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Indie Life: The Perfect Book Convention

As you’ve probably discovered on my Instagram, my little sis joined me at a recent book convention. She’s a school administrator and has attended more than her share of conventions from the education side. In my day job as a banker, I have attended and helped coordinate quite a few as well, although those tend to be more technology focused.

225255_2065005309492_8122806_nIt didn’t take long before we started talking about the cool twists of the book con as well as the old standbys that were second nature at cons we’ve attended, but simply didn’t exist in the bookish equivalent. From there, it wasn’t a far leap before we started marrying the two and in no time we were planning our own con…the perfect book convention. Read More

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Indie Life: Passion in Fandom

IndieLife7Every second Wednesday of the month, indie writers band together to post a little inspiration for the journey.

As I think of my indie life recently, one word comes immediately to mind…passion.

Not as in the *blush* New Adult genre that is so quickly gaining popularity, and not as in passion for the writing process per-say. The passion that I think of is that wonderfully, goofy feeling you get when you know, just know, you’ve stumbled across a story that is going to be your next obsession.

  • You imagine every setting in detail, as if you were the architect.
  • You guess and theorize on what’s next.
  • You roam the internet for any extra Team Whoever badge, sneak peeks, and tidbits.
  • You pick out what celebrities would play the characters in a movie.

I have a friend that actually shed tears when she first stepped into Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Florida. Real tears, and for what? A story. A great story.

This week, I’ve been completely obsessed with watching pics and news from the shooting of the new Morganville Web Series, based on the Morganville Vampire books by Rachel Caine. I am so excited for this show, all because I absolutely loved the stories first. Well, that and have you seen Jordan Farris, Chase Jeffrey, and Ben Easter? Whoa, mama!  (witness my obsession with MV first-hand at www.twitter.com/mogdocnews)

And therefore, my dear writer friends, as your inspiration this month in your Indie Life journey, I ask you to make a new goal. Write a story, not for monetary gain, critical acceptance, or notoriety; write a story for your fans for they are the real passion behind this craft. I challenge YOU to write the story that will create an all-out, teary-eyed, jumpin’ on the couch, squeal with delight, geek out for your readers.

Already written it? Tell me and my readers about it in the comments on this post. (Shameless plug opportunity, you know you want to…)

 

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Thinking of yourself as an artist

IndieLife7Every second Wednesday of the month, indie writers band together to post a little inspiration for the journey.

Recently in my small hometown a group of local artists have put together an “artisan market”. It’s run very much like the farmers markets that you’ll see all over Ohio. The market is held every Saturday where artists come in and set up their beloved works for sale. I love their effort. God bless’em for making a positive impact on our community.

And I wanted Read More

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Indie Life: Celebrating a Milestone

IndieLife7Every second Wednesday of the month, indie writers band together to post a little inspiration for the journey.

This month, I write to celebrate a milestone. On January 11th, 2014, my first novel, Of Sun & Moonrocketed to #1 on the Amazon U.S. Top Free eBook list in two categories: Teen & YA Supernatural Mystery and Teen & YA Romantic Mystery. It also grabbed  Read More

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Indie Life: Engaging the Classroom

IndieLife7One of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had as an author is the opportunity to go back to school. No, it’s not what you think. I’m not breaking open the textbooks, but I have been invited to speak to students about writing or reading in general.

Last year, I was invited to help close out Right to Read Week at an elementary in southern Ohio. In the morning, we did some random dancing whenever Read More

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