Friday, November 29, 2013

I'm Working on It!

For the past month, my nights have been filled with editing Bound, my werewolf novel.  I finished writing it earlier this year, but I took a step away from it.  I really big step.  No, I shouldn’t have put it on hold for this long, but there’s no use in crying over spilled tequila.  It doesn’t change anything.  I used to be a big worrier, but I try to stay away from that part of me.   The uselessness of it is so time consuming and it doesn’t help.  I'm also a big procrastinator.  

What does help?  I’m so glad you asked.  Doing something.  Editing and writing.  Tweeting to gain more followers and posting Facebook posts to get more Likes.  For me, it’s a slow process.  But, it’s still helping. 

That worrier part of me tried to sneak in.  I started comparing myself to other people and thinking of how slow I was.  I’ve done it before.  Comparing how much weight I would lose compared to him or her.  Comparing how many words I wrote a day to how many the websites say I should be writing.  I was failing miserably.  It doesn’t help to compare yourself with others.  You’re either being self-serving or self-deprecating. 

I’m moving at my own pace.  And yes, I am a horrible procrastinator but, I have to deal with that aspect of my personality in a more constructive way.  And that’s what I’ve been doing.  

It feels great.  Liberating.  I won’t lie to you.  I’m still dragging ass, but at a much faster pace!  Things are getting done.  I spend less time worrying and more time getting things done.

Just thought I’d share with you.  You may be having the same problem.  But don’t worry.  Drag your ass a little faster than you did yesterday, and the day before that.  Soon, it’s done.  And then you have something else to do.  If you’ve learned your lesson it’ll get done faster.  If not, it’s up to you.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, either way, you're right.” –Henry Ford

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Good Times

Last weekend I attended the Hallowread in Ellicott City, Maryland.  It was organized by Rachel Rawlings and it was awesome.  HallowRead was a book convention for authors and fans of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, SteamPunk and Horror genres.  There were tons of authors there.  It.  Was.  Awesome!  

 CJ Ellisson,  Rachel Rawlings , Laura Kay,  JD Brown... the list could go on and on. I also discovered some new authors whose books are now at the top of my ‘To Read’ list on my Kindle.  This year was the first HallowRead and I can’t wait for next year’s convention.  Here is a picture of all the swag I picked up.

 Photo: All of my free swag from the Hallowread. Doesn't even include the books that I bought.

Going there and being around such wonderful people has inspired me to submit my work.  I started editing my novel, Bound, and set a goal to read at least 70 pages a week.  Why 70?  ‘Cause I should be able to fit in ten pages a night.  And that’s only if my daughter cooperates.  Even so, 70 pages a week is doable. 

I asked CJ Ellisson about it and she pretty much told me to stop dragging ass and start submitting.  So, that’s what I’m going to do.  I’ll start submitting the end of next month and I have nothing but faith.  And good work.

So, what now?  You can download Hunted by Angels for free, yes FREE, today and then you can follow up with Finding AngelsAnd after you completely fall in love with Perry and Haines leave a comment and like me on my facebook page,  RABoydwriter

I was able to have dinner (yes dinner!) with a few of my favorite authors and some fellow fan buddies.   

Photo: Awesome dinner Saturday night with some AMAZING authors & a few very excited fans!! Jordan K. Rose, Hildie McQueen, Jennifer Brown, Deana Potter, C.j. Ellisson, Laura Kaye, Selena Mc & Amy Stracke

The HallowRead was great.