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A Summary of my summer so far

It’s been a while since I just sat down and wrote something.  I always get a little discombobulated during the summer, figuring out new routines while the kids are out of school, doing job searches and overhauling our finances.

As far as writing news, How Ninja Brush Their Teeth is now free everywhere.  Downloads of the free book have been meager but steady, resulting in a few downloads of the second story in that series: Rock Pirate Ninja.

I’ve been debating whether to write a third installment or move on to another project.  I have a napkin scratch idea of a plot for a third book – most likely a full length novel and would love to explore more of these characters I’ve grown to love – namely Chuck and T.B’s back stories and sub-plots.  I have a lot of background for them that never made it into the first two books.  I thought it would be interesting to explore the martial art Kajukenbo, the style that Chuck and the gang are students of.    Originally, the Rogue Ninja Series was meant to explore the dynamic personalities of three martial arts and how they played off each other.  Ninjitsu (Tetsuo), Systema (Vasha) and Kajukenbo (Chuck).  

So, what’s holding me back?  Money. The money I make from selling the books isn’t enough to cover a cup of coffee once a month let alone the editing and cover costs for a full length novel.  Not to mention the time, blood, sweat and tears that go into making a book readable.

What changes my mind?  Readers.  Even readers of the free stuff.  The thrill of knowing someone read something I wrote and liked it is a thrill hard to match. I know the likelihood of making any kind of profit from this series is virtually nil – I just wish I could make enough to cover production costs.

It’s frustrating!  I wish I was better at marketing!  I swear, if a young person ever comes up to me and asks what classes I should take to become a better writer I would tell them to take a class in sales and marketing and go to the library for the rest. Ha!

Anyway, that’s what’s happening these days.  If I sound discouraged with writing, it’s because I am.  It happens.  And it usually goes away in a couple of days, or if I’m in a hurry – after a couple of drinks.  😛

Cheers!

~R.

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The story behind the Ninja books

And now a little background on how “How Ninja Brush Their Teeth” came about.

It all started because I was sad.  I had put up a snippet of some other writing on a writers forum and it was pretty much hated across the board.

Even my husband, my love, my best friend, the one who I bounce all my ideas off of hated it too.  So, I was sad and deflated and couldn’t bring myself to write a word for a whole week.  And instead of writing, I browsed the internet, reading writer forums, writing blogs, looking for inspiration when I finally found a blog by Kristin Kathryn Rusch that basically had one central theme.  If you are a writer, then suck it up and write.

It lit a flame in me. I licked my wounds and put myself back on the keyboard and because I was out of ideas and just needed a quick writing exercise , I looked for a writing prompt and came up with two words: Ninja + Toothbrush.

That’s the story.  What started out as a writing exercise of 1000 words has now grown into what I hope to be a three book series.

Inspiration can come from anything – but most often, at least for me, it comes from a recent defeat.

Cheers!

~R

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I finally got a REAL cover this time!

Not just some crap whipped together in MS Paint!

Thanks goes to James at humblenations.com who’s brilliant, wonderful to work with and has amazingly fast turn around.

How Ninja Bruth Their Teath - High Resolution

My husband is constantly telling me, with covers you need to sell the sizzle and not the steak, and this cover is all about the sizzle.  We couldn’t be more pleased!

I’m so close to finally uploading the book.  I did a ton of revision on the first chapter. Something about it had been bugging me for a while now and after a recent read through I decided it needed an overhaul.  I’m finally at peace with it and now it just needs a another pair of eyes to look for any grammar issues I may have missed.  (Thanks Valerie, for being willing to help me during such a busy season!)

I’m also working on a side project for an old friend of mine, comic book artist and writer Alan Gandy.  He asked me to submit a story for his Seattle Nights Presents Comic.  I’m excited for the opportunity but was uncertain if I could come up with something original for him based in Seattle.  Not to mention we are completely at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to content! He’s zombie, horror, erotica and I’m just not that… exciting.

So, I decided to look through some old notes I had.  Sometimes ideas rattle around in my brain and get in the way of projects I’m currently working on and the only way to purge them is to write them down in a notebook and move on.

Well, in my notebook I found an odd little idea for  a short story called, Median Earl.  Here was the pitch:

If America had a pantheon of gods, Median Earl would have been the lowest on the rung. Given only the desolate bits of land that divided America’s great highway and byways, and the little islands of dry grass and scrub that intersected deserts of hot, lifeless asphalt, Median Earl was given the mission of sustaining whatever life managed to crawl out of its barren crust.
If Median Earl was the lowest American god, than Griswald Marquis was his one and only follower. Just a homeless man that came across Median Earl under a North Interstate 5 overpass in Seattle, Griswald dedicates the rest of his life following and recording the acts of this lesser known god.

It’s been a long time since I’ve attempted to write a comic book script and I’m a bit rusty.  So far, the story is coming along nicely but it’s growing and new characters are popping up like weeds and now a nasty villain just came out of the shadows.  But for now, I’m just going to get it all down and tighten it up later.  Wish me luck! I really hope to give him something he can work with.

That’s it on the writing updates.

The tragedy in Connecticut has been on my mind, of course, along with you and everyone else.  Prayers continue to go up for that community and for the parents of the terribly young victims who are now bound together  in their loss, like bits of driftwood circling around a gaping black whirlpool.  God have mercy.

I’m reminded of the teacher who hid her class in a small bathroom and told them all how much she loved them because she wanted them to know they were loved before the gunman came in and killed them.  Thank God they were all spared and thank God for that brave teacher.  I think of my daughter’s kindergarten teacher and I know for a fact that she would have done the same thing.  And it’s people like this that give me hope.

Yes, this world is sick.  It’s diseased.  But there is still love here.  And it shines brightest in the darkness.

Peace and Prayers for CT.

Cheers and Blessings!

~R

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Hygienic Ninja and my publishing schedule

It’s usually when I start posting specific dates for things to happen that suddenly life decides to prevent whatever I have predicted or scheduled from ever happening.  For kicks, you know, because when things happen just as planned – it’s boring.  Ask any storyteller worth their salt – they’ll tell you.  You want to put your audience asleep?  Have everything be swell.  This ties into my belief that God can be compared to an author and if your life is getting too easy and boring – be prepared for a little ‘conflict’ or ‘plot twist’ hiding in waiting around the next corner.

/tangent

I have a tentative publishing schedule planned for the next three months!

How Ninja Brush Their Teeth will be released sometime in December.  For the reason posted above I wont give an exact date, but the date is in my head and I’m working really hard to get there.  I have a couple more revision passes to go, some plot thingies to add and then re-familiarizing myself with the whole HTML formatting hocus-pocus that I admittedly totally forgot how to do since the last time!  Gosh, it’s only been since August, too.  Oh well, I’m hoping it’ll be like riding a bike…

In January I’ll be going into heavy revision of Why Ninja Dress Like Pirates, my part 2 of the Ninja series.  Depending on how that goes and when my beta readers get back to me, I’m hoping to release that towards the tail end of January.

And for my third installment of the Ninja series that I’ve tentatively named, Ninja Verses  Soccer Mom Super Villian, will hopefully be done, revised and up for sale late February or March.

During all of this, I’ll be working on a historical fantasy based on late 1800’s Seattle which I’m really looking forward to for the change of pace.  No, it’s not Steampunk, but more Wizard of Oz-ish/Odyssey kind of thing.   Not sure when that will be done though, I’m hoping before summer.

Anyway, that’s about it on writing updates!

Cheers!

~R

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