Taboo Tech update: Publication date!

I have finally finished the editing process–Where do all those typos and mistakes come from?!–and the publication date is scheduled for May 21st, 2019.


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Taboo Tech cover

I have my Taboo Tech cover, and I’m working on the final edit.

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The Naked Writer: Pen Names

Things to consider when choosing a pen name via The Naked Writer: Pen Names

[I’ve always used my own name when writing non-fiction or fiction in different genres, but I have a pen name standing by.]

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April 3, 2019 · 11:11 am

World Building (Part IV)

Lots to think about when building a world–thanks to Linda Maye Adams via World Building (Part IV)

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March 26, 2019 · 12:34 pm

Taboo Tech cover art

I got the cover art from the artist tonight, and I love it. I made a couple minor suggestions, but it depends on how everything fits together. I’ll post it when I’m sure it’s ready to go. Can’t wait!!


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Taboo Tech update (finishing edits)

I’m cleaning up my pdf of Taboo Tech now and getting ready to send out ARCs for review…

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Taboo Tech update

I’m almost finished with my edits.  I came across some mistakes in spelling–not just typos. (I was careless.) I had a big dictionary on my desk slide-out shelf when working on my ms last night, and I even googled a few words. Interesting about stepsisters and step siblings. And I made other changes for various reasons. Btw, because I’ve been working on Taboo Tech for so long, the characters are roaming through my mind. Really. It’s a good thing I like them!

I’ve edited a lot of stories over the years, and I know you can keep doing it forever, and even then you’ll read the finished book and shriek and fall off your chair while clutching your hair and exclaiming–How could I miss that?! I read about one author–Max Brand, possibly–whose wife proofread his books so that the same number of men who rode into the canyon rode out again–assuming they weren’t shot.

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Be Kind to an Author Day

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March Smashwords ebook sale

Ebooks are half price on Smashwords March 3-9, including my western novel, Detour Trail:

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Taboo Tech update

I’ve been working on the story; putting characters, ships, and planets lists together. Oh, I forgot Snuggles! (He decided he wanted to be a dog; he chose the name, btw.) And I had to work on my dedication too. No acknowledgments needed for this book. (When working on Strike Three, I had a lot of help from people I knew online [remember the SF forums on AOL?], friends, and even my sister.)

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