More than just Volocio out here…

Posts tagged “making money while writing

On Where I’m Going…

So how are things with Book of Tas’und’eash?  When I had my writing
group in Chicago, it was going well.  Unfortunately since the move, I
have started to lose momentum.  I haven’t been editing my book the way
I should and the writing group truly works best when you are there
physically for dialogue.  t least with the last group I wasin.  I will
keep tryin to post with them.  I really should, even if only one
person reads it.

I have gotten good feedback with it so I know people will want to know
what happens next.  I owe it to them to keep working.

The truth is, I found myself re-reading my first novel Volocio and I
think with a little more work this one will be ready soon to try and
find an agent.  I think because it is so cose to being done that i
really want to focus my energy on it. So now I will go back in time
and start talking about Volocio and my process.

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On Where I’ve Been….

Oh my! It has certainly been a while! I apologize for being MIA for so
long but don’t worry, I’ve been writing.

First off – I moved to Germany! Yup!  I met a wonderful guy and moved
here to be closer and here I am!  It was a very crazy and hectic
process and I documented everything in my travel blog:
www.adventuresoflamari.com
Be sure to visit – it’s quite entertaining!  I had started it back in
2011 when I attempted a trip to the UK by myself (note: it was a
success)  It was a way for my family back home to keep an eye on me.
Now that I have moved, this blog is the perfect communication key by
enabling me to reach as many people at one time.  At first I was
blogging everyday up until I moved here but now I only update on
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

As a result, I have been able to get back to work on Tas’und’eash.
However, since coming to Germany I have suddenly inundated with ideas.
It’s great but there is a tiny hitch at the moment.  For my first two
months here in Deutschland, I am living in this small room:

IMG_5285As you can see, there is no desk.  I know what are must be thinking:
you’re in Europe! Go to a cafe!  I don’t really do the sit in a cafe
and write bit.  I will do it if a fellow writer wants to try some
place new or nice but I prefer to work from home with little
distraction.  My boyfriend and I should be getting an apartment soon
so I will then be focused on getting a desk.  Yay!

So what other projects am I working on?  Well, I will have to save
that for another post.  There is so much to do!  But in the meantime,
I should also get back to writing this blog.  It’s a good way to
document where I am going with this (hopefully) getting published
journey.

Until Next Time,


On Reading…

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

-Stephen King

I’m alive!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been knee deep in writing and reading.  I have finished book 1!  I felt like I was sprinting to the end of the book.  I don’t even want to look at it for a while so I am working on book 2 which has been a great and fun change of pace.  I plan on working on it for a while and then I will go back to book 1 with fresh eyes.

Anyway, concerning my quote above.  When I haven’t been writing, I’ve been reading.  A lot.  Reading as many books as you can get your hands on is just as important as practicing your writing skills.

“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.”

Tyrion Lannister

I certainly have been using my whetstone 😛 This last year, I had been taking public transportation through the Windy City in order to get to work.  It’s about 45 minutes each way and I always carry a book with me.  As a result, I have been devouring book after book.  I think that every book helps in your writing.  It’s just as important as writing a blog to practice your style.

Sorry if this post reads a bit disjointed.  I am multitasking.  I wanted to at least reach out to wordpress and let everyone know that I am still alive and kicking.

And now I leave you with a question: what books do you like to read? How does reading help you in your writing?


On Writing While Having a Full-Time Job…

Right now, I am flooded with ideas. So many ideas that there is not enough time in the day to get it all down in writing.  Trouble is: I currently make my living at a pharmaceutical company where I work a normal 9-5.  That’s 40 hours a week that I don’t get to write.  ARGH!

Aye, there’s the rub.

I’ve known since I was young that writing was my passion.  However, I’ve always known that the chances of making a living off of writing was slim to none which was why I went for my second passion: science.

Yes, I make good money, but I do have to work.  I am not the only one who works to live and spends the rest of her time living her dream.  One of my co-workers spends his free-time on his productions.

I know this is a shameless plug, but go and check out his skits: http://www.youtube.com/user/PlusKewlFilms

Anyway, with this influx of ideas and a full-time job…how do I manage?  You have to do what you can.  Me, I always carry a notebook.  If I get an idea, I jot it down (even if I have to take a quick restroom break to do it).  Obviously, I have to be serious about my job, so I try to take advantage during a tea break (yes, I take tea breaks as I don’t drink coffee) or lunch break.  That way when I get home my ideas are written down and not forgotten.  It’s hard but you have to do what you have to do.

One of my besties is a playwright in New York.  She’s getting her masters at Queens and is getting so much exposure.  I am so happy and slightly jealous.  I want that kind of exposure but I have my job.  Ugh.  She deserves great things, she is such a wonderful writer.

I will get there.  I know I will, it will just take longer.

But I know that I am not the only one going through this.  I know there are people out there working for the man while trying to live the dream.  It’s hard.  But never stop.  The important thing to remember is this: when it comes to art, you have to do it for yourself.  Honestly, don’t do it for the fame or the glory or for anyone else.  You have to do it for you. You. You. You.

I know this is quick, but I had to mention it.

That’s all for now.

MLT