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Sometimes, ya gotta try new stuff

We authors tend to all try the same things to promote our works. We blog, we tweet, we sign up for paid promotions. It all works to a degree, and there is no magic spell that will help us stand out from the crowd.

I've been known to try some crazy things from time to time, and today is no exception. I see that adult coloring books are all the rage today. Sadly, I don't have any of those. Still, maybe an old school trick still has some life in it.

My regular readers know that Lisa Burton, the robot girl, is a recurring character on Entertaining Stories. I recently promoted her to 'Official Spokesmodel' for Entertaining Stories.

Lisa takes her job seriously, and when I'm writing she really gets into it. She uses alternate voices to read back my dialog, calls me out for too many coincidences, and dresses for the part.

I recently sent her over to Sean Harrington's studio to pose with some of the outfits from my novels. Sean designed a paper doll sequence and you can have it for free. Those of you who've been lamenting a Lisa of your own, can now have one.

She's pretty helpful too. Just stand her next to your computer and read out loud to her. She will miraculously help you spot difficult passages and weak dialog.

The doll is Lisa in a classic James Bond pose. It clearly shows off what she did to $20,000 worth of GMO human skin.

I chose to print my doll on card stock. She stands up better when you dress her up.

Some of you may be happy with simply the doll. She's just as helpful as when she's in costume.

While the doll represents Wild Concept, there is an outfit for every novel.

If you prefer chasing the dreaded demon, El Chivato, through the Panamanian jungle, there is an outfit for that.

Maybe you want to delve deeper into witchcraft in your story. The outfit from Will O' the Wisp is there for you. Here are a couple of examples:

The Cock of the South

With the hat, which Lisa knitted herself, she filled in for Argon the cyclops. Without the hat, she assisted with any number of characters, from the Southern Dwarves to a Remsian nobleman.

Arson

Maybe you prefer Lindsay Pennington, from Arson. I still say this little pyro is the most fun supporting character I ever wrote.

Of course you can go absolutely crazy and mix them up if you like.

The whole kit is absolutely free. I've made a new page at the top of my blog. Click on the printable PDF files and go to town. Make as many as you want. Spread them around town. Give them to friends, with my blessing. I'm sure Lisa would be proud to serve as your bookmark.

A big thank you goes out to original cover artist, Sean Harrington. This project wouldn't have been possible without him.

Another big thank you to everyone who reads Entertaining Stories. Your comments are what keeps me motivated. Who knows, maybe one day I'll offer up a small Muse to put on the other side of your computer.

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Two unrelated issues

It’s Wednesday, and I always try to post a little something. Heaven forbid you forget about me during the middle of the week. I have two unrelated topics to discuss.

One: Driving requires a certain amount of focus. To do it correctly, you have to dedicate a certain amount of brain cells to the task.

Picture the street. It’s five lanes wide. Two lanes of travel heading each direction, seperated by a left turn lane. It’s rush hour, and I’m trying to get home after a long day at work. It’s St. Patrick’s Day.

I’m in the outside lane, the one closest to the sidewalk. I approach an intersection and the light is green. There is a lady in the inside lane, and she is going way under the speed limit. I don’t know what it is about the fast lane, but that’s where all the Sunday drivers seem to park.

I decide to head through the intersection, dreaming about corned beef and Old Bushmills. Flogging Molly is playing on my satellite radio; Tobacco Island to be exact.

The lady travelling in the inside lane, decides to turn right at the intersection. (USA driving for my international fans) This means, in heavy rush hour traffic, she is going to turn across my lane of travel to make her street. Here’s the results:

My pretty red truck isn't pretty any more

The police cited her, and I get to spend my next day off dealing with body shops.

Two: Will O’ the Wisp is selling well, by my standards. The early reviews are wonderful, and I’m pretty excited about the future of this book.

I’ve sold a copy or two in places all over the world. I’m exceedingly grateful to everyone who is giving this story a chance.

At the risk of being obnoxious, remember that reviews are important to authors. Whether you pen a few lines, or simply give it a star rating, it really helps. If you’re running low on stars, you can have a few of mine. Take enough to share with all the other independent authors out there.

Go ahead, I've got plenty

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Don’t you hate people like that?

You know the type, they post pictures of their food. I’m not talking about something they’ve prepared, and it comes with a recipe. I’m talking about something they ordered in a restaurant.

Here’s the deal. I have more work events to attend tonight, and an eight hour drive tomorrow. I may not be able to make my usual Saturday night post. So here’s what you get:

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It is based upon maple and bacon ice cream. Add in a bit of pie crust, some whipped cream, and a maple glazed hunk of bacon. Make a small hole somewhere in the top, and pour that shot of amaretto over it all. Mmmmm.

Thank you to all my regulars, the re-bloggers, and all my new followers. You’ve helped make a tiny story about a vegetable into my top post ever.

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I owe some Thanks to my Friends

Entertaining Stories gained new followers at an accelerated rate recently. It couldn’t have happened without the help of a few special blog friends. These people went out of their way to help me and today I’m saying thank you.

If you’re one if the new followers, thank you. Here’s a post I put up recently to help you keep up with my shtick. The Entertaining Stories Primer.

S. K. Nicholls has been a great help. She did a wonderful little push for my book Panama. She also took The raven of Doubt off my hands for a few days, at a time when I really needed to operate doubt free. I gained several followers from this push and would appreciate the rest of you visiting her blog and checking it out. She writes wonderful stories about nudist colonies and such, base upon real experience. You know you want to read that.

D. S. Nelson invited me to participate in her Friday tasseomancy project. My tea leaf reading was a popular project with my readers, and I gained followers here too. She has a new reading up today, and you should check it out. She’s also expecting, and I wish her all the best.

Rachel Carrera did an author interview with me. Of course I broke all the rules and answered her questions in narrative style without including the questions. She must have forgiven me, because she also did a push for Panama. She wrote about the haunted places she has lived in recently. The bit about the crunchy worms on the floor was fascinating.

Karen invited me to participate in her ten statements project. This is a sequence for writers to explain some things about themselves to a larger audience. I reached a larger audience, and my little blog grew. She also invited me on the writing process blog tour and my corner of cyberspace grew some more. Please visit her at My Train of Thoughts On and In a Small Compass.

Blog friends are wonderful friends. These people have been very kind to me. I hope my readers will help express my gratitude by visiting these awesome bloggers and writers. They didn’t have to do any of this, and they have their own novels to promote. If you came here because of one of these bloggers, the others might be interesting to you.

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You Guys Rock!

It’s way too early for any assessment on my giveaway. I’m one of those people who just can’t help himself. There are a thousand questions going through my mind right now.

Will anyone read Wild Concept? Will they like it?

Will it drive sales for Panama?

Did I just poison the well and give my book to everyone who might like it?

Could this be a breakthrough moment?

My mind is all over the place. I’ve made plans to go fishing tomorrow. I’m going to get away from stats and worries for a few hours.

Here’s what I know so far though. I’ve never looked too much at the Amazon stats. I watched the sales of Wild Concept when I first uploaded it, but that’s about it. I checked everything out today. Wild Concept has hit #65 on the Amazon science fiction freebie list. That has to mean something?

It would be better on the paid list, but as a new guy, I see this as a good sign. Thank you everyone.

If you want in on the fun, here’s the link: Wild Concept

I’m still going to display any artwork anyone wants to send over. I think it’s fun, and will include a link for anyone who wants to send me an image of Lisa on her vacation.

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