May 24, 2017

Moving On To I Are Writer!

For those of you where kind of enough to stop by, either from Facebook or from a business card I gave out some time ago or even from a comment that I had made on another blog, this blog is now, albeit reluctantly, on permanent hiatus.

This decision was not an easy one to make, as I've had a good solid ten years (May 24, 2008 thru May 24, 2017) invested into the Blogger platform of weblogs. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and my time on the Blogger has come to end, and believe it or not, the reason why we are closing this particular chapter in my social media life is so incredibly basic as it will boggle the mind: the passion has done left the building.

Whereas I feel seriously engaged in writing my Tumblr blog, not in regards to reader comments/engagement  but for rediscovering my mojo again, the engagement for writing my Blogger blog is gone. Kaput. Finito. Silencio. Joined the choir invisible. Pushing up the daisies.

I really have truly enjoyed some of the lasting friendships, both real world and cyberspace, that I have made via Blogger blogging and I will fondly remember each and everyone of you.

While change is hard (believe you me, it is wickedly hard on this end), change is something I must reluctantly accept. I think it's better to end something on your own terms as opposed to simply grinding it out to just grind something out.

 My published writings can be found on Amazon, at Smashwords and at Books by G.B. Miller.

So, what's next for me? Well, if you scan both sides of the business card, the following addys will still be in play. My book blog located at both Tumblr and at Blogger (which will remain active); my Tumblr blog, which covers the 2.017 version of my writing journeys; and my public Facebook page, of which my goal for the year with that page is to become more active, thus changing the algorithms that ultimately will say yea or nay with my page. I'm still leery on posting certain things/links on FB, since the fiasco of 2012 stuck me at level one of FB jail in perpetuity. So the 100% voluntary self-censorship that I employed here will be given up for the 100% involuntary censorship that I will have to employ at the world's biggest inconsistent social justice warrior website known to mankind.

Which, as you undoubtedly know, sucks major party politician's you-know-what. That is, if you can find their you-know-what.

As always, I'll still be lurking/reading and occasionally commenting on all of your wonderful blogs, because to be perfectly honest, I need something good and intelligent to read while I'm eating my morning breakfast and the like.

And as always, you can peruse the entire archive here, as well as my other dormant blogs (via the page tabs up yonder on the front page).

So my friends, colleagues and fellow bloggers, it has been a truly fascinating and rewarding ten year Blogger blogging journey. And what more fitting way to conclude my Blogger journey than to write and post my final Blogger post on the exact day of my ten year anniversary.

I will forever be your blogger bud from Connecticut.


(c) 2017 BOOKS BY G.B. MILLER. All Rights Reserved.

May 3, 2017

IWSG 19: Strange Writer I Am

Wow! Has it been really a whole month already? Time certainly does fly when you're doing quadruple duty in the man cave because a story simply wouldn't unbury its talons. So, without further ado, it's IWSG time!

The first Wednesday of the month is set aside for insecure writers across the blog-o-sphere to share all of our individual experiences, the gud, the baaaaaad and the plug ugly.

For today's post, we have a twofer. You have the option of either taking a stroll to I Are Writer!, where I talk about my latest insecurity (story titles), or you can stay here and read my answer to the very cool optional question, which is this:

"What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?"

For my very 1st (and so far, only) traditionally published novel, Line 21/The Inner Sibling, I had to do a ton of research for it. I'm not ashamed to admit the fact that I don't know much about what I write about sometimes. For one of items I had to research was how to drive/ride a motorcycle. I love motorcycles, but I've never actually ridden one. So a lot of research was done.

But by far the most weirdest thing I had to research for a story was for my primary character, Jeannie Mitchell. Prior to writing this story, I had written the bulk of my female characters like they were soft core/hardcore adult entertainment performers (you can insert insult here). So for obvious reasons, I wanted to write the character right.

So........this required me to ask some rather pointed & personal questions of my co-workers, friends and blog readers. What kind of questions? Well, here's a few that I recall.

1} Cup sizes. Yes, I really needed to know the difference between A/B/C/D sizes, mostly because my character was rather buxom.
2} Breast size. Yes, I really needed to know that the size of a breast actually dictates the kind of bathing suit one can wear (good friend of mine explained this as it applied to a bikini).
3} The difference between natural hair and unnatural hair. Yes, I really needed to know because my lead character was Black, and I don't know diddly about hair. A co-worker who has a lovely bi-racial child explained it all to me.

Those are just the questions that I can recall. There is one other aspect of that story that I had to research and until now, I never really told anyone about it, and that was business side/behind the scenes aspect of it. I did the research for it because I had written a moral dilemma into the story and the background aspect of working the adult entertainment industry was required. And we'll leave the exploration of that for another time and another place.

Have a sparkling month of May everyone and I'll talk to you soon.

(c) 2017 BOOKS BY G.B. MILLER. All Rights Reserved.