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!

Mind Sieve 5/9/16

Morning!

 

Fan Fun

 

ANDRON Official Trailer – Hunger Games meets Reality TV? 😛

Kill Command Official International Trailer – Uh oh!

Tulip Fever Official Trailer – looks interesting. Just who is playing with whom? 😛

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Social Media Visuals: How to Easily Create Visuals Without a Designer article by Michael Stelzner at the SocialMedia Examiner. Some neat stuff, but “earier” is relative. 😛

Cool photo resource named Unsplash! Some truly gorgeous stuff in here.

 

Writing Advice

The Lessons of 400 Posts by John Adamus. Nice advice in here!

What’s the Difference between Plot and Story? by Jami Gold.

Have a great one!

Mind Sieve 5/2/16

Happy Monday!

 

Fan Fun

 

Approaching the Unknown Official Trailer #1 – more space movies! Yay!

X-Men Apocalypse Final Trailer – it’s going to be messy! 😛

A Monster Calls Official Trailer #2 – this looks awesome!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Google AMP: What Bloggers Need to Know by Michael Stelzner at the SocialMedia Examiner. Oh! This is like – IMPORTANT! Eek!

 

Writing Advice

How Strong is Your Dialogue? How to Fix Common Dialogue Problems by Alex Limberg at Kristen Lamb’s blog.

Brain Science: How Do You Imagine? by Jami Gold. A totally fascinating topic! Thanks for sharing this, Jami!

 

May you have a calm and easy week! (I’m not – so you need to have one for me! Heh heh)

Mind Sieve 4/18/16

Going to be a super wet week down in Texas!

 

Fan Fun

 

Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer – YES! (Weird that they’ve changed the Ancient One to a woman…) And they have the window! Sweet!

Suicide Squad Blitz Trailer – this is going to be fun! Heh heh.

For Kaiju fans! Godzilla Resurgence trailer – something looks very wrong with Godzilla. Eek! (Japanese title looks like Shin Gojira – so possibly it is Twin Godzilla?)

Our Kind of Traitor Official Trailer #1 – should be fun!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

20+ Social Media Hacks and Tips From the Pros by Lisa D. Jenkins at the SocialMedia Examiner. Some truly interesting tips. Will keep you very busy for a while. lol

 

Writing Advice

Writing Building Blocks: Paragraph Breaks & Voice by Jami Gold. Nice informative stuff in here!

My time is up. Hope you have a great week!

Once More With Feeling – Q2 2016 Finalist of the Texas Writers Journal

My short story “Once More With Feeling” is a finalist in the Texas Writers Journal.

Texas Writers Journal

All the finalists get put into a bound paperback and ebook versions of the journal every quarter for readers to enjoy and vote on. (The book has a score sheet and even a comments sheet to track what you’ve read!) Readers vote on the short stories at the site and the info is compiled to pick the winners for the year.

Texas Writers Journal Q2 2016

All the info on the contest and prices can be found on their Submissions page.

Anyway – here’s a snippet of “Once More With Feeling”:

 

People walked up and down the sidewalk at the end of the quad, many talking to others who weren’t there, their cell phones connecting them with those miles, states, or even countries away – all of them wrapped in their own importance, their own imaginary kingdoms, never quite aware of what was really around them.

They only desired what made sense to them, whatever helped make their safe little pockets of reality continue to exist. Normal was a lot rarer than anyone thought. But she’d learned they all liked to think they were. They liked to believe they were masters of their world, of their lives and destinies, never actually understanding how easily it could all be taken away – sometimes on a whim. Perhaps hers.

Kayla walked on to the crowded sidewalk a shark in fish rich waters. They swam past her in blissful ignorance, not deigning to understand the possibility of the danger in their midst. It was empowering. Kayla joined the heedless throng and headed north.

A rare tingle of anticipation sparked as her heels clipped along the concrete walkway in the sea of strangers. Today wouldn’t be like other days. Today would see the fruition of several months’ worth of planning. Today she would do something new.

You can even get a subscription to get a subscription for the trade or ebook versions to get cool Texas author stories.  More info about all that and purchase links can be found here.

Enjoy!

Mind Sieve 4/4/16

A new week!

 

Fan Fun

 

Alice Through the Looking Glass Official Trailer #2 – definitely looking forward to this one. 😛

CGI Animated Short Film HD: “A Fox Tale Short Film” by A Fox Tale Team – so cute!

 

A Hologram for the King Official Trailer #1 – looks interesting. lol.

The Angry birds Movie New Trailer 2016 – ROFL! It IS like just playing the game. Awesome! lol.

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Blog Comments Revisited: Why Major Bloggers Are Turning Comments Back On by Michael Stelzner at the Social Media Examiner. Lots of interesting info on the summaries about the podcast.

 

Writing Advice

Real Writers Don’t Self-Publish by Kristen Lamb. Great post looking at all the pros and cons and trying to shed information on the whole topic. Self-publishing isn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean it is not for others. The more choices we have, the better! 🙂

Stop Aspiring, Start Doing by John Adamus.

Make the week count!

Mind Sieve 3/28/16

Morning!

Fan Fun

 

The Looking Planet – CGI Short – it’s 16 minutes but well worth it. Once the boy shows up you won’t be able to look away. 🙂

The LEGO Batman Movie Teaser Trailer – oh my! Lol

The Genius Official Trailer #1 – about Thomas Wolfe and his editor! Hee!

The Legend of Tarzan Official Trailer #2 – looking forward to it! woot!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Enhances Video Metrics: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the Social media Examiner.

5 Ways to Use LinkedIn Publisher for Business by Viveka von Rosen at the Social Media Examiner

 

Writing Advice

13 Ways Writers are Mistaken for Serial Killers by Kristen Lamb. Too cute!

Egos in Publishing: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly by Jami Gold. Some good points to think about. 🙂

Have a great week!

Mind Sieve 3/14/16

Another MONDAY!

Fan Fun

 

Captain America: Civil War Official Trailer #2 – huh, not especially excited as to where this seems to be going. *pout*  (And no, it has nothing to do with Spidey. Ironman calling him Underoos? Priceless! lmao)

Hardcore Henry Official Trailer – love the concept, but probably will have to skip it. Looks like a motion sickness nightmare for me. 😛

Black Road Official Trailer – Sci-Fi thriller. Looks bizarre!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Pinterest Promoted Pins Open For All: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the SocialMediaExaminer. The bit about Pinterest was weird to me. The stuff has been available to me for a long time. There are bonuses for signing up for stuff early! 🙂 Still, there’s so much out there!

 

Writing Advice

 How to Weave Story Elements and Avoid Info Dumps by Jami Gold. Great post!

Self-Care for Writers by Jami Gold. (Yeppers! Double the Jami today! She’s been on a roll!) 🙂 Lots of great advice here. 🙂

Good luck this week! (and every week.) 🙂

Mind Sieve 3/7/16

Hello, Monday!

Fan Fun

 

Ghostbusters Official Trailer #1 – I’m scared and excited all at once! lol. The special effects look awesome! And Slimer is BACK!

400 Days Official Trailer 2016 – psychological thriller? Could be fun!

Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them) Trailer (Harry Potter Prequel) – oh, this looks fun!

Star Trek 3 Official Trailer – after the last one, not going to get excited…but of course I’ll be there. I’m a sucker. 😛 (Hope springs eternal?) Plot and good science do count!!!!!!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Live Video Gets Top News Feed Exposure: This Week in Social Media by Grace Duffy at the Social Media Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Emotional Wound Entry: Telling The Truth But Not Being Believed by Angela Ackerman at Writers Helping Writers. Good stuff!

How Much Should Writer’s Pay to be Published by Chuck (NSFW) Wendig. (What a lot of younger authors have not heard of – VANITY publishing. Still out there – still a TRAP!) 😛

Zooming to the finish! Have a great week!