Monday, December 3, 2012

December Monday Blahs!

It's December!!!! I'm a big Christmas kinda guy. Love this time of year.

But it's Monday, and I'm already tired.

Oh, and I have to move the first week in January, which is starting to stress me out. Lots of stuff still need to be packed and all kinds of little things are bothering me. In my kitchen is a big refrigerator that no longer works. The ice maker literally caught fire and melted everything inside. Need to get that hauled away. Stuff I want to get rid of and sell....staring at me.

Looking at the calendar, I've also come to the realization I will turn 40 in sixteen days. It shouldn't bother me, but it kinda does. On one hand, I'm glad to be alive and I'm sure 40 will be good, but there's still a part of me that is full of anxiety. I mean, where the hell did the time go?

Okay, I need to pull myself out of this little funk by focusing on the positives. NaNo was good to me - and I got to meet some great writers. I'm going to purchase Scrivener and continue to network with others. I hope to just keep getting better. I framed my WINNER certificate. Yes, I'm such a geek. But hey, I'm proud!

I did a photo shoot yesterday with an amazing photographer. We shot at a very industrial-kinda place, so my photos will have a little steampunk feel to it, and I can't wait to see the final "products." Photoshop can make me look good, right?

Finally, here's my most recent version of my blurb. Thanks so much to everyone for their advice. I took everything everyone told me, and here's what I got so far:

Prince Kanze Zenjiro has enjoyed success and glory on the battlefield. The young warrior must now face the most dangerous challenge of his life. His homeland of Nihon is threatened by a foreign dominion. Zen must find a way to save his people and his kingdom.

The Iberian Empire has cast its tyranny over much of the world. Their steam powered giants and iron spiders saturate the battlefield with the blood of all who oppose their might. Now Iberia's greedy gaze turns towards the exotic lands of the Orient.

Armed only with his sword and a pair of six-guns, Zen is sent on a desperate quest. He finds himself on foreign soil, surrounded by dangers he never had imagined. Can he survive a cruel and merciless world ruled by machines and pirates? Will his faith and loyalty endure the ultimate betrayal?

What do you think? I think it's getting there. Any other words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

Happy Monday!!!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Like that blurb much better!
Forty was rough for me. I wasn't ready.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

I'm glad I don't have to move until May. I'd hate to have to move in the middle of winter.

Age isn't anything but a number. So there.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Woo hoo on the NaNo win!
And man, i'm with you on the holidays. Normally i'm all excited and want to put up decorations. But this year...ugh. I'm just tired

Brinda said...

Jay, didn't you know that 40 is the new 30? I can't wait to see the photos with the steampunk look. Your blurb is really good.

Vero said...

Like the blurb, it's more personal now. :)

Don't worry about being 40, once you get your hands on Scrivener your life will change for the better! Your writing life, at least. It's the most awesome piece of writing software ever made, followed in close second by Simon Haynes' free yWriter5.

J. A. Bennett said...

This is always a crazy time of year! Still, I love Christmas despite the hectic-ness.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Congratulations on turning 40. I think a celebration is in order. You are not "old" if that is what's getting you down. Just look at Daniel Craig...hotter than hell post 40.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: I'm not ready either!

PT: Alright. If you say so.

Sarah: I hope the spirit catches me.

Brinda: Thanks!

Vero: I'm excited about Scrivener. I think it will help keep all my stuff straight. Thanks for your help!

J.A.: I hope the hetic-ness doesn't overwhelm me

Michael: Good point. There's lots of hot people over 40.

M Pax said...

I don't envy you the move. Didn't they haul away the broken fridge when you got a new one? That's how we got rid of ours.

40 is fine. It's 50 I'm about to stare in the eye and am not liking. My older brother turned 50 last December. No one wanted to talk about it. lol So we pretend it didn't happen. I feel about 25 in my head. So, the real age doesn't matter so much.

Thumbs up on the new blurb.

DEZMOND said...

the blurb is so very "zen" :PP

Ciara said...

Moving in January stinks. I moved one year when I was nine months pregnant. I fell into a box and couldn't get out. No joke. I hope your move goes better.
Okay, blurb. LOVE the first paragraph and last paragraph. You want the editor to come out? You sure? Okay, this is just my humble opinion, but if you want it email me at ciara (at) ciaraknight dot com. If not, all the best!

Jay Noel said...

Mary: We never got a new one. I just happened to clean out our spare one in the garage literally one day before our main one caught fire!

Dez: Thanks!

Ciara: YES! I needs me da editor. Emailing you now.

Phats said...

I love Christmas too, and the weather has been nice here so it's been good. I kind of hear ya on the 40 thing getting old is not really fun, don't envy your move either good luck

Morgan said...

Forty is sooooooo young. Fifty is young. Gosh, even sixty. And love your new photo and great blurb. :D

Rusty Webb said...

Good blurb. Sorry about you getting a bit beat down. I turned 40 this year too. It sucked.

I'd like to see those steampunk photos. Awesome.

Lydia Kang said...

Looking forward to your photos! As for the query, it does sound like a great book! I'd consider adding some danger to your first line--it needs more of a hook. Also, several of your sentences "feel" the same--same length and construction. Vary it a little more. That's all I have to add!

The Desert Rocks said...

Love the blurb and congrats on Nano. Can't wait to see the photos. There are worse things than turning 40. Trust me. :)

Samantha May said...

I love the holidays too, but I normally feel really "eh" about it until I start shopping!

A steampunk photo shoot sounds so awesome :D

Don't stress too much about turning 40! It's the new 25 ;)

Laura Eno said...

Much better blurb! I really like it.

40? Pffft. Next month I turn 58. I'm still 25 in my head. Don't sweat the numbers.

Jay Noel said...

Phats: Getting old is not fun, but at least I'm getting old! I'm still here.

Morgan: I need to adopt your way of thinking. And thanks!

Rusty: Luckily, I don't need a walker...yet.

Lydia: The sentences do feel the same. Although my first blurb had really long sentences and too many adjectives.

Jay Noel said...

Eve: I DO trust you.

Samantha: Hmmm...maybe you're right. So is 25 the new 10???

Laura: I think I'm 39 in the head!

David P. King said...

That's a story can wrap my brain around. Sounds great. And where are you moving to? :)

Pk Hrezo said...

I like the blurb much better! And hey you hit 40 a year before I do, butI'm fellow Sag here--you know,a philosophical traveler. lol SO cheers to that!
And I'm a big old Xmas geek too. Love it!!

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I wanted to weigh in on your blurb after having thought about it some. I think you should up the excitement of Prince Kanze Zenjiro as he sounds like a complete badass. Allow me to elaborate.

You say "Prince Kanze Zenjiro has enjoyed success and glory on the battlefield."

This reads like "Michael Offutt has enjoyed eating pizza and pie all of his life." It's "meh."

I think it should be:

At the age of 20 (or however old he is), Kanze Zenjiro's bloody footprints mark the bodies of those who stood in his way to secure the throne of Nihon. Now, the tyrannical Iberian Empire is bent on destroying his kingdom, and they send their steam-powered giants and iron spiders against him.

To defeat his new enemy, (insert name) sends Zen on a quest that takes him on the most dangerous journey of his life. To succeed, Zen must kill all his enemies with a sword and a pair of six guns and somehow survive a test of faith and loyalty in a world so cruel and merciless, it borders on madness.

Jay Noel said...

David: Nope, I'm not moving to Utah...yet!

PK: I like the sound of that. Philosophical Traveler. In other words, "Space Cadet!"

Michael: Thanks for reminding me to write with some gusto. I want to seduce the potential reader, after all. I'm off to work on it some more.

Melissa Bradley said...

40 is no big deal, why stress? My life path was put on hold for so long that at 42, I feel like I'm 22 and refuse to conform to what someone deems age appropriateness. I actually live like I'm 22 as well, under-employed, pursuing my art and absolutely single with no kids. And I don't intend to change that status any time soon and never ever for another person.

I like the new blurb, but I'd ax the last sentence in the first paragraph because it's redundant based on the rest of the blurb. And Michael's right about the first sentence, needs more oomph. Sorry, could not resist putting my two cents in as I love to write blurbs. Titles is another story...

Jay Noel said...

Melissa: Thanks for your youthful perspective. Michael's blurb is pretty darn close to what I wanted...just needed some help getting there.

And I'm really good with titles for some reason.

Cynthia said...

Yay for being done with NaNo! And happy early birthday! From your picture, I say you look much younger than 40. Curious to see how those steam punk themed pictures turn out.

Also curious to know how Scrivener will work for fact, that's part of the subject for my next post...

Christine Rains said...

I turned forty in October. I tried to ignore it, but since I got an awesome gift in the form of a laptop, I'm happy for the increase in my writing productivity! :) Congratulations on the NaNo win and your blurb looks sharp. Nice.

Cherie Reich said...

The book sounds great! Good luck with the move! And I'm sure 40 isn't too bad. :)

Mr. Shife said...

The blurb got even better. Nice work. And the photos turned out great. Don't sweat turning 40. It is no big deal. I heard some great advice about getting older that I thought I would share: Don't regret getting older. It is a pleasure that many are denied. Have a good weekend, Jay.

Milo James Fowler said...

The blurb rocks! As far as turning 40, I'm sure it'll look better on the other side. It's the new 30, right?

Anonymous said...

I turn 50 in less than a month. I can vaguely remember turning 40. I don't think I minded all that much. This one, about the same. Now, the next one, 60, will be the hard one.

Liked the blurb. Pirates are always good.

DEZMOND said...

getting rid of the stuff when you're moving and not knowing what to do with most of them is what scares the hell out of me in those situations!

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