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Thinking Thursdays: I read your book…

To me… that is the most horrifying and yet more exciting words in my life right now. Horrifying because I have no idea what they think about my book. Exciting because, hey – someone read my book!

It is even worse when it is someone you are working with because you will see them day in
and day out, thinking what they thought of your book. If they read your book and told younotsureifenjoyed that they enjoyed it you find yourself thinking, “did they really enjoy it or are they just being nice?” I mean, they have no reason to lie to you but at the same time maybe they are just being nice because they are going to see you everyday and don’t want you being reminded that they are the person that hates your book. At the same time you may get those readers that talk to you about your book but talk in such a way that you don’t know if they enjoyed it or not. They compliment the book but fit in suggestions on where it could have been better… avoiding stating what their opinion is about your work and leaving you trying to decode their words.

Maybe it is the socially awkward introvert in me? Maybe I’m not giving myself enough credit because I can see every time I re-read my work where I can improve? I don’t know… but I shouldn’t be focusing on the negative. If anything, I should be focusing on the fact that I got one more person outside of my family and friends to read my book. This is one more person that can suggest to other people who are looking for something to read to read my book.

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy hearing people say those words. I’m excited to hear what people thought or where I can improve in the next book. There is a sense of completion that comes when you hear those words and it sinks in every time some says those words that you actually wrote a book people are reading.

I don’t know… am I alone with this or do others feel the same way? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Thinking Thursdays: Research & Writing

Hello World Out There World!
This week I’m tackling the question: How important is research to you when writing a book?
I went into some little detail regarding this question on my author interview with Serious Reading a while back but I thought I’d dive in deeper. So, here we go!

Depending on the topic I could spend 10 minutes to 10 weeks researching. When it comes to my blog posts, most of what I write is opinion based and therefore doesn’t have a lot of facts required. Not saying what I’m writing on my blogs I didn’t research… it is just what I’ve written on here is my formulated opinion on the things I’ve read online or formed after having conversations with others interested in these topics.

What I usually spend time researching is what I’ll be using in my books. I want to be able to share correct information with my readers… as I believe if I am going to have people read my work it should be close to accurate as possible. People learn from reading and I don’t want to be sharing the wrong information. At the same time, I am no close to being an expert as Trump is at being a good President. I do not claim to know all the science behind natural health practices. I do not claim to be an expert in medieval history or military tactics. I’ve read books, I’ve made notes and those notes I use in my work. At the same time, I have to trust that the information that I’ve read is correct. For all I know the six books I’ve read could be a creation of someones opinion and not based in fact at all.

That’s one reason why I love writing fictions because as much as I may have truth weaved between the words my writing doesn’t have to be taken as truth. I could include actual ointment recipes or how to make your own tea within the pages of my book but at the same time not be taken completely seriously because of the fact my characters ride magical creatures and shoot lightening bolts from their fingertips, (all right maybe not lightening bolts… but you get the point).

Research is important. Most writers understand and know this. Most writers want to come across as competent in their craft and at times fear about being corrected or called a hack for not getting something right in their books. I know I have the fear and that is why I spend the time exploring the subjects I include in my books I’m not familiar with like naturopathy, botany, and medieval combat. As much as my world is based in fantasy it is my research that helps ground my readers in some kind of twisted, relatable reality.

Am I the only one to think this or are there some writers out there that feel the same way? Am I doing too much research or is this common for writers to feel this way? I’d like to know your opinion on this matter, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment in the area below.
Remember stay safe, be creative and until next time – Toodles! o^.^o

 

 

 

 

Change in Transit

I misjudged how long it was going to take me to get to work this morning.

Normally I take two buses. One from my house and another from one of the stops my first and second bus pass to get downtown. This morning ran a little differently.

Normally it takes me an hour and a half to get to work by bus. So, I thought if I had to get to work for 8:30 and wanted to give myself enough time to go get a coffee before hand I would have to leave the house by 6:30.

That’s when the idea popped into my head.

Mr. Canuck works along my route to work. He leaves before me every morning around 6:30 to get to work for 7, so I thought, hey I’d get a drive with him this morning. Get the bus from his work and that will save me a half hour.

Oh, it saved me time all right… way too much time.

Within five minutes of reaching the stop outside his work my second bus showed up and drove me five minutes to downtown.

FIVE MINUTES!!

On a normal morning that drive would take me at least twenty, but I didn’t think that the lack of cars and school buses made that big of a difference.

Apparently it did because here I am… the only one in the office. Had to use my swipe card to get in this morning and was the first one to turn on all the lights. I even had to teach myself how to start up the coffee machine… and now I am waiting… well will be waiting and reviewing for the reason I had to come in early this morning.

At least I got to come home early.

You know… another thing that made me realise that I was really early was that the bus I was one smelt like bleach. I had no idea that they actually cleaned buses. Well, I wanted to believe they did with the amount of traffic that uses them but I have never been on an early bus before so I had no idea that they actually bleached everything. Now you know!

Anyways that’s my story of the day. Now, I’ll just be an awkward penguin and waddle my way out.

Until next time – toodles! 🙂

Updates: Beta readers and Editing

Hello World Out There World!!

It has been a while since I’ve done an update but I think it is due since I have things to update all you lovelies on. 🙂

First off!

Only 2 months and 15 days until book 2 – Children of Sirphan – is released and I’m starting to freak out. Not that I’m freaking out due to anything bad, it is just so much to do and so little time to do it. I’m excited to have the second book ready to share with all of you and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it. 🙂

Second on the list! Beta readers!

I never had beta readers for book one but I decided I’d try something new the second time around. I’ve only heard good things about having beta readers… so we shall see. So far I have three and I’m hoping to find two more before the end of the month since I’m looking to get feedback before November 10th at the latest… since I still need to make those changes and have my editor look over the book one last time before print.

If interested in being a beta reader for book 2 go to my contact page and send me an email with the subject – Interested In Beta Reading Book 2

Third on the List!

If you have followed me on Instagram you have probably seen a picture or two of sketches hinting towards them being in the book. The plan is to have each chapter leading with an image that either reflects something in the chapter or talks about an item mentioned in the book. For example: Liora’s earring, the manifest, Caldor’s pipe… and so on.

Hopefully I will get to share more with you as time goes on, but it is balancing life right now that I’m having to focus my attention to.

Fourth thing!

I have been changing up the content on here lately as I want to try new things to see what you think. If there are any suggestions or things you want me to try my hand at on here let me know. These suggestions could be short stories, more weird/ old words, talking about my writing process or self-publishing experience, or a question you have wanted to ask me but haven’t had a chance to. Just let me know! 🙂

All right… so I think I’ve covered everything I wanted to talk to you all about today.

As always thank you for following me on here. I know it has been crazy with me lately and so thank you for being patient. As things are starting to get figured out with my life I am starting to be able to get back to blogging – as you have probably noticed.

Until next time stay safe, be creative and as always – Toodles! ^.^

Diary of a Socially Awkward Introvert: Parties

To you parties may sound like a fun word.

For me or anyone like me… it instantly raises our blood pressure.

Introverts aren’t the type of people that like to party or being in a group of strangers. We are people that want to Netflix with their best friends and eat junk food, or stay at home and play games online.

When an introvert is dragged out to a party they are doing it because:

One – they want to make a good impression on a friend.

Two – they want to get out of their comfort zone.

Three – didn’t know that they were going to be going to the party in the first place.

Social situations can be very tiring and stressful for an introvert, add in being socially awkward and you have yourself a panic stricken blubber ball.

When I somehow find myself at parties – usually dragged out of the house by friends – I do one of four things.

One – cling to my friend like a baby koala for the whole night.

Two – nervously talk your way through questions asked to you by strangers while trying to locate the friend that dragged you to the party.

Three – locate the food. No one will talk to you if you have food in your mouth.

Four – hang out with the pet of the house cat, dog, bird… doesn’t matter. (You know they won’t judge you).

My usually choice is three. There always something at the food table that I like and it is easy to ignore people when your back it facing the crowd and you are facing the food. It is also easier to play off people’s questions when you have a mouthful of food.

If – Gods forbid – a person catches you away from the food table and starts asking me questions I usually am able to stumble my way through a conversation with them. If a person expects me to start a conversation… well they will be waiting a very long time since while it may take them a second to think of something to ask me I’m running through hundreds of possible suggestions, each being reviewed for any possible negative responses, while my mind is preparing responses to those negative responses.

Fun? Not really. Stressful? Totally.

Another fun thing is when you finally settle on something to say and it comes out wrong. The joys of your cursing yourself as you try to recover the conversation as you notice the person you are talking to staring at you… possibly thinking what is wrong with this person.

Scurry away, back to the food table where you are safe little over-thinker. It will be okay.

Or, will it?

The chances are, that interaction will be playing over and over again in my head for the rest of the night. It will haunt my dreams and whisper in my ear while I’m drinking my tea at breakfast. I may even do mock conversations on how I should have responded to the person while in the shower before heading to work.

Am I crazy? Yep… but admitting it is the first step to recovery… right? ^.^

I am find with small interactions with people on the street. Someone asking for directions or asking the time are fine. I can even handle being in a small group of four people that I know. I’m part of several communities and volunteer… so I am not completely useless. I just know that after a long day in the office or working with my volunteer groups I will be tired.

While people go out to dance or party to boost their energy or cut loose… I read and write books.

So, when you ask one of your friends if they want to go out to party or stay in and watch a movie – consider that maybe their way of fun doesn’t include a lot of people and that wanting to spend time with you is a big step outside of their usual comfort zone.

Until next time stay safe, be creative and as always toodles!

How my writing is going right now…

When I don’t have anything planned I can write like a fiend but the second I have a scene planned or an idea where the story is going to go I end up unable to figure the best way to get it on paper. I overthink the writing process. I overthink what I want to happen and try to find any plot holes this idea may cause.

Free writing is easy… planned writing is a nightmare.

Yes, when it comes to writing my merightnowbook I have somewhat of an outline. I break down my
chapters into points knowing what I want to achieve in each scene. I work on a way to get through the beginning, what I need to set up for the reader to become engaged in the story. I know the path each character is going to take to the middle of the book, and I have a good idea on how I want to end the book (though most of the time that changes due to unforeseen circumstances). I plan but it’s with these plans that my mind decides that they aren’t good enough or I didn’t think enough… or I didn’t research enough. I try to get a sentence down only to erase it moments later because it doesn’t sound right. I spend more time fighting with myself on what to write than actually writing.

I know what I want to say – no questioning that – I just don’t know how to get the bloody words down on paper. -.-

 

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