Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Keeping things honest and an update

Hello beautiful friends. How is everyone doing? I hope all is well. I wanted to give you an update of what I’m up to, or explain why I’m not blogging, after promising I’d be getting back to a regular blog routine.


I’m currently in writing mode. Last week I started the second draft of book two and have been powering ahead full steam. I had a little bump in the road yesterday, freaking out about how book 1 and 2 differed in the Thelum series, and all sorts of other things like that. Reading book 1 again has made me feel like I want to go back over it again. Of course, it doesn’t really need it, but I have changed as a writer, and have to remember, book 1 is a product of its own. I have this tendency to always want to change things. Luckily I had two good people remind me that things aren’t as bad as I thought, and to keep my focus on my current work in progress. Yes, I still feel insecure after I had published my book years ago. And I probably always will be.

Lately I’ve been of the feeling and thought that I simply want to be working on my writing more. I have forgotten what my first priority is, aside for family and my fur babies, and that is writing.

I’ve been giving into the bad habit of reading all articles and posts all over the Internet about marketing, tips on why I’m not selling more books and all things in that kind of line of thought. I’ve been wasting too much time worrying about not being good enough, and the truth is I simply don’t have enough writing to promote in the first place. Marketing is a tough job already, but not having anything else to offer readers is a problem.


On why I haven’t been blogging. I simply don’t feel I have anything all that interesting to say, share, or offer anyone at the moment. I don’t want to blog simply to post. I also don’t want to post things like, “I’m down right now” anymore, because I tend to be down a lot and that’s hardly anything new and it’s not always because I struggle with depression. I’m simply moody in general. So, I feel I should only blog when there is something interesting to say, or if it might be of any use to anyone. That’s just my opinion on my own blog. I don’t really think there’s anything useful about me simply stating what I’m doing from day to day. 

Also, I’ve been feeling like an ass about not always having the energy to return comments. After all, that’s what blogging is all about. The interaction. Sometimes going around to return comments tire me out. But I always aim to return a visit. But I’ve been considering turning off comments on posts, if I know I won’t be around to return comments, or visits. It think it’s only fair. What do you think about that?

I’ve also been reading a lot. I devoured The Harry Potter series and absolutely enjoyed it. It was great fun. I just wish I could read more about what they got up to after they left Hogwarts. Did they go back to finish their final year at school? What happened after they saved he wizarding world?  Stuff like that. I have been reading some Kathy Reichs as well. Complete genre opposites, but I’ve really been enjoying it.

So that’s it from me. I’ll be getting back to my writing. What is your opinion on turning off blog comments all together, or just for certain posts? Let me know how you are doing.

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  1. Don't worry about changing things in the first book. Yes, we do grow as writers, and that's all right. Fans will watch your growth over the years.
    There's only so much marketing we can do as well.
    I've never turned off comments. I just don't post.
    But I do like hearing from you!

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    1. Thank you, Alex. I think you're right. Maybe I'll only post when I have the time, or am available. I know I have to leave book 1 alone. It's just hard;) But you are right.

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  2. Do what you need to do to keep yourself healthy all around. :)

    Yeh for lots of excellent reading!

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  3. Lots of people don't respond to comments. I do most of the time, but not always. If you don't respond, it's okay. Not posting is fine, too. Lately I have felt that I don't have much to say. I used to grade papers for a professor of English. Sometimes I wanted to toss them in the air and give them grades based on where they fell.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hah! I would probably have done the same thing if I had to grade papers. I think I should just post less. At least until I can comment;) Thank you, Janie.

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  4. I'm about 11 months behind on my comments. >_<

    So no, you're definitely not alone.

    Enjoy your writing!

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    1. Yeah, now I don't feel so bad;) Enjoy your writing too.

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  5. My blogging steam is running low. And it can take my some time (days) to return comments.

    I don't remember if you've joined the IWSG book club, but the book we'll be reading for Aug/Sept may help you with your marketing concerns. Just in case you're interested. :)

    My writing is different in each of my books. I don't read anything of mine after it's published because I know I've grown, and I don't want to feel like my previous works are somehow less than my current one.

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    1. Thank you, Chrys. It takes me days to answer comments too. Thank you for the tip. It makes sense not reading my book again, as it does make me want to compare the writing. I have grown and shouldn't keep tampering with things;) I'll check out the IWSG book club.

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  6. When I first started blogging, I used to post three times a week; then it became twice a week. Now I usually only blog once or twice a month. Like you, it's partly due to my work and it's partly because sometimes I don't have anything to blog about. It's up to you whether you want to turn off the comments; for me, I like reading comments from other people because it makes me feel like I'm part of the blogging community.

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    1. I love reading the comments too. I think I should just not post when I'm not going to be around. Blogging definitely makes me feel part of a community too. I do miss it a lot.

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  7. I've definitely been slacking on my blogging. These days, if I manage one or two posts a month, I'm doing well. I just haven't had much to write about, or the interest in writing about the few things I could write about. And I happen to be on a book-writing upswing, so that definitely takes precedence.

    I'm excited that you're onto your second draft of your second book! That's awesome!!

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    1. Thank you, M.J. Congrats on the writing upswing. One definitely can't pass up such an opportunity.

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  8. I decided only to post when I felt like posting quite awhile ago and it's the best decision I ever made. I'm so happy you're writing again and I agree with everyone else- leave book # 1 alone and focus on #2. As to comments, I try to be a good blogger and return comments, but I don't always do so and that needs to be okay because I'm doing the best I can as a person and as a blogger and it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. So respond if you feel moved to do so and don't if you don't. Those of us who understand these things will understand.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I like that you do what suits you and don't stress about it. You're true to yourself.

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  9. Hi Murees - it seems like you've got your answer here - i.e. blog and then answer those comments or just don't blog. BUT - please don't turn off comments ... there's one blog I used to enjoy reading and could comment - relatively serious input (blog articles) ... but gave up because I couldn't comment anymore.

    It's great you're back writing again ... or join one or two of the blog fests - I've loads to write about - always have had ... but my scope is broad. The "We are the World Blog" fest (#WATWB) - is once a month about something or an organisation that is special ... and the "Write-Edit-Publish" blog hop ... with a specific subject 4 times a year in the middle of the month {should be a story - but I don't do that ... just write about the subject itself}. See entries on my blog if you want to check them out. Is also an opportunity to keep connected - other than the A-Z ...

    Yes ... definitely don't stress .. take care and all the best - Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. I feel I'll just not post, if I can't return comments. I'm not up to doing blog hops anymore. I don't want to commit to anything at the moment. But I really hope to improve on the blogging front.

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