indie authors, romance, romance authors, Uncategorized

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

I’m going to start this off by saying, “BRRR”! Go ahead and add some more R’s in there because that’ll just accentuate how cold I am right now as I write this, wrapped in like five blankets and a scratchy sweater. My damn coffee won’t even stay hot for very long in it’s protest of these frigid temperatures. OH, how I love this weather. Yes, that’s right. Even though my teeth are chattering to the point I might crack one, and my achy knees make me feel like I’m an eighty year old in need of a walker, it sure beats the hell out of sweating!

For some reason, I think I’m also more productive in cold weather, as if my brain is firing off more neurons in its’ attempt to keep from freezing to death. Or maybe I just type faster because my body is trying to will itself to warm up. Either way, I’ll gladly take to the cold over the hot. However, seeing as though I live in Texas, I may be in shorts tomorrow. We’ll see.

Now, to say I’m more productive, doesn’t always mean that I actually get as much done as I’d like to. I have good intentions, but I also have the ability to become extremely distracted. Easily. For instance, my brain will see a dish in the sink and suddenly think that now would be a good time to organize Tupperware by size, durability, and stain percentage. If I am wanting to make myself look a little less “scary mommy,” I’ll think I’m just going to put a little makeup on and then waste two hours trying to achieve Kim K. cheek bones through contouring. Even when I am actively at my computer I’ll try to engage in a YouTube video about “branding yourself as an author,” and instead get engrossed in a forty minute video about how to build a haunted house using only items you have around your home. By the way, how many average households have miter saws lying around? I don’t, hence why my haunted house dreams are crushed now.

So, the point I’m trying to get at now is that this whole blog post was originally supposed to be about my writing process and organizational skills when it comes to authoring a book. Yet, I just got distracted blabbing about how easily I get distracted and now I’ve blogged about 400+ words of nonsensical crap.

Well, there’s always next time I guess. Unless, of course, I find a video about how to write a book without actually having to type any words. Be right back… I’m going to go YouTube that.

XOXO
Erika Daughtrey

 

indie authors, romance, romance authors, Uncategorized

Writers- Big and Small

Writers- big and small. In a publication world, where the market is inundated with fresh minds, creative ideas, and original content, there is one thing that always remains the foundation for the people behind it all. That one thing- the glue that holds us all together and makes us feel as one, is the passion that we all share for the industry.

We know that this industry is tough. We know that we are one of many in this bowl of fish, all trying to catch a nibble of the flakes being dropped in. But still, we persevere. Catching just that one flake when we are starving for more never phases us, because our passion is what drives us to continue. The absolute need we feel to write, the craving we get to push these creative thoughts from our brains, through our finger tips, and onto the page is a vital necessity.

I’ve learned since starting my journey, that something always rings true within the writing community, especially that of the romance genre- it’s that we are whole heartedly supportive of each other. We know the hard work it takes to get to the moment where your little finger hovers over the word “publish.” We all know the kind of courage you have to have in order to share with the world a glimpse of something you’ve gingerly finessed until the wee hours of the morning. We all know the incredible feeling of receiving that first review, and the amount of cheek strain you feel from it for the rest of the day because you can’t stop smiling.

I’ve also learned that in this community we are banded together, and when one goes down, we all step up to lift the fallen.

In light of recent legal bullying within the romance genre, I have to say- I’ve never felt more honored to be part of a circle of encouraging women who aren’t letting a shark threaten this fishbowl of amazing, intelligent, and brilliant women.

Love to you all!

XOXO

Erika Daughtrey