Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Quotes of the Week


"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
--Robert Hienlien

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
—J.K. Rowling

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
—J.D. Salinger

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
—Christina Rossetti

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
—Albert Einstein

I don’t have a very clear idea of who the characters are until they start talking.
—Joan Didion

Reading is the sole means by which we slip involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
—Joyce Carol Oates

Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.
—Ray Bradbury

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
—Herman Melville

Monday, November 20, 2017

Reading: We are Legion and For We Are Many

Last week I read two more books. We are Legion and For We are Many by Dennis E. Taylor.


Here is the description from Amazon:

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.

The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.

--Good stuff. I recommend it!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quotes of the Week

You are what you settle for.
—Janis Joplin

Revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.
—Stephen King

A character is defined by the kinds of challenges he cannot walk away from.
—Arthur Miller

A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke
—Vincent van Gogh

Write about what you know and care deeply about. When one puts one's self on paper—that is what is called good writing.
—Joel Chandler Harris

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area.
—David Bowie

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson

Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.
—Steve Martin

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday Tips: NANOWRIMO

I know I am a bit late to talk about National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo.

You are about half way through. If you follow the strict schedule to get to 50,000 words you should be about 25,000 words in. At least that's what most people say.

You are probably discouraged. You made the mistake of going back and reading what you wrote and it's probably shit.  You don't have enough experience yet to understand that every first draft is shit.

He is something they never tell you. If you focus on word count your story will suffer.

Every month is NaNoWriMo in my world. I average about 40,000 words a month. Not including blogging, forums, or email. I have published about 500,000 words so far. It's a good start.

A start.

If you want to be a good writer. An Author. You must keep writing. Make every month NaNoWriMo. The more you write the less shit you will write...

--I hope to not be shit one day! 




Monday, November 13, 2017

Reading: Expeditionary Force 4 & 5

Last week I read two books from the Expeditionary Force series by Craig Alanson. Book 3 Spec Ope and Book 4, Black Ops.




Below is the description from Amazon:


From Book 1: We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news. The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon come ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There go the good old days, when humans only got killed by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar, wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria, to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar, they aren't our enemy, our allies are.

I'd better start at the beginning....

--I really enjoy this series. Highly recommended!



Friday, November 10, 2017

Aven Shore

Aven Shore

What can I say about Aven Shore?

I guess I will start with the obvious. Aven is the Narrator of my most recent novel, Virtues of the Vicious.

She is strong, intelligent, capable, creative and has become a friend worth having. I also think she's beautiful.

This is from her official bio:

Aven Shore has finally figured out how to read books for a living.  She narrates audiobooks with glee from a tiny house in the woods on the East Coast, and when not reading, may be found answering the whims of her chickens or writing letters on paper.  Aven is also a beekeeper, gardener, traveling hermit, and student of Icelandic. 

A lifelong adoration of reading, coupled with a steadfast DIY ethic, led 21st-century renaissance woman Aven Shore to pursue freelance audiobook narration. Aven reads to you from a solar-powered studio in the tiny off-grid house in the woods she designed and built by hand from reclaimed materials. Her time is otherwise spent gardening, raising chickens, keeping bees, tending a heritage apple orchard, rehabilitating and slowly reclaiming her farm and woodlot near an abandoned gold mine in Nova Scotia, Canada.

She was a carpenter, firefighter, blogger, avid reader of books made of dead trees, tax preparer, rescuer of animals and competitive snowboarder. All that and she lives in the woods, in a tiny house, off grid.

--When she is not dreaming of Iceland... who am I trying to kid... She constantly dreams of Iceland.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quotes of the Week

You can't edit a blank page.
—Nora Roberts

You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff...
—Octavia E. Butler

Here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.
—John Steinbeck

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear.
—Robert McKee

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
—Ernest Hemingway

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.... It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life,
—Anne Lamott

When u write , it's really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is u're writing about
—Lady Gaga



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday Tips: From King

Here is a great article, full of advice from Stephen King.

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer.


1. Stop watching television. Instead, read as much as possible.

2. Prepare for more failure and criticism than you think you can deal with.

3. Don't waste time trying to please people.

4. Write primarily for yourself.

5. Tackle the things that are hardest to write.

6. When writing, disconnect from the rest of the world.

7. Don't be pretentious.

8. Avoid adverbs and long paragraphs.

9. Don't get overly caught up in grammar.

10. Master the art of description.

11. Don't give too much background information.

12. Tell stories about what people actually do.

13. Take risks; don't play it safe.

14. Realise that you don't need drugs to be a good writer.

15. Don't try to steal someone else's voice.

16. Understand that writing is a form of telepathy.

17. Take your writing seriously.

18. Write every single day.

19. Finish your first draft in three months.

20. When you're finished writing, take a long step back.

21. Have the guts to cut.

22. Stay married, be healthy, and live a good life.




Monday, November 6, 2017

Reading: Children of the Fleet

Last week I read Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Children of the Fleet is a new angle on Card’s bestselling series, telling the story of the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the Ender’s Shadow series.

Ender Wiggin won the Third Formic war, ending the alien threat to Earth. Afterwards, all the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans, and the International Fleet became the arm of the Ministry of Colonization, run by Hirum Graff. MinCol now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies.

Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn’t think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview.

--This is the start of a new series. I liked it!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fast Friday Interviews: Lucille Moncrief

 Lucille Moncrief

Tell me about yourself, Lucille.

I write in a lot of genres because I can’t really make up my mind. I have several series in the horror, contemporary romance, and paranormal erotic romance genres. Most of my work is dark and morbid with steampunk elements. I had a very dysfunctional childhood, what can I say? I suppose my experiences shaped my work. And by ‘shaped’ I mean bent it toward the macabre and phantasmagorical.

I like to read the classics, and a lot of non-fiction, mostly military history. I’m currently reading Survivors of Stalingrad by Reinhold Busch.

When I’m not reading or writing, I have a habit of yelling at the kids to get off my lawn. If the lawn is undisturbed, I drink a lot of coffee and stare out my window, pretending to be pensive. I also do a bit of editing, ghostwriting, and email marketing on the side.

Tell me about your current Book:

My current book is a paranormal historical fiction novelette that will be free from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5.
It’s illustrated, about vampires in WW1. Although it is part of my Nefarious series, I have written it as a standalone.

The blurb along with some quotes:
If you like dark and gritty tales, war stories and the supernatural, you’ll love this standalone short of Lucille Moncrief’s Nefarious series.

Is eternal guilt the price of human empathy?

"Suspenseful and sophisticated."

"Nefarious is hauntingly good and captivating."

"Yet again, this author blows my mind."

While the bombs rain overhead, Talcott Henderson and a group of fellow soldiers huddle in the cratered ground beneath the German front lines. Through the never-ending din of enemy fire, the voracious, blood-soaked machine of war haunts Talcott. Memories claw at him; kill or be killed, eat or be eaten. In the bowels of the earth a specter appears, and offers him an eternal life free of guilt.

But what is the cost of an unmarred soul?

Grab your copy today, travel through time, and escape into a breathtaking new world!

*Includes custom illustrations

Quotes:

“The parting of our lips was the spark of fire to gunpowder, and the keg of our longing exploded.”
“He had the look of a man who knew what he was doing and had done it a thousand times before – his face set hard in singular determination – the flame in his eyes roaring to the denouement.”
“Dauntless in my newfound immortality, I stood on the fireboard and peered over the edge of the trench, indifferent to the commotion around me. I possessed the bloodthirsty focus of a predator. My bones sang with the music of a killing feast, and the flame behind my eyes waxed murderous.”

You can find it here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073HPLN1D

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on the fourth volume of the Nefarious series. This is part of my steampunk, dark erotic paranormal romance line. It is called “The Dirigible Airship Disaster” and is slated for a crash landing mid-December.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

Alone. In my room. Did I mention alone?

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

That it is a business; always has been, always will be. Even Edgar Allan Poe had to learn branding.

What is your favorite Website?

https://www.quora.com/.

Links: 

Email: moncriefelle@gmail.com
Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/lucillemoncrief
Blog: www.moncriefs.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moncriefs.net/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/501377123571897/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/moncriefelle

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sci-Fi Short Film: Traveler

Quotes of the Week

You can't edit a blank page.
—Nora Roberts

You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff...
—Octavia E. Butler

Here I make a rule—a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.
—John Steinbeck

Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear.
—Robert McKee

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good.
—William Faulkner

On writing―One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
―George Orwell

If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed.
—Ernest Hemingway

Once the inspiration comes, that directs where the perspiration goes.
—Carole King

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.
—Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday Tips: Audio Books

Aven Shore
The Audio edition of my most recent novel, Virtues of the Vicious, is now available with the excellent Narrator is Aven Shore.

I get a lot of questions about audio book production from other authors I know. I always point them to www.ACX.com. ACX is an Amazon company that produces audio books for Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

The ACX website has a ton of resources and guidance including the new ACX University.

What's ACX University?
ACX University was established in 2013 to bring free audiobook production education to a community of new producers. Since then, we've grown from classrooms at Audible to an annual series of weekly webcasts for producers and authors to share knowledge of successful audiobook production and distribution.

What's the cost to participate?
Free! ACX University is available to all.

When and where can I watch?
Videos are available on a YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel or follow on Facebook to keep up with the latest audiobook news.

What's the catch?
No catch! At ACX, they are committed to providing authors, publishers, narrators, and producers with best-in-class training and education to make great audiobooks.

The digital market for books continues to grow. I currently sell more audio editions than paper editions. It's a great feature if you want to read the book yourself or work with a producer.

--Get reading!


Monday, October 30, 2017

Reading: Specops

Last week I read Specops, Expeditionary Force Book 2 by Craig Alason.

Here is the description from Amazon:

The sequel to 'Columbus Day'. Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise and he's going to keep it; taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return. At least, this time, the Earth is safe, right?

Not so much.

--I am enjoying this series! Skippy!



Friday, October 27, 2017

The Fast Friday Interviews: Alaina Stanford

Alaina Stanford

Tell me about yourself, Alaina?


 I'm a Star Trek and a Star Wars freak. I've watched Pride and Prejudice 8 times and You've Got Mail way more than that. I have seven kids and a golden retriever named Jack. I don't watch horror movies, I'm too much of a wimp. I grew up on Grims fairy tales, Stephen King and J.R.R. Tolkien, plus, of course, Star Trek/Star Wars movies and books. I was so shy in high school that I had to force myself to keep my eyes off the floor and set a goal to say hello to at least one person every day. I always wanted to be a flight attendant, but I'm a nervous passenger. I write in multiple genres, but all my books are romantic adventures. Oh, and my hair color changes with the seasons.

Tell me about your current Book: 

Order of Succession, A Science Fiction Romance

When the party planet of Chelyana is invaded by a hostile race, the fate of her people is suddenly thrust into Kaelyn's hands. She races across the galaxy in a small starfighter, toward the only man powerful enough to save her planet, her fiancĂ©, Chord. There’s only one problem, Kaelyn's pilot is the love of her life…

What are you working on now? 

Book 5 of my Archangel Series, Angel From Hell

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

In my living room during the day when the kids are at school.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing? 

Never give up, never surrender. (Did I mention I'm also a Galaxy Quest fan?) Oh and hire a good editor.

What is your favorite Website?  

My mind is a complete blank. I guess I don't have one or I have too many to narrow the choice down. I'm sure it has something to do with clothes, shoes or writing, maybe music or movies, yes movies or furniture, no movies, probably movies. What was the question again?

Links:  

Webhttps://www.authoralainastanford.com/
Email: 11alaina11@gmail.com
Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Alaina-Stanford/e/B009M6QXG8/
Blog:   https://www.authoralainastanford.com/blog/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/alainastanfordhypnoticjourney/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/awritr



Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quotes of the Week

And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shapes...
—William Shakespeare

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
—Stephen Fry

Don’t get it right, just get it written.
—James Thurber

Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.
—Stephen King

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
—Pablo Picasso

Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.
—Philip JosĂ© Farmer

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.
—Caroline Gordon

I write to be the characters that I am not.
—Joss Whedon

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.
—Beatrix Potter

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday Tips: Very

Today is another simple tip that will improve your writing.

After I finish a novel, one of my reviews is for the word "very".  The word is easy to replace and improve the book.

The list on the right is a set of examples to illustrate the concept.

When I am rolling in my first draft mode, I end up using "very" way more than I even realize. Very often, er, ummm.. frequent...

It is funny how once I became sensitive to the word I even notice it in books I read.

--Very cool!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Reading: Columbus Day

Last week I read Columbus Day, Expeditionary Force Book 1 by Craig Alanson.

Here is the description from Amazon:

We were fighting on the wrong side, of a war we couldn't win. And that was the good news.
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon come ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There go the good old days, when humans only got killed by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits.

When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. The UN Expeditionary Force hitched a ride on Kristang ships to fight the Ruhar, wherever our new allies thought we could be useful. So, I went from fighting with the US Army in Nigeria, to fighting in space. It was lies, all of it. We shouldn't even be fighting the Ruhar, they aren't our enemy, our allies are.

I'd better start at the beginning....

--I really enjoyed this. Reading book 2 this week!


Friday, October 20, 2017

The Fast Friday Interviews: Tabitha Caplinger

Tabitha Caplinger

Tell me about yourself, Tabitha?

Hi! I’m Tabitha, but I guess you figured that out already. I love coffee and tacos and tv. I really love tv. I have a husband and two daughters, both of which are super sassy like their mom. I spend most of my time binge-watching or talking about Jesus.(I’m also a pastor which is the Jesus part and I covered the tv obsession already.) Weird fact, I took fencing classes in college and I don’t run. I can run, but I don’t. If you see me running, you should run too because a wild animal or hoard of zombies are chasing me.

Tell me about your current Book: 

I have a ya trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three, out in the world. Well, the first two parts of it are out in the world, the third installment is coming soon.

When she finds out demons are real and she is one of the few humans who can see then, Zoe Andrews must join her Aunt Claire and the other chosen to stop the Destroyer from gathering the darkness, or else the apocalypse begins and we all become demon food.

TCO3:Bloodline (AKA Book 1)

Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she'd ever have to endure. When she began seeing things she couldn't explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad. Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to prevent the powers of darkness from condemning the world. But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn't just another descendant-she's the key to humanity's salvation. In this first installment of the supernatural fantasy trilogy The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light. Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul.

TCO3: Armor-Bearer (AKA Book 2)

Darkness creeps around every corner as demons gather in the small town of Torch Creek, Virginia. The Destroyer has arrived, and the Reaping is coming closer by the day. Zoe knows it’s her duty as the Daughter of the Three to hold back the shadows, but she doesn't know how—and time is running out. Zoe and her friends turn to the ancient text of The Chronicle for help. Are they strong enough to withstand an enemy who exploits their deepest fears and doubts? Will they find the answers they're looking for before all of Hell is unleashed? Zoe’s journey as the prophecy’s promised Daughter continues in this second installment of the fantasy trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three.

What are you working on now?

Final edits are about to begin on the third installment of this spunky little TCO3 Trilogy. But in the meantime I just started a new project which I think will be sci-fi/dystopian. I think. There are aliens and a group of outcasts, who might turn rebellious, who live in the mountains. Someone died already and I’m trying to work in a pet falcon. That’s really all I got so far.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

I usually write at home, curled up in my comfy chair with a hot cup of coffee. I like to be alone when I write. I would get too easily distracted outside or at a coffee shop.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

Book Marketing sucks. I know it is a necessary evil but I hate it. That’s not really a favorite lesson but it’s been a valuable one. I wish I had known the marketing part of things before I started writing so I could have been more ahead of the game there. I think knowing some of what I know now, back then would have saved me a little frustration at least.

What is your favorite Website?

http://chucknorrism.com/

Links:

Email: elevategirlsusa@gmail.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tabitha-Caplinger/e/B0147IV3IS/
Blog: tabithacaplinger.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TabCaplinger/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tab_Caplinger
Instagram: https://instagram.com/Tab_Caplinger



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quotes of the Week

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”
― Confucius

There were times when I was afraid I would never sell another book, but I never doubted I'd write another book.
—George R.R. Martin

If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.
—Mik Everett

Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.
—Steve Martin

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyril Connolly

I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
—Isaac Asimov

Some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth
writing about.
—Charles Bukowski

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
—Ernest Hemingway



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Tips: When Life Happens

Every now and the something happens. I call this kind of thing The Monkey Wrench.

Last week my wife broke her leg. She was walking down the stairs carrying a laundry basket and stepped on a pile of magazines (she had left there). She only fell three steps but she badly broke her fibula and dislocated her ankle.

The good new was that the EMTs were there in only three minutes after I dialed 911. The bad news was it was broke bad. Surgery was required. Recovery will be slower than a simple break.

Family first, writing second.

This happened on October 1st, our wedding anniversary. Today is October 17th. This may be my longest hiatus from writing since 2014.

So what have I learned?

  • Monkey Wrenches happen.
  • Don't sweat it. Worrying about it won't help.
  • Stay organized. This allows you to pick up where you left off easier.
  • Forgive the Monkey Wrench. Because it's not IF shit happens, it's WHEN shit happens.
  • Family First. Let the Monkey Wrench bring you closer to those you love. Not become a wedge.

As far as Monkey Wrenches go, this is a minor one (Sorry, Brenda.)  Remember that time when Steven King was out for a walk and got hit by a guy in a van? Now that is a MAJOR Monkey Wrench. I just have to do all the cooking, shopping, cleaning, laundry, home maintenance stuff and caring for my poor, pitiful, frustrated wife. It takes more time than you think! It sure make me appreciate all she does for me.

Be prepared against Monkey Wrenches:
  • BACKUPS! Computer issues are the most common Monkey Wrench.
    • Hard drive failure
    • Loss or stolen laptops
    • FIRE!
  • Stay organized.
    • Outlines that will keep me on track
    • Notes consolidated in one place
  • Stay flexible.
    • “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” --Confucius

--REMEMBER: Never leave a stack of magazines on the stairs to take up later...  


Monday, October 16, 2017

Reading: The Collapsing Empire

Last week I read The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal - but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it's discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster-than-light travel forever, three individuals - a scientist, a starship captain, and the empress of the Interdependency - are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

--Book one of a series. I liked it.


Friday, October 13, 2017

The Fast Friday Interviews: Adam Martin

Adam Martin

Tell me about yourself?

I'm a Fire Horse, according to Chinese astrology, born Dec 2, 1966. Each sign has a 60 year window. So, the next batch will be born in 2026. Since, I wasn't born in China, nor a Chinese citizen, I'm not sure if I lost all those benefits, whatever they may be.

Tell me about your current Book: Xenoman

When ex-pole dancer/model Trianne is abducted in the Klownburger parking lot, Xeno, her ex co-worker from The Shoki Pao dance club, is hired by secret service agency Intellegella to locate her with the black box, a new experimental device used to detect missing persons via synthetic sensory perception. Xeno's mission is to locate Trianne and bring her back to Intellegella rehab,  before she suffers the effects of Black Magic abuse, a designer drug that results in spontaneous human combustion, just like the tabloids tell it in the supermarket. It's all true . . . including the alien conspiracy . . . and the coming of artificial humans . . .

There's even a character named Tab Lloyd . . .

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a cautionary tale about the video game industry. The idea of kids wearing those video game helmets at the expense of looking at a real tree is just plain wrong, and it looks creepy.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

I go to the civic center. It has a nice open atmosphere, and there's places to take walks, and there's a couple coffee shops with big vinyl booths that I enjoy. I also like to write in my folks kitchen, and there's a couple of upper scale Del Taco's and Mc Donald's that I kind of like. I rarely write in my condo. It feels like being in a gray tomb. I never go to Starbucks. It's full of rickety little kid's furniture, and they're cramped and expensive.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

Writing isn't lonely. There's a confusion. You don't have to be a writer to be lonely, and you don't have to be lonely to be a writer. The two have nothing to do with each other. They're two separate problems, and you have to solve them over time as such. The reason I continued writing is that I like the conversation that goes with people that think farther out than just the veneerof  posting Dancing With the Stars videos on Facebook, and boring the hell out of everyone with their Morning Cup of Joe posts, pictures of their dog, their cat, then their dog again, then the "Here's-me-drunk-at-a-bar-in-(your south of the border country here)" post.

What is your favorite Website?

I read the free version of  The National Enquirer online, just to catch up on what I'm missing with the print version at Wal Mart. When I go to Wal Mart, I always read the print version in ten minutes and put it back without buying it. I catch up on news with Yahoo and Google. I don't need to see someone speak it on TV. I just need to know what happened in print. I like Metacritic for movie reviews, etc.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Quotes of the Week

If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go.
—James Baldwin

Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don't think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.
—Joanne Rowling

The road to Hell is paved with adverbs.
—Stephen King

Forget what you think about it and tell what you feel about it.
—Stephen Crane

Read widely...and sometimes while immersed in the multitude voices of others, you just might find your own.
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dialogue has to create a life. It has to be self-sustaining. Conversation is definitely not dialogue.
—Sam Shepard

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
—Leonard Cohen


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Come and Visit!

I will be appearing at Great Writers, Right Here 2017 – a local author fair, hosted by the Fauquier County Public Library on Friday, October 13 from 6 – 8 p.m!

Come and visit! Bring coffee and chat! Or just point and laugh!

Great Writers, Right Here will bring together local published authors and readers who will have the opportunity to stroll from table to table and meet the authors. I will share and discuss my work with the community and sign and sell books.

There will be over 40 authors are participating in this celebration of local talent. In response to the increased interest, this year’s event will be held at the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Old Town Warrenton. This is located across the street from the Warrenton central library.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton VA 20186

--Admission is free. Door prizes will be awarded.


Just leaving this here...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Reading: My life as a White Trash Zombie

Last week I read My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

--This book was a lot of fun. Recommended.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Meet the Author: Book Signing!

I will be appearing at Great Writers, Right Here 2017 – a local author fair, hosted by the Fauquier County Public Library on Friday, October 13 from 6 – 8 p.m!

Come and visit! Bring coffee and chat! Or just point and laugh!

Great Writers, Right Here will bring together local published authors and readers who will have the opportunity to stroll from table to table and meet the authors. I will share and discuss my work with the community and sign and sell books.

There will be over 40 authors are participating in this celebration of local talent. In response to the increased interest, this year’s event will be held at the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Old Town Warrenton. This is located across the street from the Warrenton central library.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton VA 20186

--Admission is free. Door prizes will be awarded.

Always need more bacon!