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Coming To The Home Stretch

I’m nearly done with writing my second manuscript for book 2 Soul’s Little Lie: Whispers in the Hall. I figure I have 5 more chapters to go. I could be done by late October or sooner. We shall see.

My goodness, I haven’t posted anything on my blog in a month or more. This time I want to showcase my progress from my dry erase board of the past few months. On each photo, about four of them, it will show my regular life schedule that also mingled with my writing.

You’ll probably notice a great gap in mouths and gaps in between weeks. Writing is hard at times, especially when that pesky writer’s block kicks in. The story is all there, it’s just life stresses keep you from writing. The darkness inside you of the doubt you have in your craft tries to weight you down with that massive or even small writer’s block. It’s no joke when people say: writing is hard.

What they mean by ‘writing is hard’ isn’t the writing part of typing up and hand writing words on a page, it’s getting the words out from your mind to your fingers to the blank page. That blank page can be intimidating at times. You just don’t quite know how to put the words together in telling the story of what scene or situation or conversation comes up next from where you left off.

Now that I’ve broken free of this nasty writer’s block that lingered for a collective total of six months or more, I’m almost done with the story. This second book has been the hardest cause you ‘feel’ as though the story is done with just that one first book, but oh know, it’s far from over.

At NorWesCon 2016 author Jennifer Brozek gave me some well needed words of encouragement that I will never forget:

“The hardest part in writing a book series is that second book. Most beginning writers have the hardest time writing a second book cause inside they believe that first book is the finished story. If you can show that you produced a second book in a series, that will help you get noticed by publishers. Until then, just keep writing and finish that second novel.”

I may have not repeated exactly her words, but it’s damn close to my ability in remembering them.

Now, onto what my work load looks like. Mind, I write on the board what I have produced and what happened in the day later in the evening. I don’t write a deadline to myself. It psychs me out and upsets me.

I gave up on the original idea of making a deadline, with posting a timeline of each week of which chapters to write, as seen in the first image on the left for the month of February.

In the second image, June 23-July 20, 2016 I began showcasing my real home life of what an author goes through in between ‘writer’s block’ and real life and then finally the writing that flows. Same thing for the third image of July 21-August 17, 2016.

What I used to do back when I wrote the first Soul’s Little Lie manuscript was, I kept all of this in my head of how I was producing chapters. Writing 1 chapter a week or more which spanned a total of 9 months. This time for the second book, it’s been a fussy child to me. I’ve been working on the second novel since late fall 2014. What really bogged me down in my writing for the first year or two was the constant interruptions of my elderly parents. They could not respect what I was trying to achieve. Now, you can see I’m more focused far, far away from them.

To add, I’ll do this little ‘writer’s tag’ questionnaire that I found on Jenna Moreci YouTube channel.

#1 What do you eat or drink while writing? – Maxwell House Coffee w/ International Delights Creamer of a flavor I’m in the mood for, usually it’s Almoretto Cafe and sometimes tea, but in between each cup of coffee, usually 2 cups one in the morning and one at night, I’ll drink a few 8oz water bottles of water. Oh, I don’t eat while I’m writing. I’ll take my food into the living room or watch videos on YouTube while I have my snack or lunch or dinner. Never, ever while I’m writing will I eat.

#2 What do you listen to while writing? – I have a large eclectic collection and it all depends on my mood in the scene I’m working with. I have a few soundtracks strictly for Soul’s Little Lie series. I arrange them in order of the story and use that song that comes up next as a ‘tuned in’ marker for my mind.
#3 What is your biggest distraction while you’re writing? – The negative hurtful words of my mother telling me I’m no good at anything. That then turns into a few days to a few weeks of depression and fear about my work. That emotional manipulative bs of my mother’s voice really hurts my time in the hours I could be writing.
#4 What is the worst thing that has happened to you while writing? – My first manuscript that I wrote by hand, that then I typed onto a Mac computer back in 1996 in computer class, decades later the hard floppy discs became corrupted and I lost all the files of all 200+ pages. Thankfully I printed the file out way before the corruption occurred and I have only one copy left. Recently though, 1 out of 3 hand written notebooks of said first original manuscript, along with 3 hard bound notebooks, artwork sketches, other odd notes and 2 hand written poetry books are in limbo at the USPS Distribution center in Federal Way, WA. The mailing location address was ripped off somehow and I’ve been waiting ever since, for nearly a year, for the box to return to me. I’ll have to just drive down to Federal Way location to get it that way even though I LOST the tracking number in the process of my move back to WA. Yeah, I’m on edge about that and that’s part of my writer’s block. I want my novel materials to come home to me so badly.

#5 What is the best thing that has ever happened to you while writing? – Currently getting Soul’s Little Lie book one published. Gotta consider each publication is a stepping stone to something bigger for my main goal.
#6 Who do you communicate with while you’re writing? – I don’t talk to anyone while writing. No one really should talk while they are writing cause you have to focus your whole energy onto your craft. If you must talk to someone, make sure it’s during a break so you can write down the notes during your talk. Or, just talk to yourself, since that’s where your writing is coming from – your inner soul.

#7 What is your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw? – I don’t have any ‘success’ to speak of yet. I just have one book published and have many more to write that will get published when they are ready. My biggest flaw would have to be – doubting myself and ‘listening’ to my mother’s harsh words. I have to break that habit if I am to ever succeed to my main goal.
#8 What is your inspiration? What makes you productive? – Music, my mind and my dreams that I remember when I wake up in the morning. Seeing that massive goal at the end of all of this. Can’t tell you what that final goal is, it’s a secret.
#9 What is one thing that you do or that other writers do that is super annoying? – There is this one author, I won’t say her name, that I met at NorWesCon2016. She kept on boasting this at the panel and in public at her booth – “I just want the fuck it all money!” Let’s just say, putting the cart before the horse and boasting that the cart can move, when it can’t, is a bad bad thing to do in one’s writing career. I don’t care how many books you’ve published or who your publisher is or how many you’ve sold. You don’t boast about wanting the ‘fuck it all money’ cause there is no guarantee of that ever happening. She was also very rude in how she spoke to me and other fledgling authors as though she was the ‘bell of the ball’, the ‘I’m better than you, cause I have this publisher’.
#10 Are you willing to share something you’ve written? – Since book 2 isn’t finished yet, I don’t want to share that just yet. I’m really not too keen on sharing book 1 either cause I need to clean it up for republication. I’m so sorry, but not at this time. I want to make sure both books are finely polished before sharing them in small bits.

Well, that’s all for today. A fairly long blog post as of late. Hope you enjoyed reading it and got a visual in how I do my work. If you’d like to see more my writing in what I’m up to, follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Paranormal Online Multi Author Event!

A Platinum Event! Provocative Paranormal Online Multi Author Event!

Hang out with me and many other paranormal authors on Facebook for January 22, 2016 for #Giveaways, #AuthorQ/A and much more.

Location: At your computer desk.

I’ll be there all day, but will start my fan fair for my readers at 5:45pmCST.

A lucky reader will get a signed copy of Soul’s Little Lie book 1, free ebook and a signed original art print of all six main characters.

Hope to see you there!

Soul’s Little Lie art for sale

Attention readers and art collectors –

I’m selling one of my pieces as an 8×11 signed and dated glossy print for $15.00 (or best offer) plus $10 shipping and handling.

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Sorry for the edges. In later copies, the edges will be cleaned up. I printed out that one just as a test for the printer,

The illustration depicts (Left to Right) – Brandon Elwood (whom won’t appear fully until the third book), Vivian Warren and Frankie Bellington. Below are – David Geraci, Jacob Umari and Davon Tucker (Davon’s debut is in book 2, which I’m currently working on).

If you would like this print, please post a comment at any of these Facebook pages:

Tara Dobbs Facebook

David Geraci

Jacob Umari

Frankie Bellington

Davon Tucker

Or….you can post a response on Twitter

Any questions, please let me know.

 

Author Facebook Page Hop…

Hi everyone!… Today is the ‪#‎RebelInkPress‬ Author Page Hop from 9am-11pm EST on Facebook. I’ll be giving away the Ebook of my novel Soul’s Little Lie to anyone who posts their email on my author page of the pinned post.

 Please stop by RIP book sales page for the August Anniversary: http://www.rebelinkpress.com/on-sale-now.html Thank you and have a nice day. Come back soon.

Author Take Over… Rebel Ink Press Readers Club

At Rebel Ink Press Readers’ Club, once you join you’ll get to see all the fun we’ll be having starting this Monday at 2pm EST for the Take Over, Nick and myself and other RIP authors all this month. I will be doing a giveaway or contest prize, don’t know which yet, of these two scrapbook pages I made. The character profile drawings are made by Noiry from DeviantArt: http://noiry.deviantart.com/ I colored the printed sketches with Copic Marker and used all the extra goodies that I had stashed away. Both pages are signed and dated on the back and are in a clear scrapbook sleeve.

There will be a QnA, Ebook giveaway, behind the scenes of my books, and more.

One lucky winner will receive these. I can’t wait to find out who. So, please come join the fun, ‘Join’ Rebel Ink Press Readers’ Club to get a chance to win these pages.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1660579664153917/

Just a little promotion…

With the wonderful early present of my official reveal of the book cover on Dec. 3, 2014.

With the hope that the official release date for the book is Feburary 2015, this is my year for my future as a full time author.

Not much else to tell you. I’ll keep everyone, whoever reads my journal, updated.
You can find me on all these sites to keep up to date on everything new about my novels.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/soulslittlelie/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/PaintGoddess101

DeviantArt:
http://mythian.deviantart.com

Tumblr:
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/mythian

Just a little something…

I had been looking at WordPress.com for a few months now. A friend of mine hooked me up with the author Eden Glenn https://www.facebook.com/EdenGlenn?fref=hovercard

I then struck up a conversation about my novel series that I wanted published. Well, she told her publisher Rebel Ink Press and I sent in my manuscript. The ball is rolling right now. This is why I finally created my WordPress.com website.

A little about myself: Graduate of the Art Instruction School. My day job is Michaels Craft Store in the frame department. In my down time I continue to write my series of novels and on breaks I watch YouTube. I go to movies all the time with friends and take walks around town.

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