Writing and Publishing

Interviewed by Indie Clean Reads

SNEAK PEEK – Prologue to Squatter – Book 2 by Ciecie Newson

<a style="background-color:black;color:white;text-decoration:none;padding:4px 6px;font-family:-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "San Francisco", "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, "Segoe UI", Arial, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;line-height:1.2;display:inline-block;border-radius:3px" href="https://unsplash.com/@redevo?utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=photographer-credit&utm_content=creditBadge" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Download free do whatever you want high-resolution photos from Dave Robinson"><span style="display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px"><svg xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" style="height:12px;width:auto;position:relative;vertical-align:middle;top:-1px;fill:white" viewBox="0 0 32 32"><title>unsplash-logo</title><path d="M20.8 18.1c0 2.7-2.2 4.8-4.8 4.8s-4.8-2.1-4.8-4.8c0-2.7 2.2-4.8 4.8-4.8 2.7.1 4.8 2.2 4.8 4.8zm11.2-7.4v14.9c0 2.3-1.9 4.3-4.3 4.3h-23.4c-2.4 0-4.3-1.9-4.3-4.3v-15c0-2.3 1.9-4.3 4.3-4.3h3.7l.8-2.3c.4-1.1 1.7-2 2.9-2h8.6c1.2 0 2.5.9 2.9 2l.8 2.4h3.7c2.4 0 4.3 1.9 4.3 4.3zm-8.6 7.5c0-4.1-3.3-7.5-7.5-7.5-4.1 0-7.5 3.4-7.5 7.5s3.3 7.5 7.5 7.5c4.2-.1 7.5-3.4 7.5-7.5z"></path></svg></span><span style="display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px">Dave Robinson</span></a>
Photo Credit – David Robinson on Unsplash

It was the second day of the twelfth month in the sixth year that Sylvia stepped out of her cabin, with her warm cup of espresso to take in the morning sunrise.  This was her favorite part of the day when darkness was fading into the light of morning, and its sweet quiet was still thick like fog.

 

Knowing where her glider was situated on the porch, Sylvia walked over to it and sat softly, so as not to wake the creatures of the day before their time.  The scent of her coffee, mixed with the clean sweet pine scented air that caressed her skin with the soft breeze, promised her its rich reward. Taking her second sip of java of the morning she leaned her head back and closed her eyes as she swallowed the elixir, imagining it flowing down her throat and extending through all of her blood vessels.  Energy like a slow morning light filled her soul. (more…)

What I did when my first draft was taking forever for me to complete

Whew, the first part is done.  I was writing scene after scene until I couldn’t write anymore.  The truth is, I was getting bored with the process to the complete darn story.  There were two more stories screaming in my brain to be written.  Then it happened.  I reached the thirty thousand word count milestone, and I didn’t want to push for fifty thousand words.

I did what any novice writer would do at this point.  (more…)

I’m a fraud, not a writer

Hiding your talent from the world is not the answer

For me as a writer, one of my biggest challenges is to read the work of someone better than me.  What happens sometimes is I read some beautifully pinned words and I think, “I could never write that well.” Unfortunately, I have allowed that very thought, those exact words to halt my progress of being consistent in my daily writing.  If I don’t stop that one thought, it spirals into another negative line of dialog and before I know it, I have entered a full-blown episode of ‘Fraud Syndrome’. (more…)

How to ask questions that get in a person’s head

Everyone loves a good interview.  Personally, I am a Star Trek fan who has been to over a dozen Star Trek conventions throughout the United States.  At these conventions, you get up close and personal with legendary television and movie stars that are part of this pop culture world.  I love the reactions of the stars when they get to answer well thought out questions about their career and rolls.  I also love to see when the fans pull a reaction out of a star with a seemingly dumb question.  Questions can bring out the best and the worst of the person asked.

Getting answers is one objective of asking questions.  Another reason for questions is (more…)

7 Reasons I Chose to Self-publish

In the world of publishing, there is the question, do I go the traditional route with a literary agent and publishing house, or do I self-publish?  For years, I dreamed of writing my own book and seeing it in print, but I found the process daunting.  Fortunately, with the evolution of the Internet and social media, my dream of seeing a book I wrote published was more than just a dream.  I was able to make it a reality.

I chose self-publishing as my avenue to write and publish my work.  Oh, it has many challenges, but for me, they are worth working through.  I thought I’d share with you my reasons I choose to play the role of writer and publisher. (more…)

Crate Training – Why Love Your Cubical

I got demoted from a position I was training to take over.  At first, I fought the decision that was pressed upon me to step down, to a position in a cubical where my primary occupation is to answer the phones and transfer calls.  Yet, the more I thought about this change where I had to swallow any inkling of pride, and humbly accept a job that did not in any way utilize my vast writing and speaking skills, I discovered oddly enough, I didn’t want the job promotion.

The job of a higher station that I was being trained for, was not in an area that I had any sort of passion for.  It was a job that for the most part; I would be entering data into a billing system, entering data into an inventory system, and maybe entering data into a networking system.  I would also be filing paperwork, and on occasion, hunting through numbers to find discrepancies.

If you caught on, you can see that the position I was training for, did not line up with my skills or my passion, that of writing and public speaking.  Yet the fact remains that I still needed an income.   (more…)

Introducing – My First Novel – The Man Next Door

Book cover designed by me for my first novel The Man Next Door!

The pride I feel from the accomplishment of writing and publishing a book is comparable to a mother giving birth.  I’ve never had a kid, so I don’t really know that for sure, but, this book is my first born.  Being an author is a dream I’ve had since I can remember; finally realized.  After starting countless books, I completed one and braved self-publishing via Kindle Unlimited, a part of Amazon.com books.

You want to know what this book is about, don’t you?  Okay, here is the description (more…)