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I just started reading this. I am amused.

This, by the way, is a novel about some women for whom menopause means they get superpowers.

It contains this line, "There, resting against her thigh was, unmistakably, a penis."
 
I'm very excited to announce that my superhero novel, Going Through the Change is officially for sale starting tomorrow! It's been my dream to be a working writer as long as I can remember, and the release of this novel makes it very real!

Here's the back of the book blurb: 

Going through "the change" isn't easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated-super-heroic changes.

Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn't have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore...now that she's a man.

When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew-one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.
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Ruh roh, someone is building a lab in the basement. This cannot possibly end well.
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Grrr, argh, the internet be out at my house.
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I hate when things disrupt my day. I get way too thrown off by it.
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I concur with +Dallas Dowdy that this would, in fact, be interesting.

They could make the current show more about the Inhumans and all that, and have Hunter and Mockingbird off doing all the cool spy stuff.

I'll give it a shot.

And probably watch it religiously as long as it's on TV.
 
Interesting.... I do enjoy both of those characters/actors and they seem to work well together onscreen. 
EXCLUSIVE: As ABC and Marvel are prepping a spinoff from sophomore drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., I have learned that Season 2 cast additions to the mothership series Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood...
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This is really good stuff. The third one comes out Monday. The first one is free. If you don't give it a try, you're a loser.

Or something. I dunno, maybe a little less harsh.

But you should read it because it's good.
 
I'll share this today for #saturdayscenes  although it's not technically a scene.

Episode Three comes out Monday. Episode One -- featuring Capt. Regent -- is still free on the major online retailers. #freeebooks  
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That works. If you don't give it a try, you're a poopy head.
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#IndispensableWritingBooks: +James Scott Bell Write Your Novel From The Middle Puts The Focus Where It Needs To Be

The third book in my series of indispensable writing books is James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel From The Middle because it offers one very specific piece of writing advice that is, well, indispensable.

Bell talks a lot about story structure, but in this book he’s focusing on one aspect of story structure and how thinking about that piece of the puzzle is key to the entire story.

That piece is the midpoint, and as should be obvious, it’s the bit right in the middle. Sure, it doesn’t have to be precisely halfway between the first word and the last, but it serves as a dividing point in the story.

It doesn’t just divide Act II into two pieces. It doesn’t just serve as the point where the protagonist stops reacting and starts driving the action. It serves as the point in the character’s arc where they take stock of the changes that have already taken place in their life and look at the path those changes are taking him down. It’s where he or she decides what he or she wants to be when he or she grows up.

If you story is about a recovering addict, it’s the point where they look in the mirror and decide that they are going to do whatever it takes to get sober.

If your story is Harry Potter, it’s where Harry and Co decide that they are going to take down Voldemort even if nobody else is there to help them.

If your story is The Fellowship of the Ring, it’s where Frodo interrupts the Council of Elrond to say that yes, you most certainly can just walk into Mordor and he’s going to do it.

If your story is more about plot than character, this is the point where they stare the odds straight in the face and decide that they are going to go through with it even if their chances of survival are minimal.

The point of it all is that having a good idea of what your overall character arc is going to be is a great way to put constraints on everything else. Constraints are where creativity comes from.

If your character is a recovering addict, you know you need to put in scenes that demonstrate the addiction, that show the character realizing the addiction, that show the character deciding to fight the addition, that show the character struggling to overcome the addiction, and finally that show the character either succeeding or failing to conquer the addiction.

That’s just five scenes, but they’re going to be hugely important scenes to the character and thus to the reader. They’re going to show the struggle. They’re going to reach into the reader’s squiddly bits and shuffle them around.

And, of course, the character arc is going to set up the conflicts as well. In the case of a recovering addict, there’s a good chance there’s a family member that ones them to overcome their addiction. Maybe it’s a daughter that is getting married and there’s going to be a scene at the wedding where there’s a toast and the father is faced with the prospect of disappointing someone he cares about desperately at her wedding if he gives in to his addiction.

Can’t you picture it? He’s sitting at the head table, and his daughter looks over to him just as he takes a drink? The smile disappears from her face and she’s got a memory that she will never be able to get rid of. And the father knows he has disappointed her on what is supposed to be one of the happiest days of her life.

And it all starts with the character arc.

The book concentrates a bit on the midpoint, but really, that’s because the midpoint gives clues to the starting point and the ending point. If the midpoint is a matter of a man facing addiction, then the starting point has to be him being an addict and the end point has to be him either succeeding or failing to get it under control.

It’s an incredibly powerful planning tool. For those like me who can’t write squat without figuring out what’s going to happen, figuring out the main character’s arc is a phenomenal way to start figuring out what has to happen and when. If you’re a full on panster, knowing the character arc is going to give you just the tiniest bit of direction so you don’t go wandering off in the woods writing words that are going to end up getting cut.

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I just started reading this. I am amused.

This, by the way, is a novel about some women for whom menopause means they get superpowers.

It contains this line, "There, resting against her thigh was, unmistakably, a penis."
 
I'm very excited to announce that my superhero novel, Going Through the Change is officially for sale starting tomorrow! It's been my dream to be a working writer as long as I can remember, and the release of this novel makes it very real!

Here's the back of the book blurb: 

Going through "the change" isn't easy on any woman. Mood swings, hot flashes, hormonal imbalances, and itchy skin are par for the course. But for these four seemingly unrelated women, menopause brought changes none of them had ever anticipated-super-heroic changes.

Helen discovers a spark within that reignites her fire. Jessica finds that her mood is lighter, and so is her body. Patricia always had a tough hide, but now even bullets bounce off her. Linda doesn't have trouble opening the pickle jar anymore...now that she's a man.

When events throw the women together, they find out that they have more in common than they knew-one person has touched all their lives. The hunt for answers is on.
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It's on my list... Will get to it soon!
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H/t +Michael Interbartolo

This looks fantastic. I am very excited to shoot Star Wars squee all over the place.
 
Wow...some huge surprises in the season Two Star Wars: Rebels trailer.  Looks like a certain Dark Lord of the Sith is going to be more than a mere cameo, for sure. 

Tons of returning characters....this show is looking better all the time.  
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I cannot wait.

I may actually force my entire family to go see it multiple times over Christmas.

I mean holy mother of all that is awesome.
 
OMG OMG OMG

i might be tearing up at the sheer amazingness of this right now.

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I think it's gonna be fun.
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#IndispensableWritingBooks Write, Publish Repeat and the Five Things Neccessary for a Writing Career


Write, Publish, Repeat is indispensable because it is the one book on this list that is going to help you determine if you have the right stuff to be a professional writer.

By “The right stuff,” I very much do not mean talent. I am not entirely sure that talent is even a thing that exists, and I am all but entirely convinced that it isn’t something that has much of an impact on whether you can build a career.

If you have listened to their Self Publishing Podcast—and if you haven’t, you should—you will know that Sean Platt and Joihnny B. Truant have a tendency to get a bit rambly. This book is no exception. If that, or their tendency to use the occasional four letter word, or their tendency to self promote by using their own works as examples bothers you, you should get over it and read the damn thing anyway.

In this book, Johnny and Sean delineate X traits that professional writers should have. The book—and this post—is geared to self-publishers but most of what they have to say is going to apply to those seeking the traditional route.

A Work Ethic: If you want to build yourself a career as a writer, you’re going to have to work your butt off. It would be nice to think that you could write something and have it be recognized as a work of sublime genius, but the reality is that it takes a hell of a lot of work before you can get your storytelling skills to the point where you are able to craft a readable narrative, let alone a work of genius. And once you have created your work of marginal acceptability, it takes a ton of work to get it ready for publication. And once it is published, the work is not done. There is more work on the next book because there is ALWAYS a next book, and there is work to be done in marketing the first book.

Consistency: Closely related to the work ethic, consistency is simply the ability to show up day in and day out and produce words. They don’t even really have to be quality words. They certainly don’t have to be quality words as judged by you when you’re writing them. The fact of the matter is that when you’re creating words, you are in no position to judge. In a similar vein, there are those who can produce a large volume without writing consistently, but in surveying the landscape of successful self publishers, we find that consistency is an incredibly common trait.

Professionalism: This is, in fact, the first thing that Platt and Truant really tackle in the book, and that’s because it is simultaneously the easiest and the most important thing to discuss. If you are not willing to put in the effort to make your books look professional, you really shouldn’t even bother trying to start a career. This doesn’t just mean that your book needs to be the best book it can be. It means the book needs to be edited as well as possible, and that means you need someone else’s eyes on it. It means that the book needs to have a good cover. It means that the book needs to have all the front and back material done to professional standards. For that matter, it means that the book has to be formatted to professional standards. And it means that the ad copy for the book has to be up to professional standards, which is a lovely segue into the next topic.

Marketing: You’re going to have to do some. This, in particular, is one of those things that you are going to have to do whether you are self published or traditionally published. I’m not the one saying that. Johnny and Sean aren’t the ones saying that. The ones saying that are the hordes of traditionally published writers who are out there pimping their stuff. So if you don’t think that you could ever market something, you don’t even really want to think about becoming a writer.

The thing is, marketing isn’t evil. If done well, marketing isn’t even annoying. At its most basic level, marketing is just letting people know about something that they might want to buy. There isn’t a single reader in the world who ever has enough books, so there are going to be plenty of people who might want to read your book. Even in ridiculously small sub genres, there’s a readership looking to be served.

A Long Term Outlook: Johnny and Sean talk a lot about the difference between tactics and strategies. Strategies are the long term principles that guide the things we do every day, and tactics are the things we do every day. A writing career is not going to be built overnight. It is in its very essence, a long term play so you cannot succeed at it by adopting short term tactics. You must look at the long term. You must plan for the long term. This means you have to plan on getting a lot of books out. Johnny and Sean take that to somewhat ridiculous extremes, but it is not unusual for a single indie author to be in a position to put out five or six books a year. Some are putting out a book a month.

And no, before you ask the question, these are not terrible books just because they were produced quickly. Mind you, the fact that an author produces a book a month is not an indication that the book only took a month to produce. There are 24 hours in a day and it is very difficult to spend them all creating new words.

But a long term outlook is more than just producing a lot of books. It means making informed choices about whether to use KDP Select. It means diversifying your income stream. It means building a relationship with your fans. It means building a mailing list. It means having a presence on the Internet so you can build a relationship with your fans.

Johnny and Sean are incurably optimistic, and it is easy to get caught up in their enthusiasm, but when they boil it down, it really is rather easy to see how to build a career. The steps you need to take are not complicated. They’re just hard.



Write, Publish, Repeat is indispensable because it is the one book on this list that is going to help you determine if you have the right stuff to be a professional writer. By “The right stuff,” I very much do not mean talent. I am not entirely sure that talent is even a thing that exists, ...
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These are the people who give loathsome cretinous troglodytes a bad name.
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In first grade, my teacher asked the kids to vote on what book she was going to read to us during story time. I raised my hand for one thing. The entire rest of the class raised their hand for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

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