Saturday, September 5, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
I know I should be working on my school work right now but I’m tired of dealing with the idiots. I don’t want to not speak my opinion but after awhile you realize there’s no point in continuing. I’m just tired of people stepping on me whenever my opinion doesn’t agree with them.
And right now it’s bumming me out, which pisses me off at the same time because I had a very nice “Me Day.” Well reasonably nice and now I’m in a mood again.
Is anyone out there? It seems like no one was on social media today at all.
So here is my latest bookstore report. I went to Barnes & Noble and was very disturbed to find the fantasy novel section had been basically cut in half to make room for graphic novels (an entire row) and manga. Of course, as someone commented, they have Fifty Shades on the shelves but won’t put up any yaoi. Seriously Barnes & Noble? I really beginning to think I should go back to writing mysteries or maybe switch to romance. Bodice rippers seem to be making a comeback as there were several on the new shelves.
As for the new fantasy most of it were books I had already purchased or the sequels to those books. Nothing new at all. What happened? It seems that fantasy has taken a sudden an unexpected downturn.
So I go on Amazon and look up:
Books : Science Fiction & Fantasy : Last 30 days : Fantasy : Epic : Paperback : In Stock Only : New
And come up with these.
Maybe I shouldn’t be quite so picky so I went with Last 90 days.
There are some interesting choices there, most of the epic fantasy being self-published. I wish the biggies would take the hint. People still read epic fantasy you know!
And is it all right for me to buy something from Amazon? I mean everyone seems so pissed at them right now although this is another instance where the information is difficult to obtain except for bits and pieces.
I going to stay away from the school site and buy a PC game off Steam I’ve been looking at and spending the rest of the night playing. Although I guess I should be writing.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
OK, back to Musing. On the shevles I actually found a mixture of epic fantasy and contemporary science-fiction, and a lot less, "women-in-a-leather-jumpsuit" paranormal. Also B&N has made more room in the fantasy section. Good news for books and the genre in general? Possibly.
As for my purchases, I have Susan Murray's, The Waterborne Blade. A brand new epic fantasy, which is always good to see! The Thorn of Dentonhill, by Marshall Ryan Maresca and Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence, who incidentally has a very well made site.
It's still difficult for me to come here. I see all of the new books coming out and I want to be there so badly. It isn't easy to keep going sometimes but I love writing and being an author. I said to my Big Brother recently, "You know sometimes I wish I could get my hands on a time machine, go back to when I was fourteen and tell myself, don't be a writer. Be a ballerina or gymnast or something."
But I suppose if I wanted to be either one of them I would have.
It's just hard to figure out what I'm doing to stop it from happening. I know I can write and I've sold e-books, some actually having a good run. I've gotten requests for fulls and partials. So what is it? One agent once told me, in her email that, "Although it [Tinderbox] had a good premise, I didn't fall in love with the voice like I thought I would." I had no idea what that meant and others I asked didn't seem to know as well. I mentioned this to Paula Bernstein of The Writing Show fame during a LinkedIn conversation we were having, and here is what she said, "Voice is your writer's personality, your style. It's a very individual thing. It's like meeting someone and them either liking the way you present yourself or not.Some voices are so strong that you either love them or hate them. Some are mellower and more likely to appeal to a wider range of people. Some are so boring they're like dial tones."
So the agent didn't fall in love with my voice. I just wish I knew why. Was it too strong? Mellow? Boring? What? I have no idea what I need to change. One thing I do know is that I'm so absolutely certain, that I have so much confidence in Tinderbox that I know if someone takes a chance they won't be sorry.
Well, I'm still at it though. I've pretty much finished my lesson for the week, so when I go home I'm going to work on a couple of things. Tomorrow, my last day of stay-cation is for chilling only.