Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Rules For Writing In Shared Spaces


  1. If the place you use as an office away from your home office is coffee shop or cafe, BUY SOMETHING.  This is your table rent.  Pay it, or go to a library.
  2. If you spend more than 90 minutes using a table in a cafe or coffee shop, buy something more.  Seriously, be fair to business owners so that they can continue to provide space for writers who benefit from having people around them while they work.  
  3. For heaven’s sake, don’t bring food or drink from your home or another establishment into a cafe or coffee shop.  Seriously.  That’s just rude.  
  4. I can’t believe I really have to say this.  TIPPING IS NOT OPTIONAL.  Tip the server or barista so that they benefit from your presence in their establishment.  
  5. If you are writing in a cafe, please remember it is not a library.  No matter how hard it is to concentrate, don’t shush the soccer moms at the table next to you.  They probably spend more money than you do. The cafe prefers their business to yours.  Wear earplugs, if you must.  The ones for the firing range work really well.  
  6. If you write in a public library or some other publicly held space, please remember it is a library.  No matter how much you want to tell someone all about your next book, very few people in the library want to hear it.  Shhhhh…
  7. Shared space is, well, shared.  If all the tables are taken in a cafe or library but there are seats available at your table, you are expected to share.  Don’t be surprised if someone asks to sit at your table and don't be the jerk who refuses the request.  In fact, how about being the classy author who offers a vacant seat to a stranger in need?  Remember, karma works both ways.  
  8. Bathe.  Put on clean clothes.  We, writers, lead solitary existences and no one notices or cares if we don’t shower as we spend days on end with fingers flying over the keyboards in our homes.  But when we choose to leave the house, to share the public oxygen supply, we are obligated to wash up.  Nuf said?  
  9. Clean up after yourself.  If you expect to use a public space as a substitute for personal space, you must treat it like the precious gift it is.  Don’t leave a mess for the barista or librarian to clean up after you are gone.  Be the patron they love to see, not the one they dread.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

This Is The Question: To Serialize or Not to Serialize?

Escape From Pig Hill, first book in The Ballad of Donny Granger is soon to complete its serialization. I have considered this process of serializing the novel to be an experiment.  I needed to see how many readers came to the site, how many people donated to the serialization project, how much income was derived from book sales combined with donations.  Overall, I have found the process useful.  It HAS brought more readers to my audience and I have earned more income on Escape in its first quarter than on any other of my books.  

In September, I'll release a poetry collection, GodSongs.  Poetry is not suitable for serial publication. Next up will be Ermengarde The Expansive and The Year of Long Light, a novella.  This book will be considerably longer than the original Ermengarde The Expansive,  though the action takes place in a much shorter period of time.  I am considering serializing this new book but wonder if a novella will appeal to readers in this format.  What are your thoughts?  


Please tell, in comments below, or via private email, what you think:  Should I serialize Ermengarde The Expansive and The Year of Long Light?  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor: ME

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pics That Did Not Make The Cut

Content Warning:  ART shared below.  Tasteful nudity included in some shots.  
STOP RIGHT HERE IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY NUDITY IN SMALL DOSES.

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Having finished a project last week, I spent part of the weekend getting organized for what comes next.  This means I spent several hours filing pics I did not use in Escape From Pig Hill (already on the market) or GodSongs (to be released in September).  Most of these illustrations were pretty bad. Still, I save them for posterity and to be cannibalized down to pieces and parts for use in other projects. Some were actually good, but did not serve the purposes for which they were intended.  

artwork (c) Freda Frostbite, 2015
Like this one, which I actually like very much.  It was one depiction of the three graces for Three Graces In Rome, which will be included in the section of Godsongs for poems based on Greco-Roman mythology.  Much as I like this version of the shot, it was not quite right for the book.  Among other things, it requires color and GodSongs will be mostly in black and white. Ironic, when one considers that a point I hope is made in the collection is that religion is never black and white.  




artwork (c) Freda Frostbite, 2015


I truly love this one and will definitely use it elsewhere.  It was one of the shots I set up for Nude Salutation, which is part of the New Age mythology section of the book.  I even considered using it for a cover, but decided against using a nude there.  Personally, I see nothing offensive about this shot, but, no doubt, someone will.  

artwork (c) Freda Frostbite, 2015

Sometimes, good shots happen by accident.  Often, in Second Life, I take my avatar, Freda, to a night club so I can listen to live music and watch avatars dance while sorting my inventory.  (If you've ever been part of a virtual community, you probably realize that sorting one's virtual belongings is necessary to one's effectiveness and sanity.)   This shot is one I snapped several weeks ago whilst listening to Mad Max Huet play the blues at The Lemon Drop Cafe in Soho, SL.  I happened to look up and see Freda looking pretty much exactly the way I felt at that moment, so I snapped away.  Looking at the shots later, I realized they were the perfect place to start an illustration for riff on cummings, which is included in GodSongs' Judeo-Christian mythology section.