Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Monday, August 31, 2009

Progress report, and plans for the future:

Finally! I got back to the book today. Health issues have had my mind a little off. I tried writing some the past couple of weeks, but when I read it today, I had to laugh! Every other word was not just misspelled... it was flat the wrong word! For example, did you know I had a character called 'and Sher'. Oh wait, that's supposed to be Aunt Sher. Well, you get the picture. I ended up deleting blocks of it. There were sentences that didn't even make sense to me. What was I trying to say? Hope it wasn't a great idea, because it's sure as heck gone now!

After deleting the evidence of the brain farts, and fixing the keeper parts, I refreshed my memory and began to proceed. I finished the chapter! Yea,me! Word count: 48,819. Yeah, long way to go... but at least I'm going!

I have made a resolution... Well, I made it long ago, but never paid it any mind. I dug it up and dusted it off... I must limit the time I spend in Blogville. Many of you may not know... I'm still reading your blogs, but not leaving so many comments. I simply can't keep up with it. I now realize how much my blogging has interfered with my writing pace. It used to be something I did in between writing. Somehow it became something I did, and if time permitted, I wrote.

I will still be visiting all the blogs I follow, but not on a daily basis. I will not, I repeat, NOT, catch up on everything I miss. That's my downfall. When I skip reading and just write, I come back to Blogville and read everything I missed! How is that working for me? Uh... not.

I am serious about my writing. I want so much to finish this book. I have ideas already for the next several manuscripts. I've got to get them out of my head and into my laptop.

Please don't forget me while I'm gone. I will miss you all...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Site for sore eyes...

If you're like me, you spend so much time on the computer that your eyes blur. Well, here's another place to invest a little time...

I promised when I had time to post some of the sites I have found to be helpful to me as an aspiring published author. Sorry, but life has been rather hectic. Check out my personal happenings on my essays blog and my blahwg! blog. I will get around to posting them... Until then, here is my #1 pick: nathanbransford Everyday, I learn something new about the word of publishing and writing. His blog is straight to the point. You won't learn about his family or how he decorates his home. You will learn valuable things about writing a book that people want to read, or sending a query that gets attention from an agent.

Today's post, The top 7 things every aspiring author's website must have , gives a check list for you to follow. Check! I've got it. You're on it! Of course, later on this site will probably take on a different look. Eventually it will become more 'commercial'. If you check the URL, you'll find that it is my name. My essay's blog is also my name. (the shortened one I go by) I have a best friend that is also an unpublished author. We are taking this journey together. When I registered my sites, I also registered hers. It's an inexpensive investment. For less than I'd spend taking Ali for lunch at the local BK, I can register my website name for a year!

I used Go Daddy to register my sites. I own several. I have dot-infos too. Of course, I don't have them hosted anywhere yet. I've just got the name. No one can take it from me.

Blogger lets you host your own site here for free! How great is that! So for the price of two fast food lunches, I've got a legitimate website for a year. Type in myname-dot-com and here you are! Google me. Yep, there I am. Of course, the less common your name, the higher up on the google page you'll be.

I was pleased today to learn that I'm on the right track. There's a lot more to writing a book than writing the book. Now I've just got to make time to write the book!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Future Bestseller Hits Blogville!

I know a few of my readers are into fantasy type literature. My oldest granddaughter has finally posted the next chapter of her Guardian Chronicles. Please check it out and lend her some encouragement. And let me know what you think, too! I'm very proud of her.