Fiction writers – take note!

July 22, 2014

If you thought getting that first draft out was hard, then try editing it.

No, I mean really editing it!

This doesn’t mean just reading through it making sure everything lines out okay. This means looking at the actual text and evaluating how to to do it better. Trust me on these two points: your every word is not golden and you can make it better.

I’ve filled my book, The Write Edit with lots of 1st draft examples and followed them with edited examples so you can see the process. Learn how to get rid of “was.” Learn how to control the pacing of your story. Most importantly, learn how to blend in information without stopping your story.

The paperback edition is available for $7.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Kindle and Nook editions are only $4.99. If you buy the paperback from Amazon, you can get the Kindle addition for an additional $0.99 (prices are all in US dollars). Consider this as part of your continuing education as a writer.

May we never stop improving! At least I know that’s one of my goals. How about you?


History of a Dead Man – now available

July 18, 2014

History of a Dead Man

 

Now available — exclusive to Amazon Kindle at the moment– for only $0.99.

If you can wait, it’ll be free on August 1-3, 2014 and September 20-21, 2014. That’s if you can wait. I mean, these are the years of Steigan’s life that he still has never spoken to me about. What could the man possibly have to hide? (yes, I know he’s just a character in my head, but the brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination — that’s a blog for another time!)


Rockin’ Life page 5 has been posted

June 26, 2014

I sometimes feel like I might be being a little too blunt with Rockin’ Life. I know I’m assertive and I’ve had some people take that as aggression. I just can’t understand why anyone would want to be “normal” or “average.” What is that anyway? Who makes the benchmark on an ordinary, average life? Is keeping up with the Joneses normal?

Here’s a case in point: The Lego Movie. The hero just wants to fit in, to not be alone, to have friends. Everything he does is geared to being part of the crowd, which he isn’t. He’s following other people’s formula’s and trying to be one of the gang. As the movie progresses, we find out that his being just like everyone else and wanting a place in the world is what makes him special. Really, being a nobody who wants to be just like everybody else is a superpower? Being average is okay? According to that movie it is. I left the theater feeling depressed. My kids were saying how spectacular it was and were all excited — “When’s the second one coming out?” — and I just wanted to crawl inside my car and cry. School makes us all sheep, we struggle to find our place in the world, we want to be liked, we want to possess things and keep up with our friends, we get jealous when someone has something we don’t. I know. I’ve felt these things too. I remember being the outside, the ghost no one paid any attention too. I understand what the invisible girl in Buffy the Vampire Slayer went through as she faded away. But then I realized that I wanted more. I didn’t want to be average.

I want to be a ROCKSTAR!

To hell with average. Blah! Oh, and while we’re at it, I have no desire to save the world either. I believe we’re all here for our own lessons, whatever they might be. For a deeper understanding, go read Mike Dooley’s work — he’s got a great way of explaining it.

But what I do want to do is SAVOR the world. We have a truly beautiful world and we should enjoy it. In joy.

If we’d all wake up and realize that we are to be rockstars “in joying” ourselves while we learn how to be the creators we are, that’s when we’ll save the world and we can all savor together.


Rockin’ Life page 4 posted

June 19, 2014

I know you’re all excited. Rockin’ Life page 4 is now here.

I also forgot to mention that page 4 of Weblinks came out earlier this week — click the link for that page.

Hope you all are having a Rockin’ week!


Rockin’ Life – Page 3

June 12, 2014

New page posted on Legendary Hero Comics – click here to view page.


New sign hanging in my office

June 9, 2014

greatest gift

 

 


History of a Dead Man

June 7, 2014

History of a Dead Man

 

There are about forty years in which Steigan won’t talk about what happened in his life. This upcoming novella fills in that blank.

Very shortly (hopefully within a week or two depending on how life decides to treat me!) I’ll be releasing this as a FREE (update 7/17/14: it won’t be a free read unless you get it during a Kindle Select promotion period — I leaped before I looked and found out yesterday that Amazon doesn’t allow an author to set their price at $0.00 — okay they are a business and need to make money to stay in business, I understand. I’m not faulting them. I’m sorry and should have looked into this first. So, watch my Facebook page for announcements on when this will be a free read. Even the Kindle Select program will be a limited time so that I can open it up to Nook readers as well)  $0.99 read on Kindle. It’s meant to fit between To Birth a Destiny and the 4th book of the Sacred Knight series, but if you haven’t even begun the series this will give you a good start without ruining the story too much with spoilers (I hope). Tell you what: just read the series, then get this one for free just to be sure.

So what if you don’t have a Kindle? Well, you can download the Kindle app on your computer or smartphone and read books that way — and there are lots of free books! You can read on your phone while standing in line at the grocery store. Why not? I’ve been known to write while waiting in line. Isn’t technology great?!!

Still want a physical book? Well, I’m not printing this on it’s own so you’ll have wait until I release the 4th book. When that comes out, there will be two editions done: a regular printing which will only be the 4th book and an expanded edition which will have Annae’s novella in the front. So you’ll have to look for that and get the version you want. I probably won’t be carrying the expanded edition to shows unless I get a lot of requests for it, so if you want it let me know.

Keep watching here and I’ll let you know when Annae’s novella , History of a Dead Man,  is available.

P.S. You can see the full painting here as well as discovering some trivia about the work.


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