IF = A Four-Letter Word

So, this blog post has almost zero to do with that ^ title. Haha. April fools!

No, I’m going to show you what it would look like if I had a live Patreon page. Ready?

My name is Beth, and today I was told I was brave for being a writer. The funny thing? I believe it.

I write novels, short stories, flash fictions, stage plays, and screenplays. I’m trying to take a traditional route–or, rather, a somewhat traditional route–with my writing. Someday I might self-publish, but not anytime soon, save for a page-a-day calendar I have in the works.

Here is a list of my top five novel projects, in order of priority:

1. The Warring Goblet (working title): Heroic fantasy, 50,000 words, minimum
2. Doomsday (working title): High fantasy, 50,000 – 90,000 words
3. Merlyn (working title): Urban fantasy, 50,000 – 90,000 words
4. The SAPIEN Complex: YA fantasy, 90,000 words
5. Murder in the Afternoon: Paranormal mystery, 75,000 words

The number of projects I have on back burners is over seventy-five, most of them a sub-genre of fantasy or mystery. My goal for 2016 is to finish The Warring Goblet, and to find an illustrator for my page-a-day calendar.

My writing stats from the year thus far:

Submissions: Eight
Rejections: Five
No responses: One
Acceptances: Zero
Words written: 20,000+
Pending responses: Fifteen or sixteen

Publication credits as of March, 2016:

In a Pickle, a middle grade book (2012, MuseItUp Publishing)
The Price of Secrets, a short story based on a scene from The Woman in White (2016, Zoetic Press)
Mirror Image, a short story (2010, The Literary Lab Presents Notes from Underground)
Cooking With Faust, a flash fiction (2010, Pill Hill Press’ Wretched Moments anthology)
Murder at the Orient Buffet, a flash fiction (Big Pulp)
A Fairy Tale Intervention, a flash fiction (AlienSkin)
The Laughing Nothing, a flash fiction (Poe Little Thing)
Dear P. Rinter, a flash fiction (Cool Stuff 4 Writers)
Hell on Ice, a flash fiction (Golden Visions)
Free Country, a flash fiction (The Cat’s Meow)
You Did This for Me, a flash fiction (A Things Girl)
Miss Overmyer, in the Computer Room, With the Keyboard, personal essay (Coffee Press Journal)

What is a patron? An angel. No, seriously, in theatre, that’s what you call the person/s who help/s fund a production. A patron for a writer could be called a God-send, in my book.

Actors are paid, even if in just comp tickets. Writers, however, do almost everything on spec, with a slim chance of breaking even.

Here are a few expense areas for writers:

– All the basics needed for a person to live on
– Internet for researching novels, agents, publishers, etc. (around $60, monthly–for my household, at least)
– Books on one’s craft
– Electricity to run a computer
– Paper and pens
– Writers conferences (have not the money to attend one, at the moment)
– Book Fairs
– Promotions (whether you hire a service or print out bookmarks advertising your work, for example)

and then there’s self-publishing expenses (if you go that route):

– Content editor
– Line editor
– Cover art
– Promotional services (optional)
– Jacket blurb (if you don’t do it yourself)

In pledging your support to me, you’ll be putting food in my muse’s mouth. Honestly, you’ll be helping meet my basic needs so I can focus on making new content.

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From fantastical kidlit to everyday popular fiction, Beth knits together her prose in a small Ohio town. Her hobbies do not include cat-hating or traveling. She adores her cat “Bug,” and traveling will happen someday, but for now, the farthest Beth travels is the western parts of her brain during the cold, dark months of editing. In 2008, her screenplay The Method won best comedy in Gotham Screen’s contest, and her MG book In a Pickle (2012) is out from MuseItUp Publishing. Whatever the genre or age group, Beth is more than ecstatic to let her imagination take the wheel.

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That’s just a rough draft, but I don’t think I’m going the Patreon route. I just thought I’d show you what I’m up to in a more…creative(?) way 🙂

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

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My Beats

Right now (not at this very moment, because, well, I’m writing this blog post) I am writing a high fantasy novel and fighting the never-ending battle for the keyboard with The Cat (that is a war that is raging on as I type this.) For every battle, there must be strategy, strength, stealth, an appropriate playlist!

Doomsday Playlist

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: music makes the mood or breaks the mood. The most appropriate songs for my work-in-progress are:

  1. Medicate or Stimulate (yes, I realize it’s about drug use, but my main character is in a mental institution and believes he is hallucinating half the time because freaky things are happening.)
  2. Yellow Flicker Beat (appropriate in that he’s somewhat of an outcast at the beginning of the book. Doesn’t quite have his place yet.)

The LEAST appropriate songs for my WIP’s playlist are:

  1. Merry Happy (Hahahahahahahahha!)
  2. Kiss From a Rose (I’m keeping it because I’m a 90s girl at heart and love the song to pieces.)

And Space Oddity is in there because, come on, I need me some Bowie. Still sad 😦

Hope all’s well out there IRL.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Progress Report

Not awe-inspiring, but here’s my word count for the weekdays:

002

And I’ve revised/edited 164 pages (some pages I went over up to three times.)

So, here’s where a few of the projects stand at:

CIASG: Almost ready for submission in March
Goblets novel: (Draft one) 24,803 words
Doomsday project: (Draft one): 6,486 words

I’m ready to send out my calendar project (the page-a-day one.) You wouldn’t believe how few publishers accept text-only calendar submissions.

I’m still doing the encouragement emails, but I’m afraid they might come off as condescending. I’m trying to give the advice/encouragement I’ve gleaned and wish someone would tell me. The point? It’s all going to be okay 🙂

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Miscellany Janey

Guess what! I have a free short novel (a work-in-progress, really) that I am posting in increments on Wattpad. Interested? It’s called Racing Through Time, and it’s about time travel (duh-doi, right?) Plus I’m active on Tumblr again…Behold!

And don’t think I haven’t forgotten you, O those who have signed up for my kindness/encouragement experiment. I have seven pre-made emails to send you. Then we can have one-on-one chats/email-exchanging for brainstorming or what-have-you. That way, maybe I can personalize the encouragement 🙂 This all begins in February.

WHOA. Hold the phones. February is almost upon us. CRAZINESS!

Oh, and if you decide you don’t want to see my encouragement emails in your inbox, just tell me, and I shall stop sending them to you. But I really hope they’re encouraging enough (in a non-annoying way) that you’ll continue wanting to receive them.

Well, that’s it for now. Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Better Than Gray on Grey

A New Look for a New Year!

I’ve messed around a bit with the look of the blog. Whatchoo think?

If you’ll take a look to you left, glorious blank space (ooh la la!) Up above (repetitive, no?) a mug shot…but not mine. And on the right, next to that blog content stuff (who cares? No, I’m serious! SOMEBODY LOVE ME!), is my scroll-y sidebar of wonder, stuff and things. I feel I should capitalize that…

SCROLL-Y SIDEBAR OF WONDER! STUFF AND THINGS!

Exclamation. Exclamation. Exclamation. (Ex=no more, clam=a tight-lipped water creature. I had sugar. What’s YOUR excuse?)

The stuff and things are the ever-shiny follow button, a tag cloud for my posts, and the progress bars for my two works-in-progress. CIASG is a bit readier than it appears (I should update), as is “Goblets” novel (if only by ten words.)

I feel I should give you a treat for reading through all of that. I don’t know if this counts, but here is the last sentence I wrote (in all its unpolished wretchedness):

It would seem a useless exercise at this point, for their alcove was quite surrounded by the red eyes, whose owners’ growls and cries pierced the night.

Keep your pen on the page,
Beth

Stay Warm!

There’s some serious snow-age in the east coast. I have a very useful link for you: How to stay warm when the power goes out <– Click me.

A reminder to those whose weather is growing colder: Do NOT put down salt while it’s raining, even if the rain will soon turn to ice and snow. The salt will melt and become useless, wasting your precious commodity.

Also, look out for your elderly neighbors, your pets, and your neighbor’s pets, and the homeless. If you see someone out in the cold, there are hotlines to call.

Thinking of and praying for the many people without power, trying to stay warm and calm. That’s important: do not panic.

Keep your pen on the page and stay warm,
Beth

End of January Report

Words written this year thus far: (at least) 7,910
Submissions made: 1
Rejections: 1 (for a submission made last year)
Creative writing group sessions planned and executed: 1 (with another one going on later today)

See, I’m making progress. Slow progress, but progress. Oh, and I got hit upside the head with another non-fiction book idea. Arr–I mean ugh. Don’t want you to get the wrong impression and think that my non-fic is about pirates 😉

How about YOU? What progress dost thou have to report?

As always, keep your pen on the page,
Beth