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RE-OPENING! A blog is a blog is a blog?

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I am happy to be back! I hope you all like my zombified theme. I will change it sooner or later, but you know me and my zombie love!

So, I will tell you all about my away time. It was pretty great!

First, I got an amazing antique 1948 Royal De-Luxe Portable Manual Typewriter. It is SO awesome! And it is in perfect working order. All it needed was some cleaning and TLC. I did some research on it and wow…so much history and so many wonderful authors used this particular typewriter. It makes me wish I knew who owned this one before me.

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Second, my bestie came all the way out from New Mexico and stayed for 10 days. We had a ball. We kicked back and relaxed, went to the movies, went out to eat (raw and baked oysters, yum!) and we both cooked for one another.

While the bestie was here, we also got matching tattoos. Seahorses, because I love seahorses, and they make for very lovely watercolor style tattoos, which we both have been wanting. For me, it also serves to cover my self-mutilation scars on my arm.

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Third, my mom came up from Guatemala for a visit. It was fantastic that my best friend was here to meet her. We had a nice dinner together and it was a lovely evening.

All my cats are doing great, except Jeff seems to be kind of cranky lately. It is not unusual to hear me in the middle of the night telling him to stop being a dick when he is growling at one of the other cats. The only one he seems cool with is BaxterMarie.

I have been writing off and on when I have time and motivation, and I have been learning the ins and outs of this new website. I have moved my site off of WordPress servers to a different hosting site. It gives me a lot more options without paying a fortune for WordPress Business. I can use premium themes and widgets and the like. Something you have to pay a small fortune for on the WordPress server.

I am terribly behind on my pen-pal letters. I was sort of waiting for a rainy day when I could sit down and type them all out on the typewriter. Remember, if you’d ever like to get snail mail, my address is on the Contact page. If you would like to hear from me first, just drop me a line in email. I love sending mail. Letters and cards…all very humorous.

With the re-opening of my blog, I will be hosting some interviews and guest bloggers. I am also striving to raise my post count on a weekly basis.

All this down time has given me some wonderful ideas for blog posts and picture sharing. I admit, I am a pretty lousy photographer with my phone, but I do snap a few cute pics here and there.

So we are back in the saddle again.

Also, I am open to any suggestion you all out there may have. Want a certain topic, or to ask a few questions? Hit me up! Want a little free publicity? Hit me up!

I am here for all of you. This site isn’t just about me and my stories and books. It’s about making friends, networking and helping others.

Tomorrow we will be covering a random topic. Perhaps about my gaming and RP world, or just something I pick out of a hat.

And before I sign off for now, allow me to give a big shout out to Michelle, Stephanie and Patricia, for always making sure I don’t go off the deep end. >.> Much love to you, ladies.

 

Be sweet, my darlings!


Writers: Getting a little more exposure.

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In my last post, I made mention of a few website that I post my various stories, other than just here on the blog.

Its great to help build a following and fan base to broaden your readers, and, in some cases, gain the attention of agents and publishers.

 

To help you in this, I’m going to provide you a listing, links and my personal takes on each site.

 

Jukepop: http://www.jukepop.com/

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Jukepop is called a site for ‘Serials’. You post chapters, and they can be voted upon. You can make a little money, and you can even get some investors that you share your eventual profits with.

Personally, I just post there for the exposure. The posting process is a little difficult and time consuming, and then anything you post must be approved. ‘A Walk Amongst the Dead’ still has not been approved, and I can only assume because of the few profanities in the story.

 

Tablo: https://tablo.io/

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Tablo doesnt seem too impressive of a site. I know my profile and works do not get many looks and reads or upvotes. It is user friendly, however, and good for a little extra exposure if you can get followers built.

 

Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/

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wattpad is extremely easy to use, but to gain a following you have to do a lot of reading and liking and following of your own to get anywhere. A lot of people have had great success with Wattpad! I am just now getting myself reaquainted with it.

 

Scriggler: https://scriggler.com/

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Scriggle…well…it takes some getting used to. Its easy to upload, simply copy and paste your chapters or story, but navigating groups, checking mail and comments are a little rough. I have my own group there for short story writers. Its great for building a following. And they have more than just stories. They have opinion sections, poetry, news. etc.. You can track your ranking and see how your doing in your story writing. Its cool…just a little difficult to check mail.

 

Bublish: https://www.bublish.com/

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Bublish is amazing, however, there is a catch. To get the most out of the site, you will have to break down and pay for it. A monthly fee of $9.99 a month, or $99.00 annually.

The site is easy to navigate, easy to post your work, and allows for ‘rough cut bubbles’ which you share via Facebook and Twitter. You choose what you want to share from the writing, and it creates a bubble all ready to post for you to your social media account. I personally like the service. Its easy to gain more followers as well, because Bublish will also make a tweets from their Twitter accounts with your bubbles and account name.

 

upliterate: http://upliterate.com/

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I love this site. It doesnt get you a lot of exposure, but you will get a small group of followers which will hopefully follow your social media accounts and website to see more of you.

Its super user friendly as well.

 

Medium: https://medium.com/

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Medium is another super easy site to upload your works to and gain a bit more of a following. People can ‘like’ and comment. Its very stream-lined and, as I’ve said, easy to use.

I have this as one of my main places to post my short stories, as I can do it super quick and without a lot of fuss.

 

Write Globe: http://writeglobe.com/

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This is a new site for me. I have yet to upload anything to test the waters. However, here is what I pulled from the ‘About’ page.

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Write Globe is the perfect platform for every creative individuals in the world of writing, publishing and editing, who want to reach out to a larger section of the society.

Acting as the linkage between writers, poets, authors and publishers, Write Globe helps these creative individuals in showcasing their unique talent to the world. The books which are written by you will be promoted immensely on the platform of Write Globe and which will gain attention from several visitors of the website. Along with promoting the books, Write Globe also acts as an excellent base for those who want to submit their writings or articles or poetries.

Through Write Globe you can find convenient publishers and publishers too can advertise their brand’s service via this online portal. Recently book trailers have become quite popular for promoting upcoming novels and books and Write Globe has provisions for such unique book trailers on the website.

Promotional events like book launch, book signing or any other event can be extensively shared via Write Globe which will showcase your creativities to the world.

 

Niume: https://niume.com/

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This is one of my top favorites. It is very easy to gain a following on this site, and is so visually pleasing. You can host more than just stories as well. You can make blog entries in the ‘Lifestyles’ sphere. You can post your photos. You can show off your humor, and so much more.

I have gained a lot of recognition for the short stories I posted there recently, and a lot of excellent feedback.

 

Authors.me: https://www.authors.me/

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I am in love with this site. Totally. Its super easy to work with. A the extra fantastic bonus?

It links you up with Agents and Publishers in your selected genres. You submit your work to the selection that matches what genre you have chosen for a particular book, set of short stories or poetry, and whammo…you get a response on how much time it will take for them to look at your work and get back to you.

I love this site.

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Now, this list, with the exception of Write Globe, is in reverse order of how I use them. I know, I should have mentioned that at the start.

 

I know there are tons of other sites out there, for writing, blogging…everything under the sun. These are my personal favorites for writing…with a smidge of blogging.

 

So, I hope you all enjoy, look me up, and lets get some followers a followin’!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NaBloPoMo Day Thirty: An end, but a beginning

NaBloPoMo_1114_465x287_NOV_zps8d81cd05edb7d9e4c696c7098f901099985fd588So today ends NaNoWriMo, which I had finished two books in record time. It also marks the end of NaBloPoMo, well, at least for November. I did indeed sign up for December, but I’m going to be doing it a bit differently.

I want to give posting some ‘flash fiction’ from time to time, along with my meandering musings. I’m not making things so…official…

I will still strive for a post a day, sharing things. I’m not participating through my personal blog on blogger/blogspot though, mostly because no one really reads it. Unless I just rant, cry, or have something personal that may be funny or something.

I don’t really hold much back here on this blog however. So really, its not a big difference.

Flash faction has been rolling around my head a lot lately. For me, its a challenge. I’m not used to writing ‘short stories’. I’m long winded, wordy and descriptive in my writing, so something short and to the point will be both a challenge, and probably pretty refreshing.

Of course I still need to promote my upcoming book. Or books. I have so many for publishing. The first and second take priority of course. Then I can get to the erotica series.

I’ve found some really great people to follow, who help me in my creative process, get me thinking and make me both think and laugh with their blog posts. For that I am thankful.

I was wondering, is that anything anyone would like to see in particular? A story? A series of questions? I feel like I need more interaction with my readers. And I am always ready and willing to interact. The only things I am not really capable of is poetry and lyrics. HAR! I couldn’t make a poem to save my life.

I am craving interaction. Come on people, help a purple haired girl out.


A lil look inside, interview style…

A lil look inside, interview style….


A lil look inside, interview style…

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Stand, by Stephen King. Why? It’s just brilliant!
2. It, by Stephen King. Why? Another piece of brilliance, and loads of scare.
3. The Vampire Chronicles, by Ann Rice. Why? Vampires, I love them. The different styles and takes on them, their immortal struggles and captivating characters and their personalities.
4. The Feed Trilogy, by Mira Grant. Why? Zombies, politics, thrills, mystery…it has it all. Did I mention zombies?
5. Area 187 Almost Hell, by Eric R. Lowther. Why? ZOMBIES!

What do you read for pleasure?
I love a variety of subject matter. Vampires, zombie, apocalyptic, supernatural/paranormal; but I also love great non-fiction as well. Generation Kill, Mop Men, Aftermath Inc., just to name a few.

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Kindle.

To be quite honest, when I find a book I truly love, of course I read it on my Kindle, but then I buy the actual book.
There’s just something about having the actual book, the feel and smell of it. I need a bigger office and more shelves.

Describe your desk
Wow…let’s see. One big 33″ monitor directly in front of me, one big 25″ monitor just to the right of that. A cat continually on my right, on my ‘mouse arm’, or trying to lay on the keyboard. Noveling notebook, Post-its, pens, tape, books in the cubbies over-head. Coffee to the right, behind the cat giving me the stink eye.
Should I describe my other desk on the other side of the room?

When did you first start writing?
I never thought of actually writing until late in life. I’ve always been an avid reader and artist. I love sketching and whatnot. It wasn’t until I started playing an online role play game that I discovered ‘hey, I’m pretty good at this writing stuff!’. That was 13 years ago. Mostly vampire, but a little demon, and a couple erotica stories…okay, maybe more than a couple, and they aren’t about vampires! Gasp!

What’s the story behind your latest book?
A female vampires journey through the centuries, embracing her inner darkness and her unusual fixation on the wars of man.

What motivated you to become an indie author?
In short, family and friends. They are my support and confidence. They keep saying ‘publish that!’.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have too much time and creativity in my little head, words just flow. I love taking an idea and expanding on it, evolving it, adding new things, new places.

What are you working on next?
Book Two, to conclude the events in Book One. Then a whole new story, or ten.

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King
Ann Rice
Mira Grant
Stephen Knight
wow…loads more…

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Who said I ever go to bed to begin with? >.>

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Online gaming, Movie and series marathons, sketching, being bullied by my cat.

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth and friends suggestions really.

How do you approach cover design?
I look for something appealing. The cover should convey a glimpse into the story. A visual teaser.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I remember the first story I ever wrote. It was a fan-fiction back in my younger days, when the internet was just expanding with sites like Fanfiction.com and such. I posted a few fics, and from there learned that I could create my own characters, scenes, and everything else rolling around in my purple haired head.

What is your writing process?
I don’t really have a defined process. My mind never stops…so…I jot everything down, from there I expand. I have all the time in the world, and no, I don’t sleep. I start with the main character, who and what they are, the setting, time period and general direction I would like to see it go. Then I expand. More characters, research if needed, sub-plots or twists. Then I expand more. I rarely get ‘writers-block’, but when I do, I open one of my other unfinished stories to see if the change of scenery gets things moving again. And…~gasps~…sometimes I don’t sit at my desk! I go to my local coffee shop, I walk, I cook. Oh, and I keep a writing journal and goal book. I track my progress. Lists. I love lists.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Flowers for Algernon. This book moved me so much as such a young age. I read it now and again, because its so wonderfully written and so poignant. You love it, you hate it. It brings you to tears. The impact? It opened my eyes to differing styles of writing. Narratives and whatnot. From there, I fell in love with books.

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Coming from a military family, we moved quite a bit, but the South (USA) is home. Many of my stories play into the South, or the characters are Southern. The charm, manners and dramatics of Southerners is endearing. I also have a love for Germany, so that will pop up in some of my other stories later on down the line.


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