Wednesday, September 5, 2018

HANDS SOLO

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of insecure writers please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. It would be swee of you to visit new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question: What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

Deciding to self-publish my manuscript...
Was the most difficult decision I’ve made recently.
For years, I clung to the concept...
That self-pub’d books were not worthy...
Because an agent and/or publisher hadn’t picked them up.
But...
After years of rejection and mind exhaustion...
I reevaluated the self-publishing notion.
With successes like: Amanda Hocking, E.L. James, Robert Kiosaki, and others...
And also friends who successfuly went this route... 
made the decision to do this...
To become "hands-on"...
Not just as a  writer/author...
But doing every job in between.
(of course, whining all the way)
And tah dah!!!
My book will launch in early October!
There! 
I finally said it!
So? 
What path did you take or will you take?
What is/was your experience? 

Always,
Em-Musing

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ASSUME THE IMPOSITION

Ya know what irks me?
When people as if they can taste something that I’m eating.
Like:
A spoonful of my dessert...
A taste of my pasta...
A piece of my meat. 
A slurp of my ice cream cone.
I don’t know about you...
But when I order something...
I don't feel the need to share...
I want it all.
But then...
When my food is on my plate or in my hand...
Before I can even savor the experience...
Whoever I'm with...
Stares at my food...
Like a vampire salivating over a bulging jugular...
And then comes the inevitable plea...
“Can I have a taste of that?”
No! 
I want to say...
But civility makes me say, “Sure.”
“Do you want to taste mine?” they ask.
No thanks! 
I want to say.
Especially since you've been digging in it with your spitty fork! 
Or slurping your tongue all over the ice-cream cone! 
But civility makes me once again say, “Sure.”
So?
How civil are you...
When people ask you for a bite of your food?
(And often it's a very big bite or slurp!)

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

SCARED SHIFTLESS


I’ve been having recurring nightmares for months...
When I am being chased and hunted down.
I wake up in the dark scared...
And in “pull-the-covers-over-my-head” mode... 
From what or whom I don’t know.
So, being a Google Queen...
I looked up the meaning of nightmares and being chased...
And by the diagnosis on many sites...
There’s a good possibility that what’s chasing me is...









My YET-TO-BE-PUBLISHED BOOK
Yup!
According to psychotherapists...
A recurring dream about being chased... 
Generally means your unconsciousness is telling you...
That besides avoiding a person...
An emotional issue that’s painful, annoying or fearful...
Could be a chasing you to make you do something.
WHOOP!
There it is!
Because of my fear of self-publishing...
My YET-TO-BE-PUBLISHED NOVEL...
Is chasing me down harping ...
PUBLISH ME ALREADY, ALRIGHT!
So?
What are your fears? 
And do they chase you down? 

Always, 
Em-Musing


P.S.  Sneak preview of my soon-to-be-self-published novel under my pseudonym Karen Lee Baldwin







Wednesday, August 1, 2018

FEELING ITALIC?


I’m reading Dan Brown’s Origin...
And ya know what I love about his writing...
Besides his intricate plots?
His characters, especially the villains...
The vivid descriptions of scenes...
How he weaves history throughout the story...
And that he uses lots of italics!
I think italics add an emotional layer to his characters...
Letting the reader get inside their head.  
And I especially like getting into antagonists' heads...
With all their creepy, evil, deviant thoughts.
And really...
Don't we all have this italic thinking going on?
Well, maybe not creepy, evil, and deviant thoughts...
But thoughts when our mouth says one thing...
Yet we have an internal dialog going on.
For instance:
When my annoying neighbor drops by unannounced...
And I say, “Hi, nice to see you.”
But I’m thinking
Please don't make this a marathon visit...
Telling me one more time...
How you're going to cleanse your liver...
Or that you're going to do a coffee enema! Yeesh!
Please go home soon!
So yes, I like the italic layer of a character in print.
However...
Aren’t we writers always warned…
Not to over-use italics?
So?
Do you use italics in your writing?
And if so...
Why and how often do you use them?

Always,
Em-Musing


P.S. Mr. Brown also likes to break the cardinal rule of
NO ADVERBS Like this one—uncomprehendingly I don’t think I’ve ever said that word let alone have written it.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

LONG IN THE TOOTH AISLE

I knew my brain was suffering information overload... 
When I stood in the toothpaste aisle... 
And couldn’t make a decision.
Gone are the days... 
When the only criteria for buying toothpaste...
Was price... 
Because back then...
All toothpastes were created equal.
Today there are so many choices...
Price is now at the bottom of my decision list. 
What I wanted was a “whitening” toothpaste...
Because besides my teeth being clean... 
I wanted them to be white...
But then I noticed that particular brand...
Didn’t have tartar control... 
And I’m prone to tooth crud.
Scanning the shelves, I found a brand...
That whitened and had tartar control in it. Great!
But it also had fluoride...
I don’t want fluoride in my toothpaste anymore...
Because city water has fluoride in it.
So that got me to wondering...
If I drink city water with fluoride...
Do I need fluoride treatments from my dentist?
I also worry...
That if I drink eight glasses of city water a day... 
Am I getting not only too much fluoride, but chlorine?
But then...
Because chlorine is used to clean my city’s water...
And chlorine bleach makes laundry white...
If I drink enough city water...
Will it whiten my teeth?
And then do I even need the whitening toothpaste? 
And besides the chlorine whitening my teeth...
Chlorine kills germs like in pools...
So? Will drinking city water...
Kill germs that cause gingivitis and bad breath?
And then do I even need mouthwash that kills germs? 
Is it me? 
Or should buying toothpaste be this difficult?

Always,
Em-Musing



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

THE ROAD NOT TRAVELLED YET

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens
the first Wednesday of each month.
It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

The co-hosts this month are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

The optional question is: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

Hmm?
I don’t believe my writing goals have changed...
As much as my thinking has changed...
Regarding my road to publication.
It’s tough! A lot tougher than I ever thought.
And it’s scary!
Trust me...
I’m not a wuss...
I live in a tropical jungle in Mexico...
Where scorpions, tarantulas, spiders, snakes, and other critters...
Lurk everywhere...
And jaguars roam at night.
So no...
I ain’t no scaredy cat.
Except when it comes to self-pubbing...
Because it's like climbing Everest!
Blindfolded!
Without a map! Or a clue!
And there are the few misteps I've taken along the way...
Not to mention battling my insecurity...
That I’ll never sell a book...
Because my writing sucks!
But...
I’m getting there.
Slowly.
And I’ve learned to accept that if this is how long it takes...
So be it...
Because I am moving in the right directionforward!

And you?
How're you doing with your writing goals?

Always,
Em-Musing

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

EH? WHAT’S THAT YOU SAY?

This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session      

known as the Insecure Writers Support Groupfounded by the one and only, Alex J. CavanaughIf you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happensthe first Wednesday of each month.It would be sweet of you to visit at least a dozen or so new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.The awesome co-hosts for the June 6 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynica  Sailor!

June 6 question - What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?


The easy part for me is character names...
Why? 
Because I hear voices...
In my head...
Many voices...
Some adult...                         
Some young adult...
Even angel voices...
Witches and demon voices...                          
Also sultry females,and grannies.
And they tell me their names.
Am I going crazy?
Nope...
It's just part of my writing process...
So, that’s the easy answer to today’s question.
So obviously, the harder answer is...
Book titles!
Coming up with a book’s title is agony!
So many options,only one will do...
Then imagining...
What the title will look like on the book...
Then making mock-ups...
Playing around with fonts, graphics, etc.
But then the hardest part?
Making up my mind. **sigh**
Wish my books could talk like my characters do.
Maybe we do but you’re not listening.
So?
Which one is harder for you?
And do your characters ever talk to you?

Always,
Em-Musing