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New Year, New Launch

A New Year... A New Launch

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018.

This can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For me, ’18 doesn’t exactly look like it’s going to be much better in terms of my country devolving into a Tyrannical State, but there’s something about a new year that gives hope anyway. It may not reflect reality; it may be a false sense of positive change. Yet we all need reset times to take a breath and settle ourselves.

So, to everyone out there wishing and feeling hope for a better year, you got it. I believe in you. I hope this is the reset you need to accomplish your goals and dreams, and that you are able to forge a better world, because we’re going to need you, your voice, your power.

2018 is also different and special for me because my debut novel is set to be published in Fall. It’s the first in an alternate-history fantasy, following a headstrong and a little bit broken girl as she searches for secrets and truth. (A bit more about it here.) Because of this, several things are happening.

To begin with, I’m launching a new blog series of author interviews. I’m a part of a group of those who debut this year, and we’re all trying to support and boost each other. It will be called “Debut Authors ’18 Interviews” and will detail all sorts of talented writers and fascinating stories. (By the way, know someone awesome debuting this year, particularly in my genre or age group? I would love to host them!) So you’ll be seeing a lot more posts from me with author interviews, alongside my normal posts and less-often series, Behind The Scenes of Being Published, which has been detailing my publishing journey so far.

On this first day of 2018 I also sow the seeds of another new launch. My newsletter is officially starting up. With my debut coming, it’s time I start teasing you all with exclusive first-looks at the upcoming cover, sneak-peaks into the characters and world, and extra content that doesn’t make it into the book but is too good not to share.

All of that will be accessed through my newsletter, where I will keep you all entertained with my writing and behind-the-scenes stories of my author adventures.

If you’re not familiar with my writing, you can get a taste through a few short stories I’ve posted. Here, you can find a story of yanking someone back from the brink of death. Here, you can read a story of two civilizations meeting. Both are myth and magic, and both are a little dark (all like me). My debut takes place in the same world as that first story; the main character you’ll end up meeting soon in the series as well.

SO. Like my writing, think my debut series sounds interesting, want an exclusive first-look at my upcoming cover?

 

Here is the sign-up form for my newsletter.

 

I hope your 2018 is starting off well, and I wish you all the best health, happiness, and success as the year moves forward. 


Beginning the New Year with Sand

There’s nothing like celebrating the New Year at the beach. I will admit, I’m getting old enough that the concept of staying up past midnight makes me balk, but I actually was awake! And out on the freezing beach watching my cousins beat on pots and pans, no less.

And the beach had no internet and cell service to boot, which meant ALL THE READING AND WRITING TIME. Mostly, I read. And edited.

Anyway, I believe it was last year that I read an article on how someone (who I can’t remember) was creating New Year Goals instead of New Year Resolutions. The basic idea was that New Year Resolutions get broken constantly; within the first month or two, most people have already given up. And his premise was that a goal, which would progress over the year, might have a better success rate.

Well, I will say from my experience anyway, I had a very successful 2015, goals wise. Last year’s post on the new 2015 didn’t actually include my goals outside of writing (which look more like resolutions now that I think about it) but I did actually write a list for myself in general.

I hadn’t actually looked at my list I’d made in a few months, but I’d basically memorized what I’d wrote anyway:

Go to three new places

Send out crap load of queries (yes, that is a direct quote)

 Finish Dragon Immortals Book 2

 Read at least 12 books from list

 Get new, interesting jobs to learn from

THE RESULTS: I ended up flying to two new places, not three (the Philippines and Indiana), but I’m still happy with it.

Yes, I did indeed send out a ‘crap load’ of queries. I should probably set an actual number to hit, or a reoccurring event (every other month, for example). Hmm.

I did finish the second book in my series! In between NaNoWriMo and working on it steadily over the year, I finished it. Well. As finished as a book ever is; I’m sure there is more editing needed.

My biggest failure came from reading my 12 books from the list I created. That’s probably due to the fact that I lost my list about a month into 2015. I definitely read 12 books (a lot more than that); just not the poignant, well-crafted, important ones I’d carefully selected.

(Note to self: in future, write down the list on the computer.)

As for interesting jobs, well. I did get involved in two very interesting and educational volunteer programs, but not an interesting job per se.

BUT AS FOR 2016:

My writing goals:

  • Finish Dragon Immortals Book 3 (working title Occultum)
  • Develop a kick-ass, intelligent marketing plan for Initium (the first book!)
  • Consistently query

I won’t include the personal goals. Those are boring. You can guess reading books and getting a career-advancing job is on that list, though. Hey, maybe I’ll even tell you the progress I make for my 2017 post… yikes, scary thought.

It’s very strange looking at this past year. It’s filled with all sorts of ups and downs and weird middle stagnant parts, but I’m surprised how much I’ve grown and how much has changed.

Is anyone else surprised by looking at their past year? Any fulfilling writing accomplishments to report (or hey, even personal ones)?


New Year Resolutions and Other Blah

Resolutions: write at least three times a week and blog at least once a week. Ta-da! There you go. Okay, sure, this post is a few days late… about four. But it’s my once a week, right?

My writing groove seems to have returned after several weeks of blah here and there. Not that that’s a surprise; I had a surplus of time, and lately I’ve been limited on time with work. As soon as responsibilities start demanding my attention – ding! Hello voices in my head, wanting me to write the words.

An author friend of mine told me a long time ago that when friends of hers go on vacation to write, they really don’t get much done after the first few days. The creativity dries up. Nothing seems to happen. Somehow, stress is an inspiration that pressure cooks writing creativity into existence. Not that that works for everyone, and that’s not to say that the daily grind of in and out work isn’t an excellent killer of the creative. Because it really can be. I guess my point is that writing comes from somewhere. When everything is stagnation, whether that is sitting at home doing nothing or having your soul slowly sucked from you by work, there’s is little to spark creativity (not to mention the lack of time).

I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here.

The subject of how writers get themselves to write seems to be coming up a lot lately. Probably because of New Years Resolutions. Some people have it a lot easier, and some have a harder time getting themselves to actually sit down and write. I read a post the other day about one such writer who saw other writers feverishly immersed in the world of stories and felt she was wrong somehow because she did not feel this way. She deeply enjoyed writing, and identified as a writer through and through, but did not feel the same feverish compulsion. She goes on to explain the relief she felt after a conference where a famous author spoke about her own struggles with writing, and how sometimes it was months between sitting down to hammer out projects.

I can’t quite empathize because I’m one of those who seems to live and breathe it. Sure, I’ll go through my dry spells or focus on other things for a while, but the daydreaming and feverish working of plot lines in my head is an almost constant companion. Sometimes it even feels like it’s own entity, rising up to drag me by the hair in whatever direction it sees fit.

I’m always fascinated by all the different ways that writers write.

There’s a theory out there that writers channel muses. That we tap into something beyond ourselves, call it God or creativity or what have you. It’s not science. No one person does this the same. I’d say that some Muses are little hellions that scream constantly, and some are quieter and need a little more coaxing before they’ll come out to play. Then add in ‘our’ problems – work, kids, family, whatever mental problems we’ve managed to inherit or develop – and it all has to power to bring that novel we’re working on to a grinding halt. There’s this fine line between not forcing something that can’t be forced and coaxing out our creativity/Muse/talent in our own singular ways that have to be adapted for our own singular neuroses. Sure, a lot of us are similar enough that we can find help in the writing community around us. But writing is ultimately an individual act, and our Muses are all probably different too. Only you really know what these are for you.

You’re the one who has to figure out where the line is between forcing creativity too much and letting life pass you by. And you’re the only one who can change stagnation, make life happen, and channel your creativity.

So, I suppose the point of this post is, go out and shake things up! (I was going to say ‘go out and conquer,’ but you probably don’t want to destroy or subjugate your Muse – you’re going to need it later when you’re stuck.) Fortunately, you’re not alone. We’re all struggling with finding the same balance – and we’re all rooting for you.

Welcome to 2015. Let’s make it great.