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About Barbara Barbex

While I don't like the expression 'aspiring writer', it is currently still true. As soon as I published my first novel I'm going to change it to 'writer'! On my blog the960writers I collect writing advice and occasionally write down my own thoughts. The blog is the base for my very own writing program: 960 words, five days per week ==> an epic novel in half a year! Instead of beating myself up every day for not meeting some insane wordcount goal, I want to make it easy and less stressful to write. Come over and say Heij!

Camp NaNoWriMo reboot

Yes, it’s Camp NaNoWriMo time for April and I’m getting back into writing!

Wait a minute… *pulls out spreadsheet* there is no “going back to” because I did write!

I wrote 10290 words in March! That may not be much for some people but it’s still nothing to sneeze on. Especially with all the other stuff that is going on daily in my life.

I can only recommend to keep a spreadsheet or a page in a notebook to write down what you do for your craft every day.It may be a sheet full of plotting and ideas, a blog post, or a page of glittering dialogue — all of it counts. Even that sketch for the cover or the character you would love to see one day, it counts. I named my spreadsheet “Creativity” and I’m putting everything in there.

It’s important to encourage ourselves. Too easily we forget what we did and how much we do every day. It all counts.

Still here, still writing

Hello friends.

Can you believe it’s already Februar? Can you believe that it’s almost March? I feel like I’m desperately running after everything this year. I need everything and everyone to stop for a week to give me a chance to catch up.

I’m still writing. Not as much as I want, on many days I’m not even hitting my 960 words that lend themselves to the title of this blog and my tumblr back in the day. But I am writing and I really don’t want to beat myself up anymore over not meeting a goal that was arbitrary anyway.

Currently I’m trying to tie up and finish a few WIPs, original fiction and fanfiction. I have not forgotten Tempting The Dragon, I’m just… I’m a bit hesitant with it because it has developed in some White Saviour trope and we don’t want that, do we? See, that’s the problem if you post in-progress stories, you end up with a mess in your head as you try to balance it all out before you publish the next chapter.

Another thing that I’m kind of working on is a self-taught-writer-workshop. I’ve looked at many online classes and writer workshops but I can’t really afford them. But I’m thinking of setting up a writing workshop with the free resources I know about and putting it all together on a server on Discord. A weekly schedule, homework and discussions about videos we all watched or blog posts we’ve read. I’m still working on that and will make an announcement when I have something.

So that’s it for me for now.

Little reminder: you can still read an erotic romance story with a lady alien with a tail and her human boyfriend trying to have sex in Zero G by yours truly in this book myBook.to/redhotsredhots-3d-book

See you again soon and keep on writing.

Heat up your February with Red Hots: A Valentine Anthology #romance #erotica #giveaway

D.E. Haggerty

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Red Hots: A Valentine Anthology

by Caitlyn Lynch + 17 others

GENRE: Romantic Erotica

BLURB:

Red Hots is a steamy collection of Valentine’s Day themed stories by 18 new and established romantic erotica authors. From a lonely lighthouse keeper’s strange encounter with a ghostly sea captain to a husband surprising his wife with a sexy game; from an alien discovering just what Valentine’s Day means to her human lover to a store owner receiving an unexpected Gift With Purchase that makes her best friend look at her VERY differently, there is something here for everyone who loves the Valentine tradition!

Grab a copy here!
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Excerpt

From Power Outage by Caitlyn Lynch:

It wasn’t long at all before the doorbell rang; Raquel hurried to answer it. The electrician was tall, with dark hair, high cheekbones and blue, blue eyes. Stubble shadowed his strong jaw, giving him a rough-and-ready sort…

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I have a story out

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I’ve been quiet around here because I’ve been busy but look! It’s alive!!

I have written an erotic short story under the name Barbara Be and it’s published now!

This anthology has a great variety of stories, there’s something in here for everyone. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

http://mybook.to/redhots

Author Animal Farm—New York GOOOOD, Self-Pub BAAAAAAD

Brilliant take-down by Kristen Lamb.
I can’t believe I still have to read posts by bitter writers about how only traditional publishing is “real” publishing. Get with the times.

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Original image via Kabsik Park courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons. Original image via Kabsik Park courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

Okay at first I wasn’t going to say anything regarding the latest Let’s Bash Self-Publishing rant over at HuffPo, but (like all “real” writers) I am in the business of serving my audience—YOU—what you want to hear and after about the tenth person who sent me Laurie Gough’s Self-Publishing—An Insult to the Written Word, I figured y’all might want my take 😉 .

For another angle on this controversy, I strongly recommend Fisking the HuffPo’s Snooty Rant About Self-Publishing.

Moving on…

Consider the Source

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First of all, am I the only one to see the laughable hypocrisy of anyone who writes for Huffington Post lecturing anyone about real writing? Huffington Post is a predatory business, a literary parasite that has made hundreds of millions of dollars by paying writers in “exposure dollars.” And, by doing so, has…

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To process

I said I wouldn’t do a New Years Resolution post but then I read The First (?) 2017 Process Blog by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and I thought “maybe I don’t need resolutions but I think I need a list of things that should be part of the process for the days to come”.

Here is my list so far:

  • Stay healthy, stay alive. If the past year has taught me anything, it’s that that is not an easy task in of itself
  • Be a loud and unapologetic woman like Carrie Fisher (I already miss her so much)
  • Read the books that I started or will start, all the way to the end. I have this bad habit to start books and never finish them even when I like them
  • Write every day for an hour. I thought about setting a goal of ten minutes first but no, an hour, I have a fucking hour in my day for doing something that I love, for fucks sake
  • Finish the various writing WIPs that deserve to get done
  • Publish novel. Just get it done.
  • Organize my days, declutter my life
  • Sports. Gods, I hate sports but looking at the point up there about staying healthy — that means losing weight and building some muscles

So this is The List. My list. What will your 2017 list be like?

Where did the time go?

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And suddenly it was Christmas.

I hope you all had a few quiet days and had some of your wishes come true. The year is coming to an end and this is the time where we all look back and reflect on the year and what we accomplished and what we didn’t accomplish.

I never liked looking back and I don’t have time for that anyway. Here’s my promise for the next year:

I will write more, I will learn more, I will grow more.

I wish you all a good end to this year and a great start into the next one. Let’s all work on making 2017 a good year for all of us.

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