Enjoy the journey

is the destination

Inspired by Vashti Q

I think sometimes we are in such a hurry to get “there” that we forget to enjoy the journey.

This past 8 months I set goals for myself. Not only writing goals, projects to accomplish and books to publish, but I attached quantitative unit/financial goals to my writing. I’m enjoying watching the sales growth in all aspects of my business. But also I’m satisfying that business-woman part of me that likes to learn the “why” and the “how” of blogging, newsletters, marketing, FBooking, Twittering…haha, yes, I also have my own creative language that goes with my stats.

I’ve made so many new friends, authors, trainers, teachers, gurus and PA and even VA. If I have to explain those last two terms, you need to email me! And I will give you the pep talk you deserve!! I’ve learned that FB is not just for posting sexy, raunchy photos, witty notes and stunning photos of sunrises…oh, and meeting “interesting” young men. It’s a great place to network and study the habits of highly successful authors who understand and have developed their business to the point where they run financially viable enterprises.

As some of you know, with the introduction of Lie To Me an exposé on sex for money I’ve officially come out of the closet. Yes, I’ve accepted the fact that I might be a romance writer. I thought I was writing suspense, sometimes mystery/suspense and then TARGET in the Sun won Best in Contemporary Fiction 2017– I had to look up the definition of “Contemporary Fiction.” I was about to release Lie to Me and found myself blushing as I described its contents. I’m now able to admit out loud, it’s “steamy.” I’m over myself. I accept the raunchy romantic side of me and gleefully throw my thoughts down on paper and just go for it.

So, after struggling with my internal demands to make my authoring business financially viable, I decided to continue learning, growing and maturing as both a writer and an authorpreneur. And yes, I am truly enjoying the journey. I hope you are too!

If you build it they will not come!

 

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I enjoyed an interview with Ryan Holiday today.  He talked about the creative process. We all love to create, but the marketing, not so much. Just because “you built it” doesn’t mean “they will come.”

His take is: Making the Work is 50% Marketing the work is 50%–Two separate marathons. 

When we choose the life of writing, we want to write. We have to write like we have to breathe. Marketing is a time-suck and we resent it. But when we become authors, we also become authorpreneurs. 

He quotes Elon Musk: Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death. 

Every day I sit down to write/market/blog/learn/improve my skills, I need to organize that day. I need to watch the time sucks–we all know what they are–FB, Twitter, Huffington Post, email. I write the schedule and set a timer to make sure I’m following it!

I’ve added a few more Elon Quotes.

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Do you agree?

Let me know what you think in the comments and feel free to share.

#amediting a JET-Reborn. New Release January 2018

 

 

 

All I can say…

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Gratitude

I’m so grateful for all of you! I released Lie To Me an exposé on sex for money, a spicy novel slightly outside my comfort zone. And you loved it! My review from Readers’ Favorite validated the work. But more important, the emails I received and notes from fans made my heart sing. It’s always about the emotion for me. If I can evoke emotion or present entertainment mixed with thought-provoking content, I’ve delivered what I set out to do.

I love your constant support. YOU inspire me to continue on this amazing journey. So let me bring you up to date on what I’m working on. I’m writing the next in the series JET 5! No title yet but it will be exciting! When I write JET, I get lost in her process and her life. This is by far my most entertaining spy/action/suspense work to date and I have Russell Blake to thank for inviting me to write into his world!

I’m also working on something very close to my heart. But at the moment, I can’t share. Why? I’m uncertain how to present the life of my friend a Navy SEAL. Will I novelize it? Or will it be a memoir? Not sure yet. But I will keep you posted. There is no doubt in my mind that you will want to read it.

I also have Book 3 “in the Sun” series per/co/lat/ing… Mia’s alone as you know from VANISHED in the SUN. Carlos has been pulled back in… I can’t say more or I might spoil the series for you. And Mia finds herself on the run… Yes, exciting, thrilling and edgy because that’s how that girl rolls!

So I share with you today a wonderful visual. Take a need. I choose Courage and mix it up with Beauty and Passion while I plot my way through JET’s life. Her dedication to Hannah is the essence of all motherhood. And in her determination to keep her young daughter safe, she fights cartels, ISIS, greed, and terrorism. I believe she’s on her way to London, but shh, she doesn’t know it yet! She never disappoints.

Have an amazing holiday season! And thank you for being part of my journey.

 

What’s the most important thing you’re working on right now, and how are you making it happen? Q

 

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I’m working on two projects. The first is a manuscript, working title: SEX for MONEY—Rent-a-boys in Mexico. I wrote this story a few years ago and put it aside. I’m editing now and being brutal on my edits.

A freelance writer moves to Puerto Vallarta to pursue her curiosity about the male sex trade—what type of men sell themselves and why women pay for it. Through a series of interviews and sexual experiences, she finds herself on a dark journey into her own beliefs on sexuality and love.

It’s deeply personal and highly sexual. It’s a different write for me but in the editing, I’ve come across sections that take my breath away.

If I’m ever discouraged about the long road to success in writing books, I go to Amazon and read my reviews. After all, it’s about the pleasure my readers get when they read, right?

The second project is a series of shorter books on Women: sexuality after 50, successful living, creativity and spiritual/soul development. I love these non-fiction subjects that I touched upon in my extremely well-received Memoir/Self-help book LOVE The Beat Goes On. I wanted to delve deeper in the hopes that women know they are not alone in their journey of self-development. We are all in this together.

Yes, I’m busy and at times question myself, my work and the direction life is taking me. We all have self-doubts but the key to success for me is

  1. making a plan—Schedule the writing/editing/cover etc.
  2. doing the work—reading & deleting my rambling babies
  3. writing one page after another even when I’d rather watch Netflix
  4. keeping myself motivated by listening to other authors, their challenges and how they kept on doing the work rejection after rejection
  5. keep my eye on the vision board
  6. and never, ever giving up

How long did you take to finish writing a novel? Q

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In my lifetime I’ve written 4 complete novels, published two of them. The first I lost. Don’t laugh! I must have thrown it out by accident thinking it was previously published poetry work! I wrote the first book over 6 months and consequently if I can focus on it, 4 months seems to be my period to write a book. But the editing can take at least another month with back and forth.

Thoughts to make yourself more efficient:

  1. Know where you’re going when you begin, otherwise you could be writing that novel for years
  2. Plot it out even if it’s not a mystery—I use Excel
  3. Be open to surprises that will throw your plot off—visitors who show up in your mind and jump onto the page without warning!
  4. Write, write, write—try not to go back over what you’ve written and edit. It’s hard to do that but all writing teachers will say write that first draft and then go back
  5. My personal challenge: be aware of plot holes.
  6. Have fun!!

What does it feel like when the muse flows through you?

 

My muse has different functions.

This morning his/her job was to help me organize a series of non-fiction sub-titles. I was playing around with an idea for 4 books and I started with three separate titles… Then I politely asked my muse to fill in the blanks.

My muse appears to be bi-sexual. When I worked on the “sexy” title I felt as if I was looking at my subject matter at first as a woman, then as a man… In any case, in an hour I had three well thought out titles with multiple subtitles/headers to work with. Both the muse and I are not quite sure about the 4th book. We need the title first… I’ll sleep on that, or watch a movie, read a book, and come back to it. That will give my muse time to show me what the 4th title should be.

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My muse visits me in dreams. That’s an exciting way to write poetry—dream interpretation. You’d have to read some of my poetry books to understand that comment. It’s fun actually when my muse visits in a dream because we don’t have to write anything real—we have true poetic/dream state license to play with our words.

When I write fiction I’ve had some amazing experiences! In The Lei Crime Series: NARCO ORPHANS (Kindle Worlds Novella) I thought I was in control of the plot. But my muse took over and added an element that came out of the blue—or should I say out of an explosion and raid on a drug cartel in the mountains. I was so shocked! It made me cry when I saw where my muse was taking my novella. And for me, that’s a very good thing.

I use an excel worksheet to plot my mysteries. I have to because I like to work with several plot lines that will intersect. So I need to be organized. In my most recent novella JET: Displaced (Kindle Worlds Novella) (JET-Displaced Book 4) about 3/4 of the way through the story a new character arrived. I swear to you I gasped! This person appeared out of nowhere and made my heart sing!

My muse is magical. We love each other. I know when I start a project that I will be more surprised at the finished product than the reader. And that’s why for me writing with my muse is a passionate love affair.

Meet #RWISA Author D. L. Finn

 

 

EXPANSION

Flowing out before me – while approaching –

In the sweeping motion of a grand gesture

Presenting its soulful sweetness.

Behind me is a small desert I’ve crossed – shoeless

While carefully stepping over the littered offerings.

Salt saturates my senses

As the gentle-wind styles my hair,

With the latest sea breeze fashion.

My eyes are opened to new possibilities

With a window into its wonders,

With every wave that greets my feet,

The sun soaks into my skin

Cradling me in its warmth and completing the moment.

I stand in awe before the substantial sea

Observing its vast expansion of life-

That I’m humbly a part of.

 

SOARING

I soar above it all

In a human-made machine

Taking me places

Only my soul has dared to venture.

Up into the heavens,

Higher than the loftiest of birds,

I soar above my life

Going from one place to another.

The clouds which usually blanket me

Are perched like a safety net below,

Holding me above the sea.

Lives seem so small

As our group is thrust forward

Some sleep-

Some read-

Some watch movies-

While others drink.

It’s a long trip with strangers

All going to the same destination

But right now, we are…

Above it all in our metal bird—soaring!

 

DOORWAY

Through the trees

The sky is orange, red, and grey

Covering the fleeing blue stratosphere

As the night suppresses the day.

The birds fill the trees

Singing their goodnights

As I pull on a sweater

In a shiver from the receding light.

The setting sun is a time of reflection

Of the night and of the day

A balance of both places

In the sunset’s doorway.

 

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Why do you do that thing you do?

 

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What’s your Outlook junk mail file look like? Mine is easily 100 unread messages at a time. I really don’t want to delete them, but there’s so little time. I can’t read it all. Everyone has a message and many of them are amazing and heartfelt and helpful…but time…there simply isn’t enough time.

 

Do you multi-task? If you’re a woman, you do for sure! I can’t get my nails done without reading a book, or have lunch without checking and responding to Face Book or Twitter. I cook listening to a podcast or motivational You Tube video. That’s how I roll.

 

I tend to write in sound bites. My blogs are short and sweet and hopefully entertain, inspire or motivate. Or make you smile and laugh, that’s good too. But most of all I respect the time you take to read my post.

 

The point of this is I came across a great free download in one of my emails. It’s from Liz Dennery Sanders called 101 WaysPowerfulBrand. She’s great by the way http://shebrand.com. Liz offers a succinct 20-page workbook to help you organize your brand, to define who and what you are in your marketplace, who and what you want to be to your customer/consumer/client/reader.

 

Here’s what I learned about my Why.  In everyone of my fictional works I tackle a social issue, something important to me—something that touches the core of who we are as a society. I fight my battles—literally, in writing—with the JET series, Target in the Sun, Vanished in the Sun and even in LEI Crime World… The titles like Narco Orphans, JET-Abducted, drop clues.

 

That simple realization about my work was a powerful ah-ha moment. In my own way through my books, I’m tackling war, the sacrifice of the military, human trafficking, cartels, drugs, sex: both good and bad; and with my current wip JET-Displaced, bio-weapons and the world’s refugee crisis.

 

Do you know why you do that thing you do?

 

Thank you to my constant readers. I hope those of you who relate, find both entertainment and your very own ‘ah-hah’ moments in my writing.

 

p. s. Target in the Sun will be on Kindle Countdown Deal Friday June 2, 2017 $.99 cents!! OMG don’t ask me why I’m doing it.  https://goo.gl/PPLaF9

If You Knew Me This Would Not Surprise You!

I was adopted this morning.
I have always had totem animals. Sandhawks have been watching over me for 7 years–ever since a Navy SEAL friend of mine died.
This morning I decided to work on book 4 in my novella series JET. I’m plotting, so I was re-reading who I killed off in my 3rd book JET Ultimatum. And suddenly I looked up and I had a RAVEN sitting on my balcony railing watching me!!
OMG. Do you know the name of my main character throughout this entire series? Luke RAVEN!
And yes he has some similarities to My Cowboy in my memoir LOVE The Beat Goes On.  He’s got a native Blackfoot grandfather. And leads a very interesting life.
The Raven:
“Working with Raven is a way of boosting your powers of observation and bringing anything that lingers in the shadows into a healthy light.
Ravens have a very distinctive voice and a vast vocabulary. They are among the smartest birds in nature, so don’t be surprised if you start finding that your communication skills improve.
Raven reminds us to stay true to our voice.
One thing is for certain, with Raven around your life will not want for mystical adventures and spiritual surprises.”
This is going to be an incredible week!