Realistic Expectations

I am working on the last chapters of The Omphalos of Delphi. I might not make the deadline for an October release. Even though this news is bothersome, it seems more practical to perfect the book. I don’t want to be rushed, then wind-up unhappy with the finished product. With all the research involved, I am surprised I got most of the book done. I will continue to post my whereabouts on the book, and also update the launch date.
Thanks for your support.

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Expectations

 

 

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Realistic Expectations

When writing a book, everyone is guilty of fanaticizing about high sales, worldwide notoriety, and even certain actors casted for the movie. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming. However, once the book is finished, those fantasies can turn into expectations.
I’ll admit that I too have done it. After The Sphere of Archimedes was published, I anticipated reaping a bountiful harvest. My problem? My expectations were too high. It takes a while to build an audience, gain readership, and grow as a writer. The sales weren’t over the top like I hoped. It did generate money, but not enough to make a living.

 

It’s not ridiculous to think of fame and fortune. There are many published authors who were successful with their first novel. So, it can be obtained.

 

The point I’m trying to make is: be practical. Don’t dream so large that you see stars. If you do, and that dream doesn’t become a reality, you might have a hard fall. It could discourage you to never write again.

 

Take care, my friends 🙂

Envy

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!

Othello by William Shakespeare

 

Crabs in a bucket

Did you know that crab fishermen do not put a lid on their catch?

If a crab tries to escape the bucket, the others will reach up and pull it back down. It is actually called the “Crab Mentality”.

Guess what? We humans do the exact same thing.

Envy is an emotion which occurs when a person lacks another’s superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it. In Latin, invidia is the sense of envy or jealousy, a “looking upon” associated with the evil eye, from invidere –“to look against”, “to look at in a hostile manner”.

I have watched beautiful and talented people pulled-down by those closest to them either friends or family members. Also, I’ve witnessed people within the business world squash their co-workers in fear of being “out-shined”.

Did you ever think that if one got to the top, they might reach down and help another? It could happen. We should be encouraging not discouraging . Think about it, all those crabs are doomed to die, but if they just helped each other they might not be in that predicament.

LIFT DON’T PULL.

Take care, my friends.

Practice Makes Perfect?

Where I’m at Wednesday

I am working hard to finish The Omphalos of Delphi by August 1st.

 

Perfection

 

I hate to tell you this, but your manuscript with NEVER be perfect.

 

Writing a novel has its moments of gratification—creating scenes, characters, and dialogue. Sometimes it is very tempting to go back and edit before the book is finished. Over the years, I have learned not to get into this habit. Editing prematurely can cause frustration, obsessiveness, and stop you from finishing your goal. There are times when writers just need to write. Get your story out first, and then go back to do edits.

 

Once you have finished the book, cleaned up the story, fixed grammar errors, and added or subtracted the issues, you need to LET IT GO.

 

Did you know that you could over-edit and kill a story?

 

I started doing such the thing with my second novel. I kept going over and over it, trying to make it “perfect”. I wound up eliminating building blocks to my main character. I honestly didn’t think they were important, but after a friend read the reedits he told me that he didn’t like it.

 

Trust me, I know how difficult it is to hand the manuscript over to an editor. If you have your main problems solved and corrected grammatical errors to the best of your ability, you are good to go. Stop stressing. Stop obsessing. You can do this!

 

Good luck.
Take care, my friends. 🙂

My Writing Process and Blog Tour

Recently, I was asked to join a blog tour by my good friend Jenene Scott. At first, I didn’t quite understand what a blog tour meant, but the more I read about the subject, I found it similar to getting tagged in a game. “Blog-hopping”, through the usage of social media, introduces bloggers to one another—leapfrogging from website-to-website. This particular blog tour, geared toward upcoming or published authors, engages them to discuss their writing process with four questions. Every Monday will feature 2-3 new bloggers to carry the torch.
Jenene and I met two years ago at Abbas Writers. Shortly there after, I learned she had just finished her first YA novel The Disillusionment of Anahera Daniels, and was seeking publication. A breakthrough came when she joined the staff at A Book’s Mind, and her dreams of becoming an author came true. In September 2013, I was honored when Jenene approached me to join her and Emjay Luby in a triple book launch. It was a success! This year, we are hoping to repeat the celebration by launching our second books.

 

J.D. SCOTT’S BIO:

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J.D. Scott is the organizing member of Abba’s Writers in Phoenix, Arizona. She leads, instructs, and teaches both critiquing and story development to its members.
In 2013, J.D. Scott became part of the team at A Book’s Mind as a Publishing Consultant. She enjoys working alongside writers, helping them fulfill their dreams of becoming published authors.
Before being bit by the writing bug, J.D. Scott spent 20 years working with children as a nanny, mentor, camp counselor, and youth group leader. With a heart for today’s youth, she set out to write books that both entertain and inspire them to rise above the current culture and see their true value.
She continues to live out her life’s passions of writing, publishing, and counseling/mentoring women. 
You can visit Jenene’s website and blog at:  http://jdscottnovels.wordpress.com/

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Here are the four questions:

 

1. What am I working on now?

Currently, I am working on the continuation to The Sphere of Archimedes, a young adult sci-fi adventure. The Omphalos of Delphi picks up where the last book left readers. Professor Donovan Spiegler escapes the clutches of evil men, but leaves behind nine year old Oliver Abernathy and his family, who are trapped within the Diadem—one of eight dimensions.
In the Omphalos of Delphi, the invisible Xenon aids the Professor through Greenland’s frozen wasteland, and unlocks the mystery of the sphere. This book has more action, history, and creatures than its predecessor.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I research actual places, events or people and interweave a fictional story through it. In my latest novel The Omphalos of Delphi, I worked the story around Roman, Greek, and Assyrian history to preserve its uniqueness. By adding humor and adventure, I love to educate the reader in a fun and exciting way. Also, I try to visually give the reader a chance to visit other countries and locations, by describing everything to the best of my ability.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I have a story to tell. For some reason, my mind does not rest until the story is written on paper. The Sphere series has plagued my mind for four years, and I still have two more books to write.
Since childhood, I learned at an early age to express myself on paper. I tried putting into words what I saw or experienced. Over the years, I’m still using writing as an outlet, but now I prefer to concoct fictitious stories and invite others to do the same.

4. How does my writing process work?

I usually have the entire story in my head. Some people use outlines to aid them through key points of the story, or they draw timelines to keep track of the objective. I, however, do most of the storyline juggling in my noggin. Although, with my latest project and the amount of research acquired for it, I have had to take vast amounts of notes.

 

Here are the featured authors:

 

MICHELLE ELIZABETH CASWELL

Michelle CaswellMichelle Elizabeth Caswell, founder of Purely His, Inc. is a woman after God’s own heart and will. She is courageously following His calling for her, by allowing Him to use her own story to minister to girls and women of all ages. Her story can be used as a warning, or to give women hope. Her past is one of great suffering and loss—resulting in rebellion, many addictions, mental illness, and more.
Praise the Lord, it didn’t end there! She has been clean and sober for over eight years now. Michelle is a newlywed married to the love of her life, and has four beautiful children, including two biological sons and two stepdaughters.
She has been in full-time ministry for many years now and has a plethora of women that she has mentored. She still passionately continues to work with new women, while staying in touch with those that she lovingly calls her Girls—even though some of them are older than her. Michelle has passionately dedicated her life to leading others to the freedom she now has in Him. She has a unique opportunity and heart to relate to those who have a desire to live for Jesus, but are caught up in a life of sin.
Michelle is a dynamic speaker who passionately shares in large and small groups. She will have you on the edge of your seat while she shares her story of many struggles and countless miracles. Her enthusiasm for Jesus is contagious along with her willingness to be transparent and share her flaws and failures—as well as her joyful testimony of how God has restored her life completely. Listening to her share her transformation gives an assurance that He can restore anyone, no matter how ugly their lives have become. Visit Michelle’s website at:  http://purelyhisministry.com

 

GINGER SCOTT

Ginger ScottGinger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. Her debut novel, “Waiting on the Sidelines,” is a coming-of-age love story that explores the real heartbreak we all feel as we become adults throughout our high school years. The story follows two characters, Nolan (a Tomboy with a boy’s name) and Reed (the quarterback she wishes would notice her), as they struggle with peer-pressure, underage drinking, bullying and finding a balance between what your heart wants and what society says you should want—even if you aren’t ready.  The follow-up sequel, “Going Long,” is out now, and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo and more.
Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines, and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals, and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at: http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her 9-year-old field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart, whom she met at ASU (fork ‘em, Devils).

 

PHIL COOK

Phil Cook
Philip Cook was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where he currently resides with his wife, Cristina, mother-in-law, Martha, and their four dogs.
He graduated from Western International University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and is now a full time Real Estate broker, dedicated Christian, writer and Sunday school teacher. Always interested in history and mythology, Phil embraced his heritage after traveling to Ireland, which gave him a deeper insight into not only its people, and its land, but also its legends.
With a passion for fantasy and science-fiction literature, powered by a great imagination, and the strong desire to share his Christian faith, the author decided to start a journey as a Christian Fantasy novelist. He was influenced by many famous writers, including C.S. Lewis, Terry Brooks and J.R.R Tolkien.
The author’s journey led to the creation of the magical world of Erden, where both truth and fantasy merge to become a story of faith, friendship, and the eternal battle between good and evil.

 
Check out Phil’s website at:  http://philcookwrites.wordpress.com

Motivation

Where I’m at Wednesday

 

UGH! Over the last few weeks, I have struggled in researching the back story. The Omphalos of Delphi dabbles in Greek  and Assyrian mythology. Even though I love learning , I am drowning in all the facts and history. The time-consuming  research can take an entire day or several days to complete, depending on how deep I need to go.
I am working to make the deadline by August, then send the manuscript to the editor. So far, the book release date is October 17, 2014. I hope I can make it on time. If not, then I will have a spring release instead.

 

motivation

 

Motivation

 

I love this picture. Sometimes, I feel I NEED a shark to boost my motivation. Staying focused is a constant struggle for me
Here are some tips to stay motivated:

 

Scheduling
Write out a schedule of when , where, and how long to write. STICK TO IT. Try to look at it as a  job.

 

Set a deadline
Deadlines don’t necessarily have to be the entire manuscript. You can do a chapter-by-chapter deadline, either for the day or week. Make it an obtainable goal so you don’t burn  out.

 

Remove Distractions
Believe me, I know distractions. I wrote three books with kids & pets running around, phones ringing, televisions blaring, and a demanding full-time job. You won’t be able to eliminate all distractions, but do whatever you can to minimize the noise and stress.

 

Friend accountability
Have a friend hold you accountable. You can arrange for them to call daily to guarantee that you are working. Also, let your friend know if you are struggling; they may give you  encouragement or have helpful advice.

 

I wish you the best of luck.
Take care, my friends 🙂