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.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Let's Start Prepping for NaNoWriMo!

Even though it's only October, I'm going to go ahead and start preparing for my NaNoWriMo novel, Love Conquers All. Here is a summary of it:
A young woman gingerly named Ginger is in love with a man unlike any other. He is the prince of her kingdom while she's just a farmer's daughter. Unlike most farmer's daughters, she puts herself in danger in hopes that she could attract this prince but always gets ignored for the prettier princesses and dashing duchesses.

However, she angers a secret cult, a cult bent on taking down her prosperous kingdom, to a point where she has to use her wits and her status as a commoner to escape on her own or she and the other captured women will become part of the rituals - permanently
So, let's see what I have to do on this to-do list:

  • Work on character profiles. Most especially, I need to be very careful with Ginger. I don't want her to become like another Bella Swan but I don't want to make her too interesting as well. I need to get the prince a name. Lately, I've been all about French-sounding names when it comes to my royal characters. And not only that, I need to think of the captured women that's mentioned in the summary and pen down some basic backgrounds for them. Thank goodness, though, CharaHub is here to help...
  • Create the kingdom & world. This is obviously your standard monarch in this story but at the same time what kind of world is it? Is it like in Mermaid Tears where there's a mixture of science and magic or is it just purely magic? There's already dragons and, really, the usual of these and most likely this novel will intersect with at least one of my novels but, I guess we shall see what happens.
  • Why is this a secret cult? Why do they want to overthrow the current monarch? Also, what's the deal with this ritual? Obviously this question is very important to the central plot! Obviously Ginger and the other captured women are trying to get out of the situation. So, I have to figure out not just those whys I'm asking myself, but what the cult actually is. Is it religion or idea based? Is it just because King used to be part of this cult but isn't anymore? Oh, but there's an interesting idea...
  • Why is this Prince so important? Granted, he's the main reason why Ginger gets in trouble constantly and, granted, he always saves her from danger. But other than that, what else role could he have? Is he just a figurehead in the story for Ginger to never or could actually achieve?  Following with the idea up above - maybe the Prince could actually be the original sacrifice but the King changed his mind?
  • Who is Ginger's True Love (tm)? Despite the fact that there are people out there who do not want to read about romance (which is fine), ultimately, this is still a romance novel. I'm debating on whether or not Ginger would even get a true lover or if she just ends up alone. For this, I suppose I could just wing it when it's actually NaNoWriMo time or I could probably create a character literally right before November or even during November. We'll see how Ginger reacts to her troubles, first.
  • Prophecies, back stories, myths. I love writing these - these are probably the best part of any world-building is creating the prophecies, if there are any, back-stories, and the myths, again though - if there are any. However, again, I would have to tread very very carefully with Ginger since I'm afraid that she'll roam into Mary-Sue territory.
Thankfully, I have a month to start figuring this out. This is why writers should always carry notepad and a pen with them everywhere they go so they could jot down any ideas... What do you have to do to prep for NaNoWriMo? Have you gotten an idea yet? If not, do you at least have a general idea?

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

EXCERPTS: Chapter One of "The Witchful Nurse"

Hmm, I haven't made a cover yet!
Even though I had just announced that I'm coming out with another book, I think it's time to mention that I'm also currently working on yet another novel. This one is entitled The Witchful Nurse.

Since it is the beginnings of October, I think there's no better time to start this novel than now. I had long since wrote the prologue but it's so short, I feel I would already spoil my readers out there. Instead, though, I'm going to post a short blurb of what to expect in chapter one - mostly to see if there's a general interest out there for this type of novel.

Hmm. We shall see, right?

Anyway, the summary of this novel is:

A young witch, named only Olivia, had committed a crime that was so outrageous and scandalous that she could no longer remember what she did. The Witch Council punished her by cutting her hair and taking away her memories before the trials. She resides with a familiar in a house at the edge of the town with no name - far away from the politics of the witches and warlocks.

It is forbidden for anyone from the witch & warlock community to interact with her, much less mention her by name. The humans are not aware of the crime Olivia have committed but they only know her as their Healer. Bounded by magic chains and her prison, Olivia is determined to regain her memories and seek revenge from the Council for putting her through the pain for losing her memories. However, who was she really? Was she destined to be a Healer or a Destroyer? Or was she destined to be something more?

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

COMING SOON: "Cathartic Shorts for the Active Brain" Short Story Collection & Writing Commissions

Hmm, I haven't made a cover yet!
Because of some personal happenings, I finally have some more time to write. In the meantime, though, I'm going to try to come up with some ways to actually make some extra money on the side.

Thus! I'm announcing a new book! This one is going to be entitled: Cathartic Shorts for the Active Brain. Why such a long title? Because I had wrote these short stories during the time I worked in a place that wasn't exactly a healthy place.

Well, not mentally/emotionally healthy, at least. There are only four short stories for right now - although I'm thinking about rewriting three more.

Anyway, I only say they're cathartic because, well, during this time working, I have also dealt with things in my life that transformed into nightmares over the course of the time I've worked there.

They became more horrifying as I actually dreamed them but I'm trying to defeat these nightmares by not just writing it but letting known to the world. These are part of my long and agonizing mental dream journal I'm keeping and I'm thinking I should release those finally so I can be free of them -just as I'm free from that terrible job.

But then, also, I'm doing writing commissions as well, if anyone is interested. Do note that I am not charging for the content of the words (to those who are interested in fanfiction) but I am charging for the word count.

Anyway, that's all I have to say about it.