Status Sunday

Status Sunday #9

Good evening, friends! It’s been an extremely productive weekend for me, which has been a very nice change of pace. I finished reading two books this week, along with getting the opportunity to binge watch SyFy’s interpretation of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Gotta say, it’s an intriguing and entertaining world, and I would recommend it if you’re looking for a new take on the whole magical school genre.

Now, onto business as usual.


Another Personal Post

Apologies for missing BOTH Wednesday and Friday’s posts. It’s been a bit of a hectic week here, and I completely forgot about updating both nights.

That being said, a lot of good work happened this week, including more work on Burner and Reader. I also got a little bit of relaxation time in yesterday, as I had the day off from work (primarily to take my mother-in-law to the doctor’s in the morning). I got around 600 words written, then binge watched a TV show and got a TON of knitting done.

For those of you who don’t know, my other big creative outlet is knitting. My grandmother and my mom were both knitters, and I learned when I was thirteen. Since then, I have no idea how many things I’ve made or how much yarn I’ve used. I’ve made multiple queen-sized blankets, including one that took me about as long to finish as my first novel did. There are multiple studies out there showing the therapeutic benefits of knitting, and man, did I need it. This whole book process is rather stressful, especially as I get closer and closer to the projected publication date. There are also some personal things going on that I’m not able to talk about here but are, safe to say, extremely stressful.

Again, apologies for missing the other posts and for how short this one is. I’m rocking a bit of a migraine today (I get them a couple times a month, generally speaking), so I may not get much more work-work done until I either take a nap, or the Excedrin kicks in. We’ll see.

Talk to you all again tomorrow for Status Sunday!

Advice, Book Promotion

Making it Pretty – Art Commissions

Have you ever seen a piece of art, and just been blown away by it? It doesn’t matter if it’s a Monet (like the image above this post) or a piece of fanart on Tumblr, art has an ability to move us immediately. And while writing is an art in itself, sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Or at least a couple hundred bucks. My post tonight is going to discuss commissioning art for your writing, how to go about finding artists, what’s a reasonable price and timeline, and what warning signs to look out for.

Status Sunday

Status Sunday #8

It’s kind of hard to believe I’ve been writing in this blog for two months now. Time really flies, doesn’t it? It’s been an extremely relaxing day for me. Spent some time cooking and cleaning, but otherwise, I’ve been knitting and listening to a book on tape (Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey, if anyone’s interested in reading; it’s a fantastic bit of sci-fi). Anyway, here’s the update for the last week.

Things I’ve accomplished this week:

  1. Got my draft reviewed for the editor and formatted, so all that’s left is sending it to her on Wednesday. I’m so ready to get Burner to a professional so I can work out that last kinks before publishing.
  2. Continued working on Reader, though not as intensively as I’d like. I honestly need to sit down with the plot and reconfigure things, including rewriting the start of the novel. I think it’ll flow better once I figure out what’s blocking me, too.

Things I’d like to accomplish this week:

  1. Keep writing! I’ve asked my writing group to finish reading Burner and give me some general comments on the novel so I can start bringing them chapters from Reader instead. If I have to get them a chapter a week, it’ll definitely help motivate me to write. Deadlines work, unfortunately.
  2. I seriously need to sit my husband down and get him to write out our Kickstarter plan. He’s a marketing guy, and while he may know what’s going to happen, I don’t. Getting it written down will definitely help my peace of mind when it comes to that.
  3. Keep following up with artists. I’ve got pieces that are pending, and I’m excited to get them finished.

It’s now time for me to go make some dinner, and then I’m going to keep up with the whole relaxation plan for the evening. There are video games with my name on them. You all have a wonderful evening, and I’ll see you tomorrow for our regularly scheduled blog post.

Grammar, Writing

Past or Present – Verb Tense in Writing

When crafting a story, you have two big decisions to make before you even get started writing: what point of view are you going to use, and what tense will you write in. I’ve already discussed POV in another post. Today’s entry will talk about verb tense and what benefits and drawbacks come from both past and present tense.

Choosing a tense for your story determines the mood and pacing of your story. This is inherent in the tense you choose, because each has its own feel and garners its own response from the reader. There’s also a stylistic choice going on here, where you want your voice as an author to be heard. So keep all of this in mind as we discuss verb tense.