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!

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Evening Rant!

I sent out a few query letters for The Day The World Burns this week. My least favorite thing about this process is the waiting. I wish there was a magic button I could press to instantly tell me if I’m going to be rejected or not. Life might be simpler with an easy button such as that. Then again, life would be too predictable. Easy buttons might not be a great idea…

Anyways,

Outside of that finished project, I’ve begun a new one. This one is currently untitled, but I have a few ideas in mind for the name. Since it is still a brand new idea, I don’t want to give anything away. As I learned at the writer’s conference, “you never want to give away your nuggets”, aka the first thought of your idea. I learned a lot at that conference and have already started putting that knowledge to good use on my projects.

This has been a really good week and a semi-decent year so far. It’s not over yet. No matter what happens during these last two months, I’ll keep my head up high and shoot for the stars like always.

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!

Soooo ready for the weekend!

I know, it’s only Tuesday night. I still have three days to go before the weekend gets here and I couldn’t be more excited. Why? Because I’m going to my very first writer’s conference! I’m also taking a copy of my science fiction/survival novel, The Day The World Burns with me.

I was a little worried that I’d be going without a book to potentially pitch to agents and editors, but I put in the extra work and got her all polished and ready to go. No rushing. No panicking over miniscule things. I already had the second draft finished, it was just editing and proofreading a few times to make sure I got everything in there that needed to be in there and that it is error free.

Sure, I’m nervous as hell about going up to the very people that have the ability to make my dreams come true, but that’s all part of being a writer. Plus, I took acting classes and starred in a few plays when I was younger–there’s a part of me that’s pretty confident about going up to them and not having the words come out all garbled and in a rush. The other part is trying to keep her head together and not get her hopes up. That’s easier said than done.

Regardless what happens this weekend, it will be fun. I will be out of my comfort zone, networking and socializing with other introverts like myself. I’ll learn new things and probably discover a few things about myself I never knew were there. The next three days can’t possibly go by fast enough!

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?

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

 

I can’t Write Normal

This weekend I was asked why I don’t I write something “normal” or something that isn’t filled with things that could never in a million years happen. I was asked this because the person would really like to read something I’ve written, she just doesn’t like those action/adventure, out of this world, fantasy, science fiction novels; whereas I do.

As much as I’d love to write something that she would really enjoy, my mind can’t seem to grasp the concept of normalness to fill the pages. Sure, I can start off on a new project with my mind set on making it your average, run of the mill book. The type where the guy gets the girl and they spend their lives proving their love to one another. My project might start out this way, but something happens and my mind switches to the abnormal very, very quickly.

The idea of my characters falling in love will almost always take a drastic turn for the dangerous side of things. They’ll hit a speed bump (literally) and run into monsters or bad guys or some sort of alien that drops down from the sky to ruin everything. (There’s a little inside on what The Day The World Burns is about.)

I thrive on the stories that are so packed full of fictional adventure that I’m not sure if I’ll make it out alive or not. My head enjoys the thrill of the ride while reading and writing stores or books that get your heart pumping. The ones that keep you on the edge of your seat with action and perilous tasks that leave you wanting more. I know romance novels and coming of age stories, and other types along that line are also filled with edge of your seat words and there might be a day where I find myself sitting down to write something like that. However, at this point in my life, I just can’t do it.

I can’t do normal when normal is boring.

The Music That Moves Me

Every night as I sit at my desk and get to work on my stories and books, I plug my phone into the speakers and let the music take me to a place that sets my fingers in motion and the words flow onto the page. I’m not the only one out there that has to listen to music while they work–no matter what that work might entail. I can’t listen to classical hits or tunes from the 70s and 80s eras. Although, I do have a few Queen and Journey songs on my playlist.

What gets me motivated the most? The songs that have a good beat. Rock music, mostly, but I do have a few hipper songs on the list. However, if you go through my phone you’ll notice that the majority of songs come from my all time favorite band on the planet, Fall Out Boy. They have been my favorite since high school, so about 15 years. (Man, that makes me feel old and I’m only 29.)

But, it’s with these select songs that I’m able to get over any writing slumps that stand in my way. They help me see the story happening as I punch the keys with delicate and, sometimes, angry care. Without music, I believe the world would be a very dull and boring place. What would we have to sing badly to? What would we have to fight off the dreadful silence of the night while we sleep? How on earth would we get to work without pumping our favorite tunes as loudly as the speakers will go?

I don’t think humanity would survive without music or books or any of the creativity that drives this planet forward. It’s in the arts of all generations that makes this planet spin smoothly.

And thus ends my rant for the evening!

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.