My book is on sale now!

I am excited to announce that I have finally gotten my book copyrighted and put it up for sale on Amazon, as an ebook for the Kindle. I don’t know what will happen, but I am excited to find out. I’ve made one sale so far, which isn’t much, but it’s a beginning!

I have G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. to thank, at least in part. I actually started the copyrighting process back in January, but it is a slow process. I received the notice of copyright just around the time I started participating in the scavenger hunt. One of the items on the list was “sell an ebook to Jeff Bezos”. I wasn’t going to try it because I wasn’t sure how to contact him, but in the end, I got my ebook set up and I sent and email to him. I did not get a reply, but it doesn’t matter. The hunt was an amazing experience and I managed to get my book posted for sale and that is what I am taking away here.

For those who don’t know (and didn’t click the link) GISHWHES is a crazy scavenger hunt started by actor and crazy person Misha Collins. Everyone is sectioned off into teams of 15 and after a few days of getting to know one another, the teams are given a list of over 100 items to obtain, create or accomplish, all of which must be filmed or photographed. Some of the items are relatively straightforward, like create a watercolor painting, but there is always a twist, like the people in the painting must be on rocking horses. There is a lot of interaction with one’s team and many of the items require interaction with the public, often with total strangers. This was outside my comfort zone and I did not do a lot of that kind, but I did push myself and make myself do some of the public things because having an experience was the main reason I signed up.

I am so glad I did! I made friends and memories that won’t soon be forgotten.

The Letter in the Foyer – AC Flash Fiction Contest Entry

The Letter in the Foyer
The letter wasn’t the only surprise.
http://www.associatedcontent.comarticle/1998790/the_letter_in_the_foyer.html

What’s Going On?

My stats are claiming that there was a click-through from my blog to a link that isn’t posted on my blog.  Aaaand how is that possible, exactly?  It might not bother me so much except, I linked to a SIMILAR article, which I wrote, but the click-through is showing as a blog on the same issue, by someone else.  So, as I read somewhere recently, double yew tee eff?!

I Dreamed About Writing…

I literally dreamed of not only the writing part of it, but the marketing part of it, the posting it to various places like here and Twitter, et al.  I’ve been doing virtually nothing else while awake this week, so I suppose it isn’t so surprising.  I’ve been giving it as much time as my current state of health will allow, which is, granted, not as much as I would like.

I’m reading a book of short stories by Stephen King and loving it.  It’s really inspiring me anew to push, push, push, too.  Not that I wasn’t already, it just stoked the fire even hotter.  I can see my goal just over the horizon, for the first time since I started trying to get published.

I probably could have been published back when I wrote my first manuscript.  I got a letter of interest from an editor, but before I could respond to her request for additional info on the story, my computer crashed and I could not find my hard copy of the manuscript.  When I was finally able to have it repaired some weeks later and send in what she requested, I got no response, not even a form letter.  The negative part of me (the part that has taken every rejection to heart and believes that maybe they’re right and know something she doesn’t want to accept) says I had a chance and I blew it, I should’ve found another way to respond to her. 

Hindsight, eh?  I was young and full of hope and the idea of my future  and the arrogant assumption that, because I knew that my writing was better than half the drivel out there, it shouldn’t be that difficult.  The thing I hadn’t counted on, however, was having to sell myself.  You see, to get your manuscript looked at, you’ve got to attach a query letter, in most cases.  A letter that basically says, “Here is why I am so great you should publish my manuscript above all 30,000 others you received this morning”.  And I’m no good at selling myself like that.  It’s why I almost always tank at job interviews.

Having thought all that, I’m wondering now if it isn’t time to start sending in manuscripts again…

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In other news, I’ve been doing nearly as much cooking as writing over the last few days.  In addition to regular lunch and dinner, I’ve made a large pot of bean soup (which is not that new, but still a recipe I created), a large pot of corn chowder (first time I’ve made it and it was excellent, I must say), and a batch of kitchen sink cookies which were too heavenly to describe with mere words (also new recipe).  I’ve also made several new kinds of cakes recently which all turned out grand, sweet and sour chicken to go with the fried rice I have nearly perfected, and various other more simple fare.

I doubt I’ll publish any recipes here, but if you’re interested, I’ll be happy to email them, so long as you swear on a stack of cookbooks not to post them anywhere online.

The Visitor – Winner 2008 AC Scary Story Contest

The Visitor
Scary short story, big on suspense and devoid of gore or violence.
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1104599/the_visitor.html