Lady Rougepen Says: Meet Metanoia

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The word of today is metanoia. It’s a noun that means “an awakening or epiphany.” Example: My dentist finding three cavities on my last visit was a metanoia that I should cut back on sugar.

“Meta” (Greek) means change. And “noia” means thought. It literally means, “change of thought.” It’s a sister to the word “paranoia,” which loosely means “abnormal thought.”

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: You Speak German

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English , as you know, is a mosaic of other different languages. Let’s look at some words that originate from our brothers and sisters who brought us Volkswagen and streusel pastries. The following words are German:

  • Poltergeist
  • Wunderkind
  • Kindergarten
  • Frankfurter
  • Zeitgeist
  • Bratwurst
  • Hamburger

What are some other German words you can think of that crept into English?

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: Let’s Decode Common Acronyms

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There are acronyms that we use on a regular basis, but don’t know what they stand for. Here are some common ones – decoded:

  • SCUBA – Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
  • URL – Uniform Resource Locator
  • FUBAR – F*&%ed up Beyond all Recognition
  • BOLO – Be On the Lookout
  • TWA (Ebonics) –  Teeny Weeny Afro

What are some other common ones you can decode for us? Do tell!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

Blood Isn’t Thicker Than Ink

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Blood Isn’t Thicker Than Ink

By Sean C. Wright-Neeley

Family and friends attend gender reveal parties, barbecues; heck, even divorce parties, but rarely attend my book signings. They buy a celebrity’s perfume or sneakers, but refuse to buy my much-less expensive books. Mentioning that I am working on a new story elicits about as much excitement as mentioning that I am changing my hairstyle.

Getting little support from strangers is to be expected when you’re an author. You can’t write in a genre everyone loves. And how else will you get truly unbiased book reviews if it weren’t for strangers, reading your work? But I was always starry-eyed about family and friends supporting my career. Granted, it’s a creative career (unless you’re strictly a technical writer). It falls into the same category as a musician or artist. Somehow, somewhere, someone will always sneer, “Get a real job.”

But I was surprised by family’s indifference – and people I consider family – about my becoming an author.

It hurt.

The apathy is one thing. The apathy, coupled with using my talents at their convenience is another. Friends and family I haven’t heard from in ages suddenly pop up, wanting me to help them write a book, help their children with English papers, write or edit formal documents, and so on. Many times (clutch the pearls), pro bono. Once the hurt subsided to disappointment, and I got my bearings, I analyzed this phenomenon. Here’s is what my sleuthing and unpacking turned up:

I’m not alone. In my peeling back the layers of this particularly baffling onion, I was relieved to discover that I was not alone. I can’t take this personally. In speaking with fellow authors, I found that this phenomenon runs through families and circles of friends like a vicious virus. Stacy (not her real name), says, “My parents are my worst critics, which is why I don’t listen to them anymore. Life is too short to allow people that much control over my happiness.”

How right she is. I have learned to ignore the haters – even if we have common DNA. And there is a silver lining to this situation. I’ve discovered that sometimes the cult following you create from your supporters becomes a new family. I have met some really neat people who read my books; people who were notold friends, acquaintances, or blood relatives. I show my appreciation for their appreciation with free advanced copies on occasions, alert them about giveaways I do with my books, or gift them with other personal author paraphernalia. Yes, home is where the heart is, and family is where the love is.

The green-eyed monster applies here, too. I thought about how frosty some friends and family could be, concerning my writing, and I also realized what underlying emotion may be present: envy. Those very same people who don’t support my writing career are often the very same ones who wish to become authors themselves. Let me rephrase that: They want to become authors, but don’t want to go on the hellacious journey. Said people see the finished product and book sales, but won’t entertain horrible first drafts, sleepless nights while novel-writing, and rejection letters. Nor do they care to. It’s the opposite of living vicariously through someone. If he or she can’t produce a book, they will not support anyone he or she knows who canproduce a book.

Some envious people don’t covet a writing career at all. They simply resent anyone else’s accomplishments. It’s another thing that I can’t take personally.

Not all support is monetary. Yes, book sales are sweet. But they are not the only way people you know and those related to you lend support. They can donate time. You’ve often heard the expression “time is money.” Well, I’ve found this proves it. People I know may not buy my books, but they share my book links on social media, email people about them, and so on. It’s a loving domino effect. A tweet about my book will eventually result in book sales, so will their encouraging people in their circles to read my books over coffee or brunch. Some gladly read review copies of my books and give honest feedback. They are indirectly showing their pride in their friend or relative. Exposure is still love and support.

While I still wish family and friends were a huge part of my book sales and book signing attendance numbers, I came to realize – slowly but surely, and with a few frowns, pouts, and tears – that it’s not solely a “Sean problem.” It’s just another not-so-pretty aspect of an author’s life, mixed in with writer’s block and unfavorable reviews. No matter which family and friends support me, writing is my family too, as I mentioned above. We’re spouses, I like to think. I chose writing, and it chose me. And like a married couple, even though we don’t always like each other, we still love each other unconditionally.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Lady Rougepen Says: You Can Slay the First Draft Monster

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A hopeful writer told me he trashed his first draft because it was “terrible.” I cringed. ALL first drafts are terrible. Editing adds facets, and polishes it, like you do to a rough diamond. Please don’t abandon a writing project, based on a first draft. Nearly every one can be rescued. Every published novel you read went through at least 3 editing rounds.

Write on.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

3 Gripes From a Frustrated Indie Author

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I signed up for the good, the bad, and the ugly in becoming an indie author. The good? Absolute creative control. The bad? As with any writer: writer’s block, nasty reviews, and disappointing book sales always hover, like bloodthirsty mosquitoes. The ugly? I’m about to get into that. There are some annoyances that are unique to indie authors. I have since learned not to take any of these things personally, and to push back, if I even get a whiff of disdain. So, here are the not-so-nice things I hear while on my independent writing journey, and my brilliant rebuttals.

Indie authors are lower-quality writers because they don’t have agents. Some readers assume that you’re an indie author because no agent would take you. That might be true to some extent, but as I stated before, you possess absolute control over your writing projects when you’re an indie author. Go with an agent, or publishing house, and they will often ask you to change certain lines in your books, or decide which covers the books will have. They sometimes even change book titles. I once had a short story, changed so much by a publisher, that hardly any of my original words remained. Yikes. As anyone in the creative field knows, your projects are your babies. And we indie authors can dress our babies however we like. If you want publishers to publish your book, you have to submit to their soul-killing demands. I love that I can release my own words, well, in my own words, design the cover artwork, set my own deadlines, and choose how the book will be marketed.

If people don’t want to read something you wrote because it’s not in a genre they like, fine. But to put a cigarette out on an author’s head because he or she is sans a literary agent is book snobbery. And frankly, it really frosts my cookie. Some superb classics were self-published books: Eragon, The Joy of Cooking, Peter Rabbit, What Color is Your Parachute?, and many more. And some books published by big publishing houses (sorry, not sorry) are garbage.

How about a freebie? Anyone who knows me knows that I’m generous, but this is business. You wouldn’t ask a clothing designer for a free evening gown. And in the writing community, you wouldn’t dare ask Terry McMillan for one of her books for free, so why do people feel it’s fine to ask self-publishers for free copies of their books? It’s very baffling. Sometimes, it’s overt. “I don’t have a Kindle, could you send me a paperback?” Sometimes, it’s covert. “I would love to be a beta reader for that book. Let me know if you need one.” Please stop asking indie authors to gift you with free copies of their books. They usually do giveaways, anyhow, so there are plenty of chances to win one. Or we like to give them as gifts. Either way, wait until we offer a free copy for your enjoyment, or for feedback. Please don’t ask.

Hold my hand. This builds on my preceding gripe. It’s okay to ask fellow indie authors for advice, if you’re attempting your own writing journey, too, but compensate them for their time if it’s a huge favor. I once had a fellow self-publisher message me, asking if I would be his tech support, while he set up his book on the publishing website. I was at work at the time, so I was annoyed. I politely replied that he needed to contact the site’s help line to walk him through each screen. They get paid for that service; not me. Then there are the fellow writers who ask you to edit or beta-read their manuscripts for free. I totally understand that writers are starving people, but at least offer to barter; a free, signed copy of your book, buying dinner, a gift card, posting about their books on your blog, etc. We all win in the indie writing community when we support each other –  and feed each other.

So fellow self-publishers, what challenges have you noticed or faced in your lone wolf writing journey? I open the floor to you.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

Oh No Typos Presents: A Posterior View

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I found this typo on a document while proofreading, so thank goodness that it didn’t get out. But can you imagine if it had? It implies the plural form of another word for donkeys, or ahem, a slang term for multiple backsides. This mistake if often made with words that have double consonants in the middle, and one gets omitted. Others are:

  • Committed
  • Harassment
  • Embarrass
  • Bookkeeper
  • Questionnaire

Can you think of more? And what mnemonic devices do you use to remember to double the consonants of these words, or similar ones? I open the floor to you.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 7 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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