Book Signing Today ! Pics! 

Internet peoples, 

I went to Books At Park Place in Saint Petersburg, Florida and signed with some other really great authors! 

It was Doctor Who Day, I showed my geek support! 

I got there early and set up! First dib seat! 

TARDIS!!!!

Left: T. Allen Diaz, Nathan Van Coops, Amanda Byrd and Yours Truly on the right! 

Today was great! After I left, I went to my day job and was surrounded by such an array of support! 

I love all of you in helping me pursue my dream! 

Allya

Chasing Your Life And Passion

So, my internet readers… Today is a different kind of post.

I’ve already said before to set goals in order to achieve your writing goals. Daily Goals or How my goals help me are two times I have referenced the topic before. Question is: Do I still believe that goals are something to live by? The answer is obvious. Yes.

I have some major projects coming out under a pen name plus the sequel and the novella attached to the Halfling Series, this year alone. Keep in mind, I also work. I posted a blog last week that I love on my 3 YouTube Videos to Watch. If I didn’t take the small times throughout the day in order to write, nothing would be coming out this year.

I have a lot of things that I have to work through and deal with on everyday basis, but that’s just like everybody else. My point is: Anyone, given enough stamina, preparation, and talent, can write a book. Why do I say talent? Well because let’s face it, if you didn’t have talent writing, why would you to begin with? If you have a talent with cars, don’t you play around with them? What about skiing or coloring? It all runs the same. But talent doesn’t get you everywhere. In fact, that is only 1/4 of the battle. Without the stamina and perseverance to finish that book you’ve always wanted to write, the talent won’t et you anywhere. So the stamina and perseverance is 1/2 of the challenge. The other 1/4 is preparation and goals. Why do I say you only need 1/4 of this in order to complete your book?

The answer is simple. The first draft is telling yourself the story. And with the talent, and stamina, you’ll research and complete your project. But just for a simple first draft, you still need the preparation, but not a whole lot until later.

How would you be able to set up your preparation? Goals in writing, to me, would be a self project. Why? Because, right now, I value writing more than I would anything else.  This is something that I, personally, want. Thus I do it for myself, most of all, more so than just trying to publish everything. Which I still intend to do, as well.

Chron.com lists some valuable reasons to why goal-setting is important. The one I agree with most of all is that it brings motivation to people.

Mindtools.com talks about setting your goals. I would go into more detail but I’m already over 400 words for this post, so it’s getting a little too long! 🙂

But I will be sure to post later about how to set up your writing goals and give my life examples to why it works.

Love you all,

Ally

3 YouTube Videos for Writers to Watch

Internet Peoples Everywhere,

So, I’ve found a few fellow authors on YouTube. One of my favorite people I’ve found as well as my favorite video from her is down below. Her name is Jenna Morcei, author of Eve the Awakening.

The Nine Weird Habits of Writers

The next author that I have been watching on YouTube is Ava Jae, author of Beyond the Red. This video below is the one I have watched multiple times. I mean MULTIPLE times.

Writing When You Don’t Want To

The next one is from TED, just because it has so much valuable information for writers. The woman speaking is Laura Vanderkam.

How To Gain Control Of Your Free Time

 

Review: Rebel Wolf by Amy Green

If you don’t like werewolves or romance, close the page now ha. 

Some background on my reading habits: 

  • I usually don’t finish reading a book. 
  • I usually don’t expect much of a free book on Kindle. 
  • I haven’t fallen in love with a book since the Mortal Instruments Series. 

Things have changed. I downloaded plenty of things on Kindle, not ever finishing one no matter how much I try. In the last 10 books I’ve tried to read, I actually grew excited to read this. 

Rebel Wolf kept my interest, kept me wanting more. Most of all, I COULDN’T GUESS THE CLIMAX OF THE STORY! I got so into the writing, story line, everything about it that I didn’t think or guess, I read. 

I started last night and stayed up way too late reading it. And immediately after my day job, started reading again. Two days, maybe 7 hours, I finished it. Which is great. 

Long winded, long books in general, I lose interest. But quick read and kept me on my toes. Great break from reality. 

And it’s free. Two more in the series after this book and I’m going to read them too once my work week is over. 

Congrats Amy Green for keeping a writer on her toes! 

Problem with being an introvert

I really would like to go out. But I don’t know too many people to go out with. Just de-stress right now. 

Life has a funny strand of ups and downs and sometimes relaxing is what needs to be done. 

But now I figure I’ll just stay home with a good book. That will at least project me into a different reality. Sometimes you need to forget and imagine in order to take on day-to-day struggles. 

My thought for the night. 

Much love to you all, 

Ally