Writer Wednesday and a blog award

I will start this post by thanking the wonderful Aussie author Georgina Anne Taylor for awarding me the Liebster Blog Award. Georgina is a fellow Creative Reviewer, and I’m keeping an eye on her: as soon as she releases a novel, she goes on my TBR list! If you like shorts, though, you can already check her writing on Smashwords.

The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany. Liebster means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is love.

In accepting the Liebster Blog Award, the recipient agrees to:
*Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog
*Copy and paste the award to their blog
*Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, commenting on their blog to break the news!
*Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding β€œThe Liebster Blog Award” to bloggers they would like to honor.

My blog winners are:

Sarah R. Yoffa

Bill Talcott


Chrystalla Thoma

J.C. Martin

All are fellow authors, some you’ve met on this blog, some not yet, but you will, eventually.


Now, to the real Writer Wednesday! πŸ™‚ I’m going to use a few quotes today. I’ve found some that mirror exactly how I feel, both as a writer and as a person.

The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt – Sylvia Plath

I’ve been struggling with self doubt most of my life and not only referring to my creative endeavors. Sometime it comes from inside me, sometimes from outside – my spiritual teacher says we hear from others what we don’t want to hear from ourselves, so if someone tells me “Why are you doing this, it’s useless”, it’s my own self-doubt that called for it. So, this human yo-yo goes from creative euphoria to depression caused by self doubt. What if I’m not good enough? What if nobody likes it? What if…? I really should stop thinking as much and having all those expectations!

Last week on an impulse I uploaded a short by BG Hope. I posted the cover in the “e-book covers” photo album on Facebook, but that’s it. 48 hours later I had the Smashwords purchase notification. For a story that didn’t receive any comments from any reader and was uploaded after a final pass for typos an other mistakes, from a pen-name that has to site, no blog, no marketing, no nothing. Maybe I’m writing in the wrong genre. I know, I’ll soon be jealous of the pen-name that sells more if it’s not the one I cherish more! πŸ˜‰

But then, here we go to quote #2

My books aren’t trying to fathom the mysteries of human existence, I’m an entertainer – Bernard Cornwall

Which goes well with #3

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity – G.K. Chesterton

Both ring very true to me. I like to tell stories. I’m not a wordsmith, though, I’m a storyteller. Again, I write what I like to read, therefore I don’t indulge in long descriptions because, as a reader, they bore me AND cloud my vision. I have a vivid imagination, I don’t need many words to form an image. I’m sure I’m not the only reader like this, so hopefully my target audience will find me, eventually.

The more a man writes, the more he can write – William Hazlitt

That’s another great quote. I’ll keep writing, and get better with time. I’ll expand my vocabulary, but will keep my voice, and there’s no stopping me. I plan on uploading 30 titles this year – does that mean 30 new stories? Yes and no, because the few Italian ones only need to be formatted and many of the English ones are shorts. And even the novels (shorter than the ones that came out last year) are already written, albeit in Italian, except the last CVE, which I never got down to write when I wrote the others. But I do have an outline, and it shouldn’t be too hard to spit out a first draft in a month or less. At least not for someone married to Writing! πŸ˜‰

I’m also exploring other outlets, so I might add some links in the Find my stuff page soon. I even found a very useful booklet on how to format comic books for Kindle and Nook. I don’t have direct access to PubIt, but it was still interesting, also for the other resources it lists at the end for “artists” like me. So, if you have an image-heavy book or comic book or graphic novel and are struggling with the meatgrinder and other formatting, go check this little guide. Now I better go finish that SKYBAND chapter, shouldn’t I?

Amazon and Goodreads are not getting along very well anymore, so I’ll have to find other ways to get there. GR already broke up with B&N (it was there when I signed up, now I only get to import titles from Amazon – until Jan 30, that is!), maybe they should strike a deal with Smashwords or Lulu! πŸ™‚ I already “rescued” some books by friends I have reviewed in the past – but if you’re an author and only have books only on Amazon/KDP, you’ll soon be kicked out of Goodreads. I sure hope you’re not keeping all your eggs in one basket, though. Amazon is huge, but they’re not the only ones.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s my nephew and godchild’s seventh birthday, I gotta party! πŸ˜€

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  1. Viv

     /  25/01/2012

    I never put anything on Goodreads, never figured out how, even though various folks said I should.
    I am gettting very fed up with the war that seems to have erupted, and I’m just watching and waiting.
    Concerning the BG Hope book, sometimes it just happens like that. I sold the first copy of Fairies before my own dashboard said it was live, not a clue who or why. To my huge surprise when I put up the meditating with aromatics as paperback, there was a sale within 48 hours, and I’d not expected to have any at all(wasn’t why I wanted it up there).
    It’s all a big mystery to me.
    And I hear you on self doubt, though I am not sure I agree with your teacher. Some times this is the case, but more often it can be the voices of the damage that has been done in the past to our self esteem. The voice in mine is often the voice of my older brother.
    have a super day and hope your health improves further!


    • Well, Strangers&Pilgrims was one of the books I “rescued”… I don’t know why they had your data from Amazon, I simply copy-pasted my review from the data they had at the time… anyway, it’s rescued and Away with the Fairies is not on the endangered list, so your books are fine over there! πŸ˜‰
      BTW I didn’t put anything on either, I just signed up, joined their authors program, and saw my books slowly show up there… I asked for a librarian status to combine editions, but I’m not very good as a librarian yet, so I’m just being and author and reader! πŸ˜€
      Self-doubt, begone! Have a great day too!


      • Viv

         /  25/01/2012

        Big thank you for that! I only ever signed up as a reader; couldn’t figure the site out and gave up trying.
        I think another friend, Thea, put my book there, but I cannot remember now.
        I’m not even dressed yet, there’s mist blown in from the sea and I’ve still got about 6 weeks before I am back to work, so now the end is in sight, I’m going to try and make the most of my lazy winter days before Spring kicks in and I start running round like a bluebottle fly!


      • I’m going back to work on Feb.2… and it’s sunny today for the first time in days!
        The sun shines on my nephew’s birthday! πŸ˜€
        When he was born, I was in AngoulΓ¨me and it was snowing! πŸ˜‰


        • Viv

           /  25/01/2012

          We are shrouded in a thick sea fog, here on the coast and a cold damp day. I am hoping for snow before long but am glad my Paris trip is postponed this year till March. January last year was soooo cold, I had to wear thick wooly tights under my work trousers and thermal vests and felt like the Michellin man!


  2. Thank you for the nomination! πŸ™‚ And I enjoyed your Writer Wednesday post! Some excellent quotes there. Sylvia Plath’s one is one of my favourites!


    • you’re very welcome! And spread the “liebe”! πŸ™‚ (my German is awful, but this much I know, LOL)


  3. Thanks for including me in your lovefest–erm, Leibster fest πŸ™‚


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