Wednesday, April 3, 2024

IWSG and 3 Lessons I Learned from a Social Media Fast


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! 

The awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG areJanet Alcorn,T. Powell Coltrin,Natalie Aguirre, and Pat Garcia! The founder of IWSG is Alex J. Cavanaugh.

3 Lessons from a Social Media Fast

I decided to do a partial Social Media Fast during Lent, only posting once a week unless I had already committed to post about something, like a Storybundle or a BookFunnel, or for the IWSGPit. 

What I learned: 

My sales numbers didn’t plummet. 

My newsletter subscriptions increased. (Although I did take part in a newsletter subscriber BookFunnel, so that probably helped.)

I am healthier in mind, body, heart, and soul when I only check social media platforms once a week, and not even on every platform.

The Optional Question for IWSG is: How long have you been blogging? (Or on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram?) What do you like about it and how has it changed?

I have blogged since 2008/9 and I have been on Facebook since 2009. I feel it has changed in tone. Since the beginning, I have always felt this need to produce more content to create a stronger platform, but I think this is changing. I think this was encouraged and may still be.

Currently, I am cross-posting over three platforms and “highlighting” my posts on other platforms. This will change drastically this year as I take the three lessons I learned from my social media fast and start applying them over time.

The Deep Work Principle

I recently learned the idea of doing Deep Work and I am implementing it into my writing and media posting. This is my “next” step for online content.

What have you learned lately about writing, blogging, and life?

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

IWSG, Comic Con, and News


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Find more information at the website: Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Kristina Kelly,Miffie Seideman,Jean Davis, and Liza @ Middle Passages!

March 6th question: Have you "played" with AI to write those nasty synopses, or do you refuse to go that route? How do you feel about AI's impact on creative writing?

To the first question, yes, I have played with AI to write a synopses, with mixed results. I don’t feel guilty about using AI for ad copy of various kinds because this kind of writing is short, necessary, and not something I am good at. I still have to revise everything - so this is not without work.

For the second part of the question, I think AI has already had an impact on creative writing, when we consider the use of grammar programs. Creative writing includes the joy of knowing the rules and knowing when to break them. AI doesn’t feel joy, or sorrow, or any other emotion. Only humans do. I maintain that this will always be what makes human powered creativity full of depth.


An Emerald City Comic Con Reflection

Massive, fun, interesting, overwhelming, frustrating, joyful, and full - these are just a few words to sum up my experience at Emerald City Comic Con last weekend, from Thursday through Sunday.

Authors from left to right: Peter V. Brett, Saara El-Arifi, Django Wexler, Katherine Arden, Terry Brooks, and moderator Madeleine Roux.

It was my first ECCC, and I loved the panels with writers they had for the literary track. I didn’t get to meet, but at least did get to see, Terry Brooks (Shannara, Magic Kingdom for Sale).

Authors: Jasmine Skye and Marissa Meyer on the Battle of the Tropes panel. (Yes, I wish I had a better picture.)

I finally met Marissa Meyer (Cinder, Renegades, and more) and she was also on two panels and a spotlight session I attended. Friday was my best day at the con, when I managed to go to three panels, a spotlight, and a class on fighting in fiction.

Left to right: Moderator, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and John Rhys-Davies

Saturday was the day I only really made one event - the Lord of the Rings event on the main stage, which meant I had to stand in line for two hours. Lines were mismanaged and there were three rows of empty seats in the main stage area, which seats around 5000 people, but even with that, there wasn’t a way for everyone into that area. The crowd of 85,000 people were decked out in awesome cosplay, enthusiastic, and sweet, but I felt overwhelmed, and went home a bit early.

Sunday, in line, and taking photos with a few cosplayers. My friend has been to a number of comic cons before and knows how to pose. :)

On Sunday, my friend and I decided we wanted to meet Sean Astin (Goonies, LoTR, more) for an autograph and so we did that. This meant standing in line for hours, but we met some really nice people who we chatted with about various books, movies, and shows. I managed to sell an audio version of Liftoff and get a pre-order for Dark Blade: Forged, just by talking about writing, which was cool. When we met Sean Astin for the quick autograph session, he was kind and humble - talking about how wonderful the rest of the LoTR cast is and how he never expected so many fans would want to meet him. Then, we wandered through the merch tables, and they announced closing time. Where did the time go?


I will be on four panels at Norwescon, March 28-31! This event includes cosplay, panels, interviews, merch, and the Philip K. Dick awards. The panels are: “I Wrote a Song for My Story!” with Amanda Cherry, Metaerie, and Karen Eisenbrey; “Developing Strong Teen Characters” with Lish McBride, Kara Swanson, Karen Eisenbrey, and Anastasia Wilde; “Worldbuilding: The Burden of Being God” with Brenda Carre, Sandra Rosner, Thea Prieto, Lish McBride, and Kate Alice Marshall’ and “Short Stories vs Novels” with Camden Rose, Karen Eisenbrey, Tom D. Wright, and Kendare Blake. I’m excited to be a part of Norwescon this year!

I’m in the revision cave for a project and I will have news about it next month, I hope.

Are you looking for a #free, clean fantasy or scifi read? Check out this Book Funnel with over 70 authors and 80 books! This is only running until March 17th.

I have a book in The Galactic Mystery Bundle, curated by Simon Kewin! You can find out more at the Storybundle Website, but just to note, this sale is on for only two more weeks.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

IWSG February 2024 Author Websites and News


Insecure Writer's Support Group

Website / Facebook Group / Twitter / Book Club
Reedsy Discount / Past Issues

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. 

The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Janet Alcorn, SE White, Victoria Marie Lees, and Cathrina Constantine!

OPTIONAL February 7 question: What turns you off when visiting an author's website/blog? Lack of information? A drone of negativity? Little mention of author's books? Constant mention of books?

I'm going to turn that question upside down and re-ask: what do I like about visiting author's websites? What do I think works?

My answer: Clarity and authenticity. 

I want to know who this author is, what they write, and a little bit about how they view the world, what they think/feel specifically about their writing and the writing life. 

I enjoy fun memes, gifs, pictures, and slices of life, but the most important pieces I look for when I go search for an author online are usually to find their books and to discover their unique perspective. 

I have been taking a class that recommends an extremely clear author website that makes it easy for readers to find books and to take a side jig over to an author page. I can see the benefit of that. I have always opted for "here I am," and "oh, over here are my books" kinds of blogs, websites, and such, but I may be recreating something that is easier to navigate from the front page. 

What do you think?

What do you like to see on author websites?


The New Year's Quest Newsletter Book Funnel is still going through February 10th. If you missed it, be sure to check it out for some free reads! 

Check out all my links and socials here: Tyrean’s Link Tree. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

A Writer at the Movies and a Bit of Short Poetic Fiction


Writer’s Review of Films

While I am a big reader, I also enjoy movies. This week I am discussing my fandom of various recent reads and films this week at my Youtube channel The Truth About Storytelling and I don’t want to repeat all, but I thought I would give a short take on four films and why I will rewatch them as a writer.

  1. Wonka, the Musical. A gorgeous, imaginative film from every aspect - storytelling, sound, visuals, acting, scripting, editing. As a writer, I want to rewatch this for the big heartbeat moments and apply what they did to my own writing. Good family film.

  2. Boys in the Boat. A moving historical fiction narrative following a tighter story arc than the nonfiction book of the same name. As I write, I plan to re-read and rewatch for the way they wove history and narrative together for a satisfying story on an emotional level. Good family film.

  3. Anyone But You. A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with references to the Kenneth Branaugh film of that play. There’s definitely skin and raunchiness (although Shakespeare’s plays translated well are incredibly raunchy) so there’s a reason for the R-rating, but I still enjoyed many aspects of it. I plan to rewatch it with a rewatch of the Branaugh film and a reread of the play, specifically looking at the humorous bits I enjoyed the most. Only for 18+ audiences.

  4. The Beekeeper. An action thriller with Jason Statham that packs a good character arc, starting with a slow beginning and to a raising of stakes to a high-pitch series of events. Again, R-rated for a reason, but this time for the action scenes and some language. I plan to rewatch it as a writer for the way they layered the intrigue, character development, world-building, and action scenes. Only for 18+ audiences.

Normally, I do not see that many films in the theater in a month, but I went to see most on matinee or “member” night at the theater. Also, I don’t normally enjoy four films in a row as much as I did these, although with the latter two, I want to caution anyone who is easily offended or squeamish.

The longer rundown with more specifics is on my Youtube channel, but I did not give out any spoilers.

Scifi Poems and Hint Fiction


multilevel traffic

a grid on her eyes

she blinks - -

lights change

systems override

AI Art with Canva. Trying out a bit of this. This was try #8 for this image using the poem as a prompt. (I’ll be talking about AI here in March-April briefly, so this is a pre-cursor of that.)

Starry Horizon

starry horizon

beckoning us to come

play supernova

Major Tom

The coundown is on.

The chopper is waiting.

I glance back at the towers behind me and the wall of ocean behind them.

It’s time.

These were previously published in Dragonfold and Other Adventures and Flicker: A Collection of Short Stories and Poetry.

Tiny News

Do you like free books of fantasy and science fiction? Check out New Year’s Quest for free books.

I had a great time at the Open Mic hosted by Creative Colloquy on Monday. I hope to read again, when I can.

My books are all in process - writing and revising.

BTW - I will be reposting this on my Website and Blog this Week… Trying to stretch the content.