Rainbow Snippets

I’m not as smart as I could be some days. I’m back in my apartment for the weekend (doctor’s appointment on monday) and I’m going to go to Lilyfest which is a cool outdoor festival in the Hocking Hills (where These Haunted Hills is set). It entails me driving up a goat path where one slip will either turn my car over in a ditch on one side and over a cliff off the other (who decided these experimental gardens was THE place for a festival must have been a sadist). It’s music, arts and crafts and of course, lilies for sale. So why am I not so smart? It’ll be in the mid-90s today. OMG why do I do these things to myself.

Speaking of THH, here’s more. The guys have settled down to some wine and some going over the recorded evidence from the haunted hotel.

The small cabin descended into silence as they started their analysis of the evidence. Josh knew they’d have something on the recordings unless they really messed it up. Cass would be so jealous that she missed it. He watched the video as he drank his Riesling. Josh nearly dropped the glass when a couple of frames of video slid by. He hit stop and moved back to the start of it before clamping a hand on Brendan’s arm. He pulled off his headphones and Brendan mirrored him.

“You have to see this.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

One day late and for a bad reason: my computer is sick and I’m having to share with my mother.

I don’t have a lot to say anyhow. I mostly wanted to share some of the accumulated writing links.

I am, however, getting more time on my post-apocalyptic solarpunk because the deadline I swore was at the end of the month is now September. That’s great.

Camp nano is going well. I’m about halfway to my goal.

Have some links from my friend Betty

The No. 1 Rule for Flashbacks in a Story Opening

6 Easy Writing Exercises to Fuel Your Creativity

Redesign Your Life To Prioritize Writing With David Kadavy

Five Story Elements That Worked in One Story but not in Another

Creating a Magic System for Superpowers

Creating Character Chemistry podcast

And from around the web

Writers and the “F” Word: Coping With Failure

The Psychology of Author Marketing

The Power of Sharing Writing, Even in Draft Form I think I shared this last week but it’s worth sharing again. And seriously I’m up for sharing.

The Delights And Dangers Of First-Person Narration

Conducting Interviews For Research: Identifying And Contacting Expert Sources

Make A Plan To Start Writing Your Book

Rainbow Snippets

Camp nano kicked off well but I’m already flagging (It’s hard to write when you’re visiting the parents).

Here’s more of These Haunted Hills. We left off when Brendan in the bathroom looking for ticks. We’re in Josh’s head and I skipped over some of the angst and self doubt he was feeling during his wait on Brendan. It’s a few sentences longer than 6.

Josh shut the door and quickly stripped down, acutely aware that he was no more comfortable being the naked one with Brendan just on the other side of door. At least the awkwardness killed any unwanted action certain parts of him might have gotten up to otherwise. He ran his fingers through his hair feeling for ticks. Finding none there nor reflected in the mirror, he checked the inside of his clothing before redressing.

“Are you okay you seem a little …flat? You’ve been pretty much a bottle of champagne since I’ve met you.”

Josh chuckled, wagging his head. “Just feeling bad about the tick thing, maybe the ghost too.”

“I didn’t mean to make you feel that way.”

“It’s not you. It’s all in my head. Residual crap from high school. I’m fine.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

It’s the start of Camp Nano. I failed at it in April, mostly due to the edits required on Blood Red Roulette and the end of the semester. I’m not exactly upset by that of course. It’s a good reason to fail. I should have no real issues in July. Even if edits on Purrfect Holiday come in, that’s not a very long story (unlike the over 300 pages BRR).

I’m working on two projects but only one under this pen name. It’s a solarpunk post apocalyptic. I have a local fellow who’s the farmer/fisher type with some scientific background and from the city, a scientist who has some messed up DNA thanks to the alien trying to decide can he live so remotely.

the beginning is rough because it’s more of an info dump for me that I’ll smooth out later (mostly I was pantsing it without a lot of notes, creating as I go). Hopefully it’ll get done for the anthology deadline. I do like these characters but I need to take some precautions with Sam. Yes, he’s into green tech and sustainable living but he’s also Native American and I don’t want him to look like a stereotype.

And have about three weeks worth of writing links

From around the web: A Celebration of the Generous Spirit of Indie Authors and the Self-publishing Community

So You Want to Be A Writer

Creating a Book Trailer That Sells Books I’m interested in this one

Creating An Audiobook As A Self-Published Author

Every Writer Should Attend At Least One Writers’ Conference. Here’s Why. I might have shared this one before

Look For Ideas In All The Wrong Places


Why You Should Put Your Books On Subscription Services

What writing rules do you live by (and which ones do you break)?

First Things First – Why Book Marketing Doesn’t Trump Writing Craft

FREE ONLINE BOOK MOCKUP MAKER

What Makes Stories Go Viral

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

Learn from The Incredibles: How to Write Super Characters

Write Confidently and From the Depths of Your Heart

What Goes On A One Sheet?

How to Make Your Sentences More Descriptive I could use this

Create Drama with Your Character’s Desire

6 Ways For Writers To Find Inspiration In A Graveyard

podcast fight-scenes

How Can I Write a Tight Story That Takes Place Over Years?

Five Underused Character Archetypes

Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers

Non-Verbal Communication in Writing

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Rainbow Snippets

I’m back from the nearly two weeks in the Canadian maritimes. It was a great trip. I won’t be surprised if some of it ends up in a story somewhere.

I’m not ready for it to be in the 90s before August. It’s miserable out there.

I’m returning to These Haunted Hills When we last saw Josh and Brendan they’ve just come out of the woods after looking for a fox and they’re going to have to do a tick check.

Joshua fetched the equipment trying not to think about the fact that just inside the cabin was a completely naked Brendan Halloran. It was insane. How the hell had he gotten into this? As he set the laptop and the camera on the rustic little table, Joshua contemplated the stupid urge to poke around. Nothing could spoil this faster than getting caught rummaging in Brendan’s stuff. He wouldn’t ruin this chance for anything.

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

Just a drive-by posting. I’m finally back in the states and obviously I didn’t write too much on the trip but I did noodle around with a post-apocalyptic story. I’m busy researching it now. It’s going to have to be me writing at my fastest though. Wish me luck.

I did get great news over the vacation. My Christmas story set in Saint Augustine has been picked up by Dreamspinner for the holiday offerings. That made me grin. I don’t write a lot of contemporary but I had fun with this one. More on this when I’m more awake.

And I came home to having to look over the proofs for Blood Red Roulette so that’s pretty exciting. I’ll need to do that tomorrow.

Sunday Small Talk

A day late. For a lot of reasons but mainly because a) I don’t have much to say b) I’m running around like a fool trying to get things ready for the birthday trip I’m taking. I leave Wednesday and I won’t be doing a small talk next sunday because I’ll be gone, it’s father’s day and my birthday.

My main accomplishment is finishing up the last edits on Blood Red Roulette. The only things left to do for that is the galley proofs and my marketing plan. Speaking of which it’s a little over 2 month to the cover reveal and boy are you going to love it!

The only thing I have for you otherwise is a ton of writing links, several for marketing that I really need to sit down and absorb.

11 COMPELLING REASONS EVERY AUTHOR SHOULD READ

How Much Really Needs to Be in Your Novel’s Opening Sentence?

Your Writing Sweet Spot

What’s Really Happening When You Think You Are Lazy

Hate Book Marketing? 4 Tips To Help You Change Your Mindset and Sell More Books

Purpose: The Missing Link Between Characters’ Motives, and Depth

Five Tips for Creating an Engaging Space Battle

What Writers Can Learn From the Roleplaying Concept of “Flavor”

Authors Beware! 6 New Writing Scams to Watch Out For.

Writing Your Character’s Inner World

4 Ways to Write a Better Antagonist

5 Ways Repetition Is Hurting Your Novel

9 Top Book Marketing Takeaways from BookExpo 2018

Think Small to Avoid Writer’s Block

My Best Marketing Tip Yes, true but this seems oversimplified to me. I’ve seen great books languish and total crap succeed wildly.

Giving Your Hero Sympathetic Problems

What to Look for in a Book Publicist—Plus Tips for Going It Alone

Self-publishing News: Amazon’s Latest Sledgehammer

The Opposite Of “Kill Your Darlings”


The Isolated Sentence Test


Write By Accident, Refine By Design


Five Things You Need As You Begin A Career As A Self-Published Author