My goal this year is to read a lot more books. I barely read 50 books last year, so this year I upped my goal to 125, hoping to read 150. I’m doing well and seem to be on track to blow past my aspirations. So far I’ve read 98 books. I’m tracking everything on Goodreads.
I’m currently writing an erotic romance novel, and next I’m writing a pulp science fiction novel. I felt like I hadn’t read enough of either of those genres to do them justice. As a writer, I wish I’d have read more books throughout my life. All I can do is try to make up for it now.
Some romance highlights have been the Baal’s Heart trilogy, Rattlesnake by Kim Fielding, and Erica’s Choice by Sami Lee. Also two books by T.J. Klune were completely amazing: The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania, #1) and Wolfsong (Green Creek, #1).
Other reading highlights have been some Neil Gaiman books, American Gods and Anansi Boys, and a nonfiction book, Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future by Raoul Martinez.
So that’s what I’ve been up too. I’ll do another update like this at the end of the year. Thanks for reading.
On this April Fools’ Day, I will be taking a break from reading social media, but I guess that doesn’t mean I can’t post my own stuff. (No April Fools’ jokes here.)
I feel like I make a lot of plans for the future on this blog (when I actually post), and they don’t always come to pass, so now I’m focusing on the present. Time to report on what I have done and what I’m doing and not what I plan to do one day.
I’m finishing up the first draft of my sex magic romance novel. I’ve also been rewriting the first 40,000 words. My short 60,000 word romance novel looks like it is going to be closer to 80,000 words. I’m not sure how long I’ve been working on this one, but it’s a lot longer than I was planning.
I’m rewriting The Forgiving to release it as a paperback. I have no idea how long this will take, but I’m not going to rush it. I’m not going for any major changes, but there are a few parts I’m not satisfied with and I want improved before the book is in print.
I’m in the process of learning how to make comics. This includes doing the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook and going through Drawing Words and Writing Pictures. I’ve also written a four page comic for a contest. A novice artist is drawing the art.
I’m reading drastically more books. Most of these are romance novels and Image comic books. Some romance recommendations: Rattlesnake, The Lightning-Struck Heart, and Erica’s Choice. Some comic recommendations: Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars and Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine.
I’m in the middle of American Gods.
That’s me right now. I hope I have more to update you on soon.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Four months have passed since I last posted, so this is a bit like starting over.
Welcome to Self Write.
I’m not sure why today is the day for new beginnings, but here I am, bursting with new ideas and aspirations. It could have something to do with the fact I’m writing a romance novel, Lake Arcadia. Or it could be that my only romantic relationship is with my writing.
Art is a worthy lover.
While the writing is going well, Lake Arcadia probably won’t be finished and ready for publication until next year. I’ll be doing some other things in addition to writing in the meantime.
I have a new ten-year goal (I’m thinking long term here). I would like to write and illustrate a graphic novel. This will require skills I don’t currently have. My plan is to start with the basics.
This is Year One. Year One involves a lot of reading, writing, and drawing.
I’ve upped my reading goal to a 100 books this year. This includes reading a lot of comics, but I’m also just reading more in general.
Writers read and I just haven’t done enough reading in my life, especially since I like to write in multiple genres. If I want to write romance, I need to have read more romance novels. I have a sci-fi novel planned, and a fantasy novel, and all sorts of crazy stuff in the works, but I need a stronger foundation if I want to create amazing work people fall in love with.
Blowing past 100 books should be easy, even though I only read 51 books last year. This year, I’ve already read 23 books. I’m 11 books ahead of schedule already.
Today, I start my drawing practice in earnest. I’m starting with the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook, which arrives in the mail today. I’ll make regular posts on my progress.
Reading more, writing more, and drawing more will give me more to post about on this blog. I’m getting older and my skills just aren’t where I’d like them to be. I’ve done a lot of writing, and now it’s time to come at my craft from some new angles.
I don’t just want to be good. I want to be amazing. Amazing takes an obsessive amount of work. This blog will show the work.
I do not live in a bubble. Do you know how? I have a secret.
There are news sources and rebel academics that actually talk about factual reality. I know, I know, crazy. The world isn’t just opinion. And yes, there is bias in everything, but investigative journalism still exists. There are still some intellectuals independent from the capitalistic system. Science is a real thing, and in many ways (though limited) the world is observable and knowable. This includes the social sciences.
I don’t need my social group to reaffirm my reality. Facebook and Twitter are nice for camaraderie, but even though I surround myself with people I agree with and like, the confirmation bubble is always popped because I still have a mainline to the real world.
I have opinions, and they form and they change because I keep encountering facts. I seek out scientists, artists, academics, activists, and journalists with integrity. We don’t need to seek out biased, opposite opinions to balance out our own; we need to keep searching for and paying attention to the truth.
For National Novel Writing Month I’m trying to finish writing the queer romance novel I’ve been working on. The plan was to write it as quickly as possible, but that didn’t happen. I’m not sure why I failed, but I’m trying to fix that with #NaNoWriMo2016.
A ton of reading is another goal on my list this month. I was planning on reading 75 books this year and I’m at 48. Even if I finish the ten or so books I’m currently in the middle of, I’ll still be way behind. Time to read some quick picture books or something.
Last year my goal was 50 books and I barely made it, so 48 so far this year isn’t that bad. I can’t believe I only have two months left.
Two amazing books I’ve read already are
I hope you have a good month of reading and writing.
Thank you, everyone.
Brief Pose has reached the goal I was aiming for: to get in the top three in free LGBT Science Fiction. Not only is it in the top three, but we hit number two!
It’s a little hard to compete with the complete works of Oscar Wilde, but reaching number two is good enough for me. Thanks for helping me get there. If you still haven’t downloaded a copy of Brief Pose, now is your chance. Download a free copy HERE.