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Sword and Sorceress anthologies are still being published.

Now I must resist the desire to submit to the next one.
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Anime Strike makes me think the answer is no.

I mean, I guess I shouldn't be shocked after Zon devoured Twitch, but...somehow, I am.
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On the one hand, I really like this font. (fontbundles.net affiliate link)

On the other hand, I'm 99% sure I've seen it and its ilk on bad-boy romance covers, ie it is not genre suitable except for the porn I am trying to wean myself off of. (And oh, god, porn...today I purchased my first ghostwritten gangbang short, which I have no guarantee of making my money back on, but it was that or despair of ever releasing on that pen name again. Wish me luck.)

And on the mutant third hand, even if it's not really genre-suitable for what I write, that is a very good price on a very nice commercial-licensed font if I ever decided to whore myself out making covers for other people.

(Also, I really need to be writing and not browsing font and stock photo sites, but apparently my brain has fixated on "how do I market" and is stressing over that to the detriment of actual words.)
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The Dog went missing on the morning of July 5, sometime between when [personal profile] darthneko went to work and when I got up to check on him about two hours later. No slipped collar, no broken leash, just...gone. I went out looking for him and found a few people who'd seen him, but I lost the trail down the Scary Gravel Road just before the part that's too steep for the car to safely travel, and figured - since he's an older dog - that he's probably followed the path of least resistance down into the ravine along the side of the road.

[personal profile] darthneko made lost dog flyers and shoved them in mailboxes in the area on her way home. I filed a lost dog report and joined a facebook group for lost and found WV pets.

It rained the first two days he was missing, so we at least knew he had water.

This morning, one of our down the road neighbors - who had seen the flyer, but couldn't find it to call us, but knew where Benny lived because she and her husband have seen him sleeping in our yard - knocked on our door to tell us she'd found him. Or rather, he'd found them: she came out and he was chilling under the shade of their propped-up canoe. I was just getting in the shower, so [personal profile] darthneko drove down the hill and retrieved one elderly dog, only slightly worse for wear, who clearly has no idea he was lost and is not at all traumatized (but is clearly glad to have his bed back, as he's slept on it all afternoon rather than dragging it around the livingroom as is his wont). I, on the other hand, am still traumatized, and he has lost all of his "outside unsupervised" privileges.

All of them.
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Today, based on someone gushing about it in one of my writers' forums, I went to pick up Rachel Aaron's 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love. As it turns out (thank you, Amazon memory), I have owned this book for almost two years.

Much like with the Libbie Hawker blurb book, my failure to remember this book was a sign.
Again, this gets long )

So, another writing advice book that just doesn't work for me. It isn't wildly at odds with how my brain works, and honestly, a lot of it resonates with how I write fanfiction. But by the 50% mark, it just hadn't given me anything concrete or enlightening enough to keep me reading for the rest of her advice.
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
For a while, it seemed like everyone on the writing forums I frequent was recommending Take Off Your Pants as THE book to teach so-called "pantsers" how to outline. Hell, in the initial rush of reading it, I might have recommended it to people; I don't, honestly, remember. If I did, I don't regret it, because she obviously has advice that works for a lot of people.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work FOR ME.

I was reminded of this yesterday, when - as part of my week-long-and-counting bout of depression and writerly angst - I decided I was going to write the blurb for The Fantasy Story I'm Not Allowed To Write Because Porn Makes Money. And lo! did I discover I owned Libbie Hawker's Gotta Read It: Five Simple Steps to a Fiction Pitch that Sells.

Because this got LONG and there's a table under here. )

So, I'm not throwing any shade at Libbie Hawker, her books, or her method. But, for me, whether it's her approach to what makes a story, the actual method of breaking down plot, or just the way my brain parses the method, her stuff doesn't work and winds up being actively destructive.

Which, I suppose, is why there are fifty gazillion books on writing out there.
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
I really, really like Chris Fox's Write Smarter, Write Faster series of books. In fact, I think I need to re-read 5000 Words Per Hour and try to jumpstart my actual writing.

Write to Market has a lot of solid advice. In fact, the advice of figuring out what's selling so you can fine-tune what categories to write for is rock solid...except for the rampant mis-categorization of books on Amazon. So, for example, I might go to see what's hot in the fantasy, and find Dean Koontz's The Silent Corner: A Novel of Suspense sitting at #8, between Harry Potter books. Or a paranormal romance ranking at #9 under Horror/Dark Fantasy.

And it is incredibly frustrating to try and figure out what, if anything, would actually sell in a given category, when that category is stuffed with things that either blatantly don't fit, or have a tenuous connection at best. (Does The Colin McCool Paranormal Suspense Series really belong under "Folklore" or "Ghosts" or "Myths and Legends"? I don't know, but I know it's not what I'd be looking for if I were shopping those categories.)

This is mostly venting. I certainly don't have a SOLUTION, since most of the advice regarding writing to market mirrors Chris Fox's: go to Amazon, find the category you want to write, and look at the top 20 books to see how they rank/what's popular. If someone else has ideas, I'd love to hear them.
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Because I always nudge at it thinking I'm going to spend July writing something that is not questionable short porn for profit, and always realize by the end of June what a HORRIBLE idea wasting an entire month on not-porn would be.
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And I certainly am not thrilled by the idea of moving again, less than a year after the last move.

However, the place I am (knock wood, fingers crossed, etc) hopefully moving TO? I am extremely thrilled about that.

So if anyone would like to send good energy into the universe about [personal profile] darthneko and my home buying adventure, it would be much appreciated.
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Is currently such that, instead of "Yay, I can now log in on patch day and explore NEW CONTENT!" I react to patches with a mild aversion of, "If I don't log in, whatever dumbfuck changes they made didn't happen, right?"
dragovianknight: From the start of the Pandaria quest chain. (WoW - Varian Angry)
I am sick to fucking death of the fandom police on Tumblr trying to dictate how I use other fucking sites.
dragovianknight: (WoW - Hardwire - LOL)


Warning for fake blood and the possibility you might laugh until you can't breathe.

And now, words, because this porn isn't going to write itself.
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The overall gameplay this expansion may be so-so, but the 7.2 cinematic at the Broken Shore has exploded my soul. Oh, Anduin.
dragovianknight: From the start of the Pandaria quest chain. (WoW - Varian Angry)
Not because I think anyone cares, but because I'm tired of not being able to find my own damn posts on that site.

I have no clue why Anduin Wrynn gets so much shit, okay? )
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Because even though I (sort of) had a cookie recipe for Love Is In the Air, it didn't make it onto the blog (and I fail at pictures). Technically, LIITA doesn't end for another week, but eh, seems silly to post heart cookies after the real-world holiday is over.

At least I am already prepared for Children's Week in April. Maybe I'll just re-launch the blog then.
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
Gaius Valens dreams of driving the Saxons from Britannia. The Empire and her legions have abandoned the island, leaving the inhabitants surrounded by enemies. Now, on an island already being overrun by Saxon invaders, a darker threat emerges.

That's part of the blurb for a new series I started reading last week (I needed a break from frantically writing porn for an anthology). This is alternate history, and what sold me was this line:

Because they have one crucial thing that the alchemists and Saxon invaders don't—the long lost Imperial airship, the Octavian.

Now, I am not a HUGE alternate history person, and my first choice isn't the late 5th century. But I am big on airships, so I had to pick up the first book. The writing style is perfect for a quick, easy read. I don't know enough about this particular point in history to nitpick details, but I can say the author sells me on the world he's built. I love the characters, who have a chemistry that a lot of writers don't pull off and get some entertaining banter between them. There are some unfortunate issues with typos, but I forgave them because I was having so much fun with the story, which involves a lot of good old fashioned man-versus-monster action.

There are four books so far, with a fifth on the way (though I don't know when). Soon, I hope; I'm looking forward to continuing my adventure with Captain Valens and his crew. The series is in Kindle Unlimited and therefore only available on Amazon, and the books so far are:

Book One: A Taste of Alchemy
Book Two: The Monster
Book Three: Clipped Wings
Book Four: The Saxon Coin
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...that my beloved [personal profile] darthneko is unfamiliar with the novels of Martha Wells, and only learned of her because of the upcoming Murderbot Diaries.

In case any of the rest of you are in similar straits, this is Martha Wells' Amazon page. I will personally vouch for Wheel of the Infinite, The Cloud Roads (and subsequent Raksura books), and City of Bones (which is probably my favorite).
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Which is why I just broke down and watched the trailer for the next Transformers movie.

Yeah. I'm...going to go watch Beast Wars now. It was far better written than any of the current TF garbage.

I really miss Optimus Primal.

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