And We Begin … Almost

You remember this, from last year, don’t you?

 

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It will be my official cup of java starting November 1.  That’s TOMORROW!

 

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Several days ago, I introduced the idea of posting part of a novel on my blog, the parts already written, while I slave away at trying to finish said novel during NaNoWriMo.

Here’s a reminder of what I plan to do.  The title of the novel in progress is Clemency.  The blurb:

Clemency is a story about Misty Daniels, a young girl (~18) in prison for allegedly killing her live-in boyfriend after he beat her up, causing her to miscarry.  Enter Sarah Mansfield, a newly minted attorney who believes in Misty’s innocence and wants to secure her freedom.  But not everyone believes that Misty is innocent.  Not even Misty.  And there are some people in Misty’s poor small town that want to see her stay in prison.  And they will do anything to make sure that happens.  Even if means someone has to die.

Only in her mid-twenties and alone in an unfamiliar southern city, Sarah finds her life on the line and with few people she can trust.  Her boss and mentor, Lucas Danforth, seems to know more than he lets on and brushes off Sarah’s concern for her and Misty’s safety.  Michael Daniels, Misty’s half-brother and a former Marine, is more interested in hindering Sarah’s investigations than helping her.  And the people of Oyster Point, led by Sheriff Cooley, harbor more than a general mistrust of strangers.  They are all hiding something, and Sarah suspects that what they are hiding is the key to Misty’s freedom. 

These posts will are scheduled for 6 AM (US Eastern Time), starting November 1.  I sliced up the chapters into roughly 1000 words or less to make them digestible for those on the go.  But I think that makes for a choppy read, so I’ve added the Recent Posts widget to my blog (top of the sidebar) so you can wait a few days and then start reading your way through, if you prefer.  I always welcome comments, but I also know that it can be harder to comment on fiction than on book reviews or posts about a person’s lousy day at work.  And I know people are busy.  And I know I’ll be very busy.

On the trail at Chimney Rock, Point Reyes National Seashore Park, California July 2012

A long way off in my own head.

Goodreads giveaway ends soon!

Don’t miss your opportunity to win a copy of Occasional Soulmates! Giveaway ends on November 5. My recommendation is that you buy this entertaining novel (which, by the way, happens to be based in my favorite city) NOW and then you don’t have to wait 🙂

WHAT THE HELL

Occasional Soulmates and Godzilla

Just a reminder that I’m running a Goodreads giveaway for Occasional Soulmates, but it ends on November 5, so now’s your chance to join the fun. If you haven’t purchased the book yet (and come on, you know you haven’t!), step up and put your name in the hat. You have a 1 in 30 shot at winning a copy.

But if you don’t win… you have to promise to buy the book when the giveaway is over.

And by the bye, if you have read the book, I’d dearly appreciate a brief review on Amazon. I’m holding at seven right now and hoping for ten before too long so it looks like more than just my family has read this puppy!

The giveaway ends in a week.

(Photo by Eric Baker. Run for your lives!)

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We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Program…

From one of the most prolific writers I’ve had the honor to read since coming back online. If you’re a lover of horror fiction, not the usual vampire and werewolf kitsch but the otherworldly, creepy, paranormal kind of horror that evokes H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson, and Rod Serling, you will love the fiction of Jessica B. Bell. Read on for how you can help the “creepy f**ker” keep writing 😉

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As brevity is the soul of wit, I shall be brief – Shakespeare “Hamlet” Act II, Scene II

This week is a very big week for your favourite dilettante and that creepy fucker, Jessica B. Bell.

You may have been reading all about JESSICA, a collaborative project directly involving seven writers, and augmented by seven artists last week. All week long, that story continues, culminating in what will be a full length publication (with more than 50 pages of additional material) but more on that later.

Also this week, for those who have been following, CHUK, Jessica B. Bell’s serial novel, concludes, with the last two posts being Wednesday and Friday. What began on August 1st, 2013 comes to an end, and I thank you all so much for reading.

So, what’s next for me, and what’s next for Jessica?

Well, I won’t say too much. Me, I’ve finished Memoirs…

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IndieGo-GO? Here I go!

Katie Sullivan, the younger (by far) half of the D/A Dialogues is crowdfunding her new novel, Changelings: Into the Mist. Follow through and give her launch a hand. I was a beta reader for Changelings and I am really looking forward to reading it again!

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indiegogoheader - BLOGSo, I did something I never thought I would be bold enough to do: launch a crowdfunding campaign.

But I did – and it’s live! 

There’s even a contribution on it (Thank you, Christopher – and no, this is not the official thank-you).

Through the campaign, you can PRE-ORDER your very own copy of Changelings, and even have it signed or personally inscribed by yours truely (and if you ask nice, I’ll even have D sign it!). There are also a lot of great perks to be had. I think I had the most fun looking for those!

All of this is an effort to expand the distribution for Changelings. I’ve pushed myself to become more active in my local community, and I want to be able to share this with them – with the libraries I love so dearly, with the bookstores and coffee shops – and distribution…

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Top Ten Things Not to Do When Your Boss is Traveling or on Vacation

For those of us still toiling away in office environments in order to pay the bills. For those of you who have the pleasure of no longer being tethered to a broken office chair in a windowless room. Here is John Howell’s hilarious list of things not to do when your boss is away.

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This list was inspired by observing the behaviors of my co-workers when the boss had to leave the office for business travel or vacation. To be clear, I personally never did any of these things since I was always taking notes and was a goodie two shoes. (Don’t forget I’m a fiction writer). Hope you like.

Ten Things Not to Do When Your Boss is Traveling or on Vacation

10 If the boss is out of the office, do not think your workload has been reduced for the length of time the boss is gone. If you do, at best you will get away with the slowdown. At worst, you will be asked by the boss for a status of your projects first thing in the morning of the boss’ return.

9 If the boss is out of the office, do not think you will make brownie points with your…

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Experimental Poem/Prose: Bonita’s Song

This “experimental” “poem” (feel like I should put both words separated in quotes because I rarely write like this) was previously published on The Community Storyboard.

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She called me her little Puerto Rican.

I was too young to remember, she said.

 Not until I was an adult,

and she lay on her bed, her white hair spread like a fan on the pillow,

her wrinkled, spotted hands folded on her chest,

her opaque eyes fixed on the bluebird outside her window.

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…a dedication to all the fallen, and particularly to Cpl Nathan Cirillo in the face of the recent madness…

A truly wonderful dedication from a truly wonderful man, Seumas Gallacher (gifted blogger, author, poet). I feel a kinship with the great man (“… the older I become, the less rational the world appears …”) and (too) often these days ask the question: “Why the Hell did you have to die?”

Seumas Gallacher

…I don’’t often cut and paste my Facebook posts as blog pieces, but so many people have asked me to do so with the post I made on there yesterday, in the hope that the message may go viral… if yeez wish to share it, please do so… LUV YEEZ!… here’s the post:

…the older I become, the less rational the world appears… I care not for the arguments and posturing that dress themselves as nationalistic, religious, political or downright greed… when a young man standing HONOUR GUARD in memory of those fallen in horrendous global conflicts around the planet is gunned down under some pretence of a deluded fanatic’s ‘righteousness’, my soul screams out, ‘Enough’! ….how present are the words of the song that ask ‘when will they ever learn?’ ..the ‘they’ being all of the creeds, nutters, even well-meaning hawks of all nationalities… last year, I unashamedly…

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Close, So Very Close …

 

 

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Only Helena Hann-Basquiat

(and a few select others)

knows for sure …

I Bet You Think You Know …

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Ha ha ha ha …

think again …

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All will be revealed starting Friday, October 24, 2014.

(At least, I hope so because I don’t have a clue what the hell is going to happen on that day.  I just hope I’ll be in a safe place … )

The Plan, From Someone Who Hates Planning

I hate planning because, more often than not, my plans get upended by unforeseen circumstances.  For example, …

I plan to finish a painfully detailed and tedious project at work by week’s end only to find an error in my SQL query which means I will have to fix said error and then redo several days’ worth of work. To add insult to injury, I crash our server in my effort to fix said error and then have to wait until the next day before I resume my work on the project.  As of this post, I am still behind on that project.

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