A long time ago, I wrote a rant about Twitter, or more correct, a rant about authors who doesn't do anything but spam the feed with the same annoying ads again and again.
Old Twitter Rant
After reposting the rant because it is still as correct today as it was when I wrote it, I did a little experiment on Twitter. I went to my home page on Twitter, and every time I saw a promotion I clicked on the author. If 8/10 of the last posts they had posted was all promotions, then I unfollowed them.
In less than 20 min, I had unfollowed almost 40 people (which in return, has given me some 20 less followers.)
And it kind of makes me sad. Because some of these people are brilliant authors, but not only that, I know them to be funny, articulate, and kind people. I know they are people with good things to say, good things to share. I respect their opinions, even if I'm not always agreeing with them.
But instead of showing the world who they are, they chose to spam twitter with the same boring ads over and over again. Instead of doing what authors through time has so often been doing, being the voices that help shape the world. They have become like those seagulls from finding Nemo, all shouting "MINE, MINE, MINE, MINE" hoping their voice will somehow miraculously be heard over the others.
I'm not saying that being "you" is going to instantly make you famous. Hell, some of these authors have tens of thousands followers, even though I have no idea why because all they ever do is drowning your feed, so you never see the posts from those who actually have something interesting to say. No, being heard, even when you're saying something worth listening to, is hard as fuck. In a world where so much "noise" is cluttering the internet, it can be hard to be heard.
But for the love of all that is holy to you, don't be part of the noise problem.
Beause let me tell you, that after I deleted those 40 people from Twitter, my feed is suddenly filled with interesting posts, posts I never saw before, because the seagulls of twitter drowned them in their constant screaming.
The Year to come.
2017 is going to be an interesting year for me. Not that 2016 wasn’t interesting, because to say it wasn’t would be a lie. In 2016 the divorce finally became a reality, I moved into my new apartment, started new work, the kids had to start a new school, and generally we all had to adjust to our new life. So I hope 2017 brings a bit less drama and a bit more writing.
In the hope of getting my writing career kicked up to a new level, I have spent this “writing free” December trying to plan out the next year as much as possible when it comes to writing, and all the things that follows. I have bought a big shiny new calendar (the old school paper kind because that’s just how I rock and roll) and it’s already filled with notes, markers and deadlines.
I have found a few programs that lets me write posts for twitter a few days ahead so even when I’m swamped with work and other stuff I can still post my silly stuff. After a bit of Googling, I even learned that this blog has a feature that lets me schedule my posts in advance, so there’s no longer any excuse for me not to keep my schedule :P (also, I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for so long and not realized it has this awesome feature. Damn that would have made my life so much easier to deal with)
Among the things I hope to publish in 2017 is
Dragon Slayer - End of April
Darkness within - start of August
Tales from the darkness ( a collection of flash fiction, poems, and short stories) - Start of October.
Of course all these dates are subject to change. I’m not interested in publishing these books only half done because of some deadline that turned out to be unrealistic for that particular story. Even after a year and a half as a self publisher, I’m finding that sometimes I underestimate the time it takes to polish a story.
All that’s left to say is may you all have a happy new year.
The third and final book in the trilogy about the black witch Dana, is published.
And let me tell you, that this story was a real struggle to tell.
Not only was it the last book in the series, so I knew it was goodbye, and really, saying goodbye to your characters are always hard, especially when you've been writing them for more than a year. I mean, they almost become like friends. Annoying asshole-y friends who spent a good part of their life making you miserable, but friends none the less.
But it was also the third book, with a lot of lose threads having to come together. Lovers, enemies, things that had to come full circle.
Couple that with difficult character arcs, and a story that took me a place I hadn't counted on, and you have me spending more than one night grumbling to my friends about how this book was stupid.
But, looking at the finished story, the overall story arc and the bitter sweet feeling of saying goodbye, I'm glad that I spent that extra month on it.
Here's a link for those that might be interested - LINK
Now, though, it's time for nano and the first draft of the second book in the Tamora Andrews series.
But, tonight it's all about relaxing and celebrating, and I'm going to go totally wild (it is Halloween after all). Totally wild right now, for me at least, means watching a movie and probably fall asleep early.
I know, I'm living the wild life ;)
A spooky night to you all.
It is now two days since the first draft of Witches at War should have been finished.... and it is not.
But I promise, there's a lot of good reasons for it (you can kind of feel that I'm going to try to explain myself with half assed excuses, can't you? but I promise, there is actually a good reason, or mostly ).
First there's the fact that it's the third book in a series, and the last. This means that I have to make sure that not only does the story line hold up, but characters, actions and every single little thread has to come together to form a satisfying ending.
On top of that, there's the fact that I just couldn't get the story to feel right. No matter what I wrote it felt off, and took me in directions that just didn't feel right for my characters or the story I was telling.
This of course is where my trusted beta readers and writerly friends, with whom I often throw ideas back and forth, come in. Because in the end I gave up trying to make this work by myself and asked for help. Luckily, often it just helps to talk ideas through, and after a few hours of talking to a few friends, I was back on track. Of course, I wasted way to much time trying to figure everything out on my own, so even after a very productive weekend, I still need at least some 5000 words before the story is done.
Which brings me to the last part. This third story is longer. A lot longer than I originally planned. But there's just so much story to tell this time and I didn't want to rush it.
But fear not.
It is getting done, and then it'll be rushed to my beta readers, then go through all the edits before being published.
Which reminds me I need a cover... better go talk to my dear cover artist about that *grins*
Until next time.
Have you ever heard about writers block?
It's the wall, the black hole, the white noise on the old TV.
And for the last month I have been stuck with it.
I got a novella to finish (as some of you might now) and for the last month I've spend way to much time staring at my screen, not being able to write anything useful.
It has been horrible.
Now, everyone has their own idea about "curing" writers block and there are so many "solutions" flowing out there.
The list is long and I've tried them all (though I'm not really sure how the brewing coffee should help, since I do that all the time) and nothing worked.
So with the deadline for the first draft getting near, and with Nano right around the corner, something had to happen.
Bring in the new desk.
Since I moved I haven't had a desk. My apartment is small and I didn't want to use up space for a desk when I have a perfectly fine dinner table being used for nothing every night. And I mean, five years ago, I could write everywhere.
But yesterday I said fuck it, and hauled my old desk into the room.
The room is crowded, overfilled and I had to move one of my bookcases out of the room to make space (which means my other bookcases are now overcrowded too) but OMG this is so awesome.
To have a space dedicated to my computer, my notebooks and all my other writer stuff (like empty mugs, scraps of paper and of course, my writing buddy Sir Bob Winterbottom) was clearly what I needed to break this writers blog.
Last night I wrote almost 2000 words.
Today I hope to do the same.
Yes, you've read that right.
I am know officially living on my own (except for my two lovely little devil spawns called kid 1 and 2... I know, such generic names).
This also means that I hopefully very, very soon will start back up with the whole writing thing again.
*looks in my calendar*
Yes, looks like it says it right here:
- Start writing -
So, because of my life being a bit of a mess and then the whole moving thing on top of it, my writing schedule have been completely blasted apart. This means that I'll have to change it up a bit to get things back on track.
What this in reality means is that Witches at war has been pushed ahead of everything else, and is now first on my list to complete.
A careful estimation (and if nothing else goes wrong) I'll have it in the hands of my beta readers around Oktober, and ready to publish around December.
But no promises...
Anyway, here's to a more steady life, and steady blog posts.
- Writing Raven
I did it... I fucking did it...
Three novellas finished and published in 15 days. It's taken some 3 months to get here, and the last 4 weeks have been crazy with to much junk food and long nights, but I did it.
I just hit publish on Snowbound and hopefully the book goes live while I sleep so I wake up tomorrow and have all three books out there.
Now I'll go celebrate with a big glass of water (because I totally live on the edge) and then maybe see if I could get more than three hours of sleep this night.
Happy December all of you.
I hope you're all getting into the Christmas spirit of eating to much candy, drinking to much hot chocolate and wine and doing silly Christmas stuff while singing the same old Christmas songs... I know I am, and I love every second of it.
Life here in the little house is rather busy, though. Other than the normal Christmas busyness, with visiting family, going to Christmas parties and buying way to many things, I've also published Wolfbound and Nightbound, and I'm getting ready to publish Snowbound on the 15th.
Both published books are doing good, which is awesome and Wolfbound did really well on the 8th when it was free. I'm really looking forward to getting Snowbound published so the series is complete.
When Snowbound is published, I'm going to take a few days to enjoy some down time with no writing, editing or pulling hair over deadlines (as if I could go more than one day without writing anything) and just enjoy Christmas with the kids.
Of course, after that, I have a thousand other projects to finish, first on the list, Vampires in the night, which have been silently judging me from the corner, while I've been working on the bound series.
Cheers to you all.
The last 1½ month, I've been working hard on a new series, and yesterday I finally published the first "bound" book. It's been awesome working on these three books and I'm rather pleased with the end result, even if I had my doubts about ever being able to finish them, more than a few times. In fact, this question might have left my mouth more than once...
"How bad would it be if i killed one of my main characters?"
... It was so tempting. Fortunately, some very good friends told me that it would be bad form to kill a main character in a romance, and, as they told me, it would ruin the series if I ended up killing a character in book one that was important in book two or three. So all main characters got to live, and I instead took out my frustration on the poor sobs who were destined to die anyway.
The series itself consists of three books, each one focusing on one of the three adoptive brothers. Jack, who's an alpha werewolf. Alex, who's an ancient vampire. John, who's a bear shifter. They are an unlikely band of supernaturals, but after more than two hundred years living in their makeshift family, they don't really care what the rest of the supernatural community think of them. Each book follows one of them as they find love. Of course, love isn't easy, especially not when you're far from being human, and they will each have to fight hard for what they want.
Wolfbound was published December 1st.
Nightbound will be published December 8th.
Snowbound will be published December 15.
Oh, and you can read blurbs and stuff, over HERE
For a long long time, I have heard people raving about how brilliant the writing program Scrivener is. I mean, there wasn’t a thing that program could do wrong, and it was basically the best thing since sliced bread.
I always just imagined that it was a bit like Mac vs PC. You pick a side and then you rave about it constantly, denying any faults could ever exist with your favorite fan-boy product.
But after three or maybe even four years I finally gave in and actually went and gave the program more than a glance. I sat down and read every single thing the website told about it. I looked at pictures and talked with a few people who use it about their experience.
Finally, I downloaded the free trial and I must admit that it didn’t take more than some 4 hours before I was the proud owner of the bought and paid for program.
Now, I’m not going to say the program doesn’t have any faults, because it does. It takes a lot to learn to use it. Just to get through the how-to tutorial took some 4 hours, and I even skipped some parts because I was pretty sure I was never gonna use it or I had already figured it out on my own.
There are some design choices that in my opinion could have been more logically made, but then, that is probably just a matter of taste.
Now, the big question…
Was it worth the money?
Hell yes. I love it. And I’m pretty annoyed with myself for not having gotten it years ago. Even with the few annoying features, it beats every other writing program I have tried through the years. And I have been around the block, with everything from free writing software to expensive ones, to online ones, and not one of them offers half the features Scrivener does.
It allows me to easily have all my notes in one place and in the stories where I’m working with a giant character cast, it allows me the option to see all the characters on a “cork board” for easy referencing.
Okay, so I totally do sound like a fan-girl, but I swear, once I got over the long learning curve (it took me almost 20 minutes to figure out how the hell I got back to the menu were I could chose among my project. One of the features I would have liked added, an easy to access list of all your projects) and stopped grumbling over the few missing features, it have made my writing life a lot easier.
A writer's life
This is the blog where a slightly crazy author writes rambling posts about everything and nothing. There are posts about cooking, books, and movies. There's funny stuff, videos, and music. And sometimes there's even snippets, updates on books and other interesting reader stuff. Because if nothing else, this writer's life is never boring.