Sunday, 28 July 2013

Every Writer Needs a Good Chair!


As a writer I spend up to twelve hours or more a day in my office pounding away at my keyboard to make up my stories. I have a home office, which I'll take a picture of and post, as exciting as that is, sometime soon. I have a nice setup and as an artist will feature some of my artwork on the walls....but I digress from my title.

In my office I have a fantastic chair, in fact, I believe it to be the cadillac of all chairs. If you are new to my blog, then you don't know I'm disabled. I have asthma and environmental illness. I need a well constructed ergonomically sound chair to be able to sit and create for long hours. The other chair I had in my office was far from adequate and I would be sort for long periods of time from this awful chair.

The people who made my chair let it off gas in their shop for about a month and I would like to thank Joan at Chairs Limited for treating me so well. Then when my hubbie and I brought the chair home we had to let it off gas for another month. I've had my chair in my office for about another month, and I still detect scent, but I have a very sensitive nose; even with all of this I love my chair. I know not everyone can afford the cadillac of chairs, however a new chair or a better used chair may work for you. Since I've started using my new chair I have become a more productive writer. A good chair, a good ergonomic setup, and a good computer. A writer's dream workshop!

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have updates on my website and hope you have time to check them out.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Big Reveal!

So, it's on to the big reveal I promised last week. The cover of Book 3 in the Alien Encounters Series, Going Back has been finalized. I did an interview with Robert J. Graham a few weeks ago. I enjoyed the interview with Robert J. Graham and supported his facebook post by providing a reveal there first, but I wanted to show you now, so here's the new cover. I'd love to hear what you think....


My editor and I had some back and forth dialogue about this cover, since I wanted to get her opinion on the matter. After she saw it she asked me why I chose this cover. To paraphrase my thoughts, I wanted to invite the reader into this world and invoke some mystery in the process. The cave image fits this story. I feel any good cover should fit the story, while at the same time inviting the reader to engage with the story beyond the front cover. This cover was designed with those two purposes in mind. Please post a comment good or bad, I'd love to know your thoughts/opinions on this or any of my eBook covers.

My editor, Keiti, also commented on how I'd set each book in a different place. Going Back is Lyrissa's story, so we're back on Earth and in a different location so the reader gets a broader sense of what life is like other than in those places I'd introduced in book 1. We travel to New MontrĂ©al, the capital and a few other places along the way. Given that each novella/eBook is a serial of a larger story arc, I wanted to tease out different settings on both Sylax and Earth with each installment. In Going Back I've done my best (and am still doing, since we're going through final edits), to paint a more vivid picture of a dystopian future on Earth.

Keiti's been a huge help to me. If you want to know more about Keiti you can find her at the Raven's Chamber. She may pop by if she has time.

The big reveal is so important to me I want to leave if up for at least 2 weeks, and would love to know what you think!

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

I Didn't Know Writing Could be this Complicated or Busy

It's been a writing week for sure. Along with being a writer I'm also a student.

I'm working on a thesis in feminist theory, and autoethnography. It's creative non-fiction, writing about what it's like to be disabled, a woman, and my relationship with nature. Doesn't sound so hard, well, I'm here to surprise you, it is! The type of writing I do opens me up, leaves me exposed, like I wear my world on my sleeve for the reader to witness so they can go through the emotions I feel, my pain, sadness, fear, terrror, frustration. These are all things we want to convey to the reader as a good writer, however we can write about such emotions, while hiding behind the characters we create, and no one really needs to know if it was your story or not until you are willing to put it out there.

With autoethnographic thesis work you put yourself out there from the very start. So, that is to say, I'm putting myself out there with some pretty big and at times overwhelming strings attached. The emotions I experience due to my disability can get magnified and most certainly get re-lived, and not always for the better, but I think I've become a better, more self aware person through this process. However, I'm left drained and it becomes more difficult to get back into my own work.

On the writing front I've also been busy, but have been putting off my Alien Encounters Series, just a bit. You see I have a project, a long standing project I've been picking away at, much like my thesis. The novel is called Strange Days on Earth and is opening novel in the Strange Days Series. Strange Days on Earth is a science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, new adult series, where the reader will go on a journey with Lizzy from her last year in high school to new adventures through her early twenties and beyond. Lizzy started it all for me. I began her story many years ago when I started writing again as an adult. Getting my manuscript ready for an editor for the second time has left me feeling vulnerable. Part of me is scared as hell, the last time I sent it I got rejected. Sure I know, so many people get rejected, it's a part of writing and you have to grow thick skin, so to speak; but the upside is, along with my rejection notice from the editor of a well known science fiction publisher, yes the editor, not the assistant editor or the assistant's assistant, I got a note and forms to go to a prestigious workshop. I was a single mom at the time and the workshop was about 5000 km away so I couldn't have afforded it. This editor was so considerate as to include a grant application. At that time the inner skeptic in me was in full bloom. I thought it was some sort of come on to get some money out of me I didn't have, since I was between jobs. I didn't find out what an opportunity I'd passed up until years later. Now here I am again, scared as hell. Maybe this time I won't get rejected, but I do know one thing, this time I won't pass up any more opportunities.

Have a great week!

You can find me through the week at kimwelsman.ca or on twitter @kimwelsman. I have a cool new trailer on my website and hope you have time to check it out.