Via Shelagh Watkins, author of Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, and Alice Crooker:
It’s been a few days but I just got word Ann Joiner had passed.
I liked Ann, I mean not liked, but I always got a sense she knew more than she was letting on. I first encountered her on the Author’s Den and she had a habit of not wanting to debate anyone about PublishAmerica and putting them on “iggy” (as she called it).
She followed Shelagh Watkins to PublishedAuthors where she became one of Shelagh’s inner circle. I always thought she knew exactly what Shelagh was really up to but enjoyed playing the game, being polite to newcomers but stabbing them in the back the first chance she got. She would smile as she poisoned their tea.
None the less, I deeply saddened by her loss and my send my condolences to her family.
When I wrote Ouroboros, Thomas of Xuelition Book One, I was really excited about it. I loved (and still love) how it turned out. I was even more excited when Booktrope accepted it! I discussed my ideas with the owner and publisher and we decided on five books. Awesome, right?
I dove right into the sequel, rather, a prequel and I began to realize I may have written myself into a box, world wise. The Prakani Empire is at peace, with an effective military and police force, complete with the fearsome Dark Ones. I had originally envisioned a Vlad Taltos like world with powerful people doing cool things.
It didn’t work out that way. I wasn’t going to tell grand stories like that in the peaceful world I had constructed and I got depressed. What fun would this be? Thomas couldn’t do the things I wanted under these circumstances.
I took a mental break and wrote a very long (and as yet unpublished) science fantasy novel while I thought about a way forward with Thomas. I finished with that novel and had an idea: if I couldn’t work with the world I had, why not change it? I would simply destroy it (mostly) then any future Thomas stories would be in a vastly changed, far more dangerous world.
To that effect I wrote Tiamat, a direct sequel to Ouroboros, which sets in motion the world’s sudden change and finished the trial by fire rebirth in Scorpion (which has always been the title of the final book). I didn’t quite finish Scorpion because the whole thing just bummed me out. A new approach was needed.
I pushed Thomas out of my mind for another six months, intending to write another series for Booktrope but the idea of Thomas continued to nag at me. What to do? I let the problem stew and the day before I was going to write an email to Jesse James Freeman, Booktrope’s Chief of Awesomeness ™, I watched an episode of NCIS.
As I watched I thought, “This could be a cool Thomas book” and then it hit me. I’d been over thinking the whole thing, there were plenty of cool stories to be told, maybe even some big ones, if I thought on a slightly smaller scale. Maybe not NCIS: Xuelition but in that general arena.
I found a way out! I even had an idea, and a theme. The book has a title, Gargoyle.
So when will it be finished? I am hoping to start in April and finish by the end of the summer. I am taking some parts from Tiamat, mostly the opening few pages and I am working on a general outline so I get the general story in mind before starting.
What will it be about? Cool stuff! Stay tuned!
I can’t believe it’s been three months since I posted here. I guess is appropriate I waited until International Pi Day to post here.
I started memorizing Pi while bored in study hall in ninth grade. The wall had Pi printed all along the top edge and I would memorize two digits every week. I memorized twenty digits before I got bored and stopped, or was distracted by girls or elves or something.
Happy Pi Day!
I almost forgot about the fact that Blogination is four years old. Blogination was founded December 15, 2014. This makes Blogination a toddler in blog years.
I manage Blogination by benign neglect. Posts tend to few and far between because of several factors: One, I don’t have a lot to say. I can’t talk about work or the projects that are covered by NDAs. Two, I don’t discuss my family here. Third, and most importantly, I don’t have a lot to say that warrants posts. I don’t want to blog just to blog. If I have something I want to say, I’ll say it. I like it this way. No pressure to blog and I’m fantastically lazy at blogging in any event.
Except for spikes having to do with Writer Beware or Melodi Sherman aka “Macallister Stone”, traffic Blogination has remained pretty steady since I started, so whatever I’m doing, people like it.
Thanks for a great four years (and counting!) dear readers!
Hey looksee! A crowd funding opportunity for a woman produced and directed indie horror film. It’s called Zone 2 and you can read all about it here.
Who is involved in this project? Check it out: Sandra Leviton (The Shield, Sons of Anarchy), Miranda Sanjak (Final Destination, American Pie) and Linda Mulvey.
There aren’t enough opportunities for women in Hollywood. You can help get more by funding this project and you should because it’s going to be awesome!
I was going to spend the last two weeks blogging about PublishedAuthors.org but after reading it every day looking for stuff to blog about I decided I’d rather stab my eyes with a fork. Repeatedly.
I can’t imagine how anyone did it for months. Ugh. What a depressing, dreary place.
So Betty Fasig is still a little bit bitter over the one star review one of her stories got on Amazon.com:
Trolls do insidious damage. All it take is a one sentence, one star review and no one will ever read your book. If you ask your friends to post for you, it is self aggrandizing. But, the one star, one line, mindless review is there like the evil blot it was meant to be. It cannot be removed even if your story is the end all be all of little stories. You may as well delete the story from your list.
Oh she is stilling grinding an ax about this review:
I have thought about even posting on this thread because of a one star review that I have gotten. I believe the reviewer came from this forum….but I could never prove it. If some one genuinely dislikes my stories, they could at least use their own name to write the review. It is, also, hard for me to comprehend the hate it take to post a review saying they never read the book but wish to put up a one star review.
So you have a theory about a conspiracy but zero evidence? And why would someone use their real name knowing what a bunch of attack dogs you are? Also Betty, it’s not hate to put up a one star review anymore than it is love to put up a five star. It’s just a review.
The review? This:
Silly. Laborious – not a good read. Hard to get into and stay focussed. Not recommending this author. Not a good buy
Keep grinding that ax, Betty.
And Later, Shelagh adds:
LC once said that I was trolling … here! You’ve got to laugh, haven’t you?
Oh it’s funny alright. You are one who lets fellow forum members gang up on someone, allow lies and slander and you are too cowardly to ban anyone. To call you a troll is an insult to actual trolls everywhere.
Buried in the long sob story thread is this:
Then our dear friend, Chris Turkel, tried to destroy the forum. We were slammed on his blog, where he copied and pasted whole threads and comments from this forum.
Ha ha, you are so cute! You still think I’m Alan Smithee.
This is, as the kids these days say, totes adorbs. This is actually my favorite part of the whole saga. Shelagh Watkins, author of Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, believes I was Alan Smithee. No matter what the evidence presented to her or the denials she believes I was Alan Smithee and when you are dealing with someone who believes there is are no arguing with someone so blind to the facts.
Alan Smithee got LC’s identity wrong and for a a long time I didn’t think Shelagh knew either so I called here “Rhonda” which is what Alan Smithee named her. It turned out I was wrong. Eh. If by any slim chance you are reading this LC, I knew your identity as soon as you posted your picture. We met twenty years ago briefly.
I also remember Shelagh getting all upset when Alan Smithee copied whole threads from her forum to comment on. I see that is still a sore spot with her. I’ll have to do that sometime and see if poor little Shelagh’s head explodes. Heh.
As for “trying to destroy your forum” well you and your half dozen regular posters are doing a fine of job that all by yourselves.