• 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. 😛 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! 😀 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. And well…I’m crazy close to my goal. As of this posting, I have the 100 or so poems I wanted, and I don’t know if they’ll all make the final cut, but I’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…

  • Anniversary,  Announcements,  Inside Information,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Writing Anniversaries & Official Blurb Unveiling

    July is anniversary month at The Narcissistic Rose Café 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. 😀 Two: It’s the blog’s 6th birthday. My first post was on July 21, 2012. Happy Blog-oversary! 🙂 During anniversary month, I like…

  • Inside Information,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Dance of the Setting Fairy, Part Three

    Since I’m still working on the same story I was talking about last week, LOL, I wanted to talk a bit about the setting for it, as well as the setting for the upcoming WHISPER. WHISPER takes place in a futuristic Chicago, though you wouldn’t know it’s slightly futuristic because I ended up ditching the futuristic transportation in lieu of an Uber-like service because it was more flexible than whatever crap I was going to do. Truth be told, Uber and Lyft were unknown to me when I got this idea in 2013. So, why Chicago? If you’re thinking it’s my favorite city, you would be wrong. I like Chicago,…