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.

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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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Impatient Stories

I have a problem.  I get random scenes and story ideas about six times a day.  Some of them are just passing fancies, although I do write them all down.  I try to not dwell on them too much because then they get in the way of my current story and then nothing gets done.  Usually, I can push these ideas aside and keep on working, but every now and again, I get what I like to call “Impatient Stories”.  They scream and shout like a two year old throwing a tantrum demanding my attention.  The worst part is that they tend to be awesome ideas.  Sigh.

I have this one story brewing in my head that sounds like it would be fun to write, but I’m right in the middle of writing the last book in the Lost Guardian series.  I wanted to do one of my stand alone stories to give myself a breather from series writing, which can be very draining.  But this story won’t leave me be.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens when I have some free time to actually plan my next book.

Until Next time folks!

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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

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Preemptive Strike

So now that Souls in the Dark is off to my lovely editor I could use this time to take a breather…but I’m not.  I’ve decided to already get a jump on outlining the last book in the Lost Guardian trilogy.  I won’t release the title I have now, because it’s more of a working title.  But I figure that the sooner I get started, the sooner I can get it out there.  There are other stories that I want to write, but I can’t write two different stories at one time.  At least, not my own.

I still need to finish my children’s book and get illustrations done.  Frank Tales would have been done much earlier if I hadn’t been working on another story.  So I have learned my lesson and will never do two books at one time.  Some people can do it, I can’t.  Ha-ha.

Well, I hope that everyone is enjoying their hump day.  ‘Til next time peoples!

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