Prime Reading Location

I try to read as much as I can in what little free time I have.  I don’t consider blogging my free time.  I don’t consider vlogging free time, either.  It’s work.  Unpaid work, but still work.  However, reading is a hobby of mine.  I like to get myself lost in a book, transported to another place and time.  I also want to find the perfect place to read.

These days, I tend to do most of my reading on the train to and from work, as well as during my break at work when there aren’t many distractions.  If a coworker has a break at the same time, I can’t read.  I’d love to read at home, but I find that my daughter would prefer to have my attention.

I want a comfortable place to sit and read.  Outside is wonderful, as long as there aren’t many insects and it isn’t too hot.  In my home would be fine if I had a private place to go to read in silence.  A cafe can be a bit noisy and I feel guilty if I’m taking up space after finishing my drink.  What I would like to have is my own room.  I kind of office/library with a sofa.  That would be wonderful.

What’s your ideal reading space?

What Will You Write? and More Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming to an end, and I think tomorrow morning is my last chance to write anything for it.  I don’t plan on reaching my goal, though.  In fact, I haven’t written as many posts as last month, so that’s no surprise.  However, there are some writing things coming up in August.

First, the return of What Will You Write? I’ll be giving an additional 2 weeks for #5 after the official announcement, and I plan to write something for it.  So, look out for that.

Also, I’m going to start a writing series that will feature very short scenes and stories based on things I like and dislike.  I’ll choose something I like and write a scene focusing on many different aspects.  Sometimes, I’ll focus on character, sometimes on setting, sometimes on action, or dialogue.  It depends on what the topic is and what I’m feeling at the moment.  These stories will be very short, possibly only 100 words, or it could be more.  Again, it depends on what I’m writing.  I won’t set a word goal for this.  These will be quick to write, so I plan to do one a day, though I may miss a day or two here and there.  I’m not very worried about that, since I may end up writing Journey to Ariadne instead.

So, those are just some updates for you.  Any comments?

Ra Has not Been Merciful

It may as well be Egypt here.  Since Thursday, it has been at least 35 degrees every day.

Thursday’s 35 degrees gave way to Friday’s 36, and the hottest day of the year so far.  Saturday dropped down to 35, but it went up to 37 on Sunday.  Add in high humidity, a couple thunderstorms, and you have Ra and Thor conspiring to steal all the energy I have.

This weather just makes it difficult to concentrate, because all my energy seems to be gone.  I just want to sleep.  Camp NaNoWriMo is ending soon, and I haven’t made any progress.  Far too busy and a lack of energy make it difficult to get anything done.  Not only that, it seems like the heat only makes my daughter stay awake longer.  I finally got her to bed a few minutes ago.

Well, I have some cleaning to do, then it’s off to bed.  I really can’t do much in the way of writing.  I’m looking forward to tomorrow and the prospect of having plenty of delicious liquid sustenance.  Summer makes me want to drink fruity drinks.

10 Questions with Crystin Goodwin

This time for 10 Questions, I interview Crystin Goodwin, a frequent commenter here.  She also happens to have a book out.  So, I’ll let her introduce herself.

Hello! I’m a longtime reader and a new author that currently writes fantasy. I published my first novel March 2014, and I’m currently working on the next in the series. I live in Austin, TX with my British-American husband and a beautiful cat named Kira. I work as a supervisor at Starbucks to actually make money, and I do my writing as a hobby. Other hobbies include reading (duh), gaming – specifically on World of Warcraft, watching anime, and drawing.

 I’m still new at the social media scene, but I can be found in a few places:

 My blog –

Facebook page –

Goodreads –

 I also have a twitter, @crystinlgoodwin – but I haven’t quite mastered that one yet.

1. What’s your favourite colour?

Teal, any shade. Though currently I’m extra fond of a light teal – almost seafoam green.

2. What’s your favourite food?

Do you like Marmite? Ooh, that’s a hard one. I’d say it’s a tie between a really good steak and sushi. I can’t say I’ve ever tried Marmite, so I don’t know.

3. Which country would you most like to visit?

Japan, actually! I’m a huge fan of Japanese culture, and I’m an anime fan, too.

4. What genres do you like to read?

Almost anything, really. I’d have to say my favorites are fantasy, paranormal, romance, and young adult. I’d say sci-fi, too, but I think the only sci-fi books I’ve read were all by Anne McCaffrey. Not sure if I can say I like the entire genre when I’ve only read one author in it. :)

5. If you were going to write a book outside your genre(s), which genre would you choose?

Do you mean a genre that I don’t read? Cause that would be difficult to choose. My current works are fantasy – if I decided to write something other than that … maybe romance? Contemporary romance, even – I don’t read much of that, either.

6. Describe your writing environment, including room, desk, sounds, etc.

Actually, I recently moved, so my writing environment has changed a little. I used to have my own room filled with my books and my cat’s possessions that was upstairs – away from the kitchen, the husband’s office, and other distractions. Now, we’re in an apartment, and I have a nice little desk in a corner of the living room. I also switched from a desktop to a laptop (space is at a premium). Let’s see, I usually have my cat wandering around and occasionally checking on me, and I listen to an awesome Pandora station that I created that has a mix of some of my favorite 90s music. Finally, I switch between writing on Google Drive or Scrivener based on my mood. Word is for all my editing and formatting.

7. If you could have dinner with any character from your books, who would it be?

Marius Caleo. I absolutely love his personality and I think he’d be a blast to talk with. Not only that, but he’s part of the upper crust of his society – so the food would be top notch.

8. Do you draw maps when planning your books? 

I didn’t when I first started writing my first novel – I wasn’t that prepared. About halfway through I did draw a map though, I wanted to keep everything straight in my head.

9. Do you ever read self-published books?

Yes – but there’s a disclaimer here. I’ve read a few books by fellow bloggers who are self published – but I don’t look to see who’s published a book when I read. I don’t care how the book came to be in my greedy little hands – if it’s a story I find interesting, that’s all I need. So yes, I can and have read self-published books, but I couldn’t give you a specific number or anything.

10. I’m interested in fantasy, science fiction, history, and classics. Which author’s books would you recommend to me?

Hmm, well you already read one of my all time favorites – Anne McCaffrey. I’ll shamelessly recommend you read my book, UnBlessed, just because I can. More seriously, try Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series and R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt series for good fantasy reads. My favorite classic is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I’ve got nothing for fantasy or science fiction – but I’ll end with a possible off-genre recommendation that you might enjoy: Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. It’s a paranormal fantasy – does that count?

Thanks for having me! Looking forward to finding some new good books and authors to follow. :)

Thank you, Crystin.  You have some good recommendations.  I’ve got some of Salvatore’s Drizzt books, and have read some, but no reviews yet.   It’s interesting that you’re an anime fan.  To be honest, so was I, but I lost interest about a year after I came to Japan.  I got into the real Japan, which was far more interesting.  However, I still do love Ghibli movies.

If you have any questions for Crystin, please leave a comment!

My Gift To You: Signatory Agent List For Writers

Jay Dee:

This list may be useful for some of you. Need an agent? This is only for the east coast of North America, mostly USA.

Originally posted on The Krystol Meth(od):

My Gift to you painted in a red bow! 


I know that this blog is very long, but I hope that it will help writers. I am ALL for helping any writer. As someone who is seeking an agent, I know others will benefit, too. This was given to me by another writer and I am passing it on. I hope that someone’s agent is in this list! Good luck and best of all, keep writing! This is the list for the EAST COAST!

 Signatory Agency List 


250 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, (212) 767-7837

Before sending a completed script: We suggest that the individual first write or telephone the agency, detail your professional and/or academic credentials and briefly describe the nature of the material you desire to submit. The agency will then advise the individual whether it is interested in receiving the material with a view…

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Welcome, World! Stay a While

Every so often, I like to ask my readers some questions to get to know them better.  Well, it’s time to do that again, but with a twist.  Please read the following instructions carefully, then you can do as you wish.

First, please leave a comment answering these two simple questions.

  1. Which country do you live in?
  2. What kind of books do you like to read?

Second, please leave the address of your blog so other readers can find out about new blogs.  I’d like this post to be a place where you can discover new people and blogs.  Just one thing: Make sure that the blogs are safe for work.

Finally, share!  Share this post with as many people as you can.  Share through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, email, anything.  Encourage others to leave a comment on this post, and to find new blogs to read.  I love having a great online community, and want to share many things with you.  Sharing other blogs is a great way to give back to the community.  I’d like to see how far this can go.  How many countries will we see?

So, I will go first.  That’s right, I’ll leave a reply with my answers.  Now, it’s your turn.

Copyright Infringement: A Warning to all Authors

Jay Dee:

This needs to be read by anyone who self-publishes their own books. This website has been pirating eBooks and offering them for free. Others have commented that some of the downloads scream viruses or malware. If you report your book on this website, it’s likely they will block your IP and you won’t be able to access them anymore. Anyway, check out this post. And share it!

Originally posted on blindoggbooks:

I would like to share a letter sent to me by a fellow independent author, who wishes to remain anonymous, about a website claiming to be promoting independent authors, when in reality it appears that they are offering free downloads of the work of dozens of us.

If you are an author, independent or otherwise, I urge you to read this letter and investigate the site yourself. Find out if your work is posted there and take appropriate action to have it removed, or, at the very least, make sure you are willing to grant permission to the site owners to list your work.

Making money as an independent author is difficult enough without pirating sites giving our work away under false pretenses AND without our permission.

Please share, tweet or reblog this post in order to spread the word through the independent author community and, hopefully, put some pressure…

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