Sunday, June 13, 2021

Upcoming anthology!

 It's summer, reading should be fun--sometimes scary, sometimes heartwarming, but fun. What's a better way to have a variety of fun stories, than an anthology or two?

I'm in a few this summer ;) -all priced great and with a wide selection of stories!


First up-- Summer Solstice Shenanigans- An Urban Fantasy collection

Longest day of the year, shortest night. This collection of 26 short stories range from scary to funny.  My story, Solstice of Darkness, is a bit on the darker side (for me ;)). It's a tale of what happened to Aisling (from the Broken Veil series-- The Girl with the Iron Wing and An Uncommon Truth of Dying), on a summer solstice a few years ago.

https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Solstice-Shenanigans-Fantasy-Anthology-ebook/dp/B0958X177N



If you like Urban Fantasy-- check this set out!



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

#IWSG--process changes

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Today, I'm going to ramble a bit about writing processes and specifically, my process.

Every single writer has a slightly different process, that's why when we see a successful author post their process, we can't duplicate them exactly. They succeed because they found what worked for them, aka their personality, mindset, way of working, access to space, type of book they write, etc. Sometimes THEY can't even replicate what they did.

So, how do we deal with our own process, if duplicating those big guns doesn't work? Excellent question!

Follow them, see what they do. Also check out authors with hardcore writing platforms (if you have a kindle, just download a sample of anything look even remotely helpful--if you like the sample, then get the book ;)).  Make notes of what resonates with you. Steal the ideas and concepts that fit you and who you are.

But don't think any of them can give you a magic ticket to the one perfect process that will make you a six-figure author over night. (And if you find that- let's talk ;)).

Between the successful authors in your genre and those writing gurus, build something that fits you. There is no wrong way to write--nor is there really a right way.  I'm in a lot of FB writing groups and if you wanna see me come out swinging, have someone state an absolute for writing. Yes, extremes might be more problematic--if you hate punctuation, capital letters, vowels, etc it might be more difficult. But you can do it if it makes you happy. When folks get full of themselves and prescribe that you MUST or NEVER do things is when I start verbally punching people.

That being said, here's my process :).

I find it works better for me to have multiple projects and different stages. This year that also means varying lengths too as I ended up in six anthologies...all but one are this summer. Crazy!

I reread what I wrote the day before. This is to get me back in the headspace of that world as well as a first round "Oops" fix.

When one is done, I go through it again to make sure it makes sense (pantser here, so tangents can happen). Then it goes to my developmental editor and beta readers.  As they give it back, I do more clean ups. Once it's as good as I think I can make it at that point in time--I send it to my proofreader. Then to my formatter, and upload the ebook and print.

I couldn't say how many edits I go through, or the time between them as I am constantly going back to it, plus more editing when the other folks results come back.

This works for me. For now. If it stops working, or I feel a need to expand, I will. Process is fluid, if yours isn't working, change it up.

What is your process and how has it changed?

Happy IWSG day!


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

#IWSG Starting back at the beginning

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As many of you know, I went free-range-full-time-writer-chic at the first of this year. I had plans for writing, days off, naps, etc.

I've now realized that conceptualizing a 40 writer work week and doing it are two different things. I was mentally pulling in too many ideas from my former day job. Sooooooooo, read a few books on working, life, etc and created another pivot (you have to keep pivoting). I'm back to focusing on building a steady writing pattern.

One of the books I'm reading is called Deep Work, it's on building focus. Something struck me as a "this might work" while wading my way through it.

Last week I started my new plan. Five days a week (still keeping my days off ;)) I do two- 90 minute focuses writing blocks. One usually in am, the other afternoon/evening. During this time, NO internet, emails, texts, calls, or interruptions. I have one of those "Will Return at..." signs on my closed door.

For 90 minutes I focus on my writing--sort like nano-speed only more intense.

Last week, in five days, in a total of fifteen hours-- I got in 20,642 words.

For me this was massive!  I hit 4,000 plus a day and don't feel wiped out.

Could I do more blocks? Probably not. Nor could I mush them into one 3-hour block. The book says 4 hours a day is about max for true deep work, and I am usually quite done by the end of that 90 min. 

A caveat, I am a multi-project writer. So if one book starts slamming into a wall, I skip to another--this does drive many of my writing friends crazy.

I won't call this my new regular until I've kept it up for a month, but it does feel good to be working on building a more solid writing routine.

Then I'll start focusing on building in business blocks ;).

Have you ever tried deep focusing for your writing?

Happy IWSG DAY!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Fantasy Ebook Bonanza!

 


A bundle so packed full of fantasy,
you’ll need a bag of holding.

 

Over twenty authors have joined the International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (IASFA) in a massive book bundle to enchant readers everywhere.




 

IASFA Book Bundles are a way for people to discover quality books written by popular authors. You know how it's always hard to find something good to read? IASFA can help solve that with monthly free book promotions as well as through a massive Book Bundle like this.


Only $9.99 for ALL of those books! Your e-reader looks hungry, feed it before summer comes! Books are offered through Book Funnel, so they are available for you where ever you are and whatever e-reader you use!

 

https://20bookpacks.com/IASFA-Fantasy-Bundle

 

The Fantasy Book Bundle! Discover fantastic worlds where princesses are assassins, elves cavort with dragons, and orphans aren’t always what they seem. From enchanted forests to perilous seas, there’s an adventure for everyone in these stories. Find your next favorite fantasy author in this fantastic bundle. We’ve compiled over twenty exciting titles and can offer them in a bundle for much less than a dollar each. Begin your epic fantasy adventure today.

 

 

Books included:

Truth and Other Lies

By Lyra Wolf

The Blood Stone: Curse of the Drakku Book One

By Jason Nugent

Mercenary

By Catherine Banks

The Glass Gargoyle

By Marie Andreas

Unbreakable Fury

By Kevin McLaughlin

Reecah’s Flight

By Richard H. Stephens

Book of the Immortals - Air

By Barbara G.Tarn

Fenzig’s Fortune: A Gnome’s Tale

By Jean Rabe

Fairmist

By Todd Fahnestock

Creature Feature: A Horrid comedy

By Steven Paul Leiva

Sanctum: Sands of Setesh

By C.S. Kading

The Stones of Resurrection

By Tameri Etherton

Bone Traders

By Rachel Ford

The Shape of Darkness

By D. Fischer

Dragon’s Choice

By Debbie Mumford

The Crimson Claymore

By Craig A. Price Jr.

Half-Bloods Rising

By J.T. Williams

By the Pact

By Joanna Maciejewska

The Shadow and the Sun

By Monica Enderle Pierce

Black Heart of the Dragon God

By Craig Martelle

Sharp Steel

By William Alan Webb

The Watchers of Moniah

Blade of Dissension

By Barbara V. Evers

By M. Telsch-Williams



The International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (IASFA) is a professional organization focused on aligning readers with authors. We are building the organization that currently numbers over 600 authors published within the SFF genres and growing. Stay tuned as each month we’ll offer full book samplers for free along with less frequent paid book bundle promotions. Help yourself to find your next favorite author by joining the IASFA newsletter. https://iasfa.org/book-promotion-calendar/

 

The Fantasy Book Bundle will be available from April 19th thru May 9th.

 


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

#IWSG Risks and changes

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 Today I'd like to talk about changes and risks in writing--but could be applied to anything. I took an early buy-out from the former evil day job to live the dream and write full time. It's HARD!! (and a huge risk, but I do realize that's not what this month's question was ;)).

While I had the EDJ, I had to get my writing done before and after the job and on weekends. It was a grab what time you could cut out of things like sleeping and eating situation.

Now I have a ton of time! I knew I'd need a schedule (I know me ;)) so I set one up. 40 hours a week, two days off (which is two days more than I usually have had ;)). It worked well, was increasing my daily word goals, moving along, and the funk hit.

It wasn't writer's block, I don't really know that I've ever had that. (One of the reasons I have multiple projects going on--one hits an impasse, I move to another.) It was a FUNK!  Thanks to the current pandemic, I wasn't getting out much at all.  I have been changing that and fitting in fresh air, walking, drives to the ocean with my writing time.  I realize that the obsession with getting the words down while I had an outside 40 hour a week job, doesn't work for me now.

So, I'm currently building balance. This writing gig is my career, my job, but it doesn't have to be my entire life.  It'll take time, and lots of pivots, but I'll get there ;).

IWSG question:

Each month there is an optional question tossed out. This month's was do we take risks with our writing?

 I don't and yet I do. I don't do anything wild, yet I am usually an outlier for the subgenres I write. My fantasy is humorous, my space opera is not at all military-ish and full of jargon, my steampunk is more a alternative history SF adventure with tea than anything punkish. I write what I like, it's a bit different, but it makes me happy.

Happy IWSG Day!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

25 books for $9.99! For reals!

 

Seriously!  It's like back in the day when you could grab a bunch of books when you joined a book club, but this is BETTER!!

The Science Fiction Book Bundle will be available from March 15th thru April 4th.




A bundle so packed full of science fiction,
we had to assemble it in orbit.

 

Over twenty authors have joined the International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers (IASFA) in a massive book bundle to warp the space-time of readers everywhere.

 

IASFA Book Bundles are a way for people to discover quality books written by popular authors. You know how it's always hard to find something good to read? IASFA can help solve that with monthly free book promotions as well as through a massive Book Bundle like this.

 

https://20bookpacks.com/IASFA-Sci-Fi-Book-Bundle

 

The Science Fiction Book Bundle! From fantastic worlds to scowling spaceship commanders, from exploration to colonization to alien contact. There is something for everyone and probably your next favorite Science Fiction author can be found right here. We’ve compiled a bunch of hot titles and can offer them in a bundle for much less than a dollar each. Take a look and see what there is to see.

 

Books included:

Battlenaut Crucible

By Robert Jeschonek

Cartwright’s Cavaliers

By Mark Wandrey

Cygnus Rising

By Craig Martelle

Day 115 on an Alien World

By Jeannette Bedard

Emergence

By Jacki Rawlinson

Forced Conversion

By Donald J. Bingle

Forced Vengeance

By Scot C. Morgan

Freedom By Fire

By C.P. MacDonald

Ghost Probe

By Craig A. Price

Hurt U Back

By Tim Taylor

Janissaries

By Chris Kennedy

Kaine's Sanction

By D.M. Pruden

On Station

By J. Clifton Slater

Quinn of Cygnus: Lift Off

By AM Scott

Salvage Title

By Kevin Steverson

Standing the Final Watch

By William Alan Webb

Star Compass

By Anthea Sharp

Super-Sync

By Kevin Ikenberry

The Chemical Mage

By Felix Savage

The Chronicles of Jegra: Gladiatrix of the Galaxy

By Tristan Vick

The Earth Concurrence

By Julia Huni

Thief (Star Minds Lone Wolves)

By Barbara G. Tarn

Tribari Freedom Chronicles

By Rachel Ford

Uprising

By Jerry Shepard

Warrior Wench

By Marie Andreas

 

The International Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors (IASFA) is a professional organization focused on aligning readers with authors. We are building the organization that currently numbers over 600 authors published within the SFF genres and growing. Stay tuned as each month we’ll offer full book samplers for free along with less frequent paid book bundle promotions. Help yourself to find your next favorite author by joining the IASFA newsletter. https://iasfa.org/book-promotion-calendar/

 

The Science Fiction Book Bundle will be available from March 15th thru April 4th.

 


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

#IWSG It's all good!

 Welcome to another monthly adventure in the world of freaked out writers! (Or at least sometimes mildly insecure ones ;))

Once a month writers from all over the globe gather to connect and share our stories. Join us!


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Along with general insecurities, celebrations, and ponderings, there is an optional question each month-- this month's was about if we read within our genre or go beyond.

Yup.

LOL- I read within my genres/sub genres which are fantasy (light, epic, and urban), space opera, and steampunk.  I also read mysteries and anything else that might catch my eye. I have noticed what I want to read at a given time is often not what I'm writing. I've been wandering through the Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters (massive re-read, they are one of my comfort series ;)) right now and I'm not working on anything like them.

When I'm working on the steampunk books, I usually read fantasy--but not mystery.

I think it's important for writers to read whatever they like. Hopefully it will be the genres they are writing in or why else write in them?

What do you like to read?

Happy IWSG day!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

FREE BOOKS!

 This week is a book-o-rama of deals!

In the world of Epic Fantasy- we have  a collection of FREE, yes, FREE, epic fantasy books for your downloading! (Essence of Chaos is in there ;)).

This is brought to you from the IASFA (International Alliance of SFF Authors. Each month member authors (yup, I'm one ;)) post a selection of free books for a specific sub genre.  You can check them out, and take what ones you want! (I grabbed more than a few myself ;)). 


https://storybundle.com/scifi


And in the world of Science Fiction-- SWFA (Science fiction and Fantasy Writers of America--yup- member of them too ;)) has put out another Story Bundle! Not free, but very discounted. For $5 you get the first five titles, go up to $15 or more and get all 18 books!  Support authors and SFWA.



https://storybundle.com/scifi


Happy Book hunting!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

#IWSG Balance and pivoting

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 Today marks a bit over one month that I jumped off the regular day job train and moved to full time writer. Ya want insecure? This chick has serious insecurities!

I do have a back list of books (book 16 comes out this month) and a wee pension. But this is scary stuff!

I knew from the start I needed a plan and a schedule that works for me. Right now that means working 5 days a week (I take Wed and Sat off). Starting at a mostly set time, but for this month I am keeping a timesheet to see how much time I am spending (last month was too all over the place ;)).  I have set daily and weekly word counts, plus trying to working in advertising time, newsletters, blogs, etc. Still a major WIP ;).

I'm finding that some folks get it, others don't.

I've had friends who figure that since I retired from my day-job, I'm free to do whatever I or they want. I explain I am working--and they just shrug and again say I can do what I want.

In a way, they are right. I can.

But what I want is to build a stronger writing career. To do that, I need a routine. When I worked at the old day job, I'd get up at 4:30/5 am to write before work. After dinner, I'd write. Weekends--I'd write.
I had a schedule (it was a bit intense, but it worked ;)).

Now, I literally can do what I want. BUT to achieve my goals, I have to have a schedule, a routine to keep me going. I write in set word chunks. Right now, it's 4 chunks of 750 words each (goal at this point is 3,000 a day). When I hit my goal for that section--I stop. 

Yes, I could keep going (and will go a bit over) but it's important for me to know that I hit my goal and now get a 10 min break. If I pushed past that goal, I'd run out of steam. Also, it really helps when the words are coming slowly, to look at my counter and remind myself I can stop in 345 words (or wherever I'm at ;)).

I know many writers say they must write everyday. For me having those two days off is wonderful. Now, I might take part of a day if something pops up and causes a pivot (lost time on Saturday because I was behind on edits). But knowing I have those days to recharge really helps.

I'm still building balance in my schedule-- keep to the daily word count, not cram all the words in a few days. And learning to accept that I will have to pivot. When I get stressed about this whole thing, I cling to the schedule like a life raft. I am learning that as long as it's moving me forward in terms of the over-all goal, pivots are okay.

I'm insecure, but I'm trying to get better :).

What makes you feel insecure?

Happy IWSG day!



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

#IWSG What stops you?

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I hope you all had a lovely and safe start to the new year :).  Today's IWSG question is looking on the reader side:

Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

That's a very good question, because understanding what may stop a reader, particularly YOUR reader, can keep you as a writer from making that same mistake.

One caveat though, not all readers are your reader. What will throw me off a book would be absolute gold to another reader--so the connection for us a writers is what does YOUR reader like.

I love characters. If you give me some amazing characters, some humor, a bit of snark, and send them off into trouble- I AM ALL IN. So, if I'm reading a book with flat characters, even if the world building, description, etc. is to make angels weep--I will DNF it (Did Not Finish).   

The older I get, the pickier I become. Just because I DNF a book doesn't mean it's bad, it means I'm not the right reader for it. There are readers out there who LOVE long descriptions that go on for pages and don't really care as much about the characters specifically.

What throws you out of a book?

Happy IWSG day!