Welcome to November!

I’m grateful for the week I had off from classes, because without it I feel as though I’d be a complete mess right now. I just kept saying to myself, “It’s almost reading break. It’s coming. The end is near. Just three essays, two exams and you’re free!” and somehow I managed to survive.

I kept getting sick during that time. I think I was so stressed and overwhelmed that my body began to react. I had constant headaches, and nausea. Never happened to me before…but after all of the stuff I’ve been through since last April…boy. I’m lucky I didn’t just snap and tear my hair out.

I managed to do a lot of writing and artwork over the break. I even got to work on my music, which was a lot of fun. I enjoy goofing around with my piano and guitar when I think no one is home…my sister screamed, “Shut up!” after about fifteen minutes. I was jokingly singing Chandelier…but it turned into a screamo edition and I sang “I want to screeeeeeam!” instead of “I want to swing.”

Anyway, you probably didn’t need to know that but basically I’m doing a lot better. I don’t feel like I’m a zombie anymore, I haven’t had any nausea or headaches, and things have been a lot less stressful back home. Plus, now school is settling down a bit…it’ll be busy again in a week or two but at least right now I can pace myself and get my head in the right place.

I guess I’d never been so stressed out in my life. I let it all build up from April. I refused to let myself crack…and then finally I just broke down. Which sucks because here and there I was finding myself slowly crumbling after trying to build myself back up. That’s why I’m glad that I had a week where I didn’t have to worry so much about school, or friends or anything and I could just catch up on sleep, draw and write and relax. I needed that break. I know if I had kept trying to push myself I’d have completely shut down. I usually try to be a very optimistic person but that side of me just vanished. I feel a lot more like myself these days. I’m goofing around with my friends again, I’m reading in my spare time (even though all I do is read for class), and I’ve set some goals for myself that I’d like to meet by my last exam date in December.

So, November I welcome you with open arms. I’m in good spirits despite the cold weather and the rain. Although I tend to write a lot of very depressing poetry in the winter (according to my creative writing professor), I will try to write something…warm and fuzzy. Not corny. Warm and fuzzy. Like…a nice blanket or a fluffy animal or some sort.

This was longer than usual.

Till next time,

— R.

 

Getting Ready to Publish

Lately, I’ve been getting ready to publish my first book. I’ve never published a book before, though I do have many resources on how to do so. Back in the tenth grade, I actually purchased two books on how to write and publish books directed towards YA (young adult) readers. I have also often looked for tips and resources online, and I have explored different publishers within my country that I could send my books too.

The first thing my two resource books went over, was how to come up with a story. Then the books would go on to explain things such as the 8-point Arc, creating characters, coming up with a plot, the different types of viewpoints, etc. After the basics on how to create the outline for your story was covered, the books continued on to talk about things such as writing style, setting, theme, and finally went on to explain how to edit, shape and later on market your book. The marketing part actually seemed the easiest after reading these resource books. What they suggested, was that in order to market your books, get out there and have some of your work posted up online, or in local newspapers (this was usually recommended for those looking at big publishers).

After reading these books, I felt that publishing wasn’t as difficult as it seemed. I guess I’m going to find out if that’s true or not. I’ve decided, that since I’ll be publishing my first book that I should document the process. I figure that this is something that should be shared with those who are looking to have books published as well.

If you are looking for a writing/publishing resource book check out: Write A Novel and Get it Published, by Nigel Watts. It’s very straight-forward and easy to comprehend.

 

I did have another book but I seem to have misplaced it. When I find it I will make sure to add it to this post.

Anyways, I’ll keep everyone updated on this publishing thing. I’m very excited. I can’t wait to see my book in public library’s, and in book stores.

If anyone else is publishing, or has been published and would like to share their experiences with me, please feel free. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time,

Orion.