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Friday Free Web Fiction: Ephemeral city

Every week in Friday Free Web Fiction I post a first draft scene from my work in progress (WIP), or a short story, or an excerpt from one of my books. Today’s offering is from my Prunella Smith WIP, Past Worlds, The Lock Smith's Secret. I’m in outer space, walking down in the middle of a road in an unlit transparent [...]

What’s a good length for an ebook?

What's a good length for an ebook? The answer depends on the kind of book and what its purpose is among your titles. One thing is for sure, ebooks don't have to be as long as paperbacks once were, in fact shorter books are better for ebook for several reasons. Price: You can't charge much [...]

Monday Mindfulness: Where does your work lie?

  I went to a teaching by Tibetan meditation teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche once and I'll always remember him saying that compassion was the hardest practice and that though he tried to practice it all the time, he mostly failed. That statement made me feel a lot better because I find exactly the same thing. [...]

Cute cat blog: more pesky parrot.

I told you the parrot was pesky. See him on the roof saying nya nyadi nya nya in parrot speak. I tried to glare him down, but he just looked at me, peeped a couple of times then flew off.   Then he came back with his mate. I don't know why the humans won't let [...]

Friday Free Web Fiction: The Novice

Every week in Friday Free Web Fiction I post a first draft scene from my work in progress (WIP), or a short story, or an excerpt from one of my books. Today’s offering is from my Prunella Smith WIP, Past Worlds, The Lock Smith's Secret. Singing floats in through the window. I look towards it. Sunlight streams through the small portal [...]

Writers tips: Write what you want and write from the heart

The great thing about being an independent author is that you really can write what you want and still have it published. Prior to the electronic reading revolution, you could still write whatever you wanted, but if you wanted it published, you’d better hope that what you wanted to write was whatever the publishing houses [...]

Monday Mindfulness: How to become enlightened.

How to become enlightened? Carl Jung says we must make the darkness conscious. Does Buddhism talk about this kind of thing at all? Not in these terms, but it's there. It is indeed part of the path. When done correctly, as in you just sit with whatever rises, with no squashing or avoiding, meditation brings [...]

Cute Cat Blogs Saturday Column: Parrot Problem

I have a parrot problem. A pesky parrot that won’t let me catch it. Then it teases me … It sits on the screens and rattles them. Click, click, squawk, squawk, chatter, chatter. Even the humans call it a pest sometimes. Lucky they have me to scare the silly thing away. On Saturdays, I add [...]

Friday Free Web Ficton: Corridors of my Mind

Every week in Friday Free Web Fiction I post a first draft scene from my work in progress (WIP), or a short story, or an excerpt from one of my books. Today’s offering is from my Prunella Smith WIP, Past Worlds, The Lock Smith's Secret.     A corridor opens up before me. Or is it a corridor? It doesn’t seem [...]

Wednesday Words: What makes a good writer?

When anyone with a computer can publish themselves, what determines the value of a writer? What makes a good writer? You can dash off a story, whip up a cover, upload a file, press a button labelled Publish and have your book appear on a book-selling website instantly.  Okay, so it isn’t quite that simple—you [...]