Inktober #5

Well, this is it. The last of the 2018 Inktober drawings. I hope you’ve had fun seeing them along the way.

If you’ve missed them, you can find the other weeks by clicking these links: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.

 

Prompt #25 was “Prickly”

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I knew that I didn’t want to draw a cactus, at least not a plain cactus, since that was the “low-hanging fruit” on this picture. As I let myself start thinking deeply about this prompt, I started thinking about what makes me prickly. The topic started to make me uncomfortable, so that’s how I knew I was on the right path. I started thinking about how once someone has been hurt by love, they can get prickly and not want anyone close to them.

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A good deal on Books Gone Bad

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.

 

Progress – 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. 

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Books Gone Bad

I am so thrilled to announce that Quest for the Three Books is in a new bundle coming out from BundleRabbit.

Books Gone Bad

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Much as the title says, it’s all about books that are not the pleasant little tales we like to think sit on our shelves quietly, making no noise, but there to comfort us when we need them.

No, these books have twists, turns, magic, betrayal… oh, so dangerous to touch. 

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Bundle Alert!

I am so pleased to announce that I’m part of the Thrilling Wonder Adventure Stories. 15 stories are included in this huge ebook collection, featuring Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, M.L. Buchman, Stefon Mears, Thea Hutcheson (all wonderful authors I’ve had the chance to get to know personally), as well as many others. I have to say that it is really amazing to have my story, The Last Ant, in with all these other writers’ works.

It’s on pre-order now, to be released tomorrow on September 8th — this Friday, just in time for some weekend reading. Best of all, you can get all 15 stories for the low price of $3.99!

Also makes a great gift for your sci-fi, dystopian loving friends.

You can explore all the stories as well as purchase directly here.