The powerful resource of social media

A few years ago I started reading a blog/serial by  M.C.A Hogarth (I knew of her first via  livejournal) though I’ve been pretty sporadic on LJ lately, I liked seeing her progress with her projects.

So in December when she announced that Amazon had yanked Spots the Space Marine because of a supposed trademark issue I was a bit concerned. IF it could happen to her, it could happen to others. And dear gods don’t get me started on the claim that Space Marine ‘belonged’ to Game Workshop. There are others who were far more verbal about it, and more knowledgeable about the situation. I had never heard of Game Workshop before this started.

M.C.A. Hogarth protested it, after all, the term Space Marine is a common one in the Science Fiction genre (dare I whisper the word ‘cliche’ even?) and the term first came into being in the 30s/40s. Hells bells the stupid that Game Workshop displayed with this, and the bullying they pulled made me see red. (that was the day the website was offline, in retrospect I think that was a good thing. I can be very incoherent when furious.)

So when a friend shared this, announcing that Game Workshop backed down after a slew of people getting on twitter, facebook, reditt, and other venues posting about it  and M.C.A. Hogarth contacted the EFF, I bounced, cheered and startled my kids by my hooting.

Yes I just went and bought a copy of Spots the Space Marine

Just because M.C.A. Hogarth is a self pubbed author doesn’t give anyone the right to tromple over her books. This issue is sure to come up again. We need stay vigilant and get mad and do what we can to help fellow authors/artists stand against bullying of this nature.

Congrats M.C.A. Hogarth! Thank you everyone who got mad and spread the news.

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Tuesday Links

  • I want to try this, a mind jar to help kids learn how to calm down. I need to do this at my house. A Mind Jar
  • Oglaf  is a over 18 adult web comic I read. New posts every Sunday. Explicit, adult content. Funny as hell but very very crude humor (which explains why I love it :P)
  • The Zombie Hunters If you like zombie stuff, I HIGHLY recommend taking the time, start from the beginning and read this comic. New posts every Monday and Thursday and let me tell you I am riveted.
  • For those who follow my blog who are interested in going trad, I saw this link on twitter this morning and thought I would share it here. Tor UK has announced accepting submissions from un-agented authors.
  • Kris Rusch has a post on Editorial Revisions in which she is teaching how to work with an editor in both the Traditional AND Self-publishing industry. This is a MUST read, MUST bookmark because it applies to ALL writers, Self or trad published ones. Kris, thanks again for the info you share.

 

And that’s the tuesday linkage.  Hope yours is going as great as mine is!

 

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End of the year stuff

Short and sweet, my sales sucked. I am not bothered by this in the least, for several reasons. The biggest being I knew 2012 was going to suck. Hell, I made a major move, and everything has just been nuts and it still isn’t exactly squared away.

Now I am still on ‘vacation’, I’m just recouping and taking time to get RL squared away. I am thinking on what I need to do with the businesses I run. Something has to give, I know what is going to be dropped. No, writing isn’t on the table. It’s safe and secure, I couldn’t live without writing.

I’m just not hell bent on driving myself into the ground.

Here‘s a great end of year numbers post from Kristine Rusch, you can see my comment down at the bottom (I always read the comments on her blog, they’re fascinating).

I have work to do, I may add about an hour a day into my schedule to get some writing business stuff squared away. I have a lot to think on and decide, from what to do about the shorts, larger projects, covers that need to be updated, whether or not I’m going to stick with smashwords & B&N and so on.

I need to stay focused with my health stuff. Changing diet and cutting out frivolous foods and drinks. I need to get into the habit of getting to sleep sooner. I do so much better with sleep.

I think the biggest issue of 2012 was lack of proper, consistent sleep. Without rest, I’m just a vegetable.

ohohohoh

 

Over at Forward Motion they’re offering a free 2 Year Novel course. Because I’m a dork, I went ahead and signed up (I *think* it’s still possible to sign up). You start with a basic idea and build it up to writing and ready for pubbing, whichever way you decide you want to publish. The first few months are, in all reality, very slow, so I figure I am not breaking my vacation if I’m only working on something once a week. **nods**

because, you know, I feel guilty if I am not writing in some format.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving

I meant to post the other day, but I was in a food coma. Sorry.

This year has been a very difficult one, for writing, for living, we made a major move, have had some fairly serious situations come, then go. I’m thankful for the fact that we have overcome most of those and have moved forward with getting ourselves established. Writing had been in fits and starts, and pubbing this year has not been my priority.

There’s always next year, right? I am working on a 2013 business plan, figuring out a pubbing and writing schedule and…and….re-do covers and…

yeah, lots to do.

 

ohoh, the Forward Motion Anthology is out now. I do have a story in it, which is humbling because there is some really awesome writing included.

17 authors, 17 different stories, and one prompt.

A Princess, A Boatman, and A Lizard…

Seventeen authors took up the challenge and responded with works ranging from silly to dramatic across genres such as fairy tale, steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, Native American tales and more.

The 2012 Forward Motion Writer’s Anthology is an annual showcase of the multi-national writing talent at the venerable writer’s group. The 2012 edition includes an active table of contents with works by:

Princess Of The Mountain Forests – Susan Petroulas
Soul of Insurgence – A. Shelton
That Troublesome Bar – Gera L. Dean
A Present For Cynthia – S.E. Batt
The Warning – C. M. Clark
Convoy – Val Griswold-Ford
The Terrible Bedtime Story – Tobe Ornot
The Prince of the North – A.J. DeVial
The Adventures of Orville Bramson Esq – Catrin Pitt
Freedom of Wings – Jordan Lark
Predators – Jim Francis
Drought’s End – Connie Cockrell
The Dancing Moons – Lane Decker Davis
Bowl the Lizard – J.A. Marlow
The River Of Souls – Necia Phoenix
Six Bullets – Linda Adams
The Princess, the Lizard and the Boatman – Lazette Gifford

I’m still reading through it, I haven’t been disappointed. These are some great authors and it is an honor to be listed among them. It is available at;

Smashwords
Amazon
Kobo

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Links and Things

Amazon Wipes a customer’s account and remotely locks her kindle ; I’m sorry but when I pay my HARD EARNED MONEY on an  ebook, I expect it to be there. Yes I sell my stuff through amazon, but I don’t like it. I don’t care for their ‘customer service’ or their Kindle. My books are all DRM free because I firmly believe when my readers purchase my story it thus becomes Theirs, to read, share or delete as they see fit.

 

I know it was posted on the 9th of this month, but I’m behind on my blog reading so bear with me. Dean Weasley Smith’s post on Promotion is a good one worth reading. And the followup one is good; Maybe you wrote a Good Book. Go read. I usually learn a ton from his blogs, even if I don’t always agree with him.

 

Kris Rusch is another blog I read and she has a set of excellent posts called Why Writers Disappear.

Read them in order, take your time and read the comments(especially in the first post). It is truly eye opening.

 

David Gaughran has a post I thought was interesting  about Filling the Shelves, and how we can help fill bookshelves in underfunded public schools.  Check it out, what a great thing to help with.

 

 

So those are links I remembered to save 😛

 

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Halloween,

Or Samhain, is right around the corner. And I thought I’d remind people that I do have a Zombie story Help Never Came, which is a post apocalyptic zombie tale. It’s one of my personal favorites to read, too. And also a ghosty story called Playing for the Dead, about a girl who has to play a magic harp to soothe the distressed souls of a nearby cemetary. Another story I enjoyed writing, and re-reading. And yes I do re-read my own work. Hey, I write what I love to read!

 

Life in the post-zombie-apocalypse is full of nasty surprises and many unsolved mysteries, such as old diaries and teddy bears. After saving some fellow survivors Chris and his team find themselves stuck on the wrong side of the river with surging hordes of Zombies moving faster than normal. Worse yet, home base isn’t answering their calls.

Available At

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
Xin Xii
Kobo

~*~

 A hundred years after a catastrophe changed the order of things, Lizbae is sent to take her turn to play a magic harp to soothe the restless souls of the departed. To protect her village, and stay alive, Lizbae must find the courage to face the night. 

Available at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
Xin Xii
Kobo 

If you’ve read them already, please leave a review.

Oh and I will mention here and now I have another zombie story in the works, a christmas Zombiething.

And Playing for the Dead is set in the same world as The Magic Maker and the Island Fluff stories (which are in edit/revision mode)

~*~

I am scrambling to finish Bastard Prince which is now sitting at just over 65k. My goal is 90k, but I suspect the story won’t be done under 100k. I need to finish it. It’s been in the works for way too long. Time to get it DONE!

Time to get to writing. Take care all. 🙂

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Snippet Saturday

Have a snippet of an anthology story I am trying to finish. **flails**

~*~

Chandra turned, looking frantically for anything she could use as a weapon. She wasn’t going to let those things eat her dear companion! All she saw were pine cones. She grabbed a pine cone and chucked it at the creature. It fell pitifully short of its target. Everything went still, though Sir Morion was still barking and growling. The lizard creatures pointed towards her, their movements jerky. Chandra picked up another pine cone, aimed, and threw. It clattered against stones, nowhere near the lizard men. They made a sound, not clicking, not anything she’d ever heard before. They were laughing! At her! She scowled and straightened.

“You leave us alone! This is royal property. Begone!” She made a dismissing motion, similar to what Grandmother used when dealing with peasants. The creatures went quiet.

“You are out of your territory, hum-aun.” The tallest creature said, his voice grating on her ears. He pulled his sword, a craggy, crooked looking thing, nowhere near as fine as her Grandmother’s guards wore. She could see the nicks and dents. Chandra shuddered, stepping back as the thing leveled it at her. “You are fair game.”

“Oh blast.” Chandra whispered.

 

~*~

Have a happy Saturday!

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To Serial or not to Serial

I’ve been thinking about doing a serial. I’ve considered putting E1 up as a serial, say every Friday or Sat, one chapter at a time, to be put together as an e-book and POD when it is complete.  I’m still researching the idea.

I’ve seen people run serials very successfully, from crowd funding to doing auctioning of stories. and was wondering what other people’s takes on the matter was.

Anyone? **peers around**

 

 

_________________________

The Shiny
A story from the idea’s point of view.

The idea was Shiny and New and ready to be written. Unfortunately, The Writer had other ideas…

Available at;
Smashwords | Amazon | Barnes & Nobel | Kobo

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“…And now we cha cha”

Whoa, we are in Sept now?!?

With back to school and other RL stuff I’ve been all over the place getting stuff done. Writing? Minimal. I missed the flash fiction fridays, I apologize, we’ve been hammered on the homefront with back to school stuff. Unfortunately.

I gave myself a two week extension for finishing BP, and have spent the past two days listing out scenes that need to be written, tweaked, tossed and rewritten and what needs to come next. This…this will be a door stop. 😀

I read over this story, and I keep thinking, damn I love this story. I really do. Then I worry other people won’t love it as much as I do. **sigh** 😛

ok, trying to get the troops cleaning, so gotta do the mom thing.

 

 

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Forgetful

We are ramping up for Back to School here and so life is a bit nuts. I was playing with the timeline yesterday and got sucked up making sure everyone and everything was aligned right in Bastard Prince. The story covers about 17 years and certain events with other characters have to be figured out correctly. I love the way it is coming together. I do see areas which I’ll need to expand and improve on. But that’s all part of it. I tend to write lean first drafts anyways.

I also realized I forgot about Flash Fiction Friday **hangs head** I didn’t even put up a notice. 🙁 Well it is now in a reminder in my phone >.>

 

 

 

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Things

I have been writing away on Bastard Prince, finally feeling like I have this story in the bag, if you will. Besides that I have been busy busy busy. If you follow my other blog, you’ll know we had a plumbing catastrophe last week and I spent a couple days bleaching my kitchen. **shudders**

Bastard Prince is sitting at 42k, and going pretty well, I think I should be able to wrap this draft up in about 95 – 100k and tackle Crossroads. Now, Crossroads is mostly written, I will have to make adjustments for the changes in the timeline I made in Bastard Prince. I like how Crossroads reads, I like how the characters interact.

I can feel how close I am to finishing these projects, and it gives me goosebumps. In other news, I have branched out to Kobo, who opened their doors to self pubbers recently. I’m still learning their site and once I figure out where my stories are listed I’ll link to it.

And now to go get stuff done. Take care all.

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Edging towards the end of the year

I’ve bounced around on my projects since we moved, trying to get my head back in the right ‘space’. I’ve been slowly getting things settled. So I’m taking a look at the last half of the year. There are two big projects I want to finish (1st drafts), Bastard Prince and Crown of Bones.  I have three smaller (short story size) projects; the FMAnthology, The Christmas Zombie thing, and another ‘from the author’s POV story’ and I have 5 months…

Bastard Prince is sitting currently at 29k and I think 60k should wrap it up. I am going to be doing Aug Camp nano and I am fairly confident I can get that in Aug. Sept might be a rest up, do little projects, then (maybe) tackle COB again in oct/november. I wanted to have COB  finished (rough draft at least) before oct, but I have to say I don’t think it will happen.

There is something I’ve been missing with COB, and I haven’t had the time to sit down and just LOOK at it. Maybe I’ll do that in Oct. Well see.

I also need to do the next pass on E1, I’d like to have it pub ready before the end of this year.

so the line up is;

In Aug;

Bastard Prince I will finish this gods be damned story, dang it

In Sept

~ Shorter projects; 

  • FM-Anthology (submission call is over here for those interested)
  • Christmas Zombie-thing
  • Inside the Author’s mind story

In Oct

~ Final Edit round on Elemental Truth and possibly start formatting?

~ Do the cover for Bastard Prince Crown of Bones, Christmas Zombie  and Elemental Flame

plotting/worldbuilding for Crown of bones.  I need to sit down and just work out what is bugging me about this project.

~Plotting on Elemental Flame (E2)

In November

Crown of Bones

~ If COB doesn’t pan out I’ll work on E2

 

In December

~ Publish the christmas zombiething

~ publish E1(?)

~ Put together goals list for 2013 (dear dog did I just write that? o.O)

 

As usual, this list is subject to change (or be totally ignored) depending on how my RL goes.

There is a lot going on, on the internets, a lot that I have been thinking and mulling over. I just don’t have the words quite right in my head just yet.

Have a good day, folks. Happy Monday!

~*~

Bonus link;

Jay Lake posted at his blog a thing of dialog tags over here. Well worth reading.

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Snippet Saturday

I am so awful at posting over here, I am so so so so sorry folks. In good news, I am writing, lots of writing. And getting interesting feedback from betas. I am working on a short story that ties in with Bastard Prince (sorta) and thought I’d share some of it with what few readers I still have here 😉

~*~

Chandra crouched behind the large tree, heart pounding in her ears. She could hear the baying of the hounds, the yelling of their handlers. She turned, scanning the rocky terrain. Two paths cut narrowly through the underbrush.  One path led to the river, one to the mountain. She gripped the hilt of her long knife and for a brief moment could almost hear her old mentor’s voice. She closed her eyes, listening .

“Hold the dogs back, she wants her alive.” A rough voice, harsh from years of yelling echoed. “Come out, little princess, we need to escort you home.”

Chandra slowly pulled the knife, staring at the curved blade, the rahauk inscription in the shiny metal. Her father had insisted she and her sister learn how to defend themselves. She never thought she’d have to use it, against her own grandmother’s people.

“Give my regards to grandmother. I’m not returning.” She called. She stared towards the path, she didn’t have time to shift to her otherform, the men would see, and the dogs would be on her before she could get her bearings.

“I can’t do that, Chandra, you know that, I know that. You need to return home.” He sounded a bit too eager.

Chandra nibbled her lower lip, glanced around the tree at her pursuers. Four men, the fifth was holding the ties to the dogs. Grandmother didn’t want her harmed. At least not outwardly. What could be concealed by her clothing, didn’t bother the old matron. And those men knew it.

“And you think you’re going to make me go along with you?” She asked stepping from behind the tree. The man sneered at her. He towered over her, though his smile faltered when he caught sight of the naked blade.

“You come along, like the good girl you are.” He motioned her to follow. So sure she would follow, two of the other men began making their way back the way they came. Chandra glanced down at the blade. What would her father do? What would her mentor do? They’d stand their ground. Could she? Could she afford not to? Her sister’s life was at stake. Chandra swallowed, letting her training calm her racing heart. The man stepped closer, frowning.

“Come on!” He roared at her. She sneered.

“You want me?” She lifted the knife, taking the defensive stance as she’d been taught.  ” Come get me.” 

 

~*~

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Published another one.

Zombiething, whose true name is Help Never Came  has been sent off for the masses to enjoy, or hate, whichever they prefer. It is one of my favorite stories, even if it is so not what I usually write.

 

 

Life in the post-zombie-apocalypse is full of nasty surprises and many unsolved mysteries, such as old diaries and teddy bears. After saving some fellow survivors Chris and his team find themselves stuck on the wrong side of the river with surging hordes of Zombies moving faster than normal. Worse yet, home base isn’t answering their calls.

 it is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and XinXii

I feel really good, having gotten this finally out there. Time to finish the E1 edits.

I’ll update this post once the B&N and XinXii go live.

~*~

Over the past few months I have been fighting the negative whispers and self doubt. Perfectionism raised it’s head and everything I’ve been working on has been tainted by this little voice whispering in my head that I’m no good.

I hope I have gotten past it. I think I have. I feel better than I have in a long time.

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