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So there’s snow in the mountains and sun down here-most of the time. Saturday was the first time Stella (a calico kitty) saw hail. She’s an indoor kitty so she hasn’t felt it yet but being that she’s only 1 1/2, she may in her lifetime depending on where and when I move.
Still looking for a job- or I should say normal job. I don’t consider working at home normal-even for those that are able to survive on it.
Anyway, so for the second half of this month: Working on Rice book,getting job offers here and there and started a new collage. Eeh, no much.
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If you’ve ever taken a fiction writing course, chances are you’ve heard, “Stick with one point of view. Very few writers can switch in the middle of a story and pull it off.” Well Karen Jones Gowen didn’t listen. Afraid of Everything starts out as a well written firsthand account of the life of one woman desperate to change her life after an incident at work causes an all-consuming fear to take hold of her. It is within the discussion of this fear that the author- without being dull or sounding as if she is writing a diagnostic account- gives some very real explanation of Generalized Anxiety Disorder that is neither dumbed down or patronizing.
Gowen then deftly turns the tables on the reader and transports him or her into an artfully crafted third person account of what happens to the main character after a life altering injury and her subsequent coma within which she is taken on a journey that evokes the pages of a well-crafted fantasy novel – complete with a guide called Coriander.
It’s a story of a woman who was afraid of everything but was just beginning anew when her world is shattered. In the bulk of the book, we are with the main character Coriander as she guides her through this other land and teachers her through stories, parables and the occasional encounter with the dead relatives, about herself, relationship, and a life well lived and the messages she has been given on her journey to impart to those in her life.
Sorry I haven’t posted for such a long time. I’ve had computer and personal issues that just made it almost impossible to do things as usual. Anyway, The Pioneer Girl project which I spoke of in a previous article is done. Here is the link for more details:
Being a entrepreneur or ‘Trep may sound like the opposite of being a writer; instead of being out there and open to new ideas or whatever strikes your fancy,”Treps usually follow well worn paths to success – or at least find some new technique that will take them there. That being said, knowing how to take the business part of your writing life by the hand and make it work for you you and knowing how to self promote is important.
This is a great article I found at Techcrunch.com that better explains what I mean and talks about taking “write what you know” to a whole newlevel: that of self publicity for your writing.
At the beginning of the year when I was planning on getting my first ebook published, I became aware of a lot of Amazon Publishing bashing that goes on. Though I do know they have some questionable practices such as lowering the price of your book on Amazon without letting you know let alone asking permission, for me Amazon has been an exercise in learning about e-publishing and what works and what doesn’t, what I will accept in terms of my books and other venues for e-publishing and self publishing not to mention how brick and mortar bookstores feel about books put together physically by online book sellers. For me Amazon has been easy, fun, and helpful and I find alot of my clients only want to deal with them so they can’t be all that bad.
So this is my latest venture onto Amazon epublishing. SoonI ‘ll tackle setting up a real book with CreateSpace, the division of Amazon which deals with publishing of physicals like books and CDs. http://www.amazon.com/Color-Book-Poetry-Sheila-Gazlay-ebook/dp/B00NO6GMOK/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411406952&sr=1-3&keywords=Gazlay