Monthly Archives: October 2016

Learnin with my pants on fire

I have been diligently trying to get my personal mailing list off the ground. The first hurdle was the website however because although I have had my website for quite a while, and although the DNS mapping has been fixed more than once…once again, the DNS mapping was off and so YAY….my website was returning with either a 404 Page not found error, or a page is not responding error. Hooorah.

The first wave of remedy was to try to contact the host – no one available to chat…ain’t it always the way, so I sent an email. NO RESPONSE…shocker there too. Wave two…contact the company where I bought my domain….voila!!! PRANG! Someone who not only has time to talk to me, but also understands my laymen explanations for what’s going on…YAY ME! By the end of it all, I’ve switched hosts for the website, but unfortunately, have to rebuild it…so I’ve been playing in web-based insanity the last 36 hours.

Hopefully, in the short future, the page will be sufficient to at least be out there and stuff. I can add content later…AFTER I’ve figured out how to the set up stuff. Until next time….as it’s all hallow’s eve…Blessed Samhain & Happy Halloween.

Continuing my journey

As of November 1 I will no longer be an author with Eclectic Bard Books. This is not a decision that I came to lightly. My journey has taken me in another direction. It has made me make some very difficult decisions. One of them was deciding to leave EBB.

Although, I am leaving the business side, I will never forget or leave the friends I have made here. The authors here are wonderful people and I am glad that I have met them. I am sure that we will continue to keep in touch and continue to help each other it will just be in a different capacity.

This opportunity has helped me in a way that I never thought possible and I will forever be grateful. I have grown as an  author. I have been taught things that I didn’t even realize that I needed to know. My eyes were opened to a whole new world that I didn’t even know existed.

We all have our own journey. It is up to us to follow our own path. Nobody can tell us which way to go. We have to follow our instincts. As much as I have enjoyed my time here, it is time for me to move on.

Thank you for taking me into your corner of this world, showing me what I needed to see, teaching me what I needed to know, understanding that I am still trying to find my place in this author world, and making it easy for me continue my journey.

~Miranda

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Pitfalls and Purpose

I promised to let you know how my last event went. If nothing else, I strive to always keep my word. The event itself was nice. The library staff went all out to make it welcoming and pleasant for their first Authors Fair. Nineteen authors showed up loaded with books and ready to ply their wares.

There wasn’t a lot of attendance, unfortunately. Though from where I sat, most of the fiction authors sold a few of their books. We were separated according to sections; fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Lots of compliments on my display, my jewelry and polite questions about my book. But paranormal romance was not going to be the genre of the day. I did sell a necklace, and at the very end of the event, a book. So, it wasn’t a total washout. And I had a good time. I met a couple of really nice authors that I was able to visit with, and one of my closest friends came with me to be my PA for the day. Other than dismal sales, it was a good time. One I’ll chalk up as a learning experience.

Right when you hit that bump in the road something gold happens and it’s smooth sailing again. I’m intentionally keeping my calendar clear in 2017 so I can focus on writing to get books out. Imagine my delight in finding two invitations to events in 2018. It’s a long way off, but the way my roller coaster is scooting along, it will be here before I know it. Making tentative plans and decisions now.

I don’t have anything else scheduled for the rest of the year, so it’s back to the writing cave. I decided to print out my manuscript of A Destiny Denied and give it a read through. Figured if the whole story is fresh in my mind again, maybe I can figure out how to wrap up the story. It didn’t take me long to realize I was on the right track. Armed with copious notes, I have my work cut out for me. But it’s a satisfying feeling in which I know where the story is going, how to end this one, and set the stage for the next one. Once again, I find myself eager to let the muses have their voices.

Till next week,

~ Madison

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Planning Ahead

I have one event left in 2016. It’s an Author Fair at the downtown branch of the local library. I’m looking forward to meeting some of the local indie authors in town, and to reconnecting with the few that I have already met.

Right now, I have 4 for sure events for 2017 and a few events I’m on the wait-list for. Annnnd, 1 event on the calendar for 2018. Ack! When did I start planning that far in advance? Normally, I don’t know what I’m doing two days from now. Somewhere in there, I want to take a vacation with my son. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had a vacation with an agenda only being that we spend time together and have fun. Right about now, a sunny beach and the sounds of the ocean waves sound good to me, but we’ll see.

Anyway…time for me to get some wordage on the pages.

Until next week…Happy Reading! business cardsf1d235a9-c918-4b2a-b693-3a3be06b468e

~Jolanthe~

When words fail

Friday shocked me. Someone extremely dear to me was gone, just like that. She had fought bravely to overcome a diagnosis and been given the ‘all clear,’ that she was in remission. Days later, it seems that was not the truth. Or it if were, that it didn’t mean what we thought it meant.

Those of us around her are in shock and there are no words to give. There is no easy explanation, and really? At this point, does an explanation change anything? no. I have to step away from my normal social media routine to grapple with the emotions, and yes, the challenge to my faith as I, and others, deal with the unimaginable…how to go forward now with an empty chair in her place.

I know I am not alone with this. I know that others too have had to face this scenario. I do not post to set upon my pity pot…but rather to remind that the last of our days is never known until it is past. Make them count.

When inspiration eludes you

There is nothing more frustrating than looking at your computer seeing that cursor blinking at you having nothing come to mind. It is not really writers block. You know what you want to say, you just don’t know how to put it on the page.

That is when inspiration eludes you. I have so many ideas running around in my head. It is almost causing a traffic jam. This is the time that you have to decide to either focus on one project or work on multiple ones.

Whichever of these methods works better for you, it will most likely help to get your mind less cluttered. I find that if I can get some of it down I can focus a little better and then I can clean it up and inspiration then strikes and I can move on and the projects take off.

If I have too much vying for my attention it is hard for me to focus on anything. Inspiration can be fickle. As long as you don’t try and force it, though, it can always be found.

~Miranda

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In the life of … me

I’m closing in on the ending of Book 3 of the Kindred series, A Destiny Denied, when I hit a snag … of sorts. All of my chapter notes have been accounted for. Everything is in place, but it’s not flowing together. I’m not AT the end, but close. And I’m not 100% sure what it’s going to take to get it where I want. Temporary solution … walk away.

On the heels of that decision, one of my friends messaged me her manuscript was ready for the beta read.  To my way of thinking, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Something different to focus on, and a sure way to put some distance between me and Destiny. Just a heads up, if you haven’t read anything by Zanzibar 7. Schwarznegger, look it up. You’ll be in for a treat.

Today, I have a Local Authors Fair I’m attending as a guest author. There will be almost twenty writers, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet other locals and new readers. The last one went so well, my expectations are high on this one too. Hopefully, I won’t be disappointed. I’ll let you know how it goes next week.

Until then, read a good book or three,

~ Madison

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Perchance to Dream

Everyone has dreams, the kind of dreams that are of things they want to accomplish, obtain, become. I once dreamed of being a dancer on the stage. I accomplished that goal. It didn’t last as long as I had hoped it would, but I had my moments on the stage. I felt my soul take flight with every leap, and I was free from all thoughts and constraints of life outside the stage doors. It was glorious.

I could have gone back to the stage after I had my son, but I couldn’t justify, to myself, the amount of time away that working, rehearsals, and performances would have required. And that’s alright, because becoming a mother wasn’t something I was planning on, but had dreamed of being when I was little. Probably why I loved baby dolls, but loathed Barbies. lol  A different part of my soul took flight when looked into his eyes…and still does.

I’d embarked on the journey to becoming a writer. It started out with doing NaNoWriMo…just to see if I could do it, and because some of my friends were doing it too. Sometimes courage is found in having like minds trying to achieve the same goal you are. I didn’t think anyone would ever read that story, nor that I would someday be published. It was but a dream.

Dreams do come true, though. I expanded and finished that story that started out as a NaNo “let’s see if we have the chops to write” story and Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams has been published.  I’m working on the second book of the series. I have to admit…the second book is harder for me to write. It’s been a struggle. Not because the story isn’t there, it is. I have to find the words to convey what I see in my head. I tend to  overthink scenes instead of spewing it out onto the page to edit later. I want it as close to perfect as I type it as it can be before revisions and edits take place. And sometimes, I have to get out of my own head. Stumbling blocks, I’m convinced, are sometimes of our own making.

To share your dreams with others is scary. It’s sharing a part of your soul that isn’t normally seen until you put your work on display for others to view and judge. No doubt about it, working for your dreams are hard, but then nothing worthwhile ever comes easy and the rewards for achieving said dreams are sweet, So you can either keep dreaming with your eyes closed, or you can open your eyes and work your butt off for them, because they will never come true if you just sit around and daydream about what you want most.

Until next week….Happy Reading!

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~Jolanthe~

Darkness is only one unknown

They say we are afraid of the darkness because it is a vivid realization of the unknown before us. Darkness however is not the only unknown. There are plenty, though we couch them in softer words.

Last night, my daughter’s car would not start. For me this was an unknown, but not a fear unless you count the nervous moments waiting to know that she was safely back inside, no longer alone, and waiting for someone to pick her up. This morning, the car also did not start, a major headache, but again not a fear…just an annoyance.

Another example is that I am working on a Paranormal FF piece for an anthology…not exactly in my normal wheelhouse, but I’ll give it a go. Fear? No, more uncertainty at the piece being passable for the larger work. I never want to be seen as the weakest link. All of these are unknowns of a sort, but they are not fears unless I allow them to be.

What’s my point? My point is I think the presumption is wrong. I don’t think we are afraid of the dark because it represents the unknown. I think some are afraid of the darkness because they know what lies within it. The power over us does not stem from the darkness or the unknown…it is the things that we know and hold closest to our heart that have the power to undo us.

Halloween is coming…will you venture out in the dark?

 

When life gets in the way

We all have busy lives. What we have to remember is to make time to get the important things done. Between the day job, kids, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and the daily chores, sometimes writing and editing gets put on the back burner.

When I do get to the writing and editing I feel so much better. It is my outlet. It is what I love to do. I have started to make sure that I make time for my writing. It is important to me so it needs to be a priority. Yes, life gets in the way, but writing is part of my life.

Always make time for what is important to you in your life!

~Miranda

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