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TRINIDAD! GET YOUR COPY OF SELIMA AND THE MERFOLK FOR YOURSELF AND FOR A FRIEND FOR CHRISTMAS

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Great News!!!!!!!!!

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Hello All,

Today I have great news! After several months of dealing with the ups and downs of self-publishing, I finally have paperback copies of my novel available. It has been a long road, but all my experiences, good and bad were certainly worth the product I have today. I am satisfied with the quality of the writing as well as the physical books.

For now paperback copies are available from me personally. Requests can be made through the contact page of this blog or Facebook ($100.00 per copy).

My foreign supporters can purchase hardcover, paperback or e-book copies online at Barnes and Noble  and  Amazon.

Thank you to everyone who were involved in the production of this book, and to everyone who has supported me along the way. I hope that everyone enjoys reading this book as much I have enjoyed writing it.

Build Up To #NaNoWriMo

nanoEventful is not the word I want to use to describe my week, but it is more tactful than the word I chose not to use. I am starved for mental stimulation, so I am very excited to attend the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Plot and Structure workshop tomorrow at NALIS POS.

Along with the NaNoWriMo challenge in November, I am also set to challenge myself in some other personal habits I need to change. Sometimes you need a mental and physical cleanse to revive yourself. I will need to do a lot more than ‘speak to the universe’ to succeed; an absolute commitment is necessary. I have a full-time job and will be working by myself for the last half of November, and then life happens seven days a week.

I have a few bad habits that I want to curb, and some I need to stop altogether.  A terrible diet and too much TV has taken over my once productive life; those are the main causes as to why I procrastinate so much. I’m not going to give up Scandal or Criminal Minds, but I will go on a TV diet. Snacks and processed flour make me lazy and tired so I’ll have to breakup with those energy suckers too.

The bottom line is I need to get organized. By the end of this weekend, I will have my schedule and notes completed, and next week I will practise my routine.

Good luck to all the NaNoWriMo participants, I hope we all have good reason to celebrate on November 30th.

Reviving My Writer’s Life

ShutterstockTypewriter2To get back into the habit of writing regularly, I will be attending two workshops in the next few weeks.

1. Plot and structure offered through the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge.

2. An introduction to speculative fiction, hosted by NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

Fifty thousand words in one month is very scary to me. It took me three months to write the first draft of Selima and the Merfolk, and the entire project, thus far, has taken three years. I honestly won’t be mad at myself if I do not complete the challenge; what is important to me is that I stay consistent.  I’ve never put much effort into planning what I intend to write because so far the initial idea has flowed smoothly for the most part. However, a thirty-day restriction has me reconsidering my no-strategy, strategy.

Today, I sat down to plan Corallian, and I didn’t get very far. I sidetracked to google other opportunities to write. I found a few free competitions and a website that I would like to submit articles.

I still think I should jot down some of my ideas for NaNoWriMo, but I don’t think I should be too specific. I don’t want to lose the excitement I get when an idea comes to life while I am typing. For me, moments like that is what keeps me at my desk until my neck feels like it is going to break off. I go to bed with a smile when I know that I have done what I was supposed to do that day.

NaNoWriMo 2014

nanowrimoAs I have mentioned before, I do not like to post on my blog if I do not have anything positive to write. Selima and the Merfolk have been a much longer road than I thought, and I have admittedly allowed myself to be consumed by the challenges that come with the business of writing. Thankfully, I think I have found the perfect distraction – National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo is three weeks away. It runs for the month of November, and the goal is to complete a fifty thousand word novel within that time frame. I have never participated in anything like this; it has made me more excited about writing than I have been for several months. Without question, this is going to be a huge challenge for me. However, it is precisely the kind of discipline I need to get back on the proverbial horse.

I am hoping to befriend some buddies to keep me company. Fifty thousand words mean I’ll have to write and an average of seventeen hundred words a day, so I am going to have to make a schedule and stick to it. Selima and the Merfolk, Book II has been living in my head for several months. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to put my head down to begin writing.

I would appreciate and enjoy it if my followers would join me on Facebook and Twitter from Saturday November 01st 2014 when I will start posting about my progress and all that goes with completing this challenge.

For more information click on the NaNoWriMo logo or this link National Novel Writing Month

DIARY POST 25: TAKING IT EASY

20140802_123751[1]It’s been just over a month since my book, Selima and the Merfolk has been available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Xlibris.com. The excitement is still there, and I’m sure I’ll be excited for a few months again. Sometimes my friends comment that I could relax now but in reality the work has just begun.

I did small promotions the second and third week after it was posted, however due to a delay in receiving printed copies and promotional materials I have decided to hold out on promoting until I have everything. Many people have shown an interest in purchasing copies, and I even got an offer to have it sold at a very reputable store. I was very impatient for weeks. Fortunately, I’ve realized that impatience was keeping me up at night. I began to worry so much about everything. Making myself crazy seemed to be on my ‘To Do List’ every day. Only when I was able to let go of trying to control my destiny, was I able to sleep a full night through. I just have to remind myself that worrying has never solved a problem. Truly I don’t have a problem, I have a delay, but that delay has given me time to organize some other important business, so I guess it was a good thing I got delayed.

What was I complaining about again?

SELIMA AND THE MERFOLK IS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!

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