Been thinking of a way to set up a contest on The Write Stuff that would be a little bit different, while not taking hours and hours to put together each week, and I think I’ve got it! But you’ll have to be patient to learn more. All I can say is, starting this Friday, July 19, I will be running a weekly contest that I hope will be fun and entertaining, and will result in some of you guys winning a free download of one of my books, your choice, of course.
Sound like something you might enjoy? Well, stay tuned for full details on Friday! I can say no more! 😀
At the risk of jinxing myself, just want to let everyone know my computer is up and running again. So far. It seems the cable company was doing some work/upgrading in the neighborhood yesterday, which is probably a good thing. (It could have been a “perfectly fine” thing, had I known and been prepared for it, but that’s another story.)
At any rate, everything is working well this morning and hopefully will continue to do so throughout the day. Week. Month. Year. For all time! 😀 I am having to do a fairly large email dump, as I can’t hope to catch up with everything that came in, but I’ll try to snag the critical stuff. And please forgive me if I miss responding to some comments here and there on the blog.
Overall, though, this day is starting out much better than yesterday, and I’d like to think it will continue to go relatively smoothly. (I tend to hyperventilate and tear at my hair when computer issues crop up. If it happens again any time soon, I could end up blue in the face and bald! 😉 )
Thanks for your patience and understanding. Things happen. Life goes on.
After more than a week of trying my best to figure out how to be able to access everything on my own blog again, without having to sign in via a comment somewhere, I discovered that everything works fine with Chrome. GAH.
Now I know it’s slower and possibly clunkier, but I prefer Internet Explorer. It might even be because that’s what I learned on. So I’ve resisted all the calls to change to Chrome–even though there are a couple of websites I like that won’t work without it–but now I’m going to have to use it to post and comment on my own blog. Like it or not, I guess I’d better get used to it.
Chrome, huh? 😦
Maks and Potter
I had planned to post this earlier, but ran into so much trouble trying to access this blog, I had to give up. Decided I’d try one more time before calling this day done. I mentioned I hadn’t been feeling well, and that’s true, but it’s not serious, thankfully. Just a bad cold and totally blocked sinuses, which makes sleeping difficult for all of us, but can be really tricky if you use a CPAP machine, as I do. The good news is, it seems to be easing up, and hopefully tomorrow will bring siginifcant improvement.
The other sad news I have is that our piebald dachshund, Potter, the older of our two ancient dogs, developed congestive heart failure last week and we had to say goodbye to him Monday morning. It was a pretty sad day around here, with his “brother”hunting for him everywhere, and me already feeling ill. Got even gloomier yesterday, as it rained all day long, too. But we are adjusting.
We adopted a 10-month-old Potter from an abusive situation more than 14 years ago, so it is very disconcerting not to have him here. I’m sure many (if not most) of you have been through similar things and know how sad it is when it comes time to say goodbye. He was good dog, though it was more than a year before he’d let Mark touch him. (Men were the enemy for a long time.) He grew into a sweet, friendly boy, and he will be sorely missed, for sure.
Tomorrow, I will try to post a sample of #ShareAReviewDay, one of the features I’m bringing back, so that new folks will see what they need to do if they’d like to take part. Will explain in much more detail then. (Assuming WordPress lets me post! ) 😀 And that’s all for now, but stay tuned! Tomorrow will be a better day!
A quick announcement that my latest story is out there in the world!
The Prince’s Protégé is available from today in all outlets, at the introductory price of $2.99 – if you enjoyed THE PRINCE’S MAN and THE PRINCE’S SON, you are going to want to read this one!
If you haven’t tried them out yet, what better chance than to pick up #1, The Prince’s Man for $0.99, for the next two weeks only.
When I set out to write The Prince’s Man, I began with the tagline ‘Think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings’, because those are two of my favourite books/movies.
I’ve always felt a bit sad and frustrated for James Bond, because he is never permitted to develop as a character beyond the super smooth spy with no real life of his own. I wanted to start with a similar character, and allow him to grow and change from his life experiences. Enter Rustam Chalice – ‘ridiculously good looking’ (according to one reviewer), suave ladies-man, accomplished spy, and a vain, shallow man at the start of the story…
Being a first time fantasy author at this point (I’d previously written non-fiction and SF), I freely admit I was quite heavily influenced by Tolkein’s creations, but added my own ideas and slants to create a unique world with a history all its own that shapes the societies of The Five Kingdoms, in which the rest of the series takes place. Today, #3 in the series debuts, but believe me, there are lots more to come…
Find THE PRINCE’S MAN on sale at AMAZON, and a choice of OTHER RETAILERS
Find THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE on special release offer at AMAZON and OTHER RETAILERS
Wanted to start the week off with an update for you guys, especially for new followers who don’t know that I used to run regular weekly or monthly features here on The Write Stuff. Most of you do know that I’ve been generally whining, and grumbling, and otherwise making a nuisance of myself about being so far behind on everything I’m trying to do. Well, it’s time for that to STOP!
No, I haven’t magically caught up with everything overnight, but the good news is, I’m making slow, steady progress, knock wood! And I am ready to start reintroducing the features we used to enjoy around here. It might take me a few weeks to get all of them “up and running,” but you can expect to see the following things coming back on board–and some of them will probably start this week, alongside a few that never totally went away.
- #MondayMeme – Memes with a writing/reading/books theme
- #Thorsday Smile – Things I think are funny & hope you’ll enjoy
- #WhyWriteWrong? – Words I see misused fairly often
- #ShareAReviewDay – Recent/favorite reviews submitted by you guys
- #ExcerptWeek – A week of sharing excerpts from your book of choice
- #FabulousFridayGuestBlogger – Self-explanatory
- #LifeLessonsFromOz – Vids I share for a smile (and perhaps a lesson?)
- #MidWeekPOV – Just some things/ideas I share now and then
- #InspirationBoardSunday – Images/Ideas/CoverArt I find inspiring
Some of these are meant to be weekly features, though it might take me a couple weeks to get them up and running. Some are posted randomly as the mood or subject matter strikes my fancy. But ALL are coming back over the next couple of months. And many of them involve you wonderful bloggers and authors “out there.” You’ll be invited when these come up, and I’ll explain how to participate in them at that time.
Hope you’ll enjoy having these features back again, and will want to take part in some of them. I know many of you would probably love to share your reviews and excerpts with us, and your latest promo news, releases, cover reveals, etc, as well. And I’m really looking forward to helping you do just that.
To begin, I’ll be posting some archived samples of these features over the next week or two, so you see what they’re all about, and will feel comfortable joining in.
Stay tuned, my wonderful friends! I can hardly wait to get the ball rolling!
As you can tell, Rhy is totally overcome with excitement at the
thought of life returning to normal around here.
The great thing about taking a break from the computer for a week or two is relaxing with family and friends and maybe doing a wee bit of reading. The not-so-great thing is returning to an overflowing Inbox and a stack of work to catch up on. But nothing in this world is free, no matter what anyone tells you. The hidden costs are always there somewhere. In this case, I’m almost sure the break was worth it. 😉
Yep, I’m back online again and working my way through hundreds of emails. Literally. I’ve had to do a mass deletion of older ones, since there was no way to catch up on all of those, but I’ll do my best with the more recent ones. I’ve missed all of you and am looking forward to checking in with all my favorite blogs. This weekend is a bit booked, but I’ll do my best, and next week, it’s life as usual!
Hope all of you had holidays as wonderful as mine and are ready for forge ahead with your 2019 projects, whatever they may be. Good to be back!
Hmmm. Reya seems to be overcome with excitement about something,
too, though I’m not sure what it is.
OH, my! Presents still to wrap, shopping for last minute items not quite done, cooking and baking ahead, guests dropping by, and all those final details that make Christmas so much fun–busy, busy, busy around here! Consequently, I’ve made an executive decision, and am going to take a Christmas break from blogging and other online duties. I’ll be hard at work again after the 1st of the year, and will catch up with all of you then.
In the meantime, those of you who are set up to contribute directly to this blog, please feel free to do so any time you wish. Share your promos or reviews, or whatever you like. You are always welcome to share here! And I’d like to take one last chance to wish each of you a beautiful and blessed Christmas and a very happy, productive, and fun-filled New Year! See you when the excitement dies down and the company all goes home. Roll on, 2019! We’re ready for ya! 🙂 ❤
When you have no control over what might be coming your way, and you’ve done everything you can to be prepared, this is what you do: take your children somewhere safe and live in the moment with them. Be joyous for the time together. Be hopeful for the future. Trust that things will work out as they should. And send pictures like this to your worrywart mom.
Tomorrow will be here soon enough.