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Pushing yourself with writing

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2015 by Nellie

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Much like NaNoWriMo in November is all about putting words down, even if you manage to make the 50k or not.   There is also an editing month, two Camp NaNos in April and July.   JuNoWriMo is another month were you can try your hand at writing 50k.   It is not affiliated with the Office of Letters and Light and NaNoWriMo.   But it is still something to try and the group is helpful and fun.

You also get a chance to buy some swag or donate to help support it.   Now granted, I have yet to win myself but I’m trying to do better and it’s always a good time to get one’s butt in gear and actually finish my stories or just cut them down to short story/novella length.  We’ll see how things go.

There used to be a website but now there is only the Facebook page, JuNoWriMo.  Come join in the fun.

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Mid-November NaNo Madness

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11, 2014 by Nellie

Wow, I know I said I needed to post more but we see how well that is doing.  I’m trying to get back into healthy writing habits, such as daily writing, even if it is only a couple hundred words a day.  I need to do it.   If I’m ever to get all my half finished works finished, I need to do something.

Even if it is to go out somewhere to Panera, it gets me out of the house and off the extremely comfortable couch.  It is a deadly thing, this couch, sucking me in with it’s sweet siren song of comfiness.

I haven’t worked on NaNo yesterday due to a family issue and I had my mind on other things than writing but they seemed to be resolved now.   So I definitely need to work on that.  I’m at the 16k mark so while the halfway marks is four days away, I need to come up with 2500 approximately to get there.

There was something that I’ve been sitting on and stewing about.  I am in a writing group that meets every two months.  It’s that far because while it had been bigger, because of changing to a different location that might be a little harder to get to (We used to meet at B&N until they did their restructure and added the kids toys), we are down to four people.   There is one member who tried and tried and tried to pitch a book that he had written and never got any solid bites.  There were some nibbles but that’s about it.  So he self-published himself.  Which there is nothing wrong with that.  Sometimes people are more successful.   At the meeting, we were talking about how publishing is changing, with small press and self publishing being an option for people who can’t get into the big houses.   He talked about his experience and about how he isn’t sure if he would do anything with small press.

Then he talked about how there are only 4 copies sold of his book, that he didn’t really promote himself, has only 40 or so twitter follows and didn’t do anything much to let it be known that he had a book out.   He was in an anthology that was recently release, TV Gods.  It really is a good book and has a lot of interesting stories, most of them by local authors in my area.  It’s a small pub press and he was complaining about how they weren’t really engaging people to buy the book when they were at Balticon.   I wasn’t there so I can’t really judge.   But I’m sitting there thinking that he didn’t do anything to really engage the reading community, or offer a copy or two to book bloggers and be more aggressive at promoting himself beyond a few tweets or so.   But he felt comfortable complaining about someone else was promoting their stuff and wasn’t going with small press with any of his work.   I guess he wants to go big or go home.  Which is a shame, because I enjoy the small press books as much as the big house books.

I was just thinking that he really can’t complaining when he’s not doing the work.  In the publishing industry these days, the author does a good chunk of their own promoting.   Yes, the Publisher puts out e-mails and talks about their new releases but it’s the author who is drumming up the business for their own book as the hook.  If you want your book to sell, you can’t just sit back and expect it to sell itself or anyone else to pimp your book out if you don’t do anything.

It’s the nature of the beast and always seems to be changing.  If I ever have something out, no matter the venue, I know what not to do and that’s nothing.

Of course, I can’t count these words towards my NaNo.  Darn it.  🙂

I really suck at titles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on January 21, 2013 by Nellie

So this past week has been normal.  I seem to average about two to three thousand words for the week, depending on what I’m doing and this past week, I was sort of scattered brained.  (Especially with the Wednesday and Friday posts).  I was writing both days so when I was ready to call it a night, it was late and I was too tired to sit and do something about it.  *cough*  Ooops.   

Friday I had even started to clean up the files I had all over the place on different jumps drives.  The duplicates of duplicates that I had saved all over the place after dealing with a hard drive crash.

I have found stories that I started but hadn’t finished and had forgotten what exactly the plot was supposed to be.

So, what do you do?  Do you just recycle the characters or do you read through it and hope that you remember something key to the story?

Six Sentence Sunday – Red and the Wolf, pt 5

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on May 6, 2012 by Nellie

How is it Sunday already? Seems like the weekend went WAY too fast. Hope everyone had a happy Cinco de Mayo. Either way, Rebecca made it to her Grandmother’s. Only the woman is acting a little strange. Hmm..

“Why don’t I open the windows and let in some fresh air? It will help you feel better.” Rebecca walked to one of the windows. “I brought fresh meat pie and apples. Mother included a bottle of the cider you like.”

“NO!”

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Teaser Tuesday – Wicked as They Come

Posted in Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 by Nellie

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He shot me a wicked grin full of pointy teeth. I started and then shook it off.
“I’m not scared.” I said. “It’s my dream. Nothing can harm me.”
– Wicked as They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

Six Sentence Sunday – Tattoo Story

Posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2012 by Nellie

I’m so behind on my writing. The past week hasn’t been very productive but I’m hoping to get things back on track again. I need to hammer down on this story and the Scar one as that’s due at the end of the month.

In this scene, Tiber is meditating and Jaton goes to shake the man’s shoulder and finds that the tattoos etched on the monk’s skin can be defensive.

He glanced at the man and stared as the ink was peeling off like it was wax itself, shifting and swirling and taking on different shapes. He stood up and walked over to see if he could see what it was trying to do.
One tendril whipped out, the lines jagged and rough. It swayed back and forth like a snake about to strike. Jaton held up his hands and backed up a few steps. Once he was far enough away, it went back to the mass and joined the rest.

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Six Sunday – Untitled Work

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2012 by Nellie

I’m taking a break from my fae story to do this one for an open call for an M/M erotica anthology. This is out of my comfort zone so it will be interesting how well I do when I get to the sex parts. *Grin* Anyway, onto the characters.

Jaton – A Farale guide. The Farale are a nomadic type of people who have blood magic that is seen as bad in some areas. One of those towns that doesn’t look well on it is where his tribe is staying in secrecy. Some of the Farale have markings on their skin – some are faint, some are prominent.

Tiber – A monk from the local monastery who needs Jaton to show him to one of the Seven gates where his brother is trying to unleash chaos upon the world.

Tiber has seen the faint marks on Jaton’s skin when he was helping stitch the other man’s arm up. He understandably doesn’t want to be killed for seeing the secret that Jaton keeps but he also needs the man’s help to get to the gate. He offers a bloodoathed promise to show Jaton that he is serious about keeping the guide’s hereitage a secret. Jaton has brought up that it’s not a good idea.

“It is only used for marriage rights. It can’t be broken, once given. Once the two are bound, only death can separate the couple. There is a connection with the blood that goes beyond. For us, we can then pick up the feelings of our partner.”

Tiber stopped and drew his head up, mouth closing.

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