Mind Sieve 1/23/17

Happy Monday!

Fan Fun

The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer #5 – uh oh, a ton of villains!

Logan Trailer #2 – looking forward to it!

Wonder Woman Trailer #2 – Can’t wait!

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Community Development: How to Cultivate Loyal Fans by Michael Stelzner – I need like 10 clones now. Lol.

 

Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Pitch Writing by Jami Gold. Just in time! The edit for “Alien Redemption” is done so I need to start shopping it. 😛

5 Things Psychology Can Teach Writers by Angela Ackerman and Tamar Sloan.

 

 

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!

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!

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!) 😛

 

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!

Mind Sieve 5/23/16

Had a website server fail on Sunday. Still not sure if it was me or my host. Had some new pics from a new game to share too. 🙁 Still can’t do posts from work, so schedule is super tight. Let’s see how far I get! 😛

 

Fan Fun

 

Star Trek Beyond Official Trailer 2 – looks fun! *fingerscrossed*

New Star Trek show teaser coming from CBS. But it’s only going to be on paid access. 🙁 (1 episode on regular free CBS TV to work us up. Boo!)

ICKERMAN Official Trailer – the visuals look super awesome!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

14 Tools for Bloggers by David Sawyer at the SocialMedia Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Character Dead-Ends by John Adamus – great things to keep in mind when writing characters. The WHY is important!

 

Have a good one!

Cover Reveal – Charity and Sacrifice

The final cover for Charity and Sacrifice has been approved! So that means I can now share it!

The 10K word novelette, which will be published by Uncial Press, will only be available as an ebook. The cover looks pretty snazzy though!

I love the big, fat X on the husband. Bwahahahaha!

They’ll be sending the novelette out for reviews soon. So I’ll share those as well as they become available. Publish Date is still set for Oct 2016!

I’ve added the blurb and an excerpt again to keep the it fresh in your minds for the future. BWAHAHAHA!

Trapped in a loveless marriage, will Elizabeth’s sacrifice to regain Robert’s love be in vain?

All Elizabeth hoped to do was to rekindle the love in her marriage. Yet despite ignoring her social obligations and immersing herself in her husband’s important work, somehow this only made things worse.

Her last hope is her unborn child — a source of unrequited love to fill the void inside her. But that too is taken from her. How? Why?

Her doctor avoids her. Her husband berates her. And there are whispers — whispers telling of things that cannot be.

Yet the more Elizabeth ignores the rumors, the more they press on her to seek the truth, so she concocts a plan to find it. To find it and hopefully exonerate both Robert and herself. To discover the reason she’s lost all that’s dear to her. And she will do it, even if she must venture into Whitechapel to do it.

Excerpt

“Dear, you have to eat something. Don’t you want to get better?” Ada once more offered a spoonful of porridge.

Propped up with hard pillows, Elizabeth could sit at an angle. Millie, her personal maid, had come by earlier and brought her a proper dressing gown as well as a brush and pins. The proprieties must be maintained despite the tragedy. She knew Robert would expect it. And it was the only armor left to her at present.

Chastised, she opened her mouth to take the offered food, though she wasn’t hungry and felt mortified to be treated like a child. A child…

Elizabeth’s eyes teared up but she refused to be embarrassed further by her own weakness.

“Has he been to see you yet?” The nurse’s eyes gleamed with curiosity.

“To whom do you refer?” She suspected, but she wouldn’t help feed the rumor mill any more than necessary.

“Lord Stainton, your husband.”

Elizabeth refused to meet her gaze. “I’ve been sleeping a lot, but I am sure he’s come. He wouldn’t wake me, knowing I need the rest.”

Ada’s eyes widened with feigned surprise. “Oh, that could be it, couldn’t it?” She fed Elizabeth another spoonful.

“He’s a very busy man.” Elizabeth wanted to bite her own tongue, knowing the excuse for what it was, and well aware the nurse did as well. “I’ve had enough, thank you.”

“Are you sure, dear?” Ada leaned forward as if to feed her again, except she left the spoon in the bowl. She stared intently at Elizabeth, her next words voiced in a whisper. “There are things you should know that you’ve not been told.”

Elizabeth’s eye twitched. The hollow hole inside her pulsed with need and apprehension. She presumed he was receiving news of her condition from the nurses as well as using them to pass on his orders.

Her gently worded requests for him to visit were just as gently denied. The suspicion something was being hidden from her had hardened into solid fact. Yet she still possessed no information.

To be forced to gain it from the likes of Ada … Everything that ever poured from the woman’s mouth was suspect. She’d watched her long enough to learn that much.

But how else was she to even glean a hint as to what was being kept from her? “Is that so?”

Ada leaned forward a little more. “I could get in trouble sharing what I know.” The nurse smiled at her, expectation tightening the lines on her face. “But a token, a valuable token, would go a long way toward easing my concerns. Think of it as a bit of charity to someone less fortunate than yourself.”

Charity? Extortion was more like it. Elizabeth wanted nothing more than to grab her bowl and shove its contents in the old hag’s face. Yet something in the back of her mind niggled at the word. It had been used in her presence recently… “I might have something at home which would satisfy you. I’ll have it brought for the morrow.”

Ada stood up to go. “My old heart bleeds with gratitude, milady. I’ll be sure to tell you all I know, once your charity has been received.”

Elizabeth clutched her blanket until her hands went numb, sure the nurse was laughing at her as she bowed her way out.

Coming Soon!