I made the mistake of reading a review of one of my books. I usually don’t because it makes me obsess even more about what I might doing wrong with my writing. And trust me, there’s enough of that already.
This one was pretty bad. The number of stars was okay but they tore apart everything from my story pacing to my dialogue to my apparently ineffective use of pronouns. It was just bad. I felt like I was being graded by a really crotchety creative writing teacher.
I won’t be reading more reviews anytime soon. I just need to stay away from them, or else my motivation will be in the toilet. Positive energy only!!! Cue cheesy motivational photo.
These were making me laugh and cringe today!
Hey-o! A paperback release is imminent. I will post a link once it’s available. The sequel to that release is nearly finished, so I’m trying to decide what I need to work on next. I have 2 other books in progress. One is a rough draft I finished about a year ago. The other is a rough draft that I stopped working on right in the middle for some reason or another. I hate it when I do that, by the way. It’s really the best method I have for annoying myself.
Anyway, so I picked up the half-written thing today, thinking that might be the next project. I really like what I wrote so far. Most of the time, writing feels like I’m trying to run backward uphill. It’s kind of awkward, and I can’t always see where my feet are going to land. When I picked this story up to look over it, I was pleasantly surprised.
Sometimes, despite the awkwardness of the process, things click into place, and they flow just the right way. That was today, and it was a really good feeling. I’m looking forward to getting back to it, now.
The only bad part of having a project that I really love is that I have more trouble seeing what’s wrong with it when editing time arrives. I’ll have to be careful with this one.
In unrelated news, have I mentioned that I like popcorn?
I’m posting at a weird time today because I’m: 1. not currently present at the day job (vacation day) and 2. avoiding various responsibilities like checking voicemails, etc.
Today we have movie and tv license plates! We just finished this part of the collection. There actually aren’t as many to choose from as one might think.
On the left, we have Smokey and the Bandit, Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters), and Jurassic Park. On the right, we have Knight Rider, Back to the Future, and Jeepers Creepers. That last one needs some distress. It’s a little battered in the movie.
But, you ask, what is that tucked behind the corner of the Back to the Future license plate?
Why, it’s a copy of Marty McFly’s driver license! This came with the license plate. It may have been a surprise; I don’t remember for sure. This is made out of metal like the license plate.
So I’ve been trying to get this whole publishing beast to fly and mostly, with the exception of extreme delay on the first print book release, it’s going pretty well.
I’ve been reading a bunch of queries from authors lately. This is the first time I’ve ever been on this side of the query business, and I have some thoughts.
If you are an author, please pay attention to what the publisher accepts. I have seen this advice from literary agent blogs, etc and I can tell you that it’s really annoying when you open your inbox and you see a bunch of emails that do nothing but waste your time.
Also, please don’t try to query through a comment on a blog. Just…no.
Please don’t send books you already published, especially if they aren’t killing the game. Asking someone to pick up your slack after the fact is a no-go, for real. People are interested in new releases because they’re new.
Lastly, keep your book description brief and bare-bones simple. I keep getting these queries that I can barely finish reading, not because the writing is necessarily bad, there’s just way too much information. Seriously, I’m practically cross-eyed by the end of it. Whoever reads your query does not need every subplot and its cousin crammed into one email.
That’s all I have for now. I may have a new collection post tomorrow. We finished our movie and TV license plate collection, so it seems like an appropriate enough time to post it.
Now please enjoy this picture of a very long Bleu.
Merlin has a hat! I made it for him out of black duck tape and a piece of yarn. I got the idea from pictures of bearded dragons in hats that I saw on Pinterest.
I kept having to put it back on because it fell off every time he turned his head.
And yes, he has a wonky finger. He broke it when he was younger and it’s pretty much useless now. We suspect that he climbed up a screen wall he used to have in his cage, and then either fell or tried to jump and that claw didn’t come out of the screen with the rest of them.
I’ll probably be back on the blog a little more soon. I’ve been crazy busy (not just with lizard hats) but it should subside. I have a bunch of posts for when I finally get this next paperback out, so that will be a fun time.
Hey there! I’m typing this post on my phone, so I apologize if you find typos and/or weird spacing. I’m not that great at typing on phones.
I’ve been staring at a computer screen all day, and my eyeballs feel like they’re about to melt out of my head. Therefore, I put the computer away. And yes, I do realize that this is nothing but a smaller screen.
Today I have a toy collection post. We haven’t had one of those in a while, have we? Don’t worry, I didn’t run out of collection yet. We still have plenty of posts ahead because, well, I have a lot of stuff. This one is Harry Potter.
Other than the movies and the books, I only have 2 Harry Potter things.
The thing on the right is Fawkes the Phoenix displayed in a lovely case with a crystal ball and a stack of books. This one was a Christmas gift from my son.
On the left, we have a wand, something I’ve wanted for a few years. Mommy dearest purchased it for herself at Universal a while back and recently gave it to me. Thanks, Mum!
It’s not a character wand. This one is a Vine Wand. Here’s the description: “Vine wood is associated with persistence and renewal. Vine people have restless spirits and seemingly limitless energy. They are also prone to burn the candle at both ends. Vine people should learn to pace themselves and their achievements will know no bounds.”
Did the wand eventually choose me? I think it might have! 🙂