So I am happy at this point since this Saturday is my last day in retail, and then Monday I start a new job non-retail related. After 8 years in retail it was time to move on. After 5 books including Mina’s Tales I am fully done with the subject. However, it means I can use this blog to talk about other subjects like book reading, tv shows, and movies. I will now get a regular schedule with weekends off, and I will finally be able to publish more since I will have the money for it. I failed Nanowrimo due to depression, and that is a subject I have been dealing with a lot since a lot of my time has been spend watching countless YouTube videos. I did start on a few new projects, and one of them is about a girl who is out of a shitty relationship and ends up coming in contact with a crazy fan. It will be interesting to write that, and the next Scarlet book feels like a reverse harem thing only with two guys so I will see how that goes!
Once I have more information for the next books I will let you know!
Happy October by the way, and it’s my favorite month since I turn 28 this week. It’s hard to believe I’m that old at times. I graduated college in December, and got a full time job it’s retail though. Still something and it can take time for my books to take off and even find a better career. I hope to release the first Scarlet book by the end of the month, and it’s close to being done. Just need to put some details in, and in doing so book 2 has to be reworked. The Killer Contract Agency is introduced in book 1 now, and stuff will be explained more in book 2. I also have more plans for other series in the works, and I want to write books for the rest of my life. I have finally came closer to finishing then I have in a while, and I hope to publish more books. Besides books I also play video games and record gameplay for them too. I love video games. I play role playing games, horror, simulation, and even hidden object ones.
I created a Discord account, Twitch, Mixer, and I’m trying to publish more MRE videos on my Author channel. Here are all the links:
Facebook Fan Page:https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicasamuels
The Facebook Group to discuss my books and ask me questions about them: on.fb.me/1QgNlWc
My Youtube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn2LUoqPcFHmkV3pQFVFFDQ
My game channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI3Ymy1sVC1SYeRYvalbJWQ
Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/wolfdreamer25
Blogging is fun and so is article writing. It’s easy for me to write about anything even stuff that I’ve never researched till now. I have read dozens of posts and blogs where people are just starting out and they are fiction writers. Some ask what do I write about? Do I write about writing a book or writing in general? Well you can, but it’s so crowded nowadays that you have to think outside the box. I can write a whole blog post about awesome writers who write about writing. I don’t see many fiction writers writing about other topics, and it’s sad so here is my suggestion.
Write about your characters…
Write about your vampires, werewolves, and witches…
Do character interviews.
Include story maps.
Write quizzes for readers to take.
Start blogging a book and giving away free stories.
There are tons of stuff to write about for fiction writers.
Write about your story world, and how it works.
Put up a few posts about character backstories.
There is a ton of stuff to blog about, and you can even put a few excerpts of your books.
Also put up some posts about your work in progress, and even post a picture of you working at your desk…
That’s my cat Callie at mine.
Writing is fun especially blogging since it gives readers a chance to see your work for fiction.
I hope you enjoyed this post since there are many more to come especially when my school is over for the summer.
I haven’t been blogging much lately, and the reason is because of school and work. With less then five weeks to go I’m gearing up for my projects with journalism. Only two more television projects to get through, and three articles to revise. Not to mention plan my layout for my Graphics for Journalism class. It’s a lot of work, and not for someone who is into instant gratification. The problem is mainly getting in touch with the people you need. Sometimes they can be friendly, and answer right away other times they ignore you or be incredibly rude. It’s a trial by fire for sure. When you have the camera none of the students seem like they want to talk at all. I plan to get a parking pass next semester and a smart tag to drive myself since my mom works there I ride in with her. I signed up for three this semester and three the next. It’s coming to a close so fast I definitely have to look for an internship and set it up Spring 2017. My boyfriend is also deployed for a year which sucks, but at least school and writing will keep me busy. I’m just counting down the days, but I’m also nervous since it means looking for a job in my field. Or if I write and publish more then I can just write full time. It’s going to be a change since I’ll have to move out, and get my own place. I’ll take over my car payments and pay my own bills. It also means that I’ll get a smart tag and a parking pass to take myself to school since I go to school mon-thursday. I’ve been in school way too long, and it will be 5 years in October working at a retail job. I definitely need a change. I want the ability to act like a grown up and plan things out. I’ll be able to blog more and film more Youtube videos. I’m also now in an issue of The Commonwealth Times. It was a long road to get that article done, but it reminds me that hard work pays off in the end.
I’ve had this idea for a while now, and I have also asked other writers if they have had any experience with it too. They have and I plan on publishing a few of my novels on my blog. I think it would be a fun thing to do since the story can work like that. I have already decided that the stories I’m going to use are :#Furandfangoflove and #NightwatchSupernaturalStore. I will label which one is which, and try to publish them once a week labeling which part or chapter it is. I hope it will draw new readers, and that it will be a successful series. If I like it I may write more novels this way. A lot of writers are doing this, and experimenting with it so I figured why not. It seems like a fun thing to try anyway. It will help me keep to writing more too. It’s been a wild ride writing novels too. I think these projects will be fun to use to experiment with blogging a book. One of the stories has a lot of possibilities to it. The other is something that I hope people will tune into every week so they can see what will happen to the characters. I enjoy writing, and I write for the entertainment factor versus the money. It will introduce different characters story lines from the Luxor realm. It will make the world of Luxor more full, and it will be just like ours. I hope you enjoy the story just like I will enjoy writing it and working on it a little at a time.
I have told Twitter and Facebook about this, and now I get to blog about it. I signed my first ever publishing contract with Write More Publications for #TheKillerContractAgency. It’s been a wold ride with that book since I pulled it off Amazon in 2011. I redid the whole thing, and I made it first person instead of third. I did fewer victims to make it a better story. I made them aliens instead of humans to give them a super hero vibe instead of a killing people for fun one. It’s been a crazy journey. I gave it to Liz McKeown to edit it so I can republish it, and when she finished editing it she recommended me to Theresa Oliver who is the owner of Write More Publications. She loved the story so much, and praised it to her. I sent her an email after that, and because of how hard I worked on the story it got the notice of a publisher. It means they are taking most of the work off my shoulders, and after doing it for so long I read over the contract which is better then a traditional deal. I jumped at it, and now time for the cover art, formatting, and I’ll let you know when the release date is. This will be my first time working with one, and it’s exciting too. I will also be blogging a few books because of the format, and the style. I write for the story and the characters mainly. I hope to do this full time since I love writing and reading. I never gave up on the story, and that’s they key to this writing business. It’s a good feeling that my hard work paid off. It makes writing worth while, and it will be in paperback which is awesome because it’s my first one.
That is all for now.
Until next time,
I’ve heard it so many times after someone finds out that I write that they can write a book too. They say they have ideas, but very few actually finish writing them out on paper. I’m one of the few that can actually finish one, and it’s a long process.It all starts off with an idea. An idea so good that it has your entire attention. One that makes the characters scream at you to write it. Next comes the character creation, and taking notes about the characters in your story.Then the actual story planning will take place, and planning where the story will go and take shape. The real magic of writing a novel is the actual process since you might end up chucking the outline and just writing. You never know what will happen during the process. That’s also the hard part since doubts and fears begin to creep in. Some spend a day just getting a sentences right others can zip through it no problem. Chapter upon chapter is written on a good day, and on a bad day just a sentence or maybe none. If that happens then just do a writing exercise or two and plan more out. Then once you are done with the story the time comes to revise it and cut down sentences. Then you give it to a beta reader once you edit it a few times. Revise a few more times depending on their suggestions, and then an editor once it’s almost ready to be published. Then get the cover to put on and it’s done. After that comes the drink since you had the guts to put your work out there. That’s how a novel is written it can be longer or shorter depending on the story and how much work it needs. Then celebrate after the entire process is done since you are crazy enough to write a book and finish it. Most people give up since it’s too hard, they don’t have enough time, or they don’t have the drive to finish. Not you since you’re one of the people crazy enough to finish a master piece from start to finish just like me.
It’s been weeks since I’ve blogged because I’ve had a few things throw me off besides the usual school and work stuff. I’ve been back in school, and I dropped my Fashion Writing class because I only want the classes required for my degree and it was two very different writing styles. I made the right decision since I’m learning so much about journalism. It’s harder then I thought, but I like challenges. I have a Disney trip coming up in March and there will be pictures and a blog post about it. I finished the first Scarlet book, and its only a rough draft. I’m halfway through the second and a few pages into the third. I’m waiting for the last beta reader to get done with The Killer Contract Agency rewrite. It been a long journey, but I hope to just say screw it and write it all out since that is what rewriting and beta readers are for. I even threw around some pieces of the second retail novel too. The reason why I have worked harder on the novels is because someone tried to rattle me again. Someone from my past can’t let go of me, and tried to rock the boat. I ignored it because I don’t have time to play games like these anymore. I’m getting to the point where drama is just a waste of time. I’ve moved on with someone else, and he is going to be moving in come April. I have to get to work on the house, and get it ready in between school work and writing. I love the fact that I work and go to school part time. It’s easier and just for this semester. I never realized how much drama can ruin your day till now, and it’s stupid since all it does is throw you off. I do plan on upping the writing word count more, and the more ebooks I publish the more I have a shot at writing full time. I want that to be one of my long term goals. I’ll also publish more on the blog, and even put up excerpts and maybe even playlists.
I forgot how freeing it is just to work, and write on my days off. I love summer since it means a break from the stress of school. It is usually filled with friends too since I have time to have a life. I always have to remember who my real friends are, and they are the ones who support you when the time is rough. They don’t stop being your friend even when you act like an emotional wreck. They make time out of their days to see you, and don’t hold you back. They like who you are and don’t want you to change. You never really know who is on your side until you go through a break-up, death, or a situation that destroys you so completely that you need to rely on them in order to build yourself up. You find out the people who are just pretending to be your friends to which hurts even more since they were supposed to be your friends. I know I lost certain people, but if they were my friends, they would have looked at it like she is hurting emotionally, and to not kick her when she is down. They were holding me back anyway, and I’m better off without them. I know I’m going places, and this situation proves I can handle anything. I’m writing more, and hopefully I can get everything published by the end of the summer. All this free time is awesome! I am grateful for the people who understand what I’m going through, and the ones who don’t attack me because of it. You never really know who your true friends are till your tested. True friends don’t mention the thing you’re trying to forget when it is their fault anyway. Friends don’t insult your family, and they certainly don’t imply you call them names for no reason. I love this freedom from them, and I would not have it any other way. True friends don’t hold you back or change you.
For the first few weeks of college getting to class was harder then the work in a way. Once I got more into the classes, and used to walking to three different buildings I realized something. College involves critical reading and writing, and taking careful notes as a must. Writers can use it too when they read their favorite writing craft books by highlighting important parts, and taking notes then apply it to their writing. It does help that I am taking a few textbook heavy classes, and it will help me take better notes while reading a writing book to review on my blog. I am taking Mass Communication 101 which goes over social media which is handy in today’s world. I can apply it to the world I am creating, and I am taking International Studies 101 which studies populations. It made me think about my government, culture, what the creatures are like, symbols, currency, slogans. It made me see how handy going to class is not to pass the class for my degree, but how it can help with writing! I will go into detail about world building in another post.