Reflections from an emerging writer as she journeys through the creative process.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Rules of Engagement

Marketing is said to be the Indie author's bread and butter, so I've been reading up on what I "should" be doing in order to get myself out there.

First of all, I'm supposed to be gathering all my friends on an email list so I can keep them up to date on my latest ideas and new books. Recently, I went to a website that wouldn't let me read anything until I "signed up". How rude is that? I think it should be the reader's choice. But, it was his website.

Another thing I'm supposed to be doing is convincing other blog owners to let me do guest posts. I never was one to blow my own horn, but to appear on someone's blog and say: "Hi! You need me!" just creeps me out. Maybe I need some lessons in self esteem.

But I am doing something right! I have a growing Twitter presence and have finally learned what a hashtag is: #amwriting or in my case, #amretweeting. You can find me on Twitter as @weetot52.

Another thing I exploring is the possibility of doing podcasts. I can put snippits of my stories on a podcast and let my readers enjoy listening to them. The one drawback to this idea is that it can be very time consuming and requires dedication.

All in all I'm moving in the right direction. Social media takes a lot of time and energy but will pay off in the end.

"To receive you must give first."

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Galaxy Nomads Coming in June!

Galaxy Nomads: Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan is scheduled to be published on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com in June. So far, everything is on schedule. I'm excited about this epic adventure and hope you get a chance to read my book.

The cover design was done by Retta Stephenson at Art By Retta.. I enjoyed watching how she developed an idea and did the layout and design from just the small story snippets I gave her. Great job, Retta! She'll be showing how she developed this book cover on her blog in June. Look for it! Also check out her gallery at RettaStephenson.com.



Galaxy Nomads
Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan

The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their worst enemy in a unique battle of wits. Will the MacKenzies survive betrayal, pirates and wormholes to the outer quadrants? Here they find a new race of people on the Patchouli planet where the female is Alpha. They learn wisdom from the mystics and seers on their jaunt through the universe and from across the galaxy two brothers are reconciled to each other. They experience love and hate in the Merridian sector when a prince is abducted and must be rescued before a cruel cousin steals the throne. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all you out there who are mothers to children, pets or anything else that causes you to put your heart out. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

I've been thinking about my own mother today, Mary S. Lewin. She's in heaven now and I miss her, especially on special days like today. She was a wonderful mother who gave an extraordinary amount of love to me, especially when I had three children to take care of. My mother gave up her own plans (along with my step-father, John) and moved in with me so I could go back to nursing school. She took care of my children and helped me put my life back together. There aren't enough praises to give her for that kind of love. All I can say is thank you, mother.

And yet, as a mother, I would do it myself for my children. That's the legacy from my mother. I love you, mother!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU!

Mary S. Lewin
September 20, 1922 - October 10,2004


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Galaxy Nomads Cover Reveal!


Here it is! The cover for my new epic book has arrived. The artwork was done by a very talented artist, Loretta "Retta" Stephenson. She can be found at both her sites: ArtByRetta.com and RettaStephenson.com.

Galaxy Nomads will be on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com by June 1st. Look for my announcements here and get a special discount coupon.



Galaxy Nomads
Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan

The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their worst enemy in a unique battle of wits. Will the MacKenzies survive betrayal, pirates and wormholes to the outer quadrants? Here they find a new race of people on the Patchouli planet where the female is Alpha. They learn wisdom from the mystics and seers on their jaunt through the universe and from across the galaxy two brothers are reconciled to each other. They experience love and hate in the Merridian sector when a prince is abducted and must be rescued before a cruel cousin steals the throne. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Introducing: Galaxy Nomads

I'm happy to announce that I'm finished with my next book which is a sci-fi adventure through space. I will have the cover ready for revealing in about a month. This has been an exciting time and I had fun writing this novel. Here is a short blurb so you can get an idea about its contents.



Galaxy Nomads
Chronicles of the MacKenzie Clan

The MacKenzie clan is forced to flee from the devastating destruction of a supernova and is challenged to a ruthless game of survival by their nemesis. When all seems hopeless, a new generation arises to battle their enemies and stand in the gap. Will the MacKenzies survive betrayal, pirates and wormholes to the outer quadrants? Here they find a new race of people on the Patchouli planet where the female is Alpha. They learn wisdom from the mystics and seers on their jaunt through the universe and the mystics are paramount in reconciling two brothers to each other from across the galaxy. They experience love and hate in the Merridian sector when a prince is captured and must be rescued before a cruel cousin steals the throne. An epic read that will send you spiraling at warp speed through all the MacKenzie generations.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Thoughts On Destiny

As much as we want, we can't go back in time and change those events that were pivotal points in our lives. Some events we look at as mistakes and they haunt us in our thoughts and dreams. But why obsess over them? And why try to cover up or try to re-write the past?

It would be better to create a new path now, and watch it change the future. That way we would be looking ahead to new horizons instead of being stuck looking back at what we cannot change in the past.

The choice is up to each individual and each person will live with their own design, be it making excuses or accepting responsibility for each step they take. My next step will be forward into an exciting new adventure called today.

"The action you chose will become the link in your destiny."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Exploring The Emotion Of Anger

One of the major emotions we use in descriptive writing is anger. And although we can use the word in many different forms, repetitive usage of the same word, or close variations, becomes tedious and boring for our readers. Below I have listed alternative descriptions of the emotion of anger and while it isn't a complete list, it gives you an opportunity to explore other ways of describing your character.

Physical Signs 
  1. Flaring nostrils
  2. Sweeping arm gestures
  3. Handling people or objects roughly
  4. Legs planted wide
  5. Baring of teeth
  6. Shaking fist
  7. Protruding eyes
  8. Flexing fingers or arm muscles
  9. Cracking knuckles
  10. Cold, hard, flinty eyes
  11. Glaring
  12. Red face
  13. Lips curling
  14. Crossing arms
  15. Nails biting into palms
  16. Slamming doors, cupboards or drawers
  17. A vein that pulses, twitches or becomes engorged
  18. Deploying sarcasm
  19. Picking fights (verbal or physical)
  20. Stomping or stamping
Internal Responses
  1. Grinding teeth
  2. Muscles quivering
  3. Heartbeat pounding
  4. Body tense
  5. Heat flushing through body
  6. Sweating
Mental Responses
  1. Irritability
  2. Poor listening
  3. Jumping to conclusions
  4. Irrational reactions
  5. Demanding immediate action
  6. Impetuosity
  7. Taking inappropriate risks
  8. Fantasizing violence
Using these prompts, you should be able to create other angry descriptions of your own to add to your character. Combining a selection of these descriptions, plus some of your own, will create a convincing character who will be remembered by your readers. Good luck!