Friday, November 30, 2012

Introvert + Networking = Terror?

It seems you have to network to do everything. I attended several workshops/seminars on how to get a job and they all kept saying the only way to do it is to network. Sending out resumes rarely works, they said over and over. That's real great to hear when you're bad at talking to people you know let alone people you don't know. I left one workshop in full on panic mode because I thought I'd never get a job.
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Earlier this week, I read an article on Copyblogger called 5 Ways an Introvert Can Build a Thriving Audience Online. It's awesome. You should check it out. I've been quiet since middle school. Often, people equate being quiet with being shy. Even I made this assumption.


Didn't know there was difference until I graduated college.

I enjoy reading articles like the Copyblogger one. It's easy to feel down because you're an introvert especially when you're always around talkers. You start to think something's wrong with you because you don't like social situations. I can be social if I have to but it takes a gross amount of effort which usually wipes me out so, it's not something I do unless I have to.

Networking is the exact opposite of my personality or it was before social media. This is one of the reasons I'm on like nine social networks and counting. They're fun and a fairly comfortable a way for me to network without literally throwing myself into a big crowd. A big plus, I write better than I talk.

I like being me. However, my self confidence tanks when I'm around other people and see how much trouble I have simply interacting with them. For all you introverts out there remember there is nothing wrong with you. I need to be reminded of this too every now and then.

More great resources for introverts.
Shrinking Violet Promotions: The Introvert's Bill of Rights
(Book) Susan Cain- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Susan Cain- Manifesto
C.S. Lakin- Live Write Thrive: A Successful Indie Author Gives Advice for Introverts 

"Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful."Mark Victor Hansen

Monday, November 26, 2012

Create Your Own Newspaper

This is why I love the time we're in. Anyone can be a publisher. I'd heard about Paper.li often enough but never knew what it was. I figured it was more like a white paper- only certain people could create one. I subscribed to one Best Tweets for Writers Daily. It gives me awesome information on writing and getting publish straight to my mailbox but I still had no idea what this platform was.

Paper.li is:
"a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily." (Paper.li)
I love organizing information and creating resources list so I was excited about this one. I can gather content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, RSS feeds and YouTube, have them organized and presented through Paper.li. The platform updates itself so the newspaper is low maintenance.

I don't read newspapers, print or online, but I do read and enjoy Best Tweets for Writers Daily so, I was super excited about creating my own paper.

I wanted it to be about writing Dark Fantasy but, as it turns out, there aren't any resources focusing on this genre. I knew this already when I created the Dark Fantasy Writing Resources page but I'd hoped things had changed. They hadn't.

Dark Fantasy is a fascinating genre. It's not new but people are still struggling to define it. My stories aren't horror or fantasy but somewhere in the middle. My character's aren't good or evil. They're anti-heroes- existing in that grey area. I love to explore Darkness- physical and mental. This is Dark Fantasy at its core.

I complied resources dealing with Horror, Fantasy and Writing. Finding content focusing on Horror writing and books was just as headache inducing as searching for good Dark Fantasy resources. Don't know what it is about those two genres. I love them anyway.

My paper's called Dark Treasury, shocker right. I can't help it. The title is so perfect for the resources I'm compiling, it's a major theme in all my stories and it's gonna be a part of my business name.




Monday, November 19, 2012

Sometimes We Need a Kick

Writing is our passion. Doesn't mean we always feel like doing it. I've been struggling lately with motivation. The scenes are forming in my head but I don't write them down anywhere- not even a journal. If you need a good helping of motivation like I do, watch this video.

The quote that speaks to me is:
 "It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult." Seneca
What about you? What's your favorite?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Finding Me...Again?

My mother, Deborah Johnson, published her first book! Awesomeness. It's called Finding Me...Again?-a poetry book/autobiography. It's amazing and I've never been into poetry like that. She self-published it through CreateSpace. When she got the print version in the mail, she told me she mauled the packaging. Wished I could've seen that. It had to have been epic. I told her she should've had someone video her and post it on YouTube.
 
 This book is for all who love poetry and flowers. It is also for those who are going through a major shift in life and career. We've all been somewhere and have gone through something. Now, after all that, what's next? We decide. Read and be encouraged and enjoy. Poetry is still alive!

To read some poems found in the book, you can go to Aubey LLC. Did I mention they are amazing ;)

Friday, November 9, 2012

World Building: Drawing

I have a love/hate relationship with World Building. It's a brilliant puzzle but it's also a nightmare when your world gets too big for you to sort out all the information in your head or even through a journal. To help with this, I started drawing. I'm not great at it but the images help me wrap my mind around my story.

As I've said in other posts, the second novel in my trilogy is bigger than the first. The first one only took place in two locations. This one encompass several villages spread across the country. To get a better feel for terrain and distance, I bought a form board, pencil and markers, printed out a map of the United States and drew it onto the board. I also needed the locations of all the major cities in the US so I Googled it. Maps of World was awesome for this. I needed physical features too- mountains, bodies of water, things like that. Again, Maps of World was so helpful. Since this is a form board, I pinned strips of paper on it with typed details about this world. The map is on my wall.
Along those lines, I was having trouble picturing how the Power worked for my characters. So, I drew it out and put it on my World Building Board. This was super helpful.

 

 The drawings aren't perfect but they don't need to be. I did struggle with this at first .The perfectionist in me wanted them to look like a skilled artist created them even though, more than likely, I'd be the only one who saw them. As it turns out, I'm really happy with them both. The drawings are simply to help you visualize your world. On top of that, they were fun to create, especially the map.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Living With Little Internet

It's funny how you think you can't live without something until you have to.

My Internet has been acting up. Web pages either load slowly or not at all. It's not my computer. I own 2 and both are having issue. Hulu and Netflix won't open on my Wii. Can't ask my provider about it until I get the money to pay my bill so, for the past week, I've been acting like I don't have Internet at home. Because of Sandy, I couldn't go someplace with free WiFi until last Friday. I had to walk 40 minutes to the library. Not really a long walk, it's just not one I would've made unless I had to.

The interesting thing is, I've gotten kind of used to it. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to get it fixed but I'm not suffering from withdraw. It's weird. On a regular day, I can spend hours online between Social Media, research for my book, helping my mother with her business and news (I get all my news online- current events, publishing industry trends, what movies are coming out, what people in the horror and fantasy worlds are talking about) Maybe it's because I can still check my email and do a little Web surfing on my phone. Most Social Medias have an app. Like I'm writing this post on my phone. I wrote the previous post on my phone as well.

I took this opportunity to finish editing my first book, work on my second one and do more world building. Annoyance only came when I needed a Thesaurus but the one in Word and the Dictionary.com app weren't giving me what I wanted. Just realized I own a print Thesaurus. Completely forgot about it.

What almost did me in was, without Internet, I have little shows and movies to watch. I got rid of my cable like a year and a half ago deciding it would cost less to rely on Hulu and Netflix. On top of that, unless the movie is super amazing, like Avengers, I don't buy it. I don't have Netflix mail me DVDs cause it costs less to stream everything online.

I was fine during the day but late nights when all I wanted to do was relax with some mind-numbing show, I'd go a little stir crazy. Playing video games helped a lot but there are only so many hours you can do that before your eyes go cross. Unfortunately, I'm a night owl. I can be up till like 2 or 3 in the morning.

I actually bought movies yesterday. Turns out, finding a good DVD was harder than I thought. By the end of my hunt, I was in a bad mood. Best Buy and Target have horrible DVD sections. Got me wondering if I'm not the only one who stopped buying them. Even with the movies I want, I don't by the DVD, I download them from iTunes.

Speaking of things I had to live without...my apartment is across the street from the subway. I hear the train. 3 years and you get used to the noise. Again, because of Sandy, my train hasn't been running. Without it, a 30 minute trip into Manhattan takes almost 2 hours. After days of silence, I'm hearing it again. I smile every time the lady announces the stops and when the train rumbles as it comes and goes. Got to be one of the most beautiful sounds in the world.
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