Casey Wolfe – A Mage’s Power *Giveaway*

New Release from Casey Wolfe, A Mage’s Power will be out on Monday, July 16th!

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GIVEAWAY: I will be doing my own giveaway for one lucky reader! To ENTER, head on over to my original post at Facebook and all you need to do is hit the SHARE button on the Facebook post and leave a comment that it’s been shared so that I can select a lucky reader from the comments!! Giveaway will be announced Sunday evening with the winner receiving their prize Monday morning once the novel goes live on Amazon!
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Built on the bones of an ancient city, modern-day Everstrand is where master mage, Rowan, has set up his enchantment shop. When not hanging out with his werewolf best friend, Caleb, or studying, he dabbles in herbology and the controversial practice of blood magic. A prodigy who has already earned two masters, Rowan’s bound and determined to reach the distinction of grandmaster, a mage who obtains a masters in all five Schools of Magic.

Shaw works for the Inquisition, the organization charged with policing the magical races collectively known as magicae. Recently, it has come under scrutiny as magicae begin to disappear and reports of violence increase. With secrets of his own on the line, Shaw is willing to risk everything to find out just what is going on behind all the locked doors.

When Rowan and Shaw are entangled in each other’s worlds, it becomes evident that their hearts are as much at risk as their lives. They must find the truth and stop a conspiracy before it’s too late.

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Pre-order today!
Release Day: Monday, July 16th!!
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Camp NanoWriMo Day 9 and 10

Current Word Count: 12,524

So, I decided that Endgame, the novel I am working on for Camp Nano is going to be more ‘novella’ sized so I downed my goal to only 30k for the month. This has put me back on track for the month instead of being far behind with my 50k goal.

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I’m not going to stress over the word counts and goals too much. I am still going to try to get ahead of my goal and I still want to surpass 30k for the month but 30k is a good goal.

I also have another novella that I want to work on after this one. I might work on the other after I finish the first draft for Endgame.

But anywho, fixing to get on the road and head to a writing spot. Don’t know exactly where yet as it looks like it’s about to storm.

Goal For Today: 14,520! Let’s see if I can hit it!!!

Camp NanoWriMo Day 8

Current Word Count: 8,914

I didn’t get any writing done yesterday. I had good intentions but family issues pulled me away. Today, as soon as I post out this small blog post, I am going to sprint for 2 hoursΒ and see what I can come up with!

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I hate that I haven’t written anything in almost a week but the small 66 words or so. But it’s okay. Tomorrow, when I get off work,

But, I won’t keep this post going longer. Gonna get a cup of tea and try to write this evening. Evening Goal: 2,000 words!!I am going to slink away to somewhere other than home and try to write as well.

Camp NanoWriMo Day 7

Current Word Count: 8914
Month’s Goal: 50,000
Today’s Goal: 14,516
Words Needed: 5,602

So I am currently behind on my goal for the month of July! Oh Boy!!!! I have written a sad 66 words since the 2nd. I started out super strong but alas, life has taken its toll again. A/C in my car went out. Had to put it in the shop. Dad went into the hospital day before yesterday.

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Complications from a surgery he had in May. He’s good now. He’ll be getting out tomorrow some time!

Now I find out that a girl that works in my department at work is leaving and my store director is transferring stores. So work is a bit up in the air at the moment.

But I know there is no use worrying about things that are out of my control.

Today, when I get off work, gotta go help Mom get the camper packed up. Her and Dad were at the lake when he had to go back to the hospital.

Once the camper is done being packed up and such, I will be burning off to somewhere to write. Depending on the time we get finished, I might be going to Denny’s to eat and write for a few hours.

My goal for today is to get to 14,516. That means that I need a total of 5,602 words written today. I can do that. I wrote 6,206 words on Monday in just about 4.5 hours. So I can totally get the words I need for today to meet my goal!

I have got to get into the mind set of no matter what happens each day, I have to write. Even if I only sit down and write for just a 30 minute session, I have to write! I will be, going forward, making sure that if nothing else, I will write for at least 30 minutes each day!

Gonna shoot for #1k30min goals each day from now on!!

LGBT+ #Pride! What does it mean to you?

I was inspired by @Pup_Amp over on Twitter and Watts The Safeword by his post asking what #pride means to me/us! Check out his post by either clicking the link here or clicking the image below!

AmpsPostWhat does #pride mean to you? To me, it means not being ashamed of who you are! Even with people around you who look down on you and think you’re evil or wrong or a disappointment. Be you! Be proud of being you! You’re the only you there is!

As a culture, it means remembering those that have come before me to make it possible for me to be myself and for you to be yourself! History has shown us that being gay/LGBT, while still not completely acceptable today, was very much feared and seen as taboo in the past! It has taken decades to get to the point that we are at now and even still, people who identify as LGBT+, are seen as outsiders today.heart-1348870_960_720.png

It’s sad. It’s unfair. It’s downright disgusting that people, HUMAN BEINGS, have to live in fear that just because they love someone society sees as wrong, they will be shunned and discriminated against.

#LOVEISLOVE and people should be able to love who they want and not feel bad about it. Love is a beautiful thing. Not everyone experiences it in their life. That’s a sad thing to think that there are some people that do not have love in their lives. But that being said, if someone finds love, they shouldn’t have to fear that that love will cause them heartache from people they might not even know!

In short, love who you love and be who you are! There is only one you and YOU make the world a better place by being in it! Love those around you! Smile to someone, anyone! Smile at a stranger. It just might make their day!

What does #pride mean to you?
Let @Pup_Amp know as he was the inspiration for this post!

 

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Camp Nano – Day 16 – Distraction Free Writing

Are you ever in the moment of trying to write and you find yourself distracted? Whether it’s by Facebook or Twitter, or checking your email. When you’re writing on a computer or tablet, the distractions are endless with the internet only a mouse click away.

What can you do to completely remove these distractions? Well, you could go live under a rock! Just a joke. Have you ever tried to live under a rock? It’s rather uncomfortable and not to mention there are bugs under those rocks!

Seriously though, what you could do is try to do your writing by hand. By hand? I know, it’s scandalous, isn’t it?

I write by hand some times. But I am a technology junkie. At one point I had a desktop, laptop, and 3 tablets (all in different screen sizes).

I also have a wonderfully distraction free piece of somewhat old school technology called an Alphasmart. Check them out at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaSmart and on Ebay at https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XAlphasmart.TRS0&_nkw=Alphasmart&_sacat=0.30710085_1587157198034353_2835434363963834368_o.jpg

They’re not being manufactured anymore, as far as I know but Ebay is your friend when it comes to finding these great little devices.

The easiest way to describe it is a keyboard with a small screen that shows you anywhere from 3 to 5 or 6 lines of text at a time depending on the settings you have set for you font size. I usually keep mine at 4 lines of text. Sometimes I will up it to 6 lines with a smaller text size when I am at work and fear prying eyes of security cameras. But even at a larger font, I don’t know if a security camera would be able to pick it up anyways.

But I digress. I started out with an Alphasmart 3000 that I purchased on Ebay for around $20 USD. I loved it. I had no problems out of it whatsoever except that I work well with knowing what my current word count is. I participate in NanoWriMo (insert link) events and word count is your goal there.

So after doing some research and seeing if the 3000 model had the word count function, I found that it did not. But the Neo 2, which I am currently using to type up this blog post, all you have to do is press Ctrl+W and it will give you the current word count as well as other information as well, such as characters, paragraphs, and pages. I’m not sure how the number of pages is calculated. I think it is like every 250 or 350 words is a page.

One nice thing about the Alphasmart line is that they run off of AA batteries. I purchased my Neo2 back in April of 2017 and have yet to have to change the batteries in it. Now, I don’t use it everyday. I have actually just recently gotten started in using it again and it is becoming a daily used tool. Now, my 3000 model, I used every day for quite a while and never had to change the batteries in it either.

To be able to transfer the words from the Alphasmart to a computer, all you need is a cable. If you have a printer wired to you computer, you’ll recognize the cord needed. The cords are fairly inexpensive. Look at the listings on Ebay and you might even find an Alphasmart that comes with an included cord.s-l1600.jpg

Once you have the cord, you plug it into the Alphasmart and into the computer. You open up your favorite word processor. Mine is Scrivener. Then, going to the Alphasmart which will turn on and make a connection when it is plugged in, you hit the SEND button and it will type out what is in the current file on the Alphasmart into your word processor. It has a progress bar to show the transfer percentage. Once it’s done, you can unplug and work on the newly created file on your computer.

Saving isn’t a process you have to do yourself on the Alphasmart. *You would have to save the file that is created on your computer obviously!* But the Alphasmart stores the words you have put into it on it’s ROM on the circuit board.

A friend of mine asked me the other day, “Does the Alphasmart lose your words if the batteries die?” I’m not 100% sure on this. It shouldn’t. After being asked this question, I took the batteries out of my Alphasmart and let it sit for a bit and then put the batteries back in and the words I had written were still there. So I would assume that even without the batteries, it would save your words. Now, that’s not to say that if it stays without batteries for an extended period of time, the words wouldn’t be lost. A good rule of thumb for any writing endeavor is BACK UP OFTEN!

I have learned this lesson the hard way. I have lost more words than I care to admit over the years. Power outages. Lost floppy disks! Blast from the past, I know!

I feel like I am rambling here. Long story short, if you’re in need of a way to write without distractions, check out the Alphasmart and see what you think!

Stay tuned for my upcoming post on Cloud Backup Options for BACKING UP FREQUENTLY!!!

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Camp NanoWriMo – Day 6

So, it hasn’t started out as a very productive month for me! But that’s alright. I am pushing forward. I have a local overnight write in that I am attending and hosting

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tonight. This cute little coffee shop a town over, owned by this nice older lady who has graciously allowed us to take over her cafe tonight from 9pm to 3am. She always takes such interest in our writing endeavors and she makes us all feel like we’re at home when we are there.

So I plan on cranking out a few thousand words tonight. Hopefully! I will be making notes of what I want to work on and things like that and hopefully that will help me to stay focused and get the words written.

Stay tuned for another post early early in the morning or mid day tomorrow after I sleep. I will be posting pictures of our write-in, word count updates and any prompts I might have given out during the write-in!

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Camp NanoWriMo – Day 4

Camp hasn’t been as exciting this year as it has been in the past. Why? I’m not a hundred percent sure why. I got time off from work. The first time ever, I actually have the first week of April off. My new job allowed me to actually take time off for me, for something I care about but so far I feel that I have slightly squandered the time. I have been doing quite a bit of reading.

But I shouldn’t be reading. I should be writing. I want to write but when I sit down to actually write, I can’t seem to.

This blog post is going rather well, if I do say so myself. I am writing this but when it comes to my actual novel, I can’t seem to get it done.

Maybe I need a change. Maybe I am finding this blog post easy. What’s different from this and my writing on my novel? I am using my Alphasmart on the front porch. My laptop is in my backpack. My desktop, obviously can’t be carried out on the porch!

So maybe tomorrow I will take my Alphasmart with me and see how that goes. I had planned on getting out today. I had planned on going to Starbucks or the college campus but neither of those things happened. I wound up reading for a better part of the day and then I took a nap. By the time that I got up, it was already 7pm. Too late to go anywhere.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I could have went somewhere but chose not to. I could have went to Denny’s or somewhere else that is open 24 hours but I didn’t.

Again, why? I’m not sure on that one either. I woke up with a headache and acid reflex.

But I still could have went somewhere and did something that I enjoy.

Trying to write at home is not always easy or conducive to a welcoming writing environment.

My parents don’t understand why I write. They think it is a waste of time. Always have, probably always will because I never plan on telling them when I actually do publish and make money from my writing.

Being a gay man, writing gay romance, they don’t understand the first part of that, they don’t care to understand the last part because it’s linked to the first.

Some might be asking, well if they don’t understand, explain it to them. Believe me, I have tried. It does no good. Even in this day and age, there are still some people who just do not want a gay child.

But anywho, I am going to end this here. Hope writing is going well for others. It’ll get better for me. Just gotta push through the slump I am in at the moment.

Day 3 Word Count – 38 written
Day 4 Word Count – Nothing yet other than this blog post! But there is still an hour left in the day!

Happy Nanoing! πŸ™‚

Camp NanoWriMo 2018 – Day 2

Day 1 WC – 219
Day 2 WC – Nothing Yet!

I didn’t spend nearly as much time on prepping for Camp as I had hoped. Depression and anxiety reared their ugly heads at the worst of times throughout March. I also spent a lot of time reading. I surpassed my yearly goal for my Goodreads Challenge! So that’s a plus!

But as for Camp, Day 1 started out sluggish. I only managed 219 words. I had a write-in I was planning to attend. I got all the way out there, 45 minutes from my house, only to find out that the place we were supposed to meet up at was closed due to the Easter holiday.

I wound up going to a couple book stores. After the disappointment of not being able to go to the write-in, I kind of floundered around town, procrastinating big time. I then wound up getting home late and sluggishly writing a couple hundreds words.

So far, today, I haven’t written a thing. I’m not happy with that. I’m not happy with it at all but it’s alright. I will be writing a little each day even if I don’t feel the spark of the flow that I need to knock out thousands of words.

But the words will come. They always do. They may not be perfect but that is okay too.

For now, I am going end this here and get Scrivener opened up and see where I’m at!

Happy Writing – Happy NanoWriMo! πŸ™‚

BEDS Day 28 – Favorite Book Series

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What is your favorite books series?

I’d have to say that my ultimate favorite would be the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I grew up on the series. It was first published in 1997. I was only 10 at the time but I was hooked. The entire series is such a well crafted adventure. You can lose yourself in Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.

I remember first finding Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone at my school library and I was instantly taken to a magical world.

The characters were so easy to connect with. I was a school student and so were they. No I didn’t go to a school to learn to be a witch or a wizard but it was nice to be able to dream of a world like that.

What is your favorite book series?

Let me know in the comments section below.