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And Now, For Something Completely Different…

As Monty Python would say. Love those guys. Wish I could have seen their last show, even if Graham Chapman was there only in spirit.

So. What’s so different, you ask? Well, I’m now a rock collector. No, really. Rocks. Or, perhaps I should say, gem rocks. Emerald, sapphire, ruby…you get the picture. Mind you, these aren’t “gemmy,” that is, suitable for being cut and polished into jewelry stones. But an emerald is an emerald, you know? I bought a huge, 5-pound chunk of obsidian that I’m going to put goodness knows where. I also bought a Herkimer diamond. These are crystals that are found only in Herkimer County, in upstate New York. This one has a water bubble in it. I mean, there’s water in there. And that water would be 400 to 500 million years old. But I would dearly love to have a blue garnet. Very rare, these stones. They’re blue in fluorescent and sunlight, but purple under incandescent light. They are wildly expensive, too. I found a site that sells them, and they have some lovely specimens at lovely prices. I hold myself back because even though I have the cash, I’m not certain I have the money. I mean, I’m trying to promote my books, and I’ve got a third one coming out. I dropped $1200 just yesterday to promote The Moreva of Astoreth and The Underground on ONE site.  And who knows what’s coming down the pike?

At any rate, I suppose this means… Continue reading

Bling

For once, a post that has nothing to do with writing.

I’m not sure what’s come over me. I’m collecting jewelry–earrings, mostly–at an alarming rate. I’ve filled up one jewelry box, about to fill another, and the last one is so huge–it’s a ring/earring display box, really–it scares me just to think about filling it up. And I’m not buying shit, either. Some are lab grown, some are not, but none of it is what you get at your local Wal-Mart. I’m not going to say how much I’ve spent, but it’s a lot.

Back to jewelry shopping…

Random Thoughts

There’s nothing quite like looking at a blank page and wondering where to go next.

Yes, I’m working on The Underground: Invasion. I know what has to happen, it’s really a question of how I’m going to get there. The between stuff. Part of the problem is that lately, I feel like I’m being pulled in ten directions at once. It seems that everything and everybody is clamoring for my attention, and it’s impossible to prioritize. It’s been really hard to get my head into the book. It’s been really hard to find the time to even try to get my head into the book. I should probably just put it aside until things calm down, but I don’t want to do that. I’d truly like to have the novel out by next summer. But current reality says putting it aside would be the best course. And I’m resisting.

Speaking of books…The Underground Second Edition is with the editor, who by contract will have it back to me just before christmas. And my cover artist sent the initial rendering of the cover. It’s going to look good. Might end up even looking like an illustration, rather than 3-D modeling. The Moreva of Astoreth continues to get five and four star reviews. It might have its flaws, but it really is a damned good book, if I say so myself. Let’s hope the marketing/publicity people can help make it into a bestseller. And interestingly enough, the people who’ve seen the book… Continue reading

An End And A Beginning

The Great Goodreads Giveaway is over–952 entrants. Not too shabby, eh? The books have gone out, and the winners should be receiving them soon (some may have already). I had the bright idea of letting CreateSpace handle the shipping. I really didn’t feel like hauling all those boxes to the Post Office. Anyway, it worked. Sending them to the US winners via CreateSpace was only about 30 cents more than sending them media mail through the Post Office. And international shipment–whoo! Now that was cheap! $4.99 to England? Dang! And there were a fair number of those. The most expensive one was to Australia, but that was to be expected. Besides, there was only one.

So I converted the .pdf of The Underground to Word. What a CHORE! It’s beyond belief that someone hasn’t come up with a program that’ll convert without totally messing up the formatting. But it’s done, and I’m working on it. I’ve written one new chapter so far, on the elves. There’ll be others, too.

Monday I’m talking with the marketing expert. It’ll be interesting to hear what he has to say. And then I’m going to spend  the $5-600 bucks for their 2-year marketing package. *sigh* Mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money! Oh, well. At least it’s tax deductible.

That’s all I have for today. Tune in in a couple of days for more news of my incredibly exciting life!

Random Thoughts

My internet radio interview is set for August 10 (did I mention this already?). Not sure which of their “channels” I’ll be on (though I’m thinking number 5). The schedule page says all interviews (they run simultaneously) will start at 12:01 AM Eastern. I guess that means my interview will run 24 hours until August 11. At any rate, it’ll be interesting to see how well it’s edited. I thought I sucked, but the host said I did fine.

My next blog tour starts September 1. I’ve already sent books out to two reviewers. I discovered something pretty neat–instead of ordering books from CreateSpace and sending them out myself, I can have CS do it. It costs only 30 cents more than the U.S. Mail. And, I don’t have to spend all that time putting those goddamned boxes together. CS even ships internationally. This will be a big boon when my Goodreads Giveaway ends on August 5, because I have 30 books to ship out. This means, of course, what am I going to do with all those book boxes I ordered from Uline. The boxes come in packs of 80. Or maybe it was 50. Whatever–I got a helluva lot of book boxes. Maybe I can turn them into ornaments of some sort…not. I suppose I can always donate them to someplace. But who would need individual book boxes?

Found The Moreva of Astoreth on a site called “Lousy Book Covers.” Just a bunch of people snarking about books… Continue reading

Here In Spirit…

Have had some physical issues that have kept me away from the computer, but I’m pretty much back now. Well, for now. Anyway, one thing I’ll say about enforced idleness, it gives you lots of time to think up new stories. I’m just brimming with ideas.

Okay, need to go. Talk at ya later!

Long Time No See…

Hi, all!

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted, but life’s been a bit crazy around here lately. I’m finishing up proofing The Underground so I can get on to the next phase. But as of now, I’m searching for a willing victim–ah, interviewee or guest poster.

Been also working on a short story I started years ago, but never finished. It’s about a woman who willingly becomes a vampire in order to escape a life of slavery. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a home for it!

Talk at ya later!

The Return

Back from Balticon 46! So much good energy–I feel really pumped. Did a couple of readings from The Underground, which were well received. Compliments are so gratifying, you know? It’s like what I’m doing isn’t in vain, that I really have the talent to do this. I admit I didn’t spend a lot of time going to panels. When I wasn’t on a panel, I was at the Broad Universe table, handing out swag and convincing other women writers and artists to join. It really is a great group. For all you women writers of speculative fiction, you really ought to consider it. There’s a wealth of knowledge to be gained, and contacts to be made. Here’s the URL: http://www.broaduniverse.org. Now, on with proofing the Underground!

Balticon 46!

I’ll be attending Balticon 46 this weekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I’ve been tapped to sit on several panels, and will also do readings from The Underground. If you’ve never been to a con, you’re really missing out. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into writing, science, film, costuming, whatever. And, of course, there’s the dealers’ room. I’ve learned to stay out of there, lest I spend every cent I have on new books and other stuff I desperately want but desperately don’t need.

Just go to Balticon’s home page to get the 411, and come on down! You’ll be glad you did!

Monica Leonelle–The SocialPunk Blog Tour

As promised, here’s my interview of Monica Leonelle, author of SocialPunk, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now. Let’s get into it!

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire (http://proseonfire.com) and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit (http://proseonfire.com/free-writer-toolkit).

When did you discover or decide to become a writer?

Just a few years ago. But I also wanted to be one when I was a kid. I feel like I mostly write because I can’t help it. I love to write and that’s how I express myself, day in and day out. I can never understand how people want to be writers or authors when they don’t write. I always think, “Then why aren’t you writing every day?” I organically average at least 2,000 words a day writing. When I’m finishing up a manuscript, I average closer to 5,000 words a day. This is just what I do, so I never believe people who say they’re going to write something but just don’t have the time.

Is being a writer anything like you imagined it would be?

It’s hard, and no one imagines that. So I suppose that’s a yes. 🙂

Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?

While I do write all around the clock for my job, I get most of my fiction writing done in the wee hours… Continue reading