Aug 15 2017

Reunions Flash Fiction #WEPFF Stew In The Forest of No Trees

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August is a very exciting month! I’m writing, editing, reading, and celebrating my birthday.

Assumably. Technically, it’s the day I was assigned. You can skip the astrology and numerology because the date on that sheet of paper is just a what someone put down. It’s barely even an educated guess.

I’ve said it before, but let me say it again, I’m really not like you.
I’m kind of like them:

Captain Fantastic Free to watch for Amazon Prime users.
(Content warning: You will see Viggo Mortensen fully nude, but it’s a non-sexual scene.)

Despite years of therapy and whatever, I’m still not ready to fully discuss the exact details of my childhood, especially the time between when I lived with my parents and the events that happened prior to American foster care and adoption by my family.

I’m telling you this as a disclaimer, because the story I’m about to share might not make a lick of sense to you. It’s deeply emotional for me, which is why I’m declining the usual full feedback. I’m not honestly sure why I’m sharing this story, which is inspired by my life and combined with a child character from the Captain Fantastic movie, and sprinkled with some imagination. I should also mention that, in Lenni-Lenape culture, names are given by the name giver, and it might be YEARS before a name is given.

I looked at the prompt, and then saw comments where people associated the word “reunions” with something horrible, and then I thought about a time when I longed for a reunion with every fiber of my being, every drop of my soul, every bit of my life force. And the following story just came out.

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Stew In The Forest of No Trees

By J Lenni Dorner




The pigtailed girl who smells like raisins pokes at my arm. “What’s wrong with his skin?”
Her friends start a chorus of laughs and ewws. I remain as still as an oak. Cruel wind may ruffle my leaves, but I won’t blow down.
“Good morning, class.” An elder taps a podium with her stick. “Where’s Stuart Doe?”
Thirty pairs of eyes set on me. None belong to wolves, yet I feel as if they’re a hunting pack, ready to attack me from all sides.
“Stuart, in this room, you stand when addressed.” The elder’s stick keeps a beat on her palm. “Well?”
Snickers and rude remarks fill the silence. “Get up, dummy,” someone behind me says with a shove to my shoulder. Unsure the purpose, I rise.
“Causing trouble is not in your best interest. It will not win you any friends, nor will it help your grades. Am I clear, Stuart?”
She keeps using that name. My hand shakes as I reach into my pocket. “Stew.” I hold up the label I peeled from a can. I point to the word that matches my name, then to my chest. “Stew.”
“You are not a canned food, young man. Stuart is a noble name. I do not take kindly to jokes.”

Last week I was with my family. Last week people didn’t stare at me. Last week I looked the same as everyone I knew.
Attempts at communication with these people are all failures. No one is able to understand my name. It’s a simple basis of greeting. This is especially bothersome as I’m certain the label is in their language, and that I mastered the pronunciation of the word.

“Are you hungry there, feller? Tell me your name and I’ll get you all the food you want.” A man in darkening-sky colored clothing waits for my reply. I point to the shiny gold letters on his jewelry. “Miller. That’s my name.” He touches his chest as he says it. Then he points to me.
I know what he wants, but I lack a reference. Elders, most dressed as Miller, buzz about, ignoring some sounds and responding to others. Those not dressed the same are watched. Intruders to the hive. I wear only deerskin pants. Another intruder to watch, to sting.
“Look here. A can of Dinty Moore’s finest.” Miller waves a can back and forth, an obvious attempt to direct my attention. “Stew. Everybody likes stew.”
“Stew.” I smile. I didn’t have what he wants. But he said that everybody likes stew, and I wish to be liked by everybody. I point to the word on the can and then to my chest. “Stew.” Upon seeing his face wrinkle in frustration, I decide to elaborate. “Miller,” I point to his chest, “Stew,” I point to my own.
He nods and smiles. “Well, how about that. Your name’s Stew? That’s my brother’s name!” He slaps his knee. “You’re not just saying that to get the food, are you son?”
I shake my head. He’s pleased. Later, when he’s not looking, I take the label with me. Seeing it should remind others that everybody likes stew.

Dinty Moore Beef Stew image by J Dorner

Except others do not like Stew. Seeing the label evokes laughter and even violence.

“You’re in my spot.”
I produce the label, ready to attempt communication with a male around my age. He must surely be a warrior, for his size is suited for little else. “Stew.” I point to the word, then to myself. “Stew,” I say again.
“I ain’t feedin ya, dummy.” He shoves me to the ground. Angry words drip from his mouth as his fingers coil, forming fists. He strikes at me once I stand up, but I maneuver away. I’ve fought worse than him, but never without a weapon. My bow, my knife, even my rope were taken away last week. These people have given me no time to make replacements.
The warrior continues to swing at me, but his training has been lax. I move out of the way each time. A hand from behind closes on my shoulder, trapping me just as a swing comes up. My head snaps back as the fist collides with my jaw, splitting my skin.
“Both of you, my office!” The hand tightens, forcing my direction.
“Serves you right,” someone says as I’m paraded by.
“Guess you won’t be chief,” another chimes in.
The playground explodes in the most peculiar sound I’ve ever heard. All those my age open their mouths wide and slap their hands to their lips, altering the “waa” syllable they’re whooping. What ridiculous display this represents, I do not know. Their eyes, and the stance each takes, tells me this is a warning.

The office is like a bear cave. It could be a shelter, a refuge, or it could be a final destination. I’m handed a cloth and told my parents will come soon.
My parents! What will they make of this place, of these people? I wonder if I should shed the clothing they’ve put me in. Bizarre coverings that would stand out in the forest.
I stare at the strange device on the wall. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock. They say it marks the sun’s movement across the sky. I’m not sure these people have ever looked up. Tick tock, tick tock. My leg bounces, eager to be free of this invisible trap. Reuniting with my family means going home! I ache to sit by the fire, to share my observations. There is much to discuss.
I long for our evening sounds. Soon I’ll hear the owl hooting in the night and the cry of the bobcat. Even the crickets will be welcome to my ears. Tick tock.
“Stew,” my heart breaks as I look up. The people who I’ve stayed with for the past few days stand there, arms folded, staring at me.
There will be no reunion today.

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Aug 14 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 9

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH
by Roland Yeomans
Item added September 28, 2014

I think this sounds like a good Speculative Fiction read. It stays.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Removed




Angelology: A Novel (Angelology Series Book 1)
by Danielle Trussoni
Item added October 2, 2014

Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

Yup, I’m intrigued!

#94 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Science Fiction & Fantasy
The fact that there’s a category which combines religion and SFF amuses me. Also, I might need to get Fractions of Existence into this category, maybe. More research is needed.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Rose Master
by Valentina Cano
Item added October 5, 2014

#5195 in Books > Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror

Combine the category with a story that sounds like super-creepy Beauty and the Beast and it’s clear why I’m interested.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Girl in the Box
by Ouida Sebestyen
Item added October 5, 2014

I remember reading about this book in a blog post.

Fair warning, this is a rare book. I’m not sure I’ll ever stumble on a copy. There’s a kidnapped girl and she types in the dark. Sounds very compelling.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Dragon’s Bait
by Vivian Vande Velde
Item added October 5, 2014

What’s not to love about a 15-yo girl accused of witchcraft befriending the dragon that’s supposed to eat her?

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Heir Apparent
by Vivian Vande Velde
Item added October 5, 2014

This is actually the second book in a series. I love the cover with the half knight, half VR girl.
It looks like a story where people play a VR game that becomes real in a “if you die in the Matrix you die here,” kind of way. That’s interesting. But, since it’s book two and I didn’t read book one, I’m removing it for now.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




The Pearl
by John Steinbeck
Item added October 5, 2014

Ahh, my love of classic books strikes again. I’ll probably borrow this from the library at some point.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added




Casting Shadows Everywhere
by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
Item added October 7, 2014

I’m not sure why I added this. Maybe because I was working on my Caleb character? Perhaps it had a different description before?

Judgement 8:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Gods & Dragons: 8 Fantasy Novels
by Daniel Arenson, David Dalglish
Item added October 12, 2014

Item Under Review
This book is currently unavailable because there are significant quality issues with the source file supplied by the publisher.

The publisher has been notified and we will make the book available as soon as we receive a corrected file. As always, we value customer feedback.

I’d still LOVE to have this. BUT it has been pulled, so I can’t buy it.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added




Religion and Ceremonies of the Lenape (Classic Reprint)
by M. R. Harrington
Item added October 18, 2014

100% of the time, I will want books about my people.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr? Any classic books on your TBR?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Aug 07 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 8

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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The Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan
Item added June 25, 2014

#317 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Vampires
#331 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Werewolves & Shifters
#377 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal > Vampires

It’s interesting that the title of the book makes no mention of vampires, yet that’s the category it’s in twice.

The book sounds interesting. The struggle of a kind-of immortal wanting to end it all, but two groups intent on preventing that catches my eye.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Dreams In Green
by K.D. Fisk
Item added August 15, 2014

I’m guessing I added this because it’s similar to another book I enjoyed. I’m not sure. It looks like it’s probably a good book, but there are other books on my list I’d sooner read. So, for now, it’s being removed.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




BloodGifted: The Dantonville Legacy 1 (A Sydney Vampire Story)
by Tima Maria Lacoba, Dionne Lister
Item added August 30, 2014

What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.

The hook reminds me of Fractions of Existence. That’s obviously why I added this book. I’m still interested.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Induction Day (Butterman Travel Book 2)
by PK Hrezo
Item added September 9, 2014

That cover is amazing!
Why do I have the second one, but not the first, saved? That doesn’t make any sense! I’m going to remove this for now as I haven’t read the first book.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Stevenson’s Treasure
by Mark Wiederanders
Item added September 16, 2014

I recall reading an excerpt of this book and thinking it sounded great. So it can stay.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely)
by Melissa Marr
Item added September 17, 2014

I’m sure it was the Faery Court that drew me in. However, once again, I haven’t read the first one, why do I have the second one on my list?

Judgement 6:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Blind Date in Gibraltar
by Margaret M Dunlop
Item added September 19, 2014

I honestly do not know why I added this book. I’m sure it’s good, but nothing in the description stands out as the kind of book I generally go for… so I’m hitting delete.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Demon King, The (Seven Realms Book 1)
by Cinda Williams Chima, Larry Rostant
Item added September 23, 2014

It’s a high fantasy book, the first in the series. Yes, I want to read this!

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Fade
by Robert Cormier
Item added September 25, 2014

“Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, and you’ll have an idea how good Fade is. . . . I was absolutely riveted.” —Stephen King

That’s it right there. That’s what got this one added. Holden Caufield in a reference made by Stephen King. It’s a double whammy.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Monk (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
by Matthew Lewis, Kathryn White
Item added September 28, 2014

This novel, written in 1796, is a Gothic festival of sex, magic and ghastly, ghostly violence rarely seen in literature.

It’s a classic. Perhaps the first book of this kind. I haven’t read it, but I like a classic now and then, so it stays.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept



Have you read any of these books? Who could write a good review that would cause you to add a book, even if it’s not your usual sort of story?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Jul 31 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 7

Down The TBR hole meme

I mentioned how great doing this has been, how much I’m learning from it. (See post.)

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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My Wolf Protector (Wolf Town Guardians Book 2)
by Rose Wynters
April 28, 2014

Separated mates. A Native American. This is up my alley!

#735 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > United States > Native American
#1285 in Books > Literature & Fiction > United States > Native American
#8632 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



My Wolf King: A Werewolf Romance Novel (Wolf Town Guardians Book 1)
by Rose Wynters
April 28, 2014

I’m sure I added this because it’s book one and I had an interest in book two. Maybe if I read the other, and really enjoy it, I’ll put this back on the list. Otherwise, for now, it’s being cut.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Hans Christian Andersen: Complete Fairy Tales (Illustrated)
by Hans Christian Andersen
May 20, 2014

I’m torn. I really want to read these stories. However, the reviews state that this anthology is compiled out of logical order. That’s no good.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Smiley’s People
John Le Carre
May 20, 2014

I think I was looking for a book from 1979 and recognized this author’s name. But it’s third in the series, so I’m removing it for now.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




CassaStorm
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
June 1, 2014

It’s Alex, so it stays. I have to catch up on reading the ones I have first, and then I’ll be back to grab a copy of this.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




The Indians of New Jersey: Dickon Among the Lenapes
by M. R. Harrington
June 17, 2014

It’s about my tribe. It stays.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Delaware Indians: A History
by Professor C. A. Weslager
June 17, 2014

Allow me to repeat myself… “It’s about my tribe. It stays.” In fact, I’m just putting all of these here because it’s all the same reasoning. I went add-crazy on June 17, 2014!

William Penn’s own Account of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians, Tercentenary Edition
by Albert Cook Myers, John E. Pomfret

The Lenape of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ontario (Library of Native Americans)
by Anne Dalton

The Lenape (Indian Jrs.) (Junior Library of American Indians)
by Joshua D. G. Wilker

Mythology of the Lenape: Guide and Texts
by John Bierhorst

The Lenape or Delaware Indians: The Original People of New Jersey, Southeastern New York State, Eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and parts of western Connecticut
by Herbert C. Kraft

Grammar of the language of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians
by David Zeisberger, Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen

Lenape Indian cooking
by Nora Thompson Dean

The Lenape-Delaware Indian Heritage, 10,000 BC to AD 2000
by Herbert C. Kraft

Prehistoric Cultures of Eastern Pennsylvania (Anthropological Series (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission))
by Jay F. Custer

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept or Added




Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel
by Marie Phillips
June 19, 2014

For reasons beyond me, the one on my wishlist isn’t there anymore, but has relocated to another Amazon link. That’s… whatever. Not the first time I’ve see this. So, technically, I removed it and then readded it!

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it.

Sounds hilarious!
The category choices seem odd.

#107 in Books > Literature & Fiction > British & Irish > Contemporary
#462 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Fantasy
#2539 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Literary
#313 in Books > Literature & Fiction > British & Irish > Contemporary
#9920 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
#10847 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




All’s Fair in Love and Lion
by Bethany Averie
June 20, 2014

After all, fairy-tales are just stories, not reality.

However, when Monroe Dubay steps out of her dreams and into her apartment, she’s forced to rethink the whole concept of what’s real and what’s fairy-tale. But believing means she’ll have to choose between everything she knows, or give it all up for the unknown.

It sounds like the show “Once Upon a Time” so I’m still interested.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Guardian Dragons (Aarabassa World Book 1)
by Catherine L Vickers
June 21, 2014

I don’t know. Kind of interesting, but I’m not sure.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Have you read any of these books? Have you ever added books because they are about your heritage?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Jul 28 2017

Some sum-sum-summertime Goals

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Good-bye to Ju-ly!

This was a messed up month.
nowhere
I ended up in the middle of nowhere for a ceremony. See above image for a Google view of nowhere.
This month also included the tragic loss of a friend’s six-month-old, who has since been cremated.
Then my cousin’s son was born. And three days later, my other cousin (father to the one I just mentioned), died. Just… poof! One minute he’s playing with his grandkids, the next minute he’s in an ambulance having heart attacks.








Photobucket changed their hosting policy without email notification, even to paid users such as myself.
“$2.49 / month — Account does not allow any image linking or 3 rd party image hosting.”
Thus a great many of my images vanished from around the Internet. I’m working diligently to rectify this situation, but it takes time, which means I’ve accomplished less of my other goals! Thanks, Photobucket. 

I’ve been taking part in the “Down the TBR hole” meme. (It’s not exactly a hop. It’s more of an idea that multiple bloggers are taking part in whenever they feel like it.) At first, it just seemed like a good way to do some tidying up. Now I’m appreciating it from a marketing angle. What makes me want a book? How can I use that knowledge to sell books? Which book descriptions are well-written, and why do I like or dislike those blurbs?

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years My birthday is August 21!
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

 

Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • To consider the feedback of two (already lined up) Beta Readers and then self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017.
  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects.

 

2017 Goals:

survivor #atozchallenge
@JLenniDorner #nanowrimo Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-Photo



2017 Reading challenges GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image

2017 Reading Challenge

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Goals for August:

 

  • Read and Review 6 books
  • Get bookish BINGO
  • Comment on 30 blogs
  • WEPFF Reunions writing challenge
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter

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Weekly Goals:

July 30- Aug 5 prepare for WEP
Aug 6- Aug 12 FoE edits.
Aug 13- Aug 19 FoE edits.
Aug 20- Aug 26 BOUT OF BOOKS

#boutofbooks august 2017 Click for the Bout of Books 20 SIGN UP!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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Review of Goals for July:

 

summer 17 bingo July progress

Review of Weekly Goals:

June 25- July 1 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
July 2- July 8 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
July 9- July 15 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP See note below
July 16- July 22 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP Note below.
July 23- July 29 Writing any more words for Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal

 

Hi,

I got busy and missed my window for promotion this month.

We don’t have a sign up linky.

Sorry, just not big enough yet to warrant paying for that option to use Linky Tools. Basically, we put the word out, post in advance normally and invite anyone who wants to join.

July was busy and I just did not get the promotion up. We do 4 times a year Jan, April, July, and Oct. Always on the LAST Wednesday of those months. I keep the Meme on my side bar and update the guidelines link in it. Story links are always due on the 20th of the month of the hop.

Our next hop is October. Story Link due October 20th. You can just send to me and I will make sure whoever host gets it, which might be me again anyway.

Sorry, you missed it. Really enjoy reading your stories.

Juneta (Storytime Bloghop)

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Jul 26 2017

July Book Reviews #NewToMe2017 #DiversityBingo2017 #SpecFic #DebutAuthor

The books I finished reading in July 2017 were:

  • Everything I Never Told You
  • Cat Tales: An anthology of short stories (The Book A Break Short Story Anthology 1)
  • Space Cats from Space
  • Meandros
  • Major Arcana
  • The Brain Works: X-Train Your Brain Volume 1: Basic Warm Up (Brain Works (Sellers))

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or author before
#DebutAuthor — First book by this author (second coming in September)
#DiversityBingo2017 — own voices, book by author of color, LGBTQIA+ MC of color* (end), biracial MC
I won this from a BoutOfBooks 19 giveaway. Thanks, @wordsandpeace !

This debut book deserves every award it received. It’s a story about life. The book centers on a “mixed race” family as they struggle to determine what lead to the oldest daughter drowning in a lake. The story ebbs and flows back and forth through time, but it’s done to perfection. I feel that this book should be required reading, as it can give the reader a real perspective. There’s a part where a character trades a lifelong dream for reality. “This is what you have. Accept it.”

If you’ve ever wanted, needed, or tried to escape from someone in your life, or from your whole family, there’s a part of the book to which you can relate. “You could stop taking their phone calls, tear up their letters, pretend they never existed. Start over as a new person with a new life.” (It’s near the end.)

For those debating feminism (#HeForShe), there’s a line where, in 1952, the Marilyn character is told she cannot take a certain class because, “having a girl like you in the classroom would be very distracting to the boys in the class.” (Thankfully we’ve grown past this ridiculous mindset… oh wait, #fail.)

Here’s another quote in the book from way long ago:
“America was a melting pot, but Congress, terrified that the molten mixture was becoming a shade too yellow, had banned all immigrants from China.” (We no longer have a debate like this in America… oh wait, #TrumpsWall.)

There were several parts of the book that hit home for me, personally. The part where young James realizes he’s supposed to be embarrassed by questions about being different (his eyes), for example. I didn’t start out in a “standard” school. Then, when I was in one, I didn’t know or understand how often people said mean or offensive things very casually. How quick people are to jump to conclusions based on a glance at someone’s appearance. The book has a wonderful section that discusses what it feels like to look different from the majority of people around you. How one can sometimes forget for a moment, until the stares start. This is the main reason why I believe everyone should read this book.

Space Cats from Space by Nicki Ivey

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book before.
#SpecFic — I’m going to assume this is just speculative fiction… though… cats are sneaky.
Hellboy kitty cat meme

After stealing a peek at a friend’s copy, I bought one for myself. I love the chosen cover. This story is part romance, part comedy, and large part speculative fiction. Unless, of course, there are cats from space living among us who have far more control than we realize. (I’ve spent enough time around cats to consider that this is a possibility.) It’s an adorable story for adults who love cats. The final chapter is a rocket to heart.

The conversation with the cat in the bathroom, once she finds she can communicate with them, is hilarious and insightful.

“She would make this cup of coffee, she bargained with herself, go back to her desk, sit down, and not get back up again until she’d managed 500 words.” That’s a quote from a book that sounds like a quote from every writer I know, including myself.

One of my favorite parts:
“You wanted to turn me into some mindless drone? Some human-shaped cat puppet?”
Inky pulled his tail close to his body. “Well, not anymore,” he protested weakly.

Meandros by Sasha White

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or author before.
#DiversityBingo2017 — MC with chronic pain
Looks like I just joined the mile-high erotica book club. (Ha ha.)
The story, told with flashbacks, is full of love, pain, and spirit. A character, who is a dancer, is disabled by a car crash. Though the character learns to walk again (as best as can be expected), dancing at the previous professional level is not in the cards. It’s love that gets the character through. But then there’s tragedy. The story does have, at parts, a cool setting around the ancient Greek temples (such as Poseidon’s), which is what caught my eye.

A favorite part of mine:
“He was my perfect other half. I gloried in the knowledge that, with him, I’d found the kind of love I’d given up on ever finding — bone deep and unconditional. The kind of love that made it unbearable to contemplate what life had to offer me now that (spoiler).”

(A meander or meandros (Greek: Μαίανδρος) is a decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif.)

Major Arcana by Margo Bond Collins

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or author before.
#DiversityBingo2017 — Perhaps the Free Choice square? (The Roma Gypsy people are a nomadic culture.)
#SpecFic — Gypsy magic makes this an Urban Fantasy speculative fiction story.

Excellent story! I’m a huge fan of Gypsy culture, and traveling carnivals have fascinated me for years. This story adds a speculative fiction/ urban fantasy element with some unexpected magic. I hope there are many follow-ups to this story because I enjoyed the world and this character.

Fantastic quote from the book:
“I loved the way bookstores smelled– like paper and ink and quiet.”

Goodreads= https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34745739-major-arcana

X-train Your Brain by Corinne Gediman, Dr. Francis Crinella

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or these authors before.

In the “use it or lose it” world of the brain, this book encourages the reader to get proactive about exercising the brain muscle. If the goal is to use this book daily or do it all at once and be done is not clear. (Though, once you’ve done it all, I’m not sure how beneficial redoing it would be.)

I’m 60% left brain, according to the book. The whole brain exercise section was my favorite. Is a berry larger or smaller than a grape? (https://www.livescience.com/57477-why-are-bananas-considered-berries.html) I’m not sure I guessed within the spirit of the game. But I also think that Popsicles and an orange are food, but a candle is not (the correct answer was that an orange doesn’t melt, so it’s the odd one out). And I mistakenly thought that a telescope and microscope are looked through with eyes, where as a stethoscope is used with the ears (the correct answer was that the stethoscope and microscope are medical instruments).

The book was fun and easy to read. It was easier to do than other brain training activities I’ve tried.

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Not the first time I’ve gotten a score like this!

Cat Tales (anthology)

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#NewToMe2017 — I haven’t read this book, or most of these authors, before.
#SpecFic — There were several speculative fiction stories in this.
This was a good book, especially for cat lovers. “All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the charities Cats Protection and the Against Malaria Foundation.” I bought this book during the 2017 April A to Z challenge, largely because of the charitable donation, but also because I love cats, and because I received a bonus story from Curtis Bausse. The book has lots of color illustrations. It would make a good gift for an adult cat lover.

  • Ingrid Jendrzejewski The Cats of Tetsugaku-no-michi — It was easy to see why this story won. Excellent literary piece.
  • Aimée White Without a Reason — This story was very enjoyable and made me want to read more from this author.
  • Jill Barth What They Want — This was a very odd story.
  • David Brennan The Cats, the Box and the Paradox — This had language and themes for mature audiences. It was thought provoking.
  • Nicholas J. Parr Coffee, Whisky, Funeral — This story was sad, but very interesting.
  • Mzwandile Poncana The Babysitter — Speculative fiction with cats! Love it. Well done.
  • Sue Ranscht Cat Artist Catharsis — Another speculative fiction story. This one was creepy in a good way.
  • Alice Penfold Aftermath — This was a very unusual story.
  • Anna Graham Gerelda’s Cats — This story was sad, but it was good.
  • John Chidi Cats of the Nile — Mystery! Suspense! Egypt! Loved it.
  • Gayatri Swaminathan Cat Seekers — This well written story had a very interesting take on things.
  • Harriet Springbett Three Goddesses — I liked this story because of the Muslim lore, and the cultures of Egypt and China.
  • Katya Bozukova Daisy Cutter Danger — This captivating story was very well written.
  • Mai Black The Magician’s Cat — This story was interesting and clever.
  • Louise Cole Waifs and Strays — This enjoyable story reminded me of people who I know.
  • Michael Emmanuel Fears and Love — This was very odd.
  • Nicola Hamilton Dicky — In this story I encountered unexpected British horror reminiscent of Hitchcock.
  • Ofure Omoike On Tuesday Night — A very interesting story with excellent suspense.
  • Olivia Templeton The Postal Code Cats — Adorable cat spies were in this story.
  • Precious Mwansa The Presidents and the Dork — The ending of this story was unexpected.
  • Yvonne Payne The Cretan Cat — This was a good historical fiction. It was very sad. The point of view was a tad confusing.

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Jul 24 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 6

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers)
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Chaz DeSimone
Added February 27, 2014

Publication Date: August 4, 2011
#55 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Nonfiction
#73 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Fiction
#663 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Advertising

I’m going to sound a certain kind of way… but a book on how to sell books ought to have a high rank. It’s been out for six years.
Related note:
How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career. This has 22 reviews.

I’m not convinced on the authority of the author based on this. Maybe I’ll be missing out on the best opportunity of my writing life, but I’m going to risk that. Delete.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
by Kevin Hearne
Added February 28, 2014

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

It’s my “Fractions of Existence” meets “The Dresden Files.” My reason to keep this is clear.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




OBSESSED – Rejection can sometimes be the greatest aphrodisiac : A romantic crime and suspense read
by Eve Rabi
Added March 5, 2014

It sounds twisted and interesting. But I don’t need another romance or crime book.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti
by Ted Oswald
Added April 2, 2014

I know there was a reason I added this, but I no longer recall what it was. Maybe I was looking for a book with characters from Haiti?

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Alpha Goddess
by Amalie Howard
Added April 2, 2014

In Seraphine Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them.

#1213 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends
#2095 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends

Reminds me of Fractions of Existence.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
by Patricia Briggs
Added April 3, 2014

Looks like a really good werewolf book.
I’m starting to burn out on shifter books. :/

Judgement 6:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




The Opposite of Nothing
by Shari Slade
Added April 3, 2014

One of the reading challenges I did had checkmarks like “a book with antonyms in the title.” (The one I picked and reviewed for that can be found here.) That’s probably how this book landed on my list, as I was probably looking for a certain type of title.

What happens when a socially awkward campus DJ “catfishes” her bad boy BFF?
Callie Evans would rather hide out in her DJ sound booth than face the fact that she’s in love with her best friend, notorious campus hottie Tayber King.

It sounds intriguing, so I’ll keep it on the list.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Kept




Business Tips and Taxes for Writers (Information in a Nutshell)
by Carol Topp
Added April 3, 2014

I’m sure it is a good book. The thing is, with taxes, a newer publication is probably better. Right?
The Royalty Factor: A Writer’s Guide to Reducing Taxes
Publication Date: January 15, 2017

This is something I’ll probably look up next year.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Grammar Girl’s Punctuation 911: Your Guide to Writing it Right (Quick & Dirty Tips)
by Mignon Fogarty
Added April 3, 2014

Mignon tackles the most commonly asked questions regarding punctuation. From semi-colons to serial commas and ellipses to asterisks, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome punctuation rules.

Have I pledged my undying love for Grammar Girl lately? That site is AWESOME. And I’m sure the book is good. Stays!

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Bat: A Harry Hole Novel (1) (Harry Hole Series)
by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett
Added April 14, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads

I’m guessing I was looking for an author or setting from another country. I’m sure it’s a good book, but I think I’ll pass, as I don’t read many detective stories.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr? What’s your favorite Grammar website?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Jul 17 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 5

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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Vicious (Villains)
by V. E. Schwab
Added October 2, 2013

a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism

That’s why I added it.

#172 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superhero
#176 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
#1193 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban

And those are categories that I enjoy. Keeping this!

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow)
by Robert A. Heinlein
Added October 3, 2013

Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking, watersharing, and love.

Still sounds interesting to me.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




The Irresistible Offer: How to Sell Your Product or Service in 3 Seconds or Less
by Mark Joyner
Added October 6, 2013
4.1 out of 5 stars(127)

Your customers are going to give you three seconds to make the sale. Do you know what to say in those three seconds?

This still sounds interesting. On the other hand, I’m not sure that it’s related to selling books. Also… it’s a marketing book that I added four years ago, and it only has 127 reviews. Maybe this sounds a certain way, but wouldn’t a great marketing book at the very least have a high number of sales?
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,210 Paid in Kindle Store
#308 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Sales & Selling
#648 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Marketing
#760 in Books > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Sales & Selling

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



I Kissed a Ghost
by Robin Leigh Morgan
Currently unavailable.
Added October 11, 2013

I searched. This doesn’t exist anymore. The author doesn’t come up on Goodreads.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




The Luminaries (Man Booker Prize)
by Eleanor Catton
Added October 15, 2013

Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, THE LUMINARIES is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story, a gripping page-turner, and a thrilling novelistic achievement.

It still seems interesting. But at 849 pages, if it isn’t SFF, I’m probably not going to get around to it in the next two decades.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




The Mythic Guide to Characters: Writing Characters Who Enchant and Inspire
by del Drago, Antonio, Derek Bowen
Added November 14, 2013

After reading the reviews, I feel that this book is aimed at writers with less experience.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Crazy, Stupid Sex (Harlequin Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Collection)
by Maisey Yates
Added January 24, 2014

So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson. Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward.

At first, I had no idea why I added this. Then I read the description. It sounds hilarious.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time
by Nina Amir, Christina Katz
Added February 1, 2014

*I found out there’s a new version. So I deleted the old one and added the new one.

Nina Amir explains how writing a book in cyberspace allows you to get your book written easily, while promoting it and building an author’s platform. It’s a fun, effective way to start writing, publishing, and promoting a book, one post at a time.

That sounds like something I’d want to try. Perhaps next year?

Oh no… looking this up me want another book by the same author!!!

Blogging Basics for Authors provides 30 easy lessons to help you become an effective blogger and bring some serious traffic to your author website. Apply one tip per day for a month, and you’ll see tremendous results.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Added New Edition and Added a second book | Goodreads TBR: Added




Diego’s Dragon, Book One: Spirits of the Sun
by Kevin Gerard
Added February 23, 2014

It still sounds like a good book. But honestly, I don’t read children’s books all that often. (Except when I’m on “Uncle J duty.”)

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




Words that Sell: More than 6000 Entries to Help You Promote Your Products, Services, and Ideas
by Richard Bayan
Added February 27, 2014

I’m not sure that this book is actually about selling books. It seems geared more toward small business.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr?
What marketing book for authors would you recommend?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Jul 14 2017

PhotoBucket Error

It seems that Photobucket is no longer hosting 3rd party sites with my paid plan (which is not nearly as costly as other paid plans).

So yes, I see all the error messages on my blog and other places. I have around 3000 links to update as I migrate to another host. (Yes, I should have done that ages ago.) Please be patient.

Jul 10 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 4

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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Louie has Landed ‘The Early Days’
by Kevin Swarbrick
Added March 11, 2013

I don’t actually know why I added this book.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Without Saying a Word
by Amanda Ward
Added May 19, 2013

Sounds like a nice romance book. But I don’t know why I added it and there are other books I’d rather read.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Book 1)
by Moira Young
Added May 25, 2013

Sounds like a good book with lots of action and girl power. I’m sure that’s why I added it. But I don’t think I’m going to get around to reading all 3 of these.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides)
by Mur Lafferty
Added May 25, 2013

A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.

The book sounds hilarious. It stays.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Added May 25, 2013

This was recommended by friends. These books come with study guides and lesson plans. (What??? Okay…)

I don’t honestly know right now if I’ll ever buy this or not. But if I had a copy, yeah, I would read. I’m curious.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1)
by Kim Harrison
Added May 25, 2013

It’s probably a good book. I have no idea why I added it.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
by Jeaniene Frost
Added May 25, 2013

The characters have cool names. It sounds good. I’m just not that into vampire hunting books.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



PODs
by Michelle K. Pickett
Added June 5, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul. After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters. Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Reminds me of a short story I was working on. Which maybe I’ll finish someday. And then I’ll be more interested in reading this book. So it can stay.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept



Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Currently unavailable.
Added September 25, 2013

An annoying, but hot, alien next door who can stop time. Think I’ll pass.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



TIED (A Fire Born Novel Book 1)
by Laney McMann
Currently unavailable.
Added September 28, 2013

**RE-RELEASE with New & Revised Content**

Are some truths worth risking your life for?
What if it meant admitting your nightmares were real—and so were your delusions?

Seventeen year-old Layla Labelle’s hallucinations have driven her to the brink—and she isn’t telling anyone. But when her dreams walk into her life in the form of Max MacLarnon, she is forced to rethink everything she thought she knew. Including whether or not Max actually exists.

Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put her on a path toward her own destruction. When Layla’s world erupts into a dangerous reality, and every fact of her life forsakes her, she must remember who, and what, she is if she’s going to stay alive.

In a world where nightmares walk the earth, an ancient curse lives in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal. Layla will have to uncover the secret her ancestors are hiding, and make the biggest decision of her life—embrace who she is and follow the one she loves into a world of deadly myth and legend, or turn her back on her history, her destiny, and her love.

In TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels, what Layla and Max don’t know could kill them both. And unless they can find a way to stop the curse—the truth might tear them apart forever.

How far would you go … to protect the one you love?

#35 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Geography & Cultures > Europe
#57 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Visionary & Metaphysical
#1210 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction

The paragraph that starts “In a world where” … that reminds me of Fractions of Existence.
Except I’m the one who uncovered the secret… and that’s what put me on the path to writing the books.

I moved this from my wishlist to my shopping list.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Relocated to shopping list | Goodreads TBR: Added



Have you read any of these books? How many non-classic books have you seen that have study guides and lessons plans available online?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Jul 07 2017

A #BringBackTheLikeButton @Pinterest Idea

Pinterest, like every other social media giant, has made a change. And, as always happens with change, some people don’t like it. The #BringBackTheLikeButton hashtag is going around sites like Twitter.

Asking for change that you don’t like is always a good idea. Will the company listen? Unless there’s a serious drop in users (and thus income potential), probably not.

As such, I’ve altered one of my boards. This was once called “repins and contests.” I rarely used the board. If there was a pin that I enjoyed, but it did not necessarily reflect my interests or brand, I’d click “like” rather than repinning. Given that I can no longer click like, I’ve repurposed this board. I deleted the old contest links and repins of items that no longer exist. I added the number 1 to the name so that the board would be near the top of my “pin” list.

1 Likes, repins that do not necessarily reflect my core interests, and contest stuff

You see, I was never confused about the difference between liking a pin and repinning a pin. A “repin” felt like a referral or endorsement to me. A “repin” seemed as if I was saying to the world, “Hey, let me show you this!” A “like” felt as if I was saying thank you to the spinner for sharing something, but I didn’t wish to also share it.

For example, I follow several people who happen to have nail art pins. I’m not following them for this (we have common writing or reading interests). However, I know they are rightly proud of the art they’ve created. It certainly isn’t something I’m going to replicate (but bravo to the guys who do— you rock that look and I’ll support your right to do so). Yet, I can appreciate my pinning-friend’s effort. I can could click like as a form of encouragement and acknowledgement. That’s no longer an option.

(It didn’t end with nail art, that’s just an example. One I’ve mentioned on this blog before.)

Now I have this board. As an author, Pinterest is part of my platform. I don’t know how repinning items which aren’t related to myself or my brand is going to go. This is the solution I’ve come up with for now. I find my interest in Pinterest has declined significantly without the “like” button.

Do you have any opinions on my creation of this board, the Pinterest like button removal, or Pinterest in General?

Jul 05 2017

An Antagonist Honey-Do List

Thanks to Tyrean Martinson who offered this writing prompt.

Writing Prompt: If the villain/antagonist of your story created a “honey do” list, what would be on it? Does your villain/antagonist have a significant other?

The villain/ antagonist in my story is actually a group of people (unless you want to go into the subplots of the character-vs-self…). And yes, some of them do have significant others. The group believes that my main characters have “trapped” humans on Earth. They want to find a way to kill or deplete the powers of my MCs in order to bring about the apocalypse, thus allowing humans to be “freed” from Earth, ending any reincarnation or new human souls.

Eyes in the Shadows Honey-Do List:

  • Find members of the Existence
  • Kidnap members of the Existence
  • Find a way to keep them in prison
  • Figure out how to kill them or deplete their powers permanently
  • Protect the cause at all costs



Have you discovered any writing prompts with questions about your current work in progress?

Jul 03 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 3

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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God of Ecstasy (Pricked)
by Lena Loneson (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added January 7, 2013

I did a search. The description on Goodreads tells me why I was interested. BUT the book isn’t for sale anywhere, as far as I can tell. Thus… removed.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Avondale Inkslingers: An Anthology
by Eveline Horelle Dailey Editor (Author), Victoria Hanson Shauna Selleck (Author), Brianna James (Author), Greg Lundberg (Author), Mike McCarthy Janice M. Toland (Author), Gale Leach (Author), John Robertson (Author), Helene B. Stitch (Author), Lucretia Agostarola (Author), William Stipp (Author)
Added January 8, 2013

Twenty two authors, members of the West Valley Writer’s Workshop have contributed poems, memoirs and stories to this fascinating anthology.

I know nothing else about this book. I don’t know where the West Valley Writer’s Workshop is, and I’m not sure that I know who any of those authors are. I’m removing this.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Oh Myyy! – There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1)
by George Takei
Added January 23, 2013

George Takei is hilarious and that is why I want this book. Totally stays!

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept



Trial by Fire: Sizzling Romantic Suspense (All Fired Up Series Book 2)
by Taylor Lee
Added January 24, 2013

I don’t actually know why I added this. I don’t have the first one. Removed.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



The Seven Wicked: First
by C.M. Stunich
Added January 25, 2013

The Seven Wicked Series: Book 1 of 7 (Books 2, 3, and 4 available now!) – Young Adult Paranormal Romance

“That’s just the First,” Caleb said, pausing to worry at his lower lip. “And it’s only one of seven, Seven Wicked; we can’t destroy any of the others until we destroy the First.”

When reincarnated goddess, Eevee Marx, sees the necklace at her local thrift store, she just has to have it. But Eevee has no idea that when she drapes the delicate, silver links over her fingers, she is continuing a legend her spirit had started centuries ago. That when she unhooks the tiny clasp and lays the black and silver pendant against her chest, she will spend the night of her seventeenth birthday holding the dying body of the boy she loves.

The Seven Wicked have been sleeping, preparing for Eevee to touch the necklace and reawaken the powers inside of her. Now, the only thing that stands between them is Caleb, the golden haired boy who will sacrifice himself to save her.

#1105 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Mythology
#5648 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales
#11589 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales

In some ways, this kind of reminds me of Fractions of Existence. The book sounds interesting. It can stay.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Caught Up In Us (Caught Up in Love Book 1)
by Lauren Blakely
Added January 26, 2013

I’m sure it’s a good romance novel. I have no idea why it’s on my list.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



My Fair Dork [Men of Holsum College 8] (Siren Publishing Allure ManLove)
by Daisy Harris
Added February 16, 2013

At first I wondered why this was on my list. Then I read the description and realized that it reminds me of Caleb from my Existence series. So it can stay.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added



Bad Cupid (Gay Erotica)
by A. D. Cooper
Added February 23, 2013

It sounds somewhat interesting. But I have other books on the list I’d rather read.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
by Renni Browne, Dave King
Added March 1, 2013

In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited.

I have dozens of books along these lines.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



The First Five Pages: A Writer’S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
by Noah Lukeman
Added March 1, 2013

Do you know how many times I’ve rewritten my first five pages??? I’m sure this is a good book. But I need to focus on getting what I have out there, not on rewriting the first five pages twenty more times. And yeah, maybe I should do that. Maybe I should read this book. And maybe thinking like that will turn me into an insecure, raving lunatic. I’m removing it for my own sanity.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Have you read any of these books? Do you have any reading planned for Independence Day (or just “tomorrow” if you’re not in America)?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Jun 30 2017

Celebrating Summer Goals

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I took home an “honorable mention” for the Bridges double poem entry at WEP in June.
Thanks to Anna’s Get Social blogging event, my blog comment visiting total was nearer to 100 (5x my goal), so that’s awesome.
Fractions of Existence is coming along. The edits are going well. But I changed the setting of one scene (a scene that has bugged me for years), and that adds another week of work. So the weekly goal fell a bit behind because of that. However, I’m still on the right track, so that’s awesome.

I found this site: http://www.kelsye.com/book-launch-checklist/
I plan to publish FoE the last week of September. According to the site, here’s the current checklist and my progress :

Four months before launch:

Create a marketing plan. Include:

  • Target market Adults. Urban Fantasy mainly, maybe some Paranormal Romance readers
  • Media channels Huh?
  • Platform building As done as it’ll ever be.
  • Special offers / promos I need to read more about Amazon KDP to figure this out.
  • Events Uhh… nope
  • Metrics and goals IDK 🙁


Three months before launch:

  • Invite beta readers Yup
  • Order a Kirkus review $425 has not magically appeared yet.
  • Become active on Goodreads I think I am, IDK.
  • Plan party / launch event Uhh… needs research.
  • Blogger outreach Needs research.
  • Submit to contests Needs research.
  • Set up book signings I know there’s an online version for ebooks. Needs research.
  • Set up blog tour Needs research. And/or money.
  • Set up a Google alert for your name and your book title Done.



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.



Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • To consider the feedback of two (already lined up) Beta Readers and then self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017.
  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.



2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects.



2017 Goals:

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June 25- July 1 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story.
July 2- July 8 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story.
July 9- July 15 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP
July 16- July 22 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP
July 23- July 29 Writing any more words for Anah’s Story.



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May 28 – June 3 Prepare FoE for Betas. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
June 4- June 10 Prepare for WEPMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
June 11- June 17 Prepare FoE for Betas. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
June 18- June 24 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal

June 25- July 1 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal




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Are there any major holidays in your area in July, and how are you celebrating them?
July 4 is America’s Independence Day, which means watching fireworks, thanking soldiers, and being politically minded.

Jun 27 2017

Survey from Facebook

This was a fun survey with 25 random facts about me. Figured I’d share.

Jun 26 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 2

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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Paradox – The Angels Are Here
by Patti Roberts
Added August 4, 2012

Here’s the BEST thing about doing this challenge/meme/activity… this book was FREE on Kindle! So it has been removed from my wishlist because I just bought it.
I see why I added it… it’s because I had bought book two “You purchased this item on August 4, 2012.”
And it looks like the author has some other free books up for grabs as well. Sweet!

Judgement 1:

AWL: Removed Bought | Goodreads TBR: Added



Every Day
by David Levithan
Added September 15, 2012

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

I added this because of a review in EW. Also because I love Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. And it reminds me of Quantum Leap. This stays.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



You’re Doing It Wrong!: How to Improve Your Life by Fixing Everyday Tasks You (and Everyone Else) Are Totally Screwing Up
by Lee Thornton
Currently unavailable.
Added September 18, 2012
Kindle Price: $10.99

I admit that I still find this book description interesting. But it only has one review, it’s no longer in print, and the Kindle price is higher than I’m going to shell out. In all honestly, I’m probably never going to actually read this. I would if it were sitting at a doctor’s office or something. But otherwise, no, probably not.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



H.P. Lovecraft The Complete Collection
by H.P. Lovecraft (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added September 18, 2012

I want to read this, so I did a search. It’s been relabeled: “Complete Collection Of H. P. Lovecraft – 150 eBooks With 100+ Audiobooks (Complete Collection Of Lovecraft’s Fiction, Juvenilia, Poems, Essays And Collaborations)”

Purchased it. (I’m debating if this meme was such a good idea…)

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed bought | Goodreads TBR: Added



Love of Her Lives (Crimson Romance)
by Sharon Clare (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added October 22, 2012

I’m not sure why it says it’s unavailable.

I do see that on Goodreads it’s listed as: Love of Her Lives (Magical Matchmaker Series #1)

Calum and Beth are soul mates who have lived many lives together, lusting, loving, and dying for each other. While their lives are often turbulent, their eternal bond is secure – or so Calum thinks – until Beth decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the Upper World, he sees a wrongful imprisonment in her future, so he bargains with Finn, an elven trickster, to return to Earth, rescue Beth, and reclaim her heart. Unfamiliar with the twenty-first century, he must determine who plots against Beth while playing Finn’s sensual game, a game designed to awaken her repressed passion and keep them on the run together.

Beth has no recollection of their lives together and didn’t ask this sexually charged stranger to come to her aid. When she takes a risk to help an abused woman, she is horrified to find her house ransacked and her life threatened. With a secret to keep, she takes the greatest risk of all – trusting Calum. Her life soon depends upon re-evaluating everything she thought normal as she becomes embroiled in Finn’s game. Her eternal bond with Calum will only be saved if Beth can rescue the man who spanned worlds to rescue her.

I see why this is on my list. It reminds me of Xavier and Wend in Fractions of Existence.
Wait wait wait… watch this!!! (mini spoiler ahead)


Xavier and Wend are soul mates who have lived many lives together, lusting, loving, and dying for each other. While their lives are often turbulent, their eternal bond is secure – or so Xavier thinks – until Wend decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the world, he sees how the Eyes in the Shadows will end all life on Earth in the near future. So he tries to find Wend to reunite their kind. But he learns that Wend might not want to be rescued from her life and debates trying to reclaim her heart, as she’s betrothed to another.

Wend has no recollection of their lives together. She doesn’t know she’s not human. But when she takes a long look at her intended future, she decides it would be better to go find Xavier. With her heart on the line, she takes the greatest risk of all – trusting Xavier will be there and want her after she crosses the country alone. Her life soon depends upon Xavier finding her. She’ll re-evaluate everything she thought was normal as she becomes aware that maybe she isn’t human. Her eternal bond with Xavier will only be saved if Wend can be rescued before the Eyes in the Shadows ends the world.

Given that I can rewrite the description with only minor tweaks, yeah, I’d say it has much in common with my book.
#3025 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Sagas
#8020 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Romance
#33772 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Literary

But obviously not too much in common. Still, this book stays.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Protector (Magio-Earth Book 1)
by Joanne Wadsworth (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added January 4, 2013

A quick search and guess what… it’s FREE! Booyah. Removing from the list because I own it now. As for Goodreads, it was already on the TBR.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Removed bought | Goodreads TBR: Kept



The Billionaire Playboy (The Sherbrookes of Newport Book 2)
by Christina Tetreault
Added January 4, 2013

I assume I added this because I have the first one. Which I… haven’t read yet. Based on a glance at the description, the character reminded me of Xavier, and that’s why I added it. Or it was during the phase when my friend and I were bingeing on Gossip Girl, because it also reminds me of Nate Archibald. (Not a damn thing about that sentence was manly. LOL. Whatever, shut up.)

I’m removing it. I mean, until I at least read book one, why am I hoping to get book two?

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Sweet Hell
by Rosanna Leo
Added January 4, 2013

Dionysus, Greek god of wine and theater, is the world’s original playboy. But lately, he has been restless, moody, and he knows something is wrong. His carefree and bacchanalian lifestyle is starting to feel like one long string of meaningless sexual escapades. Even worse, he is suddenly aroused by the idea of marriage. To top it all off, Josie Marino, the mouthy, disheveled, and eternally annoying woman who serves him coffee at the local bakery, sets him on fire.

Josie, a Toronto baker of Italian heritage, is not looking for love or lust. Especially not with Dionysus Iros, the most aggravating, demanding customer she’d ever had to serve. With his rippling muscles and sexy, knowing eyes, he’s obviously trouble with a capital T. Unfortunately, he’s also the star of her every X-rated dream. She’s known players like Dionysus before, and one of them almost got the better of her. Josie determines she will not fall for his considerable physical charms, come hell or high water.

But Dionysus turns strangely protective when a sinister character arrives at Josie’s bakery, and they can no longer deny their unwanted feelings for one another. They are forced to embark on a bizarre, sexually-charged journey to hell itself, which threatens to either change them for the better, or destroy them.

Ha ha ha… yeah, I know why I added this. It reminds me of Heath, Jezebel, and a character I won’t discuss yet because she’s in a later book of the Existence series. This can stay.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



A Destined Death
by Lisa Rayns
Added January 7, 2013

A Paranormal Romance Novel

Elizabeth Tarkson has it all figured out. She has a plan. She knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. At least she does until the day she turns eighteen, and a gorgeous stranger crashes her birthday party.

But this stranger knows things about her that he shouldn’t know, and as he slowly reveals his secrets, she discovers the world she thought she understood is much larger than she’d ever imagined. She is swept into a whirlwind of secrets, death, and attraction all involving him. Will she uncover the truth about her tragic past in time? Or will she be forever bound to…

A Destined Death

#10075 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
#13214 in Books > Romance > Paranormal > Vampires
#32693 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Suspense

Fractions of Existence isn’t a vampire book. I wouldn’t even call it a romance, exactly. (Because if Heath were missing instead of Wend, it’d never get classified as romance at all. I’m just saying. Bromance maybe…)

But watch this… again…

Gwendolyn has her future all laid out. There is a plan. She knows exactly what her parents want for her and how to get it. At least she does until the day she screws it all up, and a gorgeous almost-stranger becomes her only hope for a happy life.

But this stranger knows things about her that he shouldn’t know. He hints at secrets, at an understanding of her greatest fear. She will discover the world she thought she understood is much different than she’d ever imagined (but not until book 2). She is swept into a whirlwind of secrets, death, and attraction all involving him and their kind. Will she uncover the truth about her past?

See? The book stays because the description reminds me of Xavier and Wend.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Klutzy Love (The Corny Myers Series Book 3)
by Sharon Kleve (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added January 7, 2013

Pretty sure that’s book 1 not 3. But anyway… not sure why this is there. Funny mystery? I don’t know. I’m removing it because I’m unsure why I added it. Plus, it says it’s not available.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Have you read any of these books? How often do you come across books that remind you of characters from other books?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

Jun 23 2017

A Myers-Briggs ESTP Personality has this Superpower

I found this site while on Pinterest.

I’m an ESTP. According to the site, this means I have super agility. Actually, that makes a lot of sense. (I’ve been a fantastic tree climber since I was old enough to stand.) It also says I’m good at finding logical solutions and that I’m good in a crisis. Both also true.

A while back, I filled out Myers-Briggs tests for Xavier of my Existence series. He scored an ENFJ.

The site says his power is empathy, and it makes him a powerful leader. Very interesting, considering the story.

Have you ever taken a Myers-Briggs personality test? What are you? Which superpower on the list would you want?

Jun 22 2017

Theme and Plot – Fractions of Existence

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Today I’ll be giving this image (which I found on Pinterest) a try. I’m using my Fractions of Existence book because that’s what I’m polishing this week.

What should go wrong?

Xavier’s attempt to reunite his kind, The Existence, to stop the Eyes in the Shadows (who are working to bring about the apocalypse), should go wrong.
Gwendolyn’s quest to get to Xavier should go wrong.

Spoilers Ahead

What is discovered?

Xavier discovers a reason to not reunite Gwendolyn with their kind.
Gwendolyn discovers that Xavier, or something about him, is more important than the life her parents planned out for her.

Spoilers Ahead

Protagonist: (first half of the story) Xavier:

Protagonist goal:

Xavier’s goal is to reunite his kind.

Protagonist choices:

The choice not to tell Gwendolyn what she is.
The choice not to reunite Gwendolyn with their kind.
The choice to let the world end.

Protagonist struggle:

Trying to find his missing one.
Finding her and learning that she’s content with her life.
Learning that the missing one has no idea what she is.
Struggling between leaving Gwendolyn in her happy life or being honest and yanking her out.
The fallout of knowing that, in leaving her out of it, the Existence will not be able to stop the Eyes in the Shadows.

Protagonist: (second half of the story) Gwendolyn:

Protagonist goal:

To get to Xavier before midnight on New Year’s Eve (before he leaves the country).

Protagonist choices:

She chooses leave the life her parents planned out.
She chooses to leave her friends and family.
She chooses to travel across the country alone.
She chooses to find out about the life Xavier hinted that she could have.

Protagonist struggle:

Gwendolyn is not equipped to deal with a cross country adventure by any means.
She struggles with her choice, as to if this quest is actually a good idea.
She struggles with the fact that it sounds crazy to walk out on her life, her family, her pre-planned future to travel across the country with nothing but the clothes on her back to find a man she barely knows.
She struggles when her car dies.
Her biggest struggle comes seconds after she sees Xavier with someone else at the ball drop.

I haven’t read the book, but here is where the meme comes from:

Story Trumps Structure:
How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
by Steven James

Jun 20 2017

Bridges #WEPFF #FlashFiction Reverse Poem

June Badge #WEPFF Bridges writing

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Here’s a book with the word bridge in the title:

Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1): Bridge & Sword World by JC Andrijeski




A covered bridge in my region:
Lehigh Valley, PA — covered bridges
Bogert Covered Bridge — Fish Hatchery Rd. Allentown, PA 18103 USA
The oldest bridge in Lehigh County, it dates back to 1841 and spans 145 feet over Little Lehigh River.

It’s right near the:
Museum of Indian Culture which “showcases the cultural heritage of the Delaware/Lenape Indians” (my people).

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My entry:

SPRING ACROSS THE BRIDGE / SPACE ISN’T LIMITED

Good-bye!
Waves
Crash
Against the ship
Stars
Gather to view as
We pop
Fizzy drinks which spill as
Glass clinks
Spring across the bridge
We
Behold nature’s power
We are travelers in awe
For a few moments
Until
Passing the point
From known to unknown
As we venture
Music plays
We cross the bridge
From this world to the next

By: J Lenni Dorner

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Sixty is the word count but,
tricky tricky…
double to one-twenty for
trouble that’s risky.
Read lines up after down,
indeed this is nifty!

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Word Count: 60+60= 120 FCA


While explaining poetry generally ruins it, non-native English speakers might have a difficult time with this.
Information/ translation assistance:
“Reverse poetry is a poem that can be read forwards one way and have a meaning, but also be read backwards and have another different meaning.” This poem is meant to be read from the top line down and then from the bottom line back up, because it’s actually two free verse poems in one.
The Titanic departed in spring time.
Einstein–Rosen bridges, or wormholes, are “a theoretical passage through space-time that could create shortcuts for long journeys across the universe.” Being caught in one that collapses could crash a spaceship into a star, or multiple stars as it’s ripped apart.
The bridge of a ship is the room or platform from which the ship can be commanded.
Ships can be water vessels or space vessels.
Waves can be a curled body of water or a movement of the hand.
Stars can be famous people, or people who worked for White Star Lines, or giant balls of burning gas in space.
“Fizzy drinks” — Sparkling wine, such as Champagne, or other carbonated beverages.
Pop can mean to open a fizzy drink (as in “pop one open”), or it can mean to burst.
Spring can be a time of year or a rapid movement.
“Cross the bridge” — can be a metaphorical way to say dying, passing on, going to Heaven, etc. — can also literally mean to cross an actual bridge.

Titanic ticket image from Pinterest

drawing of a spaceship crashing in space

June Badge #WEPFF Bridges writing

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Jun 19 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 1

Down The TBR hole meme

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

June 19, 2017= AWL: 324 | Goodreads TBR: 783 books

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Break Into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells
by Mary Buckham, Mary Buckham (Kindle Edition)
Added April 28, 2012
Currently unavailable.

It’s not even in print anymore.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Come the Shadows (The Campbell Creek Mysteries)
by Wendy L. Young (Kindle Edition)
Added June 5, 2012

DESCRIPTION –

Officer Will Harmon lives a comfortable life in Campbell Creek, North Carolina, where there hasn’t been a murder in seventeen years. When bones are discovered in the old bread factory his life is disrupted but the body only the beginning. Surprising threats are coming and he will do whatever it takes to protect the life he loves…

I don’t read many mystery or detective books. The author and I follow each other on Twitter. @wendyyoung That’s probably why I added it.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added



Guerrilla Marketing for Free: Dozens of No-Cost Tactics to Promote Your Business and Energize Your Profits
by Levinson President, Jay Conrad (Paperback)
Added June 13, 2012

The guru of the Guerrilla Marketing series, with over a million copies in print, teaches entrepreneurs how to market aggressively without spending one cent.
Levinson, the authority on big-business marketing on a small-business budget, takes this concept one step further by offering scores of marketing ideas that are completely free. He proves that aggressive marketing doesn’t have to be expensive if you use creative and unconventional means.
* Hold a giveaway contest. You’ll attract customers and acquire names for your mailing list.
* Give free talks, consultations, and demonstrations. You’ll establish yourself as an expert and publicize your business at the same time.
* Post on websites, bulletin boards, and other online communities. They offer countless opportunities for spreading your business message.
* Feed your clients. Sending cookies or offering free refreshments in your store can set you apart from the competition.
Levinson offers dozens of other tips — some straightforward, many surprising — in a unique, indispensable guide that proves you don’t have to pay top dollar to improve your bottom line.

It was published in 2003. I’m not sure how useful it would be for my needs, which is selling a book in 2017.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Google Advertising Guerrilla Tactics: Google Advertising A-Z Plus 150 Killer AdWords Tips & Tricks
by Bottletree Books LLC (Paperback)
Currently unavailable.
Added June 13, 2012

Again, it isn’t even for sale anymore. There’s no point to it being on my list.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Marketing Without Advertising: Easy Ways to Build a Business Your Customers Will Love and Recommend
by Michael Phillips, Salli Rasberry (Paperback)
Currently unavailable
Added June 13, 2012

Probably had little to do with book marketing. But, since it’s another that isn’t even for sale anymore, I’ll never know.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Yesterday’s Daughter
by Sallie Lundy-Frommer (Kindle Edition)
Added July 18, 2012

Yesterday’s Daughter is full of suspense and surprises as the plot develops. It holds a mirror to contemporary society so we can consider our feelings about people who seem different from us, the assumptions we may make about other groups, and the consequences of those assumptions. Yesterday’s Daughter is an emotionally laden paranormal vampire romance novel woven with layers of betrayal, love and loss. Grace Stone, who later learns her true identity is Sapphira, is a loner who survives abuse in the foster care system after being abandoned as a child.

A brilliant student, she escapes from her brutal foster parents as a teenager and creates a life for herself. But, her life is little more than existence; plagued with questions about what she really is, a family that she has never known and the never-ending need to keep her differences hidden. She is alone and lonely, believing it will always remain so until Malachi appears in her life.

Malachi, a Guardian of the vampire communities, has searched for his life mate, Sapphira, for decades. He refuses to cease searching for Sapphira even though she is believed dead by all. Conflict arises over the decades between Malachi and his family because of his refusals to accept another mate. But his very soul drives him on to continue his search, knowing that he could not exist if Sapphira were not in the world, somewhere.

Keeping it on the list! I can see what drew me to this — the description reminds me of my book, Fractions of Existence. (Except for the vampire angle.)

Judgement 6:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Full Throttle
by T. C. Archer (Kindle Edition)
Added July 31, 2012

Fast cars and a smokin’ hot passion…

Rex intends to own and drive his own car, but that will cost him millions up front. Last season was a disaster, thanks to a nasty break up, but it taught him a lesson and helped sharpen his focus on what he needed to do: Win every race. And stay away from pretty girls. The last thing he needed was to learn that his new head mechanic, Jimmy James, was the gorgeous redhead pin-up walking around his pit like it was some kind of dance floor.

Gail “Jimmy” James is the first female NASCAR mechanic. As if competing in a man’s world isn’t tough enough, her bombshell figure bellies her genius IQ, and the pit is no place for either. Nothing Jimmy knew about Rex Henderson the driver prepared her for Rex Henderson the man. But Jimmy has no time to dwell on her feelings as strange mechanical problems curse Rex’s car. Whether sabotage or her own mistakes, Jimmy must stay one step ahead of trouble if she’s going to keep her job, and keep her driver alive…

I like cars. A female mechanic reminds me of some women in my family. Keeping it on the list.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added (wasn’t there)



We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media
by Kristen Lamb, Bob Mayer (Paperback)
Currently unavailable.
Added August 4, 2012

I’m a fan of Kristen Lamb and the WANA tribe. But if the book isn’t in print anymore… Uhh, why wasn’t this an ebook? I’m guessing the social media game has changed since this was written, and thus it has been pulled from print. No reason to keep it if I can’t get it.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Are You There Blog? It’s Me, Writer
by Kristen Lamb, Jennifer Talty (Kindle Edition)
Currently unavailable.
Added August 4, 2012

Another Kristen Lamb book that isn’t for sale. I guess I’ll never read this one, either.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Dare Me
by Megan Abbott (Hardcover)
Added August 4, 2012

Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they’re seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls — until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach’s golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as “top girl” — both with the team and with Addy herself.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death — and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as “total authority and an almost desperate intensity,” provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

I like author Megan Abbott. But I have no idea why I added this book to my wishlist. Was I researching cheerleaders for a short story? I don’t know. There are too many other books I know I’d rather read.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)



Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole

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