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Arrogation Ebook Contest

***NOTE: THIS OFFER HAS EXPIRED, BUT FEEL FREE TO STILL SOLVE THE PUZZLE!***

Can you solve the puzzle below? If so, you can be a winner of a free copy of Arrogation from the Miscorrectionseries. The best part is that everyone can win! Just follow the clues below to figure out the answer to the puzzle and then follow the instructions to redeem your prize.

Abundance

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It was the cherries. Who would think that you could destroy your enemy with cherries? We had bioengineered many things, but we happened upon a way to attack our enemy and overtake them.

Writing Wrap-Up II

It’s time for the weekly wrap-up. This is a good one. Doesn’t it look so yummy?

Ebook Giveaway!!!

***NOTE: THIS OFFER HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 2, 2011***

Would you like a chance to read Miscorrection: Arrogation free? You can!

At midnight on March 1, 2011, I will post details on how you can win a coupon code to download Arrogation free from Smashwords. But I don’t want to just give away the code. Let’s make this fun!

Book Review: Shattered Wonders: Five Science Fiction Stories by Jeff Ambrose

Shattered Wonders: Five Science Fiction Stories by Jeff Ambrose is exactly what the title suggests. The book contains four short stories, The Senex, Butterfly Rose, Erasing God, and Alien Camp, and one novelette, Mission to Edia-Prime. Each story has what the author defines as a dark bent. Rather than describe each story here, which would no doubt spoil them since they are short, I’ll leave that for you to discover and enjoy on your own.

Laying A Foundation

I have always liked the idea of telling stories. After I graduated from high school in the late ‘90s, I intended to be a writer, as a hobby only. There were many short stories that I wrote, which are now forever lost.

But regardless, I carried on my writing in a verbal form when I had children.

Weekly Poll I

I’ve decided it would be fun to post a weekly poll on my blog. The subject matter will vary depending on my mood, current events, and whatever pops into my head. As you can see above, I’ve also added a menu option to see all posted polls.

My goal is to post these polls once a week on Wednesday. I will also accompany the poll with a blog post that describes the question in detail. Remember, this is my goal, so there is a very real possibility that I won’t have one every week. But I will certainly try my best.

Creating a Traffic Jam

Since I started getting serious about my blog about a month and a half ago, I’ve seen some good results. The site is averaging around twenty-two hits a day. That doesn’t sound great, but remember, I was only averaging like ten a month before that. My efforts have been good. I use Twitter, Facebook, and other means to drive me to my blog. But I want more traffic!

Slowly Solving Problems Swiftly

When I write, I find myself having an interesting problem, especially if I’m writing a story. I take the time to figure out my story, thinking about it for many days or weeks before I even begin to put the thoughts into words. Finally, I sit down at my computer, put my fingers on the keys,and I begin typing.

Writing Wrap-Up I

I’ve decided to start a weekly wrap-up (at least I hope I can keep it weekly) that summarizes my writing experiences. This will include a listing of all blog posts for the week and my experiences writing the Miscorrectionseries. Hopefully you like my picture pun that accompanies this post. And if you could care less about the wrap-up below, I hope each week's picture is enough to make you visit each Sunday. There's nothing like a good wrap!

Book Review: Disintegration by Scott Nicholson

Disintegration by Scott Nicholson is a tale of a husband and wife who experience a very tragic event. This event (which I won’t spoil here) is the catalyst for the entire story. Throughout the reading, you are pulled deeper and deeper into the world of Jacob, and to a lesser extent, his wife Renee. This is a story where not all is exactly as it seems for the two, and how everything unfolds at the end is quite surprising.

Breaking Miscorrection Into Smashwords

The availability of the Miscorrection series continues to expand. Not only can you purchase the stories on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but also you can now get them on Smashwords.

The Fiction of Being Real

Part of the fun in writing the Miscorrection series is creating a believable universe. In the beginning of my writing the series, it was in its infancy. But now I find myself writing the fourth novelette, and the universe has become very much alive.

As the writer, I have thought out this universe. I’ve created characters, locations, organizations, and more. And this is crucial to any story. It doesn’t need to be science fiction. All fiction requires that the worlds the characters live in are real and believable. This is why movies and books like Star Wars, Star Trek, Lost, Foundation, and more have found success. The creators of a story develop the story so well that the audience believes it is real. Not only that, many times they imagine they are a part of it.

This was a difficult task to accomplish with Miscorrection, and I feel it is going well. After release of the first three stories, readers should be getting a clear understanding of the universe I’ve made, the characters and thei…

PubIt! - Self-Publishing for the Nook

What is your ereader of preference? The Kindle? The Nook? Something else? Most people who have an ereader love it, defend, and swear by it. And that’s great! Everyone should have their opinion of the best product and to tell others how they feel about it.

For a self-published writer however, bias in where they release their written works is not an option. My works had been available exclusively on the Kindle, but now, thanks to Barnes & Noble starting their own self-publishing format for Nook, you can purchase the Miscorrectionseries on your Nook.

The name of the service is PubIt! This is a clever title, even if you could make jokes about it sounding very similar to something more offensive. Regardless of the name, this is another way for indie authors to get their books out there. And I am very glad this is the case.

It’s very important for an indie author to take advantage of whatever options they can to get there books in front of people. If you stick all your eggs in one basket, …

Book Review: A Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

It’s an oldie but a goodie. That’s what I like to say about books that are written so long ago and yet they still remain relevant and entertaining. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth is no exception. While the original publication goes back to 1864, it is a fun romp nonetheless. It should be noted that, over the years, different translations of the book have been made. The version I read was purchased from Amazon for the low, low cost of free. One notable difference between this translation and the original is that the name of one of the main characters is changed. But these things are trivial, as the story of a professor, his nephew, and a loyal guide is entertaining the whole way through.

The Good: There were a few things I really liked about this book. First, the adventure. The excursion into the unknown was fascinating. Nevermind that what happens in the book could never actually be real; when you are reading the story you imagine that it is. You feel the danger and suspense as t…

Blog Stats I

I have decided that it would be fun to post some statistics from my blog. While this post is getting closer to the middle of the month, future Blog Stats posts will be posted the first of each month and will show the last thirty days of activity. Posts will include hits on posts, links, and search queries that led to a post.  In order not to make the Blog Stats annoying to read, I will only be posting the top five in each category. Enjoy!

LAST 30 DAY BLOG POSTS HITS

"Lost" Series Finale Explained 367 hits
Home page 89 hits
Get Miscorrection: Sunrise for Free!!! 78 hits
Felix Culpa Cover Art 46 hits
Starting Book Reviews 40 hits

LAST 30 DAYS MOST CLICKED LINKS (Please note that some links may no longer be active.)

cid-f48244167a38bf3b.office.live.com/self.aspx/Free eBooks/Sunrise ^5Miscorrection^6.prc 16 clicks
amzn.to/NtyFL 13 clicks
public.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pqPgY46kUs1HrdWwO6LLj8bYH3jABIIFyBsJ3_um4gkqQQpMunvhASoJNUfecI29oCHNS1NHLC6E9DmFqevvbjg/Sunrise (Miscorrection).prc?do…

Twitter for Kindle

Amazon announced today a forthcoming update for the latest generation of the Kindle. To me, the most exciting thing about this announcement is what you can do after you read a book.

So what is it? Well, you will now be able to seamlessly rate the book, share your thoughts about it on your social network, see recommendations, and view other books by the author.

This may seem like it is not too big of a deal. But, once you go to the Kindle Social Page, you can begin to see why this is going to be very nice. They haven’t dubbed it that name, but for all intents and purposes, that’s what I am calling it.

Here they have taken the concept of Twitter and Facebook and merged it into a social network for books. What makes this so great is that it is seamless. Now, I don’t have to go through a manual process like on Shelfari or Goodreadsthat requires me to enter in all the books I am reading, have read, or plan to read.

Do you have Kindle books on your Amazon wishlist? Have you purchased books for …

Why Science Fiction?

It might be asked why I choose to read and write science fiction. After all, I enjoy other genres. But all of my life, I have found I most enjoy science fiction. This is the case whether it is a book, movie, or television show.

My interest in science fiction stems from the amazing possibilities that are before us. When I watch the Enterprise on Star Trek flying through space, a lightsaber being wielded in Star Wars, or a DeLorean time traveling once hitting a speed of 88 m.p.h., I imagine what it would be like to experience those things. It’s the idea of those possibilities being a reality that makes science fiction so much fun!

Think about it. Today we do many things that people twenty years ago would have considered science fiction. Talking via video chat is a great example. We are experiencing what the creators of The Jetsons envisioned. And this isn’t just done within the confines of our home. We are able to do this on the go, while using our phones.

So when I write or when I am ente…

Book Review: Homecoming by Sue Ann Bowling

Homecomingfollows the story of several characters of different origins. Some of these characters are slaves, some prominent leaders. The book follows the stories of these characters, the choices they make, and the fears they face. All of this takes place many thousands of years after our current time, when an alien race, the R’il’nians, the R’il’noids, and Humans coexist. Intelligent life has spread throughout the galaxy, spanning many planets. The fate of the Confederation, a coalition of many of the planets, is uncertain, as it needs a proper heir for leadership. The current heir is corrupt, unloving, and unkind, and Lai, the father of this heir comes to understand this and the need for a better solution. The R'il'nians and the R'il'noids also have a few special powers that I won't spoil here, but they add a good element to the story.

The Good: One thing about the universe of Homecoming that I really enjoyed was the universe. The author thought it out well and mad…

Starting Book Reviews

After much deliberation, well maybe not much, I’ve decided that I will begin posting reviews of books that I read. At first, I was going to limit this only to books written by independent authors. But I decided that I really shouldn’t limit what I review. After all, I’m of the opinion that anyone can write if they put their mind to it. Why should I differentiate with authors? Also, the genre of the book will vary, but only slightly. I tend to lean towards science fiction for my reading. But here and there, I will read other genres.

As for my review layout, it will go something like this:

I will have an intro paragraph that briefly states the basic story.
I will then break down the review into three sections: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. (Somewhat cliché, but I felt I could cover everything in the book this way.)
My overall feeling on the book.

I do not intend to have any star ratings or point systems. My thought was I should be able to convey my opinion on the …

Writing is Solitary

The Bing dictionary defines solitary as ‘done without the company of other people’. As I thought about this, I realized that is exactly what someone experiences when he or she writes.

Writing is a lonely hobby. For me, the story bounces around in my head. I formulate the story's plot points and characters just by being alone and thinking. Sometimes I do this while I’m driving to work. Other times, I do it as I’m falling asleep. Sometimes I’m making an outline of specifics of the story on paper or the computer. But never am I conversing about what I want to write, unless I’m in the editing stages, and I’m getting suggestions for improvement from a third party. So overall, I write my stories in solitary.

This aspect of writing is intriguing to say the least. Because through the loneliness of writing, I find myself enjoying the company of the characters and story I am writing. They start to become very real. Writing can be a lonely hobby or career, but your mind keeps you occupied none…