Friday, June 26, 2015

My Demon Episode 1 Free!

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let everyone know that My Demon Episode 1 is free for the next five days. If you haven't had a chance to check out the story, now's your chance! If your friends haven't had a chance to check out the story, now's their chance too. It's free through June 30th. And then July 1st, Episode 6 will be published!

In case you were wondering, I now know that the serial will be 10 parts. It will finish up in November of this year.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

My Review of Mrs. Caliban

Mrs. CalibanMrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This review contains spoilers...

A close friend gave me a copy of this book and told me how much she adored it. (I also had to solemnly promise to give her back the book once I was done.) She thought that since I like fantasy and sci-fi that this would be up my alley, but now that I've read it, I think that I'm actually the wrong sort because I wanted to know more about Larry, I was willing to accept his existence. I was ready for an adventure, not to wonder at the end if Larry was real and be depressed.

Dorothy, the main character, is so sad. She's a housewife, who has lost two children. She and her husband merely share an address, nothing more. Larry, the frog-like man, who hides out at her house, gives her some relief. He brightens her day. He engages with her, does stuff with her, cares about her. He is the ideal lover. Things sort of float along like that for a bit until it all crashes spectacularly for Dorothy.

I don't get the point of this story. Dorothy just seems so pathetic. She's unhappy and does nothing to improve herself. Unless imagining a monster to come play house with her is her solution. The climax seems like an anticlimax that leaves Dorothy completely alone. I mean completely alone. It was such a bummer of a story. It isn't bittersweet. There doesn't appear to be a ray of hope for Dorothy at the end. I'm left wondering what was the point.

I see a great many people did enjoy this story. And I think it's because they were on board with taking Larry as a figment of Dorothy's imagination and reading things more metaphorically and allegorically. While me with my love of fantasy, wanted to believe in Larry and have him be real. I'll be interested to hear what my friend thinks of this story. It obviously resonated with her a great deal.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beta Readers Needed!

Hi Everyone,

As you can see from the title of this post, I need your help. I need beta readers for an odd project. Amazon has this program called Kindle Worlds that allows writers to create stories set in various television shows or book series. I was intrigued by the idea of playing in someone else’s sandbox. I’ve had a long familiarity with fanfiction. You can even read some stuff I wrote a very long time ago here. So the idea of writing something and potentially selling it and whatnot sounded interesting. I looked at the list of properties available to play with and settled on Ravenswood. My reasoning was simple. It looked like something that was in my wheelhouse: A paranormal show centered on a bunch of high school students. And bonus, it was only one season long. Easy to watch all of it and get up to speed. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. What I wrote is not a side story or an off shoot, I decided to write a continuation that tied up the central story of the show. I couldn’t have chosen a bigger challenge.

This has become a labor of love because I know not many will know the show or be interested, but if you did watch it and would like to help me out, send me an email indicating this. If you’ve never seen the show, but would be willing to read and give me feedback, I’d appreciate your help as well.

The novella is 38K words right now and has multiple POVs. I’ll need help making sure the POVs are consistent and that the plot makes sense. Ravenswood had a large central story/mystery that I’m trying to resolve. I need to know if my resolution makes sense.

You can send your emails here:


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Demon Episode 3 Published!

Just a quick note that the third episode of My Demon came out today. I hope everyone enjoys it.

Things take a decidedly dark turn for Sarah. She discovers that having Damien as a friend may be more dangerous than having him as an enemy.

The third installment is 19k words. Each episode will be between 10k-20k words and priced ninety-nine cents or the regional equivalent. A new episode will be released at the start of every month.

This is a work of general fiction. It does not contain any paranormal or fantasy elements.

This work is considered young adult, but there are instances of foul language and some mild violence.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Demon Episode 2 Published!

What the heck is Damien's deal?

Sarah's strange relationship with Damien causes her unexpected problems. Threats appear that confound her and put her personal safety at risk. And strangely, Damien is hellbent on protecting her.

This second installment is 15k words.

I would like to thank everyone who took a chance on episode 1 and bravely preordered episode 2. I hope you think it's money and time well spent.

I'm about to do something that all the wise authors say not to do, but I'd like to reply to the wonderful reviewer who has left reviews on both episodes. First and foremost, THANK YOU! I really appreciate the time and effort you put into them. One thing that you highlighted that I'm still struggling to address is the expectation that My Demon will have paranormal elements. I knew I was going to possibly confuse readers by titling the work My Demon. That sounds like it might be paranormal to put it mildly. This is supposed to be a high school drama without any fantasy elements. I don't want to bluntly say in the blurb that this serial has no fantasy elements, but I'm not sure otherwise how to convey it.

Now to address some of your other questions...They will be answered in future episodes. *Very Evil Smile* Honestly, I'm not being flippant. The episodes addressing your questions are written, but still need editing.

And again, thank you for your honest and passionate reviews. I adore them.

Footnote: Generally, I do not read reviews of my work. As the wise authors say, reviews are not meant for the author, they're meant for other readers. I've seen a number of online disasters where authors forgot this simple fact. I'm peeking at reviews for My Demon though because this is still a work very much in-progress, and I think reading reviews and reactions to the episodes could help inform the direction the story takes. My Demon is a big experiment. I have five episodes still to publish, but even as I put those out, I'll be working on future installments and could possibly be inspired by reader input. I'd like this to be a dynamic project. I don't know if that's possible, but I'm willing to give it a try.