Oct 092014
 
Stupid Author Problems

I’ve been reading Alexandra Sokoloff’s blog series on Nanowrimo prep and the very first exercise completely threw me. (from her blog) ASSIGNMENT: List ten books and films that are similar to your own story in structure and/or genre (at least five books and three movies if you’re writing a book, at least five movies if [...]

Aug 092014
 
One Small Touch Availability

In case you missed it, and it would have been easy to do, I’m pleased to announce that One Small Touch in ebook form is no longer exclusively available on Amazon. It’s now available wherever ebooks are sold. If you like a vendor, and don’t see it listed, please let me know.     Amazon [...]

Jul 022014
 
Why I love books on writing theory

I may be odd, but I love reading books on writing theory. Part of this is because I have a need to know the ‘why’ of things. When I wrote One Small Touch is was completely by instinct. I’ve been a voracious reader my entire life and the ebb and flow of a story apparently [...]

Jun 282014
 
6 Things You Never Knew About Vampires

1. Stories about vampires have existed for a very long time. The Ancient Greek and Romans, Mesopotamians and even Hebrews had tales about demons or spirits who behaved much like the mythos of vampires today. 2. Fangs weren’t prevalent in early vampire folklore. 3. Placing seeds or sand on the ground near a grave of [...]

Mar 122014
 
Filling in the Blanks of My Life

I didn’t go to college after high school, although I took all the college prep classes. There were many reasons for this, chief among them a well-meaning but ineffectual guidance counselor with a cool new toy. He plunked me down at a computer (with dual floppies – this was 1985) and had me run a [...]

Feb 282014
 
12 x 12 Guide to Social Media by Kai Viola

One of the few things that people talk about, when talking about brand and social media is that it’s a minefield.  People talk about everything from being completely overwhelmed, to not knowing what to do with their profiles.  And so, I wrote 12 tutorials (and a couple of bonus exercises to help people. Each tutorial [...]

Jan 102014
 
Valerie Douglas, the Coming Storm

Welcome to Valerie Douglas’ The Coming Storm Blog tour.  Check back to The Finishing Fairies daily to find out where she’ll appear next. Excerpt from The Coming Storm   At the end of the causeway she turned toward the Hunter’s and Woodsmen’s camp which was nestled between the castle and the river itself. Some were [...]

Jan 072014
 
Thinking ahead

2013 was a topsy-turvy year. I did a lot of things wrong. I didn’t release a new book. I didn’t write consistently. I didn’t utilize my time wisely. I spent far too much time on Facebook. I didn’t complete NaNo…all three times I attempted it. But I also did some things right as well. I [...]

Dec 152013
 
Valerie Douglas' The Coming Storm Book blast

The Coming Storm, By Valerie Douglas Spanning an epic series of books, ‘The Coming Storm’ by Valerie Douglas takes you to the heart of a conflict between magic users, and those without magic, good and evil, love and loss. Join Ailith and Elon as they have to choose between love, duty, and everything they’ve battled for. [...]

Dec 132013
 
Thinking Behind

Lately, I’ve been reflecting upon the past year. Things I have done, things I haven’t, things I definitely should have done better. One of those things is this blog. I need to add content more often. I need to write more short stories. I need to…engage. I struggle with what to say. There’s only so [...]