Why You Must Set Deadlines

I have this book, a children’s book, that I have been working on for longer than I should have.  It’s not that I’m struggling with it or anything, it’s just that I don’t have a deadline for it.  The thing is, I only work on it in between projects.  I feel terrible about it.

You see, when I published my first book, my students were ecstatic and wanted to read it.  Their little faces fell when I told them that it was an adult book and they couldn’t.  They turned those puppy eyes on me and begged me to write them one they could read.  Honestly, could you say no to twenty-five ten year olds?

But sadly I have been neglecting this story.  It’s basically done, I just need to finish polishing it and then send it off the editor.

I promise kiddies,  I’ll get it out to you soon.

 

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Time to Make Some Choices

I’ve had to do quite a bit of thinking this weekend.  Thinking about how do I want to progress as an author.  I guess every author goes through this as they near the end of a project.  I have two questions that keep running through my head.  What do I want to write next?  How do I strengthen my name as an author.

The first question is easy enough.  I have probably a dozen or so half thought out story ideas that I can pick from.  Although, I’m trying to stay away from doing another series.  The second question is a bit harder.

I want to expand my reader base but that takes some time.  A lot of time if you’re an indie author.  Or at least that’s the case for me.  It might be beneficial for me to at least slow down my writing process to work on my platform.  The problem is that I don’t really like doing that.  It feels too much like I’m pushing myself onto people.  Sigh.

Thankfully, I don’t have to make any decisions right now.  Time of Prophecy still has quite a bit that needs to be written and Frank Tales is in the editing phase.  I won’t make a decision until those two projects are complete.

As always, stay strong my friends and until next timeh881741B3

The End of a Series

Three years ago, I published my first book and right now I’m diligently working on completing the whole story arch.  I’ve learned so much along the way.  I never knew how challenging it is to write a series.  I learned a lot about what kind of voice I want my books to have and my style as a writer.  I think this story (all three books) will always hold a special place in my heart.  With that being said, if everything goes right, Time of Prophecy will be released sometime in October of this year.  Yeah!  What this really means is that I need to buckle down and get back to work.  I spent most of today editing in between laundry loads but I need to carve out some more time in my week for writing. If I hope to meet my deadline, I will need more time than just the weekends.

Here’s to you characters of the Lost Guardian series!    Let’s finish this thing strong and together!

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I finally bit the bullet

I’ve always tried to avoid sites that I know will take up (consume) my life.  One such site is Tumbler and the other is Twitter.  Huh…I just realized they both start with Ts.  Anyways, I finally signed up with Twitter because let’s be frank, its a good way to generate interest.  More and more people are on it than ever before.  So I figured, why the hell not?

Hit me up and follow.  I plan…key word plan to put up snippets of chapters or bits of dialogue that I find brilliant.

Here’s the link:

The dreaded Twitter page!

Updates

Every now and again I like to go through my pages and update the information there.  I’ve been bouncing the idea of getting a twitter account for months now.   I know, I’m probably one of the few people left on the planet who doesn’t have a twitter.  Well that’s not official yet but I’ll be sure to let you all know when it is.

With that being said, I have updated my bio and contact information.  I think they suit my personality a bit more than before.  I would greatly appreciate it if you guys checked them out and told me what you think.

Well that’s enough procrastinating, time to get back to work.

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Tools of the Trade

There are many tools that I employ to help me along while I plan and write my books.  Sometimes it’s a steaming cup of tea or a tall glass of wine.  And it always involves music.  At first I used good ‘ol Pandora, bouncing around stations as they suited me.  Then I found the lovely playlists on Spotify (yes I know, I’m a little late to the party).  But my newest discovery is a wonderful little gem call ambient-mixer.com.  Talented people have created background noise for you to listen to!  My favorites (so far) are Ravenclaw’s Common Room, Loki’s Chambers, and Bucky and Steve’s apartment…oh not the mention Witches Cabin.  They have nature sounds too, but so far these are the ones I love.  Seriously, check them out and let me know what are some of your favorite stations?

 

Later my peoples

Ponds