Thursday, December 12, 2013

Reading, Writing, Pinning

For the last two years I tried to do the Goodreads reading challenge.  I first set myself a mighty goal  of 50 and that year I read around 30.  For the second year (this year) I scaled down to 35.  I did not even make it to half that.  In my defense, I spent most of the year editing my own book and we had 6 months of renovations (if you want to give your marriage or your life for that matter a trial by fire, then please, renovate your whole house for 6 months).  Suffice it to say that reading fell low low low on the priorities list.  Which is a horrible thing to have to say.  This year, I will not be joining the reading challenge.  Not because I believe it is a bad idea, but because at this point I cannot even begin to gauge how many books I'm capable of reading.   So, I'm going to ramp back into reading the best I can and see where this year takes me.

Speaking of ramping, now that the first book is out there, after two some years of editing, I'm dying to do some hardcore writing.  I've started a first draft on another book and in January I'm planning on living, sleeping, eating, showering with my head in the book.  I won't finish the first draft by any means in that month but I'm hoping to give it a kick so that I can finish the draft by early spring.  Then I'm going to be drowning in editing again.  It feels wonderful to have direction like this, to not have that strange floating sensation of searching for what I will do.  I'm doing it.  Hurrah.

Completely unrelatedly, have you ever noticed that succulents look alien?  Seriously, I bet they are extra-terrestrials hiding out in the guise of plants.
See what I mean?  Someone should write a Doctor Who with evil succulents.

Oh I have a bunch of Pins for you too.  You know, geeky stuff, some holiday stuff, generally just a bit of fun.

Friday, December 06, 2013

What if you don't own a Kindle?

I've had a couple of people mention that they don't own a Kindle.  You can actually download the book and read it on other devices such as your home computer, a tablet or iPad, iPhone, Android devices and more.  Amazon has apps for that.  So I'm putting links up for that and you can find the links also on the Sneaking Out page.

In US, go HERE

In UK, go HERE

In Canada, go HERE

In France, go HERE

In Germany, go HERE

In Australia, go HERE

Thursday, December 05, 2013

What's an Authorgraph?...and Pins

I've discovered this cool service called Authorgraph.  Basically, a reader can sign up for free, find the book they want an author to "sign" and send a request.  The author then makes a personal message and signs their name - in their own handwriting using a mouse or pad.  Isn't that awesome?  The reader will receive the signed book (an image of the cover and the author's message and signature) via email, after which they can print it and frame it, put it in a binder, keep it on their computer (perhaps as their desktop image) or they can insert it into their digital book.  And it's all free.  That's fabulous!

Not that I think I'm some kind of heavyweight, big name, sought after author, but I think it would be great fun to offer this, so I signed up.  If you want a signed digital book cover from me, just go to Authorgraph and look up my book (alternatively, go here) and hit the 'Request Authorgraph' button.  Voila!

Hey, I've been pinning.  Wanna see?

That pic up there is a portal to a world full of giggly bits.  Go ahead, you want to.  Who could resist Sir Patrick Stewart singing a Christmas song?  Or a Dalek Christmas tree?  A seriously cool granny, gingerbread AT-AT.  Go, go.

By the way, when you enter your book on Authorgraph, you have to put in your ASIN number.  That's Amazon's ID number for it, basically.  My number starts with BOOG.  Seriously.  What more reason do you need to buy my book?