Moving along

Hey, how do you like the new duds?

I changed the theme on my blog. If you read via something other than a browser, you might want to come take a look. It is called Sunspot, and is the latest free offering from WordPress. I thought the colors matched my old and current Gravatar picture. Plus it seemed to match a lot of my sunset/sunrise pictures and my old fire photos. Sweet! I think I’ll stick with this for a while.

New Zealand Sunset

Seeing as I kept it for almost a year, I really enjoyed using the Chateau theme, but sometimes a girl just has to move on.

In the spirit of moving forward, here are some updates in my writing life:

What I’ve read

Yes, writers read. Or they should. I’ve read and enjoyed Mike Shevdon‘s Court of the Feyre series. I’ve reviewed Sixty-One Nails and The Road to Bedlam, and I’ve even managed to sneak into Mr. Shevdon’s busy schedule and interview him. He’s a great guy and the series is a lot of fun with plenty of intrigue. In my humble opinion, the cool factor is ramped up in this series, and I can’t wait for the eARC to come out so I can read the next installment: Strangeness and Charm.

I have taken up Jon Sprunk‘s series again with the second book, Shadow’s Lure. You can read my review of Shadow’s Son and see that I had some reservations about the book. Which is one reason it has taken me some time to get back to it. Still, Ciam, our hero assassin in this series, has lured me back. Be sure to subscribe to my blog The Atheist’s Quill for my upcoming review.

I’ve also finished reading a few unpublished works (both novels and short stories) over on Critters and for critter-friends. Man, is there a lot of talented writers out there. I am humbled and thoughts of quitting my own efforts are strong, but only so that I can have more time to READ! There’s just so much good stuff out there.

On the non-fiction front, I’m reading Sam HarrisFree Will at the moment. Like Gladwell‘s Blink and The Tipping Point, Free Will has some very interesting ideas that will have you re-thinking everything.

What I’ve written

I am almost 20,000 words into my re-write of Devil’s Blood, now called The Denouncer. My other projects are limping along (or shelved) as I dedicate most of my free time (do I have any?) to The Denouncer.

My writing coach sessions are going well. I am trying my best to absorb everything, but new concepts and skills are not miraculously turning my crap into readable prose. What I am discovering more and more each day is how much I truly suck, even as I rush to reach my daily word count goal.

I once met a woman who said she wrote. I asked her about her stories and how she was going about getting them published. She said, “Oh no. I’ll never publish them.” I asked, “Why not? If you enjoy writing them, I bet there are folks out there that will enjoy reading them.” She explained to me that yes, she enjoyed writing them, but she didn’t want anyone else judging her work. Content to just enjoy the writing process, she promptly put her stories in a drawer when she was finished – never to be read again.

Wow, I had thought, what a waste.

But now, as I realize that my writing may not be everyone else’s cup of tea, but that I really do enjoy the process of writing, her methods do not seem so outlandish. Maybe my stories are just for me. Maybe I can be content with enjoying the act of creating, and foregoing any of my half-baked dreams of publication. It is a tempting thought.

Until later, don’t forget to read.

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15 thoughts on “Moving along

  1. I like the colors. The light type against a dark background is tough on my eyes, but I’m old, so don’t pay no heed to me.

    It’s been my experience that every writer reaches a stage when their work has progressed to the point where it is publishable. The time is past for pats on the head and “Oh, aren’t you just a clever girl.” Uh uh, others start taking them seriously, start taking the WORK seriously, and turn critical, demanding, pushy. This is a very scary stage and many writers want to quit because it means putting their work out there and being judged on performance. It’s very easy to remain in the “cute” stage. It’s scary as hell to push the writing into the spotlight.

    Suffer through it, Nila. You may never get over the stage fright, but you’ll quickly learn you can survive it.

    1. I hate you (she says with honey in her voice and a knife in her hand)… 😀

      No, thanks, Jaye. Seriously, thanks for pushing me over the edge. I mean it. 😉

  2. Oh no. I just realized this theme does allow EMOTICONS!!! This is just terrible. Oh, sorry to hear that the colors are not easy on your eyes. I liked this better because it is easier on my old eyes. Hmph. Back in search of the perfect theme…might have to just go custom at some point.

      1. It isn’t that the other one was less structured but with the format of this one just makes it feel more ordered and (arguably) professional.

  3. Somewhere along the line, I picked up this little tidbit – dark backgrounds provide drama to artistic presentation. I guess this means you are an artiste.

    Getting one’s writing out there is a big step, and it’s a tough one. Getting a rejection used to ruin my week. Then it got better – it only ruined my day. Now, getting one ruins about 30 seconds.

    1. Cool. I look good in black, too. I must be an artiste!

      I hear you on the rejection, but I fret about them much longer than needed. I’m sure if I ever do publish, I will either become a recluse after the first bad review, or go out on a killing spree and eliminate all my enemies.

      (I know there’s probably a better choice in there, somewhere, but at the moment it is not presenting itself to me. Go figure.)

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