Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG--The Passionate Disturbance of a Writer's Mind

I don't really have any insecurities to discuss today. Instead, I'd like to share some of the common ailments writers often face.

Sure, we often suffer from eye fatigue from staring at our computer screens, lower back pain or neck pain from slumping in chairs, weight gain, etc. However, what I want to talk about today is the crying over characters syndrome.

Seriously, it's great when my friends support me and talk about how dedicated I am to chasing my dream in spite of the every day things that fill up my time. They think they understand, but I know (and many of you know) they have no clue.

Case in point--one Friday morning I woke up as normal as ever. My brain was functioning along the proper lines:
  • wake kids
  • shower
  • eat
  • get kids off to school
  • head for work
The drive to work is where the author brain decided to highjack me. A certain song came on the radio. It's an old favorite that has come to represent a very important scene in Talia's story. If you think of each novel as having a story arc, then spread that same format across a series, then book 3 is the dark moment in my 4 book series. This particular song is the darkest of dark moments toward the end of the book.

I'm singing along, envisioning these two characters (that I love more than I could ever explain to people who don't have imaginary friends) in this scene. The words of the song are their dialogue back and forth. Before I knew what hit me, I was sobbing so hard I thought I was going to have to pull over and take a break before continuing to work. 

How do you walk into your job with red rimmed eyes and explain that everything is fine, but your characters are having a really bad day?


What's the most disturbing aspect of your writing mind?


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

September 6 Question: Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?

YES! I'm surprised anything I write ever makes sense. Recently, I tried a new genre and really enjoyed it. What's more--my husband actually enjoys it too. He never said so many complimentary things about my science fiction (it's just not his thing), but even though he makes fun of my Hallmark movie watching, he has said tons of lovely things about my romance story. Weird!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Aug IWSG and Birthday Gifts for YOU!

It's my birthday month!

There are still plenty of insecurities, but I'm feeling hopeful at the moment. Last Saturday I completely ignored my family and finished a project that has a deadline. My alter ego--River Ford--will be included in a Christmas anthology coming this November.


I still have revisions ahead of me before sending it to the editor, but finishing the draft always feels so good!

Because I'm happy to fit in a little writing among the otherwise crazy busy aspects of my life, I'm giving away 300 free e-books. 100 each of three of my titles. The hope is to introduce myself to more readers, hopefully grab a few more reviews on Amazon, and of course celebrate this month.

Please feel free to grab a copy and share the links with all your friends. Each book will be available until August 14th or until 100 copies have been given away--whichever comes first.

Here's what you can get:
Stellar Cloud--my collection of short (and unrelated) stories. Click HERE


Fade Into Me--my modern day fairy tale with a scifi twist. Click HERE

My newest clean romance story under my pen name River Ford. Click HERE

I'll start visiting blogs tonight after work. Can't wait to see what everyone is up to these days.



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

IWSG June 2017--Legends


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

My life consists of work, driving in the car, and meetings these days. This morning I was listening to my favorite morning show (Bobby Bones) and they debuted Kelsea Ballerini’s new song Legends. I loved how nervous she was to have everyone hear it, and how Bobby talked about her after she left. He said he enjoys seeing these people who do big things every day still get nervous and excited because it means something to them.

The song itself made me a little nostalgic as well. Kelsea said it had multiple levels of meaning. She gave a few examples, but when I listened I thought of a completely different one. It probably came about because I was dropping my son off at his summer program and then driving to work. This is still a new phase of my life and I found I really missed the good old days when I was a stay at home mom full time. I was always there for my kids, my friends, neighbors, whatever.

The song also made me think of six to seven years ago when the blogging world was different for me. It was at least half of my universe. It was my place of education for all things writing and publishing. I made friends that I genuinely loved and looked forward to seeing what was going on in their lives.

I felt like we were legends and like the song says, “We didn’t do it for the fame and fortune.” That time in my life I did what I wanted because that’s what I enjoyed.

Have a listen!




IWSG June Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Heavens! I've quit a hundred times...at least. I keep coming back because I have to write. I'm not a nice person when I don't get my creative writing time. It's a part of me and always will be. There are times when I have to "quit" whether I want to or not, but I'll always come back.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Twice the Fun, Twice the Websites

Well, the original plan was to release my new novel in November. However, I made the mistake of working on it one night when I was really tired and instead of leaving the finished project sitting in Createspace as a draft, I accepted the proof. It's been a while and I'd forgotten that publishes the book. Everything was done and ready, so I decided to roll with it.

Introducing my new alter ego.

River Ford

Hallmark Movie, Clean Romance


Blurb:
Kerri Manning returns home with only one semester of college left. She's in pain and trying to figure out what to do with a diagnosis that will change her future. It's hard to dream of happiness, but the new guy in town manages to make her laugh. Can she take a chance he'll stick around?

Eric Hunt is an up and coming sculptor who has grown tired of his fake friends in New York City. He finds himself in the small town of Eureka Springs looking for the passion he used to have for his art. Could Kerri be the inspiration he needs?

Available now on Amazon

Read the first three chapters by signing up for the River Ford Newsletter.

Enter to win a signed copy on Goodreads.

New Website--riverfordromances.com

Facebook Page

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May IWSG--Treading Water


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Treading Water

It feels like forever since I've blogged, and for the first time in years I didn't participate in the April A to Z Challenge. It makes me sad, but I can't change things.

I've been working full time and trying to fit being a mom, wife, choir director, cub scout leader, and friend into the remaining hours. Every once in a while I get some good writing in. It's enough that I haven't "broken" yet, but not nearly enough to finish all the things that I wanted to do this year.

I'm insecure that I'll lose that fire. At the beginning of the year I was really excited about a few of my projects. They paraded and danced through my mind all day and most nights. It made sitting to write easy. Now I'm just drained and tired. I'll open a document and feel let down.

I don't like that feeling.

Theoretically, I know life will move back to my control at some point. Sadly, it seems a long way off.  In spite of the challenges, I have managed to pay for an editor for CHOCOLATE KISSES, formatted it for print (still need to do the ebook and get auditions for audible), purchased covers for all three Eureka Springs stories, and created my website and Facebook page for my pen name.

Oh, and I walked a half marathon last weekend with my hubby and oldest son. Well, they ran, but I walked and had a great time. I even made a new friend that I walked and chatted with for at least 7 miles.

So, I guess I've done a lot, but it feels like I'm treading water. Flailing around and not getting anywhere. *sigh*

Here are my goals for the summer:

1. Finish Empire Rebooted (see sidebar for stats)
2. Finish draft of Landscape Love (2nd Eureka Springs novella)
3. Work on Demon Rising (book 3 in The Magic Wakes series, see sidebar for stats)
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