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Pushing Back Deadlines and other announcements

Prophecy Revealed book cover-FINALCRUMLEY - Sovereign Eyes CoverPushing back deadlines and release dates a bit (mostly due to my health issues). I really hate to do this, but sometimes it is unavoidable. And, as much as I hate to admit it *gasp* I bit off way more than I can chew this fall, including participating in NaNoWriMo. So I apologize in advance to readers and followers of this blog.

The good news is:

I am still moving forward with having at least one book released by Christmas (but, hopefully two). Prophecy Revealed will be released first, followed by the long awaited second book in the Daughters of Oberia Trilogy Charmed Lives. Aiming for a December release for both, but possibly Charmed Lives will be moved back to January, or even Feb. In lieu of the next poetry book (which I may just wait and release in summer).

I am still planning to launch the serialized fantasy GIFTED in January 2016. The first season of the series will include 7-10 episodes and during its debut run it will be available through Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, as well as in paperback through CreateSpace, for those of you non-kindle people. (After its debut run, it will be available through other online ebook retailers, such as kobo, ibooks, and nook).

I will be posting official release dates as soon as I get all the details worked out.

I want to give a special shout out to Sherry of SwoonWorthy Book Covers who designed the covers of Prophecy Revealed, and also Sovereign Eyes: Gifted Series Episode I. I highly recommend her for any authors looking for inexpensive, genre-specific, premade book covers.

For more info on upcoming releases and a special sneak peek at the Epic fantasy serial Gifted feel free to sign up for my mailing list; see the link above for mailing list info. 😉

 

 

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New Years Resolutions 2014

1. Write one full poem per day, any style any subject.
2. Read at least 5 pages per day, fiction.
3. Read at least 5 pages per day non-fiction.
4. Apply for at least one freelance job per day.
5. Write at least 2,000 words a day of fiction.
6. Complete all unfinished writing projects.
7. Publish a new ebook (poetry or fiction) every 2-3 months.
8. Submit something to a trad pub (maybe small press), agent, or contest every 6 months.
9. Have a full day write-in (or write-a-thon) one day per month.
10. Stick to all my deadlines, no matter what.

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Ten Reasons Why I’m Doing NaNoWriMo This year…

There are a lot of “Non-Nano” and “Nan-Not” post out here in the blogging world…

I just thought I’d add my two cents and state why I decided to give it a try again this year. Specifically, my own personal reasons for doing nano…and why I think I really need to at this time.

1. Why not? Since I’ve been laid off from my day job I have plenty of time on my hands. Lord knows it’s a better time waster than playing Angry Birds, Temple Run, etc. 😉

2. Self-esteem. Finishing my writing project on time aka “winning” Nano will give me a sense of accomplishment and boost my self-esteem, which I really need right now.

3. Self-discipline. I tend to start writing projects and not finish them. And, as of late I haven’t been disciplining myself to sit my butt in the chair and write for at least 3-4 hours. Participating in nano will help me do this, stop me from chasing after the next “shinny thing” because I have a goal with a deadline, and need to stick to it.

4. Freeing my creativity. The need to just sit, and let my mind flow…let the words flow.

5. My sanity! Good Lord, yes! The need to pour out my emotions in text format, use writing as a way to deal with things that frustrate me…Yeah. And, with Nano’s “rule” of not worrying about making it perfect I can do just that. If I get mad at somebody I can have my protagonist fictionally kill them. LOL

6. Forming good habits. Good writing habits, that is. When I wrote Wishful Thinking it was for Nanowrimo 2007, and the habit of writing every day lasted long, long past november. True, I did worry more about the rules of mechanics, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and style…but I kept up the good habit of writing daily, having a monthy and daily word count goal and a need to finish what I started.

As Og Mandino wrote, “I will form good habits, and become their slave.”

7. It’s fun. Simple as that.

8. Writing every day makes you a better writer, as does reading every day.

9. It will make me a better editor too. When this draft is finished, and after it sits for a while unnoticed, I will have my work cut out for me for sure! I will have a ton of revisions to tackle, from correcting misspellings and typos due to writing in a rush, fix my plot holes, add dialogue, etc…and then the fun stuff. Grammar. Punctuation. Spelling. Style. Syntax. Mechanics. Come January, I will have just as much practice doing all of that work as the work I am doing writing now. Thus, my skills will be sharpened.

10. When all is said and done, I will have added a great new body of work to my repertoire. And, I can do what I chose with it, polish it up to send to a publisher or have final edits done by an affordable editor, and publish it myself. 😉 You can never read or write too many books. 😉

The more you write, the more likely you are to become successful…So why not Nano?

Write with pride,
~K Crumley

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Why I don’t Write Book Reviews

As some of you may remember, I used to do blog posts known as “Friday Five”. I would feature 5 titles from a specific genre each friday. Many of these titles were indie/self-published.

I would simply post the cover, blurb, and amazon/bn/smashword links. No one book got special treatment over any other.

While I was requesting for people to email me their info about said books, if they wanted me to include them, I started getting requests for all kinds of things from book reviews to author interviews, etc. THIS was not my intention…

It was not about reviewing and rating books, merely about spreading the word.

Plus, At the time I was working 40-50 hours/week at my dayjob, still editing and publishing Full Armor Magazine, 2 plus writing my own books and poetry, and apartment hunting. Something had to give…
(To make matters worse, I was suffering from colitis).

I was completely overwhelmed, and took a brief blog hiatus. When I began to blog again I ceased the inclusion of Friday Five. It was just too hard to fit that into my schedule. And, although I regretted dropping Friday Five for many reasons, I was relieved that I was no longer getting requests for reviews, etc.

Which brings me to my point:

It’s often debated whether we authors should or shouldn’t review each other’s works.
I’ve heard and considered arguments from both sides of the fence, and found that I can only speak for myself.

Here are the real reasons why I won’t review any book, indie or traditionally published (at least not in any public forum).

Time management. Between my crappy part-time day job, online courses through the Art Institute, Freelance web design work, writing my own books, and everything that indie publishing entails…I simply do not have the time. I wish that I did, but I don’t. Book reviews should not be written in an off-hand, casual manner. They should be written with a lot of thought, and by someone who sincerely enjoys doing them. Dare I say it, by someone who feels it’s their duty to do them. That is not me. Which brings me to my next point.

I don’t want to be known as a book reviewer, or even a reviewer/author. I just don’t think it’s a hat that I want to wear; even as a dual career of author/reviewer. I already proudly wear the dual hats of web designer/author. I don’t want to divide my goals any further as far as writing and editing, etc.

The Quid Pro Quo/Eye for an Eye Scenarios I avoid these scenarios at all cost. If we agree to review each other’s books in a sort of partnership, we foster the scoffer’s thinking that we are a “mutual back-patting society.” If we bash each others books, we risk being scorned and/or having the other author (or their fans) retaliate.

These are just some of my feelings on the matter. For more insight on this issue check out Kristen Lamb’s Blog!

Also, I’d love to hear your take on things…
Agree or disagree?

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V. I Will Live This Day As If It Is My Last. (part I)

I will live this day as if it is my last.
I will finish this book/this chapter/this rewrite today rather than postpone it for tomorrow.

In short, I will do today’s work TODAY.
Tomorrow’s work belongs to tomorrow.

No longer will I procrastinate, especially with my writing.

Procrastination is another bad habit of mine that I have no choice but to break if I even hope to gain success.

“I will form good habits and become their slaves.”

You never know what tomorrow may bring…
You could wake up in the morning, and be too sick to work on your current project(s).
A storm could knock the power out, and you’d be relying on very little battery juice left in your laptop/tablet/phone.
The internet could be down…
Any number of things could happen that would interfere with your writing/productivity time.

Therefore, we must do what we can to take advantage of every spare moment we have TODAY. Carpe Diem!

Carpe Diem!  Gather ye Rosebuds While Ye May!

Carpe Diem! Gather ye Rosebuds While Ye May!

Take advantage of every spare moment that you have today! Every moment of peace and quiet is writing time, productivity time, and study time. Every uninterrupted second I will put toward work, and work joyfully.

I will treat each day in this matter.

For tomorrow is it’s own new day, and will be full of its own work and accomplishments.

Seize the Day! Live each day as if it is your last.

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II. I Will Greet Each Day With Love in my Heart.

Why do I write?
More specifically why do I pursuit a career in writing fiction?

Am I in it to get rich and famous? Maybe even be dubbed the next J.K. Rowling? Nice dreams…but no. That is not why I write.

Quite simply, I write because I love it. I love to write, and am in love with the whole process of writing and publishing from beginning to end. It is my passion.

A very wise woman who I respect, and fellow writer and poet once told me “You have to love what you do for a living…”
And she is right. I’ve had a lot of unpleasant jobs with bad career decisions, and have learned to steer clear of those. A day job (especially for a writer) is a necessity, but the more pleasant a day job you have the better off you are.
I like retail, and have really enjoyed retail loss prevention…
But more than that, I love writing.

As I focus now (more so than ever) on making writing my full time career, I am writing with a new fervor each day for minimum 2 hours…and before I know it those 2 hours have become 4…then 5.

I Start each day doing something that I love.

And, it has changed my attitude and outlook for the better.
Suddenly, I don’t mind the rest of my tasks so much.

Dishes, laundry, even Algebra homework. 😉

And when I’m all done with my other daily tasks, I just might find time to write again.

Start every day with love in your heart.
Do something that you love,
Spend time with someone that you love…

And the rest of the day will seem that much brighter. 🙂

~K. Crumley

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I. Today I Begin a New Life.

“Failure will no longer be my payment for struggle.”
Here starts the first of my blog posts inspired by one of my favorite books, The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it…

I’ve really felt the need to re-read this book, considering that my writing career has been on a downward spiral due to procrastination, lack of confidence, and paralyzing insecurities. Let alone the lack of marketing (which I think correlates to my lack of confidence, as well as my lack of money.)

Sometimes you just need to start fresh.

This is that time for me.
Do things differently–do things better. Put my days of mediocrity behind me; start anew.

It’s never too late to start fresh.

It’s not–and never shall be–too late to revive and resurrect my writing career. It’s never too late to breathe new life into old stories, long neglected and half-written on my laptop’s hard drive and on my flash drives. It’s never too late to do things better the next time, with the next book and the book(s) after that. Nor is it too late to set new goals, and work toward achieving them.

I will start by forming good habits and becoming their slaves as the first scroll instructs.

For example, getting up each morning and writing at least 2,000 words. I will make that part of my daily agenda, and will no longer slack off in doing so.

Also, I have already formed a good habit of reading each night; craft books in addition to books in my genre of Fantasy.

This is my pledge to myself, and to my writing.

I challenge you all to do the same…make a new good habit, and stick to it. Whatever that habit may be…And whatever goals you may have in your life, I wish you all luck in reaching them. 🙂

I hope you continue to read the rest of the blog posts in this series, and appreciate those of you that follow this blog.

~K. Crumley

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What a stupid question…

You know, I really hate when people say “are you working hard or hardly working?” It’s not funny…it’s almost insulting. It’s like people want to hear you say you’re doing bad…so they can feel better about how they are doing. And, they use that cliché little jibe to cover their true intentions.
Alright, alright. I know it’s really an old joke, and maybe my recent job situation has just made me oversensitive. But, I have always hated that expression, and never found it amusing.
However, I have the perfect comeback…sad to say, it is actually true.
So, from now on when people ask me “Hey, Karen! Are you working hard or hardly working?”
My retort will be,
“Hm. Let’s see…I’ve got two novellas nearly completed; each part of two different fantasy series. I also have a poetry anthology to be released, a new short story, and a Young Readers adventure series on the back burner. I also just started a new epic fantasy series for NaNoWriMo…all while working a new full-time retail loss prevention job, and going to school online for Web Design. *deep breath*
Does that answer your question…?”

But maybe the late, great Donna Summers said it best…

Writing is hard work, especially working on multiple projects at once.
My day job is mentally and physically exhausting. Plus, going to school online…?
I just wish the world would slow down a little bit…

I also wish that people wouldn’t ask such a stupid, unfunny question.

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Playing Hardball with Myself: Writing and Self-discipline

I need to re-dedicate myself to my writing, and my writing related goals. To do this, I need to discipline myself. It can be hard with my new job, new class schedule, and other demands that accompany the holiday season. Still, I have to make every effort to get myself to where I need to be right now with current projects (there are many), New releases (hopefully soon), and (hopefully) sales.

I am at a time and place right now in my life which is perfect for me to set my sights on new goals, dedicate more time to writing, and focus on the publishing process from beginning to end. However, I lack self-discipline.

I have realized there comes a time to play hard-ball, and make myself stick to a solid writing schedule as well as new release dates. Now those release dates can be flexible…but not to the point where I’m letting a whole year (or years) slip by as I have done in the recent past. I have to stick to some kind of “grace period” of no longer than 3-4 months from my intended release date(s).

I’ll be posting release dates soon, as I work out the schedule and details.

For those of you patiently for Charmed Lives (sequel to Wishful Thinking), I assure you I will be working to make the next 3 titles available ASAP. And, I appreciate you as readers. 🙂

~K. Crumley

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Sorry for being MIA…

Firstly, I apologize for my blogging hiatus these past few months. A lot has happened in my non-writing life that has adversely affected my writing life. I’ll write more about exactly how, in a future post…In short, I had lost my “day job” due to corporate cut-backs, and an impetuous decision to replace manpower with technology. It has deeply impacted me on many levels, including self-confidence.

But for now, I’m regaining my footing in life and trying to come up with a writing schedule and I’ll be revamping my blogging schedule as well. 🙂

Old dreams die…
New ones are born.
Changes are part of life.
So roll with it,
And keep moving on.

~ K. Crumley

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