I am not lost…

May 22, 2017

The Trouble With Submissions

So I know I’ve touched on submissions before, and how one gets ideas for them. It’s easy to surf around and say “oh hey, here are nine thousand places looking for stories that sound interesting; LET’S GO!” but it’s less easy to actually write them.

Now here’s my usual problem.

Length.

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May 1, 2017

May Day, Mayday!

So yeah, you may notice this is going up late. Apologies, it’s been…a time.

Here’s the state of the Rion:

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April 24, 2017

The Revolution Begins

There was a period in my life where I’m not sure I thought this day was ever going to come. Granted, the day I’m referring to isn’t until tomorrow, but still. I’ve been a writer in one form or another since I was in…what, first or second grade? I got “serious” about it when I was about 11, writing fanfiction with my cousin for Pokémon. In the next few years after that, I found various message-board roleplaying games, usually connected to anime I was watching. I found friends there who pushed me to write more, better, faster. I wrote piecemeal with friends once I got into middle school and high school. Some of my friends from back then have given me whole inspirations for books, and even though we don’t talk anymore, I can never repay them for that.

In college I met another close friend who pushed me further, into new territories, helped me be comfortable with myself as well as my writing. I found NaNoWriMo, and the community therein. I changed my major. I went to graduate school. I became a Municipal Liaison for NaNo.

And tomorrow, my 2009 NaNoWriMo book will become reality–published for the world to see.

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April 10, 2017

Let Me Talk To You. …No, More. MORE!

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A while back, I was talking to some people…I think on Twitter, about mailing lists and how they differ from blogs. After all, if you subscribe to a blog, you can have (I believe it’s an opt-in/out function) the blog posts mailed to you. That’s kinda like a newsletter, right? I say things here, and then they go out to you. Ta-dah!

This is apparently, not the case. (Whoops.) So we come upon the concept of a newsletter/mailing list.

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April 3, 2017

OH MY GOD WHAT DO I THINK I’M DOING

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: PRE-ORDER LINKS ARE NOW LIVE!!!!

This post has been a very…very…long time in coming. I’m writing it a bit in advance, and even now I find it hard to believe that I’m actually getting to a point where I can write this. It’s not TECHNICALLY official right now, as of the time that I’m writing this to you, but by the time you see this…it will be.

I’ve published my first novel.

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March 27, 2017

Let’s Talk Favorites

One of my most dreaded questions whenever someone finds out that I’m a reader is “so what’s your favorite book?” or its brother question, “so who’s your favorite author?” I have absolutely no idea how to answer this question, because for most of my life, I’ve never had an answer. I have someone I could probably point to as a favorite author now, but a favorite book? With a gun to my head, I’m not sure I could choose just one.

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March 20, 2017

Read My Book, Please

Any time I get a chance to speak to a published author, whether they be traditionally published or not, I always have a tendency to ask the same question. I ask because I still haven’t really gotten a good answer, and it’s an important one to me. Particularly since it’s likely that I’m going to be self-publishing my debut novel (so soon. It’s so weird to probably be so soon) this is one of the most important skills I need to have…and no one can give me an answer on it.

How do you publicize your book?

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March 13, 2017

Money vs. Dreams

Oh, I got going about this the other day. This got me going so much that I’m going to move blog posts around so that I can have this come out closer to what time it actually is. Oh boy. Here we go.

So it’s no secret, if you look back through the archives here at I Am Not Lost, that I have strong opinions about writing degrees, and if degrees make the author. (My opinion is no. My father is a published author, and his degree is in theatre. There are plenty of authors who didn’t study English or writing. But.) I have an MFA in Creative Writing. I chose this because I believe it was the best path for me. I can only speak for myself there. I don’t claim that it’s necessary, and sometimes it might even be unwise. But let’s talk specifics.

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March 1, 2017

When Reviews Go Bad

So I took a bit of a gamble the other day. Usually I have a schedule of books that I’ll read in order, to make sure that I get reviews enough for the weeks ahead. Since I’m generally a quick reader, I don’t often have trouble with this. But there comes a moment when you look at the book in front of you, and you’re left with one very obvious problem.

This book doesn’t deserve a review.

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February 20, 2017

I Hear You, Johanna…

(Don’t mind me and my geeky Broadway beginning. I can’t help myself.)

Maybe it’s how long I watched anime and the like, maybe it’s my own connection to theatre and voice acting…maybe it’s just me. But I run into a problem with I’m writing, particularly when I start creating new characters.

I start hearing voices.

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