Showing posts from March, 2012

You really should buy this book

This is just an update on my last post about Ruby Standing Deer's new book, Circles. I just checked Amazon, and the price has been lowered to $0.99. I thought it was a steal at $4.99, so if you don't buy it at this new price, well then I just don't know what to say :) Hurry up and buy it. You won't regret it. I would imagine this is just a promotional pricing strategy to get it into the hands of more readers. I'm sure the price will go back up to a more reasonable level soon.


One of the greatest benefits of my membership to Writer's Village University is the chance to meet and interact with so many talented writers. I've learned so much in the short time that I've been a member and I continue to learn everyday. What makes the writer's journey particularly rewarding is to see a fellow writer succeed and publish their work. It gives hope to the rest of us who long for the day that readers will be holding a copy of our novel. So it is with much enthusiasm that I'm recommending a wonderful new book, Circles, by one of WVU's very own, Ruby StandingDeer.

I've only read the sample so far, but the story world is so magical, and the laguage is so evocative, that I will be purchasing and reading Circles as soon as I finish this post. I'll be sure to post a review here after I've finished reading, but I would encourage you to go ahead and buy it now. At the time of this writing it is only $4.99 on Amazon and available to Amazon Pr…

The marvels of the buckling spring

If you're not approaching forty years old, then you've probably spent most of your computer-using lifetime in front of a spongy feeling, lackluster keyboard with absolutely no feedback. Now don't get offended, it just happens to be more likely than not. If I'm wrong, then fantastic. That means you've heard about those days of yore and the marvelous industrial keyboards that they produced. In which case you can stop reading now, and go do something more productive. No really; I wouldn't blame you. For those of you that decided to stick around, let me tell you a little about my new favorite keyboard,
the Unicomp SpaceSaver M.

The SpaceSaver M is actually a modern reproduction of the classic clicky keyboard known as the Model M used by IBM back in the 1980's. They're affectionately known as clicky because of the loud clicking sound that they make with each depression and release of the keys. They have a wonderful tactile feel and resonating auditory feedb…

Make your own novel cover

I've been having a lot of fun lately creating mock novel covers, and sharing them with my writing group. I received such a positive response, and so many questions about how I created them, that I decided to create a tutorial. First of all, let me preface this tutorial by saying that I am certainly no expert, and that I am sharing this for my fellow future novelists that want to take a stab at making their own cover art. After all, who knows the material better? Besides, we all know that struggling writers are broke and can't afford to hire a cover designer.
The first thing you are going to need in order to make your cover is some sort of illustration or image editing software. A program like Photoshop would be ideal, however, since we are struggling writers, we probably don't have the budget for that kind of horsepower. Besides, in my opinion, Photoshop is overkill for a project like this, especially for a beginner. For this demonstration I'm going to be using my fav…

Quick sample cover

Here's a quick sample cover that I threw together using a couple of stock photos and some filters in Pixelmator. It's not quite formatted right for an eBook, but you get the idea.

Distraction free writing

If you're anything at all like me, you have a tendency to browse the web doing “research” when you should be working on that novel. Oh sure, I always start with the best intentions; I even open up Scrivener and bash out a few dozen words before I decide to go look something up on Google that just can’t wait. The worst part is that I’ve usually been running through scenes and plot points in my head during my commute, and all day at work. I’m even pretty enthusiastic about turning all of these great ideas into scenes when I get in front of my computer. So how do distractions overpower that desire to write? For me, it’s usually a matter of just popping over to the internet for a second, or checking my email, or posting to my writing group. Most of these actions only take a minute or two, but the problem is that those minutes add up, and the disruption to my workflow is often detrimental. I basically said all of that to tell you that the one device that has done more for my writing p…