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Thursday, July 5, 2018

ANNOUNCING THE CREATION OF MY NEW AUTHOR PEN NAME!

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to give you an update on what I have done.  I came up with a Pen Name. 


Lorna Woulfe is that name.  I chose it because it honors both sides of my family.  Lorna was my grandmother on my mother's side.  Lorna Brooke Call was her name.  She was also a bit of a writer herself, her father wrote poetry (which I have one of his books!)  Not sure he had more than that one, but I love it.  Woulfe is the name that my fathers side descends from.  They are Irish.  So I love that I can honor my family and have a really cool pen name at the same time!


Here is the link to my FB page:


I will still write under L. Anne Wooley for my writer's advice/mentoring/editing work.  

But feel free to check out my new author presence (for Fiction, Poetry).

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Panels

One of the best ways to market your work is to participate in panels at conventions.  Not only is there an opportunity to network with other authors, but an opportunity also to gain exposure for your work.  This blog will help with preparing to participate (and moderate) panels.

As a participant, you can engage with readers and discuss the topic at hand.  I've been in numerous panels regarding writing, and also in panels on genres.  It's also a good tool to learn what's new in the industry or turn you onto new works.

So once you have your schedule for panels, (I've given my own as an example for Marcon 53- May 11-13 2018).
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  •  Authors' Tools: Scrivener 
  • Moderator- Writer's Quick Challenge 
  • Year of the Women
  • What Writers Like to Read
  • Tools: Setting Up Your Work Environment
You should start making notes as to what you will be discussing during your panels.  
For the first panel on Scrivener, I've made the possible discussion on a basic review of the program's capabilities.  And why it's a valuable tool in the writer's arsenal.

Year of the Women, I'm thinking of the kick-ass women in WW and also Black Panther.  Both excellent movies.

If you are chosen to be a moderator, you probably should get together with your panellists prior to the con.  I was given the panellists info, so I'll be emailing them to see if they have ideas of how we want to approach this...I've got plenty of pictures to use (the panel is to challenge us to write something inspired by an image).  Then I am thinking of having one of the audience give us one.

Hopefully, the other panellists will be amenable to this suggestion, but I want the participants to be enthusiastic, and having their input will help achieve that goal.

Now the next part is really a good idea to do.  If you have books out, take a copy of each.  Or even more than one, so you can maybe do giveaways.   You can even have a display for them, and place it in front of you (behind your name tent), and if you have stickers, bookmarks, buttons, dolls of your characters, keychains etc, then you can also put those out as giveaways.  You most likely cannot sell in a panel, though I've seen it done.  Best to check with the con ahead of time.  Though you can also do signings after your panel is over.

The last thing about being on a panel, it's a good way to make connections with other writers.  This is important as you can develop a relationship with them, and they might be able to help you further your own career.  Most of all, have fun and learn all you can.  It's a great experience!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Musings on the Life of a Writer

July 4, 2012, my brother and I lost our mother.  In a lot of ways, it was her "Independence Day," and she was no longer suffering.  And I miss her every day.   But she and I also had a contentious relationship in many ways.  Up until the end, she tried to rule everything I did.  2009 we lost my dad (and I took care of him up until his death as well).

I actually had very little time in a four year period of taking care of them, to do any writing.  Though 2009 I made the goal for NaNoWriMo (as I dedicated it to my father, and it was the first year I made it)!  But it was a struggle during that time, settling his estate, taking care of my Mom (though it was before she got really bad), and the pets etc took a lot of time.  I wanted to get back to work, but Mom insisted on me being there, so I had to let go of that. 

But then March 2010 happened, and she fell in the kitchen and broke her leg at an ugly angle.  I knew it was broke.  So surgery, titanium rod, and many screws later, she was released to a facility for rehab.  My mother was a stubborn woman but did not want to do the therapy.  She did the minimum, but they were often frustrated with her.  So they had to release her.  I was lucky in that we were able to hire someone to come do the bathing at least (she hated how I did her baths anyway). 

This was our life for the next 2 years, and she developed diabetic ulcers, her podiatrist became her wound care doctor, who didn't do anything but make it worse, we fought them for over a year under him, not realizing what a crackpot he really was.  It took the home health nurse to notice and suggest a trip to OSU (The Ohio State University), that we really found out how bad it really was.  They did a bone biopsy and found out that they were infected.  They did IV antibiotics for a few weeks, and the wounds healed within a month!  She went from almost losing her legs, to being completely healed.

She was not to last much longer, as she developed them on her arms, and the surgeon who debrided them a week before she died, said that she would need a feeding tube.  They were going to do it, as I told mom it was either that, or they wouldn't be able to do anything else, that she agreed.  The last words were, Me: "Love you Mom,"  and her, "Love you too."  She ended up not being able to have the surgery (high temp), so the decision was made that we let her go. 

Folks don't understand that taking care of a loved one is the hardest thing you'll ever have to do.  It's also very rewarding.  And you have to put your desires, and life on hold.  Keeping them home and comfortable is the best you can do, but be sure to have someone to help.  I had to fight tooth and nail to get that help, as mom was extremely picky about who took care of her. 

I knew she didn't like my writing either.  She couldn't understand the need for it as a manner of escape, to get my mind off of everything for a while.  It was also a way to relax and transport to a different world.  My characters were, and are, family. 

One of her aides also wrote, I found out that she also did NaNoWriMo, so we would talk writing on break.  When she was not there, my Mom would bitch about "Writing those damned words."  And I knew that she was intending that barb to me.  It made me mad and sad at the same time, she just didn't get the importance. 

I found out a few years before she died, that my Grandmother had written essays and a travel diary, and my great-grandfather (her father), had been a poet.  I have one (and I think he only wrote one), a book on poetry.  He was a real character I guess, and researching my Genealogy has led to some really cool discovery.  I guess the writing gene skipped a generation.

My point in writing all of this?  It's to encourage you to keep going, even if those closest to you try to dissuade and discourage you.  Use that lack of support, to fuel your passion for writing.  After all, it's good to escape every once in a while.

Peace everyone.





Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Announcement: Pride Park is Available for Pre Order

Greetings all my followers.  I have an exciting announcement regarding a project that was near and dear to my heart.  I wrote the Foreward for it, and also helped bring it across the finish line! 

Pride Park was born during the aftermath of the Pulse Night Club shooting in Miami Florida.  As a way to help heal the community and offer more than just prayers.  The anthology includes stories and poems from those in the LGBTQ+ community and allies. 

Here is the link to preorder.  The ebook will be available on June 12, 2018, and we will be having a release on FB party.  Will have more on that in the next few days.

https://www.amazon.com/Pride-Park-Anthology-support-freedom-ebook/dp/B07DBH4S1L/?tag=geolinker-20

If that doesn't work, let me know.  Thank you.

Oh, and for my European fans, I'm supposed to notify you of the use for cookies?  Google did something to let you know.  Just wanted to make sure that you were aware.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Drowned in Moonlight is LIVE!

Hey gang, just a quick note to let you know that the anthology that I'm a submitter to, and the head editor (editor as well), for is now LIVE.    :)   Drowned in Moonlight has been a crazy labor of love for us, and we hope that you will enjoy it.  The charity it is supporting is the International Bipolar Foundation, and in honor of Carrie Fisher (who suffered from the illness). 

Right now it's only on Smashwords for the low low price of $0.99 US.   And will be up soon on Amazon, Nook, and other outlets, paper copies will be in wide release, so look it up at your local bookstores (or have them order one for you).  Right now, however, it's only in ebook format.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/824484

Will update in a new post when the regular book version is out.  :)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Update for Anthology Drowned By Moonlight, in honor of Carrie Fisher and to Help Raise Money for Bipolar Research

Guess who was made lead Editor on this wonderful project?  If you said anybody else but me, then you'd be wrong :) 

I am honored to be doing this for this anthology.  I also wrote the Introduction.   It's been a labor of love, and commitment that we've undertaken to raise money for Bipolar Depression research.   Carrie was a sufferer of this mental illness, as is my cousin.  It's a horrible thing to have, and I hope that someday, we find a cure. 

Inside the anthology, you'll find essays on what Carrie meant to the author, stories about terraforming colonys, poetry, and more.  May the 4th 2018 will be the release date.  Will do more publicity on this as we get closer.

I'm soooo excited to be part of this.   And I hope you all enjoy the fruits of our labors.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018

Once again it's that time of year, where writers all over the world pack their tents and pots and pans... for Camp NaNoWriMo or Camp Nano...well, not quite literally.   But figuratively, at an online camp.  Camp NaNoWriMo is an offshoot from the folks that bring you the November NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  The main difference between the Camp and the regular Nano, is that in camp you can set your own goal.

The goal can be a word count.  So instead of the 50,000 words you can write 10k, 5k...I believe the lowest you can go is like 35?   But they have also changed it so you can do hours, minutes, or even pages.  The goal can be changed during the month, but only up to validation begins. (The 20th of the month) 

Validation for other than word count rules seems straightforward:

1)  Click Validate Project
2)  Confirm you've reached your project goal by clicking "Validate."


Normally, the rules are that you have to write something new for the Nanos...but many people use them to finish projects.  For me this year, I've got to finish a story fhttp://writtenkitten.co/or an anthology before April 15.  So part of my nano will be to finish off this story that I've got percolating in my brain.   Also, I have two anthologies that I'm actively working behind the scenes on.  I would love to finish the rough draft for the second novel in a series.   

To reach word count goals, you can try Write or Die: 
https://www.writeordie.com/

And Written Kitten:

http://writtenkitten.co/

You used to be able to change it to anything, but now it's only kitten/puppy/or bunny.  I used to be able to use Dragons. 

So I am setting my goal for 40 hours.   I should be able to reach that.  Wish me luck!