Wednesday, 20 September 2017

From Joey's Instagram

#Repost @hourglassevents (@get_repost) ・・・ #16DaysUntilDarker Have you got your tickets yet? The day event tickets and Evening Darker Ball tickets are available .... come and join us 😈 #booksigning #authorsofinstagram #readersofinstagram #ticketsforsale #bookblogs #TheDarkerSideofFiction2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

From Joey's Instagram

#TEASERTUESDAY Can Tara save her best friend before it's too late? Buy here: #bookstagram #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookboost #indieauthor #amwriting #dyingthoughts #youngadultbooks #paranormalbooks #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writerslife

Monday, 18 September 2017

From Joey's Instagram

Sitting at 232 subs for a while. Can we get to 250 by #Darker2017 in just under 2 weeks! Link here: #indieauthor #amwriting #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #vlogger #writerslife #writersofinstagram #authortube #authortuber #joeywrites #lovemyjob #ilovewriting

From Joey's Instagram

It's Monday again and one of those days. Got some writing to do so on with that. #amwriting #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #writerslife #writersofinstagram #booksinprogress #jowrimogo #joeywrites #indieauthor #lovemyjob #ilovewriting

Spoonie Writer: Signings & You


I figured that with the convention fast approaching, I mean we're now at just under three weeks, I would address the issues I've faced getting things in place and offer my tips to help other spoonie writers who may be looking to do their own signings. I've got a vlog going up this week that will address those last minute preparations, but it still seemed like a good idea to do an advice piece as well. That way it's covered on all fronts. This is my first signing and my first big event as an author that has lead to time away from home, being "on" for a long period of time and having to deal with health issues on top. So what's my advice?

The biggest one I can give is to plan ahead as far as you can. I started ordering my paperbacks back in 2016 so that by the time I got to this point I was no longer worrying or waiting for anything to arrive. The same can be said for all the SWAG I've ordered, banner too. I planned far in advance simply because I didn't want to get close to the day and find that I was missing something. I know that my conditions are exacerbated by stress, so why add to it? As it stands now, I am more than ready to get to the signing and deal with all of that.

Along with organising, came the realistic need for both access and certain accommodations for the event itself. As you all know I'm on oxygen pretty much all the time I'm awake. I wanted to arrange with my oxygen company to have a machine delivered and they were great. They need some notice though, so again with the whole planning and being organised when you can. I also reached out to the event organisers and asked if it would be possible for me to be sat near a plug. That way I can use the main concentrator and not have to worry about my canisters running low. The oxygen concentrator I have is one that can refill canisters, but I didn't like the idea of leaving it on in the hotel room when there'd be no one in there. The organisers were great, as were the hotel and the oxygen company. Same goes for access issues for my chair, they've all been excellent at making sure I have what I need to bring myself to the event.

One thing that did worry me was what if I couldn't manage it all? I didn't want to let the organisers down, but nor did I want to just not put myself out there for conventions like this. So I made a judgement call and am still making that call. I won't know for sure until I've done it, but I've planned my time in the weeks and days leading up to the event to allow myself for plenty of rest breaks. My carer, and best friend, is coming along to help me on the day and she's good at making sure I don't overdo it. There will be a short lunch break and during that I will, if need be, have the opportunity to nap in the room. I'm mostly focusing on doing the whole day, napping and then going to the after event ball.

That was another judgement call. If I'd been "on" all day, was I really up to a late night? I went back and forth about it before I finally decided that yeah, I'd manage. If worse came to worst, I could leave earlier than planned and head to bed. Even though at the time of signing up, B didn't drive, she does now which means that if it comes to it, she can make the journey there and since we're staying at the hotel until the Monday, I can spend the day after sleeping and resting and all that fun stuff that comes with being a spoonie. I made the decision that I wouldn't know for sure until the night and I would much rather push myself a little to experience all that I could than say no and miss out on something. And again, it's something that's not set in stone so if need be, I can pull out.

One thing that a lot of people who aren't chronically ill and/or disabled don't seem to realise is that we have to make so many choices every day. I can choose to spend my spoons, knowing that it will give me one hell of a payback in the weeks following, so that I can experience something I never have before and is, quite frankly, an experience I want under my belt. Or I can be cautious. As it stands now, I plan to definitely be there on October 7th, for all the signing on the day and the after event, but the organisers are awesome and I know if I had to pull out between now and then, they'd understand. As it is, they're doing everything they can to make it as accessibly and easy for me. Which is something I very much appreciate.

So, I'll leave you with the advice that while a signing might cost a hell of a lot of spoons, sometimes it's a good idea to step outside of your comfort zone and experience it. Having said that, you know your limits better than I do, and I know mine better than anyone else. Don't push yourself to the breaking point for something, no matter how much you want that experience. There are steps you can take, such as having a week before and time afterwards when your focus in purely on recovery. It can be hard to judge how much time you'll need so be kind to yourself and listen to your body. 

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

From Joey's Instagram

TFW you're number 2 on Goodreads in the UK this week! #authorslife #authorsofinstagram #writerslife #writersofinstagram #joeywrites #indieauthor #amwriting #lovemyjob #ilovewriting

Friday, 15 September 2017

Interview with L. P. Masters & Review of Love Is Death

I'm delighted to be joined on the blog today by L. P. Masters for both an interview and my review of her book - Love Is Death. Here's a little about her:

Born and raised in the rainy streets of the Seattle Area, L.P. Masters spent her fair share of time staring out rain-streaked windows and writing books. Masters has always had extremely vivid dreams, which often spark inspiration for her novels. She has participated in National Novel Writer's Month every November since 2010. Writing isn't the only thing she can do with a pen in her hand, she also enjoys sketching and drawing—with varying degrees of success. Masters now lives in the slightly-less-dreary city of Spokane Washington with her husband and two wonderful daughters. 

And onto the interview!

 What made you want to be a writer?
I have always had extremely vivid dreams. I used to wake up and spend at least half an hour telling anyone who listened all about what happened and what it looked like and who did what, etc. It was the combination of a dream and my mom's influence that got me started writing when I was twelve. I told her about a dream and how compelling it was and she said, "So why not go write a book about it?" and the rest is history.

What kind of books do you read for pleasure?
Lots. When I was younger I really stayed in the classic scifi writers, like Robert Heinlein or Andre Norton. Lately I've been branching out and I love it. Romance, Young Adult, Thrillers. Anything that looks interesting, I'll pick up.

What kind of writer are you: plan or not?
Ugh. This is a big fight for me right now. My whole life I have been a pantser, (No planning at all.) Over the years I've taken a lot of creative writing classes and everyone talks about plotting. I see the advantages of it, and my brain says, "That would be great. Let's try that!" and then I try it and the whole thing falls apart. I can have a beautifully written plot... and then I cannot for the life of me write the story. So I've gone for a middle ground. I plot things out a little bit, looking at really big picture ideas, and then I let myself come up with it as I go, pausing every once in a while along the way to revise or add things to the overall plan I had before.

What book/character of yours is your favourite?
A lot of my favorite characters haven't been published yet. I only have one novel out so far, but there are many more already written, I just need to get them ready to go. As far as published characters, I would have to say that, truth be told, I love Skoogie from Love is Death. He doesn't show up until the end of the book, but he's just this awesome Southern guy. Even though he works for the bad guys, he's great. If I get to look at not (yet) published books, I would say Jackson from Chained Universe, which is the next trilogy that I'll be publishing. He's smart, funny, handsome, and extremely complex thanks to his backstory.

Do you prefer to type or hand write?
For the most part I write on my laptop. I love using Scrivener for most of my projects. It just makes my life so much easier. Every once in a while, though, I love hand writing. It's been kind of a "thing" for me lately to hand write all my short stories. It just puts me in a new environment and stimulates a different part of my mind. Sometimes when I'm stuck on a book, I'll sit down and start a scene on paper. It's very helpful.

What's your favourite kind of scene to write?
Tearjerkers! Oh man. If I can pull those heart strings, if I can pull my own hair out while I'm writing it, if I can scream at my characters and ask myself how I can be so mean! Those are the scenes I live for! There have been times where I've been writing a scene and my husband has asked if I'm okay, because i might be right on the verge of tears, or making a face like I'm about to kill someone. (Oh wait. I am.)

Would you ever like to branch out to a different genre?
I have. I love different genres. I mentioned earlier that I was really into classic scifi when I was a kid, but in college my teacher forced me, (yes, she forced me) to write contemporary stories, no genres like scifi or fantasy. My very last story I submitted for that class she allowed me, (Oh gracious teacher) to write a scifi short story, and I realized how much better it was than what I'd been doing before. Ever since then I've been much more open to different genres, which is awesome, because I feel comfortable telling the story however the story should be told. I don't have to try to shove something into a scifi box when it really would work better in a paranormal world. That being said, even though I try all sorts of stories, I find myself gravitating more towards good old science fiction, paranormal, and romance genres.

What does your writing space look like?
My whole house. I write on the couch, I write in bed, I write on the deck... sometimes I write on the floor with the lights all off. I don't know how I lived when I had to write on a desktop. My memory of desktop writing includes me being a contortionist in the computer chair, constantly moving around and sitting in all sorts of weird positions. It's really awful for ergonomics, I'm sure, but it's how I like to do it.

Gina’s plan for her afterlife is simple: survive as long as possible. The afterlife is a ghost-kill-ghost kind of place. When she meets newly-dead Alec, she can’t help her desire to protect him. Before she knows it, she finds herself falling for him, despite the little voice in her head telling her it’s a bad idea. Alec’s goals don’t mesh well with Gina’s plans. Determined to save his living sister from a murderer, he’s willing to disobey the laws of a well-established cult in the afterlife. If the cult finds out, they’ll kill him. Again. He’s hesitant to accept Gina’s help and threaten her afterlife, but he’s guaranteed to fail without her. Together they embark on a perilous mission, but the most dangerous aspect of all is the threat of falling in love. Because in the afterlife... love is death.
My review: 5 stars
I loved the synopsis of this book and was happy to dig into it. I was floored with how bloody amazing it was! From the first page, I was hooked and more than happy to sit down and read it completely in two sittings. The story is engaging and enthralling. The set up of there being both an afterlife AND an afterdeath was amazing. The world building with tiny and delicate pieces made the book even more delightful to read. I loved it! Watching Gina and Alec connect, but also all the other characters as well. They were all so well developed and I am still astounded by just how good this book is! HIGHLY recommended!

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

From Joey's Instagram

Miss Hetti is hiding in my ukuleles! Snuggle #kitty! #catsofinstagram #misshetti #pastacats

Life Of Joey - September 2017 [CC]


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

From Joey's Instagram

You know it's almost autumn since the hoodie is back on! Gonna be a busy day today but I am feeling good! #authorslife #amwriting #authorsofinstagram #writerslife #writersofinstagram #indieauthor #lovemyjob #ilovewriting #oxygenuser