My Quote Of The Day October 2nd!

Halloween is in 29 days! OMG, yes!

So in the spirit of everything demented… Here’s a quote brought to you by me. Said by me. Like two seconds ago.

They say the early bird gets the worm…
But I think it’s best to wake up at noon and get the bird.
Let’s have some fried chicken!

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Late Night Blues – A day in my life, lately

Internet Peoples!

Most of my posts are scheduled for the morning (EST – Eastern Standard Time), but that’s not when I’m writing. Or when I’m even awake for that matter…

In fact, I am lucky to wake up before noon and to be in bed by 5 AM. Average, I get about 5-6 hours of sleep a night. And that’s average for a good week. As of the beginning of this month, I took a “vacation” from working 3 weeks straight as a bartender in Largo, Florida. Instead, I decided to spend my time on myself and my books.

That’s right, I used the plural of book. What am I writing? You will never know! At least, not yet. You know one of the projects is the sequel to Revenge that came out in January (but I got my advanced copies last November.)

When I’m not writing or working to get money to write and market, I’m scheduling. I splurged and bought a Dec. 2017 – Dec. 2019 booklet for scheduling events. October 12th, 2017, I’m back at Books at Park Place for their Horror Genre signing! Isn’t that exciting!

Starting Monday, I’ll be contacting more people in the Tampa Bay area to do book signings at. That’s if I don’t sell out of my copies on the 12th!

I have a full case reserved for my friend Amelia Bronson, who is starting a book-of-the-month-club with her friend, and fellow author. I’ll be February! That’d be a fantastic birthday present to myself! (February 7th for all of those who do not know!)

Back to the day in the life of me. It’s not easy. I wake up and immediately start writing or critiquing for as long as I can before I get ready for work. Then I go to work for an 8 hour shift, sometimes 9 depending on how busy. And when I get home, guess what? I relax for an hour or so and go to bed. Then I do it all again! My days off consist of laundry, writing, editing, outlining, re-outlining, character concepts, series outlines overall then separate book outlines for the series, etc. Once I get everything on the computer, I’ll start posting templates of what I use to create my books and characters.

After that, I’m a nerd. I play Sims 4, a lot. Too much for an adult, actually… I have a problem. Is there an AA meeting for Sims players? If you do not know what AA is, please just close this post now.

However, I use Sims 4 to create visual representations of my characters that I can play around with them and where they live. I can create every aspect of their lives and homes. I can put two characters together and just play it on freewill mode and see if they will get along together. Or I can use my God-complex and mess around and create drama…Which happens more than not.

I watch too much HGTV Rehab shows and dramas that I can binge on Netflix. Tonight, however, is music. I think I have a playlist going that’s… Let me check. Yup. I have a soft rock playlist playing right now.

Mom, yes it includes Phil Colins, Heart, and A-Ha. No, I really know about these bands. Heck, right now it’s playing You’re The Inspiration by Chicago. Which I’m sure, many people my own age don’t know who Chicago is. But whatever, I’m weird. I’m different. I’m okay with that.

My writing routine is there things get tricky. Which it has changed a lot in the last year and a half. Because of this, I’ve been taking a lot longer with Rebellion than planned. Readjustments are difficult. And there’s about to be more at the end of next month.

O.o good song… (Got distracted by Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon).

 

As you can see, I get finicky and easy distracted. Also babble, a lot. Look forward to more posts where I get someone to watch me for my routine so I can write about it without getting too distracted. *Fingers Crossed*

 

Much Love,

Ally

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New Post Finally! :)

Hey y’all!

It’s been a minute! I’ve missed you! With working and working on Rebellion life has been hectic. I’ve also been working with a Critique Partner, who until further notice will remained unnamed.

There’s also a secret project in the works, shhhh! You can keep a secret, right?

Too bad, I ain’t giving up any unnecessary information! My dang “n” key keeps sticking on my laptop :/.

 

Well today was just an update about being back now that I’ve cut my schedule down a bit to write for you all!

So we’re going to try another writing prompt thing like last year in a couple weeks. Stay tuned!

Right now, you will notice that there will be another update as of a few minutes from now. What it is, I won’t say a word! It’s a secrets kind of day! Anyway, stay tuned for a little bit of information!

Much love,

Ally

 

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