Distraction (random excerpt)

My book has just been published! I have taken to many areas of social media to push and push my book. I hate to sound like one of those people you want to un-friend or un-follow, but really want people to read. I have been working on the second installment, but I keep getting distracted by pushing my first book, and randomly writing tidbits of side stories. Forgive me for the next few weeks.

This first book, I was afraid of being too descriptive. When an author does so, it’s hard to follow along and keep reading. Because of this fear, I went into the complete opposite direction to where it seemed rush. Finding the happy medium was difficult and to some readers, the book may still come off that way.

Writing out the beginning scene of a story I have dubbed “Dreamwalker,” I found myself heavily descriptive. Not because it was natural, but because the character is confidently complex. Instead of relying on third person like BTC, I went first person and ended up with a really long start to the story. Here’s an excerpt (raw):

The relentless, vexatious tapping of Roz’s pen against her desk has been the bane of my existence here at Taylor’s Greeting. After her overload of coffee, like clockwork, 9:30 began with her annoying caffeine induced humming.  Then came the chewing of her pen cap while utilizing it as a tuning fork between her gapped teeth. And finally, by 9:38, she was slopping it– saliva and all– against the very edge of her desk. Where ever the top roll of her skin wasn’t already trying to consume its desktop breakfast. I’ve tolerated this for three long years, and this is just the beginning of the day! Never mind her constant need for office drama or her urges to share stories with me about the most disgusting parts of her anatomy.

All of this has served up a very good distraction from working on the second installment of Black Tears. I have some of it written out, some of it just random scenes (for now), but I haven’t worked on it since my BTC debuted on Tuesday. Shame on me!

I’m also looking into a bit of assistance with marketing. This has been tough.

Wish me luck and pick up your copy of BTC here!

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Erika Damn Castle!

I've always been told that I'm an adventurous girl and I cannot deny any of it. I would love to see the world and experience all of the stories it has to tell me. I am a child of the arts, developing my senses in music, painting, sketching, crafting, et cetera. But writing... it was a talent I believe I was born with. I'm not saying I'm an amazing (grammatically correct) author, just that I'm a natural storyteller. I can remember from the time that I learned how to read and write, I was eager to create my own world. I would scribble out tons of poems and short stories, then forcibly share them with my family (or even with my classmates). One of those stories resulted in the creation of this blog. Black Tears. As a child with an already wild imagination, I would always have these equally crazy dreams. One of those dreams was so vivid, that I awoke in the middle of the night and jotted down everything I could remember. From that point, the dream evolved into a poem, then a short story, and then to a complete story. It is the fruit of my 20 year procrastinating labor, and has been published into a book (the first of its series). Tune in to stay updated on the growth of myself as an author and the series. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have loved creating it! XX , Erika

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