Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bad Distraction, Bad!

That title post doesn't sound like I've lost my mind at all, does it? Distractions are my downfall. They come in numerous forms, including a stray cat making itself at home on my back porch.

But the biggie is the internet. It sucks me into a black hole and spits me out hours later, although it feels like only thirty minutes have passed. Social networking on the bazillion different sites I have accounts with is fun. But hogs up valuable time that I should be writing my next novel. Don't get me wrong -- I said I enjoy interacting with people plus it's crucial for a writer to make others aware we and our books actually exist and would love readers to purchase them!! I simply (ha!) need to figure out how to do all that interacting/social networking/marketing and still have time to write a book. I have "fans" requesting when will the next book be available and I have no established, firm answer. Every time I set a goal, it gets shoved forward another month. Eeek!

I'm on Chapter 4 of my new series. It's coming along, but slow. I tend to edit as I write. I've tried to let it flow onto the paper, fast and furious, and to come back later to revise. I can't. Back to distractions...

So, I have tried mapping out blocks of time on certain days to write. You know, like a regular 5 day work week with 8 working hours per day. I have downloaded "timers" onto my computers. I set the timer for 30 minutes and do whatever I'm supposed to do during that time. I have two computers and am trying to use one for internetting and another for writing my books. I even moved the laptop to a different room, setting it up on a table as my workstation to write. I try to NOT visit all the different sites I have accounts with every single day. For example, MySpace (which isn't very popular anymore) I visit every couple of days. The same thing with LinkedIn. I used to write movie articles for Examiner.com - I quit doing that as I didn't think it was the most productive use of my time. I try to write one blog post per week instead of several. My emails -- I try to delete, delete, delete all the extra stuff I don't HAVE to read (I'm subscribed to all kinds of things). I try to keep my responses to emails and other messages shorter than what I used to (I tend to babble, can you tell?).

These are the majority of my actual examples I'm attempting to put into play to focus or allow more time to write! Are they working??? Some. But not every day. Like today.

Better go feed that stray cat now. She will hopefully find a new home soon (I'm working on it) and will be one less distraction for me :)~


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tentatively Chose Cover for Next Book

I have tentatively chosen my cover art/image for the current book that I'm writing. Ah...another thing to distract me from doing what really needs to be done - which is to actually WRITE the book! I AM writing but I have managed to fall off the little choo-choo tracks once again. After clicking through hundreds (who knows? maybe thousands?) of images and spending six hours of precious (should've been writing) time at my favorite go-to site www.istockphoto.com , I jotted on paper 7 possibilities for the book cover (print and ebook) to my new Bigfoot Saga. Out of that batch, I am truly salivating over two of them. Whichever one I decide upon, will still need some tweaking to "incorporate a specific look" for the cover.

I have also come to the conclusion that due to my Master Micro-Organizing Skills (AKA Disorder), I spend more time organizing and planning things in my life than it sometimes takes to just DO those things and instead I end up losing/wasting enormous chunks of time writing out to-do lists! Trying to change and break the bad habits...

Recently I was prodded by a fan to hurry up and get the third book written in the Werewolf Series. It made me chuckle and does encourage me to keep at it. As soon as this Bigfoot paranormal thriller is complete & published (which this series I am self-publishing-so excited!!!) I promise to switch back to the Werewolf Series. After all, I can't leave everyone hanging...wondering how things will turn out for Kara...and Daniel...and Dominic :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Looking forward to New TV Shows

Cannot wait! Tons of NEW TV shows coming out for the 2011 Fall/Winter Season. It's impossible for me to watch all of them and still have some semblance of a life, but I'll be watching a few along with several returning shows, too (thankfully)!

Fall/Winter 2011 NEW TV Shows - Paranormal & SciFi:

"American Horror Story" (FX), Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10/9c
***Will be watching***
 
"A Gifted Man" (CBS), Premieres: Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c
***not watching***
 
"Grimm" (NBC), Premieres: Friday, Oct. 21 at 9/8c
***Will be watching***
 
"Once Upon a Time" (ABC), Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8/7c
***not watching***
"The Secret Circle" (CW), Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9/8c
***not watching***
 
"Terra Nova" (Fox), Premieres: Monday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c
***Will be watching***
 
Some other New Shows my husband & I will be checking out (not under Paranormal/SciFi): "New Girl", "The Playboy Club", "Ringer", "Whitney".
 
And finally, Returning TV Shows we'll watch (all categories): "Sons of Anarchy", "Survivor", "Bones", "The Vampire Diaries", "Fringe", "Supernatural" and "Being Human" (BBC version).
 
Mid-season "Alcatraz" and "The River" sound very interesting. We'll see...;)
 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

'Finding Bigfoot'

I posted the following on my other blog: http://enterparanormal.blogspot.com
Since I'm currently working on a Bigfoot paranormal series, I just had to include it here, too:

'Finding Bigfoot', on the Animal Planet, starring Matt Moneymaker. First, that dude needs to change his last name. NO ONE is going to think him to be serious or credible with that last name! My husband is sarcastically yelling, "Be sure to commit slander when you're posting that!" haha. I need to state that we do believe in Bigfoot...or whatever he is...BUT this TV show is just plain silly and lacks common sense when trying to find evidence of Bigfoot during location stake-outs. Let me explain:

1) Matt Moneymaker - he really should've used a different last name from the get-go (as I previously mentioned). Every time I see his name on the screen, I cringe. And I must mention the other man named BoBo. Hmmm...a bit unusual.
2) Being so noisy they may as well have been banging pots & pans together in the woods - not likely to find Bigfoot that way. Then again, if they found Bigfoot in the first episode, the stars would be out of a job.
3) Stomping around and talking is a big no-no (kind of repeating #2). I would assume the big furry guy has excellent hearing, so when they're saying, "What was that? Did you hear that?" Then the other person whispers so loudly, "What? Is that you?" that any nearby Bigfoot would be long gone.
4) Walkie-talkies emit noise. *screech, blip, TALK, blip, screech, beep, buzz* Are they purposefully trying to scare ALL the animals away?
5) There's a possibility the night vision equipment on their cameras and headgear could be visible to a Bigfoot. Who knows what kind of light spectrum different animals can see? Many animals can see in the dark. So as they are stomping about (making noise), the night vision light is bouncing in every which direction, possibly alerting creatures to flee. EEEEK!
6) What's with using an abbreviation for Sasquatch? I about puked when I heard "Squatch".
7) Hanging out one or two days/nights isn't giving them much of a chance to just happen to luck out and have a Bigfoot cross their path. Camp out in the designated spot for at least a week, preferably two weeks. Become part of the environment, blend in, and not stick out like a sore thumb...AND SHUT UP!

I am not stating I hate the show. It's interesting. I enjoy watching and learning more about Bigfoot. But when it comes to the stake-outs, obviously no one has explained to use stealth to their advantage!!

And during the last few minutes of the show, I look at my husband, smile and prepare myself...as sadly, the end results in finding Bigfoot evidence tend to scream at the viewer, which simultaneously I bellow with cupped hands at my mouth: "INCONCLUSIVE!"