It’s been a great week of progress! (Even if I did end up having some naps inside of restful nights at some points. Writers CONduit is quickly coming up, we’ve got the panel list up on the website along with the logos and Twitch overlays. The events calendar is up and there are some amazing panels to go to! Discord for Author Communities, Writing Fighting Scenes, Mythology in Writing, Podcasting, and a bunch of other panels. I’ll be showing off the wonders of 4thewords, you’ll be able to see me on the Game of Tomes panel since I’m a house leader, and that’s not including a fun panel named “Your Velociraptors are Broken.” I hope to see people there!
I’ve finally started editing Apocalypse Ghosts, and… well… there’s a lot of potential (and a lot more editing) for me to do in the future. The cool thing though is that I still love the story, so I’m looking forward to sinking my teeth into the editing. I’m still not sure in my weekdays/weekends when I want to do that, but I’ll figure out a schedule at some point in time (hopefully sooner rather than later). July is looking like a great month to get things in shape. Or… maybe July looks like a great month to get some writing done. I’ll be participating in The Writer’s Workout (plotting, writing, editing, and submitting a story in 72 hours), there’s World Anvil’s Summer Camp (31 articles on world building in 31 days), Tourney of Tales, the 4thewords July event, and of course Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m honestly looking forward to the month and all the words I’ll be writing!
The other thing on my mind was a conversation with another writer. She’s not new to writing, but she is new to things like how authors do social media, indie vs. self vs. traditional publishing, and the more… I guess “business side” is the phrase that comes to mind. It was an interesting conversation, and one of the things that popped up was how to define the term “writer.”
Personally, anyone who writes is a writer. This could be once a week, once a month, or even once a year. A person setting aside time to write is a writer. I won’t say they’re a prolific writer, but yep! Still a writer. I’ve met people who write to write, and don’t have any intentions to show their work to other people and that’s 100% valid. “Author” is the word I’d use for someone who publishes, though to be honest that’s another word with a very broad definition. It used to be traditaitonl publishing or burst. Then vanity publishing (where authors pays the publisher to publish their books) popped up, and how ebooks and the internet has changed the idea of books and publishing, there are indie publishers (smaller companies publisher their books and others’ books) and self-publishing (which I think is self explanatory). The woman I was talking to didn’t realize that indie publishing and self-publishing were different, and that some companies may refuse to publish any works which can be found (and read) for free on the internet.
And yep, that’s a word cloud ghost since I think I need a bit more sleep.
I wish you a fun, productive, and happy week!