A blog about our adventures becoming a published Indie Authors. Here you will find advice, humor, and stories about what we've learned on our journey, along with books reviews, as well as great advice from other authors we've met on our journey. It's a long road, but the things you'll see and experience along the way can be very interesting.
How are things coming along with your next novel, "The Door"?
I've been hearing that a fair amount lately and I can tell you that last weekend I added another 2000 words to it. This brought the total word count to just shy of 19,000. A pretty good number, don't you think? I'm proud of it.
Unfortunately when Sunday arrived so did something else, my Fibromyalgia.
It flared up with a vengeance and at first I wasn't even really sure it was the Fibro acting up. I thought I might be coming down with a bug a or something. But as the day progressed and became Monday I knew better. There were no other flu or cold symptoms, just fatigue, pain and severe clumsiness which erupted when I least expected it.
So I was forced to take a few steps back and slow down on what I could do. I knew from experience that I'd have to budget my time and energies so as not to wipe myself out each day. I stuck to the most important tasks such as attending classes and doing homework, as well as taking care of the usual tasks around the house. Normally this would have allowed me to have some energies to call upon for being creative. However, life had other ideas.
Almost every day there was some new crisis for me to contend with that I had to use what little reserves I had available, which left me severely depleted and frustrated.
Even typing this entry is taking a bit out of me, but I felt it was important enough to let you all know what's been happening. I hope to get at least some writing done this weekend, but that partly depends on how much schoolwork is dumped on me before today is out.
However I remain optimistic that I can make some kind of progress on the story. I don't know how much, but damn it I need a little victory like that sometimes. I'm surprised the Fibro is being so relentless this time, usually it calms down in a few days, but I seem to be in 'Flare' which may last a couple of weeks.
So please bear with me if I don't post as much, I'm trying to save what energies I have to do the most necessary things. I'll be okay in the end, I always am. I only ask for your patience.
Thanks again and please take care of yourselves and keep writing.
Well, my wife Helen and I have finally finished moving into our new place. I'll be posting some more videos from my Vlog about that shortly, but I wanted to focus on another subject today. Hobbies, talents, things people do for adventure, enjoyment and relaxation. Now in creating characters that seem real to the audience I've found that the more real and reachable the characters are (i. e. they're like people you know or might meet) they're the ones that the readers seem to really relate to and even come to love. Now one method I've used to make my characters seem more human and real is to give them traits that are familiar, and even somewhat odd but intriguing. I've given characters hobbies or activities I've tried. When they are finished with what I've written, some have even gone and done research of their own on the activity. Some have even taken it up and made it a part of their lives. But how did that happen? Simple, whether it's pla
Okay, yesterday was a big day for me. My novel "THE BRIDGE" is now available in two 'brick-and-mortar' bookstores. How did I make this happen? Are sales jumping through the roof? Is my name out there so much that fans are demanding it be available everywhere? Two words.... I WISH! No, the simple truth is when you're an Indie Author (someone who has published through Createspace or other means to make a printed copy of your book), you have to do a lot of things yourself. One of them is marketing and getting your book into stores. Now, if you've done a good job marketing and your sales on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites are going really well, you might land up in bookstores. Some chains look to those sites to see what's the hottest sellers going and is it available in print form. They don't want to be left out of the loop and fall behind. But you have to have great sales for that to happen. But if you're just starting out and are
The last 7 days have kept me busy. I mean REALLY busy. And the sad thing about it all is that some of this could have been avoided....up to a point. Now I'm talking about re-editing my first novel AFTER it had already come out. Why would I do that? Because in spite of the combined efforts of myself and 2-3 other people checking the novel over for grammatical errors, a number of them got past all of us. From day one, I was determined to try and put out as good a product as I possibly could. And when I found out I'd failed, I felt obligated to go back and fix things. Now, I'm sure a number of you are wondering to yourselves, "Is he saying he never got it professionally edited?" The answer is, "I did not." Now, this is not because I was so arrogant in my own writing abilities, nor was it because I was being cheap and didn't want to put the money out. The truth is... my wife and I have applied for Food Stamps and have been getting aid from my