Monday, July 25, 2011

GWESPE: Two Lessons Well Learned

The Grand Sophy 

Lesson #1:  Pick a work that you can finish quickly and will keep you actively engaged no matter what.  This way, if you have the attention span of a flea with ADHD, you are less likely to raise the white flag and move on to some other project you won't finish ;-)

Lesson #2:   To perk up flagging interest, read reference works or fiction that serves as such for your work.  This way, when you get obsessed with others' works, you can at least mollify yourself that "it's research."


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Civil War Re-Enactment Period Dress

Period Dress

That's me, in a period dress I bought at the second day of the re-enactment.  I have the crinoline underneath, a hairnet, and the dress so far.  I also have a bonnet and a parasol (not shown).  I'm slowly building up my outfit.

Look at What We Found!

Milkweed Tussock Moth Catepillar

I've seen one of these once before, crawling on the ground.  They go on milkweed.  They also don't tend to cling to milkweed well and are fast crawlers.  We collected a couple to raise into moths.  They don't look very pretty as moths, but the babies are interesting.  They always remind me of cutoff yarn bits.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Reviving The Great Writing Experiment: Self-Publishing an Ebook

Awhile back I mentioned I wanted to start an experiment on self-publishing ebooks.  Then life happened, and I didn't really work on it.  Anyway, starting a few weeks ago, I unofficially resurrected it.  Now, I want to officially do so. 

Why?  To keep me on track, focused.  To share information.  And because recently I came across someone else doing the same thing, but this person comes across as a Doubting Thomas, negative about the process, expecting the worst.  And, to be frank, that is the worst way to go about this.  After all, you don't expect the worst when you seek the commercial publishing route, so why should you with this route?  And if you do, then you shouldn't do it.  Because, as they say, you tend to get what you expect out of life.  Positive outlook is by far a greater motivator than a negative one will ever be, and I rather my work be sabotaged by positivity and hope than negativity and doubt.  So, my blogged experiment will be a positive counterpoint. 

In a later post, I'll talk about my goals, what novel I am working on for it, expected finish date, preliminary self-publishing work, practice, studies, research--whatever I think will be of help to others, and I will do my best to be positive at the same time (not easy when I am a struggling, born-again optimist).  That doesn't mean there won't be learning curves, disappointments, and hard work ahead, it just means that overall I'm going to look upon it all as a positive experience.  A positive experiment.  I hope you will do so too.

Update on Anthology Story: Knock

Awhile back I mentioned I had a story accepted for the Mother Goose is Dead: Modern Stories of Myths, Fables and Fairy Tales‏ anthology.  "Knock" is a story inspired by Franz Kafka's tale "The Knock at the Manor Gate."  It's about a world where something so simple as a rap on the wrong door could have lasting consequences.  It's an original fable, I guess you could day.

Well, there has been some recent news on the anthology.  We have a cover, as you can see.  Also, we have a new publisher, Damnation Books, which will release both print and ebook versions.  And I have signed and sent in my contracts and W9.  

Anyway, everything seems to be moving along nicely, and it all seems to be going well.  I'm looking forward to working with this publisher, and I can't wait to have a copy in my hands.  This is a great bunch, editors included, to work with.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Good Ol' Fashioned Fun: Civil War Re-Enactment

Ladies Auxiliary

Just a quick update. Spent several hours at the civil war re-enactment. This is the third year I have went to seen it, and I hope to go back tomorrow for the infantry drill. Also, I hope to spend some time at the county fair. Sad to say, but I do believe I rather visit the civil war re-enactment than the Jour De Fete (the main fair of our town). Oh, and I bought some goodies; I'll post a pic of them later. But I hope to one day dress like the ladies in the fashion show for these events. Just for the heck of it.

Cavalry Battle

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fanfiction Fix

On the AW forums, there is an interesting thread about writers who started out writing fanfiction first.  I'm one of them.  In fact, I still read fanfiction.  More, one of the reasons why I decided to work on my duet of novels (Letters of the Dead and Eyes of the Gods) is the fact that I'm in Surpernatural withdrawals. 

My duet is an older series that I let languish because I didn't think I could revise it to look like commercially published books.  Also, it tended to be shorter than what they published. The duet series was written during a nano session.  I'm thinking 2007, but I'm not sure.  Anyway, the first novel was written and the second half written. 

As I started re-reading and outlining and planning fixes on my duet, I realized the first novel especially reminded me of Cass and Dean interactions.  I thought cool:  motivation!  Something to help not only with my drive to publish something this year, but with my SPN fixation as well.