Saturday, July 19, 2014

The seventh day?

At last, everything has been updated and revised, now I can get back to life as normal (if there is such a thing).  I have not done anything with Amazon and am not planning to, I haven't even uploaded my newer books there because it is not really worth the effort.  It may be different with their KDP exclusive authors, which I am not, but selling 2 books a year is not worth formatting something for amazonian distribution when doing it once for smashwords gets it everywhere but amazon.  There is also quite a bit more flexibility/user friendliness over at smashwords, so that is where the bulk of my attention will remain.  I have nothing against Amazon, but they just make the whole process inconvenient and are rather indifferent to us foolish non-exclusive people; they also deal in many things besides books, which means it is just another line of merchandise to them and not a passion, as well as a business, like it is elsewhere.  I like rubbing elbows with my fellow obsessees!  Of course I know this bit of independent rebellion won't even register as a flea bite to them, it is not intended to, I just have limited time and have chosen to spend it elsewhere.  It is also ebook month or some such over at smashwords.com, my books as well as countless others are discounted or free, so go read something!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Just a hobby?

"I would not know how to advise a man how to write. It is a matter of talent and interest. I believe he must be strongly moved if he is to become a writer. Writing is like a "lust," or like "scratching when you itch." Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I for one must get it out." ~C.S. Lewis

I came across the above recently and thought it very much to the point (is Lewis ever anything but?).  There seems to be a bit of a fad among the various 'author' type websites I occasionally frequent to have writers answer questions about their own experiences and insights for their fans and aspiring writers, the favorite question seems to be, 'how would you encourage aspiring writers or what advice would you give to budding authors?'  I have to agree with Lewis in this, any one can sit down and write something, but to truly be a writer I think the old greeks were not far wrong in their belief in the muses: it is just a great urge you get and you must put pen to paper and are not satisfied until you do.  Much like Jeremiah who said his bones were afire until he prophesied, whether he wanted to or not.  It is just something you must do, else it is just a hobby.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I did on my summer vacation…the most unoriginal plot line ever!

Well, I have finally updated all of my major books, I still have to get to the Foibles, but they are short.  The Greylands and the Brethren books are all done.  Not that anyone will notice!  But if you do, enjoy!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Finding what we do not seek

I was looking for a particular C. S. Lewis quote regarding his ideas on writing and ran across this interview instead, which is far more worth your time than anything I might pen!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

A breakthrough at last

I have finally finished updating the last book in my Brethren series, I haven't really messed with them all that much in the last two years so it was actually fun to read them again, though I am afraid I've only added new mistakes in fixing some of the old, ah well, it will give me another project in a couple years. I'll get around to my other stuff eventually, but those needed a thorough revision!  For now I am going to enjoy the summer weather.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Rejoice oh ye faithful (and few)

Legends Volume I and Thus it Began have now suffered updating, and I shall toil away at the rest of them.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

More updates

I have updated and revised 'Once a Thief' and "A Song of Lesser Days,' recently and am working on the rest.  Enjoy!