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In It's Inspiration Tuesday! on February 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Because I know that music makes you braver, and evokes emotion in a person.  I want to weekly list a track that moves me.  I’m going to ask you to do the same.  What music moves you to write, evokes emotion? Inspires you…to write.  Create.  

Here is a piece I’ve recently stumbled across.  

It starts with a majestic militaristic tone of somberness.  And then ascends into a pounding march of foreboding that danger is coming.  Or that a battle is about to commence   It then waves, in choral echoes that underpin the battle that might be underway.  Then rises with a conclusion of choral chant, that leaves you wanting to hear more.  It’s a powerful piece.

What do you SEE when you Listen?  What words what to flow from you.

And Here We … GO!

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on February 14, 2013 at 6:57 am

OK its official.  Today I poked my toe into the waters of being a “traditionally published” author. and submitted my first query letter, synopsis and some pages from my novel.  

The lucky recipient to tell me if I have any talent is..da tah da dahhhh…the Donald Maass Literary Agency.  Let’s give them a hand ladies and gentlemen! 

This agency has the distinct honor, privilege of reading my masterpiece…lol  I know, I know it’s a lil much but bear with me.  

They also have the distinct honor of being the first professionally to speak that the manuscript needs work.  But I need that.  I need it because I’ve done all I can do.  I’ve edited as much as I can edit.  I’ve sat and waited.  For those that follow me, I finished this novel on July 4th 2012.  This is February, so I’ve let it sit for a while now.  I sent it out to some beta readers.  some were more helpful than others.  Some–heck are you still alive?  

I’m financially restricted at the moment due to my employment situation so I can’t do more on the writers conference, professional editing, and blah blah blah.  So I’ve done all I know to do:  after getting as much input from those that I solicited were willing to give me.  

I said its time to just put it out there.  Stick a toe in the water, see what happens.  The worst is that I’ll be in the exact same position I am in at the moment.  So why not.

Now for the record let me point out that hitting that ENTER key on the keyboard was one of the scariest things I’ve done.  “Why?” you ask?  

Well they might not like it!  I could stink!  No seriously, after all this time to surrender my writing to someone else, is like giving your child up for adoption.  Well maybe not quite like that but by golly it feels like it!

In any event, I felt I needed to take the jump.  I’ve written a book after all.  What’s the point of writing if no ones going to read it?  

These agents and publishers are the gate keepers of contemporary literature.  The guardians of what’s marketable.  Will someone believe enough in the story I created that they will say, “Yes I like it…i think this will sell in the market.”

Can I possibly have a voice?  Who knows.  But it will be fun to see.  I’m looking forward to seeing.  Ok 99 agents/publishers to go before I self publish!

I figure hey, even if they reject me, I might acquire some good feedback on the road of becoming a published author.  So well see.

Wish me luck! 

 

Whew it’s been busy!

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2013 at 2:22 am

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Well its been a busy several weeks.  I haven’t blogged as much because I have been looking for full time work, and I have had the privilege of becoming a freelance writer for Examiner.com.

I’ve posted a couple of articles now.  Here’s one of them.  http://www.examiner.com/article/3d-printing-and-the-birth-of-the-replicator

Besides simply trying to put food on the table, and writing for the Examiner.  I have finally finished as of today the synopsis for m novel.  It’s been a long road, but its done.  There’s only problem.  It’s 15 pages long!  Ok so I took almost a 400 page novel and summarized it in 15 pages.  Now I’ve got to cut it down to say 5 and then one.

Arggggghhhhh!!  But hey such is the art of revision.  🙂  It’s amazing what you see when you do a synopsis.  I see scenes that I’m wondering if I should add, or if I can rewrite.  

In addition, to working on my synopsis, I’ve been working on a few book trailers.  Here’s the latest let me know what you think. 

And yes I will be posting more,I’m  trying to adjust to the freelance writing schedule and the blogging.

Until next time!

D