Articles for the Month of February 2014

On my way home

I flew down to Texas this weekend for my grandad’s funeral. It was a lovely service, me and my cousins got up and sang a song. It went surprisingly well, even though we only had one day to practice. It involved one of my cousins learning to play the bass guitar. Just about to get on the plane to fly back to Denver.

4 Free Ebooks

Image.ashxHello Fellow Book Lovers!

I freely admit that the authors below are friends of mine, that this is promotional, and that it would really help the authors out if you downloaded their books. (at least that’s what they tell me. Feel free to share with your friends) Each book you download counts as a SALE, not a freebie, towards the book’s ISBN number and boosts it up through the ranks of what it ‘popular’. You have to sign in to your account and put in a card # to get to the ‘check out’, there you can put in the code, and it will change the price to $0.00. It does this because it really does count as a purchase for the authors, not a free give away.

Kobo books (technically Kobo Writing Life) and The Tattered Cover book store are giving away 4 books (in e-format) for FREE! This expires 3/1/2014.

I would encourage you to go and download the following books because:
a) it’s free (I haven’t read all of them yet, but Sam Knight does great work)
b) it would really help the authors out.

c) you get four new books to add to your e-devices.

In order to get them for free you have to ‘buy’ each one of them individually using the code tatteredfree if you have more than one in your cart, the code will only be applied to one of them, so download them one at a time.

Here are the links:

A Whiskey Jack in a Murder of Crows by Sam Knight

Gears and Levers 3 By Phyllis Irene Radford
Penny Dread Tales Volume III By Christopher Ficco

Voices on the Wind By Quincy J. Allen

If you follow the links, and select “buy e-book now”, it will take you to the book’s page on Kobo. If you select buy now, it will ask you to sign up for Kobo if you don’t already have an account (you need an account to keep track of what books you own) or put in in your cart if you  do have an account.

MAKE SURE you use the COUPON CODE! Don’t buy it! This is a special promotion! It’s free

COUPON CODE is:      tatteredfree


It’s been a while…

I haven’t blogged in a long while, and that’s because I’ve been being busy living life. There’s been a bunch going on.

To start with, I wrote a novel at the end of last year, and I’ve been busily editing it and making it generally fit for other people to read. I’m entering it in a contest in a few weeks, with the hope of winning a publishing contract. That has taken up a surprising amount of time and energy.

I decided to try my hand at writing short stories as well. I’ve submitted my first short story to a magazine, and I’m waiting to hear back and see if it’s been accepted. If it doesn’t get accepted, maybe I’ll post it here.

I am also taking a creative writing class at the University. It’s been a bit challenging trying to keep up with the reading homework, but as there isn’t much in the way of writing yet, I’m keeping up. My first short story for the class is due next week, and I have a suspicion that the first draft will be way too long. I am not thrilled with the selection of readings that the teacher is using, but I suspect that’s because I tend to prefer fantasy/sci-fi to the realism pieces that she provides.

In other news, two of my gaming groups are going strong. In one, we’re testing out the newest version of D&D, in the other we’re sort of vaguely using the 3.5 rules in a homebrew world where just about anything can happen. The third gaming group has taken a hiatus, half the members are out of the country at the moment, which works out well with the class I’m taking.

It has been really cold here in Colorado for the past few weeks, so as much as possible I’m avoiding the outdoors. Even my dog doesn’t want to go outside. Yesterday the high for the day was 3 degrees, today it’s 10, but we had a freezing mist when I came in this morning.


I’m afraid I’m craving warmer weather, and the thought of lying on a beach in Mexico has been haunting me for the past few weeks. Maybe it’s time for a vacation!