Wednesday, July 4, 2018

#IWSG What Are Your Writing Goals?

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. A place where we brave through sharing what we're insecure about and support one another. JOIN HERE!

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki ElsonJuneta KeyTamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

I wasn't aware we were posting on Tuesday this month. My bad. Happy 4th of July, everyone!

The first book of my Brittany Wolfe series released yesterday! This segues nicely into my writing goals. I've heard from multiple fabulous writers who I support, "To build an audience you need an anchor series." I tried with my Rebecca Ashley series, and I got stuck during the build. 

Now that I've jumped to another rail and begun building with my new niche of pop-culture noir mystery I've got my momentum back. In part due to the bootcamp of grad school, and partly due to my amazing publisher who clearly saw my vision, understood my voice, and pulled it from the void into reality.

Now I'm only worried of keeping up the pace through the emotional rollercoaster ride that is my writing process. 

Creating an "anchor series" is my main writing goal. What's yours? 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

#IWSG Character Names vs Story Titles

Hey guys! Happy IWSG Wednesday. Science Fiction writer, Alex J. Cavanaugh created this amazing support group for writers like myself to help and receive help. Because, art isn't created in a vacuum.

Join us HERE!

Our co-hosts this month are the 
awesome  Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

The Question this month is -
What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

My answer is CHARACTER NAMES. Hands down. I've renamed MCs more than a few times because they hated the name I gave them, or couldn't live up to their given name in the fantasy world I puppet master. 

My new release, Lounge Act - Stolen from Nirvana

Book titles used to be hardest until a musician friend I worked at two bookstores with cued me in on an awesome secret. Steal like an artist. So many music albums stole from famous book titles. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Call of Cthulhu, Battle of Evermore, Nirvana's Scentless Apprentice, all great sounds given stolen titles. Why not do the same? 
à la Charles Peterson

Character names are more difficult for me. I tend to stick with the same names even though I try not to. There's always a James. There's always a Stephanie. There's always a Phillis, even though I consciously try not to do this!

What about you? Which is harder? A working title, or character names?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

#IWSG Spring Fever? Me, too.

It's the first Wednesday of the month! Time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Join  us HERE!

Don't forget to follow this month's amazing co-hosts! 

These timeless talents are E.M.A. Timar, J. Q. Rose, C.Lee McKenzie, and Raimey Gallant!

It's spring! Does this season encourage you to write more than others, or not?

I have a novel coming out and am scrambling to support it. The combination of this with my other jobs has made this last season's progress laughable. My colleagues and I are like the unstoppable force versus the immovable object paradox. I am struggling to stay positive about this season. Ha. But isn't it like this every season? Does a writer have a "good" season? 

How is your spring going?  

Once again, thank you to our amazing co-hosts and Alex J. Cavanaugh for his tireless efforts to help others through his fantastic brain child.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG - Writing as a compulsion. Blessing or curse?

It's the first Wednesday again. Need help and support in this noisy world trying to make it as a writer? Join Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group by clicking HERE

I started writing the moment I knew what writing was. When I was seven years old I wrote my first play. My cousin and I performed it for our large family during holiday. It was a one act skit about finding a baby on the beach and looking for its family. The performance climaxed with my announcing the baby was dead and dropping my baby doll to the floor. While our family was shocked, one drunk uncle clapped as my cousin and I bowed. My parents were convinced I was either brilliant, or deeply disturbed and in need of therapy.

Since then I've spent my time working in bookstores, or attending my idol's author signings asking for advice as a way of feeling less weird and isolated in my compulsive writing.

Ian Ranking - "Don't do too much research."

Bugging my heroes without the risk of getting slapped with a restraining order or arrested gave me (and has given me) the confidence to keep going.

Writing is about failure and the ability to take bad news on the chin. What do you do to dig down deep when it all seems pointless? 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG Celebrating a completed project! Wait... We can do that?

It's the first Wednesday of the month. Time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop. The brain child of author, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Click HERE to join.

Today's prompt asks us, "How do we as writers celebrate project completion?"

 Asking me how I celebrate brings me to a whole new level of insecurity. I never celebrate.

I never feel like I get enough done. I'm always worried if I don't keep a certain amount of pressure on myself the writing will stop and my art will die. 

Chuck Palahniuk puts it succinctly, "Adrienne - Writing means not stopping." I take those words to heart. There's a certain level of discomfort I've learned to embrace as a writer and an artist. 

This is, Alex.

I was just on Alex Dolan's Thrill Seekers Radio Show discussing our podcast with my co-host author, Keri Schroeder. You can check it out HERE. During our discussion on my mystery novel on Holy City, Chosen and my up and coming thriller, Lounge Act I felt a wave of panic whoosh through me. I'm sitting on two more manuscripts and a short story anthology. They need polishing, a second read through, and their queries need to be drafted. I never get enough done and never will. I'm such a loser. I'm lazy. It's pathetic really.

I say those things to myself. All. The. Time. Then I'll write and edit something for a few more hours and be able to go to bed without feeling too stressed and guilty for not getting enough done. 

What do you do to celebrate, or are you neurotic like me?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I'm back! Where I was, and why I missed my last two posts. - IWSG

I missed the last few posts of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. 
I'm bummed because it's one of the best online writing groups out there. Check it out HERE!

I totaled my car Christmas Eve, then got the awesome shiner you see me sporting above. More craziness ensued. I won't go into detail at the risk of boring or terrifying you.

I was having difficulty getting my new novel, Lounge Act to my publisher.  Every free minute I've had the last two months was spent focussed on this book. Having a manuscript stagnate when it's almost done is rage inducing.

Then, some potential work dried up. I traveled for nothing, and no one told me Rambo would be my new neighbor. -see below-

My manuscript is finally turned in, and I have some new contract work. I'm jumping back in guys. Hope everyone is having a productive 2018!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

IWSG - Wrapping Up 2017...Already?

I can't believe this is the last post of 2017! Where did the year go? Wasn't it just summer? 

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-What I did the year of our lord, 2017-

Visited the Faulkner House in New Orleans.

Completed 3 manuscripts. Yes. Really.

Online. Shopping. Only.

Actually wrote for writers.

Started a podcast with Keri Schroeder of Coyote Bones Press in Berkeley called, Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun. We're on episode 10.

Things that got pushed aside: 1. Get a real full time job instead juggling mucho contract work. The flexibility is nice, until it isn't. 2. Act like an adult on the weekends. 3. Balance yoga with running so I won't have the knees of an eighty-year-old. 4. Balance 5. Eat less carbs -ha- 6. Eat less sugar -ha ha ha!- 7. Only eat at Super Duper Burger once a week. Yup. Nope. 

This list goes on and on and on...

My plans for 2018 is to move forward on projects with my publishing friend, Andrea at Cotton Wolf Press and actually achieve some New Years fitness goals. 

What didn't you complete this year? What does your 2018 look like? Hope everyone has an awesome holiday!