Since I’m still, unfortunately, on the other side of the country, I managed to bully Jason into doing a few videos by himself to keep the channel from being completely dead the entire time I’m gone. Thus, here is the Collectors Case edition of Jason Takes the Basement! XD
Wouldn’t it be great to become famous for your writing? This week the other authors and I at Authors Answer discuss how we would handle becoming suddenly as famous as someone like Stephen King.
The vast majority of authors never become famous. They never have a bestseller. They are pretty much unknown. But many authors dream of making it big, becoming one of those authors who is a household name. But how would we handle that newfound fame?
I’m a pretty sociable person so I’d probably be far too open for my own good! I’d also like to think I’d keep my feet on the ground and just keep on being me, with perks.
Authors are hardly rock stars, so I wouldn’t think the pressure of fame would be excessive. There would likely be convention appearances and book signings, so my antisocial little self might have trouble maintaining a pleasant face, but I’ve manned a sales…
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I’ll admit that, most days, I still find it hard to consider myself a “real” author. It’s a combination of being self-published (which, despite attempts at the contrary, still makes me consider myself to be an amateur) and the fact that my sales are mind-blowingly abysmal. I shouldn’t harbor such thoughts – I wrote TWO GODDAMN BOOKS, DAMMIT, and that makes me an author! – but it’s very difficult, and I hardly think that I’m the only self-published author to feel that way, so I give myself a break.
That said, every so often something happens that really does make me feel like a “real” author, and one of those things happened throughout the month of July. You see, over at the Basement Geeks Facebook Group, two of our most active members decided to start up a “Basement Geeks Book Club”. I thought it was a great idea, and joined up right away, myself, but I wasn’t expecting what happened next, because there was a poll set up to decide which book the group would read first, and the book they chose…was Nowhere to Hide.
It wasn’t a huge book club or anything – less than ten people were actually reading – but, to be honest, it was kind of a huge deal to me. It felt wonderful, not only because they chose my book, but because I got to be a part of the process. The members discussed the chapters they’d read weekly, and I got to be there, joining in the conversation, fielding questions, and seeing what people really, truly thought. There were a few constructive criticisms, some awesome reactions, and a surprising amount of praise that all just made me feel warm and fuzzy and happy inside. My favorite part? The way everyone agreed on how I was able to really hammer them emotionally. No individual comment or review has ever made me truly feel like I’m doing something right, like I’m accomplishing what I set out to do when I imagine and reimagine my scenes over and over again.
It made me feel like I’m not only a “real” author, but also a good one. And I can’t describe how that makes me feel.
So thank you, Basement Geeks Book Club. You have no idea how great you made me feel just by sitting down to discuss a book.
I recently started a new job, and if you didn’t know, the nature of my work requires me to fly to another province and live there for 2-3 weeks, working daily 12-hour shifts the entire time I’m there. As you can imagine, this schedule doesn’t leave a lot of room for free time, but during the time that I do have I squeeze in as much as I can to keep myself sane. So I thought I’d share what I’m currently…
First off, I wanted to mention that I recently finished reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I absolutely loved it. I don’t know what I was expecting from the book, but it actually surprised me in a big way. I loved the story, the characters, the crazy semi-dystopian future that Cline created, and the non-stop pop culture references and throwbacks to geek and gamer culture and history. It’s definitely worth a read – especially if you grew up through the 80’s, and I’m totally stoked for the upcoming movie now.
But to be more true to the word “currently”. I’m actually reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone again for the Basement Geeks Book Club. I’m only on Chapter 3 as of the writing of this post, but I’m enjoying it so much. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read any of the series and I’d forgotten a lot of the smaller moments in the narrative that make up the greater whole.
I’ll also shortly be starting another book with the same book club called Family Don’t End With Blood, and I’m very excited about this one. It’s basically a compilation of stores about people whose lives have been affected by the show Supernatural. Since I absolutely love that show to death, and the book has chapters and inserts from the stars of the show, I can’t wait to delve into that one.
I decided to use the time I’m stuck out here alone to watch some things that Jason doesn’t want to, and I’ve started with Death Note. I started the anime series about a teen who gains the power to kill by writing a person’s name in a notebook a while ago, but at the time I only got a few episodes in because I was distracted by other things. I enjoyed rewatching the episodes I’d already seen, but now I’m into the episodes I hadn’t yet gotten to, and I’m really into it. I can’t wait to see where the story goes by the end. Plus I just love the shinigami character, Ryuk. He’s too awesome.
This will be the most boring entry in this post because, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t really had the time to be playing anything lately, especially now that I’m working again. Between 12-hour days, catching up on my social media and channel-related stuff daily, and the aforementioned reading and watching, there’s not enough time left in the day to really get into a video game. I’ve been wanting to get back into Borderlands 2 on my Vita, after watching Jason playing a bit of it on the PS4, but there’s really no sense in getting into a game like that unless you’re willing to sit down and dedicate at least an hour into it at a time. That said, I’ll admit that I’ve been playing two phone games during breaks at work while I’m eating. One is Magikarp Jump, which is a fun little game that’s strangely addictive, but also doesn’t involve any real skill at all. It’s the type of game where you just poke the buttons and watch what happens, and it can only really be played for five minutes or so at a time. The more involved one I’ve been playing is Sailor Drops, which is basically a Candy Crush clone, but with the storylines of Sailor Moon attached to it. I’m highly addicted, if only because they keep having special events in which you can unlock more and more characters and I desperately want to get them all.
So that’s what I’ve been consuming recently. What about you? Any new, fun stuff on your list? Anything you recommend? Anything you vehemently DON’T recommend? Please feel free to share!
As always, as it seems to be lately, it seems as though the past month has just flown out from under my feet without my even noticing. I feel so busy and yet never seem to get anything done, and then when this post comes around each month I sit here and stare at my results and wonder what the hell happened.
So with that said, let’s just get right into it, shall we?
Goal #1. WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE.
As mentioned last month, I attempted to get my motor revved up throughout July by adding a “write 300 words” mini-goal to every day in my personal day planner. That plan, while solid, did not work at all for me. For one thing, for a number of reasons, I barely glanced at my planner all throughout the month. But there were also a number of other issues, not the least of which was a major funk I went through for a couple of weeks that I won’t get into, but basically kept me from accomplishing anything worth speaking of, including writing. In the end I turned out with a word count for the month of 4132, which isn’t my worst month, but is pretty close to it, and abysmal in general. I’m attempting the 300-words-per-day mini-goal again this month, and hopefully I’ll have better luck this time.
Mini-Goal #1.a. Publish more erotic fairy tales.
I won’t really go into detail with this one because it has basically been put on hold for the time being while I work on other, more important things, but I do have plans for more of these short stories in the future.
Mini-Goal #1.b. Start writing blog posts again.
I’ll admit it: it has been difficult to get back into blogging again. I still stand behind my decision to make the new blog, and I’m much more fond of it than I was of the old one, and I think it works for me. But I’ve been at a loss for what to blog about, to be perfectly honest. There are the set posts like this one, but on a day to day basis I just can’t figure out what it is I want to say. In the coming month I might delve into some writing prompts to try and get the juices flowing again.
Mini-Goal #1.c. Find ways to promote the book(s).
This never gets any easier, and I can’t honestly report any kind of real success. I was lucky enough this past month to have some of the awesome people from our Basement Geeks Facebook group read “Nowhere to Hide” for their BG Book Club, and as a result I got a few more sales than usual and a couple of awesome reviews. However, as far as actively finding ways to promote the books…I’m still working on it and not having a wide range of successes.
#2. Get healthier.
This is always an ongoing battle, of course, but I do believe that I’m doing better. My weakness is food, of which I eat a vast quantity, but I’ve been doing lots of little things, including drinking more water, doing squats and stretches and the like, and other mini-changes. I have been feeling better in general, but it’s definitely a slow, uphill journey. Onward and upward!
Mini-Goal #2.a. Walk/run
10k 8k steps per day.
The month started off a lot better than it finished, and there was a definite wonky week during that “funk” period that I mentioned earlier. As a result my numbers aren’t as nice as they could be, but they’re not terrible either. I wound up with only ten 8-k days, with a daily average of 7566 steps. As always, I hope to do better this month, and since I’m back to work out West and hauling my ass all over the oilsands, that shouldn’t really be a problem.
Mini-Goal #2.b. Take daily “me time”.
This one can be taken one of two ways for the month of July. On the one hand, yes, I believe I had daily “me time” throughout the month. On the other hand, I think that most of that “me time” was spent moping around during my “funk”. I don’t really know what more to say about that.
#3. Work on my online presence – specifically, YouTube.
I’m not going to go too deep here either because, to be honest, YouTube is part of why I hit that “funk” I keep bringing up. It’s a complicated issue that can’t really be boiled down into a single explanation, but suffice it to say that I wasn’t at all happy with anything even remotely involving YouTube for several weeks, so I didn’t really think a whole lot about this goal throughout July.
Mini-Goal #3.a. Learn to respond immediately.
I’m definitely getting better at this, but there’s still a long way to go. I’ve been jotting notes in my planner for when I really can’t get to something like an email right away, but I’m getting better in general at responding to comments on social media posts and the like. Yay me!
Mini-Goal #3.b. Focus more on daily social media.
And this one I feel is going well too, as I’ve started to work myself into a bit of a groove. I’m better some days than others, but in general I’ve been pretty decent at getting something up on each of the social media accounts each day so that there is steady content. Yay me again!
All in all I can’t say that I was terribly happy with July, but I also worked through a few things throughout the month that will hopefully lead toward August being a better one. Fingers crossed, and all that jazz. But in the meantime, how was your month? Did you accomplish anything? Set any new goals? Feel free to share!