OMG! Are you so scared of me? I've actually blogged 3, count them, 3 times this week! I know, I'm quite stunned myself. I might have to go have some wine and take a nap.
Anyway, I think I've accomplished quite a bit this month. I have:
1. gone back through Entangled (the never ending book) and have rewritten, added and gotten caught up so now all I need to do is finish it
2. found a new job :-) Yay me!! I start the 27th and am so excited
3. talk to my doctor about the never-ending depression and gotten new meds to take
4. written down 2 new ideas for books, which I'm really excited about
I think for a short month I've done quite a bit and I'm really pumped for March to start.
Now run on over and see what the rest of the bloggers are up to
I love this post topic . . . really. I mean, I am the epitome of organized, on the ball, totally with it . . .
Yeah, I know. It's getting deep in here. And I so wish I had a basket full of tips, tricks and tools to share. Because if I did, I'd probably be writing everyday and cranking out 7 books a year. Aaaaand I'm not. But there are a few things I've learned to do over these many years I've been writing.
1. Write everything down!!! I know, you say well duh Gwen, you're a writer so of course you write stuff down. And my reply would be, "Nay, nay, my friend." I didn't always. I was sure I would remember that awesome idea, great name, or book title. I didn't. So now, when an idea strikes I am on it and putting it down in a huge file I keep.
2. Google (and other search engines) are my friend. I use them all the time. When I don't know something I always research it. I never want that one person who knows whatever to call me on a fact I could have looked up, but didn't both with.
3. On that same track, if I know someone who knows stuff I will so pick his or her brain. It's way better to have someone give first-hand information since that makes whatever I'm writing more real.
4. Perhaps this doesn't count as a tip, trick or tool, but I try not to beat up on myself if I don't write. I have clinical depression. Have had it, will have it. It's something I have learned to live with. Living with it means there will be times I function on a minimal level. I force myself up and always go to my outside job, but often that doesn't leave me energy to write. If not, I don't get down on myself since the depression is already doing that.
I think that's about it. I know, not much, but right now that's what I have. I will say I've gone to the doctor for help with the nagging depression and she's given me a med to add to what I'm taking. Even after only 6 days, I'm actually feeling better.
Anyway, go on over to check out what the other bloggers have to say. I'm sure it's way more than what I have.
The song this month is Glycerine by Bush. If you don't know it, or, haven't heard it in a while click the link and check it out. Even after 20+ years the song is still good.
I'm not sure if the song inspired this bit of flash fiction or the song just prompted me to write it down, but whatever. I'm fairly certain this will, eventually, become a book. Oh and if you have comments or suggestions just let me know.
Dark slowly took over the forest as Walker
Monroe moved confidently through the brush, constantly sweeping the area with a
light and calling. Always calling. Today it was Molly, but a week ago, it had
been Ben. He couldn’t understand parents who brought their children out to the
woods and, then, didn’t watch them. This place wasn’t a store, where doors
could be locked and the space was finite. Hell, no, it was thousands of acres
of wooded land. Thousands of acres where most people never went.
No matter, when a child went missing,
Walker automatically came out. He knew most of this land like the back of his
hand. To him, it was home, but a dangerous one that had to be respected.
His radio crackled and a voice came
through. “The child has been found safe. Pack it in and head back to base.”
Relief washed through him as he turned and
started back the way he’d come. Now that the kid was located he began to
mentally go through the groups on his schedule for the next few days. Walker
and his best friend, Cade, were owners of Walker Stewart Wilderness Guides. While
Cade worked with the newbies and groups interested in day walks, Walker took on
the people who wanted to go harder, truly experience nature over days or even
weeks. So far, it was working for them.
A slight noise off to his left, pulled him
from his thoughts and swing the flashlight in that direction. What he saw
stunned him. A woman, in little more than a tattered shirt, stumbled out of the
woods. Her skin was white, so white, which made her blue eyes stand out in her
Walker moved forward as she slumped to the
“Help me,” she mumbled, “please help me.”
“I’ve got you.” He dropped his pack and
dug a thermal blanket out to wrap her in. Grabbing up his walkie he called in
to base asking for immediate assistance.
“Don’t let him find me,” she whispered,
grabbing his hand.
“I’ve got you. No one is going to hurt
you. I promise.”
Walker swung the frail woman up into his
arms and began to move swiftly through the night dark forest.
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Sadly, where I live, all the above weather can happen in the same week. Just last week, I believe, we hit 65 and then, two days later, we were down in the upper 20s. So, truly, there's no rhyme or reason to the weather. I will say that, for the most part, it seems as though it's mostly gray and overcast, which makes it so dreary.
Now, go check out what it's like where the other bloggers live.
When I first saw this, I had a total misread and thought it said Top 10 ways to hook me a reader. I, of course, then added a huge twang to that sentence and got quite a laugh. Needless to say, that was not, obviously, what it said. I so need to get some sleep.
Anyway, here are things authors need to do to hook ME as a reader.
1) The book must be contemporary or paranormal - I read sooooo many historical (or hysterical as I used to call them) romance novels back in the day I just can't do them anymore. If the book has people in big puffy gowns on the cover I move on.
2) Amazing cover art - I do judge a book by its cover and the covers have to catch my attention. They do not necessarily have to have shirtless men pictured (though that doesn't hurt), but I want the cover to be something special.
3) An interesting back cover blurb. If I see a cover I like, I WILL pick it up and read the back cover. If it mentions some kind of mystery or it makes me laugh I will probably buy it.
4) Likable characters. And I'm sure you're thinking, well duh, but no that is not a given. I've read some books where the main characters were total shitheads. If they have no redeeming value I am out.
5) Smart characters. I do not want a stupid misunderstanding that keeps the hero and heroine apart. If they aren't together make it for a good reason. Nothing like she sees him talking to another girl and rushes out only to find out later it was his sister. Totally lame.
6) Falling in love without giving a reason. I just finished a book where the man and woman really didn't have that intense of a connection and yet somehow they were in love. They hadn't talked all that much, they did text, but nothing that struck me as deep sharing. I just didn't get it.
7) Good sex scenes. If the author is going to write sex, I want it to be good. I also want the characters to do more than have sex, so sometimes too much of a good thing isn't all that good.
8) Multiple books. I love a good series, especially one that I can really get to know the characters and they grow. I love J.D. Robb's In Death and Nalini Singh's Archangel and Psy/Changeling. Tons of characters and each one is given equal time. Every time I pick one up it feels as though I'm getting together with friends.
9) Humor. If a book can make me laugh out loud then I will keep coming back for more. Shelly Laurenston and Molly Harper are both great authors for this. Neither one has an issue with poking fun at their characters, which I love.
10) Snappy dialogue. I love when the characters are talking and it sounds and feels natural.
And those are the top ten ways to hook me and keep me as a reader. What kind of things do you look for?? Also, go and check out what the other bloggers look for in books.