Cotton Head

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I hate waking up and realizing I’m on the brink of a cold. It’s not quite here and if I’m really lucky I may be able hide from its snot-loving fingers. The harbingers are unmistakable – the slightly achy head, the almost scratchy throat, post nasal nastiness, the way I suddenly feel like I’m moving in slow motion… Funny how the body has a way of telling you to slow down. I know I’ve been burning the candle at both ends for a while now, and I’m definitely not getting enough sleep. (And some of those reasons have less to do with writerly things and more to do with with trying to play through Dragon Age and Awakenings before DA2 comes out next month. So,so, so excited for this game.) On the other hand, life doesn’t stop being life, even with the best of intentions. Connor’s basketball tryouts went on for over… Read more

Trolling for Suggestions

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Next month I’ll be starting up my blog tour (which is what authors do these days to help stir up interest in their book – it’s sort of the cyber-equivalent of doing an actual book tour.) So, blog tour it is – and at the moment I’ll admit I’m a tad overwhelmed. Lots of emails coming in from different parties (many of which have been orchestrated by the publicity guru over at Fine Print  and my awesomesauce agent.) It’s definitely beginning to make my head spin. What it means, however, is a lot of extra work. (See, these are things they don’t tell you about when you’re trying to get pubbed. LOL.) Many of these blog stops may do reviews or giveaways, but many also have interviews (some of which are probably the standard sorts of questions, although a few have thrown me for a loop). However, I’ve also got… Read more

Magic Whore Blood

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Special thanks to @JayeWells for the title of this particular post. (And her utterly fantastic link that had me crying from laughing so hard. Yes, it’s probably pretty rude, but it still struck me as terribly amusing. (I sort of want to make my new tag line “I have magic whore blood!” now.) Anyway, about eighteen months ago (give or take), I had attempted to start a group blog. Known as Word Whores, we were made up of a group of Play By Post writers. It failed miserably and folded after about four months. Funny thing was, for all that we could write pages and pages of coposts and games posts without thinking about it, most of the members could barely get a paragraph out for a blog post (myself included.) Blogs don’t work particularly well when there aren’t posts. Even worse are half-assed posts. When posting becomes a chore,… Read more


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 Thanks to Writtenwyrdd, I saw that this little event was happening next month (i.e. October.) Although I successfully did NaNoWriMo last year, I’m just not going to be able to do this time around with my deadlines. So, for fun I joined NaBloWriMo – National Blog Writing Month. And yes, I do already blog pretty much every day**, but sometimes it’s nice to be writing as part of a group. So there you go – if you’re interested, click on the pumpkin and sign up! ūüôā ** And yes, I fully realize the quality of my blog posts these days has gone completely down the crapper, but atm I just don’t have the time to do anything else. We’ll see where I’m at in November, eh?… Read more

Blogging: Verbal Masturbation or Merely Narcissism?

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Today’s post is partially inspired by this post from about the ten biggest website mistakes that authors can make, as well as the occasional consensus from various people around the internet who assume blogs are nothing more than vanity displays for megalomaniacs about stuff no one really gives two shits about. Which is probably true for some. I tend to divide blogs up into three categories – those that are useful (i.e. talk about trends or things I am interested in – books, technology, etc), those that are fun/interesting and those that are just sorta there. I don’t think I had any goals planned when I started this blog. I’m not even sure it fits any pressing need on the web. After all, there are tons of them out there just like mine – aspiring authors, all writing about their journey to the holy grail of publishing. And there are… Read more