A glimpse of the new story (first draft, so no high expectations, please): Scene 1: Not on the Cards Where was the paper? Chiri needed the newspaper. It was the first thing she looked for. It was how life went. Come in, sit down, open the paper, drink the coffee, wait. Today, there was no … Continue reading Not on the Cards
I'm still away for a few more days, so here's a story about a different journey (sci-fi). Purpose Journey! As if there was a defined destination, as if there was a chance of returning. Journey, be damned. Exile. And now the last stage: execution, dismissal. If one thing remained, it was the capacity for revenge. … Continue reading A Story
A reblog: there’s also this one:
And don’t forget, authors/publishers PAY to place items in NetGalley, so …
Dear Netgalley and Goodreads,
Today I discovered that your sites will no longer be providing services (or limiting services) to international readers and I am absolutely devastated.
Contrary to popular belief, America is not the only country in the world.
For those who are unaware of what is happening, Goodreads will, from January 2018, prevent authors from creating giveaways for international readers. Basically, authors will have to pay $119 for a giveaway base package, and $599 for the premium. Previously, all authors had to pay for was shipping. Read more here.
Netgalley, on the other hand, has severely limited the amount of…
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Or a bite on the bum. Whatever. Today's post is an on-the-run moment of freedom prior to the settling in on the 'new' story. What new story? Oh, you want to know about it? A little bite of the cherry? Well, the truth is this: it's not new, but it is newly designed, newly structured, … Continue reading A Stab in the Dark
From Google (of course): a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. That's an allegory. That's what the new novel is: Fantasy-allegory along the lines of Animal Farm, but contemporary. And even though I know it's not going to be the cup-o-tea for many … Continue reading Allegory – what’s that?!
I'm usually posting a Wednesday post (that's today), but I have two scenes to rewrite for the Kraken story before I can do the proofread and (re-do) the cover. So what you get instead is a story nested within the need to comply with the schedule. Apologies for not responding much lately, but I hope … Continue reading Nested Within
Yep. Got the official badge today, 20 November 2017. Winner. Wanna see? Here 'tis: Of course, I can't get at the goodies I want yet - have to wait 'til 1 Dec (oh, no! I want it now!). So, what to do after all the bally-hoo? Well, I think I may have promised to get … Continue reading The Madness that Befalls a NaNoWriMo Winner!
This is a part from Scene 8 of the novel, [soon to be renamed:] Kraken, Dragon, Cat vs. Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Crocodile - Who Will Rule? First, the NaNo update: It's done and won, but now the numbers will start to come down as I hone and cut and remove questions, notes and research. There's still … Continue reading Update on Nano, and an Excerpt from the Output
Well, this is a dubious tactic to get my word out. You see, I've been reading a few doggy and animal stories in the last few days, and I wanted to let you in on a secret. It's a biggie, so don't tell. Anyone. I love critters. Dogs, cats, horses, cockies; oh, yeah, even kids … Continue reading The Animals
It's a good word to use for the process currently underway in Kraken blah blah (the title is too long, methinks). What am I talking about? If you've read Scene 1 of the Nano Project, and I tell you it's now five scenes, because I've expanded the role of one character, played out the tension … Continue reading Unpacking