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So, I have finished editing draft three of Shulim Cycle Book of Susan.

So what is next?

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Filed under: About Writing, Editing, The Book of Susan, The Shulim Cycle

Self-Publishing …

So, I have been out of work for less than a week and already have learned more about the dos and don’ts of self-publishing than in the year and a half I have been doing it.

One of the things I learned about that I did not know about before: street teams.

So, these are people who basically are the foot soldiers of a good book release. They repost, like, and tweet information about the book. They are also the initial purchasers. They recommend and review. The author does not pay them, though sneak-peaks, give-aways, and other swag are not uncommon.

I’m researching now how to put them together. Among the ideas are creating a reader group and then encouraging the interested members to act as a street team.

Anyway, I’m learning. I’ll keep you posted, though, on what I am doing and will probably put a call out for those interested once I decide.

Somewhere in between writing short fiction, editing Book of Susan, et al…

Filed under: About Writing, Marketing, Reader Group, Self-Publishing, Street Team

Out of the Darkness and into the Light of Day

I know, it’s a bit melodramatic for someone who has merely left employment to come home, spend time with the kid, right, and finish a degree. I can’t help myself, though. There is something about waking up the first morning after your last day at work, knowing that you don’t have to go back.

No more people yelling at you, cursing you, and telling you what a horrible human being you are.

Why yes, I did work in Customer Service. How did you ever guess? To be specific, I worked as an escalation representative for a major bank.

Hey wait! Where are you going?

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Filed under: About Writing, Memoir

A Break from Writing – Gaming

My Facebook feed has gotten a little busy the last couple of days over Dungeons & Dragons 5e Player’s Handbook. Now, I will apologize in advance for not being able to link back to any official statement from WotC (Wizards of the Coast for you non-gamer types) for this. I did a Google search, and the only things I can find are blogs talking about it. I did not, however, find WotC backing up and going “Woah, woah, wait a second. We’re not trying to tread new ground here” and several of the people sharing the news are themselves industry insiders (that’s where I first heard it from, and insider I follow on Facebook). So, going by the ethos of those sharing and no back-peddling from WotC, I’m going with legit.

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Filed under: About Writing, Feminism, Marketing


I’m editing The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan right now, so I have my eye toward things the help. I found this handy little list of things to avoid, thanks to several friends on Facebook.

You can find it here.

Don’t say I never attribute or cite. :D

And now, time to do a little work. I hope you are as amused by it as I was.

Filed under: About Writing, Editing, Rules of Writing

Oh Good Lord!

It can’t have been this long since I wrote on this blog! Sorry guys.

I have been busy with work and, I will be honest. I have been goofing off a little bit too.

But I am starting to get back to the writing … or I should say the revisions for The Shulim Cycle Book of Susan. I’m at that fun and aggravating part of revision, where I’m deciding what things I really like and don’t like in the first draft and what I might want to change. I am actually looking at something that I put into the first draft that is very important, but … because of everything else going on, there is just not the time or place to really explore that importance. I’m thinking that its discovery would probably have more of an impact, and create more tension in the third book.

I’m also joining writing communities, which means I should probably put stuff here. Cause, you know, when trying to get your name out there, they should probably see what it is you’re doing.

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Filed under: About Writing

Thinking About Angels

I’m thinking about other stories again … not a movie this time. I’m thinking instead of a television show: Doctor Who. I will happily admit that I am an avid fan of Doctor Who. I have on my desk right now a tiny Dalek model laying siege to a Yahtzee tumbler that is designed to be the Tardis.

Anway, I was thinking about the Episode Don’t Blink. Oh, and um,

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Filed under: About Writing, Fiction

The Matrix of a Woman

So, I’ve gotten to watch the Matrix (original … the series goes downhill from there) a few times over the last week, since BBC America keeps showing it. I swear, they have more American shows on than British shows. 

Anyway, as I’m watching, I’m paying attention to the character of Trinity because, well, I think she’s awesome. It isn’t just the tight black outfit. The character is smart, resourceful, and strong-willed. She is a capable soldier and, when she needs to be, a capable leader. She is a female character is a science fiction movie who is also a love interest. She is also not a damsel in distress. 

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Filed under: About Writing, Feminism, Fiction

*Pokes Head up out of the Ground*

Oh hi guys!

Yeah, I’ve kind of been burying myself in Landmark. Linkie pops to my fan site. Worth every penny for the Trailblazer pack. Games’s patching right now, and I suddenly found myself in a strange place …

Nothing to do.

So, I thought to myself – self, you’ve been neglecting your blog. So, here I am, to jot down a few things.

Still in the editing phase of Book of Susan. That’s going slow by design. I have gone through it, and decided the important things that need to be added or expanded. I’m supposed to put it down for a couple of months now, and come back fresh to do those additions and rewrites. That way, I can look with fresh eyes …. blah blah blah. Honestly, I’ll be doing good if I stay away from it.

In the meantime, I’m trying to decide what project to work on. The permanent editor would like me to work on a Non-Shulim Cycle novel. I have a few ideas tossing around in my head, but I’m having trouble deciding which ones have the staying power and depth to be novel material. Anyway, I’ll keep you posted on that, I suppose. The question is, do I want to stay in paranormal, go off to high fantasy, delve in a little science fiction, play with steam, go into other modern fantasy ideas that I have, or try my hand at a mundane literary story.

That is the ultimate question, because I have lots of ideas that fill all of them. I just have to make up my mind, I guess.


Filed under: About Writing

Revisiting File Sharing and the Independent Artist

If you’ve been following me a bit, or if you’re new and have checked out my previous posts, you will recall my discussion about File Sharing.

At the time, I had found my book on a download site, in full and for free. I was bothered by this because I was struggling to get sales for my book. Having a site offering it in whole for free, well … that was a bit discouraging. At the time, I had one or two friends urging me not to get too upset by it. It wasn’t, they argued, necessarily a bad thing. Sure, I would get no money for the downloads. It was also exposure.

I still maintain: you really should not put the works of Indie Authors up on free-download sites. It really does take money out of our pockets – especially now that Amazon is starting to pay its authors without a minimum threshold (note: I’ve moved my stuff solely to Amazon for this very reason … … HINT HINT Smashwords). If you’re considering how to share a great book with your friends on line, link to the place to buy it.

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Filed under: About Writing, Rules of Feedback, Self-Publishing, The Book of Dahlia, The Shulim Cycle


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