Friday, November 01, 2013

...And We're Off!

Even though Halloween was only hours away, I've decided to go ahead and start writing. This year I've opted to use Google Documents to post my story. Of course, once I'm done, I'm going to see if I could find an editor to go through it and hopefully this novel can be published.

If you wish to follow along, please read this link first and then go here!

You can reach me on my Tumblr if you have any questions. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WikiPad: An easier way to store your story notes!

With NaNoWriMo starting in just a couple of days, I can imagine my fellow authors out there trying to scurry and get as much major details as they can for this year's entry for the annual novel contest. I should know - I'm part of the scurrying group.

Thankfully, I stumbled across a program that could help me keep my notes together in case there was ever a need for me to go back and remind myself what happened, who the characters were, what their possible motives are, and so much more! I had initially found this on another blog, Urban Fantasy, but sadly I don't have the link anymore.

However, I do have the link to this new program called the WikiPad! What is a WikiPad? Well, according to the website:
wikidPad is not a web server, or application server, or groupware solution. wikidPad is a standalone notepad like application, albeit notepad on steroids. wikidPad is like an IDE for your thoughts.
It's actually pretty simple to use but you may need to learn how to format it using it though. However, it makes my life so much easier! It automatically saves for me (although you could manually save just to make absolutely sure your information is stored) so I don't have to worry about if the power somehow goes out or my battery dies. Not only that, it does not need the Internet to work! Of course, it's only up to you that you want to publish but it's definitely a useful option where some people are still using dial up or they have certain restrictions when it comes to Internet access.

Your work space!
Another feature for this is that you can create multiple wikis (for different stories, recipes, ideas, worlds, fanfiction ideas, etc) as well! Since I'm always wanting to create something new, it's very useful for me!

The work space for this is manageable since it seems the creators understand that there are people who keep multiple word documents in order to store their information.

Here, though, you can set up links to hop from one page about Character X to their relationship with Character Y and how it was in the past.

This wiki is literally yours to use however you want! Of course, there's a way to link to websites as well for your resources. I'm not sure if there's a way to post images quite yet but I'm sure I'll fiddle around with it some more... That'd also be really useful, huh? And you know what's the best part? This program is free!

What programs do you use to keep your story notes?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Yay! I've won something!

All five paperbacks!
So I've entered in a giveaway hosted by Hildred Billings a while ago only to win! And what did I win? I won five paperbacks of her Renai series! The paper backs include (in order): Daisuki, Hatsukoi, Seikou, Kataomoi, & Koibumi! Also included were three bookmarks and a her business card!

I can't wait to sit back this winter and start reading these! While having an eReader is useful and help save myself (and my boyfriend) room in the apartment, it's nice to have some hard copies every once in a while!

Anyway, I checked inside one of the books and look! She even autographed it to me!:

Wow! This is very exciting! Thank you so much, Hildred! You guys should check out her blog to check out her other stories that she already has on sale as well as future.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Being an introverted author and blogger is really no fun.

Hmm. I know that I haven't really been updating lately but that's mostly because I have this problem. This problem is that I'm an introvert. What does that mean?

Usually, being an introvert comes with certain connotations - same thing with being an extrovert. There are plenty of myths around introverts about how we're self-centered, shy, hate people, just loners, etc. Of course, this is not true all time! People are people; you can never and always predict them.

However, as a author and blogger, I feel that maybe it's a bit too hard to own an author blog. I have a personal Twitter I use but I always use it to air my personal feelings as a way to scream into a digital pillow and because I know that the majority of the time, it's going to be ignored by everyone else. So why do I own an author blog? Because I want a place to archive my thoughts about certain topics, maybe review a book once I actually sit down to read it, or to even just give some tips to some fellow authors who may need help.

That doesn't mean I don't visit other author blogs, though. When I do visit them, though, I always feel like it's a chore to read some of their small talk - which is one aspect of being an introvert. I really don't like it offline and it reflects towards my Internet self. I'm trying so hard to learn how to be a "proper" author that I'm forcing myself to read things I don't really care about. I'm forcing myself to do things I don't really want to do. I'm trying to be someone who I'm not.

There's nothing wrong with being an extrovert or even a more outgoing introvert. It happens. And it's going to continue to happen.

So now, what do I do? I'm perfectly content with how I run my blog here but at the same time, if I want my future books to sell, I have to put myself out there. I have to make small talk. I have to actually work towards sales. It's very troublesome and annoying for me as someone who uses the Internet as a way to recharge their social battery.

It seems as though I'm complaining about doing actual work but I'm honestly not. According to this Huffington Post post, one of the possible signs that I'm an introvert is the fact that networking alone makes me feel like I'm a phony. According to the entry (number four for reference):
Networking (read: small-talk with the end goal of advancing your career) can feel particularly disingenuous for introverts, who crave authenticity in their interactions.

"Networking is stressful if we do it in the ways that are stressful to us," Dembling says, advising introverts to network in small, intimate groups rather than at large mixers.

And this much is true. I'd rather advertise my books, collections, and novels to my friends who I feel actually want to support me more than some stranger on the Internet. Granted, offline, I could sell pretty well as far as sales associates go but online, I feel this is my personal space where no one knows who I really am but myself - and I'm still very much content with that.

On the other hand, because of that, I always miss out on giveaways, or participate in really small ones, miss out blog-a-thons, miss out some chances for myself. I guess being in my own space is fine for the time being but if I really want to be a successful author, I'll have to start putting aside my personal feelings about having to networking so I could advance my career. I need to start blog touring, I need to talk to people.

But I don't and yet I'm okay with that. Hm. I wonder if there any tips out there for the introverted writer. Especially since I'm pretty sure I'm INJT.