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Happy Wednesday

I’ve been slacking off on the blog, because I’ve been doing a lot of things that don’t relate to the author’s life. When I do, they aren’t the sexy things. One of the things I’ve always done is share this life – warts and all, so that’s what today is about.

I spent the last week in a trade conference for my paycheck job. There weren’t a lot of extra hours available. Next week, I’m going to Texas for a conference that is more directly related to what I do. All part of the job.

This week was my week to catch up… except… we scheduled job interviews. This is because all of us on the interview team have been in and out for a month. The other two members are tied up for the next two weeks.

There is an outside chance that I can make some real progress on Friday, so I have my fingers crossed.

On the writing front, this was my flex day, and I spent it working on the stuff nobody ever talks about. It’s part of the writing life, and it has to get done too.

I wrote a post for Story Empire that will go live next week. I also assembled and scheduled a Lisa Burton Radio interview. I mention this, because this stuff takes time. It has value, so I forge ahead. It has value to me, and it helps other authors too. If you haven’t checked out Story Empire, you might want to cruise over. There is a wealth of information authors can take advantage of.

I dedicated a big part of this morning to finishing up a book I’ve been reading. I fiddled around with this for far too long, and I needed to finish it. I even resorted to reading one chapter on my 30 minute lunch breaks. At least I got four chapters per week that way. It was a wonderful story, and I gave the author a five star review on three different sites.

Time. It’s all about time, which seems to be in short supply these days.

I like to read on airplanes, but I like to find things I don’t necessarily have to finish. This time, I have a couple of craft books saved that I might dive into. Other flight, I’ve chosen short story collections, or even novellae, because I can finish them. (I made that word up, but novellae seems like it should be right.)

On Tuesday, I got another Lisa Burton poster via email. (It looks really cool too.) That means I have the Lanternfish cover, plus two promotional posters. I ordered the last one, and it looks like I’ll be able to meet my winter publication deadline pretty easily.

To round out my day off, I worked through nine chapters of Lanternfish. I found a few things to correct, even though this is about my third pass. Good news is that I’m really enjoying the story still. I think that bodes well for my future readers.

I nearly wrote that I worked through nine innings of my book. Can you tell I’ve been watching the baseball playoffs? I don’t have a dog in this fight, but the games have been very good. (I’m not cheering for any specific team, but I’m glad the National League will go back to Front Row Amy’s ballpark.) There’s one on right now, and I’d better get back to it.

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And Otto goes berserk

I got through a couple of my projects, then we paid the bills and managed date night. We had a couple of errands along the way, one of which involved stopping at Pet Smart for dog food. Lo and behold, pumpkin balls are available once more.

Otto is bouncing off the walls with joy. Frankie doesn’t know what to think. She has only had tennis balls, and these don’t have fur.

Ever since he was a puppy, the pumpkin ball was his favorite toy. They have a squeaker inside and they flash when they bounce. Otto is a simple soul. It doesn’t take much to make him happy. Maybe I should take a lesson from him.

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#BadMoonRising: The Hat by C.S. Boyack #paranormal #superheros

It’s my turn on the Bad Moon Rising promo over at Teri Polen’s blog. Grab your paranormal hat, tune up your bass, and come on over.

Books and Such

Happy Friday!  This has been an incredibly busy week, but why don’t you take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy today’s Bad Moon Rising author.  If you’re not familiar with C.S. Boyack’s work, now’s the time to get acquainted.  He’s crafted some wildly imaginative stories, and today’s is one of my personal favorites.  He also might be the guy to hang with during a zombie apocalypse.  Read below to find out why.

Thanks for having me back this year, Teri. I always enjoy this event, and tried to send other authors your way.

In the Halloween spirit, I’m here to talk about my novella, The Hat.  This one is kind of a paranormal/superhero mashup, set to a blues and rockabilly soundtrack.

Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother, and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her…

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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, C. S. Boyack

I’m appearing over at Colleen Chesebro’s place today. It’s October, so the topic is a bit of spooky reading. This is a newish interview slot for authors, so lets all support it so it will be around when we need some place to promote.

Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Conversations with ColleenThe October Edition

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I’m thrilled to bring you a speculative fiction author, C. S. (Craig) Boyack. I asked him to pick a few questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. The answers might surprise you.

I think I’ve read almost all of Craig’s books. He is one of my favorite authors because there is always a great story wrapped up in his writing. My favorite book by Craig is called Panama. Check out the review HERE.

Please meet today’s guest, C. S. Boyack:

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Author, C. S. Boyack

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little…

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Vacation Reading 2018

Kind of nice to know that Panama has held up over the years. Check out what the Planetary Defense Commander thought of it over at his site. It’s a good story to pick up for your October reading list.

Planetary Defense Command

My wife and I recently returned from a hiking trip to Patagonia and the Andes.  I’ll try to do a vacation post later (although I still haven’t posted about last year’s vacation…), but today’s post is about the books I read on the flights there and back.

This year, I decided to read books written by fellow bloggers who I’m friends with online.  Fortunately, they all ended up being entertaining — I believe I rated them all four stars out of five at goodreads.

I’ll give a brief description of each book, but I’m also going to strain my brain and try to come up with something that might have pushed each one into five star territory for me.  I think that’s the kind of feedback I’d like from my friends if I were publishing my own stories.

Here are the books, in the order I read them:

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About that time of year

I’ve been looking for a month for something close to home, but with zero luck. Store keepers are full of empty promises.

I decided to go for my best chance, and went to the Boise Co-Op. The old one downtown. Bingo!

That’s right, everyone. It’s pumpkin beer season. I had the Anderson Vally yesterday, and it was fantastic. They are one of my favorite breweries, and never seem to let me down.

I just opened the Elysian Dark Knife a minute ago. It isn’t quite as good, but this does not mean bad. Elysian is also one of my favorite creators.

The Co-Op beer man said he only had seven bottles of the Shipyard Pumpkinhead, so I bought one of them too. My traditional favorite is Elysian Nightowl, but he only had cans. I have my fingers crossed that I can find a couple of bomber sized bottles before the season is over. Either that, or maybe find it on tap somewhere.

Because I had to move my flex day, I wound up with Friday off this week. Oddly enough, Monday is my day off next week. What a cool break!

I spent my day doing edits on a couple of existing projects. Some of this involved some word searches and such. Mind numbing stuff, actually. Hopefully, pumpkin beer will recharge my battery.

I intend to add some new words to an ongoing project before the weekend is over. I also want to work on a couple of outlines. One will be a novel, the other a novella. (With any luck.)

I might check on a baseball game sometime this weekend. The payoffs are stacking up, and I find it interesting.

My weekend list isn’t huge, but it’s bigger stuff this time. We’ll see how it all shakes out by Monday.

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Book Talk…9/28/18

What a lovely post to wake up to. Traci seems to have enjoyed The Yak Guy Project. Traci is very supportive among the author community, and you should look around her site while you’re over there.

Where Genres Collide

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Book Talk…The Yak Guy Project by C.S. Boyack…9/28/18

Traci Kenworth

 

The Yak Guy Project by C.S. Boyack Amazon Digital Services. May 11, 2018.

Amazon Blurb: Imagine waking up in the desert with no idea what happened to you. You have clear memories of situations and places, but a complete loss in personal matters… like your own name. This situation is bad, and you have no idea how to get home.

When you’re rescued by a talking yak, the situation gets exponentially worse. You’ve obviously lost your mind. The immediate needs of a ride off the salt pan and searing heat, along with a drink of water, outweigh the concerns about your mental state.

This is exactly what happened to the Yak Guy. In fact, he’s been placed in an alternate world and given a chance to start over in life.

Can this selfish, almost parasitic, young man…

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