Monday, January 26, 2015

New Cover for a New Year!!

I decided over the weekend to update the cover for 'Snowbound' to something I did myself instead of the stock covers Createspace offers. While I liked the image I got when I published last January, I wanted something I had put some work into. What I wound up with was similar but a little quirkier and more fun.

"Old Wooden Fence" by Larisa Koshkina licensed under the Public Domain. Photo available here.

The paperbacks with the new cover should be ready shortly, as well as the ebook. Once the sales page updates, you should be able to update your copy with the new cover if you'd like.

-S

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Names

I'm a writer, right? Stop snickering and stick with me. We have to name a ton of people. Every character in our books, we dream up their names. Some of them come to me as I'm typing along, usually peripheral characters with little to no influence on the story. Sometimes, I picture a face and have to come up with a name that corresponds with the cultural implications of said face. Sometimes, if I'm really lucky, the name just sort of happens.

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The internet provides a great resource for finding names, especially if the characters you've created are outside your cultural depth. I've also hung onto a baby naming book from when Tim and I couldn't agree on what to name Evan, 100,001 Baby Names. The book gives you not only the name, but the origin and meanings.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Fourth and Goal by Jami Davenport

I'm combining my love for football with my love for romance for this review. This time of year, I realize all over again how obsessive I am about football, even with the season almost over. To those who follow me on social media, I do not apologize for the plethora of Green Bay Packers posts/tweets/pins that have flooded your feed, especially after the game on Sunday. Anyway....


Grade: D

I feel like I should have loved this book way more than I actually did. It got off to a great start that the rest of the book just couldn't hang onto.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Written Off: The Short, Sad, Beautiful Life of Matt Edwards

Source: The Biscuit Factory

UPDATE: As of 5:40 p.m. MST, The Kickstarter campaign has reached its goal of $55,000! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to anyone and everyone who pledged to help this documentary be finished.

In high school I was friends with a young man named Matt Edwards. His mom, Jane, was my Spanish teacher for my dismal Spanish 2 class, and Matt and I met through friends. As we got older and got beyond that horrible sardine can that is high school we talked a lot less. Both of us moved on with our lives after school but through the miracle that is Facebook we were able to reconnect a few years later. Both of us were insomniacs and would often chat or swap comments late at night.

We spoke fairly regularly right up until a short time before he died of an opiate overdose at the age of 25. One of our mutual friends announced his passing on Facebook and I couldn't breathe. How could this happen? Why? I had just talked to him about his new apartment, how hard he'd worked and how he'd saved up to be able to move into a better place. He was so proud of himself, looking forward to the future.

The Biscuit Factory, a company owned and run by award-winning filmmakers Rob Lyall and Molly Hermann, has made a documentary about Matt's life in hopes that telling one person's story will help open up the discussion about addiction and eliminate the stigma that follows those who suffer from it. The inspiration for this documentary came from Matt himself and his habit of detailed journal writing.

They need your help to get this film finished, and I'm writing this post to ask you to please support this documentary. Matt was an addict, but he was so much more than just that. I want to see him defined as the person he was, not by his addiction and the circumstances of his death. There's only about a day left to support this film, and not very far to go to make it happen. Please follow this link to go over to Kickstarter to find out more information, including an extended trailer, and to support this film.

You can pledge as little as $1, but there are stellar rewards if you pledge more, like a sterling silver cuff, early bird downloads, screening kits, autographed merchandise, and more.

Please support The Biscuit Factory and Matt's friends and family in getting his story told.

-S

Read an interview with the film's creators on Huffington Post
Read an article from the local NBC affiliate, WJFW 12

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One Year Ago Today...

...I published Snowbound on Kindle Direct Publishing and Createspace, for better or worse, after almost a year of work. It's been a weird, wonderful, gorgeous ride ever since. I'm still here, so you know it couldn't have been too God-awful.

There's been a lot of positive feedback, a few reviews that made me flip off my computer screen, and endless encouragement for me to continue.

For those of you just joining me today on the journey of self-publishing, working, motherhood, being wifey, and everything else that my life is consumed by: thanks for coming out! Stick around, it's a strange place here with the thoughts that come out of my head. And I apologize now for the swearing. Except I really don't. I mean, come on.

For those of you who have been here from the beginning, I'm not worthy. Seriously.

It's been a wild ride, and I'm hoping it continues. I've had to shelve a couple projects recently, just plain hit a wall, but it's a new year!! Anything can happen :)

-S