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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Women With Weapons Wednesday: Gretel


Gretel - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Monday, September 15, 2014

KAT AND MOUSE on Patreon

It's official. I've launched a Patreon campaign for the serial.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support creators by becoming patrons. Sponsors, essentially. It's slightly different from other crowdfunding in that you (the sponsor) aren't backing a single event or product. You're supporting an ongoing stream of work.

Operative word: "ongoing."

For example, a weekly webcomic.

Or in this case, the KAT AND MOUSE serial.

So What's the Campaign All About?

Despite having ideas for other stories and projects, KAT AND MOUSE is what I truly love to write. I have tons of adventures in store for our Ladies. As of this post, Season 3 has been roughly sketched out and I'm currently writing Season 3, Episode 3. I've got story ideas that go into Season 4, Season 5, and beyond. At roughly 10 episodes per season, we're looking at at least 30 more episodes in the making--that's Season 3 through 5. With potentially more after Season 5.

And that's on top of the two dozen episodes already out.

So I don't forsee any end just yet to the adventures of our Duo.

Here's the thing--what I hope to be able to do is to write and post these adventures on a regular basis. That means a new installment every Monday without fail (with a break on Christmas week because holidays and family).

In order to do that properly requires a measure of financial stability.

Easy enough when the serial started out back in 2008.

Not so easy when I got downsized in 2011.

Remember those hiatuses I took?

Financial instability. First from being unemployed for more than a year. Then being employed but at a far, far lower pay and followed by other financial kicks in the groin. All leading to stress and bouts of short-term depression.

And relegating the serial to the lowest priority.

Because it's really difficult to concentrate on writing when you're worried about how to squeak through the month and still have enough to eat and keep the lights on and a roof over your head.

So what I'm looking to do with this campaign is to put an end to that instability and get to a point where I can write the serial full-time without having to worry about all that.

How Can You Help?

The serial is free to read at the site, will remain free to read at the site, and I'll continue to write and post as schedules and stress-levels allow.

But if you'd like to help out, you can be a patron of the serial for as little as $1 a month.

That's less than a tall mocha at Starbucks!

And if you'd like to sponsor the serial for a little bit more than $1 a month, you are free to do so.

With enough financial backing, I can produce the serial on a regular basis and not have to worry about all that stuff I talked about earlier.

Head over to the Patreon page for all the details.

There's even swag for those of your "upper-level" sponsors.

Just puttin' it out there.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Impudent Hatchlings

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is with fellow writer Hillary Jacques at her blog, Impudent Hatchlings, where I talk about my writerly influences.

And it's not exactly what you might think.

Big thank you to Hillary for hosting us today!

Head on over to the blog to check out the guest post!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Fleas of a 1,000 Camels

Late update but here we go...

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is with fellow writer (and Absolute Write compatriot) Sean at his blog, Fleas of a 1,000 Camels, where I partake in another round of questionings and answerings.

Big thank you to Sean for hosting us today!

And contrary to what he might have said, the fedora was not too tight. It fit just fine.

Head on over to the blog to check out the interview!

[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Four Tips For Writing Serial Fiction

Since I've been "touring" to promote the Season 2 boxed set release of KAT AND MOUSE, I thought it would be fitting to talk about serialized fiction today. After all, KAT AND MOUSE is serialized fiction. In particular, I wanted to talk about things to keep in mind when writing serialized fiction.

So I've dug out this gem from the archives which was originally a piece I had at EzineArticles.com.

I give you...

Four Tips For Writing Serial Fiction

Looking to write serial fiction?

You're in good company.

Serial fiction has its roots in the dime novels and penny dreadfuls of the 19th Century, the novels of Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo was originally published in eighteen parts), and many of the pulp magazine stories of the 20s and 30s.

With the widespread use of blogs and blogging, serial fiction is making a comeback in many circles.

If you want to write serial fiction well, there are four keys to keep in mind:
  • Finish the story first

  • Write to a cliffhanger

  • Keep 'em short

  • Move it, move it, move it

 

FINISH THE STORY FIRST

This is important.

Having a completed story means you've already dealt with all the various plot and story elements that arise during writing. You know the hero's motivation and goal. You know what the villain is going to do. You know who killed the rich industrialist. You've worked out the various tangles and red herrings. And you've got the ending.

This also means that you aren't going to be revising your story as you release the installments. Not something you want to do and I strongly advise against it.

Have a fully written story first.

That takes care of the overall aspect of your serial.

Now, let's look at the pieces that make up the finished story.


WRITE TO A CLIFFHANGER

You want your readers coming back. Period.

The best way is to write to a cliffhanger.

Now, that doesn't imply that your characters are always going to be in harm's way at the end of each installment (although that is the time-honored way). It could also be as simple as a plot twist. For example, the boon companion turns out to be the traitor. The promising clue turns out to be a dead end.

You get the picture.


KEEP 'EM SHORT

This is a personal rule of thumb, but I find it extremely effective. Most blogging experts advise keeping your blog posts around 500 words. For a serial, I advise at least 800 words on the short end and no longer than 1200 words. 800 words is plenty of time and space for a scene.

Additionally, you don't want to assault the reader with a huge block of text, especially on their monitor. That looks daunting and will likely make your potential reader click away.

Instead, go short.

Your readers will thank you.

Which brings us to our last key...


MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT

Your story needs to move. Remember: it's a story. Not a travelogue. Not an architectural review. Not a lecture.

Story. Always a story.

If you're thinking of spending 2000 words describing your main character's ornate gown or on the sociopolitical history of the elven kingdom she's visiting, don't do it. Stop. Right now. You will lose your reader.

This is an excellent tip on handling exposition and info-dumps in general but it is vitally important in serial fiction. You don't want to lose your reader. You want to keep them reading.

As a corollary to this, keep navel gazing to a minimum. Use it only to reveal character or some facet of a character or situation. Even then, keep it short and sweet.

And keep your story moving forward.

* * *

There you go, Gang. My tips for writing serial fiction.

One thing I didn't cover in the original article was the platform for the serial story. It's up to you whether you use Blogger, Wordpress, Drupal, or hand-code the site in HTML/CSS. I won't get into the technical stuff of any of those platforms.

Totally your choice.

But the basic tips I outlined above still stand.

Any questions? Post a comment and let me know.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Today's Tour Stops: Keiko Online and The Far Side of Nowhere

We've got two stops today on the Book Blog Tour!

First up, we're at D.L. Owen's blog, Keiko Online, where I partake in more questionings and answerings.

And then we're on to Kerri Townsend's blog, The Far Side of Nowhere, where I talk about writing in a dead genre.

Big thank yous to D.L. and Kerri for hosting us today!

Head on over to each blog to check out the interview and the guest post!

And do stay tuned and watching the blog. There are three more stops just around the corner.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Diane Dooley's Blog

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is Diane Dooley's blog where I partake in some questionings and answerings.

A big thank you to Diane for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out the interview.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Women With Weapons Wednesday: Lara Croft

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

Today's Tour Stop #2: Clarkson Punk

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is ClarksonPunk where I talk about a "new" sub-set of New Punk: Cyberpunk Pulp.

A big thank you to AJ for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out my guest post.

Today's Tour Stop: The Wandering Quille

Today's stop on  the Book Blog Tour is The Wandering Quille where I talk about "speedbumps" on the writing road.

A big thank you to Maggie for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out my guest post.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Tiffany Allee's Blog

Today's stop on  the Book Blog Tour is Tiffany Allee's blog where we are talking about webfiction serials.

A big thank you to Tiffany for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out my guest post.

And be sure to check out Tiffany's urban fantasy/paranormal romance books. She's got some good stuff out there.

In Which We Go On (Virtual) Tour

UPDATED: 9/3/14  
 
With the Season 2 boxed set of KAT AND MOUSE out in the wilds, I will be hopping around the blogosphere to promote the book with some guest posts and interviews.

Here's the schedule:
9/2/14: Tiffany Allee's blog
9/3/14: The Wandering Quille
9/4/14: ClarksonPunk
9/6/14: K. L. Townsend's blog

There are more stops to come so check back on this page for updates.



(photo: By Ilya Plekhanov (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, September 1, 2014

KAT AND MOUSE SEASON 2 RELEASE DAY!!

That's right, Gang!

The KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE Season 2 boxed set is now available.

Yes, the season is still running over at the serial site.

You now have the option of following the upcoming installments.

Or, get the rest of the season right now.

And I will be doing a book blog tour over the next several days so stay tuned to the blog for details.


KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE: PAYBACK
Things are heating up for near-future female mercenaries Kat and Mouse as they tackle even more hair-raising jobs for shadowy clients and run afoul of terrorists, freedom fighters, hired assassins, a Japanese crime syndicate, and warring punkergangs. And smack in the middle of this, an enemy from the past is back and wants revenge on the duo.

Now these two sassy sisters-in-arms must fight back and survive...and still get their jobs done.

Available from:
Kindle
Smashwords/epub