Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
We see all the statistics about crime going up during a full moon. And hear about unbalanced people becoming more unbalanced and animals getting a little wacky. So I guess I should be grateful that my luna only results in ghastly insomnia.
I'm not even a little sleepy. The dogs are asleep. All the lights in the neighborhood, except of course the street lights and those on the freeway nearby (this IS Los Angeles) are dark. Even the weirdo who lives in the building behind mine. Who stands out in the driveway sometimes at 2 a.m yelling things like, "where are my pants?" and "well I can't find my keys. They're in my pants. hee hee". Even he's asleep. Or passed out in a gutter.
But I'm wide awake. Like a cartoon of awake. Eyes wide open, bloodshot, craaaazy looking.
A long time ago my girlfriend said I must be a werewolf.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
But I get icky reviews. sad face. Of course I do. I'm not going to point them out because a: I'm not telling you this so you can go kick the crud out of that mean reviewer. and b: I'm kind of hoping that minimal attention will make the review disappear, if not from the internet, at least from my memory.
But what to do with it? I mean, it's a well thought out review. Written by an intelligent person who knows the biz.
Let me tell you about my very first bad review:
I was in fifth grade and had just written what I felt was an interesting and exciting story about a dog who defended a child from some bad person. I felt that it was the most brilliant and facinating thing I had ever penned. It was written as an assignment and when the teacher spoke to the class, having graded our stories and before handing them back, she offered up two which she hoped we would use as examples. One being an example of a good story, the other an example of a horrid one.
Guess whose was the horrid story?
Sad face. With tear.
After the mortification, instead of hating the teacher, whom I actually adored. Instead of complaining to my mother or my best friend. I studied the notes on the paper. It was kind of hard to ignore the big fat red 'D' at the top, but I think I have managed after a couple of decades to avoid the errors that my fifth grade teacher pointed out. Now I've got a whole nest of new nasty habits and problems, of course, but I'm slowly scaling the mountain and I hope I get a little better every time.
So, what to do with a bad review?
Learn from it. And next time, write better.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Amber Green, author extraordinaire, bullet points the process of writing a winning blurb on my website today: http://www.amriley.net
Amber has just released her third in the Turner and Turner trilogy 'Turncoat' and demonstrates her power of blurbage for her book.
Go over there and check it out!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Check it out. Neil Plaksy and Charlie Cochrain among others are bringing up some very interesting points.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Now my site is functional, informative and timely. Deus Gratias.
Please come by and oogle the new banner and tell me if there is anything else you'd like to see.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I was physically ill watching the Redwings vs Blackhawks game early Sunday. Dallas has been coming on strong in the back stretch, and Chicago lost Sharp to injuries at the same time, so we've been sinking in the ranks, and Dallas has been rising. Two points saved our bacon.
There must be a psychological term for a level of fandom where one feels an urge to vomit when ones team gets eliminated?
Anyway, nausea averted for the time being. Our first match-up will be Vancouver. So we'll get one round and be out, but I'm okay with that. The Canucks deserve a good year.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
It's an amazing review written by a talented writer. The sort of review that writers print out and paste on the wall above their computers to warm them on those chilly days when no words will come...
Since today's to-do list includes the following:
1) finish taxes, write ginormous check to federal government may they rot
2) clean dog pee from carpet
4) look at the current mystery WIP again and try to figure out what is wrong with a principal character and why he seems made of cardboard.
I really needed this little boost today.
so, yeah. squee.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I've published one on Smashwords, the infamous "Of the Clan O'Grady" which was originally published with Changeling Press. I have two sequels just malingering on my hard drive here. I wonder if I should publish them as Kindle books at reduced prices.
Would it be wise to publish them on Smashwords AND as Kindle on Amazon? Or is there some legal deal with that? After all, I am the publisher in both cases, am I not.
It would be satisfying to see them up and available again. In a sort of non-financial spiritual way.
But I wonder if it would be worth (now I'm talking $$$$) the considerable time it would take to dust them off, fix them up and format them.
Any opinions or requests will be duly noted and considered.