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Book Buying

Where do you guys find your books?

I’m guilty of finding posts on Tumblr of people gushing about books that they love and, upon following the links and researching the summaries of said books, have bought them on a whim, usually through Amazon. Rachel and I also tend to frequent Barnes and Noble and, every once in a while, we’ll get in a, “BUY ALL THE BOOKS!” mood. With a basket in one hand and a Frappuchino from the cafe in the other, we can go overboard sometimes, but there are definitely worse things we could be buying.

So I was curious if anyone had a favorite bookstore or website that they tend to find and buy books from. Or perhaps you’re more of a library person, where you can test out the books and see if they deserve a place on your bookshelf at home? Do you tend to buy in person (you know, after you’ve properly admired, touched, and smelled the book) or online (to be sure that the book has always been free from the grubby hands of others)?

No matter how you buy books, you know they are never a waste of money.

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Posted by on July 25, 2017 in Home

 

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Growing

How many unfinished story ideas do you have on your computer (or in your notebooks)?

I have too many. They’re about magic and wizards and gamers and superheroes and just-moved-here neighbors and thieves and kings and halflings and wolves and what-the-hell-am-I-doing people. Universes are continuously building themselves in my brain, so much so that I can’t remember what is going on in the real world sometimes.

(Of course, I’m sure everyone experiences that kind of feeling at one point or another no matter what you do for living, be it writer, heart surgeon, parent, or dancing bear.)

Rachel and I had made a pact to work for an hour a day on our current W.I.P. and I… have been failing miserably. I’ve been doing better in trying to get my life in order, such as meeting with a financial adviser to figure out money stuff and making an appointment with a personal trainer at my gym to figure out exercise stuff. I have a good job that, while it may eat up the majority of my day, will definitely benefit me in the future. Squeezing in that hour for working on what I want just makes me tired, and I find it sad.

I was never a fan of “growing up,” in all honesty. For example, fairly recently, Rachel and I splurged and made Raphael and Donatello Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle dolls for ourselves are our local Build-A-Bear. Still, being in my mid-twenties, my life plan includes getting a hold of my finances and being sure my body is fit enough (especially with my desk job) to be healthy. My long-term goals definitely include writing, and I know I will continue to chip away at that.

Nothing’s going to happen overnight — my plan for my finances, falling into a gym routine, finishing those half-stories on my hard drive — but I’m working on it all. In order for my long-term goals to come to fruition, I need to plant those seeds. I don’t have much of a green thumb, but I’ll do what I can.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2016 in Home

 

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Get Rich Quick

So, there was a random article I read today that detailed a list of ways to make some side money while working a full-time job. Out of curiosity, and figuring knowing more ways to pay the bills wouldn’t be bad, I skimmed the list.

One of the bullet points was, more or less, “Write romance novels and self publish them for lots of cash.”

… What?

Is that seriously all it takes to be a writer? Apparently I’ve been writing in the wrong genre all these years. And self publishing is easy too, right? Just click a button, throw the book out in the world, and money will sprout wings and fly to me, right?

I don’t know whether to laugh or be offended at the casual “advice.” Self publishing takes so much dedication, not only to polish your book to its brightest shine, but to also market yourself and the story. Most self publishing platforms, as far as I’ve seen, take money out of your pocket as well.

And, ya know, writing is a lot of hard work, too. Romance is not my genre and if I tried to write it in a get-rich-quick scheme, my writing would be bland. The passion that I have for my fantasy novels would not transition well into a genre that I dislike writing. Readers are astute, they’ll pick up on those feelings in a heartbeat.

Kudos to anyone who is able to go down that road, to build up their own market, to craft amazing romance novels, to self publish their tales for the world. You’re amazing, and never let anyone tell you otherwise.

But kudos also to the rest of us who aren’t able to simply dash off a novel as quickly as this list is suggesting. Kudos to all of us writers who are persevering through day jobs and social obligations and rejections from publishing houses.

Writing isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a lifestyle.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Home

 

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