Friday, November 16, 2018

"Don't freeze." "I never freeze."

Wherein Jack has grand and glorious giveaways planned.

I finally have everything picked out which will be in my Christmas themed, Beauty and the Beast giveaway coming December. I need to figure out how to hold it now. Also maybe set up a blog tour for Finding the Magic.

I've been busy trying to come up with new ideas for posts, as well as having plans to catch up on my book reviews. Neither has come together with a surge of inspiration but I'm making better progress than I have in a while.

Marketing has been pretty much non existent for me for a while now and I want to fix that. I've never been good at coming up with marketing plans. I blog and beg for reviews and that's been the most of it. Part of me is scared to market because that requires self promotion and I'm one of those with low self esteem which makes pointing out anything I've done hard.

Not to say I'm not happy with the work I've put into my books. I often, another terrible habit, compare myself to others. Thinking I need to be an author like so and so or I'll never be good. Then when friends do the same to themselves I scold.

Like most I have different expectations for myself and different ones for friends. So while I scold said friends I don't take the time to scold myself for doing the same thing.

I might not become famous through my writing. Win any awards. Get movies made after my books. Any of that. I might always have my few faithful readers and I'm completely okay with that. I write for you guys and because I enjoy it. But that doesn't change the fact that as an author I should also market my books and stop fearing the thoughts of other people.

I have been using Instagram more as a promotion platform and I've found it a lot of fun to do so. It's fun to bombard my friends feeds with an assortment of random pictures and my favorite books.

I hope to continue down this marketing road, which therefore means all of you will be seeing me more often of all goes as planned.

Until then...bye

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"You deserve this. You're a bad guy. Bye Mr. Criminal."

Wherein Jacks content of her almost completed post was just deleted.

Also known as why she doesn't like to write posts on her persnickety phone.

Let me explain. No, it'll take to long. Let me sum up.

I'm hosting a very Christmasy giveaway in December!! I'll be sharing details soon once I've ironed out some solid ideas. All I know right now is that it has to be Christmas themed.

I at last have a title for my almost completed NaNo book! I will be turning said book into a series and using cryptic nursery rhymes, the first being Four and Twenty Blackbirds. If you don't think it creepy enough for an old fashioned ghost story go look up the original rhyme.
My NaNo book this year is, indeed, a ghost story. I don't typically do books on the thriller side but I've had this idea for over a year and finally had a cast of characters and a subplot for it. And have I been enjoying writing it. The main theme is still a ghost story but it's also become more of a sibling, family story with a hint of what I think are cute romances. Mostly because one of the couples are awkwardly adorable. In future posts I will be talking more about this book, characters, where the ideas came from, and series.

Lastly is the book I submitted to my publisher. Its been a super secret project which needs to now be announced. I will be holding a title reveal things month and would love for help spreading the word. If you're interested in joining in comment below and I'll send out at email this weekend.

That is about all the news I have writing related. I'll be using marvel quotes for the next few posts in honor of Stan Lee.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"I'm not a girl I'm a boy! I mean a man!"

 Wherein Jack just can't keep her pens.

 They just up and vanish all the time. It's the trolls. They exist! They steal your pens, but only the left ones, what's with that?

 Today I have the honor to write a review for a wonderful site which was shown to me. The site is Literary Book Gifts and offers a number of wonders tee shirts and book bags. 

 She has used classic book designs to make the prints on the shirts and bags. Maybe it's just because I live in a hobbit hole but it seems hard to find book bags about these days. Could just be I don't know where to look. Not that I don't own one, thanks to the best adopted big brother ever. I have come to rely heavily on it and go few places without it. I don't know how I made it so long without one. Basically this site has the best combination for book nerds. Also has great gift ideas. 

 I was given a code all my blog readers can use to get 20 percent off purchases. It is howeverimprobable20. 

 Go check it out. It's a fun site to look around! 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

"I have one better, why is Gamora?"

 Wherein Jack has two big posts coming this week. 

 I'd do them today but I'm having trouble keeping my eyes opened and I want to do them right. 

 This is just a shirt post. I'm back on the hunt for beta readers for my next historical fiction novel. If youre interested let me know and I'll email details.

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

"Don't worry, Batty didn't drown."

 Wherein Jack didn't see the title coming, then it suddenly hit her.

 Just kidding, it still hasn't hit me yet.

 I had a request for a summary of my NaNo book. So. You asked for it. (And if you want to meet the characters I've been posting introductions on Instagram. If you don't follow me there, can't find me, or don't have one and would like to meet them here let me know and I will post on here too.)

 Gilbert Baker has run far from his past and started life over. He has tucked himself away in the last place his old life should have been able to find him, but then one Christmas Eve it sneaks into his apartment in the form of his little sister Ava. Ava brings a message from their uncle, one Gil can't ignore.

 Unable to fight the blackmail, Gil returns to his childhood home along to face a lifetime of painful memories and abuse. Everything he's come to fear awaits him, along with the stories of ghosts and a haunted farm house. Gil has no choice but to face his demons, and pray he can win against the monsters which have stalked him for so long.

 TADA!

 This and the last two quotes have been from the Penderwick books, which I've been rereading, which is why I've been using them so much 8-D

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

"Is it Batty's Bug-Man?"

 Wherein Jack and the DMV don't see eye to eye.

 And it's not just because I'm so short I have to stand on tip toes to see over the counters.

 I just want my plates.

 Besides that I've been busy with NaNo. I. Am. WRITING. Really writing again. And it feels wonderful.

 If anyone is interested I would be willing to share some of my NaNo story, which doesn't have a title yet. That is weird for me, I always title my books before I begin to write. But it will come to me, I hope.

 Anyway, I am off. Writing calls.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"BLOOD!!"

 In which Jack is doing NaNo

 I picked up an old notebook a week ago and began to scribble in it, and that is when it hit me. I've not really written anything much for the past three years. I've dabbled. Written a line here and there in some of my in the works books. But not sat down and written more than a chapter or two at most in a book.

 I decided a month back I was going to do NaNo this year, but when everything seemed to be going downhill I was ready to change my mind. I don't know what finally snapped me over my three year block, but I picked up my supposed to be NaNo story and for the past week I have written at least two to three pages a day. Nothing huge, but major progress for me.

 Thank you for everyone who commented on my last post with such encouraging words. Your prayers have been a blessing to myself and my friends. Things will never go back to how they were and it will be a long struggle in front of everyone but healing will come and it is easier to see that now. 

 On another note. Autumn has arrived full force here, complete with end of autumn cold. I've been thoroughly enjoying it. I tramp about in the cold then come home to sit in front of my fake fireplace to read and write. 

 And yes, that is correct. My reading slump has also seemed to pass thanks to Jennifer Neilsens The Traitors Game book. Review to come once I finish the book. 

 Other changes have been happening in my life. Small which have become big over time. Things like new jobs, new friends, and trying to plot for a future career. The career part hasn't been enjoyable. I do plan to pick something I will love to do but planning how to get there is less fun. 

 My next step in getting back into writing is to do better at marketing once again. Not that I've ever been grand at it but anything is better than not marketing at all. Speaking of marketing, would anyone like an ecopy of my novella Finding the Magic in an exchange for a review? Let me know!! 

 And for now that is all I have. Thank you all for being faithful and wonderful readers!! 

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