Category Archives: Writing

How to WAFWing. (Wait! What’s WAFWing?)

 

I want to introduce a new writerly acronym: WAFWing. But first, let me backtrack a bit.

I have a mental list of Things Writers Do That I Admire, aka, When Writers are Brave. You probably do, too.

I always admire people who manage to have writing careers in addition to a day job. People like Stephen King and Danielle Steele who wrote in laundry rooms while the family slept. Or most everybody I know these days. Me, when I first started. Probably you.

I also admire people who saved up enough or made an arrangement with their partners/providers to take a year or two off the day job to launch a successful writing career.

Now I’m adding a third category of writers I admire—WRITERS WHO WALK AWAY.

  • Maybe they burned out on the writing, the prolific-ness required for success these days in commercial fiction,
  • Or maybe they had with the narcissist behaviour of the publishing industry,
  • Or maybe they just couldn’t take the marketing. It’s hard to scream, “Give me money! Buy my books!” all the time.

Once self-publishing came along, we felt that we had more options: traditional publishing, e-publishing, self-publishing.

But lately I see more and more writers taking the final option: the option of walking away.

One friend shared with me that she enjoys writing, but not editing or marketing. She’s a born storyteller; she cannot stop writing. So she writes the best first draft she can, then saves them to her computer. Maybe she even shares her work with friends and family. But she doesn’t do anything else with them at this point. She thinks she might someday. But right now, no harsh edits, no rejections, no scathing reviews, no bad sales numbers.

Nice to have options. This one is starting to appeal.

Back in my fandom days, we called it “gafiating.” According to Wikipedia, it stood for Getting Away From It All. Originally it meant turning away from real life and burying oneself in fanfic and other fannish activities, but by the time I became active in fandom (~1997), it had reversed to mean a fan who walked away from all things fannish.

So now I’m waving goodbye to some long-time writer friends as they gafiate back to real life. Or more specific to writers: Walking Away From Writing or WAFWing.

Bye. ::sniffle::

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Today’s the DAY!

Lost Boys 2.0: If you can't join 'em, beat 'em.
I love Book Quote Wednesday (#bookqw) so much I made two. Today’s word is “DAY.” For Lost Boys 2.0, the second book in the Tales of B.O.O. series.

Click here for reviews, excerpt, etc. for Lost Boys 2.0.
Click here to read Lost Boys 2.0

 

 

 

Lost Boys 2.0: If you can't join 'em, beat 'em.

Throwback Thursday: LOST BOYS 2.02.

Last Thursday I threwback SHIFT HAPPENS, #1 in the B.O.O. paranormal series. Today it’s Book 2—LOST BOYS 2.0.

GLOWING PRAISE FROM USA TODAY: “I loved the way Ms. Grant developed the nuances of this story. Lost Boys 2.0 is a character-driven book wrapped in an intricate plot that runs smoothly.”

Buy it here: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca / Kobo / AllRomanceEbooks / Nook/ iTunes.

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Shift Happens for #bookqw

It’s #bookqw (Book Quote Wednesday) and today’s word was “LONG”.

Be sure to check out SHIFT HAPPENS, the first book in the Borderless Observers Org. series (B.O.O.)

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Welcome to the jungle

For Throwback Thursday, here’s book 1 of the Borderless Observers Org. series, SHIFT HAPPENS.

Shape-shifters, shamans and spies, oh my!

Available now at all your fave booksellers: Amazon.com / Amazon.ca/ Kobo /AllRomanceEbooks

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Note to self…

Dear Self,

In future, when you quit for the day and think you’re leaving notes to yourself for tomorrow, make sure you make the notes clear. This cryptic bullsh*t has got to stop. redpencil

No love,

~ Stormy

 

All up on a graphic ‘n’ stuff…

I participated in Book Quote Wednesday (#bookqw) for the first time. The theme was the word “Voice.”

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How much would you pay???

I’m told I have a knack for writing taglines and blurbs, coming up with titles, sometimes even synopses. Today I’m working on blurbs for my brand, spankin’ new author co-op (as yet nameless, but I’ve submitted some ideas). That means, including my own, I’ve worked on 14 so far today! (Some of my colleagues have entire series.)

I also promised my friend Hyacinthe I’d look at her query letter and synopsis, as well as doing a trade off with pal Jennifer: she has marketing tech savvy and I’ll look at all of her books. She has… wow! A lot of books.

People keep praising my ability to do this. And I enjoy it. If I were to hang out my shingle, what would you be willing to pay for a tagline and a back cover/query blurb?

Here are some taglines I’ve come up with:

For my Reluctant Reaper series: Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.

For my friend Joan Leacott’s secret baby book: Instant family; just add daughter. (I wrote the blurb, too.)

For my latest release, Edwardian steamy-punk, Re-Inventing Love: The road to love is paved with good inventions. 

There’s lots more. I’ll post them as I come across them.

Let me know what you think is a fair price. Thanks! 

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Dapper Gay Inventors–Edwardian Steampunk–4 Stars

Books2Blog reviewer says:

“If you’re looking for a story of historic inventions and evil stealing wannabe inventors then this is the book for you.” 4 stars Full review here: http://bit.ly/Books2Blog-ReinventingLove

50% off this week only!
$3.99 at Amazon.com and MLR Press.
$3.84 at AllRomanceEbooks,
$5.19 (Canadian) at Amazon.ca

Thank you, Books2Blog Reviews for everything you do to bring readers and writers together.

Click here to be notified when I have a new book out.

History, science and sex… with a bit of the metaphysical tossed in for fun.

Brittany’s Book Review Blog says:

“Storm Grant delivered a unique and interesting book. With a touch of the spiritual, a hearty dose of humor, the excitement of discovery and lots of heart, Re-Inventing Love was a whirlwind that kept me interested until the very last page. Full review here: http://bit.ly/BrittanysBookBlog-ReinventingLove

50% off this week only!
$3.99 at Amazon.com and MLR Press.
$3.84 at AllRomanceEbooks,
$5.19 (Canadian) at Amazon.ca

Thank you, Brittany’s Book Blog for everything you do to bring readers and writers together.

Click here to be notified when I have a new book out.

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