Posted in Books, Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Ghosts, goblins, ghouls, witches, warlocks, and scary things of all sorts are in fashion today.  What memories does this day hold for you?

For me, it was always about the costumes, dressing up as something I’m not and loved it. Being a kid in the 70’s it wasn’t easy though. Do you remember your childhood costumes? I do. You had a plastic mask over your face (that you could barely breathe out of) and a plastic costume tied at  your neck, covering you up.

Next of course, was the trick-or-treating. Going door-to-door wasn’t a real option where I grew up (no neighbors nearby) but we did it up at my grammar school. (Like the trunk-or-treats of today). We’d have a parade of the costumes on the playground, treats in the classroom, and a haunted house in the rec room.

Once we moved to this area, we actually had neighbors that we could go around and trick-or-treat at. Of course right off, you knew the best houses; and there were two kinds. The first was where they were all decorated up with the husband hiding on the roof, waiting to scare us to death. (I screamed soooo loud)!

The second (or a tie for me) was the one with the full-sized Snickers bars. They were served on a silver platter no less! The house wasn’t very decorated (older folks) but man, they knew how to treat the little ones! (ok and not so little).

How about you? How old were you when you stopped trick-or-treating? Do you go with your kids (or grandkids) now?

I stopped at…cough….19. But that’s a long story.  I have no children (and no grandchildren) so my fun is just seeing the costumes and hoping my workplace allows it.

Enjoy today/tonight and stay safe out there!

 

 

 

Posted in Books

How to overcome your fear

Mine is definitely the fear of failure, and reading it aloud

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Well, it’s Halloween again and scary things are heading your way.

But do you really need to open the door to find scary things that instill fear?

No, not me. All I have to do is walk over to my desk. 

Because, if you’re a writer, you live with fear. At least I do. Fear of failure, and fear of success. Yep, that’s right. Sitting down at the keyboard is a whole other kind of fear.

Is it really fear of writing or is it fear of failure?

Do you suffer from Graphophobia, Scriptophobia,Achievemephobia,  Atychiphobia or some other phobia?

Oh yeah, there is a phobia for everything.

Scriptophobia, fear of writing (in public, class, etc.). I believe a writer can feel this fear because we are expecting someone, someday to read what we’ve written. ie… public.

Graphophobia, fear of handwriting. Okay, this one is a stretch…

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Posted in Books, coming soon, Upstaged, wedding

Rainbow Snippets October 27th

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Presenting…the first snippet from the Up-n-coming Upstaged 3: Duet (release date tba)

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This is the 3rd book in the Upstaged series to be release by Extasy Books.  To see the other 2; here are the links:

http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-1804-5-opening-act/

http://www.extasybooks.com/cheryl-headford/s-l-danielson/978-1-4874-2024-6-waiting-in-the-wings/

To set the stage; this (and last week’s post are of Vince on the morning of his wedding to his beloved Billy. I’d left that out last week (grrrr) so this week I won’t forget the context! This picks right up the next lines down after Vince awoke (without his finace there due to superstition).

For a while, Asher had been in there with him, but at Vince’s insistence, he’d left. Vince had been without his lover before, but this time it was torture. Thankfully, however, he’d survived the night.

He scooted out of bed and threw on a robe. Shaking out his hair with his fingers, he glanced at the class ring on his finger. In a few hours it would be replaced with a gorgeous wedding band. A surge of excitement crackled through Vince and he smiled. After a long yawn, he stretched and padded to the bathroom to shower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in advice, Books, co-authoring, collaboration

Co-Authoring Pros and Cons

How many of you have written (or considered) writing with other authors?

I’ve written over 30 books so far…12 by myself and the rest with four very talented co-authors.

Four?

Yes, four. All collaborations that have had their bright spots (and low spots).

Why collaborate at all? Why not just write solo?

I can tell you from experience…writing with others has helped my own craft grow and take on new directions that I’d honestly never considered. My first was a wonderful realist and angsty author. She liked the sexier side of things with a ton of angst. My second is a glorious storyteller…she can weave a tale in five minutes and have you mesmerized. My third is a comic by profession and his tales have me cracking up on every page. The fourth is a dear friend of mine that we wanted to tell a story; it was released, but pulled back for re-tooling.

I’ve been fortunate to have these great people to work with; but not every pairing has a happy ending. The first lady I wrote with we got on great! Pages being written like mad, ideas flying..and then a complete breakdown of communication that I take the sole blame for. This was years ago; but it has helped me not make that same mistake again. Which bring me to my first point:

  • Be clear on your objectives for the book(s)

This is vital! In the planning/plotting phases things go awry. Things change. Be clear on what you want. It may not stay that way, so have an ‘out’ plan too.

  • Find someone who’s writing style is similar to yours

Not a necessity as all three write very differently from myself. My second coauthor is the most similar of them all; but like I said, not a requirement. Genre too, is important. My genre is gay fiction. Almost all of the authors I know write this genre.

  • How well do you handle conflict together? (characters and authors)

This is vital! My first coauthor and I parted ways over a disagreement on the continuation.

  • Be clear on separation of duties (who’s better at editing or outlining)?

I’m awful at editing. Light proofreading I can do; but I”m no editor.

  • Do you agree on publishers, royalties, marketing?

This is easy enough on the royalties; 50/50 split. As for marketing, that should be shared too. As for how to publish, both need to be in agreement as to self-pub or try a publisher.

I love collaborations; like I’ve mentioned, it’s helped me go in totally new directions. Just know that sometimes these things don’t work out. I hope these tips help if you decide to go into co-writing! (collaborations)

Steph

Posted in advice, Books, frustration, life, motivation, Procrastination, question, S. L. Danielson, writing

Getting Down to Business…

 

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Procrastination. It’s the bane of my existence. I have soooo much free time on my hands I don’t know how to fill my days.

Well. I do.

Really.

I’m just such a procrastinator that I fill it with the wrong things. Like…FaceBook, Pinterest, etc…etc…doing aimless research on things that have nothing to do with my books.

Sound familiar?

I’m job-searching (and redoing resume daily it seems) all to appease the ATS systems. Sigh. I get recruiters emailing and calling for the same job (one listing has sent five recruiters to me, wow they are desperate)!

Otherwise, I’m a housewife and cat mother. I take care of home and kitty to the best of my ability, despite despising cleaning. LOL My games eat up a lot of time (I’m soo addicted) plus knitting, or the aforementioned internet addiction.

How do I stop? How do I structure my day again? I need to make some hard and fast rules on what my time should be spent doing.

What works for you?

Reminders? Outlook/Gmail? I need a clock to go off and yank my phone away, open my book that I need to work on, and yell out, ‘work on this for one hour’!

Wouldn’t that be cool?

So…as I wile away this time writing out my frustration with procrastination and my consternation with aforementioned issues…I bid you adiue…

#procrastination, #timewaster, #whiny #toomuchfreetimeonmyhands

Steph

Posted in 3rd book, Books, Cheryl Headford, collaboration, coming soon, Exstasy Books, fiction, gay, gay fiction, m2m, marriage, new adult, New Release!, Upstaged

Coming Nov 2nd, Upstaged 3: Duet

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There’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the best—and the worst—in people.

Billy and Vince are getting married. The Von is taking time off to celebrate and the gang are all together, with a few additions.

The Caliendo family make quite an impression, especially Cousin Angel, but it’s Connor’s new boyfriend, Shaun who really takes the biscuit. Fists fly, but that’s par for the course in an Italian wedding, isn’t it?

When the dust settles, a tentative relationship begins that might finally give Angel what he’s always dreamed of – acceptance and love.

Up for Preorder now at Extasy Books

Posted in Books, coming soon, Upstaged, wedding

Rainbow Snippets October 20th

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Rainbow snippets FB page

Presenting…the first snippet from the Up-n-coming Upstaged 3: Duet (release date tba)

What is Rainbow Snippets? It’s a group of LGBT+ authors who post six sentences (or more) from a current WIP, published work or even something they’ve read that they want to rave about. Click on the link below the rainbow to be transported to a place of wonder where you will find tasters of everything from sweet romance, to hot and steamy, to fantasy and sci-fi.

This is the 3rd book in the Upstaged series to be release by Extasy Books.  To see the other 2; here are the links:

http://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-1804-5-opening-act/

http://www.extasybooks.com/cheryl-headford/s-l-danielson/978-1-4874-2024-6-waiting-in-the-wings/

The light pouring in from the windows hit Vince in the face and he winced, turning onto his side. Sprawling over the bed, his sleep-muddled mind slowly registered there was nothing but empty sheets beside him. He opened his eyes and stared at the spot where Billy usually was for a long moment. He was alone, by choice. Billy had stayed over at his parents’ house for reasons of superstitious tradition. Billy thought they shouldn’t see each other until the wedding ceremony. It made for one lonely night, but Vince had handled it.