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Working, working!

So, I've made a little more progress on THE BET. I'm not comfortable with setting an exact release date yet, but I'm getting closer.

I'm almost done with a short story that I plan to release along with THE BET. It's called COMMUNICATION, and it's going to be a short story starring a minor character from THE BET. All that I have left to write in this story is a short, mild sex scene and the very last paragraphs of the ending. Originally this was going to be a very porny piece, but I have come to realize that I don't do well with sex scenes. I don't have any sexual experience myself, and the truth is, unless I'm reading the story expressly for the sex, I'd rather the author do a fade-to-black or a non-explicit scene. I'd like to target the Parapolice series to a more mainstream audience, and I think that for that I'm going to go with more traditional romance novel style sex scenes. Minus the purple prose, of course!

Perhaps someday I will enjoy writing erotica, but until then, I think THE BROKEN and POWERLESS shall be my only forays into the genre.
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STRESS

So, I started posting THE BET in hopes that my flist would motivate me to complete it.

Unfortunately, I only got one chapter posted before real life intervened. After spending all summer trying to get a job as a teacher, I suddenly got an interview last week. Then I found, applied for, and am halfway through the acceptance process for an online tutoring gig (to make a few extra dollars a week). And then today I had two more interview requests for next week.

So, RL has exploded, to say the least. My current boss keeps fussing at me to tell him when I'll be leaving, but I can't because even with three interviews, I can't be certain I'll get a job. So I don't want to say, oh, I'll be leaving X day, only for him to hire a replacement and then I can't stay if the new jobs fall through.

ARG. I don't even know. So much stress. I have had a headache for the past two weeks, and my sleep is so screwed up. When I'm stressed, rather than get insomnia, I tend to oversleep. I can sleep 12, 15, even 18 hours a night, no problem! I spent half of my last semester of college sleeping, due to stress that I was now having to GROW-UP (gasp!) and then flunked a class because my oversleeping kept me from completing assignments.

Anyway, that's been my life lately. I promise I'm still trying to finish THE BET, but unstable mental health means that until I get a new job and my stress levels go down, my writing will be sporadic. Sigh. What I wouldn't give to be normal...
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Am I Boring You?

In my quest to self-publish and do it well, I have attempted to be very transparent. I figure there are a lot of people out there like me who are interested in self-publishing and like to see the numbers and experiments and such. However, I've noticed that a lot of my publishing related posts get way fewer comments than any other posts I make. So, rather than bore you all, I'd like to know if you are actually interested in self-pub or if I should spend my time on other subjects!

Especially since I'm considering posting a chapter a day of THE BET until I finish it... I'd like to get some feedback to keep me editing/writing, but I don't want to be a flist spammer!

So, as always... POLL!

Poll #1855995 Am I Boring You?

I enjoy reading about your self-publishing journey.

Yes
8(88.9%)
No
1(11.1%)

I would like to read THE BET.

Yes, and I'll even comment!
3(30.0%)
Yes.
7(70.0%)
No.
0(0.0%)

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I've beaten the median!

So, a couple months back, an article was posted on www.guardian.co.uk stating that half of self-published authors make less than $500 in a year. (That's the median... the average was $10,000, but that number is skewed by huge successes like EL James and Amanda Hocking.)

So, today, a year and two weeks since I published THE BROKEN, I tallied up all of the money I've made. Now, this only includes the money that has been paid out to me... Amazon takes two months or more to send out my royalties, and Smashwords takes even longer. Still, in a year, $715.34 has been paid out to me.

Not too shabby!

All in all, I'm pleased by the number. It's not living wage, but it's a little extra in my pocket each month. Most of the money is actually going right back into my writing career though. I've spent about $325 on cover art, books about writing, business-y items to organize my paperwork, filing my business with the government, and writing software.

Lately my numbers are going down though... I definitely need to get THE BET finished and pubbed soon, or I'm going to be making no money at all! Putting THE BROKEN up on KDP Select hasn't done shit for me... if anything, it's lost me a little bit from not having it on B&N where my sales had started to pick up. As soon as THE BROKEN goes off KDP Select, I'll be reuploading it to Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.

Anyway, that's where I stand right now. Writing is still a hobby at this point in time, but once I get a few more books under my belt, I believe sales will pick up.

Until then, I just want to thank all of you who have bought my book or told your friends about it or simply supported me in my writing. I truly appreciate all that you have done for me to bring me to this point!
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Well, No More Chick-Fil-A For Me!

After reading this article on how Chick-Fil-A donates to anti-gay groups and that the president is anti-gay, I will no longer be eating at Chick-Fil-A.

I love Chick-Fil-A's food. It would be one thing if the president was only spending his own money, but the company money is being given to those anti-gay groups. Even indirectly, I will not fund such groups.

So, until the company decides to stop giving money to groups that want to take human rights away from people (happiness is a human right, according to the USA Constitution, and if you aren't allowed to love who you love, then you certainly aren't happy!), I am boycotting Chick-Fil-A. I hope everyone on my flist will consider doing the same!

ETA: Please feel free to copy-paste this post to your own journal if you'd like to signal boost!

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Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

Since finishing KICKED FROM INSIDE, I've gone back to work on THE BET. This story started out as a Harry Potter fanfic idea more than four years ago. Since then, I've rewritten the plot to be a Star Trek fic and then an original fic. When I finally started writing it last year, the idea had been floating around in my mind so long that I had gotten attached to certain ideas and didn't want to change them.

Well, I've changed them. It took a lot of work for me to figure out the issues in the plot, weed them out, and edit what I had already written to make it fit the new thoughts. I'm very pleased with the story as it stands, though I'm sure a better author could still improve upon it. My hope is to finish this draft by the end of the month.
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Fic: Kicked From Inside - Masterpost (Kirk/Spock, NC-17)

Title: Kicked From Inside
Fandom: Star Trek: XI
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Wordcount: ~35,000
Warnings: angst and mpreg!
Disclaimer: I do not own, and I wish this weren't so because I'd love to make Kirk/Spock canon!
A/N: The majority of this story isn't betaed, so all mistakes are mine, but the first few chapters had help from my beta marlee813 and the plot had help from ariadnechan. This story inspired by this fanart. The images have been included in the fic during the appropriate scenes. Many thank yous to jou and latenightarting for allowing me to use the images!

Summary: Drugged by aliens with an aphrodisiac that impregnates males is NOT how Jim Kirk imagined falling into bed with his first mate. That's exactly how it happens though, and dealing with the consequences--including an angry girlfriend, a pointy-eared baby, and a chief-medical-officer who's against the whole thing--will force Jim and Spock together, whether they like it or not.

Kicked From Inside

Life is tough enough without having someone kick you from the inside.
-Rita Rudner