Authors live by reviews of their books and one may get more of those by spreading the word about a good book. So once a month or so, I will be blogging about what I have read and then Twitter will pick it up because unlike Facebook, they are not retarded. Continue reading “Tweet What You Read”
An advantage to Facebook and Scribophile is the ability to play weird games that would be much less fun face to face. Imagine getting out lists of silly words, one for each letter of the alphabet and one for each month of the year, and having your friends at a party tell you what their porn star name would be, based on the month they were born and the first letter of their last name. Not enough alcohol in the world to make that funny.
At RWA 2016 (That’s author code for the national convention of Romance Writers of America this year) I enjoyed listening to Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords in 2008. This amazing man has had his problems, certainly, but I learned a bunch from his speech. Continue reading “Pre-Order Your Books Now”
Last time I wrote about the recent, still fresh in my mind, book signing by the funny man Christopher Moore. A week after the event, and I continue to be optimistic and happy due to that encounter. So it’s time to bring me down a notch. I’m going back a number of years here, so my memories may be less accurate. Continue reading “Mysterious Galaxy Part Two: Sir Terry Pratchett”
There’s a place in my world where many power lines of writing talent converge. As a result, I have met many authors, attended many classes and workshops, and purchased many, many books. Many. The high points in this Network Of Writing Talent (NOWT) are local science fiction conventions, RWA chapter meetings, and an independent bookstore called Mysterious Galaxy. Continue reading “Mysterious Galaxy Part One: Christopher Moore”
This could also be titled, my years as an ugly stepsister. But I never lived with my stepsister and I was a cute kid. I have been told. None of the pets I ever had sang or danced or even talked to me. No prince came to rescue me from a tower until I was really old (still pretty cool to happen at all) and no gold coins or roses fell out of my mouth when I spoke unless I had planted them there first. Continue reading “Why do We Love Fairy Tales?”
Whenever someone says, I see what you’re saying, I look for the speech balloon. Or the puff of vapor shaped like words. It’s funny, but as a writer, it’s exactly what I am trying to achieve.
The person who sees isn’t using their eyes. They are using their mind’s eye. They can visualize what the words on paper mean. It’s a pretty awesome connection to make with someone. And many writers never get the full impact of how they connected with someone. Continue reading “I See What You’re Saying”
My husband taught me so much about romance! We’ve been togther for 20 years, and in that time he has shown me that physical beauty is nothing compared to intelligence and a sense of humor. I don’t understand what he sees in me, and probably never will. Likewise, he doesn’t get why strange women flirt with him, and I can’t get enough of my honey. Continue reading “Reading and Romance”
I advertise this as the list of books from the California Dreaming’ Writers Convention, but I am dipping in to all the workshops I attended as well. It’s very hard to separate them. And I am a total noob at conventions like this. Put me in a science fiction fantasy horror steampunk anime convention, and I know the ropes. But, well, things were in the brochure that were invitation only. One had to win a place in the sessions at the drawing held that morning. One event caught my eye, and even though it was scheduled late in the day, I went to the suite to hear M.A. Taylor sharing Cop Tales. Oh,yeah, this lady is who I want to be when I grow up! I crashed the event, but luckily someone who had actually won a ticket could not make it, so I was allowed to stay. I am not likely to ever write a cop story, but I may have a detective wander into a story. The most important thing I learned was that the San Bernadino International Airport is favored over LAX by many celebrities and sports teams. Continue reading “Back to the Book List”
At the California Dreamin’ Conference 2015 last weekend, wonderful and talented authors suggested books for attendees, both fiction and nonfiction. I pulled them out of my notes and made this list. And wow, some of these just knock me over. I loved the ones used by certain panelists to illustrate excellent use of descriptions, but all these are on my Amazon wish list. Continue reading “When You Aren’t Writing, You Should Be Reading”