Waaayyyy back in the Dark Ages of Publishing, I queried many, many...*sigh* many agents, only to be rejected. Then, I pitched a social media book for writers...and they laughed in my face. Social media is a fad. Authors only need a good book. Yup. Well, these are the same folks who are now requiring an author to have a strong social media platform and most won't so much as look at a book if they can't google an author's name and have it show up (and show something vibrant and interesting).
I make it a point to begin every day with an attitude of gratitude. I think it is important, especially these days where it seems like every commercial tells us we aren’t thin enough, rich enough, successful enough, happy enough. We always need more “stuff” to be enough.
I wrote a blog ages ago about focusing on success, that we tend to drift where the eyes focus.
NOVEMBER 9, 2013
~post by Tommy
Science Fiction has counted among it's collection of authors some of the greatest writers of all time. Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and many more have pushed the boundaries of mankind's imagination and made Science Fiction a wonderfully complex and unique genre. However, there have been authors who bring more than the outlook of a writer to their work.
–by Laura Oles
Reblogged from Austin Mystery Writers
Laurie can’t speak in public without someone asking her about her decision to take on the character of Sherlock Holmes through her vision with Mary Russell. She confesses that early on, she was surprised by the uproar from some Holmes fans. She says that one message board started flaming her on the Internet, back in the early days of such boards, but that she wasn’t on the Internet so all their disparaging efforts went on without her knowledge, something that still brings a smile to her face. “They were getting all worked up and I had no idea for the longest time,” she says with a grin.
King is hard at work on her next projects and promises that we will see more of Mary Russell in the future as well as other characters that have captured her imagination (and ours). King readers can rest assured that whatever the author brings next, it will be well worth the wait.
- Bones of Paris Review and Giveaway (ccclubbs.com)
- I blame Laurie King for “crepuscular”… (katepavelle.wordpress.com)
- MysteryPeople Q&A with Laurie R. King (mysterypeople.wordpress.com)
- The Bones of Paris: A Novel of Suspense by Laurie R. King ~ Review and Giveaway (iam-indeed.com)
Our culture has been infected with a disease of distortion, what I'm calling "End-of-the-Rainbow-Thinking." We can all be guilty of this. We see the mega-best-selling-indie, the New York Times best-selling author, the successful small business, the guy with the big house or the family who lives debt-free and we scope-lock on the end result as if this "success" POOF! erupted from the ether.
Several months ago, in my Enemies of the Art series, we discussed Psychic Vampires. Psychic Vampires are all around us, and likely, we will never be rid of them. PVs are most likely to show up at a number of critical junctures. They sense the energy shift, and since that energy is no longer all about them, they will fight tooth-and-nail to bring balance to The Force (of Manipulation).
Snack, snack, talk, talk, talk, snack, snack.
Oh, and some writing.
Last Friday and Saturday, Fifteen Minutes of Fame, an Austin writing group, held a Year One First Ever Annual Retreat at the River Bluff cabin near Fentress, Texas, on the lovely pecan bottoms by the San Marcos River.
We acquired hamburgers Friday night and pizza Saturday night from the local convenience store. There was no television, land-line phone, or Internet service. We had to sit around and…talk…and snack….a lot. And the snacks! Trail mix, cookies, hummus, crackers, grapes, strawberries, cherries, bananas, tangerines, cheeses, veggie chips, Cheetos, booze, soda, and Guatemalan Dark coffee.
On Saturday, discipline reared its head, and the group did three fifteen-minute timed writings with a prompt. The first prompt was “retreat,” then “grip,” (as in get a), then “murder in the woods” suggested by yours truly. We all scribbled furiously, then read our offerings aloud.
It was great fun. I haven’t sat down and talked continuously with a small group of people in I don’t know when. Many topics were touched upon, but none were exhausted. Although the conference attendees were rather exhausted when Sunday morning rolled around.
One person slept on a cot on the upstairs deck, sheltered by giant pecan trees, two of us on beds on the second floor, and two more downstairs on couch/rollaway bed combinations.
I can safely say a good time was had by all. The addition of Chucho, an Airedale-poodle mix dog, was a great delight.
The place was gorgeous and peaceful, visited by sweet brown deer and chirpy birds. And chirpy writers.
- Pepsi Cheetos (laughingsquid.com)
- The pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America so… (oshkoshfoodcoop.com)
- Fishing The San Marcos River (clb182.wordpress.com)
- Whiskey Caramel Roasted Pecans (thetipsyhomemaker.com)