I can’t tell you how much I can see myself in this, but it’s a lot. I want to share this with you guys. I also want to put this here for me, for another day when maybe I need to remind myself of this.
Originally posted on A Round of Words in 80 Days:
That was my longest consecutive burnout period. Creatively and with my everyday work load (I was in the military. Lots of deployment, work pressure, highly technical and competitive field, battle stress, and writing pressure on top of it all). During that time, I started many things and finished nothing. I floundered in confidence and my publishers increased pressure (I had no firm deadlines, but I had a solid readership).
Emails came in from readers asking if I would work on a series or create a follow-up to this or that couple. My family didn’t get it. Writing income slumped and it wasn’t like I wasn’t working. I was crying at the computer. Hands on the keyboard. Typing all the mess they tell you to in order to “get the muse working”. Nothing helped. Why couldn’t I speed write like mad and “get over”…
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I’ve mentioned on occasion that I’m a gamer, and some of the games I’ve played and enjoyed are the empire-building, strategy types. They scratch an itch for me, the urge to build something up and see how far and high I can take it.
Sometimes, writing scratches that same itch. I mean, in Fantasy you tend to build worlds for your characters, right? I haven’t gotten as exhaustive in my world-building as some authors I’ve known about, but there’s still been a lot even so. However, it’s often been high level because that’s how I’ve thought of it until now. And often it’s what I needed, but right now, I’m doing some and it’s a bit different from my usual stuff. Continue reading ‘City-Building’
It’s been a while since I posted here. There are a number of reasons. I think I’m even going to share some of them with you guys, which means this is going to be a hard post to write, maybe even harder to hit publish on. I’m going to try anyway. Bear with me. This is going to be a long post. Continue reading ‘Struggles and Breakthroughs’
I’m very excited to share with you guys the cover of my good friend Kristen Strassel’s newest novel, Night Moves. I just finished reading an advance copy and I have to say, it was excellent. Kristen’s vampires are exciting, and a little different from ones you might have seen before. That’s something I love, when an author makes something their own, puts their personal stamp on it.
Book Name: Night Moves (The Night Songs Collection, #2)
Book Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Book release date: March 26th, 2014 by Fast Foreword Publishing
Night Moves book blurb:
We bonded in darkness, over darkness. Melanie Vaughn’s job ruined everything. Her social life, nonexistent. Her relationship with her boyfriend, a hostile roommate situation. She resolves to fix everything one snowy afternoon, but instead comes home to discover her boyfriend is already exploring other options. Blonder, bustier options. Rage drives Melanie to do the unthinkable.
When Soul Divider was on the top of the world, so was Ryder Maddox. When the band faded into obscurity, Ryder’s luck plummeted with it. In a last ditch effort to rekindle the band’s heyday, Soul Divider teams up with powerful vampire clean leader, Talis de Rancourt. In return for her services, the band pays the ultimate price for never ending fame.
Now on the run, Melanie meets Ryder in a middle of nowhere hotel. She never expected her teenage rock star crush to be as lost and as in need of a companion as she is. Their connection is all consuming, even before they find they share another kinship: murder.
The newly turned vampires in Soul Divider still have a lot to learn. The police and public begin to connect the girls that go missing or die in sync with the band’s tour schedule. Back at home, clues are also adding up against Melanie as well. Between constant media coverage and unrelenting attention from the authorities, Melanie and Ryder find themselves in unchartered territory.
About the author Kristen Strassel:
Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and aspiring author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house. Kristen is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.
Other books by Kristen:
It’s going to be a short post today, partly because I have writing to do and partly because I don’t want to take away from what this post is about.
Today, I feel fabulous. Today, I’m on fire in the best way possible. Oh god, I forgot how good this feels. And I’m going to share the feeling with you! Or at least try to. I don’t know if it’s going to be the same for anyone who is not me. Maybe.
Enough build up for you? ;) Continue reading ‘A Story’s Transformation’