And Now for Something Completely Different

I’ve been doing more tie dying than writing in the last month, so I decided to share my art with all my wordpress friends.

This is a twin sheet I did a while ago. It was one of the biggest spirals I've ever done. Pretty cool.

Very proud of this guy. I sold him on Monday. That just means I'll have to make another one.

The colors on this one just turned out nice. Love the rainbow.

This is a dress I did for a lady here in Stillwater.

My graduation dress.

And finally, my queen sized peace sign. Very proud of this one.

Well, guys, I’m not sure how this post will turn out since I’ve never messed with pictures before. I hope you get to enjoy them.


Dreams about work

I had a dream that my car got stolen along with my laptop and all of my books. I was freaked out at first, but then I remembered that I saved all my work on a usb. Then I started scheming on how to get a new computer. What a weird, but realistic dream!
This dream got me thinking about my writing. I have so much of it in my computer, piles of it in notebooks, years and years of pages. The most important pages of my life are still not published.
Sometimes I feel like I’m losing time. How many thousands of amazing book ideas I have severely outweighs the number of stories and books i’ve actually written. I have 3 books I’m actively working on right now, one finished book, one book in editing and 2 I’m writing. I feel like I’m at a
standstill on all of them.
I know I should be working on the book in editing, but the other two keep calling for me to write them instead. I’ve heard the rule that I should work on only one book at a time, but the pull to write each one of them is is so strong. By the end of the day, I’m thinking about all 3 stories at random and I haven’t made any headway on any of them. Ugh, how frustrating!
What do you do when there are too many fictional mouths to feed?
Finally, my first masterpiece is ready to be published on smashwords. I’ve got every single text thing I need to publish “To Love a Beast.” I only lack one very important piece of the puzzle, a professional cover. I wanted to do the thing myself. I’ve got the picture for the cover, I downloaded to my computer, but I have no idea how to use it. For God’s sake, all I need to do is size the picture correctly, put the title and my name on it and I’m done. It’s the last stumbling block and for some reason I can’t do it. Thank you everyone who has read my blog. Anybody have any ideas?

Why Not?

One of the best things about being a writer is the freedom and creativity it cultivates. When most people in the world will ask why, we writer’s ask why not? We deal in the ordinary and mundane as well as the crazy and obscene. There doesn’t even need to be and equal balance of the two. If it’s readable and interesting (and put forth in a feasible manner) people will read it.
I don’t start out writing the stories that work well and are basic. Those are great for some people, but I like to think I can do better. I write down those stories in a notebook and save them for when I’ve run out of more interesting ideas.
I like to write the stupid ideas that grow into something more. I like stories written out of reckless abandon formed by my mind at a whim.
I like stories where the characters reveal things to me little by little. They speak to me and make my book seem more like a living breathing entity than a pile of papers and mb’s.
I like to take my soul and splatter it all over the page.
Most of all, I like the reaction I get when someone reads my stories. I like to see them cross their arms, shake their heads and say, “that’s a new one on me.”
People enjoy the ordinary, but they remember the extraordinary. Some people may say there is nothing new under the sun. I always say there is nothing new under the sun…yet.

Yes, I wrote this at 5 am. It just had to be done. I didn’t have to go anywhere today, so I figured, why not?

Go To…

Now that I’ve blogged for the day, It’s time to get started on some real work. Let’s go! Go get started… I said GO! For the love of…why is it so hard to stop blogging and start writing?

I have have a suggestion for those who have trouble getting started with a project. Sit down with your notebook, laptop, or whatever you like to use. If nothing happens immediately, that’s okay, don’t give up yet. Stare at that empty screen or blank page for at least 20 minutes, give yourself a chance to get your juices flowing. If nothing has happened within at least 20 minutes, you can try something else, but usually you can get something going before then…and you’re off to the races!…and for God’s sake, quit blogging! You’re a professional novelist, not a professional blogger!

The Big Decision

I have officially made my decision about my next novel. My novel is a romance called The Fall and it is about a girl who falls off of a cruise ship and is rescued by a handsome recluse who lives on his own island off the coast of Belize. He finds reasons to make her stay on the island and then ultimately traps her there. I’ve already written and finished this book. It’s almost 75,000 words and I love the story, but I noticed something huge was missing from it…Characterization!

Yes, my characters are very flat and one dimensional. There are a few tidbits of personality here and there, but I hadn’t really endeavored to add interest or back story.

As an author I believe it is time to stretch my legs and add a little deeper focus on characters. I am used to writing a plot driven story, letting the characters personalities come out in dialogue and action, but I don’t think I can get away with that in The Fall. The plot is very simple and they spend about 90% of the book on the island. There isn’t a heck of a lot to do on a deserted island. This is a great opportunity to develop characters and make people care.

Wish me luck, buy a tie dye.

WordPress is Frustrating Sometimes

One of the worst things to ever happen to a writer is to lose content. This is the second time that I have lost a nearly complete post on WordPress simply by pressing the backspace button. OOOOH, that really STEAMS my CLAMS! Oh well, BFLYzone, you’ll never see the work of absolute genius I was about to loose on the universe. Laters.

Here’s Some Hilariosity for my five followers!

…And you get back up again and POWER THROUGH!

Finally had a day free and clear of migraines and that was just enough to finish the final edit of To Love a Beast. Yea!

I did pull my manuscript under the 100,000 word mark. My official word count after I added back one of my favorite deleted scenes is 99,200 words, and that’s as good as its going to get. I’ve worked and I’ve toiled on this for so long and it is finally ready.

I’ve been sending query letters for this book literally for years, so I am going to give up on the agented route. I’ve decided to publish my book through Smashwords. Most of the books I read are published by them and I was very impressed by their website, so lordy lordy, I’m gonna do it.

Publishing a book through Smashwords is relatively easy. First, you have to write a book (your own original writing). Then you have to go through their formatting guide which is roughly 90 pages long….lots of pictures though, so don’t let the page numbers frighten you. After formatting, you need a cover image and description of your book. Then you’re off to the races!

A went through the whole formatting book in about 4 hours yesterday, and my book looks pretty spiffy. I was shocked by how easy it was to do. If you know Microsoft Word it’s nothing. Basically all I had to do was look at the example of good formatting on Smashwords and copy that. I actually did that before I went through the formatting book and after that, moving through the formatting book was more like a check list than a construction project. All I need now is a cover image.

My next project… It’s time to edit my next completed book called, “The Fall.” I wrote this story on napkins while I was working in Disney World on the College program. One thing you can say about Disney…they got some thick napkins! I also wrote that story when I was in love with my boss at Disney World. He was nuts! and I was nutser for drooling over him. Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how the edit goes, and I’ll put out a link to my first book as soon as I have it published.