Sunday, April 22, 2012

New Cover

I wrote about the new cover yesterday, but I didn't actually post the new cover here!

It's Warm Here

It was warm here today, but later on clouds settled and there was gloom. At least it was cooler. The day passed with a surreal haze. It was probably because I went to sleep at 3 in the morning. My eyes were heavy and the 70+ degree weather didn't help. It was an interesting drive to my favorite Starbucks!

I don't usually stay up so late, but I had to format the final version of Absolution to upload on Smashwords. Technology is wonderful, but in a nervous way; every mistake is a huge one. Their style guide was very helpful, but after midnight the words became jumbled. But the file is ready. The cover is ready. And better still, I can use that same Word doc to upload onto Kindle's Direct Publishing page.

A woman from Canada read two of my short stories today and rated them. She gave them 3 stars each and I didn't know how to feel about that. I sent her a thank-you note. Should I have done that? It seems like too much now. She didn't write back.

But this was the first person who, out of the blue, decided to read my work. It's special and nerve-racking (and nerve-wracking). At some point, writers must become numb. It's the only way to deal with ratings; more so if the ratings are 2 stars and below.

The laptop is really warm. I'm sweating as I write this. My stomach itches. Did I write those stories for ratings? I'm glad she gave it 3 stars. It means she enjoyed them. I don't know. But it IS warm here.


Friday, April 20, 2012

How Things Become Real

I got the cover for Absolution yesterday. The artist, Timothy Lantz posted it on his website.

The novel became real in a way that it had not been before. There is no denying now that on May 1st, the novel will be published.

I learned to drive when I was 19. It was during my first tour in the Army, while deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The vehicle was an M548A2, and had tracks instead of tires and two levers instead of a steering wheel. It was stressful since instead of a nice, paved road, I got dangerous trails with landmines on either side. Before then, I had been scared to death to learn to drive. It didn't seem real though I always imaged what it would be like to control a vehicle.

There was a similar feeling in my gut prior to getting that cover and then having someone else talk about the book. It's a little scary.

But, like learning to drive that military vehicle, I just have to look ahead and stay clear of the landmines.


Monday, April 16, 2012

On Short Stories

My friend Elizabeth posted not long ago how the market for short stories is non-existent. Who wants to pay $0.99 cents for a bite of fiction? I don't think I would, not unless it was part of a collection.

My response to that problem is to give short stories away. You pay nothing if you read them on I already have one on there and a total of 0.0000 people have downloaded it. I don't anticipate anyone reading the stories I will post before May 1st (the publication date of Absolution).

However, once the virtual blog tour I booked with Dark Mind Book Tours gets underway, I imagine that there will be a little curiosity about my work.

So, the stories are yours. Please don't take credit for them (though that would flatter me). If you enjoy them, I hope you will try my novel.


PS: I love my new blog design. Thanks miss Silvia.