I have an addiction: Author’s life

 

I have an addiction. In fact it started early on as I was growing up. It has continued to grow within me. To make it worse I married someone who has the same addiction.

Books.

My husband and I love books. We love going to used book store and scoring the deals and also books we been looking for. In fact one of our moving trips from one home to another involved a U-haul van that had only books in it.

The shame of it all. But we are shameless. One of our problems is we rarely give the books away. I did purge about 110 books years ago by getting rid of 95% of my James Patterson books to a battered women’s shelter in town. I have donated a bit to the local libraries. I have placed some on my book swap site online.

I alone have nine bookcases. Six of which are large-sized. And while that might seem a lot it does not come close to my husband and his own bookcases. We are addicted. Again we are shameless about it.

It doesn’t help that companies have asked me, and yes I have accepted, to review for them meaning free books for Sharon and hubby.

It’s a disease. It is. I don’t try anymore to explain it to non readers. There is no point. Either you get it or you don’t. Either you love it or you run away from it.

This is my addiction. I might need to purge some more to make room for the others I am more than sure to bring into the house.

But this an addiction that we are glad we have.

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Sports and being an author: It’s related

 

Being an avid sport fan in a number of sports can be: amazing, frustrating, exhilarating, maddening, sad, fun, incredible and so much more.

But do you stop rooting for your time when they do poorly? Ahem, bandwagon fan. Do you continue to watch the games and root, root, root for the home team? I am the later. My teams since 2000 have done amazingly well. Prior to 2000 two of them did amazingly well. But the others were bottom of the barrel, trying your all but failing kind of games. My football team had one and two win seasons which was hard. But I stuck by them. I stuck by all of them. Because to me that is what a true fan is.

Being an author is the same mentality. You will have ups and downs. You will have periods of incredible highs and periods of incredible lows. Do you stop or do you continue? Do you keep at it knowing that with a bit of time, okay a hell of a lot of time, hard work things will start to look up? I know I do.

It is not easy. Just like sports you have to put in the time and effort to get to the end game whatever your endgame is as an author. If you are going to be a bandwagon kind of author than you shouldn’t be too surprised at the end results.

But if you want more than do it like your teams do it and the fans of the team. Give it your best. Put in the work and time. Do it. Because at the end of the day regardless how it ends you can at least say you gave it your all.

Writing conference: Bring it

 

How many of you go to writing conferences, if you can that is? Getting to hang out with other like-minded people is huge for one’s spirit and motivation.

Where I live there are not that many so I am always on the lookout for any that are not too far and not too expensive. Happily I will be attending the NCWN conference soon and with me being a member the price was reduced.

I know I have a little way to go before the day is here but I am SOOOO excited. The moods during a conference seem to vibrate apart from the murmur of people talking. Even if you can’t physically attend more and more conferences are being televised online. The chat room always brim over as the participants talk about the topic at hand. Some are also free.

To be honest who gets what it is like to be a writer than another writer? Who truly understands the time and effort it takes to go from an idea, to writing the end, to getting it critiqued to either self publish the book or start query publishers? It is very time-consuming and while one can feel fantastic when they write, “The End”, that is just the beginning.

Conferences will have publishers, agents, illustrators, editors and so much more to investigate before, between and after the classes. It is our time to really just fully enjoy our craft.

One of the classes I signed up for involves me bringing a draft of any current project. I tend to shy away from these but took a deep breath and signed up. Am I regretting it? I lost count how many time I told myself yes. LOL But the end results will be worth it. Having a group of accomplish people reading my work and helping me move it alone to the next stage as I will do for the others should be well worth it.

Is it the end of April yet?