As mentioned last week, I've been toiling aimlessly when it comes to writing. I'm a firm believer in everything is as it should be, even if the as it should be is difficult to accept sometimes. I'm a realist and I try to live in the now, but sometimes it's hard to be content with what is, even when we know that's just the way it's supposed to be, whatever the situation is. So...my next step in the thought process is, of course, to figure out why I'm having so much trouble. I'm naturally a why kind of person anyway, so getting to the heart of the matter was the natural next step for me. You know how when you rack your brain, to the point of hitting yourself upside the head, asking the same question over and over as if that will finally bring an acceptable answer? Yeah, I knew that ya' did. In an epiphany, and I really don't like that word so for me to even use it is meaningful, I realized the reason is because I'm meant to be doing something that's already here, right in front of me. Something who's time has come. Something that I've left sitting on the back burner and haven't really paid much attention to, treating it like it doesn't really matter. If it could have, it would have hit me upside the head itself!
I've not worked at promoting "Bright Lights, Money & Show Biz, Honey" for a few relevant reasons. First, I was far too busy promoting "Random Encounters" and could only be focused on one project at a time. Once I got momentum promoting the 'porn with a plot', I didn't want to stop. It was a lot of fun doing interviews, talking about it, answering the questions I knew would be forthcoming...i.e., how does an average, seemingly sane (they don’t know me too well, do they?), mild mannered middle aged grandma write such smut? Hee-hee...it's been a fun ride and I've enjoyed every minute of it. Second, the subject matter of "Bright Lights" is considered 'fan fiction' in the literary world. It's not highly regarded and not taken seriously. Those ivy-league art history and literature majors look down their pointy turned up noses at those of us authors who write such insignificant...trash. The story was actually written long before "Random Encounters" was even thought of. And, the storyline came from exactly one line in a song written by Roger Clyne, so it's not like I took his whole song and built a story around it. I had a lot of fun creating "Bright Lights" but even I didn't see it as serious fiction, but merely a fun creative project. My bad. It's a great story of a musician with an affectionate relationship with his guitar who finds himself depending on that inanimate object to get him through a rough time after his girlfriend leaves him for a Hollywood job on a TV series. Jack Hamilton takes a journey from bar band nobody to respected musician drawing arena crowds, who has the courage and fortitude to stand on his own, proud and determined.
So, what all this means is I'm shifting my focus to actively promote "Bright Lights", which won't be much hard work. Amazon Kindle still has exclusive rights to electronic version of both "Bright Lights, Money & Show Biz, Honey" & "Random Encounters". If you are a KDP Select member, you can borrow them for free. Electronic versions of both are doing very well, so I have no regrets about making them available exclusively at Amazon. They're a great business partner for self-pubbed authors like me.
If you're of the persuasion who wants to fondle the paper pages of the book (like me), please visit my website or just click on the book cover to the right and it'll take you there. It's the best way to order either or both because you get "LifeLoveLust" for free. My way of furthering the ramblings and passing it along for posterity. And, it's the only way to get an autographed copy unless you accost me at a local Peacemakers show, which is coming up Feb. 19 in Spokane :-D I hope to see many of you there! It's gonna be a rockin' good time.
Currently reading on my Kindle: "Thunderstruck Hero" by Eric Seiden and "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. It's good to re-read the classics now and then to brush up on my own writing skills. I learn a lot from those who've successfully paved the author path before me.
Hug a paperback book today! I do every time I pick one up, it's quite satisfying.