Well I suppose before I get in to the whole meat of the round up, I have a bit of a plea. As you all should know by now, I have a book out (yay), as you also probably know, it's not selling too good (boo) so if anyone has any tips on how to get the word out, short of paid advertising (which I can't afford yet) then I will happily accept any and all tips on how to encourage sales. Seriously, I'm in need of help. I rarely actually ever ask people for help, so I think I've earned a favour or two to be called in. Also if anyone does know any good ways to do paid advertising, then also let me know that. I tried setting it up before and I failed, and I was considering using Google, but I don't like how they do business as far as advertising goes. Anyway, let's get on with this round up.
Tuesday was a public service announcement in which I encouraged all of you to brush your teeth regularly due to my trip to the dentist. In short, it hurt. It really, really hurt. I think some places count what I was subjected to as torture. Although really I am being overdramatic. I have to go back today and if he's going to scrape my teeth again I'm having the needle. I've been informed by everyone, including Jessica (who never lies to protect my feelings) that the needle doesn't hurt and it acts so quickly that you've lost all feeling before you really feel pain.If this is not the case, words will be had. They will mostly be four letters long.
Wednesday I shared an inspirational message I heard in a song by one Ira Glass. It was about how for the first few years of you doing something, you probably won't be able to produce something on par with your tastes, with your ideas. You should never stop creating, even if you aren't able to create something that you feel matches your brilliant ideas. Eventually you'll get there, and you can and will create something you're proud of.
Thursday was the latest podcast I made, this one mostly about a review I got on Amazon for my book, and the frankly positive manner in which I reacted to it. I have actually since continued to write, and I think I'm still doing good. Immortal Space is still coming on strong, and so is one of my short stories. The problem with writing four things at once is that something is going to get left by the wayside. There was also some other stuff on there, mostly about how I was cleaning, but the main stuff is the first ten to fifteen minutes.
Friday was also about writing as it was about how I still face writing challenges and have to stop work on something and work on something else because I'm unsure of how things are going to develop, or how to word them. One specific example is that I was writing in one of my short stories and an action scene came up. I stopped writing and left it for a day because I wasn't sure how to handle it, and now I have a pretty good scene. At least, I think I do. If you're not sure about what to do next, it's okay to take a break. I find it helpful to swap writing projects rather than just stop because that way, you're still doing something productive.
Saturday was potentially the beginning of the last Immortal Space double update but I can confirm that there will be another one this week. Fang pointed out some logical fallacies, one of which was proven wrong, and one that caused me to write another scene within the update (although within the document, not the post) wherein Trent steals an engine. I now realise I could have just turned it in to one or two sentences, rather than write a seperate bloody update within an update. Oh I forgot to say this to you Fang when we got debating, the collection of stuff is the same stuff from the beginning so it's already made an appearance and as it's on Earth, there's a good chance it won't be seen again.
Sunday was the other half of the double update where I got back to what I do best; grim and disturbing depictions of graphic violence. I get the feeling I would actually write a scene where someone gets tortured just because part of me would enjoy it. If you thought what Trent did was insane, wait until you see what Amanda does...
Ahh, good times. Although seriously, the next part was actually tough for even me, Lord of Death, to write.
Well anyway, there's your round up. Seeing as I write these the night before, here's hoping I woke up in time to go to the dentists. Lousy sleeping problems.