Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grandma

I appreciate the guest post, Jamie Guy
I visited http://www.wildbluedeals.com/ and got satellite internet for my grandmother. She never had internet access from her house before. She would go into the library in town when she wanted to e-mail me. The last time that I went to visit her, I convinced her that she needed to get the internet at her house. We called and got it hooked up really quickly, I showed her house to use it. Even though she is eighty-five she navigates the internet with ease. By the time I headed home after the week, she could e-mail, created a Facebook profile, and got on Pinterest. Now, I love staying in touch with my grandmother all the time on the internet. The only downfall for her having the internet at her house is that she is constantly commenting on my Facebook posts and sends a ton of those annoying forwarded e-mails. I can forgive it though because I love my grandmother so much and am really happy every time I get to hear from her.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Craigslist

Authored by Leandro Delgado
One of the best things to come onto the Internet scene is Craigslist. It is a website that allows you to use high speed internet to post items for sale, search for a job, or find a place to live. My personal favorite use for it is to run my own little yard sale from the sofa. Throughout the year, I find things around my house that I no longer use or need, but I still think would be worth something to someone. All I have to do is take a photo and compose a short write-up about the item, then post it all. Some items receive many emails very quickly, while others solicit little response. However, it's better than just giving it away and you are sometimes able to make more money on things than you could at a yard sale. If an item doesn't sell, the cool thing is that you don't have to completely redo the listing. There's an option that allow you to repost the item with the click of a button.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Amazon Kindle!

Recently, I finally gave in and saved up for a Kindle. So far, I would have to say that it is one of the coolest things I have ever bought. Not only do I get to read the classics for free, but I'm getting them instantly. I then got to thinking... What if I could broaden my potential audience by publishing on Amazon Kindle? So... I did!

The first story I chose to be published was Tarkington Wolf. I chose it for a few reasons: First, it is the only story of mine that has a review from a complete stranger (a positive review, I might add...). Second, it's a personal favorite of mine since it took me so long to write (or should I say rewrite?). And it would be a lie to say that I didn't want to play into the current popularity of werewolves just a little... though some people may be disappointed that there aren't random scenes of shirtless men.

Er! I mean... There are TONS of totally relevant beefcake scenes of muscular Victorian men who are as alluring as they are dangerous... (Btw, don't let that joking mislead you about my story. Please.)

Hopefully soon I will have my other two published stories, That Dame and The Brethren Souls, also available on Kindle. And, as usual, I'll keep the prices to an absolute minimum. I really don't care about turning a profit until I know my stuff is worth selling. And if I'm going to find that out, I need to get some reviews!

Here's the Kindle Edition of Tarkington Wolf!

http://www.amazon.com/Tarkington-Wolf-ebook/dp/B005IVDV20/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314282938&sr=1-1

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Necessary Ego?

I've been rather slow to learn that if you're going to get anywhere in life, you need to have an ego. Case in point: You'll never be a successful author if you're buried in your own modesty and/or self-doubt. I'm willing to say that I'm not a terrible writer, but I can't put myself anywhere near the same category as Shakespeare, Bronte (pick one), Dickens, King, or Wilde. It won't do me any good to put all this passion into my writing then regard the idea of other people reading it with a "Meh." Yeah. I need to put a proverbial gun to their heads and order them to read it through their tears of terror and confusion.
I suppose my realization in my passive-aggression towards getting recognized came from watching my sister. She writes poetry, but more than anything, she's an artist. Paint, pencil, chalk, carcoal, wood burning, sculpting; you name it, she can do it. And with her own unique style that makes me jealous and proud all at the same time. She's always been an amazing artist, but for the past few months she's finally been taking steps towards advertising her work via websites and word of mouth. Her various work has all been put on one website, Shade Of Rust, and it's been reminding me how important it is to network. Even though networking sucks.
So, I guess my late (or early?) New Year's Resolution will be to advertise for my writing a little more. Unlike my sister's art, though, I don't have the benefit of people glancing at my work and deciding whether or not it's worth their money. Reading a book requires not only money, (unless if it's freeeeeeee.... *plug plug*), but time as well.
So, along with learning advertising and networking, I should also learn a thing or two about writing short stories. Everytime I try to write a short story, I feel like I'm trying to stuff an elephant into a cat carrier. Just doesn't work. (I was going to use some kind of sexual euphemism there, but all of my phantom readers would enjoy that too much.)
Going back to my thesis, I need to learn how to brag about my writing and put it in people's faces. It will annoy them and quite possibly make them want to avoid my writing completely. But! It will make them aware of its existence. And who knows. Perhaps there are people out there as cynical as me who will want to read my work just so they can tell others precisely what they hate about it. (I'll have to write a blog entry about the Twilight movie to further emphasize that concept...) And now, I have some serious soul searching to do... for my ego.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"I Have Nothing to Declare Except My Genius"


As often happens, I'm on another Oscar Wilde kick. As far as one-liners go, I think this is one of the men who set the bar. And with me having a new (temporary) job, I cannot help but have a new appreciating for the world through the eyes of a poetic cynic. So! Without futher ado, here are some of my favorites from a favorite. :)


"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing."

"A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally."

"A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction."

"A true friend stabs you in the front."

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."

"Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much."

"As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied."

"As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular."

"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship."

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."

"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."

"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."

"I am not young enough to know everything."

"I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying."

"I have nothing to declare except my genuis.I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world."

"In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane."

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."

"Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you."

"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."

"The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

"There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written."

"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last."

"To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance."

"Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Long Time, No Blog!

Well, I have a few little updates in regards to my writing.

First of all, I've temporarily put that double sequel on hold. Hit a snag and haven't had a lot of time for it. Not that I've lost interest, it's just combining two sequels into one is a tricky business. (Hopefully I won't end up dropping it... That would be a sad day, for me...)

I have, however, finally finished the editing and revision of my last finished story, The Brethren Souls. I'm currently waiting on my 'proof print' to come in the mail for a look over before I make the final version available for the public. I'm rather happy with the way this story turned out. The cover is pretty cool and, unlike my first two books, this one has a couple of pictures! Come on, can't go wrong with pictures. Even if they aren't exactly illustrations...

I also got to thinking the other day, as I looked at my Lulu storefront... For some reason I made the downloadable e-book versions of That Dame and Tarkington Wolf as $5.00. As far as e-books go, I don't know whether or not that's a good price. I do know, however, that I write to tell a story. Not make a profit. So, the generous side of me momentarily commandeered my hands and I changed the price of the e-book versions from $5.00 to FREE. Can't complain about that! I just want people to read my stuff, and since I haven't had to pay to publish, why should I earn anything?

As soon as The Brethren Souls is made public, that one will be free as an e-book as well.

Monday, January 31, 2011

How Now, Sequel?

Last August I completed another novel called "The Brethren Souls," which is in dire need of proof reading and editing at th moment. That story isn't even cold yet and already I'm writing a sequel for it. But this isn't just any sequel... It's a continuation of TWO stories at once. I already published a Victorian story called "Tarkington Wolf", and my current project combines Tarkington Wolf and The Brethren Souls in what could very well turn out to be a ridiculously over the top Victorian drama/horror. And probably not in a good way.

It's extremely tricky though. TW was written from the first person point of view of Benjamin. The Brethren Souls is third person, but about 90% of the story follows the anti-hero Fargeau, and about 80% of the chapters begin with his journal entries. So, in a sense that's a lot of first person POV woven in there. I've already begun my sequel for both stories in third person, but I'm having a hell of a time deciding my primary POV.

Each story had its central figure. For Tarkington Wolf, it was Theo and his werewolf curse. For The Brethren Souls, it's Fargeau and his evil science. The two are such larger han life characters, I'm not sure if it's going to work putting them in a story together. It may make the whole plot fall apart, or it may take away from both of the characters to share a story. Also, how mysterious do I keep them? If their original stories are read first, then the reader may get bored knowing what these characters are all about before it's revealed. On the other hand, what's the fun of having everything spelled out and shown in a story?

This isn't my first sequel, but that doesn't mean its any easier. I've always enjoyed sequels that aren't too heavily dependent on their original stories, that way if anyone comes in middle, they won't be too lost. I want my sequel to stand on its own as much as possible.

While I'm well aware of the potential toxins that may be emitted if this story bombs, I cannot stop thinking about it. Sometimes, Tempation and Inspiration conspire against you in the most diabolical way by sticking prodders in your brain and galvanizing it when you least expect it. If I could stop thinking about this story, hoo-boy! Believe me I would!

My head hurts just writing this. I've been pondering over this nonsense for months now and I don't seem to have gotten anywhere. Why can't writing be as easy as every non-writer thinks it is?! >_<