Sunday, October 31, 2010

Finally, We're All Published.

Two hours before NaNoWriMo begins and I'm told Andromeda Spaceways #48 is out containing "Ash" my first published short story. How's that for writing motivation? Last of the INK group to become a published author, but better late than never, right? Thanks INKers for helping me grow as a writer. Today, I'm an author!

Accountability Cam is up and running at I'll probably write for a couple of hours after midnight (less than an hour away now) and return around noon tomorrow after the daily workout. Finally preparations in order now. Go INK NaNo-ers!

Friday, October 22, 2010


A few months ago, I taught an online class for the Savvy Authors chapter of the Romance Writers of America. The class, of course, was about violence. It was well-received and the students were a kick: intelligent, insightful and full of good questions.

So it seemed natural to expand the lessons into a manual.

It was too short, just barely, for a standard book. Plus I doubt I have the reputation to get a book on writing to a major publisher.

A third consideration is that considering the lag time between submission and publishing, even if I was very lucky it wouldn't be out to readers for two years.

So I asked Steve Perry about e-publishing, he told me about Smashwords and...

30 sales in less than 48 hours. It may actually have an ISBN soon.
It's a whole new world.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Suggestion: INK Non-meetings 1st Sunday of the month - 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Hi. My name is C.S. Cole and I'm a member of INK, the group of writers who have a hard time scheduling INK meetings. I miss our meetings but life has encroached heavily on every last one of us. Couldn't be helped. Nothing wrong with that.

I propose that we take the pressure off trying to schedule INK meetings in its old form and try something different. Once a month, at 7:30 on the very first Sunday of the month, I'll be online and I'll be here for a single hour. Anyone else who can make it to this non-meeting is welcome to do the same. No pressure or guilt if you can't come.

We can post something here on INK, or email each other with thoughts, links to ponder, and/or creative motivational words during this time. Whoever happens to show up can enjoy some writer camaraderie and a quick, on-the-spot prompt to get the juices flowing.

Proceeding toward a more dedicated method of meeting via Skipe or IM might be fun for the future. But in all honesty, I'm not looking for anything more yet, not because of lack of dedication or committment to writing but because I know, first-hand, how hard life can make things happen on a regular basis.