Wednesday, July 5, 2017

#IWSG July 2017

Started by Alex J. Cavanaugh, this sweet hop has encouraged me many times over 
and I'm thankful for it!


IWSG News!







IWSG July Optional Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?
There are many things, but to tie in with last month's question my answer is going to rely on three famous movie quotes.

"Never Give Up!
Never Surrender!"

"Do or Do Not. There is no Try."

"Just Keep Swimming."

Writing is its own reward. Just writing, just continuing to write, refusing to give up when things get hard, and writing beyond the "try" stage are all part of the continuance of the dream that gets real when the pen hits the paper or the fingers hit the keyboard.

On a separate note, my insecurity this month (other than the usual ups and downs of writing) is that I seem to have lost my ability to post pictures on my blog, which is frustrating, and I am having a bit of a mild stalker issue as well as repeated notifications that someone is trying to hack the account on another social media platform (okay, not sure it's stalking, but it's odd behavior, so I am changing some things in my social media practices). So, basically, even after eight years of using various forms of social media, I still feel like I don't know what I'm doing. However, I'm going to just keep swimming - maybe in a different stretch of the ocean or with a few different strokes - from forward crawl to breastroke - but I'm going to keep going. I'll keep everyone notified of any changes here ... probably next month or September. 

BTW - I had a super short publication on July 3rd at A Story in 100 Words. "At the Lake" is ... I guess angsty romance? Does that mean I write romance now? I don't know. It's something different for me, anyway.

Happy 4th of July and Independence Day!!!







33 comments:

Cathrina Constantine said...

Technical problems are the worse, no, I take that back, a stalker trying to hack in is worser. (Is that a word?) lol. Social Media is my procrastination. I never thought I'd be on twitter or Facebook or a blog, but that came as part of the deal of writing, and it does take up much of my time. And I guess, it's a form of marketing yourself. Good Post Tyrean. Take Care. I hope all is well...

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I love that you continue to swim, even if it's a different stroke or in a different sea. And I always feel like I am behind re social media. Sigh.

Congrats on the story!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry you're having issues with images and a potential hacker. Time to change all passwords, that's for sure.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - hope you can sort things out ... keep writing, enjoy summer and generally be peaceful - good luck ... cheers Hilary

Tamara Narayan said...

Congrats on the publication! That's a shame about the images. Hope you find a solution. I think technology will drive us all mad sooner or later.

cleemckenzie said...

I hear what you're saying. I think I have everything under control, and then suddenly I don't. I'm sure it's those computer engineers who are tweaking things behind the scenes that cause most of this. I know writers are expected to learn all kinds of skills in this business, but programming as well? Hope you can sort out the trouble soon.

M.J. Fifield said...

'Just keep swimming' is among my very favorite pieces of writing advice. I tell that to myself often!

I hope you get your technical problems sorted out. That sort of thing is so frustrating.

Congrats on your super short publication!

Crystal Collier said...

Angsty romance... LOL. I love it when we get to branch out and dabble in a new genre. It's so invigorating, eh?

krystal jane said...

Yay! Congratulations on the story! I think short stories are a great place to try something new. Who knows, we might like it. ^_^ I think the story reads like a coming-of-age. :)

Sorry about the issues you've been having! I hope they get worked out soon. I know someone else having problems with their site right now, too.

I LOVE that Yoda quote. I say that to myself sometimes when I'm taking too long to do something.

Nissa Annakindt said...

It seems like the social media world is always changing. All the methods I used to build up my Facebook pages no longer work due to changes in Facebook. A friend of mine urged me to try a new social media site and I did. The site is out of business already.
My conclusion is to try to keep up with the things that work--- blogging, my main FB page and a couple FB groups such as the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance and the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers group, and perhaps Twitter.

I used to have a stalker and it really scared me. I got to know him better and offered to create a simple web site for him. After that he totally lost interest in stalking me. I missed him at first. Though stalkers can be serious and I think there may be information online about what to do and not do about your stalker.

Nissa from
http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com
(Blogger won't let me post from my Wordpress account so I've stopped trying.)

emaginette said...

Someone mentioned I was home a lot and I told them I like to write novels. They looked pretty surprised and asked how much I make. I told her I don't do it for the money. I do it because its makes me happy. 'Nuff said. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Nick Wilford said...

I was actually going to mention that I couldn't see any of the images on your blog. Hope you get this problem sorted without too much hassle. It's one of the perennial dangers of the internet. But your approach is right - just keep at it!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Stalkers are creepy. I've been having an issue with some advertiser commenting on my old posts.

Karen Lange said...

Sorry about the recent tech and other issues. That is frustrating. Looks like you are determined to keep moving forward. :) Which is what I'd share as good writing advice I've learned over the years. Have a good week!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love Dory.

Are you uploading images directly or using a third party?

Em-Musing said...

Stalker? Hacker? Bastard! So sorry you have to deal with this. But you are a fighter...and an inspiration.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love Never Give Up, Never Surrender! I think about it with writing and life a lot. Sorry about your hacker and blog problems. Those can be so challenging. I wouldn't know what to do either.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for all the awesome comments, tips, and encouragement! I'm headed around to visit blogs so I'm not really following up with comments here ... hope that's okay.

Erika Beebe said...

I am so sorry you have a stalker and a hacker! That doesn't mean you don't know what you are doing. Congratulations on entering a new genre. Thinking of you and hoping you and your family are well :)

Damyanti said...

Just keep swimming--- best advice ever. One I give myself every single day.

Chemist Ken said...

I don't think I'll ever know what I'm doing when it comes to social media, so good luck with that. Genre hopping, eh? Good luck with that.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hang in there... as Alex said change your passwords a few times... sorry about all that. I was hacked big time a few years ago and it was the worst. Had to give up an my original email that I had since I started emailing.

CONGRATS on the new short....

Laura Clipson said...

Those are excellent quotes, and ones that are important to remember. Never give up!

Christine Rains said...

Congrats on the story! And I love those movie quotes. The first one is a quote I use often.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh no, I'm sorry you're having this situation with the hacker/stalker. I hope it ends quickly and you stop being bothered. :(
Love the quotes!

Mark Noce said...

Just keep swimming indeed:) And boo to all stalkers.

Heather R. Holden said...

Oh, ack, that's horrible about the stalker! Can't imagine how stressful that is. Hope this problem goes away for you soon!

Sorry you're having trouble posting pictures lately, too. You probably don't use Photobucket, but on the off-chance you do, that could be the issue. (They recently took away the ability for account members to post images for free.)

Also, love your new story! Such a sad twist at the end...

Laurel Garver said...

"Writing is its own reward" -- that is a great motivator.

Sorry to hear about the potential hack and your image issues. I've noticed Blogger is getting fussier about pictures coming from https links (on secure sites). I wonder if that might be the problem?

Cherie Reich said...

Those quotes work so well for a writer's mantras. :)

I hope the technical issues work themselves out. They're so frustrating.

Gina Gao said...

Sorry to hear about the potential hack. Hope everything sorts itself out!

www.ficklemillennial.com

Olga Godim said...

"Keep swimming" - is the best policy in writing and in life. Sorry about you hacker problem. It's horrible. I would've panicked by now.

The Cynical Sailor said...

What a nightmare with your blog and potentially being hacked :-( That's one of my big fears as I do more with social media, that someone will hack me. Hope you can get it all sorted.

Michelle Wallace said...

"Just Keep Swimming."
Okay. I needed to read this. Thank you!