Friday, April 27, 2012

My Favourite Childhood Books

I remember... a book about a caterpillar and his best friend, also a caterpillar. Both of them dream of the day they become butterflies, but when the time comes, one becomes a butterfly, and the other a moth who's banished. So the butterfly goes looking for her.  Oo, I remember the title now. "Once Upon a Garden Hose"

I remember... a book about a chubby little horse like a precursor to My Little Pony where I loved the illustrations. Hey, just remembered that one too. "Synchronicity"

I remember.... "Where the Wild Things Are"

I remember... "King of the Wind" about the Godolphin Arabian, who was the father of almost all racing horses and the mute slave boy who loved him.

I remember... "Black Beauty" and that sweet horse in it.

I remember... "The Magician's Apprentice" and especially the wood between the worlds.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I Found It!

Thanks to everyone who responded! I've found the name of that book. Woot! It does beg the question. What books do you remember fondly from your childhood?

I'm looking for a book

I had terrible insomnia last night and I'm sitting here now tired but still unable to sleep, and my mind is wandering into strange places.

I'm trying to find a book. Hopefully someone will recognize the half-assed description.

Many decades ago when I was in grade school, I read this book in the school library that was basically a collection of scenes from different books. One of them was this scene where these people in a community were living on rafts that floated endlessly through this underground river system. They never saw the sun and the kid who was the hero/heroine (I can't remember the gender) would swim between the rafts. One day, he/she decided to try and see more of the world and left the rafts. That's where the scene ended and I've been wanting to read the rest of it for about thirty years.

Does this twig a memory for anyone?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Prices and Pictures

I received a very informative email from one of you lovely people about ebook pricing from the point of view of one of the publishing houses. Put the way they have, it makes a lot of sense. So I'm going to follow their list of prices based on length. So yay, at least I don't have to keep thinking about that anymore.

Here, have a painting. It's Chris Hemsworth. He's an actor known most right now for his role in Thor. I liked the pose, and the hair.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Hey, all. I figured I hadn't said anything on here for a few days, so I'm due.

My book THE OMEGA is progressing. I've mentioned before this entire series is like pulling teeth, but it's flowing well enough at the moment. No, I haven't sold it yet. I still pretty much just write to write, though it would be nice to get a contract for something before I finish it. Nice and somewhat terrifying.

"The Lord of Winter" is still in the works. I'm in the edit process. I'm also debating how much to put it up for. It's only about 10,000 words, which is less than I'd originally been thinking it was, but oh well. I was thinking $2.99 before I did the word count, but now I'm not sure if people would think that was too expensive.

In Dorchester news, nothing solid yet, but some movement on that front maybe might have been made. I don't know yet, and this vagueness is all I'm going to say about it. :p I promised.

Other than that, I've been painting and working, and going slowly out of my mind waiting for the movie The Avengers to come out. I'm a total action movie junkie.

I also finished Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood tonight. Woot!

Have a painting.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I had a computer style epiphany

I had a brilliant moment today and figured out how to do something with my site.  I edited the look of the Sylph Books page, which is now renamed My Writing, so that instead of having all the info on my books that you have to scroll through, you can click on cover images that take you to a page dedicated to each book.

The "I'm so smart" part is due to the fact that those links aren't on Blogger, which only allows you to have ten separate pages. But you can't tell! It's amazing what you can do with an HTML cut and paste and a lot of sobbing.

So, new updated page, and I'm off to go rest because it's year end at work and my head is killing me.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Lord of Winter update

Well, I've done the red pen edit phase of editing "The Lord of Winter" and now I'm typing the changes in. As many of you know, I hate doing this part, but fortunately the story isn't that long, so I'm trying to get it done sooner rather than later.

I also went back to the cover art and did some more work on it. This is the current version.

I actually painted that castle in the background. I'm so proud. :D

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Alphabet Soup for Sylphs is up!

It's up! It's done! It's available at Smashwords. Woohoo! One project done, way too many to go.

Anyone who's read the original blog posts will notice this book is a lot tighter and cleaner. I did a lot of work editing it and put a forward and afterword on it. So it's worth reading again.

It's located here. Since it's just up, it of course has no reviews, so if anyone would like to go and give it one, I'd really appreciate it.

One last note. Thanks to the one sex scene I wrote, I had to post the book with the adult content option enabled. If you have the adult filter on (which seems to be default for the site) you won't see it.

Editing makes me cross-eyed

I'm almost done the editing for Alphabet Soup for Sylphs. It might might might be available today. Emphasis on might, since I have to do annoying things like grocery shopping and the laundry.

I'm also working on the red pen edit stage of "The Lord of Winter", so that's coming, eventually.

For now, have a painting.