Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I am working slowly on the Habeas Corpus story. I find myself going a few days without touching it...life, things. Also, I think because once I'm there it's hard to break away, and, I'm not exactly sure where I'm going with it. I have a feeling it is going to take me for a few unexpected twists and turns.
I've promised myself that I will complete The Sins of Dom sequel after this wip. No more distractions. I don't think the agent will want to see a novella but I can't imagine it being a novel. It would be way too long for the subject. Unless, I just dragged it out. I hate when authors drag on when the story is way over. It's so glaring. The end is the end, period. Maybe the two together will suffice.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
If you're one of my readers, thank you! If you stumbled upon my blog, please check out my works; I hope you will. Here's a link to my fiction.
They are cheap, quick reads (we like that in these busy times) and tantalizing (my word for the month).
Thanks again. Without readers, I'm not a writer. Well, I am, but, not really. It's like a being a chef with no customers.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
It was a 3 star review, nothing too fantastic, but a lengthy critique. It's not one of my best works, honestly. It's out of my hands. I think I was excited about writing in a different kind of format (blog) etc. and the YA genre.
Autism Denied received two 4 star ratings, but no reviews on Goodreads. Nice.
I'm happy to see my works are on Goodreads and even Barnes & Noble. I'm still not sure how it all works, how these books get around, but it's fine with me. The more visibility, the better.
I'm excited about my new WIP-- The Slow Death of Habeas Corpus. I do hope the title works. I've been researching solar storms, nuclear shutdowns, important stuff I need to know. If I'm writing science fiction, I know that I'm up against some harsh critics who will be seeking incongruencies, discrepancies etc... no matter how infinitesimal.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
These same people, the ones with a strong work ethic, I imagine, don't appreciate the writer who spends enormous amounts of time behind a computer screen, writing fictional stories.
But, I wonder if people know how hard it is to write? We Americans pride ourselves on a strong work ethic, which doesn't, I'm sorry to say, include writing, even though it's pure mental acuity and intense focus. But, if there is no compensation, it's worthless--according to the nonwriter. Yet, if I asked a writer if he or she thought it was a waste of time, I already know the answer. Why? Because I'm a writer and no time spent on words is ever wasted time.
Strange as that sounds, a writer, oftentimes, is compelled to write. They find a story in the details of life. They are walking recorders, noting the oddest moments and storing for later use.
But I attest, it's hard work. As Ernest Hemingway puts it "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Yes, it takes an emotional toll. You are delving into your subconscious and tilling the soil, weeding out the fodder of your darkest regions. But, still, you go there, you keep at it. As Gloria Steinem says "Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel like I should be doing something else." How true. I, too, have never felt more alive than when I'm writing.
Writers, true writers, rarely fail at writing. As Ray Bradbury states "You fail only if you stop writing." So maybe it's that nagging fear of failure? I don't know for sure. I have work that needs revisiting, that I need to finish. I know I will, but I feel as if I'm intentionally avoiding it. Once I return, it will take hold of me, and I will be forced into that realm until it's finished. I could never accept that failure, the notion of not finishing a wip.
And last, but certainly not least, attesting to the intensity of writing, F. Scott Fitzgerald says "All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath." You are never more focused than when you are writing a sentence, choosing the right word, creating a scene. It is not even a feeling you can articulate. It is the weight of each word and image pressing on your soul.
So there you have it. I've quoted the greats who concur that writing is indeed hard work, but well worth the time and effort.
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Monday, November 12, 2012
It's like crabbing. We spent our summers (six weeks) in one of the rainbow cottages-- 64W, Hawk's Nest Beach, Old Lyme. It was a simple life of reading, boating, hunting for sea glass, comic books, bon fires, lighting snakes, popping caps, chanting "We believe in Mary Worth" on the beach at night in an attempt to ressurrect Mary Worth. And, of course, crabbing on the jetty. I remember it vividly, waiting, watching the delicate pink flesh of a muscle tied to the end of a string sway back and forth as the tide moved in and out, in and out, beteeen the crevices of the rocks. It was the first one tht counted most; you'd feel the hesitation; and next, the tug. Then, another one, and then another. Pretty soon you'd have five crabs grabbing one line, a steady flow. It's not easy to do. Nothing good comes easy.
But, I am moving along, feeling the tug, the steady sales, downloads. It feels good to know I have some bites, some readers. How many? Well, time will tell. I want more than an orange bucket can hold. I know that.
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
So the description of the neighborhood, Jack’s house and the environment has residual energies from a powerfully charged moment in the past. Back East, Giles is behaving strangely, as if his father has possessed him. I struggled with making a small boy this way, but I have to admit it is fun. And, after all, it’s fiction. So the idea is that he is the surprise, the quiet one no one suspected would become a problem.
Sam is in San Francisco with her brother Jack, and Barnaby. She keeps seeing her father everywhere and feels him near her. She relies on Barnaby for support as even her brother and his girlfriend seem odd to Sam. But Barnaby decides he has to return home after a frightening phone call regarding Giles’s behavior. So that’s where I’ve left it. I should be encouraged to finish it as an agent from a highly reputable agency in NY requested the full ms. Hm.
So what's my deal? I think I'm just having too much fun with this latest story. It's science fiction, future, post-stuperstorm drama. I have never written in this genre, merely touched on it with a shorter piece Blue Jackson: A Science Fiction Thriller. But it’s bigger and much better. The Slow Death of Habeas Corpus is the tentative title of my WIP; I'm also throwing around The Wrath of Esther etc.
I was inspired to write it shortly after the storms and power outages this year. We have had our share across the country. So this idea that we could be crippled by natural disasters in the near future is too real to disregard. We see a piece of it now. And I’ve often wondered if we’ve gone too far into the digital age to ever be able to recover if it were in fact permanently disabled. Hence, my story that explores the future 2063, when the storm, Esther, the big one hits. And half the US is crippled by destruction and a strange white dust that settles along the Eastern section of the US.
Needless to say, the President and his cabinet and any important elected official flee to the West where that is left unscathed. So begins the formation of a new governing power, one that is tyrannical and arbitrary, the Department of Environmental Factions (DEF); as the Midwest and East are recovering and the weather stabilizes, a new Constitution is written and called the Constitution of the Sections; once it is fully formed, DEF swoops in like a hawk and seizes the Midwest and East in its talons.
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Friday, August 17, 2012
David does a nice job of spelling it out, in honest fashion, why the the tension exists between indie authors and traditional authors. I, too, am convinced that there is the meritocracy piece of it. As far as I'm concerned, an artist is an artist is an artist. And independent publishing helps to level the playing field, for sure. Traditional publishing can take years! If you want readers and your writing has been reviewed and is polished and you have worked at it for a long time, I say take the bull by the horns and get it out there. Let the readers be the judges.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
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Monday, July 2, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Did you catch the error? Look again. It' s not always so easy to see misspelled words. In other words, editing is tough work. But it’s got to be done. It's no wonder students resist it. How often have I tried to edit a student's work only to have them sneer at me and refuse to make the changes? Or, a student might feign compliancy but then keep the original text. The bottom line is that writing is subjective on every level. If we can keep that in mind, as writing instructors, then we can find ways to preserve the emerging writer's sense of identity as a writer. Handle with care should be the motto.
Nevertheless, most published authors and professional writers agree, that an objective party is the best way to ensure the piece is polished. But, on the other hand, editing can be overdone too. I know that each time I revisit a completed passage and make changes, I increase the risk that I will omit a period or comma or leave off a letter. As for the content, that's a matter of reorganizing, slashing, rewording, clarifying etc. A job that I need to do myself.
I stumbled upon a blogger by the name of Jeff Goins; he is the author of the eBook, The Writer's Manifesto. Check it out if you're so inclined. At any rate, the blog was aptly titled Why Writers Can't Edit Their Own Wrok. (I'll tell you that I didn't catch that, initially). He had excellent ideas that included the writer being biased and too subjective. The writer needs fresh eyes, someone that is not so attached to the work; In the comments section it was a mixed bag—accomplished authors felt comfortable enough editing their work, but others agreed with Jeff.
I'm on the fence. I've used another pair of eyes and, still, errors remained. And sometimes it becomes confusing when someone eidts (oops, edits) and asks you to change content (which happens) and you disagree. Sometimes, it's wise. But other times, maybe not. How far do you go?
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I found a blog that reviews self-published authors. I stumbled upon it in some tangential manner I can't even articulate. Needless to say, I was appalled by the harsh critiques. The majority of her critiques were BAD. So, who cares, right? Well, it wouldn't matter so much except that this blogger is a renowned agent with many connections, clout, etc.
Hm. Why does she (said agent) want to review published authors (books must be POD), most of which are already successful (the ones I noticed) with more than two books under their belt and a fan base. So, then, maybe it's the self-publishing industry that's intolerable to her? And what's up with the authors? Maybe a stellar review from this agent will help secure a contract or sell more books? I don't know. I don't think I'd want to risk her scathing remarks. I'm too fragile. At any rate, I think there are more diplomatic ways to agree to disagree while preserving the dignity of the author, self-pubbed or not. The books must be good if they sell, right? I have lots of questions and it's clear I need to do my homework. I'm a naive when it comes to the industry.
I just finished up a free promo; downloads totaled about 170 or so. Not too bad considering it's a specialty book. I was in the top ranking, lowest was 1,007. Wow! That's out of one million kindle books. But I decided to increase the price to $2.99. Now, it's stagnant and my sales ranking is in the 200, 000ish range. I wanted the 70 percent royalties with KDP. And if people want it, they can pay a few dollars. But, that's not to say that I won't return to the 0.99. I'll bide my time.
I'm working hard at completing the final chapters. It's taking longer because I always wind up in places I didn't expect. My tweaking and editing is endless. I hope to have it edited and published within a month.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Check out my new page, DAILY LINK. I will try to update daily. Today's link is James Joyce's 1929 reading from Finnegan's Wake. Amazing, lyrical, obscure, alluring. When he gets to the end it's captivating. I hope you enjoy. I can't help but feel a yearning, a pulling to the old days, a time that is gone, before the digital age, and the saturation of writers and artists and gobbledy goo.
Blog keeps changing. I'm fickle, I know. I'm settling with the dark, serious tone. I just can't decide so this seems satisfactory. That will suffice for now.
I may post again today. Hope to hear from you.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
So, I visit KDP frequently and my latest concern was that in the Reports (listed on this site) I noticed my sales ranking was decreasing to 190,000 or so and my sales were increasing. Ranking should reflect sales. Well, there was some glitch or lag in the system. And lo and behold, my sales ranking increased that same day to 60,000. It fluctuates quite a bit. So from now on, I'll be checking my Report first to determine sales.
I've sold 20 copies since June 1st, which isn't so bad. But I'm hoping more readers will jump on the band wagon and that I get more reviews. Any new information, related to sales, publishing, I'll post on this blog. My other two blogs are taking most of my time. I suppose when things start percolating, I'll be posting on here more often. I've decided, too, that when I publish my novella, The Sins of Dom, I'll rename this blog to include both books. Not sure what that will be, yet.
Okay, thanks for visiting.
So, I asked my twelve-year old, entrepreneur, computer geek, web designer, app creator extraordinaire how exactly one drums up attention. And his advice was that I needed to offer something to people, find out what they want and then provide it. Easier said than done. But I like that advice and it's stuck with me. And after writing this, now that I think about it, I always hope that my writing is honest and can offer someone something, some advice, some bit of real life they can understand and internalize. So, that's what I offer.
Also, pic is of Hawks Nest Beach in Old Lyme where we spent our summers. Magnificent memories.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
So, I wonder when enough is enough, when those final edits are all that you can do, all that you can muster forward. It's a sort of letting go, a release. I've done that,with one piece Blogging to the Dead and know, in my heart of hearts, that I could not return to that work and revise (unless a super top NY agent/editor wanted me to and I had specific directions...then, of course, I'm all ears).
And this idea of succinct writing, for me, forces me to rethink my ideas (for creative writing anyway) and clop away at what doesn't need to be there.
But, I want to argue my introduction, the idea that the fog lifts on Edgartown just as Sammy is lured away from Leonardo's market. I like to set the scene; I imagine I'm directing a movie, and this is how it opens. But that's not right for a query. So, off it goes. Yet, what we are losing is the setting, the terror of a kidnapping juxtaposed with the environment; iow, the fog lifting should present clarity, focus and thus the scene of poor Sammy Preston getting kidnapped is more vividly felt, presented. I like the environment used as foreshadowing. Some authors do this brilliantly. I'm a wip.
OK, enough of that. So now I have a succinct query and/or product description for my psychological thriller. And it's short enough and includes just enough information to establish a tone (see below) So, what else do we need?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
That's all for now.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This guy is tough as nails. But I'm not an Indie author so he's definitely not talking about me. : ) And a few of the comments are right on the mark (the ones that defend self-publishing).
But in defense of self-pubbers, I'll post some links that show true grit and real Ebook author success!
I'll stop there. But, oh, there are PLENTY more! I'll end on that note.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Prometheus Review: I don't think it was like Alien (a few parts maybe). It got 4 stars but it must have been for the special effects which were over the top!!! It was, overall, entertaining and kept my attention. Yet, the script and dialogue were a bit hokey and forced at times. Also, some plot points were not clearly embedded but rather plopped down without an anchor. For instance, the "father" and "mother" situation. This kept on without any real significance after all. I'd say the beginning was great! I really liked the intro (special effects) but the end was ALL special effects, edge of your seat kind of stuff and the outcome was ridiculous and melodramatic. I won't give away too much. The eerie music you hear on the trailer, btw, is not included (too bad).
Here's a link to the trailer:
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I've concluded that the more times you tweak, the greater the chance for errors.
Now, for the positive points. You can do it. If and only IF you have a niche, and you are serious about your writing. But, you have to know that it's not a ticket to success. It's all about finding the right niche, writing and editing and writing and editing (repeatedly) and not putting all your eggs into one basket.You should have multiple projects. Also, you need support of other writers. I have the community forum on KDP and they are invaluable, and AQ (Agent Query forum) and, of course, my sister. She is my reader, editor, and I trust her completely.
One more tip: avoid the negative (there is plenty of it) and embrace the digital age. I pay attention to the successful authors. That's where I'm headed. The nay sayers are not my bag.
Okay, it's late. But I felt as if I was shirking my duties as a blogger so here it is, my third post (I think...maybe it's the fourth). No daily link for today. Sorry, too tired.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Updates on book: it's steady now at top 140 or so in my genre which is autism and fiction category. Sales rank has fluctuated quite a bit from 38,000 to 160,000 out of one million kindles which I suppose isn't so bad. I would like to get to the 100's or even 1. So the idea is the lower the number the better.
Novella is coming along, Sins of Dom. I really think this ebook is going to do well. It's a powerful read (some parts are difficult to write). I am considering posting chapters on this blog. Still thinking about it. If I get some followers, maybe. Otherwise, what would be the point?
Blogging to the Dead, my YA novel is still being reviewed by excellent agent (he has full). I should be querying more agents, but I've been so busy with other projects, life etc.
Okay, hopefully I won't lose this post like I just did with the previous one! UGH.
I would love to hear from someone. So, please feel free to comment. Share your ideas, musings, chapters, poetry, whatever you like.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
IMO, I feel a book sells because it's good and people are attracted to the title, the premise, the plot. Blogging my book is going to get readers. But what do I know. I just think that even if I didn't have a twitter account or a blog, my book would still sell. Okay, now I'm ranting.
Monday, June 4, 2012
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