June: Month of the Dragon-Chicken

So I get really confused and super panicky when I feel obligated.

It’s part of the reason I don’t do more.

Because shit sounds cool and then I realize I’m involved in living my life, so some part of me will have to actually interact which takes time away from writing, and that’s all my life ever seems to be – pieces and blocks of time away from writing. That sounded super writer-emo, didn’t it? I didn’t mean it to be. It’s just the truth.

Back when I was brave (and possibly drinking) I signed up to be the author of the month in the Smashwords group on Goodreads. Follow any of that? No? Here’s a link. It’s basically a month dedicated to being in the spotlight where people ask you questions about your work and process and pretty much everything that gives me panic attacks. And I forgot that I signed up. For June. But that’s okay because I’m trying to embrace my inner dragon, call on my ‘inner Khaleesi’ if you will.

See, I’m a Dragon-Chicken, which basically means my life consists of two trains of thought:

Yeah I’m fire-breathing motherfucker.

Please don’t look at me. My heart is going to implode.

And to both extremes. Seriously.

I’ve tried narrowing down which way the podium will swing and often, if coffee or sugar are involved, I’m ready for flight. But if too many eyes are focused or I feel obligated, I shrink into my feathery fat and pray no one comes near me with an axe (You know, for cutting off my head and eating and stuff).  Being an author is tough. But when you’re trying to grow an audience, you kind of have to force the dragon, right? Be brave and do author things like group spotlights and interviews, like the kind going up on Creative Barbwire on June 19th.


I mean… Fiery Roar!

I’ll work on it.

Also, I’ve had new covers done for the Arizal War books. Take a look and tell me what you think. Courtesy of talented author and designer Joleene Naylor. 🙂

June will be a good month.

And then next it’s off to the Writers Digest annual conference next month for the real test.

Fiery lungs—don’t fail me yet.



6 thoughts on “June: Month of the Dragon-Chicken

  1. Madeline Mora-Summonte says:

    I am more chicken than dragon, but I’m working on it. Maybe I can start by being a fire-breathing chicken? But then I’d cook myself. I think. I need more coffee….

    Good luck with everything this month! 🙂

    • cgcoppola says:

      I’m more chicken than dragon too, but I wanted people to think I had more fire than fat so I listed the dragon first.

      Yes, no need to be a self sufficient cannibal!

  2. Loni Townsend says:

    Creative Barbwire? That sounds like fun. I look forward to your feature! You’ll roar great bouts of fiery breath, I’m sure. 🙂

  3. Liz Blocker says:

    LOL, seriously, that drawing is perfect. Also, the fiery roar/squawk made me actually laugh out loud.

    Ok, Khaleesi, you’re a dragon. I believe in you. As a fellow dragon-chicken, I get it – but I know you can do it 🙂

    • cgcoppola says:

      We should start the “proud to be a Dragon-Chicken club.” I bet we’ll have a line of people waiting for membership.

      Glad to know I’m not alone 😉

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