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Fountain or Drain – Which One Are You?

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The Fountain or the Drain?

 Fountains


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Some people make you feel more creative, more productive, excited about your future. These people realize there’s no limit to ideas, so they are free to share them. There’s no quota to projects that will work. If they have a good idea that they think is a fit for you, they share it. When you tell them about a new idea or a new project, these people will offer helpful suggestions, cheer you on, and help you however they can.

These people are fountains. Surround yourself with them. Nurture them, tend to them because they make you better by being in your life.

Drains


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You may not know at first glance that someone is a drain, but it only takes a few times of interacting with that person for you to feel…

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The Book of Pain is finally finished.

At last my longest, hardest and what I truly hope to be my best novel is finally done, finished, ended, concluded.

It’s been a hard slog, what with writing two completely different endings, polishing both, then deciding which I would use.

Unfortunately, after rechecking the end of my my subservience to Amazon, I discovered that it isn’t the 2nd of Jan, but the 20th. As we all know they don’t make it easy to find anything, so I might as well go through it again. I’m as happy as I’m ever likely to be with the plot, the structure, the ending and my first and probably last sex scene, but I’ll bet I can find more errors to fix – so I might as well do it again, and then publish to Amazon and Smashwords on the same day.
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Now for my next problem. My Three Hoodies series hasn’t been as successful as I’d hoped, so I’d previously decided not to publish the third. But then I thought, as it’s finished, why waste all that work. So I’m going to finish the final edit and do it. My beta readers said it was funny, which was the point of writing them after all. This is the cover – probably. I’ll just inject a little more terror into their flight across the road.
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And, although I’ve already begun another three novels: Geezers 3, Kongomato 3 and an end of the world disaster, I’m going to take a few weeks off and do something I should have been doing every single day; which is to actually advertise my books.

First annual book round-up – part two

Please go here for my next part.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as WordPress allows me to post properly.
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My first annual round-up of books – part one.

Please go here for the first part of my annual book round-up.

http://threehoodies.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/my-annual-round-up-of-boooks-as-its.html

Strange Portals from the Ink Slingers League.

Announcing a new short story compilation from the Ink Slingers League.
This is a fantastic collection of short stories from new and terrific writers. There’s something for everyone here, mystery, gore, monsters and, well, I won’t spoil it, but you’re guaranteed a good few hours entertainment. There’s even a couple of my own efforts in here but don’t let that put you off.
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The wonderful cover is by Joleene Naylor who’s web site is featured to the left of my blog.
It can be bought here: Amazon
And here: Smashwords

Interview at Book Goodies!

Amaranthine by Joleene Naylor

Who likes author interviews? Me for one, and here’s hoping you do too, because Book Goodies was kind enough to post an interview with yours truly. They had some great questions, like:

What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s only going to get harder from here. Indie publishing is like the gold rush in California. At first it’s just a few hardy pioneers who govern themselves, then a few strike it big, hundreds rush in to join, lawlessness ensues, brawls in the streets, bad grammar, terrible punctuation, and the citizens – the readers – start to complain, they start to say “We need a Sheriff to come in here and tell all these rough and tough author types to simmer down and quit writing this drivel!” And so the gate keepers start. We’ve already seen Amazon’s on again off again policy against erotica. But I…

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And heeee’s back.

Finally after the week from hell I can return to my computer. What with people flinging themselves madly at me in London, daughters flinging themselves off horses a lot nearer to home and the impending threat of redundancy – as always at Christmas – I’m strangely still looking forward to it. Not Christmas, I hate this time and all the disasters it always brings, but the approaching return of my soul from Amazon.

I haven’t sold a book in weeks. Bereft of buyers, you might say. Restricted for readers, a veritable deficiency of delvers.

Not that every customer of Smashwords, Nook, Barnes and Noble & iTunes is going to injure themselves in their haste to buy my every book on the 3rd of January, (I wish) but I have to meet them half way and actually make them available.

I’ve been compiling a list of my favourite novels and where to buy them. I didn’t want to do it too early since the dreaded time was still too far away, so I’ll put them up in the next few days. And it’s not just the books I like. There will be every type of genre featured, enough in fact to enthral the eye, beguile the bookworm, stupefy the scholar.

I’m going to go now before my keyboard melts.

A small snippet from Old Geezers 2

I’m trying to find a piece to use as a mouth waterer for Geezers 2. I was thinking of using some of this from chapter two. I hope it’s confusing enough to make people want to know more.

‘I must have called the Defense Department twenty times. Even when I finally got through and played: pass-me-round-every-department-in-the-goddamn-building, all I got was some smooth talking asshole saying: “thank you, but you must understand that…” It’s driving me nuts!’ Obviously reading their blank expressions, Abe erupted with increased fury, much to the consternation of a passing guest who squeaked in fright before apparently recovering enough vitality to abandon her Zimmer frame and sprint away. ‘The bomb, the damned bomb! I told them it was going to go off, but they won’t believe me.’

‘Well of course they won’t believe you.’ Chet attempted, and failed to keep the sarcasm from his voice. ‘It’s not due to go off for another ten years. What do you expect? “Yes sir, a nuclear bomb is going to go off in Mexico City in ten years – we’ll look right into it.” Look,’ he glared at Abe, ‘it’s over, finished.’

A little long?

A lovely Christmas giveaway

I don’t have anything remotely useful to say tonight so I thought I’d copy this blog from Marchhouse Books.com. For really beautiful children’s books this is the place to go; and as some of them are free for Christmas, why not give it a try?

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http://marchhousebookscom.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/vintage-books-christmas-giveaway.html

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