Three Hundred and One

Blog No. 301

13620959_10153952836757293_5930181575599118072_nMy 300th post got less fanfare than I thought it would. I know I don’t have a ton of readers, but even the people who like the facebook posts where I share this blog every week didn’t show up. It was a dud. But I have no time to linger on that too much. (Just enough to possibly figure out where I missed the mark). I have way too much to do (as always). I’m way behind in writing, again. Flags and High Fives (also behind) is slowly lurching forward. Construction at my brother’s place (where I live, in the basement like a mole person, shunning the light) is ongoing, but my room should be done soon. (P.S. it looks amazing!). The next ChiSeries is coming at the end of the month (mostly planned, but there is still much to do). Also, I’m overdue for a social media / profile overhaul thing. I need to take a closer look at where I’m dropping the ball and pick up that ball, driving it passed some kind of goal line. To top it all off, I haven’t worked out in somewhere around a month, and I’m feeling like a lump of lethargic lard for it. Continue reading “Three Hundred and One”

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300th Post!

Blog No. 300

300There are a few topics I’m going to get to with this post, but, while they are exciting and cool things, the biggest news is that this is the 300th post on this blog. Technically started in 2010 (around the end of the WLTP era) the regular weekly posts didn’t take hold until January of 2013 at post number 10. That’s 290 posts in five years (one week at a time). I’m pretty happy with that progress. It’s not the most amazing accomplishment, but I did it and there it is. I’m not sure how many words this whole blog is up to at this point, but last I checked I was passing 250 000, so I’m above that watermark at this point. I could do some simple math and come up with an average post length, but I don’t care, so I’m going to move on and talk about other stuff. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, thanks for sticking with it. Continue reading “300th Post!”

Catch Up Post

Blog No. 299

transmogrify_processThe blog tour is over, so now I can get back to my safe, comfortable routine. Not that there was anything wrong with the blog tour. It was great to do something with such talented, herd working local authors. It was even nice to know what I was going to write about for four solid weeks. It was different from what I’m used to (though) and I’m not always great with change. Now that it’s over, and I know I did it to the best of my ability (and did something new to try and promote myself) I’m glad to be back inside the box. While I was away, I missed writing about a few things. I’m going to rectify that now by telling you all about them! Also, I want to give a big thanks to Brittni Brinn, Justine Alley Dowsett, and Sharon Ledwith for writing such nice things about me and for being cool with my deviation from the blog tour style. It was a cool experience. Continue reading “Catch Up Post”

Blog Tour Week Four: The Thinking Machine

Blog No. 298

img_20180516_194131114.jpgThis week’s post is basically going to be a behind the writing for The Thinking Machine, but officially it’s part of the blog tour. I’m not sure yet how that will differ from a regular behind the writing post, maybe I’ll add in all my info stuff at the end so that if the other participating authors share this post, folks new to the blog will have all that goodness at their finger tips. Maybe I’ll just fake it like I do every time and we’ll both be surprised with how things turn out in the end. There will be some things about The Thinking Machine that I know and you may be finding out for the first time, though. No spoilers (I think) but if you haven’t read it, you totally should. Especially if you are reading this.

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Blog Tour Week Three: Brittni Brinn

Blog No. 297

28471397_2073374802679662_6967194067057539465_nBy now, you should have a good idea of what this blog tour is all about. If not, what are you doing here? Go back and read the last three posts to get the full experience. Or don’t, I’m not your boss. The basic idea is that a few of us local authors (and avid bloggers) have decided to dedicate a few posts to each other. It’s a delightfully easy thing since I think they are all wonderfully talented, friendly, and hard working individuals. This week, I’m going to be deviating from the format a bit. Rather than ask Brittni a bunch of questions, I’m just going to talk about her new book, The Patch Project, the impact she’s had in the area, and what it’s like putting a book out. Continue reading “Blog Tour Week Three: Brittni Brinn”

Blog Tour Week Two: Sharon Ledwith

Blog No. 296

CoverLostandFoundsmallWelcome to week two of the blog tour. If you just started reading my blog (first off, thanks and welcome) you may want to go read the last two posts as they pertain to this four week thing (that I’m lucky to be involved with). Also, if you’re new, go read all my posts. There are almost three hundred of them. What a good way to waste spend your time! For this week of the tour, I’m going to talk about author Sharon Ledwith and her young adult series Mysterious Tales From Fairy Falls.

Sharon is originally from Newmarket Ontario, but now lives in the lovely (I should go there more) Amherstburg, about twenty minutes from my city, Windsor. That makes her part of the local writing community, and when she got here, she hit the ground running. Out of all the authors I know, a surprising few of them take part in things. Some choose to avoid local events in fear of being pigeonholed as a local author, some just aren’t interested. I think those people are missing out. Sharon is not one of those people. She is often part of local readings, book fairs, markets, and other such things. And when she’s not part of it, she is always there to support the people who are. Published by Mirror World Publishing, the same Mirror World from last week’s post about Justine, Sharon has fully embraced the area. Continue reading “Blog Tour Week Two: Sharon Ledwith”

Blog Tour Week One: Justine Alley Dowsett

Blog No. 295

CoverartMD1smaller_45c26e7d-9419-404a-a563-3f12624bab95Welcome to Week One of the Blog Tour. Where I focus on someone other than me. But only partially. I’ll definitely get to me. But for the most part I’m going to be talking about Justine Alley Dowsett and her newest book, Mirror’s Deceit. It’s part of The Mirror World Series of Fantasy books.

Justine has been writing for far longer than I have. She went into publishing (something I toyed with, with her help but have since abandoned) and is now the premier genre publisher in the city. The Mirror World books are written with her sister Murandy. Writing with another author can be enough of a challenge, writing with a sibling must take some serous control of your emotions. While I find that process fascinating (from what I understand, they act out the parts and write it all down, amazing) I am more interested in her choice of genre and how she writes books in series. Continue reading “Blog Tour Week One: Justine Alley Dowsett”