Teaser Published

April 8, 2009

My daughter put me onto a publishing site that more than meets my needs.  I’ve been looking for a place to make it possible for fans to download chapters free, a ‘try before you buy’ place.  Now Part One is available:

http://www.youpublish.com/myrnathrockmorton

I am very pleased to offer this and hope you enjoy my story.  For those who might also have a book languishing or in progress, check  out the site:

http://www.youpublish.com/referredby/myrnathrockmorton

Back to the Salt Mine…

Dictating

April 6, 2009

I am dictating this directly into Open Office Writer through Via Voice by IBM. The combination of this software, the voice recognition from IBM, and the new computer facilitate this much better than the Via Voice by IBM combined with Microsoft Works on an old P3or even Word on the new 64 dual core.

I will need to learn how to think and talk instead of writing it out long hand. Even then, the typing goes much faster with VR. I have trouble picturing a person sitting across from me. I’m sure if I can get that one down, I can start to dictate more fluidly and fluently. Actually, even as I spoke about it, I improved my ability to think like I would in a conversation.

I really enjoy most of the characters in the book Riders. Even the “bad guys” have redeeming characteristics, it seems. I sometimes feel like real jerk causing bad things to happen to them. Then on the other hand, they seemed to do it to themselves at times. One does wonder.

The move to the new computer has really set me back time-wise. Now that I can dictate, though, it seems the delay has been worth it. I need to cut this short, since I work my ‘day job’ tonight. I shall try to get entered into the computer what I have done so far in Part Two before then. Even with the few corrections I still must make, the job is longer onerous.

The thing spells pretty good too.

Juggling the Priorities

March 11, 2009

It is difficult to work (even part time) and get much done, these days. I love the new computer, and am satisfied it will be a blessing through the coming months. I’m still learning how to use the new printer, and have already used up a toner cartridge. But these are all steps in the process.

I now have one hard bound journal and a soft-cover ‘teaser’ I will give to the man who has first dibs on the finished product. Covers for five more are already awaiting the arrival of the new toner for the printer, and I’ve decided to produce an introductory copy of Part One of RIDERS for anyone who requests it until May 1. At that time, I should have the complete book ready and solidified plans for its release. I will also check into the possibility of releasing Part I as a free download, but can not afford a lot, so that might have to wait.

I’ve updated my Twitter account, now my blog, and will hit Facebook before I retire to the library to write.

Interestinger and interestinger…

Taming the Beast

January 19, 2009

Publishing a book consists of a million small details requiring choices and decisions: What should the cover art look like? How much author bio is appropriate? Use a photo or not? Publish in hard cover, paperback, electronic or combination? DIY or contract it out?

What kind of glue will work best, for the cost?

I usually have to wait for the paperback of releases I want, for economic reasons. E-books have not proven more feasible money-wise, but I like the storage benefits. There is still nothing quite like the feel of a quality hard bound volume in the hands. One choice is easy: release in all versions at once, so everyone has a chance at it.

You can help with the final decision about the artwork: The banner of this blog is the rough sketch. There are now two votes that I use it for the cover because the charcoal draft looks primitive, like cave art. Do you think I should produce a finished version in acrylics, or leave it as is? Cast your vote in ‘comments.’ Whether it ultimately graces my cover or not, I will probably produce finished artwork. For myself, I like framed memorabilia of my efforts.

I am considering a limited edition hard cover volume. The books would be numbered, autographed, and shipped first come, first served. Be advised that volume # 1 is already spoken for. A little extra incentive to order early…

The page format is under way. Part One is polished and complete, and makes a good test project. Final decision will be whether to print out of the word processor, or turn the text into .pdf files.

I found a laser printer that fit my budget, at the sacrifice of some conveniences and time savers. Right now, money is more precious than time. We are conducting ongoing searches for paper, trimmers, cover materials, etc. Should I go fabric or glossy for the hard cover? How about a bookmark?

What should we call our publishing company? Any suggestions? This series is Vampire
Wars, but my autobiographical fairy tale was “Hope of the Five Kingdoms,” a “People of the Light” novel. The protagonists are called ‘the Folk.’ “People of the Light” is already taken as a web site. Whatever we choose, it will need such a site to promote this and future publications.

Use the comments feature of the blog to share your suggestions. I need all the help I can get…

In Search of Dracula

January 8, 2009

“Write what you know,” is a time-honored mandate writers hear constantly.  The other side of  the coin is the ‘fresh viewpoint’ that comes from learning something new.  Add the enthusiasm and joy of discovery that accompanies such learning, and the results can be irresistible.

Somehow, I didn’t see me getting all excited and gleeful about bloodsucking vampires spreading guts and gore all over my imaginary landscape.  Since I was committed, though, it was necessary to check out the lore before I could apply my own, unique spin to it.

I began reading the books I bought for my son, before sending them to him.  I haunted the library, checking out the two most accepted biographies of Vlad Teppes, the original model for Bram Stoker’s famous character.  I bought the one I liked best, (In Search of Dracula) along with ‘The Big Book of Vampires,’ and ‘A Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Religion, Literature, and Art’ and a few others as I could afford them.  Things began taking shape.

I admit I’m a bit more clinical with this subject than I am with my action/adventure efforts.  For one thing, this doesn’t lend itself to chase scenes and shootouts.  Still, it allows treatment of the human condition, what I consider all writing to be aimed at ideally.  Something in me objects to unexplainable supernatural phenomena–especially of a sensational sort.  It is not enough for me to know that certain characteristics are present in a scenario.  I must know when it took place, where it happened, why it involves the ones present, and how they got there.  At what point did their choices lead them to this fate?

Asking the questions and putting the answers together took a very, very long time…

Hello world!

December 29, 2008

Dec 27, 2008

Midst Feast & Famine

Inspiration comes in many forms and wears many faces. I was never much of a vampire fan, myself, preferring less violent fare. I did read Bram Stoker’s classic because it was a classic, just as I read much of Steven King’s work. I studied them, in fact, as a student of the craft.

My only claim to fame in publishing was the relatively short series of non-fiction articles I sold in the mid-1980’s. The action/adventure novels I liked to write suffered from my inexperience with the publishing industry and an unsettled lifestyle that made it difficult to keep things together.

When age began to take its toll also and poor health crept in, I figured it was all over but the shouting and the slamming of the door, where my writing career was concerned. It didn’t take much effort to fight off urges to write, for at least a decade.

In 1999, I learned that my youngest son was in prison on drug charges. My concern and disappointment was mitigated a bit when he let me know he was now reading (!) during the boring days, and actually enjoying it. Horror was his preferred genre, specifically vampires and werewolves. Not my cup of tea, but how could I conscionably discourage a blooming reader? I was determined to mix his preference in with the classics and action/adventure/sf I preferred.

I found out that it was very hard at the turn of the century to find vampire/werewolf novels. It didn’t take long to exhaust the list of available fare, even with access to Amazon.com and Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller. Recently, a number of authors have moved into the void. But, a decade ago, the tales were either romances or homosexual/pedophile plots that really did not appeal to a young man living in proximity with 2,000 other men.

So I decided to write a novel for him. Ambitious, considering that I knew absolutely nothing about the genre…