Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Broom Closet Writer and Busy Witchy Bee

“The flesheater’s blood was coagulating on my fingers. I was going to wipe my hands on my jeans, but stiffened when Grosso, and a young cop I didn’t know, stepped out of the police car and walked my way.  Yes, my Wicked Darlings, Luna Bravo doesn’t get in trouble; she lives in it. Stop by my writing site to read “Shrieking Crow,” the latest bit of Luna’s tale of mythical chaos.

Now to the true purpose of this post…

I’m going to call him Broom Closet Writer, and only because he grin-glares at me when I say the words. He is a Witch. We worked as Marine Combat Training Instructors at the same time, but for different companies. He could do pull-ups until watching him made my muscles ache, but I was always the one who ran his butt to the ground; must love a balanced friendship *grins*

Also, he writes urban war fiction that breaks my heart and arms my soul with resolve. But… he is afraid of not having enough time to write the next tale, so he refuses to share his work.

“I don’t want to let people down, G,” he tells me.

Broom Closet Writer fears he will publish a story, and then life will get complicated (the muse might leave his side, someone can send flying monkeys to steal his shoes...) and he won’t be able to write more. He doesn’t want to disappoint the readers who might enjoy his work. I’m trying to convince him that the latter is the kind of healthy anxiety that gives me the energy to write like a mad witchy woman.

Nothing fuels my witchy writer’s soul faster than the knowledge that you, my Wicked Darlings, are waiting for a tale. I might be okay with disillusioning myself for a while—life happens, you know?—but I go to many lengths to keep me from letting you down.

Why do you think it is that I share all kinds of schedules and calendars with you? I’m just like Shelle, I would forget my own name if I didn’t have to use it or wrote it down somewhere. Many times, if forget things anyway. But when I share my plans with you, the little voice in my head that reminds me of my responsibilities as a writer and a friend gets so loud that I remember everything.

So, dear Broom Closet Writer, you, too, might need a group of wonderful witchy darling readers who inspire you to keep from disappointing them. With that thought in mind, here is my tentative (I’m not above using safety nets) writing schedule for the remainder of this year:

June and July – two deliciously hot months studying Dominican Heritage and the Psychology of Violence, as part of my research for Dancing on Her Bones, the first AlmaMia Cienfuegos novel.

August –  “Heart and Guts” (short story)

October – Pre-Chaos the culmination of The Haunting (novella).
              – All Hallow’s Grim 2012 

December – a short story set in the world of AlmaMia Cienfuegos.

In a few days, I’ll answer the question of someone who asked, “Why do you waste so much time blogging and answering people’s comments, when you can use it to write sellable fiction?”

Forgive her, my Wicked Luvs, for she does not know what she’s spewing…
Borrowed this wonderful witchy bee from Platynews. Love her little hat, broom and wand.

How good are you at sticking to your schedule, my Wicked Darlings?

Just so you know, on my own, I suck big time.

I can come up with excuses that leave my brain feeling guilty for even suggesting I should do anything in the first place *sigh* Thank goodness for my Piano Man, my father and all the wicked special people who always make me feel like there is nothing I can not do ;-)

Edited 7/4/2012

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47 comments:

  1. Wow!! That is some schedule! I am terrible about keeping one...t-e-RR-ibile!!! So I am always reluctant to make one. I applaud your bravery!!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. I think I should thank my obsessive compulsive personality for the ability to, well, obsess over things until they are done lol

      Also, I practice the don't do unto others the ugly things which has been done unto you--I've been disappointed many times by people who I believed were 'better than that,' so I try really hard to be nothing like them. But like I said, if I don't get someone whose opinion to hold me accountable, even that can be shaky ;-)

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  2. I understand....blogging makes me want to create and create some more...I get antsy when the days pass too quickly without new art or interesting news....or connection of some kind with the talented souls here who have a similar dream...

    Blogging amped up my game...and is one of the best things I ever did for my production!

    I hop you stick to that fantastically packed schedule, and then some!! :)

    Btw, I haven't accepted the digital copy you sent me yet, only because it seems to just give the option to download to a digital device. I am seriously behind the times in that department. Does the offer expire, do you know? Perhaps I can just keep it there until I catch up? I just wanted to explain myself so you wouldn't question my excitement over winning.
    I would hate to have you think me rude. :)

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    1. I feel exactly the same way. I was discussing the issue with my Piano Man last night, and we both agree blogging is important to me and my writing in many, many, many ways.

      About AlmaMia's ebook, you should try downloading the Kindle free app, once you've done that it should give you more options. You can find the links to it on this post: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2012/05/truth-in-almamia-and-free-kindle-apps.html

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  3. You really and truly will keep yorself busy over the next months. This was the prettiest witchy bee i have ever seen!
    AlmaMia is going to be in electronic form or in a paper form too? I have been meaning to ask for quite some time!

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    1. I like busy ;-)

      AlmaMia is only on ebook form at the moment. Once I have a few stories, I might think about collecting them and publish them on paperback form, but I don't know yet...

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  4. I'm actually ahead of the schedule I set myself; I know... I'm amazed too! I wasn't going to publish "Witchlet" until August, but it was finished and I was so desperate to share it I only just made it to June! I also already have the next three stories to the "I need to set this aside for a bit" stage (I'm sure you know what I mean by that) and the other 2 stories from that series almost done. Plus several rough drafts of things which will become next years books. :)

    I love the thought that people are waiting for m next piece of writing; makes me feel important, and gives me a reason to do what I love doing anyway!

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    1. Look at you go! I'm trying to allow a little time between stories, but I totally understand the excitement. I, too, want to share everything right away, but I fear people won't have enough time to read ;-(

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  5. P.S. I hope you can convince your friend to share his work; art of any form is meant to be shared and enjoyed!

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    1. Me too... there is another friend of mine I wish would share her stuff, too. She has the best naturally sarcastic voice I've ever read, I wish I could discuss her stuff with many others. I might try to bully into doing it lol

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  6. That bee is soooo cute! Just what I needed. ^^

    Tell that broom closet writer he is an egotistical ass for not sharing. ;-)

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    1. I told him! He said to tell you that he can shoot someone's head off from more yards than most people can count to. Then he looked at your picture and said, "She's really hot, don't tell her I said that." lol

      So, of course, I'm telling you. What are friends for?

      That is a pretty bee indeed!

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  7. I used to be a Broom Closet Writer... particularly of fan fiction (but also of some "real" things too). It was kind of ridiculous, really, because I would spend hours or days at a time working on something only for two non-objective best friends (who also wrote) to see. Once a became a mother I kind of lost the Muse and definitely lost the time. My blogs are an attempt to re-hone my rusty writing skills but I don't even get to spend much time with them. Wishing your friend courage... I'll bet he's probably talented.

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    1. Blogging helps sooo much. At least it has helped me, I hope it does the same for you. Now I'll haunt your blog more often to see what you're cooking ;-)

      I pray for him to share his things. His accounts are so realistic, better than any war fiction I've seen out there. I wish I could write what he writes without my heart breaking in two. I really hope he shares it.

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  8. Little Witchy Bee wants to fly over to my blog and reside on my sidebar with my other bees!

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    1. You were the first person who came to mind when I saw this baby. Okay, so now I can't see bees without thinking of you, I'm always looking at your sidebar to see what you've found.

      Oh, you have to check out Twysted Thystle to see her little summer bugs!

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  9. This was finals week for my first semester in college.

    On the road to studyville I stopped along the way to drive 8 miles to borrow a vacuum for my new carpet, repaint my already freshly painted bathroom, take about a have dozen nude self portraits, do the dishes that haven't been done since I moved in, visit the dollar store about a billion times to buy shit I don't need and after many more delays made it to studyville for about a half hour.

    I kept telling myself I would quit procrastinating soon, very soon, but then I would remember I didn't have cheap wash clothes and head back over to the dollar store.

    So I suck at keeping a schedule when it directly benefits me.

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    1. I'm quite the same way about keeping schedules when I'm the only person I need to answer to. Terrible. But when my Piano Man asks, "What will happen next?" I write it as soon as I can. And when I get an email from a person I've never who takes the time to explain how my words have touch him/her, I write like i'm insane.

      Oh, you better make some time for the next couple of weeks, because I want you to write something for this little thing I'm planning ;-)

      This weekend, I will critique three short stories, a collection of poem and a really sexy tale for friends *wink, wink*

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    2. Wait . . . What?

      The answer is yes.

      Yes i will.

      But I can't remember the question.

      If you're asking it must be something I'd wanna do though.

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    3. I'm so behind... schoolwork and writing is keeping on my toes. I'll email you!

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  10. I suck at keeping a schedule. It has gotten 1000 times better since i got myself medicated but still playing catch up in some areas I was so far behind! Lol

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    1. I think the playing catch up thing is a pandemic. I'm really good at doing the things I like, but give me something I don't care much for, and my goodness, I'll avoid it like the plague until the very last second lol

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  11. "someone" will be spewing teeth if she stops you treating us in blogland! I love that you use us to feed your muse(or give her a rest, whichever it is):D
    As for keeping to a schedule...if I set it myself...no chance :S. If it is set by someone else, I HAVE to meet my targets or I feel terrible about letting other people down :D XXX

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    1. Ha! I told her that I could find at least three people who would beat her senseless if they suspected she was trying to get me to stop blogging lol. She is a sweetheart though, she just doesn't understand...

      On the schedule bit, mark your calender for Jun 30th, 'cause I want to do something together!

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  12. A schedule eh? I like it. I do sympathize with your friend though, Magaly. The Muse has come and gone for me many times over my long life. I can't force her to come back but sometimes I can entice her with a sit down at my drawing table. Now that I am old I also don't worry as much about Her. Easier on both of us. I really felt alot of energy in today's blog. Are you up to something more exciting than usual??

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    1. Such a perceptive woman... either that or you have my house bugged. Are you spying on me, Francie? Are you?

      I wrote this post after, um... you know, stuff... um, without clothes stuff. I'm a Aries and a Witch who works with fire energy, so I'm usually bursting with energy (or sleeping) right after stuff ;-)

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  13. Schedule shmedule.

    I am beyond rubbish at them. I do try to stick to them, and it works for a couple of days and then goes down the toilet. But then I am the most non Capricorn Capricorn I know and suck at all that organising stuff, unless I am organising other people. (mwahahahahaah).

    (See, I am finally here and trying not to suck at posting.)

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    1. Anti-suckage at posting is recommended as a valuable exercise, yep, I read it somewhere. Hm, I think I'm the one who wrote it.

      It is sooo wonderful to see you here, Mich. I was thinking about you today. I was writing about the day I met my Piano Man, about the emails I sent you before I went to see him for the first time... how I laughed.

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    2. I remember those too. Aren't you glad that you chose Piano Man. Especially considering the alternatives!

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    3. I think about the alternatives and I shudder; my goodness, remember creepy detective guy? My gods!

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  14. First I have to stop chuckling at that bee. Okay...I'm good now. ;-)

    Kudos to you for encouraging "Broom Closet Writer". One of the many things I love about you is that you truly live in a world where love and recognition are available for everyone. You never just try to keep it all for yourself. Just another beauty of you, my sweet love.

    And that schedule??? I need a nap just reading it. The very dash you will run (and I have no doubt you will do every bit of it) is too impressive for a mere human, such as myself, to comprehend. I eagerly await all of the magical prose you will blanket upon us all. Hugs!

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    1. Look who's talking, Ms. I work, I do artsy things and take care of my family and write for an EZine and... should I continue? I think you do so many things, too. And you do them super well, so the little bee should give you the hat, the broom and the wand ;-)

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  15. I love that witchy bee! So darn cute ;o)
    Keeping a schedule, well, I have to say, that's one thing I am good at ;o)
    Good for you encouraging Broom Closet Writer!
    Wasting time??? Well, you know, I do understand that comment somewhat, because I know for myself, when I paint, everything is turned off, but I would never give up blogging. I find blogging is a community of great people and I am so happy I have found it!
    Hugs ;o)

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    1. You lucky, lucky, lucky Crow Girl ;-) Whenever I feel like procrastination, I'll channel your focus!

      And I'm right with you in the blogging bit. There are some things I get from Pagan Culture, which I'm sure I couldn't get anywhere else.

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  16. I think I'm going to have to figure out how to get your writing blog onto my Kindle. I hate screen reading, but I can't get away from Berries for the Sweet. :) Can't wait to see what else is coming.

    Tell your friend that even if we do come begging for me doesn't mean he doesn't have the right to tell people he's simply too busy to continue, we'll survive. :) As it is, I'm offended that's he's keeping a story from me! (so you think that'll work? lol)

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    1. I've been thinking about making the parts shorter, just because screen reading can be so taxing on the eyes, but I don't know... maybe enjoy a bit at the time?

      I will send him this comment, after Diandra's, I think it will be well deserved. I'm quite offended, too ;-)

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  17. I am terrible at keeping schedules. When I started my story Humanly Goddess, I literally stayed up for two days writing it. I got about halfway finished and crashed. That was two years ago and its still not finished. Since I write as a hobby and not to sell I'm not worried about it. It will get done eventually.

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    1. I used to have days when I could write many pages, nowadays my average is scattered. Some days I write 500 words, others a 1,000 and sometimes I get crazy lucky and produce as much as 7,500 good words, but those days are rare. Still, I try to write everyday, I feel it keeps me going.

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  18. I'm always dragging the chain but tend to get on schedule with GENTLE REMINDERS... ;) I think that bee is adorable too... should headline a 'What's the buzz' column!

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    1. Gentle reminders are good for the soul lol. Mm, love the idea of "What's the Buzz" Maybe you should start it, I'll read it /-)

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  19. Yes, I agree about people needing time t read. That's how I managed to hold off until June. I'm planning an every couple of months publication schedule so as not toover-do it for people. Plus, it means if something happens to stop me writing for a bit then I have things in reserve ready to go. ;)

    Good luck with the other friend too!

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  20. Sorry for the couple of typos; tired!

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    1. I forgive you.

      lol

      A couple of months apart sounds good ;-)

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  21. Ok, i am embarassed to see that if i'd have read this post i would have known about the novel plans, but still, i'm more excited than embarassed! I Really did love it, the charm bracelet, the family legacy, all of it, .... Even how Soledad really scares me!

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    1. Don't be embarrassed, if you had read this, then you wouldn't have written the wonderful words that made my day. Thanks so much for the great review, I'm writing on!

      And I think Soledad scares everyone... including me.

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  22. Wow, that's quite the calendar you have going there! More AlmaMia? YAY!

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    1. More AlmaMia indeed, and if life doesn't decide to go insane, there will be a whole novel of her by next year ;-)

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