Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Tips for the Uneducated Writer

"If those bad words come, I let them come in one ear and go out the other. I never let them come out of my mouth. If a bad word comes in your ear and then comes out of your mouth, it will go someplace and hurt somebody. If I did that, that hurt would come back twice as hard on me." ~Wallace Black Elk, Lakota~

I write this this morning under the guise of an author, but I am really hurting as a human being today. As a person with real feelings and emotions, it hurts me deeply to know that people can be so cruel with their words.

I used to be the type of person that, when verbally attacked, I would attack back. After all, my gift with words is a gift that I can use anyway I want to, but then I would be abusing that gift, wouldn't I?

Walking the narrow path of this Red Road I am on, I have learned that integrity is more important than sparring with others, but especially with someone who doesn't even know me personally. I have come to learn that the old saying "like water off a ducks back" is really a literal cleansing in disguise and I practice that on a daily basis. Besides that, I would never abuse the gift given to me (the gift of writing) to hurt another human being. I stand in my truth and that's all that I do. When it all falls down around the rest, I will still be standing tall.

An uneducated writer, to me, is someone new to the business and is learning the hard way. That's me. These lessons I am being taught are needed, I know, but the hurt I feel this beautiful morning goes deep into my soul. I will, however, persevere and stand strong and walk with my head held high; things my mother taught me to do, for with integrity, I will rise above with a smile on my face and the knowledge that I have done my best; with fortitude I will conquer all that is put in my path, and with courage I will carry this story to who can nurture it and give it the proper respect.

My ancestors guide me, and for this I am truly grateful for without them, there would be no stories. As I have said before in this blog, people who view me as "just another white person" are looking at me through a closed mind. All they see is a white person who is trying to ride on the coat tails of a full blood. I don't find validity of who I am through my husband, I find it through my own people, my own DNA. I walk the way of my people, who have always had dignity and respect for others and I relish the fact that I have my mother's genes; the same genes that reflect the virtues bestowed upon me by her, which include a kind and forgiving heart. I don't need anything else.

Hollywood is but one place on a map, filled with people who want something for nothing, but that's not me. Never has been, never will be. I am thankful for all that I have and all that I will have. The spirits know my sacrifices and are taking care of me and my family and will continue to do so, of this I have no doubt.

So I close this blog today with a few reminders to other uneducated writer's out there:

*Do your homework.

*Create a solid platform

*Write a great bio.

*Write a great query letter. 

*Get an attorney. (Beg, borrow or pawn to do so.)

Research these things until you feel you have done the absolute best you can do, AND THEN FLY!

But above all else, stay true to yourself ...those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

All my best,
Lynny Prince 
Thursday, May 05, 2011 | By: Lynny Prince

Tornadoes, Atlanta and the book business, oh my!

Hello again everybody....

As most of you know, I just got back from Atlanta where I was included in meetings with some very high profile attorneys for the movie company. The meeting went well and my husband and I were happy to be a part of it, helping out in the pitch as best we could. We went through that terrible outbreak of tornadoes to get down there, and to say that the trip was terrifying is putting it mildly. I took videos all the way down there and kept my FB page updated, as well. My friends and fans of the book nervously kept up with our trip, some checking the radar and helping us to navigate through the worst of the storms. Later, when I saw the damage on TV, I was floored. Areas that we drove through were devastated and it is hard to comprehend just how bad it is unless you see it firsthand. I even got a pic of one of the tornadoes as we outran it!

I tried to take video on the way home, however my camera on my phone would not cooperate so that didn't work out. I feel that somehow I was not to video tape it so I left it at that.

Yesterday I met and hired my own attorney. Its costing me a bundle, but it must be done if I am to protect myself. I had a pretty good grasp on what I needed to do legally concerning the psycho screenwriter and the most recent psycho journalist, but it was good to hear it first hand and know that I am fully protected against those who wish to defame me and/or steal my story.

I also found out that I am an entity LOL I own the trademark on Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller which makes all things Scattered Leaves my intellectual property. I can issue a license to use it and make a few dollars off of that, as well. Nice to know in a business where I am swimming with sharks. And what a relief to know that I am protected now from those who wish to try to take advantage of me and my naivete.

So, present and future authors be warned; get an attorney. Even if you have to beg, borrow or steal to do it, get one because I can guarantee you that in this business, no one will look out for your best interests except you.  

The new and improved Scattered Leaves: The Legend of Ghostkiller book will be out very, very soon! Maybe we should ask Kyle Ghostkiller about that? Hum....marketing ideas out the wazoo here!!

Stay tuned and be blessed!
Lynny Prince