This blog is intended to give me an outlet to showcase whatever I have kicking around in my head. Book Reviews, new novel ideas, and anything else that happens to cross the cavernous gulfs of my often fractured psyche. Enjoy, or scoff, in the end all that matters is that it was written...
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As I ponder this awesome
accomplishment of humankind, to expand the World of Digital Experience, I am also reminded that this information age is a
double edged sword. While on one hand it has the capability to link like minded
individuals together to accomplish great things, on the other hand it can
become the very thing which can pull us apart.
The misplacing of a word,
the wrong phrase, and what was supposed to be a complement can be
easily misread and seen as a dig. The next thing you know the context
of a message has been twisted and someone is left feeling jaded, stepped on and
abused, which leaves me thinking that;
Wow! It's been 9 whole days since this blog went live here on blogger , and already it and it's partners, The 131 Preview Review and In Dreams... The Solitary Road, have seen a combined total of 417 hits, as of 6:39 AM EST. I thought I would take the opportunity as I smoke to send a HUGE THANK YOU! Out to those who have stopped in. So Here goes...
Now that I've said it I've probably jinxed it, and my numbers won't move for a month. LOL, Let's hope I'm ever so wrong.
Eri: Hi I’m speaking with S.I. Hayes, Shannon, who is the author of In Dreams The Road Unavoidable and Awakenings The Wrath Saga. I like to think we are both outspoken, creatively as authors, so I must say that it is a great pleasure to have you as my first podcast guest. One thing that intrigued me about you, about your work, was how do you approach it? Can you tell the listeners a little bit about that?
S.I. Hayes: Well first of all thank you for you know, for having me, this is… strange and cool at the same time.
S.I Hayes: Wow started off with a laugh. That works for me.
S.I. Hayes: Well firstly, um, I have to say that when it came to In Dreams, well it’s a fantasy novel, and I tend to be in my own little world anyhow, so it’s not, it’s not much of a stretch for me to just sort of make things up as I went along. Which is pretty much what I do, because I don’t believe in outlines because they confuse me.
Eri and S.I. Hayes: laughing.
S.I. Hayes: With Awakenings, it was actually a lot easier, because I have a Co-author,
A little back ground. This was an exercise my psychologist suggested. At first I scoffed at it, as I often do at anything that seems an exercise in futility. But having gone back and looked at it over time, while my observations of myself have not changed, I have found that this organization of thought has helped me to develop as a person and a writer. Understanding ones self is the key to everything and I believe this was a great step.
The Exercise was to picture your emotions as living breathing entities. All traveling on a bus, they are the passengers, and you potentially the driver. To take them and describe them as you see them. It has been enlightening. You should try it!
So I was going through my e-mail and one of my newsletters had this link to an article from The Guardianan e-zine, written by YA/Children's Book Author James Dawson.
It questions the use of profanity in Young Adult literature, and explains the How and Why it is not used. The meat of it gives me this Blog title and is a follows:
"...but it was at this stage "the gatekeepers" were first mentioned. Booksellers, book groups, librarians and bookshop buyers form this steely line of defense They are arguably the most powerful link in the publishing chain. These are the people who decide whether or not to sell your product. Without them, a book, especially a book by a debut author, is relegated to the internet and warehouse shelves thus limiting the potential contacts a reader can make with the book in the real world."
Ever sit down to work on a piece of your fiction with a definitive Beginning...Middle...and End in place? It is a rarity, I know, but it does sometimes happen. So I have the whole of the work all nice and neat in my head and have been banging out the pages on and off for the past couple months, admittedly more off than on, but it is there. More or less, in this case more, rather than less.
I started this venture telling myself that it was going to be a short story. Just a little companion Prequel to my Debut Novel, In Dreams The Road Unavoidable.
All created by me, for all of you! Hours of blood, sweat and tears went into all that is my work. And just when I thought I was done, Woosh! It had to be redone. Oh Holy Hell.
Format this way for smashwords, that way for Kindle, and another way all together for Createspace. I think my head is gonna explode. Add to that the fact that my computer hates me the last few days. It likes to freeze up at the most inopertune of times. Leaving me hanging like a slip on the clothesline just as the rain starts, while your at work! All this insert break here and update TOC there, for a minute I was wondering if it was worth all the trouble.
But then I saw it, MY Book. Front, spine, back cover....