Making Snow-Mageddon Useful

I was shut-in today (Feb. 13, 2019) due to the record snowfall outside (for my American readers it was more than 1 foot of it.

It’s 2 days later when I finish this post, Feb. 15. Belated Happy Valen Day.

Valen on Babylon 5.

Rather than do nothing on my time off, I was as productive:

Continued Ninja Writing

I spoke of that in my last post.

I worked on the next draft of my novel every day. I’m a few days closer to finishing as a result. I also found new things to add to it that I didn’t before. That’s the beauty of rewrites.

Updating This Blog

Although it wasn’t at the speed that I’d like I did this post. Even though the post and the amount of time it took don’t line up, all that matters is it’s here.

Reading More

I fell behind on reading magazines I’m subscribed to, so I’m doubling my daily reading.

So, the heavy snow kept me from travel, but I still did a lot else.

Reading Writing Books

Some people are puzzled by this: I am a writer, yet I still get books aimed at new writers like ones about plot structure, or creating characters, or on dialogue, and so on.

Some books just make sense; I’m self-publishing on the Kindle, so I’m reading many books about that. In a  few months, I won’t anymore.

The books about writing techniques also make some sense. First: any writer who thinks that there’s nothing more to learn is just fooling themselves. You can master what you’ve already learned, but there may be new approaches to elements that you’re not yet aware of.

This too will hopefully be soon done, however!

So quiet, will change soon

There’s been no activity on this  blog for weeks, but that will change very soon…

At the moment I’m working on what will be my longest post to date. I’ll be finished soon.

Also, very shortly I’ll have an interview up on a friend’s blog. Keep checking up here.

John Locke’s Fraud

As I was starting to write for the Kindle I often heard author John Locke cited for selling a million books. He did, but what I’ve now learned puts the quality of his books in question:

He paid people – people who never even read his books – to write fake reviews, reviews that spoke glowingly about his work.

Amazon will only display those books that get many high reviews. This gaming of the system prevented books in his genre that may be better quality from being seen. Authors  who actually worked on bettering their craft were penalized as a result.

A few years ago we got a black eye thanks to James Fry (he made a work of fiction about living on the street and lied, claiming it to be the truth). Now this.

To say that I’m disgusted is an understatement.

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Why another blog?

I had a writer blog on my personal Website until Blogger changed its posting method some time ago.

Since I’ll be publishing on the Kindle platform soon I needed a new one.

I  know some HTML, but I’m not an expert. WordPress does. With it I can be free to write instead of code.