#IWSG November 2017 – Rethinking my blog and writing

A short post for the Insecure Writers Support Group this month, all about my current state of affairs and things I think will be interesting to the neurotic writers who pass by blogs like this every month.

First, if you haven’t seen my guest post on world-building on John Robin’s blog, be sure to check that out – it was fun to write, and I really have to do that more often,

I’m looking at new ways to use this blog

So one big change I’m making now (and a reason for the lack of updates) is deciding what I want to use this blog for. Some of my writing tips have gone over well, and I might go back to doing that weekly. I like the idea of previewing others’ writing like I did for the Launch Pad contest – I could see myself doing little previews of upcoming and released indie works.

One thing’s for sure – I can’t do long updates or too frequent ones. Regular updates, yes, but probably not more than once, maybe twice a week. I need to do more actual writing!

NaNoWriMo

No. Not really, anyway. I need to finish the book I’m working on, not start a new one now. I’d rather devote a set amount of time to working on my current book than set a specific word count. I’ll start with 1 hour per day, and see if I can boost that up a bit.

Anxiety

I’m doing some online counseling (best option I have at the moment) and it will spill over onto this blog in some form. I think my writing and my anxiety interact in many ways, and that some tips to deal with one will also help with the other. I’m on the lookout for other blogs that talk about anxiety and writing – there should be some good links with IWSG I would think!

Anyway, that’s my rambling IWSG post for November. If you have some ideas for content for my blog, feel free to leave comments. I’ll be looking around some of your blogs too!

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Don’t Let World-Building Get in the Way of Story-Building

A post of mine regarding Far Flung on John Robin’s blog, Epic Fantasy Writer!

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Happy almost-November!

Today I’d like to share more on world-building by means of a guest post from an author I recently connected with—TCC Edwards. You can check out his book, Far Flung, which is has been picked by an Inkshares syndicates and is still funding, at nearly 1/4 of the way to meeting the Quill publication milestone.

TCCHow many lists of world-building tips, hints, questions, and resources have you seen on the internet? They’re a bit intimidating, aren’t they? Especially when they’re as exhaustive as the queen of all world-building lists by author Patricia C. Wrede, with questions about politics, science, religion, and many more aspects of your fictional world.

You could spend a lot of time building your world with a list like this, but without proper attention to the story and characters, readers aren’t likely to appreciate the effort. If you are writing a multi-novel…

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#Inkshares Preview #49 – Space Cat by Sammy Wilsmore (@MindInTheStars)

In Space Cat by Sammy Wilsmore, a researcher on a space station in orbit receives an unexpected new friend.

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Commander Leah Esstrerson is a researcher aboard a microgravity farm base with a mission to grow food for self-sustainability beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Without consulting Leah, colleagues of hers on Earth have sent her a new companion – a cat, complete with a custom-designed space suit. With her expected isolation interrupted by an unusual and unexpected companion, Leah must complete her original research while learning to live with a cat – in space!

While the premise is at first humorous, the narrative promises human drama and exploration of space travel themes as well as some comedic moments. The preview chapters hint at some of the mental trials that Leah and astronauts like her face on long missions alone, and the addition of a pet cat seems like it will be a way to broaden the emotional experience of living in space. I look forward to hearing more about this story!

Check out Space Cat on Inkshares here!

 

 

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Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #48 – Flight of Angels by Kate Merenda Hohl (@khohl)

In Flight of Angels by Kate Merenda Hohl, a street smart secretary from New York arrives in Los Angeles to clear her boss’s name when he’s framed for murder.

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Franny Bari is a New Yorker living in Los Angeles in 1957 – she’s a fast-talking secretary for a private investigator. When her boss is framed for the murder of a young woman found in the La Brea tar pits, Franny must navigate a seedy underbelly of ex-cons and crooked cops as she works to clear her boss’s name.

I love the idea that the noir P.I. of the story is the one under investigation in the story, and that it’s up to his secretary, a character who would normally be sidelined, to actually solve the case. The narrative promises the familiarity of hard-boiled noir fiction,  but with a female voice that was almost unheard in the classics of the genre.

Go check out Flight of Angels on Inkshares here!

 

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Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #47 – The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro (@BonesofthePast)

The Bones of the Past by Craig A. Munro follows multiple characters as demons and deities are unleashed upon a dark fantasy landscape.

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The Bones of The Past follows several intriguing characters as darkness rises in the epic fantasy setting. One thread follows Salt, a sailor rescued by the Night Guard of the city of Bialta. He’s a quick learner, but he’ll have to train hard to help the Night Guard against the strange and demonic challenges they face. One such threat is Nial, a girl changed by a demonic force and who now hunts for human souls. Another plot thread follows Maura, a citizen of Sacral – a city that has been hidden and has just reappeared to the outside world. Maura will have to leave behind her isolated life as war approaches her once-hidden city. There is also Carver, a master of magic known as fleshcarving, who is bent on unleashing an army of twisted creations upon the land.

While obviously a very complicated story, the narrative of The Bones of the Past manages to be easy enough to follow, drawing the reader in to each of the main characters. I enjoyed the available chapters very much, and I’ve put this at the top of my list of books to by after my current crowdfunding campaign. I’m also very excited about the upcoming sequel!

Go check out The Bones of the Past on Amazon, and see its original Inkshares page here!

 

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #46 – Kingdom of Dreams by Kevin O’Coffey (@KevinOCoffey)

Last time I talked about Kingdom of Dreams by Kevin O’Coffey, it was still in funding – and now it’s in full development with a release date soon to be announced!

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The story is about Jimmy Reve, a boy who just wants his bullies to go away. One day, the bullies start to disappear, one by one, and Jimmy realizes his problems are much worse than he thought. He is introduced to the Kingdom of Dreams, and has to find a way to fix the damage he has caused – or he will disappear next.

That’s the synopsis I wrote back then – the story is now undergoing developmental edits with Inkshares, but the idea seems to be the same. Kingdom of Dreams is a darkly humorous hybrid of graphic novel and traditional novel, with artwork painstakingly provided by the author. The preview discussion also offers another interesting tidbit – the finished book will have different artwork at the very start of the book to represent different ethnicities for the main character. It looks like the reader will get to choose what the main character looks like – I can’t wait to see this incredible idea in action!

Go check out Kingdom of Dreams on Inkshares here!

 

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

Time is running out to support Far Flung on Inkshares!

With 5 days left in the Launch Pad Inkshares contest, I’m losing my hold over 4th place, let alone a top 3 place that I would need to win.

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So here I am, again, trying to get pre-orders for Far Flung. I’ve got two supporter previews left. I think those previews are why a lot of new blog visitors are here!

To my new visitors and my readers before the campaign – will you support Far Flung?

If you plan to, now is the time!

Check out Far Flung at the Inkshares page here and see the updates and chapters I’ve provided. With complex characters and worldbuilding, I think sci-fi fans will deeply appreciate this journey. Read over the preview chapters, maybe leave a comment or recommendation, and let me know what you think!