Fishing for Ideas or Writer’s Life #2

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I’m sick to death of the Broke-artist title, so I think the blog may change.

Possible options:

carlaherrera.com
cherrera.com
carlarherrera.com
crherrera.com

I know these names don’t sound quite as glamorous as broke-artist, but that’s okay. At this point, I don’t think anyone doubts I’m a broke writer who keeps writing, despite the lack of sales or attention generated to my work.

Is that crazy?

Perhaps crazy-making.

Anyway, if you have ideas for a name for this blog based upon the personality or content, go ahead and leave it in the comments. It may be awhile before it changes, as paypal let me know (through the very convenient monthly updates) that my balance is $1.42. [Thank you Paypal].

In more recent news: an editor for a NY publisher, I met on Twitter, sent me a DM recently and through email, I ended up sending him a copy of Nexus, along with a synopsis and all other relevant information. [Did I mention he’s from a NY– that’s New York–publisher?]

I don’t want to jinx this, but from what I understand, some of the new publishing ‘houses’ are more like PublishAmerica. BTDT.

They don’t offer advances to authors, require a long-term contract and don’t market well.

I’ve only seen a couple of blurbs about this particular company, but most of the information has been speculation. So for now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping this turns into a genuine offer.
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The job hunt: I’ve applied to several different jobs in Siloam Springs and am seriously thinking about writing about this experience. It’s amazing how many companies paying minimum wage ask you to devote your life to the position.

In fact, an app I filled out this morning for a food service position had the little agree/disagree buttons you’re supposed to click on.

“I want nothing more than to work in a restaurant.”

I checked the disagree button. I know they want the agree to be checked, but I just couldn’t do it.

Next week, I may post a list of the different types of positions I’ve applied for, along with some of the crazy things they ask on the questionnaire/personality assessment.

 

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Tinkering with the blog

In the upcoming weeks I will be tinkering with the blog. If you happen upon a space that you don’t recognize, it may be this one. I’m trying to find something I like a bit more in the way of appearance and right now it looks a bit confused. I promise it will get better.

I like the book cover images on the sides of the columns, but the images in the posts tend to make busier than I like.

With luck I’ll have it fixed tomorrow.

Post Apocalypse giveaways, parties, etc.

Well, tomorrow is the Big Day.

Not the End of the World as we know it, unfortunately, we will all probably continue on as we have in years past.

That is, beating each other up, pouring pollution into the atmosphere for our grandchildren to enjoy later and living without a thought for future generations.

That sunny little remark aside, plenty of Apocalypse parties are being planned and non-Apocalypse giveaways have begun.

Take a look over at Goodreads and try to win a new Hugh Howey T-shirt, tons of books, book marks and more.

Oh, and happy, Not the End of the World Day (tomorrow, of course).

Writerly Resolutions – 2013

new_year_noise_maker_colorI don’t like to make resolutions, because I fear I’ll fall back on them, but I think these are a variety that can be a guide rather than something absolutely adhered to.

Regardless, I’m making them and looking forward.
1. No schedules.

Though I like schedules, it seems whenever I start one, everything changes. A family member calls with an emergency, long-lost friends tend to show up on my doorstep, the landlord suddenly needs to gut the apartment.

So I stopped with the schedule and just write when I can. It means one short story or a thousand words per day and rewriting and editing the novel, Nexus.

2. Morning writing.

Sometimes morning, sometimes night. Whatever works, whatever feels right.

That’s my motto for this next year. I would be happy if I can keep up the thousand word days, every day. At the end of one year that’s either 365 stories or 365,000 words.

3. Stay hopeful.

I will remain hopeful to continue as a full-time writer despite dismal sales and low response. The occasional positive comments and feedback I receive keep me going.

4. Word hoarding.

This past year I concentrated on storytelling, but I think for the coming year, I could use a grammar review and begin word hoarding once again.

What is word hoarding? Reading the dictionary. Improving vocabulary. Writing down and using words I’ve never used before. There are more than 200,000 words in the English language and the average person only uses ten-thousand. I’m at about twenty-thousand. Can you imagine if you could use half of the words in our language comfortably?

How often do you use pasquinade?

5. Reading variety.

This past year, I’ve concentrated mostly on fiction in my reading. I spent so many years reading non-fiction just to get through classes and for research, when I had time to read again, I inhaled the fiction.

This next year, I will vary my reading habits. I’m not saying I won’t pick up the next book by Atwood as soon as it hits the shelves, but I will start looking through the science sections at the library and local bookstore.

Introspective thought for the day and completely unrelated to the article above:

Be assured, the person beating you over the head with the certainty that you are not the most important person in the universe; is in all likelihood the most important person in their universe.

This Week (Beginning 10/7)

Reading

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s a slow read. I love the language, but the story is not a page turner.

Writing

The Tesla Machine/Ressurector, editing HISS.

Movies

In television: This week was the Walking Dead season premier and though I’m not big on zombies, I began watching with the marathon this past Friday. By Saturday I was ready for the premier. Perhaps my expectations are too high, but it sure seems these premiers leave something out. With all the hype I expected something extraordinary and two hours long. Instead, it was just a regular episode. Nothing really special, with the exception of the mistakes I caught about Lori’s pregnancy. Did anyone else catch it?

Cool Moments

Perihelion came online and it looks great.

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Random thoughts

The blog has changed recently and there are times when I feel almost uncomfortable posting some material.

This past week when I began posting the Tesla Machine, I hesitated because I focus (most of the time) on indie publishing and speculative/science fiction news.

I felt for this month I wanted to do something a bit different, in celebration of the season. But I was not sure how this new material would be received.

I appreciate the comments and the likes. Most of us indie writers don’t get a lot of feedback, so I just wanted to take the time to say thanks to everyone.

The Tesla Machine/Resurrector is being written on the fly. I post as I write, because It’s also a creative experiment/experience. I have no idea how it’s going to turn out.

I’ll post through October 21st, but after that I will be planning/plotting my novel for NaNoWriMo.

I will be sharing that here also, but the posts may get a bit sparse beginning November 1st, because I’m going to write like a demon to satisfy the requirements needed to complete this challenge.

So, for the next week, I’ll attempt to wrap up this adventure with Tesla and a few other characters who will come through the tunnel.

Happy reading…