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Authorly Updatiness

I’ve been mostly chilling and enjoying the fall weather this week, and also enjoying what’s left of my down time before the hecticness of NaNoWriMo and my new client’s web project both kick into high gear by doing a lot of crafty stuff and working on my Halloween costume, both of which will get their own posts in the near future.

But in the mean time, the IWU blog tour has been chug-chug-chuggin’ along. I’ve done two new interviews just this week, both with smart women who asked some great questions. Some excerpts…

…from Susan Jean Ricci’s interview:

SR: I loved the post on your Twitter, that went something like this: “It’s a good sign you’ve hit all the emotional notes, when editing your own story makes you cry.”
What makes you cry about your writing that you’d like to share with our readers today?

JB: I tweeted that while I was editing the first chapter of my current novel-in-progress, Dominion of the Damned, and it was a scene where my protagonist was going through something really horrific and tragic that would shape her for the rest of the book. As I re-read what she was going through and what it was making her feel, I really got choked up. When I write an emotional character like that, I think back to watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and how every time Buffy cried about something, without fail, I would cry. So I really strive to create characters that my readers can connect with on that level, and care deeply about what they’re going through.

…and from my interview with Jennifer Rainey at Independent Paranormal:

JR: Do you watch many horror/supernatural movies? If so, what’s your favorite and did that inspire you to write a ghost story?

JB: I’ve always been a big fan of horror movies, although I tend to like monster and slasher movies better than ghost stories; mainly because, as mentioned earlier, ghosts freak me out. Movies about ghosts and demons and exorcism–those tend to stay with me and give me the wiggins in the middle of the night (I STILL have nightmares about that little girl from The Ring). I enjoy a good scare, but I prefer to be able to shake it off and get on with my life once the movie’s over. I decided to write a ghost story mainly to confront that fear. That said, my favorite horror movie of all time is John Carpenter’s Halloween. I’m also partial to his version of The Thing. As for more recent movies, it doesn’t get much better than The Descent.

Also, don’t forget: Halloween weekend is the last chance to get Restless Spirits FREE at Smashwords with coupon code FU23M!

Get Restless Spirits FREE Through Halloween!

‘Tis the season for ghost stories and haunted houses… with a little zombie and vampire action thrown into the mix. To help get into the Halloween spirit, you can get my paranormal fantasy about a ghost hunt gone wrong, Restless Spirits, FREE on Smashwords with coupon code FU23M. And that’s not all! As a bonus I’ve added a special sneak preview of the first two chapters of Dominion of the Damned, my in-progress vamps-vs-zombies post-apocalypse epic. And that’s a lot of hyphens right there.

So if you’ve read it, now’s a good time to read it again, or just snag it for the free preview. Now is also an excellent time to tell other people about it. And remember, on Smashwords, you don’t need an e-reader. You can download it in any format, or just read it on the web site. And if you DO have an e-reader, that’s covered, too.

Friday Freebie

I’m learning all the rules for business cards, so here’s a simple business card Photoshop template. Edit the text layers to customize, then either upload it to your favorite print shop or configure it for your Word business card template.

Click here to download the zip file.

Freebie Friday

I’m going to try to give something away here every Friday, probably most often a printable graphic of some sort, but also the occasional book or craft-related giveaway. This first offering is a bit of a cheat because I already gave it away on my other blog a few weeks ago, but I didn’t have time to make something new this week, and besides, it’s free, so what’s your beef, anyway?

Just kidding about the beef part. Anyway, here’s a printable note sheet. Print a few sheets at a time on your personal printer*, or send the file off to your favorite print shop and have it bound into notepads. Either way, enjoy.

Click here to download the PDF.

*Be sure to set your printer margins to print the entire sheet.

Free! Awesome! Fiction! Cornucopia!

I’ve got several short stories by awesome authors open in my browser, some of which have been sitting there for weeks waiting for George R. R. Martin to give me back my brain so I can make time to read other people’s stuff for a change (yesterday I finally finished Storm of Swords and started Feast for Crows, so I’m over the halfway mark; meanwhile, husband is reading Dance With Dragons and managing to neither gloat (…much) nor spoil me).

I have actually read two of them, so let’s start with those:

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

A Sudden Absence of Bees by Nick Mamatas (aka )

The others are all by Catherynne M. Valente (aka ) and I haven’t read them yet mainly because her writing is so rich and I’m saving them for a rainy afternoon when I can curl up with them along with my knitting and a cup of tea:

The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland — For a Little While

The Wolves of Brooklyn

White Lines on a Green Field

None of these are indie. They’re just awesome.

Oh, and there’s also this, which is not a short story, but is making me giggle endlessly today (via dooce).

And now I can close some tabs.

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