Introvert? Empath? Good Literary Citizen? (2 of 3)

I suck at social obligations.

Three Myers Briggs tests have found me to be an off-the-chart introvert, and my abilities as an empath once made me fear I was secretly from Deanna Troi’s home planet. It’s not a great combination. If I have to go somewhere, I soak up everything around me and it leaves me drained.

This doesn’t mean I can’t function around people. I’m practiced at faking normality. (Aren’t we all?) What it does mean is if I have to deal with people for very much or for very long, I can’t write.

The first time I heard the phrase Good Literary Citizen, my heart sank.

You see, I agree with the principals behind the idea, but I’m horribly suited to putting them in practice. Over the years, I’ve found three avenues that work for me, at least in limited quantities. I’ve found corollaries of these that have the capability to be my kryptonite. This second post covers one of these sets. (See the first post. See the third one.)

A Problem:

Engaging in chit chat stimulates many people. Some find it relaxing, others create better when they feel less alone. Most conversation happens to drain me, but the online kind is particularly exhausting. People can and will say any old stupid thing from the safety of their computer, and the conversation just keeps on going.

Please, please don’t make me respond to any more people on Facebook, or try to sound witty or important on Goodreads, or, you get the idea … I really don’t like this. And yet, online is where most of the conversation is happening.

A Solution:

I’ve found online forums and blogs that I find worthwhile, and you can do the same. There are  amazing sources of information online for writers. What you will find useful is different than what I will, but we can all seek out what speaks to us. Then read, enjoy and support them.

One of my favorites is a blog called Mythcreants. Self-described as “Fantasy & Science Fiction for Storytellers” it offers a wealth of ideas for avoiding common writing mistakes and I’ve been reading it for years. I still have a link to Four Tips for Depicting Disabled Characters, a post I reread several times as I developed Violeta, my telepath with an old judo injury that forced her to walk with a cane. I like to think she was the better for the fine advice I was offered. Another post entitled Why We Shouldn’t Be Fighting Over Trigger Warnings convinced me to add trigger warnings to the descriptions of two of my books.

I’ve recently come to enjoy Fantasy Book Critic and have been following along with their reviews as part of the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off. This has given me the chance to read detailed analyses of what other self-published authors are doing, sometimes along with interviews of the authors. While I think this keeps me more in touch with what is happening out there, I do need to be careful. Sometimes too much reading about how great other books are can leave me discouraged about my own. There is a balance to be struck.

What to Avoid:

My kryptonite in this arena is clearly comments. I’ve learned to stay away from them. Do not engage. I’m not all that quick about these things, anyway, so by the time I read a post, dozens of people have already expressed themselves. Even I did have something interesting to add, it’s usually been said, and often several times.

I do like and follow the blogs I enjoy, and try to do the same for the writers providing the material. There are other ways to provide support, too. Some places ask for donations. I donate. Some get mentioned in my own posts, some on twitter. It’s possible to spread around appreciation without getting drawn into a conversation. For me, that’s the way to do it.

 

Shout Back

c3 cover very smallA big thanks to fellow indie author Michael Brookes, author of “The Cult of Me” and more, for his shout out for my new book c3. Check it out here.

Michael’s latest book, Faust 2.0, looks fascinating. Check it out here. I hope to run a more detailed feature on Michael’s new book soon.

 

 

z2 goes on tour

In the never ending quest to find those readers who enjoy my kind of writing, I’ve signed z2 up for its first blog tour. The fine folks at Orangeberry will will be trotting out z2 blurbs and excerpts and hopefully even a few reviews before they are done, as well as featuring me on a few guest posts and interviews. I’m excited!

Click here to visit Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo

Click here to visit Orangeberry Virtual Book Expo

Please come find me at the locations below, and also check out some of the material being produced by my fellow eager indie authors.  I am always impressed with the breadth of unusual topics and story lines. Those of us who are trying to make it outside of the traditional world of publishing are a creative lot, you’ve got to give us that.

Book Tour Schedule 

13th August  – Book Feature at Peace from Pieces

14th August – Twitter View with OB Book Tours

15th August – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

16th August – Author Interview at Mommy Adventures

17th August  – Guest Post at The Bunny’s Review

18th August – Twitter Blast with OB Book Tours

19th August – Book Review & Author Interview at The Reading Cat

20th August – Guest Post at Blog-A-Licious Authors 

21st August – Book Review & Author Interview at Author’s Friend

22nd August – Book Review at UK Book Club

23rd August – Guest Post & Book Review at Me, You & Books

24th August – Book Review at Book Professor

25th August – Author Interview & Book Review at Brainy Reads

26th August – Guest Post at Paws on Books

27th August – Book Review at Gentleman Reads

28th August – Author Interview at My Life in Books

29th August – Book Review at Journey’s thru Books

30th August – Author Interview at Top Shelf Books

31st August – Book Review at A Novel Design

1st September – Guest Post at Non-Stop Reads

2nd September – Excerpt at Quality Reads

9th September – Author Interview at Nobody Important

16th September – Guest Post & Book Feature at Book Connoisseur

23rd September – Excerpt at Next Big Book Thing

30th September – Author Interview & Book Feature at Just My Opinion

7th October – Guest Post at Aspiring Books

Conversations in the Abyss

BrookesOne of the great joys of writing novels is getting to know others who are doing the same, particularly when you enjoy their ideas. I featured author Michael Brookes here on my blog for y1 with his first novel “The Cult of Me”, a 5 star rated supernatural thriller.  I am happy to get to interview him on this blog as he releases his second novel.

Conversations in the Abyss

Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth. But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind. There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse.

Michael answers a few questions about his new book:

Me:  You’ve created a fascinating and powerful character in your two novels. Will there be more stories about him or do you have another protagonist in mind next? Him: He’ll be featuring in the final book of the trilogy (The Last True Demon), beyond that I don’t know yet. I guess it depends on how the final book ends!
Me: You also have a book of short stories, about 2500 words each. I find writing short stories very different from writing a novel. Do you see one as more your medium, or do you enjoy doing some of both? Him:I enjoy both, although I approach each differently. With short stories I tend to just take an idea and just dive in. With novels I’m much more methodical. I won’t start writing until I have it all planned out. I also enjoy writing drabbles, these are 100 word stories. It’s a fun challenge fitting a story into so few words.
Me: I noticed some nice praise already for Conversations in the Abyss in online reviews. Congratulations. Readers mentioned that they hadn’t read the first book and felt that they didn’t need to.  What’s your take on this.  Is the second book better appreciated by those who have read the first? Him: I intentionally wrote the book so it could be read without having read the first book, however you will understand a lot more having read the first book as well. You can read the first after the second as a kind of prequel as well.

Buy now from Amazon:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BCP08JU/

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCP08JU/

About Michael Brookes: Michael Brookes is an Executive Producer with a leading UK games developer. Working in games and writing are two of his life passions and considers himself fortunate to be able to indulge them both. He lives in the east of England, enjoying starry skies in the flattest part of the country. When not working or writing he can sometimes be found sleeping. Which is good as that is where many good ideas come from.

Other Books by Michael Brookes

The Cult of Me

For too long he dwelt apart, watched those who passed him by. With his unique abilities he entered their minds and inflicted terrible suffering upon them. They didn’t even know who he was. The game has lasted for years, but now the game has become stale. On an impulse he decides to make a final and very public last stand. After surrendering himself to the police he enacts his plan to seize the prison for his final bloody act. 

There he discovers that he’s not as unique as he once thought.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cult-Third-Path-ebook/dp/B008O7ZVXW/

An Odd Quartet: A quartet of dark short stories (10,000 words) to thrill and chill.

The Yellow Lady: Grave robbing is a dirty business, in more ways than one. When he disturbs the grave from a childhood scary story he discovers it’s not always treasure to be found.

This Empty Place: At the heat death of the universe, Death contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry: Terrorists seize an average suburban house. A Special Forces hostage rescue team is sent in and encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon:A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

http://www.amazon.com/An-Odd-Quartet-ebook/dp/B009QJMMPC/