Where did that file go?
Thoughts / March 31, 2012

Where did I put that file? I know it is here somewhere. Nope, not in that document either. Now this is getting frustrating. It has to be here. Oh! Hi there. What am I doing? I am looking for my list of names that I use for my novel series. But it seems to have wandered off and is hiding on my hard drive. Something I am sure new writers have run into, and maybe even some not so new writers. Regardless of the computing platform, operating system and word processor program used. No matter your filing system and how careful you are. Something gets misplaced. With two of us trying to ad bits and pieces to the project, we ran into a sharing issue and a permission issue. Any well meaning computer expert, pro or not, will be more then willing to tell you it is easy. Until we start laying out what we want to do. They try to help but what we are looking for does not work, and then the expert gets a puzzled look. Oh dear, I am getting side tracked. We looked at and read about many writing programs to help get our ideas…

What is success for a writer/author?
Thoughts / March 20, 2012

What is the measure of success for an author? Some might say getting on the New York Times best seller list. Some might say enough income to retire and just write for the rest of their lives. Some might say having their story made into a blockbuster movie, or even just to be made into a movie period would make them successful. In the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre, some might say that being compared to authors like McCaffrey, Brooks, Clark, Heinlien, Hicks, Asimov, Bradbury, Crichton, Rowling, Hawking and the list goes on. To meet any of these fellow authors would be a feather in the ego. All these things are great. It would be nice to slide into any of these areas. Money is good. Praise is good. Comparison is good. I am a budding author and I believe I have succeeded, at this early stage, and for non of what has been said so far. The first story I put out was good, not great, but good never-the-less. The second story which has turned out to be the first book in a series is better, much better, but not great. No, what makes me feel like a success is that…

Making a story
Thoughts / March 6, 2012

Writing. Writing. Writing. What is this thing called writing? Better yet, what is this thing called writing a story? In my research for this endeavor I came across lots of advise. The best one to date goes something like this. Writing has rules, you need to know the rules so you know when you break them, and the rules are guidelines. Think of the line from “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Some authors set goals or xxxx number of words a day, and shoot for that. Some authors set an over all word count of xxxxxx for the story as well. Some authors set on a chapter and go until the rough draft is done, then move on to the next. Some authors spend lots of time working up an outline with extensive character attributes, and location settings. “So what do you use?” Someone might ask. Let me see. NONE of those. The closest I come to most other authors is an out line consisting of notes for a “Beginning.” “Middle.” “End.” So here I sit with a beginning, middle, and end, and I am thinking how the character in any part of it would go from point A to point…

What to write
Thoughts / March 5, 2012

I sit and look at a blank form. All the blog pages we go to, to gain insight into writing and publishing books, say to set up a blog to promote our books. Create a presence. Anyone who thinks this is simple, has more than a penny in their pocket and a little more computer education than me. Freeway Express, AS has great templates to help get started with a basic web page. Someone around here says, “There is elegance in simplicity.” Not to mention the consensus is, a busy page tends to confuse and frustrate a web visitor. I hope ours is easy to maneuver through and find interesting content. So what can I possibly write about, that would be interesting for others to read? Other than the books we are trying to promote. We did write book one and book two of Demesne Aithera and Valley of Mystery out of order. Though New Beginning is the third book in the series. Steve has been working on it between answering questions about Aithera from the beta reader. We have wrapped up Aithera somewhat. You may have figured it out by now. The SF side of this team works the…

Lessons Learned
Thoughts / March 4, 2012

Lessons learned. When cleaning out web files, be careful what you delete. Web building is a learning experience for those who play with their own web building. Deleting files one shouldn’t, leads to redoing a website or blog. Rebuilding the website was easy since it was saved on a local computer. The blog was lost, so a need to rebuild was necissary. Some might think it actually looks better. So, with Aithera and Valley of Mystery published and a new book in the works a new blog page is also come to be. Long winded here, we are not, but we are always interested in your thoughts.