Mind Sieve

Happy Monday!

Fan Fun

Cars 3 Teaser #2 – so sleek!

Star Wars Rebels Mid Season 3 Trailer – Obi-Wan you and old! And other characters from Rogue One will be coming! Sweet!

Clara Official Trailer #1 – Looks weird but cute! My favorite combo. 🙂

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Live Video and Marketing: Where the Industry Is Heading from the Social Media Examiner. Article by Michael Stelzner. Ack more stuff to do! Aiiieee!

Free eBook! Self Promo Stories by Authors, Fun Strategies to Sell Books by Beth Barany. Looking forward to seeing what they have to share. 🙂

Writing

Happy New Year! Start 2017 Right By Jumping On 3 Important Tasks by Angela Ackerman

Guest Author Jodie Renner: Set up Your Story in the First Paragraphs by Jodie Renner. Great advice!

 

Have a great week! And wish me luck. Doing Year End accounting right now at work. Oi!

2017 Appearance Schedule

Greetings, all!

Figured I would share my tentative 2017 Attendance Schedule with you. 🙂

October 20-22, 2017 DallasComic Con Fan Days in Irving, TX

Sep 22-24, 2017 FenCon in Irving, TX

Aug 17-20, 2017 Animefest in Dallas, TX

July 28-30, 2017 ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX

June 23-25, 2017 SoonerCon in Midwest City, OK

June 8-11, 2017 A-kon in Fort Worth, TX

May 5-7, 2017 WHOFest in Dallas, TX

March 31 – Apr 2, 2017 Fan Expo Dallas in Dallas, TX

March 16-19, 2017 All-Con 2016 in Dallas, TX

February 10-12, 2017 ConDFW in Fort Worth, TX

Hope to see you there!

P.S. All but ArmadilloCon will also include ChibiChains! Hoping she’ll do her new logo reveal soon!

Mind Sieve 12/12/16

Morning, all!

 

Fan Fun

War for the Planet of the Apes Official Trailer – ooooh!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Official Trailer #1 – this is going to be messy! lol.

Ghost in the Shell Official Trailer 1 – sweet! Hope they try to keep it close to the manga. Woot!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Official Trailer – Teaser – sweet!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

How This Author Got 10,000+ Preorders As A First Time Self-Published Author by Book Marketing Tools.com. They make it sound so easy. *cry*

 

Writing/Writing Life

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Writers — 2016 Edition by Jami Gold (Some cool stuff in here! :P)

5 Ways to Discover & Develop Our Voice by Jami Gold.

 

Have a great week!

Small Business Saturday 11/26/16

Greetings all!

11/26/16 is Small Business Saturday. A day to support and celebrate small business all over the US. You can get more info from the official site here.

As a small press author, all my publishers are small businesses. So I figured I’d go ahead and highlight them here as part of the celebration! (And so you know who to blame for what. Heh heh.)

Small Business Saturday - HardShell Word Factory

Hard Shell Word Factory (Now part of Mundania Press)

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles by Gloria Oliver - Young Adult Fantasy novel

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Mundania Press

Mundania Press

Inner Demons by Gloria Oliver - Urban Fantasy novel

 

Small Business Saturday - Uncial Press

 

Uncial Press

Charity and Sacrifice

 

 

Small Business Saturday - Yard Dog Press

Yard Dog Press

 

 

Houston: We've Got Bubbas Anthology Four Bubbas of the Apocalypse Anthology

 

Small Business Saturday - Zumaya PublicationsZumaya Publications

In the Service of Samurai by Gloria Oliver - Young Adult Fantasy novel

Vassal of El by Gloria Oliver - Fantasy Novel

Willing Sacrifice by Gloria Oliver - Young Adult Fantasy novel

Price of Mercy by Gloria Oliver - Fantasy novel

Jewel of the Gods by Gloria Oliver - Fantasy novel

 

Please help support small businesses wherever you find them! It’s their fighting spirit that keeps us from only having cookie-cutter choices in what we read and enjoy! 🙂

 

Mind Sieve 11/7/16

Okay, going to see if I can actually do a full out post this week! *crossingfingers* Woot!

Fan Fun!

Wonder Woman Official Trailer 2 – I am so looking forward to this! Themyscira looks awesome!

The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer #4 – this looks like a hoot! lol.

Arrival Official Trailer 2 – Looking forward to this one! Woot!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

10 Ways to Grow an Organic Instagram Presence by Julia McCoy at the Social Media Examiner.

 

15 Browser Extension to Increase Productivity by Lilach Bulloch. So many extensions…So little time! 😛

 

Writing Life/Writing Advice

13 Reasons Authors are Mistaken for Serial Killers by Kristen Lamb. Bwahahahaha!

Do Your Settings Contain An Emotional Value? by Angela Ackerman at the Writers Helping Writers Blog.

 

Have a great Monday!

Chaos, News, and Oct 14th Impending Release!

Greetings all!

First, apologies for the lack of consistency on my posts of late. Between 2015 and 2016 life has been an ever filling bucket of chaos! Whee!

Most of it stems from the dreaded, but horribly necessary – Day JOB! I have to eat, pay bills, all those pesky things one does to survive while working above and beyond to push a writing career. Not for the faint of heart on a normal basis. And with all that’s been happening at work in the last couple of years…

People leaving the department like every three months or so in 2015. Owner ship changes. Duty changes. And in 2016 the added fun of an accelerated system conversion at the same time as declaring bankruptcy and coming out the other side. Then add in the layoff and people who survived it leaving at the worst possible time…and you can see how full the bucket is.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that 2017 will finally have things slow down. I want to be able to WRITE! Got a science fiction manuscript screaming for me to edit it so I can shop it around and a new urban fantasy manuscript with several thousand words already down and tabulated research on the side. Neither of which has seen anything from me in at least six months. 🙁

The peeps from the writers group I belong to are not sure I still exist! (Been with them for a long time and I’ve always been anal about getting my crits for any submissions in! Now they never hear from me except to catch a glimpse and a word or two from me at cons. (I’m still alive! I promise! I will do my part soooooooonnnnnn!)

The blog schedule has not gone unscathed, and has gotten worse the last few months Apologies! At least I’ve still managed to show up at the cons. (Though on the last two I missed a couple of my panels – *gack* – Even after looking at my schedule repeatedly! Mind exhaustion anyone?)

We’re hitting 3rd quarter close and audit – so it’s not looking good for October. But I’ll keep struggling to get back on track.

And so as part of this long apology for sporadic posting schedules and more I will also be a good author and announce the impending release of my novelette “Charity and Sacrifice.”

Charity and Sacrifice

Release date is October 14th! Less than a week away! And in case you missed the post a few weeks ago – it’s already available for pre-order! Kindle,  Kobo, and iBook.

The novelette is 10K words and will only be available in ebook. For a short excerpt check the book page here.  It is a historical/alternate history work set in London, England in the late 1800’s. 🙂

If you wouldn’t mind, please help spread the word! And wish me LUCK! (I need it!) 😛

 

Charity and Sacrifice – Ready for Pre-order!

With the release date of 10/4/16 for Charity and Sacrifice looming near…

I just found out Charity and Sacrifice (published by Uncial Press) is now ready for pre-order!

Kindle

Kobo

And should also be in the IBook store!

So if you’re so inclined – order your copy today! 🙂

Mind Sieve 8/29/16

Morning all!
Trying hard to get back on schedule. The chaos of 2016 continues!

Fan Fun

 

Justice League Official Trailer – Oh this is gonna be fun. And cyborg looks super pimped out! lol.

Luke Cage Official Trailer – sweet!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Finds Them Trailer 2 – looking forward to it!

 

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Ads are NOT a Brand and Promotion is NOT Platform—Understanding the Difference by Kristen Lamb

How to Improve Social Media Posts With Custom URL Shorteners by Derric Hayne at the Social Media Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Do You Share Your Work in Progress? by Jami Gold. Stuff to think about!

 

Have an awesome week!

Mind Sieve 6/20/16

Morning!

 

Fan Fun

 

Anthropoid Official Trailer – Oooh! Prague!

Storks Official Trailer #2 – this looks so CUTE!

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Official Trailer #1 – this looks like it will be a BLAST! Lol.

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Monthly Newsletters/Blog Post from a couple of my publishers – It is social media! And helping promote them will also help promote me! 😛 Zumaya Publications – June 2016 News and Uncial Press Letter June 2016. 🙂

Launch Strategy: A Case Study in How to Move People to Action by Michael Stelzner at the Social Media Examiner. This is actually a little depressing. lol. I need me like 50 clones! 😛

 

Writing Advice

Grammatical Malpractice by John E. McIntire at the Baltimore Sun. Oh! Very eye opening article.

 

Have a fabulous week!

Mind Sieve 5/30/16

Morning!

Fan Fun

 

The Space Between Us Official Trailer – looks so cute! Hanky time!

Sing Official Trailer #1 – looks fun! And possibly also a hanky movie. 😛

Beauty and the Beast US Teaser Trailer – redoing the Disney film as live action! Looks gorgeous!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

4 Tips to Improve Your Pinterest Exposure by Carla Gadyt at the SocialMedia Examiner. Weird that one needs to go to this much trouble? Surprised about needing to delete pins.

 

Have a great one!