5 Ways Moving to a New Place Gives You Perspective About Writing

As I quickly packed my belongings to move out of the rental in order to take possession of the new house in a timely manner, I started seeing some parallels between moving and writing and editing.

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A Quick Note About My New Tumblr!

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A quick note about a move I made earlier today: I started a new blog on Tumblr! I decided to use Tumblr to do my Steampunk themed blog, however, I may decide to reblog either here and/or at the Goodreads blog if I decide the post is worth doing that full-blown treatment.
This does not mean that I won’t have my own website, it just means that I believe, in my ongoing efforts to seek out an organic audience for my books, Tumblr and Wattpad have the potential for finding those people.
I will still be blogging here about the same topics I’ve really been blogging about in this past year. Many of my readers here are fellow authors, and I think the focus of this blog is really going to be more about the writing life and process than the Tumblr blog is.

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It’s 2015, A New Beginning!

I’ve got big plans, and though I may not manage it all, I’m aiming to get as much done as I can so that I can feel productive.

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Holiday Traditions of Mine, Past and Present

I thought about things I’ve done during this holiday season as compared to holiday seasons in the past. What do I do now that I used to do then? What have I dropped, and what have I picked up?

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My Books Will Soon Be Live On Google Play!

Hey, everybody! Just thought I’d give you all a quick update as to what’s doing with me and my books lately!
The number one thing is that The Inventor’s Son has now been released for six months! I’ve decided that I will keep the sale going on this book until the end of the month.
It just so happens that I’m half way through the 50k words of my NaNoWriMo project, but I’m actually behind, considering today isn’t the 15th. I will start to catch up once I’ve got all my books uploaded where I want them to go.
Which is the next big thing for this series; I’m uploading them to Google Play! The Beginning is already up there, and as it is everywhere except some places on Amazon, it’s a free download!   Having an international audience for my books is really exciting for me, and I hope I don’t run into any snags. I’ve seen the free book on there already, and everything looks OK from there. Once I get all the links, I will update the page where I have my series listed.
Also working on my next post for my character pages, for Marcus and Malcolm Stanwood (since they are probably the next most important characters affecting the story). Coming soon! That’s all I can say.
Also I’ve decided I’m going to see this final Hobbit movie in IMAX. That was very important! You needed to know that!

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The “Meet My Character” Blog Hop

newiscover2014Yes, indeed, I’m doing another blog hop post! But this time, the theme (Meet My Character) is going to be carried into my regular blog, and I’m initiating a new category on the blog for the characters of The Inventor’s Son. Each character featured will be either the Main Character, Major Characters, or rather important Minor Characters.

The cover of Cora Buhlert's book, Mercy Mission

The cover of Cora Buhlert’s book, Mercy Mission

I was tagged for this hop by Cora Buhlert, author of a number of SF series, including Mercy Mission, Book 1 of the Shattered Empire series, in which her featured character from her blog hop post is the main character.
Here is the rest of Cora’s bio:
Cora Buhlert was born and bred in North Germany, where she still lives today — after time spent in London, Singapore, Rotterdam and Mississippi. Cora holds an MA degree in English from the University of Bremen and is currently working towards her PhD. Cora has been writing, since she was a teenager, and has published stories, articles and poetry in various international magazines. When she is not writing, she works as a translator and teacher. Visit her on the web at www.corabuhlert.com or follow her on Twitter under @CoraBuhlert. Continue reading →

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New Book Covers, Part Deux!

Last week I posted that I was doing new covers for my two existing books and I also posted pictures of two possible covers. I appreciate all the feedback I got on that post.

The Slightly Revised Beginning Cover

The Slightly Revised Beginning Cover

To review, this is now going to be the new cover for The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning which I did not have posted last week. I will be uploading the new covers to all the outlets when Book 2 is released.
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Speculative Fiction Blog Hop

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The Call of Agon, Book one of The Children of Telm Series

The Call of Agon, Book one of The Children of Telm Series


I have agreed to take part in what we’re calling the Speculative Fiction Blog Hop. The post prior to this one was on Dean F. Wilson’s Blog. Dean is a fellow Steampunk author, as well as the author of The Children of Telm, an epic fantasy series. Continue reading →

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New Book Covers!

Alright, everybody! I’ve gone down to the wire with this… But seeing as how my book is about to get published, and I still am not 100% sure about which version of the cover I’m going to use, I though I’d let you readers see them and get a bit of feedback, hopefully. Once I make my final decision, I will be taking down this post.
Okay, first I will show you the redesign of The Inventor’s Son’s cover. It’s not radically different, but I wanted to make the cover look more like it was a real book cover…

This is the redesigned Inventor's Son cover.

This is the redesigned Inventor’s Son cover.


And now I want to show you the two covers I came up with for The Scientist’s Son. I had a really hard time with this book cover, mostly because, unlike gears, which are so very symbolic of Steampunk and of inventions that it was never a question that would be the theme I’d use. But for a scientist, most symbols are not from that era, but later (like the sign for atoms, etc.), so I had to improvise.
This is one of them, a series of hexagons put together.

This is one of them, a series of hexagons put together.

...Or this one with a skull, which makes it creepy, scientific, and possibly more Steampunk.

…Or this one with a skull, which makes it creepy, scientific, and possibly more Steampunk.


I have my reasons for not using stock photos and images of people in my covers, not the least of which is that I can’t really find many Steampunk themed stock photos that aren’t of grown men and women. I also was leery of having a face on a cover that is supposed to represent the main character. Also, the covers represent books that my main character finds among his father’s writings that help him to follow the clues to locate him. In The Inventor’s Son, he is given a red journal, and in The Scientist’s Son, a green one.
So now that you’ve seen them, let me know what you think, please! PS, I am going to do a new cover for The Beginning also, but it will be very much like Book 1’s cover, only a darker backgroud color.

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Islands in the Stream

It was as if the world would explode if I didn’t read what the latest Yahoo! was rambling about.

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