3 Signs You’re An Obsessive-Compulsive Writer

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Do you wake up in the middle of the night, startling your cat and significant other, searching blindly in the dark for your pen, Moleskine notebook, or your smartphone? 

Have you ever dreamt of quitting your job just so that you can make a few nickels and dimes posting articles non-stop every day on various blogs and writing platforms? 

Are you currently plotting your NaNoWriMo novel right now, while reading this article? 

If your answer to any of these questions is Yassss! 

Then good news, you’re an obsessive-compulsive writer. 

But really though, what are the signs of an OCW? Based on my experience here are three things all writers with OCW deal with daily: 

You Eavesdrop On Strangers Conversations For Dialogue Ideas: 

Writers, you know that when some juicy details are being shared between colleagues or even your friends while you’re hanging out, you’re trying to craft in your writer’s brain how to transform their gossip into your dialogue. 

Writers with OCW can’t wait to put pen-to-paper to record what they hear. Everything from a domestic dispute between your next-door neighbors who don’t speak a lick of English to the little kids that pop-off with profanity while their parents are pushing them around the grocery store basket. 

Wherever you go the voices follow and no, you’re not crazy. You’re just trying to put together a great conversation, but only with the imaginary characters on the pages of your book will be having the conversation. 

You Loathe Anything That Doesn’t Involve Working On Your Writing: 

If you’re reading this article you fall into one of two categories: a full-time writer or a full-time writer with a day job. Either way, nothing makes you hate another human being, task, or day job like NOT working on your Work-In-Progress. 

When the clock strikes 5 p.m you’re rushing through traffic, racing to eat dinner, and making sure every last head hits a pillow, just to get some writing time. 

You’ve Lost Track of Time Thanks To Your Writing:

True story: In high school, I attended a dry General Chemistry I college lecture with an Australian professor that looked like a short, pink, and balding kangaroo. 

I spent the entire lecture writing in my journal. I spent the entire class writing. By the time the class ended, I had two chapters fleshed out and no knowledge of electron configurations. Later, that story became my first self-published sci-fi romance novel, and I flunked that chemistry class.

So, when you go through marathons of endless writing, and you get so involved in your work, that day becomes night. And, eventually, you’re missing out on showers. 

Then, you forget to feed yourself (and your pissed-off cat), and then your hubby is asking you when you’re planning on doing laundry. 

Just know that when you look up from your work, you’ll know time’s up and you’ll wonder where’d it go. 

It’s okay if you’re an Obsessive Compulsive Writer, just learn to be balanced.

Finally A Rick & Morty Release Date!!!

Hiya Literary Fans,

I’m a fan of sci-fi, so obviously Rick & Morty Season 4 has been on my watch list since forever.

I just watched the new trailer which aired on Adult Swim on October 7th at Midnight.

Apparently, there’s going to be five new episodes aired on November 10th of 2019.

Hopefully, the trailer will be available online by the time this blog post is shared. I don’t want to spoil any of you guys with what the trailer held, but let me tell you, new season looks pretty promising.

I’m excited, how about you?

Wubba-Lubba-Dub-Dub!!

Updates! Hey There D. A. Smith, Where Are You?

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Where have I been?

Funny you should ask. Well, I’ve been suffering from “fiction writer’s block” and have been procrastinating and stalling creating new work. So, I decided to switch things up and hang out on Medium.com, working on stories themed on humorous or stressful moments in my life.

Here’s a tidbit:

I also managed to survive at the day job 90 days. And, I’m starting to make plans to attend more local literary events. I’ll try to give more updates in the future. But, for now you can always check out my Medium stories in the meantime.

One final thing, back in 2016, I had this blog called “The Life Major” and I found all of my old blog posts and stories that focused on majoring in life when attending college is out of the picture.

Follow me here or on my socials and stay on the look out for future blog posts featuring my time spent taking a permanent gap year from higher education and what I’ve learned about life in the last 6 years since graduating from high school.

The Best Ways To Prevent Writer’s Fatigue

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Your regular writing routine falters. Ideas no longer flow from your skull like a junior high student’s volcano project. You know your content needs to be king, but you feel more like an indentured servant to it. Then, the worse thing possible happens; writing stops feeling entertaining. Your “I ❤ The Writer’s Life” smartphone’s lock screen window starts to mock you. And, next thing you know, you’re binge watching Real Housewives instead of getting some well-meaning writing done.

Is this a sign that you will never pick up a pen, pencil, keyboard, or typewriter again?

No, you’re probably just suffering from writer’s fatigue.

First, here’s the definition of fatigue as paraphrased from the Mayo Clinic: “Unrelenting exhaustion that lasts longer or is more profound and isn’t relieved by rest [alone]…”

In other words, your writing makes you feel weary over a long period of time and that can effect every aspect of your life.

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So, what are the typical side effects of writer’s fatigue?

  • Losing your joy and creative spark when it comes to your writing assignments.
  • Focusing on the negative such as poor sales, low ratings, and of course “destructive” criticism from reviews.
  • Writer’s doubt rears its ugly head along with writer’s block.
  • Internal self-criticism starts to sound more like a high school bully’s taunts.
  • You’re re-working the same parts in a story without making any real progress.

If you feel like the above points describes your current mood on a weekly, if not monthly basis, don’t fret!

Just try adding these things in your life to counteract the “blahs” that come with writer’s fatigue:

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Get Plenty of Rest

Night owls remember that the brain needs to recoup from editing/revising and dealing with a soul-sapping day job. Making time for sleep or a regularly scheduled cat nap will help ease the torture that follows pulling multiple all-nighters just to complete your manuscript.

You Are Not Alone

Check any social media outlet and you will find other writers who are dealing with the same things as you. Some may have gone so far as to take a break from writing, in order to focus on their own mental, physical or emotional health.

And, guess what? That’s good. Don’t be afraid to reach out to experienced writers, who may have suffered from and survived fatigue. They may have tips that can give you great advice on how to keep keeping on.

Invest In Ergonomic Equipment

Writing on your stomach while laying in bed or hunching over in an uncomfortable arm chair while writing can cause aches and pains over time. Consider buying a comfy desk chair, an ergonomic keyboard and mouse set, or just remember to move around once in a while (and blink once in a while).

Get Your Own Space

Speaking of getting your own comfy desk chair. You man need a change of scenery. No, you might not be able to afford that gorgeous beach-side cabana in an exotic island rainforest with plenty of fruity drinks and free WiFi. But, you can find your own space to return the good writing vibes. Just check out these 100 famous authors and their work spaces to get inspired.

Finally, whether you take writing seriously or just enjoying it as a hobby remember that the symptoms of writer’s fatigue can sneak up on you and hopefully these tips will help you stay clear of letting writer’s fatigue ruin your life.

In the comments below, let me know how you deal with writer’s fatigue? What’s your go to method to prevent fatigue of any kind?

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5 Sci-fi Movies That Inspired My Debut Novel

As a 90s kid, the only movies I remembered watching besides animated flicks like The Lion King or the occasional live-action comedy such as Dr. Doolittle was sci-fi movies.

Today, movies from my past and present helped me create the fantastic world of Syphons, my debut sci-fi novel.

Here are the 5 movies that inspired me to write Syphons.

Men In Black 1

Just Look Right Here!

What is cooler than discovering that your world is surrounded by aliens? Learning that there’s a top secret government organization assigned to protect the world from said aliens.

MIB is one of my favorite movies because of the idea of having a complete novice like Agent J be introduced to races of aliens superior to his own intelligence. The movie made me feel small, in a way that humans aren’t the only ones living on this tiny planet.

MIB inspired my creation of Edge Labs in Syphons. Edge is the secret organization that seeks to gain more knowledge about the Mindstalkers by dealing with them one-on-one. I wanted to create an organization that not only tackled big-bad alien parasites, but also respected the fact that Mindstalkers are here to stay.

Dreamcatchers

I Am Not Surprised…

Originally, a book written by Stephen King, Dreamcatchers is the next movie on my list. When I first watched the movie on the SyFy Network, I was equally disgusted and enthralled by the premise of the story.

Evil alien parasites that infiltrated host bodies and lived in their digestive tract until it was time to move onto a next host was so gross! This movie felt more like horror than sci-fi (as to be expected of King), but it managed to hold my attention until the end.

Parasites in most science fiction flicks and movies always seemed to be the mind-controlling kind. I loved the idea of people being controlled by something as insignificant as a lowly parasite. Mindstalkers not only manipulate their host’s bodies and thoughts, but they can influence others without even infecting them!

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

They Coming for You Bruh!

There are many remakes of this particular movie. The trope is also a very common one used in most sci-fi flicks. Aliens invade the Earth, snatch the minds of human beings, and force them to do their bidding.

One thing that stood out in this movie for me was their hive-mind mentality. By forming a single entity using numerous individuals and host bodies, the aliens are able to form a powerful resistance against humanity.

When you think about it, what’s worse than having your best friend turn against you and become a total monster? That scenario is one of the things I explored with the relationship of Solstice and her bestie, Carmen, in Syphons.

Cocoon

Eternal Youth At Its Finest in Florida

If you live in Florida, you’ve probably heard of or watched the movie Cocoon. It was filmed in Saint Petersburg, FL.

Here’s the gist, elderly people are given youth and longevity by aliens that are pretty much semi-aquatic pod people living in a swimming pool.

In Syphons, the Mindstalkers are able to breathe underwater. And, yes, the location of the novel takes place in the Tampa Bay Area, which is about twenty minutes away from Saint Petersburg.

Species

All in the name of science.

One day, a group of scientists create a gorgeous humanoid using the genetic information sent to them by aliens from another world. The next day, a violent alien breaks out of their lab, and wreaks havoc on their town searching for some poor sap to be her baby-daddy.

It’s not cinematic gold, but the monster design is pretty legit. It kind of reminds me of the chestburster-type alien queen from the 70s-80s classic Alien.

I wanted my human hosts in the novel to share some physical characteristics that mirrored that of the aliens in Species.

For instance, syphons are shaped like tentacles. Each host and gender have a different amount and function for their syphons. The host’s spine contains the syphons. And, they can “siphon” the brains of their victims through the hollow tubes of a syphon, like a straw (hence the name).

So there you have it, my inspirations for different parts of my novel, Syphons came from those movies, and the rest from my twisted imagination.

Do you have a go-to movie that inspired you to write a novel? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you for reading.

Indie Authors Thoughts Before & After Self-Publishing Their 1st Novel (Infographic)

I just self-published my novel Syphons. And, I feel like I have a better grasp of what it takes to be an indie-author. I will admit that the process had me equally tired and excited to create more works.

Hopefully, this funny infographic will explain my feelings about self-publishing.

Fellow indie authors did you feel the weight of the world on top of your head when you published that first novel? I’d love to hear your comments below!!

New Release: Syphons, A Debut Science Fiction Novel

Hiya Literary Fans,

It’s here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ten years ago, in my 9th grade high school biology class the idea for my main character, Solstice Bellatrix, popped in my head and I started to flesh out the plot for my novel Syphons.

Around that time in my life, I started reading the Touched by an Alien Series by Gini Koch and I fell in love with the main character Kitty “Katt” Martini’s witty banter and of course the slew of aliens she met, fought, and fell in love with. Only problem was the main character was incredibly skinny with a great rack (it’s in the novel), and Anglo which I feel is kind of the norm for most popular sci-fi novels I’ve read.

I kind of felt bummed that there wasn’t a female sci-fi character that reminded me of myself; strong, plus-sized, black, etc…

As far as I can remember the only African-American (AA) main characters I’ve read about in science fiction novels were usually one off characters or secondary characters. My first time seeing an AA character in sci-fi (eva!) was actually Will Smith as Agent J in Men In Black (Can’t Wait for MIB International, BTW).

I really created Syphons because of this selfish desire to be represented in the realm of sci-fi. Because I love the genre so much!! I love seeing body positivity and diversity in the realm of sci-fi. And, I’m glad to see other indie and traditional authors creating either curvy, multicultural and/or complex female characters.

Seeing diversity in science fiction not only grips my attention but makes me want to give the authors who are killing it my money!!

Anyway, Syphons is a work that comes from my heart and took a lot of blood, sweat, (tons of) tears and patient beta readers (thanks, gals) to make this novel possible!

Even if you’re not a fan of sci-fi or really aren’t into the drama of 20-somethings fighting parasitic brain-eating monsters with the help of a telepathic hottie and his team of top secret agents, you may find a piece of yourself in my writing and novel and it may motivate you to test out the genre to look for other fantastic reads.

If you are interested in my novel, feel free to indulge in this yummy blurb:

Curvy, Fierce and A Total Riot! Solstice Bellatrix has already died once, and she is not about to let history repeat itself.

When Solstice awakens in a luxurious penthouse, after a near-death experience at the Skyline Lounge, she meets the handsome owner, Alexander “AJ” Ward. Alexander is a telepathic entity with many secrets, including one involving her.

Solstice learns that her best friend is kidnapped by dangerous parasitic monsters know as Mindstalkers. Thankfully, Solstice has AJ and his friends; a team of Edge agents and fellow Guardians of The Collective Mind to help save her friend.

Together they will take on a corrupt Queen and her colony of parasitic drones.

Will Solstice find her friend in time? Or will she lose everything, including her mind and the guy she’s fallen for?

Ready To Leap Into The Action?

Syphons Spring Book Giveaway *Winners*

Hello,

Syphons, my debut novel was released today on Amazon as an e-book and paperback!!

Here are the winners of the Syphons Gift Card Giveaway:

And, here is the grand prized winner of the Starbucks Gift Card.

This giveaway is closed. Thank you everyone for participating!! I appreciate it!

Reflecting at The SunLit Literary Festival in Florida: A Lesson in Owning The Fact You Are an Author

Sunshine beamed across the tall windows of the public library as I made my way towards the Sunlit Literary Festival that Saturday afternoon. Hope in my heart, and a little pep in my step. I walked briskly past the man who asked me if I wanted to sign up to vote regarding assault rifles.

I declined and made my way into the auditorium, where a woman greeted me with a smile behind a sign up table, complete with a schedule for today’s event and a couple of free reading materials. She smiled at me kindly, and leaned into her cane, she asked me this question:

“Oh, I know for a fact, just by the way you are dressed, that you are here as an author.”

At first, my cheeks felt hot, and my brows widened. I told her,

“I’m not an author,” I said quickly without truly listening to her words.

It was clear to see that my name wasn’t at the reading panel table, where real authors sat ready to present their work. And, it’s not like I had my work published recently and ready to receive awards. Though, I did carry a copy of my ARC of Syphons in my purse, just in case.

Then it dawned on me, as I gathered papers the real reason why I was there. I spoke up after imaging a leg appearing out of thin air to kick me in the but.

“A-Actually, I did write a short story for the contest, but I’m not an author, I’m a writer.”

The next things the librarian said made me think deeply.

“Well, that does make you an author. You wrote a story, you’re here to present, you’re an author. Do not sell yourself, short! Good luck on the contest.”

I sat down, feeling a little better after speaking with her. In the pit of my stomach, butterflies swarmed and flew angrier with each presenter. First, a young woman who thanked her father for being her inspiration, she won the teen writer’s award.

And, later the author of 100 Things to Do In Tampa Bay Before You Die, Kristen Hare reported on all the exciting places I should’ve visited by now after living here since infancy for 24 years.

As the day went on and the second place winner of the creative writing contest got on stage. My anxiety hit a pinnacle. I knew for a fact my short story didn’t win. The second place winner’s heartfelt story about her best friend who left her a pair of jeans that helped her travel through time did an outstanding job. My work, would never make first place.

As the day went on and the next presenter, this one the author of The Girl from Blind River, Gale Massey was up next and she shared an excerpt that had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

My hand touched my purse and my book, Syphons suddenly didn’t feel so important.

Why did I even waste my time writing a novel when clearly I’m an impostor? I’m surrounded by real writers who know what they are doing! I’ll never be like them.

Gale Massey started taking questions and someone asked her why did she choose to write her story. And, she said something along the lines of: She chose to write what she cared about. As a woman writer, as someone who is interested in poverty and how it affected single mothers, women, and their children. She wrote what she believed in and no one should stop you from writing what you want, otherwise.

Finally, the time came for the winner of the Sunlit Writing Contest to take the stage. And, while I knew I didn’t win, I was happy to hear the winner’s story. A story about life and birth. Two things that made sense and obviously deserved to win.

My story might not have won the writing contest. But, I enjoyed my time spending time with other writers, authors, and artists in the industry. Maybe next year, I’ll win. I just need to keep on writing.

How Did I Stumble Back Into Blogging Again?


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I started taking blogging seriously in 2012 when I signed up for the Tribe Writers Class by Jeff Goins. I knew that I wanted to be a writer of some sort, but (a) fear of being judge by well-meaning family members, (b) I needed steady and stable income for said family, (c) I couldn’t justify to anyone including my mentors why I wanted to get a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

So, I decided to blog in secret while working full-time. In order to get the best of both worlds.

My initial attempt at blogging had to do with life after college. At the time I just graduated with my A.A. Degree at the age of 18, and had no plans of continuing higher education (bachelors or higher).

The blog was known as The Life Major (no longer active). And, I made great blogging companions throughout that project. I figured that I could share with the world what I thought about tuition rates, gap years, etc. As I became more confident with the blog, I started sharing my work with friends.

They found my content bold, witty, and entertaining. I shared my heart and soul on that first blog and hoped to gain readers along the way. After getting such positive feedback, I shared my blog post with my family. At this point, I was confident that they would appreciate my ideas since it was becoming more than just a hobby.

Unsurprisingly, I got the reaction that I should’ve, in hindsight, seen coming. My family felt indifferent or didn’t care about my blog posts. One family member even started a heated discussion about how pathetic I sounded in my blog posts.

Hearing that about something as simple as a free, public, blog crushed me. I couldn’t crawl out of a steep series of writer’s block. I couldn’t even function as a writer, let alone a blogger. No matter what positive feedback I received, I slowly abandoned my blog.

By 2017 – 2018, I got out of a two-year battle with self-hatred, depression, loneliness, and writer’s doubt.

I didn’t even pick up books to read any more. I didn’t want to be reminded of writing or literature. I had off and on battles with family whenever I tried to keep on my writing journey. So, I was sick of fighting and buckled down and focused on doing the thing I hated the most working behind my desk at the day job.

The lack of books and writing in my life was so bad that I abandoned my local public library. My library card even expired from lack of use (who knew!).

When I started therapy to deal with some of my dark emotions, she stated that I should go back to blogging.

I told her, I couldn’t. She said I should go back and just not tell anyone. I started thinking about writing again, by now my family members were so distracted with themselves they had no way of knowing what I was up to. And, my love of writing became stirred up again when I came up with an idea for a shapeshifter story that wouldn’t leave my head.

I decided to give it a try. I was already beyond depressed. What could really go wrong?

My idea for a new blog consisted on something basic, my pen name is D. A. Smith and I liked to write about writing. So, I came up with D. A. Smith Writes.

I started out small, posting two articles about my reasons for writing on WordPress, and then I started writing the Stolen By The Ash: A Fox Shifter’s Short Story, and I published it through Amazon in one week in November.

I was able to give away over 100 copies of the short story, and I received 2 reviews. I never told a single person IRL about writing the short story. But, online I blasted the news on my blog and social media accounts.

Slowly, I got out of the fear of blogging and created more articles about things that would pop-up in my head. And, then in December of 2018, I decided to publish my first science-fiction story that I’ve re-written over the years.

I wrote the novel called Syphons. Blogged about the process. Held giveaways in order to market the release of the novel. And, I even managed to scrape up the money to publish my novel as a paperback-edition with a gorgeous cover.

My fear of my family’s approval is still strong in my heart. And, to this day they don’t know that I’m back at blogging.

But, now I have over 50 posts, a bunch of fantastic followers on social media, one great short story, and a soon to be published novel.

I’m glad I came back to blogging. And, this is how I got started with it.

What’s your blogging origin story? I’d love to hear it below in the comments. Don’t forget to like the story, if it touched your heart.

Fun in the Sun With D. A. Smith Writes – Goals Update

Hiya literary fans,

As I write this, I’m sitting at Sunset Park. Sunlight sparkles down on the dancing waves. Boats and wave runners are filling the relative silence with the growl of their motors. The sky is bright, blue, and clear. And, the breeze brushing against my skin is unexpectedly cool, but refreshing for mid-April in Florida.

Image by D. A. Smith

Why exactly am I at the beach?

More like why not?

First, it’s a beautiful day, it’s one of my goals on my writer’s life bucket list.

Sitting at the beach, working on a book, with a fruity drink (okay a lime-flavored ginger ale, but still fruity) has always been a dream of mine. And, with Syphons my debut sci-fi novel out in a few days, I have more goals in store for that novel.

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Besides the giveaway (if you’d like to get in on it click here), I’ve got fun writing activities lined up for myself these next few months:

First, I plan on attending the Keep St. Pete Lit – SunLit Festival. For almost the entire month of April, there are fun literary happenings going on around town. From author readings to poetry slams, it’s going to be lit (pun-intended).

I entered to win their annual story contest. It’s one of the first writing contest I’ve entered, and though I’m not sure about the competition, I’m just glad to say I participated. After judging takes place and the dust settles, I’ll post my short story here. Hopefully, it wins ;D.

Next, there’s the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair coming up. I’ll be attending that to learn how other authors sell books and also to pick up a few good reads of my own. I haven’t been to a book fair since the Scholastic Ones back in grade school. So, I’m pumped for it!

Also, I’ve been working on a cool new book trailer for Syphons. And, I will be sharing that with you lovely readers soon! I just have to do some final edits.

Finally, I just discovered that one of my local libraries is having a book fair in the middle of summer and all local authors are invited. If I sign up for the book fair, this would be my first opportunity to sell my debut novel to the masses and get personal with a few local authors.

So, that’s my plan after publishing Syphons. I should add as a side note, I have about three regular job interviews lined up, one seems really promising. I hope to find something that allows me to keep up with my literary goals and dreams!

I hope you’re having a fantastic day and soaking in the sun rays whenever you can. If not you can enjoy my pics above.

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget Syphons A Novel is available for pre-order for the temporary low price of 99-cents. Yes, the entire novel is only 99-cents and it will not stay that way.

Check out the blurb here.

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You Don’t Miss Something ‘Til It’s Gone


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It’s funny, the old saying that goes like this: You don’t miss something until it’s gone.

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been worried about how to sustain my disabled mother and myself financial. I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders as a 24-year-old who has been working full-time for almost a decade. And, I do miss the relative security of disposable income.

Any experienced writer can agree that financial stability is always in the forefront of most artistic ventures and dreams. And as an aspiring indie author, I know how easy it is to be sucked into the hype that you need to write a lot of books, make a lot of money, and quit your job to travel the world.

Nothing wrong with those dreams. Just got to remember reality hits and life happens. When I was younger, my only reason for wanting to be an author was to make tons of money and travel the world. Now, I just want to try something new: like writing a book people would want to read (even if it’s free).

Life is short, money comes and goes, but books can take you anywhere. When my family struggled in the past due to my abusive father, I had novels and short stories to escape to. My love of books led to me receiving a scholarship to one of my dream schools (though family responsibilities prevented me from going).

This last month and a half without a day job, I learned a lot about myself. I’m resilient. And my novel isn’t that bad, especially when you have enough time to re-read it almost 100+ times a week, (ugh editing). There’s no such thing as quitting your job to travel the world, if you’re a writer. You will be working harder in general as a writer. Generating ideas. Meeting deadlines. And, more.

My biggest fear has come and past: writing without a day job. My cushion is getting flat, but I have an interviewed lined up. I’m keeping hope intact and letting go of the past sting of being booted by my old job.

Anyway, this post was more like a peak into my world outside of writing fiction. I will say that the time I spent writing and promoting my work has been a joyful learning experience.

This #IndieApril don’t forget to thank your favorite indie authors for the hard work they do with minimal resources and tons of ideas.

Thanks for reading!

Confessions #2) Social Media – Friend or Foe when it comes to Writing?

I’m looking back at my list of confessions as an aspiring author and I’m starting to realize the first couple of confessions were ludicrous, funny, and yes at times insane. But, I’m going to try and make some sense out of my confessions and use them to explain the bigger picture with certain things.

Yes, I like Thoughts of Dog (@dog_feelings) on Twitter. It’s sweet. Inspiring. And, funny.

I started using social media strictly for business and to gain more readers for my blog and to find more blogs to read. I love to find great articles by new writers and picking their brains by reading their fantastic words.

I’ve discovered plenty of writers through scoping the blog retweets on Twitter and Instagram posts from popular bloggers on the “Gram”. I can see the value of having Social Media as a tool.

  • I’m able to connect with readers and writers from all over the world.
  • I can promote my work.
  • I can even create content to get opinions from complete strangers.

But, I also know that social media has this one quality that is almost detrimental to any writer: it sucks up a heck of a lot of time!

I can easily lose an hour just watching and reading Instagram posts. An hour spent NOT working on my novel or learning a new way to promote my book. It’s not the fault of the social media website, I get that. I have to accept responsibility. And, I also know like with most things balance and keeping track of what you are spending your time on is very important as well.

So, what do you think? Is Social Media your Friend or your Foe? Do you have any tips to help us not to get sucked into the world of never ending posts and videos? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Grab Your FREE Chapter Preview of Syphons A Novel – (Synopsis)

A free chapter preview of Syphons is available by clicking here!

Here’s my new synopsis for the back cover of my novel, Syphons. A hot new sci-fi available May 3rd, 2019. (Just in time for “May The 4th Be With You”.)

Here’s the synopsis again for your reading pleasure:

Curvy, Fierce AND A Total Riot!

Solstice Bellatrix already died once, and she’s not about to let history repeat itself.

After surviving a terrible girls’ night out on the town, Solstice awakens in the luxury penthouse of a handsome stranger with telepathic abilities named Alexander “AJ” Ward.

AJ leads her on a mission to save her bestie from a group of dangerous parasitic monsters know as Mindstalkers. They are not alone, professional agents, and fellow entities team up with them to take on a corrupt Queen and her host colony of parasitic Drone entities.

Will Solstice find her best friend in time? Or will she lose everything, including her mind, and the guy she’s falling hard for?

Sci-fi lovers, what do you think? Feel free to comment below!

New Cover Design for Debut Sci-Fi Novel, Syphons is Here! (Yay!!)

It’s here. Are you ready?

Hiya Literary Fans,

It’s finally here!!

Two long months in the making!!

(I can’t contain my excitement, look at those exclamation marks.)

My debut sci-fi novel, Syphons will be self-published on May 3rd, 2019. And, it’s currently available on Amazon for pre-order.

I worked hard with a fantastic cover designer from Reedsy.com to create this lovely book cover. My designer not only used his fabulous artistic twists, but he create mock-ups based off of a scene in my novel. Is that considered a spoiler?

Now here’s the cover for your viewing pleasure!

Nice Right?

I am beyond grateful and excited for the future of Syphons!

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I am beyond grateful and excited for the future of Syphons! I hope you are too.

Thank you everyone!!