Monday, July 10, 2017

Deleting blog - (Refocusing My Career, & Firing Up The Coffee Pot)


To be a blogger one has to blog consistently.

Firing up the coffee pot!
I do not.

The question is--what do I want to do--write blogs or write my stories?

I choose: STORIES full of mayhem, hope, and weird things.

I started this blog 5-6 yrs ago, and while I have loved the interviews and some of the things I've done, it is now time to quit pretending and get serious about my career.

So, I'm firing up the coffee pot, gathering my muse, and the inner editor, and I'm setting out to get things done. I am already working on a new story, plotting out some others. I am excited about the path ahead of me.

As the wild-haired girl in me says "You just have to start."

Assisted by my muse, & inner editor
I was going to have this very long post on the why and wherefore--but really that just makes me yawn. I started a series on broke writers--which I may go ahead and put into a small novella--for free to share (no promises). There are so many others out there sharing good information.

But this blog has to go. I'm not saying something like this won't come back, but right now it doesn't fit into my time, or business model. (lets face it my business model is bit more like soft clay sculpture with tentacles and easily reformed).

So to all my followers--keep an Eye out--I'm not leaving, just recreating. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and lets get going!

 This blog will be deleted as of  Aug 1, 2017.  




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie--by Nancee Cain

One of my favorite things--introducing an author of great talent. Nancee Cain writes in such away that can make one laugh, bring a tear to your eye, and literally push all boundaries. Her books are not for the faint of heart, but well worth the read if you want something with an edge.
Her book is out on June 1st!  Here is the link to her paperback:  The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie
and if you prefer, click here:  ebook



THE RESURRECTION OF DYLAN McATHIE
A Pine Bluff Novel


At seventeen, music legend Dylan McAthie ran away from his Alabama home to chase his dreams. Years later, he’s forced to return—coming full circle to escape the nightmare his life has become. Hounded by paparazzi and plagued by the aftermath of personal and professional loss, Dylan craves some quiet anonymity so he can regroup and sort out what lies ahead.

Hired by his estranged brother, Jennifer Adams knows exactly who Dylan is. She grew up next door to his family and has followed his career. But the surly, overbearing man she’s caring for as a private-duty nurse is far from the charming boy she remembers. Nevertheless, she’s determined to be professional, do a good job—and not fail at her first time getting away from home.

As her patient heals, his demeanor softens, and their interactions grow less antagonistic. Soon their chemistry is undeniable—and inappropriate—leaving the inexperienced Jennifer thoroughly confused. Adding to the turmoil, scandal finds Dylan once again, threatening all the progress he’s made and putting Jennifer at risk as collateral damage.

It’s up to Dylan to fix what his fame has so easily broken and find a way to move forward with his life. But will his resurrection mean the death of any relationship with Jennifer?
A bit about Nancee; 
During the day, Nancee works as a counselor/nurse in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge. Authors are her rock stars, and she’s been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list on her e-reader qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder. Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film, or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.)
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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCela7FfQ_j8t_qZm267NUSA



Monday, April 3, 2017

Self -Doubt...One Authors Fear

Life is crazy, and that is the way it is.

I had another post planned, but I found I needed to laugh--and to have a dollop of reality--and the post I am sharing; (the link actually) fits the bill.

We writers wrestle with many fears, and one of them is SELF-DOUBT--and written so elegantly with a great amount of humor by the author Claire J. Monroe.

Read post click here:     SELF-DOUBT

Now, grab a cup of caffeine of choice, some chocolate and let me know--What do YOU struggle with?

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Broke Writer Series: Part 2 Perspective

As a writer, the best mindset is to be unafraid.
                                                         -Malcolm Gladwell  


Last week I talked about reality--that things are not what they seem.

This week, I am going to talk about perspective.

This is a tricky thing--in writing there is all sorts of perspective, negative and positive.

Do the words "I feel", "I can't" show up in your thought process?

Stop it. Right this moment. Perspective. 

First feelings will LIE to you. Lets unpack some of these perceptions masquerading as false feelings one may be having. (This also applies to things other than writing--its in everything)

The Wild-Haired Girl makes a HUGE mistake obsessing over reviews
  • Struggling?
  • Not writing?
  • No sales?
  • Marketing?
  • Time?
  • Stalled?
  • Rejections?
  • Reality of writing sobering?
  • Dreams dying?
  • No one knows you?
  • Everyone is moving ahead of you? 
*sob*


First; stop comparing, and look at what you want.

I had to.  What are you? Answer that first.

ME:  I am writer.

What does that mean?  That means I am in it for the long haul. Things don't happen immediately, it takes time.  It's also a business, and I need to stop taking things personal. To be adventuresome--some things will work, and some things will fail.

Failure humbles, redirects, and can strengthen. BE BRAVE.

Part of this perspective is you must WRITE.

Without the finished product, we have nothing to edit--and remember it can be good enough.
  • Submit
  • Publish
I love choices.

Write some more. Keep going forward. Simple. But we are writers, we complicate things.

What about marketing? What about....

Stop.

Research these things (and I'll be posting about my research) and keep writing.

Maybe a contest will help? A blog?

Perspective.

You are writer. Keep writing. Take nothing personal. Some people will like your writing, some won't, and that's the way of the world. It's words is one step forward and when you start climbing the hill, you'll back and see how far you've come. Until then, just keep going.

Simple.

That's what perspective is,

I also suggest copious amounts of coffee or tea. You're going to need it. You got this.  


Next week, I'll talk about who influences me as I continue to work on my craft. Because that is part of the broke writers life--continuing to improve.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    The Broke Writer Series: Part 1 reality.

    Deep Dark Secret
    I'm a broke writer.


    It's like confessing some dark secret. Like I eat a pint of ice-cream a night. (which I don't--but now I want to. Go figure.)

    In writing there is so many smoke and mirrors, one of them is money. Oh, I'm not going to write (whine)about the trials and tribulations of making hardly any money--I'm going to talk about how I am dealing with it. In the next few weeks I am going to do a series on being broke--and how to survive, flourish, and do what you can with little to no money.

    What I want you to take away this:  Do what you can, with what you got.

    Sure, I'd like to be one of the big names who glibly state they are making five to six figures - a month, or a year (I'd be happy making 100 dollars a month).  But I'm not, and honestly that's the way it goes; its a part of the journey. A humbling but realistic one. It is up to ME to change it one small thing at a time.

    BUT, how can I change this? A little at time. I just heard an interview (I love pod-casts & webinars) where the best thing for a broke writer is TIME. Take time to write, take the time to do the things you cannot afford to outsource.

    Things needed and would be nice to pay for:

    Websites (this can run from free to hundreds of dollars) 
    Editing (Includes developmental, copy editing--you name it. And this can be pricey-- up to thousands of dollars)
    Covers (Can be inexpensive under a hundred dollars, to over a thousand)
    Marketing (You can spend TONS of money on this)
    Conferences (The cost of going runs into hundreds to thousands of dollars; registration can be from 100 to 600 dollars plus; but networking can be invaluable.)
    Publishing  (Now this is negotiable, if you get a vanity press--yes, you'll spend lots, if  you go indie and you buy your own ISBN, that can be a hefty cost too, then there is traditional publications--where most of the marketing is on you.)

    Yikes!

    What to do?


    At this point--I supposed to share my wisdom. What I can share is my ignorance. Because no matter what step I take I learn. I make mistakes, and ignorance really does give me some hefty lessons.

    When I started writing-- I was writing Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy; a cross over. I also like creepy stories.  I have two books, and one short story out:  Click here to see:  M.V.'s Books

    My first book INCANDESCENT did okay--but now it's lost; check the stats it goes anywhere from 5 million to 1 million. The drop to 1 million means some poor schmo founding it by accident.

    What did I do wrong?

    I didn't have a plan. I'm here to help you rethink how to look at your writing, and your career. To find a way for it to work FOR you even if you can't spend any money.

    Reality is tough--but you can work around it. It just takes a bit longer.

    This is the introduction to this series, in the following weeks I am going to discuss:

    Perspective--what kind of mind set do you need to have.
    Craft (You HAVE to keep improving): What sites are free, where can you get information.
    Editing:  Where to get it, how, and what do you need if you are broke. 
    Marketing: Marketing on a budget... (try and save a few pennies now)
    Websites:  How/when/where to make them. Reality of getting one.
    Covers:  If you are going Indie, what can one do. My perspective.
    Networking: One has to know other writers--because THIS will help you improve your craft and business.
    Misc: Whatever else I forgot...

    I am not an expert in any of these things, I don't pretend to be. But I am going to show you what I am doing, where I am looking--and I want YOU prospective writer to do your own digging, researching. Because everything needs to be what works for you.

    For you readers--Tell US, the writers the best way to reach you. To talk to you. What works FOR YOU? (and it helps us writers out, because we write--for you).

    I'm even going to show what I am doing right this moment--even as I write these posts, and at the end, I'll let you know how I've done.
    Inner Editor & Muse

    Until then--KEEP WRITING. Because you can't fix a blank page.

    As my Inner Editor (the pink gorilla) and my Muse (Mr. T) to the left will attest.