Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This isn't the typical image for Thanksgiving. You know them:

  • The smiling family gathered together at a table overflowing with food.
  • The running turkey hoping to succeed in NOT being invited for the family dinner on Thanksgiving Day
  • Close up of the beautifully decorated table with the gorgeous cooked turkey in the center, side dishes all around
  • The screaming football fans cheering their football team on as part of Thanksgiving Day tradition

Whether your plans for Thanksgiving include being with family, friends, love ones, or gathering with strangers at the local sports bar, I want to wish each and every one a Happy Thanksgiving!

And...

Sometimes, this world can seem like a dark place, ominous things possibly crouching right around the corner or scary happenings that seem out of our control. I'd like to encourage each of us to take a moment to recognize our own individual flames, our ability to be the light that pushes back the fright.

Let your flame shine!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG...Interrupted

Normally, I'm all about IWSG on the first Wednesday of the month. I am...I really am. But I'm off my game big time, some odd life-interruptus causing a bit of mayhem in my dysfunctional version of normalcy.

So, today, I bid you to visit other blogs that have posted about wonderful things, shared good news, or maybe venting out some negativity by clicking here.

As for today, may your NaNoWriMoing be awesome and productive and just as important...may my older brother, Tony, have an AWESOME birthday today!
Me and my silly older brother, Tony, restaurant chillaxing lol!
Have some cake to celebrate!!!
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunshine for a Monday - On the Shelf

I'm admittedly not very good at this marketing thing. Let's see, what have I tried?
 - I've done paid ads with various mailing lists
 - Facebook ads
 - Facebook parties
 - Blog hops
 - Book blog tours, including the extremely fun one Gwen Gardner and I planned, plotted, and put on as Partners in ParanormYA. Good times!!
 - Giveaways
 - Started my own mailing list
 - I have a permafee book, Frailties of the Bond, for anyone to try.
 - Cross-promotion with other authors
 - Tried joining a few groups on Goodreads to be an interactive author with readers instead of the screaming "Buy my book" author. Maybe I should have tried the screaming method??

Any-who, the point being, I've got a few titles out in the world (Neverlove, They All Fall Down, Beacon, Frailties of the Bond, Atone, anthologies with UR like Twisted Earths and Ghosts of Fire) but I'm not all that good at encouraging readers to check them out.

Maybe my writing just sucks? That could be it. I've got a few bad reviews I haven't been brave enough to read just yet lol!

Maybe my publishness journey is meant to be more complicated. One thing's for sure, I'm glad I didn't get into this with my mind only on making money.

I make stories. I make bridges for readers to escape. I hope I make someone's day with a good read.

How long this will be for, I don't know, but I finally made it on a bookstore shelf.
That's my fairy tale mash up, Fable Ranger: Summons, sitting on the shelf with other middle grade and young reader titles at Black World Books. A number of places I tried wouldn't carry any of my titles because they are print on demand. BWB provided me the option to do consignment and BAM! There Casey, Robin Hood, and Charlie-boy sit, hopefully, one bookstore purchase away from being a reader's next book to consume.

And since it's Monday, how about you enjoy this virtual treat :-)
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Getting on a bookstore shelf is probably par for the course for some authors, but it's a heart-warming victory for me. What victory, no matter how big or small, are you going to celebrate today?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

OMG… I Did It Again? by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

OMG... I did it again 


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OMG... I Did It Again? by Talia Aikens-Nuñez April Appleton wakes up to quite the sight: a herd of elephants marching down her street! She realizes that her powers of witchcraft have done it again. With her friends, Grace and Eve, April must figure out how the elephants got to her town in the first place and then how to get them back home. But with elephants playing in the neighbor's pool, sitting on cars and eating everyone's trees, how will they do it? Early readers will delight in the misadventures of this reluctant witch and her plucky friends as they try to figure out how to use April's powers to do good in the world.  


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Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children's books. Talia's family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IWSG and Do You Know?

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Now that you know about IWSG, let's get on to the Question of the Month:
When do you know your story is ready?
For those able to deliver something profound and enlightening or causes others to have epiphanies, I commend you. My answer?
I don't know.

Like Mrs. Incredible in this clip, I'm unsure, terrified to know, but in the end - after edits, revisions, revisions of revisions, revisions based on beta feedback and crying about having so many doubts - there's only one way to know (you may need to turn the speakers up a bit after the ad):
Now, let's say you pushed the button and found out that your story may not be perfect, or may not spark an agent or editor war to win your story. It's okay. Here's Edna with a bit of pep talk for you.
Maybe Edna's talk is a little strong, but she's not wrong. You are a writer. By the very desire of wanting to publish and share your story, you are entering a world where rejection is par for the course. Getting to that sacred "yes" from an agent or editor (or first the one then the other, whatever you're choosing to do), well, you have to look in your heart to see if it's worth the fight.

I'll admit, some days I wonder, but then I'm back on the computer bringing up my latest WiP, tapping out more words, exciting myself with some new plot twist pouring from my fingertips and I know...

The story is worth the fight.

I'm worth the fight.

So with each story, I reach a point where I simply have to push the button.

What about you? When do you know your story is ready?