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Here’s a few thoughts on writing, running, and reaching the finish line from Amira K. Makansi, a BSP associate, one of Kristy’s co-authors in the Seeds Trilogy, runner, and now solo author of THE PRELUDE: Soren Skaarsgard, a novella set in the world of the Seeds Trilogy and now available on Kindle.

Cover of The Prelude: Soren Skaarsgard by Amira K. MakansiWriting a book is like running a marathon. You start out feeling great. You’re flying. You’re not tired yet (not even a little bit!) and you fucking love what you’re doing. That’s the first few miles, the first few chapters, dominated by euphoria, the thrill of your story, the thrill of activity. Then you get into a rhythm. You’re breathing a little harder than you thought. Staying up late or waking up early to write before and after your day job is a happy sacrifice, but a sacrifice nonetheless. Eventually, you start to realize what you’ve committed to. You’re looking at the mile markers, watching your word count, and realizing how far you have to go. How many miles lie between you and victory, how many more minutes or hours of doing exactly what you’re doing now. The excitement wears off. All you’re thinking about now is the slog, while that finish line is little more than an ever-receding horizon.

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1. The domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, desire, image, etc.

What was the last thing you were obsessed with? Something so gripping that you just couldn’t get it out of your mind, that your waking and dreaming moments were defined almost exclusively by that one thing? Maybe it was a book, or a business project you were working on. Picking out a new car? A home-improvement project? Maybe a TV show?

The paragraph above is from the beginning of a blog post written by one of my co-authors about how obsessed we are with our work in progress. It is so well written I decided to give it some “airtime” here. Please take a moment to visit her blog and read the rest of it. You’ll be glad you did.

 

So…one thing I’m not is a web guru. Even though I’ve been designing and hosting websites for about 10 years now, I continually amaze myself at how many dumb mistakes I can make…like accidentally taking down our old site before our new one was live.

Oops.

I hope you’ll have patience and visit our new site as soon as it is ready. In the meantime, we’ll use our blog for updates and communications.

See ya soon.

BSP

 

We’re delighted that both of our authors, Anene Tressler-Hauschultz and Fred Venturini, are hard at work creating awesome literary works. And we’re also delighted that they’re going to share insights into the writing process through their new blogs. Anene and Fred–while both extremely talented writers–have, shall we say, different styles. Take a look for yourself:

Fred’s blog (lits of pubs and an excerpt from The Samaritan are up. The first blog post is percolating in Fred’s brain)

Anene’s blog (first post is up)

Did I mention we’re delighted?