Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Where are all the UFO’s?

Sunday night my sister and I sat outside staring at the stars. Not just because they're beautiful, but I stupidly believed that if I looked at the sky long enough, maybe I would actually see a UFO. I’m a serious Ancient Aliens fan and I always hear about UFO’s being spotted all across the world, so why not South Africa right?

Imagine my surprise when I see a bright star moving across the sky. “Look, a UFO!” I go on ranting all excited and happy. My other family members rushed outside and saw what I was getting excited about and they simply rolled their eyes. My brother, who is the voice of logic and reason, mentioned that it was a satellite. Unwilling to believe him, I did a search online and he was right. There are like 10 000 satellites in space right now, not to mention the international space station, which can both look like stars and the latter tends to flash brightly for a few seconds and then dim again. To make matters worse, when I returned outside about 10 minutes later, another moving star moved in the sky, just confirming how regularly you can see a satellite in the sky. 

So, where are all the UFO’s? Have you ever seen a UFO?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

I'm a procrastinator that needs to read more

I don't know when it happened, but I have become a procrastinator. I got some feedback on my novel, The Amaranthine and instead of jumping in to rewrites, I am scrubbing the shower and doing washing with a big goofy smile on my face. For some reason I am giving my manuscript (MS) the silent treatment, which is strange for me, because usually I over think things and become obsessed with completing tasks and now I am hiding from my MS.

Also, I have decided to read at least one book a week, because I need to read more and broaden my horizons. I truly believe that knowledge is power, of course my mom will tell me to remember what happened to Eve for wanting more knowledge. Love you Mom! But if I miss the one week deadline so be it. In fact, maybe I shouldn't set a time limit. I should just get a pile of books and tell myself too read as many as I can in say a year?

What are you up to?

Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm just boring

Unlike most bloggers I don't have a writing or blogging schedule and my blog doesn't have a specific theme.I just write about whatever I am experiencing at that moment or whatever pops into my head, which is of course a big no no.

I wanted to enter the bucket list blog hop, but I couldn't think of one thing I wanted to do before I died. I am in a good place right now and at peace with what I have accomplished thus far in my life. Being published before I die is no longer an obsession and if I die, I die. I'm ready. Depressing words, I know.

I finally finished that large order of work I had, though my brother says there is more work on the way. He's leaving on a business trip for a few days, so I get to rest before more work arrives. I must say, having my brother for a boss is actually a lot better than I thought it would be. He is really professional and as long as his work gets done on time, he pretty much leaves me alone. No yelling or constant arguments like my previous job. I can proudly say he's the best boss I ever had.

Heard back from another critique partner, Katie Cross and her feedback was amazing. She pointed out exactly what I need to fix and she did it without being mean. I have a lot of work to do in fixing my manuscript and I am so thankful for her feedback. It is invaluable. Thank you Katie.

So that's it from me, boring I know. Are you doing anything exciting right now?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You are awesome

Thank you (blogger community) for being so unbelievably awesome. I don't think I tell you often enough how grateful I am for your kind words and friendship. Your comments encourage and help me so much. Thank you again. Each one of you is super awesome!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Just roll with it

The past few days I got some feedback on my manuscript from my sister (target audience) and like suspected, she had a lot of great feedback. Mostly that my love scenes were awkward and the wording used inappropriate and that I still have a tendency to info dump. Not to mention too much happening in too short amount of time. But other than that, she liked the story. Still, I was a bit bummed.

Then I approached a few editors for quotes and mostly I found out that my expectations of what editing costs and reality is out of proportion. The amount I have saved is not near enough and that I will have to keep saving for at least another year, (so goodbye September/ October 2015 deadline). So of course I felt a little bummed again.

This morning I spent some time in the cemetery with my mom and cousin, putting flowers on our relatives graves and the gesture lifted my spirits. The things I felt bummed about didn't seem quite so important and depressing anymore, especially after I saw how many unmarked graves there were, even that of children.

I still have to hear back from two other critique partners too, but I don't fear their feedback anymore. I will wait for all the feedback before making any changes.  I am also thinking of reworking my self-publishing deadline so that it suits me and so that I don't get unnecessarily stressed. I have learned that there is always a solutions, it might not be the one I always want, but there is always a solution none the less.

How did your day turn out? Anything happen that you didn't plan?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I'm afraid (IWSG

The past few IWSG posts I tried to post only positive messages and encouraging words. Today is the opposite, because I have to admit I am scared. By what? Pretty much everything. I'm afraid  of people, sharing or discussing my writing and asking for help. I'm afraid that no one (aside for myself) will ever like my writing.

Since becoming a blogger I have met so many great people and I want to thank you guys for always being ready to help me and offer advice. You help me to fight my fears everyday.

The Insecure Writers Support Group was created by the wonderfully talented Mr. Alex J Cavanaugh, so that writers can share the insecurities they have and/or encourage others who need support with their insecurities. You can visit Alex Here, or if you want to join us in discussing our insecurities on the first Wednesday of each month, you are welcome to join by going Here.

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