When Do You Stop Being A “Newbie” Author?

Hiya peeps! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far!

I had a random question drop in my lap this afternoon, and I have no answer! So, I thought “Hey, blog topic opportunity!” Why not?

In your opinion, when does an author stop being a “newbie” in the community?

After a certain amount of time? A year? Two? Six?

After a certain number of publications? How many?

Once they’ve received a negative review?

Once they’ve had _____ happen?

Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear what you think, since everyone seems to have a different opinion!

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New Year…Now What?

Hiya guys! Hope your year is starting out well. Can you believe it’s 2017? Most people simply seem to be glad 2016 is over, but it wasn’t bad for me. So really, this year will be a regular year, no special “we made it” feeling.

I’ve spent the past week pondering this year, and last. It’s a ritual I do each time a new year begins – I analyze where I’m at now, versus where I was the previous year, five years, ten years, etc. It helps me grow, and figure out where I’m going from here.

Each year, it seems as though I get further from achieving goals I set, and yet, I set more goals. It’s all part of the process of life, I suppose, but it’s sometimes frustrating this time of year, with so many people talking about goal setting and resolutions.

This year, though, I’m going to do something different. I’m not going to make a resolution list, because really, I never stick to them. I want to, but it never happens. Best laid plans, and all that.

What I will do, though, is admit to some goals I am going to put more effort into making happen, while also admitting they may not, and that’s alright.

So, this is my “I’m working on it” list for 2017, as it pertains to the book world, and this blog.

1) I miss reading. I want to read more. In years when my reading game is strong, I’ve read in excess of 500 books. When it’s a poor reading year, I’m lucky to read one. Since I have no idea of whether this year will allow much spare time for reading, I’m going to set what seems to be a realistic idea for a goal. One book a week, with an overall hope of reading 50 books this year. Fingers crossed!

2) Picking up my YouTube channel for this blog. I need to get back into it, and keep it going.

3) Get back into blogging more, and get better at it. I’ve already committed to my review blog again, and decided to stick with it. That being decided, I need to work on some things to make it pop. Going to be working on that.

4) Connect with more readers. I used to have a good set of bookish friends. Granted, Shelfari going down early last year is a major part of those connections dwindling, but still. Not a good enough reason. I want to make more connections again, and be more active in the book community in general.

Four areas to work on, and each seems realistic. We’ll see how it goes!

What are some of the goals you have for this year? Are you setting any resolutions? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for visiting! =D

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NaNoWriMo 2016!!

Hiya guys & dolls, Happy November!! =D

I’m soooo glad it’s finally here! November rocks anyway – it’s one of my favorite months. Since starting a serious writing career, NaNoWriMo has made it even better!

That’s not to say only serious writers do the writing competition, but for me, that’s what it is – a way to challenge myself as a serious writer. I’m sure you knew that though, so I digress.

Obviously, I am participating this year. I’m looking forward to writing something new, now that the Swirling Secrets Trilogy is finished.

I have no idea what will come out of me this month, but I’m excited to find out!

At the moment, I’m planning on this novel being a stand-alone, and maybe comedy of some sort. I’m not sure quite yet – writing off-the-cuff is a challenge in that area, no knowing how to describe it or explain it. Still, it’s the most fun for me, so booya!

Anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are you writing?

Feel free to add me as a writing buddy on the website:

http://nanowrimo.org/participants/roze-wallin

Good luck to everyone participating!

Ciao for now,

~Roze

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I’ve Been A Little Quite Lately…

Hiya guys! Roze here, with a Friday update. Happy Halloween Weekend! =D

I haven’t put up a post in several weeks, which is terrible.

I’ve been pursuing some new hobbies, and it has taken up quite a bit of my time. Those are going well, and I will have updates on that sometime soon – still tweaking everything, so it’s not quite ready to share yet. I’m so excited about it though, and it’s been so much fun! Such wonderful learning opportunities.

Past that, this past week, I have been down with the flu. I’ve barely been able to stay awake, and can’t even really walk around my house without getting nauseous and dizzy. Not fun!

I’ve taken a week of bed-rest to recover, which goes against my normal habits and personality completely. But, I want to be over this stupid bug before NaNoWriMo, so it’s worth it. Hopefully.

Anyway, Prae Lium is doing well so far, so that’s awesome!! The whole trilogy is doing well, really. I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who’s read any of the three books – you rock!

Anyway, not much else to update, yet. I’ll be posting again soon, with some fun updates, so be sure to watch out for those! =D

I Love Writing!

Hiya guys! I wanted to share an update today, since I’ve been a little quiet since the cover/title reveal for Prae Lium.

I have been busy writing, but mostly dealing with the rest of my life. Hubster got a new job, and then we adopted a mamma doggie and her puppies!! Lots of new little mouths to feed and messes to clean up, but they are so adorable!

Anyway, I’m back at the keyboard this weekend, and having so much fun! It is incredibly refreshing, after several weeks of not being able to write much. Such an awesome feeling.

Anywho, I am hoping to have this book finished up in the next few weeks, and published soon after that! We shall see how it goes, but fingers crossed!

The ending for this series is going to be awesome, so if you haven’t read the first two books yet, be sure to pick them up soon! They’re both available on Amazon & Barnes & Noble – whoot! =D

Hope you had an amazing week, and have a fantastic weekend!

Ciao for now,

~Roze

Cover & Title Reveal!!

Hiya guys!! How are  you? Hopefully awesome!

I’m totally stoked today, and while it’s probably jumping the gun a little, I can’t contain my excitement! I needed an art day, and decided to work on the cover for the third book in my Swirling Secrets trilogy.

While I only intended to work on it, I ended up basically finishing it completely!!

Not only that, I figured out the title, which up until that point, had eluded me.

I still don’t have a synopsis or length, because I haven’t gotten far into writing it yet. BUT, I’m going to share what I’ve got so far with you guys!

Check it out!!

Prae Lium

Swirling Secrets, #3