Monthly Archives: June 2015

“The Carnival 13” and Authors Writing for Scares That Care!

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Scares That Care and Carnival 13

Our Darkest Fears

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Two summers ago, I worked with a group of thirteen amazing authors to put together a book with the goal of raising money for Scares That Care. Here is their mission from their website:

“Scares That Care is an approved 501(c)(3) who fights the REAL MONSTERS of childhood illness, burns and breast cancer by helping families that are experiencing these extraordinary hardships cope with the financial burden.

Our non-profit organization provides money, toys and other items to help sick children. We have two other programs consisting of “Scares For Pairs,” where we help women fighting breast cancer and partnered with horror icon Kane Hodder for the “I Helped Kane” program, where we provide assistance to those children who have suffered serious burn injuries.

We are a 100% VOLUNTEER organization in order to maximize our supporters donations to those who…

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The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31

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Amazon Hysteria… again…

David Gaughran

ChickenLittleAre you scared yet? Because you should be scared. Something really bad is about to happen. It affects all of us.

Our livelihoods are at risk. The ability to support our families. It’s just over the horizon. It could happen any minute. It’s coming for all of us!

WE ARE DOOOOOOOOOMED.

Ahem.

I’ve been around for long enough to know that authors can be a skittish bunch. Probably something to do with our over-active imaginations, with an assist from that old writers’ favorite: the whiskey brunch.

More seriously, we are going through a period of unprecedented change so it’s perfectly normal for people to be a little fearful. I think the disruption we are all experiencing is greater than that which has been faced by similar industries. In fact, I think the transition from print book to e-book is akin to going straight from vinyl to MP3, with all that…

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Cliffhangers and Amazon KU

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No cliffhangers? #dumb

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So there I was reading a blog from Wise Ink about the ups and downs of Amazon’s new page count policies for Kindle Unlimited payouts. I ran across this concern:

“But no piece of writing should have a cliffhanger at the end of each and every chapter.”

That’s one of the dangers? Compelling page-turners?

Um…hm.

I think some people (a vocal minority) say they hate cliffhangers. It’s that thing that keeps us reading and keeps us coming back to television shows from week to week and year to year. Even if we think we hate it, we keep coming back.

Dickens did it. Many authors I love do it. I think every chapter deserves a word button that encourages the reader to stay up all night and get fired for falling asleep at work the next day. Isn’t that part of the fun?

Wise Ink is a fine blog with a lot…

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Why You Will Probably Never Make A Living As An Author

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Brandon R. Luffman

A long, meandering post wherein I grind your dreams under my boot heel – and then lift you back up, maybe.

That’s a pretty grim headline isn’t it? After all, so many of us are chasing just that exact dream: Quit the day job and spend all day following our imaginary friends around our fictional worlds – in between rounds of Candy Crush and Peggle, of course. Sitting in your underpants, swilling coffee and slinging words. What’s not to like?

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Is Kindle Unlimited Hurting New Indies?

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I am personally a fan of Kindle Unlimited as an author and reader… how about you?

Lit World Interviews

I was planning on posting the new TOC how to using Calibre this week, but I’m afraid that I haven’t been able to get to my computer to get the screenshots together this week – so next week it will be – promise. Getting back here today though, it seems that the whole writing world is up in arms about Amazon’s announcement that authors will earn by the page read, rather than by the percentage of a book read when a book is borrowed with Kindle Unlimited. Having vivid memories of starting out as a newbie to self-publishing of how easy it was to get totally confused and thrown off course by announcements from some established authors, I’m really glad that this didn’t happen back then.

It’s a fact that any Indie author out there right now with one, or maybe two books published, is not going to be laughing…

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Reports of a Shrinking US eBook Market Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: the-games-blog.com

Following my analyses on the state of publishing, which I started with my posts, 2004-2014: How the E-book Changed Adult Fiction and What we Learn from The Publishers Association’s Statistics Yearbook 2014, this just came in, through the always excellent (and free) Passive Voice newsletter.

It is a post originally published on Ink, Bits & Pixels, which expresses doubt about the new numbers thrown around, claiming that ebooks have reached a plateau. Specifically, it deals with new estimate from Nielsen Pubtrack which said that 6% fewer ebooks were sold in the US in 2014.

The post reports that the Pubtrack estimate of 223 million ebooks sold in the US was completely erroneous. It cites two sources which say that the US ebook market is at least twice as large as Pubtrack thinks it is.

The first source is the pseudonymous Data Guy (the one behind the Author…

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Authors Supporting Our Troops

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#ASOT2015

Often Clueless, Always Shoeless

Just wanted to take a minute to boost the signal about a really neat organization called “Authors Supporting Our Troops.” Check them out herefor a more detailed explanation, but here’s the idea in a nutshell…

They collect books that are signed by the author and send them to soldiers deployed in locations where forms of entertainment are difficult to find. They collect them, box them up, and ship them out. 2014 was their first year, and they had an awesome response from authors, collecting 2,500 books. Their 2015 goal is 3,000 books.

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15 Questions & Answers about the new Kindle Unlimited policy effective July 1

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Q&A About the new Kindle Unlimited Policy

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CHANGES TO KINDLE UNLIMITED POLICY

Kindle Unlimited is changing its policy effective July 1, 2015.

Books borrowed through Kindle Unlimited will now be paid by the number of pages read.

Following are 15 questions and answers about this policy change with Kindle Unlimited.

(Of course, this change only affects borrows through Kindle Unlimited. Ordinary sales are unaffected.)

1 How will this change affect Kindle Unlimited readers?

The change doesn’t directly impact readers, but there may be indirect effects.

  • Customers shouldn’t feel guilty about borrowing too many books. Especially, if you read short books or children’s books, it’s easy to feel guilty about reading one or more books a day. This is no longer an issue. Read as many books as you want. Amazon isn’t losing money if you read 30+ books a month on your $9.99 subscription, and all the authors will get paid based on how…

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Improved Amazon Subcategory Rank

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New Amazon subcategory rankings. What do you think?

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AMAZON SUBCATEGORY RANK

Subcategory ranks at Amazon now extend beyond the top 100 bestsellers in the subcategory.

This is a nice improvement, I think.

Customers see a Kindle sales rank of 500,000 at Amazon and wonder why it’s not selling much.

But how many of the better selling books are completely unrelated to the type of book that the customer is shopping for?

Maybe the book is in a special niche.

A book that ranks 500,000 overall might rank 150 in its subcategory.

When a customer sees 500,000 overall, it can deter sales a bit.

When a customer sees 1,000,000 overall, it can deter sales a lot. In fact, a book can sell once a week or so on average, but as soon as it reaches 1,000,000, often its sales diminish significantly, unless and until it gets a much-needed sale to return to the low 100,000’s. It’s the same book…

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Amazon policy changes. We probably don’t.

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Kindle Unlimited changes according to RCC #wisdom

C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

Amazon has announced that KU will pay per page. Previously, authors were credited with a “borrow” only after the reader got past 10% of the book. Now the pay will be based on how far the reader actually gets so authors of longer works will be compensated more (and, perhaps, fewer people will write shorter works or try to “game the system.”)

The above statement is how many people seem to be reading the new Kindle Unlimited policy change announcement. 

That’s not how I see it. Here’s my take:

1. It doesn’t matter. Write your books to whatever length tells the story satisfactorily. Readers don’t care about this behind-the-scenes drama so you shouldn’t worry overly much about it, either.

2. A lot of people are talking about jumping out of Select because of the surprise change. Here’s the thing: after July your revenue may go up or it may go down. That…

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Dying Days 5, by Armand Rosamilia – The Fifth Novella in his Dying Days #Zombie Series.

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“Dying Days 5” #dyingdays #zombie #SummerofZombie

Spreading the Writer's Word

Dying Days 5
by Armand Rosamilia

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The fifth installment of the main Dying Days zombie series!

Darlene and John have been scattered… can they fight through miles of undead to find one another? Will The Lich Lord destroy what is left of this post apocalyptic world? Will the Main Street compound survive another day?

Available on Amazon


The Series:

Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer

DarleneBobichZombieKiller_ArmandRosamiliaThirteen tales of Darlene Bobich in one book!

The prequel to the successful “Dying Days” zombie novella series

Find out how Darlene Bobich got her start in this post apocalyptic world overrun with zombies… her fights and her fleeing from the devastation of her home in Maine down to Florida, and the adventures that follow even as the world around her devolves into extinction…

Includes a free preview of “Dying Days”

Available on Amazon


Dying Days

DyingDays1_ArmandRosamiliaSunny Florida, beautiful beaches, no traffic on A1A… Zombies roaming the…

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Advertising on Arm Cast Podcast and Arm N Toof: Dead Time Podcast

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Since the switch of Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast to Project iRadio listenership has soared. I went from a decent amount of loyal listeners so many, many new ones and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m also excited to be one-half of the team for an upcoming second podcast on Project iRadio, Arm N Toof: Dead Time Podcast with author Mark Tufo.

Jess at Project iRadio (along with author Brian Keene) will be taking advertising for each show. We’ll either be reading spots inside the show itself or adding your radio-ready spots to the episode. Get in touch with them for what you need to do. There are many podcasts attached to Project iRadio besides these two new ones, so you can also advertise on multiple ones if you want. Just sayin’.

Interested in seeing what the rates are? Go HERE for all of the information and to ask for more info, too. Let them know I recommended you, please and thank you.

Most shows will only have up to three ads per episode, so space is very limited. Act now. Don’t delay.

Hopefully Mark Tufo and I will be reading your ad on a future episode!

ARM CAST: DEAD SEXY HORROR PODCAST

Podcast devoted to interviewing horror authors, publishers, editors, artists, filmmakers, narrators, and anyone else in the arts and entertainment fields. We also like M&Ms. Armand Rosamilia is your host.

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ARM N TOOF’S DEAD TIME PODCAST

Two hosts for the price of one. Authors Armand Rosamilia and Mark Tufo interview authors, publishers, filmmakers and anyone else they want to chat with. Not only zombie and apocalyptic peeps, either… literally anyone they want to talk to. Coming Wednesday July 8th to Project iRadio.

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State of Horror: New Jersey Hits Audio Book Format

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State of Horror: New Jersey Hits Audio Book Format

“State of Horror: New Jersey” audiobook with new #dyingdays story

Charon Coin Press

This week the second audio book for the State of Horror Anthology series was released. State of Horror: New Jerseyis now available for download through Audibles.com, Amazon, and iTunes. Once again Jack Wallen has lent his considerable voice talents to State of Horror and has added an entire new depth toState of Horror: New Jersey. In the audio edition ghosts haunt the living, monsters attack from the Pine Barrens and the boardwalks, animals run amok, and some authentic Jersey flavor is sure to please fans of horror.

NJ sudioState of Horror: New Jersey was a previously released anthology in the State of Horror Series and along withState of Horror: Illinois marked the relaunch of the series with Charon Coin Press. The stories in State of Horror: New Jersey feature 13 tales of terror from veteran writers as well as those new to the craft. As with…

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Five Ways to Win the Waiting Game: An Impatient Writer’s Guide

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Five Ways to Win the Waiting Game: An Impatient Writer’s Guide

Reblog: Impatient Writer’s Guide

Kobo Writing Life

By Shayna Krishnasamy

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Coming to the end of your book, crossing that last T, typing that last period, is incredibly satisfying. You feel a rush of triumphant joy. You’ve done it! You’ve finished your novel! You want to leap out of your chair and hug everyone you see, then tell them what you’ve done and see the look of impressed envy on their faces. You want to sing and cry and sleep for a hundred hours. There’s really nothing quite like this feeling. You want to feel it forever.

Once this joy-fever runs its course, you sit down at your computer to take the next step: sending your book out to whoever you send your book to, be it your husband, your agent, your beta reader, or your writing group.

And now the time has come…to wait.

If waiting for news, particularly news that…

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What is Horror? by Rebecca Besser

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Author Rebecca Besser – What Is Horror?

Life With Words

What is Horror?

By Rebecca Besser

If you do some research on what horror is, you’ll discover horror is the revulsion one feels when something terrible happens. That it follows terror, which is the anxiety and anticipation of something bad about to happen.

“The difference between Terror and Horror is the difference between awful apprehension and sickening realization: between the smell of death and stumbling against a corpse.” – Devendra Varma in The Gothic Flame (1966).

There are many vehicles in which horror is found: film, literature, art, etc. All of which use a mixture of terror and horror elements.

When people hear the word horror, they generally think about creatures such as vampires, zombies, demons, and other monsters. They also think about blood, pain, misery, and torture – psychological horror. The common denominator in all horror is death.

Death is the most terrifying thing that anyone can face –…

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What’s missing from the new publishing paradigm

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Matthew Wright

I can’t help thinking that the last five years have been dramatic for the traditional publishing model. You know, the multi-barrier one where, to get published, you had to first attract an agent. Five years ago, a lot of writers’ blogs featured their representative, even if the writer was unpublished – but to even get an agent was a mark of status.

My books in the window... Yes, this is an entire shop window filled with books written by me – 14 out of my 52 titles.

All that’s gone. As has the debate over ‘traditional’ (old paradigm: status) versus ‘indie’ (old paradigm: amateur/unpublishable). In some senses it’s opened the door for anybody to publish anything – what Chuck Wendig calls it the ‘self-publishing shit volcano’. But there’s also good stuff that would have been welcomed in the trad system.

I don’t think the old system has gone – I still publish through it. But it’s…

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Guest Post: Dev Jarrett

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What’s your favorite monster?

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 In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Alice says: “Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!”

Upon hearing that, the Unicorn says in return, “Well, now that we have seen each other, if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.”

A unicorn? A monster? Hmmm… Maybe we should look at the definition of the word. <<Google, google, google…sigh.>> Well, damn. Turns out, everyone defines it differently. One source says, “Imaginary creature that has combined human and animal features.” Another says, “A strange or horrible imaginary creature.” Another: “Something that is extremely or unusually large.” Still another says, “A creature that is often hideous and may produce fear and physical harm.”

Still seems a bit of a stretch for a unicorn.

I had a great opportunity to meet and speak with Peter S. Beagle (the author of The Last Unicorn) some months ago, and he absolutely seems to agree with Lewis Carroll’s Alice. He said he never saw unicorns as they are portrayed now, farting rainbows and fairy dust. They were, he says, monsters. Those horns were serious business.

So to him, unicorns were monsters. To any eight-year-old today, they’re happy little horses with horns who dance in the clouds. Ick. That’s pretty scary in itself.

Which brings up another point…perspective.

To the frogs who live in the pond by my daughter’s apartment, I must be a monster. In a splashy panic, they leave the shallows and go for deeper water every time I walk past. To the many thousands of mosquitos I’ve swatted in my life, I suppose I’m a terribly hideous monster.

So now we’ve got two shaping criteria. How you define a monster, and your perspective. The question: what’s your favorite monster?

According to much of the popular media today, zombies are at the top of most everyone’s list. A million Walking Dead fans must mean something, but I’ve never been all that impressed with zombies, in their most common habitat. Shamble, shamble, shamble, eat a brain or two, etc. Kinda tedious. Make them do something new and meaningful, and you might find a new zombie fan sitting in my desk chair.

Zombies are really just one of the most recent steps in a dance that has gone around and around forever. In the late 80s, primarily due to Anne Rice, vampires were number one. Her vampires, in my opinion, may very well be one of the primary reasons the Twilight books and movies came about. Back in the 50s, the king of the monsters was one form or another of an irradiated beast changed from something docile and small to a huge ferocious city destroyer. Mankind had harnessed the destructive power of the atom, and everyone was scared of that.

Personally, my answer changes often. I like new monsters, and human monsters, and the old archetypal monsters pretty evenly. In my opinion, if a writer or a cinematographer gives me some new item to add to the mythos of an old monster, I’m pleased. In that sense, I do disagree with the saying, “It is the tale, not he who tells it.” Reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, and John Skipp and Craig Spector’s The Light at the End, you get three vampire stories. Vampires: archetypal blood-sucking monsters. But reading one can in NO way preclude reading the other two. Their vast differences in time, in voice, and in style overall make them completely different stories, all incredible in their own ways.

Today, I’m thinking werewolves are my favorite. The reason? I’m in the middle of writing a new werewolf story. I’m thinking that maybe I’ve got something great to add to the mythology. Hopefully, I’ll get to share it with the world soon.

So, again, what’s your favorite monster?

Whatever the answer for you might be today, it may be something totally different tomorrow. And whatever the answer, never forget what the Unicorn said to Alice: “If you believe in me, I’ll believe in you.” My take on that line is this: keep believing in your monsters, and they’ll keep coming around, doing their best to frighten you.

About the Author:

Dev Jarrett is a writer, a father, a husband, and a soldier in the US Army. He’s a “recovering redneck” who’ll probably never get all the red Georgia clay out of his pickup truck’s undercarriage. He’s a Chief Warrant Officer 4 who’s lived all over the world but is currently stationed in the heartland at Fort Riley, Kansas. During the day, he works to defeat terrorists.

At night, the other monsters come out.

He’s had many short stories published, both online and in print, and Dark Crescent, available now from Permuted Press, is his second novel. His first novel, Loveless, is available through your favorite retailer or directly from Blood Bound Books.

Dev’s next novel, Casualties, is coming in 2016 from Permuted Press.

You can find Dev online on Facebook, Twitter, and (if you want to see all the gory details) here:

http://devjarrett.weebly.com/

Dark Crescent cover

Amazon Book Reviewing Policy.

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Lit World Interviews

Not long ago I wrote an article called something like Amazon Book Reviewing is Dead. The content was based on information garnered from other posts and from the Amazon Reviewing policy. The posts were based on some fact and some personal experiences of the authors of those posts with the process. Each experience may be different.

As a result of that post there were several comments leading me to decide to remove the post and do more research.

What did I find?

Amazon allows reviews of free products as long as you clearly note in the review that you received the product free for a review. Or if you received it as a present, note as such. It doesn’t say that last one in their policies but FULL DISCLOSURE would imply you should simply disclose how you received the item. Below you will find links to various pages on…

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Author @RBWood has a new story in TALES OF MAGIC AND MISERY

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Dark urban fantasy author and good friend, R.B. Wood, (Richard, whom I adore) has a new short story in a book recently published.

He is also the creator and host of The WORD COUNT PODCAST, a show I participate in regularly.

Tales of Magic and Misery is affiliated with Ragnarok Publications, who will publish Richard’s Arcana Chronicles series. Its co-owner and editor-in-chief Tim Marquitz authored this book with numerous other writers, RB included. If you want to learn more, visit Richard’s blog post here.

R.B is also the author of The Prodigal’s Foole, available from Amazon. Many of his fans have been waiting for the sequel, so I know he’s just teasing us with his latest story, but hey … he’s worth waiting for. 😉

In the meantime, pick up your copy of Tales of Magic and Misery and enjoy!

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Tales of Magic and…

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Scrivener Soapbox Interview: TJ Redig Chats With Armand Rosamilia

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TJ Redig swears he had an oh-so-metal discussion with Armand Rosamilia, the author of the Dying Days series, the Keyport Cthulhu series, theFlagler Beach series, the Metal Queens series, and God-only-knows how many other things.

TJ Redig does not lie… 

http://www.tjredig.com/scrivenersoapbox/2015/5/16/2015-06-10-61-armand-rosamilia

Author Armand Rosamilia

Game of Thrones and The No Apology Tour for Writers

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C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

Successful fiction always depends on conflict and often relies on surprise. The mechanics of telling stories successfully are not secrets. That’s why this article decrying the latest developments in Game of Thronesis a little annoying. Maybe they were just going for click bait. It seems the critics want to go to Vegas and gamble, but they want everyone to come home rich.

Vegas doesn’t work that way. Neither does compelling fiction. Bad things happen. People die. Deal with it…or don’t watch or read Game of Thrones.

I’m sure some fans are earnestly distressed at things that occur in the show. However, what happens in fiction stays in fiction. Those characters people love and love to hate do not reside on Earth. They are in Westeros and that’s a terrible and dangerous place to live and die. The show’s producers could suck the scary out of it, but then everyone

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San Andreas, The Rock, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and Bad Reviews

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RCC once again spews the wisdom words.

C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

I cleared my calendar and, full of energy, I looked forward to an afternoon of writing. Then I accidentally ran across a negative review of one of my favorite books. Worse, it’s one of my favorites that I wrote. I didn’t agree with the review. In fact, this person might have been reviewing a different book because the reviewer made a point that…honestly, I have no idea what they’re talking about.

And so I started thinking about the futility of trying to please everyone and, yes, this is part of the business…it happens to all who dare… be mature…and blah-de-blah you’ve heard all that crap before. We aren’t supposed to have feelings. Certainly some reviewers write reviews as if we don’t. I’m still human so, I admit, I didn’t tough it out and set my jaw and type on bravely. My enthusiasm died. Instead of writing, I retreated to a darkened…

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‪#‎SummerofZombie The Blog Tour of 2015

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#SummerofZombie goodness

3D Game Textures

I am currently part of the Summer of Zombie Blog Tour 2015 (if you haven’t noticed). I am in the company of some very accomplished authors and up and comers. I feel honored to be among all of these folks and hope you take the time to check out their work as well as mine. There are fun postings, contests, and more during the entire tour. It was all put together and hosted by Armand Rosamilia. It’s a ton of work and he’s in the thick of it all right now. Among other things he hosts and podcast as well called the Arm Cast Podcast.

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