Friday, October 20, 2017

The Fast Friday Interviews: Tabitha Caplinger

Tabitha Caplinger

Tell me about yourself, Tabitha?

Hi! I’m Tabitha, but I guess you figured that out already. I love coffee and tacos and tv. I really love tv. I have a husband and two daughters, both of which are super sassy like their mom. I spend most of my time binge-watching or talking about Jesus.(I’m also a pastor which is the Jesus part and I covered the tv obsession already.) Weird fact, I took fencing classes in college and I don’t run. I can run, but I don’t. If you see me running, you should run too because a wild animal or hoard of zombies are chasing me.

Tell me about your current Book: 

I have a ya trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three, out in the world. Well, the first two parts of it are out in the world, the third installment is coming soon.

When she finds out demons are real and she is one of the few humans who can see then, Zoe Andrews must join her Aunt Claire and the other chosen to stop the Destroyer from gathering the darkness, or else the apocalypse begins and we all become demon food.

TCO3:Bloodline (AKA Book 1)

Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she'd ever have to endure. When she began seeing things she couldn't explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad. Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to prevent the powers of darkness from condemning the world. But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn't just another descendant-she's the key to humanity's salvation. In this first installment of the supernatural fantasy trilogy The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light. Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul.

TCO3: Armor-Bearer (AKA Book 2)

Darkness creeps around every corner as demons gather in the small town of Torch Creek, Virginia. The Destroyer has arrived, and the Reaping is coming closer by the day. Zoe knows it’s her duty as the Daughter of the Three to hold back the shadows, but she doesn't know how—and time is running out. Zoe and her friends turn to the ancient text of The Chronicle for help. Are they strong enough to withstand an enemy who exploits their deepest fears and doubts? Will they find the answers they're looking for before all of Hell is unleashed? Zoe’s journey as the prophecy’s promised Daughter continues in this second installment of the fantasy trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three.

What are you working on now?

Final edits are about to begin on the third installment of this spunky little TCO3 Trilogy. But in the meantime I just started a new project which I think will be sci-fi/dystopian. I think. There are aliens and a group of outcasts, who might turn rebellious, who live in the mountains. Someone died already and I’m trying to work in a pet falcon. That’s really all I got so far.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

I usually write at home, curled up in my comfy chair with a hot cup of coffee. I like to be alone when I write. I would get too easily distracted outside or at a coffee shop.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

Book Marketing sucks. I know it is a necessary evil but I hate it. That’s not really a favorite lesson but it’s been a valuable one. I wish I had known the marketing part of things before I started writing so I could have been more ahead of the game there. I think knowing some of what I know now, back then would have saved me a little frustration at least.

What is your favorite Website?

http://chucknorrism.com/

Links:

Email: elevategirlsusa@gmail.com
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tabitha-Caplinger/e/B0147IV3IS/
Blog: tabithacaplinger.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TabCaplinger/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tab_Caplinger
Instagram: https://instagram.com/Tab_Caplinger



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quotes of the Week

“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”
― Confucius

There were times when I was afraid I would never sell another book, but I never doubted I'd write another book.
—George R.R. Martin

If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die.
—Mik Everett

Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiners so they can have an excuse to drink alcohol.
—Steve Martin

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyril Connolly

I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die.
—Isaac Asimov

Some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth
writing about.
—Charles Bukowski

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.
—Ernest Hemingway



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Tips: When Life Happens

Every now and the something happens. I call this kind of thing The Monkey Wrench.

Last week my wife broke her leg. She was walking down the stairs carrying a laundry basket and stepped on a pile of magazines (she had left there). She only fell three steps but she badly broke her fibula and dislocated her ankle.

The good new was that the EMTs were there in only three minutes after I dialed 911. The bad news was it was broke bad. Surgery was required. Recovery will be slower than a simple break.

Family first, writing second.

This happened on October 1st, our wedding anniversary. Today is October 17th. This may be my longest hiatus from writing since 2014.

So what have I learned?

  • Monkey Wrenches happen.
  • Don't sweat it. Worrying about it won't help.
  • Stay organized. This allows you to pick up where you left off easier.
  • Forgive the Monkey Wrench. Because it's not IF shit happens, it's WHEN shit happens.
  • Family First. Let the Monkey Wrench bring you closer to those you love. Not become a wedge.

As far as Monkey Wrenches go, this is a minor one (Sorry, Brenda.)  Remember that time when Steven King was out for a walk and got hit by a guy in a van? Now that is a MAJOR Monkey Wrench. I just have to do all the cooking, shopping, cleaning, laundry, home maintenance stuff and caring for my poor, pitiful, frustrated wife. It takes more time than you think! It sure make me appreciate all she does for me.

Be prepared against Monkey Wrenches:
  • BACKUPS! Computer issues are the most common Monkey Wrench.
    • Hard drive failure
    • Loss or stolen laptops
    • FIRE!
  • Stay organized.
    • Outlines that will keep me on track
    • Notes consolidated in one place
  • Stay flexible.
    • “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” --Confucius

--REMEMBER: Never leave a stack of magazines on the stairs to take up later...  


Monday, October 16, 2017

Reading: The Collapsing Empire

Last week I read The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal - but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it's discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster-than-light travel forever, three individuals - a scientist, a starship captain, and the empress of the Interdependency - are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

--Book one of a series. I liked it.


Friday, October 13, 2017

The Fast Friday Interviews: Adam Martin

Adam Martin

Tell me about yourself?

I'm a Fire Horse, according to Chinese astrology, born Dec 2, 1966. Each sign has a 60 year window. So, the next batch will be born in 2026. Since, I wasn't born in China, nor a Chinese citizen, I'm not sure if I lost all those benefits, whatever they may be.

Tell me about your current Book: Xenoman

When ex-pole dancer/model Trianne is abducted in the Klownburger parking lot, Xeno, her ex co-worker from The Shoki Pao dance club, is hired by secret service agency Intellegella to locate her with the black box, a new experimental device used to detect missing persons via synthetic sensory perception. Xeno's mission is to locate Trianne and bring her back to Intellegella rehab,  before she suffers the effects of Black Magic abuse, a designer drug that results in spontaneous human combustion, just like the tabloids tell it in the supermarket. It's all true . . . including the alien conspiracy . . . and the coming of artificial humans . . .

There's even a character named Tab Lloyd . . .

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a cautionary tale about the video game industry. The idea of kids wearing those video game helmets at the expense of looking at a real tree is just plain wrong, and it looks creepy.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

I go to the civic center. It has a nice open atmosphere, and there's places to take walks, and there's a couple coffee shops with big vinyl booths that I enjoy. I also like to write in my folks kitchen, and there's a couple of upper scale Del Taco's and Mc Donald's that I kind of like. I rarely write in my condo. It feels like being in a gray tomb. I never go to Starbucks. It's full of rickety little kid's furniture, and they're cramped and expensive.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

Writing isn't lonely. There's a confusion. You don't have to be a writer to be lonely, and you don't have to be lonely to be a writer. The two have nothing to do with each other. They're two separate problems, and you have to solve them over time as such. The reason I continued writing is that I like the conversation that goes with people that think farther out than just the veneerof  posting Dancing With the Stars videos on Facebook, and boring the hell out of everyone with their Morning Cup of Joe posts, pictures of their dog, their cat, then their dog again, then the "Here's-me-drunk-at-a-bar-in-(your south of the border country here)" post.

What is your favorite Website?

I read the free version of  The National Enquirer online, just to catch up on what I'm missing with the print version at Wal Mart. When I go to Wal Mart, I always read the print version in ten minutes and put it back without buying it. I catch up on news with Yahoo and Google. I don't need to see someone speak it on TV. I just need to know what happened in print. I like Metacritic for movie reviews, etc.

Links:



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Quotes of the Week

If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go.
—James Baldwin

Writing for me is a kind of compulsion, so I don't think anyone could have made me do it, or prevented me from doing it.
—Joanne Rowling

The road to Hell is paved with adverbs.
—Stephen King

Forget what you think about it and tell what you feel about it.
—Stephen Crane

Read widely...and sometimes while immersed in the multitude voices of others, you just might find your own.
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dialogue has to create a life. It has to be self-sustaining. Conversation is definitely not dialogue.
—Sam Shepard

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
—Leonard Cohen


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Come and Visit!

I will be appearing at Great Writers, Right Here 2017 – a local author fair, hosted by the Fauquier County Public Library on Friday, October 13 from 6 – 8 p.m!

Come and visit! Bring coffee and chat! Or just point and laugh!

Great Writers, Right Here will bring together local published authors and readers who will have the opportunity to stroll from table to table and meet the authors. I will share and discuss my work with the community and sign and sell books.

There will be over 40 authors are participating in this celebration of local talent. In response to the increased interest, this year’s event will be held at the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Old Town Warrenton. This is located across the street from the Warrenton central library.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton VA 20186

--Admission is free. Door prizes will be awarded.


Just leaving this here...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Reading: My life as a White Trash Zombie

Last week I read My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

--This book was a lot of fun. Recommended.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Meet the Author: Book Signing!

I will be appearing at Great Writers, Right Here 2017 – a local author fair, hosted by the Fauquier County Public Library on Friday, October 13 from 6 – 8 p.m!

Come and visit! Bring coffee and chat! Or just point and laugh!

Great Writers, Right Here will bring together local published authors and readers who will have the opportunity to stroll from table to table and meet the authors. I will share and discuss my work with the community and sign and sell books.

There will be over 40 authors are participating in this celebration of local talent. In response to the increased interest, this year’s event will be held at the Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Old Town Warrenton. This is located across the street from the Warrenton central library.

When: Friday, October 13, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Family Life Center, First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton VA 20186

--Admission is free. Door prizes will be awarded.

Always need more bacon!


Friday, October 6, 2017

The Fast Friday Interviews: Robyn Bennis

Robyn Bennis

Tell me about yourself, Robyn.

I grew up in Florida, where I was co-raised by my grandparents and a biker gang. No, really. Buy me a drink, prove you’re not wearing a wire, and I can tell you some great stories. I moved to Boston for my first biotech job, where I stayed with gay furries for a year. I then moved to San Diego and worked down the street from Mitt Romney. From there, I went to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I learned more than I ever wanted to know about venture capital—which, for the record, is an infinitely weirder and more absurd world than that of biker gangs or furries.

Tell me about your current Book:

When a vast army conducts a surprise attack, a nation’s first female airship captain must bring her unwieldy ship under control and gain the respect of her yet more unwieldy crew, or else they’re all totally boned.

Think Stargate SG-1 on an airship. Or Red Dwarf on an airship. Oh, or Firefly on an airship! Or Stargate meets Red Dwarf meets Firefly meets Battlestar Galactica on an airship! Ahem. Sorry, someone gave me an Amazon gift card recently and I’ve been using it to rewatch my favorite shows.

In all sincerity, if you like witty dialogue, hard fantasy, military fiction, and fart jokes, you’re going to love The Guns Above. Also, if you don’t read it, I’ll send roving bands of bikers, furries, and/or venture capitalists out to find you.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on the sequel to The Guns Above, to be released next spring. Once that’s on its way to print, I’ll be writing a supernatural fantasy about a woman who speaks to the devil. It’s semi-autobiographical.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

Anyplace that has good coffee and tables that don’t wobble. I therefore write mostly in coffee shops, but I won’t kick a donut shop out of bed.

What is your favorite lesson you have learned about the business of writing?

My favorite lesson? That there’s no right way to conduct the business side of it. There are wrong ways, certainly, but there’s no single right way. I’ve seen writers successfully build a following via social media, events, reviews, blogging, and even word of mouth. It’s not about finding the right way, it’s about finding your right way.

What is your favorite Website?

Based on the frequency with which I access it, that would have to be www.sadtrombone.com. It’s the perfect link for any occasion that involves epic fail. And let’s face it, epic fail is on the rise these days.

Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Guns-Above-Signal-Airship/dp/0765388766/
Blog: http://www.robynbennis.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robynbenniswriteringpun/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/according2robyn
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26123536-the-guns-above

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can come together.
—Marilyn Monroe

The time to begin writing a story is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.
—Mark Twain

The best stories don’t come from good vs. bad but from good vs. good.
—Leo Tolstoy

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
—Albert Einstein

Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.
—Isabell Allende

Let the readers do some of the work themselves.
—Fyodor Dostoevsky

If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea. That’s the way to get an idea.
—Andy Rooney

If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.
—Terry Pratchett


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday Tips: Socialize

One thing that has helped me almost more than anything else is hanging out with other writers.

Here is a simple list of the various ways:

  • Take a class about writing.
  • Join a writers critique group.
  • Use meetup.com and find groups of working writers.
  • Meet aspiring writers.
  • Drink lots of coffee.
  • Do NANOWRIMO meetups.
  • Go to lit conferences.
  • Join FB groups.

I attend one group of writers that meets monthly. They call themselves a group of drinkers with a writing problem. They just meet and eat and drink and talk about writing. It's fun and social and not only do I enjoy the interaction and learn something now and then, I can study all kinds of people.

Another group I know talks exclusively about screenplays. Another is all about editing. Another is dedicated to the genres I love.

I get energized by interacting and talking with other authors. Some of them are introverts and it may be the only outside human interaction they ever get!

All work and no play makes Marty a dull boy.

Get out there and talk to other writers about the craft and the business of writing. It will make you a better writer.

--It will also make you a happier person.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Reading: To Fire Called

Last week I read To Fire Called by Nathan Lowell.

I love these characters and this series.

Here is the description from Amazon:

A dead ship returns to the Deep Dark with a live crew.

Captain Ishmael Wang finally gets the Chernyakova out of the yard and embarks on a voyage into the Toe-Holds where the Confederated Planets Joint Committee on Trade has no authority. Where the law is whatever you say it is as long as you can enforce it.

Where he learns that some will do anything to hide their secrets and everybody has a secret.

--This is a great series. I will keep buying them as long as he writes him.