Are your characters too perfect? The tricky and shameful character arc.
Y’all know I love animals. For some reason, I’ve always been partial to elephants. Not that I want to pet one, I just like them and enjoy looking at them on TV. I don’t enjoy the circus, sorry, I just don’t. I don’t especially enjoy the zoo either, though we have taken our granddaughters once or twice.
The mistreatment of elephants upsets me since I saw an article about how orphaned baby elephants were having nightmares after their parents were killed for their ivory. Someday, I hope we live in a world where baby elephants and children have no more nightmares.
I saw the guys who own this company on the Shark show. I checked out their site. I like the pants. Living in the south, the heat index is 106 today, I like loose comfy clothing. I thought I’d share this in case anybody is interested. 10% of the money goes to helping elephants. Okay, that may not be much, but it’s something.
Sorry about the ad. It seemed like a good cause and I like the pants, and it’s really hot today.
Re-blogged from Kristen Lamb blog Special steampunk edition for authors!
Also tons of advice/help for authors.
Interview of a friend of mine who writes sci fi.
I’m T. Jackson King, a writer of science fiction novels since 1988 when my first novel came out. I now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, tho I’ve lived in 12 US states and visited 49 of them. My most recent novel is Star Glory (Empire Series Book 1).
Question 2: If you had to paint a portrait of any author who would it be?
I’d paint an image of Rudyard Kipling as his YA novel KIM was a favorite of mine when I was in sixth grade and had been reading his works, and scifi novels, for two years already.
I began writing scifi novels because I ran out of First Contact style novels in my local neighborhood library. But I began late at age 38. I got published in reverse…
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That’s the prize folks. I admit I have not used it. I’ve been told that as soon as one finds one infringement and shuts it down, another pops up.
One thing I learned while working at the bank, criminals have lots of time to figure out how to get something for nothing. I imagine if they put all the effort that they use to do illegal/nasty things, they’d probably all be rich and doing quite well.
Ah, well, to each their own.
I’ve always been awkward. My mother mentioned this on more than one occasion. My mind was off somewhere else most of my life. While I was “book smart” I could barely get in out of the rain. Actually, I loved dancing and playing in the rain and never have understood why it didn’t “catch on”.
I had to force myself to talk to my children in the mornings when they were young. I made the adjustment. I still have to force myself to greet people with “good morning”. At work, this was pretty awkward. I wanted to get right down to business. We all knew it was morning. Why repeat the same bad news every day?
But I did adjust. Somewhat. Things are just a little different for me because I’m a little different. It’s never bothered me, but I suspect it bothers others. I really enjoyed this article and I’ve reblogged it to share with everyone who is awkward. Even if you’re not, you probably know someone who is.
Amazon has a fake book problem? The devil you say!
If you look at the Kindle Store Best Seller charts right now, and click over to Free Books, you will see that the Top 20 currently has five suspicious-looking titles.
None of them have reviews. All were published in the last week. They have no Also Boughts – meaning they have had very few sales. Each of these titles are around 2,500 pages long, seem to have duplicated content, and are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.
What is going on here?
For over fifteen months now, scammers have been raiding the Kindle Unlimited pot using a well-worn trick. They usually pilfer the content first of all – often by stealing an author’s original work and running it through a synonymizer – and…
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I love Louisiana. What can I say?
Drinking with the Bayou Spirits
You never really know your neighbors.
My family discovered this truth after taking a vacation in our home state of Louisiana. We have traveled the United States and lived far beyond our own borders. It was that one trip to the south that made us realize there are still secrets lurking in the bayous.
Now we make adventures of it. We take weekend trips and vacations in our home state to explore its culture and discover its forgotten places. This weekend, we decided to check out Lake Charles, LA, and follow where the spirits led us.
Rum. I’m talking about rum here folks. The good ole fashioned southern spirits of liquor and beer.
The micro-distillery and micro-brewery markets are alive and thriving in the swampy south, so we met up in Lacassine outside of Lake Charles to see what they had to offer.
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re-blogging from Ch’kara Silverwolf. Very fine, strong sci fi new release by T. Jackson King.
Nathan Stewart never expected to be homeless in the galaxy. But that is what happens when his starship Star Glory is ambushed by a fleet from the alien-run Empire of Eternity. His captain is given a choice–surrender and pledge that Earth will join the Empire as a Servant species, or Earth will be destroyed! Nathan watches all this happening from his job as an antimatter engineer on the Engineering Deck. But what can he do? He’s just a country boy raised on a Colorado cattle ranch. As two other Earth ships are destroyed, Nathan gets a wild idea that might save his ship. The idea works. The Star Glory escapes destruction. But the ship, his captain, his crewmates and Nathan cannot return to Earth without learning a…
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How many of you gave a long sigh when you saw the word “branding”? Yeah, me too. I know marketing is important. For instance BETA and VHS came out about the same time with products that allowed us to watch movies whenever we wanted. Yes, this was pre-DVD, but still a viable lesson. BETA was a superior product, but VHS marketed better and they took over the world. Same thing with Microsoft. Their Operating System was inferior to several that were on the market at the time, but savvy marketing and advertising skyrocketed them into the lead for all those PC’s that people began buying.
So marketing and advertising, yeah, important. Most of us authors are not marketing or advertising geniuses, but we cannot hide our heads in the sand. The blog post below is a great starting point to jump off into the world of branding and specifically marketing and advertising for authors.