Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Working Blogging into the Schedule?

So I feel like I have a fairly decent writing routine going.  I get stuff on the page, I get stuff published.  Success!

But blogging always seems to fall by the wayside.  I like blogging.  I actually feel bad when I forget to write a post.  More importantly, it's a way for me to "think out loud."  Yapping to myself is one of my best learning tools.  And yet somehow it always gets shoved to the back of my mind/day.

I've been trying to figure out a way to change this.  Some of the big indie authors are crazy prolific with their blogs.  Like, they will crack out a 1000 word post every three days.  How???  Writing is their job, that's how.

However, that's no excuse.

What about some of you regular bloggers?  Do you devote one particular day to blogging?  Or do you write as the spirit moves?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review of "Dead on the Floor," short story by Rocky Rochford



Summary:
The beginning of the End starts now. For some of us, Life can be cruel, dealing us a losing hand and for Matthew Radley, a young Wiccan practitioner that is exactly what he got. After a lifetime of chaos, pain and losing himself, he finally got everything he wanted, the woman he loved, the future he desired and a reason to live, but in a single moment he lost it all. Unable to take the pain and no longer desire to live, Matthew takes the one thing he has left, his own life. For Matthew, his story has to end, in order for it to begin, his story has no happy ending, for his is a life of Love, Magick, Corruption, & Death and only asks for understanding.

Review:
The title page of this short story makes it abundantly clear that it is part of a larger series.  When a story is labeled as such I try not to think if it makes a good "standalone" but rather "would I read the other books in the series."

Unfortunately Dead on the Floor simply has too much going on in its few pages to make for a satisfying reading experience.  The reader is immediately bombarded with the entire life history of the protagonist along with a liberal dose of magic and special powers.  All of these are interesting things I would have liked to know more about but it was too much too soon.  I had no chance to really even form an opinion about the protagonist before he ends up (spoiler alert) dead on the floor.

I could, however, see the author's potential as a writer.  In the few moments where the story actually centered itself around the character's pain and desire to bring everything to an end I was deeply engaged.  So while the lack of focus was a turnoff from the rest of the series, I could see this author making a compelling tale if allowed to flesh things out.

2.5/5 stars
Reviewed by Alain Gomez  

Buy this story on Amazon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Creative People Say No?

I was reading this article by Business Insider here that suggests that successful creative people all share the ability/trait to say "no."  In other words, they don't allow for others to monopolize their time.  It was interesting because the thought never occurred to me yet saying "no" is such a huge part of how I operate from day to day if I want to get some writing done.

I made the decision a few years back that I wanted to take my writing seriously.  I know this sounds kind of obvious.  I mean, what writer doesn't take her writing seriously?  But I feel there a distinct difference between aspiring to be a writer and seriously writing.  The main difference being a dogged determination to put the butt in the chair and words to paper on a regular basis come hell or high water.

The moment I took writing that seriously is when I started having to say no.  A writer can aspire all she wants but if words are going to go on that page then time has to be made for the craft.  Thirty minutes here.... ten minutes there... it all adds up.  Writing has to become a priority or it doesn't happen.