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February 8, 2016

SO I'm looking through my old blog (it's over ten years old, so yeah, it's OLD), just so I know what's on there. I'm finding all kinds of fanart and banners, charpics, and some hilarity that I posted randomly.

One of these is an excerpt from a story I wrote when I was nine. It's called "Watch Out for the Purpel [Sic] Goo."

Also:
-I gave myself my own publishing company: "butterfly books" (and this is a horror novel).
-the dedication reads: "dedicate to mom and dad for their anniversery [sic]"
-I also included a blurb: "Will Anna get help before it's too late?" (you used it's correctly! go nine-year-old me!)

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Hello my name is Anna if you live in the forest it is as bad as it gets let me tell you my story. "Do we have to live here?" I complained.

It was saturday in rain town woods it looked like the groud was soggy cornflakes. my brother ran out fo the van, probably looking for worms my brother's name is kale it sounds like kill. I call him nerd breath which realy makes him mad. I went in the house. My dresser was put in its spot. I put away my clothes yuck the floor was all wet probably decomposing I thought. Then I took a tour of the house it was all wet.

"It's like this whloe house is rotting" I heard kale say. The floor creaked and smelled of mold "I'm going to hurl" I whispered to my self. "Anna lunch time" I heard my mom call. I raced downstairs. My mom said "For lunch we're having Liver wrust anna is that all right?" my stomach churrned, my face turned green, quickly I said I'm not hungry. "Gee this place sucks I guess I'll write in my diary.

Dear diary I hate this place I miss my friends and our old house.

I shut it, looked out side and saw a purple pond.

A purple pond?! I began to get exited and scared. I told my mom about it she said "Why don't you check it out you barely go out." So I went out into the forest It was hot and steamy I began to sweat. Leaves were all over the soggy ground moldy trees covered the area. I began to wonder what animals lived here but that thought left my mind when I saw the purple pond for a minute I was scared but then I realized some one probably dyed it purple. I put a life in knowing it would float, but it didn't it was being sucked inside the purple goo. I thought I saw some eyes and a mouth but I didn't stick around to find out I ran out of the woods.

I raced into the door into my safe cold room. Breathing hard I closed my eyes and layed on my bed. After a while I looked out my window again it was raining I looked and saw the purple pond there was a secret hidden by the pond little did I know that I would soon find out what it was.

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I'm pretty sure this is a rip-off of like 90 R.L. Stine stories. But it's not horrible for a kid LOL.
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Published on February 08, 2016 16:24 • 146 views • Tags: author-post, nostalgia, random, writing

January 31, 2016

Since today is the last day of the month, I just want to take a moment to thank everyone who bought one of my books in January. I am always so, so grateful to my readers for everything they have done but this month was more special than most because with your purchases, you helped me pay for both college and textbooks! ;)

So thank you for that, and for being a fan, and for being yourselves, and for just being amazing in general.

Love,

Nenia ♥
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Published on January 31, 2016 01:27 • 73 views

January 16, 2016

Reader reception of my books this month has been absolutely AMAZING. My books broke several milestones, and readership has been increasing, and things have just generally been amazing - so to thank you all, I'm doing a promotion of BLACK BEAST on my Facebook fan page.

All you have to do is 'like' this status, or leave a comment on it, and I will give you an ebook of BLACK BEAST (I have MOBI or EPUB):

https://www.facebook.com/aficionenias...

Thank you so much for your encouragement and enthusiasm. ♥
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Published on January 16, 2016 01:30 • 127 views • Tags: author-post, black-beast, freebie, milestone, shadow-thane, squee

January 15, 2016

This happened yesterday!



Thank you so much for reading my stuff, you guys. :)
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Published on January 15, 2016 10:40 • 29 views

January 8, 2016

I've been so happy and so amazed by the reception of the last book in my IMA series (CEASE AND DESIST) that I wanted to do something fun and awesome. So this weekend, the first book in the series will be free for download (usually it's 99-cents).

Thank you for being such amazing fans! I'm so lucky to have you, and every morning I give thanks to the people who help me do what I love professionally. You rule! :)

P.S. Enjoy the books! <3
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Published on January 08, 2016 11:39 • 241 views

December 26, 2015

Over the past couple years, I have become what I consider "niche famous": I'm fairly well known to a specific group of people. Maybe one person in my entire town has heard of me (excluding my family & close friends).

But I have a large enough audience that I've noticed myself doing something peculiar when I'm posting on my Twitter or my Facebook.

I find myself second-guessing everything I post. "Could this be considered racist?" "Could this be considered offensive?" "Could I hurt somebody by posting this?" "Is this something I want to be associated with?"

I've always been very careful about what I post on social media. In fact, I'm a firm believer in what I call the Grandma Rule--if it's something you would absolutely die if your grandma saw it, you probably shouldn't post it to your Facebook.

(And for the record, my grandma has seen my Facebook, and it was okay, and I am proud of that.)

When you have a very large audience (or, even, you know, a larger-than-average audience), you have to be very careful what you say. Because to a large extent, you are your brand, and when you post something it's not just saying something about you, it's saying something about your entire enterprise.

It's also important to try and use your social platform for good. This means not calling out specific users, not insulting or diminishing minority groups, and not posting information that could potentially compromise another person's security or identity (i.e. doxxing).

As I get more followers, I'm finding that popularity is a dual-edged sword. Yes, there's so many wonderful people to interact with and compare books with and have enjoyable and interesting discussions with--but I also have to be so, so careful about what I say, and how I say it, because I DO care, and I want to use my platform to make a difference without hurting anyone in the process.

What are your thoughts about celebrity and social media? Do you think our increasing dependence on social media for branding and marketing will change what is considered socially acceptable in the near or distant future? I'm opening the floor for discussion. (Please, do not give examples of any actual people who have made actual gaffes, as this is against the ToS of Goodreads and I am not trying to shame anyone with this post.)
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Published on December 26, 2015 00:06 • 213 views • Tags: political-correctness, rants, social-media, thoughts

December 25, 2015

This is my second milestone of the week, and as always, I owe it all to you guys for reading my work & spreading the word through reviews, posts on social media sites, or just a casual mention via word of mouth.

Thank you so much! Merry Xmas! <3

P.S. To celebrate, I'm doing this: https://twitter.com/NeniaCampbell/sta...
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Published on December 25, 2015 11:14 • 113 views • Tags: fearscape, giveaway, milestone, squee

December 23, 2015

I'm so excited when one of my books reaches another milestone, and today is no exception!

Today, LOCKED AND LOADED got its 500th rating.

L&L is book three of my IMA series, which is complete as of October of this year! If you're interested in starting it, here is the series order:

#1. CLOAK AND DAGGER --> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009...

#2. ARMED AND DANGEROUS --> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C...

#3. LOCKED AND LOADED --> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G...

#4. CEASE AND DESIST --> http://www.amazon.com/Cease-Desist-IM...

If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read the entire series, free!

As always, thank you so much for your support of me. I treasure every review, good and bad, because each one of them reminds me that I am being read. ♥
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Published on December 23, 2015 15:55 • 89 views • Tags: locked-and-loaded, milestone, squee

December 5, 2015

1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?”
A bit of both. I scheme. I play it by ear. I go wild. Watch out!

2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”?
I usually have a rough idea of what I *want* a character to be like, but then I develop them more later on. It's like building an electronic device. You have the necessary metal framework without which it can't function and then later on, you add the glossy chassis that gives it that unique and individualistic touch.

3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?
Sometimes. Like, I'll think what if X happened? But then I have to ask myself, Why would Character Y do X thing? What did Character Z do to make them want to do that? It becomes a domino effect of questions that need answering, at which point I usually end up having to step back and procrastinate meditate on their actions for a few months.

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?
I haven't read any. Probably harmful, though. Because if you have to learn how to tell a story, you're already pretty far behind in the process. That probably sounds incredibly bitchy, but hey, there's enough people out there saying that attaining your dreams is easy if you just try hard enough. Not a whole lot of people dishing out reality checks, on the other hand. Some people just can't tell a story. Trust me, I've talked with lots of them. Usually on crowded buses or at family reunions.

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?
I'm really busy and don't have a lot of time to write anymore. I try to write a couple pages at least some days out of every week, but as a prospective student with a full-time job who also runs a book blog AND does all of her own PR & whatnot, writing has sort of taken a back seat. I am still doing it though! Because I love it. And I feel guilty and unproductive if I don't.

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?
Back when I actually had time to kill, I could sit down and write for 6+ hours straight. There were a couple times where I'd write for more than ten- I swear, I wrote 100 pages in a sitting once. Now it's usually short bursts, whatever I have time for. I keep my laptop by my bed in case I have an idea in the middle of the night that I want to note.

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?
Ugh. Neither. I'm a middle-of-the-night type writer. I am the terror that types in the night.

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?
I need complete and utter silence. I'll edit with music sometimes, but when I'm writing it needs to be quiet.

9. Computer or longhand? (Or typewriter?)
Actually, either! I like writing things down by hand because I feel like it causes you to be more deliberate (erasing is not quite as easy). On the other hand, typing is great too because if you type fast enough (which I do) you can pretty much put down your ideas down as fast as you can think them.

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?
No. In fact it actually took me several months to figure out how to end Terrorscape. I'd written three endings to that story and ended up going with the one I thought fit best. I tend to do that a lot...

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?
See, this is a huge problem I have with the current business model of the writing industry. Something becomes popular, and everyone jumps on the train & the market becomes completely oversaturated until it reaches critical mass and the Next Big Thing happens. By the time something's popular, it's already on the wane, anyway, so being a trend-chaser is just going to exhaust and frustrate you. You do you. Write the story you've always wanted to read but that doesn't exist. Stop fixating on what everybody else is doing.

12. Editing – love it or hate it?
I actually like it. It's like the stitches that cinch my little story quilt squares together. I love that feeling of having the narrative grow tighter and more cohesive. It's a very good feeling.

Bonus questions

13. Why do you want to write?
Because I love to read.

14. Do you want to publish your work? Why?
My readers actually encouraged me to publish, and so did my friends and family. I didn't have the confidence to sell my work because I didn't think I was good enough. But I had a following from back when I posted my stories for free, and I had people who loved and supported me, so I was lucky because I knew from the outset that I would probably succeed (once I pulled my head out of the sand that is). I also kept all my old reviews from way back when, so I also knew what I needed to change in order to start selling my books professionally (I read through every single one of my reviews before doing just that, and there were thousands of them in aggregate. I am a firm believer of paying attention to reader feedback).

15. Do like to write alone or do you like to work with other? Why?
I like to write alone. I'm a very private person, and I like to keep my writing life as separate from my personal life as possible. It's not that I'm not proud of what I do, because I am. But there's more to me than just being a writer, and sometimes those other facets need to remain distinct.
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Published on December 05, 2015 00:23 • 111 views • Tags: about-me, author-post, fun-stuff, publishing, writing

November 24, 2015

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YOU GUYS ARE DA BEST!!!!
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Published on November 24, 2015 00:20 • 93 views