I’ll Try Again Next Time

I’m back to no bars on my sales graph again ☹

I’m bar-less ☹

You know what that means: I’ve done diddly when it comes to marketing. Less than diddly, and I’m not even sure that’s a thing. But it is for our purposes because seriously, my patient has flatlined. Not even a heartbeat since early September, and only two tiny blimps at that. I’m not surprised. I haven’t done any of the advertising earlier-this-year-me planned on doing which sucks, but it is what it is. And I’ve learned what I’ve learned. What’s that saying?

I never lose. Either I win or I learn.

Yeah, we’ll go ahead and apply that. I learned not to release books so close together, regardless of them being pretty much written (and regardless of my excitement as an author to have you read them!) because there is so, so much more that goes into a release day then just ‘releasing’ it. You have to let the whole friggin world know about it days, weeks, months in advance—and I definitely didn’t do that. At all. Not even close. Oh, well. I’ll try again next time. But what’s next time, you ask??

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I’m happy to announce, that after BTY releases, I’m writing the FIFTH and FINAL book of Arizal Wars, so STOP ASKING ME, BATMAN.

To be honest, I needed a break from AZ since I started writing it in 2011. These last two years have been a nice vacation with Autumn and Alex, and I think the newness of their world has given me the rejuvenating boost I’ll need to face the final battle in AZ. Because oh yeah, shit goes down. It’s bittersweet to be finishing up my Better Than This series since I love my characters so much, but part of me is dying to get back into writing battle scenes. And prophecies. And alien races. And forbidden love and—ahh the goosebumps!

Anyway, that’s later this year. Or early next year. Not sure where I’m going with this post, but that’s a true panster at heart. Happy Wednesday 😊

Short and Sweet

I’m going to keep this short and sweet (like me!) because I’m already behind as you might’ve read last week so every moment—EVERY PRECIOUS FREE MOMENT—is now dedicated to finishing BYY. But shouldn’t it be finished by now? Yes, it should. Shut up. It will definitely be ready for release on 11/16 (same day as The Crimes of Grindelwald!) but only if I use EVERY PRECIOUS FREE MOMENT to write and perfect and edit and re-perfect. Which means again, I’m keeping this short and sweet.

But why jump on if I have nothing to say? Two things:

  • We always have a date. Me and you. Wednesdays at that hot internet spot.
  • I saw A Star is Born

So……………I did like it, but it wasn’t the movie I thought it was going to be. Again, haven’t seen the first two, so I’m not sure if the plot is like, spot on, but it just…just kind of took me by surprise. With sadness. And I hate feeling sad because it pops up far too often in life and I wasn’t expecting it on my fun girl’s night out. Anyway, Bradley Cooper was hot. So, there’s that. 😊

Alright, off to write! Have a lovely hump day!

Until our next rendezvous – 😉

Oh, the Insecurities IWSG

Actually, I am a little insecure this month. ☹

September—while awesome—flew by and stole with it all my time to write. I’m not making excuses for myself because I did write, just not as much as I’d like. Not as much as I needed to stay on my timeline, which means I’m thrown off, people. Which means I won’t be able to do a pre-order now ☹. My own fault. All the lessons are being learned, but it does still make me feel insecure. Will I finish in time? Will I make my promised release date? Will it all come together in the end? Will I finally take up drinking fulltime?

The comforting thing is that I’m feeling good about what I’m writing. I’ll finish a scene (knowing I’ll revisit it 1-2 more times) and think, ‘can’t wait for them to read it!’ That’s one of the best things as an author. Knowing you get to share something you’re excited about with everyone, hoping they’ll enjoy it as much as you do. It’s super scary, but worth it! So, yes, I’m insecure that I fucked up with how I decided to publish this whole thing, but beyond thrilled to be able to share it .

Also: have you seen the trailer for A Star is Born? I haven’t seen the other two, but this third version looks amazing. So amazing in fact that I’ve watched the trailer twice daily for the past few days. I’m like one of those fourteen year old girls who watched Titanic ten times in the movie theaters (I WASN’T—I only saw it once) but my love for this trailer seems on par with their intense feelings of Leo’s stirring performance. I don’t know what it is—the song, the movie clips, the actors? I don’t care. It looks amazing and I can’t wait to see Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga this weekend 😊

Now that I think about it, maybe I’m so into this trailer because I’ve been writing about a musician in love. It’s kind of giving me that extra oomph to finish Better Than You because I see a finish line every time I watch it.

Anyway, I’m going to go watch it again because we talked about this. Then, more writing. Happy IWSG day! Try to rise above your insecurities and to make all your dreams come true. And try not to fuck up your timeline like I did. 😊

Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is a monthly blog hop for writers at all levels to share their fears and insecurities in a safe and encouraging place. Please drop by and say hi to Alex Cavanaugh who started this nifty concept in bringing us all together.

Yes, It Was A Good Weekend

So, we made it back from Orlando alive 😊

SeaWorld on Friday and Universal Studios on Saturday was a pretty snazzy way to spend the weekend and celebrate the ol’ birthday. Even though Batman guilted me into riding the coasters with him, I had an awesome time hanging out with the penguins and visiting my *alma mater. I took a bunch of pictures and seriously thought about posting ALL OF THEM (and only them), but I’m a chatty-Kathy and like to talk. Plus, I’ve got to walk you through the days.

Let’s begin with Friday: SEAWORLD

Okay, I have to admit that this park is a little small and probably not the *top* attraction on your list of places to visit, but it does boast the tallest AND fastest rollercoaster in Orlando—something I found out after riding—and has cool shows and aquariums and—most importantly—a PENGUIN EXHIBIT!

How can this be beat, right? It cannot. But a closer runner-up to seeing the penguins was when we discovered the sealions! And then the amazingness continued once we learned we could FEED THEM TOO 😊

Seriously, SeaWorld isn’t that bad, but don’t come to Orlando just for it, k?

Onto Saturday: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

I was too excited to take a picture of the Universal ball because Batman and I pretty much ran to Diagon Alley. Sorry. Two Potter fans over here 😊 Most of my camera was filled up of this one section of the park, because, obviously. We’ve both been before, but it’s still fun to get swept away in all the magic!

Batman posed with many of Universal’s finest characters:

And how could I let the day end without 1) a great souvenir and 2) a great picture of us?

Are you dying? I was dying. The second I looked at it, I said, “sold!” And of course, with Batman’s love of Starwars, we had to get something that included Mark Hamil.

Yes, it was a good weekend.

How was yours? 😊

*Hufflepuff. Ten points to your house if you guessed that (100 if you KNEW that)

Is It Worth It?

You know, sometimes I think: is it worth it?

After a full day in a cubicle, feeding Appa, feeding Batman and me, and completing my nightly chore, I sit down and work. Sometimes, it’s only for an hour—sometimes, much longer. I work on my current WIP, posting to Patreon, posting here, and any other miscellaneous project I fell into (spur of the moment short story, ect.) Usually, I’m exhausted by the end of the day, and on the hard ones when I can’t solve a scene/nail a piece of dialogue/have complete writers block, I think: is it worth it? Is all this work and time and energy I’m putting in really worth it?

Yes.

Yes.

Hell motherfucking YES.

I forget until a reader/fan reaches out to 1) ask when the next book will be out, 2) tell me they love what they’re reading and 3) ask me what’s going to happen next. These moments remind me that I’m not just wasting my time typing away some imaginary story because I wanted to read it. There are yous out there that want to read it too. 🙂

So, to all you FANS—if something moves you/excites you/affects you in some positive way, let the writer, musician, actor, singer, comedian, (fill in blank) know. Send a message. An email. Something social-media wise. Artists are a tender bunch; we need that extra push, that extra reason to remember why we do it.

(it’s for you 😊 as much as us)

P.S.  Tomorrow’s my birthday and I’m heading to Sea World and Universal Studios! Woop! Going to go hang with some penguins and Hufflepuffs 🙂 I’ll be sure to snag a bunch of pics so you can experience the amazingness vicariously. You’re welcome 😉

I’m Happy With It

It took me almost a whole week to get through a scene. ☹

Not normally a big deal, but I went ahead and tortured myself with a looming deadline (and it is looming), so that’s only mildly terrifying. I’m pretty good about getting through my WIPs quickly, but I got *so* stuck on this scene. The kicker? It was the bow-chick-a-wow-wow scene which are usually kind of easy. In fact, they’re pretty fricking fun! But this one wasn’t coming to me, and I think it’s because I was putting too much pressure on the moment. On getting it perfect and making sure I checked every box to make it the perfect reunion. In other words: I cockblocked myself ☹

Glad to say I got past it. I’m only *slightly* behind but I’m sure I’ll catch back up because I doubt I’d write this post without FULL CONFIDENCE I’ll have BTY done in time to make the November 16th release date. There are a few other scenes that I know I’ll have to rework heavily, but other than that, I’m happy with it. Of course, I say that today, having just gotten passed a huge hurdle, but I hope to keep the good vibes/news flowing.

Non-writing wise, life isn’t too bad. Batman and I are going to Sea World and Universal Studios for my birthday in two weeks. It was supposed to be a trip to Colorado Springs…but someone got herself unemployed for three months and has very little money. So… FL vacation hot-spots it is!

Also, we had a garage sale Saturday and made fifty bucks which is AWESOME because people took crap I didn’t want and gave me money that I’m putting towards a new wand in Diagon Alley. Happy birthday to me 😊

Pretty morning for a garage sale!

Chilling and taking pictures.

The couch that no one bought…along with things no one wanted

so bored I’m taking a selfie

How did you spend your weekend? Something fun I hope 🙂 Ever been to SeaWorld? Or Universal Studios? How about FL? TELL ME YOU’VE AT LEAST BEEN TO FLORIDA.

Because It’s A Possibility, IWSG

I saved writing this post for the night before (again) when my brain is dead, so I’m going to jump right in on the optional question:

What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

Think I’ve answered this one before, but self-publishing. I’ve seen *so* many friends embark on entrepreneurial dreams and they can because it’s a possibility. That’s what self-publishing is: the possibility for authors to put our art out there. I would still love to be traditionally published, but gaining an audience is crucial, and self-publishing is slowly—but surely—helping me do that.

Okay, my brain is officially dead now.

I’m going to go fall asleep on the couch with Appa 😊

Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is a monthly blog hop for writers at all levels to share their fears and insecurities in a safe and encouraging place. Please drop by and say hi to Alex Cavanaugh who started this nifty concept in bringing us all together.