Read an E-Book Week

girlreadingRead an E-Book Week is a site-wide promotion at Smashwords to help authors connect with readers. According to the press package, the catalog includes nearly 40,000 books available for free or discount. That’s a lot of reading materials and it includes books by Eric and me.

Everyday Deals

The first two books of the Apothic Man series, Model Species and Divine Fire, are both available for FREE from Smashwords and Barnes & Noble every day! For Smashwords, just head to the site and download the format that works best for you! If you own a Nook, we’ve got you covered at B&N.

About Model Species:

Alcander, an old man with a decrepit body and shattered sense of self, has a murderous plan to seize power and replace the life he cannot remember. Investigating a body with bizarre wounds fished from the bay are a middling apothynom, Inspector Paulos Gaent, and a religious objector to apothynom rule, Clerk Teria Bellaphaerenous. At cross-purposes, a private detective, Laros Nero, is hired by an anonymous client to discover the identity of the murderer for reasons other than justice. However, it will take more than keen investigative abilities to stop Alcander. It will require the unearthing of dark apothic knowledge that has been buried for an age.

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About Divine Fire:

In the Radiant Agnosian Empire, emetanisms and apothic methods from outside are restricted. The culcursus of an apothynom and the implants of the Oinos are illegal. Apothos is a sacred act that comes from Agnos, their god, the sun.

In Florey, the banking capitol of the Radiant Agnosian Empire, there is unrest. Agnos is smiting the wicked with Divine Fire. Neltiar Silva, an apothynom from the Polities, and Marie Lemieux, a woman possessing a verboten Oinos implant, want to know why and how. As they dig deeper, they find out the real reason men are dying.

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More about Weordan, the setting for the Apothic Man series.

Read an E-Book Week Specials at Smashwords

Shhh… Don’t tell Eric, but I put Model Species: The Apothic Edition on sale for 25% off. Just use the coupon code (REW25) when checking out.  The Apothic Edition includes the novel, Model Species, and extra goodies including the short story “A Game of Moths by Gieter RR Morgan.”

Purchase Model Species: The Apothic Edition

The first novel I ever wrote, Lucinda at the Window, is FREE! Just use coupon RW100 at checkout.

About Lucinda at the Window:

Lucinda Harris is very put out.

One of her oldest friends, Rebecca O’Malley, has married an impetuous Irishman. The fortnight-long party at the O’Malley’s newly-inherited rural Ohio Manor is filled with some of the most common people. The Manor itself is in poor condition and staffed by three mostly incompetent servants. Worst of all, Lucinda has been murdered.

Lucinda is determined to solve the mystery of her own death, but unfortunately for the guests of the Manor, the only thing more haunted than the house is Lucinda Harris.

“Purchase” Lucinda at the Window

Running and more Cake/Writing Connection

I haven’t yet accomplished much today aside from a trip to the grocery store and a treadmill run. I had intended a relaxed mile or so, but was feeling pretty good and did 5K at a 9.6 min/mile pace. This was my first 2+ mile run since the Skirt Chaser race back in February. Yes, it’s still a fairly slow pace, but not bad for me.

There are advantages to running on a treadmill. Less allergens. Less sun. And, without traffic and dogs, the luxury of zoning out while running. It’s like taking a shower. The mind wanders. And if I go into a run thinking about a current writing project, a writing snarl may solve itself. Plots and character motivations become clear. Or I put together iconic playlists for my characters. Today’s music was Cake (as it often is).

(I suppose one could consider this a spoiler. For a project the doesn’t exist much beyond me and Eric. Also, keep in mind that I have poor analogy abilities. This is slightly tongue in cheek.)

Danielle Torroice – Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (though I do prefer the Mari Wilson version)
Marie Lemieux – Short Skirt, Long Jacket
Neltiar Silva – Satan is my Motor
Gregori Del Armazti – Comfort Eagle
The City of Florey – Sheep Go to Heaven, Goats Go to Hell

Change in Plans…

…like *that* never happens.

(Actually, there’s four month a wax and wan that seems to happen with my writing projects. I work on a trimester schedule. Or I’m selectively remembering the pattern. I’m sure it’s not that neat. Maybe it should be and I spend too much time bucking the trend instead of going with it.)

Yesterday, Eric and I discussed the status of various writing projects and we decided that getting Divine Fire polished and off to agents/publishers wouldn’t be a bad idea. It’s the "second" Weordan novel, but, like Model Species, it can stand alone. I finished DF in August of last year and put it aside in order to focus on Model Species (Sept – Dec with a November side trek). Then we started on Zeta Iota (Jan – April).  But now, as I have every summer  for the last few years, I’m going back to work on Divine Fire. Since this book is concerned with a religion based on a sun god, summer in Arizona isn’t a bad time for it. First order of business? Take a look at just how much work needs to be done.

Besides, ZI needs to stew longer. I’ll think on it, free write on it while Eric’s brain works more on the tech.

Eric’s booked his flight for Omaha in June. I’ll be staying here, which is new.  I’m developing a list of things to do while he’s gone. Cleaning the grimy apartment and eating German food is on the list thus far.

The End is Nye

Robert Weinberg once said (or wrote): “Slippers. That’s why I’m a writer. No doubt about it.”

I have to agree with that and add being bare foot at work, a morning commute that is only lengthened by the option of making coffee, and a to-do list that includes things like “Kill Signor X.”

“Officially,” I have two scenes left to Divine Fire before I can put ~End~ on it. One is taking care of Signor X; the other is a fight scene. Both scenes are analogous to ones I wrote in an earlier novel, circa early 2004. The earlier novel (Trials of Fire) and its prequel (A Soldier’s Dowry) were purer fantasy than the Weordan project. Both have been “boxed” due to ill-conceived world building and sheer verbosity on my part. I worked on Trials and Dowry for around four years. It wasn’t a wasted experience. The characters from those two novels live on and it prompted us to get serious about building a solid world.

So, yeah. ~End~ by end of the week. Only two rather tough scenes left.

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My body has still been very creaky. The best I’ve felt lately was right after Weds disc. Which  probably means that whether I feel up to it or not, I should be getting more exercise. (Interestingly, after I complained about my grip feeling weak, Eric pointed out that it might not be a bad thing. It might give my throws more touch.  Considering that my in-game throws were pretty on,that might be valid.)

Going on and on…

I never did post a run-down of Desert Diva’s last game. We ended the epic red/salmon match-up…in a tie.  11-11. Yes, as the lights went out, Marisa was committing some foul-y D on a Miss Red player. Even caught, I don’t believe it was a score, but it couldn’t have been most than a couple yards out from Miss Red’s endzone. It was a fun game, if really messy. And occasionally frustrating since we could not get more than a point or two up on Miss Red. Personally, I played my best game of the season. It’s not surprising that this was the game I went down field the most. I did some handling, but wasn’t afraid to take off down field, and caught two scores for my efforts. It’s what I should have been doing all season. I don’t have the quickness for handler cuts. The scores were both…not easy. Bonnie almost ran down the first one, and the second was over the top of about three or four other players from both teams. More importantly, for me at least, I felt good while playing. I went for a pretty long slow run before to warm up. I taped my index finger, wore a wrist band, and mentholed my back and the top of my left calf…and felt good while playing.

Both fall league registrations are up and going. Friday Night Flights, Keith’s project, premeired on Friday. Bone-headedly, I set up a weirdness concerning PayPal and email aliases and didn’t think to mention it to Ken (VOTS’ treasurer). Since I haven’t heard anything more from Ken, I’m guessing there hasn’t been any other problems. We didn’t open T/Th league until yesterday. This league we’re going to offer wicking shirts instead of plain old cotton and it took a little time to get the details of that sorted out. Eric and I have signed up to captain on Thursdays, but are still undecided on Fridays. We had hoped to maybe get a core of Wednesday disc players together, but it probably won’t happen. And I’m not sure I want to play three days in a row. Eric would only be playing two-in-a-row due to missing Wednesday disc for class, but he hurt his wrist over a month ago and it’s still bugging him.

On Monday, we took off on the fly to see The Hurt Locker. I was happy to see that it had reached a theater near me. Very good film, one of the best I’ve seen in a while, but a little light on plot. It relies on the characters and their situation. The one thing the story does exceedingly well is building tension. Peril is established early on and is made to pay dividends.

Yesterday, Eric and I hashed out the rest of Divine Fire. At least in outline form. The goal it to have a ‘The End’ draft completed by the end of August. We’re coming up on five years working on Weordan as a project (something I want to write about in the future). We’re planning to get Model Species, the first novel of the non-series, out the door by the end of the year. So, it’s an interesting time, writing-wise. I’m still struggling with this lethargy that has been plaguing me all year.  And especially this summer. Firm goals are good things.

I hope summer has taken it’s turn now and is on the way out. School’s starting soon, and college football. Fall league is around the corner and there’s Halloween candy in the grocery stores. We had a low of 95 degrees last night. I’m ready for summer to be over.

Now that the trip to Omaha and FiestaCon are out of the way, I can get down to a regular living schedule. Until Chris hits town in sooner-than-I-expect weeks. After that, it will be time to get fall league set up for VOTS. Yeah, I just need to take advantage while I can, don’t I?

Today, headed to the library (not that I need more books to half-finish) and did some work on Divine Fire. Eric will read some of the changes tomorrow, after which I’ll declare my goals for the rest of the week.

Managed a Obscure Media Monday entry on Probe, the 1988 science fiction show.

The rest of tonight? Reading. I’m behind almost everywhere.

Current productivity hacks (ha!):
Been using David Seah’s Day Grid Balancer.
Using TweetDeck to follow #writegoal tweets.

It was UG. Chances were fairly high that it didn’t have a subject.

I meant to post most of this Tuesday. Eh, oh well. Currently, I’m trying to ward off an impending migraine and it’s really not working. Ow.

Trying to get back into the habit of being productive. I seem to have contracted a severe case of lazy and full recovery has been elusive. Mostly took Monday off since it was a holiday. On Tuesday, Eric and I had a meeting about Divine Fire.  Very good meeting.  We hashed out the end of the book, something that had required distance to see clearly.  It’s still a pretty complex book and there are quite a few rounds of writing to go, but seeing that ending finally fall into place is an exciting thing.  Today, I need to rework an existing scene to be more needed and less water-treading fluff.

Finally went to see Wolverine on Tuesday.  It was better than I expected; unfortunately, my expectations had been lowered by reviews.  While still a flawed film, I liked it better than Star Trek.  There were fewer instances when Eric and I traded incredulous looks (in the dark theater).

Women’s league draft was last night.  After much hemming and hawing, I registered on Saturday.  I’m on Lexi’s team and it looks  pretty good with Haydon, Marlena, and Stephanie Ritok in addition to Lexi.  Definitely some targets in that bunch.  My only wince-moment?  Learning our shirt color.  Salmon.  It’ll probably be a really great shirt design too.  

Do Girls Dream of ‘Geeky Dreamboats’? – Cinematical
I think geek needs to be defined. Is it a look (not “handsome”? wears glasses?)? Should it just be based on the roles these guys play? Or is it a state of being? I’d argue the latter. Vin Diesel? Geek. Wil Wheaton? Geek. Joss Wheadon? Geek. And I’m guessing that there are girls out there somewhere that would consider each of these guys “dreamboat” worthy.

A couple other links:
Dopamine Neurons: Reward, Aversion, or Both? : Neurotopia
The “Bitch” Evolved: Why Girls Are So Cruel to Each Other: Scientific American