So, this year was my third time at UtopYA Con. Each year it gets a little bit more difficult to adequately sum up the experience, but I’m going to try.
All right, people, stop what you’re doing right now! I have two new releases for you to check out from two of my favorite people on the planet! I wasn’t able to post about these over the weekend, but I am rectifying that error immediately. Ready? Get your one-click finger set…
RAWR! The Fierce Five are all over 2014 book releases! Today, I get to show you not only one of my sister-from-another-mister’s spiffy new projects, but a cover that I designed! Yay! If you want the inside scoop on the process from my side of the fence, you can check out my post over on my design site here.
And now… *trumpet fanfare* COVER REVEAL TIME!
Last week, on Monday, January 13th, the Fierce Five (myself, Mindy Hayes, Michele G. Miller, Sarah Ashley Jones, and CL Foster) took over the Facebook page of A Little Bit of R&R for a joint party. Now, it was definitely a fun time, but what’s pertinent here is that I released five teaser images for Evolution: ANGEL. I’ve been remiss in posting them here, but as I plan to release one, possibly two more teaser images for the book tomorrow, I thought I’d share the first batch here as well.
The indie author community is an amazing place, and I am reminded of this over and over again. The authors I have come to know have been so giving of their time and advice and consistently do whatever they can to boost those around them.
So I’m considering this my chance to give back.
So here’s the thing. I’m a weirdo. This statement probably surprises no one who’s interacted with me ever. On social media I tend to be pretty outgoing and vocal, and this is also true about me face to face… well, once I’ve gotten to know you some.
I like to call myself an awkward turtle. Here’s why. I’m the kind of person who, when faced with a new social situation, will find the one or two people I know and attach myself to them because I am, frankly, terrified of taking those first steps in introductions. I imagine I come off as standoffish or maybe bored, but this is categorically untrue. Awkward Turtle has simply retreated into her shell until another less-awkward turtle has knocked on said shell and given her permission to come out and interact with the others. I have never been the kind of turtle to strike up a conversation with another strange turtle because I am horribly, terribly awful at breaking the ice. My mind goes totally blank and I can’t think of a single thing to say to engage the other turtles. I go into every new interaction assuming the other person has zero interest in who I am or what I have to say, probably because then there’s no risk of disappointment. This is who I am. This zero-expectation was my safety net growing up. It’s a holdover from childhood, when almost every interaction I had was inevitably painful for me. While I’m working on changing the little voice in my head that fills me with doubts and self-criticism, the scars still remain.
That said, enter the Scary New Thing.