Monday, April 25, 2011

Bithdays, computers, writers block not, poems and critical people.

This is my Birthday week. I really don't feel any older, just smarter on some things. I think my family should shower me with presents and a trip! OK fantasy over, I guess I will be getting a new laptop. Mine has sadly died a quiet death. Do computers that die come back to haunt new ones or their owners? Now that is a story Stephen King wrote.
I have been reading wonderful blogs in the last week. One about writers block. I do not believe in it. I think you have times you need to kick start your imagination. Watching telly, YouTube and video games just wont cut it. You need fresh air, go for a walk, take a drive or exercise. Myself I do Pilates and walk my Princess. Also I have found that good writers are also good readers. Nothing like a good book to read. Books I have read that are boring seem as if the writer has never read many books. The writer seems to read just one genre and writer also they don't seem to comprehend what they read. I am no expert but that's how I see it.
Also try some poetry. I have been lucky to know a few poets. I am currently reading some poems by Jacqueline Dick. Check out her poems they are so good, to me. Good poems are really hard to write. .
It seems the self proclaimed experts on writing are attacking blogs. So if they are experts what degrees do they hold? Where can I read their papers on the subject of writing? If you read every book you can get your hands on, on any subject, doesn't make you an expert. Blogs to me are written how you speak. Not perfect English and some times grammar goes out as well. Also the person who is writing it, where are they from? Do they have an accent? Is English a second language to them? Are you perfect? If not, why attack others? I think many do because they have a superiority complex. They even fear you're the competition and can't deal with it. I also noticed they are cowards and don't use their own names. It has happened to me. Sadly the person who did attack me, did it on Amazon. I know who it is, he wrote the same thing in an e-mail to me. Usually they are vague, use generalities and can't give you an exact example. If you can't say anything nice just don't say anything. I refuse to lower myself to their level, being petty and immature does you no good.
Well I need to get to work finding a computer that will last, work hard and be easy to use for me. I am also reading Full Dark No Stars. I love short stories. What short stories have you read that are good?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Holiday Weekend

I am wishing you all a lovely holiday weekend. To those who are celebrating Easter and Passover have a wonderful holiday filled with love and family. I will be making a roast and Yorkshire pudding.
The new Doctor Who premieres. I hear this is going to good fun the next 6 weeks. As a huge Doctor Who fan, I am looking forward to it, please don't ring me up while its on. I started watching  Doctor Who as a kid, I was so happy to be able to see it on Christmas day here in America.

I am working slowly on the short story book. Life gets in the way some times. Our eldest family member has been in hospital and is now back in her nursing home. Thank you to those who asked. Now for a cup of tea in my TARDIS mug. Cheers!
So what are reading? How is it? Let me know. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Reading great books. My review of a great British book.

How is your week going? Mine not so bad. I had a fun mini road trip up to Phoenix. Its great to see friends and have a good lunch. The best part is a nice drive, makes your imagination go wild.
I finished reading A Proper Charlie by Louise Wise. OK don't walk, run to to buy this. I love horror and other works of good literature and this is great. It is very British but not the stiff upper lip, I am so posh kind. This is how real Brits speak and act.  As for the characters, you soon care about what happens to them and what they are going to do next. Its a bit of a mystery, romance, characters doing research and adventure in London you wouldn't see on a tourist trip. The story is about a newspaper in London, which has over 30 local papers. The characters are worried like so many about losing their jobs due to a takeover. Very current in today's world. This story is very believable. You will fall in love with the main character and worry over her as you turn each page until the end. I wish I could give it 10 stars on Amazon. This is for adults and well written, Louise has a great imagination. Yes, I guess I really loved it.
If you have a book you are reading and love, tell me about it. Oh I haven't forgot, I have been asked many times privately when is Draven Ames doing another short story or better yet a book. He told me today his book is out soon. I can't wait to read it either.
I have a bit of writing yet to do today. See you next week.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

How long do you push your book?

Another week and yet so little feels done. Never enough time to do all one wants. I need 36 hour days, who do I talk to about that?
 I was asked how long I was going to talk about my book. I said about another month. No I didn't go on about it for three months before it came out just two weeks. I also didn't give it away to anyone who asked. Nope no contest to win it before its out. I also am not selling a years work for .99¢. I can't put out four books a year of quality. If you want quantity fine but how is it as a book. How is the research? I feel you get what you pay for. I read many reviews before pricing my book. The things that kept coming up was if its cheap its because it is crap. I saw many say it was a waste of money, worst book I ever read and one said I want my money and time back. All I could say was Yikes! I don't keep tweeting my book, if your getting 100 new followers a day cool do so but other wise your beating a dead book. If you do read a great book, tell the world about it.
So why am I putting another book out four months after the first? Well its a book of short stories I have written over the last two years. Most are ghost related. My novel was written three years ago. My next novel will not be ready for at least a year. I do write everyday.
Now I am almost done reading "A Proper Charlie" by Louise Wise. Its very British and I love it! Its for adults not a kids book so refreshing. Here are a few more writers you might need to check out: Elizabeth Parker, Tom Wagner, Adriana Kraft, Lesley Galsten, Andrew Mocete, J.B. Thomas, Rich Evans, Derek Haines and my friend Draven Ames. If I forgot anyone tell me.
Thank you for your support have a great week. Please tell what are you reading?