A Writer’s Proclivity

via Daily Prompt: Proclivity

Taking on this “Daily Prompt” jolted me out of my plan to ease back into my writing.
The word proclivity made me laugh. It strengthened the image of idiosyncratic writers. No two writers take the same mind trip as they work their craft. Each writer begins and ends using a mind set filled with unique peculiarity.

Some of us languor over dialogue, while others demonstrate an inclination for setting descriptions.  Some scribes show their druther with their fascination and ability to produce new worlds. Tenuous writers dig deep with voracity and mine for emotionalism.

Intuition lives in the psyche of all writers. We fixate on the minuscule and the universe at the same time.  Our lust for action and emotion in our stories elicits our hypersensitivity for surprise.

NOTE: I commanded Siri to find all synonyms for proclivity.  Can you find the proclivity synonyms sprinkled throughout this brief description?

Novel Publication – Phase 3*

 

My proofreader met with me notes in hand  and a two inch thick manuscript with yellow highlighted words and a questions written in the margin. She validated my locations. She felt one of my characters needed  to reveal her fierceness sooner.

Add to this my biggest supporter and critic, my husband, summed up the main character’s frustrations in two sentences. His observation stunned me.  His summation needed to be revealed by the character herself and in the right place in my story.

So, it was  back to the key board. Three days of intense editing and some long thoughts about my main character. I finished, two days before Thanksgiving.

It took three and a half weeks of reading, planning, and a very long conversations with the KDP representative before my book met the Kindle Direct Publishing requirements.* Take a browse through my newly published book Changing Habits.

 

* Phase 2  -My experience on Amazon’s self-publishing product is the topic of my next blog.

Novel Publication – Phase 1

…first draft complete in 30days..five years to consider publication

This week I sent my final re-write of my first novel to my proof reader.  Now, on face value this doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is a big deal because I started the first draft of this story riding across the country by car with my daughter to Maine. I completed the first draft in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It took me five years with help from my writers’ critique group, a professional editor, and several beta readers, to get this book in shape for a proof reader.

This is only one step towards the journey to publication. I went to classes on book covers, marketing your book, researched highways of the roads taken by my main character in the mid 1960s. Of course, clothing, automobiles, guns, restaurants, food choices, and hotels needed validation.

Warning: I learned early in my writing venture that even if you get an agent and an agent gets you a publishers, it can take from one to two years before your book is published.

The decision on the method of publication took me two years of agonizing research. The research and reading overwhelmed me:  traditional publishing and self-publishing, so many contracts with very fine print to read, talking to authors who published independently, talking to authors who retained agents, pitching my book, submitting it to publishers.  After much deliberation, I decided to become an ‘Indie Author.’

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Resources:

National Novel Writing Month

 

More than Ugly

Meet Jenica Aimes, a skinny high school redhead with the disposition of a sleep deprived honey badger, but she’s not one of your typical teenagers tired of being harassed.

Chase Raymond ‘s The Ugly Inside introduces Jenica Aimes. While the reader decides if they can relate to Ms. Aimes, they’re blown into an alternate reality known as ‘Leigh.’ The crafted details, descriptions, and settings of this fantasy engulfs the reader. This storyteller leaves you wanting to read the next page. Mr. Raymond’s writing skill immerses the reader into the story: watching the training sessions, experiencing the healing pools, feeling every blow of combat, and struggling to balance destiny.

If you liked Suzanne Collins and James Dashner’s books, you’ll find Raymond’s Jenica bewitching. She mesmerizes the reader. 

CAUTION: This book is addicting. Wow! This is one ‘hell of a read.’
I can’t wait until the next Jenica Aimes book is published.

This book is available in paperback or online or audio on Amazon.com 

Stand Up- Speak Out- Run

Women’s Energy Changes the World’s Energy

Many of us prayed for civility and calm during the transfer of Presidential Power. Symbolically with the exception of a disruption by protest of a small group of anarchists, January 20, 2017 inauguration went on as planned.

As we know, on January 21, 2017,  the ‘Women of the United States” spoke out in multiple locations with voices joined to address the importance of “Human Issues.” Women around the world joined in protest with the U.S. Women.  History reveals when women gather in mass -they are birthing change. Committed women  demonstrate when the world  is skewed. Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, husbands, sons, walk in unity, and shout ‘no more.’ It is wise for all to listen to those who represent the life of force of the earth. Women’s energy changes the  world’s energy.

Utah, one of the most Conservative States in the Union, conducted seven Women’s Marches. They were joined by the men who love women.  Some of the Utah marches endured blizzard conditiona, icy roads, and cold temperatures to join in solidarity with the women of the world.

In fact, we have a state legislature that meets for 45 days. Utah Women, on January 23, 2017, broke the record for the largest demonstration in the history of the state.  More than 6,000 women and those who care about ‘human rights’  marched to the capital on its first day session.

What is driving these women? You tell me. I can’t speak for the millions of my ‘sisters’ who recognize “Human Rights and Needs” are not being addressed. It is time for us to look around and see if you are pleased by your local and Congressional representation.

Elected officials pay attention. Committed women continue communicating to your Congressional Delegation using http://countable.us  

Voice your concerns and suggestions to your local legislator by using https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

BE BOLD. RUN FOR OFFICE. You don’t have to have to jump into a big political office. Try running for school board or county board, etc.

Americans, we can make a difference. Start by communicating with the individuals placed in office to represent you.

Christmas Cards & Civility

“The essence of Christmas Cards is the gift of time.”

img_0250Turn off the radio, pull the plug on the television, silence your phones, and take a few minutes and contemplate one of the oldest holiday traditions -“Sending a Christmas Card.” John Callcott Horsley illustrated the first Christmas Card for Sir Henry Cole in 1843 in the United Kingdom. This single act created a worldwide multi-million industry.

“Who still sends Christmas Cards?” Many individuals and businesses continue this custom of sending an individual greeting to family members and clients. Some enterprising card companies have branched off with e-cards for technology fans.

But, lets get  back to the art and meaning of sending a Christmas Card. The  individual who sent you the card selected it. Hand wrote or made labels for the envelope, signed their name, and possibly added a note.  This is the essence of a card – time. The time it took to “write out” the cards. You see the gift of time is cherished. The receiver of a Christmas Card appreciates the time and effort the sender put into delivering their greeting, not to mention the expense.

It is a very civil act of kindness. A genuine expression of consideration and time sent from one person to another. America needs the Christmas Card and more civil acts of kindness. Connect  to your technology and find out where to buy a box of cards for your close family members and friends.

 

 

Be Fearless: Wrestle Your Characters!

term-paper-writerWell, I never thought this would happen to me as a blogger, but I missed the opportunity to blog for an entire month.  I could blame NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), my Critique Group, Thanksgiving, housekeeping chores, but the real culprit was the conflict between my story idea and my main character.

I was drowning in a sea of ideas and misdirection for two weeks. Yes, I did outline my story. I had a neat, readable mind-map on the wall in my office. I had a character, a plot, and an ending. Then it happened, the  main character took over the story. I’ve had characters do this in other NaNo Challenges, but this one had her own plot in mind. She took over the story in Chapter Three.

What I had planned to write changed. The story bore no resemblance to my map.  My main character decided to bring in four more characters, and three more dramatic incidents. My character’s disregard for my plot threw me into a serious case of writer’s block.

 I looked for help. I found it in the pep talk written by Charlene Harris published November 17, 2015. Miss Harris suggested to write your story’s ending when you can’t more the plot forward.  Following her advice was magic, my character was under control. Yes, once my main character knew how her story was going to end, she started working with me. I made the 50,000 mark with a few more words to spare.

This isn’t the finest first draft I’ve written during a NaNoWriMo Challenge. It’s okay. I have a first draft of 50,000 words of a novel that needs some serious work. I can’t wait to wrestle with this story, plot, and these characters in 2016.