And some other tid-bits too.
This past week I started my new job. It’s nothing exciting, just a temporary minimum wage job to keep us afloat while I search for something with an actual salary and benefits. It would be lovely to put my degree to some use as well. However, for now I’m just happy to have a regular paycheck. I’m also fairly happy with the work itself, which has a certain amount of downtime I can put to good use plotting and pondering stories. While the hours aren’t great, on the bright side that means my writing time will not be cut into too drastically (though my lazing-about-doing-nothing time will be practically non-existent from now on). Continue reading
Self-flagellation is the mark of a true writer, right? Of course right!
Everyone with an ounce of self-awareness gets Impostor Syndrome now and again, regardless of what it is they do in life. Sometimes, people have their bout of it and then shrug it off and never look back again, confident in their skills. Other people battle with it in every aspect of their whole lives. I sincerely hope I achieve the former state, but I am dreadfully afraid I’m doomed to wallow in the latter instead. Regardless, Impostor Syndrome is setting in again, starting from a certain writing insecurity and oozing, octopus-like, into other aspects of my daily life. Continue reading
Erotic romance thriller.
If anyone had ever asked me before if I would read an erotic-romance thriller, I would have looked at them like they’re crazy. Just not my genre at all. However, L. A. Witt’s new novel Cover Me is just that and I swear, I could NOT put it down. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a confirmed fan-girl of this particular author. That being said, what’s the point of having a blog if you can’t be a fan-girl on it occasionally?
Obligatory Warning: Please do not click through the cut if you are under age or are offended by explicit content. Continue reading
Boxes are for cats and children to play in, not to put yourself in.
Throughout much of our lives we can spend a lot of time fighting against being put into some box or another. Especially when we’re younger, we resist being labelled, boxed in, enclosed in boundaries, or however we decide to explain our rebelliousness. But it is incredibly easy to put ourselves in a box without even noticing it. This is definitely something that authors do, sometimes intentionally in furtherance of their career, and sometimes unintentionally and unconsciously. These boxes come in many forms, from genre to writing style to our social circles, and even our reading material. These boxes can be supportive at times, but I think it is very important, particularly for writers, to step outside of them occasionally. Some people also refer to this as “stepping outside your comfort zone” but I like the box metaphor, mainly because I have fond memories of playing in cardboard boxes as a child. Anyway! Continue reading
A blog post on a day other than Sunday! Gasp!
I know. You’re all in shock, this is a blog post, and it’s not Sunday. But fear not! It won’t be a “real” blog post today. Today will be mainly some news and short announcements.
First, my very first guest blogger will be appearing right here in this very space! Ok, not this space, but on this blog in a space very similar to this one. Her name is Maria Zannini, and she writes Science Fiction and Fantasy with a touch of Romance. Check out her blog to find out more, and come back on October 24th to see what she has to say!
Secondly, there is a contest you should be aware of if you are a writer who participates in Nanowrimo (which is only a month away! Eek!). It is hosted by my very good friend Lori, and is her Nano Contest! You can read about it at her blog, but basically it is a random lottery for Nano winners. So, if you think you can write 50,000 words in 30 days, and think you’d like a signed copy of one of Lori’s books (and who wouldn’t, right?) you should enter the contest! Continue reading
My first blog post from home.
Inspiration comes from many places, and it is different for every creator. Artists, composers, writers, we all get our inspiration from someplace different. Sometimes it’s internal, sometimes external, and sometimes a complicated combination of the two with an external source sparking something inside the creator, usually with the result being totally different than the external impetus. For me, it comes in flashes and in a variety of ways. Quite often I get whole stories out of my dreams, played out like a movie behind my eyelids and semi-directed by my consciousness. This only results in logical coherent stories in a certain state of sleeping, and I usually wake up before I find out what happens, so the rest of story is sweated out without the magic of my dreaming-mind. Continue reading