Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday Tips: Grow a Thick Skin

One of the best tools to have if you want to be a writer is to grow a Thick Skin.

Having a Thick Skin allows you to take advice. It allows you to listen to people that give you input prior to publication. This includes editors, beta readers and even writers groups.

I have seen writers that are totally UNABLE to listen to criticism. They cannot stand for anyone to say their baby is ugly.

If you can understand that every first draft is crap, share your work, listen, filter through the advice, act on the feedback, your story will be better. Even when you are done, it's been professionally edited, you are not done.

I always print several, "Red Pen Proofs" and have people read it and literally red pen it.

Having a Thick Skin will make all this work easier.

After your book is published a Thick Skin is also handy. Reviews are just the start. Readers will also email you. Critics will write about you. Your family won't take the time to read your book.

--Cultivate a Thick Skin. You will be glad you did. Because you're ugly and you dress funny.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Reading: World's Edge

This week was a reading twofer: I read World's Edge and The Wind and the Void by Ryan Kirk.

Here are the descriptions from Amazon:

Book Two of the Nightblade Trilogy:

 Two cycles have passed since Ryuu lost his adopted father, and he dares to hope that he’s found peace at last. But nightblades live by the sword, and when a new breed of warrior threatens the Southern Kingdom, Ryuu and Moriko are pulled to opposite edges of the known world to uncover mysteries that have lain dormant for hundreds of cycles. As the Three Kingdoms descend into chaos, the two nightblades must decide what they stand for. There’s no place to hide, and the secrets they reveal will have the power to change the world forever. 

Book Three of the Nightblade Trilogy:

The invasion is here. Already decimated by civil war, the armies of the Three Kingdoms struggle desperately to mount a defense against a force stronger than any they have fought before.

In the midst of the chaos the actions and choices of a select few will shape the future of the land. Akira prepares to give up his Lordship. Ryuu wanders the Southern Kingdom, searching for a reason to fight. Moriko sits quietly, biding her time before she leaves the Three Kingdoms for good. Finally, across the Three Sisters, Nameless fight to keep his fragile alliance of clans together.

A new age is dawning in the Three Kingdoms. An age born in blood and sacrifice. An age shaped by the wind and the void. . .

--I really enjoyed these. Thumbs up!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fast Friday Indie Interviews: Ryan Troske

 Ryan Troske

Tell me about yourself, Ryan.

I am a biologist who spends time out on the Bering Sea working with all sorts of fascinating creatures.  Seriously.  I collect, maintain, and distribute data for scientific, management, and regulation compliance purposes in the Gulf of Alaska and the Eastern Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands.  When I’m not tangling with squid and wrestling with sharks, I enjoy watching and playing sports of all kinds, playing guitar, and of course, writing, which I hope to make more than a hobby instead of "that thing I tried one time."

Tell me about your current Book:

When a horrific car accident mysteriously leads to powers of mindreading and telepathy, thereby thrusting him into the world of Supernaturals, Ethan must put a stop to a tyrannical leader’s treacherous  schemes, or else it may cost him and his newfound companions their lives—if his ever increasing lack of control doesn’t do the job first.

To many, the idea of super powers is illogical; an absurdity reserved for the likes of Hollywood and overactive imaginations.

They are wrong.

Ethan is just an ordinary teenage boy--infatuated with sports, music and, of course, girls.  That is, until a horrific car accident changes his life in ways he could never have imagined. 

Waking in the hospital, Ethan discovers he now has the ability to read others' thoughts, and even more perplexing, move objects with his mind. 

And he's not the only one.

Seeking guidance and control, Ethan finds himself immersed in a world of individuals with their own unique special abilities--A world ofSupernaturals.

But not all can be trusted . . .

Full summary: Ethan is just an ordinary teenage boy--infatuated with sports music and, of course, girls. Or so he thinks. Heading home on a rainy night from an amateur guitar gig, he finds his life turned completely upside down--literally. His car spins and flips out of control after what he believes to be a small animal jumps out in front of him. The horrific accident is only the beginning of a series of mysterious and seemingly unrelated events that will change his life forever.

After awaking in the hospital, and following an encounter with an enigmatic doctor, Ethan discovers that something that occurred during the wreck allows him to hear others' thoughts, and even more perplexing, move objects with his mind. While trying to wrap his head around this mystery, he realizes he's not alone. There are others out there with special powers. Not long after learning of this new world, Ethan's ever increasing lack of control places those around him at serious risk. In order to protect those he loves, he makes the difficult decision to leave and accepts an offer to attend specialized training along with other so called Supernaturals to gain command over his newfound gifts. Shortly after beginning his schooling, Ethan is sent on a mission to kidnap who he believes to be the enemy leader in a well concealed Supernaturals war. But the further he becomes embedded in this new world, the more he discovers things are not quite what they seem and doesn't know who can be trusted.

In this first installment of the Supernaturals series, Ethan discovers that super powers aren't always so super, and is faced with difficult decisions that will not only affect his own life, but which may determine the life or death of his newfound companions and mentor.

What are you working on now?

I am currently working to finish up The Recruit (Supernaturals Book 2), as well as the first books in a couple other series I hope to complete: The Outbreak (Survival Book 1), a dystopian/post-apocalyptic journey; and The Lost Book of Behlkrumor (The Telkuhryn Chronicles book 1), an epic fantasy adventure.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

I love to sit outside and write.  Whether it’s enjoying a beautiful day at the park or relaxing at home in my own backyard.

What is your favorite Website?

Besides social media, the only site I visit on a regular basis is ESPN.  I’m a huge sports fan and love reading up on pretty much anything having to do with baseball, hockey, and football.


Email: TroskeTitles@gmail.com
Amazon: Amazon.com/author/ryantroske
Facebook: Facebook.com/TroskeTitles/
Twitter: Twitter.com/TroskeTitles

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Quotes of the Week

You fail only if you stop writing.
—Ray Bradbury

Literature is the art of saying, with ordinary words, something extraordinary.
—Boris Pasternak

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
–C. J. Cherryh

Reading is the sole means by which we slip involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
—JC Oates

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
—Anton Chekhov

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

Don't be 'a writer.' Be writing.
—William Faulkner

Read at the level at which you want to write. Reading is the nourishment that feeds the kind of writing you want to do.
—Jennifer Egan

You don't write a song to sit there on a page. You write it to sing.
—Bob Dylan