Networking

So if you knew it or not I’m working on writing a book and to do that I’ve been reading a rather informative book on how to get myself published. Mind you I’m an extremely slow reader and I have had little time to actually do any writing with being exhausted from work but I’m trying really hard. I have my game plan in motion on how I want to continue I just need the time and focus to do so. So, back to the explanation, it talks about networking and making a market for my book, finding that market or seeking it out. Now, that sounds like a great plan but I find a few flaws with that system.

Who is my market?

While I want to believe everyone is my market, obviously my market will stray to the Sci-Fi fantasy people and even maybe on the slightly gothic side.

Well Sci-Fi is an extremely broad realm, where would I start?

Well you’d think at Sci-Fi sites, but I go to a Sci-Fi site and all I see are things about pace and things. So I have a niche of Sci-Fi right? Dystopia. Because that is a sub genre for Sci-Fi that my book should fall into.

Where do I go for Dystopia?

http://dystopia.com/ That’s the obvious choice right? But where is the community behind that? There are great film and book suggestions there but where is the community I’m looking for. So lets google it. When you google Dystopia you get facts and lists of Dystopia as a genre, still no community right?

Well what about who inspired it? Muse.

Well there is a great community that follows muse but what would make them interested in a “Muse inspired Dystopia”? What would draw that crowd to me as a writer? Well our love of Muse but I’m not a deeply musical person. I love music but how does that fit in with a book that I want to publish to promote it? Well get the people and they will love it? Well I want to but how does one wriggle there way into the community of something so intertwined? What would one do to try and reach out to other Muse fans and tell them that I am inspired to write a book that might be to their fancy as it is inspired by the same music that they listen to? How would one truly integrate themselves?

Well there is always building a website?

Well I have websites. I have many in fact. I even have a roleplay based in the world that I have created for this book, mind you it is far more lax then the actual book will be because I have to make it playable but it is a website dedicated to the world the book is in.

Then get people attracted to the site!

Ok! Come to http://knightsofcydonia.org join and RP! Did it work? Did I get you hooked enough to join? Have questions? Ask me there. *tests said theory*

Another method is to do things like Podcasts and Tweets and Facebook about myself, about my book, about things my book is about and things like that. Well that’s fine and dandy if I were making a book on how the world today is a Dystopia but I am not (mind you I do believe modern day America is a modern day Dystopia, ruled and controlled by the market, want to know more show your interest and I will blog about it). Now Podcasts, Sure, I’ll do a podcast but what would it be about? Same things I’ve been talking about? I really want to start building this world of people interested in my work but really where does it start for a fiction writer? Where would I push to get people to like me as an author?

My answer to that is through my blog here. While I only update semi-regularly I think that this is my best bet to gain any interest whatsoever. I do post my chapters to my Fanfiction here. I think that I may try to write short stories and post them here too. I certainly think that it would do me a world of good to concentrate on something that will focus me artistically, even if I’m tired. It says to work hard and work tirelessly. Well I’m already tired so lets either get changed into a vampire or turned into a zombie so I can work even harder. I want to do this. I CAN do this! I have never wanted something to be completed so badly in my life.

Here is my attempt as a working tirelessly person:

  • I will try to post something on this blog at minimum bi-weekly.
  • I will try to post a short story set in the world I am creating at least monthly.
  • I will try to keep this schedule as best as I can, even when stressed, tired or otherwise physically and mentally strained.
  • I will try to respond to all tweets/facebook requests and blog comments in a timely fashion.
  • I will try to keep up with my social networking medias so that you know that I am diligently trying to get this done.
  • I will try to post updates as far as which chapter I have completed and how many words are done on the story, periodically.
  • I will try to be a better person/mother/girlfriend/daughter/sister even during times that I may feel pressured or sad.
  • I will try not to cop out and talk only about my emotions, having ideas and writing them down when I get them.
  • I will ask for advice on things that I may not know much about.
  • I will make myself as available as I can to both connect with people and be helpful in things that you may need help with.
  • I will get published no matter what it takes.

Not so productive day

Well today was productive in the fact that my daughter’s teacher came and my daughter learned. I find my daughter might not be able to go to the zoo on Friday because she doesn’t have a vaccine. Bullshit IMO. They are full of fail. She obviously missed a vaccination in the traveling even though I’ve thought she’s always been up to date. Obviously my brain is broken because I like listened or something? But she didn’t get her stupid Chicken Pox one and that will prevent her from going to the zoo on Friday. *fail*

Worked a little on tomorrow’s comic. I will work on it more vigorously tomorrow morning and hopefully have it posted by the afternoon. You will see it tomorrow. I have the elements all made and so it just requires the put together part.

I wrote a bit of a fic before I wrote this. You’ll see a password protected entry, that’s because it’s not done but I published that so a friend could read it for me. When I complete that part I will post and either make that post public or give you the password. Either way, for now it is private.

Short post tonight. I’m tired.

PS. 3.1 Beta went live on the IPB boards today!!

PSS. Join Wootflakes or baby elephants will die!!

Crashed

Yesterday must have been exhausting because I put my kids to bed at about 7 and I crashed and went to bed with them. Why was I tired? I have absolutely no idea but I apologize now for missing my post last night and will update you now on the fabulous day of yesterday.

Yesterday I wasted 3 more hours at church. The time wasn’t completely wasted as I took my komi-himo (Japanese braiding) with me and that helped a lot with the boredom. I go to please my mother. She needs me right now in this time, after my stepdad filed for divorce. Small things help her feel good, so I oblige with little groaning.

The day didn’t really develop from there. There wasn’t much to do. I know I need to do a little more cleaning about the house, hopefully that will get done today but I mildly doubt it because I really need to get motivated to do it. The laundry is almost done though. That’s always a good thing, especially since about 2/3rds of it was mine from storage. <_< Well C’est La Vie. It will be done soon enough, hopefully before my mum completely spazz’s out but probably won’t be.

Profile win!

Okay. So this isn’t going to be a super long post. I don’t have much to say really.

Today I spent most of my computer time looking for a bit of code that had NOTHING to do with the problem that I was having with changing my profiles. Eventually it turned out that I just needed to add a bit of code to force the use of CSS and it worked like magic. Throughout my entire day I felt very unaccomplished because I couldn’t find this. Luckily I found myself very focused and was able to complete all but the major cosmetic changes to the layout. At the moment I need to setup a new banner and a few other things to make it look like the back of the box.

Other then that? Check out my profile and tell me what you think:
http://bit.ly/anExYf

I’m extremely tired and it is very late so I’m off to bed. Goodnight everyone! Hope you’re having a good day.

Strut

So today’s accomplishments!? NONE! Okay. I got one accomplishment, I got my forum/topic markers done today. I guess you can include that the members list looks better, I got the blog header working and I started work on the Profile. I’m a woman that loves a good profile and I HATE the default IPB one but I don’t know what to do with it. It’s like a necessary evil that I don’t know how to make a “nice” necessary evil. I mean, I used to have one of the best profiles (and from a few compliments that I’ve heard) THE best profile in the 2.3.x series. I completely re-vamped my profiles to look the way I wanted them… Now I don’t think I have the same amount of a reason for it because the new profiles look better but I don’t know what to do with them…. They offer a lot more sex appeal then the older ones but not enough for me to be satisfied with them.

So I didn’t get much else done, mostly because I’m pretty sure it’s that time of the month and my skin scrawls because I’m wearing clothes. I don’t understand it really, I feel like a big ball of sensitive skin. I’ll be glad when it’s all over. About this though, I have two kids and when they are asleep I like to take long, hot baths… you know the quiet, uninterrupted sort that is really….. quiet, and well, is it just me or as a parent of young children do you get paranoid when you want/do something for you yourself? I turn on the bath water and immediately have to stick my head out of the door because I think I hear my son crying. Of course he never really is but it still doesn’t make me any less paranoid.

Next thing to talk about? My recent Twitter conversation with Sparky, AKA LOL_J on Twitter, got me thinking about dancing in public. Now I have no problem with shaking my ass for anyone’s preview. I come from a family of very few reservations. We are all eccentric Addams family types in my household. But, as I talked with her I realized, as I always do, that I’m a woman that stands out in a crowd. I’m not necessarily skinny, actually probably not by a long-shot, but I still wear crop tops and things that show off my strangely colored legs. I wear medieval clothing in public, PJs. You name it and I’ve probably worn it in public, Yes…. even a bathing suit with nothing else. NO, I’ve never been nude in public. Off kilter there for a second, now I’m back on track.
SO! I’m a 6’2″, not so skinny “Amazon” woman that doesn’t really have a self conscious bone in her body…. or so it would appear by the way I dance, shake my ass and sing, and terribly massacre songs, while I’m out and about. Now I come to think of why this is. I mean I know I’m not attractive and what-ot. I think I might do it for the attention but it’s more likely I do it for the laughs.
Like yesterday! Most epic thing. We were checking out of Sam’s club, I do a deep hip shaking dip to “Fever” I think, and then there is this cheer from behind me. It’s like this 70 year old man cheering at me shaking my ass. I had a good lol before I went back to doing my shaking.
Why do I really do it? Because I enjoy, enjoying myself and really like to smile.

What else? What else? Oh yes! I keep getting random comments that seem like real people but I mean they are just off enough to make me think that they are spammers. Really I don’t understand why I have spammers on such a small site that no one really reads anyways. That being said I guess I will answer a few questions that I am unsure if bots are asking or real people. *I have approved most comments removing the bot-like link from their comment, sorry to anyone that is real that has had it removed.*
Question1: Yes I run this on the Application, WordPress. I designed *or mostly designed, the original coding was from a template* the layout for the site.
Question2: I try to update every day. Am I successful? Probably not but I do try. Two kids and looking for a job along with many other non-social activities and chores around the house=Not always the most successful at getting anything done.
Question3: I don’t care if you rate my site, bash my site, promote my site or whatever in your own blog. Please feel free! I just ask that you post a link to the source after you’re done with it so I can read it.
I’m fine with answering questions and whatnot so. 😀

I got my son a training toilet today. I hope that it will inspire him to start potty training. I’m so over diapers it’s not even funny. I don’t think he really understands, or cares to go potty yet so I don’t know how successful it will be. *crosses fingers* here’s hoping.

I was talking earlier with my friend, Neph, about how crazy my thoughts can get sometimes. I only knew this from my late night post yesterday with the Random thought about brain melting. It just seemed overly odd to me that I would come up with that while tired and not while awake. I guess when your brain as less “active” functions to do then it has more time to be creative or think of odd things. Maybe it’s what it’s supposed to do… to confuse us.

I think that’s it for the night though. I know this seems like I’m cutting this post short… I am! I’m falling asleep at the keyboard which is a surefire sign to just stop typing and go to bed.

Goodnight everyone. Hope you’re having a nice day!