Two people who I follow on line for their snarky fun, [info]dina_james on livejournal and @skyladawn on twitter have books coming out.

Dina spills the beans on her two new books in an interview in Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s journal. Or if you prefer to stay in LJ land, Dina’s post is here.

The great Skyla Dawn Cameron of Mundania press fame is holding a neat-o contest to give away her book in Goodreads. Now why is it such a neat-o contest, you ask? Because it ends on my birthday! *happy dance* And that means I have a chance of getting a Skyla Dawn book for a birthday present! Whoo-Hoo!


Wherein I whine…

My life sucks right now. Under the cut-tag is why in general-naming-no-names why I feel alternately like I want to kill something and just put an end to it all.

Nothing underneath this is positive. You do not have to read it. If you’re having a good day, don’t ruin it.

Saw this today and thought I’d share.

If only it was this easy. I’d love to finish a book in less than ten months, myself.

more comics at www.gocomics.com

What I do between books.

I look for story prompts.  had one today that caught my curiosity.

I picked shopping mall, brain surgeon, crystal, centipede, and camping gear from the list and wrote a 1,118 word silly story. I asked where to send it as a joke, and was told to post it as a reply, so I did. They said to do it! Really! But for those of you who don’t feel like hopping over to their blog, it’s posted here under the cut-tag. Standard Disclaimers apply.*





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Shopping Mall Magic


The Monday after Norwescon 34, and I’m still tired. Our concert on Friday went okay, we had an audience-lol, and I got to see some people I haven’t seen since last norwescon.

I tried to track down  all weekend, and had given up sitting down and having that conversation with her on sunday afternoon, when I saw her behind the espresso stand. I got the awesome conversation I wanted, but the powers-that-be enjoy amusing themselves by playing with my life entirely too much in my opinion.

The writer’s workshop happened, once again I had someone who didn’t get it/not their cup of tea, (sigh), who tore into my story with a vengeance. The reviewer had complained before we started that he/she was stuck in this hot room for several hours and was miserable. I’m sure that contributed to the level of negativity regarding my work. While I can understand he/she is just as human as I am, I found that it hurt a little more than I expected. I cried myself to sleep last night because I won’t ever be good enough to get a book on the shelf if I can’t write a story with a climax. Yes, me. I may not take feedback/corrections personally, but I do have feelings that hurt a little when someone flat tells me my plot is pointless with no climax quite that forcefully. Negative opinions on your work hurt , no matter how much you think they won’t.

This must be why agent/editor/published writer’s blogs say not to read negative reviews.

I must move on. I will keep moving. My cheerleader hunnybun held me until I stopped crying, telling me I can write and talking me away from the abyss. Gawd, I love that man. I don’t deserve him; he’s so wonderful.

Anyway, back to the convention wrap up.

I got my copy of "Dark and Stormy Knights" signed by Jim and Shannon Butcher. I asked Mr. Butcher if I could give him something for his sister @jimsissy on twitter. He said sure. I gave him a big hug and said, "Thank you Julie for all the writing stuff you do on twitter." He was flummoxed. On twitter, @jimsissy laughed and thanked me, then said no one had ever done that before. 😀 I made a good impression, Julie won’t forget me now. heehee My ‘ebil’ plot worked.

Hey, I beat off writer’s angst this time!

My WIP all finished and out with  to be bloodied, the writer’s angst was creeping in. Depression was growing, that no matter how hard I worked on it, my writing would never be good enough to get published. I’d have to give up and post it on-line with a begging jar. 😥 I mean, no one had liked any of my short stories enough to buy them right? So I opened my handy-dandy spreadsheet and saw that I only had one measly story still out. I hadn’t sent anything out for four months! No wonder nobody said yes, I quit asking.

Right then, before I could second guess myself, I sent my story "Tears for a Toad" to the Intergalactic Medicine Show (the next on the list) and felt better. I think I found something else that helps with writer’s angst. Sending out a story for consideration. LOL

Do you have a great trick when you fight off writer’s angst? Love to hear it. I need all the help I can get.

Writing is hard

Writing is hard. Sometimes it is very hard. As I mentioned on twitter, @slweippert if you twit yourself, I wrote a highly charged emotional scene in my book as part of the climax. Oh gawd, it was hard. I was crying as I wrote it, and had to take a break when I was done. (Hunnybun said I was irritable afterwards too.)

I didn’t’ want to do that to myself, and at first wrote the scene as kind of a recap, *telling* the reader what they read a few pages ago. Then I got to thinking, that’s a cop-out. This is the big climax, with my protag in the middle of the worst day of his life.

So I went and ripped those words out and rewrote it .  Sigh, no one said writing was easy.


63050 / 60000 words. 105% done!