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Writing Stuff

It’s been a busy week:

The Eastern Factor is off to the editors, and I just finished with the re-edit of The Order of the Wolf and it is now live on Amazon.  You can also get a free copy if you sign up for my brandy new Author Newsletter.  I will be sending it out monthly to begin with, at least until my next book is released in January.  After that, we’ll see, but it’ll be quarterly at a minimum.

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Click on my smiling friend to get your free ebook.

 

I also just found out that I won the Charlotte Geeks flash fiction contest with my story “Geekzilla Saves the Gala”.  It was featured on their Guardians of the Geekery podcast.  I also received some cool prizes.  You can find the podcast here (the story starts at 07:30).

 

 

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Short & Twisted

Short and Twisted

 

You can find my short story “Santa Doesn’t Work Here Anymore” in the Short & Twisted Christmas Tales anthology that just became available on Amazon.

Give it a read.

 

 

 

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Goodreads Giveaway Finished

My Goodreads giveaway completed on September 30th.  I gave away 5 signed copies of The Order of the Wolf to promote the coming release of book 3 The Eastern Factor.

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 I had 604 people sign up for the giveaway.  I’m considering this a success, because 604 more people have heard of me and my books than before.  Whether those that didn’t win go out and buy a copy is another matter.  You can buy Order of the Wolf and Stenson Blues on Amazon or Kobo.  They are available as an ebook or paperback.

If you didn’t win, there will be more chances.  More giveaways and sales coming up until The Eastern Factor is released in January.  Stay tuned.

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No New Tale to Tell

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I was riding in the car the other day and a familiar song came over the radio:

“No New Tale to Tell” by Love and Rockets from their Earth, Sun, Moon album.

At the time, my brain was hopping around like a frog trying to avoid capture.  (Like the tree frog that got into my house the other day, and it took me several tries to get it back out again.)  I was thinking about my recent writing and marketing efforts when the following verses played:

My world is your world
People like to hear their names
I’m no exception
Please call my name
Call my name

My mind jumped to the thought:

Is that why I write?  Is that why people do crazy things on the internet, or in life?  Are we all just trying to be recognized? (For the record, I don’t know.)

Then came the refrain:

No new tale to tell
No new tale to tell
No new tale to tell

That is exactly what I wanted to tell a person the other day in one of my online writers groups.  They were worrying about sharing their work with other writers for fear the other writers would steal their ideas.  I just wanted to shout at them: No new tale to tell!  There are no new ideas, just new versions of the same old stories.  How many times have you seen The Lord of the Rings retold in the fantasy genre?  Let them have the idea, just write it better.

Then came the verse:

When you’re down
It’s a long way up
When you’re up
It’s a long way down

It’s all the same thing
No new tale to tell

Yep, it’s long way up, and down.  Everyone started somewhere and will end somewhere. Hopefully, I’ll end with several readers.  It’s funny how songs sometimes just hit the mark on where you’re brain is currently hopping.

If you’ve never heard of Love and Rockets, you should give them a listen.  They are an alternative rock band from the late eighties.  I own three of their CD’s, and like all the songs.  Here a a few of my favorites:

“Here on Earth”, “Welcome Tomorrow”, “An American Dream”, “No Big Deal”, “So Alive”, and “Holiday on the Moon”

Look them up, check them out, and enjoy.

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Now Hear This…Now Say This?

Listen all you slug-a-beds, we’re about to lose some words.  According to experts there are several words that will soon be lost from the English language:

Academics uncover 30 words ‘lost’ from English language

Hey, I’ve been know to make up a word on occasion.  Wouldn’t it be easier to just use one of these instead before they disappear completely.

I’m all awhape over this, so let’s get busy.

Thanks for your ear-rent.

 

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Writing Ideas

Where do your writing ideas come from?  For a long time I didn’t really have an answer for that question.  Where did they come from?  Imagination, yeah of course, but what was the spark that brought the idea to life?

Many of my stories, especially my short stories, have come from writing prompts.  I’ve belonged to a few writers groups over the years, and several of them utilized writing prompts to help get the writing juices flowing.  It has worked for my short story ideas, and at least one of my novels started that way too.

One of my problems is figuring out what to blog about.  Writing prompts don’t cut it as blogging topics.  So where do bloggers find their material?

Recently, I was looking for a way to get unbiased news.  I went online and checked media bias websites AllSides and Media Bias/Fact Check and put together a list of media outlets that were considered least biased.  I put together my list on feedly and that’s where I get my daily news now.  It has actually cut down my stress from reading the news, because for some reason I’m not getting pissed off anymore.  Who knew there was so much biased opinion floating around on the internet.

A huge side benefit to this plan is that my news feed is giving me all kinds of great ideas for blog (and Facebook) posts.  Who knew that the news could actually be informative, enjoyable, and useful?

 

 

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But it’s Cozy in Here!

Marketing is for the birds!

At least that is what I want to say.  I should be able to stay in my warm cozy little writing cocoon and not worry about such things.  Well, to stick with the bird analogy, maybe I’ll stay right here in my protective shell instead.

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The temptation is strong.  I like to write much more than I like to spend time on Facebook or update my website.  I don’t think it’s just me either.  Writers tend to be a solitary bunch.  If you go to any writing convention, you will see plenty of twittering finches, maybe a strutting cockatoo (or two), and probably at least one pair of lovebirds huddled in the corner.  You’ll also see plenty of eggs.  If they’re at a writing event, they’ve at least started to peck away at their shell and are peeking out to see if it’s safe.

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They’re hoping to see something like this:

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  But are worried they’ll be met with this instead:

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So right now, I’m working on the marketing plan for my series and peeking out at the online marketing world.  Wow, it’s a big scary World Wide Web out there.  Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Website creation, SEO, blurbs, blog tours, reviews, book this and book that.  Whew, my head is spinning, or maybe it’s the vultures circling overhead.

I’m tempted to repair that crack in the shell and maybe add a nice wine fridge in the corner.  Unfortunately, every egg has it’s shelf life.  So, it’s either get on with the hatching, or get tossed out with the garbage.

It looks a little chilly out there.  Wonder if I need a coat?

Feel free to share any words of wisdom on book marketing with me, and I’ll be updating my progress as I figure out my strategy.

 

 

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