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Autistics Can’t Redux

A while ago I wrote Autistics Can’t a project to test the curses spoken over us to see if there were any truth to them. A lot has changed since then. Here is my updated list including where I am at with each entry.

This time I will give the entries a rating depending on the amount of truth in them.

 

Autistics Can’t:

 

Drive

Just got my Restricted Licence two days ago. I can now legally drive with my husband as a passenger, even while he doesn’t have a license. This has suddenly flung open the doors for opportunities I have been starved of.

For me this was a matter of whether or not I can ‘handle’ things. The only way I can correctly deal with this is to actually test to confirm one way or another, then I move forward with that info. Usually the only way I can do this is by not telling anyone.

Not testing is just a waste of life to me.

I just drove to the mall by myself yesterday. I know many other autistics who have their learners or restricted. I know many who have no license at all. Why is the driving process so slow for autistics? Is it actually related to autism itself? I give this entry a rating of Whopping Porkies.

 

Get a Job/Get Paid

 

I have worked just for experience. Never been paid a cent for a regular day job. Though I know a number of autistics who are hopping in and out of jobs to grab pay, waiting to be replied to, getting fired for no reason, chasing the next part-time/contract, in and out of low pay menial jobs because no-one else will hire them.

I haven’t truly tested this one yet. I give this a rating of Untested.

 

Travel

 

My husband and I just recently visited Christchurch for a week. We crashed at his dads house and went in and out of town on the bus by ourselves. We got on the plane by ourselves. We packed our own luggage.

Before that we spent 5 days in Queenstown for our honeymoon. That’s catching multiple planes on our own. Finding where to get picked up from the airport on our own. Staying at the holiday home on our own. Walking to town on our own. Do you get the picture yet? It is because of this honeymoon that my husband got into his head that he doesn’t want anymore live in carers. I say, lets not do anything too fast. But all this is a fair indication of how well the two of us can travel. And we hope to travel more. When we have the money.

I give this a rating of Absolute Bullsh!t

 

Publish a book

 

Still writing it. I plan to actually chase down some agents overseas though.

Though I know of many autistics who have written books (and I’ve read them) I give this entry a rating of Untested.

 

Own a home

 

I married into owning a house. Does that count?

I give this a rating of I’m Irrelevant.

 

Get Married

 

Oh piss off. Don’t tell me you got this far through the list and don’t know my rating for this one.

If you want to know how valid ‘Autistics Can’t Get Married’ is ask my husband.
I give this a rating of Piss off, Lying POS

 

Have Sex

 

Lol.

I give this a well tested rating of Shut Your Lying Gob

 

Other optional entries Just Coz:

 

  • Get a tattoo
  • Go to the Armageddon expo
  • Have work in the Art Expo, Nelson
  • Create something for the Arts Festival
  • Visit New Orleans
  • Cosplay!
  • Visit England and Scotland
  • Have a real art studio
  • Attend a Sweet Adelines International Convention
  • Get my ears pierced again
  • Run a buisness
  • Dye my hair purple

 

Past Well Tested Acheivments

 

Live independantly

Finish school


If you have tried this yourself please leave a comment!

What I’ve Learned About Employment While Disabled

Sorry for the hiatus. I will be back to weekend posts again now.

Employment while Disabled. Lol good joke.

But to be more serious here is what I have learned about Employment while being disabled.

I’ve been disabled since birth, so safe to say I’ve learned everything.

 

Decades of flinging CVs at a wall

That’s decades, not years. Yes, you really can spend decades just throwing your CV into someone else’s rubbish bin. Finding a type of job you can physically do is like pulling teeth. Then you actually have to get hired, which will be years of flinging your CV around and getting complete silence in response. By the time you find a place that actually has space for more staff, you have been starved of employment for so long that you have no experience so they won’t hire you anyway. At that point, questions about the decade-long gaps in your CV are absolutely redundant and are yet another roadblock to employment.

Your other option is volunteering to gain experience. That means years of unpaid work. That means literally eating ‘experience’. But the experience is good though. But I have yet to see it make much difference, besides the fact I finally got responses from my CV flinging. All responses being ‘Nah’.

Then you change your strategy to flinging your CV at jobs that you can’t physically do, some of which might even put you in hospital. At a certain point, you are so desperate to grab the cash that you are literally putting your health at risk.

Then your final stratagy is to grab any illegal work that you can reach. Because those drug lords and pimps are the first people that ever paid you in 20 years so…

I have yet to meet any disabled people who suddenly had a job paying a living wage the minute they left school. If there were any, they’ve all been burned at the stake for being witches.

Eyeballing every cent that goes in

If your disabled, chances are you might be on the dole just to prevent yourself from going homeless.

But if you are a witch or something and managed to get paid and are stupid enough to declare it to the WINZ office (eye roll), you have to physically eyeball every cent you are being paid. If one cent too much goes in, bye dole. They can cut your benefit, or rip it from you completely. You are now sitting on your paid income for all your living expenses, which may not even pay you enough to eat three meals a day, let alone any rent or bills.

What is a saving? Is that some new food or…? Almost illegal when you are on the dole. Mine is treated as an emergency fund for when my bank account gets hogged by a power bill. That also means no inheritance, no gifts, no small loans of a million dollars.

One way to save yourself from trouble is to quickly spend whatever savings you have before you have to declare it. That will of course mean you will never have savings above a certain amount, which will trap you exactly where you are. The best thing to do is to empty it into bills, morgages and debts. At least that will look like you know your priorities when it comes to finances.

Another option is to not declare certain ‘incomes’. I don’t know how safe that is in some cases, you can still get into legal trouble depending. But you do not deserve to lose your benifit after a one-off sale of a piece of furniture on trademe or that one time you sold some crafts for $5 each at a bootmarklet. Not worth declaring.

Poverty 22 cycle

Employment is very much part of the poverty cycle.

Need car to get job. With what money? Where do you get money? The job you can’t get to without a car. Round and round and round.

Need this much experience to be hired. Experience doesn’t come out of thin air and sometimes education isn’t free. At least you can work for experience for free, but it won’t put food on the table. Round and round and round and round.

Lived for ears in a house that gets zero sun, goes to work in zero sun. Lack of sun hogs your energy, you’ve had one continueous cold for years. Thus you cannot work at your full ability, you will never get a promotion or a raise. You will never save up for better accommodation that will give you more energy to work better. Round and round and round and round and round.

You can only afford cheap, fatty, sugar crammed foods that pile on your weight and hog your energy. You will never reach your full potential with that energy, thus will never earn enough to afford real food. And the gym isn’t free either. Round and round and round and round and round and round and round.

Not to mention the guaranteed depression. That would take up a whole new post.

Roadblocks

So you have a car, you have experience to plaster all over your CV, you have the CV to fling around. You might have even worked out a specific job that you can easily do. The end. You go no futher into employment than this stage because now it’s up to the employer to decide if you get a job. You’ve done your side, now they have to do theirs. Then there is a thing called discrimination. Good luck.

What’s a paycheck?

Is it a food? A new kind of book or game? No seriously.

I’ve had friends and fam working for free because businesses ‘couldn’t afford’ them. Does this happen to able-bodied people???

Can we eat ‘store credit’ or ‘staff discount’???

Disability isn’t the cause of unemployment

Our disabilities don’t put us in poverty. Some of us CAN work and have our CVs in our hands ready to wave in your face.

If you’re not hiring, you can’t winge when we bludge off your taxes. You can’t have it both ways.

People on disability are there because they aren’t disabled enough to be on disability

When you think about it this actually does make perfect sense.

Someone may be only slightly disabled. Enough that they can’t stand up for long periods of time. They CAN and WANT TO work. And yet they are still unemployed. And the dole still accepts them as entitled to some benefits. So why are they there?

What are the jobs available to someone in my area with no skills, no experience and no car? Maccas, Supermarket, apple picking, road building, heavy lifting, running around all day, standing and standing and standing and standing. They pay peanuts, but we would grab them if we could physically do them. That’s if. Not everyone can just stand there for more than 10 minutes without running from chair to chair. The jobs that we are absolutely screaming for are sit down jobs. We’ve never seen one. And if we don’t see them, we can’t ask for them. And if they do exist, once again, education isn’t free. And even if you can afford it, the doors will be slammed in your face for some random reason anyway.

 

This is the endless network of cycles keeping disabled people in poverty, preventing them from growing, preventing them from gaining human status. How much have we changed since Nazi Germany? I haven’t seen much.

All I can say now is when I do get paid there will be a massive blog post from me.

For people like us, the achievement isn’t getting that promotion, buying a sports car and retiring to your mansion by the beach. For us, the achievement is getting paid AT ALL.

What I’ve learned while writing

Better spelling and grammar

For obvious reasons one would want their spelling and grammar to be a decent standard when writing. My journey of writing has actually improved these basic tools

 

The structure of a story

Another thing you are going to really need when writing. Especially if its fiction. But learning this has also helped to understand other stories when reading them or when watching stories in other medias. If you can’t follow the story either the writing is piss poor or you’re incredibly stupid.

 

Character Development

A good story has a character growing throughout. This is actually really important. No character development is boring.

I’m letting my characters lead for the first time in the latest rewrite of Lemuria. This has created more interesting characters that develop traits on their own and they have even started writing the story themselves.

This has also caused a few characters who shall remain namless to ruin everything.

 

Human behaviour

This actually helps with character development. I’ve been quite nosey into psychology and thrillers. Court room dramas. History. Turns out I might be trying to use this to create my characters.

This can actually be quite fun when you are creating characters…

…until you have to create the villian and need reasons for why they are psychopath…

 

Mythologies

I love mythology. Greek, Egyptian, Maori, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Norse.

Did I say I love it? I meant that whenever I see anything about it I’m trying to fit it in my novel. I can’t just enjoy it for the sake of researching it. Writing ruins everything.

 

History

This has become one of my special interests lately, along with Mythology. I have been studying the rise and fall of empires.

Oh, hey, do you know how I’ve done the world building for my epic fantasy novels? It’s just regular old modern day planet earth with my secret nations and empires slapped over top of it. So now I have to go into the history of the entire world to make it fit. Don’t do what I did.

 

My own faith

I pray and read my Bible to get closer to God.

Am I really? Or am I doing it to get ideas because I thought it would be funny to write a Kruschun Burk?

Is the book making me closer to my own faith or is my faith just being used to write the book? I don’t know anymore. I just want to write the book…

 

Random information

Do you know what the best part of writing is? You have to make something in your story work, so you have to drop everything to research it.

Now you have all this usless information that you only used once for a scene in a book. Yeh it’s fun to impress your friends with this usless info. But it really us random and usless and now it will always be in your head whenever you do or don’t need it.

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Things that will make me burn your Kruschun fiction book/movie

I’m including movies and TV shows in this because not even good acting and directing can save anything from piss poor writing. Just ask Hayden Christensen. There are movies that were made with no budget at all that are better than some of the Krustchun crap I’ve seen.

The Kruschun burk prologue

I don’t mean the actual prologue

“Hi! This is a ministry tool meant to replace the latest fad genre at the moment! Please give it to someone that needs to be preached at blah blah blah fart fart fart read my buk I’m better than everyone else”

The best way to guarantee I won’t get past the first page.

You are using the wrong medium for your message

You’re not a writer, you’re a preacher. Stay on the pulpit, that’s where you belong. Stay where Gods gifts put you.

Normally I would tell everyone to write, even if they don’t intend to sell books or anything. Sometimes writing is just good for the soul.

But some of you preachers might want to stay in your lane. Some of these appalling writers even admitted they could barely write, but they only wrote to preach. Thus they possibly made no attempt to develop their writing craft and instead relied on their preaching and God to carry their message. Yeh, writing doesn’t work that way. And God would rather you actually practice writing before you try to put anything out there. You do actually have to do things yourself, you know. It’s not Gods job to hold your hand and do everything for you.

If you’re too lazy to develop your craft, stay on the pulpit and pay someone else to do the writing for you.

You spend your entire writing career chasing trends

When you jump on the latest oversaturated genre bandwagon, just to ride its coattails to get your message out there, it shows.

When you sacrifice writing to ‘replace’ all the latest ‘demonic’ YA genres, it really really shows.

My advice: Write. Write the genre you want to write in. Yes, you can chase the popular if you want to. But at the end of the day, the only stories you should be writing are the ones you want to write, not the ones you are just chucking out to jump on the bandwagon.

You’ve never spoken to anyone 10 years younger than you before

Teenagers and young adults speak a whole different language. In your book, they’re talking like a 60-year-old white pastor. Eww. Bye Felicia.

K, lets talk about swearing now. Make. Your. Characters. Swear. No, honeybun, stop the wingeing and high pitched noises, you don’t have to actually write out the words themselves. Even just mentioning that ‘they cursed’ will suffice. See it’s that easy. And it looks better than a secular character speaking in the same voice that a mother uses on her toddler because the authour is too busy hand-wringing to put naughty no-no words in a book.

People swear, get over it. I’ve heard worse words at church. I’ve heard toddlers screaming worse words at their own parents.

If swearing makes sense to a character, don’t dance around it. You are allowed to write that swearing exists. You’re not going to hell for writing a secular character that swears.

Maybe in the POV of a fundie Christian character you can play with their voice and how they react to other characters swearing. Maybe the character can replace the swearing with something else. This is one good way to include swearing without actually including swearing. I’ll do that work for you for free.

So please make your characters dialog and language appropriate for their age.

Fucks Sake.

You can’t write

That’s it. You just can’t write. Not even misspelling ‘Krustchun burk’ on the cover will save it. Not even Jesus himself will save it. It’s too far gone.

You suffer from Big Fish in Small Pond syndrome

I’m just going to say it.

Writing is full of narcissists.

Christian writing is full of more narcissists.

The problem is you have to wade through a lot of toilet paper to find a book/genre that you like in the Christian only bookshop. And the Christian market is very much starved of any writing at all, let alone quality stuff.

Name Christian writers who did well in the secular market, you might get CS Lewis, Tolkien. Very smart people who created unforgettable works that are still being published long after their death. I don’t know what religion Anne Rice identifies with as she has rejected Catholicism but she still believes. Her vampire books were massive.

Now name even one Christian writer that made it big by starting in the Christian market.

Yeh, it doesn’t happen. You might get big in the Christian market itself, but then you will hit the glass ceiling because no-one else but Christians can relate to your books.

You could say the Left Behind Series. But the only reason they exploded was that they were a Big Fish in a Small Pond. No-one had ever done Revelation fanfiction on such a massive scale. And their preaching is very heavy in every book.

Your non-christian characters are made of straw

If it’s screamingly obvious that the atheist characters are written by a Kruschun who has never spoken to anyone outside their cult before, you might want to rewrite these characters.

No-one likes cardboard characters in any genre.

So are your kruschun characters

But then again, Christian written Christian characters that are an insult to real Christians is quite an achievement. Keep writing. You will make millions from hate-reading. Hilarious.

Kruschun Mary Sues are rampant

Kruschun characters who are so much smarter and better than the atheist characters. Everyone loves them. Villians give their hearts to Jesus for them! Because it’s that easy! Everything that comes out of the characters mouth sounds like the voice of the authour. Oops, lol. Maybe you should just name the character after yourself? Oh, you already did that…

You’re trying too hard

K, so you don’t know how to write. You don’t know how to develop a character. You don’t know anything about world building or dialogue. You barely even know how to spell anything. And you actually agree with me in this post. You want your book to be a bit different. Here’s what you do: EDGE!! Edgy Christians are totally not overdone as an attempt to attract a bigger audience at all.

The problem with that is that your book is now only edgy to a pastors son who’s not allowed to have a girlfriend till he’s 21. OMG! The main character is wearing a beanie!!!! And there’s a girl wearing shorts!!!!! So much EDGE!!!!!

This will be the edgiest book some Christians have ever read, but to everyone else, it will be an absolute joke.

Don’t force edge. Find your natural voice.

Plus I’m the only Edgy Christian in the village. All you others are fakes. I bet you don’t even listen to Striper.

 

I have a headache. I’m going to read Game of Thrones again.

Why you should not spend money to start your buisness!

.This year I’m learning a lot of things about starting a platform, be it FB, YT, Blogging, even a new business etc.

One piece of advice that I am mostly getting from YT is the biggest load of porkies I’ve ever seen.

Here it is:

“Buy this first! Then that! And fork out money for this this this this and that that that that that that or you will NEVER EVER be successful until you’ve dumped your entire bank account into it! Lol!”

If you’re just starting out with your platform as a side gig, this is the worst advice you could possibly get. I’m convinced that the people who give this are purposefully trying to sabotage beginners so that they don’t have competition.

And here’s why the advice is bullshit:

With what money, bitch???

If this thing you are starting is just a side hustle/hobby, you should not be pouring all your money into it, as other ‘famous’ people suggest.

In fact, side hustles should be almost if not completely free for you to start up. The point is that it is something you enjoy and it brings in a little extra cash. If you’re haemorrhaging your entire bank account into it, it’s not a side gig. It’s a main hustle. And you’ve just put all your eggs in one basket, which is probably the stupidest financial decision you could possibly make when you’re starting out.

Just look what happened to all your favourite YTers when the ad apocalypse happened. When getting paid just to turn on your camera and do whatever first became a thing, everyone jumped on the bandwagon. People even quit their jobs to do it full time. It was at this point that I saw their failure coming a mile away. How do you even expect that to last? Some of them didn’t even back up their paid-to-film-their-boring-life with merch, which would have been the most obvious next step for me, before I even knew anything about money. And yet they continued to sit on this one income, expecting to do the same thing over and over forever. Then the YT bubble collapsed. Suddenly you were wading through piles of videos of YTers screaming at their cameras “BAWWWWW the money disappeared! I can’t pay my bills! Give me money!” And that is how perfectly good, talented people dumped it all to become e-beggers, just to pay their bills for the mansion they bought with their YT money. And how is this YouTubes fault? You didn’t even have a backup. Or you can go back to the dayjob you abandoned for a platform that was never meant to last.

But not all of us are those YTers. Some of us are massively underpaid in their main day job, if not downright unemployed. We’re using what we actually have. The end, that’s it. Sometimes you’re forced to spend what you don’t have. If you have to skip meals to pay bills, pay all that first before chucking money you don’t have at all the latest overpriced crap that some YTer told you to buy in order to be a YTer.

And if you are some big name touting that one has to have a certain ‘quality’ of expensive crap just to get anywhere, if you are shooting people down by saying they will never get anywhere using second hand, obsolete supplies because that’s all they can afford: Shut your fat gob!!!

Jenna Marbles sometimes still uses her phone or a webcam. So do many other big YTers. You don’t need an entire production studio when starting out making little videos. One of the latest trends today is Mukbang. The most important thing in those videos is the food, not the overpriced Hollywood camera used to film it. Some Mukbangs aren’t even edited. They don’t need to be edited. So no, you don’t need the latest software used by Weta Studios to edit simple videos like Mukbangs. ASMR, vlogs, mukbangs can do perfectly well edited in a broken version of Microsoft Movie Maker.

All the best YTers and influencers started out with the cheapest crap. Including the ones giving you this dangerous advice of affluenza. They are hypocrites who are straight up lying to you.

Starting out with arts and crafts, you don’t need the most expencive equipment and supplies, anyone who tells you otherwise is setting you up to fail. Bob Ross used cheap paintbrushes I could probably get from the Warehouse or even a $2 shop. Right now my strategy is to sell small, cheap paintings and use all the profits to buy more art supplies. That could be your goal too.

I’m doing this because do you honestly think I can afford the highest end of oil paints while unemployed and disabled? LOL.

And pouring money into writing as a side hustle. Are you serious??? I haven’t heard much ‘advice’ demanding that you do this. But anyone who tells you to empty your bank account just to write is an absolute scam artist.

Of all the hustles I’ve mentioned today, this should be the most inexpensive, if not FREE to do.

Writing should be done anywhere on anything. Anyone who screeches that you ‘need’ to buy and buy and buy and buy this and that overpriced software/supplies before you even start writing should be slapped! This software should be tools to help you and make things easier for you, not requirements to just bashing your words down.

I’m using Open Office and am slowly transitioning to Google Docs. I am now boycotting the moneygrubbing scam that is Word. Over $100 to use a writing software for only one year???? Really??? Are you high on something, Microsoft? Linux is killing your business! Some of us have to save up for months to by a new pair of pants from the Warehouse! I will use whatever software I have at the time!!!

And all of that is when I’m not physically writing in an actual notebook with an actual pen, both of which shouldn’t be overpriced either. Anyone who tells you that you ‘need’ some speshul pen and speshul notebook/paper for some massive price is scamming you! Your pen and your paper for writing should be special to you, not your wallet.

I’m even avoiding using a professional editor. Everyone in the writers’ groups will scream at you that you ‘need’ one. But once again: With what money, bitch? Editors aren’t free!!!! They charge money for good reason! They need to eat too! So I might go with another option, or just straight up skip that step before I publish. An editor is something I could get once I’ve actually made money from my books. Otherwise, I have nothing to pay an editor with. And as an artist myself, I couldn’t bring myself to pay them in ‘exposure’.

And then there’s book covers. Yeh…

Book cover artists should absolutely be paid. With money. Which is why I can’t have one. Being an artist, again, I will do it myself until there is money.

This ‘advice’ is one of the biggest ripoffs I have ever seen. Even when you actually have money, it’s a massive scam.

Even if you don’t want to make money, even if you just want it as a hobby, you shouldn’t be expected to spend too much on it.

If you do want to make money, you still shouldn’t spend too much, only what you can, especially if there is no money for extra things in your life. It should support itself. It should not make you homeless because you put all your eggs into one basket.

There is an endless amount of actually good business advice out there, I’m just starting to find it myself. Affluenza is not good business. Quite the opposite actually.

And I am more than happy to use better quality stuff if someone buys it for me 🙂

Why you should want fame

Everyone keeps telling me “you shouldn’t do it for fame”.

When they talk about starting and building a YT channel or blog or any kind of social media platform “you shouldn’t do it for money or fame”.

And that seems to be the best advice they give and everyone stands up and cheers.

 

Bullshit.

 

Why else would you do it?

And what are they doing? Exactly that!

 

Here are some good reasons for why you should want fame.

I will use myself as an example:

My dream is to publish books and create art. Say I’ve finished a book or a painting. What do I do next? If I want to get it out of my house, selling it is a good option.

Tell me, how TF am I going to sell something to someone when they know nothing about me or the product? Explain.

Would you buy a product before you know it exists? How does that work? When do you buy a product? Usually, after you know it exists, that’s how it works in reality-land. What are the products you buy the most? The famous ones!!! The ones that are well known for providing exactly what you are looking for.

To sell a product successfully you need to know about Marketing. What is marketing? GETTING SOMETHING FAMOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want to sell something without getting famous, you’ve already failed and I don’t know why you would even bother.

Even Banksy is famous. Who the hell is Banksy? I don’t know! No-one does! That’s the point of Banksy! And yet he is famous! Even trying to be anonymous and ‘anti-fame’ will get you famous if you want to put something out there.

To all those hipsters who follow all the latest ‘underground anti-fame’ stuff, sitting on your high-horse, looking down your snotty nose at everyone even slightly interested in ‘fame’: just WTF are you doing? How do you even know about that ‘underground’ stuff? Because it’s bloody famous for being underground!!! And thus you have contributed to the concept of fame.

 

If you honestly believe you can completely escape fame by doing this, you are delusional.

If you honestly believe you can churn out work and get some views etc without needing fame to get you those views, you are delusional.

Even if you don’t want views or subs or follows or likes, you still want to get your message out there, don’t you?

And how will you do that?

First, by getting eyeballs and earholes onto your message.

And what form does that take?

Views, likes, follows and subs.

So what is all that called?

That’s called fame, honeybun.

 

If you honestly believe that fame and getting your message out there have to be completely separate, you are delusional.

 

If you’re not doing YT/blogging/influencing to get famous, maybe you shouldn’t be doing YT/blogging/influencing.

What I learned after posting my novel on WattPad and FictionPress

What I discovered using Watpadd and FictionPress

I finally posted that damn novel I spent half my life on. I discovered Wattpad and rediscovered FictionPress and decided to compare the two.

I was planning to self publish my novel as an ebook, but decided it wasn’t ready for that yet so I posted it in an un-edited form on these two sites. These are just my experiences of these two sites.

Wattpad is a newer site and you can also get the app for all your devices. The site navigation is really nice and easy. The site design itself looks really nice. Good commenting and reviewing system. Good profile system. You can even have your own cover image!

As for marketing your book there, that’s the actual work. I have done a lot of research to find out the best ways to market yourself on there. I’ve read many blogs from other authours, most of which had already published professionally and made a name for themselves before they randomly threw something up on the site for fun. So they already had some audience by the time they found Wattpad. I haven’t seen much success from those that are completely starting from scratch, no audience at all, save for a few that found their only success by spending literally hours spamming everyone on the site. I know people hate that kind of method for obvious reasons. But it seems to work better than dumping something on a site and then waiting for something to happen.

The site has some good suggestions for marketing though. It does make promises that you can get professionally published, then your books can be made into movies and tvshows, almost as if turning it into a movie should be the be-all-end-all point to writing a novel. I might make another blog post on that later. But I post on Wattpad to get readers and feedback and so people can enjoy reading my work.

Also the posting process needs to be fixed. And before any gaslighting: This has happened every time I have posted a chapter, that’s more than three times. The rule of science is that one must run a test three times to get an accurate result and I’ve had the same result more than three times so…

It doesn’t dick you over until you’ve hit ‘Upload’, then you have to go back into edit, so that you can click-space, click-space, click-space, click-space for the next half-hour all the places that the site has randomly removed spaces for absolutely no reason. That is time that could be spent on completely unnecessary things like perhaps writing the rest of the novel you are posting.

I have found it is very easy to share you work and other peoples work through social media. I should probably get around to sharing my work on my facebook page.

The site also has groups and forums where one can chat about writing and books, so those might be quite helpful.

WattPad conclusion:

Good site, besides the formatting problem.

Marketing: Already having an audience will be helpful. Also: 12-year-olds with no grammar don’t seem to need marketing at all. As for those who have nothing but your novel, If you are a Freemason you will not have any problems, so disregard the following review: Mine has been up a couple months with a few chapters, 14 views, no feedback. Will let you know if anything interesting happens.

The next one is FictionPress…

I’ve known of Fictionpress for a while as it is the sistersite to Fanfiction.net, which should tell you what it’s target audience is.

To let you know what the site is like: It looks exactly the same as it did when I first joined with my old account. When I was twelve. I am now 27. So the site is older than most of its members and it shows in the navigation. I have yet to find if I’ve even had any reviews at all, let alone what they say, besides hacking into my profile through emails I receive from the site :/

No app that I know of.

But though it’s old it is still dear to my heart.

And I’ve already had favorites and follows on my novel there. (Compere to Wattpad: None at all) I have done no marketing at all on FictionPress. (Compere to Wattpad: Made a few attempts and spamming my novel. No response) I’ve made ONE attempt at getting into the community in FictionPress and I’m already getting follows. And I was told it was a dead site and would get more success on WattPad!

Haven’t tried to see of one can share from this site yet, though you can have a favorites section on your profile.

This one also has forums and communities though most were last updated a decade ago.

FictionPress Conclusion:

Be warned it is an old site. If you needed your Freemasonry to market on Wattpad, you will need Baphomet or something to use the navigation on this site. But it served all my needs for the site. I had a place to post my novel and possibly get feedback

Marketing: Got more views on a ‘dead site’ than I did on the latest writing community. Also had a few follows and favorites. And I’ve hardly done any marketing.

Final conclusion:

I will continue to use both sites to post chapters of my novel you can find it HERE

I spend more time on Wattpad because I’m biased and like the site formatting/navigation better.

I tried to be a bit helpful in this blog so I hope you got something out of it. Your results may vary with each of these two sites. There are many other writing communities out there that I haven’t covered yet.

These sites are and alright place to get started into writing. A lot of people post their first drafts there and go through the process of revising with the feedback from readers and other writers. Sites like this are perfect for that sort of thing. And they are good sites if you are still practicing your skills and just want to post a story that you never want to publish professionally because there’s no shame in that, I’ll be doing that too XD

Though if you’ve finished school and know how to spell and how to write properly, prepare to be ignored for months, or you could try the mass spam method meantioned earlier. Yes, no on recommends it but I’m not knocking it if it works. If you’re just a reader, the top stories are written by twelve-year-olds, the biggest audience on both these sites. So expect to find some very 12-year-old stories. I know my 12-year-old stories were disgusting quality! Some of my stories I’m writing now is disgusting quality, but that’s part of the process. In the end it’s a good place for teens and young adults to test their skills

And that’s my review I wanted to do of these two sites.

Cheers.

Writing update

So I wrote a novel and then spent the next few years looking at publishing options. I may like to have an agent someday, but after years of looking at my options I don’t think I have what I need to get the agent I’m looking for.

I have decided to self publish (Nearly every writer in NZ has started with Self-pub as a. I can count on one hand the number of legit NZ agents interested in my genre and b. we have no legit publishing companies anymore.)

It’s going up on Smashwords first and then probably Createspace. The only issue is I’m not quite sure if it is ready to go up yet.

So I am considering putting it up on Wattpad first. I have researched all these sites. If I put it up on Wattpad it can be read for free. I am hoping to get some helpful comments on it as I do need a bit of critique on the story itself.

Right now the story is more important to me than the money I could potentially make off it.

It is also a good way to find an audience.

Part or all of it may be removed from the site later once I get more serious about publishing it.

I will update if anything happens.

The next stage

The publishing research continues!

In the meantime I have just started outlining the sequel. I’ve enjoyed the writing process so far. I have no idea what the publishing process will be like. I expect it to take a long time.

In the studio:

doll

I have recently discovered scented candles. I think this one exploded or something…

candle

Researching publishing

I’ve finally completed the latest revision of Lemuria. At this point I am getting into researching publishing. I’ve got some good tips from family members and friends who have published books.

If I self publish I may get most of the money. The printing company might help with the marketing but when self publishing most of the marketing would have to be done myself.

If I send it to a publishing company they will do the marketing, but authors only get a small percentage of the total profits, (too small according to my great-aunt and I can’t disagree with authors getting more money) the publishing house and the book stores all make their cuts. And if I get an agent, they will also make their cut, unless you live in New Zealand where you go straight to the publisher because the agent step is probably non-existant. Does anyone in NZ actually know what a Literary Agent is?

 

Unfortunately according to the news: most of the local NZ publishing houses have transferred to Australia and some aren’t even publishing anymore, so yet again NZ has completely screwed my career over 😦

 

I’ve met a small number of people who have published non-fiction and people who have published fiction. I’ve looked through the NZ section in local book shops. And it looks like NZ is pretty desperate for some fiction. There are a lot of photo books and everything for tourists here. NZ apparently can’t write much else O.o. because some shops don’t even have and NZ Fiction section at all. Some shops don’t even have an NZ Fiction book!

 

NZ needs fiction. NZ needs stories. NZ needs stories about NZ things and NZ people. NZ needs stories in general! Because stories are awesome.

And that is why I’m going to read books by NZ authours. To see what sort of things they write about (and also to cheekily look at their publisher lol (and see if they are still publishing…not-lol if they aren’t 😦 ))

 

I’m going to publish an NZ story.

 

What’s in my Studio:

knitted dollknitted skirtblue dollIMG_0232

This terrifying thing is coming together well.

And then I didn’t like how some paintings turned out so…

 

magizine canvas

I covered the canvases in magazines. I then covered it in one layer of gesso and have started painting it. I want the magazine to show through. The papers have created an odd texture. I have no idea how this decision will turn out but I will post the result later.

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