Back to the Normal Way of Things

The marketing & promotional machine has run out of steam.  It has been a great couple of days. The free book promotion has passed and we’re back to normal. So now my book is in quite a few people’s hands and hopefully those people will enjoy it. Thank you for taking your time out for an Indie I look forward to further interactions and to hear your thoughts and read your reviews.  I love to talk to don’t be shy.

Another thing back to normal? Blogging and being just me.

For those new to my blog will find out I ramble. Sometimes its just a bunch a words and random thoughts, sometimes its something deep and meaningful. No matter what, I try to keep up with it quite a bit. I have made plenty of friends and I think I’ve almost infiltrated a wonderful group of blogging people (and writers, artists, motivators, similar ramblers) and might be able to blend in 😉 On top of that, the interaction with people is phenomenal. I spend a lot of time staring onto notebook paper then deciphering what I have to just stare into a screen.   

I do have to admit, when I can’t seem get those words flowing in the middle of the night I end up being a bit lazy and watch Netflix movies (watched Tai Chi Zero followed by Tai Chi Hero. If you don’t mind subtitles, I highly recommend) or play horror/survival video games. I’m quite a geek you see and very proud of it. I was quite sad that I couldn’t go to DragonCon again this year, but one day this will happen, I promise you that. I grew up standing the line between Star Trek and Star Wars never choosing a side. I have been a devoted Doctor Who fan since I was a child, I love vampires and zombies unless they come with a sappy love story then I run and hide. Yeah, we won’t go into me too much, you’ll learn 🙂

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I have a horrid time with social media, although I have gotten better. I still don’t utilize what is all out there and cannot seem to find my way out of the paper sack of marketing, wishing someone would be lovely enough to do all of that for me for free 😀 since my money is being saved to take care of my sick little Ares, my adorably Miniature Pinscher. The whole time trying to keep the other furrling, River, occupied (or occupying me depending on the boredom factor).

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Maybe something amazing will happen today and I will get the right motivation to write chapter upon chapter, but I will be satisfied with a few thousand words for now. More coffee though, definitely more coffee.

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For Love of Beta Readers

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Since we all know new ventures on the rise and book two is getting closer to completion (hold on, we know editing is next, that’s the pain in the butt to add extra pain me thinks) I want to thank my Beta readers.  I love them dearly with all my heart and am glad I have people looking out for me.  As the information keeps piling in I get to gather and work on those when I am at a blocked moment from writing.  That and its easier to make changes and watch a movie at the same time.  Score 1 for the hermit!!!!

With the world of traditional publishing, I have heard quite a lot.  As a person is presented an editor, you get the same process.  I’m still trying to figure out the big differences, but top notch editors and shelf space in many more physical places.  From what I’m understanding anyway, that’s even hard for them as bookstores keep closing.  So it comes back to us.  The writers.  The marketers (us, although I’m still waiting for a taker on that one), the publishers, the final editors, designers, practically the whole thing we pull out of a rabbits hat, although its better than the behind of a bunny I suppose.

The Beta readers, or even early readers after launch, are the KEY.  I mean the KEY and they need to be loved.  So give a reader a big hug when you see them.  If they’re helping in any way but giving help or writing reviews then they deserve a big hug.

Oh, and as excited as I am I may have found an interesting use for Twitter after all.  Aside from my blog heading that way, I’ve met some great fans that have become friends and heck I get to talk about my zombie, gaming, Doctor Who stuff 😀  I waved at people today.  Go me.

Social media = headache = owwwwwww.

My geek season ends and it begins (we’re talking TV people)

Yes, my geekiness.  You’ve heard of it, you’ve gotten a taste of it.  But ohhhhhh my love has come back to me this week.  The Blue Box arrived on Saturday and I couldn’t have been happier. I suppose I was slightly happier than normal considering the amount of wine I drank at a function beforehand…..but that matters none.  I admit I am a Doctor Who junkie. Yes, handcuff me, but it better be wood since the sonic screwdriver cannot pass through it. 

Seeeeeee geekness.  So how does someone who loves to read and write horror/supernatural things had such a love for the science fiction? I think we are all crossovers if you think about it.  How boring would it be if we stuck to just one genre? Those people are booooorrrrrriiiingggg.  

I do say goodbye to my horror show of the season, The Walking Dead.  So I suppose that fits with me, although writing about zombies will be a unique experience, what would one call them besides zombies? I like the whole idea of a mutated virus, but not as much on the “victims” I like the survivalist kind of story, the growing of the characters, THAT is what I enjoy.

Winter is Coming…..oh wait, winter HAS come and is now making me giddy the moment I hear the Game of Thrones theme song. I don’t care if it has words, it is my favorite score of all time!!!!!  How is it that you watch an entire episode it feels like fifteen minutes.  Yes I know, I know I hear it all the time.  I am told to READ THE BOOKS!!! I definitely want to do that, but then I like suspense and not knowing what will be happening.  On top of that, it makes it hard for me to write. As I am working toward my goal with The Vampire Realm series it will begin to mesh between the supernatural world and the fantasy world and I would hate to steal ideas from the likes of our dear beloved George R.R. Martin.

Last thing and I will be quiet about television.  My new enjoyment? History channel’s Vikings. If you like stories similar to Game of Thrones, Rome, The Tudors, anything of that sort you will enjoy Vikings.  5 thumbs up for that one 🙂 

Your geekness is out!!! 

Quick note to show I’m alive

and somewhat well. Had a long two weeks of non-vacation and I begin with a Whovian issue.  I believe Moffett and the Doctor are making us afraid of the internet.  Do they read my blog or something?