Talent will Find a Home

Excellent post!

I will only add that even with traditional publishing you need not make the “end game” your happiness 😀 Every writer must decide they write for one reason and one alone. I’ll let you pick that reason 🙂

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American Expat Gleefully Passes German Integration Course

So freaking hilarious! HAHA

Oh God, My Wife Is German.

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For the past year, I have been taking an intensive German integration course here in Hannover, Germany. The class is mandatory, requiring expats to attend 3 days per week, for 4 hours at a time, and then pass the B1 exam and an orientation course exam in the spring. If you pass the tests, you can extend your residence permit and even apply for permanent residency. The overall goal, of course, is to learn the German language and integrate into German society. Needless to say, this transition hasn’t always been a smooth one.

First, there was the language itself. Almost immediately I found German to be both logical and precise, but unnecessarily complicated. (Seriously, nouns don’t need gender-based articles unless they have, A: testicles, B: boobies, C: both, or D: neither.)

Then I encountered challenges with my…

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Why Are Zombies Consuming Our Culture?

Love this!

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Eh, it’s Friday, so we’re going to have a little fun debate. ZOMBIES. I never actively intended the undead to be part of my author brand, but strangely? It fits. Just take one glance at an author trying to make deadline (hmmm, word choice?) or someone who’s been through Revision Hell? The term “Walking Dead” fits. These poor souls shamble around moaning. They wear stained clothes, coffee mug in hand and have that creepy thousand-yard stare.

Don’t shoot! Well, unless it’s a tranquilizer gun because that is the only way many writers in these stages are going to get any sleep.

Jokes aside, why have zombies invaded pop culture?

The Spawn and Zombies

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It started out kinda cute. It was Halloween and Spawn was three. But first, a tad of backstory so y’all have context.

When Spawn was slightly less than two, he began…

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Do it. Read this. My new salty-blog!

My new non-fic blog! Now you know my mild mannered alter ego (cough). 😀

Words with Salt

Welcome! to what I lovingly refer to as the Salty-blog.

That name was taken. I know, I know, it’s great. Sigh.

But Words with Salt is just as nice 😀

And so here she is (cue music). My new blog!

We get to be many things in this grand ole opera called life. Lots of hats to wear, or pants, and I felt that in order to categorize these things one must sometimes make lists. Or blogs. Or movies, but I like to start small.

My growth and experience is not the same as someone else’s and so it’s great because the blogs I read, be that inspirational, author memoirs, equestrian, and so on, show perfectly that life is vastly varied while at the same time we’re tied together by so many commonalities. I almost always find another way to look at things, maybe some enlightening struggle through faith, or even…

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Update from LO-LO Keys. No? Not a good nickname? Fine you bloody ingrates—I WROTE A NEW BOOK

coverreveal

I’ll get to it but first let me give you ear blisters.

(waves hand at new updated banner)

I came out of my leaky basement for a quick bloggy blog. No, I haven’t been down there finishing a masterpiece, but rather starting four new stories and cobbling together what I hope will be something that tomorrow I won’t chew my arm off to get away from in its early draft coyote ugly style…

Anyway, I’ve been catching up on various pieces of literature.

I tried to read Fahrenheit 4hundred something-something but failed. And I mean miserably. Falling asleep on such a lovely book is pathetic. I know it. You know it. But whatevs.

(Fixes glasses)

I’ve read Indies Sunniva Dee’s Shattering Halos and Mark Capell’s Edyl – Island of Immortality and gave them both raving reviews. Kudos gent and lady for beating out a classic for first prize 😀

I then read Me before You and cried…a lot. (story about a quadriplegic bitter and sweet) Not recommended if you don’t like to mourn over fictional people or actually like to keep your mascara on the eyelash.

I’ve also been listening to the audio of CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity. (Love the part about the laws of Human/Nature. He truly is a genius) And as you can see by my blog title I speak purely like a Brit now.(pinky up)

I’ve watched the entire first season of Under the Dome while eating cookies. Literally the entire thing in one sitting. Literally eating cookies until each box was lovingly tossed into the trash amid the pile of the other cookie boxes.

My toddler’s favorite word now…? Cookie.

I’ve finished an entire additional novel now.
I’ve…
Oh, I didn’t tell you that part?
My second novel is done.

I mean done as in written on the backs and sides of cookie boxes but first drafts are bloody incorrigible anyway, right? So. Yes. First draft at roughly 80k and I say rough as in truly rough because I may or may not have eaten a few scenes accidentally penned on my nappy kin.

My YA novel previously called Genesis is now “the gods of Anthem”. (Two snaps in a circle) Cause I love this new name and it makes sense on two levels because…you’ll have to read it. No spoilers to be had here so move along Ralph the ‘I have no will power so I read every spoiler’ guy.

Around here we call this new partially formed monster of a book GOA. Feel free to be like, “Hey Logan how’s GOA comin’?”

And I’ll be all like. “It’s good. Or rather —Well, it’s well.” cause I’m British now.
You guys know I still love you all, right? RIGHT?

I just have to do soul searching (dusts crumbs off lap) in between all your fabulous social networking skills of which you seemingly put me into a stupor as to where I then forget to do anything besides sit here before moving to the cookie seat and the boob tube to then be in a stupor again.

It’s simple really. I love to LOVE TO write. And talk. I can talk forever about writing.
And then sing. I can sing forever about talking about loving to write.

And dance. I can tap dance and sing simultaneously about talking about loving to write.
But then. Who is going to eat all these cookies?

I mean (cough) write this novel?

If you are wondering if I’m the type of writer who loves to talk about “their book” and never publish…well don’t be an idiot. Of course I’m that type of writer. I know people publishing books who are still that writer. I’m just excellent at it so that you (moves magic hands like a jedi) never really notice how I never finish a single thing.

Cover reveal at some point in the soon future 😀

XOXO

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