My husband lived and worked in Nauru. I special nursed the wife of the head chief of Nauru, and spent time with the family and friends. I feel as if I understand enough about Nauruan culture to write of it, and I’ve studies the history and politics of the country. I have Reg beside me, to ensure my story is accurate to the time he lived there.
No one ever knows all about a place. You only know something about it.
In Starstruck I wrote of a young man in a mining town in the Pilbara, that was Reg, my husband's story not mine. I've never worked for a mining company, although I have worked in a mining town, exhibiting art. :-)
What about historical fiction? My stories of Jane Mutta, 1859, were partly family stories of my great grandmother and partly the oral histories and research. Historical fiction writers produce great stories dating back before they were born, although, lol, I'm old enough to write historical fiction from memory. :-).
Have ever done a NaNoWriMo? (National Novel Writing Month)
Yes. I have done it. You do not write a novel in a year for NaNoWriMo, you write a 50k first draft of a novel.
Yes, I hope to do it again this year. I may have to scrub that goal. I know in advance that it will be a challenge this year. My reason for doing it this time will be to motivate myself to write a novel despite being ill, and to keep my mind occupied and leave no room to think about being ill. If it proves too much, I won't feel a failure if I quit, I gave into a try, and I sure have stories that I'd still love the site.
I am currently deciding which of a dozen stories it my head will be the one I focus on and who, out of three couples, teenagers or mid-life, will be my main protagonists. I will not write a word until November 1, but I'll have a clear outline for the story in my head.
Yes, I have found it useful. Six years of participation has created six full length historical fiction adventure set in Australia and fulfilled a goal I'd had for decades. from the age of thirteen, to write those stories. That first NaNoWriMo was essential to get me started an I had to give up a successful career I loved and take a big plunge the fulfil a lifetime goal of writing the stories inside my head.
I completed the subsequent NaNoWriMo's more to be in the event with friends than for motivation. I was writing every day by then, regardless. I was unable to complete the last NaNoWriMo due to illness. I did complete the first draft of the book later.
I think that every in-depth explanation of what NanoWrimo is does explain that it is getting down the first draft. I always had the 50k words written, in two fingered typing. by day ten at the latest, for five years in a row.
After a month you don't have a novel, you have a first draft. It takes me about a year to rework it into something that's respectable - and that's including having done quite a detailed plan and plot outline before I even started.
As for knocking the quality of NaNoMriWo books, I'd not be too hasty. The success of a book is in the rewriting. I spent a year polishing each of my first drafts, and then I paid for two and sometimes three proofreads. There have been many quality books come on of NaNoWriMo. Water for Elephants is a historical novel by Sara Gruen that was written as part of National Novel Writing Month. It is excellent
This is how I work NaNoWriMo, and it does not include any socialising. I don't join in the writing sprints, and as I am a remote location recluse, I never do meet ups.
I join, set my target, decide my novel plan, take a look at what the sponsors offer and consider if those offers would benefit me. Then I put my head down and write. As with Kboards, I generally keep an eye open for information, and education.
I log in to announce that I've achieved the 50k words, I'm usually one of the early achievers, but how long it takes doesn't matter, its haw good the port is that counts. I have that plot in my head before I write one word. Good brain training at seventy, to write it in my head first.
Then at the end of November, I give my final word tally for the month, which is huge, because my second draft is removing content not adding content.
A couple of days before closure I submit my scrambled manuscript as proof that I completed NaNoWriMo. I don't chat in the NaNoWriMo forums. I don't use it as a social event. It is a private challenge for me. The first year I needed it. The in-between years I'd have written the draft with or without it. This year, I am going to need an accountable, publicly made goal in order to make time for my novel writing. I'll not be spending any of that precious time I claim for writing the first draft of my NaNoMriMo novel talking about doing it in forums.
Have you ever noticed that if you post about a health issue on an online forum designed for that purpose, some sales person will come rushing at you selling magic expensive liquids or solids to be swallowed, all produced without adequate quality control and espousing unproven benefits?
My response is to thank them. See a typical response below.
Thank you, for that reminder to use natural therapies. I'll pick a posy of roses, lavender and herbs and put beside me.
I have the doors and windows open today and the scent of the cottage garden is in the air in the house. I always feel better after ten minutes sitting in the vegetable and herb garden getting my Vitamin D, sunshine on my arms. I should have thought to do that more last week. It was raining heavily, and I wasn't getting as much nature. Not being well, my brain didn't kick in to remind me of all I could do. But I could have brought more of it inside, if I'd thought to.
I did get some good work projects completed before bed last night, and that was satisfying.
I have house plants to detoxify the air, due to using the computer so much. But, nothing is quite as good as throwing the doors and windows open to get the clean country air that's floated across a cottage garden before arriving inside the house. :-)
I tend the use my remedies fresh picked from the organic herb and vegetable garden. I try to avoid as much aged or processed products as I can, given that I live in the country and can pick lavender and bergamot for relocation, rose geranium for low moods, rosemary for pain, the onion family for decongestants and blood thinners. It's also a lot cheaper and effective when fresh.
A herb posy or tussie-mussie
Suitable flowers and herbs for a tussie-mussie (herb posy) are mint, thyme, lavender, rose geranium, bergamot, sages, large ivy leaves, chive flowers, rosemary and a large flower for the centre of the posy like rose or dahlia.
Remove 2/3rds of the foliage off of each stem. Insert the largest flowers in the centre. Place herbs around the edge of your posy.
I rent the block of land beside my home to from all of our vegetable and have extra garden. I do that so as the have a clean air buffer, after having left our last home because the neighbours were heavy smokers. So, I pay extra in rent than most people, but very little for food or therapies. Me also have a noise buffer, no concerns about hearing anything other than bird song. I love our rural retreat.
From the solid grey fence of my childhood to the bright painted,
open picket fence of my senior years.
~ Ryn Shell
Really, each era has its own false nostalgia. We all put a picket fence up around something. For my generation it was the '50s, and for other generations it will be something else. Change is scary for everyone, as is complexity, contradiction, and an uncertain future. ~ Gary Ross
I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly. ~ Maya Angelou.
I am in an animalistic mood. I subscribe to a leading fashion designer's catalogue and enjoy looking, but rarely buy the garments offered. I place practicality over fashion and tend to buy only those items I need. Well, I needed lounge around at home pull on casual pants. So, i was delighted when the latest animal print, easy care pants had a huge price drop. Can you see me prancing around the studio in tiger print pants, playing on my fancy g?
Hey—whatever it takes to get in the mood. Animal print is fun.
I have to head to the city in the morning, not something that I'm used to doing. I'll be taking the train to the Flinders Street, central city station, and just as my other would have done, seventy-five years earlier, I'll be seeking out the Traveller's Aid Kiosk and asking for directions.
Later in the day, I'll be using the traveler's aid Companion service. I will be taking a taxi from the station to my early morning appointment. However, a companion will meet me following the appointment and guide me back to the station using two trams. I'd not have been confident on making that return trip on my own.
How will my companion recognise me?
By my animal print scarf.
At Flinders Street Station, the Travellers Aid Access Service (TAAS) is available 7 days per week from 8am - 8pm (from 1st February 2016).
Main Concourse (between Platforms 9 & 10)
Flinders Street Station
Flinders & Swanston Sts
Melbourne VIC 3000
T: (+61 3) 9610 2030
F: (+61 3) 9614 1249
Mon - Sun: 8am - 8pm
Or Contact them at Flinders Street Station
Many free book promotion sites to only guarantee placement in the promotion if you buy an advertisement?
I'm currently running the website, social media management program and email service for Historical Fiction Promotions, as begin here in Writer's Cafe.
While there is no fee, the promotion participation isn't free; it is by authors contributing their time and experience to cross-promote via their social media and mailing list. There is an optional donation. The donations assist towards the costs of what I am paying for to run this. I don't make a profit. If I come out of the red in expences, and I will eventually with a growing list of participants giving something back, that income would go into more tools to promote.
I am using the funds that I used to use to promote my ebooks to run these promotions. The benefits will come once these promotions grow large enough to benefit all participants including me. I'm setting up an ongoing genre related giveaway to increase the mailing list, for all the participating author's benefit. It is early days yet, but this historical fiction promotion weekend has drawn a thousand new viewers, plus more than a thousand return viewers.
I haven't checked actual click throughs and sale figures as I've been too busy doing my part of the cross promotions. While the promotion I'm speaking of is for historical fiction only, I've been getting lots of books submitted that aren't historical, so I'm going to open a second author cross-promotion site for clean and cozy books. That site isn't ready as yet. Interested authors can message their interest in advance, and I will contact them when I'm ready to launch. I'll be a tad fussy, in that I'll choose books that I like to read, as I'll have my name behind recommending those books that I promote for free. There will be to monetary charge. Donate to my expenses only if you feel you gained value from the promotion and can afford to donate. All who donate will get more promotion than those who don't, that is logical, as I like to thank the promotion site's sponsors.
There will be many books that I don't accept to promote for free, but that won't be because they aren't paying me.
It might be because the author doesn't communicate how they are cross-promoting, or I cannot see any evidence that they are helping their fellow authors. To be blunt, my motivation its assist ethical authors, and not to carry users.
I'll not promote erotica or dark books. I'll also only promote books where the sex, violence and profanity is kept to a comfortable, not graphically described, broad appeal, and reader age level. That pretty well sums things up. Also, I cannot promise forever. Who can? I can do these free of monetary cost promotions now, and I plan to do it for the next dozen years if I'm blessed with that time and focus. I hope my promotion sites for ethical authors will grow and remain with a free starting base.
So, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause," as long as you show gratitude and work to assist your fellow author in class-promotions.
I'm not the only author here offering author cross-promotions, and I certainly didn't start the concept. I owe my start to others who have larger and better know author cross-promotions. You will find them here in Writer's Cafe.
It does appear to be a natural development that as a free promotion site grows huge, and all books need to be lightly checked for suitability, those promotion sites would eventually have to pay wages to assistants. If there isn't enough sponsor money coming in, they cannot get through the volume of work to add in all the free books into the promotion, (that does take time) and so I understand that they do not guarantee a free promotion placement. There is a human element behind promotion sites, and their resources are limited. Message me if your books are clean and cozy, and if you accept the conditions of author cross-promotion as the entry cost for having your books promoted by me. I'll not contact you until I get the clean and cozy promotion site ready. The historical fiction promotion site is already active, and will shortly be upgraded to offer site sponsors more. I love these author-cross promotions.
Historical Fiction Promotions Website
Hope comes within your grasp then flutters out of reach, then floats back to where you can grasp it again. Tears are a fine way to deal with things when life hits you with a nasty deal. Your rant is justified and welcome. (((hugs again.))
I found beautiful feathers when I could walk to the lake. My hope is that I'll walk to the lake again and that you too will be well enough to walk to all the scenic places you dream of visiting with renewed energy, once all of this is behind you.
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
Some people think that literature, painting, and music aren’t closely related.
I disagree. In fact, aside from the obvious, that they are all creative pursuits, they all share a common problem when it comes to earning a living at one’s art. Many want to view or hear your art form, only some will pay for that privilege, and sadly many will pirate and plagiarize your creative work.
So, how do the most talented musicians and writers gain enough publicity so that they can reach enough paying customers to achieve a reasonable level of financial self-sufficiency to enable them to work full-time in their creative careers?
The harsh facts are, only a few do. That's fine for many. Mastering an art form provides the satisfaction that cannot be measured in money.
But, what if creative satisfaction isn't your goal. How can you achieve financial reward for your work? The obvious answer is to have your name and product seen repetitively by people who purchase your product. They say that you need to have your name and product seen or heard seven times before it registers in most buyers minds.
It doesn’t matter if your art form is a woodwind brasswind instrument or a historical fiction novel, we are cousins in the creativity business. If we are lucky, we have skilled business managers, or agents, who will handle that side of things for us. Increasingly creative people find that when they start out, they must perform all aspects of the business for themselves. With the advent of pirated music, musicians must work harder than ever before to develop small businesses skills along with their creative talent.
It isn’t a coincidence that the better-known authors and musicians are also the most business savvy. We need to be entrepreneurs as well as creative artists.
How do creative artists become market expertise in their chosen field?
Keep up with your industry trends. Discover the must read blogs and forums for your industry and learn from them every day. Marketing is not stagnant. What worked six months ago, most likely doesn’t work today, in quite the same way. Don’t be caught out, not knowing. Don’t buy advertising that ceased working for others in a similar field.
Learn what to do, and what not to do from others, and also use your creative thinking to try new options‑a breakthrough in a new marketing technique might be what shoots you ahead of an equally talented artist. Rather than consider that artist a rival, consider the merit, if they are succeeding in a different market, or cross-promoting together and mutually promoting each other, thus doubling your connection to your potential audience.
According to a study conducted by Adobe, 82% of firms believe there is a significant connection between creativity and business success.
Creative people who cross-promote, consistently outperform their competitors in market share, competitive leadership and revenue growth. I’m doing this by running a Historical Fiction Promotions website to assist historical fiction authors to reach more readers, as we all cross-promote each other’s book to our readers. Consider working in collaboration with others as a marketing strategy.
If you are a fiction writer, connect with other cross-promoting authors through kboards writer's cafe.
Tell me honesty, would you prefer to see my seventy year old body in a bikini or a Burkini?
Which costume you think looks nicer, in these photos, is something that none of us will agree about.