Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The problem with paranormal romance

I know what you're thinking, how can I have a problem with paranormal romance if I write it? Well, I don't have a problem with all paranormal romance, what I have problem with is when the MC still likes the male love interest after he does something that she would normally find repulsive. Usually she gets annoyed with the male character throwing his relationships with other women in her face, but the MC accepts it because he's hot. I'm sorry, but is he the only hot guy she's ever seen? Most people won't get into a relationship with someone who repulses them, mocks them, or does other things that annoy them. That's not how romance works, or not how most romance works anyway. I hadn't read anything for awhile, but I've been reading Undead and Unwed and I have a lot of thoughts about the book, but the thing that annoys me the most is the romance. I've seen this in other series (like when Clay bit Elena in Bitten, or when Bones pretty much kidnapped Cat in Halfway to the Grave). It's not that I don't enjoy those books, I just find it odd that the heroine would fall for a guy who did something like that to her.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Building an online presence

Recently I've been guilty of posting short blogs that end without any real conclusion, and I need to stop doing that. I need to treat my blog as if it is an extension of my writing. I've just been so busy working on the Fortune Teller's Gift lately. I've been focusing most of my energy on the book and not getting to know readers and that bothers me. I feel like I don't have the online presence that I want to. I feel almost like I don't know how to build an online presence, because I want to connect with readers and I'm mostly connecting with other writers. I know that most writers are also people who love to read, but I would love to connect with book bloggers or vloggers. I'm going to try reaching out to them myself, but I don't know how that's going to work. Honestly, I don't know much about marketing, other than it's a good idea to carry business cards. Marketing is something I plan to focus on in the coming months. Please let me know if there's anything that worked for you when building a presence.

What's in a name?

During the creation of The Fortune Teller's Gift I changed my main character's name about three times. While I had no trouble coming up with a first name for her, it was harder to come up with a last name. I thought about giving her the last name King. I thought the first name and last name went together well. Her first name is Mackenzie, but everyone in the novel (other than her father) just calls her Kenzie. I was editing the novel and decided to post about it in one of my writing groups, where someone informed me that there was someone who the same name, so I decided to change it. I googled most popular last names in Louisiana and came up with another last name that didn't really go with the first name, and then I just changed it again.

Friday, January 5, 2018

I'm sick of seeing writers ask this

Lately I've been seeing a lot of people in the writing groups that I follow asking if people would read a book based on whatever random topic they feel like writing about. I'm sick of seeing people ask this. Yes, I know the point of publishing your book is for people to read it, however, I think people should write for themselves. I would like to be able to look back on what I've written and be proud of it. I don't want to write based on other people's standards or write a book based on what others tell me to.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Where have I been?

I'm being completely honest when I say that I felt as if I had no time for myself or my hobbies last month. I've been working nonstop due to the holiday season and it has really caused me to feel blue. I feel like I've missed out on a lot of things due to working so much (including things related to writing). The holiday season didn't feel the same to me. While I have had a Christmas that was much worse where I just sat at home with my now ex-boyfriend and wasn't allowed to see my family (despite cooking a big dinner for them, my ex forbid them from coming over), I just feel like this Christmas was spent focusing too much on my job. I didn't get to watch Christmas movies, or enjoy hot chocolate, or do anything other than work and sleep. Anyway, I didn't write this blog to complain, I am writing because I need somewhere to vent. I need to recover from the holiday season. I feel as though I fell behind on the things that really matter to me. I haven't read any new books this month (and not much this year), I didn't get to work on my website, and very little time was put into my novel (which I thought would be here by now).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Join me on Goodreads!

I've been accepted as a Goodreads author, you can view that page here. I'm not sure what I'm doing on there yet, but I would be happy if you joined me on that journey.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Relaunching my youtube channel.

Awhile back I would upload gaming videos on my old youtube channel, the content wasn't the best but I was planning to go back and actually work on the channel. I didn't have a mic at the time, but I planned to get one and have content that was actually decent. I was planning to do a colab with another youtuber, however, we had a fight and ended up unfollowing each other and he flagged my channel. My channel got banned, but I somehow got part of it back. I can watch movies and upload through twitch, but I can't make content the way that I want to. I've reached out to youtube, but have been ignored, so I decided to make a new channel where I will upload the new content that I work on. You can find the new channel here.