Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IWSG: Get a Life!



Six years ago, I retired. Since then, I've spent between 10 and 14 hours a day on my laptop.  (No, I'm not kidding, and yes, my laptop has crashed and been renovated several times.)  Almost all of that time has been in the pursuit of having a career as a writer.  I don't mean "career" as in best-selling, mansion-living, famous author.  I just mean someone who writes a number of novels, gets them published, and has people wanting to buy them as opposed to desperately begging for sales.

I probably should have a lot more to show for it considering all the time spent.  But I'm slow and particular.  I've also wasted a lot of time trying to please others (like agents and publishers).

It hasn't been a total loss. I enjoy the creative life, love learning new things, and like to challenge myself.  I've met wonderful, smart, talented people.  I've also had the thrill of getting an agent and having a novel published.  But I'm still far, far away from where I want to be.

Maybe someday I'll succeed or I'll give up.  Maybe I'll stop spending every moment on my laptop and start to live a "normal" life.

Or maybe I'll just check the box that says "Remind Me Next Year."


Do you ever feel you're sacrificing a "normal" life in the pursuit of your writing career?



This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group. Plus, check out the IWSG Website for lots of helpful info and links.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Celebrate, The Great Time Lock Disaster & Freebies


This week I'm celebrating:
1) My husband cleaned the bathroom.
2) My husband cleaned the bathroom.
3) My husband. Cleaned. The bathroom!

(I have to celebrate now 'coz goodness knows if it will ever happen again...)


My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Celebrate The Small Things Sign-Up Linky:



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 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list on Lexa's Blog, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



The Great Time Lock Disaster

AMAZON
There's nothing’s more dangerous than a wizard-in-training. And Pete Riley, has just proven it. He's worked a bad time spell--a very bad time spell.

No YouTube, no smoothies, no Manga. Not ever again. Not unless Pete figures out how to reverse his spell and free Weasel and him from Victorian England. 

He has until the next full moon. Only a few days.


Tick. Tock.



Here’s how the story starts, and it only gets worse:

One minute the clock was tick-tocking on the mantel and the next it was a smoldering mess.

“No,” Harriet shouted. Then she braced one hand on her desk and covered her eyes with the other.

Pete froze, not blinking, not breathing, but waiting to see if Harriet would point one of her long, bony fingers at him and turn him into a turnip or something slimy.

SEQUEL TO ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD

To celebrate the launch of The Great Time Lock Disaster I'm giving 20 eBooks away. Hope you'll jump in to the copter and go for a ride!



Usually, C. Lee takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives. Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Double Negative (2014) was her third young adult novel. Researching it turned her into a literacy advocate. Her fourth YA, Sudden Secrets came out in December 2014. 



When she really want to have FUN, she writes middle grade books. Alligators Overhead and The Great Time Lock Disaster are now available.


Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Fridays Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for Feb 27, 2015:

Free Urban Fantasy Novella - Give Me Your Teeth by Jeff Chapman will be FREE TODAY ONLY! I’ve read it, and it’s a great, exciting, and fun novella! This isn't your mother's Tooth Fairy. This one has teeth, lots of them, and she's not afraid to use them to defend the innocent. Get your free copy now on Amazon!

My review:
Ten year old Jimmy just lost another tooth, and that’s not all he loses that night. He loses the illusion that the Tooth Fairy is tiny, cute, and sweet. But did he really see what he thinks or did he imagine it?

Jeff Chapman does an excellent job making Jimmy realistic with the typical problems of a kid, like being laughed at when he admits he saw the tooth fairy. He has worse problems, too, in the shape of two older boys who are bullying him. Chapman weaves the disparate threads of the story together to create a tapestry of creepiness that will stay with you long after you finish the short story. I loved his main character and how he gave an old fairy tale a new twist. (I never trusted fairies anyway!) This is a scary-but-not-too-scary story with a great ending. I loved it!

Free Urban Fantasy eBook – Win 1 of 5 copies of The Curse Merchant by J.P. Sloan on Mythical Books blog. (ends Mar 3)




Free Fantasy and Paranormal Novels – Win one of a big selection of Fantasy and Paranormal books on Mythical Books blog. (ends Mar 13)

$50 Amazon or Barnes&Noble Gift Card – Win a $50 gift card for either Amazon or Barnes&Noble to celebrate the release of Heart-Shaped Stone by Arby Corry on the Romance Novel Giveaways blog. (ends Mar 12)


For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com



Friday, February 20, 2015

Celebrate: Savvy Friends & Freebies


This week I'm celebrating:
1) I had a question about the Amazon CreateSpace/Kindle publishing process, so I posted on Facebook -- and a bunch of amazing people explained things I didn't even know enough to ask about. The writing community ROCKS!
2) Egyptian banks aren't accepted by Paypal or any banks in the west, so I can't pay for things or receive payment. (So annoying.)  BUT I've found I have more publishing options open to me than ever before -- even without Paypal.
3) I can now make choices about my publishing future that used to be impossible for me.  Short stories, "free reads," novellas -- even novels -- are a possibility now. I'm feeling empowered!

Have you ever received advice that helped you more than you imagined it could?

My kind and wonderful co-hosts of Celebrate the Small Things are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Katie @ TheCyborgMom

Celebrate The Small Things Sign-Up Linky:



Grab the Linky html-code here:



 Celebrate the Small ThingsTo be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list on Lexa's Blog, and then post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! (Originated by VikLit)



Foxy's Friday Freebies!

Foxy has been nosing around the net
When she finds great FREE STUFF, she'll feature it on Fridays Freebies posts -
  • Free short stories, novellas, and novels
  • Giveaways for books and swag
  • Free services for authors


Here are Foxy's suggestions for Feb 20, 2015:

Free Thriller NovellaClaudia Must Die by T.B. Markinson will FREE from Feb 20 – 23 on Amazon US and Amazon UK. I’ve read it and it was so good! Go get your free copy now! (ends Feb 23)



Free SciFi/Fantasy Short Story – Celebrate's own Tyrean Martinson (of Everyday Writer, Tyrean Martinson) has a Permanent Free Read short story for anyone interested! "Seedling" is a flash fiction story -- Dunnie has a secret: a power inside him that's gone wrong in the past. When it's time to introduce himself to a new teacher, what will he say? And, will his classmates ever accept the truth? 
Available FREE on:     Amazon-Kindle       B&N/Nook      Smashwords


Free YA Fantasy Novel & Swag – Win Sword by Amy Bai via rafflecopter on My Book Addiction blog. (ends Feb 25)




For Foxy's other Freebies, go to the Freebie page.

If anyone has a FREE short story (for download or online at a free ezine), novella, novel, special giveaway, or author service, please let Foxy know so she can plug you here!  Write to: laura.6eg(at)gmail.com