Writing

  • Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    My Ko-Fi Shop

    by I’ve mentioned it here and there but haven’t made a big deal out of it. I don’t often make a big deal out of things, do I? Probably, I should make a bigger deal out of this. There are a lot of crowdfunding models available for creators now and a lot of different services to take advantage of them. While I likely will branch out to a couple of other things as well, I’ve picked Ko-Fi as a starting point for several reasons. Ko-Fi has been around for a couple of years and they seem fairly stable. How little they take in commission – nothing on tips/donations and 5%…

  • Writing

    Character Description – Try Not To Do It

    by Why do so many writers spend so much time and so many words on character description? Get to the story, already! Okay, there’s more to my feelings on the subject than just that irritable exclamation, and I mean more than just describing the POV character. Any character description falls into this bucket. And I’m trying to come at this from the perspective as a reader for enjoyment, not in any professional capacity, though some of my internal comments when I’m submission reading for Bards and Sages may relate to this. Specifically, I’m talking about is when a paragraph or more (sometimes a lot more) gives me every possible physical…

  • Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    Giving It Away

    by Once upon a time, it was possible to give your e-book away for free on Amazon. This was not really recommended unless you were trying to hook people into a series. Lots of hopeful authors did it anyway, forgetting that most people don’t value what they don’t pay for. Lots of hopeful authors would still be doing it if they could. Amazon will now only let you give away your book if you’re part of the KDP Select program (which appears to mean that you only sell your book through them, something I’m not willing to do at this point) and only for a five-day period once in a…

  • Announcement,  Publishing,  Writing

    The Indie Pub List

    by So I’ve already mucked up the blogging 2 out of 3 Monday, Wednesday, Friday plan. This post was supposed to have been yesterday. I want to be fair to myself and say I started on a Wednesday and yesterday was crowded and I’m writing it now… so maybe I will. Life isn’t always smooth on a daily basis. The plan for this post is a basic list of all the indie publishing I’ve done so far and a sharing the publishing schedule from now to the end of the year. Side note: the list of 26 items on the publishing reorganization is now up to 30 after having first…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Something About Balance?

    by And then three months with no blog activity. Well, after reading week, things got busier and there’s a certain amount of pressure for me to perform at my absolute academic peak right now. Not that that will change when I manage to get my major shifted to Honours Physics (with a couple of additions on top of that) and when/if I manage to get accepted into an education program. Sure, I’ve put a lot of that pressure on myself, but that’s because I know making a change of this magnitude at my age doesn’t really give a lot of wiggle room to make mistakes and figure things out. So…

  • Education,  Life,  Writing

    Seek Balance, Grasshopper

    by Because I certainly haven’t had it so far this term. I’ve been so deep in the academics (and with generally good results although a couple of things could have been less last-minute and worth a few more marks) that I’ve literally tossed everything else. Very little time with my family. A total of 5000 words making it to the computer in terms of writing. There’s maybe 1500 more long hand that needs to be transcribed. (I wrote the January Flash piece, btw, but it’s still on paper.) No blog entries since classes started and exactly one journal entry that’s part of a separate project I don’t track with the…

  • Life,  Writing

    590 Days in a Row

    by On the 20th of March of 2020, five days after almost everything else had shut down for COVID, a week after I’d had to have individual conversations with the 70+ staff in my department that the casino was shutting down for a few weeks while society got a grip on COVID (and no, we didn’t know exactly how long, but the indications we’d been given suggested we’d be open again before summer – look back on that now and choose your emotional reaction), upper management gave most of the rest of us the same speech, ultimately leaving just the General Managers and the site Maintenance Managers for our district,…

  • Writing

    The Plan

    by Or part of it, anyway. Because there is one. It’s reasonably detailed, too. The question that remains is how close I’ll stick to it. Well, and how much the universe and regular life events will interfere with me trying to stick to it. At a high level, the writing plan is relatively straight forward and consists of a target number of Flash pieces, Short Stories, Novels (just one of those), Poems, Journal entries, and Blog posts. There will still be a focus on editing this year, but I’m more caught up than I was when I started that focus, um, before COVID maybe? It’s been a while.  But I…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    Change in Design Philosophy

    by I’ve recently undergone a bit of design philosophy change when it comes to e-books. Well, books in general, but e-books specifically. I’ve always enjoyed those few pages some publishers put in the back of the book giving you a taste of the sequel or another work by the author. The first couple of chapters or to the end of the scene that breaks 5,000-ish words. A glimpse of things to come. Love it. Not everyone does, and that’s fine. But I have seen a few notes here and there that it upsets some people to get to the end of the story before they’ve gotten to the end of…

  • Life,  Studying,  Writing

    Another Trip Around the Sun

    by I’m 51 today. If you’re keeping track, that means I was born in 1970. It also means I’ve spent the last few years growing more conscious of my age and the ages of the important people around me, particularly the ones who are significantly older. Strange how we grow more aware of our mortality in middle age. To go along with that, there’s the idea with deep roots in my head that I need to make the rest of my time in the universe as productive and meaningful as I can. In the neighbourhood of my 50th birthday last year, I significantly overestimated how productive I’d be on the…