lectures (I subscribe to them monthly) he did a writer tip segment on it. THAT is over here at WMG Publishing Lectures. They’ve got some pretty informative stuff which I’m slowly working through.
I got 612 words on the next bit of E1, but I’m so tired I’m going to call my daily writing done. I just can’t keep my eyes open. I like the direction it’s going. I’ve missed just writing.
I’m annoyed that I haven’t finished the Sales Copy book. I haven’t touched it today, thanks to life. I’ll try to wrap up reading that tomorrow. I need to practice it for my projects.
I found this today and just about lost it. I LOVE this song and Alice Cooper just totally nailed it.
Hope you are all having a great week. Be safe, readers in Hawaii, in the path of Pele.
Be kind to each other.
Still waiting on an official update on my SIL. She’s had a rough road, to put it mildly.
Today was a down day. Yesterday’s adventures caught up with me so I slept for most the morning after the kids got on the bus. Then there was the gardening. I find it very soothing fiddling around with my little container garden. Especially when things are stressful. I’ll try to get pictures up of the silly little garden. I have no idea what I’m doing. But I’m having fun.
Took the dog and the younger kids for a walk before dinner. I need to do that more LOL I was far more winded than I should have been.
I wrote part of a flash fiction this afternoon before getting pounced on by kids needing rides for workstuff. After I’m done writing this, I’m going to either try to finish writing that or tackle the next E1 chapter to rewrite.
How to Write Fiction Sales Copy by Dean Wesley Smith. I’m horribly out of practice. I like how he breaks it down and I’m also going to see about getting my hands on the stories he mentions. 😛 once a reader…
Edited: Added a link and fixed a typo
I know times are tough, they’re especially rough on my SIL. Please help, boost the signal if you can’t donate. Thanks.
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Eight months ago, my sister and her kids were forced to flee for their safety from their home in Colorado due to abuse and neglect. On Friday, May 18, 2018 she and her two oldest kids went back to Colorado to retrieve the belongings they were forced leave behind all those months ago.
On their trip home, on the morning of Monday, May 21, 2018, they were driving back and the relief driver fell asleep at the wheel and they ended up in an horrific rollover crash that nearly killed them all! By the grace of God they all lived. However, they lost EVERYTHING; money, purses, wallets, phones, furniture, clothing….literally EVERYTHING!! Tara broke her back in 2 places, is in a back brace, can only walk a few steps at a time, and most certainly cannot work to support her kids.
Her recovery is going to be a long process filled with plenty of physical therapy. Therefore, immediate donations are needed while the family helps her to find the social services to best suit her impending needs, i.e., $650 rent, $100 electric bill, $100 gas bill and food to feed a family of 7 for at least the next month.
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Blog post a day.
I’m challenging myself to more writing. Of blog posts, of fiction. I’ve let other things clog me tremendously and that’s just not good. So Lets see if I can get a streak going. Blog post a day. Story a week. Flash friday. Am I trying to hard? Maybe. But that’s okay. If it means I get words…
So today; Lawn got mowed, a swimmingpool got set up. I got some very bad news about family members in a bad crash.
I was going to write more on this blog but I was caught up making phone calls and finding out what had happened. Happy thoughts to my SIL please.
I’ve drifted to a different social media platform called MeWe which is (imo) ten times better (and safer) that FB. In doing so I’ve found a few writer groups that are very active and it’s kicked my brain into gear.
This is a good thing. I think I was stagnant. New people, new writers to talk to seems to be helping.
Anyways, I hope all y’all are doing well. Take it easy all
Be Kind to each other
It’s that time of year, the longest night, shortest day, dead of winter. The winter Solstice, Yule, edging towards Christmas Eve.
I hope you all have a blessed day.
Be Kind to one another.
Copied over from Patreon
So there is this kerfluffle, Patreon did a dick move and people are bailing. Lots of people are angry, hurt, sad and ready to say fuck it and go elseware. I’ve lost a couple patrons, and while I’m sad to see them go I 100% get why, and no I’m not mad or anything.
So where do *I* stand on this? My little patreon page hasn’t generated much more than coffee money, but then over the past year I’ve been in one of the darkest depressions I’ve had in a long time, and the content hasn’t been very reliable. That’s my fault, no one else’s.
But I can’t bring myself to bail from Patreon just yet,
I understand why people are angry, seriously I’d rather take the hit than making my patrons take it. I do wish the creators had been consulted ahead of time. but this was a business decision, and artists aren’t often considered business types.
I’ve come across three posts that solidified my decision not to bail.
Amanda Palmer’s post,
I already made plans for changes to the patreon page, I’ll be making a few more.
I fully respect everyone’s decisions, regarding Patreon. Whether you decide it’s not for you, or if you decide to stick it out.
I hope whatever you decide, you have a great day/holiday season. Take care all.
Be Kind to One Another
EDITED: fixed the links.
copy & pasted from the Patreon post.
I’ve been sick, dealing with sick kids and hubs and I come back to BS.
So I see that Patreon dropped a big FU bomb to the people supporting creators under the guise of helping the creators. I don’t like the idea of my supporters, the few I have, being exploited.
I’m still looking into it, seeing as pretty much everyone supporting me is at the $1 level, I want to look into how this will affect you.
I suspect there is going to be a mass exodus of creators from the patreon. I have been wondering what to do about this patreon page, and I think I’ve just had the decision made for me.
Chip in, tell me what you think.
I am not a morning person, but this morning, at the crack of…. no before the sun was even up, I had an errand to run.
I have to admit i love it early in the morning, when no one else is about and it’s so quiet.
Today was busy, this week I’ve spent in & out of the dr’s office with three kids, and myself, taking care of things, treating strep throat (two kids have strep and one has bronchitis) and just being mom.
Some people have this idea that writers lead these glamorous lives, that they sit around drinking champagne while writing on laptops hanging over bubble baths (my sil described this and I just laughed).
Believe it or not, for many of us, we’re just people who have these ideas and stories in their heads. Today I ended up cuddling my sick 9 year old while he coughed and watched his favorite shows on netflix. Right now that kid and the others are watching christmas air bud (I think) and chilling, giving me a few min to do some freewriting and writing this up.
Tonight I’ll read a bit (I haven’t been reading much) and maybe write. This weekend I’ve got some cleanup in the basement to do, and hopefully edit and whatnot.
This, this is life. Life as a writer, life as a mom. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m not sure exactly what I’m hoping to accomplish here, except to highlight the fact that writers, like everyone else, have things happening in their lives. It’s not all champagne and bubble baths. Though I could totally go for a book and a bubble bath right now…
Be kind to each other, lift each other up, don’t drag each other down.