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Always Ametra

Looking Ahead

A writer’s work is never truly done, in my opinion.  I think that a good practice is to always be working on something – whether it’s a full writing project, outlines for a potential project, or a blog. Before the end of the year, my first novel will be fully immersed in the beta-reading stage.  That means it’ll be out of my hands until the jury, er, beta readers read it through and provide input. …

Happy Ending?

I am so hard on my characters.  I was once actually begged…or maybe demanded…to stop inflicting strife upon a particular creation of mine; a lovely young lady who had been through Hell with the love of her life already.  I saw them through that (in spectacular fashion, I must say) and was determined to take them through another ordeal almost immediately when I was chastised for it. Was it because I based the character on…

Ave Uh-Oh!

I had to chime in because I was asked whether or not my love of music means that I can sing. The short answer is no. The longer answer is that if you want to give babies a hearing test, you can play my singing voice for them and watch them cry. Or, if you want your feelings hurt I can sing for you.  Have any enemies? Let me croon to them. My singing makes…

To Me, Or Not To Me

That was the question. The tagline for this blog is, “Many Incarnations – Only One Original,” because I have written (unpublished works) under three pseudonyms.  After recently making the decision to push through and advance my career as a writer, I was faced with the choice of whether relaunch my presence and intentions under my real name, or go back to the comforting anonymity of a moniker of my creation. I took a poll among…

Origins

I started reading before I was three years old.  I don’t recall the steps involved in learning how to read; when the alphabet started to become familiar to me, or when combinations of letters became recognizable as words.  All I know is that, suddenly, I could read. It was amazing. I could often be found sitting on one of the sofa cushions that I’d yanked to the floor, with a book in my hand and…

The gift that keeps on giving…

It can be challenging to figure out when might be the best time to launch a blog. Well, my reasoning is very simple. Today is my birthday. This is my gift to myself – the gift of pressing forward and indulging in something I’ve loved since I was a child. …that, and it also makes it easy to remember the anniversary of the blog…

Music: The Wellspring

Some find it interesting to learn that I have a soundtrack for everything I’ve ever written.  Music lures my creative mind to depths that allow me to come up with storylines and bits of dialogue that, once the music is off and I’m reading the results, still surprise me to this day. Music also helps me to get through scenes that I find emotionally difficult.  I find it easier to write the scene away with…

Kick the Door Down and Shimmy on Through

Just about every writer, established or otherwise, has advice on how to get your name out there and what you should do to overcome any fear you might have of becoming a published author.  I’ve read any number of articles, novels, and columns detailing that very thing.  I’ve made numerous attempts to follow the very steps described…and it just didn’t work for me. The fact is that overcoming fears, as with many challenges in life,…

Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?

So, we meet again! Well, no – not really. Or maybe we have…  Allow me to explain. My name is Ametra (hence the title of this blog), but this isn’t my first foray into blogging. I actually blogged under two pseudonyms before now: First as Zhaviera on the “Turn Back While You Still Can” blog roughly five years ago, and then as The Working Wallflower up until earlier this year. Both blogs were a lot…