Thursday Thoughts: To read or not to read.

I read. Not a lot, but I read. While looking for a new science fiction book, I came across one that sounded familiar. Did I read it before? Nope. I was writing it. I had decided on a premise for my next book, started outlining the plot, wrote some intros and interesting dialogue, and now?Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: To read or not to read.”

Thursday Thoughts: Tropes

I have to (want to) write a new book. There is only one problem: What’s an original trope?Umm, what the heck is a trope?A trope is the general theme of the plot. There are 7 plots/tropes: Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, Rebirth. Obviously each plot can beContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Tropes”

Thursday Thoughts: Poetic License Updated.

Do you ever read your older posts and think that they are, well … not that good? Or, maybe they have merit, but just need a but of tidying up. I throw caution to the wind when I write poetry. I never set out to write a specific form of poetry. The closest I comeContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Poetic License Updated.”

Thursday Thoughts: How fast is fast?

299 792 458 m / s If physics is correct, nothing can exceed the speed of light*, so there is a limit to how fast we can go. But I’m not talking about that limit. The first book about running that I read was about breaking the four-minute mile. At the time, people thought it was impossible.Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: How fast is fast?”

Thursday Thoughts: Survey Says?

Do you like surveys? While conversing on an author marketing support group, I realized that I haven’t created a survey to take the pulse of Lines by Leon Nation* since last May. Someone had asked how authors create engagement and deal with inactive newsletter subscribers. In order to retain readers who “have to” sign upContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Survey Says?”

Thursday Thoughts: Book two finished. Kinda.

I wrote the final chapter of book two of my trilogy yesterday. Oh, there is still a lot of revising to do, but with the help of my beta readers, that is coming along well, chapter by chapter. I want to thank my beta readers who not only get an advance look at the book,Continue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Book two finished. Kinda.”

Thursday Thoughts: Author Newsletters

Do you subscribe to your own newsletter? I do because I want to make sure that my subscribers are getting an attractive newsletter free of glitches. I actually use 2 email addresses, and I have been forgetting to open both, and I wondered why my open rate was lower. So, check your spam folder andContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Author Newsletters”

Thursday Thoughts: Beta Readers

I use the website StoryOrigin to connect with other authors to promote books with each other’s readerships, distributing my free books to newsletter subscribers, managing review copies, and recently, to allow access to my new book thought the beta copy feature. If you are an author and have never used a beta reader, you areContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts: Beta Readers”