Fantasy Adventure For Under a Buck!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00066]From November 17 through November 21, 2015, Vibrations: Harmonic Magic Book 1 is on sale for just 99¢. If you haven’t read the start of the Harmonic Magic series, now’s your chance. See what readers have been saying about the book:

“Most fascinating fantasy/science fiction novel that I have read in a while. Once I started, there was no way for me to put it down.”

“The cast of characters is great. Everyone is fleshed out well…”

“I was initially hesitant but so glad I read this book. So many new ideas and concepts are presented to the reader on this journey of adventure and discovery.”

“Just when I think the bookstore is empty a good book is found.”

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Follow my NaNoWriMo Quest

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Today is the start of the National Novel Writing Month project to write a novel by the end of the month. As I posted a few days ago, I am taking part in this program. I will be logging my word counts and my experiences on this page. If you’re interesting in seeing how I’m doing, check it out. I’ll try to post daily, but can’t promise I can do that for thirty days straight. I’ll do my best.

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Do You Do NaNoWriMo?

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Did you know that November is the month in which the National Novel Writing Month program takes place? According to the official website (http://nanowrimo.org): “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

The premise of the program is that if you think you have a story in you that wants to come out, the first step is freeing yourself to write as many words as you can without judgment or too much attention to how well the words all fit together. This first draft is the start of a novel and, with edits and changes afterward, can result in a published book. The website gives more detailed information.

The program was started in 1999 to encourage young writers and has steadily grown since then. The complete history is here. According to the NaNoWriMo website, 325,142 people participated in 2014 and since the numbers increase each year, it is expected that even more will participate this year. The community of participants discuss, encourage, and support each other throughout the month, making it a fun as well as rewarding experience.

I have already signed up, ready to start typing away on November 1st. I am a planner, structuring and outlining my stories, but many who participate are “pantsers,” those who allow the words to freely flow from their creative mind to the screen in a “seat of the pants” fashion. Both types of writers are welcome to participate. In fact there is a badge presented for each of the two types of writer.

Would you like to join me and the hundreds of thousands of others who will be trying to create a work of surpassing creativity and beauty? If so, check out the NaNoWriMo website for details, or comment on this post so we can discuss it. I’d love to see you in the trenches!

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The Importance of Reviews and Comments

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Writing is an acquired skill. More accurately, it is a skill most often obtained with great expense in time, suffering, and effort. That being the case, the wise author gratefully accepts any opportunity to develop his or her craft. I would like to consider myself a wise author, and as a wise author I would realize that great ideas and constructive criticism comes from many different directions and different media. One of the best ways to get these helpful hints is from reviews or comments from readers.

Many people do not write reviews. I get it; I don’t write many myself. Except for books. I have made it a point to try to be conscientious in posting reviews for other books I read, partially to support other authors and partially just to express myself and my appreciation for their work. Looking at it from the point of view of an author, however, reviews and comments are of utmost importance.

Not only are reviews the lifeblood of a particular book, especially when it is newly published, but they are a goldmine of ideas on how to improve subsequent books. Good, bad, or indifferent, a well written and articulate review can be the difference between the author’s next book being a mediocre same-as-before work and a work of art. Truly, it is that important.

I, for one, appreciate reviews and comments. Sure, I appreciate high ratings in reviews and serious criticism in separate comments, but given a choice, I’d rather have a so-so review with specific points I can work on than no reviews. I promise that I read and consider every comment I receive and every little point left in reviews to determine new ways to improve or to tailor books in-process so that they are more enjoyable.

So, please, if you have comments on Vibrations (or the subsequent books when they come out soon) or you can think of a way that the story, writing style, formatting, or any other part of the publishing process can be improved, I would appreciate hearing about it. I know what parts of the story I like, and those I’m not too fond of, but I want to hear from you. Whether it’s in a review, an e-mail, or a comment posted on this web site, I will always consider it and will always appreciate it. I may not implement it (after all, there may be many others who disagree and I can’t please everyone), but don’t let that stop you.

I plan on writing for a long time, and I plan on making every new book better than the last. With your help, through your comments and reviews, I may just be able to do that. I appreciate you reading my stories and for visiting my web site. I hope to hear from you.

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