The Hunger Games – Yes, me too

The Hunger Games – Yes, me too

Tweet I finished The Hunger Games trilogy last week, late to the party as usual. It seems like everyone on the ship (yes, I live on a ship) has read the books and is absolutely obsessed with them. The library’s copy of the trilogy hasn’t actually been in the library for months. So I figured I’d skip the queue and download a copy on my Kindle. I’m not into writing book reviews, there are plenty of them out there by more competent critics than me. But I will say that for a young adult fiction I really enjoyed Suzanne Collins’ story. Partly because I can identify with Peeta, I always seem to fall for the girl that’s destined to wreck me, even if only a little. As for the book, it was her complete lack of relational awareness that...

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KDP Select – an Expirement

KDP Select – an Expirement

Tweet For those of you that have yet to hear of it, Amazon has opened a program it’s calling “KDP Select.” KDP standing for “Kindle Direct Publishing.” Basically it translates into this: if you distribute your ebook exclusively with us for 90 days we’ll let you give it away for free over the course of 5 of those days, and we’ll pay you for each time someone borrows your book with our lending program. Initially the thought scared me, Offer my book exclusively with Amazon? Never! But then I realized two things. One: it’s only temporary, I can opt back out after 90 days. Two: No one buys my book for any other e-reader anyways. According to my stats, only 9 people have ever bought my book for the Nook. That’s not...

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Apparently I’m too Sarcastic

Tweet So being funny isn’t bad enough. Apparently, in the eloquent words of a friend of a friend, I have reached “that awkward moment when your sarcasm is so advanced people actually think you’re stupid.” In college and just after, some of my best friends and I got to the point where we would get so incredibly dry in our humor and sarcasm that no one around us understood that we were, in fact, being sarcastic. You might wonder, how is this funny? Well, to be honest, it’s not. I mean, for us it was, but for everyone around us we just looked like either a pack of liars or a bunch of idiots. One of us would tell some girl in a group that he was ex-CIA or a monkey trainer or a botanist who developed a shoe-eating plant. The girl would...

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Apparently I’m too Hilarious

Tweet This seems to be a confusing statement, because how could you be TOO hilarious? Well it turns out that being funny is, in and of itself, confusing for people. The thing is that I write fantasy fiction, not comedies. There are parts of my books that are funny. I’ve been told people laugh out loud at parts of my books, and sometimes they’re even the parts they’re supposed to laugh at. The point is, that if I’m writing blogs with comics full of jokes and then writing epic fantasies that take place in my own world (a world that’s on the verge of a horrific collapse), well… people might get mixed signals. This is what I’m told is called “building a brand.” Basically I’ve been advised that if I keep up...

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Ten Necessities for the Zombie Apocalypse

Ten Necessities for the Zombie Apocalypse

Tweet So I was doing some twitter stalking (which isn’t nearly as fun as Facebook stalking) and stumbled on this blog by Kendragarden called Top 10 Things You Would Grab From Your House During A Zombie Apocalypse! I’m gonna take up Kendra’s challenge a month later for old time’s sake if nothing else, and I’ll pretend I’m back at my old place in the States. The rules are as follows: You have ten minutes to grab ten things. You have to leave your house! You don’t have to grab food, toiletries, [I’m adding] or ammunition MY ITEMS 1) Baseball bat – the metal kind, because I’m not having one of those wood suckers shatter on me with the first wave of zombies. It’s also a handy tool for breaking into...

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Can You Eat Rejection Letters?

Can You Eat Rejection Letters?

Tweet Because I get the feeling that if I were actively querying agents I’d be reduced to surviving off the returns. Thankfully I have a source of income aside from writing. I’ve played ‘starving artist’ long enough to know that the romance is largely nostalgic. Granted I regularly imagine moving to Paris to live off the paltry offerings of teaching English again. The 11 hour work week sounds enticing; I could really focus on writing. However I do recall it being difficult to focus on anything when your stomach is trying to digest your esophagus. Common sense will strike and save me in the end. Well… it probably won’t. But I guess I’ve always been a bit masochistic when it comes to financial stability. The point is that...

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Turning the Tables

Tweet If you haven’t seen my drawing of Ninja Cat vs. Space Robot you should do that before you read on. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… I’ve been wanting to draw this all week, so when my weekly drawing time with some of the academy students came around I jumped right into it. Sometimes I think I like drawing time more than the kids do… In any case, here’s Space Cat vs. Ninja Robot. Space Cat never stood a chance. It turns out that Ninja Robots function perfectly well in space, and Space Cat has nothing going for him outside of his being in space. Which, unfortunately, doesn’t wind up giving him any advantage as it appears Ninja Robot is now in space too. If you liked this you’ll probably enjoy my rant on why I hate...

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