Thankful

Things I am thankful for (in no particular order) :

  • My family
  • My friends
  • Jesus’ gift of salvation 🙂
  • My cats
  • My home
  • My church
  • The Internet (though, that can be a mixed bag…)
  • My abilities and gifts
  • That I sold a short story to Zoetic Press
  • Creative writing group

Thank you, God, and thank you, friends and family!

Keeping my heart grateful and my pen on the page…Happy Thanksgiving!
~Beth

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Oops!

So, the schedule a post button got over-excited and decided to publish instead. Oops. Sorry if you got a notification, came here and was like “What?”

Have a great remainder of your Sunday, and happy bake/cook like mad week!

Keep your pen on the page, and may your turkey not be dry!
~Beth

Opinion, Please!

So, I have a website. This: Beth Overmyer, Author <–click on me, please!

My question to you, writers and readers, is do I need it? Should I move everything to WordPress? Most pros say “You need a website! And keep it updated!” Well, there’s not really much to updating a website. I mean, I might have news a couple times a year that I deem worthy of a fairly-static site update. Blogs, on the other hand, are full of all kinds of constant, random updates. Do I need both?

Would love your take on the site I linked you to above (http://bethovermyer.weebly.com/), and opinions as to whether or not I still need it.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

P.S. Thank you!

Hippity Hoppity

I’m hearing the pitter-patter of little bunny feet. Plot bunnies. Who invited THEM?!?! No, seriously. I need to know. And I need to set up traps.

Over the weekend, I came up with five new concepts: three are for a series of cozy mysteries, the other two are urban fantasy and may or may not have martial arts O_O I just need a book with a sword fight now, something I actually know a little about!

I’m happy for so many ideas, despite what I may say. I just…I wish they would come AFTER I finish a project, not DURING the writing process >.< Oy vey. Distraction much?

/whinging

In other news…the second Mockingjay movie comes out this week! My mom has no idea who lives, who dies, and who Katniss ends up with…if anyone. Yeah, I’m about the only one who thought the book ended how it was supposed to end. It wasn’t an easy ending, but it was the brave one (for the author)–imo.

Well, I’m off to write. Or slay plot bunnies.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

This is Your Captain Speaking…

This might be the last NaNo update I post this year. It’s been real. It’s been a blast. But I’m getting stressed. Not pressured, where you write and are like “I can do this! RAH ME! Go, team, go!” No. This is obsessive stressed. Like, “If I don’t do this right and stay ahead, I am going to DIE before the month is out” stressed.

So, this is it. Behold:

NaNod Out

But look at that lifetime achievement total: 92,020!

Transparency

I did a post on Facebook and a post on Twitter the other day. I’d had an epiphany, inspired by a post that a fellow Believer had written on the web. The revelation was something I already knew, but could easily be lost in the hustle and bustle of trying to get noticed: people are important and they are not numbers. Yes, this is great. This is true. But I’m left asking: how does one apply this to marketing? Hold onto your butts. I’m not done.

I want to sell books and be read. I’d be foolish to just write books, publish them, and expect everyone to just run and buy them. A publisher isn’t going to want an author who’s lazy about the marketing aspect of things. I agreed with the statement in the article that good work is like a city on a hill: it can’t help but be noticed. This is kind of true, but a little not.

These statements ring truer to me:

People are important to God. They are not numbers.

AND

God does not reward laziness. The faithful servant is the one who makes a wise investment of his time and provisions and opportunities.

Where does that leave me? I don’t want to use people. But is a plumber using people by putting ads in the paper or his number in the Yellow Pages? Does a baker just shrug when people ask her what she does? How am I being a light on a hill if I’m writing covertly in a corner and not talking to people?

In conclusion…

  1. I am not going to shove my work down your throat
  2. But I’m also not going to pretend that it’s not out there

There rest I need to figure out. Please be patient with me. I’m frustrated and a little NaNoWriMo’d out :/

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth