I Can Be in Two Places — October 5, 2012

I Can Be in Two Places

So, a while back remember how I said something about having another announcement soon?

Well, this is it.

As of this month, I’ll be a regular monthly contributor to the Writer’s Dojo over at Ninjas Write. I’m rather looking forward to this and hope you’ll join me. I’ll be sure to post a link here on the days I blog. I’m only scheduled to post once a month for now, I believe, so it won’t intrude on your enjoyment of this blog if you’re not interested in what I have to say at the Dojo.

If you have a question you’re dying to ask me, something you want me to address either here on my site or over at the Dojo, send it to info(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com

Comments and other fun stuff can be sent to stephanie(at)stephanie-mcgee(dot)com

Look Who’s Back — September 13, 2012

Look Who’s Back

Hi everyone. So, yeah. Sorry about that sort of long hiatus.

It might get longer. It might not. We’ll see how the rest of the year goes.

Why do I say that? Because of my ridiculous amount of self-imposed deadlines.

On a different note, I’ve gone ahead and set up an email specific to this blog where the blog comments and such will be coming to. If you don’t already have my personal email address(es), I can be reached there. I’m working on figuring out how to have a “Contact me” button that links directly to email, but until then the email address can be found on the “Find Me” page of this site.

I realize my site could be more fun, more unique, but until I have the time and compulsion to figure out how to do so, it’s staying as is.

I should have another announcement soon. I just have to get the details sorted out. (Not agent or book deal related at all.)

I’ll be back on Tuesday with and update post.

Priorities, Writerly and Not — September 25, 2011

Priorities, Writerly and Not

I’ve been re-evaluating my priorities lately.  And I found I’ve been spending too much time online.  Far, far too much time.  The internet is distracting and so is real life.

I’d rather have more real life distraction than internet distraction.  With that in mind, I’ve decided to make some changes around here.

First off, I’m no longer posting at my other two blogs.  (The photography and food ones.)  I have removed the links to them from my profile and my sidebar.  (I also hid them in my blogger dashboard.)

Secondly, I will now only be posting here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Tuesdays will be progress updates (they keep me accountable) and Thursdays will be writing-related topics.

In relation to this, I’m limiting my time reading blogs to half an hour in the mornings.  If I don’t get to yours one day you might see a comment from me pop up at random later in the week.

I’ll take time in the evenings as I have it to respond to comments on my blog.  I will be doing this via e-mail as I have all comments e-mailed to me.  If you don’t have an e-mail attached to your comment account, that means I might not be able to return a comment until Sundays when I’m off from writing and most other things, so I would actually have a little bit of spare time to kill in coming to my blog and commenting.

I’m hoping that this will help me put writing back into the number 2 spot on my priority list.  (Real life, including religion, being #1.)

Friendly reminder — September 7, 2010

Friendly reminder

Just a reminder that I’m on hiatus for at least this week.  School starts today and until I can settle into an idea of a routine, blogging is on the back burner.  (In fact, as you’re reading this, I’m in uniform trying to stay awake and learn.)

WiP Wednesdays 10/14 — October 14, 2009

WiP Wednesdays 10/14

Seeing as how I have no progress to report, I thought I’d utilize wordle to give you all a little statistical rundown of randomness on both Oracles Promise and Lodestar.

Oracles Promise:

First word when sorted according to frequency (low to high): aback

Last word when sorted according to frequency (low to high and excluding words like “the”): Jade

# of times I use the word “the”: 3,023

Total # of words: 44,433

Lodestar:

First word when sorted according to frequency (low to high): abandoned

Last word when sorted according to frequency (low to high and excluding words like “the”): Derek

# of times I use the word “the”: 648

Total # of words: 10,388

I spent the last couple of days working on the first paragraph of Lodestar because I wanted to enter it into Nathan’s 3rd Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge. I’ve entered it and you can read it if you want. But I’ll warn you, it’s somewhere upward of entry #1000 at this point so if you don’t want to read through all the comments to find mine, I’ll understand. Like, try #1460 or so. (It’s hard to know. About 4 or 5 people all posted at the same time.)

I did one character bio for Oracles Promise that I needed to do, but it’s really only a partial bio. (Honestly, do I need one more character?) I did Jasmine’s character bio, too. She’s the little sister of one of my characters who, it turns out, is the same age as my MC and I decided it would make more sense for her to be one of my MC’s friends instead of the two girls I’d created for her. So I think I lost two characters in the process of it all and have added an antagonist to the pot. (Never fear, there was an antagonist before, but I can’t really talk about him.)

Oh, and if you’re not reading in Reader, you’ll have noticed the latest changes. (Hint: It’s right at the top of the sidebar.)

Another sidenote, don’t forget that you can still ask me a question if you so desire and I’ll answer it tomorrow!

Another chance to play interviewer! — October 12, 2009

Another chance to play interviewer!

I’m working on some new posts, but it’s taking longer than I thought.  So I figured, now might be a fun time to go ahead with another Q&A.  I’ll be answering questions both Tuesday and Thursday so if you don’t get a question in before Tuesday’s post goes up, don’t worry, I’ll get to it on Thursday.

You can ask me anything you want, except what my real name is.  Be as creative as you can!

I’m thinking of making this a monthly feature.  It will ease some of the pressure to come up with fresh content related to writing all the time.  And it’s a fun way of getting to know you all because your questions tell me just as much about you as my answers do about me.  If you’d like to see this as a regular feature, let me know either here in the comments or via e-mail.

Thanks, Roni (AKA Fiction Groupie), for the link for the signature!

My blog — September 29, 2009

My blog

I’m worried I’m going away from what I intended on this blog.  I’m not an expert at the craft of writing and yet I persist in writing about the craft.  My information bar at the top states that my blog is “My place to explore my personal voice, update on my works-in-progress, and generally converse” yada yada yada.  (You can read the whole thing if you want.)  I’ve got the second one covered with my WiP Wednesdays posts.

But the first one?  I’m not so sure on.  After this week, I may be taking a break from my regular Tuesday and Thursday posts to think hard about what I want this blog to really be.  It’s titled “Chronicles of a Novice Writer” but I don’t feel I’m really chronicling anything.  You’ll still get WiP Wednesdays and Fiction Fridays.  For a time, anyways.

But I need to take some time away to think about what I truly want this blog to be about.  I worry I’m not being true to who I am to try to be the fount of advice on all things writerly.  Because I’m certainly not an endless fount of wisdom.  I don’t think I have any wisdom to part with on this blog, really.  But maybe that’s the best wisdom- find what you like and stick with it.

I don’t know.  But I just wanted to let you all know about the break so you don’t think I fell into the toilet or something.  (Though I do sometimes wonder if I’d really end up in Australia or China if that happened.)

Striking a balance — August 18, 2009

Striking a balance

Achieving my daily word count is becoming a burden. It’s taking over my life, leaving no time to do anything else.

I’m chained to my writing pen.

How is this about finding balance, you ask?

It’s about balance because I am going to talk about it that way, that’s why.

So, balance. A definition: Well, there are several. But here’s the one that really matters. (It’s #9 in the noun definition of balance.)

Mental and emotional steadiness.

Oxymoronic in relation to writing a novel, right? I mean, a novel is all about tugging at those heartstrings and pulling your readers through a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Or maybe it’s more like switching from the roller coaster the carousel to the bumper cars and back again.

Anyways. I need to find balance.

Balance can be achieved in many ways. One of them is not a 2,000 words per day minimum pace in writing. Because that takes too many hours in the day.

I’m trying to keep this from sounding like I’m complaining. But I think it’s going to come out a little bit that I’m whining.

Writing that many words a day takes time. Sometimes several hours. Usually I type up what I wrote that day and go to bed because it’s taken me that long.

Blogging and platforming are taking another chunk of time. But none of it is balanced. Eventually I’m not going to have all the time in the world to write and blog. There will be other things I have to do, like go to work. (Fingers crossed.) Balance will be key in maintaining my sanity in the long process and throughout the remainder of my life.

My first two steps toward achieving balance are these:

1- I am no longer holding myself to a minimum word count or rigid schedule. Remember those authorial goals and the fial pictures? (I know it’s misspelled. That’s the whole point.) Yeah, no more of those. Rigid goals and deadlines are out the window.

2- Saturday goals updates (corollary to #1) are going away. As are Sunday’s Author’s Bookshelf posts. They both put too much pressure on me in the week and I thus don’t work toward balance or enjoy the processes I’m going through.

Blogging will now be as follows: Tuesday and Thursday will be my usual thought-provoking posts that I began this blog with. Once per month Tuesday will be replaced by Tantalus Tuesday. WiP Wednesday will be there as a motivator for me to actually write during the week and make progress. Fiction Friday will likely be implemented beginning this Friday. Those posts at least for a time I can write up and have scheduled far in advance. But do keep in mind that this is subject to change at any time and for any random reason.

My hope is that in limiting myself to four days of blogging and eliminating the rigid goals and deadlines I can begin to balance my life and find enjoyment in writing and blogging again.

But if I disappear for a while, either from blogging, responding to comments, or commenting on y’all’s blogs, it’s because I’m losing my sanity and am perhaps locked away in the looney bin.

Semi-related in the blogosphere:
Ultimate irony @ Cake Wrecks
Balance @ my cozy book nook

You asked for it, now you’ll get it — August 10, 2009

You asked for it, now you’ll get it

Poll results:

9 of the votes said WiP Wednesday.
1 of the votes said my goals updates on Saturday nights.

Some comments said both.

So you get both.

Saturday goals updates will be strictly numbers. The week will go from Sunday to Saturday. Numbers will include how many poems, if any, I wrote that week, how many words I wrote for Sunstone or whatever other WiP I am working on at that point, and the percentage of completion I’ve reached in the current WiP.

WiP Wednesdays will be commentary on what progress I’ve made. I might tell a humorous story about something that happened to me while I was writing. Or I might talk about the funny coincidence of writing a scene while listening to music on my iPod and a song comes on that perfectly fits the scene. (I listen to my music on shuffle so I never know what’s coming next.) You get the idea, though, right? It’s just going to be random ramblings on the WiP.

More features to come on the blog in the ensuing weeks. Hold on to your socks!

Coming soon! redux — June 30, 2009

Coming soon! redux

I’m still trying to decide on the timing of it, but I do feel that I need to not be deceptive in my advertising and that I need to associate my real identity with this blog. I don’t know how I’m going to do that or what it’s going to take exactly, but I would appreciate suggestions for it.

And just think, it’ll be easier for me to plug my own work when it eventually gets published if you already know who I am and you aren’t having to say, “Is she really the author of this book?”