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R.J. Blain has been at 2 events

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AmyBeth Inverness33,744The next short story in "The Cities of Luna" comes out on Saturday, December 6. I'll be promo-ing all day (and the entire next week, but that's irrelevant) culminating in a facebook party in the evening. After all's said and done, I'm coming over to G+, kicking off my shoes (thus...the event header image...) and hanging out with all of you while I recover from my hectic day. You don't have to hang with me at that specific time. You can just 'sign' my 'souvenir' book anytime._One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor_ Release Day After-Party2014-12-07 04:30:005  
R.J. Blain14,674You're invited to join me on my website, on the plus, facebook, and twitter -- all of the interwebs!! -- for the launch party of my newest urban fantasy thriller release, Inquisitor! It also just happens to be my virtual birthday bash too! For more information: http://rjblain.com/2014/05/youre-invited/ If you use facebook, you can invite your friends here: https://www.facebook.com/events/231773600349858/ For those on twitter, follow me and watch for the shenanigans here: https://twitter.com/rj_blain Thank you so much for your support!Inquisitor Launch Party2014-05-16 14:00:0013  

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2016-01-29 21:16:15 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

It probably surprises no one I have been busy as hell lately. I'm working on writing books, New Me just released her second title. (If you want to know who New Me is, the details are all on facebook.)

 Yeah,about facebook.  I know. But, here's the deal with facebook: I can engage as little or as much as I need to each day. I have the freedom and ability to limit my usage to what I need each and every day.

For whatever reason, I just don't get that with Google+. It's not that I think G+ is a ghost town. It's not. There are a great number of folks here, really great folks. Folks I miss talking to. But, here's the thing.

I have gmail open all the time. I can't post to G+ from gmail. If I could, I'd post little updates all of the time. When I hop on G+, I tend to get sucked in reading things, commenting, etc. The "I can come and go as In... more »

Most reshares: 3

2016-01-12 16:09:39 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I have been so incredibly busy. My mother-in-law is in the hospital. She has cirrhosis of the liver and they found something on her lung and esophagus. Undetermined if it is cancer or not. They may know more Thursday, when she's scheduled for a throat scope--assuming they can do the sedation for it. That's up in the air.

New Me's second book is done; there are a couple of proofing rounds to be finished, but the ARCs are ready.

If you're in on that or want to be in on that, drop me a line. I'll need your email, and I'll need to know if you've already read book one. I can provide copies of both book one and two if you want it.

Also, comment below if you want on the notification list for the pseudonym. I'll be posting to this group (private) when there is relevant news.

New Me's debut book got on the preliminary nomination... more »

Most plusones: 44

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2015-12-11 03:31:20 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Beneath a Blood Moon is getting new cover art! (As soon as amazon figures out how to do the update the novel thing.) Yay!

I really love this cover in so many different ways. :)

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2016-02-05 19:18:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

It’s tax season. Yesterday, I compared my earnings from 2014 and 2015 on a book-by-book level, discussing the changes in income and situation. Today, I’m going to show 2015 on a more complete level, discussing monetary expenditures versus earnings. Here…

It’s tax season. Yesterday, I compared my earnings from 2014 and 2015 on a book-by-book level, discussing the changes in income and situation. Today, I’m going to show 2015 on a more complete level, discussing monetary expenditures versus earnings. Here…___

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2016-02-05 02:48:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Just bought a new scanner because I have to return the one I was using to my friend. I think I'm in serious love.

Just bought a new scanner because I have to return the one I was using to my friend. I think I'm in serious love.___

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2016-02-04 22:00:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Eh, why not. Inked version. I like this one because bubbles and unicorns.

Eh, why not. Inked version. I like this one because bubbles and unicorns.___

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2016-02-04 21:02:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Tired.

Today's sketch for the indiegogo coloring pages collection. Will ink and scan and clean up later. Yay for a unicorn escaping the sea.

Okay, I just wanted to draw a unicorn and needed to fill the space with something, and I like bubbles.

Tired.

Today's sketch for the indiegogo coloring pages collection. Will ink and scan and clean up later. Yay for a unicorn escaping the sea.

Okay, I just wanted to draw a unicorn and needed to fill the space with something, and I like bubbles.___

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2016-02-04 20:28:24 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

It’s tax season again, and authors around the world are whimpering and preparing to sell their souls to the IRS. I’m no different, except I have a piece of paper that I send the government showing I’m exempted from US taxes. (I still have to file, but I…

It’s tax season again, and authors around the world are whimpering and preparing to sell their souls to the IRS. I’m no different, except I have a piece of paper that I send the government showing I’m exempted from US taxes. (I still have to file, but I…___

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2016-02-04 01:24:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

I haven’t done a State of the Blain Union address in a while, so here I am, ready to dig into my crazy and insane life. Let’s Get Personal… My life has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately. The big thingie is the impending move to California, which I…

I haven’t done a State of the Blain Union address in a while, so here I am, ready to dig into my crazy and insane life. Let’s Get Personal… My life has been a bit of a rollercoaster lately. The big thingie is the impending move to California, which I…___

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2016-02-03 23:47:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

AJ Aalto is the author of one of my favorite series of books (although I'm kinda not talking to Harry right now) and one of my favorite elements in her stories is Marnie's love of frogs--it's something we share.

Being serious, if you like a badmouthed heroine with a wicked (yet charming) sense of humor and a thrills and chills urban-styled fantasy, this isn't your normal vampire story, and it's a refreshing change from what's out there. Check out her books here: http://www.amazon.com/AJ-Aalto/e/B005OKSXW8

Anyway, onto the picture:

Mark Batten's glorious defacing of Marnie's frogs makes me smile all of the time, sometimes at random. (Marnie and Batten make me giggle.)

This page is one of the coloring pages featured in my fantasy-themed coloring book, which is available as part of my crowdfunding campaign to bring my novels back into... more »

AJ Aalto is the author of one of my favorite series of books (although I'm kinda not talking to Harry right now) and one of my favorite elements in her stories is Marnie's love of frogs--it's something we share.

Being serious, if you like a badmouthed heroine with a wicked (yet charming) sense of humor and a thrills and chills urban-styled fantasy, this isn't your normal vampire story, and it's a refreshing change from what's out there. Check out her books here: http://www.amazon.com/AJ-Aalto/e/B005OKSXW8

Anyway, onto the picture:

Mark Batten's glorious defacing of Marnie's frogs makes me smile all of the time, sometimes at random. (Marnie and Batten make me giggle.)

This page is one of the coloring pages featured in my fantasy-themed coloring book, which is available as part of my crowdfunding campaign to bring my novels back into print. (The 50+ page digital coloring book is $10 and can be found here: http://igg.me/at/witch-and-wolf-in-print/x/2198204)

Original is not available; I am giving it to AJ as a present because she loves it so much. <3___

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2016-02-03 02:45:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Coffee brain has resulted in a lot of artwork being done, not so much writing... I have a twenty second attention span.

No more coffee for me, ever.

You can check out this ultra cute little dragon that'll be included in my coloring book, though.

Coffee brain has resulted in a lot of artwork being done, not so much writing... I have a twenty second attention span.

No more coffee for me, ever.

You can check out this ultra cute little dragon that'll be included in my coloring book, though.___

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2016-02-02 23:24:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Love love love this video.

Love love love this video.___

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2016-02-02 22:43:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Wicked pleased with how easy it was to scan and clean up the first of the images for the coloring book. Here's a smaller sized version of it for your viewing pleasure. <3

I think I missed my real calling. Oh well, at least I can say I made a bunch of coloring pages. If you want to know how to get copies you can print and color, there are links on my stream somewhere.

Wicked pleased with how easy it was to scan and clean up the first of the images for the coloring book. Here's a smaller sized version of it for your viewing pleasure. <3

I think I missed my real calling. Oh well, at least I can say I made a bunch of coloring pages. If you want to know how to get copies you can print and color, there are links on my stream somewhere.___

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2016-02-02 20:36:10 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

And in other news, I'm working on a map for a reader/friend/fan person. This is about an hour-hour and a half in.

Yes, that's the feather quill I'm using to draw the entire thing. Yes, it is the map from the Requiem for the Rift King series.

Once finished, I will produce a very limited number of prints of the maps. Probably will attach to the crowdfund for simplicity.

And in other news, I'm working on a map for a reader/friend/fan person. This is about an hour-hour and a half in.

Yes, that's the feather quill I'm using to draw the entire thing. Yes, it is the map from the Requiem for the Rift King series.

Once finished, I will produce a very limited number of prints of the maps. Probably will attach to the crowdfund for simplicity.___

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2016-02-02 17:47:27 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Today's coloring book page line art.

This one was inspired by AJ Aalto's Marnie series in honor of my two favorite characters, Marnie and Batten!

Hang in there, Marnie & Batten! (Image drawn with AJ's blessings for inclusion in the indiegogo campaign.)

This picture is one of the many featured in the digital coloring book. If you're interested, there are links on my stream to it, so check it out. (Funds go to cover art creation for print versions of my Witch & Wolf books.)

Today's coloring book page line art.

This one was inspired by AJ Aalto's Marnie series in honor of my two favorite characters, Marnie and Batten!

Hang in there, Marnie & Batten! (Image drawn with AJ's blessings for inclusion in the indiegogo campaign.)

This picture is one of the many featured in the digital coloring book. If you're interested, there are links on my stream to it, so check it out. (Funds go to cover art creation for print versions of my Witch & Wolf books.)___

2016-02-02 15:56:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Very brief check-in on WTF I'm doing today:

1: Email +Chris Howard with details for the Tides of War and Requiem for the Rift King covers. (Yes, folks, they're real books, and yes folks, I'm going to have the magical Chris doing the art for them!)

2: Promo posts for a book blog tour.

3: Vampire Frog art for the indiegogo coloring book.

4: Editing for a client

5: Drafting on Heist Book

6: House Cleaning

Very brief check-in on WTF I'm doing today:

1: Email +Chris Howard with details for the Tides of War and Requiem for the Rift King covers. (Yes, folks, they're real books, and yes folks, I'm going to have the magical Chris doing the art for them!)

2: Promo posts for a book blog tour.

3: Vampire Frog art for the indiegogo coloring book.

4: Editing for a client

5: Drafting on Heist Book

6: House Cleaning___

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2016-02-01 21:08:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

This is another image that will be available as a perk in the digital coloring book for my indiegogo crowdfund.

There will be 50+ images in the coloring book, and they'll typically fall into one of the following categories:

Mythical Beasties
Flowers
Birds & Animals

The complete coloring book can be found in the $10 perk level.

Yep, my life right now totally involves drawing birds, animals, flowers, and mythical beasties, writing, writing, writing, and kinda trying to procrastinate moving stuff and panicking about it. Fun!

You can find out more info on the campaign here: http://igg.me/at/witch-and-wolf-in-print/x/2198204

It's actually to pay for the print versions of my books, but let's face it... coloring book printouts are far more hands on and entertaining >.>;

This is another image that will be available as a perk in the digital coloring book for my indiegogo crowdfund.

There will be 50+ images in the coloring book, and they'll typically fall into one of the following categories:

Mythical Beasties
Flowers
Birds & Animals

The complete coloring book can be found in the $10 perk level.

Yep, my life right now totally involves drawing birds, animals, flowers, and mythical beasties, writing, writing, writing, and kinda trying to procrastinate moving stuff and panicking about it. Fun!

You can find out more info on the campaign here: http://igg.me/at/witch-and-wolf-in-print/x/2198204

It's actually to pay for the print versions of my books, but let's face it... coloring book printouts are far more hands on and entertaining >.>;___

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2016-02-01 15:48:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

I’m asked every week by a reader when my books will become available in print. I’ve been delaying for quite a while because I wanted to hire Holly Heisey, my current cover artist, to do the print cover layouts. While her prices are reasonable, I haven’t…

I’m asked every week by a reader when my books will become available in print. I’ve been delaying for quite a while because I wanted to hire Holly Heisey, my current cover artist, to do the print cover layouts. While her prices are reasonable, I haven’t…___

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2016-02-01 04:39:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Final bit of arting for today. This picture will be part of a perk for the crowdfund for print book covers. Whee.

Going to have a hard time letting that one go.

Final bit of arting for today. This picture will be part of a perk for the crowdfund for print book covers. Whee.

Going to have a hard time letting that one go.___

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2016-02-01 02:23:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

I have been up to a lot of things lately, and one of those things is bringing my witch & wolf books back into print.

Yeah, I know. Some of you have you asking for a long time. Well, I've been in talks with my cover artist, +Holly Heisey, and we've been able to hammer out a deal to get the print covers done. She's also going to be (in the future) updating typography on some covers and whole new covers on some of the others. Exciting, huh?

As many of you know, I've done crowdfunding before. My perks are usually unusual, but this time, I'm taking it in a totally different direction. While there are limited numbers of physical perks, everything is digital. Primarily, coloring pages I've drawn and inked. The finals will be scanned and cleaned up so they can be printed at leisure.

Yeah, those pictures below are examples of the art, taken as photos with... more »

I have been up to a lot of things lately, and one of those things is bringing my witch & wolf books back into print.

Yeah, I know. Some of you have you asking for a long time. Well, I've been in talks with my cover artist, +Holly Heisey, and we've been able to hammer out a deal to get the print covers done. She's also going to be (in the future) updating typography on some covers and whole new covers on some of the others. Exciting, huh?

As many of you know, I've done crowdfunding before. My perks are usually unusual, but this time, I'm taking it in a totally different direction. While there are limited numbers of physical perks, everything is digital. Primarily, coloring pages I've drawn and inked. The finals will be scanned and cleaned up so they can be printed at leisure.

Yeah, those pictures below are examples of the art, taken as photos with my ipad. There will be a minimum of 50 coloring pages for people to print out and enjoy.

There are also perks for ebook versions of books, signed copies, and unsigned copies--limited numbers of these, though.

So, if you're interested in having a look, check out the campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-bring-the-witch-wolf-novels-back-into-print/x/2198204#/

If you like coloring books and want in on the pages, the perk that includes them is $10. There are no physical versions of the coloring book, but you can buy the original art.

And that's what I have been doing lately. Keep being awesome, Google+!

(P.S.: Google+, please bring back posting from gmail. I miss chattering on Google+.)___

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2016-01-29 21:16:15 (20 comments; 2 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

It probably surprises no one I have been busy as hell lately. I'm working on writing books, New Me just released her second title. (If you want to know who New Me is, the details are all on facebook.)

 Yeah,about facebook.  I know. But, here's the deal with facebook: I can engage as little or as much as I need to each day. I have the freedom and ability to limit my usage to what I need each and every day.

For whatever reason, I just don't get that with Google+. It's not that I think G+ is a ghost town. It's not. There are a great number of folks here, really great folks. Folks I miss talking to. But, here's the thing.

I have gmail open all the time. I can't post to G+ from gmail. If I could, I'd post little updates all of the time. When I hop on G+, I tend to get sucked in reading things, commenting, etc. The "I can come and go as In... more »

It probably surprises no one I have been busy as hell lately. I'm working on writing books, New Me just released her second title. (If you want to know who New Me is, the details are all on facebook.)

 Yeah,about facebook.  I know. But, here's the deal with facebook: I can engage as little or as much as I need to each day. I have the freedom and ability to limit my usage to what I need each and every day.

For whatever reason, I just don't get that with Google+. It's not that I think G+ is a ghost town. It's not. There are a great number of folks here, really great folks. Folks I miss talking to. But, here's the thing.

I have gmail open all the time. I can't post to G+ from gmail. If I could, I'd post little updates all of the time. When I hop on G+, I tend to get sucked in reading things, commenting, etc. The "I can come and go as I need" element simply isn't here. It's all or nothing, and with my work schedule, it's been a lot more nothing than all.

So, a big post with updates here and there is how I have to roll at the moment. Friends can still message me on the hangouts thing. I check that frequently. I do see messages when I'm pinged. (And I usually even pursue them, if they're from real people and not spammers. I get a lot of spam on G+. I mean, a lot.)

So, here's the quick and dirty update:

1: New Me released a novel on Tuesday. Yay, go New Me!
2: I'm going to be releasing omnibus print editions of Witch & Wolf books 1-3 and Requiem books 1 & 2. I've already been talking to my cover designer about it. New Me's books 1-3 will get the same treatment. This will be happening as I have the funds. Each cover will cost me between $250-$550, so I have to be careful with my spending on them. (Yeah, I've been considering an indiegogo/kickstarter to pay for the new print editions, but I chicken out each time. Why? Because I just don't have the umph to promote the thing like it needs, and I don't know how many people want to pay the $ required to get them in print.)

Pride also says "I want to do well enough to get these in print under my own steam. Yeah. That's a problem sometimes--or not.

3: Moving to California. Husband's visa was approved, eh?!

4: Bunch of W&W standalone novels are in the works, New Me's 3rd book will be in the works soonish, too.

5: If you're eligible to nominate for the hugos and wanted to make my life, contact me for the titles I have that are eligible. Honestly, New Me's first book is the one that's been getting some interesting attention. Because life-goal, eh?

6: I'm really tired and quit sugar. Yeah. I quit sugar, and I fucking succeeded at it. Suck that, sugar. Suck it hard. Suck it like the bitch you are, sugar. I beat you this time.

I'm not 100% sugar free, but I am 3 weeks in and I drank coffee black this morning and it tastes weird. I drink water with lime cut into it now as my go-to drink.

7: Hi. I'm still alive, I'm just crazy busy. How are you?

8: P.S.: Shiny cover is shiny.___

2016-01-21 02:43:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

I've been taking it easy for a bit; just got done the second book of New Author's series, which is a huge load off.

I"m taking the next bit to hop and skip between projects and otherwise have fun. I have a 1k per day minimum I'm sticking to while preparing to move to California. (Yay!)

Dunno when the next book from either author will be out, but I am working on the W&W standalones. I'm also starting to do the background work on The Tides of War (Requiem #3.) That book will take me a long time to finish, though, but that's okay.

I have a lot of ambitious goals for this year, but I'll see how it goes after I get moved to California.

I've been taking it easy for a bit; just got done the second book of New Author's series, which is a huge load off.

I"m taking the next bit to hop and skip between projects and otherwise have fun. I have a 1k per day minimum I'm sticking to while preparing to move to California. (Yay!)

Dunno when the next book from either author will be out, but I am working on the W&W standalones. I'm also starting to do the background work on The Tides of War (Requiem #3.) That book will take me a long time to finish, though, but that's okay.

I have a lot of ambitious goals for this year, but I'll see how it goes after I get moved to California.___

2016-01-12 16:09:39 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I have been so incredibly busy. My mother-in-law is in the hospital. She has cirrhosis of the liver and they found something on her lung and esophagus. Undetermined if it is cancer or not. They may know more Thursday, when she's scheduled for a throat scope--assuming they can do the sedation for it. That's up in the air.

New Me's second book is done; there are a couple of proofing rounds to be finished, but the ARCs are ready.

If you're in on that or want to be in on that, drop me a line. I'll need your email, and I'll need to know if you've already read book one. I can provide copies of both book one and two if you want it.

Also, comment below if you want on the notification list for the pseudonym. I'll be posting to this group (private) when there is relevant news.

New Me's debut book got on the preliminary nomination... more »

I have been so incredibly busy. My mother-in-law is in the hospital. She has cirrhosis of the liver and they found something on her lung and esophagus. Undetermined if it is cancer or not. They may know more Thursday, when she's scheduled for a throat scope--assuming they can do the sedation for it. That's up in the air.

New Me's second book is done; there are a couple of proofing rounds to be finished, but the ARCs are ready.

If you're in on that or want to be in on that, drop me a line. I'll need your email, and I'll need to know if you've already read book one. I can provide copies of both book one and two if you want it.

Also, comment below if you want on the notification list for the pseudonym. I'll be posting to this group (private) when there is relevant news.

New Me's debut book got on the preliminary nomination lists for both a hugo and nebula, which is kinda a big deal for me, because Real Me never got on either of the nomination lists. The hugo preliminary nomination list wtf surprised me because I didn't even know about said list until I was already on it, so I have no idea how I got on it, which makes it even sweeter. (I do know how I got onto the Nebula list, so it wasn't a surprise there.)

I'm not expecting anything to happen with either one, but just seeing the book on the list makes me really happy--especially for the hugo, since someone liked the book enough to be bothered to find the list, put in the nomination, and so on.

So, yeah. I'm going to be working on a witch & wolf novel next, so you can expect to see that one in the works soon. May or may not be a preorder. Probably won't be a preorder, so watch this spot or facebook for updates.

Very probably Pack Justice will be the next Witch & Wolf standalone to release. I have a rotation plan of books going on, but it's entirely possible Shadowed Flame will happen shortly after Pack Justice; I've been working on two or three books at a time recently, so I have a bunch of projects nearing completion.

Project Zeta is going to be in the sidelines in the near future, too--it is the project I plan on working on when I'm primarily focused on New Me's third book.

Anyway, looks like moving to California will happen sometime in May or June.

Going to find something to do with myself since I just finished New Me's book yesterday, so I'm kinda adrift today.___

2016-01-08 05:49:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Mother-in-Law is in the hospital. Good job, 2016. You only took a week to sour. Real nice.

:flips 2016 the bird:

Mother-in-Law is in the hospital. Good job, 2016. You only took a week to sour. Real nice.

:flips 2016 the bird:___

2016-01-01 22:48:22 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Happy New Year, everyone. Keep safe, be happy.

I hope 2016 treats each and every one of you kindly.

Happy New Year, everyone. Keep safe, be happy.

I hope 2016 treats each and every one of you kindly.___

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2015-12-30 21:18:05 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

The fruit of my shovelling efforts. The neighbors hired plows... 

The fruit of my shovelling efforts. The neighbors hired plows... ___

2015-12-29 22:45:53 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I survived shoveling the driveway. Down to 1-1/2 lanes, but that was intentional. Need a place to toss the snow, after all!

I have a lot of muscles I didn't know I had. So, the exercise part of this plan actually worked a bit.

I'd set a weight goal for the winter season, but unfortunately, muscle weighs more than fat and I have a feeling I'm going to be burning away fat and making muscle, so I probably won't end up losing a lot of actual pounds. Pity, that.

I survived shoveling the driveway. Down to 1-1/2 lanes, but that was intentional. Need a place to toss the snow, after all!

I have a lot of muscles I didn't know I had. So, the exercise part of this plan actually worked a bit.

I'd set a weight goal for the winter season, but unfortunately, muscle weighs more than fat and I have a feeling I'm going to be burning away fat and making muscle, so I probably won't end up losing a lot of actual pounds. Pity, that.___

2015-12-29 21:29:12 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

In other random news. Fun fact: New Me's debut book got on the preliminary nomination list for the Nebulas and the Hugos.

Yep, even if I don't make it to the second round, just the fact new Me got onto the preliminary lists is nice.

The best part? I have absolutely no idea who nominated the book for the Hugos. It makes me smile after a pretty rough year.

In other random news. Fun fact: New Me's debut book got on the preliminary nomination list for the Nebulas and the Hugos.

Yep, even if I don't make it to the second round, just the fact new Me got onto the preliminary lists is nice.

The best part? I have absolutely no idea who nominated the book for the Hugos. It makes me smile after a pretty rough year.___

2015-12-29 20:47:58 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Let's shovel ourselves instead of hiring a snow removal company. It'll be good exercise, I said. It'll save money, I said. (The exercise and the money bit are truth.)

So, it comes as no surprise to anyone the first snowfall of the year is already knee deep and falling hard.

I'm a quarter done, and I'm starting to think I might actually be able to get into shape over the winter doing this craziness.

P.S.: I haven't shoveled enough to free the car from its snowy prison yet. Also, we'll park the car closer to the street to cut down on square footage required to free the car.

Let's shovel ourselves instead of hiring a snow removal company. It'll be good exercise, I said. It'll save money, I said. (The exercise and the money bit are truth.)

So, it comes as no surprise to anyone the first snowfall of the year is already knee deep and falling hard.

I'm a quarter done, and I'm starting to think I might actually be able to get into shape over the winter doing this craziness.

P.S.: I haven't shoveled enough to free the car from its snowy prison yet. Also, we'll park the car closer to the street to cut down on square footage required to free the car.___

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2015-12-20 00:24:59 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

This is the cover for one of the upcoming Witch & Wolf standalone novels. :3

This is the cover for one of the upcoming Witch & Wolf standalone novels. :3___

2015-12-18 23:00:40 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Well, Witch & Wolf fans will be happy to know I have not one, but two standalone Witch & Wolf titles in the works. Casual and fun work, but when they're done, I'll release them. No preorders on either one of the titles, though, because they're side projects I'm rewarding myself with when I finish New Me's work.

Also, hoping for a tentative release date of sometime in 2017 for Silver Bullet.

Well, Witch & Wolf fans will be happy to know I have not one, but two standalone Witch & Wolf titles in the works. Casual and fun work, but when they're done, I'll release them. No preorders on either one of the titles, though, because they're side projects I'm rewarding myself with when I finish New Me's work.

Also, hoping for a tentative release date of sometime in 2017 for Silver Bullet.___

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2015-12-15 16:48:12 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Free Books and Countdown Deals -- Happy Holidays, Folks!

I have a tendency to give away (and deeply discount) books around the holidays. Today and tomorrow (Dec 15/16, 2015) you can get the following books for free or discounted!

A shy stripper learns the things that go bump in the night are real, and she's not going to let a bad case of lycanthropy slow her down! (Not an erotica, I know.. a stripper book that isn't an erotica...) -- Countdown deals for $0.99 in the US. Normal price is $6.99. http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Blood-Moon-RJ-Blain-ebook/dp/B013T982I0/

Werewolves, Witches, and an introduction to my tendency to destroy things in a novel! Inquisitor -- Book 1 of the Witch & Wolf series -- http://www.amazon.com/Inquisitor-Witch-Wolf-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00K0SDX88/

The horses are the real star, but don't tell the one-armed king that! Storm... more »

Free Books and Countdown Deals -- Happy Holidays, Folks!

I have a tendency to give away (and deeply discount) books around the holidays. Today and tomorrow (Dec 15/16, 2015) you can get the following books for free or discounted!

A shy stripper learns the things that go bump in the night are real, and she's not going to let a bad case of lycanthropy slow her down! (Not an erotica, I know.. a stripper book that isn't an erotica...) -- Countdown deals for $0.99 in the US. Normal price is $6.99. http://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Blood-Moon-RJ-Blain-ebook/dp/B013T982I0/

Werewolves, Witches, and an introduction to my tendency to destroy things in a novel! Inquisitor -- Book 1 of the Witch & Wolf series -- http://www.amazon.com/Inquisitor-Witch-Wolf-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00K0SDX88/

The horses are the real star, but don't tell the one-armed king that! Storm Without End -- Book 1 of Requiem for the Rift King -- http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Without-Requiem-Rift-King-ebook/dp/B00GI7C0QG/

My debut book in all of its flawed glory! The meeting of a young slave and a divine masquerading as a priest could forever change the world--or destroy it, should either one of them fall into the wrong hands. http://www.amazon.com/Eye-God-Fall-Erelith-Book-ebook/dp/B00E5R8Y2A/

On Sale (Countdown Deal, US) for $0.99 (normally $4.99): When Nicolina and Richard meet, sparks fly between them. Fans of Winter Wolf (Book 2 of the Witch & Wolf series) can skip back through time and learn how a spunky slip of a girl caught the big, bad wolf. Collection of interlinked short stories and novellas. http://www.amazon.com/Omnibus-Tales-Winter-Wolf-Vol-ebook/dp/B013TOOP40/

Volumes 1 & 2 are available for free if you're curious about the stories. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016QAHRGC/___

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2015-12-11 03:31:20 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

Beneath a Blood Moon is getting new cover art! (As soon as amazon figures out how to do the update the novel thing.) Yay!

I really love this cover in so many different ways. :)

Beneath a Blood Moon is getting new cover art! (As soon as amazon figures out how to do the update the novel thing.) Yay!

I really love this cover in so many different ways. :)___

2015-12-06 03:54:42 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

I've been sick for a week, and I'm just starting to feel human today. I was supposed to go to a friend's house today, but I just wasn't up for it.

Really hoping I'm doing better tomorrow. At least the migraine and fever that's been plaguing me for a couple of days has gone away.

In other news, if you are friends with me on facebook, I totally slipped and revealed my pseudonym while participating in another author's book launch. So, if you're really curious, you can figure it out by playing the facebook game.

Or, you know, you can send me a message and I can tell you the pseudonym's name. I'm just not spamming the googles with who it is because reasons.

Yes, one of those reasons is to see if the same method I used to gain limited success as RJ Blain can work twice.

Also, something amusing. The first book cover from... more »

I've been sick for a week, and I'm just starting to feel human today. I was supposed to go to a friend's house today, but I just wasn't up for it.

Really hoping I'm doing better tomorrow. At least the migraine and fever that's been plaguing me for a couple of days has gone away.

In other news, if you are friends with me on facebook, I totally slipped and revealed my pseudonym while participating in another author's book launch. So, if you're really curious, you can figure it out by playing the facebook game.

Or, you know, you can send me a message and I can tell you the pseudonym's name. I'm just not spamming the googles with who it is because reasons.

Yes, one of those reasons is to see if the same method I used to gain limited success as RJ Blain can work twice.

Also, something amusing. The first book cover from my pseudonym series uses a stock image (totally legal stock image, I bought the license and everything, and there's nothing illegal about it) that matches a scene from the book, which tickled me pink.

It shares some similarities with a movie poster. It's hella fun watching people who know the movie do a double take. If you know the cover, know the accidental movie poster that's similar, and you can private message me with the name of the movie, I'll gift the first person with a copy of the book on Amazon, because scavenger hunt.

(The best part? Totally accidental similarities; the scene was in the book I wrote, and the older models and lack of sexual objects fit what I needed in a cover. Second best part: I haven't actually seen the movie in question OR read the source book. Not my sort of thing.)___

2015-12-02 16:13:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Yay, cold is doing the cold thing, and is determined to get worse before it gets better.

Here's hoping I can slog through today. I have certain things I want/need to get done.

Yay, cold is doing the cold thing, and is determined to get worse before it gets better.

Here's hoping I can slog through today. I have certain things I want/need to get done.___

2015-12-01 22:26:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

When even the internet has no faith in your career choice: "RJ, 10 new jobs for you!"

Hmph.

When even the internet has no faith in your career choice: "RJ, 10 new jobs for you!"

Hmph.___

2015-12-01 17:48:36 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

One of the hardest decisions I have made this year has been the one to let my second self sink or swim on her own merits--and the story's merits.

But damn, it's hard, because I know I could have just gone to the welcoming, generous, and kind google+ community and said, "Hey, I'm doing this thing. Can you help?"

And I know so many of you would have just because you're kind, generous people.

I can't tell if I'm stupid or wise for the decision to keep the pseudonyms as separate as possible, but I will say this much:

In a way, I'm really glad I made the decision to let my second self sink or swim on her own. It reminds me in depressing detail and clarity just how hard it is to start something new and fresh without having a fanbase to draw on for the efforts.

It puts into perspective the constant struggles of other... more »

One of the hardest decisions I have made this year has been the one to let my second self sink or swim on her own merits--and the story's merits.

But damn, it's hard, because I know I could have just gone to the welcoming, generous, and kind google+ community and said, "Hey, I'm doing this thing. Can you help?"

And I know so many of you would have just because you're kind, generous people.

I can't tell if I'm stupid or wise for the decision to keep the pseudonyms as separate as possible, but I will say this much:

In a way, I'm really glad I made the decision to let my second self sink or swim on her own. It reminds me in depressing detail and clarity just how hard it is to start something new and fresh without having a fanbase to draw on for the efforts.

It puts into perspective the constant struggles of other writers, and reminds me why I make some of the choices I do, especially when I try to help lift another author up who needs the boost.

Writing and publishing are damned hard.

Also, I'm hungry, so I should go eat lunch. (Whee, random.)___

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2015-11-30 21:03:59 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

My husband and I watched ‘A Few Good Men’ the other week, and the iconic line at the conclusion of the movie has stuck with me the entire time. The rage of the character, his twisted sense of justice, and the circumstances made me stop and thing–which is…

My husband and I watched ‘A Few Good Men’ the other week, and the iconic line at the conclusion of the movie has stuck with me the entire time. The rage of the character, his twisted sense of justice, and the circumstances made me stop and thing–which is…___

2015-11-30 19:16:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I've come down with a head cold. Head colds really stink, especially when the sinus pressure causes ear aches. Yick, yick, yick.

I finally got all set up with my new keyboard, and I even got it paired with my ipad properly. Happy about that!

I'm busy as always, but here's a breakdown of the things I'm doing this month.

December 15 & 16, I'm doing a really big book promotion for my RJ Blain titles; a bunch of them will be free or on sale for those in the US. I'll also be doing another similar sale December 29 & 30.

My pseudonym's first title releases tomorrow, so I'm quite stressed over that. I've been working pretty hard at promoting the title and finding reviewers and bloggers to help spread the word it exists. We'll see how it goes.

It'll be interesting to see if my successes for my regular books are... more »

I've come down with a head cold. Head colds really stink, especially when the sinus pressure causes ear aches. Yick, yick, yick.

I finally got all set up with my new keyboard, and I even got it paired with my ipad properly. Happy about that!

I'm busy as always, but here's a breakdown of the things I'm doing this month.

December 15 & 16, I'm doing a really big book promotion for my RJ Blain titles; a bunch of them will be free or on sale for those in the US. I'll also be doing another similar sale December 29 & 30.

My pseudonym's first title releases tomorrow, so I'm quite stressed over that. I've been working pretty hard at promoting the title and finding reviewers and bloggers to help spread the word it exists. We'll see how it goes.

It'll be interesting to see if my successes for my regular books are repeatable under a different name, completely different look, and different style of story.

We'll see.

I have a lot of cleaning to do this week, but with this head cold, I'll be impressed if I get anywhere near my goal. I managed to get some editing work on my books done. I have two client books to read through this week, too.

This is going to be an interesting week to say the least.

Wish me luck. I'm going to need it--and I could use some good luck.

Where did this year go, by the way? I could have sworn it was June just yesterday...

I want early November back. I had a lot of fun in New York with +Lisa Cohen, +Matthew Graybosch, and all of the other cool people who were at World Fantasy Con.

Maybe some more coffee would help.___

2015-11-27 20:52:53 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

This is a venting of frustrations/ranty post of minor levels.

There comes a point where I simply shake my head and wonder about how low people will go out of jealousy, personal dislike, or so on. One tactic I've noticed about rival authors is their tendency to try to smear other authors.

Sometimes, they just go to the reviews and vote them down in an effort to belittle readers and reviews--and the author of a book.

Sometimes, they attack the author in a slam review, not actually bothering to read the book or give a genuine review of the title. (This is part of why Amazon doesn't like authors reviewing other authors--it's a two way street, and as many times authors give each other hand jobs, they're also slamming other authors, which helps no one discover the merits and flaws of a book being reviewed.)

Someone recently decided to go through a bunch... more »

This is a venting of frustrations/ranty post of minor levels.

There comes a point where I simply shake my head and wonder about how low people will go out of jealousy, personal dislike, or so on. One tactic I've noticed about rival authors is their tendency to try to smear other authors.

Sometimes, they just go to the reviews and vote them down in an effort to belittle readers and reviews--and the author of a book.

Sometimes, they attack the author in a slam review, not actually bothering to read the book or give a genuine review of the title. (This is part of why Amazon doesn't like authors reviewing other authors--it's a two way street, and as many times authors give each other hand jobs, they're also slamming other authors, which helps no one discover the merits and flaws of a book being reviewed.)

Someone recently decided to go through a bunch of my books and down vote all of the positive reviews.

I'm just shaking my head, because it's not fair to the reviewers who read and liked the book. It's a pointless, jealousy-driven behavior.

I have no idea why anyone would be jealous of what I do. If you want the same thing I have with my books, sit down, shut up, and get to work. My books have no influence on your titles. You want to get good reviews on your books? You want to do better than me?

Write better books.

This is one thing I dislike about the industry. Most authors try to help other authors, but the bad seeds out there hurt all of us.

If you want to get more reviews, approach reviewers, put yourself out there, and write the best damned book you can. If you aren't getting good reviews, look at your books, figure out what's wrong with them, and make them better. Write better books.

Don't punish reviewers for liking a title.

Write better books.

I work hard on my books each and every day, and people who review any book shouldn't be punished for enjoying a title and writing a review of something they liked.

(P.S.: Yes, yes they did up vote the negative reviews.)

End frustration-induced rant.
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2015-11-26 20:07:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Happy holidays, folks!

Really busy day today; while I'm at a friend's house playing games, I'm also having to work to prepare for a lot of promotions, book releases, and so on--it's so complicated I have an excel spreadsheet and a calendar to help me keep everything sorted out... and it's still pretty tricky to figure out. Eeeesh!

Friend gave me a portable apple wireless keyboard and it works great! Using it with my ipad mini and my laptop when I'm out, since it's far more convenient than my plug in keyboard.

Have a great day!

Happy holidays, folks!

Really busy day today; while I'm at a friend's house playing games, I'm also having to work to prepare for a lot of promotions, book releases, and so on--it's so complicated I have an excel spreadsheet and a calendar to help me keep everything sorted out... and it's still pretty tricky to figure out. Eeeesh!

Friend gave me a portable apple wireless keyboard and it works great! Using it with my ipad mini and my laptop when I'm out, since it's far more convenient than my plug in keyboard.

Have a great day!___

2015-11-25 13:11:11 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

It is 8:05, and I am rather unhappy about being awake. Ever since my husband was hired by Apple, we've been living in PST, so my normal get out of bed and function time is closer to 11 am or noon nowadays--which is pretty nice, actually. In a way, I think this will work out really nicely for us, as we won't have to transition quite as much once we reach California.

So, back to the 8:05 am part of things.

As many of you know, last year sucked and I had a sewage flood in my basement. (If you want an update on that, here's the long and short of it: I still don't have a finished basement, although I do have studs and stuff like that.... mostly.) I also have a nice and staggering amount of debt, which we're very slowly paying down.

The contractors who were supposed to do the repair and ultimately did not are supposed to return a bunch of my stuff (which they... more »

It is 8:05, and I am rather unhappy about being awake. Ever since my husband was hired by Apple, we've been living in PST, so my normal get out of bed and function time is closer to 11 am or noon nowadays--which is pretty nice, actually. In a way, I think this will work out really nicely for us, as we won't have to transition quite as much once we reach California.

So, back to the 8:05 am part of things.

As many of you know, last year sucked and I had a sewage flood in my basement. (If you want an update on that, here's the long and short of it: I still don't have a finished basement, although I do have studs and stuff like that.... mostly.) I also have a nice and staggering amount of debt, which we're very slowly paying down.

The contractors who were supposed to do the repair and ultimately did not are supposed to return a bunch of my stuff (which they never got around to cleaning...) today. I was told 7:30-8 for someone to contact me and come over and drop my stuff off.

So, I'm up hours before I should be, and I haven't even gotten a call. Yeah, it's 5 minutes--10 at this point--but that's not the point.

If the company is gonna call and arrange the return of my stuff because they don't have the space to store it... at least make the attempt to show up or at least call.

Fuck, I'd rather be in bed, still.

Oh well. I'm going to go work on one of my novels until the urge to strangle someone fades.___

2015-11-24 18:21:52 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Today is going to be a busy day. Found a temporary but crappy keyboard for my ipad mini (I will get the nice one on Thursday probably.)

My to-do list looks a little bit like this:

Write all of the things.
Promote all of the things.
Spacock a turkey.
Rebel. Make turkey today, because adult.

I am rotating between Pack Justice and NPB (New Pseudonym Book) which is a lot of fun. I really enjoy both projects right now, and because they're so different, I can really shift gears on them and write both at the same time.

The nice thing about this method for me is the fact I don't reach my fatigue point as quick. By shifting to a new project, it's like I am hitting the reset button.

December is going to be rough. Have to go over two client projects, finish a novel to have sent to my editor, and otherwise ace life. Add in Christmas, and... more »

Today is going to be a busy day. Found a temporary but crappy keyboard for my ipad mini (I will get the nice one on Thursday probably.)

My to-do list looks a little bit like this:

Write all of the things.
Promote all of the things.
Spacock a turkey.
Rebel. Make turkey today, because adult.

I am rotating between Pack Justice and NPB (New Pseudonym Book) which is a lot of fun. I really enjoy both projects right now, and because they're so different, I can really shift gears on them and write both at the same time.

The nice thing about this method for me is the fact I don't reach my fatigue point as quick. By shifting to a new project, it's like I am hitting the reset button.

December is going to be rough. Have to go over two client projects, finish a novel to have sent to my editor, and otherwise ace life. Add in Christmas, and I think I will be rueing and lamenting my existence before the new year.

Time to get into the trenches. Have a good day, folks!___

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2015-11-23 18:41:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Every author is different. Every book is different. There are hundreds of different methods to compose a novel. My site has numerous posts about how I do things. There are thousands more on the internet. But, I think there comes a time where we have to…

Every author is different. Every book is different. There are hundreds of different methods to compose a novel. My site has numerous posts about how I do things. There are thousands more on the internet. But, I think there comes a time where we have to…___

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2015-11-22 22:54:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

I posted recently about creating a scrivener of my shelf of shame. I thought I'd share it with you. As I have time, I will be including a note on every section of the file, which will be a basic overview summary of the main theme of each story. To give you an idea of how often I would start, stop, and ultimately fail at projects, I expanded some of the sections so you can see the files.

Of these, there are only two completed novels--and one of the novels isn't actually in the file yet. (I need to hunt down the back up copy and insert it still.)

This also doesn't include short stories I have written over the years, either.

In total, this is just short of 600,000 words of abandoned projects.

I keep them around so I remember how much I used to struggle with my writing. Every last one of these failed characters is a triumph. I learned and I grew with these... more »

I posted recently about creating a scrivener of my shelf of shame. I thought I'd share it with you. As I have time, I will be including a note on every section of the file, which will be a basic overview summary of the main theme of each story. To give you an idea of how often I would start, stop, and ultimately fail at projects, I expanded some of the sections so you can see the files.

Of these, there are only two completed novels--and one of the novels isn't actually in the file yet. (I need to hunt down the back up copy and insert it still.)

This also doesn't include short stories I have written over the years, either.

In total, this is just short of 600,000 words of abandoned projects.

I keep them around so I remember how much I used to struggle with my writing. Every last one of these failed characters is a triumph. I learned and I grew with these characters.

They may reside in my Shelf of Shame archive, but they are treasures all the same.

They're a reminder of how I used to be compared to who I am now,.___

2015-11-22 22:06:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Well, my glorious plans to do a notification circle are kinda not working out, since I can't figure out how to make new google send notifications to people within a circle.

I will have to figure out how best to do this--probably to a collection.

Well, my glorious plans to do a notification circle are kinda not working out, since I can't figure out how to make new google send notifications to people within a circle.

I will have to figure out how best to do this--probably to a collection.___

2015-11-22 22:03:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 


This is a writing post talking about electronics I use to write, edit, and produce my books with a focus on the phone pad mini 4.

As I mentioned the other day, my husband got me an iPad mini 4 for Christmas. He gave it to me early so I could use it for work. Here is a breakdown of my experience so far with the device and what I like about it--and a few things I thought no could be better.

I got the gold one. Colour obviously makes a difference on performance. ;)

Here is a brief overview of my writing process.

1: Outlining.

I write a summary synopsis of all books I write. This is done 1-5 times on average depending on the story. Pack Justice had 4 outlines. New Pseudonym Books average 2-3 outlines for refinements.

An outline pretty much equates a draft for me because I go scene by acne to develop the world and characters. It took me... more »


This is a writing post talking about electronics I use to write, edit, and produce my books with a focus on the phone pad mini 4.

As I mentioned the other day, my husband got me an iPad mini 4 for Christmas. He gave it to me early so I could use it for work. Here is a breakdown of my experience so far with the device and what I like about it--and a few things I thought no could be better.

I got the gold one. Colour obviously makes a difference on performance. ;)

Here is a brief overview of my writing process.

1: Outlining.

I write a summary synopsis of all books I write. This is done 1-5 times on average depending on the story. Pack Justice had 4 outlines. New Pseudonym Books average 2-3 outlines for refinements.

An outline pretty much equates a draft for me because I go scene by acne to develop the world and characters. It took me almost three weeks at 4 or so hours a day to outline Pack Justice.

2: Drafting.

I am currently writing directly to the computer. The outline phase is done in levenger circa journals.

Note: when I draft, I edit as I draft. Whenever I start my day, I go back and edit at least one section for continuity checks and so on.

Drafting takes approximately 1 month for 80-100,000 words.

3: Editing.

While I do edit while I draft, I also do an editing pass of the book before I send to my copy and proofing editor.u

4: copy / proofing edits.

Once I get the notes back from my editor, I implement them.

5: Arc creation.

Book goes to reviewers. I do a basic scan for stupid things I may have missed during the regular edit phase as I also check over the entirety of the file for formatting issues.

6: Final Proofing.

I try to do this step as many times as possible to catch the stupid errors, on several different devices.

Since this is going to be focused on my iPad mini, I will do a basic list of the other devices I use while writing and editing.

MacBook Pro: primary work machine.
Phone.
Kindle paper white. P
iPad mini 4.

The iPad mini is replacing a full sized heavy as fuck iPad. (I couldn't hold it for extended periods of time which made it a miserable proofing device.)

Now, back to the iPad mini.

The largest advantage of this device so far for proofing and editing is it's insanely light weight. It weighs about the same as my phone with its case on.

That means I can hold it in one hand without fatigue. Critical for me, because I can end up working for hours without taking a break. I get involved with my work and I don't appreciate a whole lot of interruptions.

The next thing I really like about the device is the sensitivity of the touch screen. My iPhone has a nice touch screen interface but the pad mini 4 is better. Between the better touchscreen and the size, I make fewer errors when I am jotting down notes for myself or typing other things.

The screen width is also ideal for me chicken pecking, as the keyboard is well matched to my fingertip size. (Mileage will definitely vary.)

I can also check ePub and mobi files on it, which is really nice. If I do decide to go non-exclusive, I can hook right into the other store readers plus iBooks.

One thing I do dislike about the device is that it has a couple of apple quirks. Those are personal taste issues, so I won't get into them here, since they don't impede my ability to edit--much. Sometimes it has problems loading mobi files from my iCloud.

Back to the main subject: editing on the device.

When I proof edit, I read the book, usually mumbling to myself as I read to force me to see and comprehend each word. In higher education, too often students are taught/forced to skim read, skipping over articles to get to the meat of the material. When I find an error, I highlight it in the kindle app and continue reading. The iPad mini makes highlighting super easy and does not really disrupt the flow of my reading, which is really important for me.

Once I am done highlighting, I go back to my laptop, open the file, and retread the book again. When I reach a highlighted section, I fix the master file.

Rinse and repeat.

It is worth noting I am shifting this practice to the drafting phase of my process, too. This lets me step back, review what I have written, and correct problems before they become bigger problems later. This is also why I do synopsis outlines--I develop the book before I start writing to cut out rewrites, and it really works well for me. It is much easier to throw out hours of work than months of work, and my writing method has been refined enough I don't need to rewrite entire projects--or write them initially by hand any more. The outline synopsis format lets me think the book through as though I were drafting.

Your mileage will vary, but I am really glad I got a smaller device for proofing and story level editing, as it gives me the freedom to take the device anywhere and keep doing substantial work on a project without straining my eyes or using a heavy device.

(To compare, the iPad mini is lighter than my paper white in its case. ,y paper white doesn't feel study enough to use without its case and it is a bit trickier to get good highlights and notes into the system.)

So, that is a glimpse into my current work flow. Your mileage will vary.___

2015-11-22 06:50:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Long day, but not quite ready to go to bed yet.

Making really good progress on New Pseudonym Book and the next Witch & Wolf Novel, Pack Justice. (Which is a standalone, and it'll be a lot of fun.)

I don't know when Pack Justice will be ready, but when my draft and my personal edits are done and it goes for copy/proofing edits, I'll be setting up a preorder for it. (Preorder only so it keeps me on track to actually get the edits done rather than sitting on a production-viable book for no real reason...)

Husband has this entire week off work but I don't--I forgot he had the week off until we were at our friend's house tonight. Sigh!

We're going to have to have sacred work hours where he can't watch tv while I'm working or some such.

Long day, but not quite ready to go to bed yet.

Making really good progress on New Pseudonym Book and the next Witch & Wolf Novel, Pack Justice. (Which is a standalone, and it'll be a lot of fun.)

I don't know when Pack Justice will be ready, but when my draft and my personal edits are done and it goes for copy/proofing edits, I'll be setting up a preorder for it. (Preorder only so it keeps me on track to actually get the edits done rather than sitting on a production-viable book for no real reason...)

Husband has this entire week off work but I don't--I forgot he had the week off until we were at our friend's house tonight. Sigh!

We're going to have to have sacred work hours where he can't watch tv while I'm working or some such.___

2015-11-22 04:09:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

At last at long last, I am the traitor in Betrayal at House on the Hill!

At last at long last, I am the traitor in Betrayal at House on the Hill!___

2015-11-21 23:29:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

1,800,000 words between the production copies and the drafts of all RJ Blain novels in the computer. That excludes all of the crazy handwritten stuff.

That's just crazy.

1,800,000 words between the production copies and the drafts of all RJ Blain novels in the computer. That excludes all of the crazy handwritten stuff.

That's just crazy.___

2015-11-21 22:33:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

As part of my organization of my archives, I've been creating very, very large scrivener projects containing entire novels condensed.

My Shelf of Shame, which includes all versions of stories that were never produced in any capacity, is slightly over 525,000 words of garbage, organized by character.

I'm kinda impressed.

Next up is to do production and drafts of said production novels. Woo!

As part of my organization of my archives, I've been creating very, very large scrivener projects containing entire novels condensed.

My Shelf of Shame, which includes all versions of stories that were never produced in any capacity, is slightly over 525,000 words of garbage, organized by character.

I'm kinda impressed.

Next up is to do production and drafts of said production novels. Woo!___

2015-11-21 21:19:06 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

I really like the new update to Google+! I can actually use it again on any system and not just my ipad/ipad mini. Woo. I'll probably stick to my ipad mini once I get the keyboard to prevent me from spending too much time on social media, but that's a different matter.

My hard drive is a sloppy mess, so in order to bring organization back to my system, I'm creating a very large scrivener project of my shelf of shame to help find old projects.

A bit tedious, but it'll really help me find things later--and keep track of how many words I've written over the years. (And make backing up the shelf of shame much easier.)

I really like the new update to Google+! I can actually use it again on any system and not just my ipad/ipad mini. Woo. I'll probably stick to my ipad mini once I get the keyboard to prevent me from spending too much time on social media, but that's a different matter.

My hard drive is a sloppy mess, so in order to bring organization back to my system, I'm creating a very large scrivener project of my shelf of shame to help find old projects.

A bit tedious, but it'll really help me find things later--and keep track of how many words I've written over the years. (And make backing up the shelf of shame much easier.)___

2015-11-21 14:39:14 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Mostly have my new ipad mini set up; will have the proper keyboard for it so I can do lengthy posts easier later today. Until then, getting my browser to actually play nice with google+. In other news, the new layout seems to be far more browser friendly than before. I can actually load the site without it crippling my computer...

Yay for modern advancements?

General update on life:

1: 10% done new pseudonym novel. Really liking the book so far.

2: Unknown % done new Witch & Wolf standalone. Really liking the book so far. Liking it enough I hired a cover designer to make a cover for it and gave it a title. No idea when it'll be done, but I will be slipping it into the production queue as I have time for it.

Unknown when I have time for it. When I have a completed draft with initial editorial work done, I will create a preorder for... more »

Mostly have my new ipad mini set up; will have the proper keyboard for it so I can do lengthy posts easier later today. Until then, getting my browser to actually play nice with google+. In other news, the new layout seems to be far more browser friendly than before. I can actually load the site without it crippling my computer...

Yay for modern advancements?

General update on life:

1: 10% done new pseudonym novel. Really liking the book so far.

2: Unknown % done new Witch & Wolf standalone. Really liking the book so far. Liking it enough I hired a cover designer to make a cover for it and gave it a title. No idea when it'll be done, but I will be slipping it into the production queue as I have time for it.

Unknown when I have time for it. When I have a completed draft with initial editorial work done, I will create a preorder for it.

3: Seriously working at packing and starting to clean the house. Obstacles everywhere. Waiting for lawyers to send papers so we can move forward with things. Eager to move to California.

4: Drinking tea.

That's about it.___

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