Texas Frightmare Weekend!

I read on another blog (that I absolutely cannot find so if you know where I’m getting this, please post the link) that a big mistake that author’s make when blogging is that they cater to people in the book business like other authors and agents when they should be blogging for people who are most likely to buy their book.  It’s a good point and is what inspired this post.  In my case that would be fans of the horror genre.

My husband, his mom and two sisters, my friend Jennifer and I went to Texas Frightmare weekend yesterday and had a blast!

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This is a convention that holds tons of stars from horror films and television shows.

Click here for the guest list.

I met Mary Lambert! The director of Pet Sematary! She was sooo nice!!

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Probably the highlight of everyone’s day was meeting Jon Bernthal from The Walking Dead! He was super nice too! The lighter he is holding is a Shane lighter that my friend had him sign!

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Afterwards we did the awkward ‘I go in for a handshake and he goes in for a hug and then I go in for a hug and he goes in for a handshake’ dance.  But I ended up with a hug… so yay!

There were also a few horror authors there.

I bought this book:

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I would love to be there selling my book some day.

We also met Nick Castle!  Who was Michael Myers in the original Halloween!

This is Jennifer and Nick Castle!

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It was really great!  I highly recommend trying to find something like this in your area!  Its really fun when people are like ‘Where do you meet all these people!?!’

We all had a really great time!

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Writing with the Door Closed and First Draft Freedom

One of my favorite books on writing is… “On Writing” by Stephen King.  In the book he gives the following advice :

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right — as right as you can, anyway — it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.”

I absolutely love that advice and this is the first time I’m actually taking it.

I’m giving myself permission to write terrible stuff.  I mean… really really terrible, but I’m writing.  I’m about 900 words into my first draft which is farther than I’ve ever gotten this fast. I have had a bad habit in the past of writing a page or so and letting my husband read it immediately as I stare at him, analyzing his every eye twitch.

This was not productive.

I obsessed over every single word, imagining how he would react to it.  Not this time.  This time I am writing with the door closed.  Figuratively, not literally.  Literally I am writing on the couch with my dog curled beside me and my husband is at his desk a few feet away playing Planetside 2.  I’m just putting the events in my outline down on paper, adding a decent line or two but it is mostly crappy description, cliches and bad character development but that is okay.  That is what the second draft is for.

The second draft is when I’ll start writing with the door open to him.  The third draft is when I’ll start letting a few others in (probably from a writing group).  It’s terrifying but the fact that I can consider it a possibility that I’ll eventually get there is fantastic!

Off to some strawberries dipped in dark chocolate cream cheese and some more writing before bedtime!

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First!

Hi!

So I’ve started a few different blogs in the past and abandoned them after 1-4 posts.

I’ve done the same thing with at least 5 novels after less than 10,000 words.  Lets not even mention the 15 half finished short stories scattered throughout my ‘Future Endeavors’ file, and a few finished ones that I can’t stand.

But… it’s different this time.

I’ve finished an outline for an entire novel.  The WHOLE thing.  There is an interesting plot, setting and a decent main character that I’m looking forward to fleshing out. This isn’t a big deal to most but it is the first time that I know the beginning, middle and end to a novel that I’m writing.

There is this certain calm that comes with that.  With everything else I’ve started it sort of felt like I was going on a road trip with absolutely no map and panicking the whole way.  Now I feel like I have a map, GPS, and a nice, hot white chocolate mocha to help me!  Ok, so super cheesy, yes I know, but it is really accurate.

I really think the difference started with an epiphany I had during an exceptionally boring day at work.  I can’t do anything else.  I like my day job but it won’t buy me a house (don’t worry, I know writing might not either) .  Moving up in the company I work for involves doing things that terrify me (web-ex… *shudder*).  There is absolutely nothing I want more in life than to be a writer (or a vampire slayer).  And that is what I’m going to do (the writer part, not the slayer part, I’m not coordinated enough for that).

I’m not sure what form this blog will take but I hope to make a lot of friends along the way!

Thanks for reading!

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