Moving soon, I hope—SO tired


I have my own domain now.  http://www.ravenmarlow.com.  After it’s up, I’ll double post everything for a month or two, but then this site will retire, probably.

I’m so tired from staring at a computer screen all day for work and then all night for homework (read all my classwork tonight for one week and part of last week’s too…Yes, I was late).  My eyes and head …and well my whole body hurts from Fibromyalgia.  The weather front moving in has me barely able to move, so instead of writing tonight I’m going to post my journal entry for last night:

Can't we all just get along??

Class today—well it sucked.  Apparently even gadgets on a desk piss off the professor, whether using them or not.  LOVE being treated like I’m 2. NOT!!  Ah well…the next class has a great professor, but I feel clueless on some things while my much younger classmates seem to already know everything. MAN I feel OLD!!  Remind me again WHY I’m in school…anybody?

I’m beginning to see it as little more than a roadblock to my writing.  Unfortunately, there are financial reasons why I really need to stay in, so stay in I will.

Besides…what if I can’t make it?  What if I never make a career in writing?  I read an article the other day that showed how a certain company is making it all but impossible for new authors to gain success.  Sure they can publish, but without a name, who’s going to buy your work?

Basically, either you already have it or you never will.  It doesn’t bode well for my reams for the future.  I really hope that article is wrong.  OR–I hope I’m the exception (long with some close friends).  I’d really LOVE more time to write and develop a fan base–even meet fans.  Besides, my day job is slowly killing me.  I really need to get out if IT!  I know…how did I go from IT to writing? That, my friends, was a very LONG journey.

Maybe someday I’ll share a bit of it.  But not today—

What are you looking for?  What are your dreams? I would love to hear them!

 

 

 

PS if anyone knows who the picture creds belong to, please let me know. I saved it years ago. Thanks bunches!

Midnight Ramblings – What do Indie Writers Need?


I woke up early for the route and I’m just awake.  I’m actually feeling much better!  Anyhow, I have so much to do and I can’t decide which project to work on, so here I am.

I actually started to read my current novel, but the first thing I read was a flashback, then the chapter ended with “What was happening to me?” and the new chapter bounced back to current day with no transition.  This stuff never bothered me before.  I’d just happily read and enjoy a story.  I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  I suppose my skill level must be increasing or I wouldn’t notice, but dangit, I want so badly to enjoy this story because it’s a really cute idea. *Sigh*  I wonder how this author has so many books out with all the inconsistencies I’ve read so far in this series. I’m in the middle of book 2 of 4.  Maybe she got better with subsequent books.  Maybe she finally got an editor.

This brings me back to my new project. I’d really like to offer some services for indie writers.  Granted I’m no content editor, but I can definitely do some editing on things like lack of transitions and inconsistencies. I’ve studied enough over the past year to probably complete my MFA twice over.  At the very least, I could be proofreader/beta reader and offer a few other services. I have a domain and hosting for the website already and I’m kicking around some ideas.  I’ve even got a few sites open on how to start a non-profit organization. I’d love some feedback as to what Indie writers need.

I wish my fairy godmother would just whisper in my ear what it is she’s guiding me to do with this.  I know the gods are leading me in this direction, I just can’t seem to get a clear picture on the answer.  So I kick and scream and tell them “Hey, I’m stupid here, you have to spell it out for me!”  I’m still waiting for that, but it’s getting closer.

If I had the right connections, I’d just jump right in and become an agent because I’m passionate about helping new authors make their way, but I don’t have those connections and I wouldn’t want to lead anyone down the wrong path.  I think if my idea pans out as I hope it does, agents will be knocking at my door, hoping for crumbs.  I wish I could truly pinpoint exactly what I need…

Help Universe!  I still need direction.

 

 

PS I know this is probably scattered, but what else would midnight ramblings be?  No editing desired LOL

Lazy Week – Getting Back on Track


Everything has been so busy with finals and working two jobs and then the holidays, I’m just beat!  I’m being totally lazy this week, and I’m finally starting to recharge.  I spent most of the last three days in bed, resting.  I think I’m getting back on track today. Definitely heading that way, at least.

The new Writing Excuses is out, so I listened to that while I was working.  Today was about how to nail your ending.  A friend had recently had the very problem they mentioned in the podcast.  Basically, it’s  when you get to the end and everyone is scattered about and you’re not sure how to make them succeed.  They gave great pointers in how to avoid this situation and how to get past it.

Mary’s suggestion sticks out to me the most.  She said if you’re stuck and the only way to get to the end is with a Deus Ex Machina, go ahead and write that. Then go back and fix it when you edit.  Put that gun in the room, or the knife in the car, or whatever it would take to get you what you need for the ending to work without that lovely little trick at the end.

The writing prompt today was kinda funny too. Maybe I’ll do that one day…

 

Reference: Writing Excuses 6.30: Help! I Can’t End My Book!

NaNoWriMo!!


For those who don’t know, November is National  Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo.  Today marks the halfway point wherein we are supposed to have 25000 words written.  Well my month got seriously sidetracked due to having to take another job on Day 2.  I am still trying, but I have literally no free time now and very little time for sleep.  For example:  M, W and F consist of 2 am -6 am work, 6-8 nap, 9-11 class, noon-8 (ish) work, 9-1 nap. T and Th are the same but without the classes….that’s usually when I do homework instead.  Weekends, thankfully, are just the paper route and required sleeping.

Even so, I have 8100 words written, and given my dilemma, I am VERY proud of that number!  I’ve never written more than a small short story before, so this is all very new to me.  I’m posting the prologue to my story in the next post, and then Chapter one in the post after that.  Mind you, this is pre-edit, so there may be typos and there may be some inconsistencies.  I expect the book will go through several edits before it ever (if it ever) gets to publish-level quality.  Then again, it is a first effort and may be just trash LOL.  Either way, how else will I get started??

Bear with me and maybe even cheer me along as I discover how hard it really is to become  a writer!