Final Thoughts Before AMW Part 1 of 2: Feelings in the Brain

I always knew that I would be writing down this particular blog post the weekend before the release of my book.  I just can’t believe that weekend has arrived.

I have three days left before A Moment’s Worth is released to the world. Continue reading “Final Thoughts Before AMW Part 1 of 2: Feelings in the Brain”

Special Sunday Post: Recurring Themes to Know Before Reading AMW

I have a little over a week before A Moment’s Worth becomes available.  Within the past several months leading up the occasion, there have been days where I would dedicate my weekly post to discussing a theme, my observations in how it  plays out in literature (and sometimes in real life), and how it will be incorporated into my book.  However, not everyone who is reading my blog now may have not been reading it at the time when some of these previous posts were written, or perhaps missed out on it somehow.  So before AMW is released, I thought I take this time to provide for you all links to those various posts to read up on, in preparation for the book.  All the links will be listed below for you to take the time to look through them.

Enjoy!

-Lauren Continue reading “Special Sunday Post: Recurring Themes to Know Before Reading AMW”

Thoughts About Identifying As An Author

“So, we have a real live author for you guys.”

Those were the words (or a statement that was something along those lines anyway) that my editor said when she introduced me before an audience of high school juniors and seniors at the continuation school she volunteers at.  About a month ago, she had the students enrolled in the drama class put on a stage adaptation (with my permission, of course) of one of the chapters from A Moment’s Worth.  I was there in attendance, only to follow up afterwards by partaking in a three-minute Q&A session.

It’s that statement that gets to me, and maybe it even got to some of the students as well; that I was identified as an author, a real live author.  For me, that’s a weird thing to process.  The title of “author” has always sounded really pro to me; like a title given to those who are high up on a non-existing caste system.  Not to mention that while the title is often used for those who produce written content- in particular books- the general definition of an author is anyone who is the maker/creator/originator of  anything. Continue reading “Thoughts About Identifying As An Author”

Special Sunday Post: “A Moment’s Worth” Is Now Up for Pre-Order!

If I were anymore excited or nervous or whatever it is that I’m feeling right now, I’d probably be “shaking like a Polaroid picture.”

So I may have mentioned before, I said I would be expanding more with the distribution of A Moment’s Worth.  While I am going to make it available on Amazon, it will also be available through other venues as well thanks to Smashwords.  For those who don’t know, Smashwords is an ebook self-publishing platform that’s been in business since 2008.  By making it available to Smashwords, my book will also be made available on venues such as Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobos, and many other venues as well, worldwide. Continue reading “Special Sunday Post: “A Moment’s Worth” Is Now Up for Pre-Order!”

Reflection: 1 Month (+1 Day) Since the Release of “The Shadows”

With A Moment’s Worth now being less than three weeks away from its release, it’s soon to be all that the attention will be on in my life (though it already very much is as that release date is coming up).  However, before all goes full swing into that particular work of mine, I want to look back on my first release that technically did cement the beginning of my career as an author; my short story, The Shadows.

I released The Shadows exclusively on Amazon on May 27th, which means it’s now been one month and one day since then.  It’s a fantasy story that focuses on the Council of the Sun Spirits (the shadows) and their observations of present-day humanity.  However, after one particular meeting where the Chieftain has had enough of hearing about shootings, cowardice, harm towards the environment and such, he declares a ban on the sun from appearing for the rest of time on earth.  It’s left to the rest of the council to show him how not all of humanity is like that, and shouldn’t be punished for the actions of certain individuals. Continue reading “Reflection: 1 Month (+1 Day) Since the Release of “The Shadows””

Special Sunday Post: Novel Title and Release Date REVEALED!

It’s a “side project” that I’ve been working on since late 2012.  It’s been incredibly under-wraps, so much as to where it’s only within the past three months that my peers at school are starting to find out about it.  It’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, but in no way would have expected getting it done this early in life.  But I feel ready to take on this dream that I’ve been working towards my entire life- and especially this past year.

It’s with that, that I want to go ahead and finally reveal the name of my mysterious novel and the day it’s going to be released.  It is called… Continue reading “Special Sunday Post: Novel Title and Release Date REVEALED!”

UPDATE: “The Shadows” is Now Available Worldwide!

As I have made evident, I’m new to the industry of independent publishing.  When I released The Shadows a few weeks ago, it was not only in attempt to release some writing of mine ahead of my debut novel’s release, but it was also as a way of testing the waters as well.  What I didn’t realize at the time of releasing it on Amazon is that I had it set on U.S.-only availability.  Since I am the author and the publisher, it turns out I have the rights to distribute it out as far wide into the world as much as possible.  It’s good that I now know, for the sake of when I release the novel.

So for those who live outside the United States and wanted to read The Shadows before but couldn’t, I sincerely apologize.  I have the links to the varying international Amazons now that I shall provide below.  If you get around to reading it at all, then I hope you enjoy it.

-Lauren Continue reading “UPDATE: “The Shadows” is Now Available Worldwide!”

Special Sunday Post: The Book Blogger Test

I rarely do personality-esque quizzes such as this, but after coming across this one on Jodie‘s blog, it looked interesting and fun to do, so I decided to do it too.  While this blog is more so about my writing career and other interconnective ramblings, there are cases where I do bring books into play, especially since I am a reader… and it seems like such a natural instinct for a writer to do when not writing.  So anyway, here’s my take on this quiz and I encourage you to take it yourself if you want to.

-Lauren Continue reading “Special Sunday Post: The Book Blogger Test”

What I Walked For When I Walked at Graduation

My school does things a little weird.  While some colleges may have graduation ceremonies twice a year, mine on the other hand is one of those where there is only one graduate ceremony and only one undergraduate ceremony.  On top of that, my school is on the quarter system, so whether if you graduated in the fall or winter, the commencement ceremonies will always take place in the spring.

It’s with that in mind that I’d like to note that even though I got to walk in a cap and gown as one of about 4,000 students who walked this morning at my school, I haven’t officially graduated yet.  I’m taking a five-week class during the summer and in the fall, I have my remaining classes to take as an undergrad.  So the reality is, I actually will be completing my degree- and my minor- later in the year. Continue reading “What I Walked For When I Walked at Graduation”