Eva’s Byte #208 – Renewing Self-Belief

Although Easter is a religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus, the buck doesn’t stop there. Easter behooves one to reflect upon the themes of rebirth, reinvention, or renewal as deemed necessary by each individual.

For me, it’s renewing self-belief.

In what?

My capacity as a writer.

Why?

Because it’s so easy to get sidelined if you’re not grounded in the courage of your convictions. Hence, I’m renewing self-belief in my capacity as a writer who navigates the arduous course that comes with the territory of self-publication.

Therefore:

I will continue to take unsolicited advice from the so-called “experts” with a grain of salt.

I will continue to progress along my Work in Progress at my own pace, reaching “the end,” when my characters are ready, and not before.

I will continue to keep the faith that book sales are forthcoming as a result of the merit of my writing—without my offering them for “free”.

That said, I will continue to respect the opinions and practices of other Indies navigating their own rugged terrain the way they see fit.

I will continue to support fellow Indies by purchasing, reading, and reviewing their books. My TBR list is deep!

*Whatever your walk of life, may you continue to foster self-belief by any means necessary.

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Eva’s Byte #207: Alternatives

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary by the shores of Gitchee Gummee…  

(From: “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Song of Hiawatha” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Sitting behind the computer at my desk by the double-hung window in my office which faces the East Bay, I ponder from time to time the whys and wherefores of forging ahead as an Indie author. Keeping up the momentum on a daily basis to fabricate, write, edit, and promote are taxing and time-consuming. All the while, expenses and expenditures exceed royalties.

The thought of lounging on the sofa, eating bonbons, crosses my mind. Surely, I jest!

More enticing alternatives which fit my lifestyle spring to mind, such as hiking for days on end, or taking a spin class on a regular basis.

But…

As far ahead of me as that light at the end of the tunnel may be, I’m too far in to turn around. In the throes of writing chapter 25 of my WIP, I want to see this novel to “the end,” whenever and however.

In my current state of mind, there is no other alternative but to forge ahead with my writing career.

Proof of that, in real time:

My guest author spot on “Anything Goes” hosted by Bennet Pomerantz:

http://tinyurl.com/y6pobhjb

*When the parameters of your artistic endeavors bog you down, what other alternatives strike your fancy?

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Eva’s Byte #205: In Recognition

An Indie author who strives to rise above the ashes of obscurity on a daily basis, there’s still no need for me to appear at my local supermarket incognito.

Having lunch with my mother earlier in the week at one of our favorite restaurants, the server asked if I was working on a new book. Her inquiry was a natural progression “in recognition” of my being an author.

Because recognition within the boundary of my native state of Rhode Island is so rare, despite its prominence of geographic features, historic landmarks, and regional culture in my books—I cherished the original memory of her recognition, three years ago!

I know you!

The server excitedly mentioned she recognized me on An Hour with Bob, a popular Rhode Island-based Cable TV show, recorded in real-time: 11/01/2016, pertaining to the launch of An Enlightening Quiche.

https://youtu.be/4JoF7aWEBt4

I was thrilled over her excitement, feeling like a celebrity for ten minutes. Another server also came over and confessed her desire to write. Far be it from me to dissuade anyone…

Now, here I am—two books later: 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s and “Mr. Wizardo” from the anthology, Once Upon a Fabulous Time. Currently, I’m finishing chapter 24 of my WIP.

One never knows the ripple effect of face recognition garnered from the publicity of a local TV program or newspaper feature.

May every aspiring entrepreneur merit recognition for his/her labor of love.

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Eva’s Byte #204 – Dabbling

A newly published author in 2008, I prioritized increasing my visibility, while adding to my credibility, by binge-writing my way out of obscurity. One way I sought to do this—operative word “one”—was to hone in on growing up during the Sixties. I penned my first memoir, “A Mini Tribute to Twiggy,” and submitted it for publication at The Sixties Official Site over ten years ago.

http://www.the60sofficialsite.com/

At that time, the webmaster, Carl Hoffman, graciously invited me to write more, offering to set up my own page there. I eagerly accepted and turned out a memoir every week for approximately two years, contributing 100 in total.

At the urging of a friend, I compiled most of the original memoirs, give or take a few, into a nonfiction collection, published in 2017—100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s.

Here’s the aforementioned first memoir, pretty much intact as the original I submitted to the Sixties website:

#1 A Mini Tribute to Twiggy

“The Face of ‘66”—that’s what London’s Daily Express called Leslie Hornby (Twiggy) at the age of 16. Skinny, waiflike, hair chopped into a boyish cut, the modish ingénue became the world’s first supermodel, and at the same time, my heroic icon.

Twiggy allowed me to become a trendsetter my freshman year of high school. While most of my teen peers were ironing their long hair straight after the Beatles made landfall in America, it became Greaser passé for me to backcomb or rat tease my hair to dizzying heights. While most girls my age developed curves and began to veer into the fast lane, I was rake thin and bookish. Kids in my homeroom affectionately called me “Skinny Bones” or “The Brain.”

Twiggy’s debut on the model runway put everything in perspective for me. Suddenly, I transformed into one of the cutest kids in ninth grade sporting my new chic Vidal Sassoon haircut with a peek-a-boo wave, and showing off my fawn legs in fishnet stockings as I sashayed down the classroom aisles in miniskirts.

Today, Twiggy Lawson still offers us Sixties Chicks inspiration with her ethereal beauty, chic manner of dress, and super achievements through acting and singing. Twiggy herself is quoted as saying, “The Sixties were a time when ordinary people could do extraordinary things.”

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Eva’s Byte #203 – A Dab’ll Do Ya!

Part 1

A newly published author in 2008, I prioritized increasing my visibility, while adding to my credibility, by binge-writing my way out of obscurity. One way I sought to do this—operative word “one”—was to dabble in writing articles about my native state of Rhode Island (41 thus far), the setting for my novels in the genre of Contemporary. Since I incorporate historic landmarks, geographical locations, and regional culture/cuisine in my stories, this endeavor aligned itself nicely for expanding my author persona.

On that note, I’ll share one of my Rhode Reads, the subject matter of which will wend its way to my current work in progress, set in the rural community of Foster.

Rhode Read: RI’s Official Hotbed of Paranormal Activity (847 views at my web page, Authors Den)

An abridged version:

The Ramtail Factory Ruins

Deep in the woods of Foster, Rhode Island lay the ruins of the Ramtail Factory (Foster Woolen Factory). Founded by William Potter in 1799, and mysteriously destroyed by fire in the 1880s, it continues to haunt the hollows of a town fifteen miles from the capital city of Providence, situated on the extreme western boundary of Rhode Island, bordered by Killingly and Sterling in Connecticut.

Lure of the lore:

By 1813, William Potter expanded mill operations and made son-in-law, Peleg Walker, a partner. Walker, no pun intended, walked the beat as a night watchman, holding onto his lantern while making his rounds to all the buildings, and pulling the cord to sound the bell in the tower to summon workers for the day shift.

Supposedly after racking up mileage on his shoes over several years, an argument between partners brewed. Purportedly Walker retorted to the gist that “one day they’d have to grab the keys from a dead man.”

As prophesized, on May 18, 1822, Potter walked into the factory and found his son-in-law had hung himself from the bell rope with the keys visibly hanging out of his pocket.

Shortly after his demise, strange events occurred: the bell tower struck at the stroke of midnight though no one pulled the cord, prompting replacement of the bell; the townspeople witnessed the mill running without anyone operating it, whereby the water flowed in the opposite direction of the stream; the apparition of Walker making his night rounds holding a lantern; the mysterious fire.

Most of the villagers fled town in fear of the mill. Visitations by The RI Paranormal Group document both audible and physical manifestations as well as photographic confirmation which more than confirmed the area is quite active – “The feeling of being watched closely and followed is a given at Ramtail Factory!”

You Tube Video: Haunted RI – Ramtail Factory (6:17 duration)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISA1B8v6SF8

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Eva’s Byte #202 – The Spin

A writer whose primary genre is that of Contemporary, I take pride in blurring the line of demarcation between fact and fiction throughout the storytelling process. I surmise many writers of fiction strive for the same, and take great pains to do so.

For me, this is achieved through research, ranging from pragmatic to perverse topics of interest.

This week, my spin revolved around a benign Internet search regarding my WIP. Chapter 23, a segment delving into the past—the spring of 1950, necessitated I research popular songs of that year.  I even delved so far as to check the month of release, predicating that I cite a few released in 1949 for on-point accuracy.

Authenticate! Authenticate! Authenticate!

Boo hoo! No Elvis Presley or Connie Francis!

Of fascination to me:

On March 31, 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45 rpm record, 7 in. across with a 1 ½ hole in the middle. It became the industry standard.

Unbeknownst to me:

From 1949 – 1950, RCA color coded their vinyls:

Black – Popular Music

Ruby Red – Classical and Opera

Cherry Red – Blues and Gospel

Green – Country

Yellow – Children’s records

Midnight Blue – Show tunes & Popular Classics

Sky Blue – International

*Did any of the aforementioned make the cut in chapter 23? No!

Typically, I only use a tidbit or two of my findings for authenticating the spin I’m in. Ironically, I did mention, matter-of-factly and nonchalantly, something not stated in this blog:

Frankie Laine’s “Mule Train”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNkRcqjbSWU

 

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Eva’s Byte #201 – Copycat!

I’m proud to be an Indie author, one of many who “writes my own books,” while fame and fortune elude me. Basically, I’m thrilled God gifted me with the ability to string words, because I can’t carry a tune or draw for beans. Post-publication, I’m grateful for each sporadic sale and book review. I also cherish the comradery in the author community which is based on mutual trust and respect.

Hence, I’m totally baffled by the recent copy/paste plagiarism news bite brought to light.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” (Charles Caleb Colton).

Copycat is more like it!

Without getting into specifics, or railing against such a reprehensible act of treachery and theft—I question why anyone would go to great lengths to piece together an entire book predicated on pretense. If writing isn’t your strong suit, in all honesty—pursue a legitimate interest.

Hither come I from my own perspective:

Must be the perks associated with being a writer. Ha! I’ve yet to build a fan base from “people I know”. I’ve yet to be recognized at my local supermarket.

Must be the money earned from royalties. Ha! At eBooks priced under $5.00, I’d need a slew of sales to undercut expenditures on printer ink and contest entry fees. Imagine if I invested in book marketing ads!

For real: A true writer sheds blood, sweat and tears during the excruciating creative process from start to finish—whenever. That’s the glory behind a story!

For me, there’s no greater satisfaction than fabricating a story fanned by the windmills of one’s mind. Even better? Someone likes what I wrote and tells another they should read my book. Priceless!

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Eva’s Byte #199 – Irons in the Fire

Are you a writer who has too many irons in the fire?

Scenario: You’re a house of fire—firing away, fueled by the fire in your belly to set the world on fire through forging several irons in the fire at once. Vis a vis: devoting and dividing your time between writing more than one novel or novella.

If guilty as charged—Great balls of fire!

While no one has to light a fire under my feet for me to write, I typically focus solely on my work in progress, whether or not ideas for another story are in the line of fire. I’m a slow burner too, taking up to a year or w-a-a-y more to finish a novel. Thus far, in my lifetime, I’ve published:

Contemporary:

Underlying Notes (First Printing – 2007; Second Printing – 2009).

An Enlightening Quiche (2016)

Mr. Wizardo (novella in the anthology, Once Upon a Fabulous Time – 2017).

 Nonfiction:

Memoir collection—100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s (2017).

In closing, I’d like to pay tribute to Emily Brontë, an author who wrote only one novel in her lifetime—Wuthering Heights (1847), my all-time favorite. At that, her book drew fire, garnering mixed reviews from critics, who mostly found the book unbelievable and even scandalous.

*Regardless of how many irons are in the fire, may every writer fire on.

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Eva’s Byte #198 – Under the Influence

The perils and pitfalls of storytelling may predispose a writer to drink on the job. So many of the late, great published authors did. To cite a few: Dorothy Parker, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Jack Kerouac.

I’ll admit to tipping a bottle of iced coffee while presiding over the keyboard when composing. Preferably, Dunkin Donuts vanilla.

Regardless of what vice gets us through the day behind a closed door, I’ll wager that all creative folks proceed with their craft “under the influence” of someone we respect and admire who resonates in our soul.

I proceed under the influence of author, Ann Lamott, whose philosophy is to write books she’d love to come upon. Hence, she put the notion in my head to write the books I’d want to read.

Blue Shoe, which epitomizes Lamott’s knack for writing stories that are honest and revolve around spiritual transformations, families, secrets, and craziness—inspired me to go off my own deep end.

Under the influence, I’ve published and continue to compose Contemporary Women’s Fiction incorporating secrets and idiosyncrasies. In addition, I tap into significant issues affecting the lives of ordinary/ extraordinary, flawed women over forty who grapple with, confront, and overcome their personal dilemmas and become empowered to make profound life changes for the better.

 *Who has exerted the most influence in your creative endeavors?

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Eva’s Byte #197: Are We There Yet?

Whether embarking on a journey by car, plane, trip, or—brain—for me, the destination is neither here nor there:

From Memoir #87 – Straddling the Line (100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s; 2017).

Chatting over a landline with my sister the other day, we straddled the line of demarcation between the past and present, concluding that our family road trips during the Sixties instilled in both of us enough thrills and adventures to last a lifetime. More than the destinations themselves, it was everything a road trip entailed from the hustle and bustle of getting an early start, rustling up grub, and watching the world go by in transit along single broken lines, solid lines, or double lines on asphalt.

An Indie author who has embarked on an arduous journey along the route of self-publishing, I’m still miles shy from my destination of becoming a best-seller. Or, for that matter, becoming a local celebrity in the state of Rhode Island.

That’s neither here nor there.

In the driver’s seat, I refuse to put the pedal to the metal for paid ads. I’m foregoing a newsletter. I’m not actively seeking author interviews, or setting up an author event. I will not pound the pavement on more social media sites.

Content to watch the world go by outside the double-hung window in my office, my brain is hot-wired for the solo journey of writing. More than the destinations themselves, it’s the sheer gratification derived from plotting twists and turns in a local setting.

That mentioned, my Contemporary, An Enlightening Quiche (2016) was ranked:

1st out of 90 books set in Rhode Island (Goodreads Listopia)

https://www.goodreads.com/list/book/32164316

*Wherever you are along your journey, remember not to overlook the forest for the trees.

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