Nov
2012

Royalty Free Art for Covers

Just a placeholder post with links to sites that have free, public domain, Royalty Free pictures which can be used for doing book covers. ALWAYS read the fine print and make sure, before you try to download, what the rights are so there aren’t any nasty surprises later. I download into folders named after the site the pics are gotten from with a copy of the rights and Terms and whatnot so when I do go back to use the pics I’ll know where they came from and what I am working with. A little bit of work now will avoid confusion later down the road.

http://www.dreamstime.com
http://www.wikipaintings.org/
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/
http://gimp-savvy.com/PHOTO-ARCHIVE/
http://digitalmedia.fws.gov/cdm/
http://morguefile.com/
http://www.free-stockphotos.com/
http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/     <——- omg the pics here are gorgeous!
http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/

Thank you J.A. Marlow who gave me the links (If you haven’t checked out J.A. Marlow’s Salmon Run books, you need to!)

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Nov
2012

oh HAI there

I meant to post yesterday but forgot. NaNo is in full swing. Here on the website, if you look to the right, I have my little progress ticker showing wordcount. I figure that should be good enough for folks wanting to see how well/poorly I am doing, right? Right?

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Oct
2012

Another Monday

Though I did finish a short last week, overal writing was a bust. We have some respiratory thing going around the household and, according to a friend, when he moved up here he was sick for a year. Joy. New place, new area, new germs. **sigh**

However this weeks writing plan is pretty basic; slam out the rest of BP (**snerk** I wrote BO at first **snerk**).

It needs to get done. Finished. Even if it is thin thin thin. I NEED it finished.

This year has been a bit of a bust writing wise. It’s been hellacious, but it is getting better. Over the long term, I think we are better off with the changes we’ve made.

Now, mundane things beckon, like… laundry and dishes. **waves**

Happy Monday people!

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Aug
2012

Working hard, or hardly working?

Sometimes it feels like this, 😛 Spinnin my wheels in the mud, trying to get some friction so I can get moved forward. RL is being a butt. With kids going back to school and all that that implies my writing has dwindled to close to nothing, and I am tearing out my hair. The words are there, I feel them whispering in my mind. But the body is exhausted,

This year has been, on a personal level, brutally busy and I have had to make constant changes and adjustments.

I AM writing, though slowly, the stories creep forward, I think a good night’s sleep and a few hours of no monkeys in the house would go a long way towards getting back on my feet writing wise. But I push on, there are other reasons I ground to a halt, writing wise, and trying to work through it. Mostly plot holes that I need filler for. 😛

Anyways. I apologize for missing the self imposed flash friday deadline last week. I think I may play with that first today before I do much other writerly stuff.

 

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Jul
2012

Pepsis and computers DON’T mix and Smashwords sales

I don’t talk about it much here, but I have a bunch of spawn. Yesterday, one of those spawn dumped a 44oz of pepsi on my laptop. **sigh**

Thank dog for dropbox. I do have my important stuff backed-up and am using my desktop while I wait the suggested 72 hours for the laptop to dry. Hubby says I go to extremes to get new computers >.> I swear I don’t!

~*~

Smashwords is having a sale this month and I went ahead and put all of my stuff on discount, a couple things are free, others are discounted. My author page at Smashwords is over here.

One of my favorite books, Night of the Aurora by J.A. Marlow is being offered for FREE and it is a fun ride through the wilds of Alaska. I just adore this book. I mean, come on, Aliens and Alaska and a failed sled dog named Darnit, who would want to miss out on that? 😀  so go here and check out the series, really there’s nothing to lose. And Darnit is worth it! 😀

Whats next on the line-up? Well I’m looking at projects finished and projects to finish and feeling very satisfied. Right now I’m finishing the end re-write of Elemental Truth, then there will be the tighten up proofing, etc. I think I should be able to release it this month, but we’ll see how life goes. I do have a few novelettes I refer to as my Island Fluff Stuff. At least one of them  could be tightened and pubbed by the end of next month, but I’m waffling on that one for some reason.

Happy Fourth of July, to those who are in the USA. Have fun and be safe!

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Apr
2012

Revising Goals for 2012

The beginning of this year, writing wise, is pretty much shot. Real Life was the priority and though there is still RL to handle, I can finally turn my focus towards my writing business. I have projects, lots of them, and I want them all finished yesterday. This impatience, along with a huge dose of perfectionism, sometimes makes my progress feel as though it is going backwards. I need to get a better grip on edits/revisions. I realize this. When I come up on an edit I get avoidant. What should take a day or two to write out, stretches for WEEKS, and sometimes even months.

I recognize this fault in myself. I am working on it.

So here we are, almost into May and nothing I wanted to get done has been done. As my darling SO says; It is what it is. I still have 8 months of the year left. I want to make those months count.

I have two projects that need an edit/rewrite. And at least 4 projects I want to write on if not write draft 1 completely. BUT I am a very busy person, so I don’t want to get too ahead of myself because with my life, nothing ever seems to go to plan.

So before June 30th I want the two edit/rewrite projects done. Those would be Help Never Came aka The #Zombiething, and Elemental Truth aka #E1 (yes those ARE twitter hashtags, in case you are interested in following that).

I want to write out Crown of Bones(#cob), at least draft one. I started it, but it wasn’t jiving with me, am considering restarting it. Who knows. I want to get Elemental Flame(#E2) written also and try to re-restart Bastard Prince (#zanderstory), now that I realized why I was balking at certain areas.

So to be totally OCD here all nicely listed out:

  • Edit Zombiething
  • Edit E1
  • Write COB
  • Write E2
  • Write Zonder’s story
  • HAVE FUN WHILE DOING THE ABOVE

I think that should work for now. I have some reading and catching up to do with the blogs I follow.

 

~

 

About Editing.

Someone in chat asked me, the other day, when I say editing what does that entail for me?

I was a bit flabbergasted. I have heard so many different methods/theories/suggestions falling under the umbrella of editing, that I just sorta do what I do and call it editing. For me, I responded, it is tightening up the story, cleaning things up, rewriting, filling in plot holes, that sort of thing. And though that answer seemed to satisfy the fellow chatter, it bothered me. My OCD grabbed onto the thought  and twisted it to; What is the proper definition of editing? I have not had the time to properly research it just yet, that is on the list of things to do ;), but I was curious how other writers define editing. And if there are any editors reading this, by all means please share! It kept me up late last night bugging me while I tried to get to sleep. I suspect that what I am calling editing in regards to the #zombiething, is actually revising or rewriting, but I’m not too sure if that’s correct.

 

Time to get to work. Take care all.

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Apr
2012

Its April.

Where did March go?

I am so sorry. Life hijacked me. Getting things situated, still. Working on edits for the zombie thing, and thinking over projects for the rest of the year.

There have been some rl hiccups but I think I am getting back on track. Anyways, back to the edits.

 

 

 

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Feb
2012

Checking in

Well we have moved, but are still in transition. Might be a couple more weeks before things get back to somewhat settled. I am trying to get to writing, in between looking for a house, but I don’t know that the quality of what I’ve written is worth sharing.

I just wanted to let yall know that we are safe and still working towards getting settled. **waves**

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Feb
2012

An announcement

We are go for launch.

In other words, this weekend we are moving. For sure. Now I will be offline (mostly) until we get things settled in our new place and get settled. I’ll be twittering the adventure (cause that is what moving is, a grande adventure!) from my personal twitter, emmigeek, if you are that curious.

I will resume posting here after things get sorted out.

Take care all. See you on the flip side.

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Feb
2012

I should be packing….

It looks like we may move this upcoming weekend. I spent this morning clearing out stuff, tossing and sorting stuff. So I’ve earned a break…right?

Anyways, this is a bit of a smorgass board of thoughts as I help daughter sort through an old dresser-turned-desk-full-of-hastily-put-away-stuff.

Covers;

I did some fiddling with the Redshirts cover:

I mean really, it’s about redshirts…it NEEDED the bloodsplatter. Not to sure on the red text though… hmmm

I’ve also been doing some fiddling with an idea for The Shiny’s cover. i don’t like it. Simply put. So here is the begining of a mockup:

I love the dress, the pose, the lighting, the sparklies, the background however totally sucks. I know this. Still working on it.

Here is a fascinating post about internet kerfluffles, lack of followup (or news about followup) and a giveaway! Internet Kerfluffles and Followup. Go read and ponder and spread the word, getting outraged on the internet brought about a great change and people really should know about it.

Ok now to tackle the mess I call my dining room table….

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Jan
2012

To the Stars – Plotbunnies in spaceships

Somehow my brain connected the Marianas Trench with an intergalactic war in the stars and a space fighter doing a routine survey of a water-logged world. And a rookie screaming “We’re gonna crash!” to which the pilot asks “Will someone shut this damn greenhorne up?”

Really not sure where it would go from there. But it sounds fun.

Last night I finished the rough outline for Crossroads, and squeed muchly. Now since we are planning a major move in the next few weeks I really don’t think getting sucked into a project would be good, for the move or the project so I decided to go ahead and outline the next book in the series*. That led me to skim through some of my half finished, or finished projects from years ago.

A couple of them hold up surprisingly well. They are rough and awkward and dear gods need to be reworked, but over all… wow I’m impressed. Which one do I work on next?  I’m not sure. But I know this, I think I’ll write a prologue for all of them just to piss off the people who love to complain about prologues. Like writing about a bastard prince to annoy the people obsessed with avoiding cliches.

😀

I write what I love to read. The problem with the so called ‘cliches’ is EVERYTHING written has, in some form or another, been done before. They can be done well and they can be done crappily. And there will be people who love it, and there will be people who love to bash it. The question is; is this what you love to read?  Then why not? If you love it, chances are other people do to. If it is something you love to read, then write it.

Don’t halt your writing because of worrying about what nameless unknowns might say. Write what you enjoy. Learn to write it well. Chances are you aren’t the only one**.

That said I am going to totally muddy the waters with this one; all of this does, of course, depend on what your goals are.

If your goals are to “bag an agent, be trad published” you might want to follow the agents of your dreams via twitter or their blogs (if they have one)  to see what they complain about and then not do it. Common sense imo, but doing your research before querying might be a good idea. That in itself is another post for another time.

 

and now for another shift in thought. Dean Wesley Smith has another post here About being a Writer vs Being an Author.

— A Writer is a person who writes.

— An Author is a person who has written.

 

A writer focuses on the next project and keeps moving forward, while the Author focuses on the last project. It is an interesting view, and one worth thinking about.

Personally, if I follow that set of definitions, I’m a Writer. That makes me really, really happy. 😛

 

and to wrap up this smorgasboard of a post I’d like to know what you all might suggest for other topics? Do you want me to host guest bloggers here? **pokes unseen readers** what would you like to see here?

 

oh speaking of guest bloggers, J.A. Marlow, author of the Salmon Run books (my recent reading obsession) did a guest blog over at Valerie Griswold-Ford‘s blog over here on Being Brave for 2012. Good post. Go read. 😀 And then go check out her Salmon Run books over on amazon or smashwords. Good stories. 😀

 

Edited to add; Jim Hines wins the internet again Bravo sir!

 

* I should outline Crown of Bones since I need to get that project written before oct.
**For what it is worth I ENJOY the underdog farmkid who discovers he is the last line of a monarchy long thought to be dead. DAMNIT those are fun books.

 

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