Dusty Tome

Introverts United

You probably know most writers are introverted. It’s why we picked that profession—because we can do it alone, in our homes without having to put on real clothes and no one tells us what to do (except our characters but that’s another blog post for another day). When I was a kid, I was painfully shy. I know that might be hard for people who know me well to grasp, but it’s totally true. I would rather miss out on opportunities than face people or interact with them. I was never popular and I sure as hell wasn’t the kid who would be in charge on the playground. I was a doormat for a lot of years. From elementary school through high school. I was naturally drawn to people who were more outgoing than me. These were the smart kids. The ones who were in theater. Me? I’m just the one lurking in the back of the classroom trying to get through the day without really talking to anyone. As I’ve matured (have I?) into adulthood, I’ve realized that life will pass you by if you don’t interact with people. Also, they think you’re an asshole. Or because you’re the quiet one, you’re silently plotting someone’s demise. “It’s the quiet ones you have to be wary of,” they say. Well, YEAH. That’s true. The quite ones are the ones you never know about. And if we’re a writer, we likely ARE plotting someone’s demise that pissed us off—by putting them…

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Throw Like a Girl, Cuss Like a Sailor

I’m not a girly-girl. It took me a long time to be at peace with that. No matter how hard I tried to be “girly,” it just never worked out. I hate spending time getting ready for work in the mornings. It takes me about 10 minutes to put on my make-up and maybe another 10 minutes to dry my hair. I don’t have a super fancy hair-do because, let’s face it, I’m super lazy. I want to blow and go. My hair is straight. Spending time with a curling iron is generally a waste of time because the waves never, ever hold. And I dislike hairspray, mousse, gel and any other hair product that leaves my hair feeling icky. And as far as make-up is concerned? I have no desire to stand in front of the mirror and paint my face in various stages of application (base, powder, concealer). I don’t spend a small fortune every month at the Clinique or Lancôme counter, though I can drop some serious cash at Sephora for Urban Decay eyeshadows. THEY are totally worth it. I pretty much hate shopping for clothes, even though my current wardrobe is super boring and mostly the same color. Yeah, I’m boring. The only thing I really do love are designer handbags and, well, my bank account doesn’t allow me to spend frivolous amounts of cash on them. Neither does my husband. There are a couple of women in my office who do their hair in these…

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This So-Called #Writing Life

Look at me! Blogging the third week in a row. One of my new goals is to blog at least once a week, preferably on Monday, to get myself back into the swing of it. I don’t know what sort of things I’ll be talking about. You never know with me. Most of it will be writing related but I’m sure there will be some Sir Dexter posts coming. Everyone loves Sir Dexter! This week I’m talking about writing in general. Y’all, this writing gig is hard. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’ve been struggling with it for a long time now. I know most of it is my fault and the fact that I can’t seem to get out of my own way. That and the indecision paralyzes me. Some of my writing friends know exactly what they want out of their writing career. They know the direction they want it to lead them. They know how to take the bull by the horns and go after what they want. They are determined and persistent and never give up. I admire that. I wish I could be more like them. Me? I’m over here all, “I just want to write books for a living.” I think a lot of my problem is (a) while I know the direction I want to go, I don’t know how to achieve it and (b) I have a short attention span and am a lot like the dog, Doug, in UP. SQUIRREL!…

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What’s in a Name? #Writing

I have a nom de plume, as you well know. Also, I just really like saying nom de plume. I didn’t really set out to have a pen name. It just sort of…happened. I ended up with this name when I married my ex and then we divorced and I remarried and I changed my legal name and, well, you can imagine how well my current pen name is received by my current husband. Ahem. So, I’ve been thinking… (my husband is always unnerved when I say these words to him) maybe I should get a new pen name? This is not as easy as, say, getting a new shirt. I can’t exactly go down to the Pen Name Store and pick out a new one and everyone will be like, “WOW. I love your new pen name. It’s so pretty on you. And really brings out the color of your eyes.” No, I can’t do that. I know exactly the name I want to use. I don’t want to share it here because I haven’t fully committed to using that name and I’m a suspicious sort and I don’t want someone to steal my Really Awesome New Pen Name. It’s not really awesome but it is really me. I guess you’re wondering why I want to change my name. I want to be clear here. I am not ashamed of the work I have under the Miles name. Not at all. I’m proud of each and every book I’ve…

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I’m back…I think!

It’s been a while, eh? I haven’t posted here in such a long time, I doubt there is anyone out there reading. Hello-ello-ello (fades into the distance). Oh, well. I’m going to blog anyway even if I am talking to myself! I’m going to try my hardest to blog again because sometimes there is stuff I just need to ramble about. Commence, rambling! I’ve managed to acquire a couple thousand newsletter subscribers which is super exciting. In case you haven’t signed up and you want to, there is a link all over the website to do that. Or just email me and I’ll add you manually. *shameless plug* Anyway, I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some serialized fiction. I have these two action/adventure books I want to put into one volume and release but I haven’t had a chance to fully edit the story yet. I’ve been a little distracted with this book called On the Hunt for the Wizard King (Age of Wizards Book 2) and it’s been taking up a lot of time (releases December! *another shameless plug*). I’m also back to working on my contemporary fantasy with romantic elements (i.e., urban fantasy) I put on the backburner something like 5 years ago. So, because I want to kind of get back to my roots of serialized fiction—this is how I first got published—I started tinkering with my email service to see what was possible and what wasn’t. I wanted it to be automated, so when…

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