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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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I write therefore I wroted: Update on writing stuff

This is not a picture of my mom. This is Grandma Moses and is my mom’s facebook profile picture. She is just being silly.

Hi mom,

I thought I’d give you an update on what I’m writing about these days.

I’m pleased to announce  ‘How Ninjas Brush Their Teeth’ is now done and in the hands of beta readers.  I’m just waiting to hear back from them to find out what needs to be added, switched, corrected and deleted from existence.  The shock of red pen-marks slashed all over my manuscript is never fun, but each time it happens it gets easier and easier, and the story always ends up being 100 percent better because of it.

You’re probably wondering why your daughter is writing about Ninjas brushing their teeth.  Well, mom, you had a weird child.  And you’re pretty weird yourself so it only makes sense that these things are passed down in the genes.

And no, it isn’t a children’s story about oral hygiene. Those are totally played out now anyway, since Spiderman and The Hulk got that material covered years ago.  A generic Ninja would have no voice in that crowd.

Anyway, I’m hoping somewhere in the first half of October, How Ninjas Brush Their Teeth will be out and up on all the major e-distributor sites ready for sale.

Speaking of sales,  The Girl and the Guitar’s have been dismal.  Aint no sugar-coating it.  It is what it is.  I pretty sure most of my sales have been from you and dad and some really supportive friends of mine.  And for each of those I’m extremely grateful!

Interview with an Android is averaging about 10 downloads a day – but it’s free so those numbers aren’t amazing, but I’m hoping it will grow an audience hungry for more of my work.  It’s received some really amazing reviews in the meantime – which is surprising for me since it was one of the first things I’d written, and not very well, I might add.

You just never know what’s going to resonate with readers.

Ninjas. I’m hoping for ninjas.  And if that doesn’t work, I might try exploring rabid Chihuahuas for a change of pace.

As for my lackluster sales, I think I have a couple of things going against me at the moment.  One, my covers suck!  They suck so much that I can’t make print versions of my books at Createspace because the resolution is so bad. With print versions I’d be able to hand them out and try to drum up some local word of mouth – or something!  I really need professional help with the covers or Photoshop – but I can’t afford either.  I’m just stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment, but don’t worry, because I’m not worried – it will all happen in its own time and I’m in it for the long haul.  In the meantime, I’ll just keep writing and building a nice back-list of content to put up throughout the year.  And maybe beg for book cover money for Christmas, birthday and mother’s day gifts…hint, hint, HINT!

Already, I’m starting to write the sequel to How Ninjas Brush Their Teeth, and have a third planned.  I also have about a dozen other stories waiting to be written and more being thought up everyday.  I’ll never have a shortage of ideas, thanks to your weirdness genes.

Love you!  Call you later!

-R

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My latest “Work” in progress.

I mean, really.  Can making up stories and writing them down be considered “work”?

Writing in an entertaining fashion, yes.  But come on – you writers know that for the most part this stuff is really fun for us.

Anyway,

About a month ago, I was in the middle of having a pity party, when I read a blog by Kristen Katheryn Rusch that inspired me to get out of a writing slump I was in.  I don’t remember the specifics of the blog post – if you want to read it yourself, I would suggest reading all of her posts because she is awesome and the type of writer that I aspire to be.

Anyway, something she said resounded like a clash of cymbals and snapped me out of feeling sorry for myself and to get my ass off the couch and back into that old, creaky, duct-tape wrapped contraption that my husband and I affectionately call with quote fingers – “The Office Chair”.  It is not one of these, I assure you.  I hate it.  And it hates me.

So, there I was, sitting in the “Office Chair” ready to kick butt on the keyboard but without any clue what to write. Whether it was a grocery list or a living will, it didn’t matter. I just needed to write something.

So, I tried a writing prompt.  You basically pull two random words or three or four – it doesn’t matter – out of the air and try to make a story out of them.  Some writers use pictures to do this, or some make up titles of books and try to come up with a story to fit – but, I extracted, with some difficulty, two random words from the top of my head.  And they were, Ninja + toothpaste.

I think that maybe living with a very rambunctious nine-year old boy might have had something to do with how easily the word Ninja came to my mind.  The other was probably because it was nearing bedtime for my kids and I was trying to convince them to brush their teeth/use toothpaste sometime in the next decade so I could have my evening mommy let down time.

So, Ninja Toothpaste.  That’s how my latest novelette, How Ninjas Brush Their Teeth was born.

At first I didn’t expect much out of it, but as I wrote – the plot started coming along and now, I believe I could write a sequel if there was ever a demand for it. (pfft! Don’t get me wrong, I like it – but I have really odd tastes and there’s hardly a guarantee that anyone else will .)

I have about a chapter left on it now, and after it’s done, I’ll probably let it sit for a week before going through my revision process and sending it out to beta readers.

I’m planning on uploading it by the end of September.  Can’t wait!

Oh, and a couple of months ago I mentioned I had finished my novel Pandora Mech?  Yeah, still revising that one.  Finishing that project once and for all and getting it into the hands of beta readers will now be my main focus.

Well, that’s it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!

-R.

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