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Finally. Sam deserves this kind of success, and more. His books are excellent.
 
#2,318 Paid in Kindle Store
#6 in Steampunk
#57 in Science Fiction

Woah! The first book of the Outlaw King series broke #1,000 rank last night! And it's still just over #2,000 today! This is a record for me, I've never broken #20,000 before. Do me a solid and grab the first two books for the price of one--let's help float this lucky streak a little while longer!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BJCLMFU
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QFMMYD8

#scifi   #kindle   #kindleunlimited   #kindledeals  
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I did this again today, but this time I cooked the garlic and onions in butter and sesame oil, cooked the carrots with sesame oil and salt before adding them to the brew, and used fresh thyme instead of dried herbs.

The house smells great, and the soup tasted amazing.
 
My wife said, "What can we do to make the soup tastier?" So I asked Chef Google.

There were a bunch of things. Here are the ones I used:

1. I roasted the garlic in the oven for a few minutes before crushing it.
2. I cooked the garlic and onions in olive oil with a little sesame oil and some salt before adding the other ingredients.
3. I cooked the meat with a little sesame oil and salt as well.
4. I added a touch of balsamic vinegar, maybe half a teaspoon (I could have gone higher, but didn't want it to be too acid).
5. Not too much water.
6. A bit of pepper and some herbs.
7. Final salt balance after tasting.

The result was a nice dark broth with excellent taste. I'd do it again. 
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Sesame oil, especially the dark toasted kind, is delicious in small quantities. I've never tried roasting garlic before crushing it, though. I've always chopped it and sauteed it in butter or oil, usually adding it to the onions after they've caramelized a bit.
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After some workshopping in private communities, I've decided that the book formerly known as Blokes in Black will be titled Auckland Allies, which will also be the series title.

The subsequent books will be Auckland Allies: Other Title. For example, the second, which I've just started, will most likely be called Auckland Allies: Newtonian Manuscript

Thanks to all who made suggestions. +Chris Howard, when you get to the cover, please note the change in title - thanks. 
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When good IT is let down by bad process:

I went for a flu shot today, paid for by my work. The provider has a lovely booking form, where you can select your time, and fill in the consent form, and you get an appointment sent to you, and a reminder on the day. Simple, clean, effective.

Except apparently it isn't connected to anyone who would send out a nurse to give the actual flu shot. 
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Oh, you got the shot you just didn't notice. You also have an extra chip under the skin right behind your left ear. 
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Just wrote a fantastic first scene for the sequel to Blokes in Black (working title: Dead? Yeah, Nah). But I can't put it on Saturday Scenes at the weekend because it's crammed with spoilers for the first book. 

#writerproblems  
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Also, bridges which, if not completely burned, are at least seriously fire-damaged: 1
Likelihood that this will come back to bite the characters: 100%
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This morning, I did some revisions on Blokes in Black and sent out a couple of short stories. 

This afternoon, I could work on the Blokes in Black sequel (working title: Dead? Yeah, Nah), start on any of several short story ideas, rewrite a short story I've already started, or work on my nonfiction book, The Well-Presented Manuscript

I think I'll add some stuff to my chapter on research, then write a scene from Dead? Yeah, Nah and see what happens. After that, maybe more nonfiction.

It's nice to have choices.
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An opportunity to honour Sir Terry Pratchett and support Alzheimer's research. Charity anthology, stories of 3000-8000 words, preferably humourous, on the theme of memory.
In memory of Sir Terry Pratchett, we are putting together an anthology of short stories to raise money for one of his favourite charities. If you are an author
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I wonder when I joined guru.com? I assume I did, because someone just offered me $135 to write a 12,000-word sweet western romance, and when I logged on with my usual username and password I had a barebones account.

I deleted the account. 
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All of that (though I could probably write a sweet Western romance if I put my mind to it).
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OK, The Flash is great, and the season closer was terrific. But.

I'm going to have just a quick rant (without spoilers) about one scene. Eddie is talking about how he met Iris by "coincidence".

Dude, her dad is your partner. She drops in to see him (and Barry) unbelievably often. How could you not meet her?

OK, I feel better now. Good episode.
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It's possible that I'm planning books called Vampires? Yeah, Nah, Body-Stealing Nazis? Sweet As and Dead? No Worries.

But given that I'm shooting for "urban fantasy" rather than "comedy paranormal" (which is apparently a genre), that may be a mistake.
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There are other reasons behind that title, including a tribute to my late father's book Men in Black. But you do have a point.
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There are paw prints on the stove.
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They were trying to cook you a nice lunch, don't be so mean.
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Common Ridiculous Research Fails

I'm writing a chapter on research for my Well-Presented Manuscript book, and looking for things that writers often get wrong through ignorance.

At the moment I have:

Phases of the moon (multiple moons in the same part of the sky will have the same phase; not everyone knows this, apparently, because they don't know how moon phases work).

Guns. A revolver is not an automatic, and a rifle is not a shotgun, and they differ in ways that can be important to the story.

Any other examples of things that you see frequently in books that make you roll your eyes?

(Hollywood physics and Hollywood human biology kind of get a genre pass.)
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+Lisa Blair​ I was going to mention sex too, but then felt overwhelmed. Where to start? 
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Novelist, blogger, book reviewer
Introduction
I write a steampunk-fantasy series about heroic civil servants called The Gryphon Clerks. I do a lot of book reviewing, too. I'm harsh but (I hope) constructive. Currently not accepting review requests.
 
I'll probably only circle you back if you engage me in conversation, and if you either mostly write about writing or something else I find interesting, or you're an unusually interesting and insightful person. Exception: I don't circle erotica writers, just because of what might show up in my stream. Nothing personal.
Bragging rights
While working for a certain notorious NZ publisher in my freelance editing days, I got out with all the money owed to me (if you knew NZ publishing up to the late 90s you'd know who I mean, and be impressed).
Education
  • Massey University
    Health Science, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Auckland
    English, 1986 - 1989
  • Waitakere College
    1981 - 1985
  • Swanson Primary School
    1973 - 1980
  • Auckland University of Technology
    Celebrant Studies, 2005 - 2006
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