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?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Nick Wilford Stops By...

Oh, the life of an author...
I'm stepping back into the blogging world this morning to wish Nick Wilford GOOD LUCK on his writing journey for his new book A Change of Mind And Other Stories out today at .99 for the first day! Congrats Nick and away we go with a fun little ditty of an interview!!

1. If you were Reuben in your short story A Change of Mind, what about your personality would you have altered?

If I was in his shoes, I think what I'd like to change would be pretty similar! Just being able to  stand up for myself. But there's a big part of myself in there, definitely. I'd like to be more outgoing, and less trepidatious about things like...erm, book releases and being interviewed!

2. You said there's flash fiction in the collection. Do you mean flashing people kind? Should I be forewarned of certain images to come?

Well the flash piece is entitled "Hole In One". You can interpret that in a certain way if you wish! But there's some sex in A Change of Mind. Hopefully it's tastefully done, because it's definitely not the easiest thing for me to write.

3. If you were to create a short story blurb about me, what would it be?

Tammy is a bike babe on a mission to tear through the blogosphere with witty comments aplenty. She loves to pick the brains of her fellow scribes with soul-searing interviews, but at night, she cruises back to her writing cave to work on her multiple WIPs. Which will win the white knuckle race to be the first book in the world to bear the name Tammy Theriault and satisfy the salivations of her adoring fans?
Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Release date: 25th May 2015
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behavior under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer's Muse magazine. In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it's just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can't pass up the chance to turn his life around. But this isn't your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic's. And he promises to alter his patients' personality so they can be anything they want to be... In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend's infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone. The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world. In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour's sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn't work for him. Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition. The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as tow family member try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.
Meet the author:
Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer's Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology of Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads.
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And now...I'm going to hide again to focus on my writing! CHEERS TO NICK!!
Can everyone give him a WOOT WOOT!!!
QUESTION FOR YOU: What about your own personality do you wish you could change?
(other than being amazing!!!)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z: Zen Writing

 My A to Z Challenge theme:
How to turn a Biker into a Wannabe Writer
Ok, biker babes, when pretending to be a writer, you must understand zen writing. It's the beautiful and sometimes rare moment of when everything clicks. Yin embraces Yang. Worlds otherwise in battle, collide in a hug. Finally you get it. And "it" can mean a number of things from plots, characters, to what to call that pesky dog. Ahhh...zen.

 Ready to  practice?? Repeat after me with some simple "biker related" zen moments:
1. I finally found my bedazzled gloves on ebay last week. Now it all just fits, sparkles, and shines.
2. When the sun went down, I couldn't believe how the colors faded so beautifully. And even though I couldn't find my bike in the dark, it was still wicked awesome.
3. After we were distracted with the nudist beach going by, our line formation was so in sync.
now Bobby, when you do as I say and line them up, then that's MY zen.
do that and you won't be fired.
COMMENTER CHALLENGE: Give me a zen moment line of your choice. Biker zen moment lines win big smiles. Non-biker zen moment lines earn semi-grins. No zen lines earn sad panda looks.

WE SURVIVED!! I hope I was able to transform any biker to a wanna-be writer, or in the very least made this entertaining and a good laugh at ourselves. Thanks to everyone that stopped by!!

During the A TO Z, I committed time to the gym, lots and lots of reading, and all of you (of course!!). I have 3 books I am working on, 2 of which are collabs, so I have a ton of catching up to do!

And now, here's me on my new 883 Harley Sportster with no baffles. That means nothing holds back the exhaust piercing your ears with a loud deep grumble you can hear down the street. (I've invested in ear plugs) Yep! That's right. This chick is a biker writer. I take this bad boy to work, and for pleasure on the weekends when the sun says "why hello there..."

SEE YA IN THE SUMMERTIME!!! Or sooner if I can stay off pinterest...


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y: Yielding to the Pros

 My A to Z Challenge theme:
How to turn a Biker into a Wannabe Writer
Ok, biker babes, when pretending to be a writer, you must be able to yield to the pros. As much as you want to do things on your own and in your own way, you'll find that there are habits or tips they do/say that actually benefit you. The hardest part...admitting that out loud, because still, your way is pro. Kinda.

 Ready to  practice?? Repeat after me with some simple "biker related" yields to pros:
1. I hate full face helmets. But when that two by four flew off that truck bed and wacked me, I realized my friend was right. I needed a better face coverage.
2. I'm not going to wear brighter colors at night. People can see me. I just have to smile wider.
3. I guess you're right. Wearing a patch that says, "if you can't read this, get closer" was a bad idea.
I'm gonna bite the bullet on this one and say its flame retardant.
Although a few people have said otherwise...
Ok, I'll take it off :(
COMMENTER CHALLENGE: Give me a yield to the pros line of your choice. Biker yield to the pros lines win big smiles. Non-biker yield to the pros lines earn semi-grins. No yield to the pro lines earn sad panda looks.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X: XXX Hints

 My A to Z Challenge theme:
How to turn a Biker into a Wannabe Writer
X: XXX Hints
Ok, biker babes, when pretending to be a writer, you must be able to have a touch of XXX to your writing. Be it a crude joke, a sensual kissing scene, or a full on naked on naked bedroom scene. A little spice is always nice...

 Ready to  practice?? Repeat after me with some simple "biker related" XXX hinted lines:
1. The vibrations of the motorcycle were crazy intense! I mean... it was a fun ride. I'm just gonna take a cold shower.
2. I thought tonight I'd wear my leather jacket while cooking. And only my leather jacket.
3. I'm sure riding the bike bareback is similar to riding a horse bareback...oh, it's not? You mean you don't ride horses naked? Oops, my bad (says while biting finger).
when I say I exhume the sex factor, I freakin' mean it!
Just look at this chest hair baby! you know you want to fondle it!
COMMENTER CHALLENGE: Give me a XXX hinted line of your choice. Biker XXX hinted lines win big smiles. Non-biker XXX hinted lines earn semi-grins. No XXX hinted lines earn sad panda looks.