• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Excuse Factories and Other Writerly Nuances

    Around four years ago, I was going to buddy-read a book on fiction writing. I haven’t read a craft book in several years. I still haven’t finished it because said buddy quit on it, and since I was only reading it to be supportive, I lost the will to continue, because frankly, le book was getting on my nerves. It’s not a bad book. I just wasn’t in the mood to wade through the basic waters. It’s also wicked repetitive. But anyway, I was thinking about this thing he said about the length of time it takes to write a book. He said there’s a difference between the writer who…

  • Books,  Work-In-Progress

    April Reading & Writing Update

    Updates Time!! 😀  I had another sad reading month. Lol! Four books read and I didn’t really like any of them. >.< 23: Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories To Stir Your Soul Author: Nikita Gill Genre: Poetry Rating: 3 stars Reviewed: No I’m suspecting she’s just not the poet for me. I’m not a fan of this free-form word-vomit style at all, and I can’t stop feeling like her poetry is a little shallow – like she doesn’t really believe what she’s saying but really wants to. Maybe she does. I’m just saying I don’t feel it. We all know I love fairytales, but this felt like a chore and…

  • 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,  Facts of Life,  Indie Author Life,  Reading

    March Reads & Other Updates

    So, I didn’t do a lot of reading last month. For anyone who missed it, I’m back in my writing chair and juggling three projects (the poetry book and two paranormal projects and I’m having a blast), and I also decided to stop making to-do lists because frankly, I don’t care how much I get done anymore. Lately, caring has made me less productive, because I get stressed and then curl into a ball and do nothing. This isn’t to say I don’t give myself reminders. I still need those. And I also still have a TBR of books I want to read soon-ish, but that isn’t stressful. It’s flexible,…

  • 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…