Friday Writing Update

Hello Hello Hello. Happy Friday!

Lana Del ReyThis weekend, I’m seeing the one, the only Lana Del Rey in concert. Naturally, the weather is plunging into the 40s and rain after a week of 80-degree sunshine. But I won’t let that stop me from enjoying the music. In fact, 40s and rainy seems like the perfect weather for Lana’s music. I hope she sings National Anthem, my favorite Lana song. It’s totally my pole dancing song, if I were ever to pole dance.

Don’t look at me like that. We all have a pole dancing song.

New Book News

Check back here on Monday for the reveal of the next Browerton University book. Title, cover, blurb, release date. You’re getting it all. (And if you were subscribed to my mailing list, you’ve gotten a sneak peek already.)

Writing Update

 

This is why none of my stories have paragraph indents, capital letters, or the number 1
This is why none of my stories have paragraph indents, capital letters, or the number 1

I’m aiming to make this a weekly segment. It’ll give me accountability for projects. Also, as my readers, I want to keep you guys in the loop. Conversely, if you don’t want to know how the sauce is made, feel free to skip this part.

This week, I worked on brainstorming a new book. For brainstorming, I freewrite in my journal. I put pen to paper and let my mind wander, capturing every random thought about character and plot. I don’t think. I just write. It’s a great way to discover these people. I fill up pages and pages with freewriting until the main plot points come into view.

I love learning about these characters and picturing the key scenes between them. I’m on a story high. It’s a bit like falling in love. At this point, everything in my story seems shiny and perfect. I know this won’t last forever. Drafting and revisions take their toll, but I always try to remember this feeling, this excitement for my story. It usually carries me through.

 

Thank you so much for reading! What’s your pole dancing song favorite song to dance to? What are you up to this weekend?

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Euro Pride Con – this July

Gay PrideAs M/M romance and gay new adult gain in popularity, I’m so happy ecstatic that more conferences are popping up. Conferences are a great way for M/M readers and authors to connect with each other. Reading and writing can be a really solitary hobby. Some days, I’ll be listening to my characters and writing great dialogue only to realize that I haven’t spoken a word aloud all day.

And while chatting with people online is mega-super-awesome, there’s something to be said about hanging out with people in person. I love love love meeting people in person that I’ve known online. It’s like meeting a pen pal  or long lost relative. You have an already established connection. You already have mutual interests. There’s no better icebreaker than “Nice to meet you! We follow each other on Twitter.” Continue reading Euro Pride Con – this July

Was I Ever Really Gone?

I should play that song Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Hello world (big)I’ll admit, things have been quiet on the A.J. front this year. My first book came out in September, and then *crickets.* I hate that there’s been such a gap between books. Believe me, I’ve been writing. Unfortunately, not all writing is gold. I spent months working on a book that just wasn’t coming together. I don’t want to push something out just to have another book for sale. Quality, not quantity. I’ll give you all the details in an upcoming blogpost.

But let’s focus on the positive. And there’s so much positive!

Continue reading Was I Ever Really Gone?

I’ll meet you in the quad

If you’ve stumbled upon my new site, welcome! You’re a little early to the party, though I appreciate the punctuality.

I’m working feverishly behind the scenes to get AJTruman.com all shiny and ready. (which includes learning the behemoth known at wordpress) Keep watching this site for updates and thanks for stopping by!