“But if you’re truly in love with the written word, with being a storyteller- if you are a writer in the very catacombs of your heart, you don’t follow another’s roadmap for your career.
You fucking draw your own.
And you never say die.”
So I still haven’t gotten the issues with this blog figured out. If you’re experiencing amazingly slow load times, missing basic things like…I don’t know…pictures in blog posts…I’m really sorry. I think I need to transfer the domain away from GoDaddy and I’m trying to figure that out. But my deadline to finish this draft of the sequel is tomorrow, so I have to focus on that.
I was actually planning on skipping posting at all this week because of the above mentioned issues. Then I came across this blog post from my friend and amazing horror writer Joe Hart. You need to read the whole thing. It’s phenomenal. Rather than try to summarize it in any way, I’m giving you the quote at the beginning of this post and the one at the end. But please click over and read the whole thing. Then check out his new book, Widow Town. I’m excited to dive into it.
“No writer, NONE, has sat down and created a masterpiece without toiling away, without chipping out the words that sometimes are moored in the subconscious marble. No writer opens a vein and bleeds a great novel onto the page without looking where the hell they’re going.
Guess what writing is?
It’s renewable wonder. It’s perspective. It’s magic and joy and torment and horror and love and pain and driving without headlights down a highway studded with hazards and pitfalls.”
So there seems to be something with this website. You may have noticed how amazingly slow it loads. Amazingly. Sorry about that. I also can’t seem to put pictures into blog posts anymore. So, over the next week or so (I’m not sure how long its going to take) I’m going to need to reinstall it. There may be some downtime. Sorry about that. But when it comes back, it should work much better. Thanks for your patience!
The wonderful Marilyn Almodovar of Writing on the Sunny Side of the Street is hosting Indie Book Month and allowed me to do a guest post. Click here to check it out!
As you may have noticed on the Books page, Stealing the Ruby Slippers is now available in all of the major online retailers. Bookstores and libraries can also order it now, and it *should* be available on Oyster and Scribd soon (if you subscribe to either and want to read it, contact them. I’m not exactly how they decide to put books on the service, I just know that it’s available if they want to add it.)
Doing all of this has me thinking even more about both my own reading list and about bookstores in general. I’m reading The Untold
right now and LOVING it. While in Nashville this week, I visited one of my favorite bookstores. I’m really looking forward to a tour of bookstores in Minneapolis when the kids start school. I’ve visited this one the most, it’s in my neighborhood and next to a great coffee shop. I’ve been here twice and love it, and really want to check out this one and this one.
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