BRINGING A STORY TO LIFE: ORGANIZE

A lot of work goes into a creative career.

It’s not just about creating.

Business basics aside one of the more challenging aspects of being a writer is how to organize what you produce.  

It’s more than choosing a genre.

The literary industry has evolved over the centuries and while it is easy to follow in the footsteps of those who came before, when it comes to organizing it doesn’t always translate.

Especially in a time of authors producing in multiple formats in multiple genres and sub-genres.

When I started on this career path I intended to publish fiction.  Thanks to a mysterious illness I went nonfiction first then circled back to fiction.  

But I do both.

An additional organizational challenge is the fact I write multiple genres.

Paranormal and sci-fi. 

Last November I decided to focus on the organizational aspects of my career.  Nine months later I’m still working on it.

Scifimagick.  This moniker marked the beginning of organizational refinement and while I will be elaborating in the near future I do have clues on elizabethmaxim.com as to how it all comes together.

Where Sci-Fi Meets Passion.  I have multiple sci-fi series, each different and unique.  What ties them together are characters driven by passion, complete with intimacy.

Including interspecies intimacy.

Where Passion Meets the Paranormal.  They say write what you know.  As a psychic I have long had a passion for the paranormal.  This allowed me to explore the world of paranormal fiction from multiple subgenres and though my style and subgenre choices have evolved, my passion for the paranormal has not waned.

Choose A Path.  Visitors to elizabethmaxim.com can explore my work by following one of the two paths with each of those paths diverging further.  As I have plenty of stories in the queue, additional paths through the maze will be available for exploration soon.

I will be making tweaks to elizabethmaxim.com in the coming weeks.  These tweaks will reflect the continuing organizational refinement and are meant to make things easier for readers and visitors.

Stay Tuned.

BRINGING A STORY TO LIFE: WHO WRITES WHO?

Listening to the Police Spirits in the Material World – on vinyl and contemplating a twist in my creative career.

It’s fun adding “favorite vinyls” back into a collection I gave away in the 90s after trading for CDs.  More interesting is discovering Aaron and I are in agreement with “must have” vinyls like Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road.

Who Made Who.  Okay, music on the mind.  Cheesy movie but the AC/DC Soundtrack to Maximum Overdrive is pretty awesome in my opinion and while that movie considered the question of which came first the robot chicken or the tech egg I’m dealing with an observation of a similar yet parallel – as in universe – consideration.  

Does the author write the story or the story choose the author?

This question occurred to me as I considered the twisty turny way The Day Before has come into being  

  • Started as an image that appeared on my mental screen
  • Observation allowed me to get a feel for the character which led to who, what, when, where, why
  • Fingers to keyboard and watch as 50 words explodes to 25000 with an acceleration rate that started somewhat slow then exploded up – or out depending how you visualize.
  • Realize that in spite of my initial thoughts if not beliefs on what this story was – it wasn’t that simple.
  • Follow the trail of breadcrumbs.

Follow the Leader.  Ironically, the image that presented itself early on was a soldier standing waiting for someone to catch up to him as he stood on a path.  I stepped back to notice the environment he was in and who it was he was waiting for while taking his measure as to why he was waiting for the individual known as a retrieval and more to the point – who was he that he was the one leading?

And why him?

Turns out this character – Cai Ranger – is not only a guide for another character he is the guide for the author.  

I began the story confident it would be a success even though I hadn’t planned it.  As I went along I saw numerous possibilities for where it would fit in my catalogue, numerous directions the plot could twist and turn, and numerous branches it could extend for future books.  And yet…

It soon became apparent that somehow the story had – like a manifestation – managed to show up in my world in a manner that showed me the story – not the writer – is in charge of this excursion.

A central theme behind manifestation is you visualize something – feed it energy – and it outmanifiests itself.  In this case – the story “manifested” into my creative studio – the place where body mind and spirit come together to create.

What’s Happening?  Though I was happily working along producing and satisfied with where things were headed I got a strong urge to step aside and read a book that showed up in my sphere one day.

Unsurprisingly there was a seemingly cosmic message delivered along with a much needed break.

This action led to another which led to another and suddenly I realized the story itself seemed to be leading me along a path to completion.  

Including where it will fit in the catalogue – Dragon Core.

It made me stop and wonder – do we pull from the well of creativity or does it drag us into itself?

Do we dream the dream or does the dream dream us?

BRINGING A STORY TO LIFE: SOURCE

Enjoying a bit of peace and quiet and a much cooler morning.  It got so hot during our heat wave that our food processor bowl melted while in use.  The round area that has the blade come through is now oblong. 

 I loved hearing Aaron say, “Oh, that’s why it sounded so funny.”

I was listening to music through headphones at the time and missed all that audio fun.  Thankfully, we live in a time when you can get replacement parts easily; you don’t have to buy an entirely new appliance.

As I listen to the sounds of the morning which include enough wildlife I sometimes feel I live in a zoo, I’m mentally sorting through projects in the queue.   It isn’t just that there are a number of possibilities it’s the order in which they should be done. 

Temporal Awareness.  At the start of the pandemic shutdown I wrote about what it felt like having my temporal awareness turned on its ear.  

As someone who already worked from home the inability to have any contact with the outside world for months on end was surreal.

I channeled that frustration into writing making it one of the more prolific times of my writing career.

I finished Beacon, Rainmaker, Mirror, and Redemption among other projects in a span of about three months. 

It came at a cost.

Burnout.

I know that work burnout was a common problem during the pandemic.  I read several articles in which people talked about the effects of being shut in or – if they couldn’t work from home – being completely overwhelmed.  And yet I couldn’t relate.

Career burnout wasn’t my burnout.

It took until yesterday to understand that my burnout was related but different.  It wasn’t career burnout so much as life burnout. 

 As someone who has worked from home for twenty-seven years, other than a period of incredible productivity, it wasn’t my career that was impacted.

Outside acknowledging the challenges of going from minimal outside interaction to none, I never considered the impact of total lockdown on my life outside my career.

Work Front and Center.  There was a cost to the constant attention on work from home in our community and in the world.  It hid the impact of what was happening outside that construct.

When you’re so busy focusing on making something work you can miss all the areas of your life that are being starved of critical energy.

 Missing the Signs.  Because my productivity  was not negatively impacted  I missed warning signs that not all was well.  Or, if I did sense something wrong I simply channeled it into my work, exacerbating the problem.

Open Is Closed.  Regardless of the state of the states I still work from home.  Thanks to the delta variant and other unknowns it’s business as usual as far as the pandemic is concerned.

Masks, social distancing, and good health habits.

This lack of real change and the knowledge that it will likely remain so for the foreseeable future had me turning to my de facto approach, writing.

Excuse Me.  An interesting thing happened.  Somehow the message from the nonwork areas of my life that were suffering got to the productivity camp and, as you can predict, everything shut down.

Few things cause panic for an author.  Writer’s block is one of them.

Because my attention was on the impact to my productivity I missed that the symptoms had nothing to do with writing.

There was no writer’s block.

Ignoring the symptoms since I didn’t map them to nonwork issues, I continued focusing on my career.

It never occurred to me it was soul burnout related to the pandemic.

Meet Me Halfway.  Apparently, my higher self has a clue.  It figured out I’m going to double down on the creative outlet as a coping mechanism – something I’ve done my whole life – so it plugged into that part of the energy spectrum.  This led to a series of “coincidences” that got the message through.

That while my body and mind were doing just fine, my spiritual health was in need of some serious TLC.

The Edge of Nowhere.  I decided to work with Event Horizon which does an amazing job of pulling me out of myself so I can solve issues unhindered by “noise.”  Sure enough I started to see where energy blocks were having a negative impact.  As with all Event Horizon sessions, a number of solutions were offered to address the situation.

I Can’t Hear You.  It was during one of the better sessions that I realized that while I gave myself suggestions to address issues I wasn’t following up.  I kept setting the stuff aside for later after which I would go back to writing.  Luckily for me, this time I listened.

One Thing Feeds Another.  As I followed through on the suggestions I was inspired to go back and do another EH session during which more insight was gained and more suggestions given.  This went on for a few days and I noticed those other energy blocks began to dissolve.

In some cases I didn’t even realize there was a block until it was gone.

Helping Hand.  I continued working with Event Horizon and continued to follow through on the suggestions and continued to see improvements including subtle messages from the universe that helped me on my way.  And then a funny thing happened.  The messages became not so subtle.  In fact, they got downright direct.

Read My Lips.  The universe has a fun way of getting the message across and I’ve long known that when we ignore the messages, they get louder. 

This isn’t always a good thing.

In this case the increased volume was relatively harmless.  A book that had appeared in my sphere of awareness months ago reappeared.  This time I paid attention and bought it.  I also got an email from a dear friend, the right words at the right time.  Interestingly, both sources had the same message

Don’t forget the basics!

It was through each of these messages I realized that in all the chaos I had forgotten to nurture my own spirituality.

I was so busy being there for everyone and everything else I forgot to be there for this.

Energy In Bloom.  As I read the book and did the exercises which included relaxation, meditation, visualization, grounding, I found the creative whispering increasing in volume.

The voice of the source – what goes into bringing a story to life.

Bruised But Healing.  When you are a creative, to create is to feed the soul. The worst thing that can happen is to turn off the spigot but just as damaging, as I’ve learned, is to turn it on full blast. I believe my soul understands this now. I recognize the need to find other ways to nurture that soul.  Especially when the avenues open to me are cut off by lockdown.

CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES

I want to take a moment to thank readers for their patience while I’m turning a tanker mid-voyage.

Tweaking my career.

I have endeavored to communicate every step of the way but the truth is my career is not and has never been static.

One of the major reasons I went into tech was because I have a passion for always learning, always improving.  Always exploring.

Just as with my career in tech my career as a writer which literally started when I penned my first fiction piece at age 6** has and will continue to evolve.

I’m pleased to share the following:

To better serve readers I have decided in lieu of a newsletter to do what I call Data Sheets.  These will be publications dedicated to very specific nonfiction topics that will be available for purchase.  Information will include my ongoing work with EMF Sensitivity, with a rather interesting twist:  Psi energy and GMFs are more esoteric forms of EMFs but are EMFs.  As a psychic I have gained incredible insight into these topics and look forward to sharing my observations.  As with all my nonfiction my audience will include those who are what I term sole practitioners of life and those who prefer to work with advisors.

I am making minor adjustments to my websites.  This is to make things easier for readers and those seeking specific information, including what goes into being a paranormal fiction writer.

I will provide additional information in the weeks and months to come, including video material.  

I’m also continuing to write.

Stay tuned!

**Won an award too!

METATRON’S ARMY PROJECT

Enjoying a bit of sunshine and working on a project for the Metatron’s Army series.

Over the next weeks I will be releasing a blog post for each book in the series.  These posts will provide unique insight into what went into the chapter each release represents along with a book excerpt.  I will be posting these blog entries on metatronsarmy.com under Alerts which is located in the Explore Menu Option.

As part of this project I am rereading each manuscript and – as an author’s edits are never finished – I will be uploading any changes/edits I make to ensure what is available is the latest.

Stay tuned!

This information will be cross-posted on metatronsarmy.com.

NEW OFFERINGS

Wishing everyone a Happy Cinco de Mayo!

We’re doing homemade tacos – I do the seasoning myself and we do veggies in grape seed oil.

I’ve been working on upcoming projects some of which are book releases but some of which are not.

  • Enhanced blog offering

I’m still working out the details of blogs that will be more focused per each of the websites.

  • Newsletter

I’m working out the details so I can describe to readers what they can expect in terms of content, release schedule.

  • Novels

I have novels planned across multiple series along with a couple of single title releases in the planning.

I will be releasing additional information as appriorate.

Stay tuned!

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!

A DANCING DRAGON. WHAT’S YOUR REALITY?

As I say in Dragon Core, Perspective is Everything.  I’m pleased to announce I’ve created a new website, metatronsuniverse.com

Where Perspective Meets Fiction.

This website gives readers a glimpse of the psi life and what goes into writing paranormal fiction.

I am taking a break after 3 intense days of novel writing and while I’m anxious to get back to work I AM trying to get in some relax time.

Music as the Muse.

Earlier today, while listening to music, I was treated to something special by the bearded dragon in my life.

Who apparently really likes the Cars.

I thought I would share this bit of joy with readers and visitors to the site.

I never would have guessed they could be such great pets!

Enjoy!

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