• Random notes in the life

    @Writing Excuses Retreat 2018

    Alternate title: spoonie, writer, WOC, pie This is going to be a difficult post because of intersections and I’m in the midst of everything, so I don’t know if there’s even a way to unpack everything, but with three days left I think I have to at least try. If I don’t, I suspect it’s all going to drift into the labyrinth of the unquantifiable. First off, I am enjoying myself very much and if I had the money to do it again next year, I absolutely would. Almost everyone has been a complete delight, which is something I keep wondering over. I’m not sure what it is, because I…

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  • Uncategorized

    Kindle Unlimited versus going wide

    Silenced is plodding along. I’ve pinpointed the issue with it though, so here’s hoping that it will go faster from now on. For a given bit of “going faster”, of course. My problem was that Silenced didn’t feel much like a story. Things happen, but there wasn’t enough of a journey. Not  spiritually, not romantically, and definitely not dramatically. As it was, I figure people would have been grumpy about “is this really romance? but they’re together in two chapters, tops!”, but I didn’t want to tip it over into pure fantasy either. So now it’s going to go on for a little bit longer than I expected it to,…

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  • Authoring

    Various housekeeping bits and a quick burble

    The comment spam is quite overrunning me. That, and the “another attempt to hack your site has been foiled” emails. I have about 80 from today alone.  As such, I’m almost completely certain that 99.999% of my site traffic is either hackers, spam bots, or people hired to do horrible things. Yes, redundancy is redundant. At any rate, this is so y’all know that comments on posts older than fourteen days will be disabled. I’ll shorten that period more if the bots get more annoying. I’m usually to be found on Twitter and email is the most reliable fashion of contacting me, so drop me a note if you wish.…

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  • Blog

    TinyLetters and Mercury in Leo

    I read a TinyLetter this morning and decided oh hey, this seems like a good idea; I should do one too! For those not in the know, a TinyLetter is a stripped down newsletter that tends towards the rambly, personal, possibly just a bit TMI newsy news rather than about businessy types things like releases, blurbs, and so forth. There’s something incredibly appealing about it, both to get and receive. There’s this illusion (yes, mostly, probably illusion. I’m sorry.) that the letter writer is a close friend spilling everything in a letter just for you. And as the letter writer, there’s some special sort of joy in the writing and…

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  • Authoring

    The mumpsy one surfaces!

    Whew. It’s been a while since I last posted. My summer solstice resolution for this year is to get better about posting on my blog. Let’s see how that goes… *sheepish grin* I know, I know, I’ve only made this resolution almost every single time I’ve noticed the sad state of my blog, but hope springs eternal. I’m still in a period of “katje plans; the Universe sighs and then laughs hysterically”, so~ The latest in the wtfery is getting the mumps immediately after buying a book cover for the WIP I’ve had in the wings since 2016. Yep, you read right – the mumps. Who even gets the mumps…

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  • The Charmes Show

    The Charmes Show Episode I: Amarantha and Thanatos

    The screen flickers and the stereotypical interview setup appears. Hermes smiles at the camera. “Good morning everyone! Today the ever elusive Death and his wife Amarantha have agreed to an interview to celebrate the release of Goddess in Waiting, the tell-all of how Death saved the world.” Carmen glares at Hermes. “And you wonder why Persephone didn’t want to marry you. Wow, you’re a dick.” “Shush,” Hermes says out of the side of his mouth. “I know you want to piss Thanatos off so you can finally figure out who has, ahem, who is the bigger dick, but do you really want to come across a chauvinist pig on your…

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  • Authoring

    In which balls were drop-kicked and are rolling all over the universe

    I originally wanted to say that the “balls were dropped”, but that implies much less insanity than what actually happened. In short: graduate school was much harder than expected and the health issues did not resolve themselves as neatly as expected. However, I did manage to publish Not Just Human and Sunshine, so there’s that. I’m currently working on a re-telling of Sleeping Beauty and the new experiment is to update it on Wattpad every Friday. Note to self: google alerts is your friend! I’m also committing to actually trying to make a go of my Patreon account. This means regular and timely updates and bonus material, whether it’s exclusive or time-sensitive. At…

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  • Authoring

    Phoenix Awoken sky-rocks version done!

    Oh. My. Goodness. It’s done! Looking back, I said that I was starting Phoenix Awoken on August 18th back in 2014. Now, slightly less than two years later, I have a workable (I think? I hope!) version done. Right now, it’s sitting at 71,308 words and I expect it to get longer once I fill in all those pesky setting detail type things and flesh things out more. I’m really crossing my fingers because I re-wrote Phoenix Chosen about eight times and I’ve only re-done Awoken maybe four, five times. I don’t quite know how the story ballooned from one novel to a trilogy to the point where I had…

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  • Authoring

    Eight days into the Year of the Fire Monkey

    It’s my birthday! Yep. I hit thirty today. It’s really hard to believe this is it, something that was always in the future until it smacked me right in the face, day of. It doesn’t bother me, actually, other than just being this really odd number that was supposed to mean something big until it came and I realized that it didn’t. It might actually bother me more how very anti-climactic hitting 30 is, but then what did I expect? 18 came and went, like any other day. 21 was kinda cool because it was nice to be allowed to drink alcohol, but I didn’t exactly go out and do…

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  • Authoring,  Financials

    More nitty gritty. Also, thoughts on KU.

    I put the books back on KU today. As I’ve mentioned before, there were many months where KU was the sole source of income and it seems silly to spit in the face of that. I have a theory that it’s easier to gain traction if you have more books to pave your way. This may or may not be accurate, but it makes sense, so I’m running with it for now. Asides from the theory of having a sufficient library of works making it easier to build up interest and therefore make going wide make sense, there’s also a whole slew of things that I need to be doing…

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