I Aten’t Dead. I’m Mostly Dead. Mostly Dead is Still Alive. And I Will Survive!

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Granny Weatherwax isn’t known as a spelling bee champion. Not at all. But her spelling abilities were enough to keep herself from being buried alive while she traveled outside her body. “I Aten’t Dead” pretty much says it all.

While I would love to say my absence on social media has been due to my time spent trapped inside the mind of a flying eagle, the fact is, that’s not the case. Magical interference has not kept me away from my computer, nor has an army of blood thirsty elves. My only excuse–er–excuses are work, family obligations, car issues, and my new workout regimen, which combined, have kept me extremely busy . . . unfortunately, too busy to pen interesting blog posts.

But now I’m back from outer space. I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face . . . I will survive! And hopefully, get back on my blogging schedule. See you all on Monday! Have a great weekend!

 

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Just Keep Writing, Just Keep Writing, Just keep Writing, Writing, Writing!

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The holidays are over, which means … holiday hangover! Nothing’s worse for writers than feeling sluggish, tired, and uninspired.

Here’s some advice for my writer friends struggling to scrape their butts off the couch to get some writing done:

Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing, writing, writing! What do we do? We write, WRITE!

And if all else fails, go get another cup of coffee. Caffeine always does the trick.

Have a great week!

I Didn’t Feel Like Blogging Today So Here’s a Picture of an Astronaut Riding a Robotic Unicorn in Space

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It’s Monday . . . and I was planning on writing a really fun blog post . . . but I’m just not feeling it today, so here’s a picture of an astronaut riding a robotic unicorn in space. Please enjoy.

Please stay tuned for blog posts of content Wednesday and Friday this week. I promise, I’ll get off my lazy bum and hash out something worth reading. Until then, have a wonderful week!

 

I Didn’t Feel Like Blogging Today, So Here’s A Picture of an Armed Cat Riding a Fire-breathing Unicorn

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Today is Wednesday, and–gasp–I don’t have a post ready! Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. With play rehearsal, mom’s illness, nephew’s needs, and my novel’s impending release date, I’ve run out of time to compose a thoughtful blog post for today … but since I hate to skip a day in my schedule, here’s a picture of an armed cat riding a unicorn. It should be noted that the unicorn has red, glowing eyes. Also, the cat is wearing a red bandanna, which in the 90’s, was very cool.

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Life Needs More Velociraptor Riding a Shark While Firing a Machine Gun and Holding a Lit Stick of Dynamite Kind of Moments

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Yawn. It’s Monday again, and the start of yet another work week. I’m sitting at my desk feeling uninspired and somewhat morose despite copious amounts of coffee. All of the excitement surrounding my book release has all but dissipated, resulting in a no-sales week. And with all the snow, I couldn’t even get my nephew out this weekend to do anything fun. And now it’s back to the grind. Sigh.

And I’m sitting here at my desk, bored as I’ll get out, thinking, life needs more velociraptor riding a shark while firing a machine gun and holding a lit stick of dynamite kind of moments to keep things interesting.

Don’t you agree?

It’s hard to stay inspired when nothing truly inspirational ever happens. Those brief excursions only fuel us for a little while, leaving us craving more diversion from the daily routine. Too much redundancy is bad for the creative mind, which demands stimulation in order to achieve great works of art.

So, what’s to be done? Well, for starters, don’t except the shark to come crashing through your office window. You’re going to have to go out there and make your own velociraptor-shark moments.

So grab your shark, your machine gun, and your lit stick of dynamite and get out of the house. Go to a local event, register for a contest, take up a new hobby, or ride that shark around your local Walmart–whatever it takes to add a little spice to your work week. I, for one, will be calling my local radio stations and coffee shops this week to see about marketing opportunities for my book. I’ll also be out shopping for St. Patty’s Day decorations since I’m hosting a party this year. If I’m still not amused, I’ll get on the Indiana Comic Con site to psyche myself up for the event. Maybe I should see if any midget wrestlers or Chippendales dancers are coming to Kokomo anytime soon. Whatever I do, it just needs to be at least half as exciting as a velociraptor riding a shark with weapons in both hands.

Hope your week is more exciting than mine. See you again on Wednesday!

My Novel’s Current Status: Being Polished **Sparkle Sparkle**

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It’s been a few months since I’ve updated the status of my novel. Last time, I believe I reported my novel to be “under construction” since I was making some serious edits at the time. Since then, I’ve made a lot of progress.

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Polishing my novel inside and out

For one, the major edits are completed, thanks to the help of my friends/editors. (Hola!) I’m just down to the finishing touches. Like hanging framed artwork on a wall. No more drywall and 2X4’s for this girl! (Can I get a woot woot!)Then there’s the cover art, almost finished. The front cover is nearly complete, anyway (cover reveal coming soon. wink wink). I still need to tweak my blurb and find a suitable photograph for the back cover. Then there’s figuring out the formatting, but that can wait.

As I make the final touches to the novel, inside and out, I’m becoming more excited (and optimistic) about the finished project. After three years in the making, I can finally see an end–a strong end–to all my hard work. And I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

Why I’m Particpating in NaNoWriMo 2014

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November is a crazy-busy month. It’s the last decent month before winter (Brace yourself winter is coming) and its between the two biggest holidays (sorry Thanksgiving). So, why would we choose to add more crazy to this month by participating in NaNoWriMo? Is it because writers are crazy? What is it that motivates us to join this event each year? For some writers, it’s breaking writer’s block. For others, it’s connecting with other writers. For me, personally, it’s about personal growth.

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My mantra for the month of November

With everything going on in my life right now: transitions at work, family illness, etc., etc., etc., I’ve had a difficult time staying motivated and keeping a writing schedule. To say I’ve kept a writing schedule would be a gross exaggeration of my efforts to just sit down and write. In the last four weeks, I have written maybe 3,000 words tops! I figured participating in NaNoWriMo would help get me back into a serious writing routine, and if nothing else, it would give me the push I need to finish this rough draft. At the very least, it’s a break from editing. I’m so burned out on editing. Haha!

I’m hoping by taking part in this event I will reignite my creative spark and rekindle my love of writing. I know it’s not an easy fix, but sometimes you just need a hard push to get you back on track. Please wish me luck, and if you’re looking for a writing buddy on the site, look me up at kbbetzner. I’m always willing to cheer on others. We’re in this together, not only during the month of November, but all year-long!