Looking for something to Read? (A.K.A Check out my stuff.)

If you are sitting at home on this cold dreary day, wishing for something to hold your attention, most of my stories and books are available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

….Just sayin’. Lol

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I have a new book

I still have a lot to learn about publishing and marketing. Honestly, I know very little about marketing at all. I have a few ideas and I did order a few promotional post cards. However, as I was putting the post cards together my ten year old was looking over my shoulder and giving me tips like: “Mommy you need to use a brighter color there, you are trying to draw attention.”I still have a lot to learn about publishing and marketing. Honestly, I know very little about marketing at all. I have a few ideas and I did order a few promotional post cards. However, as I was putting the post cards together my ten year old was looking over my shoulder and giving me tips like: “Mommy you need to use a brighter color there, you are trying to draw attention.”

So he is now my official marketing agent. Especially since he managed to sell a copy of my poetry chap book to the nurse at the doctor’s office a couple of days ago. I guess, being a kid, he gets a lot of promotions shoved in his face all the time. He is smart enough to pick out what the advertisers do to draw attention. So while having a ten year old as a marketing executive may not sound like a wise business move, it is a resource not everyone else is using. I was impressed by him tossing out a sales pitch for the old book while I had my head stuck in editing the proof of the new one. And he had the flu and was running a fever while he did it too.

Anyway, if you want to check out the new book just follow the link below. It is a book of short stories. Most of them are a little odd. The person who edited them referred to them as “Fantastically Weird”. I read at least eight of them to my son while we were in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, even though I didn’t really intend for it to be a children’s book. (There are a few curse words in a couple of stories.) He liked “Deflated” the most. It was one of the newer ones that I wrote just a week before I put the book together.

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The Oak Muse And Other Stories

I write therefore I read

non-fictionI write Science Fiction and Fantasy.  I read everything.  Well, almost everything.  On my bookshelves I have everything from ancient Chinese classics to Janet Evanovich.

The past couple of days I’ve been reading non-fiction. I’ve been reading the anecdotes of Appalachian Doctors, a book about poisonous plants, and last night I was reading a magazine article about the back brakes locking in a car and the poisonous-for-dogspossible causes.

Will I ever use any of the things I read?  Who knows?  Maybe. Maybe not.

vintage_childrens_reading_collection_poster-re1e1e6aba9b4490db9a80226b548ae57_26gc_400Reading teaches you the mechanics of writing.  Its more than just grammar and putting down words on paper.  You have to put those words down in such a way that they are entertaining and/or informative.  (If you’ve read dry text books or operating manuals you know that there is a wrong way to do this.)  You want to draw your audience in, not put them to sleep.

You also want to have your facts straight.  Even in Science Fiction or Fantasy where most Holmesthings can explained away by future tech or magic, there is a limit on what you can fake (and get away with it).  I think that having a health reading diet is just as important for the mind as a health food diet is for the body.