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What’s Hot On Audible.com In Science Fiction/Fantasy?

August 19, 2012 Leave a comment

According to the email I received this morning, this is what is hot on Audible.com for audio books:

Most Wished For Science Fiction & Fantasy

Take a peek at what your fellow listeners are wishing for. You might discover a book you never even knew you wanted! Read more…

Final Edit Underway for Under the Darkened Moon

August 18, 2012 Leave a comment

With the live read edit getting bogged down. I’m starting to go and insert the changes from chapters that have already been completed and adding a few more with a final read through myself.  Thus the final edit is going to begin now rather than after the live read edit ends as was originally planned.

You would think, after more than a dozen and a half edits, that there wouldn’t be many more changes to make.  But there are.  In fact, here is what the first two pages looked like after the live read.  Note all the yellow which are changes: Read more…

Book Review: The Snow Queen by: Joan D. Vinge

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS

The Snow Queen was released in 1980, but since I was just eight at the time, I never read it before now. It was never on my reading list because, frankly, I never had anyone recommend it as something that I should read. But, several months ago I came across it and added it to my pile of books to read.

The science fiction novel takes place on the worlds ruled by the Hegemony. In particular, one called Tiamat. The natives of this world are kept in a relative state of technological limbo by the Hegemony with technology only existing on the world during the reign of the “Winters” when the planet is able to be accessed through interstellar travel. When the gates close and the “Summers” take over, all technology is removed from the planet or destroyed until the gate reopens, and the “Winters” regain control.

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Word Of The Day – hirsute

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

hir·sute

adj \ˈhər-ˌsüt, ˈhir-, ˌhər-ˈ, hir-ˈ\

Five Writing Goals For Today

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Every day i come up with a list of items i want to accomplish before the end of the day. Today is no different. Five things I want to accomplish:

1. Prepare another chapter of Under the Darkened Moon for its live read edit.
2. Find at least one new agent who reps fantasy to my query list. Read more…

Why I Like (But Also Sometimes Hate) Audio Books

August 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I like audio books. I am not afraid to admit to it. In fact, most of my reading these days comes in the form of listening to audio books.

Why I like audio books is no great secret.

1. During the course of my two hour commute every week day, I get two hours of reading in. No kids screaming, no wife constantly interrupting me to fix something. It’s just me, the audio book, my car, and that moron in front of me who is now cutting me off. HEY! Buddy, would it kill you to use a turn signal? Read more…

Best Seller Or Best Give Away For Freer?

August 12, 2012 1 comment

This post sort of goes along with my previous post about whether or not one is really an “award winning author” or not.  Seems to me that a lot of authors, particularly self-published ones, want to make themselves seem more prominent than they really are.  In a way, I understand that.  It is hard being an author.  I know, being one myself.  We would all like recognition.  But, like I said in my post about “award winning authors” who get some token award and then tout it as some grand credential, “the only person you are cheating is yourself,” when that recognition is overhyped. Read more…

The Plan

August 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok, so I have been thinking about my “plan” for moving forward as I seek to get my work published.  My wife and I are currently on Chapter 13 of the live read edit for Under the Darkened Moon, and I have given myself a deadline of the end of September to have it, and the edits that come from it, done.  Boom, put it to bed.  It will be, by that point, as polished as it is going to get without the cost of professional editing.*

 

I am going to start the process of querying literary agents at that point.  I will be doing batches of 10 at a time and give each batch two or three weeks to reply before I send out the next round.  Some agents, I realize, don’t work that fast, but I figure it will give some nice overlap moving forward.  Oh, and BTW, if you are a literary agent and would like to see my work before I start querying, then by all means drop me a line to get at the top of the list!  I love it when people show initiative!  It’s a trait that I highly admire in people! Read more…

More Great Lines From The Black Company

August 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Yes, I confess, I love reading Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company. Croaker, the character who tells the story is just so over the top in the way he observes things. Normally, overly flowery rhetoric bores me. But, in this book it just works. I don’t know why. You just believe that he really sees things this way.

So, here are some more of my favorite overdone lines: Read more…

Why I Love Reading The Black Company

August 8, 2012 Leave a comment

I love reading Glen Cook’s Chronicles of The Black Company. Just lines like this make me smile, no matter how silly they sound: Read more…