April 2015 #IWSG – A-to-Z put aside this year for other pursuits

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I did the A-to-Z challenge this time last year…

It was fun, challenging, and time-consuming. It was work – and I have a lot of that. I’m busy with the Busan Writing Group following the release of our book – the group has talked about doing more content to share on the group blog. Some other members are doing Camp NanoWriMo for April. I know what I want to do – I want to write serial short fiction!

I’m taking it as a reduced-word-count NaNo – I’ve set 500 words as my daily goal in April. Sounds like a low number, yet it’s more than I normally get done per day. I write in huge, infrequent spurts, what can I say?

Instead of A-to-Z, I’m drafting around 10 short pieces, all set in the same universe, all following an overall arc, but each story will serve as an ‘episode’ of sorts. When pieces of this are revised and ‘approved’ by the writing group, they will appear as content on Write, or Else!, and I will link to them from the Writing Group Blog. We need more content to show off, so I’m getting ready to contribute.

Once pieces are drafted and revised at least once without help, I will run them through our regular weekly workshops. Only after a few runs through the group will they be posted – I’ve vowed never to publish anything that hasn’t seen critique from others. There is work on this very website that I published without help, and … it shows.

So that’s my excuse. As for why I haven’t gone and used the A-to-Z research I did last year on evil spirits … I don’t have a good excuse for that. I’ll only say that the research has fueled my creative process and will definitely be used in the novel I’m currently, s l o w l y, writing.

To all those who are doing A-to-Z – I’ll be stopping by your blogs! Keep up the good work – it’s a great experience and I do highly recommend seeing it through. You’ll be glad you did – I know I am.

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The Busan Writing Group is in Busan Haps

Just a quick one – the Busan Writing group and its book have been featured in this article on Busan Haps!

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Busan Haps is an entertainment magazine edited by expats in Busan, and is pretty much the magazine us expats look to when we want to know what’s going on.

I’m really glad the Haps staff were so helpful in our shameless promotion of our book!

An excerpt from “The Faces They Wore”, my part of “Nothing Too Familiar”

I’d like to share an excerpt from my work in Nothing Too Familiar – Vignettes of Korea.

More about this book can be found at the Busan Writing Group website.

This book can be bought in digital form at Smashwords or Amazon Kindle, or you can get a print copy from me or any other member of the Busan Writing Group.

The Faces They Wore explores the collision of two very different worlds within Korea – that of a Korean woman whose circumstances have forced her into prostitution, and the comparatively privileged life of a foreign English teacher.

I was supposed to read this part of the story at Wordz Only on February 28, but my wife and kids were sick that night. Instead, I present it here:


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The Busan Writing Club book is now on Kindle!

I’ve just confirmed – the group publication by the Busan Writing Group is now live and avaialable for sale through Kindle.

More information over at the Busan Writing Group:

Our First Publication!

I’m really glad to have been a part of it, and to have figured out all the formatting needed to get it looking great on Smashwords, Kindle, and in print!

Our first book is out!

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An Amazon Kindle release will be added soon!

Originally posted on The Busan Writing Group:

It’s been a long time in coming, but the Busan Writing Group is ready to announce our new book, Nothing Too Familiar. This is a collection of works reflecting writerly experiences in South Korea. These works were selected and compiled from our group of writers over the past several months.

This book includes the work of Michael Geer, Chris Edwards, and Stephan Viau.

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This is the first of what we hope will be an annual publication – that means that YOU can have your story in the next one. Come out and join us, work with us, and we’ll all be a part of this writing and publishing adventure together.

You can find Nothing Too Familiar at fine digital retailers such as:

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Printed copies of Nothing Too Familiar will be coming to Busan soon!

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Reblog from selfpubauthors.com – Tips for Avoiding Burnout

A good look at ways to avoid burnout and what to do when it strikes:


Tips for Avoiding Burnout

I’m sure you’ve heard it said over and over again how important it is to get the next book out.  One of the most effective marketing techniques out there is to publish the next book.  Ideally, this will be a compelling story, but in order to create a compelling story, you need to be energized.  If you’re facing burnout, your work (and other areas of your life) will suffer.

A couple of quick indicators that you might be facing burnout are trouble sleeping, lack of energy/excitement, trouble focusing, headaches, increased illness (ex. you get a head cold easier),  irritability, and anxiety.  Having any of these once in a while isn’t cause for alarm.  But when you notice this is an ongoing thing, you’re probably facing burnout.

What are some causes of burnout?  Doing too much, lack of sales, lack of social support, doing work you’re not passionate about, and negative feedback.

The good news is you can take measures to avoid burnout (or, if you’re currently in the middle of it, pull yourself out).  This is something you have control over.

Here are some tips to avoid burnout.

Read more here.

My first #IWSG of 2015 – A writing club that self-publishes together!

Busan Writing Group Things are certainly heating up for the Busan writing group. We are planning out an anthology of works to publish very soon! We envision this as an annual publication by our group – we will collect stories that we have reviewed and edited together for a self-published anthology.

I’m posting this to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group this month because I think this is an option for self-publishing that is not discussed often enough in writing circles. Once you have a writing circle that you work with regualrly, one possible direction foir your group is to publish together. Editing, formatting, production, promoting, etc. – all those things could be done as a group, with members sharing the tasks.

So from the IWSG community, I’d like to know: have you done a group publication before? How did it go?

More updates on my own group’s publication are coming as soon as I can say more. I’ll only say this – I’m quite happy with the submissions we have lined up, including my own work. I feel my piece is the best and most polished work of fiction I’ve done yet.

Links:

Insecure Writer's Support Group Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Busan Writing Group Busan Writing Group