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Blog Hiatus Apology

I just realised that it’s probably ben about a month since I posted anything. I am so sorry about that. I’ve been running around like decapitated poultry trying to get ready for Armageddon this year. I – and another indie writer – will have a small stall at Armageddon Wellington (June 3-5, I think). I’m also still trying to get a youtube channel, zazzle store, and possibly a patreon started, trying to write my next book, and trying not to drown in my day job (it’s the end/start of a financial year, so I’m busy – that being said, I’m living proof that Yes Writers CAN Do Math and I really hate the “But I’m a writer, so I can’t do math and no one should point out the timeline flaws in my work” excuse some people use – but that’s beside the point).

The point is both that I’m sorry I suddenly went quiet, if there’s anyone who was disappointed by that, and also that I’m probably not going to be posting as often anymore, because I just don’t have enough time.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Administrative

 

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Author Status !? – The Stress Don’t Stop (because you published)

I am SO sorry for not having gotten back to posting regularly (it was supposed to go back to once a week – my bad).

As you might have guessed, this last …well, almost a month now if we’re counting from the Kindle release… has been hectic. I’ve only just published for the first time and have quickly discovered that – no matter how stressed I was during the publication process – it’s actually more stressful when you think the worst is behind you and then stumble upon the fact that [BLEEP of your choice] you now have to advertise the damned thing.

And if you’re an author like me, you probably know that having to do social media enough to build up a prescence – and a buyer base – is annoying because it takes a lot of time you could be spending on your writing. If your a technologically incompetent outcast with no social life, like me, you probably also know that – to those unfamiliar with it – having to abruptly create and manage a flood of social media platforms in order to market yourself is not quite your worst nightmare (that’s the one where everyone in the world hates you because you’re an embarassment and the spiders turn up) but it’s pretty close.

The one upside is that – while I was contacting my old fanfiction fans to let them know I was taking my fics down – I got back in contact with some wonderful people who used to like my fanfiction and whose opinions on my first published work I am now terrified and anxious to know. But I also really enjoyed getting back in touch with them, which is impressive given the whole “technologically incompetent outcast with no social life” bit. One of them even gave me some truly awesome ideas for posts which I will hopefully get to just as soon as I am no longer completely run off my feet.

The upshot of all this is that I will be trying to get back to a once-a-week posting schedule …soon. That and that you can now find me on several social media platforms. Technically. I’m still learning how to use them so I can’t promise I’ll be any good at responding, but still, I will work it out eventually.

Oh, and I’ve set in motion the beginnings of a youtube channel (in which I will do video versions of some of my blog posts, other similar content, and even do readings of bits of my books… just as soon as I work out how to use the sound and video editing software I have). …There’s also technically a Patreon account and a Zazzle store (both still under construction).

Expect all of these to slowly come to life over the course of the next couple of months.

 
 

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Project Status 4 – Folding and Fury

Not getting distracted from your writing is important. So is not getting stressed out by obligations so that you can’t write. This blog isn’t getting me people to talk to – which is why I started it – and it’s crushing my ability to produce my actual stories, so from now on it’ll be an if I feel like it/have news production schedule.

 

Project Status 4 – Folding and Fury

I’ve been trying to get a writers group working for a few months. Last month I began doing a content edit/critique for the only regular apart from myself. At the same time he agreed to do a light punctuation edit on my nearly ready to publish characterisation advice book. Since then I’ve read almost as many pages of his work as there are of my work, always getting his chapters back to him promptly, while he has only done seven pages of my work and has – since giving me those seven pages – been utterly silent and non-responsive on the subject of my work since. Nevertheless, he always responds near immediately to the return of his own work and talks about taking the edits in right away, so he clearly has the time.

I’m feeling very used right now.

I keep telling myself that maybe he forgot (but I’ve referred to it in emails about his work, so he’d have to be deliberately not acknowledging those bits) or that he’s busy (but not too busy for eighty something pages of his own work, taking in the critiques, and – if he told accurately – rewriting parts of his chapters) or that maybe he hates it and thinks he’s being nice by not saying anything (which is a break of agreement, unintentionally cruel, and unlikely because he seems like the sort of person who would – carefully – say something or at least lie to get out of it). You’d think that after all the times I had my helpful nature abused by other students in Uni I would be used to this sort of shit happening, but apparently not because I still got blindsided by it and it still hurts. I’m furious with him for the radio silence. I’m furious with him because, whether he meant to or not, I got used. I’m furious with myself for not seeing it coming. Mostly, though, I’m scared. If I can’t get this situation sorted, then my writers group will fall apart before it ever truly got to form and I will be, once again, without anyone to interact with. Blathering here is all well and good, I suppose, but with no one ever responding to me here and the rest of the world treating me as non-existent unless they want something out of me (a content critique, incidentally, is a service that can be a profession and is often paid for when friends don’t do it for each other)…

I’m furious. I’m feeling used. I’m tired. I’m tired of being used, of being angry, and of being friendless. I’m tired of putting in so much effort and getting nothing back. I’m tired of trying to build things, like this blog and the writers group, only to be walked over again and otherwise ignored – of trying so hard and watching everything fall apart anyway. I’m tired of being a failure.

I’m tired of not being able to make myself give up. I’m tired of knowing when to fold ‘em but not doing it because part of me is still too stubbornly optimistic to admit that it’s pointless. I’m tired of being torn between the remains of my self-worth wanting bloody revenge on those who wrong me and the exhaustion of experience telling me that if I could just give up that last kernel of self-esteem I could give up completely, instead of repeatedly finding myself in these situations and being trapped – unable to figure out how to fix it and bitter that I’m too damn stubborn to be capable of giving up.

Fuck it, I’ll publish it anyway – without waiting for him to bother to do his edit.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2016 in On L.C. Morgenstern's Work

 

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Blog Hiatus Apology (05/06/16)

I apologise for the (urk) eighteen day hiatus that I took without warning and will probably be continuing for about a week (don’t trust me on that). Blame goes to the anxiety issues the blog’s been causing lately, the carpal tunnel that likes to attack at the worst possible times, and the fact that I was struggling to complete and edit my first book (writing advice) in hopes of joining fellow indie authors with a stall at a major convention near where I live. Unsurprisingly, I was neither able to get the book ready (let alone printed and stock delivered) nor keep to my (rough) blogging schedule.

Give me a while. I assure you I will be back to this blogs (no matter how much you might wish otherwise).

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2016 in Administrative

 

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Blog Hiatus Apology

Sorry about the (urk has it really been that long?) fortnight long, unwarned for, hiatus. I will try to get back to posting regularly (and reading everyone else’s posts!) soon.

The short explanation for my disappearance is carpal tunnel syndrome.

The long explanation for my disappearance is that my job and my hopefully-eventually-going-to-be-a-job of writing both take a lot of typing, especially as I challenged myself at the start of the year to complete six first drafts (of different things) this year; one every two months. The challenge is purely there to get me to stop lollygagging and get things done, but because of the carpal tunnel issue I lost a lot of days earlier in the month when I tried to power through it and so, while I could probably have gotten away with writing one or two posts in the last fortnight without causing myself further injury, I neglected to on account of rushing to finish the first draft in my challenge within the set timeframe. As it was, I finished two days late.

I will probably have to cut back from a post every couple of days to one post every four or five days max, both to give my wrist time to recover and because I now have to get on with editing and preparing to self-publish the book (writing advice) as well as start the next draft, do my job, get back into doing this blog, and help a memeber of my family move house. Oh yes, and read two massive – easily a thousand pages each – books for research for my next book’s draft. Oops.

So, again, my apologies for disappearing on everyone –  I will try to catch up on everything shortly.

…Also, does anyone have any advice/opinions on which method of self-publishing (like: amazon direct vs createspace vs lulu vs however many others there are) to use? I’m completley new at this and have no idea what I’m doing.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Administrative

 

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