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A Little Encouragement From Where You Least Expect It To Come

Encouragement can come from any number of sources. It may be from your mentor, who takes the time to listen to you rant and ramble on incessantly. Then while laughing maniacally points out the complications and conflicts you will have to resolve if you decide to include a certain subplot. It may come from an author friend who brain storms with you over how the mechanics of a tricky point of entry can be plausible. And it may come from authors you have met briefly who know the path your on, have traveled it themselves, and are willing to share their knowledge of the pitfalls that you may or may not cross.

The path to being an author isn’t an easy one. Anyone who says it is is L.Y.I.N.G-lying. You write the first draft. Set it aside and let it stew so you can go back and look at what you’ve written with fresh eyes. You tweak, fill plot holes, re-write passages. Sometimes those passages can be whole chapters. When you think you’ve done everything you can, you send it to the editors. You then pray to the gods and goddesses of writing that your manuscript doesn’t come back looking like the editors red pen committed Hari Kari. Anyway, you go through the editing calls, the final hard read through then  send your precious baby to be formatted.

The cover is accepted. The manuscript proof is A-Okay. Everything is a GO! Woot! You are finally going to be published! You did it! Celebrate now, because the work is just beginning. You have to promote. You have to engage potential readers and get them interested in reading your book. If you are an introvert, as I am, this could be a little out of your comfort zone. Okay, a LOT out of your comfort zone. LOL But it can be done.

Finally, your book baby is in the hand of the readers. You watch Amazon like a hawk. Are people reading your book? Are they liking it? Do they hate it? Do they think the writing has merit, or do they think it’s pure drivel? Aaaack! This can drive you bonkers. Yet, you still have to promote your book. You promote it because it’s YOUR baby. You want people to buy your book, read it, love it….or not, but whether or not they love it or not is out of your control. You do have the power of making sure they at least know about it. You think you’re doing well, then you remember, you have to write the sequel to your book. Wait! Crap! I do.

You start working on your new manuscript. You did it before. You can do it again. You keep in mind the editing calls from your first book. You recall that you have three paragraphs tops to capture the readers attention. Then you wonder, can you do this again. Can you flesh out the story as well as you did the first, perhaps a little better? Can you draw the reader back into a world solely of your making? The doubts creep in. Dark insidious thoughts that maybe you are a one book wonder.

You fartz around doing everything but writing. Then you go to your email and you find a notification from a writing contest you thought you were out of the running for. No, you didn’t win, didn’t make the top 3, or top 10 even. You did make the top 50! How many entries were there. *shrugs* No clue. Don’t care. You made the top 50 of a No More Than 30 Words contest! ENCOURAGEMENT from the least likely place. How cool is that?!

Now that I’ve procrastinated (procrastination and I are very good friends) with writing this post 😉 I better get to moseying on. There’s a story in my head that is waiting to be told. I have it on good advice that the story will not write itself. Until next week, keep your eyes open for the encouragement you need. You may find it where you least expect to find it.

Happy Reading and Happy Writing!




Cue the lights! Cue the curtains! It’s show time!

It’s almost time for my big debut! I’m experiencing several emotions, sometimes more than one at any given moment. They range from excitement, anticipation, high hopes, and nervousness. Surprisingly enough, anxiety is not one of them.

It may be that I liken my first signing to that of Opening Night of a stage production. You prepare. You know your lines. You go over your choreography. You believe that once you set foot on that stage everything is going to go off without a hitch. You prepare for the possibility of a hitch happening, like somehow your head hits the floor when you go to do a handstand instead of your hands (Yes, it did happen. No, I don’t know how. It’s a mystery.). You don’t, however, let the nerves take over.

It may also be because I know I won’t be there alone. I will have one of my mentors there to help keep me grounded. I had the privilege of being with Savannah Verte when she made her debut at ARC NOLA, so I know a little bit of what to expect. That being said, I also know being on the other side of the table, being the author trying to get readers to stop at the table, pick up your book, and hopefully (fingers crossed) buy the book, is completely different than being a support person. So, when I say I know a little bit of what to expect, I mean a very LITTLE         bit.

I have hopes and dreams for this book, but mostly, I hope those that read my book will love the story between the cover.




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The rough draft is done!

I’m celebrating and I’m terrified. On one hand, I completed the first part of the story. Yes, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams is going to have a sequel. I’m not just talking about writing a book, I actually wrote one and it’s on its way to the beta readers.  On the other hand, what if it totally sucks?

Self doubt is an awful, awful thing. The kicker is, we do it to ourselves. We pour our heart and soul into something, whether it’s a piece of art, choreography, writing, whatever our creative outlet is, and then we wonder if it’s good enough. Will it be accepted? Will it be torn apart by the masses? And the answer is, yes, no, and or maybe. We can’t please everyone. We can only strive to put everything into our creation and hope that it appeals to some. For example, I’m not a fan of modern dance, but as a dancer, I can appreciate the training, skill, and heart those who dance modern pour into their art. We can pour our hearts and souls into a story, but in the end, we can only hope that those who do not like the story, for whatever reason, at least have an appreciation for the work done. It’s a toss-up and a chance we take when we expose ourselves to the public and open ourselves up for their criticisms.



In the meantime, WOOT! WOOT! I’m on my way to being a published author! I’m going to sit back, drink my cup of coffee, and enjoy that thought.