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Sunday, January 17th, 2016
11:30 pm
Taking Care of Me...and the End to a Difficult Chapter
Well, this week has been one of the more stressful in my life. I had to have surgery this past Wednesday, and I've spent the rest of the week recouperating. I thought this would give me more time to write, but the strain on my body between the horrible anxiety before the surgery and the hangover from the anesthesia drugs took its toll. The anxiety left almost no room in my mind for writing, and the hangover and exhaustion delayed my writing until the weekend.

But despite all of this, I'm proud of myself. I was able to finish a very difficult chapter. If you've seen my tumbler post, you already know how much I hated writing chapter 7. And I'm not even really sure it is all that bad of a chapter, really. I just didn't have the same enthusiasm for it, and I felt like I was doing it all wrong the whole time. I have some people critiquing it for me this week, and I'm hoping they will be able to tell me whether it is truly crap or not.

And, honestly, I'm okay with writing crap...or at least I've decided to be okay with it. It is my first draft after all, and its better to have crap written on the page rather than nothing written on the page. Crap can be changed, edited, and shined to a high shine, but nothing is still nothing.

So, it's back to my day job tomorrow morning, and I'm sure I have a huge pile of work to come back to. This may impact my writing schedule goals as well for a few days, but I really hope that I'll be able to keep it up regardless. I'm hoping to set aside at least an hour, even on busy days, to write before bed. Maybe I'll even write in bed.... It could work.

Current Mood: relieved
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
2:33 pm
Looking for feedback/discussion on a free serial I'm writing...
So I'm now posting the third of three free to read prequel serials to my novel Seventh Night.  The first two were pretty safe to read before the novel. This one, not so much, it spoils major plot points. I waited until a year after the novel was released to start posting it... but obviously there's much smaller audience appeal than for the first two.

So I would appreciate anyone whose willing to brave the spoiler nature and try it out anyway. I've decided to stick to fictionpress with these out of a desire to be consistent. But I would consider other websites for future serials. Anyone had good luck/experiences doing serials elsewhere? I've considered trying Jukepop for example.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
3:52 pm
Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, 1974-2004
Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, daughter of Spider and the late Jeanne Robinson, is now in The Undiscovered Country, occurring Friday, December 5th, 2014, at the age of 40 years, due to Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (which she described as "the most common form of breast cancer"). Waiting for their time to greet her again are her father Spider Robinson, her husband Heron da Silva, her daughter Marissa ("Miss M"), and a huge extended family of relatives and intimate friends, as well as many, many more distant friends around the world.

The announcement came from Laurie O'Neal ("Auntie L") on Terri's WordPress weblog about her life with cancer, "gracefulwomanwarrior" [ http :// gracefulwomanwarrior . com ], and on her Facebook page [ https :// www. facebook . com / pages / Gracefulwomanwarrior / 247095598695612 ] (remove spaces to access the links, of course).

With the name Luanna Mountainborne, she was depicted as dancing on Luna in 1/6 gravity in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein.

A crowdfunding request for her medical expenses is at [ https :// www . youcaring . com / medical - fundraiser / terri - s - stage - 4 - cancer - fight / 269274 ]

A crowdfunding request for her memorial is at [ http :// www . gofundme . com / icqknk ]

(Again, remove spaces to access the links.)

This information comes from openly accessible web pages and public announcements, no confidences are being violated.

Current Mood: melancholy
Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
3:18 pm
Hi everyone! I have just published my first paranormal fantasy novel on Amazon. I'm sure that my friends/ family will buy it but I need to learn about promotion if I want to reach beyond my circle and I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me about raising awareness etc? The book is dark fantasy aimed at young adult but I don't have hard copies so I can't do school promotions or anything involving physical copies...Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
12:14 am
A little help please!
Hey folks,
Okay, here’s the deal, I have published a book two years ago, give or take, but it didn’t sell. And it’s already removed from Amazon.com -if anyone tried to purchase it, a message would say that the book is currently out of stock. Someone advised me to enter a competition, but the problem is that all competitions include the rule that the book MUST not have been published before -unless it was self-published. So, I’m facing a dead end right now. I don’t know what to do. I have finished the series “The Demon’s Fight” -3 books- and already started on the next series, but didn’t want to publish the other two books until I find a good solution for my problem.

I would really appreciate your advices and help.
Thanks ;D
Friday, June 6th, 2014
11:07 pm
ArmadilloCon Writers' Workshop
All right, folks, time for some shameless plugging.

If you're interested in writing sci-fi or fantasy, and you want to improve your craft, you should attend the ArmadilloCon Writers' Workshop. I could give you all sorts of reasons why, like our fantastic teachers: Mario Acevedo, Jayme Lynn Blaschke, Ted Chiang, Nicky Drayden, Mark Finn, Derek Johnson, Claude Lalumiere, Stina Leicht, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Ian McDonald, Joe McKinney, Alex C. Renwick, Kat Richardson, Dr. Anne-Marie Thomas, Martin Wagner, Jacob Weisman, Martha Wells and Skylar White.

I could tell you that the workshop is a steal at $70, and that includes access to the whole rest of the conference. Most conferences won't even let you in the door for $70, but here you get the conference and the workshop? A workshop where your work gets critiqued by writing professionals? How is that not a great deal?

I could tell you all sorts of things, but if you want to know why it's worth your while, here's the real reason, right here:

That's the book that I've got coming out next year. I took the first chapter of that to the workshop a few years ago, and due to the critique input I received, I was able to improve the chapter, improve the book and improve my craft as a writer. Did that pay off? Yeah, I think it did. Am I saying if you go you WILL sell your work? Of course not. But you'll get the tools you need to improve your chances.

And on top of that, I want to point out, I'm not shilling for this to line my pockets. I do this entirely as a volunteer, because I think it matters. The people who volunteered before me gave me the helping hand I needed, and I think the best thing I can do is reach out to the ones coming up behind.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
7:50 pm
Hey everyone, I have just joined this community and I would like to introduce myself. My name is Noha El-Sergani and I live in Egypt. I love reading and writing. I have published my first book (The Demon's Fight) but I am having a bit of bad luck with letting more people to get to know about my book. I have created a community for anyone who wants to ask anything about the book, write reviews, suggest ideas or just talk to me about anything at demon_fight. The front cover of the book is my profile pic. :D
Hope you visit and have fun together.
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
1:30 pm
Intro and Blitzkrieg
Hello, I can see the group is a little dead, but in case it comes back all Zombies-like, thought I'd introduce myself. I write fantasy as Iscah, and I enjoy a lot of sci-fi. I usually steer clear of horror. I like a good thriller or ghost story, but not gory or dark for the sake of being gory and dark.

This weekend I'm doing a blitzkrieg posting of my novel Seventh Night over on Fiction press. Here's the working cover, though it may get revamped, since the publisher decided to release a hardback with the ebook, rather than after:


There are more details over on my profile at Fictionpress: http://www.fictionpress.com/u/7139/Kay-Iscah

But basically from August 30th to September 9th, the novel will be posted/updated very quickly, and on September 10th, it will come down again. It's sort of a test market / beta run.

Discussion Point: As authors how do you feel about free sampling like this? Good idea, bad idea? Most effective if...?
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
3:04 pm
Shameless request
I've disappeared from livejournal for a while and now I return cap in hand, shamlessly begging.

I'm in the process of publishing my third book (my first was a traditionally published sci-fi novel called Child of the Hive, the second was a technical manual written through work). Omega Rising is a science fiction novella set in modern day York. It follows eighteen-year-old Jenny as she takes a job working for a new tech firm and ends up caught in a conflict involving alien technology.

Because I'm paying up front for things like editing, proof-reading, cover design, formatting, printing, etc. I've created a kickstarter for the project. I really could do with more support. Please take a look at the project and give a couple of quid if you can. If you can't, please help me spread the word about the project to people you think would be interested. Anything you can do to support will be massively appreciated.

Here are the funding stats from www.kicktraq.com

Codename Omega: Omega Rising -- Kicktraq Mini
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
6:07 pm
I hope that this is okay... My e-book, The Universal Mirror, is free for today and tomorrow over at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Universal-Mirror-ebook/dp/B006VYHLNS/ref=zg_bs_158576011_5

The UK review did a great job of summarizing the book: "The author creates a very atmospheric world of magicians and commoners, in which magicians Quentin and Asahel turn grave robber to restore Quentin's wife's plague-ridden beauty. Unfortunately this means committing heresy, and this lead the main characters into conflict with this world's ruling council. What follows is a fast paced thriller packed with magical incidents, with the action motivated by the life affirming need to heal."

Anyways, please feel free to snag a copy before the sale ends! I'm trying to get the word out before the book goes back up to $2.99 so feel free to share if you like with people who might be interested. Thank you!
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
2:34 pm
Short story contest winnah! Well, second place.
My short story "Grass" won second place in the lulu.com short story contest. It's downloadable for free on the site. http://www.lulu.com/blog/2011/12/22/winners-of-the-lulu-short-story-contest-announced/
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
4:08 pm
eBook Contest

So, my SF/mystery/buddy story novella "The Space Station Murders," by A.M. Roelke (20,000 words) came out in May this year. I'm allowed to give out several promo copies per year for contests. I haven't had ANY contests this year so I'd like to catch up now.

I'll give out THREE copies, drawing to be held next Tuesday. I'll pick who gets it with a random number generator, no favoritism, no special answers needed. Just comment and let me know you want a copy. If only three people comment, each will get a copy.

If you win, I'll need your email address so I can send you a copy in one of these three formats:


(You can PM your email address to me if you win.)

I'd suggest, before commenting, that you read the two Amazon.com reviews to see if the story interests you: The Space Station Murders--on Amazon (Reviews here.)

Or read the beginning of the story here: The Space Station Murders--from the publisher (Excerpt here.)

P.S. If you're a book reviewer and would rather have a review copy than enter a contest, just contact me about who you are and where you'd post a review. I'd also need you to let me know your email address and which format you'd prefer (of the three I have available).

Friday, October 14th, 2011
4:52 pm
My Novel Fourfold
Please buy my book. I'm poor and cold.

What’s a computer geek to do? This ain’t no MMORPG!

Arthur Bible, computer programmer and routine geek, had a normal life. But when his best pal Galen's ex-girlfriend drops in from another dimension and shatters a simple after-work dinner with bullets, fists, and bodies flying in epic Hollywood proportions . . . well, life stopped being quite so normal.

It turns out that his pal has a past undreamed of. He has the ability to ‘fold’ physical laws from one dimension to the next and has made more than a few enemies—besides his former fiancée Lian—who are looking to settle scores.

Thus begins a chase that drags Arthur, Galen and Lian through modern Manhattan and three fantastic parallel Earths: one of zeppelins, chi-powered martial arts and steam-driven robots; another with magicians, sword-wielding nobility and elemental riverboats; the third with fantastic super-science and fascist telepaths.

Worse yet, Arthur discovers that Nexus, the shadowy inter-dimensional organization seeking to kill them might actually be the lesser of two evils!

Fourfold Cover-small

Amazon.com: Fourfold eBook: Charles D. Shell: Kindle Store

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
1:54 pm
Call for Submissions: Touched by Death - Erotic horror tales of the dead.
ForbiddenFiction.com is looking for erotic horror fiction with the theme of Touched by Death. We expect this to include stories of living people who have been touched by ghosts, zombies, vampires and/or other dead – or stories with dead/dead encounters. Stories chosen for this Special Collection should balance sexy and horror in a way that makes the readers squirm.

Touched by Death will be one of our Special Collections – gathered by theme into ebook/print anthologies and posted to our royalty-paying online library. All lengths of stories are considered for Special Collections. Short stories and novellas will be grouped with similar stories for promotions and anthologies. Novels will be eligible for both the novel promotions and possible excerpts in the anthologies. Stories are also eligible for more than one special collection if they fit the themes.

ForbiddenFiction.com is a full-service, royalty-paying publisher that offers multiple forms of publications and income streams, including ebook, print and audio. We work with both established and new authors. We prefer original works, but will consider previously published stories as well.

For more information about and a list of other Special Collections calls for submissions see: http://forbiddenfiction.com/specialcollectioncalls

For more information see our Submissions Information and Guidelines at: http://www.forbiddenfiction.com/submissions
Thursday, August 4th, 2011
11:22 pm
Tips for Horror/slasher writing?
Hey guys, I just joined and thought this might be a good place to pick up some tips...

One of my current projects is a simple horror story in which a girl returns to her family home for the Christmas holidays only to wake up to witness someone murdering her parents. I've never tried to MAKE anything scary before and it's so much harder than I thought. The story's inspired by slasher films I loved watching growing up...but there's just one problem...nothing is scary anymore!

Any tips??

Current Mood: determined
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
7:23 pm
Part one of my bleak horror/scifi novella The Quiet


The garage door rose slowly as James Benton rushed to his car on the morning after the first darkness had passed. Once in the car and backing out, he lit a cigarette. He took note that it was one of those rare days when none of his neighbors appeared to be leaving at the same time. He flipped his ashes outside the window as he pulled out of the cul de sac. Then he leaned over and turned on the radio. The speakers crackled out white noise. He changed the station and found that anywhere he moved the dial, nothing came through but static. He shut off the radio and muttered to himself, wondering what would go wrong next with the old junker

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Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, April 21st, 2011
5:54 pm
Webslinger Extraordinaire...
Well, I got the upgraded web site loaded, and a relatively few bugs have been ironed out.   There are still a few articles to finish, but the big issue is that this sets the stage for the downloads shopping cart.  

Another feature now available is a page where wannabe cover artists can post samples of their work in hopes of making connections with authors/publishers.  Anyone interested in that, please drop me a line.

Til next

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, March 26th, 2011
11:36 pm
Diana Wynne Jones - 16 August 1934 - 26 March 2011

May you always have Moving Castles and Unexpected Magic
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
10:24 am
Genre for Japan
A UK group of writers and writing enthusiasts are running an appeal called Genre for Japan, in support of the Red Cross appeal aiding Japan. They're looking for people to donate prizes for a charity auction, with the auction taking place on 28th Marhc.

More information here: http://genreforjapan.wordpress.com/press/
Sunday, March 13th, 2011
8:02 am
Now in e-book
My first novel, Child of the Hive, has been out in hardback for a while now. As of last week, it's now available in Kindle format.

If you want to know more, here's a short extract:

I would seriously appreciate it if anyone on this community could help me push this video out to more people.
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