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

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A Heavy Decision…

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Hi everyone!!!

I haven’t fallen off the Earth or anything. I’m still here. I’m still trying to get a handle on work, home, writing and then trying to market myself, while trying to hold on to some of my own identity.

But I don’t want to get bottom-of-the-ocean deep. I’m writing this to give everyone an update on what’s going on with my writing.

First up, Two for Joy.

I know One for Sorrow hasn’t hit the Kindle yet. A few friends are eagerly waiting this new series from me. So I’m going to give you the really good news that I’ve started on Book 2 and it’s coming along nicely.

Now, about One for Sorrow.

When I started working on this, I had a hair-brained concept. I started writing and it blossomed into something that I never would have thought. I sat on it so I could get a few thoughts on it and then I would self-edit, put it out and be on my merry way.

That’s not what happened.

I started talking with other authors. I started to see where I was going wrong with my writing. While my story was good, there was mistakes that if I shopped it around, agents would have probably laughed as they put it in the shredder (or at least tossed it into the recycle bin of their computer.). So I went back to the beginning to make it a tighter story.

It’s not just tighter, it’s like I’m writing the book all over again. I’m adding things that it simply slipped my mind to put in the first go-round. Things that I don’t really, really need were cut. So I’m working on getting the best novel that I can out to you all.

Now, that being said, I have reached a major decision.

We all know that I started the Maxwell Investigations series because of half-baked out ideas and having fun. Do I regret it?

NEVER.

Would I do things differently if I had the chance?

Definitely. I would have found an editor I could afford. I would have picked more brains to understand what the hell head-hopping was.

Am I going to go back and re-write the first 3 novels?

HELL NO!!!

I know the kind of writer I am. It’s one of the reasons why I hate doing edits so much in the first place. I don’t go in and change a word here and a word there. I open a new file, see where the scene is supposed to go, and write. There is nothing saying that where I end up in a re-write of Tangled Temptations will be where it needs to be for the beginning of Precarious Possessions. Precarious Possessions could throw Dangerous Dalliances into a tailspin and there would be no survivors! So no. As much as it pains me, for my own sanity, I can’t go back and re-do any of them.

Where does that leave Maxwell Investigations?

When I finished Dangerous Dalliances, I looked at it as AN ending of sorts. The first Arc is done, but there are still more adventures in store for the Maxwells, Solomons, and Davenports. There were too many new characters and unanswered questions. I won’t leave it unfinished.

I’ll keep everyone posted on what’s what. I’m hunting for images to make my own little blurbs, so if you see them on Twitter or FB please feel free to share.

Till next time!!!
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 🙂

True Confessions: Playlists (part 2)

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Hey everyone!!!!

So, yesterday I went and started my little True Confessions segments. I said that I would come back to this subject when I finished a playlist or soundtrack for One for Sorrow, and that I’d share it with you…

Before I share it, just remember, I’m 35 (about to be 36) so not everything up here is brand spanking new

My Soundtrack for One for Sorrow.

Perfume Britney Spears
Gorilla Bruno Mars
Just a Fool (with Blake Shelton) Christina Aguilera
Laying Me Low David Cook
The Phoenix Fall Out Boy
Alone Together Fall Out Boy
The Mighty Fall (feat. Big Sean) Fall Out Boy
Rat a Tat (feat. Courtney Love) Fall Out Boy
Try P!nk
Glitter In the Air P!nk
F**kin’ Perfect P!nk
Pretty Handsome Awkward The Used
Thank You For The Venom My Chemical Romance
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) My Chemical Romance
The Sharpest Lives My Chemical Romance
Just Feel Better         (Feat. Steven Tyler) Santana
Into The Night (Feat. Chad Kroeger) Santana
I Caught Myself Paramore
Ladies and Gentlemen Saliva
Downfall Trust Company
You’re Going Down (Radio Edit) Sick Puppies

There are things for quiet times, love scenes, fight scenes (arguments and epic) and just background noise. For me, this is one of the best ways to focus. And it’s a lot better than writing about a vampire ripping out someone’s throat and “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid is on the TV LOL.

Give it a try on your own, or if you feel the need, share some songs of your own that you enjoy.

See you on the Flip Side!!!!
Dawn 🙂