• Closet Mad Scientist,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writing Life: Experimentation Files

    Sometimes when I’m in an experimenting mood I feel like I take it too far. Like, a story set 1000 years in the future sounds super fun! But sometimes it’s too much at once. I get overwhelmed and then curl into a ball and quit. So I decided to try experimenting in a different kind of way. It’s not that I feel like I can’t write a story set in the future. It’s that I need to figure out how to do that without getting overwhelmed. I have a story set 500 years in the future, I think, and tackling all the world building was fun, but it was also…

  • Closet Mad Scientist,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    New Project Talk: Experimenting Edition

    If you’ve been around The Narcissistic Rose Café for a while, you know how much I love experimenting!! I like to tag entries like this with a “closet mad scientist” moniker. 😀 I have a number of projects in the plot bunny field that are straight up experiments. Before I can get to them without freaking myself out, however, I have to first write a book that has some familiar elements mixed with less familiar elements. A kind of a bridge, let’s say. Like, before I could write something like WINTER’S SIREN, I had to get my writing back on track with NO REST FOR THE WICKED, because I was…

  • Closet Mad Scientist,  Happy Dance,  Indie Author Life,  Poetry,  Work-In-Progress

    Poetry Writing Update

    The poetry book is coming along! I’m in the final pass before formatting, making last minute changes and getting rid of stray lines I don’t like. I can’t say I LOVE everything in the collection, but I like everything, so that’s good. ^_^ The next step is to decide on some design elements. I have vague ideas of what I want. I don’t really like random sketches in my poetry books, so I’m not doing that. The plan is some kind of decorative thing to lead into each section, and then some kind of picture at the end of each section. I’ll be making decisions this weekend, I hope. I…

  • Closet Mad Scientist,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress

    Once Upon An Actual Writing Update

    So…it’s true. I’ve been writing. pause for cheers and applause and bouquets of flowers being thrown onto the stage. If you’ve noticed the side bar, or the footer bar if you’re on mobile, then you might have seen that I’m working on two projects. Well, three projects counting the poetry book. I’m actually juggling projects right now, so let’s talk about that! 😀 So far, I’m not really having any problems. I started out with a bit of a time problem, but the solution to that was to get up earlier and get some stuff off my plate in the a.m. I tend to work on one for a bit…

  • Closet Mad Scientist,  Editing,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Let’s Talk: Juggling Projects

    Okay. Disclaimer. LOL! After all the bellyaching I did last year about juggling projects and how I burnt myself out and yada, yada, you would think I wouldn’t be about to say what I’m about to say. So, I’m going to try editing and drafting at the same time. I KNOW! But hear me out. LOL! My theory is that juggling projects the way I was last year doesn’t work, because I was trying to edit and draft in the same time slot: at night. So, I was constantly switching back and forth between laser focus and happy drafting mode, which is inarguably and considerably more relaxing and stuff. My…