• Anniversary,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    This Year’s Blogoversay Post

    It’s anniversary month here at The Narcissistic Rose! Not only is my blog 7 years old!! But I also tag July as the month I finished my very first novel. I don’t actually remember when I finished this book, and I didn’t bother to put a date anywhere in it, but July is the official month for simplicity’s sake. So when it comes around, I like to celebrate! Last year, unbeknownst to the general public, I wrote FIVE different anniversary posts before settling on the one I posted in which I did a blurb reveal for HOUSE OF FALLING EMBERS. Truth be told, I was in a BAD mood this…

  • Facts of Life,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Green-Eyed Writing Monster

    Without getting into too much detail, for brevity’s sake, I recently read a couple of things that had me wanting to quit writing. In full disclosure, I am totally fine. But I had a moment, so let’s talk about it. ^_^ So, I was reading, and I suddenly started thinking: Gah, why is everyone better than me? Like any sane person, I talk to myself. And Me and I had a conversation about why I was in danger of falling into a ditch, and I had to ask myself if part of the reason could be because I was jealous. I wasn’t jealous of anything that’s particularly difficult to do.…

  • Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Writing World

    Talking About Author Tube

    Some of you may know that I have a YouTube channel. If you didn’t know, Hi, I have a YouTube Channel. Here’s a link. 😛 When I first started making videos, I intended for it to mostly be an extension of this blog, with random videos of other things along the way as the mood struck. I never get sick of talking about writing. Even when I was burned out, I didn’t struggle to keep the blog going. I struggled to talk about my work, for obvious reasons, but I didn’t struggle to talk in general. In fact, I have a huge backlog of posts, so there’s no shortage of…

  • Facts of Life,  Mini Rants,  Writing World

    #ARCSAREFREE Debacle

    Okie dokie: Rare Extra Post I don’t know if anyone saw this circulating on Twitter around the end of May. I only found out about it on YouTube over the weekend. I’m not plugged into AuthorTube “Tea” so I had no idea this was going on. If you hadn’t heard about it, I’ll summarize: There is an author who is only offering ARCs to Patrons who are subscribed to her $50 tier on Patreon for at least 3 months – essentially “charging” $150 for ARCs and guaranteeing any early reviews she gets on any book will be biased as hell. My personal opinion on this is: I don’t give a…

  • Facts of Life,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    Weird Writer Stuff: Psychology Edition

    A couple of weeks ago, I was analyzing my writing habits, haha, and came to the conclusion that I have a lot of strange habits. I noticed, for example, and quite easily so, that I have a tendency to run away from projects a lot. And I honestly have no idea why I do this other than a general “I just don’t want to.” It’s not because the start of a book is daunting, because sure, it is, but I do this all the time. Regardless, I did wonder for a bit if there was something specific in my writing past that causes me to run away from stuff so…