Okay, I’ve saved the toughest one for last. Today I’m going to talk about one of the most insidious of enemies – jealousy.
You probably already know how damaging jealousy can be to a romantic relationship. Suspicion and unwarranted anger builds walls between people who care for each other, walls that prevent effective communication and take serious work to bring down. Jealousy can also crack your creativity into tiny shards of meanness that poke you every time you sit down to make your own magic. It happens to all of us. You read in Locus that someone from your writing group just signed another three-book deal, when you only got a one-book deal from the same publisher. You get a phone call from a writing friend who excitedly tells you that she’s been offered representation by an agent who’s previously turned you down. You want to feel thrilled and [...]
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PR in today’s market is both easy and difficult, and yes, I am fully aware of the contradiction in terms. It’s easy, because we have access to all sorts of social media. It’s hard because there is so much social media out there that it’s difficult to stand out amidst the crowd of authors who are releasing books.
I have four (count em. Oy) four releases between Dec. 3 2013 and Jan 7. 2014. KICKING IT
(antho, co-edited with Kalayna Price) will be out first, on Dec 3. On Dec 10, the Audible release of CAT O’NINE TALES, with exclusive content will be out, and on that same day, ROC’s THE JANE YELLOWROCK COMPANION will be out, also with new content. That’s a lot of releases. You gotta see the covers, ‘cause I’m just so excited about them all!
Then, to [...]
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Oh, how I worry. If my husband is late coming home from work, I worry that he’s had a wreck. If he’s early, I worry that he was fired. If I don’t hear from a friend for a while, I worry that I’ve angered him and we’re not friends anymore. I sometimes joke with people that I worry about them because I was already worried about other things, so it wasn’t out of my way to slide a worry in there for them, too. Most of all, I worry about my work. Is it good enough? Will anyone pay to read it? What if they wouldn’t even read it for free? What if I never get anything else sold to a major publisher again? What if I go the self-published route, and no one cares?
All those worries and fears plant roots in my head, tangled [...]
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I am so very sorry that I am late! I thought I had uploaded my post but it isn’t here! Arg! And then the cable went out and has been off and on all day! The cable guy will be here later, they said… Apparently much, much later.
So here is it, very late and slightly revised.
David and I have been talking about PR and blog hops—the stay-at-home-on-your-PC-while-you-work kind. I mentioned that I had a PR team working on my blog hop for me, and I’d like to share what they did for Kicking It, the anthology edited by Kalayna Price and me. Here is the link to their site and the blog hop page: http://www.ltpromos.com/2013/10/01/faith-hunter-and-kalayna-prices-kicking-it-anthology-is-on-tour/
This is not the final listing, as other people and other blogs are still signing up to be on the tour, but it gives you an idea of what we are doing. So, [...]
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Several weeks ago, I was listening to the radio on my way home from work. Two talk DJs were discussing whether or not spelling was important any more. Since almost everyone has access in one fashion or another to spellcheck, the DJ argued, there’s no point in teaching people to spell any longer. She went on to explain that grammar wasn’t necessary either. As long as we can make ourselves understood, she said, who cared if the rules were being followed?
I couldn’t disagree more, especially when it comes to the written word. In conversation, we have the option of repeating ourselves until the other party eventually gets what we’re trying to say, but on the page, there’s only one shot at delivering the message. When people use unspecific, imprecise or just plain incorrect words, their meaning becomes unclear. When they then construct sentences improperly using misspellings and poor word [...]
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On a DragonCon panels not so long ago, I was asked a question that really made me think. (I love those!) “What three things do you absolutely have to know about your character to write him or her?”
My answer, as it turns out, wasn’t difficult to come up with: nature, nurture and the pivotal moments that divert life’s trajectory for good or ill. As for the first, all parents, aunts, uncles, etc. know that a child has a personality even before he or she is verbal—fussy, happy, tentative or trusting, demanding or easygoing, outgoing or shy. My son, for example, was a born extravert. He was flirting with girls by making eyes at them or simply grabbing their hands as if to declare “mine” from the time he was a babe in arms. Once he could walk, we called him “the ambassador” because whenever we were out in public, [...]
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I’ve been enjoying a daily YouTube post called Pronunciation Book. It began broadcasting in 2010. At that time, it was a white screen with a word in black letters, and a male voice would pronounce the word three or four times. But back in July, the words were replaced with numbers, and the number has been counting down every day. When the voice speaks, it doesn’t pronounce the number, but says some cryptic phrase or sentence (and of course, yesterday he went on and on for three minutes!) followed by the sentence “Something is going to happen in ** days.” There’s also a long space of nearly inaudible clicks that some people thought were Morse code, but audio spectrographic analysis has revealed the sounds to be a partial image of a man pointing at the viewer.
This kind of thing just tickles me to no end. I’ll listen to [...]
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