Inspirations & Detours

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Hi everyone!!!

People say all the time that life is a journey. It twists, it turns and as long as you let it, it will take you on a grand adventure.

Writing can be the same. Except kids join you. And every four or five steps there’s something else that someone wants to do, another is trying to pull another’s hair while the oldest is trying to steal the ice cream of the youngest and the one smack in the middle has a new bright idea.

This past year and a half I have tried to come to terms with my writing. I have been depressed for the entire time I worked on One for Sorrow. And it’s like I’m sinking into a deeper abyss the more I obsess over it not being complete. Maxwell Investigations was fine to sit on the back burner since Victor isn’t ready to shine (no… my vampire’s do NOT sparkle LOL) and with this new arch that it’s taking on, I needed to figure out which way it was going to go.

Then there were other storylines…. Anya Roman, Werewolf Guardians, Pirates vs Ninjas, Balance, Western Paranormal Steampunk, Fairy Tails, The House of Cain….

Each and every one of them wanted my attention. For a period of time, I seriously thought that I burned myself out. I cried thinking that I may have to give up on writing because each voice, each story started screaming so loud that I couldn’t hear anything.

I may have mentioned before how I was just going to stop and let the chips fall where they may. I have reached a point where I can’t cry. I can’t wallow. All I can do is move forward.

And then it was like Christmas.

When I was asleep last night, I had a visitor.

Madison Maxwell.

She was sitting at my computer. She looked just like I remembered her. Enough of a Royal to be respected, and enough rebellion to bring about change. I was too shocked to move. When she noticed I was in the room with her, she just smirked and said “There’s 1 Maxwell left, and I want to have a Black Widow moment.”

When I woke up, I knew exactly what she meant. When I started The Maxwell Investigations series, it was supposed to center around Madison, Dylan, their 3 brothers, and parents. As the story grew and was fleshed out, Vampires and Werewolves were added into the mix. Now we have Succubi, Fae, Gargoyles etc. With the events of Dangerous Dalliances, I see the need to have at least 1 scene where the local governments are trying to figure out not only what is going on, but also how to keep their respective countries safe.

I can totally see Madison talking to Congress, trying to calm everyone’s temper, and then just saying screw it. We police ourselves. If you want to try to come after us, so be it. We’re done hiding… and then walking out. I doubt that’s how it will really go, but oh I can picture it. screen-shot-2014-03-06-at-11-59-11-pm

 

And in the middle of all of this, Jimmy can get his happily ever after. I think I may start on this soon. I have no title (which is usually the first thing I come up with) and I’ll probably be even more inspired for Siobhan since I’m going to see Age of Ultron this Saturday. I’ll keep everyone posted on what’s what and where’s where. I hope my ramblings didn’t bore or confuse anyone.

See you next time!!!
Dawn

Happy Hundred!!!!

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Hi Everyone!!!

I’ve reached a milestone with this blog. This is my 100th post!!! 🙂

I wanted there to be a lot of fanfare, and I wanted to have something really epic to say.

Really, I got nothing.

But it isn’t all bad news!!!

One for Sorrow is still being edited. I wanted to be able to upload it Kindle and Nook, but I’d rather have a polished novel than an early release.

The Frederick Book Festival is less than a month away! I have pens on order, my books and bookmarks are all ready to go and my tablecloth should be here in a matter of days (yes, the little things excite me LOL). I hope to gain some readers, as well as connect with any already in the Maryland area.

I have a minor confession to make. These past few months, I’ve been in a really bad place. I’ve been stressed out and ready to snap. I haven’t been able to really write since I finished OfS. Nothing has been coming to me. But the night before last I was able to get a few words down. I’m not sure where it’s going or even if it will develop into something else. Of course I hope it does, but for right now, I’m hoping it will at least help me get past these feelings of epic failure that I’ve been dealing with.

ANYWAY!!!! This is supposed to be a HAPPY post!!!!! I’ve been trying my hands at at-home-bartending. So far, I’ve made a Blue Hawaiian, Piña Colada, and a virgin Strawberry Daiquiri… There are a few more recipes that I’m gonna cry. I just have to find a few lab rats… I mean volunteers to try them 🙂

I’ll keep everyone updated on what I’m doing. Hopefully a few of you can get out to Frederick MD on 6-28-14 for the festival.

Hope to see you there!!!!
Later Folks!!!!
Dawn 🙂

The Waiting Game…

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Hi everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!!! My daughter and I spent the day at home, trying to do something to her hair… It’s long, and thick, and yeah… it’s a weekend project….

ANYWAY!!! I know the last time I posted, I just finished the first draft of One for Sorrow. I’m waiting on some feedback before I can continue the process and get it out to your hot little hands. 🙂

But lately I’ve been feeling a little down. When it comes to Auspicious Affairs, Victor and Leigh aren’t coming to me the way I would like. I get a peek of them here, a peek there, and nothing else. There was one whole day I spent staring at the computer screen because they were simply being tight-lipped.

So I looked through my trusty flash drive of ideas (read: the projects that I’ve started and never finished) and while none jumped out and demanded that I work on them, I was reminded of something that I once said I would start, but never got around to.

I know, I sounds kind of confusing. And in a way, it is. But what do you expect??? The mind of a writer isn’t a clear, cut and dry place…. I would say that the inside of my mind looks like an episode of hoarders….

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I want to have a clearer picture of what’s going on in my head with this new WIP. When I have a clear and solid direction, I’ll decide if I’m going to push for a novel, or novella… I’ve never tried to write a novella… so much story in so few words… I don’t think I’d be able to pull it off.

ANYWHO!!!!!

I’ll keep you all updated on any plans that I make, and anything else that comes to mind. Have an EPIC DAY!!!!

Dawn 🙂

 

True Confessions: Jealousy

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Hi everyone!!! 

I’ve been thinking about what I could put up here for more on my True Confession pieces, and in my wondering I came across an article that just makes me shake my head. I am someone who does not like promoting hate in any way, shape or form, so while I may bring this article to your attention, I won’t post a link to it. I think it’s also making the rounds on Facebook anyway.

It’s about how one aspiring author wants JK Rowling to step back and stop writing… for the sake of writing. To sum it up, the woman who wrote the article believes that JK is getting more than her fair share of the writing market because of the success of her unrealistic children’s book. Harry Potter has had his time, and now that JK is trying to move into the adult market, she’s pushing out all other authors for her substandard writing.

Here is where I will point out that the writer ADMITS she has NEVER read Harry Potter, and with as condescending as she was towards adults who read Harry Potter, I doubt she’s ever seen the movies.

The writer of the article also talks about how JK’s “crossover” books have made monetary success simply because of her name. Yet many reviews have said that they were mediocre at best and never would have been published if some Plain Jane said she wrote it.

Basically, the green-eyed monster is rearing his head.

The article says how JK is taking up too much room. Publishers won’t look at new stuff simply because JK already has something in the works (I’m guessing a sequel to the Cuckoo book she wrote). Stores won’t buy books from new untried authors because JK is a guaranteed seller.

Now, that I’ve recapped, here’s what I have to say… BULLSHIT!

The writer opened the article with how a friend of hers said people would look at it and just think that she’s just being jealous, but she’s not.

Yeah, she is.

I’ll admit this right here: I am jealous of Stephenie Meyer. I hate the Twilight Saga, I think it was poorly written with no character growth. I think Bella was a way for her to live out fantasies of being the odd-girl-out and then watching as all of the boys fall all over themselves to get to be with her.

But I will also admit this: I admire the HELL out of Stephenie Meyer simply because she was able to turn her novels into a worldwide sensation.

And guess what folks, I’ve read the whole series. I know there’s no real character growth. I know that all of those memes about how creepy Edward is because he watches Bella sleep, yeah… those are pretty accurate.

But I would never dare to say that someone should stop writing because I can’t get the press I deserve. As a writer, your own success or failure is on one person… YOU. Not the publishing house. Not the bookstores. And defiantly not the people reading.

It’s taken me a while to get to a point where I can stand here and support my friends and fellow authors. I always thought it was MY thing and while my friends could write, I was supposed to be an author. But after watching the relationship between Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter (two women I GREATLY admire) I took a good look at myself.

Just about everything in life is a competition. But for the longest time I’ve been competing against the wrong thing. I’m at a place where I can honestly say it’s not other authors I’m up against. It isn’t even Big Five-vs-Indie/Self.

It’s simply the author against the dollar.

As someone who enjoys reading, if I find an author I like I will buy their book. Shelf space doesn’t matter. Will I ever have the accolades that JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer? I doubt it. I don’t have the backing. Do I want all of that backing? Yes and no. I like having creative control over my things, and I don’t have to deal with having to please any of the Big Five. But with that goes having a lot of backing (it also goes into the whole traditional-vs-self publishing giant… and I’m not ready to tackle that here yet.).

There is only one piece of advise I can give any aspiring author…

Get over yourself.

It sounds harsh, I know. But there comes a time when you have to stand back and look at things with a grown up eye. We’re all big boys and girls. Just because my book is paranormal, and yours is YA urban fantasy, doesn’t make yours any better or worse than mine. And for the love of all that’s Holy, remember that there will always be someone better at certain things than you are. I suck at marketing. I admit it. But there are other’s that are raking in money hand over fist. Does that mean that the people who are good at it should move aside so my novels can have their fair share of time in the sun? Nope! Not for one second!

Should one person step aside and not write what’s in their hearts because they’ve already made a name for themselves in another genre? Absolutely not! The pure idea of someone even suggesting that is sheer stupidity.

This is a big world folks, and we’re only players in it.

Until next time!!!
Dawn 🙂

True Confessions: Love Scenes

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Hey everyone!!!

Nothing really went on during the weekend. Yes, I watched the Superbowl. I can’t WAIT for some of those movies to come out. The game didn’t impress me at all… it just showed me why I don’t bet actual money LOL (yes, I was cheering for Denver).

But aside from that, I sat in front of my computer and looked at a love scene that has been staring at me since last Thursday. That’s what’s leading me to write this. I’m a Paranormal Romance author, but I have a confession to make….

I HATE WRITING LOVE SCENES!!!!!!

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I never know if they’re good enough, or hot enough. I don’t want it to read like instructions from Ikea (even though given some of those instructions… things COULD get interesting). I just hate insert Tab A into Slot B sex. I’ve read books like that before, and I never wanted to produce anything like that.

So I usually end up going through my iTunes and finding all of the songs that you can bump and grind to, and then get to work.

Only this time, I’ve been trying to put it off for as long as possible.

I’m working on the second love scene in One for Sorrow. It’s supposed to be tender, passionate, a pair of lovers trying to express their love without confessing they love each other…. and all that seems to come out is Insert Tab A into Slot B. It’s really frustrating.

What am I doing to combat this???

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After I finish drooling, I’m going to do like Loki here and relax. The more you stress over something, the more it’s going to eat away at your soul… okay, it probably isn’t that serious, but it just feels like it is….

Then I’m going to breathe, get my head straight and do this. A friend suggested doing the band-aide approach… just do a 1k1hr or two, get the scene done. Then if I need to, go back and fix it. The whole going back to fix it is going to get me in trouble, I know it. But it may be the only way I can even think about getting this novel done even remotely on time.

Those are my plans for now. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to report better news to you all. Till then, Stay safe and warm!!!
Dawn 🙂

The Day After The Day After Tomorrow….

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Hey everyone!!!

I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy this wonderful winter morning. I, personally, couldn’t be happier. IT’S SNOWING!!!!!

I’m one of the few people in my circle of friends that like the snow. And since my mother is always watching the movie The Day After Tomorrow, I just wanted to play around with what I think the title for the sequel would have been.

Otherwise, I’ve been going through some motions. If you follow me on Facebook, you would know that a dear friend of mine passed away. I don’t really want to get into that right now. I only mentioned it so you all know why I’ve been off my game for the past week or so. Well, no more.

This week promises to be busy for me. As you all know, I help TB out with her novels. When she finishes one, I read through it for content edits. She just finished the third book in her Love, Sex and Magic series, so I’m going to go through that for her.

And I refuse to give up on One for Sorrow. I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. But there may be a few things that I have to go back and add. Otherwise it will seem very disjointed, which is something that I never want.

And for all of those that are waiting for Auspicious Affairs I will say this : IT IS COMING. I won’t leave Maxwell Investigations off at just 3 novels. But Victor and Leigh will go through their trials. The series is going to return to the humorous side while dealing with this next arc. There are going to be a lot of politics involved, so it’s bound to be interesting.

And that’s all from me for now. I’ll leave you with a picture of my deck in all of this wonderful snow… (Just between us, I think the Weatherwoman down here miscalculated the amount of snow we’re gonna get)

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I’ll check in with everyone in a few days!!!
Dawn 🙂

Happy New Year!!!!!! And maybe a few details on the coming year….

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Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

Last night my daughter and I rang in 2014 with Doctor Who, doing hair, and singing with a microphone she received for Christmas. All and all, it was a good night.

I’ve spent my entire life making wishes for each new year and thousands of resolutions, at my age, I’ve just decided that this is going to be the year that I wing it. I have plans that I’m going to make happen. I’m going to my first event as an actual author. Soon after I finish with Love’s Darkness, I have to get back to work with Auspicious Affairs. There’s weight that needs to be lost and a 9-5 that needs to be found. All of these things will not happen if I just wish for them.

So, to start with all of my plans, I’m going to take today and work on my website. I’m also going to see if I can put another dent in Love’s Darkness’s word count. I don’t know how long the site’s going to take (if you don’t know, I do all of that work myself….) and there are some things I’ll be adding and taking down. I know I have to make a page for the Murder of Crows series. But that’s all you’re getting out of me for now LOL!!!

I just wanted to thank everyone that’s been with me. I really appreciate each and every one of you. I can honestly say that while I write for myself, I put it out there for all of you. Best wishes for the coming New Year!!! Let’s make this one epic, shall we???

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Love you all!!!!!
Dawn 🙂