• writing life

    Toot Your Horn

    WHEW!! Two things done. Interview questions and a conference session proposal.Lordy-lordy, I’ve written manuscripts with layers of characters and visually intricate love and fight scenes but nothing compares to these two writing tasks. Less than 1,000 words and I feel exhausted. Why? I hate writing about myself. The whole time all I can hear is my mother saying: You keep going on like that and pretty soon you’ll believe your own shit Miss I’m So Vein.And I say: But ma! If I don’t write about me, who’s gonna do it? You? You’d just tell them what a pain in the ass I was as a kid, that stuck poopy thing…

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    Facelift

    Don’t ask me why, but I got an itch to replace my second book’s cover. Some folks didn’t understand the original, and to be frank I think it delved too deeply into the literary realm. There was some thinking involved with what the cover meant. The cover is knockout when viewed on a paperback, and I’m not considering changing that, but the ebook just doesn’t have the same punch. Some authors change their ebook cover when the weather shifts. I, however, like to test the waters then change it (then dream of changing it everyday until a fan writes me and says OMG I LOVE THIS COVER!! YOU CHANGED MY…

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    Basement Remodel Part II

    Remember when… The basement remodel continues! We are now in week 5 of the 8 week project and things are really shaping up. If you remember from the first post (Basement Remodel blog post) we were just getting to the jackhammering of the concrete floor… which was fun to work through. Jackhammering is complete and now the framing has started… pictures! Week 4 view from stairs down the “hallway” to the back bedroom, bathroom is to the left. Week 4 view of the utility closet. Stairs to the right. Week 5 utility room. Washer and dryer are hooked up! Week 5, bathtub has arrived!! Insulation and sheetrocking starts next week……

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    Raised in the House of Indie

    The House of Indie is a blissful, but solitary place… As an indie writer I often times ask myself, Banks, What are you doing? I am of course referring to going it alone with my tiny publishing firm that has enough umfph to get me to Amazon ebook and other ebook distributors but not enough to be in physical bookstores.  Traditional publishers would have me in both but Iโ€™d be making the same kind of cash and working harder at getting my name out there before my contract was cancelled.  But where am I going?  In five years… In ten? Will I finally be making enough money to cover what…

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    Sisyphus

    I’m pushing a rock up a hill right now.It’s name is Kobo and Nook. Ever try to upload an ebook to either of these? No? Lemme tell you how it works: write a book, convert it to an epub then pound your head against the wall. All done! Really though it should be as easy as writing, converting and uploading. Just like you would a picture from your phone to any one of your social media accounts. I’ve done this Write, Convert and Upload biz before with a small company called Amazon. I exported the book out of its perfectly formatted form in InDesign (using the Amazon provided plug-in) and…