Learning My Trade

Like many writers, I have been writing for a good chunk of my life.  And I can promise you that none, I repeat, none of my early works will ever see the light of day…ever.  But those early samples hold a special place in my heart because they show just how far I’ve come as a writer and I’m not done learning how to be the best writer I can be.  During a particularly bad bout of writer’s block I headed to my local book store.  I happened across a small but helpful section that had nothing but books about being a better writer.  I picked up a couple and bought them.  So far I’ve only started going through one, but already I’m finding it helpful.

Here are the books if anyone is interested.

 

 

I also stumbled across a rather interesting site called skill share.  I haven’t actually signed up for any classes yet (my life is too hectic right now) but they look like they have a number of classes that I want to get in on.  Stuff like creative writing, marketing, editing, etc.

So here’s the question I pose to my fellow writers out there, have you guys found any interesting sights or tools that help you master your trade?  Looking forward to learning about them.

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My Center

If you haven’t seen Rise of the Guardians, you should.  Not only is it a cute animated movie about childhood, it has some pretty good messages.  One of the themes revolves around Jack Frost as he tries to figure out what his center is, the reason why the moon choose him to become a Guardian.  Most people spend their entire lives looking for the one thing that makes them who they are.  There are a lot of things that make up a person but their center is what pulls all others towards it.

For me, I believe it’s writing.  When I’m in front of my computer or scrawling ideas down in my ratty notebook, I feel the surest in my skin.  Writing is creating.  Writing is teaching.  Writing is giving comfort to those who need it.  I can’t imagine not doing it and I can’t live without it.

I really need a bookcase

Like I’ve said before, writer’s block is a b****.  Today I sat down at my computer and just stared at the page.  Nothing.  I re-read what I already wrote.  Nothing.  I tried to do some free writing…nothing.  SIGH!

 

 

 

 

 

I even BSed around and cleaned up some of the files on my computer but the muses have abandoned me.  I wallow in my despair, trying to figure out how in the world did I offend our lovely ladies of the arts and search for the means to get back into their good graces.

I thought about reorganizing my bookcase, but as I stared at it, I realized that the only way to clean it up is to get a new bookcase.  Mind you, the top row is double stacked and I have three complete series on top.

Bookaholic

Hello, my name is Kristen and I am addicted to books and I don’t want any help.  Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without books.  They have been the one constant in my life for as long as I can remember.  I don’t even remember learning how to read.  One of my first memories is me picking up a book and reading it.  I can’t tell you what it was about, but I remember reading it.  I have swam with dolphins and walked the ancient streets of Egypt.  I have learned magic and fought against monsters.  I earned a knighthood and found love.  I learned new words and learned to see the world with new eyes.  I love books more than I can possibly say, that’s probably why I became an author.  I want to be part of that wonderful world.  So here’s to you all my fellow bibliophiles!  My our to read piles never be complete!

New Challenge

When I was in my teen’s my favorite show was Gilmore Girls.  I have many a fond memory of my mother and I curled up on the couch watching the show.  I often dreamed of being like Rory.  She was smart, funny, and very much her own person.  While surfing around the internet one day I came across a list of books from my favorite tv show.  The list had every book ever mentioned on the show.  Now, of course a few of them aren’t real but the vast majority are.  So I have decided to embark on a new challenge…to read the entire list if plausible.  I copied the list and printed it out.  Then I went over it to see if I could already check off some books.  About ten down only 380 some more to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the link in case you too want to embark on a literary journey.  Good luck my friends! Rory Gilmore’s Reading List

Happy Birthday to Me!

So today is my birthday!!!!!

I share this momentous day with not only a cousin (who is absolutely adorable) but also Dr. Seuss.  For anyone else who shares this day, happy birthday to you too!

Today I’m 31.  I know that may not seem like a lot to some of you, but for me it’s mind blowing.  I don’t really feel thirty.  But then again, I have no idea how thirty is supposed to feel.  The only thing that I know is that I still have a lot of life to live and I shouldn’t get stressed out over the little things.  I have so much to be grateful for that it would take too long to list them all.

Either way, to all my friends and family: Thank you for being in my life and here’s hoping that 31 (or whatever you are) is an awesome year!

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