Nov 20

November 20, 2014

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To Print or Not to Print

I wasn’t going to do it. As a self-published, no name author it’s hard to justify the extra expense. Other than the copies of Waterborn I bought to give away and the copies my parents bought to give away, I might have sold ten copies of the print version. Hardly enough to cover the cost. But I want a copy of Waterdreamer to put on my shelf, and I think it will make the process feel complete to actually hold…

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Nov 17

November 17, 2014

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Fashion Police–Dodododo, dadadada

I have no fashion sense whatsoever. I offer this real life example from my distant past. I’m a sophomore in high school in geometry class. My secret crush sits in the front row. He’s a senior. He’s way out of my league, thus the secret part. He’s cool. I’m kind of a dork. I doubt he even knows my name. I’m called upon to work out a problem on the board, and horror of horrors, I have to stand directly…

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Nov 9

November 9, 2014

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I’m Too Nice

From all my research on what it takes to write compelling stories, I think I may have stumbled upon the one thing that could be holding me back from commercial success. My one fundamental flaw to good storytelling. I’m too nice to my characters. I love them. I don’t want to see them hurt. I don’t enjoy seeing them hurt. If I had written The Hunger Games… wait. Stop right there. Who am I kidding? I  would never have written…

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Oct 12

October 12, 2014

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Art Imitating Life

As I start the editing phase of Watermark, I’m noticing a reoccurring theme in my stories. Bullies. This no doubt stems from my own experiences. I was bullied. Mercilessly. There were days I didn’t want to go to school, and then once I got there, I would slink around the halls, trying to be as invisible as possible. It went on for months. It’s about the only thing I remember about eighth grade. Hopefully my characters will handle their bullies…

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Oct 8

October 8, 2014

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Expectations

If I learned anything from my first time around publishing a book, it’s to not have any expectations. Like zero. Because the harsh reality is, the odds of a single self-published book being a financial success are well, let’s just say I have a better chance of winning the lottery, and Alabama doesn’t even have one. I’m not raking in the dough. In fact, since I’ve already gotten the covers for the next two books done, I’m operating in the…

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