January is almost over

January is almost coming to a close and I have yet to work on the things that I have wanted to. To say it was lacking on my part is only part of the story, for there is another story, time. Yes, time can be evil and it can be wasted. On my part, time is not wasted for it is eaten away by the hours that it takes to work and to sleep. Sleep is a precious thing not to have in one’s life.

Let’s face it, we have all heard the phrase: there is not enough hours in the day. This is true and because there is not enough hours in the day sometimes I’m having a hard time fitting in my writing. It’s not to say that I don’t want to write, for I do. It’s just that when you work late hours and have to get up in the morning after getting maybe a couple of hours of sleep at a time, writing has to sit on the back burner sometimes, or have to wait for the weekend.

Am I happy about this? No, I am not. When I am not writing, I’m usually depressed for writing brings me joy and happiness for it gives me a chance to play with words. I love playing with words in a story. Experimenting with story elements and details that I never thought were truly possible. When I am not getting the chance to write, I am depressed, like I said and worse angry.

Yes, we writers when we do not get to do the thing that brings us joy in our lives, tend to have a wide range of emotions. Granted, in society there is a heightened sense of frustrations, depending on what you are experiencing from a government shut down, to teachers going out on strike, and everything else going on abroad. It can be daunting not to be able to put those feelings into words.

I wish that there were more hours in the day, for I would use that writing time wisely, and not use it to seek out what is going on with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform. I even have to admit that I need to work on time management skills but there are also circumstances where time management cannot take into account the forces that take place outside of what we can control.

One of those forces is death, falls, and the occasional relying on others to accomplish tasks, and for these forces time is eaten and wasted away before your very eyes. I might be sounding cryptic but when you chose to do a job that is for doing the greater good, such as making deliveries to assisted living centers and sometimes health centers, you have to rely on those that work on these centers, there are many things that you have to take into account. One of those is making sure that your impatience is checked at the door.

Yes, patience is a virtue and that is something special that some people can manage better than others. But sometimes when you are trying to make deadlines, it is a bit hard to keep your patience meter in check. Especially when you are only going on maybe four hours of sleep.

While I have a lack of sleep, there is the other side of the coin that says that you are helping people. Helping people more and more each day, which is something that you can never do sitting behind a desk at an office door. This job has shown me that at the end of the day, no matter what age you are, sooner or later we will all have to have help for time has a nasty streak somewhere running in its veins.

Yup, time will catch up with us all whether we like it or not. But I hope before then I find away to concur the wasted time that I do not currently have to write, or that we all find that we are lacking in our lives.

Using Pen Names and things to consider

There is a subject, or rather a decision that every writer goes through. Yes, even I am dealing with this decision as of late. The subject is that on using or not using a pen name. Pen names have long been used in the history of our industry. Back during the time of Little Women, female writers were discouraged from writing, for it was long held that it was a male industry. Well, women can write just as men. No, I am not attacking men but rather stating a fact that could also be considered an opinion.

If women wanted to write and be published they had to either take on a male name or would keep their writing to themselves and upon their death it would be later published. Even J.K. Rowling was told this with the Harry Potter series when it came time for her to leap into the world of publication.

Aside from J.K. Rowling, there was a long held belief that when it comes to children writers, that little boys would rather read books written by a man then by female. While this may be fact, and gender bias. On the other hand, it should be looked at who is teaching children, but I will save that rant for another day, for I will stick to the subject on pen names.

Besides gender bias and the history of women writers on their treatment, there is another side to using a pen name and that is based on genre writing. There is a long held belief that if you are going to write in other genres, then you need to use a pen name. There are some famous cases of this and there are some that have broken this as well.

One example of this from the traditionally published, is Stephen King. Yes, the thriller mastermind behind some of New York Times best sellers. He has written in other genres while still using his name. While Nora Roberts, who for the most part writes romance, has indulged into the world of mystery using the pen name, J.D. Robb as well as Jill March and Sarah Hardesty. Even the name Nora Roberts is also a pen name. Now on the self-publishing side, an author that I follow on YouTube, Mandi Lynn is also a pen name. A pen name that she has used in different genres that she has published.

While using a different or a same pen name for when it comes to writing and publishing genres may be up to the author to make. But I have been told that it is an industry wide practice to using pen names when writing or publishing in different genres. Granted, I made different imprints under Moonspinner3 Books, for this purpose, but should I also have to use a different name of this as well.

Granted, on the J.D. Robb titles, it does have the subheading or rather by line of Nora Roberts as J.D. Robb or something to that effect. I have thought about this matter quite a bit and while it maybe something to consider, but on the other hand from a business standpoint, does it make sense?

Hear me out on this, using a different pen name, whether you label that you are using a certain pen name or not can make branding hard. Let alone on Goodreads, you would have to have a separate author page for every pen name that you use.  This can be not only time consuming but probably also ridiculous in the long term as well.

Here is another reason, why I am talking about branding under this post as well, is that if you follow or do not follow but Mandi Lynn just re-published two of her books so that for one they got a face lift on the cover designs, but for another her author name on the covers looks the same. She states in one of her videos that is in part due to her brand that she is working on building. I can see her point on this as well.

Coming up with a pen name or even thinking about using a pen name for that matter is a decision that is not made lightly. Granted, I have given this much thought and for one I do not want to have ten or even twenty different pen names, for that could be quite cumber sum to say the least. But I want to use one name, so that my work can be judge based on one persona and not a thousand. This could also make for an author to have multiple identity disorder at which point, how does one sleep at night. I’m not making light of those that are inflicted by this, but we as authors due have to look at this and take it very seriously.

There is one more side to using a pen name, and that is to make a line in the sand between the personal and the business. I can agree with this as well, for one does need to have at times the separation between the two, and if it is the same then everything that you do in the future in your personal life is reflected on your business good or bad. Do you want it to have an impact in your business? On your writing? How your work is judged? We this all the time when it comes to known celebrities.

This is something that does need to have some consideration and all that I can say is that the decision is up to you. Granted when you are self-publishing or traditionally published depending on how big you are then you can make the decisions that are right for you and your business.

One my side, I am considering it just because I don’t want to have too many pen names, or having to making unnecessary social media pages to stay in contact with my readers. I also don’t want to have several signatures also when it comes to signing books. Yes, I may be sounding lazy but really who has time to do all of the lists above. Let’s here it: No one. I know that I do not. I’m currently working on deciding on which one that I want to use.

I hope that this post has given you some thoughts on the use of pen names. I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating until next time!

 

Still making plans for this year

Hello and welcome back to my site! Yes, as you can guess I have made some slight changes to the website header and the logo to Faerie Rose Press. One of the reasons for the changes was that I hated in the previous version there was that blank square and I also hated that I could not fit in the logo for Writer’s First Source.

The issues that I have had with the logo for Faerie Rose Press, was that it was a bit too dark and the words could be barely seen. Therefore, I changed the colors on the logo. Therefore, here is the new logo for Faerie Rose Press:

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Now as you can see from the header there is also now a new logo for a new imprint called Silver Wolf Writing. Silver Wolf Writing is a direct imprint of Moonspinner3 Books, that allows for me to publish works that are either non-fiction and what also may be considered creative non-fiction. Yes, granted I’m mostly about fiction writing but there are times when we as writers that focus on fiction need to take a break from fiction writing and dive into the world of non-fiction. Therefore, that is where Silver Wolf Writing comes into play.

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Here is the story behind Silver Wolf Writing, is that as I have been starting to think about what I want to accomplish this year, I also started thinking about publishing a book of essays. Let’s face it, not all essays are for academic purposes for there are times when we just need to write or rather jot our ideas down on paper. Sometimes it can be crap, but when they are pure genius, that is when you want to share with it others. Therefore, one of the things that I want to accomplish this year is a book of essays. There may also be a memoir in mind too, but I have not yet decided.

As I have mentioned on here before, I want to make this year all about the craft of writing. I want to explore, write, and publish. I am also in the process of working on re-working and re-publishing my poetry collection, Poems in a Milk Bottle. While I am also working on the second draft of Ravages of Time.

You may ask why, and the answer is simple, I feel that I rushed the poetry collection to publication and I want to add some new poems all the while, doing a really good relaunch. So look to that happening. I’m also thinking about re-publishing some of the short stories that I previously published last years as well. There are many things that I want to do and redo as well.

That is one of the blessings of being self-published and owning your own business, is that you can make these sort of decisions. This is also part of me learning about running this business and learning about marketing as well.

I feel that while this year is still new, and fresh I can take the time to build my business and my brand right. Now please, do not take this as I am restarting this website. Heck no, no one has time for that. I know that I don’t have time for that. I’m just doing things to make my brand stronger than it was yesterday. I know that you are probably sick of me changing things up, but look at other businesses that have made changes over their lifespan.

The one takeaway from all of this is that when you make writing your business, and you are still new and trying to make an impact and market your business, you try to be consistent on what your image, brand, and your message looks like. My message is that writing can be obtainable if you put forth the effort.

There is a saying that we have in the alpaca world, which I also feel is appropriate for the writing: What you put into your writing is what you are going to get out of it. If you don’t put the time or the effort into it, then it is not going to pay in the long run. Granted, I have learned the lesson and continue to learn that lesson.

Therefore, I want to make better choices and not just choices that need to be rushed into. That is something that we all should do when it comes to thinking about the choices that comes from trying to make writing a business.

I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating until next time!

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to 2019!!!

Yes, there are many that have probably have started their first blogs of 2019 with this sentiment, and I am no exception. Let’s praise something that 2018 is over (finally). Now we can start to get to the things that we want to do in 2019, which I have mentioned in several posts that I have many things that I want to accomplish in this new year.

First of all, let me discuss one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time. Yes, if you were with me last year, you saw that I was working on either too many projects at a time or I was jumping from project to project without finishing one. Shame on me. This year, however, one of my biggest goals is to work on one project at a time and see it from start to finish. The first of these projects is Ravages of Time.

In case you are not aware, Ravages of Time, is one of the first novel projects that I took on in my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, back a few years ago. While it is a completed first draft, I want to get it to the phase to where I can get it published. I have designed three covers for this book, two that are really similar to one another and the third is like a complete overhaul on the cover design. Here are all three covers displayed together:Ravages of Time Covers-page-001

So that is what I am working on as far as bigger projects go. As for a small one, yes, I’m taking on a small one at the same time. Granted, this goes against the one project at a time thing, but I feel that this project needs to be done for it is somewhat bugging me. Remember, we writers tend to be perfectionists. Especially when we learn something new and want to go back and fix things that we might not like with something that we may have completed in the past.

This one project, is redesigning the cover for Poems in a Milk Bottle, my poetry collection. Yes, the poetry collection is already out there, on Amazon, in publication. However, there are a couple of things that have bothered with me with the publication of the collection. For starters there is the cover. Granted, the original cover was put together and designed when I did not know much about cover design, and most recently I redesigned the cover (I will display them down below). The second thing is when I look at the design for the poetry collection a whole, i feel that it was a bit rushed in places, so I want to go back and fix those things, so that I can republish it this year. So that is a small project that I am taking on. Here are the covers as promised, before I go into describing why I am taking on this project:

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One of the main reasons, why I am going to republish my poetry collection, is because in one year I have learned a lot about putting a book together and I want to make things better. I also learned that I can re-do things, such as unpublish and republish works. I want to expand on what I know and at least try to make things better than they were before. I know that this is a huge undertaking in itself, but I feel that I can do it. So when the updated version of Poems in a Milk Bottle is available, I will let you all know. I also feel that the difference in the cover design is a step up from what it was before.

Another thing that I said that I was going to do in this coming year, is read more than what I did last year. Yeah, I did not read much last year, which I know I should be a shamed of myself. However, instead of reading I was writing, but on the other hand I know that in order to improve upon my craft I need to read more. Therefore, the first book that I am undertaking to read in 2019, is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Well this is the start of what I have going on in 2019. I hope that your 2019 is getting started where you want it to be. I hope that you have a Happy New Year! I also hope that you have a great writing day! Happy Writing, Happy Creating until next time!