In The Mood For…Writing?

How many times have you done this: you make plans to get some writing done. You tell yourself, you’re going to sit down at your computer (or notebook, if you’re old school like me), with every intention to get some work done. Then, you decide to check your email first. But only for a few minutes! Then, you see a link to a YouTube video you’d like to watch, so you click on that. Next thing you know, it’s been an hour and a half, and you haven’t accomplished any writing. Sound familiar?

I’ve been trying to force myself to sit in front of my computer in my spare time, in order to get some writing done. I start out in the mood to write, and then I find myself distracted. Email. Twitter and Facebook posts. Things I need to do for my website. Selecting which music playlist to write to. Selecting which incense stick to burn while I write. Laundry. What’s on TV tonight? Is there a Ghost Adventures marathon on Travel Channel? Well, maybe I’ll watch one episode before I start writing…

Next thing I know, no writing has been done. But I’ve listened to music, burned incense, and watched Zak Bagans and the gang make contact with a spirit. Or, I’ve watched Keanu Reeves kill a mass number of people in John Wick (Chapter 1 or 2, they’ve both been on multiple times lately).  I know I need to break this cycle. When I’m in the mood to write, I’m usually at my day job, where I can’t get any writing done. When I do have time, I’m not in the mood to write. So, what can I do?

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Should I read about my latest crush, or…write? Choices.

I decided to try something new. I went back to all of the things that made me want to write in the first place. My love of books and reading, were two of the things that led me to become a writer. So, I’ve been reading more lately: books, magazines, posts here on WordPress. I’m going to rediscover books that I’ve already read (I’m going to read The Picture of Dorian Gray for the fifth or sixth time). These simple little things are helping me get back into the mood to write again. 

It’s 5:00 on May 26, and The Matrix is on. Let’s see if I can resist and get some work done. 

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Making Time For Writing

Summer is approaching, and its time for me to start setting some writing goals. Of the four major books I want to publish this year, I have published one so far. June is the mid-point of the year, when I begin to assess how much progress I’ve made. Since I made the move from NY to VA, and landed a decent (but utterly boring) day job, I have a hard time finding time to write. With June approaching, I need to get my ass in gear, and crank out some books.

So,do any of my fellow writers out there have this problem? Is your day job sucking up more of your time than you would like it to? Do you find it hard to make time for your writing? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Who’s the real hero in Woolaston’s “Fortune’s Wing”? — ebunnygirl

Before you read this post, if you’ve never read Nicole Woolaston’s Fortune’s Wing series, WARNING! There may be a spoiler ahead, but I’ll try not to ruin the story for you! When you read the Fortune’s Wing series, it’s easy to believe the lead character, Fortune Oyama, is the hero of the story. After all, the series is all […]

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Avengers: Endgame was my EVERYTHING

I’m used to seeing a Marvel movie during its opening weekend. However, since I moved from NY to VA, I’m still in a state of transition. Plus I have a day job that takes up more of my free time than I would like it to. So, I didn’t see Endgame until a few days after it came out. But, it was worth the wait. 

I’m not going to talk about the movie too much, because there are still a few unfortunate souls out there who haven’t seen it yet. SO, no spoilers here! I will say this: I’m thankful, it wasn’t just three hours of action. There was a story as well. And a lot of heart. And crying. In fact, when you go see it, if you haven’t already, bring tissues. Lots of them.

I waited 10 years for this movie, and it didn’t disappoint me at all. I loved everything about it. A few of my questions were answered, a few fan theories were proven to be true (I won’t tell you which ones). But go see Endgame. 

Japan’s Influence in “Fortune’s Wing”

When you’re a writer, you may find yourself incorporating the things that inspire you, into your writing. For instance, Our Lady of Righteous Rage is filled with the things I love: punk rock, good song lyrics,…cats. The books in the Fortune’s Wing series are no different. 

I wrote the original books years ago, shortly after I graduated from high school. I was already into anime and had been for years, but I really got into it during my junior and senior years.  Anime began to influence my writing and drawing styles. My character designs were closer to the designs of characters from the anime series I watched, such as Sailor Moon and Neon Genesis Evangelion.  My original plan for Fortune’s Wing, was a comic book series, or better yet, a graphic novel (I prefer the term, manga). But, knowing that I could write a book faster than I could draw a comic, I opted to write a book instead. At least that way, I knew the story would be down on paper.  Later, I did start working on a comic, but never finished it. It’s currently on my list of “Stuff I Really Should Finish”.  

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scene from Fortune’s Wing

 

Aside from the character designs in FW, there are the names. The lead character is Fortune Oyama, who, like many anime characters, has a Japanese name and a Western appearance. One of his best friends is Narumi Hime, a half-Japanese girl with a psychic ability.  Fortune and his sister Haverdy are of Japanese descent, even though this is barely referenced in the series.  I’m working on an idea for a second (and possibly third) series,which will focus more on their heritage. 

The other Japanese influence in FW, which is also anime related, is the overall theme of the series. A common thread in anime is a lesson about the Earth, or humanity, or both. FW is no different. There’s more to the story than a boy who sprouts a wing and must decide if he will save the world or destroy it. This is also a coming-of-age story. Fortune begins his journey, feeling a bit naive.  He’s certain he will make the right decision; what seems to be the only decision, which is saving the world. As his journey continues, he begins to have a change of heart, as he begins to look at the world with a more mature view. Perhaps saving the world, isn’t the best decision. Or, perhaps he can save it, and change it at the same time. Or, perhaps, he should make a different decision altogether. 

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the publication of Fortune’s Wing. To celebrate, I’m offering the paperback editions of the books for half price, on my website’s online store. If you’ve never read the series, this is a great time to get acquainted with it! So please, visit Woolaston Entertainment’s Store for details. 

10th Anniversary of “Fortune’s Wing”

If you’re an indie author, one of the most exciting moments in your life, is the day you get to see something you wrote, make it into print. Publishing a book, is a BIG DEAL. While there are a few naysayers who don’t believe self-published authors are real authors, I strongly disagree. A published book is a published book, no matter who the publisher is. Writing is a passion of mine, and has been an important part of my life ever since I learned to write. Publishing a book, was a childhood dream. So, when a copy of my first published book landed in my hands, needless to say, I was very excited.

I wrote the original Fortune’s Wing back in 2002. I searched for a publisher and a literary agent for a few years, but my search turned up empty. I began to think, I would never get my work into print. Then, I decided to try self-publishing. I found a company called Xlibris, which offered different publishing packages and was known as a “Print-On-Demand” company (or, POD). It cost me a pretty penny to get the job done, but in May of 2009, Fortune’s Wing finally made it into publication. The artwork featured on the cover of this first edition is mine, and I was happy to see my name on the cover of a book! 

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first edition of “Fortune’s Wing”

So, here we are, ten years later, and there are three published books in the Fortune’s Wing series. I have 25 published books under my belt, and I’m working on more. I have since changed publishers, and I’m currently using Amazon’s Create Space/KDP.  This was my first book, first series, and I’m very proud of it. This month, on my website, Woolaston Entertainment, I’m offering the books in the series for half price, and this includes the Bundle. Of course, you can also purchase the books from Amazon and Barnes and Noble But they won’t autograph it for you. I will. 

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Here’s to 10 years of Fortune’s Wing!