One of the things that motivated me to start writing was the idea of self-publishing, which is essentially publishing something on your own without having to go through a company publisher. Amazon's self-publishing service CreateSpace was what really grabbed my attention more than anything else. I…Continue
Yesterday, after the SheWrites chat concerning blogging and advertising, I realized that my most current blog wasn't going to help me in a publishing sense.
As such, I've started a new blog focused on my writings.
I have high hopes for this. I've spent the better part of the morning fussing over backgrounds and templates, and am still not 100% satisfied. I hope I can find a style and…Continue
Added by L. A. Howard on March 30, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
For the past few days, I've avoided doing anything involving writing. I couldn't really say why; I just didn't feel like it is the best excuse I can come up with.
While driving to EarthFare this afternoon, and listening to Kerli, I became more certain of my direction than ever.
When I was a child, I created vast, strange fantasy worlds that I know no one else understood. Most kids have one or two imaginary friends, at most; I had an entire imaginary…Continue
My mind and heart are torn between projects. Two in particular.
One is a fantasy story about a lost princess finding her destiny. The other is a vampire novel about redemption and what it means to be loved by God.
The biggest problem I have with these two is that they are connected. I can't explain why or how here in public, but they are. In some pretty major ways.
I don't know if anyone has ever read any of Stephen King's The Dark…Continue
Added by L. A. Howard on March 19, 2011 at 4:25pm — No Comments
Something strange I've noticed about myself is my unwillingness to be creative on happy, sunny, responsibility-free Saturdays, but feel more creative when I'm unhappy, miserable, and should be doing something else.
I don't know why. It's a really strange phenomenon, and it takes something of a mental trick for me to convince myself to actually work on writing on the weekends.
This is how I think:
"It's Saturday! I have plenty of time to…Continue
Added by L. A. Howard on March 19, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments
Today I was introduced to the idea of using Character Sheets to flesh out my characters.
Two things came to mind when I saw one someone had graciously posted for others to look at.
"Huh, that reminds me of D&D."
"My characters reveal themselves like any real person does: slowly, and a little at a time. Will this really help develop them with my style of writing?"
The D&D thing refers to the infamous tabletop game…Continue
Earlier when I started this entry, the title was going to be "dismay: character sheets".
That was about 3 hours ago.
I never got a chance to have my online emo self pity-party because Husband decided to start a conversation with me about a video game deal he was looking at.
You must understand; this was by no means a bad thing! I love Husband dearly, and like helping him with these things if I can wrap my mind around the technical financials of the new deal…Continue
Added by L. A. Howard on March 13, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments
I just noticed that my blog is listed as "community blog" on here. Very strange.
Anyways, I've written very little today. For some reason, it's hard to do routine things when I have plenty of time for them. I do them when I'm at my boring secretary job, but I don't do them when I'm relaxed and at home: Regular prayer, morning devotional, fictional writing...even brushing my teeth gets thrown to the wayside.
I don't know what I want from the weekends, but…Continue
Added by L. A. Howard on March 12, 2011 at 5:12pm — No Comments