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Amazon: Bigger Bullies Than I Thought

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nIt’s no shock to anyone involved in eBooks – buying, selling or writing them – that Amazon.com owns the lion’s share of the business.

Not content with market dominance, however, it does seem like they are doing their utmost to crush their competition by any means necessary. Continue reading Amazon: Bigger Bullies Than I Thought

Reflections on Completing the First Act of a Novel

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nI think most people understand the basic tenets of writing, that a story has a beginning, middle and end. I think that most people understand that stories don’t always START at the beginning, nor do they necessarily FINISH at the end. And that middle part…well it’s a proper layer cake, isn’t it? It is the meat, cheese, veg and condiments of your sanny, and you want to build it to be as filling and palatable as possible. Continue reading Reflections on Completing the First Act of a Novel

WANNA BE AN INDIE AUTHOR? DON’T BOTHER

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So you’ve written a fantastic masterpiece, but don’t know what to do because you don’t have the background, pedigree, connections, contacts, or bribe money to get it published?

As the eBook and Print-on-Demand revolution marches forward, you seem to get the sense that YOU, TOO might be able to GET YOUR BOOK OUT THERE?

Don’t fucking bother.

Continue reading WANNA BE AN INDIE AUTHOR? DON’T BOTHER

THE OMNIVERSE: BACK TO BLOGGING

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Okay, break (or mourning period for my civil liberties under Stephen Harper) is over. Back to the blahg.

So, what topic to cover for my return to my own damn website?

Well, as this is supposed to be where I blahg about my writing and stuff…let’s talk about my writing! Continue reading THE OMNIVERSE: BACK TO BLOGGING

How I Went Out for a Walk and Came Back With a Chapter

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nSo, I’ve made little to no secret that I’ve been creatively constipated for months, because of personal struggles and, of course, because I’m working on the first draft of two (generally speaking) wholly new stories.

When writing new material, I often find this start-stop-start happens, especially when working with a completely new universe.  The first rule of new universes is to be very, very careful while exploring them.  Unfortunately, that leads to hesitation, which leads to self-doubt, which leads to second-guessing and obsessive micro-editing of everything I’ve previously written for that particular story, going forward and writing a paragraph or two, realizing I have no idea where to go from there, which leads back to hesitation.  So the cycle becomes recursive, leading to full-on writer’s block. Continue reading How I Went Out for a Walk and Came Back With a Chapter

Character Backstory and Why You Need It

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nI’m not in the habit of giving writing advice.  But I would like to share with you what I think is an important fact about a story’s characters.

So, a little backstory on this post.  When I was writing what I thought was going to be my masterpiece as an author, but turned out to be an extremely poorly-received disaster that I’ve left up only so it may serve as a warning to others, I would, before writing, literally imagine myself sitting down with the character whose perspective the story was being told from, and listen to them tell me what happened. Continue reading Character Backstory and Why You Need It

Liars and Cheats and Why I Hate Them

424863_10150565031583912_2046016596_nSo…what kicked off this week’s blahg post, you might wonder?  I had yet another (Blocked, reported for spam) Twitter follower today attempting to sell me multiple five star reviews of my eBooks.

This pisses me off, because “buying” reviews got the movie studios in trouble back in the 1990s, I think, and it was as despicably shitty then as it is now. Continue reading Liars and Cheats and Why I Hate Them