Spilling more Hot Chocolate: #SplashGate anyone? In other words here we go again…

Dear friends, I have just learned that the word “splash” has now been trademarked. Over the course of some time we have seen the devilish #cockygate which died after the author pulled back on her copyright infringement claims on the word “cocky” but now we have to worry about the word “splash.”

Here is where I sit on this, “splash” really can’t be trademarked since it was the title of a movie back in the 1980’s; however, if this claim is successful in being pursued I think Disney might have something to say on the issue and here we go again folks for another episode of:

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Granted many can try on their claims for these type of things but as a community, we should take offense that there are authors/writers out there that want to limit the community as a whole from using words that have been used for years and years and thousands of books.

The last time that we as a community dealt with these type of issues, and I’m talking about #cockygate, the writing community as a whole had a massive blow up and this was the start of many of the issues that we as writers face within our community.

Yes, our community can be great but like so many communities out there are, we also  have some bad seeds. I will say that a post that I did some time ago about spilling the tea about authortube has been popular over time, and still continues to be, sheds some light on the issues that have come up over time with the authortube community.

Here is a link to the blog post if you would like to read it for yourself: https://moonspinner3books.com/2018/10/25/spilling-hot-chocolate-over-the-latest-drama-authortube/

All of this drama is one of the reasons why I said that I had enough with the community. Granted, there is still more drama going on with authors on authortube and some other places that author’s use for the platform but enough is enough.

When I first joined this community of online writers and as an aspiring writer, the message that came over loud and clear is “I want to help writers like yourself to succeed.” Granted, there are still some that say that but then there are others that bring on the drama like if you don’t do something like I do then you’re a bad citizen of the writing community.

Sorry, not everyone goes on the same path with their writing. Some aren’t young when they start their first novel, some are just as old as my parents. But that part doesn’t matter, what matters is this plain and simple: don’t make the barriers to enter harder for anyone. It wasn’t hard for you to get into writing so make it hard for others?

Yes, you might be sitting there reading this and thinking, “Wait isn’t this simple ethics? or like the Golden Rule?” Why yes, it is. Think about it treat others as you want to be treated. If you want to be a traditionally published author then deal with those barriers and those gate keepers that like to look at trends and tell you what you should be writing. But if you want to be an independent writers and be self-published then help others and suggest things that work instead of tearing down writers.

 We all want to succeed in this world of writing, but if you make it hard for someone and they run from their dream then you have already started hurting this community.

Granted, from the beginning with this site I have stated time and time again that I want to help writers not hurt them. But when I post things like this, it’s to help them understand what we as a community are facing at the current moment. Do I like posting these things? No, for it hurts me. I get angry and upset and that’s not what this is for me. This is my place to escape from the realities of the world, and like I have posted on here before too writing is an escape. It should be relaxing and enjoyable but when things like this drama come up, it adds more pressure on us writers then helps to relax us.

That’s how we should think as a community. Help other writers rather than hurt them. Granted, on many of the writing groups that I am a member of one book keeps being brought up, and that book is “Children of Blood and Bone.” I, for one can honestly say that I am not quite over what this author did back last year, and I even wrote a post about it:

https://moonspinner3books.com/2018/11/30/here-we-go-again/

Here is a brief overview on the topic, the author tried to claim that Nora Roberts was stealing titles. Now pay attention, children, Nora Roberts wrote a book titled, “Of Blood and Bone,” which came out a year prior to “Children of Blood and Bone.” Now think, how can some one steal a title when it came out a year prior to someone else’s book? You have given it some thought and are probably thinking, “That’s not how it works.”

Here is the other thing on this, both authors’ works were published by the same publishing house but under different imprints.

Granted, the author did apologize to Nora hours after the fact, but the issue remains that she did not correct her readers on any of the facts, for they still to this day go after Nora for the author’s cries of foul. I’m sorry, but when you make a claim like this, and even if you apologize, you should call out your fans and also make them apologize for their actions. I know it’s hard but it would go a lot further in this community with one simple act instead of sitting around and doing nothing.

Maybe I should let it go, but I’m not quite ready to since her readers have not let their tirade towards Nora Roberts has not been let go either. Yes, damage has been done and done and continues to be done. But we as a community need to find a way to come together instead of falling apart and being further apart then before.

Over the years we are told that writing is a solitary job, and let’s face it is. We write alone, we come up with our ideas alone and at times we have no support, and yet we are told that finding a community of authors/writers is away to come out of that solitary life and make it worth while. But if more episodes like this come up, we are still going to be solitary in our writing pursuits.

Sorry, if this was not a happy topic, but it needs to be put out there. I hope that in the mean time that you have a happy writing day! But just be careful for a using the word “splash”.

 

 

 

In Memorial: Christopher Tolkien

The Fall of Arthur

Today, we learned of the passing of J.R.R. Tolkien’s son, Christopher. Christopher in the later part of his life brought and even edited some of his father’s work which was a continuation of sorts to his father’s legacy. Christopher was 95 years old.

 

Necessities for that Perfect Setup

Last time, I talked about getting the computer that you are using for your writing organized. Now I’m going to talk about what every writer should have for their computer, this is either for a desktop or a laptop. This are some of the must haves that I need in order to spend hours on end in front of the computer.

The first important item that you should have no matter where you setup your computer is light. Yes, let there be light. Having either a good desk lap or natural light can never be a bad thing, in my opinion. Your eyes will thank you for this later. Granted, when it comes to picking the perfect spot to setup the computer, when it comes to natural light, you want to make sure it is a spot where the sunlight won’t hit you direct in the eyes or on your screen. If the sunlight hits the screen, you are going to find it hard to see what you exactly doing. My suggestion, whether you deal with daylight savings or not, pick a spot where the sun won’t hit your space but it allows enough light to come in the room, and then at night if your overhead light is not the best, get a lamp that will give you the perfect light and make sure it is also not adjusted to where it will it you in the eye either.

Now getting back to the computer, whether you are using a desktop or a laptop, my number is make sure that you have a monitor that is big enough to where if you need multiple screens open of your word processing document, you can have them side by side. I know that not everyone can afford big monitors and I’m not talking that you need a fifty inch television, but somewhere between 19 inch and 25 inch should be good. Now I’m using a 25 inch. The reason, if you are using a laptop, which most people are looking at that tiny screen will hurt your eyes after hours of use. Take it from most college students that use a laptop.

Now when it comes to hooking up that laptop to the monitor, you can do it one of two ways. One is either by using a HDMI cable or a VGA cable. The difference between the two is the VGA has blue connectors and the HDMI cable has a smaller/slimmer connector. So on my setup, I have a laptop that I have connected to a monitor using a HDMI cables and most laptops use HDMI connections rather then a VGA cable. I have posted pictures of the two connections down below:

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VGA Cable                                                                       HDMI Cable

Once you have your monitor hooked up, then your screen problems are no longer an issue, just make sure that when it comes to what is on your screen, then do a simple right click and go down to display settings and then go down to multiple displays and select “Duplicate these displays.” Once this setup is completed then you are off to the races.

Now the other thing that I really recommend, especially if you plan on typing or working for a couple of hours, investing in a good keyboard. The number one reason why I suggest this, is for one I can’t stand the cramped space that my fingers have to use for the keyboard, and since I like to have room for my fingers to move across the keyboard, I invested in a good keyboard. I’m currently using a wireless keyboard that I can hook up to my laptop via a USB connector.

IMG_4904Granted, some keyboards can be expensive but I suggest not spending more than $75 for a keyboard. My top recommendation is the Logitech MK550 Wireless Keyboard with the Ergonomic Wave Design and Mouse set. The other thing about using this keyboard is that you don’t necessarily have to use the mouse that goes with the set for you can use mouse that you preferred instead. Now this where my alpaca and llama love come in, for I’m using a mouse that has llamas that can be found at Walmart:

That does it for all of the computer hardware that you could ever need for that perfect setup when it comes to typing and working on those project electronically. Now for the other technology things that we as writers must have at or near our desks, such as pens a good notebook and a USB drive. Yes, a USB drive and the simple reason is just as we are told to save our work a lot, I would also suggest backing it up. Using a USB drive is one of the simplest ways to back up your work. You pop it in and do a save as for your work to the drive and you are all set for the next time that you go to work on your project locally on your computer.

Now with the USB drive, I would suggest that you also keep it organized for when you need to find something. This sort of goes back to the helpful organization tools that I posted in the last post on here.

Well that will do it for today. I hope that you have found this post just as helpful as the last. I hope that you all have a great writing day until next time.

Organizing the Computer for Writing

While I continue the conversation about getting organized in 2020, let’s talk about getting the computer in tip top shape in terms for writing. I know that some may be have been lucky enough to get a new computer for Christmas, and while that is great and fantastic, I can honestly say that sometimes this is where users tend not to keep it as organized as we may like. So today I’m going to talk about getting and keeping the computer organized.

Let’s first talk about the desktop, and no I’m not talking about the desk that you put the computer on. I’m talking about the desktop that is on the computer. I know that are probably many out there that save many of their files to the desktop. First off stop the habit right now, because when you save all of your files to the desktop you are actually making that computer perform slower when it comes up. So keep that desktop clean. The only think that should be on your computer’s desktop is the trash or recycle bin.

Secondly, when you are cleaning off of your computer’s desktop, all of those short cuts, remove those for there is absolutely no need for them. If you a program, such as Word, Scrivener, your Internet Browser you can add it to your task bar that is on the bottom of your screen. This way you can make it tidy and neat at the same time. Here is what my task bar looks on my computer:

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See I have my file folder accessible, my popular Internet Browser (ie, Google Chrome), Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Scrivener, my snip tool, and my least popular Internet Browser just in case I need it.

Once you have these parts done, next is to work on organizing that documents folder. Yes, this is where you should be saving all of your files. Now to take it a step further, so that your writing projects are not being confused with your other files, I would suggest that you make a folder called “Writing” or “Writing Projects” and then with in that folder make a separate folder for each project. Now if you are making writing your business, and you have a publishing folder, this is where you should create a folder that named after your business, and then put your writing projects in there.

Granted, I have my writing folders organized under my business name, and then within that folder I have one called imprints, which every imprint has a folder, and within each of those has a folder for the projects that will be published by that imprint. Now I admit that my filing system may be a bit massive, but at least I can find my files when I need them.

You can do anything that is listed above whether you are using Microsoft Windows or a Mac. But if you follow these tips your computer and you will have a happy relationship.

I hope that you have found this topic handy, until next time I hope that you have a happy writing day!

Time and Space in 2020

Last time that I was on here, I talked about how this year I was going to be different from last year. Let me start off by saying that last year was one giant mess, in that I would find time to write, or I would think that I would have the time and then something would happen and then my writing time would go poof. Between you and me, it sucked big time.

This year, so far I have the time to write, due to many factors. One being that I am currently looking for a job. Secondly, between job searches, is when I hopefully will be doing most of my writing.

Granted, as writers, one of the first pieces of advice that you are given is that we need to have a dedicated time to and place to write. While most will say that you should write the at the same time and or place. I will say that some times when writers, especially those starting out, try to follow this piece of advice, will fall into the waste land that is burnout.

On the subject, I will say that when it comes to finding that right time, all depends on when you can give writing your full attention. Granted, even if you are able to donate fifteen minutes of your time to your craft, then that is all that you might be able to give during a day or even a string of days. Let’s face it, we all have busy lives, and while writing is not exactly a community activity, for it can be solitary, our lives are not solitary. We have families, and families come with their hassles.

But at least while I can say that there are a few minutes, or even hours when I have the house to myself, then I can dedicate that time to both my writing and to my job search. While I can say that work and having a job can be a creative suck on so many levels, I can say that on the other hand it does come with one perk and that is money.

As much as I want to say, that I have made money so far from the projects that I have published, so far I have made nothing. This is not to say that others can’t have prosperous success, but I have not found it yet.

I’m not giving up yet, for I’m still enjoying writing and I love it when I have completed works. It’s just so far, I have not seen the whole might dollar my way when it comes to my writing.

However, but getting back to the topic at hand. We as writers need to dedicate some or a little time to our projects and our craft. While time may be a difficult thing, so may be space. I can’t tell you how many times, I thought that I have found a space that is dedicated, where I can do my writing and then something happens or someone comes along and puts designs on my writing space. Does that mean that I gave up on finding my space, hell no! It just means that I moved my space.

As part of my goal as making writing more of a priority than last year, I moved my writing space into my bedroom. I know that some will say that your work space and your personal space should be separate, but when you have no choice, then you have to make the necessary changes to do what must be done.  Therefore, in my case I moved my writing space into my bedroom for the time being.

While I can say that most times writers are told that they need to have a permanent time and space, it does not always work that way, therefore, we as writers need to be flexible in our pursuits having making our writing goals a reality.

Nevertheless, the more flexible that we are in our en devours then there is a greater chance in achieving success.

I hope that you have found this topic helpful. Until next time, I hope that you have a great writing day! Happy creating!

2020 is here and where is this year going?

Hello and we have made it 2020! Boy did 2019 fly buy and this year, I’m hoping to do better than last year. Last year was crazy with lots of changes to my life and as much as I tried to make writing and my business a priority, I really didn’t. I will admit that I failed last year, and I am hoping that this year is going to better.

I’ve already decided that I”m not going to make as many changes to my business’s appearance as I have done in the past. Therefore, what is out there on the heading will stay. I think that is where I lost some of my focus by trying to cover every part of fiction by having this imprint and that imprint. But I think that also this focus on having the different imprints I also because of some of the advice that I have been given.

See as writers, we are often told, that if you are going to write in different genres that you have to have a different pen name and sometimes you have to sign with different publishers. Well, as much as this might be common practice, it is probably not is best. I mean look at some known writers that have written in different genres they still use their name. The authors that I’m talking about is Stephen King. Granted, Nora Roberts uses a pen name when she switches from romance to mystery and thriller to a pen name, I think that its harder for your readers to follow a writer.

Granted, I will admit that some readers may not like romance or fantasy, but if their author is dipping their toes in that part of the water, than maybe their preferences might follow where their authors are going. Maybe I’m wrong, but in some ways, or in a lot of ways the madness of trying to please or change when your mind wants to try something new is just flat out crazy.

I’ve already decided that last year, I would not be using several pen names based on genres that I’m writing, but would rather use one name for all of my works. So maybe I need to do the same thing with by publishing business as well? Sorry, no, that’s not going to happen. I’m keeping off the imprints and not creating anymore.

Yes, last year I was away a lot and that was hard. I think that in someways my craft suffered for it, and I really didn’t put out anything new. I just worked on updating previously published works, and I’m still working on that. But I’ve also decided that this year, I’m going to dedicate my time to one project at a time, instead of switching back and worth between projects.

Previously, I’ve made a point of stating that I’m working on said project, and then I get to a point and switch to another project. No more of that, at least I can try. This year, I want to start something and complete it to the end. Granted, right now, I’m busy working on updating the first of the Sheriff John Crimson Stories, Crimson Bounty. Once that is completed then I will work on the second and then the third. Once those are completed we will see where this year really takes off.

I want to thank all of you that have stayed with me, through out my few years of growth on this site and for following everything that I am working on to see where the future will go.

I want this year, to be the better than last year and I want to really focus on my craft and get organized, which I will probably talk more about later.

I am in the process of working on things to build upon and to discuss.

I will leave you there. Happy New Year, my friends. I hope that you all have a great writing day.

 

What Have I been Up to Lately

Hello again! I have been quite busy behind the scenes, writing of course. But I have also been updating a few things as well. Before we get to all of that, I wanted to inform you all that there are now editions, or rather updates made to the ebooks My Grandmother is Missing and Poems in a Milk Bottle.

In both of these ebooks, they first have new covers, which are down below:

My Grandmother Cover-page-001          Poems in a milk bottle cover-page-001

There are many reasons why I changed the book covers for these two works, but first and for most the original covers were not doing it for me. So they needed to be changed.

The other changes that made to these works, was by putting them under their imprints, such as My Grandmother is Missing has been published under both Moonspinner3 Books and Black Knife Mysteries and Thrillers Press. As for Poems in a Milk Bottle, I only published it under Moonspinner3 Books.

Besides all these make up changes, I have updated the story to My Grandmother is Missing, so that it more considered a short story piece than that of a flash fiction piece. I wanted to make this change, because first and fore most I felt the story was not really complete enough, and I wanted to add in some details, so that I was a stronger piece.

As for Poems in a Milk Bottle,  I made more formatting changes to the collection. However, in view of these changes, I have also made them look more professional, such as adding both front and back matter to the book.

So what is next for me…well, I am currently working on The Raven Prophecy and I will be making similar changes to the Sheriff Crimson stories that I have already released.

I hope that you will stay tune to those changes, and I will let you all know when they are available. But as of right now both, My Grandmother is Missing and Poems in a Milk Bottle are both available for release.

I hope that you all have a happy writing day!

 

 

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Welcome to Moonspinner3 Books!

Hello and welcome to what is now Moonspinner3 Books! Yes, I have just changed faerierosepress.com to now moonspinner3books.com. This change is all due in part to my original vision for my publishing company changing from being Faerie Rose Press to being Moonspinner3 Books.

In the beginning, I stated that Faerie Rose Press was for publishing works of fiction that is under the genre of fantasy. However, as a writers, sometimes we tend to work and write works that are in other genres. Therefore, I am diversifying my portfolio and made Faerie Rose Press and imprint of Moonspinner3 Books. Therefore, with this change that I made months ago, I am now making the changes to the site to reflect this change in that the website is now under the main company name.

Yes, I have been away from my site; however, this does not mean that I have not been writing or working on various projects. I hope that you continue to come back for more content as things are changing and becoming better in focus for myself and my works in fiction.

Thank you as always for supporting me and I hope that you will continue to support the site.

It Starts with a Single Spark…

During the past several weeks, I have been trying to get back into habit of writing even if it is by use of pen and paper. Yes, the old way of writing that some of us use to do in school to pass the time. Most of what I was written has been short pieces or even scenes of bigger pieces, and my most recent try is a Harry Potter fan-fiction piece. Whatever, it is I’m trying to get back into the swing of it from my somewhat lengthy break.

In my last post, I had written that I was taking a break due to all the drama that had taken place within our community. Let’s admit that last year was ugly and this year it seems has been no exception to have its share of drama for the writing community. I will not go into the latest bit of drama on this post, other than to say that advanced reader copies are free!

Although, I could bring up this latest drama, I won’t for it has been kicked about and talked about quite a bit on AuthorTube.

However, with all the drama being battered about in the writing community, I have made the decision that it is not going to effect my writing or my business for that matter. I need to get back into the full swing of writing for I have missed it dearly from my life, and for a while I have been looking for that single spark to get back into what I love dearly.

I have found a few threads along the way, that I have kicked me back into it, and the greatest spark came last night, thanks to my incredibly loving boyfriend. He drew me a lovely soak bath. While I was enjoying this gift of a bath, I closed my eyes and thought about the stress that I have been facing in my life, besides not writing, and then I pushed those thoughts out of my head, and thought about my writing.

Needless to say, the clarity came to me that I need to push out whatever doubt that I may have about my stories and just write. This same advice that I have given to others, I was ignoring and that is not how I should have been conducting myself. Yes, I will admit that I was not listening to the advice that I was giving out. So now I’m going to listen to my own advice and write what I want to write and ignore what others have to say.

I have stories to tell and what goes on in the community should not interfere or bind me against my inner desires to write. Therefore, as of write now I’m holding on to the sparks that I have found and am going to write what I want. Furthermore, I have accepted that I have been letting others interfere in what I want to accomplish and that is not how I want to conduct my business. I am coming back and am engaging my craft with everything that I want it to be.

I want to grow as a write. I want my craft to grow with every story that I write. I want to pursue my passion like never before. Finally, I don’t want to go without a day of not writing. Granted, this is where I will also hold myself accountable, that during my break even though, I was not writing I was still thinking about writing. Yes, writing was still driving me and due to that drive, I could not ignore the simple fact that I needed to write. Therefore, I am back doing what I love, and I have really missed it dearly.

Even though, I am getting back to writing, there is one thing I am not partaking in Camp NaNoWriMo for the month of July. I am going to be taking it slowly to get back to into the swing of things, but I am coming back. This does not mean that any of my previous projects are dead in the water, it just means that I will also be taking another piece of advice and that is to be working on one project a time, and with that also in mind, seeing that project through until it is completed. No more leaving it on the shelf not to be touched for months.

Yes, I am some improving to do but that is all in part the growing stage of working on my craft and my passion, and I have to thank my boyfriend of helping me see that I needed a good soaking, warm bath. It just shows that sometimes that when you get a nice gesture, it comes to show that some incredible things can come from a gift; even, if it comes from somewhere unexpected.

I hope that you have found this post to be entertaining if not informative. Thank you, for being patient with me during my break. I hope that you all have a wonderful writing day! Happy Writing and Happy Creating until next time!

 

Using Writing Prompts

Last time, I spoke about how I was dealing with a dry spell in my writing. Well, that suddenly changed and you might be asking how did my situation change? The solution is by using a writing prompt. Or in my case, I created a prompt of my own. Yes, you could say that I was inspired or rather compelled to write based on a prompt.

The prompt in question came from a recent trailer for an episode of Shonda Rhime’s latest television spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19. The trailer starts with a line that goes something like:

“At the end of a funeral, someone will ring twenty bells.”

From the moment I heard this line, I was hooked. My mind was racing with ideas and it started my latest story idea and so far I’m over five thousand words into the first draft. Therefore, you might say that I found a spark that I have latched onto and it is working.

Finding a working spark at times it all it takes for us writers to get our creative juices flowing, and in order to get it working for us is to find that inspiration. Sometimes, finding the inspiration that works can come from a prompt of any sort. It could be a simple line from a television promo, a line of dialog, a picture, or even a simple writing prompt that we find either online or in one of our numerous writing guides. Wherever the prompt may come from if it gives your writing wings then let that baby soar and ride it out as far as you can.

Furthermore, take note that sometimes we writers need or rather can use a prompt to give our writing a gentle nudge or a giant push. In my case, the working prompt that I’m using gave me a giant push to get me out of my rut, and I’m happy that I found something that is working.

Granted, on this project, I have not given it a titled or really jotted down any notes, for you might say that I’m flying by the seat of my pants. Now, granted this where the discussion of being a plotter or a pantser comes into play; however, there are times when you have to say screw being a plotter and just go with the flow of being a pantser. Now, when it comes to the second draft, if something is missing from that first draft then you can start plotting what is missing to improve that initial draft. But if you have hit a hard rut, sometimes being a pantser to get you out of that rut can be both creative and rewarding.

But of course we are only talking about working on that initial first draft, not the other drafts that may or will come into play after the fact. Granted, just looking at getting out of the rut in the first place, is the biggest challenge. Just like a hero must make the choice to accept the call, we writers can take that same piece of advice with what we are given. If we ignore that call then we might lose out on what could possibly one of the best stories that we could possibly write. Sometimes, we just have to take the same piece of allowances that we give our characters and apply it to our writing.

Sometimes, we will find not only archetypes in the presence of our characters, but in our writing as well. Furthermore, we have to understand as writers what we are working with and what we are also facing in our writing to work with what we are being given. In my current, case I know that I was given a wonderful gift from one simple line that came from a television promo, and my lovely muse is enjoying the freedom to play and based on that play time is feeding me information. Therefore, I’m not wasting the gift that has been presented to me and am writing and working on my first draft.

It’s a wonderful thing for us writers when we find that one spark that allows us to set our writing on fire and our fingers to be set free across the keyboard. Therefore, on that note I will allow you get back to whatever project you are currently working on.

I hope that you all have a wonderful writing day! Happy writing and happy creating until next time.