After 10 days off from my day job, I returned to work this week refreshed and rearing to go. Not 5 days later and I'm already dragging my feet, thankful I have next week off because I don't think I could last much longer. I have no idea what the deal is, but I seem to be turning into a vampire (or vampyre, whichever spelling you prefer).
Today's flash fiction I set up the limits of :
1. It had to be no more and no less than 500 words.
2. It had to leave the reader wanting more, but still explain a situation - a serious situation - so that the reader could understand.
3. It had to evoke emotion.
With that being said, I think I've done that. I title this little piece 'Alone'. Do you think I hit my target this Friday?
Does having a parent in the 'biz' produce offspring that will follow in their parents footsteps? I mean, you see actors and actresses that have children in the 'biz'. Like Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard. You've got Tom Cruise and his son Connor Cruise. Will Smith and his children Willow and Jaden. How about Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, with their daughter Rumor? I mean, not all celebrities have children in the 'biz', but it does seem to happen. The same way that if a parent is a carpenter, one of their children is apt to follow in their footsteps. The President of the company I work for is an accountant/financial analyst. His oldest is going to college to study financial planning and accounting (I could be fudging this a little bit, since I'm not really close to the President - a lot of this is from heresay).
What is the point of my blog? Well, like me, my children are very social. They can talk you up a storm. They love talking on the phone, going out and talking with their friends, and seem to have a lot of my personality. Loud, boisterious, and attention grabbing.
On top of having some of my personality, my oldest son has determined he wants to be a writer.
Dark Corners is a fast-paced mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and take your emotions on a roller coaster ride. You will meet Ella Reynolds. Ella has become one of my very favorite characters to write. She is snarky and stubborn, but soft and gooey deep inside--though she wouldn't appreciate my saying so. She is a mass of contradictions: strong and fragile, tough and soft, funny and sad, alone but surrounded by ghosts. Her husband's murder changed everything for Ella and this is the story about leaving the past to find a future.
So, this week has been another rough week personally. It's OK though, I'll get over it. I'm an adult and will continue to act like one, no matter how many people try to bring me down. I won't go into details, but will say it has absolutely nothing to do with my writing and/or my books; with the exception that it has helped fuel the fire in creating today's little ditty.
After a really rough week, I have decided to let the creativity flow from my brain uninhibited. Why was it such a rough week, you ask? Well ... I received an e-mail from Amazon on Monday stating customers had notified them with complaints that my book The Kindness of Strangers was filled with typos. After some e-mails back and forth between Amazon and I, I discovered it was on a version from June 2010 (one of the original uploads) that the complaints were made on. I was very disappointed.
I never hid the fact that the story was unedited. In the very beginning I had had over 20 beta readers read my story and I thought it was a viable product. I was so proud of it! After several reviewers notified me to say the book was so horrible they couldn't read it, I went through it myself and with a program called Grammarly (thanks to an AWESOME reviewer who allowed me to borrow her id and password). I fixed everything Grammarly had mentioned, and posted another version.
As a reader I'm always looking out for the next best read. A book that will captivate me and hold my attention. A book that I will want to read again and again because it allows me to escape from reality. I've found a couple of books like that, but then I've read a couple of books that I toss gently to the side, vowing to never even look at the cover let alone read again.
As a reader I do allow reviews to sway my decision-making process. If I see a book with a hundred great reviews, and maybe only one bad review, I'll sample the book to see if it'd be something I'd be interested in. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. It's more often than not that a bad review will push me over the edge to hit that One-Click option, more than a good review will.
What moment has validated you and made you feel like a writer? If it hasn't happened yet, what do you think it will be?
Yesterday just wasn't my day. It always happens around the same time of the month. Maybe it's my brain's way of subconsciously saying I need to shut down for a week, and recoup. I honestly don't know. I want to work. I have the desire to work. But my brain is saying ... 'No, you suck! You'll never amount to anything. Just give up. Just give in.'
J. A. Titus
Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend and Wife. Full-time worker, part-time worker, and writer. Lover of anything Eeyore, reality cooking, and horror. Eclectic music taste, reading taste, and movie taste. No need to further question my mentality, it's been wrapped up in this little summary. :)