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Terry Trueman

So, I go on Twitter sometimes. Just to amuse my boredom, mostly. But I also use it for the #pitmad (pitch madness), connecting with writers/friends, and connecting with authors of books I like. Like, OMG, twice, now, I’ve tweeted with Elizabeth Chadwick about her books. *Mandatory starstruck squeal* But it gets even better. I’ve also tweeted with Terry Trueman.

Now, I’m not saying Terry Trueman is better than Elizabeth Chadwick. I haven’t tried simple “chatting” with her. Terry Trueman, however…

This amazing author of Stuck in NeutralCruise Control, and a number of other AWESOME books I have yet (but really want) to read, is just the best role model for writers like me. Why? Because of how he takes criticism. See, the first time we tweeted each other, it started with me calling him out on something on his Twitter that I thought was inappropriate. I can’t remember the rest of the conversation, but what was the result? A follow! And a new chatting buddy! *Mandatory starstruck scream*

The second time, today, I was totally teasing him about something on his Twitter and he took it perfectly in stride. We chatted a little about it, and then he thanked me! Ahhhhhhhhhh~

So, I may be a little drunk on starstruck-juice, but I know that later I’ll still be saying that Terry Trueman really is a remarkable author with a great attitude. He’s definitely one of my role-models. And, of course, my new fave author evar.

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Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Uncategorized


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How Am I Supposed to Promote Myself?

I’m trying to get my editing business off the ground. Especially considering I totally can’t handle a real job anymore (dear God, that’s a whole other story). I’ve got recommendations and examples of my editing out the wazoo and do so much free editing of fanfiction I can barely stand it. So how am I supposed to promote myself?

Facebook? Haha, you’re funny. None of the groups will let you promote yourself. They only let you recommend other people. Like, what? How does that make any sense? I’m good at what I do and I have proof of it that I -will- give you FOR FREE before you decide to choose me or not. My rates are high but think about what I’m doing for you and the labor I’m putting in. I’m editing, proofreading, and critiquing. All at once. If not twice. Honestly? A penny a word is not that bad. AND I’m always open to giving discounts and/or exchanges in services. I’m a writer, too, and need my own editor.

So, nope, I have to pay to be on that annoying sidebar. 1. I has no monies. That’s kinda the whole point of this. To earn monies. 2. Who’s going to click on that sidebar and choose me? I never even pay attention to the sidebars.

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. Do you have any ideas? Can you help a girl out? Please?


Posted by on March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Entry/Application Fees

Yknow what really posses me off? Entry/Application fees for writing contests. What kind of bullshit is that? I get that the contest people need to get that money from somewhere, but where the Hell are we supposed to get it from?  And if you think about it, writers are entering all sorts of different contests, throwing all this money all over the place. It’d be a miracle if they could actually make a profit from doing these stupid contests.
I work fulltime and I still can’t afford to enter contests right and left. And if I did, I wouldn’t have the energy for all that writing! What good are these contests if you don’t even have a chance winning, which includes making a profit and getting your name out there? I’m so done with these Damn contests and their fees. It really is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of.


Posted by on January 17, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Talking about My Passions

I was on tumblr and saw a couple posts about talking to people about your passions. One talked about how sad it was that girls don’t usually do it without apologizing a lot because someone once told them that nobody cared. No one ever told me that nobody cared. No, I just knew that nobody cared. Because I grew up knowing no one liked what I liked. That I was a freak. Even among friends with the same interests, they didn’t offer time for me to go on some rave about what I liked or cared about. And to be honest, I didn’t really listen to them, either.

I remember one day, I was talking to someone about an original chacter of mine. I was so excited about her, but then I suddently stopped. “I’m sorry,” I said. “I get a little over-excited.” The woman I was talking to said I shouldn’t be sorry. She talked about how my eyes lit up and how wonderful it was.

I try to remember that, but I still don’t think anyone cares much. I never even bring anything up. I figure my book ideas, or explanations at least, are boring and people don’t want to hear about it. No one likes what I like. No one cares. People don’t want to hear it. They’re just being polite listening to me like they are.

So I guess that’s why I got used to keeping my stories inside. I don’t have this need to share my stories. I have no issue keeping them to myself. I am literally sharing them just because I want to profit from them. In more ways than one, of course. I want to actually be good at something. I want to believe that people actually do care about what I like and care about. I want a reason to rave about a character of my own. But if it were utterly impossible for me to do this, I wouldn’t be all too miserable about it. If I weren’t able to write . . . Well, maybe I would explode because I have so many feelings and opinions. But creatively? I’d be fine. Daydreaming gives me enough satisfaction.

Anyways, do you feel like you can share your passions with people? What stops you?

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Posted by on December 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


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On Writing and Mental Health

I guest blogged on Maria Ann Green’s blog about how mental disabilities and illness have made me a great writer.

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


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NaNoWriMo and Other Things

I’m so behind it’s laughable. It’s disgusting. I haven’t even reached 5000 words yet. My life is so crazy busy. During normal weeks, I hardly have any energy or brainpower to do anything after work. Now that the holidays are coming, I have even less (but yay monies). And then my mom has me editing a fanfiction writer that she’s a fan of. Which I don’t mind doing, but this is nanowrimo time. I need to write. And then I still haven’t gotten around to finishing critiquing my good friend Z’s piece, which I love, I just haven’t had time for it. Whereas she finished critiquing my piece in an hour. I feel so bad.

Then I’ve been sick. I’ve been coughing and coughing and coughing. Coughing so hard that I throw up. Ugh.

I have good news, though. I lost almost 20lbs! And not by doing too much. I’ve done the gym a little bit. But it’s gotten to the point where she’s been calling and calling. And I actually told her there was some drama at my house and I have no clothes to wear to the gym and have yet to do laundry. So, yeah. Lol. But, yay! Almost 20lbs!

My mom thinks a big part is L, my bf. I think she’s right. He tends to eat healthy, and I don’t wanna look like a pig around him, so I control myself as much as I can around him. Now he’s gonna read this and say, “Babe, you don’t have to control yourself around me.” 😛 But whatever.

Well, that’s pretty much it. I hope y’all have a good day. I already finished writing a fanfiction chapter, this blog post, and editing another fanfiction chapter. Not to mention the blog post from this morning when I couldn’t sleep! Lol. I feel productive!

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Do You Have Any Recommendations?

So, I was looking for a new book on my kindle the other day. I’ve been on this European Renaissance kick. And I’m still kinda on it, but I also wanted to see what else was out there, particularly for someone my age. I’m twenty-four. So I typed in the search bar, “new adult.” Guess what my results were?

Erotica. Fucking erotica. And more erotica. There were, like, four books that weren’t erotica. And I had already read three of them and am in the process of reading the fourth. Uhm, new adults like things OTHER than erotica, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!~

And if it wasn’t erotica, or one of the four books, it was a romance. I don’t particularly like romance. We like things other than romance, thank you. I like fantasy, too. I wanna read about 20-somethings saving the world from an evil sorcerer. I like reading about 20-somethings trying to figure out their lives, like I am. At least, I would like to read about that. That’d be nice. That might help me try to figure out my own life. God knows, I need all the help I can get.

Anyone know any good new adult like that? I found this website that has 65 books that I’m supposed to read as a 20-something, but most of them don’t sound very appealing to me. I want something modern. Something relateable. Even poetry is good. I love poetry. I just suck at it. Writing and reading it. But I try. And I appreciate. That counts for something, right?

Y’know what else I’m looking for? Good books about lesbian couples. I wanna write about lesbian couples, but I wanna do it right. I need to research. And I simply can’t find any good pieces about lesbian love. I have one piece of my own that, I dare to say, is quite good. But it’s only one little piece and I need to do more research to write a whole book involving it, y’know? Suggestions?

Also, if you know anything with abusive and/or unhealthy relationships. I’m always looking for those for my big piece, Birdie.

I’m also gonna ask, since I’m on this kick that I mentioned before, for historicals. Not all of them are Renaissance, but most of them are. I love reading about Elizabeth Tudor, Mary Stuart, her ladies in waiting, Mary de Guise, Diane de Poiters, Catherine de Medici, Catherine the Great, Sophie Dorothea (Catherine the Great’s daughter-in-law), Elinor of Aquitaine, Marie Antionette, Lady Jane Gray, the women of the War of the Roses, the wives of Henry VIII, and any other lovely lady you might think I’d be interested in learning about.

Let’s see… I guess that’s everything. I think I’m just trying to ramble, now. Ramble, ramble, ramble. Well, I hope y’all have a good day. And thanks in advance for any recommendations! Later!


Posted by on November 12, 2014 in Uncategorized


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