“Tell your friends great” fiction — Interview with Stephen Campbell

Wonderful read, and I couldn’t agree more. I think all authors would like to be in the “tell your friends great” category.  I think my stuff falls more into the “admit guiltily to your friends” niche, but hey, I’ll take it!

http://www.thecockeyedpessimist.blogspot.com/2015/07/who-are-curators-of-remarkable-fiction.html

 

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“Alive” (a letter to Neil Gaiman)

John L. Monk:

I wish I could have met this woman. Thank you Lindy for this sad, yet hopeful, introduction.

Originally posted on Belly-up!:

Dear Neil,

The odds that you are reading this are slim. Very slim. I probably won’t finish writing it, but if I do, I almost surely won’t be brave enough to send it to you. If I am uncharacteristically brave, what then? I send it, and it never reaches you; it slips between the cracks of your magically real life and goes to Neverwhere — or wherever unread emails go to die.

So why am I writing it at all? I’m writing it for me, because I have to. But please be patient with me. It’s hard to type through the tears.

Two days ago, my brave, compassionate, quietly kick-ass sister Gretchen died. One minute she was Alive… and then she was Dead. My beautiful inside-and-out sister was beautiful no longer.

Death is not beautiful.

I think — how can I know? — that she didn’t tell us there was no hope for her…

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“Hopper House” is available for pre-order on Amazon

Good news, I decided to put Hopper House up for pre-order on Amazon. It’ll be officially on sale on August 15.  It’s also available for pre-order on Apple.

hopper_house

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Mike Faricy on The Author Biz — great show for bare-bones self-pubbers

For those of you indie authors who don’t get to listen to many self-pub podcasts, here’s one with Mike Faricy. He’s a great guest on one of my favorite podcasts. He describes his mostly bare-bones approach to self-publishing, and more importantly, he talks about how his career didn’t take off until he got 5 books into a series. Before that, he’d written 5 standalone novels which didn’t really sell. By book 9 in his series, he switched careers and became a full time author.  I love his attitude: just do the damn work, move forward. Hey, it works for salmon. And like salmon, we all die at the end.

Ah, Mondays … Here’s the link again:

http://theauthorbiz.com/tab050-a-different-way-of-running-your-author-biz-with-mike-faricy/

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I’m such a fanboy for Harvey Click

I already bought the ebook, but I just bought the paperback.  Love the artwork, what can I say?

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Finding doubled words using perl

I recently switched to Scrivener for writing my documents. Much more enjoyable interface than Word, with lots of nifty features for writers. One big issue: I’m still getting used to Scrivener’s spellchecker. Microsoft Word finds doubled words right out of the box, but Scrivener does not.

The script below is written in perl, which comes pre-installed on Macs. If you paste it into a text file, make the file executable, and then run it in the same directory with a file called “infile.txt” (a cut/paste from Word to the file will do nicely), it will report your doubled words.

*update* – the script won’t catch things like: “bang bang” because the quotes make it think it’s 2 patterns.  Working on it :)

Example input (infile.txt):

This is a line
This is another line
And yet another line
wow I sure do a lot of lines, "Don't I?" he said (in a funny voice)...
Wow it sure is is fune typing all this
I like dogs and cats and stuff.
Big big is funner than small people.
how are are the dodgers doing this year? Nobody knows.
more lines and stuff...
etc. etc.
good things come to those who write scripts in perl and post them on the internet

Example Output:

is is ---->  Wow it sure is is fune typing all this
big big ---->  Big big is funner than small people.
are are ---->  how are are the dodgers doing this year? Nobody knows.
etc. etc. ---->  etc. etc.

And now the script: rep.pl

#!/usr/bin/perl
open(FILE,"infile.txt") or die "Can't open infile.txt: $!";
$section_breaks = "*";  # I have * * * as section breaks. The script sees them as words and should ignore them.
while(<FILE>) {
   chomp();
   $a_line = $_;
   @line = split(/ /, $_);
   $prev = 0;   
   foreach $i (@line) {
      $i = lc($i);
      if ($i eq $prev && $i ne $section_breaks) {
         print "$prev $i ---->  $a_line\n";
      }
      $prev = $i;
   }
}
close(FILE);

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I don’t like to B.R.A.G, but…I won a major award!

No, not this one — I got a B.R.A.G medallion for Kick. They have something going on kind of like my Awesome Indie Project, where they promote indie books that meet their standards. Now I want to create a medallion made for my Awesome Indies! :)  I wonder if any would put it on their books… Ah well, I’ll never actually make one, so let’s just say “of course they would” and move along.

Here’s what the folks at B.R.A.G look at:KICK Plot, Writing Style, Characters, Copy editing, Dialogue, Cover/Interior layout.

I’m working on getting the medallion updated for the book, because hey, why not? It’s a nice little graphic and I appreciate what these folks do for indies. In addition to a medallion, they also put the book on their site, and have written reviews for Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads (at the moment, the B&N one is still processing). Lots of other things, too, like displaying the book when they do trade shows, facebook stuff, tweeting, and some other cool things I forget.

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