I never do these award thingies, but for some reason when I saw this one on Cactus, I wondered, and wondered, and wondered. And then I decided to sit down and do a few sentences, maybe not the whole blurble of it, and I'm not going to 'nominate' people (you can do it, you can, … Continue reading Versatile? I wonder …
I'd like to point everyone to another incident where a company has placed a bar on the use of a word when that word has been in common usage throughout the world for longer than man has been wearing sheepskin boots. Have a look here (especially this bit: Deckers use the brand name UGG Australia, … Continue reading An Ugg-ly Battle – Again
Do you play on the dark side? Like a bit of suspense in your tales? There's a new story, a short one (novella, that's about as short as my stories get) that got a bit of attention from a publisher, but ultimately rejected. Which means I may have a new story for you by the … Continue reading Tacking into the Dark Side
What do you think? I tend to agree to the cyclic changes, but I’m looking at block-chain technology to ensure ‘ownership’ – in publishing … we have a long way to go, it seems
I’ve been taking in what authors have been discussing in author groups and speaking privately with a couple of author friends. My gut feeling has been telling me that I better make plans on what I should do when self-publishing is no longer the best venue for publishing. I wish I could dig up a comment someone had made back in 2010 about trends in publishing because what he said seems to be playing out in front of me. But one thing he said was that self-publishing would take off for a while, and then there would be a point where it went into decline. From the decline would come the resurgence of traditional publishers.
I have to admit, I thought that guy had a gloomy outlook on things at the time. Nevertheless, his words had stuck with me over the years, and the more I look around at what’s…
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Did you know I'm a writer? It's true. Sort of. I write stories, and when they're finished I check them - I call it RRR for Review, Revise, Rewrite. Part of that process includes checking for things that need approval from someone, somewhere. Those things get noted and requests get sent. And I wait. Sometimes, … Continue reading Hold That Thought!
Previous scenes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Lyra took a deep breath and squinted. She choked back a gasp and used one hand to grip her throat. It had to look good. They had to think she’d tried something and failed. That any barrier they’d placed on her prison were sound and impenetrable. She couldn’t … Continue reading Silence (scene 6)
For the previous scenes: 1, 2, 3 , 4. If the position was clear that Lyra wouldn’t be permitted to use her normal senses, she’d play along. A bit. Not too much. She’d let them think she was gone, undone, remorseful. Not a danger to a young mind — or an old one! After all, she’d twisted … Continue reading Silence (Scene 5)
The previous scenes: 1, 2, 3 Both hands flew to Lyra’s mouth as she realised the potential meaning. Was this forever? Was she stuck in a portion, a between-moment of the leafverse? A point where it was broken? Could they do that? Was it legal? No, of course it wasn’t. And apart from that, if … Continue reading Silence (Scene 4)
This is the reality, the real deal – the amount of time wasted asking people to tell you the word that’s in the head but just won’t pop out … until 0300 in the blessed AM – Gah!
Scene 2 here Scene 1 here Walking wasn’t easy in the constant drizzle, and with no shoes it was worse. The cold was something Lyra did feel, and it wasn’t what she wanted or needed. It drained her, took energy she needed to search, to maintain the map in her head. The third time she … Continue reading Silence (Scene 3)