Progress – August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

I want to thank all of you who supported the audiobook version of Quest for the Three Books after it came out last week. Thank you! I was absolutely amazed at the response.

I did finish the audio for I’m with Cupid and I’ve started recording For Sale, Call Loki, so I’ll be editing that starting this week. I’m with Cupid ended up being very short — of course, it is a short story — and comes in just under 28 minutes long.

I’m making the change from recording and doing preliminary edits in Audacity to working completely in Adobe Audition. That’s been a little bit of a learning curve, but not too bad since I’ve been editing and mastering with Audition for several months now. I’m excited about the possibilities this brings me, even though it’s a complete reworking of my process. Read the rest of this entry »

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A good deal on Books Gone Bad

August 24, 2018

I just heard about a promotion going on for the Books Gone Bad bundle and I thought I better hurry and pass it along.

Now until August 28th, you can get 40% off the bundle — the whole bundle! This isn’t just one book — at Kobo.

These books wait for you with spine-tingling surprises. Get started on your fall reading now.

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Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

 


It’s official!

August 23, 2018

I am so proud to announce that Quest for the Three Books is now an audiobook and is available on many platforms — you might even be able to get it through your local library!

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Progress – August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018
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View while I’m walking of the college campus

While taking my lunchtime walks this week, I finished up listening to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s audiobook, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide. It’s interesting to see how things have changed in the 5+ years since this book was written as posts on her blog, then published. While there were many good gems in this book (brilliant advise I wish I’d had ages ago and some that I will be delving into myself over the next few years), there was one thing that really struck me and I want to share.

Don’t make the words fancy. Translation into other languages translates the story, not the words.

These were my notes, so I’m certain I paraphrased for me to remember. So often, I know I try to strive for just the right sentence or word. All too often, I feel like I’m just using the same words over and over. Oh look, another THE. How about and AND. Yes, I’m oversimplifying here, but that’s how it feels some days. It’s if I’ve just taken every word I learned in first grade, probably when we were pasting words into the sentences on our sheets, thrown them into a bag and shook them, and now I take them out one by one and line them up all in a row just like I did then.

I remind myself that my purpose it to entertain with a good story, not fancy words. I don’t want to mire my readers in a deluge of words to get through. No slough for them to cut through.  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018

For the last few weeks, I’ve been telling myself that “this weekend I’ll get to go upload audio.” Well, this last weekend was when it came true.

When I upload an audiobook, I like to go sit at Starbucks. First off, coffee = yes, please! Second, I don’t often go to Starbucks (I usually go to Barnes & Noble which is a cafe serving Starbucks coffee. It never quite tastes the same. I have yet to have a drink at B&N that tastes exactly like Starbucks — and I prefer the way B&N does it, so double yes please to books and coffee). So a trip to Starbucks is actually a break from my usual routine and and therefore a treat. Thirdly, killer Internet! I can upload the files much faster than anywhere else I’ve found so far.

Now, I just sit back and wait for my files to be approved. Fingers crossed on that one. I’m a little worried. Plus, I didn’t do my final listen through on this book (another worry). After spending 6+ years trying to record this book and trashing so many rotten versions, I just can’t listen it to once more. You know, this book is the whole reason I threw in the towel and bought myself a Whisper Room; I despised the sound I was getting, not to mention having to wake up at 2 a.m. on the weekends to record so I didn’t have noisy neighbors, cars, birds, cat fights, barking dogs, owls, crickets, etc. in the background of my recording. When I had the rain and wind in the middle of the night, plus I was a wreck for several days afterwards from a strange sleep schedule, I decided trying to have my own homemade studio was not what I wanted to do. I wanted it to be quick and simple: a good recording, quick editing, done and released to the world.

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Yeah, let me tell you, even with the Whisper Room, it’s a journey I’m not sure I’ve ever been prepared for or one that I will ever be successful at. And I feel this way every time I release a new audio. I never feel like it’s good enough. I know there are still flaws in this, which is why I had to let it go. If I went through it again (and I can say this as a fact from where I’ve re-listened to parts of it in trying to find something I wanted to use as a sample), I would ditch all the audio again and re-record it over again. No matter how careful I was when I was going through it, I was always going to hear something that needed fixed. You get the loud clicks out of an audio and all the small ones come jumping back at you. Read the rest of this entry »


New items in my Zibbet store

July 31, 2018

When I’m not out riding my bike around the valley, or scaling the mountain to Gohaldinest, or having coffee with Loki, or some other adventure, I’m busy working on my artistic business. That in and of itself could be an all-consuming task.

Recently (as in tonight), I’ve been updating the books in my Zibbet store. You can now order your copy of Eggs at Play, Mystery of the Stardust Monk, Let’s Make a Deal, 1-800-CallLoki, and 1-800-IceBaby. I don’t have physical copies of Let Make a Deal and 1-800-CallLoki quite yet, but I will soon. As for 1-800-IceBaby, I probably won’t have my copies until early September. I am planning on having them for FanX Salt Lake. However, if I were to get enough pre-orders, I would be tempted to order early just so I’m not trying to ship books out and get ready for a show all in the same week. Just saying.

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Use code SHINYNEW to get 10% off your order of $20 or more. (offer good until August 15th)

Paintings will be updated in my Zibbet shop soon too. Not quite sure when I’ll get to those, but I do hope I can get some posted this week. It’s on my plan at least.

Time to run. Steigan is about to have an important conversation with Aeribela, so I’ve got to get there.

Happy adventuring.


Progress – July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

July is at an end, but this last week has been interesting.

I spent part of it with Cirvel and learned more about his story. I’ve always known just enough to know that digging deeper would be painful. I wasn’t wrong.

I had to go back to Steigan — as if he doesn’t have enough issues of his own, but at least I’ve spent a lot of time with his traumas. But in going back and researching certain aspects of my story, I remember how big this story is. And it keeps growing.

I also have added two new stories to the list of those waiting to be told. The Rag Girl came to me a few weeks ago. I’m not sure why this story chose me. Probably because I always said I wouldn’t write a story like this. It came about from a piece of research I was doing for Stonecharmer and I read an interesting bit of information I had not thought about before. I knew it would come back to haunt me. There are just some things you cannot unsee. The other story that came to me is about an early developed android. I have no clue what this story is about, but it spit out nearly 800 words like it was cake on a platter to be devoured and now it’s in the hopper. I do hope something develops from these two starts, but maybe not until I have some other stories out of the way.

Bookkeeping took some of my time.

I put Let’s Make a Deal up and by the time this post publishes, it should be ready on many platforms.

Plus, the Books Gone Bad bundle has been released.

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The print version of 1-800-CallLoki is coming soon — hopefully I’ll be able to get information about that out this week.

And I have finalized the cover for Dragons of Wellsdeep. I’m so excited and hope to have a cover reveal soon. Let’s hope I don’t get called off on so many adventures this week that I can get all these extra blog posts written which I’ve wanted to get done.

Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

Fiction words written last week:  5,596 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  997 words.

Weekly word goal reached for 1 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  15,228 words

Writing year to date total: 184,937 words

Drawing/painting last week: I painted 1 8×10 painting last week

Audio: I spent 5 hours editing audio.