Jul 25 2012

Currently reading – The Snow Queen

Posted by Mathias

I’m listening to The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge on #Audible for #Android. Get the app free: http://audible.com/wireless @audible_com

Jul 24 2012

Cachinnate – Today’s $10 Word

Posted by Mathias

Cachinnate (intransitive verb):

: to laugh loudly or immoderately

Jul 23 2012

Book Review: Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman

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WARNING! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Feast of Souls is the first book in the Magister Trilogy by C.S. Friedman. The story is that of the first woman to ever master the magical arts and transcend from life depleting witchery to the immortal life of a magister. Here name is Kamala.  Well, that is how the story starts anyway. Later on we learn of the threat of beasts known as Soul Eaters returning.

Ok, bluntly, I was not thrilled with the way the book shifted away from Kamala’s point of view so often. The narrative did so at the expense of making her seem like a secondary, perhaps even tertiary, character in her own story. I think that most of what the other characters were used for could have been transmitted to the reader without going in and seeing it through their eyes. That feeling still sits with me even now. (more…)

Jul 23 2012

E-Book Pricing

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So, I was asked today what I thought about e-book prices.  Apparently, it is a big issue that e-books are often the same price, or very similar in price, to their physical cousins.

“I think some e-books are immensely overpriced”, I said.  “Why, a lot of those free ones out there are twice what I would pay for them!”

That drew an angry scowl from the person asking the question.

 

Jul 19 2012

Book Review: Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan

Posted by Mathias

WARNING! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Rise of Empire is the second book in the Riyria Revelations trilogy and, once again, we are back to follow the exploits of mismatched thieves Hadrian Blackwater and Royce Melborne. Rise of Empire is, in my opinion, a much better story than Theft of Swords, the first book in the trilogy. While Theft of Swords had its moments, and was far from a bad story, Rise of Empire is cleaner, crisper, more intriguing than the first novel. Back story out of the way, the reader gets a tale of good quality that entertains.

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Jul 18 2012

My Rules For Writing Fiction

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I am famous for saying there are no real “rules” for writing stories. I realize that this irks the living Hell out of people who are trying to make a career (or a nuisance) out of promoting books detailing so-called “rules” for fiction writers, but I don’t plan on backing down. But I do have to admit that I do have some rules that I abide by. But I think you will see that there is a huge difference between my “rules” and those hard and fast declarations so many others want to spout on and on about.

So, let’s begin:

1. Write the story you want to write!

The story still has to be compelling and well-written (both subjective measures) to be successful. But if you don’t write the story you are passionate about, it will come through in the writing. Don’t try to write something just because the last blockbusting best seller was on topic X.

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Jul 16 2012

Are You One Of THOSE Authors?

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Face it. There are certain authors that are THOSE kind of authors. The question is, are you one of THOSE kinds of authors.

In case you are wonder what I mean when I say THOSE kind of authors are, I’ll explain. THOSE kind of authors are authors who fawn over every kind bit of praise they get. They blog, tweet, and facebook every glowing “5 Star Review”. But THOSE kind of authors also do something else. They feel the need to attack anyone who doesn’t like their work, even if it is a legitimate opinion. Just like they blog, tweet, and facebook with pride about how much people loved what they wrote, THOSE kinds of authors also blog, tweet, and facebook attacks on people who don’t like their work and dare to not give it glowing praise.

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Jul 15 2012

BRUTE FORCE Publicity Rarely Works

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I spent some time in advertising.  I also have spent a lot of time selling my own products.  Over the course of those many years I have learned one thing, brute force publicity rarely works.

What do I mean by “brute force publicity”?  Simple.  I mean beating your potential clients over the head repeatedly with your message to the point where it becomes annoying.

Yes, it is true that one of the rules of selling is to ingrain your message in the heads of potential customers.  But, doing so to the point where they tune you out is bad. (more…)

Jul 13 2012

A Good Bit Of Editing Advice

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When I’m editing, I find that the most effective means of correcting mistakes is just to simply read what is written out loud. If it sounds bad coming out, then it needs work.

I don’t know what it is, but sitting there, reading silently, just let’s too many awkward sentences pass by. Only by reading out loud do I find the errors.

Somehow, it seems, the mind auto corrects to ignore the problems that clearly exist.

Jul 13 2012

Are You Really An “Award Winning Author”?

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The other day I was introduced to an “Award Winning” author. Really? I though, how interesting. But I knew, as the friend who introduced us immediately turned a face when this “Award Winning” author introduced herself as such, that something was not right.

It took a while, but I was eventually able to broach the subject in the course of conversation. “So,” I asked, “what award did you win?”

The author beamed. “I took second place in my writers group awards for poetry last year,” she informed me.

“Oh?” I said, “That sounds wonderful. So happy for you. You must be thrilled with the recognition.”

“I am,” she grinned, “the other girl I was up against -” (more…)