TMW You Step Into Your Fictional World

AKA: I finally got to see Redington. For real. For those who don't realize it, Redington--the setting for Alight--is based on a real locale. I may have embellished it for the purposes of having a full town (it was smaller than I depict it) but the area itself existed. It even had a little post office for the area settlers. More on this later. <--That's Redington behind me. (more…)...
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This Week’s Scheduled Post …

... has been preempted by a real surreal week in my family. I'll spare the details as--among other things--they're not my details to share; however, I was deeply affected by them, nonetheless. So the post I was going to write will come another time. It has been a struggle to write in the face of these events but I've been pecking away, word by word, to add content to The Witches' Rede book 3. I've put down, in all, about 3,000 words, which puts book 3 at about 37,000. Still a long way to go on that one but pieces I've been unclear on are finally starting to fall into place. I'm proud of the work I've managed to do in this last week, so rather than writing a blog update about independently published books, or the folly that is attempting a paid ad on Facebook, or all the ways in which a writer can gross out an audience with a sex scene, I...
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The World Has Turned Around Again

It just wouldn't be January without the requisite resolution post ... with respect to Oingo Boingo for helping me with the title of this post. I'm starting to believe "resolution" is a four-letter word in disguise, so rather than saying the "r-word," I'm going to use a real-four letter word: sh--just kidding. Goal. For 2018, there is no resolution, only goal.   I have a goal to be more organized. Contrary to what you might think if you saw my desk or crafting area, or how I approach any of my writing WIPs, I thrive in organization. And I think the overall disorganization of my life has contributed to my lack of ability to actually get things done. That Alight was published (early) at all in the face of all this disorganization was nothing short of miraculous.     So I am getting super-duper double-organized. It might be overkill. It looks like overkill, but it's actually not. The big planner is for family and life stuff. The small one is...
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What Nobody Told Me About Instagram

This post is about a social media journey. Social media marketing is hard and often not especially fun, particularly for introverts, shy people, and those with critically low self-esteem (like me, on all counts). Most people who have to do it dislike it to some degree, from what I understand. Few members of that group really get to be expert at any one platform (or several, or rarest yet: all). For instance: I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with my platform of preference, Twitter. Why the hate? A tweet's shelf-life is under 20 minutes, according to most articles I've read. (I think these all ultimately refer to marketing company Moz's research.) So what's this actually mean? Literally, it means your tweet is only likely to be seen by those who follow you within the first 20 minutes of hitting that "tweet" button. What's this mean figuratively? I'm sure it's different for each user, but for me it feels like screaming into the wind....
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Guest Post: Kalen Williamson

I hope this blog update finds you well in that weird week between Christmas and New Year.  I was lucky enough to have more people who wanted to contribute to Alight's pre-release extravaganza than days to post the blogs. I enjoy hosting others so much that I hope to continue doing so with occasional guest posts into 2018. Thank you, Kalen, so much for today's blog post! Without further ado, Kalen Williamson:   First, I want to say thank you to Jewel for letting me post a blog on her site. December has been a big month for me. I published my first book! I'm excited because this has taken over three years. It's a short story collection called Tapestry. I started Tapestry as a NaNoWriMo project. However, as my blog readers know, I'm terrible at NaNoWriMo. I haven't won one yet. Finishing the first draft took at least five months, and I felt euphoric. Almost there...just have to edit. I didn't realize, at the time, that...
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Interviews & Facebook Live silliness!

I'll keep this short and sweet after my marathon-length post yesterday. The interviews I did to commemorate Alight's release are all up! You can find them at the links below: With Yawatta Hosby With Christina Olson With Aila Stephens With KT Daxon With Lynn Hooghiemstra   I also celebrated my book's release with my very first Facebook Live video. It went about as well as you would think, considering I'm a bit ill, sleep-deprived, and I've never done one of these before.   You can purchase Alight from Amazon by clicking here! Thank you so much for coming on this journey with me. I have a few more guest posts to share and then this blog is going to take on some new programming in 2018. Stay tuned! XOXO, ...
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The Big Day: ALIGHT

What has a whopping 24 revisions and a couple buy-links? THIS POST! On this, the day of Alight's release, I was faced with a tough decision: after the pre-release extravaganza, what would I actually say on my blog? Honestly, I feel like everything I could say about Alight, itself, is already on my website (here). How do I write a post about the book without rehashing what's already been said? I thought about it a lot over the last few weeks. Meanwhile, I was interviewed by a few lovely people and found myself addressing a question I've been asked many times over the past few years. I don't know if other indie authors are the recipients of this question or if I am because I originally sought traditional publication for my work. Nonetheless, I believe I promised in the past that I would talk about why I chose independent publishing, and I can't recall ever actually doing it. It dawned on me that would be a...
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Guest Post: C.H. Armstrong

I'm pleased-as-punch to round out Alight's pre-release extravaganza with a blog post from the lovely C.H. Armstrong, who, you may recall, was so kind as to support the blog tour I did for the Tales by Rails release. I am so grateful for her continued enthusiasm and support for my work. This time around, she comes to you on my blog to share about how (as many of us in the blogosphere know) the most wonderful friendships can be formed over the miles thanks in small part to social media, and the shared love of writing. It is my honor to present to you the last update in my pre-release party, contributed by C.H. Armstrong: I've heard it said many times that writing is a solitary profession. I thought that was true. In fact, when I wrote my first book, The Edge of Nowhere, it was a solitary activity. It wasn't until I found a publisher, the writing community on social media, and the...
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