I’ve just submitted story 1 of Ruby to Short-Fiction so that should be up in the next couple of days…hope you enjoy…
I’ve created a coupon code on Smashwords so that you can download The Sapphire Diadem for free until the 16th of December.
Coupon Code: RA96L
Just follow the link to the book and put the code in at the checkout 😀
Well, i finally did it… I submitted The Sapphire Diadem to Smashwords… I’ll have to see if my sales go up or not and if they do, I’ll start working on my other stories too.
Once a week or there about i go and see a woman at a place to try and get you into work–they dont seem to realise i already have a part time job–and she’s…different? shall we say.
I’ve explained to her about my stories and now she seems determined to try and get them published for me. I’m unsure about it myself as i dont feel they’re particularly good enough or long enough put she’s put me to the task of researching into local publishing houses and has even asked if i would ever illustrate the front covers of my books…
I may have used Photoshop when i was at college but i’ve rarely used it since then and it’s rather hard to think of what to put on the cover of “Her Daughter’s Fiancé” (it’s the only one without a cover) anyway so i’m not sure about that either…
Well, Vegas was interesting…
I’ll start by saying me and my mum like to explore and find local shops which we can shop forever in, like Payless Shoes and Conways in New York.
Vegas wasnt like that, although we did find a shop called Ross, which we liked.
It was all about the Casino’s which is fine if you like to gamble and i must admit it was quite addictive by the end–i did win my fair share of money off $1 bets :P–but the Casino’s were really interesting to explore, though we didnt go in everyone because their are too many and the Stratosphere was a bit too far away to walk down to the Strip everyday (and sometimes too expensive in cab fares).
We did make it into The Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island, The Mirage, Circus Circus, Encore/Wynn (where we got a free club card) and the Stratosphere and all were magical places to explore. The rest we just walked past and I took loads of photos.
We also booked to see a show, Zumanity, which you may have heard of. It’s the sensual side of cirque du soleil. It was fun and i enjoyed it but im so glad i wasnt on the floor and up in the balcony, because they wanted audience participation and, well, it might have been a bit embarrassing…
As far as inspiring me goes, it kinda worked as i started writing one about a girl, Macey, who’s there with her friend, Eric, who she fancies and his friend, Garrett, who she doesnt particuarly like. They’re watching “The Sirens” performance at Treasure Island when she get’s seperated from Eric but still with Garrett and it’s only after the performance when he comes back, a huge silly grin on his face. He’s got a girl’s number and is thinking he’ll get lucky tonight. Macey’s hurt but tries to hide it and when he asks if Garrett can sleep in her room that night, she grudgingly agrees. Anyway, Eric sees more of the girl over their ten day holiday and Macey spends more time with Garrett, they explore, have fun, and just get to know each other better and that’s about as far as my plot for it runs at the minute…
P.S. Ruby did get worked on but im not altogether sure the first story is finished yet…
I love short-fiction.co.uk as a site because it allows you to post your stories and for people to send you feedback for it. There is nothing better than receiving good feedback for your stories, knowing people like them, that they cant wait for the next part.
The only problem i do have with it is that it can be anonymous…I want to talk to these people who like my work, to ask them what they liked, what they didnt if they didnt like something.
Earlier i received feedback for chapter 12 of the party planner saying “it was beautiful”. It’s lovely to hear but I’d like to know why they thought that. Was there a certain bit that they could relate to?
It irks a bit but i suppose i can live with it…especially when their are a few who actually put their email addresses in and i can talk to them 😛
Well i’ve been working on Ruby again and the second part/story is almost done–a crazy hook up/threesome, but not quite–and story three where it changes from just sex to feelings is going well as well…not sure what chapter/part 4 is going to be about yet but everything turns out good in the end.
I’ve added a bit of part 1 to the excerpts page above
Well off to Vegas tomorrow and i’m sure i’ll be able to find a lot of inspiration for my stories, I’m even taking my trusty notebook where The Concubine and Ruby are being written. Might even get an idea for something else…eeeh, cant wait now 😀
Well for the moment i’m going back to Ruby again…i had a new lease of inspiration the other day after a talk with my best friend and now i have more ideas about how i want the story to develop. Still unsure of how many stories will be in the series, though probably 3 or 4. Fingers crossed it goes as planned.
Well i recently joined goodreads as mentioned in a previous post and i’ve been exploring the site and updating my account with all the books i’ve read/not read but on my kindle and i saw the trivia heading under the explore feature.
So i was answering questions and couldnt help noticing a lot of them were about classic books… And i had no idea of the answer on many of them, so guessed…and got a few right
My point with this is…as a writer (i’ll admit i’m only an amateur at the minute) should i be more familiar with the classics? Should i take the time to read them? Be inspired by them?