The Time… Has Come


Tomorrow is the day my friends, tomorrow my book goes up on Amazon! It’s been a long and beautiful journey, and I can’t wait to be on the other side.

~Sel

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The End (For Now)

Well, that took a long time.

With the end of River of Silence comes the end of a long journey and the beginning of a new one. I’m plunging right into the next one – whose title will come out with the cover, which should be out around late November.

*breaths in* *breaths out*

This is the part of the blog that I’m not entirely sure of posting, I’m not completely sure I should be asking this, but…

HEY YOU OVER THERE WITH A BLOG!

Um…

Hi…

So I’m publishing a book and I’d absolutely love it if some of you guys would help me in a blog tour.

It’s probably not going to be very big (seeing as there’s not a lot of you) but just something to kind of spread the word that this is happening! Also, I think it’d be fun.

If that’s something you, a blogger, would be interested in – please email me!

This was a short post, but I don’t have anything else to say, really.

Stay lovely,

~Sel

The End of The Middle

Well this took an unnecessarily long time to work up to.

I’ve been working on the same two chapters for over a month. However, during today’s NaNo Write-In, I broke through my writer’s block and fully began my 15th chapter, “Hospitality.” I’m nearing the end!

I wanted to be at this point last month. Oh well…

Anyways, it’s time to broadcast my need for editors! People near and far, north-ish, south-ish, westy, easty, or kinda in between… are you good at catching typos and grammatical mistakes? Are you good at reading stories and giving overall feedback and constructive criticism? Please sign up here to be a part of my editing team! Announcements for my blog tour will be up as soon as my book has gone about two-thirds of the way through its editing process, so look out for that!

Guess what? I’m making a phone number (generated randomly from an app, not my actual number) specifically for this blog and my author-ness! That will become open once I’ve finished setting it up. You’ll be able to text or call me with any questions, requests, and if you just want to chat more efficiently and informally than email. Because this is just an app, it only works on WiFi, so I won’t always be able to respond right away. Note: this is just an idea, so what do you guys think about it?

At the moment, River of Silence is at 25,001 words. Awesome right? At the Write-In today, Maddi read a small paragraph from my book that I put in the chat. I’m not at expert at Write-Ins, but as far as I can tell, whether your snippet gets read or not is usually just based off of if they see it or not, not necessarily talent. Not saying that people whose snippets are read aren’t talented, I just meant… um… ugh.

Anyways…

Happy Wednesday! WordPress scheduling isn’t working for me, yay! There was a Happy Tuesday post supposed to go up yesterday, but oh well.

The sea beast is dragged off of the boat, and for a final moment, I look into its eyes, searching for some sort of light that would show me that it is still alive. The beast thrashes wildly, but there is no light.

~Sel

Milestones

Hello, lovelies! I think we’ve just learned by now that promises aren’t kept by bloggers during finals… *cough cough* I failed *cough cough*.

But wow, I think this is something to be celebrated.

I remember when I first joined. I remember the two weeks of persuading my mother to let me have an author blog, the thrill of my first follower, doing Kellyn Roth’s blog tour. That, in my opinion, was the highest honour. Not only was a published author acknowledging my existence, it was a good published author who was my age. Kell had the talent and the determination to do what I couldn’t: publish a book. And I, with maybe five or six folowers who struggled to get their own novel to 10,000 words, was uniquely asked to be a part of the blog tour.

If fetus me could be noticed, so can you ^.^

Anyways, I say all that to say: I’ve come a long way in a year.

Yup. It’s been a year, two days, and about an hour since I created this blog. Who knew? WordPress did, apparently. They sent me a notification two days ago. (Shows you how active I am…)

Anyways, since then, I’ve written three novels. Together, they came to about 70,000 words. In my mind, that was not good. how could that have happened? How was I legitimately so bad at writing that three novels of mine amounted to 70k, while other writers wrote 70k in a single novel? I became so depressed I almost quit writing altogether.

That was when River of Silence presented itself in my face.

Beautiful, wasn’t it? A book that illustrated having beautiful talents, yet still getting lost in the void of invisible. It would follow Aberfa and tell of her journey to the River while trying desperately to be heard by someone, something. Excited, I took to this new idea.

I fell short.

Ironic, isn’t it? When you have a great idea, yet you can’t seem to properly express it, your self-confidence takes a really heavy blow. It drags you into questioning and self-doubt, down into a deep pit of writer’s block that seems bottomless and beginningless.

For at least a month now, I’ve been battling this author’s depression. I’ve heard that writer’s block is tough, yes, but nobody prepared me for this grueling work. Articles claim that all writer’s block is inescapable, but does this paticular dark pit have any defining moments, or is it just a void where you’re not sure if you’re even falling?

Nobody seems to have answers to this. To be honest, neither do I. Maybe there’s another side to this, but it all looks pretty dark – and it has for a while.

But suddenly, it clicked.

Is this not what my main character is feeling?

Is this not what Yina feels?

Later, I might do a character study on Yina. Even better, that might be a part of my blog tour, so I can see how my character looks through someone else’s eyes.

Will I even have a blog tour? I don’t know. I don’t know if this book will ever hit Amazon, or if I’m too small to be noticed by the big people. But all I can do is hope, right?

“Even if hope is useless… if it’s stupid and misleading… if there’s no point to it… in this whole universe, can anybody really do anything but hope?

“We are humans who you can’t even see on the microscope of everything. Hope is all we’ve ever really had.”

I hit a milestone today. As of this minute, River of Silence has 21, 609 words. I’m officially in the middle part of my first story, the story that I will see through to the end. I don’t know if anyone will ever buy it, I don’t know if it will ever even hit the shelves, I don’t know if this struggle is even worth anything.

But man, sometimes it’s fun.

“Aghast, I must wander to the edge of the waters…”

                            ~Sel

Advertissement and an Update

First, the ad:

http://konaonline.proboards.com

Hi guys! Please, please, please check this out. It’s been up for awhile and nobody has joined, but I really want to get this site up and running. It’s a sort of RPG game called Kona Online, based off of the popular anime Sword Art Online. Your character lives in the real world, and they dont even have to know the other characters in their reality. However, they’re all joined together in the world of Kona Online, a full-dive virtual reality game. You don’t have tob e involved in the gaming part, though. You can just roleplay in the real world!

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New York Videos! Not

Well, my original plan was to show you guys some videos I made while in New York. Not! Apparently I have to upgrade to the Premium plan to do so, which costs $9.00 a month. Since I don’t haave $9.00 a month, guess what? No videos for you!

HOWEVER:

I’m planning to start up a YouTube channel! In this channel, I would upload videos of my playing (and failing) video games (possibly with a girlfriend, who knows), but I could also upload these New York Videos without a problem!

However, I am lacking a few things in order to start this YouTube channel:

  • Parental Consent (if dan worked around it, I’m sure I could too)
  • Parental Consent (…)
  • Parental Consent (I suppose this is becoming a bit of a problem now, isn’t it?)
  • Talent (whoops)

So I guess I might not start this channel. HOWEVER (here we go again)

I started a JOINT google account with a friend of mine. So could I upload a video through that?

What am I lacking?

Don’t answer that please I need confidence

I’m not sure why I’m telling you this anyways? It’s not like you actually care or anything… but oh well I belileve in me (lol nope)

Signing off for now, I guess!

~Sel