Monday, May 20, 2019

Heart of a Goddess by JM Scott free Through May 22, 2019

Hey all, Heart of a Goddess is FREE in all Kindle markets through May 22, 2019.

Story in a nutshell: Leonard is looking love and he thinks he finds it when he rescues a half-naked woman in a snowstorm. She promises him the world if he brings her one thing- a beating human heart. 

This is also the first book I ever self-published. So gather around the screen it's story time.

According to Amazon, I published this book on November 13, 2013 so it will turn 6 this year. Before I even know that you could self-publish books on Kinde, I was writing stories for other people to publish. I made $20-30  per short story and I got a byline. Part of the agreement was I lost all rights to it. I admit I was not well versed in the publishing world. And these opportunities came at a time when I needed money.

Prior to this book, I had three published this way. This was one was for a repeat client. But then they rejected it because it failed their standards (graphic violence). So I had a book prepared for publishing and I had no idea what to do with it. So I asked Google and discovered I could do this myself.

And the rest is history. I love publishing myself. Not saying, I don't want someone else to publish my work in a traditional sense but with Kindle, I can write the story I want to write. I prefer writing long short stories and novellas and Kindle is the best place for these.

Anyway... so that's that. Grab a free copy of Heart of Goddess, take a read and let me know what you think.

Till next time...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sciophobia

I walk from
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 
my cubical to the bathroom down the long white hallway past the executive offices. Out of the corner my eye, hundred of tiny shadows dart back and forth. I stop and look. Nothing is there. I continue on my way,  and the shadows invade my vision once again. Maybe it’s the new anxiety medicine I started. I stop and see nothing, again. Just as I get the to restroom door, the shadows swarm me.

Haverford Daily News: Man Found Torn to Shreds in Office Hallway.
Police Have no Leads.
Second “animal” attack in Haverford in a week.

Monday, May 13, 2019

I am Writer- Hear me Roar

It's the middle of May and for some reason, the furnace is still running. Outside, the sky is leaking, always leaking and the shorts are tucked away for another week. Maybe next week... maybe I will finally open the windows in the house.

So in other news, I am getting a story published in Scarlet Leaf Review in August.  I still can't believe it though since last week I was complaining, whining about not being published.  I've mentioned it on Facebook, I've told people I know. And it still doesn't feel real. Is that normal?

I got my first rejection for the novel, We're Mostly Good. Not surprised.

I finished putting together Postcards from the Apocalypse, which was quite time-consuming. Now the goal is to look to for balance and create stories to fill in the holes. The initial read through reads well. I am thinking of balancing the end. In the beginning, I have a bunch of drabbles. I thinking adding more at the end, the moment before rebirth of a country would add to the balance and make it more complete.

And that's it for the day... still figuring out what new writing project to work. I have a script idea, and I should get started on the notes.

Till next time...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ascendant

I have the moon
and walked to the city
of dawn. Shadowed lamp
light against the blue
sky gravel.
So I look for synthetic
destiny under the textured
copper beach wood.
On the horizon altar
the crow holds the seraphim
talisman while mangroves
lay unfolded. The right hand
star spreads across succulent
meadow rivers and I grasp
for the light rope dangling
from the peach cumulus.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Seeking Publishers

For years now, I have been sending out stories and poems to print magazines and digital magazines, magazines that pay or don't. Sure, I would like to get paid, but it doesn't even matter now. In all those years, I have had haiku published in Frogpond and Bear Creek Haiku. This was years ago.

According to my spreadsheet I have been keeping since 2015, I have 99 rejections. A 100% rejection rate.  It is discouraging.

I know this is how the business is. And this is to be expected.

But I think I had an epiphany the other day while I was doing a submission blitz.  My work does not fit in any magazine, print or digital, anywhere.

I don't follow the current "popular" style. My stories are heavy in dialogue. My stories do not describe the rain in a paragraph when a sentence is sufficient enough. My stories are genre and not at the same time. Many of poems are cerebral, surreal, and based in language play.

And so I must ask myself, should I bother with the magazines when I know it will be rejection. I read the guidelines. I read the samples. And I know my work doesn't fit. So then I wonder what should I do now?

Times like this I wish I had another author to talk with. 

Writing is fun; I love it. I love editing. I love revising. I hate submission and looking for publishers.

Till next time...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Moonswallow Gates by JM Scott FREE in all Kindle Markets Through May 5, 2019

Hey all, Moonswallow Gates is FREE in all Kindle markets through May 5, 2019.

Valisa Ravensquire, recent college grad, learns that a great-uncle she never knew died and left her a stone tower house and money. And... a magical legacy. Suddenly, her life changes. The house comes alive and what horrors await with this new power and legacy. Come on by and find out.

Perhaps, you are wondering why I offer free book promotions. The short answer: I am trying to figure out is my target audience and build an audience.

Moonswallow Gates is horror and the first novel I ever wrote. I have more novels in various stages of revision. These novels are much better than this one. Like all things, the more you do it, the better you become. Of course, in those years, I don't write horror as much, but branch out toward more speculative fiction. Though, I am still magic obsessed.

Anyway,  I know there is a one-star review. When the review was written, I unpublished the novel and revised it again. So I hope, it is a much better version. I would love for you to read it and let me know.

Till next time...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Driving on a Mountain Road at Night

The Alleghenies
spring green and purple petals
storms in mist. Night falls
an eighteen-wheeler brakes hard,
a doe struggles to stand.

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Hey all, here is a poem 30 and the end of NaPoWriMo for 2019. What a whirlwind of the month. The prompt for today was to write a short poem. This is a tanka and was inspired by events that I experienced today.