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Posts Tagged ‘writers’

Not my typical Post

Posted by erinlausten on October 29, 2015

I’ve seen a lot of people talking about invisible illness lately. Of course, in this social media firestorm we live in, everyone seems to be holding up their particular concerns like an ocean of picket signs. Perhaps I have only zeroed in on this particular discussion because it is something which concerns me as well. I’m not waving my sign and saying “Hey Notice Me! I AM HURTING TOO”. Not really. Though it is nice that I now have better words to use when discussing the issues with those close to me. But, what I am getting from the societal discussions is a recognition within myself that what I feel is real. And I’m not alone.
I’m struggling. I have been for quite some time. And I have done just about everything I can to dress it up, fight it, ignore it, and cry about it. I’m tired. So I’m not going to do any of that anymore.
I have depression. I have anxiety. I have chronic pain. I’m overweight. I am struggling with addiction to smoking. And my stress levels are uncontrolled.

Well, hello there. You too?

Here is an interesting thought one of my students brought to my attention. There is this misconception that in order to write, especially the good stuff, you must be a drunk, mentally unstable, chain smoking genius. Well, I am no genius, maybe that’s why it doesn’t work for me. All the other stuff really puts a kink in my writing process. No, I’m not a drunk. Thankfully that vice isn’t one I’ve acquired, but the others have been a constant battle. And I am so exhausted battling those demons, there just isn’t much left for my characters.
Due to this, my writing has slowed down. But I’m crawling up that particularly deep ravine and finding joy in life while finding ways to manage my illnesses. It’s a wonderful thing to see light in your life again. Even as you stand panting on the edge of that cliff, hoping you don’t fall back in.
One thing I can tell you about these experiences and writing–It sure gives me a lot to write about and new perspectives to complicate the lives of my characters. Life as a writer isn’t just sitting on your butt and writing words. It’s living life. It’s struggling. It’s watching the world around you spin in and out of control. It’s taking all the colors, dark, bright, muted, and brilliant and placing them on paper.
Am I ready to take my recent struggles and put them on paper, into the mouths of my characters? I don’t know. I honestly have no idea how this will go. I’m still struggling with my depression and anxiety. I’m still hurting every day. But I am learning to roll with it.
Soon, I’ll be back to torturing my characters with all the things a crazy life can throw at them.

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Phoenix Comicon 2014

Posted by erinlausten on June 12, 2014

Wow! Phoenix Comicon was unbelievable! I am still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened and everything I saw.

I must say that I really loved meeting other authors whom I’ve admired for some time. The charming Donna Cook. The brilliant Frank Beddor, (who hugged me!) The stunning Carole Barrowman whose writing I can’t wait to share with my son. I am still in awe that they were all so gracious and encouraging.

And how do I explain my excitement over the gentleman who brought in my book, (Cibola’s Promise), after 2 years to get it signed? It truly made me weepy. To have people come up to me and tell me how much they enjoy my stories is still amazing. I hope I will always feel this grateful when meeting fans of my work.

I cannot adequately express how much I adore my friends who helped me with this convention. The love, care, and heavy lifting were more than I expected. I am continually amazed at the support system I have. Honestly, I would not have gotten this far with out each and every person who gave a bit of their time or talent to my endeavors. I love you all so very much!

At the moment I am working on the projects which pertain to that very big announcement I promised. So it will probably be a bit quiet again here. You’ll love the results of my hiding, however.

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**Falling out of the Shadows September 2014**

 

Also keep an eye out for Unrepentant (A Viator Legacy Novel) scheduled for release December 2014 – more details to come later this summer!

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Wild Wild West Steampunk Con 2014 Wrap Up!

Posted by erinlausten on March 14, 2014

Imagine my excitement when the opportunity to attend the Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention appeared just as I finished Cibola’s Revenge. Wow, this conference was tailor made for this series! Set in the Arizona Desert at Old Tucson Studios, this conference delivered on every promise. For three days we were immersed in the Victorian west, surrounded by Steampunks and Cowboys. Be still my heart, it was fabulous!

If you ever have a chance to visit the studios, it is a brilliant trip any time of year. You get a taste of the old west and a whole lot of movie history. Tucson, itself, is one of my favorite towns, full of character and gorgeous landscape. As you come over Gates Pass you see the full expanse of a forest of saguaros, something you won’t see the like of anywhere in the world!

The energy of the conference was catching, as we spent time in the old barn, hanging with various merchants of Steampunk gadgets, gizmos, and gowns. If you like to add a little fantasy and science fiction to your history, this is the genre for you.

Professor Elemental was the king of the crowd, performing, recording, and being an all-around gracious gentleman. I can’t say enough about how awesome he was to the guests. My favorite part—his super hero pose is a pugilist with a sassy grin. What a great ambassador for Steampunk! If you haven’t seen his work, I highly recommend Cup of Brown Joy.

The best part was the time I got to spend with people I have come to know and love in the scene. I was able to catch up with a great friend and talented artist Jenn Hopkins. I can’t say enough about how amazing this woman is. Her art ranges from paintings, to computers, to photography, to… seriously, she does it all. I look forward to watching her take over the world with her art!
Mantecoza was out in full form as well. And I am extremely excited to hear we are likely to see something by Fall of this much anticipated film! CAN’T WAIT!

I got to meet a bunch of new talents as well. I was very excited to be included on a panel of authors. Eddie Louise was gorgeous and gracious. She spent years across the pond in Scotland, but can I say, we happy to have her back with us in the States! I look forward to seeing her books as they make their way to the U.S.!

And the highlight to my con, was a total geek fan moment. Lindsay Buroker was also on the panel. I got to sit on the panel with LINDSAY BUROKER! I love this woman. Her Flash Gold novellas are some of my favorite works. I love adventure. I love strong women. I love fantasy. She has it all! And I got to sit on a panel with her. Yes, I did a happy dance. I’m still doing a happy dance. I have so much respect for her and her work. And she is just as sweet and beautiful as her blog suggests.

All and all, by the time I left Wild Wild West Steampunk Con, my head was spinning. I even sold some books. It was brilliant! I am already excited for next year!

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Ride the Wave or Blame the daemons?

Posted by erinlausten on September 20, 2013

Ride the Wave or Blame the daemons?

I found this TED Talks – Elizabeth Gilbert segment really interesting and I wonder what you all think.

 

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The Spotlight Shifts: Norma Beishir

Posted by erinlausten on July 5, 2011

I decided recently to spotlight several wonderful people who have impacted, influenced, and inspired me in this crazy world we call the Web. It is easy to get caught up in the sea of information and sometimes it is just as easy to forget that behind all those words are real people with hearts and souls, dreams and causes, fears and insecurities. So much of what we read, from news articles to blogs feel impersonal. Many people remove their soul from their writing and when you’re just surfing for information sometimes we like to forget that the fingers that clicked out those words is anything but a machine. I, however, love to see the person in the words. My favorite writers and bloggers ooze personality and feeling. Isn’t it amazing that we all use the same language, can write the same words, and yet the people behind those words can still shine so bright?

And so I bring you Norma Beishir.

Norma has published 14 novels via the traditional publishing method and now has moved into self-publishing. She tells of her journey as a writer in her numerous blogs. I follow the Windchaser’s Journey religiously, though I recommend catching up on her other writings as well.

But what makes her stand out among the masses? Ah, and this is where we bring it back full circle. This woman has heart and soul in what she writes. She is active on her blog, but makes the effort to support others online. It’s a lonely road we walk in this writer’s life, but she has consistently reached out to provide encouragement and kind thoughts to others.

When you’re trying something new, going to school, trying for that new job, or just learning something new advice is easy to find. There are workshops, books, tutorials, classes, everything your heart desires to help you make your way toward a goal. But sometimes the most important piece is having someone put their hand on your shoulder and say “you’re doing fine, keep it up.”

And this is sometimes the most difficult help to find. Thank you Norma for doing this for me.

So for those out there looking for a great read, I highly recommend the Windchaser’s Journey. Also check out Chasing the Wind and Final Hours. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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Putting on the Spotlight

Posted by erinlausten on June 29, 2011

I have met some pretty amazing people on the web. I was skeptical when I first started. But, it didn’t take me long to learn the value of keeping in touch with people I already knew through email and social sites like Facebook. But to actually meet people on the web? Now that I didn’t believe for one second could be done. Not in any meaningful way at least. And boy was I wrong. Now that is not to say that the way I know these people on the web is the same as how I know the people in my non-digital sphere, but there is something there nonetheless.

Some are mostly one-sided. I have followed their digital footprint and gained significantly from their work and influence. Others have developed into a more reciprocal relationship. But I have grown to know all these people, some as teachers, some as friends. And I think it is time to start introducing them to you. I will over the next several posts be highlighting those that have impacted me in my online endeavors and hopefully you too will walk away the better for it.

Today I want to start with William Kendall.  <waves enthusiastically across the sea of digital interference>

William is a writer and blogger that has entertained me for over a year. His timely sense of humor and insight into current events is always sure to make me smile or think (two things I tremendously appreciate as I do not believe there is enough smiling or thinking in the world today). I am a huge fan of his collection of political cartoons and his taste in movies is sublime (we pretty much like the same stuff, what can I say, he’s brilliant).

I am waiting eagerly for his first novel Heaven & Hell. He keeps teasing us with descriptions and commentary; I am practically foaming at the mouth to get my hands on a copy. Ah, but then patience is not one of my many virtues. To make up for this, I satisfy myself with reading his blog Speak of the Devil.

I highly recommend clicking on his blog link and when his book is available. Buy it. But you will have to stand behind me in line because I am already there.

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