Priorities in Writing

14 Feb 003

003Welcome back!  I am so happy you chose to spend some of your valued time with me.  I know you are all busy, and that makes this visitation all the more special.

Time . . . valued time . . . limited time . . . and what we do with it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” H. L. Hunt
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

“How will I ever get everything done and still write?  I need about ten more hours each day to get everything on my list accomplished, and then I might have time to write my book.”

I’m paraphrasing something that has been said numerous times to me.  The frustration grows as the hours diminish and the results fall short of expectations.  Something has to be done, but what?

There are some activities that cannot be neglected.  We have to take care of ourselves and our families.  That’s a given and really it should be the number one priority for all writers.

After we have taken care of that priority, we then take a look at our list.  What is most important?  If writing the book is most important, more important than writing articles and writing blog entrees and reading books on writing, then put that at the top of your list and devote time to it.  If that means you won’t write an article that week, or you won’t get to your blog, then so be it.  You are only human and you only have a limited number of hours . . . so use those hours wisely, chasing after that which is most important to you.  It’s amusing to watch a dog chase its tail.  It is not nearly as amusing watching a human being do it.

IN SEARCH OF PERFECTION

We are never going to attain it, so give up the quest.

Of course we all want to produce the best possible work, but I’ve got a news flash for you: it will always fall short of perfection, no matter what we do.

The best any writer can hope for, after finishing an article or a book, is to be able to say “that’s the best work I can do at this moment.”

And then we move on!

A REQUEST

A dear writing friend recently asked me if she could guest-blog on this site.  Of course I said yes because, well, she’s a dear friend and I believe we should all do the same.

Some people aren’t getting the message.  I follow a lot of blogs, and very few of them actually have guest bloggers, and very few of them actually promote other writers.  I don’t know why that is, and I’m trying real hard not to pass judgment.  I will simply say I think it is vital that we all support each other in a very tangible way.

What goes around, my friends, comes around.

GOTTA RUN

But before I do, I invite you to pay a visit to another of my talented friends, Sally.  Now I don’t know a thing about arts and crafts, but Sally is the Queen of wet-felting, and I love the detail of her instructions.  If you want to know how to write a craft article, a very specific craft article even a simpleton like me can follow, then check out Sally’s website.

Have a great week and don’t forget to prioritize!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

 

Snow, and Life, Melt Away Quickly

8 Feb

003It snowed here yesterday!

It’s a big deal for us in western Washington.  We don’t get much snow here in the lowlands by Puget Sound, so six inches of snow is a treat.  It will all be gone soon enough, so I plan on enjoying it while it lasts.

Hmmm, that gives me a thought . . .

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Take that quote and think of it in the context of the talents you’ve been given as a writer.

I’ve read your work and yes, you have talents.

Are you wasting it?

Like the snow we just received, life is limited.  It will be gone soon.  Believe me, I’m painfully aware of that fact.  I still remember, clearly, much of my childhood and teen years, and I’m absolutely shocked that I am now sixty-eight with only what, ten years, fifteen, left to live?  How in the hell did that happen?  But happen it did, and the question now is how am I going to live those remaining fifteen years?  How much of that time do I plan on wasting?  How much of my remaining talent do I plan on wasting?winter in my little slice of heaven 014

It’s a question we all should ask.

We’ve been given a gift, my friends.  Very few in the world have the talent to take random words and unite them in such a way that they create a story, or a poem.  And a very, very few have the talent to write those words in such a way that they elicit emotions from the readers.

Don’t waste that talent!

THAT’S ALL I’VE GOT FOR YOU TODAY

Stop reading this and write.  It’s what you do as a writer.

And please support one another.  Share the work of others.  Give words of encouragement.  Keep the light burning for all writers.

For those who asked, I’m still devoting my time to coloring books, so the novels are still on hold.  Such is life!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

Looking for Opportunities

31 Jan

003FIRST, LET’S GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT

I recently posted on Facebook that this was the first time in five years that I wasn’t working on a novel.  People immediately took that to mean I wasn’t writing at all, or I somehow came down with “writer’s block.”

Sorry about the confusion…I’m simply working on a different writing project that I need to get completed before March.  As soon as I finish that I’ll return to “Shadows Fall On Rosarito,” the novel I’m two-thirds done with, and then I have four other novels I want to write…so you see, there is no writer’s block at all.

Now that we have that all cleared up, let’s move to today’s blog posting.

But first…

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” Lao Tzu
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I met a character from my next novel yesterday.

Read that sentence again and let it sink in.

I met an imaginary character from a novel I haven’t written yet.

Cue the caretakers…get that straightjacket ready for me, please!

But as strange as that sentence seems to be, most writers will understand completely.

I’m always on the lookout for my next character.  I’m always observing.  I’m always jotting down mental notes for future stories and books.

I just assume all writers are like that.

Are you?  Please say you are or I’ll feel like the weirdest human being on the planet, and writers will be using me for their next homicidal/suicidal/mentally-unstable character.street fair Aug 2012 013

TIP OF THE DAY

Short but sweet . . . observe!  Be aware!  You’ve got five senses.  Use them!

GUERRILLA MARKETING

You all know what guerrilla marketing is, right?  It’s using unconventional methods to market your goods or services when you have a very small budget to work with.  Most writers can relate to that, I think.  I love finding new ways to market my writing, and I’m currently taking a break from novel-writing to try one of those new ways.

I’m making coloring books!

I love that coloring books are making a comeback in today’s society.  It seems like every single time I go into a retail shop, I see a display of coloring books, and since I love coloring books and I love trying new things, it is the perfect avenue for my guerrilla marketing.

I’m just finishing up my first coloring book, “The History of Olympia, Washington Coloring Book.”  It combines my love of history with my love of writing with my love of coloring, and I plan on selling them at the farmers market here in Olympia.  My next will be an urban farming coloring book, which I’ll start next week.

Will I sell a ton of them? I doubt it, but I’ll sell some, and those sales will combine with the sales of my novels and the money I make freelancing, and it all adds up.

I use a free computer program called GIMP, which takes photographs and changes them into sketch drawings….there are quite a few programs out there that do the same thing…Photoshop…Pixlr….and they are all user-friendly.   Then I format it all for CreateSpace and presto, I have a coloring book. The cost to me, including shipping, is less than three dollars per book.

Anyway, I just thought I’d mention it in case you are looking for something new to try.

SO BACK TO WORK I GO

I hope you have a superb week of writing and marketing. Thanks a ton for spending part of your Tuesday with me.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

An Interview With Poet Sarah Potter

24 Jan

003I ALWAYS FEEL BAD

Well, I always feel bad for the poets out there, because I feel like you get the short end of the stick on my blog.  Truth is I know next to nothing about poetry, so I figure it’s better that I just stay quiet about it rather than embarrass myself.

But today you poets are in for a surprise.  I have an expert in the figurative house, and her name is Sarah Potter, and she has agreed to discuss Japanese Poetic Forms with you today.

Let it never be said that I don’t care about all of you.

And now, here’s Sarah!

Sarah Potter “Waning” Lyrical About Japanese Poetic Forms

Thank you so much, Bill, for inviting me as a guest on your wonderful blog. I’m both excited and a bit daunted, as this is the first time a fellow blogger has asked me to write about poetry.

My love affair with Japanese poetic forms began in December 2010, when I signed up for a Twitter account. Here, I stumbled upon haiku, which fitted the 140-character limit for tweets while also having something meaningful to say. To my delight, my first attempts at haiku were retweeted numerous times and gained me a band of followers, including some from Japan! I saw this as a great compliment, as haiku is a traditional Japanese poetic form. [Note: The spelling for haiku is the same in singular and plural].

A year later, I started blogging as Sarah Potter Writes, with my main focus on haiku. Again I collected some Japanese followers, despite my unavoidable Anglicisation of their traditional poetic form. Most Japanese words are polysyllabic, meaning each one consists of multiple syllables. This makes it extra hard to pen a haiku in English and stick rigidly to the 17-syllable limit, without producing something unwieldly that defeats the object of the poem. Nevertheless, I do stick rigidly to the 17-syllable rule as I like challenges.

So here are the rules of traditional Japanese haiku that it’s my quest to adhere to as much as possible, without destroying the meditative spirit of the exercise…

  • 17 syllables
  • 3 lines (5/7/5 syllable count)
  • Unrhymed
  • No adverbs
  • Sparing with adjectives
  • Use present tense
  • Focus on images from nature
  • Focus on brief moment in time
  • Contains a season word to indicate the time of year
  • Can be read in one breath
  • Pauses at end of 1st or 2nd line (*see below for further explanation)
  • Brings enlightenment and illumination

(*In haiku, ideally there’s a juxtaposition of two images or ideas, with the cutting word between them that signals a break in the line of thought. This can be an actual word, or expressed in punctuation, most commonly an ellipsis).

On the subject of punctuation, you will notice that most haiku poems have no punctuation of any kind, or capital letters at the beginning of lines. The reason I don’t adhere to this rule on my blog, is that the three-line formatting disappears during automatic post shares with Facebook. This produces an unpunctuated lowercase string of words that, at times, can read as random nonsense.sarah-potter-ian-1

Here are two of my bird haiku:

early evening…
plump wood pigeon contemplates
the meaning of spring

horizon smudged grey…
invisible seagulls squawk
beyond summer rain

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Further to one-verse haiku, is Haikai no renga (also known as renku), which is a linked verse game. I wrote the following verses, one for each phase of the moon. The name used at the end of the second line of the opening verse is the Shinto moon god, and the last line of the final verse is the Shinto sun goddess.

under cutglass stars
she dreams of Tsukuyomi
new moon love potion

nocturnal circus
legged draped over crescent moon
girl hangs upside down

gibbous halfway house
shadow night crickets gossip
she needs sedating

full moon tree-trunk spin
naked dancing on silver
she coruscates dew

blackbird sings her home
waning moon ambushed by dawn
Amaterasu

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You will notice on my blog that I usually post a photograph with my haiku. Some haiku purists might object to this, but I love photography, although I do try to compose haiku that will also stand on their own without a photo.

In 2012, I had the delight of collaborating with artist, Julian Sutherland-Beatson, to produce some haiga (haiku art). This involved me providing him with some haiku poems that he interpreted and integrated into paintings. Here’s one of them. To see the full set of paintings, click here.

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Senryū shares the 17-syllable, 3-line poetic form of haiku, but is more often about human foibles than nature, tends towards the humorous or cynical, and doesn’t contain a cutting or a season word. You will notice that a number of senryū are about old age, often written by poets who are of mature years themselves, so either they’re laughing at themselves or a loved one in a playful way. Here’s one of my senryū and you can draw what conclusions you like from it!

old tartan blanket
once used for picnics and lust
keeps his stiff knees warm

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Now for the classical poetic form of Tanka. Historically, it predates haiku and is one of the major genres of Japanese literature, often sung in its early days. Here are the rules of the Tanka:

  • 31 syllables
  • 5 lines (5/7/5/7/7 syllable count)
  • Lines 1 & 2 are the upper phrase (Kaminoku), containing the primary image
  • Line 3 contains the pivotal image (as in a sonnet)
  • Lines 4 & 5 are the lower phrase (shimonoku), switching from the image to a contrasting image or a study of the emotional response
  • Unlike haiku, it can contain simile, metaphor, and personification

Here are two of my tanka:

metallic winter
enhanced by rhododendrons
— rejuvenation —
an old woman with grey hair
wearing neon pink lipstick

rain tumbles, birds swoop,
music floats from the red house
–melody recalled–
an old man, his piano,
a candelabra, her face

Finally, I’ll touch briefly on dodoitsu, which I’d never heard of until Bill mentioned it in one of his posts.

Its rules…

  • 26 syllables
  • Four lines (7/7/7/5)
  • Focuses on work or love
  • Usually has a humorous twist

Here’s my first dodoitsu (more to follow on my blog soon):

Through the window a rainbow
she is desperate to share.
Moulded in cushion comfort
he prefers his tea.

Why do I love Japanese poetic forms? It’s to do with their simplicity: their ability to bring tiny details into sharp focus. It’s the challenge of saying a great deal in as few words as possible. They’re meditative, calming, uplifting, and encourage one to see the world through a new and better lens. It has also helped improve my fiction writing and made it more succinct and attuned to the senses.

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Connect with Sarah: 

Blog
Facebook
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Sarah’s Books on Amazon:
Desiccation
Noah Padgett & the Dog-People

 

AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS A BRIEF GLIMPSE OF SARAH

 

Thank you so much, Sarah.  I learned tons today and now I can rest, for awhile, on my laurels, feeling good about myself for posting something to do with poetry.  You have done me a great service.

 

Seriously, folks, go check Sarah out.  She is seriously talented.

 

Bill

 

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

 

The Unique You

17 Jan

003Football season is finally over for this boy.

I’m not a football fanatic.  I really just follow the Washington Huskies in college and the Seattle Seahawks in the pros. I don’t randomly watch two teams play just because they are playing football…I have far too much to do to waste my entire Saturday, or Sunday, just channel surfing in search of another game.

Anyway, both Washington and Seattle are done with their seasons, both having suffered rather embarrassing losses, so now I can turn my attention, in another month, to baseball and the Seattle Mariners.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

After the Seahawks lost their playoff game to Atlanta, I decided to read a couple sports articles about the game, looking for little tidbits or quotes that might be interesting.  I read four different articles by four different sports writers, and three were bland and one was outstanding.

This one guy, a writer for the Seattle Times, wrote about the game in such a way as to bring it to life, a game I had watched, mind you, but he managed to make it sound brand new, like I was watching it for the first time.

So, what was different in the one article that wasn’t in the other three?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” Orson Welles
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

And that quote really is the answer to my earlier question.

The one sports writer, the really good one, had a unique style.  His voice was unique, a wonderful blend of vocabulary and rhythm, and it made his article shine, while the others fell upon the junk heap of mediocrity.  All four wrote about the exact same game, but only one managed to make that game interesting.

Get the point?

You are the only you.  Take advantage of that fact.  Make it work for you!

SHORT BUT SWEET

I’m busy with a new project.  Oh sure, I’m still writing my novels, and I still do content for a select group of customers, but I decided to try something new, and that decision has me short on time this week . . . and so I’ll say goodbye for today.

Have a spectacularly unique day!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

On This Day in History

10 Jan

003January 10, 2017!

On this day in history, in 1964, the first Beatles album, “Introducing the Beatles,” was introduced in the United States.

On this day in history, the first vinyl record was released, in 1949.

On this day in history, in 1917, Buffalo Bill died.

On this day in history, in 1944, the G.I. Bill of Rights was signed into law.

On this day in history, in 2017, William D. Holland wrote ten more pages on his novel “Shadows Fall On Rosarito.”

GET A GRIP ON REALITY, BILL!

That’s my alter-ego speaking. He speaks to me often.  Sometimes I listen and sometimes I tell him to shut the hell up.

Like today!

So, some pretty cool things happened on this day in history, and then I toss in the latest addition to my latest novel, and where in the world is my head in doing such a thing?

My head is exactly where it should be, thank you very much.

But first…..

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“My mother always told me that as you go through life, no matter what you do, or how you do it, you leave a little footprint, and that’s your legacy.” Jan Brewer
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

One of the very cool things about being a writer, and I mean super ultra-cool, is that our words will be preserved for eternity.  Long after we are gone, let’s say one-hundred years from now, some little girl or boy will stumble across an article or a book we wrote, and they will read it, and in so doing they will be given a gift we sent to them across the expanse of time.

How cool is that?

Now I don’t know about you, but when I give a gift, I want that gift to be perfect . . . and so I write, and I try to improve my craft, so that the next gift I give will be the very best gift I could give at that moment.

My writing is part of my legacy and as such is a very important thing for sure.  It is important to me and your writings should be equally as important to you.

Forget about the naysayers. Forget about the lagging sales of your books.  Forget about the lack of support.

What you are doing is important!

Period!

End of discussion!

TIP OF THE DAY

Improve your craft!  Never stop trying to be better, because when you finish your next piece, and you wrap it up in pretty paper and a bright bow, you want it to be the very best gift possible.

LOOKING FOR AN AGENT?

I highly recommend signing up for Janet Reid’s blog.  You can find it here.  You may not get Janet to sign you up as one of her writers, but her blog is filled with great information.  She shoots from the hip, tells it like it is, and hey, it never hurts to have another contact in this business.

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY

Remember what I said earlier.  What you are doing is important.  These are troubling times, and more than ever the world needs writers.

Bill

Writing Casserole

3 Jan

003A NEW YEAR IS UPON US

So let me wish you aHappy New Year, and then let’s get to it.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

And of course many out there will be making New Year’s resolutions.

I don’t do that.

I’m anal.

I have a plan and I stick with the plan.  Write, publish, repeat. That’s my plan.  I toss in some marketing, try some new things as I go, see what works, make revisions, but the basics always stay the same…write, publish, repeat.

I don’t like deadlines.  I don’t like goals.  I don’t like false expectations or unrealistic visions.  I make a plan and then, with laser-focus, I work on that plan.

Write, publish, repeat!

Five novels, one non-fiction, five novellas, over three-thousand articles . . . write, publish, repeat!

How about you?

TIP OF THE DAY

Stay focused!

I don’t think that needs explanation.

SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS OF THE DAY

Maybe you do some of these things. Maybe you don’t.  Maybe you will after reading this. Maybe you won’t.  I’m not here to give you the Bible of Writing.   I simply make suggestions.

Consider these “do’s” when using social media to promote yourself:

  • Take the time to reply to comments and questions
  • Post links to articles that will interest your followers.
  • Update regularly
  • Tell people, in moderation, about your offers and products.
  • Share good, quality images.
  • Promote businesses complimentary to your own.
  • Always offer a quality product.
  • Allow your personality to show with each post
  • Think before you post. Once you post there is no stuffing the genie back in the bottle.

CONTEST OF THE DAY

“The Writer” magazine starts a new contest called “Your Turn” on January 1st.  It calls for a 2,000 word essay about the craft of writing.  More information will be posted on January 1st and you can find that information by following this link.  I believe 1st prize is $1,000 and publication in the mag.

BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS

So, you’re an independent author and so, you’ve written an eBook.

Well how good is that eBook?  Would you like to find out how it stacks up against competition?untitled-8

The Independent Author’s Network is holding their annual Book of the Year Awards, and you can enter your eBook into the competition from now until August. There is a fee, of course, but hey, maybe you’re the next Steinbeck.

GO TO THE LIBRARY

Have you gone lately?  If you have a book, have you approached the library staff with it?  Libraries are wonderful for supporting local writers.  Even if you are a poet, approach the library and ask about doing a public reading.  Seriously…what do you have to lose?

THAT’S IT

I’ll see you down the road of life.

Thanks for a great 2016.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Supporting Fellow Writers

20 Dec

003Before I forget, which I have a tendency to do lately (hey, I’m old, live with it), I want to give a shout out to my online Lil Sis, Cynthia.  She has this great offer for those of you who like to meditate or who like coloring in coloring books….follow this link to her blog and you can download a free meditating coloring book.  No tricks to this offer…absolutely free!

Okay, let’s get down to business!

OH, HELL, ONE MORE PLUG

Why not, right?  If I can’t support friends on my own blog then who can I support?

Mike Friedman is his name, and if you’ve never read one of this short stories about the Carriage Driver, then you are missing out.  So let’s correct that deficiency.  Mike has two books out about the Carriage Driver, and here is the link that will take you to those books.  Great Christmas gifts for anyone who likes to read….I promise! Mike is also the guy who does the covers for my books, so his talent knows no bounds.

Okay, let’s get down to it!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.” Pete Carroll
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Now I’m talking to all of you, my writer friends, and it’s a message I’m very passionate about.

We need each other!

I’m still blown away, and confused, by this phenomenon where our families don’t really support our writing endeavors.  I’ve heard this over and over again from so many writers, and it’s just the strangest damned thing.  I can’t wrap my brain around the why of it.  I just published my fifth full-length novel and, besides Bev, the rest of my family was pretty ambivalent about it, and I know many of you understand that and have had the same thing happen to you.

So, we need each other.  We need our writing friends to offer words of encouragement. We need our writing friends to share our work on social media.   We need our writing friends to offer suggestions and give advice.

We need each other!

This is not a competition.  I know some writers who think it is, who think, by helping another writer, they are taking sales away from themselves.  I know other writers who feel they don’t have time to support others.

It’s all nonsense!

We need each other!

PLAN FOR THE DAY

I’m going to challenge each of you.  I’m going to challenge you to support a writer today, either with words of encouragement, or by sharing their work, or, if you have the money, by buying one of their books.  Reach out and give of yourselves.  I really do believe this is important for each of us to do….and no, I’m not talking about supporting me in this challenge. I get more than enough support from all of you.

Are you up for the challenge?

THANKS TO BUDDY GREG

My friend Greg, a fine freelancer in his own right, offered up this new site where freelance writing jobs are posted…it’s called XPlace and you can find it here.  Check it out if you’re looking to make some money.untitled-8

THAT’S ALL FOR TODAY

I’ll see you next week.  I want to wish you all a very Happy and Blessed Holiday Season, and if this isn’t a time of celebrating for you, I wish you a blessed life.

Thank you!

Bill

Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Shameless Self-Promotion

13 Dec

untitled-8It’s finally here!

Cue the song “Shameless” because that’s what this post is all about.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Without promotion, something terrible happens… nothing!” P. T. Barnum

PROMOTION OF THE DAY

I really spend very little time actually hawking my books.  In a perfect world, my perfect world, my books would sell themselves without me once dipping a toe into Lake Self-Promotion.  Wouldn’t that be a lovely situation?

But this isn’t a perfect world, and if I don’t promote my work occasionally, who in the world will do it for me?

So it is with great pride that I announce the release of my new thriller,

SHADOWS OVER A HANGMAN’S NOOSE!

It is now available on Amazon, Kindle, and CreateSpace, and I sure hope you purchase it as a Christmas present for friend or family, or as a gift for yourself.

I make this promise about this thriller: it’s the best thriller I’ve written to date!  It’s not the best I have in me because that one hasn’t been written yet, but I can say with no hesitation that this one is a dandy.

What’s it about?

BRIEF SYNOPSIS

The dreams arrive, un-invited.  Eli Baker is visited by the dead, and they always have one request of him: find out the truth about their deaths.

Melanie Hooper is missing and yet, as an orphan, there is no one missing Melanie Hooper.  Her co-workers find it odd that she left, and unsettling for sure, but she is, after all, an adult, and perhaps she simply decided to start a new life somewhere else.  With no body or suspicious circumstances to go by, the Seattle police do not consider Melanie’s disappearance to be sinister at all.

But Eli Baker has dreams, and Melanie Hooper has visited him in one, along with four other orphans who are also missing.

The search is on, and Eli Baker is the right man to delve into the case of the missing orphans. However, Eli soon finds that evil acts are not only performed by evil men, but by Evil itself.

Eli, his girlfriend Liz, and his deadly friend Striker are about to face off against a foe the likes of which they have never encountered.

FIND IT AT

Follow this link to find it at Amazon paperbacks, and this link for Kindle.

And I’m already working on the next in the series, “Shadows Fall On Rosarito.”

A NIUME UPDATE

So far, and it’s been about two months now, I have no complaints whatsoever with NIUME as a posting site.  I find it very, very easy to post an article there, and I’ve found the other writers to be supportive.  I had my first payout within the first month, they paid promptly….so no negatives at all about NIUME from this writer.

SO THERE YOU GO

I have nothing else for you.  This is all about me.

Thank you!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

 

Satisfaction in a Job Well-Done

6 Dec

003The snow is falling here in Olympia.  It’s the first sighting of snow in two years here, and it’s beautiful.

We don’t get much snow here, so I make sure I enjoy it as much as possible while it lasts.

And that just happens to be my message, to you and to me, this Monday morning.

But first, a quote.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.” Theodore Isaac Rubi

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I doubt seriously if I will ever be a famous writer.  Riches do not seem to be in my future.

Still, I write!  Each day I get up and do the best I can with the words, and talent, I’ve been given.  There are days I will not hear a word of praise from family or friends.  There are days I will not sell one book.  There are days when, what I write, will not affect a single human being.

Still, I write!  And because there are many days when tangible rewards do not appear, I have to find satisfaction in the fact that I am doing the best I can to add to the beauty in this world.  I am trying, hard, to perfect my craft, and in so doing to raise the bar in literature.  I try hard to support other writers and encourage them through my comments.

I have talked to countless writers who all say the same thing, that they receive very little support from family and friends, and they are discouraged.  And I say to them that happiness is an inside job, that we must learn to find satisfaction in a job well-done.

That is my message to you this morning.

That is my message to me this morning.

TAX TIP OF THE DAY

Linda, are you paying attention?

If you consider yourself to be a freelance writer, or if you have formed a writing business, you are eligible for certain tax deductions.  Do the research and benefit where possible.  A tip before you venture into this scary area:  the IRS loves documentation.  Keep all your receipts.  I’ve been using these tax deductions now for six years and not once have I been questioned, but if I am questioned in the future, I’m confident I can support my expense claims.

Documentation is the word of the day!

MARKETING TIP OF THE DAY

The best time to try and pitch your book to the public library is during June or December . . . right around budget appropriations and spending seasons.

COMMON SENSE TIP OF THE DAY

Don’t get so busy that you don’t take time to give back to your community.  If you are asked to speak for free at a writer’s group or a school, jump at the chance and say “it’s an honor.”  You may not be getting a speaker’s fee but you are still getting free publicity.town_904

FINAL TIP OF THE DAY

Get out there and promote.  Ask local businesses if you can sell your book in their store, even if they aren’t a bookstore.  What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll say no!

Call up local newspapers and radio shows, and ask for an interview. What’s the worst that can happen?  They’ll say no!

AND THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK

Yes, my new novel, “Shadows Over A Hangman’s Noose,” is being released this week on Amazon.  It should be out by Thursday and I’m excited by it.  It is the best thriller I’ve written to date.

And I’ve decided my next book will also be in the Shadows series.  The plot came to me this weekend and I’m eager to get started on it, so my Sixties reflective book will have to wait six months.

Such is life!

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”