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Best Songs Take #1 – Most Depressing Rock Tunes

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Best Songs Take #1 – Most Depressing Rock Tunes

Today’s post will be about depressing songs, which furthers none of my writing goals.  That’s just how I roll. I started thinking of website popularity again. Specifically my website.  What makes a website really popular?  Well, to be popular you have to have lots of viewers.  Imagine the irony.  But, how should I achieve this?  Several possibilities and ideas quickly came to mind.  For example, you can do something tremendously controversial, like posting photos showing Mother Theresa beating poor children in Calcutta, but as I happen to admire the spunky little nun who spent her life working with the disadvantaged, and would rather not be lumped in...

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Review – Karen Memory (audiobook version)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Reviews, writing | 0 comments

Review – Karen Memory (audiobook version)

I’ve been wanting to get this review done the last couple of days, and I think I can squeeze it in now. Which is good, because the weather is miserable out, my work day has been sucktastic, and I need to focus on good things, wonderful things. Non-deplorable things. And this, my friends, is sooooooo fucking good. I’d listened to the first of Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Skies series, Range of Ghosts. It was one of those books that I didn’t take a shine to at first, but which grew on me. It’s high fantasy with a very unusual setting and some really intriguing world building, but it’s a bit… heavy. Hard to explain what I mean, it...

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Excerpt – Untitled WIP Novel

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Excerpts, writing | 0 comments

Excerpt – Untitled WIP Novel

Chapter 1 of the current work in progress, about a woman who can travel to infinite worlds by using shadows. Evelyn “Even” Lynch is a shade running thief who brings items from other worlds in the infinite cosmos back to her home world of Ash to sell on the black market. Now, though, the entire infinite universe is threatened by a plot that begins to unravel before her while she’s exploring a world called Terra, taking the identity of a masked vigilante called “The Darkness.” Chapter 1 The orange glow of the rocket pack receded across the city and the Darkness followed. The rocketeer moved faster than any aeroplane, but that wasn’t a...

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Viability

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Blog, writing | 1 comment

Viability

I want to get some thoughts down about my experiences during the past week before they begin to fade too much. I posted for friends and family on Facebook, so I’ll pull some of my words from those daily missives. I arrived on Saturday evening after swinging through New Jersey to pick up Elsa, another attendee. Ten hours of driving left me tired, and when the staff suggested we all stop by, I probably should have put that off. I needed some time and space to unpack and unwind. Still, I went upstairs and immersed myself in a room of strangers, many of whom already knew each other. Worst possible situation for an exhausted introvert, I felt unsure and off balance the...

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The Doldrums

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

The Doldrums

The doldrums is an old nautical term for an area of the ocean where the breezes don’t blow as steadily or regularly, and storms can spring up unexpectedly. When you get there, you get stuck. It’s unpredictable, and thus sailors would prefer to avoid such areas. Doldrums has also come to mean a periodic downturn in one’s life. I’m experiencing the doldrums right now in a big, big way. First, I lost out at a job change at work. I was very excited about the opportunity and I felt it was an amazing fit for my skills. I’d have a chance to move away from the technical side of computer repairs and focus more on customer service, and that had its...

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Novel Writing 104

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Novel Writing 104

It’s been a while since I reflected on this work. Sometime in July I got pulled away from the efforts on the new novel. You see, I’ve had this lovely idea for an alternate world retelling of WWI, with magic nations versus technology nations. I spent some time focusing on that, but the progress there remained woefully stuck. I’m torn between wanting to focus on a single character to build a stronger emotional connection with, and the desire of the novel to want to be from multiple viewpoints. I keep kicking around how to do both. I’ll return to it eventually. Maybe a series of novels, each focusing on another character and aspect of the war? Maybe...

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Rejection

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Rejection

There are lots of different kinds of rejection letters you can receive as an author. The most common is the very impersonal form letter. The form letter always thanks you for your submission, then quickly proceeds to inform you that your story or novel “was not right for them at this time.” Fair enough. Is there a better time in the future? Say, 4:00 PM on a Friday when you’ve gotten half hammered already and your barriers are lowered? In all honesty, I find these letters inoffensive and unobjectionable. Writing and publishing is a business, and it’s nothing more than a business letter. Water off the back and all that. Then there is the much more...

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Summer’s End

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Summer’s End

August is drawing to a rapid close. Hopefully this week won’t drag too badly, I’m looking forward to a three-day weekend (despite the forecast for rain off and on all weekend). But it seems a good time to pass along a few thoughts on random, seemingly unrelated topics. Game of Thrones – I’ve been hearing a lot of pain surrounding this seventh season. The comments seem to center on the writing not being as crisp, the characters not as true to their nature, and some other niggling complaints. Personally, I thought it was fine, though not up to par with season six and its episodes “The Door” and “Battle of the Bastards.” But,...

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Charlottesville

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

Charlottesville

I generally keep my post topics focused on writing, book reviews, or personal things. Occasionally I foray into politics, and I make no bones about the fact that I’m a liberal. But, after many days of reflection, I feel like so many there are things I need to say about the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. The roots of Charlottesville did not begin with the decision in the past few weeks and months to remove some of these confederate monuments. Nor did it begin during the 2016 Presidential campaign that culminated in the election of Trump. These roots are much deeper, much more pernicious, stretching back 150 years to the end of the Civil War. There is a...

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#PitchWars Professional

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blog, writing | 0 comments

#PitchWars Professional

EDIT: apparently the perpetrator of the email shaming came forward, apologized profusely, and all has been forgiven. Good for them for doing the truly hard thing and admitting their mistakes, owning up to it. That bodes very well for their future as a human being. I’m going to delete the tweet which this post spawned, but I’m leaving the post as a reminder to others AND to myself that patience is important in this industry, especially when you’re first starting out.   Professional is an interesting word. Derived from Middle English, profes, which is to vow. Which, itself, is derived from the Latin, professionem, a public declaration. Literally the...

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