Entertaining? #IWSG

By now a few people have heard me being excited over the 3rd book I’m working on. And surprisingly, the title hasn’t changed so it might be the one. But what entertains me doesn’t necessarily entertain the next person.

Of course, the people who have heard me talk about it at all have looked at me funny over some of the ways I’ve described things/people in that completely not serious manner. This one just really fell in place and while there’s still plenty of work left to do, I’m actually quite happy with it.

But then I come off of that excitement and worry about how it’ll be received. And only having my alpha reader to really go off of at the moment (he’s the only one to have read the whole thing), I don’t really have a good gauge. I’m fairly certain I will when I send it out to my beta readers next month.

 IWSG Day Question: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

I guess my biggest one that I’ve been hitting lately is way too much description. The kind where it pulls you out of the story because there’s so much of it. There’s been a few recently that I’m wondering when I’ll get back to the plot.

If it’s something I’m reading for fun, I’ll put it down and walk away if it gets to be too much. Might come back to it later and try again. If it’s something I’m critiquing, I’ll note it and keep trying to plow through. And I’m not immune to writing it myself, though I usually don’t have enough description in early drafts. I can get carried away sometimes and have someone else point out that it’s not necessary.

I think the next one is repetitive words/phrases (though there are occasions that they fit nicely). I am so bad with this on the initial draft and go nuts trying to find them during the editing process.

There are others, but it’s little things that I often pick up on because I have to look for them in my own writing.

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Lesson learned #IWSG

IWSG Day Question: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?

Yep, just answering the question this month. Figure it’s better than my fretting about pretty much the same thing I have been for months.

I guess the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I need to write what makes me happy. If I can make some others happy along the way, great! If not, well, at least it’s still my story. I went through I forget how many revisions on some projects, trying to make the massive changes people suggested and suddenly it wasn’t my story anymore and I was forcing my characters to act in ways they wouldn’t.

And of course this meant they didn’t play well with me.

In a way, I suppose this is also a lesson in finding people to look over my work who aren’t trying to change it to their story. I was losing what made it mine. I’m completely open to fixing issues and ramping things up in areas or what have you, but also in recognizing when a recommendation isn’t worth taking.

On that same note, those recommendations can shed light on an aspect I need to bring more to the forefront. While I may not take directly what is said, I do pay attention and take it under consideration.

And I’m sure my groups think me weird when my brain starts taking off on a suggestion, trying to figure out how I can incorporate what is being said.

Books are in!

 

Mock Up OneI now have physical copies of Shattered Illusions available. $9.99 each or get both Twisted Magics and Shattered Illusions for $17.99. And if you’re local in the Treasure Valley, go ahead and select pick-up and I’ll get in contact with you on where and when to meet up.

Both books are still available on Amazon and currently Rediscovered Books also carries Twisted Magics.

Crunch time #IWSG

Shattered Illusions is up for digital pre-order on Amazon. Working on getting the physical proof in (and obsessively checking the mail for it) so we can go through it quickly and I can get pre-orders started. Setting up other sales for Twisted Magics. And the list continues. I might be found tugging my hair with everything going on and worrying about how the second book will be received.

Though this month’s IWSG made me stop and think about where I am. Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

I’ve given up on projects. Just stopped working. Stopped writing for a while and eventually something brought me back. There were a number of years in a row I attempted NaNoWriMo and got maybe a few thousand words in before getting frustrated at my current life situation and simply dropping it and walking away. Kept thinking I was never going to finish anything.

I actually was about to give up even attempting the challenge when I got pestered to join for another year. Figured why not? It’s a day and a half before it starts and I have half of a concept. Found a great group of people in my area also participating and I just plugged along doing my thing.

Suddenly, this world I fought with for years came to life and I had a horrible mess. But there was something in that mess. Eventually it turned into Twisted Magics and well, I’m still writing that series and loving (sometimes frustrated at) the crazy things my characters get into.

What changed that made everything finally click? I changed which character I was trying to write from and went back in time. Sounds weird, I know, but having something (even when that something was a huge steaming mess) gave me the boost I needed to get back to writing.

Now I have these two with a third being edited (and more in planning):

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Shattered Illusions cover reveal

If you follow me on my Facebook page, you have already heard that I’ll be at Boise Book Fest this year. That was the first of a few announcements coming up.

Next is the cover reveal for Shattered Illusions!

A few people have gotten a chance to see me running around with mock-ups. Again, amazing work by the talented J Caleb Design.

Pre-orders are now available for digital copies on Amazon. I don’t have an estimated date yet for physical copies, but I’m going to try and have them in time for the June 21st release date. I will post as soon as I know.

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Distracted #IWSG

Usually I can focus down on a project and work on it for a while, but after getting through one round of revisions on book 3 during Camp NaNoWriMo I got distracted by other side projects.

These side projects are helpful because for me it fills in the gaps that the reader won’t see and if it’s something that can come back in later, cool. If not, I know what those people were doing at the time. Maybe I’ll have something I can share later.

I just feel a little guilty for not focusing fully on the current major project. I guess it gives me something else to do instead of pacing nervously as Shattered Illusions gets closer to release.

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Snowball effect #IWSG

Since I totally forgot about today’s post until now and it has some relevance for me, I’m stealing Loni’s idea.

I posted previously about Crossfit. I try not to speak too much of it because I know the stigma it carries. And truthfully, from an outside observer before I started it looked like pure chaos.

I promise I’ll get to the writing part soon.

A few weeks ago there was a team workout and I got partnered up with two other women who had just started (I was not quite at my first month yet I think). They were friends who decided to do this together. Cool because my husband dragged me into this. So we’re getting set up and going since there’s different movements and it’s supposed to be one person working at a time so the other two can rest. About halfway through they’re not following the pattern anymore. Suddenly I find myself on my own for the rest of the workout because they decided I wasn’t moving fast enough for them (by the way, this is not normal behavior for people at my box – the others are very helpful and inclusive no matter their level).

I’m big and slow. I have a hard time doing stuff. I scale everything. Those simple facts began to snowball into directly negative thoughts (I can’t do this. I’ll never get anywhere. What was I thinking? Who am I kidding?) and it went beyond Crossfit. I began second guessing myself on everything, which is really bad at this time as I’m wrapping up book 2 and editing book 3. Had a panic attack about another team workout and had to sit that day out.

Lack of a decent night’s rest for who knows how long wasn’t helping either.

It became my turn at one of my critique groups and I prayed I could take people’s opinions without breaking down. I knew I had problems with the first chapter of book 3, but I couldn’t figure out what.

Managed to make it through that and start Camp NaNoWriMo (I use Camps for revisions and maybe some small side projects if I have time). I haven’t touched the first chapter yet since I decided to go through the rest of the book before I made an major changes. Need to see what I have because I know I set up a lot in the beginning that comes back.

I’m also torn a bit on a few things because readers vs critique partners again.

So I’m still on shaky ground with pretty much everything, but I’m trying to move forward.

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