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Ramble Ramble: Mumble Bumble Bench Bench Party Party

So with the end of October approaching and Halloween just around the corner, I’m excited about celebrating with our beloved newborn that is just over one month old. We won’t let any of the things going on stop us from having a good time, but we will be taking the necessary precautions. I compare it to waking up in the morning. Even that is risky business.

Last week I posted a semi-hiatus message about lessening the frequency of posts on this blog and that was my every intention ( I’m a little coocoo like that sometimes ). At the time I felt like I was getting nowhere with my writing efforts and spending too much time on posting. Once I start something, I feel like the ball rolling on Indiana Jones:

Indiana Jones GIFs | Tenor
I am BB. BB is me, I roll along after I start on something. Let’s call it a gift.

On top of that, in my efforts to come up with ideas about what to post on this blog, my mind turned everything it could find into an idea about a blog post, which is probably just a gift in a bad disguise. Unless you are full-time blogger, it is not well. I like to promote wellness.

See: Blogging: Enjoyable Hobby, or Cruel Addiction? @ RU Creative Blogging FA13 regarding blogging addiction warning signs.

It’s one of the addictive qualities of this medium, along with quick gratification of comments and likes vs. the long grueling work that it takes to write a book. Make no mistake, I’m falling in love with the process of writing a book all over again, even more so than when I wrote book #1, as I felt a bit scrambled at times with it, just to get the idea out there.

Speaking of writing, I haven’t done a promotional post for quite some time. So, I will sneak it in here. A big part of me honestly doesn’t like self-promoting at all, but an even bigger part of me will wail, holler and be a kicking, screaming child in the corner if it feels like my work is going too un-noticed without doing something about it. So where am I at with LJ and Rom book #2? I’m somewhere between an eighth and a quarter of the way through writing the manuscript, which is way more perfect than a manuscript ever should be. It cannot be rushed. I feel really good about it. My writing has evolved. I know there is a ton of work left to go. I left book #1 in quite of a cliffhanger, but not without the main problem of the plot being resolved. It was quite of a challenge for me to work the story of book #2 out of that cliffhanger / trap, but it is heading in a solid direction. Questions will be answered, but such is life when we have some questions answered, bigger questions will reveal themselves and cloud our satisfaction of having a simple answer for a simple question. The dust shall settle.


On Writing: Woe is Me

Alice Cooper wearing a t-shirt designed by ( cover artist ) Dirk Hays

I’ll never look at a published author the same again. Even through my first book, I have experienced a lot of highs a lows. Excitement, uncertainty, revisiting past processes, wondering if I am doing this all correctly. Feelings that critics should be taken with a grain of salt, especially if they are comparing you to legendary authors and also how they might or might not know anything about the process – oh how they have spoiled it for us all. While the previous sentence is the beginning thought, the ending thought is “it’s okay because it will just make me better”. This should make you question the teacher that tells you “always go with your first answer”. Still, whether it is discovering that you have a slightly misaligned cover or some how the drop caps mysteriously disappeared from all the first paragraphs in the print edition of your published work, there is something to be had. Something might bring you joy and a not-so-distant connection to a celebrity figure like Alice Cooper through your creative trade ( see image above ).