Outside of writing #IWSG

IWSG Question of the Day: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

Um…well, you see, that’s a slightly complex question with a simple answer: I don’t have one thing  I regularly stick to. I enjoy a variety of crafts, though have given up on anything to do with yarn. I wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really for me.

I want to get back to drawing and perhaps get into some digital work. Then there’s 3D modeling that I haven’t done in forever. I’d say time is against me, but really, I’m scared of failure. And it’s something that holds true in my writing. The fact I get anything out is somewhat impressive.

But getting back… Um, I’ve started doing some publication layouts and while that’s writing-related, I’m not the one generating the content. I really enjoy seeing things come together.

I’m hoping I can get back to a couple of things soon and create some additional items to accompany my writing. Pretty vague response, but I don’t want to give up anything just yet.

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Boise Book Fest 2017

Boise Book Fest is this weekend! I’ll be at table 21 in room 100 CDE of the Boise Centre. Doors open at 8am for panels and people with tickets for early author signing can get into room 100 CDE at 12:30pm with general author signing opening up at 2pm. The after party starts at 7pm.

And tonight at 7pm MDT, I’ll be taking over Boise Book Fest’s Facebook page. Feel free to drop in and say hi.

Upcoming Events

If you’ve been following me on Facebook or Instagram (think it went to Twitter also), you saw the announcement of the next title I did at Library Comic Con last weekend. If not, here it is:

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I have a few more events lined up for this year and I’m excited to announce some new ones.

September 16th
Boise Book Fest
I’ll also be doing a Facebook takeover on September 13th at 7pm.

September 18th
Local Author Monday at Rediscovered Books
This one will be a YA panel. That’s about all I’ve got right now.

October 7th
Death Rattle Book Fair at the Death Rattle Writer’s Festival
The whole event is 4 days, but this is definitely where you can find me.

October 14th
Indie Author Day at the Boise Public Library

That’s it for now. I’ll post updates to my Facebook page as I get them. I’m working on creating a newsletter and I’ll let everyone know when I get it up and running so you can sign-up for the mailing list.

Revisiting old work #IWSG

March IWSG Day Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Yes, and it was torture to some extent. I really liked the concept of the short story and wanted to rewrite it and see if I couldn’t do more with it. Since it’s a side project, I haven’t put too much effort beyond a full rewrite, showing it to a couple of critique groups, and some minor editing after that.

I think eventually it’ll work out. I have another short story that follows these characters that also needs a rewrite along with old notes I found for a third. So it’ll be fun to dabble with in between my major projects.

The hardest part was taking the original from third person present tense to first person past tense. I have a really hard time writing in third person for some reason. Either I want to tell everything or I withhold way more than I would in first person – there’s no in between. Eventually I broke down the original into something of an outline so I could keep the sequence of events roughly the same.

Me and outlines generally don’t play well together either, but for something short I can put up with it.

For now it’s tucked away to be poked and prodded another day. I’m working on the final edits for Shattered Illusions which of course takes priority. My deadlines are looming quickly and I haven’t gotten as much work done with it in the past week or so due to a change in my schedule and trying to catch up and finish my February writing challenge. And being sick. I didn’t know it you could get sick off of too much protein (also didn’t realize it was too much).

See, this is what happens when I try to be healthier about things.

Also getting nervous and excited for my event at Rediscovered Books on Saturday. I’ll be there from 11-1.

Habits

In going through the editing process, part of it is making sure my characters maintain their particular habits such as Silver toying with his braid. It’s something he does and doesn’t necessarily realize he’s doing it.

And then I start to laugh at one of my own: having my sunglasses on my head whenever I’m out. Either on my face or up on top of my head. I just grab them with my keys on my way out the door and don’t really ever think anything of it.

Until now of course.

What are some habits you have? Or habits of characters you like?

Where will I go? #IWSG

I know I usually do more than answer the question of the month, but I’m afraid I’m not much in the frame of mind to do so. There’s just been a lot going on.

And now for this month’s question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Er…I have no idea and thus no plan. I’ll probably try to keep to the schedule I’ve set for myself and primarily keep working on Terra Chronicles novels (and side stories). There’s other projects I’ll want to tackle along the way, but I’m usually wary of the best-laid plans and try to factor for some flexibility.

Kind of why I haven’t announced a specific release date for my next book – I have no idea if I’m going to have a ton of work ahead of me or not when it comes back from my beta readers at the end of the month. Just like I’m unsure of what I wrote for the first draft of book 3.

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It has begun…again #IWSG

nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_participantIt’s NaNoWriMo season once again and I’m off on drafting out book 3 in my series. The last few years I’ve approached this challenge with a strange mix of excitement and trepidation. I blew the challenge for 5 years in a row and even with 3 “wins” under my belt since, I still grow concerned that I’ll return to that trend.

And with how much I dragged my feet with side projects in September and October, I can only hope I gain enough momentum early on to power through like I have the past couple of years.

Why is this challenge so important to me? I’m not sure. I like connecting with other writers, but honestly, the little achievement awards make me happy (plus I’m a gamer – achievements just make me happy XD). I have something I can measure my successes and failures against easily. And I need to get a story down and out and I might as well do it during a time that lots of other people are so we can cheer each other along.

Now onto the #IWSG question of the month: What is your favorite aspect of being a writer?

Watching a story take shape. Some aspects can drive me mad, but from getting the first draft down to seeing what the final version looks like – it’s like watching magic and most of the time I forget that it came from me. I just get so caught up in watching a story evolve.

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