Going in the right direction, workshop done

Reading, writing, tweeting, blogging…my goodness, does it ever stop? In short, the answer is no, it doesn’t. And that’s okay. I love every minute of it. I just finished Angela James’s Before You Hit Send workshop. Holy moly, that was an awesome 3 week workshop and I suggest everyone to take it.

If you’re looking to polish up your self-editing skills or want to learn how to be a stronger writer this is the workshop for you. It’s an online class so it was perfect for me with regards to my schedule and location (CA). If anyone is interested in checking it out here’s the link: http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/before-you-hit-send/

Angela is very knowledgeable and personable with a whole lot of experience. I never felt stupid or out of place and believe me, I was in a crowd of some pretty impressive individuals (I was in the workshop with a rocket scientist, no joke). Although it was quite a bit of information, I enjoyed it. I started to get a little overwhelmed at the end of week 2 but I rallied through. :grrrr face: I had too, how else am I going to learn everything I need to?

Sure I can say I’m going to write while pounding my fist on my desk but if I don’t know the technical aspects of my craft I’m doing a disservice to myself and my (future)readers. It’s akin to saying I’m going to build a boat while striding confidently out the door to go buy tools from Home Depot. Now the latter would be silly if I have no idea how to build a boat wouldn’t it?

(Confession time, yes, I’ve made that statement and gone to buy tools that I didn’t need. But if we’re ever caught in a flood and need to build a boat then I’m good to go. Who’s going to look like a silly sally then, huh?)

Where was I? Skills, knowledge, and the workshop. The next session starts in October so there is plenty of time to check it out. I would also recommend Twitter for anyone looking for articles or blogs that have writing, editing, or publishing tips. I’m amazed everyday by the amount of information I find in my Twitter feed. I’m not even following hundreds of people and I still find tons of stuff. If you’re not on Twitter, please create a handle if you’re interested in writing or something of that nature. You’d be amazed by the information and contacts you can find.

The world is getting smaller every day. Let’s embrace it and make it work for us. By the way, did you know readers as far as Russia, the U.K., and Australia read this blog? :Waves hello: I’m humbled and awed. I know it’s cheesy but I get a pretty big kick out of that. Of course, I get excited about everyone who takes the time to read my blog. What can I say? I’m a writer, I get emotional. Don’t judge me. 🙂

Photos:

Lynn Kelley Author http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynkelwoohoo/7789354222/in/photostream/

Michael http://upstartcrowliterary.com/blog/?p=153

Moving forward

The beginning of a new week in Hades and the heat is definitely high around here. It’s hard to believe that it is already June but then again time waits for no woman. I was able to get quite a bit accomplished this weekend. I spent some quality time with my hubby & friends, read a couple good books (Be Still by Tania L. Ramos and Past Jumper by Jamie Heppner), and got my branding (M.G. Edwards) in order for my blog and twitter. My next step is to purchase my domain name and email, etc. Yeah, I know I’m probably getting a little ahead of myself but why not? Go big or go home (plus it’s really cheap and looks cool).

Of course nothing is as simple as we think, you figure “I’m going to be a writer” so you start writing. But then you realize, Wait I’m going to need to brush up on the basics of my craft so let me start meeting other writers. Maybe going to classes/seminars/workshops/oh god…make it stop/online courses/buying books/it doesn’t ever stop does it?/watching YouTube videos/join a writing and or book club. Did I mention starting twitter and blogging? Surprise! This is not a normal 5 day, 8 hour work day gig.

Ok, let me take a breath because now I’m dizzy and this sucks. The sad truth is this is just the beginning; I haven’t even begun to get into the actual publishing/editing part of it then move on to the marketing portion… Yikes, NO BUENO!

But take a step back and breathe…wuuu saaa. I’m going to be okay. Sure, I’ll attend a bunch of stuff I probably won’t need and buy a bunch of books I might not read or ever use. Right now I’m “meeting” people outside of my comfort zone (aka my house) and learning new stuff. Plus this is what I wanted and signed up for. So put on my big girl chonies and suck it up.

I’m taking the steps to move forward, in my own crazy way but I’m doing it. And that’s all that matters to me at this point. I’m not giving advice because the sad truth is I don’t know anything except what I read on yahoo and even that is suspect these days.

I guess what I’m trying to say is stay hydrated in Hades because it’s hot as hell, read some good books,  and remember no matter what path you choose in life be sure to make it your own and then ride that hooptie  till the wheels fall off.

Link for kindle books:

Be Still by Tania L. Ramos http://www.amazon.com/Be-Still-ebook/dp/B0083IOY8U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1338843808&sr=1-1

Past Jumper by Jamie Heppner  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005AHQQMY

Just thoughts

As I stumble into the jungle of writing I’m finding that nothing is as simple as it seems not even my name. I am currently trying to determine what my “brand” should be. Do I write under my own name, create a variation of my name, or just go for a full fledge alter ego and create an alias? Yikes…choices, choices, it’s like being at the candy store and you can only have one. Sigh, I’ll be honest I know I’m overthinking it but I can’t help myself.

But enough of that, I’m at least writing. I’ve got some good ideas swirling around in my head; I’ve just got to get it on paper (in my laptop). This is always easier said than done but its ok. As Branli (www.branlicaidryn.com)  is quick to remind me “The first draft is always rough, don’t worry about it. Just get it out and then continue to work out the details on the next draft.” Thank goodness for good advice from good friends to help keep me sane and focused.

Keeping up with twitter and the blog has been very interesting. It’s definitely not for the weak or weary. I have already been asked if I am going to be addicted to my phone to keep up with it all. I didn’t have the heart to tell my hubby that it’s more likely to happen than not. Some things are better left unsaid.

Well my brain seems to be shutting down so I will end this for the night.

Buenos Noches, have a good night.