Where I’m at Wednesday December 18th, 2013

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I started “Where I’m at Wednesday” as proof-positive that I am working. After The Sphere of Archimedes launched, so many people lovingly harassed me—needing more. The book does leave off with many unsolved conundrums, and every book in the series will do that until [obviously] the final book. Some authors write book series with each one standing on its own; however, others do not. I am included with the “others do not” authors. My intentions are that every “sphere” book will be an exciting journey, but leave readers wanting more.
I will admit that the last book is going to be thick. The grand finale has a nasty adversary that keeps our heroes busy for a long while. He (if I can call it that) is the worst-of-the-worst kind of enemy. This—“it” will shock and astonish your imagination. But, there are a few amazingly good characters to come as well. From my stand-point, I know exactly where our heroes are going, and how everything will end.
Last week, I jumped forward, and started writing chapter 18. I can do that, because there are three different stories happening at the same time. To be honest, I needed a break from research.
In lieu of researching other countries, terrain, or travel, someone mentioned that I should have our heroes just show-up at their destinations. It sounds easier, but I enjoy adding the realism—visually visiting other countries makes it more tangible. When writing, I like to highlight the journey for people who can’t take a physical trip.
I’m the type of person who loves road trips. It isn’t just the destination that’s exciting, but the ‘getting’ there. I like to watch the scenery pass-by from the car window.
In 2010, my family & I drove “Six States in six days”. We traveled through: Utah, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, & back to Arizona. The landscapes were amazingly filled with beauty around every corner! We would not have been able to see all those sites from a plane. Leaving out the details would be like having a celebration, holiday, or birthday without the decorations.
Speaking of holidays, I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I truly hope the best for you and your families.
Thanks for reading.
Take care. 

*Merry Christmas

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Getting discouraged

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Everyone suffers from self-doubt. We all worry about becoming a failure, facing judgment, or being mocked. As a published writer, those feelings are intensified. I too am guilty of negative thoughts.  Artists (includes a wider category) pour their hearts and souls into their work, bearing it all for the world to see. It is very intimidating, especially when the feedback stops coming in, sales decline, and/or popularity charts drop. We start to feel as though our life’s efforts were futile. But, is it in vain? NO!
It takes time to build an audience. Remember the old cliché: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”? If you are struggling with doubt, keep that in mind. Sometimes, I don’t know what keeps me going. And just when I want to ‘throw in the towel’, I get positive feedback at that  moment.
Ask yourself, “Do I enjoy writing?” “Do others enjoy my stories?” Keep your eyes focused on that, and not on a broader picture: “AUTHOR”, “World renown”, “Well-known”, “Rich”–blah, blah, blah. You are creating stumbling blocks, and will become discouraged.
Personally, I have stories to tell, and I want to write them. I NEED to write them! They are clogging the space in my head, demanding to get out. The Sphere of Archimedes is a series of four books. I have all of them in my noggin, but if I get discouraged now, my characters are lost or stuck, and my readers will be outraged. I don’t want to do this–some of the readers know where I live.
Also, I would like to see other novels that I have written reach bookstore shelves.  The first novel I wrote [adult fiction] is about a secret military for hire. My second novel is a historical fiction, regarding the Samburu tribe of Africa. If I give-up, they will never be read.
My advice to writers: Keep writing. Don’t lose your heart or your stories. If we lived in a world without television, internet, or other means of story-telling and our only source of imagination was through YOU, why aren’t you showing us? What’s holding you back? Tell us; we’re waiting!
Readers: We all have our favorite authors. If these authors or artists are alive, give them feedback. The most important thing you can do is let them know that you enjoy their work.
Have you ever had a job where you worked so hard, and never heard anything from your superior? I have. But, the moment you do something wrong—boy, you’d HEAR about that!!! It makes you contemplate giving up, huh? The same goes for writers. They are displaying their thoughts to us (the readers), but they aren’t sure if it’s good. Tell them how you feel. Leave feedback on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, or their personal website. It’ll make their day! Trust me.
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