Tom and __________

Tom and ___________

Have you ever had an imaginary friend? No? What about someone you know? Probably. These friends are made for many reasons, but we often think of them as being a kid thing.

But what about animals?

Ever see your cat or dog stare at the wall when nothing’s there? Sure, it could be a ghost or a portal to an evil dimension. Or it could be something benign.

If animals are people too, it’s only right that they create these friends just like many of us. Drawing from Tom and Jerry and all their crazy antics I used the comics (yes they have comics too, but then again, what doesn’t?)

Ol’ Tom Cat got into a lot of trouble over the years, didn’t he? Chasing that little turd around trying to get him out of the house once and for. Or maybe, he was never chasing a mouse at all. Maybe, he was chasing something bigger. Maybe, he was chasing… Himself. (!)

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Tom and __________

Aww, isn’t he precious?!

One Last Day

One Last Day is the manuscript I have actively been working on full-time for the last 5 years. It is literary fiction told through the eyes of Resident Manager Alex Carmichael, a Scottish immigrant who has been stuck at the job his whole life. As for what it’s about:

Resident Manager Alex Carmichael often thought his senior home was behind the times. But he never thought it was literally a day behind the rest of the world.

It made sense; a rotten apple became crisp and fresh, a woman sprang back to life after half an hour of failed CPR, and the digital calendars show yesterday’s date. Alex eventually discovers the phenomenon can even bring people back to life, but it comes with a catch—they can’t leave the building, and they only live for a single day.  

Using this power to give people at the local hospital an extra day to say goodbye to loved ones, Alex vows to keep it secret from the world, knowing it will be reserved for the rich and powerful if discovered. Just as he begins to wonder if the stress is worth it, Alex realizes how much of an impact one day can have on a person’s life. He understands this more than anyone.  

Because today is his last day. 

 

This page is devoted to One Last Day and the progress made towards publication.

Randoms

Just like it sounds. Anytime I find something fun or want to be clever, here be the place for it.

Monkey George

George Washing-less

Don’t give up the pizza!

Normal dieting is a lot like this.

 

And it’s hard. As fat old TV personalities say, “I have to die from something!” and seeing what some people choose to eat on diets like a 32 oz smoothie for an entire day, I’ll take the premature scythe. As horrible as those fad diets are, they don’t really work, do they? Often, after a little while, they end up like this.

Be chubby or give up the point of living? Tough call. How about neither? Over the past five years I’ve developed ways to devour entire pizzas and still lose weight, no gel pills required. Don’t believe me? Fair enough. Yes, there’s a catch; it’s not as easy as going out to get a triple-all meat pizza hut with a size of cheesy bacon bread. The key is homemade, making these things with different, healthier ingredients. I have unlocked this incredible secret. And I am willing to share without even the cost of Handling fees.

A Kilo for Kilo

Growing up, I remember that old Video Only commercial talking about consumer reviews and thought it was the most ridiculous thing. Fast forward and not only do I read dozens of these things before buying anything, I even check Fakespot to make sure the reviews are legit. If they’re not fake, then I take the time to read through these dull, boring aspiring textbook authors that look like they’re trying to lull readers to sleep.

So I added a little habanero.

Informative and entertaining don’t have to be exclusive. And I’ve started this quest to make the web a better place.

The Writer’s Conference

8-10 Writer's Conference

Trying to get to an agent in the last pitch session

The Writer’s Conference. The Ivy League of authors. And perhaps the one place where writers go out of their way to talk to people. For once, the ice is already broken. We’re all here because we like one thing: bars writing. In one way or another…

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The Thinnest Air (Minka Kent)

Book Review: The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent

This is an Amazon First Reads choice for June 2018. The original review can be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2991V3FQL61V8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1503953408

The Thinnest Air (Minka Kent)

One thing that IS “in thin air” in this review is spoilers, so don’t worry about finding any here.

This book was pretty good. No Dark Knight (Or the book version of that, whatever that is) and it took a bit to get to the suspense, but at least it existed. Plus, the author tried to add at least SOMETHING in most of the early chapters to keep things interesting and so you’ll remember, “Oh yeah, this is suspense, and there’s a baddie, and I’m going to figure out what happened with THE INCIDENT.” And you probably will; just remember, the journey IS the destination. Especially on road trips.

When it comes to adult content, I’d say this is a PG-13. Do NOT judge it by the opening scene, because it opens up with a light sex scene that made it seem like it would be frequent, but even here it was offscreen, as were the other mentions, which were infrequent. Sort of like I-Robot, if that dated reference makes any sense anymore. There are a couple of F-tomic bombs, but considering THE INCIDENT and the situation they were dealing with, a lot of them seem justified, though I know there are readers out there that don’t want to be anywhere near that blast radius.

POV WARNING! While there isn’t much adult content, I can’t, in good conscience, continue this review without the following POV Warning: This is written in first person present tense and alternates between two characters. I still don’t care much for this style–especially with more than one protagonist getting the I’s–but sadly, it seems to be getting more popular and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. Unfortunately. However, It only ever goes between the two main characters, and I think it switches every chapter. That makes it predictable, but for me that’s in a good way, and better than trying something experimental like switching to THE BIG BAD’S point of view and talking on eggshells not to give them away.

The first character, Meredith, is the younger of the two sisters and is your typical naive, pretty girl, but coming from an unusual background made her stand out a little bit. I definitely preferred her chapters over her sister’s, as she gave me reason to be empathetic, though she made plenty of stupid choices along the way. But hey, that’s life, and we all do dumb things from those old Geico commercials every now and then.

Greer, the older sister, took some getting used to. She reminded me of Marcy Long from Fallout 4, so yeah… Not the most likable of people. The author made sure to frequently show that she was intelligent, but that was counteracted by her doing some really stupid things. I’ve known people like her and they’ve always rubbed me more like a deep tissue massage than a relaxation massage, and her perspective irritated me at times but it seemed to get better as the story went on. At least the POV changes mean it doesn’t follow her the entire time, which made it so I could deal with her at the first until that “Acquired Taste” phenomenon kicked in.

As for the plot, there was nothing especially unusual or groundbreaking here, although I did like the way the timeline worked. Meredith’s story started a few years in the past and built up to the present, touching up on a few major events that happened over the years. Greer’s started at the present and went over each day after the incident, and eventually, Meredith’s overlapped so that you could find out what she was up to while Greer’s was still a few days in the future. If this sounds kind of confusing like the Flashpoint, it’s really not, but I don’t want to do the math.

…Fine. I’ll do the math. But NOT in Common Core. Say the present is Day 0. Greer starts at Day 0 and eventually moves to Day 1 and then Day 2 and so on. Meanwhile, Meredith starts at negative 3 years. Then she goes to negative 2 years and 11 months or something, and eventually gets to Day 0 when Greer is on a later day. So Meredith could be on Day 2 while Greer is on like Day 8, and you can see how THE INCIDENT plays out better this way.

Besides that, there wasn’t anything that really stood out as either especially bad or good. The story was well-told for the most part, and the reveal doesn’t completely come out of the secret sewage monster hole in left field. Instead, it’s something you can figure out if you’re paying attention without missing that single clue about the off-color red of a woman’s shoes in Chapter 2 or whatever nonsense a lot of modern-day authors like to try these days to make themselves look clever and trick you.

Overall, I’d say this is an entertaining book, and for me, it was a quick read. Still, if you’re looking for something safe yet enjoyable, I don’t think you’ll go wrong by choosing this one.

How Every Writer Has Their Own Method

Pretty much the same method I use, minus the past about having to use libraries and notecards.

A Writer's Path

How many of you remember the dreaded research papers you had to write in high school?  Raise your hand.  Better off, don’t raise your hand.  That’s too reminiscent of being back in school.  But anyway, I’ll tell you this: if I never have to write another research paper in my life, I won’t complain.

What I hated the most about the process was how formal and rigid it was.  When I was in school, the Internet was still pretty new, so we, the unfortunate victims, spent hours in libraries using dusty reference books that served better as paper weights and taking notes from pages with tiny print.  We had to write on 3×5 notecards in pencil.  We needed to come up with an outline, and this was to be done the proper way with the numbers, letters, Roman numerals, and I don’t even know what.  The rough draft was written…

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Ancient Stories I Once Wrote

The Tale of Tyrel, a Male out of Jail.

So this rough diamond appeared on my Facebook page today. I thought I wrote this for college for a challenge, but I guess I did it nearly ten years ago, where the challenge was to use only ONE rhyme sound (and near-rhymes) as often as possible and create some sort of story. 

A later version of this ALSO had 21 syllables in each line, but I have no idea where it is but I’ll post it when I find it. But for now, enjoy the Director’s Cut!

Ancient Stories I Once Wrote

The Tale of Tyrel, a Male out of Jail.

My name is Tyrel, and I’m going to tell, of a time that I easily got out of jail.
How did I prevail? I can’t merely tell and I have to say that you would probably fail.

One day the guard Dale, was walking and fell, and while he did wail his lip started to swell.
He said “Oh holy grail! Why be I so frail!” I sensed in him ail, the visage he had being all white and pale.

As slow as a snail, I reached through the rail and grabbed what felt like it must be a bell.
This holy grail, meant you this frail male Dale? Your ail where you fail will make me prevail!

With time growing stale, there was not time to wail, quickly I had to blaze this dead trail!
At first all went well, then a yell “You aren’t Dale!” the source of the yell, something I must quail!

Like the first-class mail, this Dale saw me sail, out of the jail, and straight out of Hell!
I stayed on a trail, ‘til I knew it not well, and suddenly ran into a rather large male.

“My name’s Christian Bale.” I heard the male tell, a man no mistake was not a frail Dale.
Cared I for his tale? Not when fresh out of jail, and I told Christian Bale “Go straight down to Hell.”

Not knowing Bale well, the male grabbed me with a yell, “Now you go to a place where no cab you can hail!”
And with that Christian Bale threw me into a deep well.

But I fell on… a whale?
Ha, Christian Bale! Tyrel did prevail, he never can fail, you slimy old snail!

On that whale I did sail, down an underground trail until I arrived at the town of Fontraile.
Thank you kind whale, sending me through the dell, my means of escape from that old wretched well!

I walked through Fontraile, a town hard to spell well, could you believe who I saw, Ha, not Christian Bale!
It was Walter Winchell, reporter tell-tale, and beside then I inhale a kind of good smell!

“Hi Walter Winchell, my name is Tyrel, I wonder have you any baked goods to sell?”
“Tyrel, and a male… I wonder are you the same that I heard did sail out of jail?”

“I did sail on a whale, and met Christian Bale. Know you that he would yell at a male reading Braille?
“Surely you aren’t well, for I know Christian Bale, he built a monorail for those needing Braille!”

All was not well, I could easily tell, and I knew I must bid Walter Winchell farewell!
“Farewell sir Winchell, you’re right I’m not well, I ate a blue scale with a taste rather stale!”

Away from Fontraile, I did flail with no trail until I fell over a yellow lunch pail.
A yellow lunch pail? Within Ginger Ale? Through what sort of veil had I Tyrel fell?

Besides Ginger Ale, there was also a quail, within that lunch pail that I did also unveil.
It had an odd smell, that oddly placed quail, so I tossed that stale quail, right over the rail.

Over the rail came an overweight male, with the appearance of one who once went to Yale.
And on the drail of the male was the very same quail, that stale quail that I’d tossed right over the rail!

“Make reason prevail, do not send a quail, over a rail for someone you may nail.”
My look did look stale, and I wanted to bail, but I tripped on the lid of the yellow lunch pail!

Then the male from Yale, I did hear him yell,
“By chance are you he whom they tell is Tyrel?”

I ran from sir Yale and he could not prevail,
And boy did he wail, “TYREL! TYREL!” As he chased at pace that could rival a snail.

My name is Tyrel, I escaped from jail, but how Yale knew, I couldn’t quite tell.
I ran down a path with no trail, when there in a sudden I read “Welcome to Crail.”

Inside of Crail, I moved like a gale, when all of sudden it started to hail!
And it fell, fell, fell, all over poor Crail! Oh how swell, how swell was the this gale around Crail!

“There is Tyrel, the bloke from the jail!” I heard some angry old townspeople yell.
I backed up and did quail, it seemed I would fail, when I thought I could take the near brail and rappel

And rappel I did well, away from Crail and the ever enlarging golf ball sized hail!
I thought it went well but I could never foretell that below would be something unwell…

The frail male Dale! I could instantly tell, that things were about to become quite unwell.
Above they dumped ale, in one was a nail, and below was to fail by the frail male named Dale!

They would never prevail! Tyrel would not fail!
Then came the male from near Yale with the quail.

He yelled with the gail, “Ha ha, Tyrel, you’ve been Caught by the snail!”  and seeing the snail, I must have done fail.
And he threw down at me the yellow lunch pail, And I fell, fell, fell… Right on top of the frail male named Dale.

“It’s over Tyrel, now come back to jail! Do not force me to pell you, Tyrel!”
“Aren’t You the frail Dale? You cannot prevail!” I taunted, I shouted, I laughed and did yell.

But Dale did flail out, a sheet of chain mail, and an item I did know was meant to impale.
“I give in frail Dale, I’ll go back to jail! But know it was from you that I escaped from that Jail!”

The townsfolk of Crail, they cried and did wail, “Hooray bad Tyrel, you’ll go back to jail!”
The fat male from Yale, he brandished his quail, “Goodbye grim Tyrel, I will see you in Hell!”

My arms did not flail; I did not yell, I was simply defeated, brought back by male Dale.
And now where I hail, is back in that jail, while outside grins smugly that once frail male Dale.

My name is Tyrel, and one day I’ll tell, of the time when forever I got out of jail.

Mark of FIre by Richard Phillips

Book Review: Mark of Fire by Richard Phillips (Top Review on Amazon!)

Link to original posting here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2DAJD85CY4S4C/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B06ZYW8B2D

Looking for a fantasy story with an intricate magic system, a solid plotline, and of course unique names you’ll never hear anywhere else? Then this is a good choice for you. But if you want deep characterization and powerful emotions, you likely won’t find it here. Despite that, I’d still call it a worthwhile, quick read.

For those worried about content, there is some violence of course, but it never goes into extreme detail. And I think that the only swearing used is the ones made up for the story, so not too much to worry about, unless the mere mention of something being a swear word offends you.

As for the story itself, this one took a bit to get going, and definitely improved later on. But I nearly put it down in the first few chapters. There were so many proper nouns after the prologue that I didn’t bother trying to keep them straight, and there are a lot of named characters I’m still not sure about. So if you’re wondering which ones actually matter, focus on Arn and Carol, who are the protagonists. It generally sticks with them from a 3rd person perspective, with occasional visits to Mr. Not A Good Guy and a few randoms as well. And because a lot of names appear upfront, I was surprised when one of the guys who seems like he’s kind of just a terdmonkey is really THE BIG BAD. At first I figured he was more of an advisor like Jafar from Aladdin (Which I guess if he’s THE BIG BAD he really IS like Jafar…), until it became clear that nope, this is THE GUY.

Anyway, The King Joffrey of the story decides to be a buttmunch and starts a long chain of events leading a group of people leaving the region and going… I’m still not sure what their goal was. Honestly, I was a little confused on how the main plotline got started in the first place. I felt like it was rushed through far too quickly.

And for me, that was the overall theme of this story; important events were rushed through. As this will be a trilogy, normally going quickly through some of these early events isn’t a problem as there’s a lot to cover. However, setting and description was crafted with great detail, and I would have preferred less setting and more focus on the characters and their motivation. Life-altering decisions would frequently be made in half a page or so with minimal discussion, sort of like,

“Hey, I have this idea. But it will affect the lives of thousands of people.”
“Hmm, I’m not sure about that. We should consider all our options.”
“I already did. This is the best. We should do it.”
“Well I’m convinced.”

And I’d be left scratching my head wondering how such a huge decision was made so effortlessly.

This feeling of being rushed through made it so we don’t get as much insight as I’d like into the characters. This book is strong when it comes to the storyline and action sequences, and if that’s what you like you won’t be disappointed. However, It felt like this series was originally going to be a book or two longer but was cut to fit into a trilogy. Usually, I have the opposite issue for Fantasy giving too much, like side characters that don’t really matter getting 100 pages of useless side battles. But for once, I would have liked MORE, as I was frequently surprised at how quickly battles and escapes played out, and how the characters didn’t discuss them very much.

The magic system was definitely unusual and one of the strong points, but I’m still not sure how powerful spells can actually get and the effect these ultra spells will have on the caster. There’s a lot of the usual stuff: The Avatar collection of Earth, Wind, & Fire (But strangely, no Water that I can recall…), but also some MASSIVE spells like changing the weather in September (Ha! Like the song…) and nearly insurmountable ones with an enormous area of effect I’m not sure how they can stay maintained. I’m assuming this will probably be covered in the sequel, but for now it was a little bit perplexing.

Still, I didn’t have any trouble reading to the end after I got through the first section. So if you love Fantasy and reading for action sequences, you’ll probably love this story, and while it has its flaws, I will likely see the trilogy through to its end.

Bachelor Seattle

Bachelor Seattle

*Disclaimer: No, I’m not single, I’m happily married, but this is how an old school SEO dating page would look!*

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Solar Eclipse 2017 – The ApocEclipse

Living near Portland OR, I was one of the lucky few that got to be near the path of totality for the ApocEclipse. People around a hundred miles away were coming from all parts of the country and paying up to $1500 a night for a chance at a couple minutes of darkness. Since my apartment was at an area of over 99% obscurity, I chose to take a walk in the park instead of enduring dangerous freeway stops on I-5.  As someone who was already in the path of the eclipse, I didn’t have to do much to see it, while other people took days off over a year in advance. But was it worth all the trouble for them? And should you be planning for your great grandkids to return to Earth and fly to the North Pole in 2090? Read on to find out!

Santa Eclipse

As an immortal, Santa’s okay with waiting until Solar Eclipse 2090.

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Kramerica

Kramerica’s Freeways

Someohow, Kramerica made it to my hometown.

In one week, I had the privilege to see both sides of how the American government works. Somehow, they can be both incredibly efficient and painfully inefficient at the same time. It all depends on the job.

It’s a given that the government can’t get simple things done. So much so, that you have to preface any difference as the exception. Well, this week was one such exception.

Driving towards Portland in the morning, there’s no escaping traffic. Even if you get up at 5AM. But there was always one part of the morning commute that was relatively pain free. The first three miles or so where the the freeway expands to a third lane was rarely congested because us peons would have the chance to expand. Until this week. Tuesday was normal. But on Wednesday, it was stop and go right off my exit. I figured it was an accident. Then I got to this gem:

Traffic Revision

Read: Misery Ahead

Okay, so they were going to do some roadwork. The third season of the year, road crews blocking every conceivable path to a destination. But no, there were no cones or trucks on the side of the road. Instead, as I was about to change to my usual lane, I was greeted with this:

Black out lane-lines one and three, and a four-lane highway becomes a two-lane comfort cruise.

Yep, somehow, they took away an entire lane overnight.. Overnight. Without warning even. And this wasn’t some temporary, orange cone job either. It had paint, egg bumpies, and everything. Like it had always been that way. And it covered more than a mile at two major merge points. Overnight!

Meanwhile, last winter there was a piece of a city dock that broke off from the rest of it during a major winter storm. They retrieved the 20-foot piece and set it right next to main portion. Fixes were supposedly supposed to be done in about 3 weeks.

Fast forward over 8 months, and it’s still not done. One of my coworkers got curious and wrote the city because the broken dock was part of our walking path. And he gets a message “Greetings, We had an engineer assess the structure and compare the winter damage against current codes for in-water structures and work. The engineer’s estimate reported that it would cost $1.1 million dollars to construct a new dock for the badly degraded long section that parallels the river.”

Million Dollars

With all the inspections, re-engineering, coding fees…

Over a million dollars. To fix a 20 foot section. They went on to say that it would end up costing less to build a new one, so it will remain closed indefinitely. 100 years ago if a dock broke, someone could just put a few two by fours and a piece of plywood over it and fix it in a few hours. Now? A crew of engineers and more than I’ve made my whole life.

How could it cost so much? And take so long? They’ve already proven they can work quickly… That’s when I realized the truth. The government can work efficiently….

But only when they’re making life miserable.

Interview with Deanna Fugett, Author of Ending Fear

 

This question will determine your future career as an author:

Yes or No: Pineapples on Pizza?

Yes. There is no other way.

 

So, Deanna, the title of your book, Ending Fear, it’s more than meets the eye, right? How did you come up with it?

The book is about a girl named Fear, and yes, she is afraid. It does have the double meaning of course, so I thought it was a bit clever. Probably not that clever. But I tried.

 

Since this name relates to a character, are you giving us a major spoiler right upfront?

Well, you will have to read the book to find that out because SPOILERS SUCK!

 

Lots of authors go through an agent, then the agent gets them a publisher. You seemed to skip right over that. How did you get so amazing?

No amazingness to behold. I did have two agents interested, but I got the publishing contract offered through a small publisher called Love2ReadLove2Write, so I took that rather than going through an agent. I figured, okay, one is going to take years possibly to get my book published and then they take some of my money, or I can get it published now and keep all my money. The decision was fairly simple. I get how rare my situation is. I can only point to the Big Man Upstairs on that one.

 

Revisions. Those must have happened, right? How different is the final product than the original?

Well, it’s the same story essentially. I haven’t had to do anything drastic like change the plot or alter the storyline. Nor did I have to get rid of any characters or anything like that. But the edits.

OH MAN, those edits. Lots and lots and lots of editing. So while the story has been added to, it’s essentially the same story, just much better fleshed out and worded much better. That took a lot of learning, researching, and effort.

I know you were able to see Ending Fear in its earlier stages as my FASTEST beta reader! (Thanks again for that, BTW) But I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how it turned out in its polished, final stage. At least I hope you will.

 

Do you have a private office for writing with a bunch of bookshelves and a ladder on wheels? Or do you write somewhere not as cool?

Definitely not as cool. I write mainly at my kitchen table. Yeah. No massive bookshelves and definitely no ladders on wheels. Only in my dreams. Sigh. Now I need to go watch Beauty and the Beast.

 

How much input do you get for the front and back cover? Did you patrol the streets and find some random girl and say “Her, that’s Fear!” and corner her for a picture?

Ha! That’s awesome. Nope. I wish I could have found someone off the streets. Imagine the person’s surprise at being randomly offered the spot on front cover of a book!

My publisher and my cover artist Sara Helwe actually did most of it. But I did get to help with opinions. Mainly, “Yes,” “No,” or “I don’t know” type input.

There was one funny situation where I swear Fear had a little pimple on her face and I kept telling my publisher and cover designer and they couldn’t see it on their copies of the picture. But for some reason when the picture went through Facebook Messenger to me it messed up the pixels enough that there was one spot where she had a “blemish.” Luckily the zit didn’t end up on the front cover. J

 

Amazon’s page is teasing readers with “Book One of the Gliding Lands.” Does this mean Books 2 and 3 (Or 7 for Potter style) are already in the works? (Or have a draft or two done?)

I have the second book done but not polished. The next few months will be devoted to polishing it up. And then, book three will get drafted after (or possibly during) that. I honestly already have about 50 pages done of the third book as well. But the second book needs about 50 more pages, so maybe I should just shove all that third book stuff into the second? Huh? What do you think?

 

Does it feel nice to respond to skeptical Downers with “Yes, I write actual books” as your job?

Hehehe. I see what you did there.

Honestly haven’t run into many Downers who’ve said that to me. Probably because I was a SAHM for so long and didn’t have a job. So now, people are just like, “Oh, you’re writing? That’s so cute!” Yeah…maybe someday we writers will get someone to take us seriously.

 

When you aren’t writing, do you prefer reading books or doing Mensa Brainteasers?

*Looks up Mensa Brainteasers* Oh. Nope. No high-IQ over here.

Book reading is always pretty important to a writer, I’d say. But honestly I prefer having tea with chimps. It’s just more fun all around.

 

Do you regularly do work in an Adult Onesy?

All. The. Time. How did you know? *Checks for hidden cameras around the house.*

 

How does it feel to be doing what you love?

Amazing. Spectacular. Phenomenal. There’s really nothing better.

They say once you start getting paid for doing what you love it loses its magic. I just don’t see that happening with writing. It’s something once you start becomes a huge part of who you are. To stop now would be like ripping a giant piece out of my heart. And that would sting. Quite a bit.

 

Thanks for the interview, it was so awesome to be a part of your blog! Truly appreciate you giving me the opportunity.

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Bizarre Things People Say to Authors

I plan on doing one of these on my own before too long. But for now, here’s just a smidge of what us Bookfolk go through.

A Writer's Path

by Lev Raphael

Nobody tells you that when you publish a book, it becomes a license for total strangers to say outrageous things to you that you could never imagine saying to anyone.

I’m not just talking about people who’ve actually bought your book. Even people who haven’t read your book feel encouraged to share, in the spirit of helpfulness.

At first, when you’re on tour, it’s surprising, then tiring — but eventually it’s funny, and sometimes it even gives you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or other writer friends in almost exactly these words:

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