Inspiration just hit my brain so hard, I had to hurry to finish the paperwork for my day job so I could write down my brain’s new baby before I forgot everything. I just spent the last half hour, typing on my phone, the notes for a new story. I can’t wait to get this one started!

A great day for writing!

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2018…You suck

This year has not started out so great. My hopes were high for things to go good. In the first week, something bad happened and I knew it was going downhill from there.

Our dog, Baer, of almost twelve years old, went through his third surgery procedure to get a tumor removed again. His first night home wasn’t great and we had to rush him back to the vet the next morning. He started showing signs of doggie dementia, but after three weeks he was starting to come out of it.

Then, out of nowhere, last Thursday he gets real sick. He wasn’t eating and refused his snacks which was not like him at all. I begged him to pull through and be there Friday morning when I woke up and the stubborn dog didn’t listen. He passed in his sleep early Friday morning.

I’ve dealt with losing a pet before, but something about losing Baer was worse. He was my big baby. I looked forward to going home to see his goofy face and take care of him. It’s weird not waking up in the middle of the night to his raspy, maniacal breathing that told us he needed to go potty.

We’ll get another pup at some point in the future, but getting over Baer will take some time. He was a great dog. As my husband puts it, Baer was the best worst dog on the planet. We’ll love and miss him until the end of time, but I know he’s up there in doggie heaven rolling around in mounds of dog treats and toys.

Good Morning!

It’s Monday again. Time for a new week in the bitter cold of almost winter. I’m ready for spring and warm weather already. Who isn’t?

I think I’ve turned into one of those writers who is working on more than one project at a time. I don’t know why, but I keep switching back and forth between three stories. I have three different note books by my keyboard on my desk for each project’s outline and special character traits.

I wish I could focus on just one, but there’s no fun in that!

Here’s To A Great Day!

I’m sitting at work and the phone rings. It happens to be one of my favorite customers calling. He asks if I’m still writing and the answer is “Of course!” Who would I be if I stopped doing what I love? I’d be an insane person trapped inside a pretty wrapper, clawing to get out. It doesn’t sound like much fun in my opinion.

I always beam when talking to people about my books. It’s fun to see their reaction, especially when talking about my zombie and vampire trilogy, The Human Race. It’s even greater when I talk about my current projects or plans for the future. They’re so positive and happy to hear that I’m doing what I love doing and that I’m not going to give up.

No matter where life takes us or what we have to go through, giving up shouldn’t even be on our minds. We should only think about pushing forward.

The Glories of Writing

Good morning world!

I recently went back to an older project I almost forgot about. I wrote it two years ago and set it aside because I didn’t have the perfect ending for it at the time. I’m a little fuzzy about why I never went back to finish it, but I’m actually glad I didn’t. Going back to it now gave me the inspiration to come up with a great ending. I’ll have to change a few things to make it work, but it will all be for the best.

This new/old work in progress is closer to the science-fiction, action side of things–much like most of my projects. We’ll follow an eighteen year old girl as she’s kidnapped, forced to be an experiment in a madman’s demented plans, and it will all lead to an ending that will bring about a series. I obviously can’t give away too much since this one is so fresh.

Also, on a side note, I finally got on Twitter. After all these years, someone talked me into it. I use it solely for my writing and to connect with other authors. Feel free to follow me @TRJustus11 and have a great day!

The Human Race

It’s been four years since I released my first book and I still have to pinch myself on occasion just so I know it’s real. I love knowing my work is out there for the world to enjoy and I’ll continue to send my babies out there.

You can download your very own copy of The Human Race for Kindle today for .99 cents. And don’t forget to check out the other two books in this YA apocalyptic trilogy.

Happy reading!

ShowMe Writer’s MasterClass

I had such a great weekend! This was my very first conference that I’ve attended and it couldn’t have gone any better. I leaned so much and met some really great people. I made a few new friends in the writing community, which is simply awesome.

Outside of everything I learned and the other great writers I met and listened to, I also sat down for a few minutes with two different literary agents. I pitched my adult-science-fiction novel, The Day The World Burns. It was the most nerve-racking experience of my life. I mean, here are these two, amazing women, who listen to query after query for different books. They each have the power to make my dreams come true and I only had 5 minutes to make my book sound appealing. I’m still not sure how I did it, but apparently I was confident enough that my pitch came out clear and intriguing. Both agents requested chapters and they both seemed genuinely interested in my novel. (One even mentioned a couple publishers that would enjoy my book!)

I’m going to be high off this experience for a long time to come!

I had a great time with this conference, that I’m starting to look into others in the near future. I have every intention of going back to this one next year and hopefully running into the same people I met this weekend. I can’t wait to see what the future holds after I send off the requested chapters to these agents. No matter what happens, I’m just glad I went and got to experience the conference!

Brotherhood of the World Bloggers Award

First, I would like to say thank you to KaylaAnn for nominating me for this award. She is a writer offering tips and advice on her blog and I strongly suggest you check it out.

About the Award

This award is an award of recognition and awareness. It is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. It is a way for us to thank other bloggers for their support or highlight their awesome blogs.

THE RULES OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WORLD AWARD:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions sent to you.
  3. Nominate around ten bloggers.
  4. Create your set of questions for your nominees.
  5. List the rules and display the Brotherhood Of The World logo in your post (I put the logo on the top of this post). 

Questions for Me:

1: How long have you been blogging? What is your blog primarily about?

I have been blogging since the end of 2013, so four years now. (Time went by really fast!) My blog is mostly about the random things inside my head: short stories, poetry, what I happen to be doing at various points of the year. I’m also a self-published author, so I tend to pimp my books a little bit.

2: What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?

I hope to accomplish a fan base as well as interacting more with other writers. It’s important that we stick together and offer up advice and help out whenever we can.

3: What is the worst job you have ever had?

Hmm, let’s see. The worst job I ever had would have to be running the cash register at a local grocery store. There were too many rude and angry customers whining about the current price of milk. Granted, I was 16 when I had this job, but it still counts as the worst.

4: What is one bucket list item you want to cross off?

That’s an easy one: I would like to be on the New York Times’ best sellers list and see my book on the shelves in a major book store. I know that’s two things, but I think they coincide with each other.

5: How long do you think it takes to become successful? (i.e. what is success?)

To become successful, I think it will take as long as you make it. If you go through life thinking you’ll never get what you want, then you might never become successful. If you look at the world through hopeful eyes, I believe that you’ll get to obtain greatness no matter what form it comes in. Always look to the stars and never give up. That’s my motto!

My Nominees:

https://saltandnovels.wordpress.com/

https://robertokaji.com/

https://swati296.wordpress.com/

https://mysuccessisyoursuccess.wordpress.com/

https://kaylaannauthor.wordpress.com/

My Questions:

Let’s learn more about you!!

1: What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite?

2: When you were five years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

3: If you could pick from any superpower, which one would you pick?

4: What is your blog primarily focused on?

5: Who is your hero?

The Upcoming Event!!

In less than two weeks, I’ll be soaking up some writing knowledge at the very first conference I’ll be attending. The Show Me Writer’s Conference in Missouri is going to be fun and a new exciting event for me. I plan on meeting and socializing with other writers, as well as gab about my upcoming book, The Day The World Burns.

Speaking of my book and this conference, there will be agents at the event as well. As nerve racking as this sounds, I’m going to push through the anxiety and stress and pitch my book to a couple of agents. I’ve been practicing my pitch to my family and friends and also my reflection in the mirror. I’m terrified, excited, and nervous all balled up into a neat little package.

I’ll post how everything goes and all about the conference when it’s over. This will be a learning experience for me and will be the first of many more events I plan to attend.

Poem: Running Through a Daydream

I wake up in the morning,

Throw my hair in a bun.

I lace up my sneakers

And head out for a run.

 

I’m out of breath

By the end of the block.

Still I push myself harder,

Never checking the clock.

 

All this time I spend running

My daydreams take shape.

I go into a world

One I cannot escape.

 

There are monsters and demons,

Zombies and vampires too.

A red-headed stalker

With eyes oh-so blue.

 

There are heroes and good guys,

Someone there to save the day.

It wouldn’t be a fantasy

Without them out to play.

 

There are castles and oceans

And skies with bright stars.

I see chaos and beauty

And love hidden behind by bars.

 

All these things that I see

As I jog through the world

Are created by one thing;

My twisted mind unfurled.

 

I can run on forever

In the madness of my mind.

And keep going and going

Until the end of time.

 

But, alas, I cannot

For my breath has run short.

It is time to head home

And rest up from the sport.

 

I’ll start again tomorrow

With my dreams set on high.

I’ll see where they might take me

And always reach for the sky.

 

Copyright 2017 T. R. Justus