OF LIMBO: Rock For Any Mood


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I recently wrote this OF LIMBO article for a client on iWriter, but the requester described it as “too straight,” so I’m just going to use it for my blog instead. One of the many reasons I love being a freelancer is that I come across new things every day. In this case, I discovered a brand new rock band that I absolutely adore!

This band is definitely going to be front and center in the next few years. The only thing I can think of that could be holding them back is their lack of public exposure. If they would hire a publicist, I feel that they would rise straight to the top in the entertainment industry. Everyone that’s heard them in their California shows appear to find them irresistible. I’m excited for what they will become.


OF LIMBO is an up and coming rock band who pledges to “make rock a party again” – a feat they seem to be accomplishing with ease! Jake Davies and his brother, Luke, was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. The brothers grew up alongside rock and roll and quickly pursued their passion in creating rock music themselves. OF LIMBO was officially formed in 2014 in Long Beach, California, bringing on two new members.


Herbie Brady became their bassist, while Anthony Aguilar pounded the drums for the rock band. Today, Juan Paz has taken over the drums, providing the heartbeat of OF LIMBO.

The sound OF LIMBO produces is infectious and riotous, embodying the truest spirit of rock and roll. They released their debut EP shortly after forming the band in 2014 and then went on to shake the greater Los Angeles area for two years with their startlingly modern take on rock and roll. Their performances are wild, their rebellious energy almost palpable from whichever stage they perform upon. Their latest release is entitled Nicotine, available on all of the leading outlets. Once you hear it, you’ll have to see their show. Their music just makes you want to move.

OfLimbo2From their new release, you can expect more of that rebellious spirit. The most insane song on the album, in this humble reviewer’s opinion, is LGFU. The song is an anthem for all lovers of rock who are ready to go out and paint the town red. LGFU will make you want to find the nearest rock venue and headbang until you can’t walk straight anymore. After listening to this song, you’re going to need an Uber!

The song And On is the track you want to play to get your girlfriend on the dance floor, breaking out all of her sexiest, slow-grinding moves. The Devil You Know is a track heavy with sexual tension, and I’d wager to say it’s more likely to elicit an invitation to join your girl on the floor. This track is seductive and deliciously devilish, living up to its name in every way. It’s all about listening to the siren’s song of the “bad boy,” being lured down the forbidden path of decadent taboos. The entire Nicotine EP is sure to encourage bad behavior in the most delightful sense of the word.


The song by the same name of the EP, Nicotine, sends a message of inexorable need. It’s about not being able to say no to something that needs you as much as you need it. It’s a powerful song and, also, one of the most laid back tracks on the EP. This particular song is the one you would listen to while smoking a cigarette and sipping on a glass of bourbon.

Wanna Check ‘Em Out?

They’re easy to find once you know about them. You can follow them on Twitter at @oflimbo, on Facebook, and check them out on their website. If you want to actually hear their music and find out why the hell I’m ranting and raving so hard about them, you can find them on YouTube or listen to their tracks on their website.

They actually have two EPs out at the moment, but the client I wrote this article for asked me to focus on Nicotine, so I didn’t review their other EP (OF LIMBO.) If you can’t tell from my review, I am in love with their latest release. LGFU, in particular, just makes me want to go out and act up. When I first heard it, I was so mad that I was in my bedroom and not out on a dance floor in some poorly lit bar.

So, what do you guys think of this band? Let me know in the comments. I’m seriously curious as to whether I’m just easily impressed or if this rock band is the next big thing! They seem to have everything. They’ve got the look, the sound, and the spirit – in my opinion. OF LIMBO certainly seems to be on track to “make rock a party again,” if you ask me.



How To Give Up


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You’re here because you want to give up. Maybe you want to give up on your job or your spouse or just life in general. I don’t need to tell you how to give up. You’ve already put most of the work in yourself. In case you aren’t sure how you got yourself all the way here, though, I’ll give you some pointers on what you can do to keep the forward momentum going, okay? Okay.

Step 1: Attempt Anything

Seriously, that’s all you need to get started on this long journey of eventually giving up. Just find something you want to pursue, decide on the endgame, and go for it. You can’t give up on something that you never started, so this step is absolutely integral.

Step 2: Exert Effort

This step continues all the way up until you give up. In fact, it’s usually this step that eventually leads to the desire to give up. All the long hours and careful thought eventually tire you out until you…

Step 3: Give Up

Or, as I like to call it, wuss out.

Look, these steps are ridiculous. Now, if the only reason you’re giving up is because things got a little tough or the plan got derailed a bit, then you need to think back to step one. Why did you attempt to do this? What made you want to do this? What were you hoping to accomplish or get out of it?

If the answers to those questions are really, truly off the table, then fine. You’re not a wuss. Sometimes it’s smart to pull out of a bad investment while you’re still ahead – or at least try to litigate the damage.

But if the answers to those questions are still a very real possibility, if only you keep at it and push through, then why the hell are you on my blog right now? (Please don’t leave.)

Look, things get hard, I know that. Trust me, I definitely know that, but you don’t need to know how to give up. You need to know how to take a break.

The Steps You Need

You came here to learn How To Give Up. Which was kinda weird of you, really, but I’ll take it. Instead, I’m going to tell you How To Take A Break, how to get your second wind and power through all of your doubts and fears and – yes – your flat out exhaustion.

Step 1: Quit

Yep. To not give up, you gotta give up. This is a fun little article, isn’t it? Obviously, don’t give up forever, but definitely stop all this crap that’s making you want to give up. For me, at the moment, it’s writing articles. I’m burned out on writing freaking video game reviews and landing pages to “sell your house for cash.”

I’m freaking DONE!

For now.

And that’s okay. I’m going to spend as much time as I need writing on my blog, reading books I’ve wanted to read, catching up on Supernatural (Oh, Sam and Dean, how I’ve missed you both.), and just doing whatever the [censored] I want for awhile. Because the only way I’m not going to quit, is if I quit.

Step 2: Attempt Anything

You might be noticing a trend now. If not, I’ll spell it out for you: To continue pursuing what you love, you have to give up on it for awhile and restart. After you “quit,” come back to it with fresh eyes and renewed vigor. Then…

Step 3: Exert Effort

We’re back to what got you to my blog post to begin with. Effort, when exerted forcefully over a long period of time, will eventually bring you right back to How To Give Up. Anything you ever try to do in life is going to require effort and every time you give it your all, you’re going to want to give up.

That’s fine. Give up, quit, shout “I’M DONE!” at the top of your lungs and really mean it.

And then get back up and give it everything you’ve got all over again. Because if you don’t, if you really give up when your dreams are still on the table for the taking, then you’re going to be a lot more miserable later than you are now.

While You’re Quitting

When you quit, really quit. Don’t do the thing that made you want to quit. At all. Instead…

  • Read a book.
  • Watch your favorite TV show.
  • Spend time with family.
  • Sleep. For the love of god, get some sleep.
  • Pick up a hobby you’ve been neglecting.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Go on a date.
  • Hang out with your friends.
  • Learn a new skill (knitting is fun.)

Quitting can be hard, I know. Unfortunately, for the things you’re trying to quit, there probably isn’t a patch available. (Wow, I kinda just insinuated y’all were on hard drugs. Moving on, then.)

The point here is to put everything into each step. When it’s time to push forward, freaking floor it. And when it’s time to quit, do a burn out. (Get it? Cause you’re “burned out?” Eh? Okay, then.)

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Review: iWriter or iClient?


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iWriter is a platform where writers can write projects that clients have requested. If you want to know more, just check out my previous review here. Last week, I was understanding of a few things about iWriter. This week, not so much.

This week, as an Elite writer, I made $175.00 off of fourteen articles. Not terrible for an Elite writer, I suppose, but the goal is to reach Elite Plus and double that money.

Which is damn near impossible when iWriter won’t do a thing about fraudulent clients.

Let’s back up and I’ll tell you how I came to use my blog as a platform to rant about the injustice of it all. Today is the start of a new pay period at iWriter, for those of us who choose to be paid weekly.

I accepted a couple of projects, completed them relatively quickly to kick off my week, and then took a short break. I received an email notifying me that one of the clients for whom I wrote an article sent me a message on the site.

So, naturally, I log in. I’m expecting to see a request for a rewrite, but it’s just the client telling me he did not receive the work. (I always message my clients after sending the work in order to invite them to send it back for revisions, if necessary.) His message is quickly followed up with, “Got it. Thanks.”

I go back into the article queue and look for another project to write and see another request of the same type by the client who just messaged me. No big. As I mentioned before, Squatters have caused clients to need to post more than one project of the same type to ensure they receive their articles on time.

And then the guy rejects my work and rates me with three stars.

I’m not someone who can’t admit when she is wrong or has done shoddy work. Maybe I’m a bit prideful, though. All I know is that article was a breeze to write and absolutely met the client’s expectations. What happened was the client quickly jotted down the 150 word piece and then rejected my work in order to avoid paying for it.

It was 150 words. That I could care less about. It took me all of fifteen minutes to write that tiny project. What pissed me off (and pardon my language, but I’m fairly certain we’re all adults here) is that he rated me less than five stars.

“But at least he rated you three,” you might be saying. Sure. And that’s more than most clients will do, I agree. But one three star review took me down from an average rating of 4.81 to 4.78. In order to reach the Elite Plus tier, you need to have an average of 4.85.

I have to write over twenty more articles in order to make decent money now.


But surely iWriter values their writers, right? Certainly they would step in on a matter like this and correct the wrongdoing.

Wrong. They still have not replied to my email regarding the matter. What’s more, iWriter is even automatically deleting content a writer has written that has been rejected, making it more difficult to catch a fraudulent client (i.e. thief) who rejects content only to later use it for their website, blog, or in this case, video game announcement.

For this reason, writers should always screenshot their work on iWriter before the client can reject the work. I started doing that as soon as I realized iWriter began deleting rejected content. Now all I have to do is type a string of words from my rejected content into a search engine (with quotations around it) and if something pops up, promptly comment on it with the screenshot.

Put thieves on blast if you work for iWriter. Put thieves on blast if you don’t work for iWriter. It’s plagiarism and their reputations should suffer for it.


Once this client uses my work illegally, I will also link their website to the iWriter team along with my screenshots to bring it to their attention.

But will it help? Probably not. Which brings us to the title of this blog post. Is it iWriter or is it iClient? Because iWriter only seems to care about protecting their clients anymore and it’s really starting to push me towards Upwork.

iWriter has routinely failed to protect writers by 1) not allowing us to leave comments about clients on their profiles when they have rejected our work, and 2) failing to correct ratings on a writer’s or client’s account (even when the one giving the ratings specifically calls for it to be done.)

Almost every client on iWriter has a five star rating. I wonder why? It couldn’t possibly be because nobody whose work has been unfairly rejected is allowed to have a say about the requester, can it? And the clients’ profiles never reflect how many articles they have rejected, either. It’s simply not a fair system for writers.

When I brought up unfair ratings to iWriter last week, do you know what they said? They told me to choose clients who have a higher approval rating. So, essentially, I should not work on their new customers’ articles if I want to be successful.


They’re actively deterring writers from helping their platform’s database of clients grow. Who wants to wait a month for an article to get written because all of the writers are too fearful to take a chance on the new guy?

Honestly, it just feels as though iWriter is dangling a carrot in front of their writers while working diligently to keep it out of their reach. This platform may not be the best choice for working full time, after all, which is a shame. It has great potential, if only the iWriter team would work harder to protect their writers. Without writers, iWriter would have no clients.

They should remember that and treat us accordingly.

Upwork remembers that very well. Their clients are more discerning and honest than those that iWriter seems to attract – and they pay more! What’s more, I spent an hour on the phone – yes, the phone with a real live person – today and they answered all of my questions about my potential employment with them. They have fail-safes in place to protect both writers and clients, ensuring that any dirty dealings are immediately dealt with.

They actually give a shit and, unless iWriter starts showing me the same love, they’re going to lose one of their (*cough* very few *cough*) native English writers.


I will be writing an Upwork article within the next week for those interested, so keep your eyes peeled!

Working For iWriter: A Blog Post For the iWriter Community


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Well, I quit my job. Again.

We’ll go into that further later.

This blog post is going to be all about my experiences with iWriter from Day One to today. I am now a full-time ghostwriter for this site, having reached the Elite tier earlier last year. I’m determined to do this for 100% of my income.

How Does iWriter Work?

A client will post an ad for an article they want written and then writers, like me, will choose to write those projects for them. Clients can also choose to request you specifically to work on their projects, which is always a great experience because the likelihood of being rated five stars and having your article approved are much higher in this instance.

How Do Ratings Work?

A writer or client can be rated anywhere from one to five stars by the other party. If I write an article for a client and they accept it, they can rate me out of five stars and I can do the same.

The problem is that if they reject my work, they can rate me but I cannot rate them. I imagine this is to avoid disgruntled writers from giving clients a poor rating simply out of spite. I can understand that business model, even though it puts me at a disadvantage.

In May of 2017, the last time I wrote on iWriter before this February, the iWriter team would amend an unfair star rating for their writers. This year, as of January, the entire site went under a complete overhaul. I suspect it is under new management, as well, although this hasn’t been confirmed. Regardless, this practice regarding unfair ratings has changed.

The iWriter team is still quick to respond to emails and messages to their Facebook page. They explained that the reason they no longer interfere with ratings is because it censors both writers and clients.

I can understand that.

If a writer deserved a low rating and knew that all they needed to do was fire off an email to the iWriter team to get five stars, then ratings in general would be a moot point. I imagine that this kind of abuse of the system is likely the reason they now refuse to intervene in regards to ratings.

What continues to be a problem, however, is the “default” star ratings for both clients and writers. There are cases where a client will post more than one request for the exact same article. I assume they do this because of the “squatting” culture on iWriter.

“Squatting” is when a writer will reserve a project, then go off and explore the jungle for a couple hours or something, and then return to realize they are nearly out of time and return the project to the pool without writing it. It wastes the client’s time, which can be especially frustrating if the client is on a deadline.

I’m making an educated guess here when I say that this is probably why they post multiples of the same project. The point is that when another writer finishes the project for the client, there could be another writer submitting that same piece to the client. When this happens, the client obviously only needs one article of that type and must decline the other article(s) that are submitted to them.

And when they reject the article, the “default” star rating is one star. If they just send the rating with a comment of, “The article has already been written, but thank you,” without checking first, your overall rating is severely impacted. The default rating when I rate clients after a project is four stars. Excellent clients’ ratings have been negatively impacted when I’ve been too excited to double-check before I send my review.

I have submitted a suggestion to iWriter about possibly including a confirmation or warning screen about the rating the client or writer is about to send. I feel that this will help everyone on iWriter rate each other more accurately. I have never had an issue with iWriter not assisting me before, so I have no doubt that they will take my suggestion under consideration.

Why Do Ratings Matter?

For writers? Money. For clients, their reputation depends on it – and, yes, that matters.

Writers go through four tiers on iWriter, each successive tier resulting in significantly more money earned per word. You start out at Standard, which pays anywhere from one dollar to five, then you move up to Premium, which can pay between five to ten, then Elite that pays ten to forty-five, and finally, the Holy Grail of iWriter – Elite Plus, which pays anywhere from thirty-five to Jesus-Christ-is-This-For-Real.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m Elite. I currently have about sixty-five ratings in my account and will need to write 20+ five-star rated articles to reach the promised land of Elite Plus. I’m not stressing. I’m making enough from Elite to pay all of my bills, so it’s fine. As long as I reach Elite Plus within the next few months, I will not become discouraged.

I said that a client’s reputation relied upon his rating. Let me explain. When a writer is perusing the slosh pile of requests from clients, we see every client’s approval rating along with the project they are asking to be written. It also displays how many rejections versus accepted articles the client has accrued.

Anything under 60% is a red flag. When you see 0 approved and 0 rejected, the client is brand new – you’re rolling the dice. A writer does not want to work for these clients because the probability of them rejecting their work and rating them with a low number of stars is too high. We try to avoid any unnecessary risks to our ratings because this is how we make money.

I’m going to close this out right here for now. I have a lot more to say, but this is getting extremely long. Next time, I’ll talk about glitches when submitting your work and how to avoid losing the article you just spent forever writing. I’ll also give you some insight on how to avoid introducing special characters into the article writer when copying and pasting from a third party like Word.

Until next time, happy writing!

Your Blogger Is An INFP (And Poor AF)


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The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is fairly well known nowadays. In fact, many people are even using it on their online dating profiles. I may be late to the show, but I have recently taken the test on a site called 16personalities and received the INFP type.

The test follows four basic either/or questions about yourself, which are:

  1. Where do you prefer to spend the most time, in your own head or in the “real” world? If you like to stay in your own head, you’re considered an Introvert (I), but if you are more interested in living in the real world, you’re an Extrovert (E.)
  2. How do you react to information? Do you take in new ideas at face value, or do you interpret it on the spot and add your own ideas to it? If you take it at face value, you’re a “sensing” (S) person, but if you add your own meaning to it, you’re “intuitive.” (I)
  3. When you are faced with a decision, do you focus more on logic or do you consider who is involved and the circumstances surrounding the decision? If the former, you’re a “thinking” (T) person, but if the latter, you’re a “feeling” (F) type.
  4. Do you like to make decisions and get things done, or are you more inclined to take your time and wait for new information/options? If you’re a decision maker, you’re a “judging” (J) person (not a bad thing!) If you’re the type to stay open to new developments, then you’re a “perceiving” (P) type.


Idealistic, loyal to their values and to people who are important to them. Want an external life that is congruent with their values. Curious, quick to see possibilities, can be catalysts for implementing ideas. Seek to understand people and to help them fulfill their potential. Adaptable, flexible, and accepting unless a value is threatened.

Source: myersbriggs.org

According to 16personalities, where I took my test, I fall under the INFP category. I’m the kind of person who relies mostly on her ideals and tries to see the good in people and situations. This is more or less true.

It’s important to notate here that I’ve fallen 50/50 in a few categories when taking the test. I’m on the “cusp” of extroversion, so I’m basically both. These details are important to consider when and if you decide to take the test, as well.

I’ve actually retaken the test in the middle of writing this and my results drastically changed. I am still an INFP, however. This is something myersbriggs.org even cautions us about. Something occurring in your life that is out of the ordinary may influence you to answer the questions differently.

Screenshot (18)This is normal.

Your personality can change, because human beings are adaptable and ever evolving creatures. For this reason, taking the test again every so often may help you better understand yourself and your needs as you grow throughout life.

Now, when I first received the news that I was an introvert, I was shocked. I go out and dance and invite people onto the dance floor if it’s empty – no way was I an introvert! But I am.

You see, at work I am perceived as calm, reserved, and maybe shy. I don’t like to play a game called “Office Tennis” – it’s basically dodgeball inside a room – with my coworkers. I don’t like to participate in any of the high energy activities in which they engage, actually.

I don’t even really talk to them.

And now I understand why. INFPs are only interested in relationships with substance. We have a powerful passion inside us and it only shows (in the real world) when we find people we can truly connect with on a deep level.

We’re only four freaking percent of the population, people! WHAT? But, thankfully, there’s a great type that fits us particularly well called the ENFJ personality (more on that later), so we aren’t limited only to other INFPs understanding us.

INFPs are also highly reliant on their values and principles. This is 100% truth for me. I cannot be around people who straight up violate my beliefs and moral compass. I can’t work for someone who violates my principles, either. This has constantly been an issue in my life and actually gets in the way of a steady income for myself, but I digress.

(Not So) Fun Fact

INFPs also tend to earn the least income out of all the types!

My money problems finally make sense.

We aren’t particularly fond of logic-based decisions, really, as we’re more interested in following our gut and what “feels” right. We aren’t practical in a lot of cases (probably another reason my finances are constantly in disarray) and excitement isn’t a strong motivator for us. INFPs need their downtime. It’s how we collect our energy to go out into the world and be awesome.

Rather than be deterred by possible consequences, we INFPs are more likely to follow our hearts and the “purity of our intent,” meaning that selfish or shady tasks are immediate turn-offs for us. For example, when working in sales I cannot sell a product that I feel will not offer benefit or value to the consumer – no matter how much money is on the table. (Seriously, send help. I should start a GoFundMe.)

We can (but sometimes possibly won’t) communicate deeply with others. This is true for me. The only time I have difficulty in communicating is when the feelings are complicated and I need time to work through them. But once I do, step back and expect a full paragraph of text.

I don’t know if it’s just me and has nothing to do with my Myers Briggs Indicator, but when it comes to heartfelt, emotionally charged conversation, I find it difficult to communicate face-to-face. I need a barrier between us to actually articulate and order my ideas clearly.

INFPs are also considered strong candidates for careers in creative professions such as acting, poetry, and – wait for it – writing! Hello, sweet validation! Most of our self-knowledge is discovered through these creative means, so we actually wind up putting ourselves into our work. How cool is that? We’re awesome as hell, y’all.

We’re supposed to be able to learn second (and third) languages with ease, as well, but I only know a few basic words and phrases in Japanese and Korean. Not sure if this applies to me or not. Maybe I’m just not that interested in learning a new language, though. We’re also strong advocates for harmony, wanting to bring everyone together. Well, I do tend to hijack people’s racist tweets a lot. (@LLynnevans, for those interested.)

INFPs are also the type to only have a few close friends, not wanting to have a hundred acquaintances with whom they’ve only built superficial bonds. Fair. The friends and family I have and hold dear barely get my attention, I’m so easily drained. I absolutely crave solitude.

This MBTI personality also probably avoids the news, because all the bad and ugly taking place out there can depress us terribly. We can’t fix it and it really upsets us. A lot of our time is spent in daydreaming and, left unchecked, we become total hermits that are completely out of touch with reality.

If this isn’t the truth, there is no truth. I have neglected eating, sleeping, and (this is a gross confession) even showering when I have a large block of time to sit and write my novels. It usually takes impending eviction to pull me out of it and send me back to work. I’m highly irresponsible, I know. I’m totally ashamed and I’m going to change. (Spoiler alert: No, I’m not.)

So, I’d say the Myers Briggs Indicator Type is pretty spot on when it comes to self-evaluation. Go take your test and leave your type in the comments! Are you an INFP like me? Let me know!

Chase Your Dreams (Even If You Get Winded)


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My boyfriend tells me all the time how proud he is of me for never giving up on my big dreams, even when I reach my lowest points. He insists it’s not because he’s my boyfriend and he loves me, but that it’s the truth.

I’m inclined to believe him, but it doesn’t seem like such a huge deal to me.

I’m not being cocky, I swear. It’s just that I can’t, physically and mentally cannot give up on my dream to someday become a novelist. And not just a regularly successful novelist, either, but a famous household name.

I’m sixteen years into the dream and still don’t have an agent, but that isn’t stopping me. Because writing is not something I can ever give up on. It’s part of me. It’s an outlet and a mode of transportation.

If I could not sit down at a word processor and create people and places and plot lines, my life would not have meaning. I’m not being dramatic. I’ve went without writing before and I entered the worst depression of my life.

Writing gives me a real reason to live, a way to order my life and explore new realms that I either cannot or will not experience in my reality. It lets me live out all of my “what if” scenarios that would be too damaging or impractical to execute in my every day life.

This year, I made a pledge to myself to become published traditionally through a reputable literary agent. I began a Twitter and an Instagram solely for this purpose. I returned to WordPress and swore to myself that I would regularly update my blog.

This year, everyone, I will build a platform and write my most inventive novel yet. Follow me on my journey and support this long cherished dream by reading my blog and interacting with me.

To everyone out there who’s still hopeful about their own dreams, chase them. Don’t stop no matter how tiring or fruitless your efforts may seem. No matter how slow your progress, it’s progress just the same.

You will do great things.

What’s “Bad” Writing?


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You hear it all the time, especially regarding Twilight. I know that ship has sailed – Hell, it’s long past the horizon on its way to a different continent by now, I’m sure – but this is a prime example. It became mega popular and then, a couple years later, book snobs deemed the writing to be low grade.

Can An Entertaining Book Be Bad?

Let’s define “bad” for a moment. Is it the message it sends? Is it the grammar? The lack of plot or believable characters? All of these things, surely. But is it bad if people like it?

The entire point of a fictional book, a novel, is to ensnare the reader’s imagination. If words on paper can draw someone into another world and invest in fictional people’s lives, I would call that book a success. Period. Full stop.

What If The Spelling And Grammar Are Awful?

The lack of grammar in a book, even frequent misspellings and lack of punctuation, can be overlooked if the story is there. I remember reading an Inuyasha fanfiction in my teenage years that stuck with me all the way into my twenties. However, when I went back to read it again, I noticed just how many spelling and grammar mistakes were in that story.

Did it make me hate the story? Absolutely not. It’s still one of my favorites, even though I’ve developed a keener sense of the English language since then. My point here is that the story is what makes great writing – anything else is just a tool to convey it more clearly to an audience.

What If It Sends A “Bad” Message?

I’m going to use Twilight again. Not long after the initial buzz around the movies died down, I started seeing memes like this:

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“Still a better love story than Twilight.” And this is the backlash a book received due to the romantic plot that made it popular in the first place. Now, the bestseller list, movie franchises, and cult following of this story cannot all be wrong. This story is good, even if it allegedly sends a “bad” or “wrong” message.

What If The Characters Or Plot Are Awful?

No story can survive terrible characters. The bestselling book you write and the books you love to read have all had one thing in common, even if you’re unaware of it, and that’s memorable characters. I don’t want to bash on this book I’ve just read, because I adore it, but the plot of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire just wasn’t there.

I’ve read the book twice. And went on to read Walking Disaster, as well. I enjoyed the characters so much that it didn’t matter that all they did was study for tests and go to parties. A book can survive a bad plot, but it will never survive flat or “bad” characters.


“Bad” writing is nothing more than boring characters. If you’ve written a book and the people who are reading it are invested in humans you’ve brought to life on the page, you have done your job as a writer.

What are some books you’ve read where the characters stayed with you long after you’d read the last page? What did you love about them? Let me know in the comments!

Artful Luck

Mellie hit the brakes for the thousandth time. If she missed this seminar, the company would never hire her. She let off the brakes to creep along with traffic.

And they stopped again.

“Excuse me, ma’am.”

Mellie jolted. A man stood next to her car, crouching to look in at her.

“I didn’t mean to startle you,” he said, grinning despite his worn overalls and badly stained T-shirt. He carried an olive-toned knapsack on his back. “I was hoping you could spare some change?”

“Oh,” Mellie said, “Yeah. Yeah, hang on.”

With disappointment, she found only pennies in her cup holder. Mellie remembered the thirteen dollars in her pocket, the last of her money.

Hesitating briefly, she handed him eight bucks. “Here, I hope this helps.”

“God bless you, ma’am.”

“No problem,” she said, and drove forward.

Traffic finally broke, but then a lady tripped as she crossed the street. Several large packages tumbled to the ground. Mellie glanced to the clock on her car’s dash, sighing, and parked. She sprinted over and helped the woman collect the thin, rectangular parcels.

The brown packaging paper nearly ripped completely off of one.

“Is this a Cremble?” Mellie asked, admiring the fine detail of the oil painting. “I used to paint a little, as a hobby, you know.”

“Not many recognize Cremble.” The lady smiled, reaching in her purse and handing her a pamphlet. “Stop by the exhibit over here on First Street later.”

Mellie thanked her and returned to her car. She loved to paint. She remembered in high school, how she dreamed of painting for the rest of her life.

She started backing her car out, glancing at the time.

A guy on a bicycle pounded on the trunk of her car, cursing at her. Mellie slammed on the brakes, watching the cyclist continue down the road.

She drove forward, put it back in park, and stepped out onto the street.

For as long as she remembered, she considered adulthood synonymous with money. Happiness, the same as money.


Mellie strode down First Street, into the art exhibit. Cocktail dresses and suits filled the room.

“Excuse me, ma’am.” The homeless man grinned. “I hear you enjoy painting?”

“Um, well…”

“This exhibit is a fundraiser to help those in need,” the woman from the street explained, stepping into view from behind the man.

“Earlier, I was conducting a social experiment. I wanted a video to use for this evening,” the homeless man said. “Would you care to say a few words?”

That was four years ago. Now, as she stands in a room of her own art, she reflects. If she denied the Assistant Dean of Hollister Arts Institute those eight dollars, or ignored his assistant when she tripped, Mellie’s dreams may have withered.

Luck is not a mystical or random force; it is a return of that which you place into the world.

Death Vows: A Book Trailer


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I do not own any of the clips or music in this video. I used the clips and videos as a form of expression. I claim no rights to the footage or music in this video.

Facebook: A Sales Floor


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Indie authors, like myself, know one thing above all else: Every literate human being is a potential sale. We’re at our day jobs, passing out business cards (much to the dismay of our employers). We’re in line at the fast food joint, striking up conversations with strangers, baiting them with questions about their reading habits. And we’re on Facebook, where our friends are appalled to realize that their good friend has been replaced with a salesperson and they are ALL on a cold call list.

Now, most all new authors have launched a page for their project(s), so your friends are normally used to frequent updates about your work and constant requests (often sent multiple times) to “like” your page. By the time you actually publish it, they’re typically excited–because, finally you reached your goal! Your friends will be excited for you. Most will purchase your book to support you, because they followed you on your journey all this time.

Two weeks in, from my personal experience, is when they start hesitating before replying to you–if they reply at all. Maybe some of them said they would buy it, but now something’s come up. Maybe they’re just sick of hearing about it day in and day out.

My advice is to let up a bit–but don’t entirely stop! Your friends are your friends. Yes, they are also potential sales, but they are your friends first. If they’re getting annoyed, back off a little and just try to make time in your marketing endeavors to treat them like your friends.

Besides, if you go too hard for too long, you’ll get too salesy anyway. People buy from people–not from a salesperson. And nothing is ever gained by alienating yourself from your audience. Happy marketing out there, everyone, and good luck!