Tuesday, June 1, 2021

#IWSG Let the Draft Sit

ISWG

Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria, and myself!




June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?




Fractions of Existence sat in the proverbial drawer for several months. It came out for editing multiple times. I rewrote the opening dozens of times. (Ultimately scraping what I consider to be a paragraph that would tie the whole series together.) Eventually, I self-published because I had an Urban Fantasy that wasn't like the other Urban Fantasy books. (There's no detective, for example.) It's also sort of a Paranormal Romance, though it isn't about shifters and the romance isn't actually the primary focus of the book and certainly not of the series. It fell into the New Adult category because a main character is in college -- but, unlike other New Adult books, it isn't full of smut or focused on lusty scenes. (And no matter what Amazon says, it isn't a fairy tale.) I hired a professional editor, a university English professor, and two friends to help me get the book as perfect as possible.

The sequel, Proof of Existence, I started writing in 2017. I've been rewriting since 2018. I used a different writing method to start the book, and the result was a stall in my process and holes I couldn't figure out how to fix. I think I've finally figured out what's been bugging me so much. So I'm going to try again. ๐Ÿคž My summer plan is to work on that.

Lumber Of The Kuweakunks originally only sat for a week. I entered it into a contest, but it didn't exactly fit the type of story they wanted. A few months later, I added a little to it and published soon after. 

Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters went straight to the editing service I used for FoE, but a different person got the project. She found exactly one typo and thus gave me a discount on the service. Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier sat for a week and then had two beta readers before being published. Both of those books were on my previous blog, broken down for the A to Z Challenge. Meaning I had a deadline.  

I guess nonfiction/ reference and short stories I write and edit much faster and with far more confidence. But the big fiction stories that are part of a series, those I let sit longer because I'm trying to be more of a perfectionist. (Not that people actually agree on the English language enough for there to ever be perfection in publication.) 

TL;DR = A week to several years.


Also going on in my world right now:



I can't get pictures to upload to Blogger while using Chrome. I found a very annoying and time consuming work-around, but I'd much prefer a fix. A solution that doesn't include deleting 546 images on this blog, 711 images on the Operation Awesome blog, and 217 images from the A to Z Challenge blog. (I deleted a handful, just to see if that would free up space. No, it changed nothing.) My cache and history are clear. Anyone? Bueller, Bueller?


On Facebook, a friend shared a cute comic that reminded her of a scene in my Fractions of Existence book. ๐Ÿ’— If we're Facebook friends, you can check it out. ๐ŸŒผ https://www.facebook.com/j.lennidorner/posts/3883435955106104


WEP has the "Great Wave" flash fiction coming up this month, so there's that to look forward to. https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/

Over at Operation Awesome


The June PassOrPages query contest annoucement is posted! Adult Fantasy. It'd be great if you'd like / share to spread the word:



Finally there are GIVEAWAYS!
Wednesday, June 2 (today) is the last day to enter the giveaway to win a signed copy of a new book! https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2021/05/spotlight-on-new-book-debut-author_19.html (USA only.)
And https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2021/06/spotlight-on-new-book-debut-author-anya.html a giveaway for a fantasy book just started. ๐Ÿณ‍๐ŸŒˆ  

Thank you for visiting my blog today. ๐Ÿ˜Š I appreciate your time.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

#NewBook A Quick Spell by @pjlauthor Fantasy Anthology



Blurb
Magic.
Myths.
Fantasy.

We are bewitched by what we can't see.

Conjure delight with a fantastical collection of tales. Each story is told in exactly 200 words and designed to delight your imagination no matter how busy your day is.

Will you believe? 



What made you decide to write short fiction?

A: It started with Twitter. Jocelyn Rish created a hashtag called #15tt (15 Minute Tweet Tales.) You were to use 140 characters to tell a story. You had 15 minutes to write it. I had been doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge every April and I wanted a theme, but 140 characters seemed too short for it, so I used Jocelyn’s prompts to write 100 word flash fiction for the challenge. When it was over, I kept doing them because they were great writing exercises. It wasn’t until later, when I saw a collection of 100 word flash fiction at MIParaCon that I got the idea to expand those stories to 200 words and put them into a collection. By then I had a ton of them so it was easy to pick out 45 and expand them.



About the Author 
Patricia Josephine is a writer of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi Romance books. She actually never set out to become a writer, and in fact, she was more interested in art and band in high school and college. Her dreams were of becoming an artist like Picasso. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head for fun. That was the start of her writing journey, and she hasn't regretted a moment. When she's not writing, she's watching Doctor Who or reading about serial killers. She's an avid knitter. One can never have too much yarn. She writes Young Adult Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Fantasy under the name Patricia Lynne.

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow. 

Patricia Josephine aka Patricia Lynne
Author of paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi novels you can escape into.
◾ Website: patriciajosephine.com
◾Twitter: @pjlauthor
◾Facebook: @pjlauthor
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◾Patreon: @pjlauthor

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Short on time, but still craving a good story? Grab A Quick Spell and delight your imagination in as little as five minutes.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

#IWSG Readers Responses Can Be Funny

ISWG

Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today: Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!




MAY 5 question -


Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn't expect? If so, did it surprise you?



It's gone now. But, once upon a time on Goodreads, someone reviewed "Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters" and said it did not educate them on how to write a setting or outline a book. 

๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜

Well... that's true. 
It also doesn't teach you how to clean a fish, change the oil in your car, or do advanced calculus. 
๐Ÿ˜†

I mean... was I surprised that someone didn't actually read the title of the book? Well, I guess I didn't expect it. But some people just want to complain. 
Anyway, the review vanished. Maybe someone at Goodreads took it down? Maybe the reviewer realized the book wasn't called "how to write settings and outline books" so they took it down themselves? I don't know. 
I didn't take the review personally. I mean, if you can't even get through reading the title, how useful could anything I wrote actually be to you? 



The A to Z Challenge is done for 2021. The survey is still open for a few days -- 112 people answered so far. 
I'm sending caring thoughts to co-host John Holton because storms and tornados are ripping through his hometown right now. Hope you're staying safe, John! 

Monday, May 3, 2021

#atozchallenge Reflection 2021, Scavenger Hunt results, and Bout of Books

Reflections 2021 #atozchallenge


winner #atozchallenge 2021 Another challenge down. I had visits from 28 countries in April.Map of J's visitors 2021 #atozchallenge
(United States, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Hungary, United Kingdom, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Bahrain, Nigeria, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Myanmar, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, Japan.)


I enjoyed the challenge. (I didn't enjoy the days this month where I didn't have power or wifi, thanks to the new neighbors who ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš“๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝ‍๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝ‍๐Ÿš’ shook up the lives of everyone in the area. It's fine, we made do.

I absolutely plan to host again next year. 

Considering that two people tried to sign up Instagram as a blog, yes, I think we need to add Instagram as a social media follow option (like we offer for Twitter and Facebook) on the Master List. 

I feel the option of an email verification on the Master List so people would have the option of fixing their own mistakes or even removing their blogs if they drop out before A. Having the sign-up open closer to April 1 this year meant not as many people dropped out before the first day. (See image below. This year, only 6% of people never posted for the challenge despite signing up.) Also, when the Theme Reveal and Master List were open at the same time, a lot of people didn't understand they had to sign up for both to be on both lists. I saw a reduction in complaints this year by not opening the Master List sign-up until the Theme Reveal closed.

"Are you interested in writing a guest post for the A to Z blog in the next few months (June thru February)? If so, please answer with a way to contact you (such as email or Twitter), the month you are interested in (if applicable), and your alphabet-themed post idea."
If you haven't taken the survey yet, please READ that whole thing. Two people said yes, but left no contact information, month, or idea. Six people left contact info, but no month or idea. ๐Ÿคท

Speaking of the survey, currently 39 people remember being visited by me. ๐Ÿ˜
Actually, if you read onward, you'll see that I visited every blog on the Master List this year.
๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜ Right now, I'm the most visited co-host! Aww, thanks!


๐Ÿ˜ฒ Unexpected! My blog views actually dropped during the challenge. That is the first time I've experienced this. This was my tenth year doing the challenge. My theme reveal was popular. But my February and March IWSG posts both had more views than even my most popular A to Z. ๐Ÿคฏ


Which Double Down on the #AtoZChallenge 2021 with these Bonus Challenges did I do?

  • Ask the audience in March to give you prompts/ ideas for April - interaction challenge
  • More comments on your blog - marketing challenge
    • Check how many comments you've previously gotten during the A to Z Challenge
    • I received 237 comments this year! 191 last year. 
  • Take a gamble on lesser-known authors - marketing philanthropy challenge
    • Mention one debut author for each letter day  -- I did this on my posts at Operation Awesome in April.
  • Mix a second blog hop in during the A to Z Challenge - time management challenge



The A to Z Challenge 2021 Scavenger Hunt! Here's how I did:

No "Eye of the Tiger," or tiger fish, tiger biscuits, tiger fabric, or all these memory posts on the horrors of 2020 but no one mentioned "Tiger King"? 
I saw one T post with Tigger. Did anyone find a Tiger post?

Sometimes the posts I found mention the word, and sometimes it is just visible in a picture that day. And I used a Nutella post for nuts because none of the food bloggers used nuts on N day! (Am I alone in liking Nut Tossies?)



I finished visiting everyone at 6:35 AM · May 2, 2021 -- If you are on the Master List and didn't get a comment from me, please let me know. Be sure to check your spam folder.


***UPDATE***
Thank you to Lisa (scroll to comments). She found a TIGER on T day! And thanks to Tamy for posting a tiger painted on train cars. 
 


"But J, what was wrong with my entry on the Master List? How can I avoid this mistake?"
There were fewer problems this year. But let us take a moment to REFLECT and learn from mistakes. Maybe even find a way to help the team prevent these issues in the future.
#atozchallenge 2021 blog fails

  • The biggest problem is if there are no A to Z blog posts to comment on. (Or no posts from 2021 at all.)
  • In one case, the comment area was closed.
  • Instagram is a social media site, not a blog.
  • 1MvCrorywrites.Wordpress.com —
  • https://wordpress.com/view/olbigjim.com — Blogs do not start with wordpress. "WordPress.com is a platform for self-publishing that is popular for blogging and other works. It is owned and operated by Automattic, Inc." It's a company, not a blog. This is a link to a link that opens a dashboard for the blogger. It isn't the right link.
  • https://awriterdarkly.com — I couldn't comment without having an account on that platform. Nope.



GIVEAWAY:
https://wn.nr/EvfEgH Win the Ultimate Literary Bundle from Storiarts! "Where style meets literature. Every Storiarts purchase helps kids worldwide learn to read, write, & create." And small-batch coffee in three genres-- Fantasy, Romance, and Gothic.



QUESTIONS:  Bout of Books
  • How far did you get in the challenge?
  • Are you doing Bout of Books 31?
  • Did you do the scavenger hunt? Should I create another for 2022?
  • Did you take the survey?

    

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Friday, April 30, 2021

#atozchallenge Z is for Zombie Flamingoes, Zoo, Zoltack, Zalka, Zero, Zombie-in-Chief

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Z


An alphabet of J's favorite blogs


Z is for https://zombieflamingoes.com/
I love THIS blog because:
  • a blog about nothing, and anything
  • The letter Z is used in the name 



#atozchallenge Usborne books for Children


“Peek Inside the Zoo” is from the fantastic ‘Peek Inside’ board book series, which is a great non-fiction introduction for older toddlers thru elementary age. In this book, they will ‘peek’ under leaves and behind doors to discover noisy parrots, crazy monkeys, tall giraffes and more. This series has many other themes as well, like sea, dinosaurs, farm, animal homes, bug homes, snowy places, and more!

 https://d10323.myubam.com/p/3155/peek-inside-the-zoo?e=2068440

USA flag "Shipping only available to USA and  military bases from the provided Usborne link." - Kathryn Mowers (Consultant for the Dorner family)



J's TBR pile #atozchallenge


Z is for these books on my TBR:

  • Black Hellebore (Heroes of Falledge Book 1) by Nicole Zoltack
    • "brings him back to life, but he’s a, well, a superhero now"
    •  Action & Adventure Fantasy
  • Tales of Superhuman Powers: 55 Traditional Stories from Around the World by Csenge Virรกg Zalka
    • Written by a fellow A to Z team member
    • less well-known stories
  • Zero Sum Game (Cas Russell Book 1) by S. L. Huang
    • "math-genius mercenary"
    • "someone possessing unimaginable power"
    • eccentric mathematical superhero fiction
  • Zombie-in-Chief: Eater of the Free World: A Novel Take on a Brain-Dead Election by Scott Kenemore 
    • "Political satire with bite—and braaaains."
    • This might offend some people. USA flag 
    • a proud "Zombie American" ๐ŸงŸ




Giveaway:


https://wn.nr/EvfEgH Win the Ultimate Literary Bundle from Storiarts! "Where style meets literature. Every Storiarts purchase helps kids worldwide learn to read, write, & create." And small-batch coffee in three genres-- Fantasy, Romance, and Gothic. 



QUESTIONS: 
  • Have you been to this favorite blog of mine?
  • Have you read any of these books?
  • Please remember to take the A to Z after survey tomorrow!
  • How do you feel about zombies?
        

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Thanks to:
Amazon, for feeding my TBR habit this month. ๐Ÿ˜…
(Image of the offer to select accounts, mine being one.)
https://unsplash.com/photos/lUaaKCUANVI
https://unsplash.com/photos/npxXWgQ33ZQ
https://unsplash.com/photos/eMP4sYPJ9x0
The A to Z team, especially Jayden for the chats. And @iZombieJMH for the graphics!
Thanks to C. Lee McKenzie and Jemima Pett for answering the last-minute email, Kathryn Mowers for coming up with another set of books, Olga Godim for the offer of X, and Denise Covey for forwarding the message.
And to everyone who commented on this blog this month!

Thursday, April 29, 2021

#atozchallenge Y is for Fey, Yoga, You

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Y


An alphabet of J's favorite blogs


Y is for writewithfey.com ~ Chrys Fey
I love THIS blog because:
  • Two Y's in that name! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Part of the IWSG 
  • One of the Writers on the Moon       



#atozchallenge Usborne books for Children


“Yoga Animals” is a story book that incorporates simple yoga poses for clear thinking, positivity, and more. There are two books in this series… ‘in the forest’ and ‘at the seashore’, which each feature different poses! These unique books are great for relaxation before bedtime or any time centering and focus is needed! Ages 3+.


USA flag "Shipping only available to USA and  military bases from the provided Usborne link." - Kathryn Mowers (Consultant for the Dorner family)



J's TBR pile #atozchallenge


Y is for these books on my TBR:



Giveaway:


https://wn.nr/EvfEgH Win the Ultimate Literary Bundle from Storiarts! "Where style meets literature. Every Storiarts purchase helps kids worldwide learn to read, write, & create." And small-batch coffee in three genres-- Fantasy, Romance, and Gothic. 



QUESTIONS: 
  • Have you been to this favorite blog of mine?
  • Have you read any of these books?
  • What's your favorite yoga pose/ position?
        

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

#atozchallenge X is for M Pax, EXtraordinary, Xodos, Xoe

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter X


An alphabet of J's favorite blogs


X is for https://www.mpaxauthor.com/blog ~ M Pax
I love THIS blog because:
  • Often shares book sales
  • Has some amazing pictures this month 
  • (Doesn't accept comments. But has an X in the name.)       



#atozchallenge Usborne books for Children


“EXtraordinary!” is a sweet story, depicting both country and city lives with a diverse representation of characters. It has a gentle rhyme about reaching for the stars and celebrating the best moments in life. A great bedtime or anytime book for ages 4+!

USA flag "Shipping only available to USA and  military bases from the provided Usborne link." - Kathryn Mowers (Consultant for the Dorner family)



J's TBR pile #atozchallenge


X is for these books on my TBR:

  • Xodos by K.J. McPike
    • **This book has been rebranded as Souls Untethered.**
    •  Teen & Young Adult Visionary & Metaphysical Fiction 
    • Debut book
    • I reviewed this book today at Operation Awesome
  • Demon Moon (Xoe Meyers Young Adult Urban Fantasy Book 1) by Sara C. Roethle
    • Free on Amazon
    • Xoe will have to embrace her fiery powers to burn her enemies
    •  Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fantasy


Giveaway:


https://wn.nr/EvfEgH Win the Ultimate Literary Bundle from Storiarts! "Where style meets literature. Every Storiarts purchase helps kids worldwide learn to read, write, & create." And small-batch coffee in three genres-- Fantasy, Romance, and Gothic. 



QUESTIONS: 
  • Have you been to this favorite blog of mine?
  • Have you read any of these books?
  • What's your favorite X word?
        

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