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December 2015

Publishing Paperback vs. E-Book

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Now some people may disagree with me, and that is fine because this is my opinion on the matter of paperbacks versus e-books.

Ten days ago I published an e-book on Kindle, which was a great accomplishment for me. I never published anything before and this was a big project that I put a lot of time and effort into. The issue I had was I didn’t feel like I had completed my long-term goal of publishing. In my mind putting my book on Kindle was just like posting a successful post on my blog. You edit it, upload it, and watch the reports come in regarding your readers.

Although that was a great feeling that people were finally reading my book, it didn’t feel like I had completed the task I set out to do.

Now ten days later I’m holding my paperback and I’m getting the feeling that I finally reached my goals. When I held my paperback in my hands, saw my words on physical paper pages and I couldn’t help the over-follow of emotions running through my mind.

But why did I feel so much happiness and pride when I got my paperback, and not when I published my e-book?

I started thinking about this and all I could come up with is the physical sensation.

When you publish online you don’t have the book in your hands. With e-books it is uploaded to the world, but it isn’t a physical thing. All your book becomes is more zeros and ones in the matrix that is the interwebs. Although this is a great accomplishment you don’t physically feel like you completed anything because you physically have nothing to show for it.

When you are holding your paperback, that is exactly what you are doing. You are holding a piece of work that wouldn’t have existed if you didn’t create it. That book now takes up space on someone’s shelf and has a physical place on our planets surface. Unlike e-books that take up space on your e-reader or other electronic device. You can’t hold zeros and ones… well not really… but you can hold a paper version of your book.

That got me into thinking why do I need a physical version to feel like I’ve completed my goal as an author. Maybe it’s instilled in us that writing in from books and if your book isn’t written on paper it isn’t real.

Most of my life I grew up with paper books. There are still store dedicated to the physical book and shelves filled with physical books in our houses. We’ve read famous authors from paper and learned most of the knowledge we know from paper. So, maybe it is something on a subconscious level that paper/ physical = real. That e-books aren’t real in our minds because we can’t physical hold them and they haven’t been around for long enough to consider them real… that I need to hold my words on paper and see my words in ink for me to feel like I accomplished something.

Does that mean as time goes on and technology is used more than paper books that those more use to e-readers will not need the physical book to feel accomplished? That I don’t have an answer to… but would be interested in finding out the answer one day.

In a way there are probably already people that don’t need the paperback like I do. People who fill like they succeeded in their goals by publishing online and don’t need to feel paper in their hands.

I – apparently – am not one of those people and I’m all right with that. 😛

 

Prophecy Six has a Facebook!!!

 

I know it’s long overdue but I have finally gotten around to doing this. I can officially say that P6 has a Facebook page.

What I’m hoping is that this page will become a place where readers can share and discuss my book, along with getting insight on new things I may be releasing. So far it is just me and a few friends following, but I would love to carry some of the conversations I’ve had with many of you over to my page.

I want it to be a safe place where we can talk about writing, reading, and all the other things we love. I’m wanting to build a P6 community and this is one way I know how to start it. 🙂

So, don’t be afraid to join the new Prophecy Six Page!!!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PAGE

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 2

| Day Two |

Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot

That there is a very good prompt… but I honestly can’t think of anything that stands out to me. I’ve been told I’m creative but that’s something everyone tells me. People have told me I write well but that’s not something that stands out.

I’m not one to really pay attention to what people say about me. I spent a lot of time when I was younger worrying about what others thought of me and it drove me up the wall. Now, I do what makes me happy – I feel what I want to feel about myself.

I’m the only one that controls my body and so I’m the only one that has the right to say things about it.

So to answer this prompt, nothing really stands out to me in regards to things people say because I don’t pay attention to what people say in regards to me…

That is a let down I know. XD

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Inglenook

 

The word inglenook is a funny sounding word but I find it gives character to a place when you use it. Inglenook means a cozy/ comfortable place by the fireplace.

For example:

Liora sat in the inglenook with the leather text on her lap.

Or…

They gathered around the inglenook.

30 Day Writing Challenge: Day 1

 

I needed something to work on and write about on this blog so I decided to challenge myself with the 30 Day Writing Challenge. Every day for the next 30 days I will have to write something on my blog using a prompt found from this link.

So, let’s beginning.

Day 1: List Ten (10) Things That Make You Really Happy

One| WRITING |

This should come as no surprise to some, since I’m a writer… and find myself always writing something. It is an escape for me, not a job. I find writing fun and helps me explore different situations in a safe environment. I get to go on adventures to other worlds and create people from experiences. Writing is amazing!

Two | MR. CANUCK |

I’ve mentioned him a couple of times on this blog but I never really go into detail about him. Mr. C is my Significant Other who works his butt off to make sure we are living a good life. He doesn’t give himself enough credit, and is self-deprecating but he’s my everything. He’s my biggest fan, and cheerleader. Even though he doesn’t share the same passion I have with writing he listens to me talk about my story until I explode. He has a great sense of humour, and have been my biggest support. No matter how down I feel Mr. C knows how to make me happy.

Three | MY PARENTS |

My mom was my best friend and biggest support. If I needed someone to go to bats for me she would be the first one there. People called her mother bear, and she struct fear into many people who wronged her company, friends, or family. She may have been tiny but she was fierce.

My dad is more behind the scenes, but if I need him he is there. He’s my support system when I need to talk, and he’s got a great sense of humour. He is hard working, and makes me jealous on how dedicated he can be with his job… I didn’t inherit that from him. Although our work ethic isn’t the same, I am a mini version of him and at times we don’t never have to talk to know what one another is thinking. Whenever my mom needed help with trying to understand him she would ask me questions, and normally I would be right on the ball. I’m a mini him, and I couldn’t be prouder of that fact.

Four | FAMILY |

I’m talking distant family now like aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and so on. Both sides live across Canada… and some overseas… but if I ever needed anything I know they are there for me. When we get together we have a blast, and time blurs. If I ever need a pick-me-up I just have to go to a family get together and all my melancholy goes away.

Five | FRIENDS |

I don’t have many friends but the friends I do have I’ve had for life. Sometimes they annoy me, but who doesn’t. Most of the time I annoy them. XD

To be honest, I love my friends and without them I probably wouldn’t have survived high school or life without them. They give me advice… I give them advice even if they don’t want it. Some had even helped edit my first book – which they are amazing for doing that.

When I can’t be with family I be with those I chose to be my family, and they help me remember to cut loose and have fun.

Six | THE FOREST |

I’m not talking about nature… I’m talking about the game.

The Forest is probably my favourite game in the whole world and it’s not even out of alpha. I’ve been part of the game development since they started and I’ve seen this game go from simple play to run your butt to the closest water source in hopes of escaping the herd of cannibals after you.

It is survive The Hatchet meets The Hills Have Eyes and I love love love it.

I’ve lost so many hours building an ultra fortress and hunting lizards that I don’t feel bad about myself any more. Maybe I will share some play-by-play fan-fiction I’ve been working on…

Yeah… I’m that into this game that I’m writing fan-fiction.

Seven | BEING AN ADULT |

Yes, being an adult sucks… but there are things about being an adult that doesn’t suck. I ate a whole box of turtles yesterday (the chocolates not the reptiles) and sure I hated myself afterwards but I wasn’t scolded for it. I chose to do that.

I can also choose how I want to spend my time. I don’t have to go to school and don’t have homework. Sure I have a job, but I get money for it that I spend on sustaining my life or getting things I like or we (Mr. C and I) want.

Sure, there are moments adulting is hard… but the majority of the time it is awesome.

Eight | THE FOREST |

I’m talking about nature this time.

I love talking walks in the woods or sitting by the lake and ignoring the world around me. Nothing makes me happier than being reminded how small of a person I am in a vast world. My actions are a small ripple in a large ocean, but I’m okay with that. I’m making ripples, which means I’m making changes and that is awesome.

Nature makes me more philosophical…

Nine | OWLS |

Random I know, but their big eyes and feathery bodies just make me so happy. I love owls. I have an owl bag, owl candle holder, owl wallet, owl shirt, owl stuffed animal, owl display picture, owl agenda, owl notebook, owl pen…

Yeah… I have a problem… but the first step is admitting I have a problem… right?

Ten | LEARNING |

Nothing makes you feel like you aren’t a failure in life than when you learn something new. Life is filled with an abundance of information just waiting to be discovered, and whenever I learn something know I get this giddy feeling in my stomach.

I love learning new things. Learning new things leads to me being able to writing new experiences, which leads to me being super happy because I’ve incorporated my two favourite things into one. 🙂

I have no idea…

My biggest issue I’m having isn’t that I published a book but how to talk about my published book. I have this problem when I start talking I can’t shut up, which can lead to me either telling too much of the story or cutting myself short of what I can share.

So, when someone asks me what I’m writing… I normally become an awkward penguin and clam up before stuttering my way through a very poorly assembled explanation of my book.

It’s not the fact I don’t know what I’m writing… it’s the fact I don’t know what I want to share with you.

I love my series and the pieces I write. I know what I’m writing… I just don’t know what to tell you. There is so much to tell you about the story from the world it’s based in to the characters it’s about. There are traditions, laws, rules, creatures, religions just like planet either. It’s a great diverse world I created with diverse people… so if you want a short explanation you aren’t going to get it.

If you want a short explanation you’ll get:

“It’s a ya fiction focused around social issues in a fantasy world.”

Or…

“It’s follows the main character trying to find others like herself who are meant to save or destroy the world… depends on what way they lean by the end of the series.”

Ambiguous as heck… but not giving anything away. I’m also fighting with myself at this point… not wanting to explode with passionate description about everything. I’m wanting to tell them everything about Gaitan… I want to share with them my characters like Caldor, Liora, Foe…

I want them to understand why I love it…

But when they ask ‘what are you writing?’ they are expecting a short explanation like those two examples above… not the world’s story.

And so, that’s why I usually give them a shrug and tell them ‘I have no idea’ with a smile before directing them to my kindle page. 🙂

UPDATE: Child of the Light is on Goodreads

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That’s right, today it is official Child of the Light is on Goodreads. So if you wish to using that site instead of the other’s go right ahead.

I never used Goodreads before but it is pretty neat… sort of like Facebook for books.

Anyways, back to my holiday and to working on book 2. 🙂

OLD WORD FRIDAY: CHRISTMAS WORDS

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Since this is a special weekend for everyone in some way, shape, or form – I wanted to share with you a link I found today in regards to forgotten Christmas words. As I only have the weekend to share these amazing words, and I only do this once a week I thought I’d share the link instead of sharing the words. The reason… there was too many good words to choose from and I wanted to share them all with you.

11 Christmas Words

My favourite word from the list is tied between Yule-skrep and bummock. Which word is your favourite?

Merry Christmas

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Wishing you all a joyous holiday to everyone. I hope your day is filled with family, love, hope, and joyful memories. Best wishes to you and yours now and in the New Year.

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