#IWSG One Step at a Time

IWSG badgeIt’s the first Wednesday, and that means I am posting for IWSG.

Couple of things going on…

First I want to report that I received my first payment from my release of Daygar Legacy. It was $10. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but to me, it is a fantastic amount.

From 2012, when I first starting publishing, to 2014, Amazon sent me $7. In 6 months, I had earned more than I had in my first two years. We all want the big win, but not only is it important to celebrate the small successes, it’s important to celebrate when we improve.

With what is going on in my life, I have taken a break from writing. I am putting a hold on my fiction, my help books, and my literary terms articles. I will still be doing Worldbuilding articles, but I may cut back on those, unfortunately.

My focus right now is teaching Online Courses. I’ve mentioned this before, but I am now starting to design my course. Prior to that, I was taking an Online Course on how to teach an Online Course. Big thanks to Phil Ebiner, who is a fantastic instructor.

I want to write. It was what I was born to do. I will come back to it, hopefully soon. But after releasing Daygar Legacy and having a professional cover design and a professional editor, I do not want to release another book without both.

Which means I need money. I actually need a lot of money. Not just to release books, but to live on, and to be able to treat myself medically. With writing, I’m in it for the long haul. However, I am realistic and I know that I may never make it as a writer. I can be hopeful and put in the time, but I know how fierce the competition can be.

Plus, I like teaching. I have mentored a few writers and I enjoy the experience of helping them take their writing to the next level. Now I’m going to do that, and charge money for it. If I already had the money in place, I’d likely not charge money, but got to make a living.

I’ve begun doing work with Udemy for my first course. Primarily it will be how to use software similiar to Wikipedia to use notes. You can see a test I did with my equipment here.

https://www.udemy.com/draft/809768/test-video/

I am aware of the low audio levels, so I am working to correct that.

Another announcement is that I am getting into the Editing Business. I am opening up shop for Editing for writers. I don’t expect a lot of customers from this, but a few here and there can help me with living expenses.

There is a lot of great editors out there. Many offer Line Editing for a low tier option and things like Content Editing is more expensive. I however, offer Content Editing as my first tier, with Line Editing as a second tier.

I think I was born to do Content Editing in all honesty. With the work I do with Worldbuilding and Literary Terms on my site, I am very good at picking apart a story and find areas of improvement for a writer. You should see me in action when I’m watching a cartoon.

So I will be doing Content Editing, and I will be assisted by dSavannah George, who will be doing the Line Editing. I suck when it comes to grammar, though I’d argue that I’m better than most. She, however, is great at it.

While I am not writing as we speak, I am still focused on my career. I strongly feel this is the right course of action.

Worldbuilding 14.5 – Tin

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Today we talk about a giant in the metal world that is often unseen, but you feel its awesome potential anywhere and everywhere you go in this world. We are talking about Tin. It is a powerful element that is responsible for the Bronze Age and help in applications you wouldn’t think possible.

In this article, as we do another Metal of Antiquity, we’ll discuss all of that and more, looking at its importance in our world, its history, and why you need to consider it when making your world, whether a fantasy setting or a futuristic science fiction tale.

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Co-Hosting IWSG

IWSG badgeIt’s that time again for doing IWSG and as a special treat, I am co-hosting for the month of April.

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Worldbuilding 14.4 – Lead

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Welcome to another edition of the Madness Worldbuilding series. Starting with 2016, we are finishing up the Metals of Antiquity, the first set of metals known to the world since Ancient times and remained the only known metals until the 1700’s. Today we look at a really important metal: Lead.

Unlike all the metals we’ve reviewed so far, this one has had continuous use since it was founded. Even today, we use or touch something that has Lead in it. This is an important metal for you to consider for your book, even though it is a common metal, it has many uses worth noting.

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Worldbuilding 14.3 – Mercury

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Welcome to first Worldbuilding article of 2016, where we start things off with Mercury. Mercury has a rather… interesting, and partially horrific, history that remains relatively unknown today due to discontinued use of the element. This is largely due to the negative effects it has on our bodies, but this was only known in the last few hundred years, yet its history dates back to the ancient world.

The first part of 2016 will be covering the Metals of Antiquity. I have already covered Copper and Silver, with Mercury being one of 7 known metals known of until the 1700’s. All Metals of Antiquity is important for you to know when it comes to Worldbuilding, especially fantasy writers, thought it might be possible that without it, the world might not have been all that different.

 

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IWSG – 2nd Year Anniversary

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Actually, my 2nd Year Anniversary was yesterday, but I am writing this on my Anniversary… so it all works out.

While Madness of a Modern Writer started off a free wordpress site, in March of 2014, it premiered as its own website. Like all blogs, it had a rocky start. That is to be expected, but I was amazed by how much of a hit my site became so quickly.

My goal for the site was to create a resource for writers to better hone their skills in writing, as well as my own, in trying to understand more than just what the rule of something is, but the how and why. To really understand something, so we can become masters of the written word. But not everything works out according to plan.

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IWSG – Hard Life of an Indie Writer

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I want to first state that I am now in Pennsylvania, and doing quite well. I feel that I will accomplish much in my time here, and my roommate is a very positive person. I feel very fortunate.

Most indie writers have a whole other life beyond sitting behind a computer and typing. They have a job, some have families, others have friends. They wish they could spend more time writing. Me, all I have is writing. Funny enough, most of my time spent in my career is doing what I can to let the world know that I, and my books, exist.

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IWSG – New Year

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New Year is upon us, but for me, my new year doesn’t really start until February. There is a lot to do and little time to do it, but I am hard press to start any projects right now (and believe me, I want to). Why? Because I am moving.

Last month I reported on the possibility of me facing homelessness. While it might take a few months to happen, I knew it was inevitable. Thanks to some friends and fans, I got some help. More specifically, someone agreed to take me in. They are aware of my limitations and what I can and cannot do, and they want to give me an environment to work. This of course is a temporary measure, as I may get 12 – 18 months, but I’ve got to make that count.

The hardest things about being an author is the capital and marketing. It is important to have a day job as you focus on being a writer and treat it as a secondary full time job. When I first started, I had a job, but not good enough to get me where I wanted to go writing. I tried to get a better job, but of course my injury happened, and to this day, I still haven’t recovered from.

I’ve been forced to be creative and resourceful. Not let a thing like the lack of money stand in my way. Of course, there is only so far you can go like that before it becomes an issue. I feel I am coming to a head with that and this year will be the most important one of my life. I’ve got to really make it count.

Easier said than done.

My move date is January 19th. After that, I don’t know how long it will take me to settle in and get the ball rolling. I do have a lot of plans this year. I want to continue my Worldbuilding series and literary terms series. I want to complete the rest of my first book of the Daygar series and maybe sell it on my site. Then there is Concrete Desk Publishing, get that started up and start doing more writing help articles that I use to do on here. I’m also looking into selling pre-made maps, offering mentoring services, and doing videos on writing help.

One final note before I go today, is that I met my protégé. As some of you know, I like to mentor beginning writers. While I’m hardly someone who could be considered a successful writer, I have published 5 books. I do feel there is something I can offer others, so I offer my insight into writing to others.

As of this time I have two that I am mentoring. The first one I’ve been helping out for nearly two years, and this past month, I got to spend a day with her. It was magical. It is great to witness the mind that I help mold, and been awarded the chance to see her transform. Like so many of us, we have the desire but lack the insight of the best way to go about things. She is fortunate that she has a guide on her journey, and I truly believe she will be a great author one day. She really wants to shake things up and bring awareness to those who she feels doesn’t get a voice.

To those that have published a book or two and trying to reach the next stage of your career, I recommend reaching out to a beginning writer and give them guidance. You would be amazed of what you know. The biggest challenge of it is finding someone willing to learn. I’ve certainly encountered a few that really just wanted all my insight without having to give anything in return.

A true mentorship is one of time, that you will form a bond that is greater than friendship and on par with a romantic relationship. A true mentorship that I give to my protégés is one of exploring what it means to be human by revealing my vulnerability and exploring theirs. It is the vulnerability of mankind that makes our readers connect to our characters. As a mentor, it is your job to open them up to what the world is versus what they want it to be, and how to transform that into their writing.

As you can see, I take it very seriously. My first protégé was hesitant at first with many of the things I tried to teach her, and now is appreciative of where I led her. As she has said, I am rather unorthodox and it doesn’t always make sense where I am leading her, but it is worth going through for the end result. Paraphrasing of course. Meeting her and having a few hours to talk and just look into the eyes of a great mind, was a rewarding experience and an indication that I am doing good in this world.

So, if you know someone who could use a little help, offer them a sounding board and see what advice you can give them. Of course, it is always up to them on how they take that advice and use it for themselves. You are their teacher, and your job is to teach. Though if you have any questions on how to help out another, I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

The benefit to helping others is the opportunity to help yourself become a better writer, either by relearning what you know, or learning from them and their experiences.

That does it for me today, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope everyone gets a good start on the New Year for their writing goals.

Updates and Gift Ideas

In my last post for #IWSG, I reported that I was facing the possibility of being homeless. Now I did make my asking goal, but someone also came forward and offered me a place to live. Next month, I am leaving my home in Arizona and moving to Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia).

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#IWSG – New Project

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The last first Wednesday of the month, or otherwise known, last Internet Writer’s Support Group post of the year.

This has been an interesting year, and by interesting, I mean very tough. But in that, I managed to release two books, then re-released them after that. Unfortunately, the tough times are still going and it seems like it will last for most of next year.

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