Monday, September 28, 2015

MY So-Called Life...

I happened upon a show last night called, "My So-Called Life", with Claire Danes and Jared Leto. Remember that?
I watched two episodes, and flashbacks ran wilder than a drunk nudist on a beach. Here's the thing, my memory of that show is a memory of what used to be my HS BFF. Used to be because when she saw me chatting with her crush she went all bonkers but wouldn't tell me why. (I ended up finding out why years later. Ain't that petty?) She had it out for me after that, to the point where she put secret admire love notes in my locker as a joke (our mutual friend disclosed the source), and told some goth girl I wanted to fight her. (No fight ever happened, however, the goth girl did approach me but I cleared that crap up quick.)

We never talked again, and oddly enough weren't in a class together until our senior year. We sat on opposite sides of the room, and didn't dare look at one another. She also changed big time by imitating Rayanne, the best friend to Angela (Claire Danes), from the personality to the clothes. It got to the point she had just a handful of friends left...and by that I mean one hand. Not two. As for me, I was focused on soccer and boyfriends. Basically, I was too busy living this thing called my so-called life.

Since I've "aged" like fine wine and smelly cheese, I really don't take kindly to petty crap, nor do I have time for it. And just like in HS, if someone wants to be petty over something and go all drastic drama stupid, then so be it. Do what you gotta do; because at the end of MY day--I know who I am and I've been me from the start. I won't pretend to be somebody I'm not because hell, I'm somebody right now, baby. Somebody to my family, truest friends, and God. Whoa..who brought out the soap box? Put that thing away; you know what it does to me!

A close friend said, "You are the keeper of your feelings and emotions. No one can ever take that away from you because no one can make you feel or do anything...only you have that power."
BOOM! Isn't she awesome?!?!

I've friends, writer and non, who've told me some pretty crappy stories that have happened to them by their supposed friends. I can include some in there, too. And it's sad. Best thing is to apply this wonderful miracle cream called Take The High Road. Ever heard of it? It does wonders for your stress lines, blood pressure, and prevents ulcers. And once you've applied said cream, we can all get back to our so-called lives.

1. Did you ever lose a friend over something stupid in HS?
2. Has that helped you to grow & change?
3. Don't you wish some people would put their adult undies on? If so, what color would they be?

Monday, September 21, 2015

I'm Looking For Awesome Tips!

Friday night, I had one hand in the Red Vines gallon container, the other throwing back a Mountain Dew Slurpee, and my third hand (yes you heard right) busy typing up the last of my book.

And now I am done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Victory exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last time I finished a YA book (this one is adult), I didn't take time off, I jumped right in it. Well, I also had more energy then to do so. This time, I've already taken a few days off and told the hubs I think I need a wrication : writer vacation.

While I'm on wrication, enjoying hours of shameless TV, hoardes of books, and loads of cooking/baking, and family time, I'd love a little input from all of you!!

(hint: don't read other comments thinking you can't say it, too. Just say it, too! With a tu-tu. Say it too with tu-tu. ok?)

1. What do YOU do when you're done writing a MS?

2. Have any tips for me when I start revising?

3. If you were to choreograph a revisions dance, what would you call it? And can I dance it with you?

Monday, September 14, 2015

4 Realizations of a Writer

 This week I begin to write what ultimately may be the LAST chapter.

That's some scary #$%!
It feels like chasing someone and as they're getting further away I yell, "But wait! I have SO much more to say! Please don't go! Please don't leave me!!!!"
Then they call the cops and I'm in jail writing a post for everyone to send bail money. Not my best moment, but I really don't want it to end!
I want to keep saying more and more, but that's not how books work. Unless you're Janet Evanovich and in total denial that Ranger or Joe will settle down with Stephanie (people, we're on book's safe to say she'll be single forever).
As I near the end of my MS, I've realized a few things about being a writer that I wanted to share.

I was such an annoying hemorrhoid when I dug back into writing (pun intended). But, now I see I only thought I was annoying because someone made me FEEL like I was annoying. Look, I didn't know how to do everything. I was vulnerable, unsure, and anxious. I was a newbie at this stuff! Gimme a break! No one learns unless someone teaches them, and we ALL could be taught something new. If someone comes to you and you're like holy hell shut up, remember what it felt like when you first started.

Ever profess something writerly to a non-writerly person and you feel like either their engaged to be nice, or engaged because mentally they're totally somewhere else? You're not alone! And to continue not feeling alone, stay buds with your writing buds. If you don't foster some of those little relationships, in some form or another, slowly your support isn't as strong and you start to feel totally out of the loop. Build stronger support bras! I mean...bonds...James Bond. Sorry. I got off track. But you understand because you're a writer, right?

Again, this goes back to my newbie days where you don't feel stupid for asking till someone makes you feel stupid for asking. But you're not stupid for asking! So stop feeling that way! I'm still messaging my writer buds for information and how-to's. So what? They're my personal Google minus crazy images and pop-up ads. Plus, I get emojis. :D I'm not a scholar, and neither are any of us, really, but ya'll are a trust fund baby of knowledge wealth..and I just turned 18 (like many, many years ago), so anty up!

I've seen it before where a writer "changes their colors" because of various reasons. Some it's the book deals, the writer click they're now in, or the continuous rejections. In my book, I hand force (because you know, I'm the writer here) my MC to say "who was I before this all happened"? So I must ask, before being a writer, who were you? See if you've let things go to your head either because of your writing success (snob) or writing failures (pessimist). And since you write you're OWN story in life, make sure you're not doing anything in there for the wrong reason to others, and especially to yourself.

When you close down your computer or laptop, and put
down your cellphones, remember there's still you to take care of.
And me...because I'm in jail, remember?
In a nutshell:
Ask stupid questions about your own roots from understanding writers since they're students, too.
Totally makes sense...


Monday, September 7, 2015

The Calendar Men of STATIC

When I beta read S.K. Anthony's sequel, Static, I had no idea how well she'd pull off a male POV. But she "nailed it"! (all puns intended) I even remarked how bits of her own personality showed in Kevin's, the MC.
Can we say playa? A hottie playa? I think so!

Let's see what S.K. Anthony had to say about her upcoming release:

1. Date night: Kevin or Derek?
Umm, lemme think abou--KEVIN, hands down! Derek is just that buddy-type-dude who is too serious & too much of a rule-follower for my taste. I need a little naughtiness. Ya know? Besides, I'm not into blonde dudes. Before Kevin, it was Nick for sure. It might still be, actually, since he's closer to my age and all. I'm not sure I'm ready to add "cougar" to my title. But if I must...
At the same time, there's nothing steamier than a man who knows his way around the conference he is "working late" to "protect" his Luminaries. *coughs*

2. Girl you'd fight because you think you'll win? Pick a character.
Gabby because I'd have the right motivation (like Kevin), she doesn't have super strength like Annie, or Ryan's extensive training in the kick-butt department. Yep, definitely Gabby.
Plus, I'm adding in her beotch mom.

3. If we were out on the town, what would our abilities be & how would we use them to our advantage?
Hmmm, well we're already "The D Sisters" and can most-def use them uh--girls to our no hypnosis needed. I do like teleportation, so one of us can have it. And the other can have invisibility. We'd have fun helping other girls out: you'd use your invisibility to see which douchebags are trying to fool some of our girl-buddies, and I'd teleport them into the industrial garbage containers throughout the city.The D Sisters, cleaning the jerk at a time. Whatcha think?
Umm, lemme think abou--I'M SO THERE!!

Kevin Pierce is a teleporter, a ladies’ man, and a loyal friend . . . or so he thought. As a genetically altered Luminary, he helps the government bring down some of the most dangerous criminals. Not very challenging if you have his special abilities. But when a group of rebel Luminaries attacks his Organization the fight for survival begins. One shattering event after another tests the depth of his relationships, his sanity, and his powers. Emotionally torn, Kevin must choose carefully where his loyalty lies. In the middle of all the unexpected chaos he gets the biggest shock of his life when he’s faced by a betrayal he never saw coming. Angry, injured, and ready to even the score, Kevin goes Static . . .
Add it to your Goodreads *here*
About the Author: S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!
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READER QUESTION: if you had an "ability" what would it be & how would you use it?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oh, the Writerly Life

My current adult MS is all about something most of us are going through: being a writer. It's not as easy as it is typing that simple phrase because in all spectrums of it, being a writer isn't easy at all.

TIME: that's a four letter bad word. BAD I tell ya! For one, it's lacking. For two, it's everything you need. Three? It's everything your lacking that is everything you need!!

PRESSURE: seeing and hearing and reading about everyone's success in word count, agent getting, publishing, sales, etc can very daunting when you yourself are not "in the groove", too. There'll be times it can be uplifting but more than often you just wanna poor cold water on them and do a girlie smack "shut up!" (just saying what you're all thinking...)

DISCOURAGEMENT: similar to the moment you receive feedback and you get that one peep that's just gotta rock your world upside. THAT person makes you doubt...everything! That's when "taking a break" starts. And you play it off as "to let my WIP/MS sit for awhile". Don't you lie!

SELF-ESTEEM: it's your own undoing in every since of the word. It's you letting others create the bar of standard and you thinking you must exceed or be right there to be "noticed" or "just as good". The wrong direction will even make you think that if you stopped no one would even notice. How wrong you are.

 At any point of joining the WRITER JOURNEY, a person must ask themselves how far they're willing to take it.
  • How much TIME can I truly commit that would benefit my family, work, friends, health, etc?
  • How much PRESSURE am I going to put on myself by word count, chapter count, returning blog comments that works for me and me only?
  • Who can I enlist to UPLIFT and encourage me in a way that works for me in the style and way I need it that I can understand? (They exist!!)
  • How much crap am I willing to deal with or for some reason personalize before I take a break and remind myself that all I'm here to do is write?
My main character, Cindy Sikes, is awesome. She's definitely going through these issues like a champ. Mostly because I'm kinda helping her through it. I've had to step back from blogging to just relax for a bit. I type about 1-2 chapters a week and feel amazing taking my time and doing it in my way. But what about you? Are you finding yourself not focusing enough on your original goals? Have you had to step back more than you thought? Or maybe you need to do that now?