Hi! This is my first blog post. I have tried to start them in the past but have always become frustrated in the process. Already, I know there are a couple of orphan pages running around somewhere. My intent in the first couple of attempts to start a blog were to publicize my book that I’d self-published, but then I realized that I don’t know all that many people to foist a blog on, and the ones I did already had copies of the book.
I have started giving a lot of thought to serializing the first book by chapter and putting it up here, along with everything that has come after (it needs to be split up, but I don’t know where because I haven’t finished it yet. I’m on the fourth ending. That’s not helping.) I’m of two minds about it. The first is fear of plagiarism, because everyone knows my work is fantastically great, and that’s why it was rejected by over forty agents and a few publishers that took unsolicited manuscripts. I suppose it’s more the theft of ideas. They’re most likely completely unfounded fears, but plagiarism has been a little rampant lately. I don’t buy that it’s an addiction, and no, I don’t write mysteries. Actually, a story about a plagiarist could possibly be interesting.
The first book could use, however hard I tried, more editing, the second mass isn’t really edited at all after the first 400 pages or so (my typing has been effected by an annoying nerve injury and it has caused some difficulty and lately, provided some humor with some really interesting typos). So I’m on the fence about this. For one thing, I don’t like putting out work for others to see (except for a select few) that isn’t edited to the best of my ability. I may put the first one on, a chapter at a time, since it’s already been self-published.
I also thought I might like to try to start reviewing some books, because I am actually getting a few more ARC’s than I thought I had. For me, writing a review falls just under attempting to write a query letter or synopsis–it’s hard for me not to babble and to form intelligent, coherent (and as proof of this, spellcheck is telling me I just spelled intelligent wrong back there) and thought provoking sentences. I like writing dialogue. Dialogue isn’t conducive to any of the three things listed above. But I think it will be a good exercise for me. Plus, I’ll finally be able to post reviews on Goodreads for the ARC’s I win from them. Goodreads is my book brain. It keeps track of the books I’ve read because I can’t remember them.
The title for this blog comes from the fact that I’ve been home for almost a year on medical leave (so why didn’t it occur to me to do this then? Good question. Actually, I did try.) and I’ve been writing a lot. I have some habits that I have either always had and didn’t notice because I didn’t spend so much time constantly writing, or have developed over the past year. I don’t notice them when I’m home by myself, but when my SO is home sick from work or has a day off and I’m writing, he’s noticed that I do these things. I act out scenes in my head using the dialogue I’ve written. Sometimes, apparently, out loud. Or at least loud enough that he’s thought I was talking to him. Also, I will involve myself in a scene from a certain character’s point of view, which generally consists of waving my arms around sometimes, but usually just gesticulating in some form. I was walking to the kitchen one day and he asked me if I was alright. I said yes, I was fine. Then I realized what I’d been doing–making sort of rapid motions with my hands that looked from the outside like I was angry with something, but in my head, all made perfect sense. I cry at scenes I think are sad, so I try to do those when I’m alone. I space out and miss the turnoff for the street to our house because I’m thinking about things and how to organize them. So now that I’m in physical therapy three times a week after having surgery on my elbow in May (incidentally, it was an editing injury, so I’m proof that the pen (computer?) is mightier than the sword), I’m not sure how much longer I’ll have a lot of time to devote to these things.
So I hope everyone will be patient with me while I try to figure this all out. The little clock in the corner of this post says 10:54 and I’m not even exactly sure how to change that yet. I found something that said find which city you’re closest too, easy, and then opened the menu and it just had all these + and – hours. I think I just need to go and find the -8 hours one. Time is definitely flying. Alright. That’s enough for an initial somewhat explanatory post, I think. 🙂