Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
~ Joseph Conrad
April 9, 2013 | Categories: Inspiration, Life, Novel Writing, Quotes, Writing | Tags: Advice on writing a novel, Arts, Fiction, Inspiration, Joseph Conrad, laney mcmann, novel writing, Quotes, Writer, Writing Advice | Leave A Comment »
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
~Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol: 5, A Game Of You
“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
One of THE best lines ever written in my opinion. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.
February 14, 2013 | Categories: Author, Books, Life, Quotes, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, Gone With The Wind, laney mcmann, novel writing, Relationships, Valentine, Valentines Day | Leave A Comment »
December 24, 2012 | Categories: Life | Tags: Christmas, Christmas and holiday season, Christmas lights, Holiday season, Holidays, laney mcmann, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | Leave A Comment »
I am thankful for the gift of words, the gift of insight and imagination. For my love of books and the ability to spend hours reading them.
For friends who stand by me, even when they think I’ve lost my mind, or disagree with every decision I make. You keep me upright.
For my family and their unyielding encouragement throughout my life. I would be lost without you.
For my health and sanity.
My ability to run again after my second round of physical therapy.
For music that vibrates my core and spills through me with every beat.
For my cherished memories of times and people past. I miss you.
For the chill of Autumns approach and the fall of red bruised leaves.
For all the gifts I cherish and hold dear in my life, I am truly grateful.
And of course for all of you who read, listen, like, comment and care about what I have to say, even when it’s utter nonsense. Thank You for listening.
November 21, 2012 | Categories: Inspiration, Life, Thoughts, Writing | Tags: Autumn, Fall, Gratitude, Health, Holidays, Inspiration, laney mcmann, november, Shopping, thank you, thankful for, Thanksgiving | 2 Comments »
Anyone who reads my blog with any regularity (Thank You!) knows that I’ve been working on my novel for two years. Two years full of a wide swing of emotions. Now, as I am officially on submission, I feel…uneasy. Anxious. A little bit afraid.
For the first time, I’m nervous about simply letting it go.
When I started working on my cover art, I felt excited. When I received the first layout, my heart skipped. Mine. My words. My name.
The second layout was similar. The fourth and fifth layouts had me feeling downright overwhelmed.
When my first wave of edits rolled in, I thought, okay, this is doable. Not so bad. When the second wave of fine toothed edits came over with suggestions and corrections everywhere, I panicked.
Oh my god. I’m actually doing this?
All those little insecurities welled up again and sat there on my shoulder, taunting me.
This wasn’t the plan, you know. You were just writing….just writing. Like always. Are you sure you want to do this? You can back out. Keep this story tucked away like all the other ones. No one has to know!
Overreacting. All part of the process. I get it. I am supposed to be putting all my efforts toward TORN, the second book in the series. I am supposed to submit the first book, forget about it, and move to the next. I know.
But…this is hard.
August 9, 2012 | Categories: Author, Books, Editing, Life, Publishing, Reviews, Self Publishing, Writer, Writing, Writing Tips | Tags: art, Arts, Blog, Facebook, goal accomplishment, laney mcmann, Publishing, Self-publishing, Social media, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, Twitter, Writers Resources, Writing, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | 4 Comments »
We all get a little down sometimes when trying to achieve our goals. The road from where you are now, and where you want to be, isn’t always that far. You just need to believe.
**This is a must watch for anyone who is feeling a bit stuck. Actually, it’s a must watch, period.
July 9, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Inspiration, Life, Thoughts, Writer, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, believe in yourself, Free, goal accomplishment, goals, Hosting, Inspiration, laney mcmann, red bull, Television, Web Design and Development, Writer, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author, YouTube | Leave A Comment »
On one of the hottest days in Washington, DC history, I was walking the streets on vacation.
Besides the monuments and the museums and every attraction that attracts visitors to DC, nothing made a more impressive statement on me than the architecture. It is truly something to behold. While the crowds made their hurried way to the next destination to avoid the blistering heat, my head was raised to the skies. Here’s what I saw:
There were many, many more beautiful buildings to see. The scale and craftsmanship on some was nothing short of astonishing.
July 3, 2012 | Categories: Inspiration, Life, photography, Random, Thoughts, Travel, Writing | Tags: Author, Independence Day, laney mcmann, National Mall, Neighborhoods, photography, Travel, Travel and Tourism, United States, Washington, Washington DC, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | Leave A Comment »
“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
English novelist Mary Anne Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot.
- Tuesday Poem – Roses, by George Eliot (janisfreegard.com)
- The house where George Eliot spent the last few weeks of her life in 1880 (kimbofo.typepad.com)
June 21, 2012 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Life, Quotes, Writer | Tags: 19th Century, art, Arts, Author, British, George Eliot, laney mcmann, Literature, Mary Ann Evans, Quotes, Victorian era, World Literature, Writer Resources | 2 Comments »
“One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life–”
Whatever your reason for writing…..Write On.
May 28, 2012 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Life, Quotes, Writing | Tags: A Good Fall: Stories, Arts, Author, Back in the World: Stories (SIGNED), Fiction, Inspiration, laney mcmann, Literature, novel writing, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, Short Stories, Short story, Tobias Wolff, Writer, Writers Resources | Leave A Comment »
I invest a ludicrous amount of time reading. Whether I read novels, blogs, craft books or research material, I always try to find useful or inspiring bits of information each week. And then I save them. Here are this weeks links:
Author Anne R. Allen has a great post up on her blog this week, When Should An Author Hire An Editor?
Author Kristen Lamb is continuing her blog series, Don’t Eat The Butt. Her 4th post in the series, Real Writers Never Struggle
Author Janni Lee Simmer has a post up on her blog, Desert Dispatches. On Publishing and being a writer in the Right Now
WRITE ON, WRITERS.
March 20, 2012 | Categories: Author, Books, Life, Publishing, Self Publishing, Writer, Writing | Tags: Anne R. Allen, Author, being a writer, E-book, Editing and Proofreading, Hire an Editor, Inspiration, Janni Lee Simmer, Kristen Lamb, laney mcmann, novel writing, Publishing, real writers, Self-publishing, Writer, Writer Resources, Writing | 4 Comments »
Have a Wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day.
(All photos belong to me.)
March 17, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Inspiration, Life, Random, Travel, Writing | Tags: Classroom, Graphics, History, Holidays, Ireland, laney mcmann, Patrick, Saint Patrick, Saint Patrick's Day, St Patrick's Day | 4 Comments »
It’s been a while since I’ve posted any music, so today is a good day. Here are some of the songs I’m writing to, as well as running to, these days. Thanks for listening.
(Thank you to all the Artists, and producers of these videos—I own nothing.)
February 7, 1812. 200 years ago, Charles Dickens was born. One of the greatest novelists of all time.
“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.”
A further tribute to Dickens can be found here: NPR Books