Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Shameless Shelf Promotion...because that's what authors do

You know that moment when you have a nice post going and you haven't saved it and suddenly it's gone? And you think you could probably recreate the magic but it's 9:30 and you worked all day and you can't be bothered because you're too tired?

Yeah. Me too.

So, here, click this link...
Read my novel and tell me if you like it. Please don't judge this book by its cover, though. I'm not a freaking cover designer, but they won't let you upload the manuscript without one.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

On Blogging

Do people even read blogs anymore? I stopped a long time ago. Now that Google Reader is gone, I don't know how I'd even go about starting back up. There were a few that offered mailing list sign ups, but is that the same thing? 

I don't know how I got drawn into some of the blogs I read. But I can tell you exactly why I stopped. Because I got tired of the same thing. One was a lot of "look at how perfect my life looks on my blog, but remember I'm really a normal person and my life isn't perfect but I'm going to keep on presenting it that way." Maybe I was just jealous of all the perfection.

Then there's another one that I'm thisclose to quitting because I can't handle all the sappy posts about parenting. I'm happy that you just had a baby and all, because I did too ( it's like a club for cool kids), but your hormones must still be out of whack. Nobody can feel that much love ALL the time. Again, maybe it's the perfection thing.

Life is not perfect. Don't try to paint a picture of it that alienates your readers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dreams vs Reality

So I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. I should be doing some really deep, soul searching thinking, but I'm not ready for that yet.

I mentioned in an early post, at the end of my maternity leave, how I didn't want to go back to work. I've been back for about a month and a half and it feels like I never left. And not in a good way.

There are people in life who know what they want to do and they make it happen. My BFF is something called a naturalist. She got a biology degree and she knew what she wanted to do. She worked hard and it took a couple tries, but she got there.

I think I always wanted to be a writer. My mom has one of those school memory books stuffed full of old report cards and spelling tests. The ones that ask you every year what you want to be when you grow up. I know I said I wanted to be an author. So I got a degree in agriculture. Because the writing thing always seemed like a pipe dream. 

But the more I've researched it, the more I've realized how freaking hard it is to be an author. A lot of people don't even get to quit their day jobs. So what the hell is the point? 

I'm so unhappy, though. Is it worth being totally miserable just to get a paycheck? When you have three kids to feed and a house to pay for, it certainly makes you think twice. 

What's a girl to do? Continue to pursue the dream? Even though I may never succeed at it? Keep on being miserable because I like money so much? I wish someone could answer these questions for me because all it does is give me a headache.