Going Meta: A Story Within A Story

Originally posted on Creative Writing with the Crimson League:

diary-srb-1118480-mAs an author, there can be lots of reasons to include a story within a story. It’s not something that’s necessarily necessary, but it can add a little something. Here are some things to consider before rejecting the infamous “story within a story.”

  1. STORIES, TALES, AND FICTION ARE UTTERLY HUMAN. We look at life as a story. Thus, stories help us to make sense of life. This is something human do, and it’s something that will help your characters feel more authentically human, if you are able to add a story within a story.
  2. IT ADDS DEPTH AND COMPLEXITY TO YOUR WORK. Not every novel is meant to be “deep,” and complex doesn’t necessarily mean better, but depending on your story and your genre and your style, more depth and complexity might be assets.

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Published in: on March 2, 2015 at 7:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Going Audio (ACX)

This week I have taken another very scary step in the authoring world, I have submitted my book to ACX Audio Creation eXchange in the hope that someone will find it good enough to narrate!

Published in: on March 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Tsü You?

So After finding link to another social network and signing up, I thought I should post a link.


Tsü promises to pay its users for allowing advertisement and judging by the counter on the top corner, so far they are keeping there promises.

As to my books, I have submitted “The End” to ACX in the hope that someone will pick it up and turn it into an audio book.
It would seam that even though Its on amazon select I can still have it on iTunes and still retain the select benefits.

Published in: on February 28, 2015 at 3:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why it’s wrong to kill off characters needlessly

Originally posted on Creative Writing with the Crimson League:

1408766_flying_books_1Earlier this week, I posted about how we can help readers connect with our characters by feeling what they feel, and how sometimes that might not be the best idea or might chase away some readers. Well, you can never please everyone. No one can.

Today, I wanted to discuss the lasting impact of when a reader truly does connect with a character, and feels what that character feels. A few things happen, and they are their own form of magic.

  1. WE CARE MORE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE CHARACTER. This is fairly obvious, and is, of course, the major reason we want readers to connect with a character. We want them to be interested in the story, and the people it’s about. We want them to hopefully be interested on more than a superficial level.

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Published in: on February 27, 2015 at 6:25 am  Leave a Comment  

The Pumpkin Dragons now live and on Kindle, but…

Finally My little short is up on Amazon but there is an issue, It’s not free!


The Pumpkin Dragons.

For some reason, on both Kindle and iTunes I am not able to set it to $0.00 and £0.00

Published in: on February 24, 2015 at 6:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Arg, KDP formatting strikes again!
What holding up the latest version of The End and Pumpkin Dragons? Image formatting!

No matter what I try, I cannot get the images to align properly.

Published in: on February 23, 2015 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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Publishing on iTunes

I still haven’t got “The end” fit for iTunes yet, but a short story that has been gathering dust on my Hard drive is now finished and in the process of getting published on iTunes (Amazon is coming, i promise)

Pumpkin Dragons started off as a little forum story and grew but after a while (finished the first draft) it was left to gather dust.

I spent the weekend cleaning it up and now I can call it finished. getting it up on iBooks was a bit of a chore but now my side of the publish is sorted out, the Ibooks side was easy to sort.

Published in: on February 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working

Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working, Nothing is Working!

Yup not having a good day today!

Everything i trying to assemble will not fit, every piece of 3d software I used is broken ( I refuse to install windows just because some dick thinks it is the only OS that counts!) And I have no idea’s what I’m doing to my books!

Do I have writers block?
Hell no, it doesn’t exist!

I have commissioned out the next two covers to the artist but I still have lost all plots according to my book and I can’t work on my 3d printer extruder design and the needed software function on OS X are broken!


Published in: on February 21, 2015 at 2:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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5 things I hate about being an indie author

Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:

Writers block Image by nate at https://www.flickr.com/photos/okaycity/ licensed under creative commons.

Think indie publishing is all flowers and glitter? Think again. Here are the top 5 things I hate about indie publishing*:

*warning: there may be satire ahead

1 Up to the minute stats

They say ignorance is bliss, and in this case ‘they’ are right. How am I meant to be able to concentrate when the lure of the KDP stats screen is there to feed the procrastination monster. How I yearn for being in the dark about my sales, not knowing how my book’s performing until I receive my monthly / quarterly / annual statement. How much easier it would be to sit down and work on my manuscript without the stats screen singing my name, beckoning me to take just one look to see if anyone has bought in the last hour.

2 I’m forced to write exactly what I want

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Published in: on February 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm  Comments (1)  

The End is now on Goodreads.


May not mean much to some people but, just checked into Goodreads and found my book listed.

Yet another milestone reached.

Published in: on February 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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