. . . Challenged Your Originality

 

 

True originality

 

 

Recently, I went to see the movie The Guardians of the Galaxy. It was awesome!

 

Although in the movie, there was a part that bore a likeness to the orb in my story. At first, it made my heart sink; however, I concluded our stories were not the same.

 

This has happened to me on several occasions—movies, television shows or books having similar concepts to mine. I am sure it has happened to you too.

 

Some of us hide our stories away, thinking others will assume we copied them.

 

In the past, I critically compared my work to other stories. It caused me to wonder if I could ever be taken seriously. But, friends and family members notated the variations and the originality of my stories, which convinced me to continue.

 

Before you discredit your work take into consideration we all share similar creativeness, but then our stories grow in different directions or have nothing else in common. Don’t let it stop you from writing. Don’t let it discourage you.

 

Your unique originality is yours. Own it!

 

Take care, my friends. 🙂

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Creativity

Where I’m at Wednesday May 14, 2014

I am well into chapter 23, and trying to hurry along. I NEED to finish this book by August; that will give me enough time for edits and corrections before sending it off to the publisher.
J.D. Scott & I will launch our books together again this year. I am also happy to announce that Benjamin Phillips will be launching his first novel with us. Welcome Benjamin to “published author” status. Yay!!!
We decided that the launch will take place in October, but the date is still being negotiated–I don’t want to mention specifics until we know for sure.

 

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CREATIVITY

-is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created such as an idea, a joke, an artistic or literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.

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Our creativity flows best from the world around us. Understanding  places or people brings the story closer to life. You can use nature as a prime example. Have you ever stepped outside and your eyes become transfixed on the scenery? In my head, I try describing the panorama using words to illustrate the images. It helps my mind to absorb the magnificence.
Take clouds for example:

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Words like: wispy, breezy, scattered, thin, dotted, stretched. . .

 

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Billowy, amazing, wondrous, dark, puffy, thunderous, mysterious. . .

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Heavenly, happy, beautiful, glorious, peaceful, solemn. . .

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Frightful, ominous, oppressive, dread, catastrophic, looming, terrifying, horrendous, grim. . .

 

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A good friend and author asked me the other day if our creativity can end. I don’t think so. For as long as we dream dreams, and enjoy the splendor around us, our creativity will never cease. Artists, writers , and inventors have profound imaginations. Don’t listen to the negativity in your head to discourage your brilliance to craft ideas or images.
Take care my friends

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Marketing Part I

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Marketing

Involves:

Getting the word out to the public.
Getting the right connections.
Doing the legwork.
Let’s face it, marketing can be an indie author’s nightmare. There are a lot of steps into getting your work noticed. When I sat down to write The Sphere of Archimedes, marketing was the farthest thing from my mind; I didn’t realize how daunting it would become.
First of all, social media is essential. If you want recognition then you will need to be connected on several social platforms. I highly suggest starting an author’s page on Facebook. You can invite friends from your personal Facebook page to LIKE your author’s page. Next, set up a Twitter account to promote YOU the author. Try to keep “tweets” professional, and not reflect too much of your personal opinion. There are many other social connections, but Facebook and Twitter are the two largest. Set them up before your work becomes available, that way you can advertise the pants off your upcoming novel!
When  joining Linkedin and Goodreads, you can connect with author groups. Most of these groups have threads started to help “like” each others social media pages. It will help grow your numbers, and look reputable to random viewers.  
Don’t forget Pinterest! Believe it or not, Pinterest gets a lot of traffic, and there is no reason you can’t tap into it.
Hopefully, your work is formatted into an eReader. After joining Author Central on Amazon, make sure to include the website on the author’s threads in Goodreads and Linkedin.
When you have established each of those, try keeping-up as best as you can. I’m not asking for you to live on the internet, updating Facebook posts or tweets every five minutes, but check in at least once a day. If time is a problem, then every other day, or on the weekends. If you stay consistent and not let those pages stagnant, then you’ll build a bigger audience.
Next week, I will discuss building YOU the author.  I hope some of this information helped.
Take care!

“Where I’m at” on The Omphalos of Delphi

I am still working in chapter 17, and am very happy with the direction it’s going. But, I will try not to get too attached, because it might change during final edits.
Recently, I started researching Copenhagen, Denmark. It is beautiful!
 

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Even though the characters aren’t going to stay long (maybe an hour delay), I’d like to know their surroundings. Then we’re off to London! Thank goodness, I have friends and family members to help answer questions pertaining to England.

 

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TRUE and INTERESTING FACTS about The Sphere Of Archimedes:

—Professor Donovan Spiegler is modeled after UC, Berkeley Professor Richard A. Muller, and Cary Grant’s character: Dr. Noah Praetorius in People Will Talk.
—The character “Ms. Sloth” (not her real name) was my seventh grade teacher.
—Oliver’s “shopping overload” with his mother and sister, was my experiences as a child. My mother and grandmother would take me on long trips to the mall. They spent hours and hours of sifting through racks of clothes.
—Donovan’s narrative, about being bullied, was my uncle’s story. The only difference: When my uncle went to punch his tormentor, he turned his head. Consequently, the bully was struck in the throat.
—Joshua (boy on the cover) couldn’t stop giggling for the photo shoot. When handing him the glass orb, I said: “This sphere sucks-up bullies.” It made matters worse! We had to take a few moments to compose his laughter.
—Oliver’s obnoxiousness is based on a combination of my youngest daughter and husband. My oldest daughter is the source of Amy’s character.
—Our family DOES own a tarantula.
—Gumble’s disposition is based on our dog, Boomer. Sadly, Boomer died a few weeks after I had finished the book; however his goofy, loveable-self is forever immortalized in this book.
—I have only been to the South Rim Grand Canyon once when I was 10 years old. In order to write about North Rim, I had to study the geography of the park, the trails, and stations in the area, because I’ve never been there.
—My mother had a business meeting in Flagstaff, and we stayed in the Little America Hotel™. They DO have the fattest squirrels and chipmunks I have ever seen!
—I knew the road trip from Phoenix to Wyoming was going to be long and boring, so I added many distractions from the drabness of driving.
Special thanks to Google Earth and caffeine!