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I’m not dead!

Hello, hello, new year!

I know, I know… I haven’t updated my blog in.. centuries. Forgive my literary hibernation, stuff happened. :(

Among those things –
-I transferred and started school again. Woots!
-I spent 4 months trying to write Redhaven #2
-Scrapped it
-Started again
-Said fuck it, pushed the plot from the original book #2 to #3
-Nano’d book #2 with a new plot.
-FINISHED BOOK 2. FUCK TO THE YES.
-Started edits and rewrites. Blurgh.
-I also started taking my health seriously and dropped 50 lbs in 5 months. (Go me!)

But yes! Things are going… slowly, but at least they’re going now. The changes and edits for Book #2 of the Redhaven Saga (tentatively called Blood Rites) are pretty much locked, so it’s just a matter of getting through the edits. Cover is underway, too, so expect some previews in the next months or so! (I say this with the utmost vagueness, because who the hell knows when it comes to book publishing. It’s done when it’s out, haha.)

But yes, book #2 is underway, fo’ realz this time. Vampires and demons and werebats, oh my!

I also did some compiling, and found out I have anywhere between 14-17 series/one-shot novel ideas in my little folder of scraps. That’s a ton of projects. I’m going to focus on Redhaven first, of course, but geez! I’m glad I write down my ideas… I’m sure my future self will thank me for it, but still. Most of the ideas are fantasy in some variety. Actually, I think all of them are, but still. They range from high-fantasy to post-apocalypse to… well, other stuff. I’ve been thinking perhaps I could alternate and work on a few things here and there at the same time, but I don’t want to spread myself too thin. Still, it would be nice to take a break from witches and werebats and venture into apocalyptic shenanigans. Could be fun, no? We’ll see… Really want to polish up Blood Rites and get it out. If I wrote the first book in a month, surely I can get the second out in two. (…I actually wrote book 2 in a month too, but… you know what I mean.)

I’m sure there’s other things I could update about, but this is good for now. Just wanted to let the interbutts know I haven’t died or anything. I just took a writing hibernation.

 

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84 Twitter Tags for Writers

Twitter is kind of scary! There’s only about a berjillion hashtags, so it’s sometimes hard to know which to use. Some are obvious (#writer), but some are a little abstract. I did a little digging, and came up with a list of about 84 twitter tags common in the writing and indie writer communities. A lot of this comes from other lists, (specifically from Nadine’s blog) but I squished ’em all together in a list. Here we go!

 

 General Writer Tags

 

Indie

 

Genre

Marketing is nuts.

Or maybe it’s more like networking. I’ve spent a good hour ‘liking’ facebook pages in exchange for likes on my own page. Which is perfectly fine, of course, and fair. It’s just time consuming.

I’ve heard from a lot of authors that they spend a ton of time marketing and networking, and I believe it now! Phew! I have so much more work to do, but it’s a start. I’m hoping I’ll be set up with an audience come launch time (which is fast approaching as I’m going to go into overdrive and try and finish Redhaven draft #1 this week).

Alot of my networking attention has been on Facebook so far, because twitter kind of perpetuates itself. Just go on a follow spree, @ some people, retweet and play nice, and you’re all good. Facebook ends up with a lot of spam.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my fellow writers. I just dont like them pushing my longtime friends under all thier posts. I know thats what they have to do, but…  still. If you’ve found out I’ve hidden you, don’t be offended! So far it hasn’t been too bad.

ALSO – WTF! I go on my liking spree, c&p’ing the thingy I was supposed to, and then facebook is like “you do dis too much! tori. stahp. tori shahp! I temp ban you!” Wtf, facebook. I’m not a spammer. :I

But I’m gonna eat now and go to bed, and start super-writing tomorrow morning! HEE-YA!

 

If you need some facebook page like love, check these thingies out:

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/483081188395794/

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/366534543443030/

 

http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/facebook-likes

Cautious Optimism

Some thoughts this week.

Kicking myself in the butt.

Or, I need to anyway. I’ve been very lazy about my word count today. Granted, I also had a final exam, but… who cares about final exams when there’s books to write? (Thats not true. I care. But still.)

I think it’s because I’m still in the early stages of this whole writing thing. I need a personal trainer, but for writing. Someone to punch me in the ass when I started floating over to Pinterest for my books board, or looking at the Facebook page for it. I dunno. Maybe I have natural lazyness? Am I afraid? Probably. I think I’m just the kind of person who needs absolute peace and quiet to really churn out the good stuff.

But I do like my book so far. I’m having these weird moments where it sort of just writes itself. Some random cool idea will wiggle its way in without me even trying. It’s very cool. Ask me about the Tank sometime. Bloop.

In other news, I’m still distracted. There’s a lot of ‘promotional’ stuff to do. Facebook pages, and vlogs (if I ever get up the courage), and a Pinterest board, and a whole bunch of other junk. I think I may be getting ahead of myself, though. This is the kind of thing you should be focusing on -after- a book is finished, not before. I think I’m just too excited for myself, or something.

I think I will keep up with this blog, just for the sake of documenting my progress and my ups and downs and stuff, but I dont think I’m going to do anything majorly besides that. I did some napkin math type planning, and if I stick to around 3k to 4k words a day, I should be able to finish the first draft in about a month. Perphaps. That’s the plan anyway.

I really hope I can do this. I know I can do this, but I really hope I actually do this.

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