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text 2018-09-19 11:30
Facts About Me: No Writer Trackers for This Author

That's right. You read it correctly. While there are millions of authors out there who provide you with a nifty little tracker on their sidebar or Facebook page or whatever platform they use, to tell you how far they are into their 50, 70, 90k novel, you'll never find me using them.

Why?

Well, because they would be pointless. I don't write to a word count. I don't sit down and write a plot idea, then come back and say "Yes, this one will be 90k words and no more!" I can't do that. I can sit and look at a one line story prompt and write almost 100k for it. Or, I can have 20 pages of notes for a story and only write a 20-30k novella. It all depends on what the characters tell me. One time, I wrote a book that was 60k, but when I came back to it months later for a round of simple edits, I began picking it to pieces because I didn't like it. It ended up at 105k, because I added so much new content and the characters had more to tell me.

I will never be able to sit down and say "I'll write 2000 words today" because that's not how I work. I'm a pantser. A fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer, who sits down and can write one sentence in a week, or I can churn out nearly 30k in just 7 days. And I've done both.

Though I know the other process works for some people, it's not for me. I can't constrict my story or my characters by fitting them into a predefined word count. I can't force myself to sit and write X amount of words a day/week, when I know that's not possible.

I'm sick. There's a truth for you. My immune system has been compromised for 15 years now, and that's never going to change. I have too many medical conditions, including chronic fatigue. So, why would I add more stress and pressure onto my life - when I already have quite enough, thank you - just to meet some predetermined word count that might not even end up being any good? Why force myself to write say 5000 words a week, if I have to come back in a month's time and rewrite them all because I wrote them when I wasn't connected to the story or when I was feeling to sick to make any sense?

No. For me, I need to write when I'm *into* the story. When it's all new and exciting and I'm not quite sure what's going to happen next. Because, the minute I know what's coming, I lose interest in the plot and the story and I drag my heels, looking for any excuse not to finish. Or, sometimes I'll get to the end of a story and just...stop! Stop before the ending, because I don't want it to end and because once it's done I'll have to move on to do something else.

It's not easy being a writer. It's not easy to always hope and pray that your next idea is the golden ticket. The one that will be *it*. The story that makes your career, makes you a household name, makes you the big bucks, while also being a story that speaks to you and your readers. That's A LOT of pressure! And we put it on ourselves. But we also have readers desperately waiting on the sidelines with grabby hands for the next book. We have parents, spouses, family, friends, kids, colleagues, asking when the next one is coming out, what we're writing now, when we're going to hit the jackpot. So we have outside pressure too.

With all of that, why do we seek out a million other ways to add pressure onto our already sagging shoulders? Why confine ourselves to a timetable, a timeline, a word count, when writing is meant to be FUN! Writing is meant to be a release of the voices inside our heads. It's meant to be that one selfish thing we're allowed to immerse ourselves in - to create new worlds, to create the ideal versions of ourselves, to give our imaginary selves the perfect everything that we never had because life isn't really like that.

I'm all for accomplishing a goal I've set myself, and they're not always easy, but to me, finishing a book is accomplishment enough. Why should I celebrate every thousand words written? Can't I just be happy that I. Did. That. instead of pushing myself to do it 9.5 seconds?

Writing is meant to be a passion.

When did we turn it into work?

 

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text 2018-09-12 11:30
Facts About Me: All Time Favourite Reads

MM has become my favourite genre in recent years. I happen to read it more than MF fiction, but I started with MF fiction, so this edition is all about the MF favourites that kickstarted my love of reading.

 

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Awakened By Blood, Marie Treanor

No. of Books: 3

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

 

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Dark/Carpathian, Christine Feehan

No. of Books: 29

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

 

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Cornelius Quaint Chronicles, Darren Craske

No. of Books: 5

Genre: Historical, Crime, Mystery

 

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Amelia Peabody, author

No. of Books: 19

Genre: Historical, Mystery, Crime

 

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Ramses, the Damned, Anne Rice

No. of Books: 2

Genre: Historical, Paranormal

 

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The Colorado Kid, Stephen King

Genre: Historical, Crime, Mystery

 

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Tremontaine, Ellen Kushner

No. of Seasons: 3

Genre: Historical, Steampunk-ish, Mystery, Family-Saga

 

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The Caster Chronicles, Kami Garcia

No. of Books: 4

Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Paranormal

 

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Elders and Welders Chronicles, Margaret Foxe

No. of Books: 3

Genre: Historical, Steampunk, Mystery

 

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Chadash Chronicles, David G. Johnson

No. of Books: 4

Genre: Historical, Alt. World, Magic

 

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Vinyl Tiger, Dave Di Vito

Genre: Contemporary, Saga, Autobiographical

 

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Mythos Christos, Edwin Herbert

No. of Books: 1 (so far)

Genre: Historical/Contemporary, Split-Time, Mystery, Adventure

 

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The Devil's Prayer, Luke Gracias

Genre: Historical/Contemporary, Mystery, Split-Time

 

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text 2018-09-11 11:05
OT: 40 Questions and Answers

1. Is trust a big issue for you?
Yes
2. What is the last beverage you had?
Since tap water and mineral water probably don’t count, I’ll say tea.
3. Do you own a pair of skinny jeans?
Haha. No.
4. Do you think you’ll change in the next three months?
Yes.
5. Who do you feel most comfortable talking to?
My sister.
6. The last time you felt broken?
Sadly enough almost all the time.
7. Are you in a good mood?
At the moment yes, at least in an ok mood.
8. Are your eyes the same color as your dad’s?
My dad is dead, but yes. 
9. Is your current hair color your natural hair color?
Yes, but I’m considering dyeing it blue or green.
10. What was the last thing that made you laugh?
My children’s antics. 
11. Do you really truly miss someone right now?
Yes, my maternal grand parents, my dad and my aunt.
12. Are you one of those people who never drinks soda?
Yes.
13. Do you ever write in pencil anymore?
In the past years, not for a long time, but actually this past year, I’ve been making some notes about my children and my nieces in a very cute calendar.
14. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes.
15. Who did you last call?
My mother.
16. Did you hug/kiss one of your parents today?
No. I don’t get along with my mother.
17. Who was the last person to call you?
Probably my sister.
18. Ever use a bow and arrow?
Yes.
19. Last time you had a portrait taken by a photographer?
When my sister graduated from high school. I didn’t want to be in the photos and looked grumpy in them.
20. Is Christmas stressful?
Yes.
21. Have you ever had a pierogi?
Yes. I hope that’s the correct spelling. I found these questions on Tumblr.
22. Favorite type of fruit pie?
I mostly have apple pie so I’ll pick that.
23. Occupations you wanted to be as a kid.
Archaeologist, astronaut (lol).
24. Do you believe in ghosts?
I’m not sure.
25. Ever had a déja vu feeling?
Yes, many times.
26. Do you take a vitamin every day?
Yes. Vitamin B12. I had a deficiency and nearly died.
27. Have you ever taken dancing lessons?
Yes, classical ballet. Not seriously, just simple dancing for small children. But I did get to play the king in Sleeping Beauty at the end of term.
28. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse having?
I’ve been thinking about that a lot. It’s hard to guess at an unlikely future, unfortunately, but maybe an archivist, librarian, teacher, architect or engineer.
29. Can you curl your tongue?
Yes.
30. Have you ever won a spelling bee?
We don’t have them but I might have won if we did. When we had spelling tests I usually aced them. Not that I want to boast about it. School was really bad for me. Like in a really good Swedish song: ’real life killed me on the school bus’. It was like that except I never went on a school bus. For me it should be in the school yard or in the class room.
31. Do you study better with or without music? 
Without.
32. Have you ever been in love?
Yes.
33. Hot tea or cold tea?
Hot tea. 
34. Tea or coffee?
Tea.
35. Can you swim well?
I used to but I haven’t done it in a long time. They say those skills don’t last.
36. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Of course.
37. Are you patient?
Yes.
38. Have you ever won a contest?
Yes, an art contest in high school.
39. Black or green olives?
Black.
40. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I could find ’Mr Right’.

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text 2018-09-05 11:30
Facts About Me: Cancer

You know those cancer memes that people share? The ones that are all “only X-amount of people will share this and I know who they are. Only the ones who care will repost/share”? Yeah, those ones. I HATE them. With a passion.

I have unfriended and even blocked people for this. I HAD cancer myself, and have lost 4 family members, and 3 of my mother's best friends to it, so anyone who sends that rot my way is getting blackballed so hard! No PM's, no tag's, no posting to my profile. If I see it, it's the last time they see me on FB! I lay it out for all of them, no matter how close we are - instead of posting this crap that no one wants to see, go and DONATE to an actual cancer charity, give blood, hold a fundraiser, ask for donations, hold a coffee morning. DO something that will actually help!

And, in case you didn't notice...I'm passionate. Ranty, some might say ;) But, when I believe in something and when I want to fight for something, I go all out. I don't believe in half-assing anything that you really care about.

 

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text 2018-08-29 11:30
Facts About Me: Regrets

My amazing FB-friend Ben asked on his page once; what is it that you wished you HAD done that you didn't? What do you regret NOT doing?

The question was an amazing moment of self-discovery for me. It made me think about things that I hadn't thought about of a while.

Me? I wish I'd been more outgoing. I've always been an introvert, despite everyone claiming I was the glue that held my group of friends together all throughout school. I never knew that was who I was, that they thought *I* was the confident, crazy, unpredictable one. I wish I'd known that was who I used to be, so that I could have enjoyed it and properly experienced it, instead of always wishing I was the other person in our group - the one with all the attention and the boyfriends, the good looks, the popularity. I wish I had been more confident in myself and hadn't been so scared to let myself be the centre of attention. I was about 25 before I really looked at myself and turned into who I am, the one who can say "I have zero f*cks to give for what anyone thinks about me", "I am who I am and I love me". I wish I could have been that person before the cancer, before I lost my mobility and my social life. Now, I make the best of what I've got in case I lose it, and I am better for the change, but I'd still like to not be so afraid of putting myself out there and saying "here I am!"

 

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