Birthing Affliction

Affliction by Dottie Daniels. Published by DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C (2015)

Affliction by Dottie Daniels. Published by DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C (2015)

Hey.

I hope you all had a great weekend. For many they’re extra sweet and savory because in the Midwest and northern regions of the United States- these nice, warm weekends are numbered. Anything nice going into mid-Fall is lucky. My sign that winter around me is likely to be brutal is due to the number of yellow-jackets in my neighbor/surrounding cities being extra aggressive and large in number.

Anyways, I received my first copy of Affliction in the mail on Friday. It was surreal. I mean, I dreamt about it a few days before but I had to double-check and make sure I wasn’t still dreaming! I’ve been telling all my Facebook buddies, Twitter buddies and family and friends. Everyone has been so supportive! I’m so thankful. Now I want to tell you all. You’re my people too. Affliction is probably at it’s lowest price at my publisher so be sure and order now before the sale ends.

It’s been a long process from the first time I opened my laptop back in 2010 and began to write what is now in my hands in physical form, complete with cover. I tell people it’s been a learning process since I created the Word file and used Google Earth to go to the story’s location (Pennsylvania) to find out how to enact the best symptoms of an actual zombie virus to actually finishing it and then go on to find a publisher and so on. I’ve become a one-woman marketing team, trying to find out everything I need to know to make Affliction known and accessible to every person who may be interested. Some things I understand about that process while others I will have to wait for further clarification.

In short, the ‘authorship’ process really grows a person more than what I’ve expected. It’s given me something to dedicate myself to. I’ve become a better person because of it. I’ve fallen in love with writing.

Affliction is due out September 15th.

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Will You Catch an Affliction This Fall?

Hey.

I’m not referring to something you can get a flu shot, prophylactically. I’m not talking about avoiding public places and spaces, riddled with germs and fingerprints due to the lack of proper housekeeping. I’m referring to my creation, my artistic baby- if you will.

This baby:

Affliction by Dottie Daniels. Published by DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C (2015)

Affliction by Dottie Daniels. Published by DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C (2015)

I started writing Affliction back in 2010 as a means to avoid losing my sanity. Honestly, that was the kick-starter. While taking college courses full-time at a private, catholic school and working nights at a hospital- I needed a release. I had no idea what I would write, I just started writing. I felt I had control of my writing more so than any other aspect of my life so I took whatever time I had left and invested it. It may have only been 20 or 30 minutes at a time, in between psychology, biology and chemistry courses but I took that time and placed it. It’s amazing how creative one can become; how the urge to create can then supercede the urge to sleep or continue one’s own usual social life- no matter how sparingly that opportunity is. There is a lesson there. Go for what you want.

The year 2012 comes, it’s October and what began as a short story, evolved more into what you’ll be able to read now. I found a publisher after 12 rejections and a no-response after researching queries under the advice of my co-workers who read what I created and liked what they saw.

I bring that to you now.

It’s my first effort, my very first. It’s indeed like a baby you raise with the intentions of doing the best you can the whole time and then setting it off unto the world for it to gain it’s own experience…. I am the parent, lol.

I’ve learned an important lesson though. I’ve learned that I can fall in love with writing which includes the painful re-reads, edits, research and total submersion/submission into the topic entails. I’ve learned what the guilt of not writing for a few weeks at a time is like. I’ve learned the desire to write that comes along with it. I’ll learn a few lessons more about the business side of writing- particularly the business of letting people know that my writing exists. I see it not as a competition similar to Ford and Chrysler competing for the business of one car/SUV per household. I see it as something more unique than that but yet simpler because there is plenty of room for books on one’s bookshelf. I have to let you know that I exist. The decision to buy into the experience is up to you. Affliction is here and unlike the flu I hope you decide to catch it. 🙂

Long live the zombie! Photo courtesy of Google images.

Long live the zombie! Photo courtesy of Google images.

For the Love of Horror

Image courtesy of Google.

Image courtesy of Google.

Hey.

As much as I love summer and am a true fan of the genre, I feel nothing hosts the livelihood of all things horror-related in the arts and entertainment world like the Fall season does. I’m already digging through my DVD collection to find the scarier and more haunting films versus the comedies and action/adventure films I’d usually choose for viewing.

My ultimate pick to start the season off (though I admit, I’m still loving summer) is Dawn of the Dead (1978). It’s the only movie I’ve watched 30 times and view it each time like it’s my first. Being the author of my own zombie novel titled Affliction, my first go-to is anything zombie. Yes, I’m a fan of The Walking Dead!

Other horror films I’m fond of as well. The numerous remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre along with my favorite non-zombie movie- Insidious are movies I prefer to watch in the daytime because they scare me like nothing else. I blame the surround sound. I call that entertainment!

So here’s my official blessing to usher in the season of horror- may your TV’s and books keep you entertained and the subsequent nightmares be interesting! Are there any horror movies you’d recommend? Please let me know!

Image courtesy of Google.

More of these guys and gals please! Image courtesy of Google.

My Writing Muse is a Painful One

Image courtesy of Google images.

Image courtesy of Google images.

Hey.

I’m already wishing you all a pleasant and fun weekend because I know you need it. Seriously, the last 5 people I’ve talked to; co-workers, friends and random strangers- have all discussed in some form or another how they are being pulled in 20 different directions. Time to nix the superman/superwoman complex for a couple days, right?

I too, feel this way mostly all the time. Trying to be the perfect person (or the least conflict-ridden) in the form of daughter, girlfriend, employee, pet-owner and overall human being and frankly it’s a large slice of pie to digest. I’m not one to always take the highroad and avoid conflict but generally I’d say I do my best to use the power of intuition and foresight to predict behaviors and circumstances based on patterns- what I already know and have experienced with most things.

I’ll admit though, it wears me the hell out.

Fortunately, that brings me to the relevance of the title of this post, ‘My Writing Muse’

Unfortunately, I feel less motivation to write and pursue without the pains and strains of being generally over-worked. On a nice day, I feel like relaxing and enjoying a lesser amount of activity, whereas on the days I’m being pulled in several directions with an ongoing and ever-changing to-do list- it takes little effort to be creative and the desire to write or read literature is overwhelming to the point where I’m writing things on a scratch piece of paper to go in-depth later once I have the time.

It really is something to figure out.

The good news is, I got done reading over and editing my novel, Affliction for the last time and sent it back to my publisher last night. I was up until 430am reading because I wanted it done that day and no later. More to come on that, for sure. Again, I hope everyone of you has a great weekend and I hope this mid-August weekend puts a smile on your face.

Courtesy of Google images.

Courtesy of Google images.

Reading (Editing) Feverishly

Photo courtesy of Google images- but I still would like to review your title!

Photo courtesy of Google images.

Hey.

I haven’t dropped off the planet- although I feel I have. I’ve been busy playing the editor role for the upcoming release of my first novel, Affliction. It’s been edited already but that last read-over before it’s sent off to the printer is the most important. My publisher, DonnaInk Publications L.L.C has already inquired about when I’ll be ready to release it. I told her it’d be by today and I’m trying to get it done by day’s end.

I’ll say this though, never have I come to both love and hate a piece of writing such as I have at this moment. For the last five years when I started writing Affliction, completed it and nearly completed its sequel, I’ve lived, breathed and cherished all aspects of it along with writing in general. As an editor (with my figurative ‘editor’ hat on) I’m able to see things I love and hate about it, magnified 10x. The spelling and grammar is not so much an issue in my opinion as it is making sure the flow is perfect to a first time reader. I’ve asked people to read it and they approve but the feedback of, “I like it”, “It’s fine,” “I loved it” doesn’t satiate the appetite of the nearly-rabid editor I’ve become in the last two weeks or so- specifically in the last four days.

I’ve had to transform from that: rabidity into normalcy.

I’ve discovered however, the cure for literary rabies is positive self-talk and frequent breaks to read the news which will remind you in your state of insanity- just how sane you really are. If that doesn’t work- try social media where there are zero literacy and grammatical rules. If you’ve truly given your work your best. It will survive. You will survive.

That’s all folks, enjoy your weekend!

Photo courtesy of Google images.

Photo courtesy of Google images.