• Fun,  Inside Information,  Musicals,  Work-In-Progress

    Top Secret Project News ๐Ÿ‘€

    Haha. So…I’m thinking about doing something crazy! So…let’s maybe talk about it a little bit? Hmm? We all know I’m not writing books right now. It’s not a book project or a book-like project, i.e. a novel, a novella, a short story, a novel in verse, whatever. I’ve mentioned a few times how one of my hobbies is songwriting. For years, I’ve been wanting to put more of my lyrics to music. It’s fun to sit down at the keyboard and play something and sing. As a stroke of good fortune, or a sign from the universe, just as I’m heading into the last month of my Masterclass subscription, a…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself),  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Inside Information,  Work-In-Progress

    Adventures In Formatting A Poetry Book

    Guys, I was in FORMATTING HELL last week!! Poetry is a beast messily slain for I had dull spears to fight with. ๐Ÿ˜› One dull spear being the editing one, because I have legit never really edited poetry in my life. Sure, I sometimes change a line or two, but I’ve never rewritten that crap before. It was a good experience though, and I learned some things, mostly about myself. Lol! Creatively speaking, things have been at a standstill the last few weeks because I’ve been stressed about formatting the poetry book. I finally talked myself into sitting down one afternoon and figuring it out. It took me several hours…

  • Books,  Indie Author Life,  Inside Information,  News & Updates,  Work-In-Progress

    Poetry and Such

    GUYS! ๐Ÿ˜€ I has news! …kinda, sorta, whatever, dontlookatme. >.< So, you may or may not know that around two and a half years ago I had half a mind to publish a book of poems. I never set a deadline for this project, and it was quite easy to push aside, but I did expect to publish it one day. Andย well…I’m crazy close to my goal. As of this posting, I have the 100 or so poems I wanted, and I donโ€™t know if they’ll all make the final cut, but Iโ€™m trying not to be paranoid about it. If I cut something, I want it to be because…

  • Ideas,  Inside Information,  Writing Journey

    Writing A Retelling

    Once upon a time, back in 2012, I ran into a HUGE wall. I had idea after idea falling on its face. I didn’t know then that it takes me several months to bake an idea. I had only been writing again for a year after a two year hiatus, and before that hiatus, I had a four year college-related hiatus. So…I had a lot of things to learn about myself as a writer. Back then, I thought if an idea wasn’t gelling, it was a bad idea and needed to be trashed. Now I know things just need to bake. Among those many ideas that melted and died were…

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    Writing Anniversaries & Official Blurb Unveiling

    July is anniversary month at The Narcissistic Rose Cafรฉ for two reasons: One: It’s the month designated for celebrating my first completed novel – not because it’s the actual month I finished – I actually have no idea when that was – but I remember working on it the summer of 1996, and I know it was finished by the end of winter, because by then, I was working on novel attempt #2, which I not only didn’t finished but also ripped to shreds and then lost. ๐Ÿ˜€ Two: It’s the blog’s 6th birthday. My first post was on July 21, 2012. Happy Blog-oversary! ๐Ÿ™‚ During anniversary month, I like…