Something I Wrote Today (SIWT)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SIWT - Something I Wrote Today

Hey all,

So I'd like to try something new. I'd like to start sharing a line from whatever I've written for the day. Since a line wouldn't really be enough for a full blog post, I'd only put them up on Facebook and Twitter. I'll have a feed on the blog of the lines.

The reason I'd like to do this is so I can share something. I feel like I go silent for long stretches and it's because I'm just writing. I don't have anything earth shattering to share. But I want to share stuff and show I'm still alive, so I'm thinking maybe I'll try doing this.

And I've just spent the last two hours trying to figure you the easiest setup for this. I can post the snippets to Twitter, which will feed them to Facebook, and from Facebook, I get an RSS to this blog. Trying to figure out a way to do Twitter to blog is impossible. Banged my head against that brick wall way too long.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Author Facebook Takeover

So I was asked to join the the Authorfest on Bookies' Facebook page. I'll be hanging out there for three hours on Oct. 9th answering questions and interacting with readers. Please stop by and say hi! I believe anyone may reply to the page. I'll be given permission the day of to post to the page. This is something new for me so I'm still not sure how it'll go, but luckily some authors have gone ahead of me so I can watch them to figure out what exactly I'm in for. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LonCon!

I'm off today to London, England to attend LonCon! This is really exciting for me because it is my first international trip, and LonCon is a huge convention. I'm excited to hear a number of different authors read like Tanya Huff, Connie Willis, and Pat Rothfuss. I'm bummed to see P.C. Hodgell appears to have cancelled. I had 2 of her books all packed ready to be signed, but I understand why she can't make it - Someone she loves needs surgery. I've been going over the LonCon programme for the past week, deciding on what I'll do and trying to figure out when I can do a little sightseeing. I don't plan to do much sightseeing. The convention is five days long. I'm in London for seven days. I'll probably stay around Greenwich and check out all the cool stuff there. There's tons of stuff to visit just in Greenwich. A lot of it within walking distance from the hotel.

I hope to post pictures while I'm there and share a bit of my experience. There's a ton to do at the convention. There are panels, plays, games, readings, movies, and more. I won't be able to attend everything, but I'm gonna try to go to a lot. This promises to be a very busy, full trip.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

My Review of Six-Gun Tarot

The Six-Gun TarotThe Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full disclosure: I had the pleasure of attending several panels Rod was on and even got a hug from him at a convention. He's a super nice guy and an entertaining and knowledgeable author. It was actually due to meeting him and hearing him speak that I decided to pick up his book.

Six-Gun Tarot is what I would call a paranormal western. I haven't read any westerns, paranormal or normal, but I've seen a few on TV :-) The book is set in the small town of Golgotha, where weird shit happens all the time and the townsfolk just try to survive and forget the crazy stuff that happens. It's very much like Sunnydale in that respect. The story has a wide range of characters from a young boy on the run to a recent widow with assassin's training (though she did not kill her husband) to a Mormon elder with a gay lover. All of the characters are distinctly different and interesting. I also enjoyed the different cultures present in the town of Golgotha. There are various religious groups, a China-town, along with what is a shantytown that is a group by itself.

Even though this is the first in a series, there is a complete story here. And it is EPIC. I don't know where Rod will go with the series after this because the big bad was vanquished or at least put back to sleep. I am curious what the next book will be. I am definitely interested in the future of the characters like the sheriff who cannot die, the young boy who has a magical glass eye, the Native American deputy who appears to be the son of Coyote, and the aforementioned assassin widow. I'd be all right if that's the drive of the series: These disparate characters and the weirdness they must deal with. But not sure how Rod will top the monster in this book. It was huge.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Story published in Voluted Tales Magazine

As I told my writing group, miracles abound; I had another short story accepted. This one "C-Monsters" is now up at Voluted Tales Magazine. "C-Monsters" is a story I wrote for a prompt from my writing group. The prompt was sea monsters, but my mind immediately went to sea monkeys. So what's the story about? Well, a mother gets her son what she thinks are sea monkeys, but parents, or anyone really, should never buy novelty gifts from Lovecraft, Inc, at least not for the people they love. It's a fun little story, reminiscent of Goosebumps. It's $2 to read the issue at Voluted Tales Magazine's website.