Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Morning Coffee

Good morning, darlings! Just an early, quickie entry this morning, as I actually have to (gulp) work today. Ahhh, the whole "real life" thing is such a downer. But anyway.

Few thoughts for this lovely Thursday...

I recently purchased a lovely, but not fancy, Kindle Touch, and loaded it with more cheap and free reads than I have time to read. But I have been working through them this week since the Sprite is on spring break.

One thing I have learned is that Erma Bombeck was a very special lady. If you remember Erma, she had a knack for mixing marriage, parenting, and exasperation and creating hysteria. She started writing newspaper columns in the 60's, became syndicated and widely read, and went on to write books.

My point is... not everyone can pull it off. I've read a couple of different books on my kindle by smart, sassy ladies who's negativity is difficult to take in a book length work. Sure, sarcastic, snarky, and bitchy can be a really fun "voice" on a blog, but personally - it doesn't work for me in a whole.

So should I ever think I am bitchily funny enough to write a whole book about my life complaints, someone stop me.

Oh, wait, what am I saying? You people don't have to worry about stopping me - trust, my family will be the first to tell me that I'm not nearly as funny as I think I am.

But I digress.

The other thing I wanted to share is that because I take a lot of pictures for blogging and for book covers, (and of the moon because I love it so), I thought I would upload them to somewhere like Bigstock or iStock and maybe make a little money.

Wait for it....


Out of ten really great pictures of coffee cups - which you've probably seen here - they accepted ONE. And I'm not even sure at this point which one, because they loved me so much I can't log in anymore.

Even my very favorite, super-cool artsy shot was rejected. I know, shocking right? I mean, who wouldn't want to pay money for a picture of a coffee cup that they could carry outside and set on a plow carriage, then get a camera, snap 100 shots, then go back in the house, sideload onto the computer, do a tiny bit of editing, and...

Oh! Wait! It's an EMPTY coffee cup. That must be the trouble...

All right, enough, are you ready for Thursday Morning Fiction?

Okay... but I'm warning you, this might make my publisher cry. I'm GIVING my short story, DeVante's Curse, to readers of this blog. No seriously. I'm posting a link and a Smashwords coupon. Right here. Out in the open. You don't have to do anything to get it. It's yours.

I will probably remove the coupon code by Saturday morning (March 24), but I won't be deactivating the coupon, so if you grab the coupon today, you probably have until "indefinitely" to use it. Or until my publisher checks download stats and really does cry. If you like DeVante's Curse, I hope you'll return to Smashwords (or your other favorite on-line book retailer) and buy DeVante's Children and/or DeVante's Coven, or any of my other books. I'd also really appreciate honest reviews, if you are so inclined.

(code deleted March 26th, but watch for future offers).

PS - just a heads up that my short but intense story, 18 Dead, will fall out of the Amazon KDP Select program and will be free at  online retailers like Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. Hip, Hip, Hooray! Something about having MY STUFF in iTunes thrills me to death. I don't know why, it just does.

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