Announcements

Back at it

Well it’s been quite some time since I’ve written something, so I felt that the time was right to return to my online ramblings. When last we spoke, I had announced my “Retirement” from writing. Well, things have changed, and back in early April I decided to return to writing.

Have the words flowed like a river since I’ve returned? Well, not quite. But I have been working on a new standalone project. I won’t go into detail about it since it’s in the very early stages, but I thought I’d dust off my literary cobwebs and try my luck again at this thing called writing. I’ll give you a hint though, it’s a book for middle grade readers, will have no bad words or sex scenes, and will be fantasy in nature. Ohh, and it’s based in the same universe as the Leopard King Saga.

The moral of the story? A true writer can never retire from writing. The unwritten stories will torture your psyche until you get them down, or at least start working on getting them down. So don’t quit folks, not at anything, unless it’s a bad habit, and in that case, replace it with something good.

Now, back to my writing. Talk to you soon!

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Announcements, Writing Advice

End of the road? Maybe. Maybe not.

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I wanted to take this time to announce my retirement from fiction writing. Since July 2013, this blog has served as my principle website to the outside world and has reached tens of thousands of visitors.

I valued every one of you who signed up to follow my writing exploits and self-improvement tips, but, at this time, I have decided to dedicate my time to other pursuits.

Will I still post blog articles? Who knows? But this site will remain online for anyone who would like to explore my past articles and/or purchase my books.

It’s been fun everyone. So I wish everyone on this planet the best in their lives. Let 2021 and beyond bring you everything you desire.

With respects,

T.A. Uner (July 17th, 2013-December 28th, 2020)

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Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Work Continues on Book 4

It’s been ages since I last posted anything so please excuse me. I’ve been busy with Graduate School and tweeting my political opinions on twitter. Some responses have been good, others, not so much.I’ve been quite productive though. Have been cranking out words like crazy for the past month and I’m loving it.

Book 4, or, The Leopard Resurrection, does not have a release date yet. although I am hoping to have it out by 2022. This is subject to change.

So how are YOU doing? What is keeping YOU busy during these crazy pandemic days?

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Announcements

Making life changes work for you

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It’s been a busy few months for me. With the Pandemic and Social Unrest in the background. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve gone this long without writing a blog post. Almost 3 months to be exact. Geez. Where do I start? Ohh, now I remember. Please read on…

I decided to focus on enriching myself and I left my job to go back to Graduate school to earn a certificate. Where does this leave my writing? Good question. I was working on the 2nd edition of The Leopard Apocalypse, the 3rd novel in my flagship Leopard King Saga series, and on the side I was writing the 4th book in the series, The Leopard Resurrection while starting on another YA project called The Cardinal Rule.

Sadly that’s all been put on hold. Graduate school demands time and financial investment. And getting the most out of my money is paramount in order to land an even better job.

So I wanted to discuss life changes with you, and steps you should take in the event an unexpected situation finds you.

1) Save money:
yes, it’s cliche but saving the majority of your paycheck, while being restrictive, it can help pay for unexpected surprises.

2)Have a support network: make sure to share the news with loved ones and trusted friends. Feeding off the positive energy from others boosts confidence and gives you forward momentum.

3)Stay positive: Can’t stress this one enough. You’ll find yourself stretched thin when something unexpected comes along that forces you miles out of your daily routine. But just remember, everything has a purpose and embrace the chaos by thinking on the bright side.

Anyways, that’s it for now. I look forward to posting another helpful blog post, and promise not to take this long between intervals. Stay safe everyone!

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Writing Advice

Coronavirus and the Writing Life

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As the planet battles the latent new virus known as COVID-19, I sit here wondering what the future holds. But, as a writer I am already accustomed to this anomalous feeling.

Writing itself is an unpredictable animal, and the current pandemic gripping the planet is a situation most newly-published writers find themselves at odds with. The energy-sapping questions begin making their way through their thoughts. What should I write about? Will my books ever sell? Will I ever be able to support myself on my writing? Then, once you get self-published, the constant checking of your amazon royalty figures can almost drive a newbie mad.

Like the Coronavirus and writing, both unpredictable in their own right, the only thing you can do is focus on doing your best, and ignoring the fear factor. Because, worrying about something you have no control over will simply ruin your quality of life, and take the fun out of anything.

So I say this to every new writer and human being. Be calm. Live every day to the best of your ability. Don’t fret over the virus that the news agencies are constantly blasting over the airwaves.

And get back to two things. Living, and writing.

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Writing Advice

Dealing with unproductive moments

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It’s been ages since I posted, having missed January completely I thought I’d finally make my first blog entry in 2020.

The subject today is unproductive nuances. Have you ever felt like doing something and yet have struggled to create it? Whether it’s writing or creating any type of art for that matter? I admit, the past few days have been rough for me as I’ve been dealing with a lack of energy, causing my writing output to decline substantially. The answer has been to push through. Easier said than done, but so far, it’s been working. After all, a small output is better than no output. Right?

In my opinion though, it sometimes helps when you take a break from it all and do something else. Whether it’s exercising, doing other work, or even reading.

So what do you do when you’re facing adversity in creating something artsy? I welcome any comments.

Until next time.

 

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Self-Improvement, Writing Advice

How to make time work for you

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As a professional writer I have many balancing acts to maintain in my daily life. There is my day writing job life which I get paid to write and edit and then there is my hobby writing (novelist)life.

For you it might be the same, or most likely not. But we all can agree that with competing priorities, stress has a way of creeping up on us and threatening to derail our mental focus.

The best way around this of course is mindfulness, the art of focusing on your current priority without dwelling on the past for worrying about the future. For example, if you’ve got that novel/project that’s itching to get out you don’t want to work on it during your day job. For starters, it’s unethical and also your company is not paying you to do your hobby on their time. So to create enough time to write, or whatever form of art you’re into, might I suggest the following things:

1) Create a schedule for personal project(s) that revolves around your daily work schedule.

2)Ask around. Twitter and other forms of social media are great places to connect with others who share your passions. Tweet a question, and some of your followers are bound to respond.

3)Don’t get stressed if you can’t find time to create. Instead work around it by seeing when you can create time for your personal projects.

These are just suggestions. Use them as a framework to find what works best for you. I wish you all the best.

T.A. Uner

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Writing Advice

Independent vs. Traditional Publishing

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The other day on twitter a fellow writer was tweeting about how one of his co-workers was critical of his writing status. “When are you going to become a real writer?” he had asked. Implying that independent publishing was an also-ran in the publishing world.

I responded by telling him to ignore such an ignorant comment, for it was made by someone who knows nothing about publishing.

Independent publishing has done wonders for so many writers who otherwise would’ve found themselves forgotten by the gatekeepers.

In the past ten years it has seen a massive influx in sales, and many independent published writers that I know have outsold traditionally published writers.

What does this mean for you and me?

It means that the stigma that was once associated with independent publishing is gone.

So the next time someone tells you you’re not a “real” writer just because your book isn’t published by a big press, make sure you set them straight.

Or better yet, just ignore them.

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Self-Improvement

Finding a job that defines you.

It’s a tough one. Some of us love our jobs while others are just using them to get that all-important paycheck. So what’s a professional to do?

I’ll admit it, I’m lucky. I work for a company that values my writing and editing skills, I use it to motivate me when I come home to write/edit my fiction.

But what about those folks who don’t have a job they love?

Fortunately, there’s an answer. And it’s so easy, anyone can do it!

Work for it. Wherever you are in life, find a way to transition yourself from where you are to where you want to be. Take classes, get certifications. It’s time-consuming and hard work but whoever said this would be easy.  In this world of instant gratifications that’s a tall order for some, but not if you really want it.

When you go after something worthwhile, the challenges are going to pop up whether you like it or not. If they don’t, then you’re not trying hard enough.

I flunked out on my initial Business Writing test. Yes. But I took it again and guess what? I passed with a B.

So listen to your heart. What kind of job out there will make you happy? Knowing what you want is the first step to getting it. It’s cliche but so very true.

Then ask yourself if you’re willing to put up with the struggle to get it. If the answer is yes, then you’re on your way to a new future.

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Announcements

Formatting Stage underway

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I recently submitted the pre-edited manuscript for THE LEOPARD APOCALYPSE to my formatter before the Beta-Reading stage commences.

I’ve lined up a half-dozen folks to Beta-Read for me. For all you budding writers out there, this is the most critical part of publishing. Beta-Readers help weed out typos, grammatical errors, and most importantly, give feedback on the story.

Of course, it helps to have folks you trust, and these great people have been with me since the beginning.

More information to follow. The release date for The Leopard Apocalypse is projected for November 5th!

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