Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Kish Knight just posted her author interview with me to her site. When you get a moment go check it out! Kish Knight Interviews Mystery Author Adrienne Reiter

Unfortunately I don't know if I'm going to make it out tonight. I have a bit of a cold. Okay, understatement. My sinuses are throbbing and my body feels like it's made of cement. Sucks. Although, I've been known to drag myself to a party feeling worse. ;)

The pictures below are from 'I Married A Witch', a nineteen-forties movie I would watch with my grandmother around this time of year. When I was a little girl and to this day, the film seems magic. At the moment I want to curl up with some soup and order it On Demand. Ha!
Veronica Lake in I Married A Witch!

Veronica Lake in all her witchiness!

Happy Halloween!





Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Count Down To Halloween!

I hangout with some of the best people. This weekend for my friend Justin's birthday we all dressed up as super heroes and walked from the Marina down to Fisherman's Wharf to take the ferry from the Marketplace on Embarcadero to Tiburon. We almost didn't make the ferry because groups of people kept stopping us to take pictures with them.

My life's been so hectic I hadn't seen my friends in awhile. It was cool to be able to hand them an actual physical copy of 'Twist'. I met a few new awesome people. With our coffee cups disguising everyones favorite social lubricants we marched in our impromptu super hero parade. Everyone had a good time. 

Fisherman's Wharf trying to make the ferry.

A blond Wonder Woman and and even blonder Super Girl at Sam's in Tiburon.
What are you going to be for Halloween?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's exciting to some is scary to others. Why some writers can't let go.

I just finished reading my friend Glendon Perkins' post 'Subconscious Writing'. I recommend checking it out. Glendon Perkins' Site 

It was about writing from the subconscious and his hypothesis that subconsciously we have a tale to tell. He's not alone. Many other writers feel the same way, myself included. But some just think the idea  absurd. 

I've asked them, "How many times has a reader come back with a totally different interpretation  of what you meant to say but the scene and emotion it evoked was exactly what you wanted, only that much more powerful?" 

The answer from the naysayers is always the same:

"It doesn't matter because it was an accident." Literary slop. Kind of like shooting for the four in the corner pocket but banking the two instead and pretending you did it on purpose because now you have a clear go at the eight ball. Pool is just as horrible of a writing analogy as it is to claim we control all variables as we write. 

But what if you meant to write it and you just weren't conscious of it at the time? Writers have so much running through our heads while we're crafting a story how on Earth can we expect to control it all and be conscious of every detail? I think the idea of not being in complete control and our subconscious having the ability to tattle on us scares some writers.

I hadn't thought about the subject since it was addressed in my last writer's workshop. Again, check out Glendon's post link above as he relates writing from the subconscious to his most recent short story. It's thought provoking.

What are your thoughts on writing the subconscious? 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Author Stereotypes - New Video

I just posted a new YouTube video. To watch click on the link Author Stereotypes

I can't believe we're almost at the end of October! October dictates fall leaves and increasingly cold weather. It also means Halloween! People drink, dress slutty, act like lunatics and no one can judge. My favorite holiday!

I've decided to write a short story during my day after hangover about the nights events. What are you going to be for Halloween? Post in the comments below. I'm considering making Peaches be a dragon. Hotdogs on dachsies are over done. My costume designer family member has said she'd brainstorm with me so we'll see. I still don't know what to be for Halloween.

What are your Halloween plans? What's your costume? Please share in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Another Week, Another Book (plus a link to my interview)

It wasn't until I was asked the question, "How many books do you read a month?" that I really thought about it. I have ADD with everything so I read multiple books at a time of different genres. I pick up a book to read depending on what mood I'm in. 

In my interview with writer and radiographer Glen Perkins I said that lately I have on rotation a few mysteries, a Chuck Palahniuk novel, a book on the craft of writing and an e-book downloaded to my computer by an unknown like me. I read four to five novels a month. I never thought about it like that. The amount of reading, as well as writing, that I get done depends on my draft deadlines. After the interview questions I felt compelled to update my Goodreads profile, which I've never done. Ha!

Here's the link to see the entire interview Author Interview with Glen Perkins.

How many books do you read a month?




Sunday, October 20, 2013

Writing and Marketing

The opera yesterday was salvaged better than I expected. The only thing I really didn't like during the dress rehearsal was the Flying Dutchman's costume. When I think of the Flying Dutchman I envision a wealthy pirate, not Rasputin. This is in no way a knock against opera singer, Greer Grimsley, who was fantastic in the role.
He needs a hat. Something!
I'm working on the final climax of Chosen, the sequel to Twist, and my Tuesday YouTube video which I'm very excited about. I was discussing it with a non-writing friend who made the off hand comment that sustaining an audience has more to do with good marketing than good writing. I can't disagree more!

Even from a purely market based standpoint you first have to have a good product. All great marketing does is help a bad product fail faster. If you have a great product and terrible marketing it just prolongs the process, but eventually the word will get out and the product will sell. 

So many people are focused on how to publish, when to publish and where. First, you need to write a good book. Something actually representative of your work that you can stand behind through all the negative feed back you are bound to receive due how subjective the art of it is. When you publish your debut novel your reputation is on the line. I believe that if you write a good book your audience will find you.

What's your opinion? I heart comments!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

San Francisco Opera and Pumpkin Tea. F*#k Yeah!

I will start off on a serious note this morning. Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice tea is freakin amazing. It's a mug full of happiness. A steaming cup full of holiday goodness. In so many words, Adrienne like.

As I sit here sipping tea typing this post I'm anticipating a fun afternoon in the city. Today I'm going to see the first dress rehearsal of The Flying Dutchman. I scored the seat a la my cousin who works for the San Francisco Opera. 

This will not be a normal rehearsal. A week before, actually not even, the director was canned errrr, retired. They are now trying to salvage the show. From the stories I've heard about the director's eccentric and controversial vision for the show before he was, uh, before he retired this should be an interesting one. 

I entered the first twelve thousand words of 'TWIST' into the 'International E-book Competition'. I'm still waiting on announcements for the 'Three Day Novel Contest'. Waiting really is the hardest part Tom. Anyone else waiting to hear back on something exciting? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I'm On YouTube. Please Subscribe To My Channel!

This is my official YouTube announcement! Check out my first vlog at Writer On Self Publishing Test 1.
Cheers! ha ha
-A

Bear With Me While I Get My Channel Up & Running

I could totally use a vent and go on a tangent right now but I'm trying to make up for the pissy post I left you guys with Tuesday.

The video is done but of course right when I'm trying to edit it down to go live a gazillion things come up that I have to do. I will write an announcement post when the video is available. After discussing with a few people my networking ideas and what I'm doing in my spare time I've gotten some mixed reactions.

"Congratulations!"

and...

"How long did the first book take you? When do you plan on having it's sequel done?"

and...

"It must be nice to have the luxury of all that free time."

For all the congrats, thank you! 

In regards to the two part question the first book took me three years. I let the idea for the entire series percolate and it took six months just to figure out the formula. I had many false starts. Now that I have my Mystery 101 down as a mystery author it keeps getting easier to write better. Think of it like creativity body-building. I'm almost done with the first draft of TWIST's sequel CHOSEN and hope to have the final draft on my editors desk by Christmas.

For the snotty mention of all my free time and luxury: (insert rude noises here!). I don't have free time for writing, I make time. It is a job. For me it's a dream job and I press the 'I believe button' daily that it will support me some day.

My first video has to do with my book and what I think about the perceived over population problem YouTube has with self published authors promoting their work. Notice how I didn't say anything truly pissy yet? (pats self on back) With this week covered what do you think a good topic would be for next weeks vid? 

Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TWIST Is Now Available In Print! Plus I'm Pissed!

I could kill the office manager at my apartment complex. My print proof for TWIST arrived yesterday! It was signed for by the office manager. Apparently I like to pay extra money to have packages expedited and sit unopened in a dark room.

If you sign for an over nighted package for one of your tenants isn't it safe to assume that they NEED IT NOW!

On top of that, once I had clicked on the tracking number to find out where the hell my proof was that I paid to have overnighted and saw that Ms. Toofuckingtiredtocallme signed for it I went down to the office. The office is closed. CLOSED! Closed, with a sign announcing it will be back open tomorrow at 9am. $%^&*#@! **&^%!!!!!!

My cousin is BARTing in from the city to work on the YouTube vlog. I call the maintenance guy who agrees to come to the complex and help me out. Genius. The man is nice enough to come back to where he just left work to help me out and an office of three b*&ches can't pick up a phone.

Gah! I'm done. That feels better. I love you blogspot!

Click on the Createspace link on your right to purchase the print copy of TWIST. TWIST will be available in print on Amazon in a few days.

Has anything like this happened to you? Share in the comments below! Sharing is caring and I just shared all over you. ;)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Preparing For Tomorrow

While I'm anticipating the print copy of my mystery novel 'TWIST' I'm trying to make some final decisions about how I'm going to approach my YouTube channel.   I am not known for my patience and I've had a hard time keeping myself from climbing the walls this weekend. I wont relax until my proof gets here and I can confirm it's okay. Or I might get another excited burst of energy. Maybe I can transfer that energy into my first YouTube vid. 

My topic will obviously be 'TWIST' and self publishing but I don't want it to be like the thousands of boring author videos already out there. I've been told that a vid should be between three and four minutes long. I want it to be funny. Any suggestions?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Let's Try This Again!

Thank you for ordering a proof of TWIST (A Rebecca Ashley Mystery), Title #4447427. Your order was received and is currently being processed. Your proof will ship shortly. Delivery times may vary depending upon shipping method. 
Once you receive your proof, we suggest you review it thoroughly before approving it for distribution. Best regards,The CreateSpace Team


If all goes well TWIST will be available in print on Tuesday the fifteenth. Finally! Shout out to Erin and my step-brother Ian for all their help! It's been pointed out that every time I discuss photoshop and book formatting I sneer a little. 

The paperback copy coming Tuesday means the first YouTube video on my channel will also be Tuesday! 

I was explaining to a friend of mine who called earlier why I was excited for it to be Friday tomorrow. I've been on a 'cleanse' since Sunday. No alcohol for the last five days. I did the same last week. Once she quieted herself after laughing into the phone she said, "Most people call that drinking on the weekends. You're the only person I know to call not drinking during the week a "cleanse"."

If laughter really does make you live longer I just helped my friend out. She calls it "drinks only on the weekends", I call it "my weekly cleanse". Tomato, tomato.

What do you think of a YouTube channel? Would you be interested in listening to a self published author talk about writing and self publishing or are you tired of seeing such shameless self promotion? Let me know in the comments below!

Don't hold back. I'm doing the channel whether you guys tell me to or not. ;)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Deep Breath 1..2..3...

Reason one thousand seventy-two why self publishing is all time consuming and emotionally draining. TWIST is available on Barnes and Nobles Nook now. I wish I could say the same about iTunes. 

iTunes finally got back to me and said my account was ready to go. Every time I attempt to upload my e-book I'm told there's something wrong. I converted the file to .xml yet I get prompted that I haven't. I'm hoping it's a temporary problem with their site and not user error. I have a sneaky suspicion it's the latter.

I have my step-brother and his tech genius friend helping me put the finishing touches on my hard copy. Thanks you guys! 

Shout out to Frank Whidden for giving TWIST five stars on Goodreads. You rock!

It's so frustrating when you can see the finish line for so long and have cinder blocks for feet. Is anyone else in the same boat with an event in their lives? It doesn't have to be the same. Post it in the comments below. Sharing is caring.  

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Creativity Well

I read a post in this last week's Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop asking writers where they find their creativity. Many stated that they get their creativity from other writers, artists, and books. I agree that I'm inspired by those things but that's not where I think our creativity comes from. 

I think our creativity is innate. I had a friend in grade school who at a very tender age could not see beyond black and white. I don't remember what her family was like but I hated being forced to stay at her house after school. No matter what I tried to get her excited about something the kid was born with no imagination. 

I'd say, "Let's be unicorns and play outside!" and she'd respond "We can't because we're not." Kid watched a lot of T.V.

Creativity can be blocked. I view it like tapping a well. I first learned I was talented at fiction when I told cops an elaborate story about how I couldn't possibly be the kid that was playing with the pay phone at the park. I thought you needed a quarter to dial 911. I was six. Motivated not to go to kinderprison I told a story. Motivation taps the well. You have to want it.

Do you agree? Please agree and/or disagree in the comments below.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Research Fail

 While attempting to find someone to interview about Holy City and get a local perspective for my next book 'CHOSEN' a small hole in glass prevents me from investigating further.

.Click here to see the one minute vid.

Has anything similar happened to you or was I being a weenie? Tell me or have at me in the comments below.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Forwarding this from a fellow writer.

Only is should say "What my mom thinks I should do." My mother is my biggest fan and also my biggest critic.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group - When I try not to care, it means I really care!


The first Wednesday of every month members of the IWSG share their fears, thoughts and insecurities.  

Where do I begin? I've jumped head first into promoting my book when it was a draft and had just hit my editor's desk. It was a lot easier getting behind something I was sure I could make perfect. Now that it's out there and less than perfect (it is what it is) I'm waiting with bated breath for some reviews. 

I know Kindle is notorious for bullies and I have been blessed with thick skin. I've had a few snide comments thrown at me due to some typos and while no one has said it's a bad story, and it's not, no one's written an official review yet either. 

After zipping and unzipping my e-book file to make some minor corrections and having more beta readers give me the go ahead my book will now be in print.

It's one thing to be rejected by a few nasty people on Book Blogs, but what about independent bookstores? The one's I've stopped by in Berkeley said their policy is to read the book first and then decide whether or not they'll sell you. So I'm waiting. I'm waiting less than patiently.

Despite my insecurities I'm still committed. Self doubt still intact I'm managing to persevere anyway. I'm going to launch a YouTube channel soon to help promote my book and answer questions about my own journey in self publishing the same as here. 

A whopping thanks to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh for providing this venue for us to reach out and help each other. Check out the group! Insecure Writer's Support Group

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Check Me Out On You Tube! Coming Soon!

Just a heads up to everyone. I'll be starting a YouTube channel soon. I have a couple of friends helping me launch it because compared to them I'm video retarded. I do not understand how iMovie works and when I play around with sound/voice over I tend to panic.

On my channel I will be talking and answering questions about self publishing and writing. I'm very excited to get the channel up and running. Any suggestions on a channel title? Leave a comment below!