CONTEMPLATION: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A WRITER

Note:  This will be a bit on the lengthy side

With the recent release of two books and the launching of a new website I decided to take a break in part to rest the mind body and spirit and in part to evaluate projects in the queue.  

While I consider these projects in terms of whether they are in line with my goals (where I’m going), part  of the evaluation includes seeing where I’ve been.

I’ve mentioned that at times my life has resembled a Pacman game where unforeseen and/or unexpected circumstances have driven a need for change.  Sometimes the change is rapid, other times at a pace that allows for planning.

This is one of those times as this is a continuation of a change that started years ago and therefore allows for planning.

Ironically, it’s because there is time to strategize I feel a bit frustrated, as if things are taking too long.  To counter this I remind myself the changes are on par with turning a massive cargo ship. 

It takes time to change course.

I also remind myself why it is I’ve made these changes.  

I thought I’d share a bit of the method to the madness with readers.

In the beginning.  I’ve known I wanted to be a writer  since I was three.

Declared it to my family and anyone else who would listen.

While I worked toward this goal I enjoyed a satisfying and successful career in tech.

I worked with a couple of other writers, one of which left after her debut book became a huge success.

It’s Time.  A number of factors contributed to the timing of leaving corporate to focus on writing.

  • Earned a doctorate in a non-tech discipline

When I finished the dissertation?  I felt a tremor in the force and knew my days in corporate were numbered.

I didn’t know exactly what would be next.  I just knew change was upon me.

  • Industry headwinds and a company merger left me frustrated and restless

I didn’t feel challenged and I was tired of the bureaucracy.

 How many times can leadership realistically use the phrase secular headwinds as an excuse?

Tools of the Trade.  As I’d been working toward this end for several years I’d already done a lot of the foundation work.

  • Took writer workshops with Writers Market
  • Joined a Professional Writers Organization and attended chapter meetings
  • Attended writers conferences
  • Completed a manuscript

 Life Interrupts.  Not long after getting traction we moved to the East Bay, California.  Within weeks of moving into our new house I was sick and unable to write.

Yes, I was pretty upset and I was forced to focus on the illness which, ironically, led to: 

Publish.  Though I’d intended to focus on fiction, my experience with EMF Sensitivity drove me in a different direction.  Knowing there were others who were suffering like I was and that – at the time – there was nothing out there anywhere close to what I’d discovered in terms of remedies and information, I decided to go nonfiction first.

I knew it would be a bit of a challenge finding a publisher.

At this point the US was still denying it was even a condition even though several countries in the world including the UK and Canada, and the WHO all acknowledged it as a real condition.

Change of Plans.  Familiar with the challenges involved with publishing I laid out a plan to find a suitable publisher, believing I would have better luck with a small university press.  After attending a presentation by two literary agents to the Colorado writers group I belonged to, everything changed.

When I talked about my book one of the two agents laughed and said, “Oh, you mean that cell phone thing?”  When I explained that it was about frequency specifics including the ultra low and very low frequencies that come out of fault lines in the hours and days prior to an earthquake, precede thunderstorms, and are emitted by high-tension power lines, and went on to name a variety of other sources as well as the universities around the world – including US universities (Stanford and University of Arizona) that document their findings – she stopped laughing but I’d seen the writing on the wall.

I received a number of emails from people who found my website who were either suffering themselves or were close to someone who was. They begged me for the book which wasn’t quite finished.

Some even offered to pay me to sell it to them early which I wouldn’t because it wasn’t ready.  I was still researching, still learning, and still working with individuals I was using as case studies.

A short time later I released Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity.

Back to the Start.  I’d always wanted to focus on fiction and historical fiction in particular though paranormal fiction definitely held my interest.  Having gone through the process of producing a book I figured I would keep on going with a focus on fiction.

That Smashwords had just upended the publishing industry definitely swayed my decision.  

Especially given that in the numerous subsequent bankruptcies by publishing houses, authors lost their manuscripts as well as the ability to regain their rights so they could shop them elsewhere because they were considered the property of the publishing companies and therefore part of the bankruptcy settlements.

Two Lane Highway.  For the next several years I alternated fiction and nonfiction works.

I released a number of books relating to EMF Sensitivity – the cause and the cure as well as a number of remedies – and several paranormal fiction novels.

Stop and Assess.  Though I’d considered shifting away from nonfiction earlier, it wasn’t until 2016 that I truly saw it was time.

EMF Sensitivity is a broad condition that involves far more than sensitivity to technology EMFs.  I’d shared the cause and cure of the condition along with a great deal of information on remedies and troubleshooting.  I was ready to move on to a different aspect of EMFs.

Geologic, atmospheric, and frequencies difficult to quantify though Lynne McTaggart, Russell Targ, and a number of others had definitely done a fair amount of research.

Two Lane Highway 2.  I had just begun work on Metatron’s Army, a science fiction saga and though I saw the light at the end of that tunnel in terms of finishing the saga, I knew I would be publishing more works that fell under the sci-fi genre.

I planned on continuing the strategy of alternating only I would alternate between paranormal fiction and science fiction.

Psi Avalanche.  Shortly after making the decision to step away from nonfiction the paranormal side of my life heated up, so much so that between writing paranormal fiction and living paranormal reality, I felt I was drowning.  I needed a break.

I revamped my website to reflect this change though I kept the paranormal fiction available for purchase.

Two Lane Highway 3.  The decision to take a break from paranormal fiction went far in relieving the stress of the psi avalanche.  At the same time, I truly do have a passion for the paranormal.  So, after putting to use much of what I learned doing research into the more esoteric EMFs I was able to return to the plan of alternating genre strategy.

And I even found a way to weave a bit of nonfiction in as well, with the release of Lessons From the Edge: An Author’s Guide to Metatron’s Army and the launch of metatronsuniverse.com.

The Road Ahead.  Though some projects are still evolving I plan to continue to write novels of both science and paranormal fiction.  I also foresee more nonfiction in the future though I’m still working out the details.

I am considering how to share what I’ve learned about the esoteric side of EMFs.

I am currently working on multiple novels and plan to update readers on release dates as appropriate.

Stay tuned!

ADRIFT AVAILABLE

I’m pleased to announce that Adrift, First Sequence in the Colony Series is now available for purchase!

I really enjoyed working on this story and am excited about the series.

I am taking a bit of a break from novels though I am working on a project that will be revealed in the next 6 to 8 weeks. I AM eager to get back to the novels and have plans for

  • Dragon Core
  • Ghost Games
  • Port Gallatan

I will also continue with other projects.

Stay tuned

ADRIFT UPDATE

“You know it’s bad in writing land if I’m doing housework.”

These were the words that went through my mind as I was vacuuming my bedroom this afternoon, after which I went on a bit of a cleaning spree.  

I despise housework.

It was only after I finally sat down 3 hours later that I realized it wasn’t that there was trouble so much as I needed to give myself a break.  I just got Adrift, first Sequence in the Colony Series back from the beta reader which means postproduction is in full swing.

I finished the book cover mockup yesterday and am taking notes for the “back of book” summary.

I have also been working on two other projects simultaneously.

They are related.

Though I’ve finished two books close together before I don’t remember resorting to housework to give myself a mental break.

I honestly didn’t feel that worn out but maybe I’m being preemptive.

I also may not be dealing with the writing thing.

It’s actually going well so why stress?  

I suspect a bit of what is going on is that in getting a nice head start on a few things issues I’ve been ignoring for – oh – awhile – are making themselves felt.

As in how about we deal with this?

I hadn’t considered how much writing can be a way to distract myself from other things.

At least not since the onset of Covid lockdown when I wrote three books in two months.

I’m going to try something a little different with this postproduction episode.  I’m going to allow myself to think about the item that seems to be the squeaky wheel of the moment while I’m doing the final edit of Adrift.

Final edit isn’t the most brain intensive activity since, with the story completed, I’m only doing a final check of grammar.

Who knows?  If it works out maybe this will be my new way of doing postproduction.

I anticipate having a landing page for Adrift up within a week.

Stay tuned.

COLONY: BUILDING THE BRIDGE

Pacing is oh such fun.

Not.

I’m not talking about pacing a story – I’m talking about pacing my mind which at the moment is like a runaway train going through the mountain that is Adrift, the first Sequence in the Colony Series under construction.

I can count on one hand the number of times this has happened but it’s painful when it does.

It takes restless mind to a whole new level.

Under the Covers.  The issue has its roots in excitement. 

Specifically, of what’s to come.

The Idea.  A story has a beginning, an idea that may start as a small vibration of energy at the edge of consciousness, which grows if it is deemed by the deeper layers of consciousness that perceive the vibration to be more than a ripple in the creative field.

If I’m lucky I’ll get a glimpse of characters as this allows me to get a visual which provides details I hadn’t consciously thought of yet, details that can be used for backstory or various plot elements.  

Mental Movie.  Colony is a little different in that I spent a lot of energy mentally incubating it rather than starting a draft and allowing it to surface through the creative energy that uses my fingers on the keyboard to get through.

In this regard it’s similar to how Metatron’s Army came to be though I did write a draft of that one right off so this truly is different.

Construction.  Deciding I was ready to start I went through the routine steps of setting up the various documents, organizing them, setting up a backup routine, creating the artwork to go with it, etc.

Lots of work happens before Chapter One is ever laid out.

Floodgate.  Once I started typing, it was as if a floodgate was open.  

And therein lay the problem.

All these ideas came tumbling forward and while I appreciate that I have them they are somewhat disruptive to the writing effort.

Okay, they are very disruptive.

Mental Movie Take 2:  I thought if I gave time and energy to the scenes vying for my attention it might bring a bit of calm to a mind filled with excitement over the possible ways I could develop various plot lines. 

It didn’t.

Like a bratty kid who now has a way to get an adult’s attention, the creative energy behind this particular storyline is being relentless in introducing new possibilities.

And to think about a month ago I worried my creative source was drying up, no doubt the result of mental fatigue.

Adapt and Go.  I’m hoping I get to a point where the excitement of future scenes settles, perhaps due to an inner confidence that it will all come together.  

I’m confident it will all come together. Someone needs to tell the creative source!

Calming the mind to focus on the actual writing will be awfully difficult otherwise.

In the meantime?  I’m splitting my time between mental movies and putting fingers to the keyboard.

And Adrift is taking shape.

building out the dream

While working on Advantage, first in the Metatron’s Army series I stumbled on the magick of having a playlist for the books I was working on.  Auspiciously, I simultaneously stumbled on music that fit the series in its entirety – for me.

Nigel Stanford’s Solar Echoes.

Though I continued to create playlists for books in the ensuing years it wasn’t until I was inspired to introduce a new series that I circled back around to creating a playlist for it.

New is a misnomer.  The idea for this series was born alongside Metatron’s Army back in 1984.  Not having bandwidth to do much with it I focused on MA and set it aside.

I suppose setting it aside is a misnomer too because I never fully let go of the idea.

I guess I’m peeling the onion here because beneath the idea was the image – a character.

And beneath that?  The look in his eyes.  

So much emotion – so much said – but in that moment I just didn’t have the cycles.  

I never forgot his expression, nor his body language as he stood in a doorway staring at me as if daring me to – what?

It took decades to comprehend what it was he was communicating and in that time I wrote multiple opening scenes for the story only to curl my lip and set them aside indefinitely.

I wrote an opening scene for Metatron’s Army the summer before my junior year in high school but tossed it twenty years later while sorting through a box of writing that had crisscrossed the country with me for decades; writing that included my very first novel – handwritten in a spiral bound notebook in 8th grade – along with short stories, poetry and other novels typed on bond paper.  Needless to say, it was a large heavy box.

I tossed almost the entirety of that box seven years later – five years before sitting down to start Advantage.

From there to Here.  As I write this post I am populating a series playlist with music that, like the Metatron’s Army series playlist, is mostly instrumental.

Lots of stuff by Twelve Titans Music.

I spent the day working on the various tasks that go into a project of this magnitude, managing to tackle most of the big stuff.

Including the playlist.

I will be posting updates in the near future.

Stay tuned.

new year new focus

I would like to take a moment to wish all readers and visitors to this site a Happy Healthy New Year!

May it be better than the one we’re leaving behind!

As the year winds down, I am putting finishing touches on a weeks’ long effort to ensure my web presence is in line with my business as it is and as I look ahead.  I’m proud of what I’ve done.

It was a lot of work!

Though I’d originally planned the various tasks to be spread over several weeks, culminating at the end of January 2021, I ended up doing a marathon stretch over several days.  

Which I couldn’t have done without the help of my team so kudos to them!

This means I’ll be able to get back to novel writing as soon as next week.

If not sooner.

I learned a lot through this year-end project, including that I don’t want to go through something like this again anytime soon.  

I am mentally fried.  Definitely looking forward to a bit of New Year’s Eve celebrating at home.

To that end, I’ll be scheduling this type of task management more regularly throughout the year.

To be fair the work I do at end of year doesn’t typically involve monumental shifts as this one has.

What’s New?

  • I’ve added a video to the Redemption Landing page.
  • I’ve redesigned the Ghost Games Case File book covers.  The new covers will be uploaded within the next few days.
  • I’ve added Alerts to the Metatron’s Army site.  This is where I’ll post the latest information on this series.
  • I’ve rebranded my business to Scifimagick: Where sci-fi meets passion.
  • I’ve created a scifimagick Facebook business page.  Posts from Elizabethmaxim.com and metatronsarmy.com will be fed to this page.

What’s Next?

I’m already at work on two new Dragon Core novels.

I have Ghost Games case files in the queue.

I have plans for additional Metatron’s Army stories.

I have a new series in early stages. The badge for this new series is on the Facebook banner.

Stay tuned!

update

For the past several weeks I’ve been implementing changes to my website as I sharpen my focus and evaluate my goals.

Where I am and where I want to go.

  • Lessons from the Edge has been cancelled***

As a nonfiction, it didn’t fit in with my goals for the Metatron’s Army Series.

  • Metatron’s Army works

Details and release dates to come.

Release date late winter/early spring 2021.

Details and release dates to come.

  • Additional videos

Updates provided as appropriate.

Stay tuned.

*** For those interested in the Lecture on Time, it is available in its entirety in Bishop Pair: Book Two in the Metatron’s Army series.