So this is the bit of news I was alluding to yesterday. My books, Excel for Writers and Excel for Self-Publishers, are both part of the 2017 Nano Storybundle. For $15 you can get both of my books as well as…
- How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn
- Hurting Your Characters by Michael J. Carlson
- Writing as a Team Sport by Kevin J. Anderson
- The Author’s Guide to Vellum by Chuck Heintzelman
- Time Management by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- The Magic Bakery by Dean Wesley Smith
- Business for Breakfast Vol 6: The Healthy Professional Writer by Leah Cutter
- Q&A For Science Fiction Writers by Mike Resnick
- The Unofficial Scrivener Workbook by Michael J. Carlson
- Story Structure and Master Chapter Outline Workbook by C. Michael Jefferies
- Blood From Your Own Pen by Sam Knight
Look at that list. Joanna Penn who has a brilliant podcast. Kevin J. Anderson who co-wrote the Dune series and is the mastermind behind the Superstars Writing Seminars. Kristine Kathryn Rusch whose Thursday business blog posts are a must-read. And Dean Wesley Smith whose classes on depth and character definitely strengthened my fiction writing.
And those are just the ones that happened to be in my list of web links. I am honored and humbled to be amongst their number. (And proud enough of the Excel guides that I think they hold their own in that list.)
You’d have to pay $10 to get both of my books. For $5 more, look what else you can get. (And, of course, you can always pay more if you think that’s warranted since part of the proceeds are also going to charity.)
So, what are you waiting for? Go buy yourself some brilliant writerly wisdom while it’s cheap.
(I’ll be reading all the books myself and probably mentioning a few here on the blog during the next two months while the books are available. And I’ll also tell you how this all came about in another blog post, since that’s what would matter most to me as a self-publisher.)
I went to bed last night worried about the pup and whether I should take her to the vet. I woke up to news of the worst shooting in American history. (Ironically, by one death at the time, but don’t want to miss that headline do we?)
What do you say? How do you react to the fact that we live in a world where one single individual can kill more than fifty people and injure more than four hundred? And does so.
A world where members of our own country are neglected and dying because they’re not white enough or not American enough to warrant help or attention.
A world where two bombastic fools keeping push one another closer and closer to war.
A world where standing up for the freedom to protest triggers a level of hate and vitriol that’s so extreme you wonder how different your experience of the world is from your neighbor’s.
I don’t know what to say. To any of it.
I don’t know how you “fix” this. My mind runs like a hamster in one of those stupid little wheels trying to find a solution to a problem I’m not sure anyone can solve.
Earlier this week I had a friend tell me with absolute certainty that they expect they’ll die of the cancer they’re fighting. A year from now or ten, they expect this will be what kills them.
What do you say?
How do you acknowledge their experience of their illness and their choices with respect to that illness while still trying to encourage them to see that the path their life will take is never certain?
What do you say? (The wrong thing, most likely, because there is no right thing to say in a circumstance like that, no magic set of words that will thread that line.)
Yesterday I tweeted a part of a quote from Ilona Andrew’s blog, but I want to share more of that paragraph here:
First the deal so you don’t have to suffer through puppy photos if you don’t want to. Appsumo is currently running a deal where you can pay $49 to get 100 credits from Depositphotos. It’s a great deal and the credits don’t expire which is better than the monthly plans I’ve paid for before. (Scroll down to actually see the deal terms.)
This is nice for people who do their own covers, but also if you want to use photos on your blog and not get in trouble for using a photo you don’t have the rights to.
And now, Miss Priss photos. (I’ve been neglecting this the last couple weeks.)
First, a weird one:
Hard to tell what’s going on here, but that’s the pup’s foot jutting up above the edge of the couch. Which means that on the other side of the couch she was fast asleep on her back with her legs thrust up into the air. You wouldn’t think that was comfortable but it must be because she does it often enough.
Second, here she is keeping me company while I work:
As you can maybe tell by now, she likes to sleep in weird positions.
And, finally, here she is in the “library.” I’m just including this one because I like how it all fits together. (Couches courtesy of my brother, center pillow and panda latchhook courtesy of my mother. If I got rid of everything in my house that someone else had given me I’d have a lot of books but not much else.)
So there you have it. Happy start to your week. Here it’s rainy and fall-like which I happen to love. Good weather for working.
This is my new blog to hopefully consolidate my scattered pen names into one place. I’m not sure right now how often I’ll be publishing here, although I think I will aim to post “puppy” photos on Mondays. (I call my dog a puppy still even though she’s four years old and over a hundred pounds…)
As I mentioned in my about me, I have way too many pen names, which is not a self-publishing strategy I would recommend to anyone because you can’t properly keep up with any of them and it makes it harder to gain momentum.
But it does fit with my overall personality. (I triple-majored in college because everything seemed interesting to me and I didn’t see why I had to choose even though the last two years of undergrad were probably the hardest years of my life since I was also working full-time, too.) And even though I know it’s not a winning strategy I don’t see myself changing anytime soon.
So you’ll probably see a mix of life rants, financial advice, writing thoughts and advice, and who knows what else on here. If I’m really good about it those will be consistent enough you can count on finding something here a couple times a week. Let’s say Mondays for puppy photos, Wednesdays for random deep thoughts, and Fridays for something AMS-related for now and see how it goes from there?
Sure, why not.