Version Control

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Here’s an excellent post about Version Control for authors over on my friend Bryce Beattie’s blog, StoryHack.  Definitely worth the read!

Why would an author even care?

Perhaps you don’t yet see how all of this might affect you.

“That’s great,” You say, “But why does a mild-mannered sanitation engineer like myself care about this miraculous solution to a problem that only the nerdiest geeks have? I just want to write the great American novel.”

I’m so glad you asked.

Here are some reasons why an author might want a version control system of his very own. In other words, here’s why you might want to keep a history of every version of a piece of fiction.

Go read the whole thing!  Version Control for Authors (on Windows) Part I


It’s Here!

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And it’s FREE!  Just this week, today through Saturday.

Scales of Justice [Kindle Edition]

Scales of Justice

What’s it about?  Let me tell you!

A cowboy. A dragon. A lonely trail, twenty years long.
Connor is a licensed Hunter, and carries the gleaming silver irons to prove it. He’s been hunting a particular dragon for twenty long years.

When he lands in Gray Gulch, the old farmer Jed tells him a story of loss and revenge. But Connor’s not interested in riding with a partner – until Jed describes the very dragon Connor’s been chasing.

Connor lets Jed join him on the trail, and they set out after the dragon both men loathe. But Connor is a man with a history and a mission. One he won’t let anyone interfere with. At any cost. His single-minded purpose is tested when he discovers things aren’t exactly what he thought.

Though he’s been on it for much of his life, he learns the trail still has a few mysteries for him to unravel.

It’s a pretty cool story, if I do say so myself.  I like the people my husband invents.  I like seeing how they navigate through the messes he puts them in.  And it helps a LOT that he’s a good writer.  Smile 

This one’s got a little bit of pretty much everything, so give it a whirl!  Then tell us what you think in the reviews.  Smile

Happy reading!


On Quality

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Oh my goodness, Kristine Kathryn Rusch has an amazing article this week about traditional publishing vs. indie and e-publishing.  There are so many great observations, I wish I could include them all! 

The fallacy is this: Readers believe that all traditionally published books are good.

Writers who spout that nonsense have lost touch with their inner reader. Because we’ve all read a truly crappy traditionally published novel, one that we find offensively bad.

The gist of the argument is this: Only traditional publishing companies can publish a quality product.

It also shows that at least on the editing side of things, traditional publishing does little to increase the quality of a book’s content.

From where I sit, it’s a lot easier to find quality books now than it ever was before.

And from where I sit, it’s a lot easier to publish a quality book than it ever was before.

And as for quality, who decides that? Not me, not you, and certainly not traditional publishers.

Readers decide if a book is quality or not. Readers, who plunk down their hard-earned dollars, that large percentage of their tiny entertainment budget.

An eye opening real assessment of publishing.  Go read the whole thing!

And then go finish that novel!

The Business Rusch: Quality | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Check it out!

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I just love this.  Smile  The robots are awesome, and it’s such a fun, clever way to do an interview.  Hats off to Bryce for his creativity and awesome interview skills!

I finally coaxed reclusive genius J. Dane Tyler into doing an interview with me. The only thing is that he refused to do it live, so I had to improvise.

Interview with J. Dane Tyler


Click the link and check out the whole thing!

BlogTour.org now up.

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My friend Bryce has started a website for authors!  I had to spread the word, because I know a lot of writers.  :D  Go check out Bryce’s new site, sign up!  Do a blog tour if you have a book!  A great way to spread the word and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.  🙂

BlogTour.org now up.

So if you have a blog and you’d be willing to let book authors do a tour stop on your blog, please go sign up and help me test the thing. Or if you have a book for sale, do the same thing.

BlogTour.org now up.

Wonderful Writer

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Guess what?  G’head, just guess!  Darc’s ebook is up on Kindle and Smashwords!  Major woohoo!

Here’s a picture of the cover:


Here’s the Kindle link from Amazon:

A Fine Cast of Characters – Kindle/Amazon

And here’s the Smashwords link if you have an e-reader device other than a Kindle:

A Fine Cast of Characters – Smashwords

Here’s the teaser, you know, just to tease you:  😉

A suicide on a dark bridge over a rushing river is interrupted. A young woman’s dream of opening her own bakery is ruined by the discovery of an unknown stairwell. A student’s Internet plagiarism has dire consequences. All this and much more on the winding path among A Fine Cast of Characters. J. Dane Tyler weaves a web of short stories in this, his debut publication.

I can’t begin to tell you how proud and excited I am!  That’s my husband up there, the writer-man, the one who makes the stories I love to read. 

He’s working on making a FaceBook fan page too, but that’s under construction at the moment.  As soon as it’s done, I’ll update the link here so you can become a fan.  :) 

UPDATE: Here’s the link to the FaceBook page – become a fan!  🙂

J. Dane Tyler – Author

It is indeed a wonderful Wednesday, in a very writerly way.  😀

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» Tools of the Trade

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Here’s a great post by my writerly friend Bryce, on backing up your work.  

I’m sure everybody here has lost a hard drive or two. We’ve all experienced major crashes. I have lost all manner of half finished stories over the years. The only real protection you can have against this is to back up your work regularly.

My first solution: 

Click here to read the rest!  » Tools of the Trade: Backing up Story Hack

Writer’s Block

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What writer doesn’t know exactly how kitteh feels?


Which do you want?


Do you want to be good at what you do or do you want to do whatever you want?

I saw that line in a comment over on my husband’s blog.  Our blogging buddy Marta made it.  Marta is also a writer seeking publication, seeking to improve her craft, her art.  She’s also a teacher.  I copied it because it speaks to something that has really bothered my husband and me for some time now. 

There are so many people out there who think they can write, that all they have to do to write is pick up a pen or sit at a computer.  As though all anyone needs to paint the Sistine Chapel is a couple of cans of spray paint.  Writing is an art form.  There are a few right ways, and tons of wrong ones.  It’s about so much more than slapping words onto a page.  It’s about creating characters, and dialogue, and places – all with the words you choose.  You simply HAVE to know what you’re doing, just as a sculptor needs to know and understand the principles of sculpting before he can put chisel to stone. 

It’s really not something for the feint of heart. 

What’s the best writing advice you’ve received so far?

Top 10 songs for writers

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This kind of made me chuckle.  Naturally, I had to share it here.  😉

The Top 10 Songs For Writers

“Writers are a funny breed. They are often depicted as eccentric recluses who go for days without eating, sleeping or bathing because they are completely obsessed with getting their ideas on paper. This playlist is for them.”

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