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November 3, 2014

It's Monday. What are you reading?

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Published on November 03, 2014 14:58 • 170 views

November 1, 2014

For the first time in 6 years, I had absolutely no intention of participating in NaNoWriMo; I didn’t even consider it a little. After 5 participations, with no wins, I ignored the posts, updates and emails, to give myself a break. I did absolutely NO prep work, yet, here I am on the first day of NaNoWriMo with well over three thousand words written. Call me a masochist, but there is something about this time of year that gets the creativity flowing.
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Published on November 01, 2014 16:40 • 67 views

October 20, 2014

It's Monday. What are you reading?

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Published on October 20, 2014 16:17 • 87 views

October 6, 2014

It's Monday! What are you reading?



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Published on October 06, 2014 16:49 • 55 views

August 18, 2014



Yup, never satisfied. It's Monday. What are you reading?
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Published on August 18, 2014 05:03 • 115 views • Tags: books, monday, reading

August 12, 2014

It's Teaser Tuesday.

The first 14 chapters of Lila's Choice are now available on wattpad.

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Published on August 12, 2014 18:10 • 26 views

April 1, 2014

It's the first Tuesday of the month which means it's Teaser Tuesday. Check out the first chapter of Lila's Choice , the first book in the Eye of the Vampire series, and don't forget to leave feedback.
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Published on April 01, 2014 04:42 • 115 views

March 5, 2014

Image courtesy of cooldesign/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net     Society has defined a set of standards and ideals which they deem "normal".  It's not documented anywhere, nor is it enforced by law, it is just implied.  Creative types, by definition, don't fall into these standards, thinking outside of the box and coming up with ideas that others may deem odd at first.  For many, myself included, this can cause an internal struggle as we try to understand who we are and how we fit into the world around us.  

     Growing up, I always knew that the way I thought or viewed things didn't always fall in line with the way everyone else around me did.  I tended to try to stuff my personality quirks back into the box for fear of embarrassing myself in front of others.  I tried desperately to fit into a mold that wasn't designed for me and for a long time, that left me feeling very lost and alone.

     The older I get and the more I experience in life, the more I learn to embrace my quirks.  They are what makes me who I am, what makes me tick.  And I'm finding the people that matter the most to me, accept me with my quirks and all; they even like me all the more for just being who I am.  Letting go of the fear of not being accepted for who I am has opened a new door for my creativity.  The more I embrace it, the more I find myself wanting to do.  A world of possibilities is now open to me and I refuse to ignore it any longer.

It's never too late to follow your dreams.     Some people are lucky enough to learn this lesson early in life.  Those are the people that you find changing the world and living their dreams.  But that doesn't mean the rest of us are lost causes, it just means that we have some lost time to make up for.  So the next time someone tells you that you are weird or odd, don't think of it as an insult, simply say "Thank you".  Because the truth of the matter is, there is no such thing as "normal".  We are all hiding something because we think someone will make fun of us or we feel self conscious about it.  The sooner we realize this and stop caring so much about other people's opinion, the sooner we are free to be happy.


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Published on March 05, 2014 10:37 • 45 views

February 19, 2014

Image courtesy of digital art / FreeDigitalPhotos.net     I absolutely love the articles I find on lifehacker.com.  They provide great, useful information for everyone.  The best part of these articles is that they offer advice, tips and tricks in layman's terms so they can be understood by anyone from a novice to a professional.  One such article by James Altucher focuses on how he makes his living writing and how anyone can do the same.  
     I'm not going to just regurgitate the article for you here, so click on the link above to check it out for yourself.  The advice is actually rather simple and Altucher not only tells you what you can do, but offers examples of how he does them.  In a nutshell, here is how you can make a living writing:
You Are a WriterRead a Ton of Stuff Get Rid of PrejudiceSelf-Publishing is not E-BooksBookstores are EvilPlatform is ShitBlogWrite EverydayRewrite EverydayCan I Make Money Writing Articles?Write A Lot of Books     Some of these things are a bit obvious and you will hear them time and time again.  Others may seem a bit contradictory, but that goes to point number 3.  Many of us have preconceived ideas of what it means to be a writer, but the industry has changed and is still changing, so we need to learn to change with it.
     The key to making a living as a writer seems to be volume.  The more you write, the more chance you have of making money and selling your work.  That seems like common sense right?  But many of us have been seduced by the success of authors like EL James and Stephanie Meyers who made it big off the success of a first book or series.  Not everyone will have that same success and so we need to write, write, write… 
     We also need to keep in mind that not everything we write will be written with the intention of publishing and selling.  Like any other art form, the way to improve your writing is to practice.  The more you write, the better you will get.  On days where you don't seem to be inspired, write anything that comes to mind.  In Altucher's example, he wrote 1500 words about bowel movements.  No, it was not for a medical journal or other such publication, it was simply because that is what came to mind and so that is what he wrote about.  
     Most of us think that if what we are writing is not awe inspiring, then it isn't worth writing, but in truth, writing anything is better than not writing anything.  And the more you write, the better your chances of earning money doing what you love.
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Published on February 19, 2014 06:18 • 36 views

February 12, 2014

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles \ FreeDigitalPhotos.net     I recently engaged in a conversation with other authors and the topic of self promotion came up.  Several jokes were made about the various methods of self promotion that can be used to garner the most attention.  This then led to a thought provoking discussion on the quality of the attention we attract versus the quantity.

     Sure, we all want more fans.  The more fans we attract, the greater the potential for our work to be seen.  But the kind of self promotion you do can sometimes attract the wrong attention.  We all know that sex sells; the concept is thrust in our faces on a daily basis, from commercials to magazine ads to billboards.  The more scantily clad the model (male or female), the more attention the ad gets.  But how many times do we remember the half naked model more than the product they are advertising.  Sure, it will attract oglers, but does it bring in more clients?  

     Social media is a powerful marketing tool that can be used by anyone from seasoned professionals to novices.  When using social media, you need to decide what is more important to you, the number of fans or followers that you are able to amass, or the quality of those fans/followers.  This is something that I thought quite a bit about when I first started promoting my writing.  I would look at other pages and see that they were able to gain a large following relatively quickly and I would wonder what I was doing wrong.  Personally, I'm not all that great at self promotion because I hate feeling like I am bothering other people by constantly thrusting my work in their faces.  I'm a big believer in having my work speak for itself.  The trick is to find the right balance between the two.

     If all you care about is how many people are following you or subscribing to your page, etc… then you will use any means necessary to gain those followers, even employing tactics that appeal to the wrong audience.  There are even services out there that offer to direct traffic to your page, guaranteeing a boost in followers.  But how do you know that those new followers will actual be true fans?  Just because they follow you does not mean that they will take the time to read your work or learn more about you.  Is that really a good gauge of how well your work is being received?  Does it indicate to future potential fans that your work is something they would enjoy, just because you have a large number of followers?  What if those fans don't engage or offer any honest feedback?

     On the other hand, having less fans/followers may feel like an indication that your work is not getting attention and can be hard on anyone's ego.  But if they are true fans, they will follow you because they are interested in your work and will engage and comment on your activity.  This kind of engagement will lead them to tell others and slowly, but surely, you will gain true, productive fans.  Taking the time to focus on ensuring that you offer these fans quality work, is far more important than boosting your numbers.  Having happy, involved fans can help you grow as both an author and a brand.

     So the choice is yours.  Do you care more about the number of fans/followers you can get?  Or are you looking for your work to do the talking and attract meaningful fans that can offer productive exposure?
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Published on February 12, 2014 20:22 • 5 views

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