Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Revive your Motivation and More

While I may not be taking on the full A-Z Challenge, I have picked up a few letters via the Insecure Writers Support Group website. Today's letter is M and I've written a short piece  about how to revive your motivation when it flags. I'd love to see you over there.

Because I'm super busy at the moment with writing, game development and life in general, I won't be posting here until next month, so I'll let you know I also have the letters T and Z on the IWSG website, so be sure to check them out.

Update 23rd April: T is for Time as a Friend

How has April been for you so far?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dragon of the Stars Available Today!

Available today!

Dragon of the Stars
by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military

What Are the Kargrandes?

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.

SCAVENGER HUNT! Comment to win an autographed copy of Dragon of the Stars, tons of bookmarks & postcards, and a $20.00 iTunes gift card–where is Mini-Alex? Visit Alex for a list of the participants. (Open through April 11 – winner announced April 13 at Alex’s blog.)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time Management and that Whooshing Noise #IWSG

Welcome to April already. Oh. My. Gosh. I hadn’t thought the year could fly by any faster, but apparently I was wrong. Because writing and publishing are such slow businesses in many aspects, the year swishing by can trigger all sorts of insecurities:

My dreams are never going to happen! I’ll never finish this wretched book! I’ll never find that agent who sees something special in my writing! I won’t be able to find the right publisher! And heaps more… (I believe this list is endless).

But really, all we can do is make the most out of the time we’re given. Whether we’ve been blessed with a lot of time to write, or struggle with very little, time management is essential. It gets the work done, it keeps us relatively sane, and it keeps those horrible insecurities at bay.

There are many different ways we can manage our time. It might be scheduling, or an approximate word count per day or per week. Or it might be sacrificing the time you spend on other things eg watching tv. This list is also endless. So work out what works for you.

How do you schedule your time? How do you stay disciplined? 

I kept this post short because yes, the A-Z challenge is upon us and those taking part have limited time to jump around from blog to blog. I’ll be taking part via the IWSG website, the letters shared amongst the admins. So don’t forget to check it out!!

This post was written for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. We post on the first Wednesday of every month. To join us, or learn more about the group, click HERE.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Body Institute Cover Reveal

Today is a very special day. Today is the cover reveal for one of my much loved critique partners. We've been reading each other's work for years, been through all the highs and lows together, and now I'm super excited for her fabulous success. I love the cover. And between you and me, the book is even better!
The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Release Date: 1st September 2015
Entangled Teen

Meet Morgan Dey, one of the top teen Reducers at The Body Institute.

Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body—leaving her client slimmer, more toned, and feeling great. Only there are a few catches…

For one, Morgan won’t remember what happens in her “Loaner” body. Once she’s done, she won’t recall walks with her new friend Matt, conversations with the super-cute Reducer she’s been text-flirting with, or the uneasy feeling she has that the director of The Body Institute is hiding something. Still, it’s all worth it in the name of science. Until the glitches start…

Suddenly, residual memories from her Loaner are cropping up in Morgan’s mind. She’s feeling less like herself and more like someone else. And when protests from an anti–Body Institute organization threaten her safety, she’ll have to decide if being a Reducer is worth the cost of her body and soul…

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About the Author
I'm a YA writer represented by Kelly Sonnack of Andrea Brown Literary. My sci-fi novel THE BODY INSTITUTE explores the themes of society, identity, and body image. I live in the beautiful, green state of Oregon and have a Studio Arts degree; I'm an SCBWI member.

You'll usually find me in my writing cave, surrounded by my dragon collection and the characters in my head. I also enjoy reading--mostly young adult novels--as well as drawing, painting, and quilting. I also attend writing conferences, walk with my husband, and enjoy music and dance of all kinds.

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Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tenacity and the Writing Career #IWSG

Just up the street from where I live there’s an old drain in the gutter. It’s an inhospitable environment for a delicate flower, yet a small clump has survived, seeded from a bush across the road. Each time I pass the flowers on my morning walk, I can’t help but compare them to making a career from writing.

To break into the traditional publishing world can sometimes feel like an impossible feat. There are so many factors against us—I can’t even begin listing them all here. When the rejections start piling up, the struggle can become…draining*.
This is when we need to remember the flowers. With a little tenacity mixed with a dash of passion for our writing, our goals can be achieved. It is possible to shine in a seemingly unwelcoming environment. It’s even possible to land that coveted contract. But it won’t happen if we stop trying.

It might not happen on your first attempt, or even your one hundred and first attempt. If this is your dream, then keep writing, keep improving your skills, and keep sending out those queries.

How do you find the tenacity to keep going?

*I couldn’t resist the pun. Forgive me?

This post was written for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. We post on the first Wednesday of every month. To join us, or learn more about the group, click HERE.