Because who doesn’t like discounted books?
It’s Read an Ebook Week, in case you hadn’t noticed. In honor, Smashwords.com has lots of discounted and free ebooks. Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out is 25% off with coupon code REW25.
Meanwhile, Kitsune-Tsuki, Kitsune-Mochi, and Smoke and Fears are all 50% off with coupon code REW50. And of course there are lots more books on sale, too!
The sale ends March 8, 2014, so don’t procrastinate.
2009 ESPN Zone Chicago Ultimate Couch Potato Contestant – Steve Janowski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So, it turns out that sitting on your butt for long periods of time, like writers do, is really bad for you.
This should be one of those no-brainer things — sedentary lifestyles are bad, this isn’t news — but it really came home to me when I realized that since I became a published author and started really taking my writing seriously, I’ve gained almost 20 pounds. Ouch.
Time to take back my life! Continue reading
A page from the mysterious Voynich manuscript, which is undeciphered to this day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I respect books. I hate to see books damaged, even — especially — in the name of decor. At a decorators’ show house recently, my sister, mother, and I looked in horror at shelf art made of cut up books. “Oh, thank goodness,” my sister soon identified, “they’re just Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.”
Walking through a decorating fair using vintage books and paper as disposable materials makes my blood run dark. The current trend of tearing up old books to get aged or interesting paper is infuriating and wholly unnecessary. My mother has decorated her bathroom with delightful antique book illustrations, everything from Sinbad to Sherlock Holmes, all color-copied from the originals for a neat aesthetic with no damage. Continue reading
“A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it.”
– Charles Dudley Warner, Hartford (Connecticut) Courant, August 27, 1897 (often attributed to Mark Twain but probably mistakenly)
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It’s said that there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. While I can’t agree wholly — I’m from the midwest, and no clothing in the world will save you from a tornado — I agree with the sentiment that a little preparation goes a long way toward making one safe and comfortable.
illustration from a book of fairy tales, the tale is “Childe Roland” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Okay, I’m pretty excited about this.
I have a story in an upcoming anthology, Fae, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press. The collection centers on, predictably enough, fairy tales — but not the kind you’d think. These are cyberpunk fairies and Civil War fairies and fairies among us. You can check out the contents here, and don’t some of those titles look delicious? Continue reading
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“The Ruins” is now available to read online at Punchnel’s. Later this year, paperback sales of the Mythic Indy anthology will go to support Second Story, a program to encourage eager and reluctant kids to explore creative writing and improve their literacy and writing skills.
“The Ruins,” like the rest of the Mythic Indy stories, is set in a supernatural Indianapolis. Urban fantasy, folklore, science fiction, and slipstream all bump shoulders here. My story centers on the famous statues in Holliday Park, and what they might really be. Continue reading
Sorry for the quiet around here.
Laura and new Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy
It started when I was blindsided earlier this month, and I kind of lost the Muse for a while. Then I went to speak at ClickerExpo, which is really fantastically awesome but kind of required all my energy. And then, I brought someone home from ClickerExpo with me.
So I’m recovering and I have good writing and editing ideas again, but I’m dividing attention and priorities, because this is some really important work and it’s not just for one team but a whole project. And she’s distracting, especially during this critical development period which I really need to take behavioral advantage of.
If you want to follow her adventures and career, you can join us over at my behavior blog. But never fear, I am working again over here. Even got a draft of Con Job done and revisions in progress on a fantasy novella. More to come!
A much more civilized family dinner…. Saying grace before carving the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner in the home of Earle Landis in Neffsville, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just for fun today, here’s a snippet from a suspect interview, from Con Job.
“So you had nothing against her?”
“Well, this is probably stupid to say while her murder’s being investigated, but I can’t honestly say that. She wasn’t a nice person. I’d rather stick a fork in my ear than spend another Thanksgiving with her. But it’s a lot easier for me to just skip Thanksgiving than to kill her.”
Rob Paulsen (Photo credit: edwick)
So I’m wrapping up Con Job, a murder mystery which takes place at a fan convention which is populated by the usual assortment of fans and guests: cosplayers, actors, writers, trivia nerds, fanfic enthusiasts, photographers, collectors, executives (from a cocky corporation with the ridiculous name of MEGAN!ME) and more. It has a lot of editing yet to go, because drafts are to books as crops and live poultry are to Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s coming along.
In the scene below, three guys are talking show business, and a voice actor drops the name of one of my own favorites, Rob Paulsen. I tweeted, just in case he’d see it, because it really was meant as an honor. Continue reading
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So to review, I noticed late last year that I had a really great year running, with over 9,000 books in paid sales. I did some very simple projections and realized that I might just break 10,000 paid sales by the end of 2013. So I announced on Facebook that if the magic number were reached, I’d release a free unpublished short story for my readers.
As we drew nearer to the deadline, I formalized the promise and sweetened the pot with another short story.
So, did we make it? Continue reading