Short Stories

I am about to publish another short story, Death by Pot Luck. Meanwhile, I thought I’d tell you about the two I already have on Amazon.

The Kidnapping of Stephen Buckman

This short story has been out for a couple of months. It’s FREE July 11 and 12.

Cordelia Neale has sacrificed her life for love. Is it worth it? What does a woman do when her life is in shambles and love is no longer enough to make her sacrifice worth it?

There is a meme going around about how we know we will get old someday. We just didn’t expect it to happen so fast. That is what happened to Cordelia.

One day she woke up and realized that not only was she old. She had spent her adult life in love with a fantasy, a dream, and love that was not all that she thought it was.

Sitting Zen and Killing Clutter

Sitting Zen and Killing ClutterThis story is also free July 11 and 12.

Carol Quinn is reeling after her husband left her. She’s closer to 60 than she feels comfortable with and she is suddenly adrift in a world she cannot accept. Her best friend, Blondie, has a solution. Carol has to get out of her house and out of her slow descent into depression. Carol can become the Chaos Queen and she can begin by decluttering the house of a recently deceased woman with a severe hoarding problem.

In a small rural community on Prince Edward Island there are no secrets but there are a lot of random pieces of misinformation that become repeated until they become part of the fabric of truth. The truth that Carol reveals is much more than she ever anticipated.

Writing Kindle Fiction Books — Does it Pay?

6-14A lot of people looking to make money online turned toward Kindle as if it were the next magic bullet. Chances are that they were be thinking predominantly in terms of non-fiction. The assumption is that it’s easier to market and easier to sell something that serves a particular purpose or answers a particular question. Besides in the info product world, that is their strength.

People want solutions to their nagging problems. So for example, people will very often search for things like ‘how to create wooden furniture’ or ‘how to make money online’ because they are things they want to learn. This makes them willing to pay (especially if they think they’ll earn money as a result) and it makes your book easier for the right people to find. Continue reading “Writing Kindle Fiction Books — Does it Pay?”

You Can Make Kindle a Real Business Success

I am spending this weekend with my daughter (and other beloved members of my family). My daughter is a voracious reader and reviews quite a few books. We got to talking about Kindle books and since I have a few Kindle stories up there, it’s one of my favorite topics. I’m starting a Writing for Kindle series of blogs here because it turns out I have strong opinions about writing in general and Kindle in particular.

Kindle Books are Crap!

whatThat’s what my daughter said. Her opinion was based on the few Kindle books she had read — or tried to read. The sad fact is, I know what she’s talking about. Some of the books really are crap. Continue reading “You Can Make Kindle a Real Business Success”

About Being a Writer – Write More, Write Often

It might be due to my career working with computers and computer stuff but I get caught up in the process of how writers work. I have read several books on writing fast. These are the ones that motivated me to write more and faster:

If you really are a writer and want to actually write, these books will at least get you going. I enjoyed seeing how these writers took their level of writing to a new height. In Nicholas Sparks on Writing, he talks about the business of writing and how he writes 2,000 words a day pretty much six days a week.

It’s all about habit. I’ve taught and written about changing habits and finding time. Lately I am loving all the resources on the internet so am reaching out and pulling in the great advice I find there. Like Leo Babuata’s advice on Writing Daily.

How I Write

I use Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 on my desktop and since reading Leonelle’s book, I use Swype on my tablet.  I hit about 5,000 words a day. Recently I had to give up ghostwriting and get busy with my own writing and a bad thing happened. I got paralyzed and could not accomplish anything. That’s another story and this fall, a constant source of angst for me.

About Dragon — I got the premium edition because it lets me record my dictation elsewhere and then transcribes the recording for me. I use my old HTC One V phone with an iRig microphone which makes a nice clear recording. Oh and one thing that helped was getting a good microphone for my computer. I have a Blue Yeti microphone that give a great sound. I also got these microphones because I have a couple of courses on Udemy and needed really clean sound for that.

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