I entered a contest to celebrate the release of a Kurt Vonnegut tribute book titled So it Goes. The deal was to pick a fictional book authored by the Kurt Vonnegut alter ego Kilgore Trout and write a chapter. I chose the First District Court of Thankyou and wrote the chapter titled: A House Within. This was the first place submission and I hope you enjoy it.
The four mercenaries hand their weapons to the dwarven bartender before returning to their table. A large duffle bag is pulled out from under the table and dropped with a thud in front of their leader. He lets out another bored yawn as Tavris starts handing out wooden weapons. Luke is slightly surprised at the size and amount of weapons that are pulled out of the bag.
With July 1 looming as my projected publishing date for The Storm and the Darkness, I realized it was time to stop putting off updating the synopsis. The one I had was too detailed, and a bit sloppy. So I've created two versions; one for this site, Amazon, and other sites that may feature the book, and one for the back of the book.
Me: I was born and raised in upstate New York, have never been surfing, or to Mexico, and I’ve never spent more than a few days in a major city in my life. Your novel, Hummingbird really took me on an adventure. I also enjoyed watching Lexa grow and change through the course of her journey.
David, give us the lowdown on your novel, …
I should have gone to church today.
I swear God, I had every intention of going to church today. There is this cute little chapel right down the street from the hotel I’m staying at. Pretty building, with an actual bell tower at the top and striking red doors. I pulled up in front of the chapel and prayed that God would give me enough strength to enter.
This is dedicated to you from the other bloggers and I, even if they don’t know it. We wuv you. Do we tell you often enough? Because we do. You are always the bright spot in this daily existence, so please accept the following as my, our, my, whatever–token of appreciation–all of us (and me)
Earlier today there was a new review on Charles’ book, Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero. Now knowing that Charles is the professional that he is, he will not post this and bitch about it, so I will do it for him. He has morals, me? Not so much.
The reviewer basically said that he read the first few scenes and said it was all ‘show and not tell’. Basically, he read the equivalent of the free sample and decided to review the book.
Here is a quote from Charles, and yes I got his permission first.
“He rated me lower that a pack of 500 Bicycle Ball Bearings, Bike Pedals, and Pepperoncini Peppers. I’m tearing up laughing at that one. To this reviewer, my book is worse than the mildest hot pepper and spare bike parts.” Top Ramen, Charles, Top Ramen.
So here goes: (voice check memememememe. honey lemon tea. memememememe.)
Someone left a little review
on Amazon today
and when I see a new review
I jump up screaming YAY!
But on this one occassion
this reviewer went too far
he compared my stuff to peppers
and forgot three of my stars
It isn’t that I’m picky
come on say a word or two
I welcome your opinion
and all your comments too
All I’m really asking
is that you reserve judgment until
you’ve gotten past the title
before using your reviewing skills
So don’t go judging something
that you know nothing about
and cause all those who haven’t read
to suddenly have doubts
If you must compare my stuff
to some other person or thing
you could at least pick nouns worth while
like gold or diamond rings
You see I am a writer
so you better watch your back
I’ll write you into my next book
and give you lots of flack
I’ll feed you to a dragon
and then make you kiss a Lich
I’ll use you for target practice
and then make you Fizzle’s bitch
But I don’t take it personal
not in any way
negative reviews sell books
I wish you a good day
So thanks for offering your thoughts
and also for being frank
I will be thinking of your words
as I am in line at the bank
Have I made any? A bit. Maybe nothing worth throwing a parade for me or anything but here it is.
One of my original goals for the Rome Construction Crew was to get better about public speaking. I still freeze when I’m in a large group pf people and have to be the central focus of attention, but I am getting better about video conferencing.
I completed my marathon and came in second, which wasn’t too bad.
Everything else…I’m working on it.
If you would like to find out more about the support and community that is the Rome Construction Crew click here:
I’m awful, I’m horrible. I’m terrible. You should all take away my toys and ground me to my room. No really, I would love a nap. What I’m trying to say is, some brilliant woman got the idea to round up her friends and start a new blog and it has taken up a lot of her time the last few days. She has been terrible about reading your posts, answering her comments and being a good blogger. (I find it easier to apologise in 3rd person.)
As soon as the new website is fully operational I promise to come back to my senses and kiss a lot of bum and do whatever I can to remedy this. Really, so sorry. I love all of you guys and I thank you for supporting me and this blog. I really haven’t forgotten how much you all mean to me.
I am a bad blogger. Bad bad bad blogger. I hang my head in shame. Hey…there’s than grilled cheese I lost last week.
I know I'm the only one doing metaphorical somersaults about the launch of my new novel, Pipe Dreams. Everybody and their mother has a book out these days and in the age of the Indie, writing a book doesn't carry the same weight it once did.
But I think it's wonderful that so many are finding ways to express themselves and live their passions.
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked this question by an author on the KDP community forum.
Many people are quick to criticize Amazon, and there may be some room for improvement, but I wholeheartedly believe that Amazon is highly beneficial to shoppers, writers, and small businesses.
I’ve been a customer at Amazon from the very beginning. I appreciate the convenience, selection, savings, and free shipping on qualified orders.
I have been toying with the idea of starting another blog, but I want an opinion from my readers. If I were to start a second blog, and it was just short stories and poetry, maybe some occasional non fiction–most genres– would you all be willing to write and contribute to it? If so, please let me know what you think. I am surrounded by talented writers, and often want to write but the things I wish to write do not always fit with my own blog. Opinions please.
Would you like to contribute stories, poems and non-fiction pieces?
I sayin pwetty peez.