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#ROW80 update

I had what is considered a good writing week for me, although I didn’t write every day.  I managed to get in 3,125 words on my Death by Chocolate story, which I’ve decided is called Back in Time.

I’m having a blast writing BIT and it’s about halfway done, thank God.  When I first started it I thought I might never make it past 1K.  The only weird thing about it thus far is that it’s supposed to be for a YA paranormal romance anthology and as yet, the characters are all adults and there hasn’t been any romance.

I think this is because I’m describing the hell out of everything. I started out writing BIT afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to make the 14K word count, so, for once, the reader’s will know what the characters, scenery and buildings look like. 🙂  I’m doing my usual after-plump while I’m writing it.  It’s a new experience.

Other than working on that story, I’ve done some beta reading and signed myself up for some blog tour action in December.  One of the stories I beta read was written by my cousin.  I really like it – it’s very scientific and thriller-ish and unlike anything that I’d ever write. I’m sure our many greats uncle, Lew Wallace, would be happy to know there continues to be writer’s in his family, although he’d probably think we’re both heathens. 🙂

That be it for the week. I’m going to try to get some more words in on BIT and make a trip to the grocery to pick up something for the potluck at my son’s school tomorrow that won’t send any of the children into anaphylactic shock.

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FYI

Yes, I’ve done it again.  I was considering making a static page for my website/blog, but then you all know how I get when I start fiddling around with things. 🙂

I’ve still got to add the DoS and Zellie glossaries sometime this week, so be on the lookout for those.

I decided to change things up because at this point I’ve got more DoS stories than I do Zellie books and I didn’t want to give over the design of my whole blog to those covers anymore.  I have to admit, I do miss the green and I might still change that up.

The new header is one of my husband’s book cover rejects.  I love old typewriter’s and I thought that photo combined with the crazy colors was representative of me.  I’m not so good at plain. 🙂

In non-website design news, Takeover is available almost everywhere now.  If you click on the Day of Sacrifice Series tab at the top and scroll down, all the buy links are there. I’ve still got to put it up at All Romance.  Or take all my books down from there.  I’ve sold a dollars worth of material on that site and have yet to turn in my tax form to get my dollar.

I know, it’s been on the top of my ginormous to-do list for, like, 4 months.

Not as much writing has been happening this week as I had planned…and I came up with another book idea.  Seriously, my brain is so mean to me.  One. Thing. At. A. Time.

The Rain Boots Required YA Author tour starts this Saturday and I’m pumped for that.  For a complete schedule of the tour, check out our Facebook page.

All right, enough rambling for today.  Both of my kids are going through growth spurts again, so they’re eating all the time and sleeping (and not sleeping) at weird hours.  There goes any semblance of a schedule I was trying to stick to!  Anyhoo, I’m a tired and ramblacious lady today.

Cheers.

#ROW80 experiment

I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to figure out exactly what was going to happen in Takeover and how those events could lead to three more stories.  I also just couldn’t decide if Alexander was good or bad.  In the end, he’s both, as any vampire/witch should be. 🙂

Today I wrote 400 words on a new scene and then wrote a little blurb for each of the remaining scenes.  This made me happy.  This felt like progress.

Then I went back and looked to see how many words the previous four scenes I’d written were.  The first scene came in at 1,397.  Excellent.  It went downhill from there. 457, 382, 509. Blah.

This tells me that right now, those short little scenes are ideas.  Ideas that need fleshing out.  If I want Takeover to come in at roughly the same word count as the other DoS stories, I’ve got to pump my scenes up considerably.

I thought about making each scene 1,300 words.  I know that my writing is spare and I can always describe things more thoroughly.  But then that seemed weird and sort of artificial.  I mean, I still want the story to be written in my voice and I’m not sure my voice always has 1,000 extra words in it.

So, I’m going to try to do this loosely.  After I finish writing the whole story, I’m going to go through each scene that is shorter than 1,300 words and pinpoint three things that could be expanded upon. I think this will help me complete the first draft of Takeover more quickly because I won’t have to fret over if I’ve written enough.

I realize this is how a lot of people write their first drafts, but I always edit as I go, so it’s new for me.

Wish me luck!  I’m off to go put in some time on the Glimpse pilot that I’ve neglected for a week.  Hope all is well with you guys.

This place about to GLOW

I’ve had that stuck in my head for the past few days, so I had to use it somewhere. 🙂

In twenty-four hours I will be on the beach sitting in front of a bonfire with a beer in one hand and my kindle in the other. Time, it’s time to get a move on!

Phew!  Let me tell you, when indie authors talk about how hard it is doing everything yourself, this is the kind of week they are referring to.

Glow is out!  Go forth and find out how it all ends. 🙂 Right now, it’s up on SmashwordsBarnes and Noble and Amazon. It will also be on All Romance ebooks  soon.  And Apple, Kobos, Sony…all of those places! I’m just waiting for Smashwords to have free ISBN’s again.

All of my books will also be for sale as e-books at Powell’s Books in the near future. Probably no one outside of Portland cares about this, but, for me, having my books at Powell’s is kind of a dream.  If you ever get a chance to physically visit Powell’s City of Books, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  A book nerd could straight get lost in there for days.

I took a little trip over to my local Powell’s yesterday to find out how one goes about getting their books on Powell’s site. I got attacked by black birds on the way into the store, which was a first! Anyways, turns out it’s easy.  All I have to do is go through Google books.  I got a little bit of a ‘tude when I asked the cashier about e-books and referred to myself as an author. But I also bought eight used paperbacks, so she can’t blame me for singlehandedly killing their business.

The birds also attacked me on the way out of the store. I used the paperbacks to fend them off.

In other e-book news, Smashwords is having a big ol’ sale.  Day of Sacrifice is free with coupon code SSWSF and The Toilet Business is discounted to $1.75 with coupon code SSW50.

Also, here are two new indie reader sites to peruse over the weekend – Breakthrough Bookstore and IndieAuthorRockstar. My books are up on Breakthrough and I’ve submitted Glimpse to be a contender on Indie Author Rock star.  Alas, it wasn’t picked for this month, but this is only the first round.  Lots of great books were chosen.  I have no idea which one I’m going to vote for!

Besides all of the book craziness this week, I also got to sit in on my SIL’s c-section yesterday and help her welcome her new son, Luke.  I got to hold him first!  It was awesome.  He yowled for twenty minutes straight.  My SIL and I were like, “Oh crap! I forgot how loud they can be!” Of course, when I went to visit today, he slept the whole time and was a perfect little angel. 🙂

I hope everyone in the States has a great holiday weekend! I have a couple more things planned before I head to the coast. Cleaning my disaster of a house will not be one of them.

I’ve got to help my sister lift her new 300 lb etching press onto a table this evening and then tomorrow, I’m taking my niece to see Monte Carlo. (And, yes, I picked the movie. Finn from Glee is in it, people!)

 

School’s out and #ROW80 update

Good morning!  I’ve been up forever.  Both of my kids are going through growth spurts, so they eat all morning, fall asleep at 4pm, and wake up at 5am.  Not my favorite schedule, but at least my daughter is tall enough to reach the light switch in the playroom now.

Today is the boy’s last day of school.  I’m volunteering in his class and am currently trying to gauge how many Diet Coke’s I’ll need to deal.  It’s going to be fun, though, and probably a little sad for me.  After all the craziness he went through, he ended up really  liking school.  Let’s hope he remembers that in the fall when he starts nature school!

We decided to do one year at Christian preschool and one year at hippie preschool because there aren’t a lot of in-between options.  So, a little time singing Jesus songs and a little time identifying different scat on the trail at the nature park.  I feel that’s a well-rounded education for a Oregonian. 🙂

In related news, I’m convinced that we have a possum living in our garage.  Every morning when I go out to feed the cats (they’re 16 and senile and pee all over the house if we don’t put them out there at night) stuff is knocked over and the water and food bowls are empty.  Either there’s a possum or my two cats have started eating for four. It’s all very creepy and I open the garage door all the way so that I have the widest area to flee through in case the possum decides to jump out at me and attack my face.  I’m not equipped to deal with critters, probably because I went to two years of Christian preschool. 🙂 (I seriously doubt there was such a thing as nature school in Georgia in the seventies anyway.)

I also get to pick up my van from the shop today!  I can’t wait to get her back.  The rental that I’ve been driving has lots of bells and whistles, but I miss opening the doors with my hands instead of pushing a button.  I keep thinking one of the kids is going to get stuck in the crazy automatic ghost doors.

Apparently, I have a lot of irrational fears.

ROW80: I’ve stopped keeping track of word count for the time being because I’m cutting the confusing stuff out and then adding new stuff back in.  The past two days I cut three pages and added eight.  I’m chugging along to the end of Glow.  Oh, if I had time and sleep and quiet…

That’s life.

The Toilet Business Contest Winners!

Thanks to everyone that commented and shared your crappy job stories.  The jobs fell into two categories: crappy office jobs where people yelled at you or gross jobs that turned your stomachs. I’ve had both types and both have sucked pretty equally.

I had a hard time picking the winners.  I came up with six contenders, but was only going to give five e-books away.  And if I am going to change the rules and give away six, why not give one away to each person that entered?

So, everyone wins! (This is why I was a horrible manager.  Such a pushover!)

Congratulations to Pamela, Marty, Sharon, Keri, Lara, Claret, Deniz, Cara, Jon, Ro, J.R. and Cindy! I’ll send the Smashwords coupon code to all of you today.  Please leave an honest review on Smashwords, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble if you feel so inclined.

Happy reading!

I just can’t quit you, #ROW80

You know who needs to quit making announcements?

*points to self*

This girl.

I was reading through The Toilet Business one last time this morning and when I was done I sat staring at my computer for a full five minutes.  It’s Sunday. ROW80 update day and I wasn’t doing anything, so I figured I should write an update even though I said I was going into hiding and wouldn’t be writing updates for a couple of weeks.  Same with announcing release dates…Glow might be out in June, as I have announced, but it also might be out in July.  I don’t like going back on my word, but I also don’t like putting out crap books that don’t make any sense. 🙂

I was pushing for June because my sales have been sluggish and the only way I know for them to improve is to release another book.  I’m trying not to freak out about it.  Mama said (and in this case “mama” is Zoe Winters) there would be months like this.  The drive to put out something every other month is strong and also a cycle that indies have to be careful not to fall into.

So, what’s my update?  Still plugging along on Glow, although I realized a major plot hole this morning that has to be dealt with before I can proceed.  Also, there is a thread involving a backpack that is, in a word, stoopid, so that has to be cut as well.

The Toilet Business is back from the betas and I sent it off to Sarah for one more look-see today. My husband is working on the cover. I will announce it has been published when I actually publish it. Ha!

I’m excited about doing marketing for it because it is something different.  I have some silly ideas that I think are going to work for it that would not work for Glow.

What else?  Oh, I’ve signed up to do the Blog Tour de Troops.  You guys know about this? I’ve probably mentioned it. Over Memorial Day weekend, authors will be giving away e-books to commentors on their blog and their book reviewer sponsor’s blog.  Each commenter can also request that an e-book be sent to the service member of their choice.  Yay!

My sponsor is Jennifer at Book Noise.  She’s awesome!  You can check out her blog here.

I suppose that’s it for now.  Thanks for all of the birthday wishes, you guys. Thirty-six has been lovely so far. 🙂

Ahhhhh freakout! and #ROW80

I once got a review that said someone should tell me that all my characters sound dumb because they say freak and freakin’ all the time. So now, every time I write the word freak I think, “there is someone out there that doesn’t like this about me.” 

I have no point in telling you all that, it just popped into my head. 🙂

There has been a bit of freaking out this week.  I’m at that point with Glow where, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I get to with everything I write.  The place where I think I’m never going to be able to finish and there’s not enough time and I generally spaz out.  It came to a culmination yesterday when my husband was trying to make plans for us to go out for drinks with friends and they were having a hard time deciding where to go. I wanted to both stay at home and hole up in my office and write and go out and forget the book for the whole night. 

Not a good space to be in.  My husband suggested that our friends come over to our house.  I reacted by, I don’t even know what it was, crying and making inhuman noises while furiously sweeping the kitchen floor.

After the floor was clean, I sat down and finished the chapter I was working on and then started the next one.  I guess I just needed to do something that I knew I could do correctly and finish.  Once I’d proved that to myself, I could write without freaking out again.  Huh.  Brains are so weird.

ROW80: I finished The Toilet Business this week and it’s with the betas. Glow got another 3,060 hard-earned words.

I have three weeks until Glow has to be finished and ready for editing.  I still have 20K to write, so I’ll be hiding for two weeks.  Less farting around on the interwebs usually does the trick.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my fellow mutha’s and best of luck in the coming weeks to my writerly friends. Talk at ya at the end of May.

Brandin’ and reprimandin’

I have no idea why I titled this post that.  It rhymes.  I’ve also eaten a lot of Easter candy today and am kinda spazzy at the moment.  Lookout, there’s gonna be some rambling.  If you’re not in the mood to take a ride with Princess Crazytown, turn back now…

Still here?

Hi!  If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll notice that a few things have changed.  Like…it’s now my website and if you type my full name into your browser, this is where you’ll end up. I know, I know.  It took me long enough.

Some authors have their shit together (Zoe Winters, Kait Nolan, Susan Bischoff to name a few) and some do not (Stacey Wallace Benefiel). When I started this whole self-publishing thing a year ago, there wasn’t nearly as much useful information on the internet as there is now and I made a lot of mistakes with  branding myself and building my platform. (Sounds like we all work at a ranch.)

There wasn’t an Indie Book Collective or Becoming an Indie Author at my disposal.  I didn’t go into this endeavor completely blind, I read everything I could find, but like I said, there wasn’t much.  No one was saying, “here are the steps to follow, do these things.”

Therefore, I ended up with a website and a blog that had essentially all the same content on them, an unprofessional Twitter handle and a Facebook fan page that was hard to find because of what I’d named it.

I have two parents, like everyone does.  My dad was a research veterinarian for 35 years. (Use Frontline? My parents thank you for their new house.) Because he spent his work life researching and testing, in his home life my dad is impulsive.  If, at 11pm at night he desires a banana split, he goes and gets a banana split.  He doesn’t consider the consequences of eating a heartburn bomb right before he goes to bed, he just does what he wants to do.  On the other hand, my mom is a worrier.  She overthinks and considers everyone’s opinion and wants to do what’s best for the group.  My parents are a good balance for each other.

But they made me.  I’m both hugely impulsive and hugely indecisive.  I’ve been known to take off and go to the casino for the day because it’s Tuesday. I’ve also been known to fret over whether or not I should put a chip clip on the leftovers of a bag of steam-in-the-bag corn because I don’t know what method of reheating would be best.  In the bag? In a ceramic bowl?  Will it burn or be overcooked if I don’t cover it?  Who cares?  I just won $200 on slots, I could just buy another bag. (Please don’t chastise me for microwaving veggies in plastic bags.  I’ve been ingesting Sweet-N-Low for thirty-some years; I think I’m immune to toxins by now. I am made of Diet Coke.)

Getting back on track: When it came to branding and building my platform, I researched to the best of my abilities.  I fretted over using my real name or a pen name.  I wanted to make sure I was doing things correctly.

 But then I just said eff it and started signing up for stuff.

Um, don’t do what I did.  A year later I’m still cleaning up my messes. The Facebook page is now named after me (Author Stacey Wallace Benefiel) and my twitter handle is pretty close to my name (Stacey_WB).  That left the website/blog melding.

My website is fine, although I never go there except to update it after a new release.  Neither does anyone else.  It’s kinda boring and blah and I could never really settle on a template.  With my blog, I like the template I have and more people cruise by here.  There’s some interaction.  It also has the preferrable domain.  As my sister pointed out, no one is going to type StaceyWB.com into their browser on a whim, they’re going to type my full name.

So, check it out and let me know if you think anything is missing.  Meanwhile, I have to go to all my book pages on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords and change the web address.  Fun times.  I’m saving the task of changing it in all my books for when I go on one of my quarterly re-uploading sprees.

All right, Princess Crazytown is over and out.  I talk at you all again later this week when my sugar high has hopefully worn off.

Just read this book and #ROW80 update

Hi.  Yeah, so I said I was only going to update on Sunday.  Well, I found some things to chat about on Wednesday, so here I be.

Work on Glow is going great.  I wrote 1,745 words yesterday and just about finished chapter 9.  I thought I was done with it, but then I decided to add one more little scene, which I’ll do this afternoon.  I gotta say, this loose outline thing is pretty awesome.  I just read the summary and write the chapter.  Of course new things come up, but I’m finding that it’s not screwing up my outline too much.  Hmm.  Is there such thing as a paplotanster?

I finished one of the new essays for the essay book on Monday and will try to start another one today. Looks like I’m going to need more new essays than I thought because I’ve combined several of the older ones.  That’s cool.  They’re fun to write. I get way more writing done on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, so I’ve been saving Glow for those days and working on other stuff on MWF.  I’ve been taking Sunday off and that’s nice.

I was chatting with another writer on Goodreads about how neither of us thought we were very good at writing reviews.  Maybe I don’t try hard enough or I just want to write from a purely emotional standpoint for once?  I don’t know.  I suck at it.  Our joke was that we wished we could write: Just read the damn book already.

And that book would be Tommy Nightmare by JL Bryan.  I’m not quite done with it, but it’s even better than Jenny Pox (which is 99 cents right now) and I loved Jenny.  These books get classified as YA (I’m guilty) but they aren’t really.  The characters are older teens/early 20’s.  Just read it.  It’s good.  I don’t lie about these things.

Happy Wednesday!