Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Arlo and Jake Enlist' launches into Cyberspace!

Yep, at long last I've published the first book in the adventures of Arlo and Jake series. Whoo Hoo! (links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble are on the right under 'My Books'.)

And like all great launches there were a couple of sputters and sparks. I no sooner pressed the go button on Amazon, when I noticed a couple of friggin' editing mistakes. For crying out loud in a bucket! Sigh.

So a couple of quick fixes; then reload the manuscript. Should be available tomorrow.

Arlo wants you to get off your green butts and go read it.

Go. Buy. Enjoy.

(thanks! ;-)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reviews and final legs...

So. Just got a review of 'Genome' by Ashley Prince at 'The Bibliophiles Corner'. I had contacted Ashley earlier in the year, but she was backlogged at the time. I'm very grateful Ashley was able to get Genome into her schedule before the end of the year.

I'm also grateful that Ashley did a very good review of the book. Everything she said made sense to me, and I'll remember her comments in my future writing. It helps to have this kind of feedback so I can get better.

And, wait for it... I'll FINALLY have 'Arlo and Jake Enlist' out by the end of November!! Whoo hoo! It's in the finally edit with my editors, Rocky and Amber. Then it's just a matter of a decent cover and I'm ready to launch.

Oddly, I feel more excited about launching this series than I was about 'Genome'. Maybe because I think A&J is going to be a really fun series to write and to read. Quirky, funny and just a bit irreverent. Hmmm, who does that remind me of? ;-) We all get to live vicariously in our books. I'm just going to have a lot fun doing it!

Have a great Thanksgiving, all my friends and Buckaroos!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Another short story, one more step...

I take small steps in almost everything I do. I'd like to take bigger steps sometimes, but that's not the way it works for me;-)

In writing, I've found that doing short stories is sharpening my focus on plot. That may be an obvious outcome to you, but it wasn't for me. As I've said before, I like the outline approach, but I don't always follow through. I tend to let the Muse guide me sometimes. Most of the time she takes me into the weeds for a while. She's got a wicked sense of humor, that lady.

I just finished another short story. This time for a Christmas compilation by Vanessa Wester and a short story group of friends in the UK. We did a compilation for Halloween that did pretty good considering we self-promoted it.

Both stories tested my abilities to focus on a full story in less than 4000 words. That whole 'play in three acts' went out the window. Instead it was more about creating an initial interesting paragraph to hook and carry the the reader along. At least that's how I approached it. I'm sure I'll learn other/better ways, but that's my story right now.

I'd recommend this practice for all my new author Buckaroos. I'll let you know when the Chrismas book comes out.

Have a great Thanksgiving, my friends. Be good to yourself and to your friends.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

No pain, no pain... slogging through the writing

Like all of you, my life is sometimes too full to get everything on my plate done. Between work (yeah, my 'day' job), family and friends, election brouhaha, holiday angst and just being plain tired of it all, it has not been a real productive couple of weeks.

By now, I wanted to have 'Arlo and Jake Enlist' in the bag and out there. Sigh. Instead I'm still in "find the stupid commas and typos" mode, working through the draft over and over. At least I have a couple of writing Buckos to laugh at my mistakes and offer 'a little help' here and there.

We're entering that time of year where I want to work less and relax more. But I'm going to get A & J out by pushing through the edits one at a time, every night and every chance I get.

No pain, no pain, I always say!

So what do you do to get past a 'gotta slog through it' period?