Sunday, December 6, 2015

Writing is for Sharing, Part 2

I've blogged in other posts that one motivation I have for writing is to share it with others. This view goes back to the earliest days of storytelling when people in the community gathered to hear a story or see it performed.

These days we use other means. I publish my work and others purchase it. But the act of buying published material is not enough because it leaves the cycle of sharing broken and incomplete. The reader must read it and experience it; otherwise there is no sharing of ideas, characters, or plot. As far as I can tell that's not happening with many of the people who purchase my work in the last year.

Of course, it may be that these people, like many avid readers, have very long reading lists, and it takes them months to get to my book. I understand that. All I can say to that is please think about reading my book soon.

It is also possible that I'm wrong; that many of the people who purchase my books have read them but not reviewed them. I don't think that's the case. I explicitly ask each one to post a review of my book in Amazon, because I need them badly. I see no reason for anyone not to do that and so far, no reviews, which I assume this means no one is reading the novels I work so hard to create. That is very disappointing.

It makes me very sad to think that all the people with my book and who have yet to read it, have yet to discover what waits for them. The adventure. The characters. The plot twists. The relevant themes to the world today.

I've got real characters with real problems, and I've set it all in a fantasy world against a background where the world spirals towards war. Aside from the use of magic and a few fantastical monsters, it mirrors our own world which also spirals towards war. 

But I digress. Let me also say that I'm not one to criticize either. I've got lots of books that remain unread or read without any review of them. And my intent here is not to rant, but to make everyone aware how important it is for readers to read the books they buy and then review them. The reviews are more precious than the money I receive for my work. In fact, I am willing to give away the ebook version of any my books in exchange for a review. That's how important reviews are.

The rest lies in the hands of my readers. I trust they will read my work and offer their opinions. I welcome them and eagerly await to read them. With luck, they will like my stories and we will share many other stories in the future.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Name Chosen

As you can see, I've chosen a new name for my blog. I was thinking of running a contest to pick a name, but one just came to me suddenly the other day so here we are.

Musings is perfect because that's what these posts are.

So with that task complete, I am going to focusing on completing the draft of Book 5 this week and next.

So far, the draft stands at 43000 words. I'm shooting for at least 60000 words. So it's a race against time. I'll give an update in a few weeks to let everyone know about my progress.

Keep writing everyone.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Blog Needs a New Name

I've finally managed to cobble together over a hundred pages of poems. So I've decided to release them in a single collection.  The book is available from booksellers online and from the publisher, ManaSoft Books directly, at

The title of the collection is Paraphernalia in My Pocket. Since that's also the name of this blog, I need to change the blog's name to avoid confusion. I suppose it would've been easier to give the poetry collection a different name, but the title was always reserved for my poetry going back to my college days and the first collection I turned in to my poetry professor. Then, I had about ten poems. Now I have more like 70 or 80 poems.

So you might be wondering why I named the blog with the title of my poetry collection. Well, at the time, back in 2010 when I started this blog, I wasn't sure I'd ever release a collection of poetry. I didn't have as many poems then. And frankly blog posts are like poems: they are little bits of ideas that float around in my head. It seems fine at the time.

But times change and now I need a new name. So if any of my readers want to suggest a title, I'll send you a free audio version of my novel, Aure the Topaz. Send your suggestions to me at

Keep writing everyone.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

I Don't Know What Happened

Somehow, I managed to sell a handful of stories on Smashwords in Q3. I really don't know how that happened. I spent that time promoting my novel, not my short stories. I'm guessing that by giving away countless copies of my stories, that when I switched over and started charging for my work, a few people decided I was worth the risk.

I honestly don't understand. The only thing that is clear is activity on Smashwords is a lot slower. In fact, I seem to be selling more on Barnes & Noble than on Smashwords.

The audio version of Aure the Topaz is now available on iTunes,, and

I also released a new short story, Carbon Footprint. The story speculates about the near future when researchers develop a new strain of seaweed designed to scrub out carbon dioxide more efficiently. The other unique thing about this seaweed is it grows on synthetic material which can be used to wrap buildings in allowing more surface area to be devoted to controlling greenhouse gases. The story follows the progress of this invention as it is released into our world.

Work on Book 2 continues. I think I'm looking at a Q1 2015 release now. But I'll keep plugging away at it.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I Just Don't Understand

I've come back from the farmer's market; I sold nothing... again. From that experience, and a little research, I see that a majority of people don't read books regularly. I just don't understand that. One person at the market admitted that to me and blamed his short attention span.

While it is true that our attention spans are growing shorter, thanks to technology, that's not the only culprit here. I say this because, among the people I talked to, and there were several, none of them were willing to buy from me and save money, even after I explained that I offer a large discount on the books.

What's up with that?

I just don't understand that behavior either.

Some people came with no money, or so they said, why would you do that if you are going to a farmer's market?

And the biggest thing I don't understand is how I'm going to convince anyone to buy my work despite all the marketing research I'm reading. Which means either I'm reading the wrong material or these marketing people don't know what they are talking about.