Inkslayer’s Journal Entry 1

Hello Writeous Ones!
Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve written a personal blog. A long, long time. Plenty has happened in that time: my daughter is about to go to college, my girlfriend (my favorite author) is living with me, that whole President Creamsicle thing happened *ugh*. Hmmm…what else, what else?

Oh! I’m finally going to publish my first book!

It’s only taken forever but it’s happening. As of this moment Beyond Here is set to go out into the world on May 31st of 2017. I can’t begin to explain how nervous I am about this…but also relieved. 

Getting this story out into the world has been a looooooong process. Towards the end of last year I had a tenative offer from a small press to publish Beyond Here. Of course I was ecstatic about the opportunity. Someone other than me believed in my story! But in that excitement I got lazy. It needed plenty of polish and care that I neglected to give. So 2016 passed and then came February of 2017. By this time I was aware that the offer had fallen through, but with that a fire was ignited in me to take matters into my own hands. I believe in this story. I believe in me. Also it became time to stop talking about it and to make it happen. 

The biggest thing to get over was my own fear. Fear held me back for the longest time. Now it’s time to start trusting in myself and living in my possibilities. 

Hopefully I’ll be doing more of these mini updates from now on. Until next time have a writeous day!

Writing Quote Wednesday

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Why do you write? Is it to tell a story burning inside you? Is it to turn a quick buck? Or maybe it’s because you read a story and said “I should tell it how it should have been written. All but the second have been and are me. But I’m curious about you. Don’t be afraid to share 🙂

Until next time have a writeous day!

My Writing Week September 2nd – September 6th

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It would figure that on Labor Day I finished Nisa Sass, the story I started a year and a half ago. Quite fitting on a day for recognizing those who labor and struggle something I labored over was finished…well the first draft anyway.
It would seem I want to labor more as I decided to add another post to the Writing Quote Wednesday one I do each week. These posts will be a look into how my writing is going and what I’m reading or whatever is getting me inspired.
Not too much, right?
Right.
So some time today I’m going to start Nytemares and Dreamscapes, the sequel to Beyond Here. All the while as I wrote Nisa Sass ideas a plenty came to fill out the world. Funny how that happens sometimes. Not sure when it’ll be done but I would love to say less than a year from now because that would mean my word output has grown 🙂

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I just finished listening to The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin. My god what an amazing read. If I didn’t know any better I would have sworn it was nonfiction. The story of what happens to the titular character is exposed through many different eyes. Each voice is distinct and giving life with beautiful dialogue and wondrous voice acting. Because of this book, I know I’m a long way from where I want to be writing wise. Call it a sweet kick in the pants.
I’m not sure what book will be blaring through the car speakers next. Perhaps Half-Bad. I’ve been hearing good things so far.

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The book I started reading regularly is City of Fire by Laurence Yep. It was one of those books the librarian recommends. I trust her book choices though.

Well that’s it for now. Until next time keep writing and have a writeous day!

Writing Quote Wednesday

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There’s that word. Fear. Ugh. I’m not a usually fearful person. Cautious sure, but fearful? Please. That is what I’d like to tell myself, however if I wasn’t then why haven’t I sent out a single query for any of my stories since December? Because I am afraid. I’m afraid of more rejection. I’m afraid of wondering if I’m good enough. I’m afraid of not hearing anything which stings worse than a blatant rejection.
I’m afraid.
I suppose fear comes with the territory when it comes to wanting to be an author. You have to open yourself up, not only on the page but to a subsection of human beings you hope to impress and form a connection with. But to do that you have to try. You have to take a chance, a step, a gravity defying bound.
All that to say at some point this week querying will resume. I feel I’ve grown as a writer. Not to mention my crocodilelike skin. LOL Hopefully you are overcoming that fear which is holding you back. Trust and believe in you. Believe in your words.
Until next time have a writeous day!