Saturday, April 22, 2017

THERE'S ALWAYS MORE ORANGE JUICE

I RAISE A GLASS (of orange juice, cuz I don't drink alcohol), TO ALL MY FRIENDS (oh yeah. I have no friends) WITH DEPRESSION, IN THE HOPES (oooohhhh, that's a pretty word, isn't it) OF THE DAY (or night, I'm not picky) WHEN DEPRESSION (which really sucking fucks, by the way) IS NO LONGER A PART OF OUR LIVES. AND, IF THAT DAY (or night - seriously? Don't start that shit again) NEVER COMES (I suck at uplifting speeches), HAVE NO FEAR. THERE'S ALWAYS MORE ORANGE JUICE.

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This was a reply to a facebook friend who was having a rough week. I like it, so I thought I'd post it here. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Writing challenge - Day One

I've joined my sister's +Qwillia Rain writing challenge.
The goal: Write for 20 minutes or 500 words every day for 80 days.
The reward: I can log on to Facebook. I rarely post, but it seems I do log on almost every day. 
The punishment: Originally, I chose to miss out on listening to my old radio shows for a day. However, my beautiful girlfriend, Claire; whom I THOUGHT loved me, has changed that to my having to listen to Lil Wayne for 30 minutes. I'm a Marlene Dietrich/Louis Armstrong kind of girl, so that should guarantee I don't miss a day. The added kick is, missing a day = starting the 80 days all over again. Oh boy.

So, here are my stats for today.

1. How much did I write today? Word count for the day? How long did it take?
     838 words - 838 words (I just started, remember) - over 2 hrs (don't judge me)
2. Total word count for WIP?
     838 words
3. How do I feel about what/how I did in today's writing session?
     Pretty good. I had a rough draft ready, but this is my Saturday blog I'm working on. It's
     more tweek and perfect, than just write. I need more emotion to it. Two talking 
     points need to be added, and the flow isn't quite right. Thankfully, mom has 
     agreed to review/edit it. 
4. Compare/Contrast today's session to yesterdays?
     Pretty good, considering I didn't have a session yesterday. I did write, but that was 
     just brain storming.
5. Did I enjoy it?
    Very much, so. I'll enjoy it even more with it out of my head. It's getting a little crowded
     up there.
6. What am I looking forward to in tomorrow's session? 
     I need it complete, to and from mom, then ready to go for early Saturday AM
     posting. 

See y'all tomorrow.

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Things have started picking up around here. Or, should I say, slowing down. After With This Ring came out, I spent most of my time relaxing and enjoying family. In November of 2014, though, we moved from the Willamette Valley to Portland for work. Claire and I are finally settled in a nice apartment, with enough room for each of us to have our own offices. Jock-O and Dink are as happy as overindulged little Chihuahua's can get. Or, as my sister calls them, Chi-way-way's. Yes, I got the dogs when hubby and I split up. We don't talk, but I've forgiven him, and wish him all the happiness in the world. The Evil Day Job is wonderful. Amazing even. I work with a phenomenal group of people, and I work from home 99% of the time. SCORE! I truly love my job; but it's not my only one. And that leads me to the part of my life that is picking up; the "obsessive writer" part. My sister, mother, and I were all in the same house for a few days in April of this year, then again a few weeks ago. And we are all writers. If you are, know, or have experience with writers, then you understand what happens when you get a few with incredible imaginations in the same place. The creativity soars. Sis is on day five of a writing challenge between her and another writer. You can learn more about that in the link below. She and I are discussing a joint venture: multiple novels with interlocking characters, and mom is going all out in building and painting projects in her back yard. She'll probably have a second story added to her place before the end of summer. As for me, I'm writing again. Every day. My attempts at editing Dragon Prince earlier this year were disastrous. I butchered it when all it needs are a few adjustments here and there. Thankfully, I've come to my senses, trashed all changes, and have begun the steady and SENSIBLE process of preparing my first paranormal book for submission. Water Cooler, Emo Incubus, and a few others are getting attention too. I'm letting the characters choose the stories I work on each day. But it's not just novels I'm writing now. I'm blogging. That sounds so strange when I say it, but that's what I'm doing. I may be a little late to the party, but I have something to say, so I'm going to blog until I can blog no more. When I decided to start focusing more on this site, the ideas for different posts flooded in. There will be no set pattern to what I'll write, but if I can't make you laugh, I'll try to make you think. I hope everyone out there is doing well. To all of my Facebook friends, I love hearing about the new babies, new cars, and long planned vacations. I'm not the most talkative online, but I'm still there. See you on Saturday. :) Dane Waters http://www.qwilliarain.com/2016/07/making-writing-habit-i-cant-kick-blog.html

Friday, July 4, 2014

I Do Not Like Change

With This Ring, I Thee...Oh Shit! is the title to my second book. It's a m/m erotic romance, and is scheduled for release by Loose-id on July 15, 2014. And you have no idea how hard it was to get this book done. The changes in my life over the last year are the reason With This Ring is so far behind schedule.

I'm just going to put it out there...I DO NOT LIKE CHANGE. It's aggravating, annoying, and an all around pain in my ass. Now, I'm not the type of person to back down from a challenge. I can take whatever comes my way. I just don't have to like it.

Exactly one year ago today, my husband and I split up. I will probably post on that after the divorce is final. Or after I figure out how the man I trusted and loved for over twelve years turned into a total dick overnight. Whichever comes first. 

With the split came a move from La Pine back to the Willamette Valley. That meant going from a town with exactly three traffic lights to a city of more than 350,000. And don't even get me started on the pollen count down here. It also meant moving in with my family who...I have to admit...is a little crazy. 

All of the above played a part in my first case of writer's block, which is far more than mentally exhausting. It's physically painful. I'm talking sore muscles, headaches, and nausea 24/7. I hate to say it, but writers don't know how to function as human beings if they can't write. The stories are part of us and without them, the sun is dull on it's brightest day. It's cold in 100 degree heat, and food is tasteless. Luckily, most of us get past it. How I did surprised me and shocked the hell out of everyone I know.

I fell in love with a girl. Go figure.

Believe me, I wasn't looking for a relationship. With all the bullshit my future ex was throwing my way, dating was the last thing on my mind. But, there she was. My Claire. My interest in females and how Claire and I met is a story for later, but she played  huge role in getting me back to my writing. She helped get With This Ring off the computer and on the shelf, so to speak. 

Yes. Change will forever sucks, but life is always good. Mine is so much better than it was a year ago, and there are nothing but great things ahead. By the end of 2014, I hope to publish my first paranormal novel, The Dragon Prince. Letting go of this story, in particular, is a big deal for me. Mommy has separation issues, you know.