Wednesday Weekly Roundup

Last week I wrote 13K, finished a draft 0 (to be revised when I travel on the 23rd) and started a Part 2 to make a sequel longer, albeit still a short novel (can’t let go of that character, no!) Even though I’m quite in the future by now, I don’t seem to be able to let go of the Future Earth Chronicles, although I’ll have to write the prequel next!

And the new book is out! Follow Megan’s journey more or less parallel to the first five books and get ready for the continuation of the plot! Raj and Bel have gone home, but the younger members of their party are still out and about!

Megan is Rainbow Town’s ultimate punk-rock star, but an attention-grabbing newcomer is irking her to the point she decides to leave her golden prison.

Led by Richie, Megan, her best friend, Lucy, and Carlos dig their way out of Rainbow Town. After an unfortunate experience with a white settlement, Megan and Richie decide to try living with the First Nations who got their ancestral lands back.

Three years after leaving Rainbow Town Montana, Megan’s path crosses the Wanderers seeking the truth behind Rainbow Town. The post-apocalyptic warrior woman must learn to trust the newcomers and follow the adventure song.

An oldish article that still fits today – your entertainment choices are not your identity.

“Producing things for others is the difference between being a grown-up and being a child, and once making something rather than defending the purity of medium or the problematic aspects of a spending habit becomes routine, you find that you spend a lot less time unhappily screaming about raped childhoods and the SJW menace. There’s a reason that, whenever a criticism is raised against something like a game or a TV show, the first response is always someone shouting, “If you don’t like something, make your own.” It’s because that person feels like he can’t and he assumes you can’t either.

But you can, you know? You can make the thing. People do every day, and the more you do it openly, honestly and with the sincere attempt to do your best, the happier you will be.”

That’s why I write. I tell the stories I want to read. It might not be the latest fad, but it’s what speaks to me.

Which, of course, needs a tiny bit of courage.

“Writers who are worthy of the title “writer,” because they write and they have a career.

Oh-and a tiny bit of courage. Never forget that tiny bit of courage.

It makes all things possible…when viewed after the fact.”

Now, I just finished a book in a bundle I’m in. I won’t name it because I don’t recommend it – the premise was interesting, but it was poorly executed, and I might try to write something similar, eventually – but the most irritating thing was that it looked as if the writer had hit the publish button as soon as he wrote “The End”.

Indie authors, please, I beg you. Hire a proofreader before hitting that button! Not an editor and not necessarily a paid person (it can be a grammar nazi friend, a voracious reader friend or your significant other) and have them scour your manuscripts for homophones, wrong words in the wrong place or missing/extra words!

Word’s spellchecker won’t catch them (maybe if you turn on also the grammar checker?) and it makes for a painful read. Unless readers are by now used to a garbled mess, you better clean your manuscript.

And if you ask someone who does it for a living, don’t forget to pay them. I might offer proofreading in the future, but I won’t do it for free. Like you shell the money for your cover artist, shell some for a proofreader – and pay them! Below a handy guide of the different editors.

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Yes, I finished that book, but it didn’t make me want to read more from that author. And he wasn’t the first. Traditional books might have typos, but they’re less messy.

A few typos are okay (I keep updating my own documents – this weekend it was FEC Shorts (that you can still grab for free with the Smashwords coupon) because while re-reading one story I found 2 typos), but when the sentences become a garbled mess, it’s not.

My main publishing expenses are still paying Mighty Editor for proofreading (actually she does more copyediting, now that I see a clear guide of the different kinds – although I usually ignore her punctuation suggestions! 😉 ) – and I’m an ESL writer, in case you’re new to this blog.

Now I wish you a great week, and happy writing, reading or whatever keeps you entertained! 😀


  1. I saw the new book was out. Got two I still need to grab of yours now. 😉

    I agree with you about the editing. A few typos is fine – we all know what those pesky typo fairies are like. But some of them look like the author literally got to the end of the first draft (or draft zero, or whatever they choose to call the initial draft) and hit publish. Those are the ones that will automatically lose a star from their rating from me, regardless of how good the actual story might be. I’ve given low ratings to quite a few potentially fantastic stories for this reason. Like you said, if you can’t afford to pay someone, at least let a friend with a decent grasp of grammar look it over before you publish. Your potential future readers will thank you, and any reviews you might get will stand a better chance of being good ones.


    • Glad we agree (not that i had any doubts about it, LOL!), and can’t imagine what it must be like for the narrator to read through those kind of books! Although usually those authors are ebook only, so nobody will ever tell them…
      I no longer review after a few years ago an indie author wasn’t happy with my 3-star review of her book, but I do make my recommended reading list at the end of each year. Where I recommend only the 5-star books I read, if it’s 4-star, they won’t make the list.
      I tend to put my recommendations on BookBub as well – if I can find the book in their database, because adding it is worse than Goodreads, LOL!
      As for the new books, they’re not going anywhere… grab them all in October when you can do the Barbathon! Even the free ebook (Future Earth Chronicles shorts) is available until Halloween… just make sure you grab Sire Teens before it expires, though (I think you already got it, but making sure, since that coupon expires at the end of August)…


  2. Yeah, I got both Sire Teens and the Future Earth shorts. Thanks for making sure I got Sire Teens before the coupon expires though. 🙂

    I’ve had some people complain if I’ve given a book a three star rating or lower, but mostly people are good about it, since I always give a reason if I’m not giving a book at least four stars. Although, some people even get upset about four star ratings, even though most people are fine with those and consider them good. For those who weren’t happy with my rating and review… Well, though I’ve lost a lot of sleep over a lot of things over the years, I can honestly say that people who weren’t happy with the rating their book got from me isn’t something that’s kept me up at night.


    • That person felt personally attacked… I have deleted my Goodreads shelves since, and considering that I’m not on that site anymore… and I’m a slow reader anyway… I’ll just toot the horn of authors I love and ignore the rest! 🙂


  3. That can be the case, since a lot of authors consider any criticism of their work to be criticism of them. Never mind that you can have awesome five star reads written by authors who are jerks, or stories written by genuinely lovely people that need a lot of work before they can even be classed as good.


    • Yep. Hemce no more reviews for this gal! 🙂
      Recommended reading seems to be better!


  4. *two thumbs up*

    I continue doing reviews partially out of habit, and partially because free copies of several books a year in exchange for reviews helps fund my reading habit. 😉

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