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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Writer in Me #BookGiveaway

In 2005 I decided to start writing. No cataclysmic event occurred. My family was healthy. My job was good. No tragedy had left me tarnished. But an epiphany came one day as I was carefully crafting a work memo and trying to avoid the dull cast of business writing. After I finished the memo, I thought to myself, I like doing that. Writing. I like writing. I should do it more often. Thus, a blog and the idea of a book was born. I won’t lie. The thought of becoming a rich and famous author certainly appealed to me. It still does. But it’s not the reason I continue to write. Obviously.

The hobby isn’t particularly easy. I’ve written and rewritten four books now. I’ve self-published after receiving a million+ rejections from agents. I’ve kept up a blog despite an unending stream of "other" responsibilities. I assembled somewhat of a website without any real technical knowledge. I’ve taken several writing courses and read several writing books, even though I (AHEM) already knew how to write as an English major from U of Iowa. I’ve spent hours pondering a sentence or a word only to realize it's well past my bedtime. There are days when I wonder why am I even doing this. Wouldn’t it be better for me to be doing something else? Like cleaning the grime off my floors? The answer to that is clearly no. Not so much because I hate cleaning floors, but because something always happens to keep me motivated to write.

Someone laughs about a blog post. I receive a notice from Amazon about a book I sold. ($3 coming my way!) A short story gets published. An agent sends me an encouraging note. My self-published book gets a positive Kirkus review. After ten years of exploring this elusive world of writing and publishing, I do actually experience small victories which make my heart happy. It’s like God is whispering in my ear, “See? Keep it up Sport.” Oh gosh. Maybe it's F. Scott Fitzgerald whispering to me.

Some writers will say they don’t care if anyone reads their stuff. It’s just therapy for them. I get that…sort of. Okay. Not really. While I do find writing therapeutic, I totally want my stuff to be read! I want my thoughts to be heard…for the same reasons I like to read. Perhaps my writings will:

a) begin a compelling conversation or,
b) make someone happy by relating a foible or,
c) incite people to think about something I believe is important, or
d) expand someone’s vocabulary by using words such as verisimilitude. (You won’t find that word in any of my blogs or books, btw.)

I have not become a rich nor famous writer. But I’m grateful to have a hobby which challenges my mind and allows me to be creative. Everyone should have at least one such outlet. If it's your job, awesome. But if it's not, find something else. Maybe you aspire to be a great golfer, but you avoid the golf course because you have no idea how to keep your ball on the fairway. I say embrace the sandpits and focus on the nice chip shots.

Thanks to each of you for being loyal readers. In appreciation, I'd like to offer you a free copy of Goodbye Def Leppard (I'll Miss Those Jeans). Just respond to this post and I'll line you up. This deal is good until the 4th of July.

Peace and Love.


Denise Matson said...

Count me in Stef! I read a friend's copy of your book a few years back. I enjoyed it and wouldn't mind a copy of my own!

Brenda Fries said...

Sounds good Stef! I always enjoy reading your blog . Brenda Fries

Stef Kramer said...

Thx Brenda and Denise! Would you like me to send them to you or would you like to pick it up at at Rubi j? I'm also asking if you wouldn't mind posting a review on Amazon when you've finished the story. Thx!!

Mallory Meyer said...

Can I purchase a copy from you? This looks like such a good book!!

Elaine Baughman said...

Your books are wonderful! Have read Good-Bye Def Leppard - I'll Miss Those Jeans and Rubigunda in very short order. Would love to read more! Elaine Baughman

Stef Kramer said...

Thanks all for responding! I will have a free and signed copy of GBDL waiting for you at rubi j's next week. If you are inclined, I would love for you to rate and review on Amazon after you've read it! Elaine-do you have the most current version? If not, please pick up the new copy!