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.

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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

 

Free Book: Crazy For Love

I thought it was time again to do a special promotion for one of my books, Crazy For Love. It will be free starting today and going through this weekend, ending on Sunday. Go ahead and download your copy for Kindle today and leave a review with what you thought of it.

This makes a great read for anyone who enjoys a good suspenseful page turner. You’ll follow a young man on his short journey of slipping out of the clutches of a female stalker. She fell in love with him so easily, she just had to make him hers. Nothing will stand in her way of making that happen.

Onto the Second Draft!

Well, I finished the first draft of The Day the World Burns, my science fiction novel. I met my word count goal at 75,000 words and that is just exciting. It’s time for the second draft and with that comes a few revisions and a couple scenes may need switched around so it flows a bit more organically. From there, I’ll enter the wonderful world of editing, then it’s off to the beta readers and eventually publication. (I’ll have a clearer date of release as the end gets nearer.)

So, for those of you science fiction/alien invasion/survival fiction fans, you’ll want to keep an eye out for this one. It’s jam-packed with heart pumping thrills that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. You’ll wonder “are they going to make it?” or “when will they find someplace that’s safe? They deserve to be safe!” And, like always, I’ll keep you guessing.

I’m not quite positive if this will be part of a series or not, but it might be heading in that direction. Maybe a trilogy if my mind allows enough imagination to flow onto the pages. I have a gut feeling it will.

What if…

I’m a bit of a believer of life after death. I tend to think that there’s more to be experienced in a different life once this one is fulfilled. Being a writer with an insane imagination, my mind took that thought and came up with a what if scenario for those who are imaginative and weird like myself.

If you’re anything like me and you come spend 90% of the day daydreaming and having little stories in your head, then you’ve lived a ton of lives in your own imagination. Now, let’s say those stories and random thoughts are more than that. What if they’re actually memories from a different life on a different planet or in some sort of parallel universe? What if  you’ve already lived a dozen or so lives before this one and your soul has travelled millions upon millions of miles to get where it is today?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not exactly sure that’s a good thing. In my case, half of the stories I think of and daydream about are terrifying. I’d hate to imagine living in a world with zombies, vampires, monsters, aliens, etc. In my head, I’m the main female character. I get in trouble a lot and wind up in sticky situations. If, by some chance, my stories are actually memories (I’m doubting they are) then I’ve lived a lot of scary lives. I’ve been kidnapped, I’ve fought aliens and demons, I’ve travelled the world through hell and back just to save the one I love. It’s adventurous and wonderful, yet terrifying and exhausting to think about.

I’m sure my thoughts are nothing more than thoughts. That my dreams are simple stories created by the mind of a person who craves the abnormal parts of life. But, and this is a very bit but, if there’s any chance that they are more than just dreams and stories, I’m a little afraid to find out where my soul might head to next. I hope she’s prepared.