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Coming out of hibernation

So, uh… it’s been quite a while, I’m sure some of you are aware.

Long story short, my life changed a lot, I moved across the country, and some personal things cropped up that required my attention. But that’s life, isn’t it? You never know what it’s going to throw at you, and unfortunately for me, it knocked me out of the writing game for a good, uh… 3-ish years.

However, I feel like I’m finally in a place I can pick back up writing. It’s been my dream, and still is, and while you should never give up on your dreams, I had to set mine aside for a bit to focus on, ah, other things.

But I’m ready to pick it back up.

Expect some changes and updates soon. It’s on my to-do list to comb through this wordpress to update and fix anything. (Like that book #2 was coming out in 2013. Oops. )

Anyway, yes, I’m alive, and I should be considerably more active here in the new future.

Book #2 is actually done, but requires a lot of rewriting and editing, so that’s going to be my main focus for a while. I might also start up an erotica venture under a pen name, but that’s neither here nor there at the moment.

 

Anyway, stay tuned!

-V

This Latest Publishing Disaster

Unfortunately, sometimes, small time publishers can be the worst kind of people.

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What’s The Seance about? Here’s a hint:

Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for a demon.

Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance.

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I’m not dead.

I swear. I’m only dead-ish.

I know I haven’t updated in about 40 berjillion years, but life sorta smacked me upside the head and I had a crisis with book 2. I’ve essentially scrapped the entire thing, and am going with an entirely new plot, once I get around to writing it. Taking a break from Redhaven to work on little side projects whenever I feel like it. I know I’ve only written one book, but I’ve spent months and months trying to figure out book fucking 2, and it’s pissing me off, so I’m letting it sit. It’ll come out eventually, just… not right now.

Come October I’ll be going to school full time, 5 days a week, so that’s going to hamper writing time even more.

I hate my job, also. (Hence the “fuck it! i’m going to school” change.)

Fuck you, money! Blurgh.

Other than being poor and writerly-frustrated, I’m actually okay. Just doing other things. (Not that anyone particularly cares all that much, but just thought I’d make an update.)

Rawr.

The Importance of Connections and Networking… (kinda)

I know, I know. It’s been about a billion years since I last updated. Book 2 is a menace on my free time. I am writer-ly-constipated. /sigh

Anyhoo! An interesting thing happened the other day – I had jury duty for the first time. Uh, ever. Not that most thrilling of adventures, but it’s not the actual duty that was interesting (although it was mildly amusing). In all of the places of the world, on all of the days of the year, in all of the panels of jurors ever, I found another writer.

Freaky right! We’re just like, crawling out of the woodwork here. (Maybe not -that- unbelievable, but I was pleasantly surprised to find someone to ‘talk shop with’, as he put it.)

My allotted lunch hour turned into “hey, let’s talk about books and writing and cover art and stuff.” I felt all fuzzy and professional. There was even an exchange of business cards. (Which reminded me how crappy mine are. I still have 127 to give out. Dammit.) All in all it was just really neat to talk to someone who knew what I meant when I said ‘kdp’ and ‘amazon’s algorithms are totally random and shitty’.

It got me thinking – if I could find one cool dude randomly in the middle of jury duty, and learn a bunch of things from him in one afternoon, what kind of enlightenment might I find if I went to a CONVENTION of equally minded, nerdy writer types? Think of the collection of business cards alone!

My main point is this – talk to people! You never know what you’ll find out. It might even lead to an hour long discussions about the ins and outs of erotica pen names. (No pun intended… sort of.)

 

 

How it feels when you meet somebody new who gets the ‘writer’ thing.

 

Frustrating.

I wish book #2 would cooperate with me and let me write it. I’m tired of fighting with it.

 

That’s all.

/sigh.

Results of my KDP free promo weekend~

Well, that was fun! It started off painfully slow, and then exploded in the last 12 hours before the promo was over. Wish I knew why, but… ah well. Numbers are fun!

I woke up this morning with 10 fresh sales, so that’s also cool. Hopefully I’ll get some reviews in. I know there’s a few things I need to work on for the next books (and there were some issues with the first, for that matter), but the more I can learn, the better the next ones’ll be. I’m getting a good checklist going for “things to watch out for”.

Anyway, that was a bit side-tracky. Here’s my end rankings for the promo and total units given away.

Pretty neat!

 

Total units given away: 5,457

Me this morning. <(^_^<) (>^_^)> ^(^_^)^ d(^_^)z

 

A brief victory, but a victory nonetheless. Ranking reverted to my old paid ranking this morning, so that was sad. But still! Awesome! Thank you, readery-type-peoples! :)

My book is FREE today! Pick up a copy!

Siren Snow Book Cover

Click to head over to amazon! :D

 

 

 

 

Seriously, go get it! It’s freeeee~

 

 

 

Book #2 is Hard: The Challenges of a Sequel (Now with gifs!)

So, you’ve written a book. Sweet! Publish that bitch, and feel awesome. You’ve done the hard work, made some characters, put them through some shit, and squished it all together in a readable, cohesive format. Smell your pages, look at your shiny kindle/nook file, and relax. Job well done.

Aaah… Let’s take a minute.

/iced-tea.

….Mmm, the taste of victory.

Wait a minute… oh crap, that’s a series.  So, I have to write another one?

OH CRAP. I HAVE TO WRITE ANOTHER ONE!

 

So, that’s a thing. Sequels, I mean. When you write a series.

I kind of forgot about that. Siren Snow got done, and I was just happy to get it out. I thought I’d just plot out my next book, and write it, and chug along, and it’d all be hunky dory.

Sounds easy, right? Of course! Pfft, all you need to do is plot some stuff, work out the threads from the last book, and then write it. Duh.

…Right.

 

 

Seriously though, this sequel is a bitch. It was easy the first time. I could introduce stuff as I went, and it was a new world and I was starting from scratch. Everything was new and shiny, and we were all just along for the ride, experiencing it all for the first time. We were getting to know characters, exploring a new literary universe, and we found out things as we went.

As I’m finding with book #2… Not so much. I have to catch people up without barraging them with info dumps. I have sew the threads of new ideas, while making sure I don’t forget anything important from the last book that’ll crop up in this one. Oh, and new characters. I have to weave new characters in.

And make sure my heroin isn’t a totally different person.
And that stuff is believable within the time frame.
And no one’s forgotten.
And everything that was left open in the last book is at least addressed in this one.
And time skips… I have to address a time skip and have it not just be a black hole of info blob I give later.

Holy fucking hell in a handbasket how do I do this.

So yeah, suffice to say, writing a sequel is NOTHING like writing the first book in a series. I feel like there’s an obvious answer to all this, some simple scientific way to approach it that’ll make it flow easier in my brain.

Let me be honest for a moment: I’ve been floundering and struggling with this damn book for like, a fucking month now. I, for the life of me, cannot find some way to make the beginning of this book work. Like, seriously. I think I may have shot myself in the foot with the end of the first book. Honestly, I think it’s mostly that I’ve got an entirely new character to ease in. In my head, I already know his story, and how he’s going to end up in the long run, but it’s like trying to fit in an extra pea in a pod. …Or something.

I just wanna run away.

 

But I think I’ve found a solution!

Wait… What? There’s hope?

 

Turns out, I just had to wait. No really, that’s it. I had a writing epiphany half asleep one morning, and I realized I was rushing it. I was wanting so much just to pick up with this damn book and have it come out as easy (more or less) as the first one. But you can’t really do that with a sequel. It’s an entirely new animal. There’s an entire universe to consider before you even write down ‘chapter 1’. I had to let it sit. I figured out that… Well, it’s a long story, but I figured it out. Finally.

There is no magic way to make writing work, or come out of your brain smoothly.

Moral of this very strange, gif filled post: If you’re struggling with something, especially writing, and it just wont come to you, wait for inspiration. Don’t force it. Writing is an art, not a science.

Who knew?

 

 

((Also… damn you Maegan for getting me hooked on gifs. :p ))

Creative State of Mind

Today, we’re going to talk about the plague of independent publishers. There are more small presses than any of us could possibly count. They pop up seemingly overnight, publish ten or two-hundred books or so, and then vanish, often leaving bewildered authors to pick up the pieces of their publishing careers. Though there are vanity presses and scammers intent on defrauding authors, there are many small publishers who started their company with the very best of intentions.

I’d like to believe that most small presses set up shop with the intent to help authors and perhaps make a bit of money in the process. I’d like to hope these well-meaning entrepreneurs have a solid business plan, a proven marketing model, and good financial backing before they undertake such a venture. I’d like to hope the publishing company and their authors will thrive, eventually growing the business and becoming successful, respected…

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