Where did my words go?

Have you ever had those days where the words are whispering in the back of your mind, but no matter how much you try you can’t figure out how to get them on paper?

I’m talking about when the scene won’t work no matter how much you bang your head against your keyboard. I came across this pin on my Pinterest:

write write write

 

Right….

How about when you can’t connect the words together to make a sentence that make sense? Or better yet writing dialogue that doesn’t sound forced or stilted?

Ugh, I’m not in my happy place. Can you tell?

Damn, muse…she can be such a capricious bitch.

Surreal Illustrations by NekoKirara

Let’s go to the Library

Is my book really going to be in a library? It sure is!

LibrariesApparently, one of the libraries in my area supports local authors and my writing club reached out to everyone to let us know, “Hey, stop by the library and donate your book so it can be placed on the shelf.”

Well, this got me thinking what if the other libraries accepted donated books and it was just a matter of review and approval to be placed on the shelves?

Next week, the plan of action is to hit up another library and my son’s school.

I know as an entrepreneur I want to sell books, but as a writer I just want people to read my story and have it make a difference.

It’s a fine line between being an artist and trying to pay some bills. Black Widow and Whisper... I like this I could do this one! lol I have the exact outfit? Just not sure how to make it look realistic cause I cant do it do it lol

There’s blood in the water and the sharks are circling

199 Fun And Effective Fundraising Events For Nonprofit Organizations  by Justina Walford

School Fundraising Events

What is one of the biggest clues that a new school year has begun? For me, it’s the barrage of requests to support school fundraisers.

Oh yes, my friends. The catalogs of overpriced Christmas wrapping, knick knacks, chocolates, and recipe books have arrived.

The truth is I’m a sucker for those darn catalogs. I adore the canned caramel popcorn and gift bag packages. I can’t help it. Chocolate, gift ideas, and recipes books I probably won’t ever use; it’s all conveniently in one place for ridiculously inflated prices. But it’s for a good cause…well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Remember when riding bikes was all the entertainment kids needed?... and we were thrilled to have a bike!

Vintage: kids going for a bike ride

Last week, one of the neighborhood boys asked if I would buy something from him. Now, I have a soft spot for this boy. He’s funny, rambunctious, and last year he kept coming around to ask if I would go bike riding with him. Not my son, me.

How could I say no when he handed over a catalog?

No more than fifteen minutes later my doorbell rings again. A group of kids armed with catalogs, order forms, and smiles stood on my porch.

“Sorry, guys. He already got me,” I said.

by artist, Arian Armstrong...

Take Courage By Arian Armstrong

As one, their heads turned toward the grinning imp astride his bicycle at the curb. Lifting his hand, he waved and a peal of laughter floated in the air as he rode away. Groans and cries of “aw man” filled the air as they gave chase, barely pausing to toss their goodbyes and thanks over their shoulders.

Yup, the new school year has officially begun.

If only worrying burned calories…

Worrywart

Worrywart

Let me start by saying, I’m a big worrywart. My last entry was about freaking out over stuff I probably shouldn’t have. I was worried about my book launch. I stressed about having enough drinks, would people show up, and more importantly, I prayed I wouldn’t say anything inappropriate.

I gave myself a few gray hairs over nothing.

The book launch was amazing! Friends, family, and supporters showed up in droves to the bookstore. The best part is I didn’t even have to send anyone outside to twirl a sign to advertise. (I told my kid if we didn’t have a good crowd I’d give him twenty bucks to do it, he was all about it.)

Currently, I’m in the midst of a book blog tour and a social media blast. The feedback has been positive and I’ve received some great reviews from readers.

Literary Addicts End of Summer Event – Parenting | Life Style | Reviews

My head hasn’t stopped spinning. I keep pinching myself to make sure it’s real. But I’m staying grounded and focused. In addition to marketing Innocent Labor, I’m working on the sequel.

Now that I’ve released my first book, I determined to publish another.

Of course, I’m not saying I don’t log onto Amazon, read the reviews over and over, and start grinning like a mad fool.

I’m not saying that at all…Don’t judge me.

It’s almost time

Well, things are getting real. I know I’ve said it before, but now I’m talking to my publisher about release dates and pricing. And it’s awesome!

Of course, I’m a bit of an emotional basket case. I’m not going to lie, I’ve considered following in the footsteps of some of the literary greats and taking up alcoholism because I’m losing my mind (JK, I can’t handle the hangovers, I’m a sissy.)

Sylvia Plath quote | "God, how I ricochet between certainties and doubts."

Sylvia Plath quote

But, seriously anxiety attacks and mood swings have been part of my daily action plan whether I want it added to the list or not. Exercise, yoga poses, and stress eating haven’t helped at all. So I do what every other red-blooded, gung-ho driven writer does in a situation such as this, I ignore it all and keep pushing forward.

I’m researching book blog tours, purchasing marketing materials, and utilizing social media for blatant self-promotion like I learned in PR101. Do I think it’s enough to garner enough attention to generate a solid following of dedicated fans and boost sales?

I don’t know. I hope so.

Here’s what I do know, I’m releasing my book in the next couple of weeks and I’m freaking out!!!

How Does One Become a Butterfly?

It’s getting close

Edit, Edit, Edit

Edit, Edit, Edit

I’m at the point where I realize I need to seek the help of a professional. No, I don’t mean therapy. I’m talking about an editor. I feel like I’m turning my wheels and correcting words that aren’t taking my story to the next level.

I need to suck it up and make the call.

Geesh, I didn’t think it would be this hard letting someone new actually read my work

It’s the question that drives us…

Learning How to Read Like a Scholar

Learning How to Read Like a Scholar

Let’s talk research. Every writer knows there are times in the pursuit of creativity we delve into areas that aren’t pretty and can make the average person sick to their stomach. However, finding information is part of what an author must do for the sake of the story.

Joining a discussion group created for writers with the sole purpose of being able to pick each other’s brains was the best decision I could have ever made. Questions can include topics such as, how much does a head wound bleed or what is the best way to disable brakes on a car?

There’s nothing worse then reading a book and it isn’t believable.

The devil’s in the details.

But, sometimes while you’re searching the internet you come across an article or website that just breaks your heart. With everything I’ve read, seen, and heard while researching my book one would think nothing would shock or surprise me.

I was wrong.

I need to find my happy place.

Dreamy beach house // I can't even imagine

Dreamy beach house

Building a Website is So Easy…Sure It Is

Building a Website for Dummies David Crowder 2007 3rd Edition w CD-ROM

Building a Website for Dummies David Crowder 2007 3rd Edition w CD-ROM

My goal for this week is to build a website. Sounds easy, right? Buy a domain, click a few buttons, select the right pictures, and there you go. Voila! You have a website and you’re ready to go.

Sisilia by ppinkydollsart on Etsy

Sisilia by ppinkydollsart on Etsy

Unless you’re like me and agonize over every detail. Deleting and rewriting each sentence, making sure everything is correct because heaven forbid, it doesn’t look spot on.

And let’s not get started on choosing the right photos. Does this picture invoke my brand? Or is the city skyline a good choice that best portrays my WIP? Should I get professional pictures taken?!

Picture from fitsugar.com

Picture from fitsugar.com

Oh God, my head is spinning.

I’ve been surfing through tons of websites for ideas and inspiration. I’ve probably raised site stats for my peers thanks to my research.

Jeez, I hope I get this done before my new ulcer explodes.

Do It Till It Hurts…

Critique Group was harsh this week. Well, not really but yeah, it kinda was. I’m in the editing phase of my WIP and feedback is part of the process.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re into the book. Everyone enjoys my characters and we have discussions about who’s doing what and why.

Adjectives, Adverbs and Setting the Scene

Adjectives, Adverbs and Setting the Scene

Here’s my dilemma…My name is Monica Gloria and I’m an adverb/adjective addict.

Yes, I’ll admit it. I absolutely adore pretty, descriptive words that add flavor, texture, and color. Now I’m not as bad as a 19th century novel, however; I can be a bit verbose. (Verbose is a great word, isn’t it?)

And yes, I know sometimes too much is just well, too much. So, being aware I have this issue, I keep their advice in mind while I’m editing and I thought I was doing better.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough because my group is urging me to do more.

Hack/Slash By Tim Seeley

Hack/Slash By Tim Seeley

Butcher it, chop it down, and slice it to the bone! No mercy!

This might require medication.

Editing: Fun? Not so much.

Peanuts/Editing

Peanuts/Editing

Editing.

Oi, some would say it’s easy and others would lament it’s the hardest thing they had ever done.

What's in my head? by Cynthia

What’s in my head? by Cynthia

I’m with the latter group. Haven’t I already poured out my heart and soul out to these pages? My wrists have bled out and tears have been shed. Now I have to go back, review the yarn that spewed out of my head, and clean it up.

Crap. There’s bad grammar, cheesy dialogue, and flat scenes. And what the hell was I thinking when I wrote that chapter?

But, unfortunately, it must be done. If I want a good product then I have to correct the mistakes. Yeah, yeah I know if it was easy everyone would do it.

I’d like to take this moment to give props to the professional editors. They’re superheroes in my humble opinion. Editing is crazy.

Mighty Mouse by Paul Terry

 
Mighty Mouse by Paul Terry