Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#TheIWSG December 2017



I do try to be mindful on IWSG day about my word count, but this post ended up going long with my tale of surviving NaNoWriMo 2017. If needed, just hit the bold spots and run to the next blog before I suck you in with my navel/novel gazing thought process. 

So, on November 23rd with only 21,000 words to my NaNo novel, I realized I was going to have to tackle things differently than I had planned. I decided to write the novel and write about writing the novel to reach my 50,000 word goal.

It technically might not be considered winning NaNoWriMo in the most traditional sense, or maybe even any sense. But I consider myself a winner and even bought the t-shirt because I made a decision to honor my real writing style, the thing that works for me. Plus, I did write over 50,000 words in November all in or about The Greenling Chronicles.

I am a plantster (writing by the seat of my pants and outlining) and I "planst" while I'm writing a novel. I write notes to myself about the progress. I change the outline and expand it while I'm mid-stream. If I don't do this, I lose focus, momentum, and the story.

If I plot everything out first, then I get bored and I don't finish. Or, I just ignore the plot and create a giant mess.

If I completely write by the seat of my pants for anything longer than a 5,000 word short story, I forget character names, make world-building mistakes, and struggle with a complete chaos. Two of my previous NaNo novels have strong chaos elements. Sometimes, chaos writing can be fun. Sometimes, it just gives me a sense of helpless failure. I really felt the need for an epic background outline for this NaNo and I wrote it before and during the month of November, alongside the novel. I'm actually still working on it. 

Part of the necessity of a massive background outline arises from the fact that I am writing Book 2 of a series and Book 1 (written in the spring) had some serious chaos elements and unanswered questions.  I'm determined to finish the entire series before I call any of the books finished. I want the plot to be paced correctly throughout the series and I want the foreshadowing elements to work. Plus, I want to utilize some over-arcing metaphors and imagery.

I really want to have something ready for the IWSG Pitch day in January, but I'm pretty sure I won't. Unless, pigs fly. So, for now, I am mid-project(s) and I think I'll be there for a long while even though I've been here for a while (since early 2016). If I self-pub anything in the next year, it will be writing prompt related or a short story collection or ... something small. Querying is going to be out of the picture until mid to late 2018 or even 2019. It's hard to admit that to myself, or to share it with anyone else, but that's just where I'm at. I'm drafting. Word after a word after a word. (And then, some notes about those words.)

And, in case anyone still wonders about my Captain Wrath novel, it has some of those chaos elements, and it turns out that Ben Cranston (Aka: Warren Wrath) lives in the same universe as The Greenling Chronicles, just a few hundred years later. So, I haven't given up on him yet. He's just waiting his turn (orbiting in his space cruiser) with all of his buddies: dwarves, dryadarians, shape-shifters, leprechanarians, and glowers (will-o-wisps with attitude). For more information (teasers) about the universe of The Greenling Chronicles and The Captain Wrath novel(s), stay tuned for IWSG January. 

I may post one or two posts this month or I may just see you all in 2018! (Feeling Indecisive Today)


And, lastly, but actually of most importance, I want to thank Alex J. Cavanaugh, the co-hosts: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner!
and all those who make the Insecure Writer's Support Group awesome - at the website, on facebook, at twitter, at the newsletter, and on Goodreads.
Go, IWSG!!!




Friday, November 17, 2017

5 Things to Do to Get Published by Tara Tyler #Disposaltour

5 Things to Do to Get Published


Don't get your hopes up, there's no easy secret plan to getting published - well, there is and anyone can do it these days, but only true, dedicated writers won't cut corners to be published. Real writers put blood, sweat, tears, and laughter not only into their books, but also into their efforts to have it published.

And so, here is my list of 5 Things to Do to Get Published:
  1. Tell a fantastic story! Write it down with flair.
  2. Research and edit to make it even better - listen to advice, criticism, but most importantly your heart.
  3. Condense your magnificent story into two succinct paragraphs that will lure readers to want to find out what happens in the book. A query. This you will send to hungry agents after you find out who has an appetite for your genre.
  4. Don't give up. This is the most important step. Rejections and lack of responses will make you depressed, weepy, doubt yourself, and want to quit. You have to keep at it. Keep busy, keep writing, keep submitting.
  5. Eventually, you will be ready. A wonderful situation will present itself and you'll get published! But that's when the real work begins - marketing and putting yourself out there to sell it!
GOOD LUCK ALL YE WHO  ENTER HERE!

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.

KINDLE <=> Paperback (coming soon)



About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Book One           Book Two


To celebrate, you can take Tara Tyler's SURVEY- which will automatically enter you for a PRIZE! Drawing and winners announced on December 15th.

Thanks so much to Tyrean for hosting and supporting me - she's been a great friend for many years now. Hard to believe it's been so long! (You are so welcome, Tara!!!)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Disposal Release Day! Tara Tyler Rocks!

DISPOSAL has arrived!!

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.

KINDLE <=> Paperback (coming soon)



About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Pop Travel & Simulation - The Cooper Chronicles
Broken Branch Falls & Cradle Rock - Beast World fantasy series


To celebrate, you can take Tara Tyler's SURVEY- which will automatically enter you for a PRIZE!

Here is the DISPOSAL blog tour schedule:

FRI, NOV 17 - Tyrean Martinson - 5 Things that will get you published!
MON, NOV 20 - Christine Rains - The Lazy Housewife talks Garage Goals
THU, NOV 23 - Juneta Key - I'm Thankful for where I am

MON, NOV 27 - Patricia Lynne -
THU, NOV 30 - Diane Burton - The Lazy Housewife talks Bathroom Blues

WED, DEC 6 - MJ Fifield - Special IWSG: Will anyone like me? Will anyone care?
FRI, DEC 8 - Elizabeth Seckman - The Journey of the Really Real Housewives

MON, DEC 11 - C. Lee McKenzie -

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November IWSG and Duotrope Insights

Happy IWSG Day! Many thanks to Alex and all of the co-hosts and admins for keeping this encouraging group together!
The awesome co-hosts today are Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

I have a host of insecurities. This last month, I had a tough time getting any goals done. I struggled to write, to exercise, to learn how to use a new tool - Dragon Naturally Speaking (a fancypants talk-to-text program). 
In the midst of all of that, I made a crazy decision to sign up for NaNoWriMo to write a draft of The Greenling Chronicles, book 2: Ancient Truth.
In October, I did some crazy, hand-written plotting for the entire series and had some wee morning hours working on world-building questions that I never answered properly in book 1 (it still needs revision) and had a "brilliant" idea on how to use foreshadowing. So, I think I'm ready. 

Here's my blurb for the book that I have up at NaNoWriMo:
Delving deeper into what it means to have superpowers, Dunnie and his friends discover more layers to the underworld of what they call "Supers" and the adults call "Mythfaeri." It turns out that neither term is truly correct when Dunnie meets an Ancient, who attempts to set him on the "right" path.

Best wishes to all NaNo writers and all non-NaNo writers this month!

Duotrope Report:
I used a trial version of Duotrope for a short time and then I signed on for the whole package as a writer. What this gives me and my thoughts on it:

1. A way of tracking submissions beyond my own word document method. The submissions tracker is nice because it helps me see immediately which of my stories has been submitted multiple times, how many times, and what my rate of success is for each individual story and for all of my submissions overall. 

2. A weekly newsletter highlighting newly opened and newly closed markets for writing submissions for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. When I first used Duotrope, I would scan this newsletter the day it came and get ideas for stories and submissions. I stopped doing that last year when I was sick and I've just started checking it again. 

3. An easy-to-use search engine for markets, which includes markets for short stories, poetry, non-fiction articles, and some book publishers. This is my favorite part of Duotrope. I can search out specific markets for specific genres, word count length, and other areas. Duotrope expanded the search engine and market base to include artists and photographers in 2017.

4. A way to make note of markets which have slow response rates. Duotrope likes to know how quickly markets respond to authors and uses this data for the writer's benefit. I know which markets take six months to respond because Duotrope has a record. However, the accuracy is based on writer's reporting so these dates can have some fault in them. Duotrope also recommends when a writer should simply retract their submission if the market has taken too long to respond.

So, have I been happy with Duotrope? Yes, as long as I use it, it works for me. It does cost money, but the story sales "repaid" my membership fee. I would love to say that I'm earning oodles of money, but I'm not. However, I haven't used it as frequently in 2017, so it takes use to make it worthwhile.

If you want to check it out, go here: Duotrope. I think there's still a free trial offered.


What are your insecurities this month? Have you used any writing services that you found useful, enjoyable, or good?

I love Insecure Writer's Support Group and the amazing tips and services that IWSG offers to all writers for absolutely FREE at the website and in our group. Writers coming together to encourage, to make our work easier, to share insights, and to overcome our insecurities - these writers (you, me, we) make IWSG awesome! (With special thanks to Alex and all of the Admin Team!)

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Goals and National Tell a Story Day

Today is National Tell a Story Day ... in Scotland and the UK.

I'm only partly Scottish, but let's just go with it, okay?
(I'll post again in April for the US National Tell a Story Day)
Scroll down for that part of the post. First, let's look at my goals.



Um, I didn't post what my actual goals for October were at the end of September, but here they are:

1. Look for a job. (In addition to independent teaching one day a week). I applied for substitute teaching in one school district and waited.
2. Write 30 minutes each day. On average - yes, especially if you count materials for my students, a letter to the editor, and a non-fiction project that I might/might not be sending out into the universe for Betas next month. Stay tuned if you are interested in non-fiction, Christian Thanksgiving-based material and would be willing to read.
3. Work on Biblical Storytelling. - um, once.
4. Teach classes. - Yes!
5. Encourage my family and friends. Tried.
6. Walk every day. - nope, but four times a week.
7. Revise/continue various writing projects - 30 minutes 3 times a week. - well, I did put some thought work into how to revise and I started, but that's it.
8. Housecleaning and organization - 1 hour, 5 times a week. - mostly yes.


Next month .... I'm going to focus just on these:
1. Write 1700 words a day, average. (NaNoWriMo for Greenling Chronicles 2 rough draft)
2. Teach classes.
3. Exercise every day, include walks, dancing, kayaking.
4. Household projects: some work every day.
5. Send Thanksgiving project to betas.


Have you ever told a story out loud?

I started my creative endeavors by telling spooky stories to friends at my house as a kid. I made up stories about the dark room under the stairs (literally, a photographer's dark room), my dad's retired prosthetic legs found in the guest room closet (who knew what happened to those guests?) and the haunted painting (a dark painting of a warrior in armor that used to hang in my parents' living room). 

These days I rarely every tell or write spooky stories, but I do write fantastical stories (as in fantasy-based).
Plus, I know some authors who also write fantastical stories.

Some of them can be found here:

Can a lost hero find redemption?

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!

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