Gezka FaucMerz, still living as a Captain in the Rejkyavikian Naav thousands of years in our future, or maybe just in alternate universe or both…Icelandic victories against their own corrupt bankers notwithstanding….has finally made it into her life ….being a fiction character nothing happened until the next story that includes her began to take shape.
Despite a variety of difficulties, she is able to reunite in her professional and personal relationship with Kiel Bronson. Kiel does not like what she has dragged him into, but is grateful for the help getting him out of a lengthy punishment explained in their first novel.
Location is everything some say: Gezka’s home base is right around 32Light Years from our Sun, whereas Kiel’s original home is here on planet Earth in the very solar system readers will recognize as where they woke up to find themselves again today – unless they are up in the space station.
The story is set, so far, in the exciting but dirty work of the rough draft of the next novel, in more than one location but mainly from 28 to 31 Light Years from planet Earth’s Sun. Kiel went so far out even Hippies heads are spinning, “laugh out loud”.
While receiving good advice as a writer is helpful, there is plenty of advice out there and it may not always suit the needs of every writer. Before giving advice, I often consider: am I qualified to give advice on this topic?
I have reasons to feel qualified and unqualified to provide writer’s advice. The reasons why not are that as most of you noticed I am not a rich and famous author although I would like to be both for having produced works that I am proud of and feel good about having produced while abiding by my personal values.
The reasons that I do feel qualified are that I took some classes, did well in them, wrote as an amateur, won a couple of low level but real awards for writing, got published in professional publications…and during the decade after that I wrote a wider variety of things and managed to get paid, often not much, for having written them. Most of the money I earned so far has been from contract writing without a byline.
I do wonder whether writing professional has improved or dragged down the level of my writing or a bit of both – degenerating the more literary form of writing but improving the quality of writing in plain language.
Whether one does it for fun or for pay, writing is rather des rigour in our world.
Success and failure are both realities that I have some experience with. I think that most people do. We learn that stuff we begin to think of ourselves as being good at, we can do well more quickly whereas I think most of us also have activities that we find it hard to get much improvement in – or we get a good learning curve but then after a while, we realize we have plataeud and when we check around we find out that we are only mediocre rather than particularly good or bad at anything.
Individuality is made up largely of how this is actually true. Obviously opportunities and culture and gender all influence how this simple reality plays out.
There are also people who can become excellent with a tremendous amount of effort, at a kind of task they may have not felt they even had a real talent for. This is sometimes true. It can be caused by misperception – the 5th grade teacher who said So-n-So isn’t good at something but in reality for some reason that teacher was just wrong and 20 years later So-n-So is one of the best at that…and other weird events can transpire.
Failing in an activity perceived subjectively as a strong point can be harder to take than failure in an area not viewed as being anything one is good at in the first place.
Spiritually, they say that failure and success are supposed to be considered equals, or at least, that one is supposed to remain emotionally placid about both failure and success. Well, put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Today is plug a novel today, and this time it is one of mine. This one was first created way back in 2006 and is still seeking members of the target audience. Luckily there are stories which are ‘timeless’ and are able to maintain their freshness better than many edible preserves.
Those who only read books put out by the big main publishing houses will have to wait but those interested in good stories they can get for their Kindle readers are in luck with this one.
What is one of the most important differences between books and films or TV? The ability to get into the minds of the characters, of course! Here, in this urban fiction of how to solve a crime in the big city of Indianapolis, readers are treated to a great deal of mind reading right along with events of the outer world. In that respect, it is almost as good as hanging out with good friends.
A special team is hired by the City to help local law enforcement tackle a serious villain and his latest plot. Can they solve the puzzle before one of the city’s best protected boundary is violated?
Writer’s Advice: this depends on which type of writer you are. If you don’t know trying some can help answer the question. If you just need it to be a job, that can influence your decision.
Personal Note: Trying to make a living writing for me, personally is difficult but not every writer has this problem. I even tried to make sure I would have some other good day job and just write on the side, but that ‘side’ was forced center stage circa 2004.
Cross-cultural: They say Germans are Krauts. This either means they are cabbages or herbs. If cabbages I think I now conclude that it is just that they are psychologically more tightly wrapped to themselves for their own safety from the winds of Northern Germany than those who are more loosely packed like the lettuce. I think maybe they are more like herbs but were just glad that someone learned at least one German word and did not bother to correct the English speaking people. Krauter tee is a cornerstone of German medicine..Or was in the old days, and so is as much ‘heritage’ as the heavy use of bricks and wind mills.
Southern Germany is mountainous and Northern Germany is flat. Strangely enough, Indiana is similar in that respect.
Good luck out there, all over the place where you read this.
Advising writers can come from many places – both physical and psychological. There is advice clearly designed to get rid of any potential competition by assuring people about the negatives: much like with acting and some of the other arts. “That’s great; so what are you going to do for a living?”
There is some truth to that advice: the vast majority of those who try to earn a good living in the field fail to, but there are many roads to real success within the industry which may be viewed as special information.
Salaried journalists and people with relatively day jobs working in the publishing industry as editorial assistants and literary agents may or may not choose to say to someone something like “Don’t quite your day job” or “There’s no money in writing,” but when people hear them say that, if they even do, it seems harder to quite believe.
When one meets struggling poor people who seem bright and talented but not earning much and they admit to being writers or claim to be, then it seems believable. This is more like the stereotypical wait staff in restaurants explaining that they are an actor or actress. It is not necessarily a lie, but evidently it is not going that well or else it is just not how it seems.
When it is a novelist or an actress – well, it is one of those professions where a lot of people scoff until or unless one makes it big, if that ever happens, and then they just smile and tell you how they were behind you and believed in you all that time and you let their lie go because you want them to still talk to you because aside from that, they were often kind to you. Many never make it that big, and some make it to something in between total failure and overwhelmingly successful.
Teachers, when they care, will not usually discourage their students but may encourage the art without being able to help make any connections to paying work. There are acting coaches and MFA literature teachers who can give students the keys to financially inclusive real world professional success but many cannot.