Opinion · This Website

It’s Not Flattery, It’s Blood-Sucking Theft.

Last week I ran a giveaway. I gave away copies of the first book of my series. I gave away a thousand of them in exchange for people signing up for my newsletter. A thousand books! That’s more than I’ve sold. And now a thousand people are, I hope, reading What Boys Are Made Of. Maybe they’ll… Continue reading It’s Not Flattery, It’s Blood-Sucking Theft.

This Website · Writing

Housekeeping Notes

Hello, everyone! As you may have noticed, my posting schedule has changed. Turns out, writing blog posts three days a week is a lot of work. (Duh.) This was fine last fall and winter, when my life consisted of writing, editing, blogging, and playing Pikmin, but since the release of What Boys Are Made Of and The Mercy of Men and the addition of marketing, research, and my side job to the list, blogging has fallen down my list of priorities.

For a while, I kept on, bumping writing down below blogging, but seeing as I’m an author and it’s writing that brings in the money, that’s not a sustainable solution. Something had to give.

Luckily, I quite enjoy blogging, so it’s not going away entirely, it’s just cutting back to a once-a-week guaranteed post. Yep! Every Monday, you get to see my shining words and enjoy my ridiculous humor. Share it, love it, build a private shrine to it, whatever. Mostly share it.

More than that? I’m not guaranteeing more posts than that, because I’d hate to disappoint. But I think you’ll get a second post a pretty good percentage of the time. Because, ya know, I enjoy hearing my own voice! (All blog posts are read in my own voice. Did you not know that? It’s mandatory, get on it.)

Beyond that: Right now, this website is mostly set up as a blog. That worked for nine months, but now that I’m getting a lot more book-related traffic, it will be morphing. Think landing page, think different links at the top, think, uh, I don’t know yet, I haven’t done it and I’m not a planner.

Construction will be happening! Soon. This week, hopefully. Maybe? (Oh schedule gods, please open up a slot for me to do this in.)

Anyway, thanks for your patience, your support, your comments and likes and shares. Told you this post would be coming, and here it is! And in the meantime, I’ll make sure you stay up-to-date.

See you Monday.

(Oh, yeah, I might have some guest posts soon. I have at least one lined up. Anyone else want to shout dibs?)

Japan · Publishing · Short Stories · This Website · Writing

Announcement: The Foreigner’s Loneliness Now Available Here

Remember my big announcement last fall about my short story, The Foreigner’s Loneliness? Previously only available for reading through Solarwyrm Press’s Latchkey Tales: The Darkest Hour, it’s now up on my website. And you can read it. For free. Now that you’ve settled down from your victory dance, please take a look at my story!… Continue reading Announcement: The Foreigner’s Loneliness Now Available Here

Novels · Publishing · Short Stories · This Website

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Importance of Newsletters

Mailing lists are one of those author “musts.” If you’re an author, I hope I’m not the first to tell you this; if you’re not an author, welcome to the secret society. Because if you know one thing about the writing world, you should know we love mailing lists. Man, I should not be writing… Continue reading Hear Ye, Hear Ye: The Importance of Newsletters

General Thoughts · This Website

How Do Websites Work? Probably Not Like This

Technology: not my best subject. You know how people go on about how some people are early adapters? Well, I’m the opposite. I had a physical keyboard on my phone until 2013, my voicemail is still the default message, and until a month ago I put two spaces after every period. In a word: if it’s not… Continue reading How Do Websites Work? Probably Not Like This