Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Author or Writer? and upcoming books...

Often, when folks are describing themselves or their literary occupation, they choose the term Writer. I am a proponent of Writer as a misnomer.
Before I had anything published, I was a writer. I wrote almost constantly, stringing thoughts together endlessly and piling my computer's My Documents folder full of disjointed plot lines and character studies.
The moment that I let someone else see my work I made the transition from Writer to Author. Once you have a published piece, no matter the means of publication, you are the Author of that body of work.
As such, I speak to you now as an Author...and my author-hood is going to grow by three on Wednesday next week.
Some folks wonder how I can have multiple books out at the same time, and it is quite simple. While Extasy Books owns all three outlets, I have negotiated an agreement so that I can utilize all three at the same time.
And so, next week will see Silver and Silence at Trapezium (exclusive to them for 3 months), The Warder's Demon at Extasy Books (this will complete the series...finally),   and the new Tales of the Citadel series will continue with Wrapped in Thought leading the way.


Thursday, 5 January 2012

Ebay vs. the chickens

I will admit it. I am addicted to Ebay. And Amazon, and any number of other online shopping outlets.
In 2012, I have decided to curb my online urges in a way that will not leave me with a hollow feeling at the end of the year.
Every time I want to make a purchase at Ebay for something frivolous, I will make a matching purchase of an animal or a charitable donation online, elsewhere.
Not only will this make me think twice about making a purchase, but I will have a smug hum about me throughout the year.
So far, through Compassion.ca I have bought 4 chickens and a goat. Its $16 bucks per chicken and $45 per goat. The MCC gives me the option to buy some rabbits or other animals, as well as donate to water projects and stuff of that nature.

My sister has asked me why I don't sponsor a child, and I frankly don't subscribe to individual sponsorship. It is a great thing, don't get me wrong, but helping the community to be safer, healthier and more productive will directly affect the children.  I am a 'big picture' kinda gal.

Anyway, this is my 'New Year's Resolution'  What is yours?