- Cry Little Sister (L.A. Guns)
- Don’t Close Your Eyes (Kix)
- Ballad of Jayne (L.A. Guns)
- Nobody’s Fool (Cinderella)
- Fly to the Angels (Slaughter)
- Edie (Ciao Baby)
- House of Pain (Faster Pussycat)
I’ve only recently come out of the writing closet. For years, I have written secretly, under cover of darkness. I’m not sure if I was more afraid of what readers would think of my work or what my family would say.
Most of my family don’t know I write steamy romance novels. I daresay that their disapproval of my genre choice would be detrimental to my writing and my progress as a person. Therefore, I keep my author self separate from them because at the end of the day, I must write.
So many times we are held back because of the fear of judgement. Why do we do that? Let’s build each other up, instead! The things we could do (for each other and the world)!
My whole mindset is different at night. I have the “get things done” state of mind going on during the daylight hours, but when nighttime rolls around and things get quiet, my mind shifts gears.
NaNoWriMo even has a night of writing dangerously. Maybe it’s ingrained into us to behave and think differently at night. Maybe it’s all the spooky things that lurk in the dark corners of our consciousness. Everything is mystical and poetic through the lens of sunless silence.
Sometimes, you sip coffee, scribble in your notebook, and something magical happens. You wake up, read what you wrote the night before and think, “Holy hell, where did that come from?” and feel like an insomniatic god.
Maybe try it at night, in the dark, or by moonlight.
- Don’t Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchestra)
- Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)
- Give A Little Bit (Supertramp)
- Jet Airliner (Steve Miller)
- Listen to the Music (The Doobie Brothers)
- Life’s Been Good (Joe Walsh)
- You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
- China Grove (Doobie Brothers)
- Stuck in the Middle with You (Jim Hornsby)
- Burnin for You (Blue Oyster Cult)
- Crazy on You (Heart)
- Sister Christian (Night Ranger)
- Sunshine Superman (Donovan)
- Yellow Ledbetter (Pearl Jam)
- One Headlight (The Wallflowers)
- Linger (The Cranberries)
- Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band)
- Smooth (Rob Thomas, Santana)
- Loser (Beck)
- Losing My Religion (REM)
- What’s Up (4 Non Blondes)
- No Rain (Blind Melon)
- Bullet with Butterfly Wings (Smashing Pumpkins)
If you’ve never read H.P. Lovecraft and you’re a fan of genre fiction, you should definitely give it a try. Lovecraft is the founding father of modern horror like Stephen King and Dean Koontz and is a master at turning otherworldy specters and nightmares into reality. The complete works include supernatural horror, mystery, and suspense making it a nice addition to your hoard. In my opinion, the man was much more important than he is sometimes give credit for.
The me that I am right now is okay.
That one is so difficult to master. I got married when I was 18. I was a widow when I was 19. Working to overcome tragedy at that tender age has taught me some tough lessons.
- No matter how tough it is, it IS temporary. It WILL get better. Time helps and things can change in an instant…sometimes even for the better.
- Cut yourself some slack. If you’re doing the best you can, then that’s good enough.
- Focus on what you can do today. Right now. Small accomplishments add up.
- LOVE AND FORGIVE YOURSELF!
Pinterest is often overlooked in the marketing scheme of things, but I recently decided to give it a try for the promotion of my latest book, Make Your Bones. ( shameless plug: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MN672G7 )
I have used Pinterest personally for many years, as I’m sure most of you have. It is a terrific place to find ideas, as well as connect with other artistically minded folks.
Having experimented with promoted posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Amazon, I found that while they do get your book in front of many eyes, most of the interaction is with likes or saves and not sales. When I tried promoted pins, however, I saw that my CTR (click through rate) was much higher on Pinterest than other outlets.
Why? Maybe it’s simply because the audience is right for the type of fiction I write. Maybe it’s because of the user interface.
What is great about Pinterest is that if anyone repins your promoted pin, it will be there long after the paid promotion has ended. Virtually forever.