Monday, December 10, 2018

Sometimes the sniffles are good

There are occasions where I'll write something that leaves me teary-eyed or sniffly.  That's when I know I've hit the mark.  That's when I know I've hit an emotional chord, at least with some non-zero subset of readers.

I just got done with such a scene.  I hope the readers get hit in the feels as much as I was.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Things you don't expect to read

I was reading the New Georgia Encyclopedia's page about the Siege of Savannah, and I came across this gem of a line:

They crossed the open area, swarmed into the ditch, hacked their way through the sharp-pointed abatis, and planted the flags of South Carolina and France on the earthworks.

It's not every day you hear about the flags of South Carolina and France being planted anywhere at the same time.  In fact, you sort of never hear that.

This battle was one in which one side--the British--did everything right, and the other side--the French and Americans--did everything wrong.  Prevost was on his game.  D'Estaing, not so much.  Almost a flawless victory for the British.  In the end, it didn't matter, but it could have if things had gone sour elsewhere.

Friday, December 7, 2018

What was I thinking?

I'm still line-editing, and I had to do some minor surgery on a scene.  Several goofs.  I must have been tired or something when I wrote it.

It's fixed now.  And those goofs will never see the light of day.  Still, though, it's embarrassing.

In other news, I've got a few Kobo promotions coming up.  I expect to make a few sales as usual.  I still don't have "traction" on Kobo yet, but I love the customer service people there.  Wonderful folks.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Even the simple things don't work

I remember a time not so long ago when machines worked reliably.  People expected the things they bought to last.

Today, though, we're in a more "disposable" culture.  It feels like we've forgotten how to do things we shouldn't have forgotten how to do.

My parents recently bought an appliance.  That appliance's digital clock doesn't work.  Oh, it functions.  It just doesn't count time accurately.  It loses a minute or two every day and steadily falls behind the actual time.

This boggles my mind.  How can a digital clock function yet not keep correct time?  I mean, it's digital.  It's electronic, not mechanical.  There aren't any springs or moving parts to wear out.  There's not a friction issue.  It should either work perfectly, or it shouldn't function at all, right?

Digital watches were dirt cheap back in the 1980s, and they kept perfect time.  We're moving backwards.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Thanks, readers!

Patty Jansen's latest promotion is winding down--it's still December 2 in some parts of the world--and the results have been better than I expected.  This time last year, I saw a real lull in sales and downloads, presumably due to Thanksgiving and everyone being busy with Christmas shopping, decorating, and all the other stuff that goes on.  I've been anticipating something similar this year, and I had tempered expectations this time.  But I've been pleased with this weekend's promotion.  Thanks, everyone.  :)

In other news, I opened a new tab in my browser a little while ago.  I was going to google something.  Then I remembered a chore I had to do, so I stepped away from the computer for a few moments.  When I returned, I couldn't for the life of me remember what I was going to google.  There was just a blank white page with a search box mocking my memory lapse.  *sigh*  Ah, well... it'll either come back to me, or it won't, I guess.

That's all for now.  Thanks for reading, folks, and thanks for supporting my work.  :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Book sale: all books 99 cents

Patty Jansen is running her regular promotion this weekend.  My own Caverns of Mercury is one of the featured titles.  Check it out:

All books are 99 cents.  These promotions are a great way to try out new authors without spending a lot of money.  Please browse the site and check out the books.  You might just find your new favorite author.

In the meantime, thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting independent authors.

Cold feet, hot head

Yeah, it's winter.  Vents are in the ceiling, which means the warm air stays at the top of the room and never makes it to the floor.

Four more months of this.  At least.  Depends on how early spring gets here.

Cold feet, hot head.  For the rest of the season.  :(

In other news, I've received the usual emails from my retail partners advising me to make any changes to my ebooks before such-and-such a date.  I've got changes to make, but I'll hold off on some of them until the new year.

I think I've decided on Christmas gifts for the niece and nephew.

I hate modern appliances.  More electronics = more things that can break.  I long for simple electromechanical things that just work.