Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Comic Con 2013

Every year I try to attend ComicCon. In 2012 I was working in Seattle, so I missed the event. However, I'm happy to say that I made it to the 2013 Convention; and I wasn't disappointed.

I haven't been able to score any tickets since 2011, so nowadays I just go down to the convention center and walk around, taking in the sights and sounds. There is plenty to see! But this year was different for me. For ComicCon 2013, I had my two books to plug: Dorothy Jones A Jazz Age Trip Through Oz and La Rose, Book I Le Baton Chronicles. Yay!!! Every year since 2010, I would always tell myself, 'Next year, I will plug my book at ComicCon.' My 'Next Year' came July 20, 2013.

Dressed as "The Rose," a character from  my book, I took to the the streets of ComicCon and handed out pluggers. I met so many cool and interesting people. It was a fun day and I enjoyed mysellf.

Check out the rest of my photos on Picasa!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Releasing Control

In March, 2013 I published my first novel, Dorothy Jones A Jazz Age Through Oz.
Between December, 2012 and the time I published it, I placed a lot of pressure on myself to get it done. I would read it again and again; however, when I arrived at the chapter entitled "Emerald City," I would lose interest. I just assumed I was tired of reading the story. Yet, I never tired of reading the first chapters of the book. I published the novel and received good feedback on it. 

One Saturday in June, I awakened at 4am in the morning. Needless to say, I wasn't happy. Saturday was my day to sleep until 11am, not sit up in bed before the rooster crowed! I lay back on my pillow and all I could think about was Dorothy Jones. In my mind, I flipped through the book, laughing at most parts until I arrived at "The Emerald City." It was then I accepted the inescapable fact I did not like the end of my book!

I got out of bed, turned on my laptop, and spent the next two days re-writing the end of Dorothy Jones. By magic, different themes, sayings, characters and incidents within the story began to tie together and make sense. I republished the eBook that Sunday night.

Was it a surprise to me I didn't like the ending of the story? Not at all. When writing the story, I wanted Dorothy Jones to be a short story; something I could submit to contests. So, I stunted Dorothy's growth. Instead of allowing the story to take the course it desired, I forced it into the direction I wished it to go. Now that I've allowed Dorothy Jones to be the novel she desires to be, I love to read the entire novel, again and again.

Have you ever experienced this phenomenon in your writing? I would love to hear about how you learned to release control.