Friday, 22 June 2018

Are you following my Science Fiction serial?

Indie World plays host to online science fiction for free.
If you didn't realize, on my page on Disqus, I'm running a free to read serial   https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-indieworld/the_word_part_6/

The serial started out as a series on this blog five years ago but got stopped because of a lack of readers. When I finished writing, the story was still unfinished. 

With this week's episode, I am now close to halfway through posting the 100 pages that I wrote back then.

The voice

How we hear interests me.
One aspect of science holds great interest for me, how much sound is affected by the facial structure.

To give an example, all the ladies on the post are from the state of Georgia, but they sound so different.



I've bee told by friends that they can detect my Yorkshire accent when I talk, even though I left the county over 55 years ago.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

A decade of unpublished short stories.

My unpublished short story collection.
On file, I have a decade's worth of unpublished short stories, well for the next week at least; then I intend to bin the lot.

Though I sent work to two short story magazines this week, I don't expect anything to happen; that way when nothing does happen, I am not too upset.

Why am I deleting the work?
If I haven't even put them on my blog by now, I probably won't in the future.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

No more stories from me

In the scrap pile.
My task tomorrow is to locate and trash the stories I have on file.

The stories online now will stay, but this is the end of the line for me after a decade of defending my work against vitriolic attacks from critics.

Free on my blog from next week

From next week.
Today, I decided to put the majority of my new works FREE to read on my blog.

This may appear at first glance to be an unusual decision to take, but the e-book market is swamped, so selling has become a non-event for my work. 

My payment will be to have my stories read from now on, after all, several years ago I did write for three charity anthologies.

Don't judge

I try to look at the person, not the clothes.
I try not to judge a person by their clothes. I never can tell how their lives have been before we met.

I am reminded of a man I met in a park near a museum I worked in; at first glances, you'd pass him like a tramp. 
I earned his trust over a few weeks and got to know his story. He was once a successful businessman who had hit a terrible spell and lost his business.
He decided to save his family from his shame that the best thing for his family was for him to live on the street as a tramp.

I am writing a story on my page on Disqus about a man who finds the Lord in his hour of need   https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-indieworld/god_walks_these_dark_hills/
Like my leading man, the Lord didn't give me a body that suited trendy clothes, and like my character, if I had the money, I would not change how I dress.

If you judge me from how I dress; that only proves to me how superficial you are, to me clothes are a covering and do not tell you about me.



Monday, 18 June 2018

Free to read online

The sequel to my romance book is online.
I don't hold out any hopes for my e-book to sell online   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075BJH2D2 and https://www.draft2digital.com/book/235628. That is why I am putting the sequel free to read online   https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-indieworld/the_sequel_has_begun/.

God walks these dark hills

A religious short story.
I am not known for writing about religion. I find it can be a cause for argument these days a much as for seeking peace in one's life.

Over the last three weeks, I have been listening to some Gospel music on Youtube, and I have a new peace   https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-indieworld/a_new_peace/ in my life.


This music also led me to have a strange dream   https://disqus.com/home/discussion/channel-indieworld/the_weirdest_dream_or_was_it/ a few days ago. 

As my ebooks have slowed in their sales in the last two quarters. I am putting the stories on my page; it is there you will find my religious story  https://disqus.com/home/channel/indieworld/discussion/channel-indieworld/god_walks_these_dark_hills/ "God walks these dark hills."

FREE holiday reading

Go to my Disqus page for some free short stories to read.








On my page, on Disqus, a friend and myself are writing short stories each week. If you follow this link   https://disqus.com/home/channel/indieworld/, you can read the stories free every other day.

Some of mine have not been online before as I am writing the segments this week.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The story of my Amazon bestseller.

An alternate history story.
I can give no definitive reason for the success of my e-book Holding Richmond https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007CJKK84, only why I think I think it became so popular.

I wrote the story at the height of the Twilight craze, I intended to show that vampires were not written as young, sexy, twinkling figures but as evil beings that should be reviled. My monsters have roots in one of the early films on the subject   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nosferatu.

There is no doubt that having sold six copies in a day (twice) has helped keep HR ahead of the competition, this feat has not been achieved by any other book, including my other bestseller, on Draft2Digital - Forgestriker.

Without those sales, the battle for the bestselling e-book on Amazon would be a lot closer, the next book in the race is my spiritual book, Nerja. Nerja   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007ODWS4C has proven to be the better seller over a more extended time with 11 sales.