Monday, August 12, 2013

Blog Friends Play Tag

So I got my rights back last week, and I purchased the cover art because it's so awesome. I can't wait to show all of you. Once I have a wonderful friend of mine help me with the typography, I'll have to do a fun cover reveal and see how far I can spread it all over the blogosphere.

Speaking of friends, I had a little epiphany recently. I think it was a combination of celebrating eight years of blogging and going through yet another publishing heartbreak that made me stop and think. Stop and think really hard about many of YOU out there.

I've had the pleasure of only meeting two blog friends in the last eight years. Just two. Despite that, I consider many of you true friends. Throughout this tough road, you all have offered your support, encouraging words, and even reached out to help me. There's just not enough words in existence for me to describe how thankful I am.

When I first started blogging, there was a high degree of anonymity on here. But these days, it's easier to really connect to all of you in blogland.  I feel like we're all kindred spirits, and I'm a lucky guy to be a part of such an incredible blogging community. Thank you for everything!

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I was tagged by Mary Pax to answer a few questions. So here I go:

What are you working on right now? I'm working on a bazillion things right now. Going indie is expensive, so I was picking up aluminum cans to save up enough money to pay for all the stuff I'm going to need to do this right. As far as writing goes, I'm editing the second book in my Asian-inspired steampunk series, The Mechanica Wars. This 110,000 word novel is titled Shadow Warrior, and I'm on the hunt for beta readers.

What experiences have influenced you? That's easy. My teachers. I was so fortunate to have wonderful teachers that have inspired me, taught me, and encouraged my artistic expression. I grew up surrounded by books, and my teachers continued to foster my love for reading.

What is the hardest part about writing? Time. It's tough to find time to write. I work a very high profile job that includes travel. I have kids, and they're pretty demanding too. So it's a challenge to make the time to do this.

What would you like to try as a writer that you haven't yet? You know, I'd like to write a sex scene from a male's point of view. No offense, but I've read lots of love/sex scenes written by female authors who attempt to write them from the guy's perspective. Not even close, ladies. Maybe it's because if done accurately, the scene would consist of five words. Six tops.


Brinda said...

Your comments about the sex scenes from male POV are interesting. I thought about this when I read Joyland by Stephen King. The sex is fairly to the point and OVER...which surprised me. Five words, huh.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That last one made me laugh! You are so right. Maybe not even five words.
This community is really awesome. I wouldn't still be writing if not for my blogging friends.
Glad you got the rights back to your book and cover. You need a cover reveal, just let me know!

DEZMOND said...

I'd like to read that sex scene :)
I've never met any of our dear bloggers, and I don't think I sadly will since I live across the ocean and most of the bloggers are in USA

Pat Dilloway said...

I haven't met anyone from the blogosphere, nor do I really want to. That would be disappointing for both of us.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've meet 6 or 7 blogging friends over the years. Probably more if I really counted.

Jay Noel said...

Brinda: One word for every minute! HA!

Alex: I hear ya. And thanks so much.

Dez: I'd love to meet some of my international blogging buddies, including you.

Pat: I met one in a Virginia airport. We're still friends even though he doesn't blog. Another blogger is local, and I gave her a framed print of her favorite artist. I always come bearing gifts.

L.Diane: I'd like to meet a bunch of them at one big event. Like a blog party.

The Desert Rocks said...

I'm laughing my head off on that last answer about sex because I know my illicit sex scenes from the man's perspective might not have been that authentic. Thanks for the smiles. I met two blog followers last year and they are great friends and super writers. One is in Canada and the other is actually much, much closer. I consider them super good friends now because we have similar goals.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

What are you going to write for the sex scene? "Yeah Baby?" *Shrugs* Anyway congrats on going indie I think you've waited long enough on the traditional route Jay. Best of luck finding enough money to self-publish but be glad to have a job. There are many out there ho can't say the same.

Robin said...

Congrats on getting back your book. That is awesome.

Your last comment made me LOL. Seriously, I laughed out loud. You know you could always write a blog post and save yourself the effort of putting it in a book...

J. A. Bennett said...

Time is so tough, even though I get up at five, I still don't feel like they're enough hours in the day. And I love this community. I've made so many life-long friends on the journey. Crazy how that works out :)

Emily R. King said...

Teachers are such a force for good in the world!

Tara Tyler said...

8 yrs?! wow! congrats! hope the heartache is healing.

and great tag answrs! totally with you until the last one, but i bet it would be educational!

Jay Noel said...

Eve: Glad you got a kick outta that one! Hopefully I can come to the desert and meet you. Maybe when the tennis tournament down at Indian Wells is going on.

Sheena: That's about it. "Yeah Baby." Two words. Yes, and I'm very thankful for what I've got.

Robin: Glad I made you laugh! Yeah, blogging is what brought me back to this struggle. What was I thinking???

J.A. You're right. Not enough time. Thankfully, there's cool people like you out here that know exactly what I'm talking about.

Emily: Absolutely! LOVE teachers. Maybe I'm biased because I used to be one, but I wouldn't have achieved anything with out my teachers.

Tara: LOL. Or maybe not. Sometimes, the truth is not very entertaining.

Morgan said...

Ha! We females are writing what we want men to be thinking, LOL!

And time... YES. So difficult to find enough time.

Phats said...

Can't wait to see your cover art!! How exciting

I am glad I stumbled onto this blog and I can't even remember how many years now but glad :) We still need to play tennis!

Rusty Webb said...

A great cover is a sight to behold. Glad you bought the one you believed in. Sex from a male's point of view... sounds like a dark path to me.

Julie Dao said...

Agreed that time is the hardest part about writing, especially when you hold down a full-time job and have a family. But we manage somehow!

Cherie Reich said...

Can't wait to see the cover! And time is very hard to come by these days.

Jay Noel said...

Morgan: It wouldn't hurt us guys to get such insight.

Phats: Everyone I've shown the cover to has been blown away. And I think we started blogging around the same time, but I have no idea how we found each other.

Rusty: VERY dark. That path might be best not traveled.

Julie: It's rough. Just gotta use every minute to its fullest maximum potential.

Cherie: Excited to reveal it soon, hopefully.

ilima said...

That's funny about the sex scenes, haha. I feel like some of my dearest friends are people I've never met in person, just online. It's such a unique (and small) world we live in right now.

farawayeyes said...

I'll refrain from commenting on that last statement, other than to agree.

So glad to hear you got the book back and are moving forward. said...

I'm happy for you, Jay. What a relief. (I'd read your comment on Spunk's blog in response to my post on self-publishing.)

And those words wouldn't be actual words, more like grunts and animalistic sounds. Right?


Mr. Shife said...

Glad you got the book back as well as the cover art. Hope everything goes well for you and I wish you the best of luck. I consider you a friend as well and if it wasn't for people like you I would not even bother blogging anymore. I enjoyed your answer on the writing a sex scene from a male point-of-view. You are absolutely correct about it being 5-6 words at the most. Have a good weekend.

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