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2016: A Year in Blog

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Well. That was quite a year, wasn't it? Was it the worst year ever, as some have asserted? Hell no. One-third of us haven't died of plague, so I suppose we're still doing better than the Middle Ages.

Well, my biggest writing news of the year has to be the benighted anthology which did not happen, but lead to me self-publishing again--this time, a short story called "When Mary Left." In addition, I decided to take Pearl out of Kindle Select and make her release wider. So far, wider release isn't yielding all that many results, but you never know. There's a big ebook world outside of Amazon and I'm keeping Pearl there.

I attempted NaNo, wrote one short story, and decided to pack it in. I'll figure out what to do with that short story come the New Year.

2016 was definitely the year of distraction for me: on the one hand, there were starts and stops of writing and research on my Victorian novel, which is definitely "on" again. On the other h…

2016 Reading Challenge: Finished!

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Well, I have finally reached my 44 book reading challenge goal in 2016.

Next year, I'm thinking I'll go for a lower goal (I have some writing projects on the horizon, after all) but anyway, here is the list from number 34 to 44

34. Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices #1) by Shelley Adina. Fiction/Fantasy/Steampunk/YA/Historical Fiction/Victorian England. 2 stars.

35. The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones. Nonfiction/History/Medieval/England. 4 stars.

36. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Nonfiction/History/Biography/Science/Medical. 4 stars.

37. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Fiction/Science Fiction/Historical Fiction. 4 stars.

38. Forbidden (Old West #1) by Beverley Jenkins. Fiction/Romance/Historical/Western. 3 stars.

39. The Winter Crown (Eleanor of Aquitaine #2) by Elizabeth Chadwick. Fiction/Historical Fiction/Fictional Biography/Medieval/England/France. 4 stars.

40. The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister #0.5)…

That Time I Put Pearl on Smashwords at 2:30am

Um, yeah.

So this means that I now have three different outlets for my wee novella:

-Kindle Direct
-Draft2Digital for Nook, Apple, and Kobo
-Smashwords for...well, everything else they offer that aren't the above

Here is Pearl's link on Smashwords.

Because I should really be asleep right now.

Also, this all began because I was researching whether there were blogs or newsletters I could advertise in for Kobo, Nook, or Apple readers.

And this is my Smashwords interview.

IWSG December

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Well, it's the last IWSG post of 2016 and what a year it has been. The IWSG posts every first Wednesday of the month. Check us out here. Our co-hosts for December are Jennifer Hawes,Jen Chandler,Nick Wilford,Juneta Key,JH Moncrieff,Diane Burton,andMJ Fifield!

My one insecurity the past month has been: "Where is my writing mojo?" I can't seem to burrow into a project as deep and as much I'd like to. NaNo didn't work out (I came out of it with one complete short story and two beginnings, so it wasn't completely wasted), but yeah, other than short spurts, I'm having a hard time advancing. This happens sometimes, so I'll just work my holiday season and finish reading some books and see how I can get back into my Victorian draft as I plug along.

The IWSG question this month is a big one: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?


My instinct is to give a long sarcastic laugh, becau…

Pearl is on B&N, Apple and Kobo!

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Hey everyone,

After some thinking, I have decided to expand Pearl's reach beyond the Kindle Select program and put the novella up on other retailers! So if you know anybody who buys their books from Apple or Kobo or B&N (pending), do let them know.

Pearl is still on Amazon, too. But she's wider now and wider she will stay.

Thanks for your support!


On Kobo: http://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/pearl-23



On iBooks: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1006565947



And finally, on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pearl-michelle-athy/1122135002?ean=2940151680127

The Hamilton Mixtape

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Sometimes a song will come out of a Broadway show and become a hit or a standard on its own--think of most of the songs in "The Sound of Music" or some of the songs from "Les Mis." But as far as I know, The Hamilton Mixtape, which came out yesterday, is the first "mixtape" of a Broadway show. As in, different artists have reinterpreted, recorded, in some cases have written songs inspired by the show and its music.

When Lin-Manuel Miranda originally thought "ah-ha! I'll write a musical out of this book!" when he read Ron Chernow's biography on Alexander Hamilton, he wasn't thinking of writing a straight-up musical but writing and recording a concept album. Well, fast foward a few years and a megahit musical and Grammys, Pulitzers, Tonys, and various other awards and that "concept album" idea has spawned The Hamilton Mixtape, which was great company on my way to and from work yesterday.

There are demos that never made it into…