Monthly Archives: April 2013

First off, I want to thank everyone that

First off, I want to thank everyone that tuned in or visited the Man’ority Report last week. If you follow the link, you’ll be taken right to the YouTube recording of our hangout. T hey’re a great bunch of guys, and I am also proud to say I was their first female guest.

Feedback from friends, family and complete strangers often spurs my productivity when it comes to writing, and the day after the show, I got quite a bit done. Snow Job is still in the revision stage, where it will be for a while.

My available time has suddenly become more precious because I have so little of it during the week. Sundays tend to be when I do a lot of writing and editing work. Especially if I can find a crime show marathon. I just love the background even if I’m only paying it one quarter of my attention. Some writers have certain music they like, some like their peace and quiet, others like the bustling atmosphere of a good cafe. I’d go visit my local cafe (which goes by the amusing name of Oo La La), but I’m more in the mood for quiet today.

Also this weekend, I need to do some plotting of another sort. The D&D game is proceeding well. Only two player characters have died. Coming up is an adventure in a deep untamed forest. People in this world are generally suspicious of untamed woods–they farm trees.

I’m going to give them reasons. To set the mood for working on the campaign, I will immerse myself in some HP Lovecraft. This will also help with the Bloody Murder books when it comes to dealing with fear and suspense.

I can’t wait.

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April 27, 2013 · 12:04 pm

It’s not about men’s rights, I promise

When a friend I’ve known for mumble years started a weekly magazine call the Man’ority Report, I immediately gave him a lot of grief. Mark and I have known each other more than half our lives and he’s never been what I would consider a sexist pig, which is what was immediately triggered in my brain.

But it’s not, it’s about tech, entrepreneurship, cars, politics and it’s run by a great bunch of guys. I was invited to be a guest this week to talk about my experiences as an independent writer and publisher.

I had a blast. The host, Christian Reyes, guided the discussion well, allowing me to touch on several topics–how I write, what got me started, Kindle Select vs Smashwords, how ebooks are changing the industry.  I hope you’ll give it a look.

Meanwile, edits on Snow Job are progressing. I don’t have a publication date decided just yet. Nor have I decided on distribution. While Post Parcel has been accepted into the Smashwords premium catalog, it hasn’t been distributed yet to B&N, Baker & Taylor, iTunes or GooglePlay. I was hoping this part of the process would be quicker.

Also, B&N is offering a full-fledged self-publishing one-stop creative space. This is worth investigating, though I am very fond of my current novel-writing software.

The industry continues to evolve. It’s an exciting thing to be a part of.

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Sunday, and occasionally Saturday are now my days for getting in touch with the rest of the world. I do a thorough read of Facebook, I catch up on all my Scrabble games, I share cat pictures and sometimes I blog.

My new job has been great so far. The people I have met so far are all dedicated to public health–some have degrees in it, which I didn’t know you could get. The current project I’m working on is installing iPads in physician offices. These iPads are locked down to show only links to the patient’s personal health record, the physician’s practice and various medical education sites like WebMD. I attended a setup this week at a small practice. And I mean small. When I was buzzed in, I thought the nice woman behind the desk was the receptionist. No, it was the doctor. That’s what I get for making assumptions.

The commute is nowhere near as torturous as I thought it was going to be. I have picked up on how to get a seat on the train to Grand Central without being squished in a middle seat. The subway I take into Long Island City is never so crowded I can’t find a seat and only takes about fifteen minutes. I missed the stop the first day, not realizing that both Queens Plaza AND Queensboro plaza are both five minutes from my building. I ended up in Woodside, but was able to get turned around and still get in early.

I’m getting a lot of reading done on the train, making me ever grateful for my Kindle. I just finished Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines. Jim won a Hugo last year for “best fan writer.” I adore his stuff. Goblin Quest stands alone well, though there are a couple of sequels. It turns a few fantasy tropes on their ear. It’s a bog-standard D&D adventure, but it’s told from the point of view of a goblin prisoner. I get a lot of funny looks from my fellow passengers when I’m laughing out loud at some things I read.

I’m caught up on the Dr. Siri Paiborn books by Colin Cotteril. I think Cotteril is a very special kind of genius. He has his finger firmly on the pulse of the absurd, and yet can move you to tears in the same moment when he tangles you up on southeast Asian politics. I can definitely see where this is not for everyone, but I encourage you to give it a try.

Harlan Coben recently put out Six Years.  This is a thriller that is also a late-bloomer’s coming of age story where the protagonist–a college professor–nearly gets killed trying to find a lost love after she is widowed. Except the deceased was really married to someone else. Then it gets confusing.

I went through a steampunk stage for about a month. Gail Carriger, Pip Ballantine and Lilith Saintcrow. A whole lot of fun, because these all take place in London, so you have the Victorian class struggles and comedy of manners that you can get nowhere else.

When you read, please take time to leave a Like or a rating or a review. The more of those an author has, the more the online sites will recommend the book to other potential reader.

Happy Sunday, everyone. I think there’s an Italian brunch in my future.

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About bloody time

I am pleased, if slightly embarrassed to announce that Post Parcel is now available in pretty much any format you could possibly want. Plain text, PDF, Sony Reader.

This was a bit of a challenge. If you’ve ever seen the Smashwords style guide, it’s eighty pages. Yes, I said 80. It was an arduous process, but I think it will be worth the effort. I know I have readers who prefer epubs, and I’ve been asked more than once if I publish on iTunes (and Apple’s hoops are nothing to sneeze at either). 

Please pass this on. Meanwhile, I am revising Snow Job for publication later this year. I’m excited about this one. I think I took some interesting chances. #4 is in its beginning stages. It will want several revisions before it gets edited by outside eyes.

Thanks for sticking with me.

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