Monday, February 17, 2020

A Mighty Fortress Anthology!

A Mighty Fortress Steampunk Anthology! The title alone left to the interpretation of 17 different authors. A walking temple gets away, women vanish, time-traveling, and more!

*My story, Eternal Round, is featured in this teaser with David West! 

Releases tomorrow. WhEeEeEeEeeeeee!

It's on pre-order right now Amazon.

*post has been updated

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

IWSG: NaNoWriMo no?

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

Who's heard of a cowboy who doesn't like the outdoors? Or a swimmer who's afraid of water? What about a teacher who's scared of students? 

aerial photo of pine trees
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I love my writerly friends. I love designing book covers and editing and brainstorming. I enjoy helping out my author friends and connecting with them. I adore writing as it's my only way of escapism in a home of homeschooled kids. I've been at it since I was in 4th grade (I'm 40 something), and have taken a creative class, and entered contests. It got serious in 2011 with my first published book. To this day, I have a few things out in the publishing industry--book covers, illustrations, and short stories. You can safely say that writing is in my blood. With this in mind, I feel like I'm blaspheming when I say this: I really don't like NaNo.

I tried it once and was excited to see that I can write 50k words within that timeframe. While I enjoyed challenging myself, the weight of pushing myself hard felt like a hard race against others and myself. I don't like boxing myself in. I'm a free-thinker when it comes to creativeness (you should have seen me in my high school art class when my classmates told me I was doing it all wrong when I started with the lips and not the eyes). I was like, "Excuse me? In my opinion, there should be no rules when it comes to making art, it's all heart!"

But I'm thinking that I could view NaNo differently--a time to bond with other writers, right?

What are your thoughts?

Friday, January 17, 2020

ReyLo Spoiler Illustration

My daughter couldn't stop crying after watching Rise of Skywalker--it was heartwrenching!

So I painted this in her honor with a reinvented ending. If Shmi could do it, why not Rey? :P

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

IWSG: Author 24/7?

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

First off---

Happy New Year! What are your goals?

I dropped off a coloring page for Christmas at the local library--she commented on how pretty it was but all I did was thank her as she looked over it. I didn't say that I illustrated it or that it went with my newly released book.

(Here's the coloring page I gave her--you're welcome to print it if you'd like, though it's out of season but seek-and-finds are always fun no matter what season it is!) 

Typically, I don't proclaim myself as an author but prefer to not be outspoken about it. For the most part, I don't like to bring unnecessary attention to myself because I feel awkward with it. I suppose I'm an introvert?

Just like a writer, right???

Do you believe that authors, by nature, are introverts? Or not necessarily? Do we love living in fiction than real life? How do you step out of your comfort zone and up to a pedestal to discuss your books (in casual settings)? Do you have a way of doing it so it doesn't sound like you're a merchant hawking his/her wares at a local flea market?

I understand that it's necessary when you're at a writers conference or a book signing, but that's an entirely different hat--do you wear your author hat 24/7?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

#IWSG: An Author's Strategy

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

*Once upon a time, my son came home filled with enthusiasm. A local author presented at his school. My son purchased and read the book within days. About a week later, he received an email from the author requesting reviews for the book.

I found the email strange in that the author had asked to please post the review only if the reader had enjoyed it. The author proceeded to ask the reader to *not* post a review if it wasn't liked but to respond to the email with why the book wasn't liked.

I pretended to be my son (knowing better since I'm a published author, I felt this was shifty) and asked the author that if I didn't like this book, why can't I write the review about it?

The author responded, saying that positive reviews are appreciated and help the book grow, but it's for the author to hear directly from his readers of how and why the book wasn't liked.

There is a level of trust this author had established of a personal kind at a school, having met and interacted with his readers who are impressionable young people willing to acquiesce--who wouldn't want to please a cool author whom you've met at your own school, right?

Scratching my head, thinking this as a brilliant ploy to keep ratings up, I wonder just how ethical it is to ask readers directly not to post negative reviews (all in the name of ratings. <--readers don't realize this, especially middle school kids).

I'm confused to decide whether it's honorable or deceptive on any level, because it would be nice to cash in on this as well if it's not devious in any way.

What are your thoughts on said author's strategies?

Guess WhAt?

My book baby just released! It's available for .99 cents over on Amazon.

Christmas in New York for Cora is all about performing in The Nutcracker, but misfortune takes her back to Texas where she runs into an old flame in cowboy boots and a Stetson hat. Could he be the miracle that puts the pieces of her shattered life together?

Merry Christmas!

*I ask that you forgive me for posting this late--I had written this over a month ago and forgot to schedule it! Eeek!