Weekly Update – April 12, 2016

WRITING PROJECTS

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Action Figures – Issue Six: Power Play: Pre-editing revisions are done, in the queue for editing.

Action Figures – Live Free or Die: Pre-editing revisions are done, in the queue for editing.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Assassins Brawl: I took the weekend off to help my wife Veronica (of Storied Threads) work Super MegaFest in Marlborough so nothing got done here, but I plan to correct that this weekend.

Action Figures – Issue Seven: The Black End War: About a quarter of the way through the first draft.

APPEARANCES and EVENTS

  • Saturday, April 30: The spring OtherWhere Market at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. Runs from noon until 6 PM with an after-hours party to follow. This year’s event will be part of a larger, citywide steampunk weekend.
  • Sunday, October 2: The Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s 2016 Meet the Author series, which runs from 1 to 3 PM.
  • Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16: The fall New Bedford Bookfest. Times TBA.

MISC.

Speaking of Super MegaFest, while there I bumped into Daniel Keohane, who I met at an event last fall at the Sharon Public Library. Daniel was at the con with the New England Horror Writers so we had a chance to chat. Good to see you again, sir!

Speaking of horror fiction, an idea I’ve had kicking around in my brain is finally starting to come together. Who knows when I’ll get to it considering what I already have on my to-do list, but the story is there (currently going under the working title of Lurking in the White).

Same goes for another project I’ve been toying with, a possible trilogy with the deceptive title of Well-Behaved Women. During a brief bout of sleeplessness yesterday I came up with a cover concept and cemented a few ideas. Now I just have to work out the story arcs of each individual book and the series as a whole. And find time to write it.

Shop Talk

I head into my four-day writing weekend a little fuzzy-brained due to a late night last night — but it was all for the good cause that was the Sharon Public Library’s Local Author Roundtable Project. Our contestants for the evening were myself (obviously), Rich FeitelbergPete KahleDaniel G. KeohaneD.A. MacQuinJason Parent, and Rob Watts.

Not pictured are Kenneth Heard and Jennifer Allis Provost, who were, respectively, sick and had a child-related crisis, which is too bad because, despite what I’ll call a thin turnout, it was a fun evening. We talked a lot about writing as a craft and quite a bit about putting ourselves out there to spread the word about our work — something I am still learning to do and am still rather uncomfortable doing.

One chap in the audience asked a few questions near the end that made me suspect he was about to attempt to write his first book. There was an undercurrent of self-doubt in his line of questioning — the kind that hinted (to me at least) he was in his “fumbling through” phase and, because he lacked experience, questioning whether he was anywhere close to the right path. He didn’t realize that feeling like a clumsy, uninformed hack-in-the-making was part and parcel to becoming a competent, confident writer. Hopefully he left the event feeling encouraged and empowered.

So that brings me to this, a statement I’d like to make to anyone who has toyed with the idea of writing a book, or attempted it but never finished it, or has a finished product sitting on his/her laptop but hasn’t taken that leap of faith and put it out there for everyone to see. For that matter, this also applies to anyone who wants to launch some sort of creative endeavor but has second-guessed him- or herself into inaction:

Get off your goddamned ass and DO IT.

Stop dreaming about it. Stop talking about it. Stop making up “reasons” why you “can’t do it” and pull the fucking trigger.

Why People Give Up

Believe me, I understand it’s scary. I was there once and I was terrified to actually release my first novel to the public, who had absolutely no reason to buy it or tell me it was any good — but they did. And now it’s my living.

I won’t lie; you might take that step and discover that you are in fact not the talent you believed yourself to be. That’s okay. I was there once, too. If that’s what happens, you know what you do? You take some time to feel like absolute crap, get it out of your system, then pick yourself up and go find a new dream. Either way, you’re better off for making the attempt than you are for denying yourself the chance to fly or die.

Thus endeth the sermon. Now go make some art.