To write a book…

charlie-chaplin-392926_1280When I was in school I hated American History. I thought it was boring. I thought that since other countries had been around so much longer, they were obviously much more interesting.

Now that I am older, I am no longer so excluding. For the past few weeks I’ve been focused on the American Civil War. My attention was peaked last year when I did some family history research. It was more recently that I received a book of local ghost stories that pinged that interest again.

Then I spoke with another writer who I greatly admire. I told him that I had been thinking about writing a book that takes place during the civil war. I recounted what I had found out about my family, and he said: That sounds like a good place to start. Why don’t you?

That “Why don’t you?” Has been echoing around the empty cavern of my skull for weeks.

I tried to use the excuse, “Well, life has so many changes going on right now, with the new job and going back to school…”

My inner writer answered with, “You don’t work on the weekends and part of your degree is going to be in History anyway.”

Then the dragon of self doubt raised its head and said, “Do you really think you can find anime_dragon_1024x768-634320the time to write a book? Look how well that has worked in the past. You have three unfinished novels sitting on your computer right now. And remember that rejection letter. The one that hit the mark so well.”

The dragon almost got me. Then I remembered the rejection letter it was reminding me of was the catalyst I needed to pull up my boots and march back to school. The three unfinished novels reminded me that my current way of writing isn’t working very well and I need to try something new. (Not that those three will never be finished. Two are honestly in a rewrite stage but I changed things and got stuck in the muddle in the middle. Then proceeded to wallow in the muck.)

So now, with so many things already on my plate and with so many new challenges to face, I find myself stacking yet another task on top. I’m going to write a book. Sanderson Quote-800wi

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Changes come to Camelot

Hello everyone. I’ve been slacking a bit lately when it comes to blog posts. The truth is life
has been full of changes recently, which has left my mind foggy. It is hard to pick one thing to write about when there is so much going on and it is even harder when you are smack dab in the middle of all the changes that are happening.

Change is one of the constants in life. Things always change. Today is a big day for change too. Today I say good bye to the best boss I’ve ever had the pleasure of working for. She is off to greener pastures (and hopefully better pay).

It isn’t good bye forever of course. It is just the boss/employee part of our life journey has come to an end. Now, I hope we will stay connected as friends.

There will be more at a later date of the other changes going on in my life, but for the moment I will leave you with a poem that pretty much sums up how I am feeling.castle-195105_1280

Camelot Falls

By Tammi A. Miller

Camelot has fallen

Mordred is at the gate

The table is now splintered

And our lives left up to fate

Our Royal leader must depart

To travel Avalon’s golden shores

We are knights without direction,

Boats who have come unmoored

We will not long stay adrift

Using knowledge our leader taught

Yet a bit of worldly good is gone

Such a truth can not be fought

Our banner has been trampled

The staff broken by unnamed foes

The colors stained and tarnished

Our morale crushed by heavy blows

We still have our beaten armor

And with it, weapons sharp

We can battle by strength and mind

Though what we lack is heart

We are without a sovereign true

Without a mentor to guide the path

We must choose all on our own

How to miss mistake’s quick lash

Camelot has fallen

Mordred is at the gate

The table is now splintered

And our lives left up to fate.

Head, meet desk

So this day isn’t going even remotely well. My mom’s car broke down, my daughter forgot her lunch money, I hurt my back, I got a phone call from my son’s principal and my car broke down too. Twice. All today. I think that is enough of a sign for anyone. I am going back to bed. However, just in case your luck is better than mine, her is a truly awesome contest from a really good writer.

http://ernestdempsey.net/giveaways/win-decade-kindle-unlimited/?lucky=101

Good Review Monday

Open book magic on blackI thought a lot this weekend. My throat was sore and I had two sick kids to take care of so there really wasn’t much time for writing. I did manage to do a little but not as much as I would have liked.

I read a few writing articles and blog posts, played too much candy crush, and watched way too many cartoons. The couch became our sickly nesting ground. Even the cats joined the pile of blankets and tissues.

This post comes from those hours of sitting there with kids and cats piled on me. I couldn’t move much so it left time to think. The articles I read were about book reviewers and how there are some people out there that write bad reviews on purpose, sometimes without even reading the book. That didn’t really come as a surprise but some of the lengths gone to did surprise me. I’m not talking just one bad review here, I am talking completely trampling the author through the mud.

I really don’t understand it. I mean if you read something and it is completely awful, you should be able to express your views. However, never reading more than the blurb or the sample on Amazon and then going to every site you can to trash the book…why? Just to hurt a random person you’ve never met? Isn’t there a better way to spend your time?

*sigh* Seeing what I see on the news and at night at work, I guess humanity should surprise me anymore. I guess I’m just naive. I don’t leave many bad reviews. If I like a book I am usually more enthusiastic than if I don’t. I am also lazy.

Reviews are important to authors. They are each particular book-baby’s life line. If there are a lot of good reviews more people will read the book. If there are a lot of bad reviews then only the morbidly curious will touch it.

I would like to encourage everyone reading this post to take just five minutes and go over to goodreadsamazon, or wherever you prefer. Find a book that you have read and enjoyed and leave a review. I don’t care what the book is, it could be an edition of Alice in Wonderland that you particularly liked. Go leave a few kind words.

Feel free to leave me a link in the comments too. I am always looking for new things to read. 🙂

Thursday Is Not Monday, but here is a post

whats-your-storyIt is currently 6 a.m. on a November Thursday morning. I missed Monday’s post again. It is getting more and more difficult to post on my work week.

I may have to go down to two posts a month rather than one every week. That is something I will have to consider later. Right now it is November so that means it is Nation Novel Writing Month.

Truthfully, I did not plan on participating this year. I have so much going on I did not intend to add one more thing. That was before vampire slaying hobos happened though. (Long story.)

So now a friend of mine and I are writing novels about the same characters hoping that by the end of the month, between the two of us, we will have an actual readable book or at least a few short stories. We only have working titles right now but look for our finished project sometime in January.

Right now I have some writing to get done. Since both kids are home sick I need to get to it while they are still asleep. Have a great day everybody and happy writing!

The poetry of sleepless nights

I couldn’t sleep Saturday night.  I had gone to a Doctor Who themed picnic earlier in the afternoon with my daughter.  We had a good time and met some new people.

I was hot, tired, and just a tiny bit sunburned when we got home.  I thought about taking a nap but it never really happened.  My brain would not stop.  This unfortunately continued until around 5am Sunday morning.  I tried just laying there. I tried reading a book. Nothing worked.

I spent most of the night cobbling together poems I have written over the years to see if I had enough decent ones for a chapbook.  It passed the time and by 5am my brain was finally calm enough to let me sleep.

I still need to locate or write another five or six poems. (I have them scattered everywhere.) Then I need to get them copy edited.  After that…well it looks like I will have a book of poetry coming out at some point this year.

 

Seriously?!

facepalm kittenThis isn’t the post I said was coming on Monday.  I still owe that one.  However, I just found out about some Stupid and had to comment.  Now this information is several days old.  I tend to miss a turn of the jump rope when I work.   But I was just reading a new post over at Comet Tales by Stephanie Osborn and it had me face palming at the audacity of some people.  (This is a rant expressing my opinion.)

There is an article over at Huffpost entitled “If J.K. Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It”.  I am not linking to it. If you want to read it, it is easy enough to find.  The Dumb should not be available from my blog, unless it is something I write dumb5myself.   I did go check out the article after finding out about it, just to see if it was really that bad.  It is.

I didn’t even have to make it very far before coming to this conclusion.  The second sentence in the second paragraph, in reference to the Harry Potter books, is:  ” I did think it a shame that adults were reading them (rather than just reading them to their children, which is another thing altogether), mainly because there’s so many other books out there that are surely more stimulating for grown-up minds.

Open book magic on blackI am a fan of the Harry Potter books.  I’ve read them all and thought they were fantastic. (I have only seen a couple of the movies though.)   However, you could loath Harry Potter and still take offense at that sentence.  Exactly what is the shame in an adult reading a children’s book?  What is the problem with an adult enjoying a children’s book?   I don’t understand this.  I read them all the time.   I LOVE Diana Wynne Jones.  I adore C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Madeleine L’Engle, Ronald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Susan Cooper, and Lloyd Alexander.  There are many many more wonderful authors I could name as well.

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult smart kidfor grown-ups, then you write it for children.”   -Madeleine L’Engle

“I don’t write for children. I write. And somebody says, that’s for children.” -Maurice Sendak

tumblr_m490bucc8P1r2taqzo1_500“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” – Lloyd Aleander

Some people seem to think that just because a story is written for children, or children enjoy it then, it must be too simple for alice22adults.  I feel sorry for these people.  They must miss so much in life.

The rest of the article goes on to complain about how J.K Rowling is now writing for adults and whines about her selling so many books.  The fact that J.K. Rowling is a well selling author and that her fans like to purchase her books  some how seems to preventing people from buying books from other authors.

…I guess that makes sense in a world where it is shameful for an adult to read a book that resides on a child’s book shelf.   It doesn’t  make much sense to me, but hey, I read children’s books so what do I know?

If you want to read what some other writers think about this same article I offer the following:

http://accordingtohoyt.com/2014/02/24/you-are-not-entitled-a-guest-post-by-amanda-green/

http://madgeniusclub.com/2014/02/25/balph-eubank-lives/

http://stephanie-osborn.blogspot.com/2014/02/on-jk-rowling-and-books.html

 

“I don’t write for children. I write. And somebody says, that’s for children.”
Maurice Sendak – See more at: http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com/2013/09/15-quotes-about-writing-for-children.html#sthash.mg9aeeYB.dpuf
“I don’t write for children. I write. And somebody says, that’s for children.”
Maurice Sendak – See more at: http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com/2013/09/15-quotes-about-writing-for-children.html#sthash.mg9aeeYB.dpuf
“I don’t write for children. I write. And somebody says, that’s for children.”
Maurice Sendak – See more at: http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com/2013/09/15-quotes-about-writing-for-children.html#sthash.mg9aeeYB.dpuf