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2015 Reading Challenge: Goal Met!

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In January, I set my reading challenge to 42 books--and today, I met that goal! Yay!!!

Here is the last bunch of books I read to meet my goal:

31. The Best Man (Blue Heron #1) by Kristan Higgins. Romance/Contemporary/Humor. 4 stars.
32. The Perfect Match (Blue Heron #2) by Kristan Higgins. Romance/Contemporary/Humor. 4 stars.
33. Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard. Non-fiction/History/World War II/Japan. 5
stars. Review.
34. Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson. Historical romance/fairy tale/Young Adult/Vienna/1920s. 3 stars.
35. Writing Your Family History by Gill Blanchard. Non-fiction/How-to/Writing/Genealogy. 3 stars.
36. Affected by Randi Lee. Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic. 5 stars.
37. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Thriller/Mystery. 3 stars.
38. Root of Unity by SL Huang. Sci-fi/Adventure/Action. 5 stars. Review.
39. Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod. Historical fiction/WWI/France. 4 stars.
40. The Scarlet Kimono (Kumashiro Saga #1) by Christina Courtenay. Histori…

Fear of the Short

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1. It's really bizarre when you cough so hard you lose your voice.

2. The good thing is, I'm a writer and I can write whatever I want to say and it comes out better than when I say it. It's very convenient for times you lose your voice. Unfortunately, it won't do me much good at work tomorrow...

Anyway, today (before I coughed out my voice), I met up with Katie, my old college roommate, who has come to New York this weekend to take some advanced Lindy Hop classes--swing dancing--and naturally, we reminisced a little about college.

And I realized that my basic fear of writing short stories doesn't necessarily stem from the fact that I prefer to write longer stories...i.e., books. I thought that because I tend toward the verbose, that that's why I don't like writing short stories--getting a beginning, middle, end, a plot, and decent characters in under, say, ten thousand words? 'Tis a challenge!

Pearl is just under thirty thousand words, for instance.

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Long Time, No Post

Just a fly by to let everyone know that I'm alive. Sorry about the radio silence! I've been a bit under the weather this last week or so (it's a cold, but with a gnarly cough), which means I couldn't think clearly enough to think of anything to blog about.

I've been...


Hopped up on cold meds, which is always an interesting experienceWatching Major League Baseball playoffs. As a devoted Yankees fan, I'm sad that my team didn't get past the wildcard game. But I'm watching both National League (Go Mets, I suppose) and American League games.Reading. A lot. I finished Root of Unity by SL Huang (I think it may be her best one yet) when this cold was simply sniffles and a runny nose and am about 25% through a historical fiction novel about WWI France, Lies Told In Silence by MK Tod.Playing this ridiculous Downton Abbey game on my iPhone. Paging through an issue of Poets & Writers magazine. Revising a short story Deciding not to do NaNoWriMo this year.
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Author Charts & Pearl news

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When you give birth to a book, you are then obliged to look at graphs and charts telling you things about your book.
But before we get to that, I wanted to mention that Pearl is now wide. She's up on iBooks and Kobo and will be on Nook as soon as B&N uploads it! 
I thought I'd give you guys a peek at a few of these author charts. Welcome, briefly, to the world of indie authoring.

So, first: what authors want. Sales!

This is Pearl's sales chart from Amazon for the past month:



IWSG: Two Questions

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This is October's IWSG post! The IWSG posts every first Wednesday to discuss our neurotic, needy writing problems among others like us, led by our ninja captain Alex J. Cavanagh. Sign up here! October's co-hosts are: TB Markinson,Tamara Narayan,Shannon Lawrence,Stephanie Faris, and Eva E. Solar!

I have two questions this time around. I'm hoping people will chime in.

1. I'm working on a short story right now. I haven't really written one since... well, the very beginnings of Book the First. What's the upper word count limit of a short story?

2. I keep wondering how to reach readers--I check my Amazon stats once or twice a week and sometimes there will be pages read or a download here or there. 15 people have added it to their Goodreads shelves, but...for future reference, how do you all reach readers? I seem to have the knack of reaching other writers. But we can't necessarily market to writers, can we?

However, in rather exciting news, I recently received …

What I've Been Reading

I'm something like eight books away from my arbitrary 42 book goal for this year. This isn't going to be my usual list but more of a dissection of what I've been reading most recently.

So, I started reading The Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman on September 12th. I'm 5% in. For those who haven't heard of this book, here's the blurb via Goodreads:

A post-apocalyptic literary epic in the tradition of The Handmaid's TaleDivergent and Cloud Atlas, and a breakout book in North America for a writer of rare and unconventional talent.

From Guardian First Book Award finalist Sandra Newman comes an ambitious and extraordinary novel of a future in which bands of children and teens survive on the detritus--physical and cultural--of a collapsed America. When her brother is struck down by Posies--a contagion that has killed everyone by their late teens for generations--fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star pursues the rumour of a cure and sets out on a quest to save h…