New Release: Curse Of the Second Date

CotSD-350HThe first release of the year! Even better: one in a new genre!

Curse of the Second Date

Abandon all hope with the second date…

Jack desperately wants the second date with the woman of his dreams to go as well as the first. Instead, an unbelievable cascade of disasters threaten to torpedo the blossoming romance. Attempting to turn the night around, he escorts Millie to her door… to find his next obstacle in the form of her waiting cat.

A humorous romance short story. Previously published in “Cat Eyes (Forward Motion Anthology 2013).”

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Free 2 Year Novel Class at Forward Motion for Writers

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OpenClips / Pixabay

For those who are interested in continuing to write past the Nano season:

Lazette Gifford authored the wonderful ebook “Nano for the New and Insane” (Available for free download in multiple ebook formats at Smashwords). Her help to authors doesn’t stop there.Starting in January, she’s starting a free online class called “The 2 Year Novel.” As the name might suggest, this class takes place over 2 years with one class a week. In that time you will take an idea and start to refine it, write (designed to coincide with Nano 2104 if you want to write the first draft then), revise, and then to publishing or submitting. The classes were updated in 2012 and 2013 to reflect the trends toward Indie (self) publishing. The classes are conducted through the forums at Forward Motion for Writers.

All you need is an idea you want to take from the very basics all the way through the steps. This is not a fast class and you will have all the time you need to develop each step. It’s a great way to learn new techniques, and to meet a bunch of other great writers as they go through the same classes as you do. Yes, I’m taking it myself. 😀

The online version includes:

  • Weekly class post
  • Question and answer section
  • Member’s Only area to post your weekly assignments and get feedback from other members of the class.
  • The course is free. Just sign up at the site for a free account and then go to this sign-up thread (must be signed in to see) to sign up for the 2 Year Novel class.

While it has already started, there is still time to jump in and join in the fun! At least until around the 15th of January.

See you there!

Free 2014 Word and Revision Tracking Spreadsheet

Free 2014 Word and Revision Tracking Spreadsheet
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Along with writing, I am very much a numbers geek. Goals, keeping track, statistics…

Oh yeah, I love ’em!

One of the many ways I do that is by keeping track of my writing and revising process. However, I had a problem when looking for a good way to keep track of it, and that is that I don’t like the daily tracking spreadsheets. I wanted something more flexible.

So, I came up with my own. One that tracks daily, weekly, and month. Depending on my mood and the events in (annoying) real-life, it is flexible enough to keep track. Plus, thanks to the “Totals” tab, I can see in an instant what projects I’ve written on in the year.

There is a tab with instructions, but here are the basics to get started:

1. Decide on the yearly goal and type into the box on the upper left corner in both the “Revision Count” and “New Word Count” tabs (Yellow cell ONLY). Stats and weekly/monthly goals will automatically adjust.

2. Update how many days of the week you have available to write (1-7). The “Writing Days” column will automatically adjust to show how many writing days you will have as each week progresses. You will also see in the last week how many writing days you’ve allotted yourself for the year.

NOTE: The first tab is information collected from the entire spreadsheet and displayed for convenience. Do not manipulate anything in this tab.

You can play with how big or small a yearly goal you want, as well as adjust to how many days a week you have available and see how the numbers change. This will help you come up with something realistic for your situation.

Stats included: Average Per Day Needed (Adjusted for how many days a week available to write), Average Per Week Needed, Average Per Month Needed, Ahead or Behind (Week), Goal for Tomorrow (Daily), Average Per Week, Average Per Day, Percent Complete, Year Total, Month Totals, Monthly Average

Down below you will find both Excel .exl and Open Office .ods formats. Have fun with 2014!

Excel File Format: 2014 WordCount Tracker TEMPLATE
Open Office File Format: 2014 WordCount Tracker TEMPLATE

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J.A. MarlowThe String Weavers 350H

The String Weavers

(The String Weavers – Book 1)

Disappearing food. Music no one else hears. An alien dropped off by a giant flaming bird…

Abducted from Earth, Kelsey Hale finds herself in the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universes. She must not only survive, but also rescue her father from a dangerous group of unknown intent. In the process discovering a family secret that will change her life forever.

With the mysterious Weavers connecting it all.

** Book One in “The String Weavers” series **

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New Release: Salmon Run Collection #1

Salmon Run Collection 1A new life in Alaska, a haunted lodge, singing only Zach and Sasha can hear…

Hawk and Zach Callahan are thrilled by the inheritance of the Salmon Run Lodge. They didn’t expect everything else that came with it. Such as the eccentric denizens of the small town of Salmon Run, the mysterious aliens hidden nearby, or the wilds of Alaska itself.

They are on the adventure of a lifetime, one that could affect everyone on Earth.

Welcome to Salmon Run, Alaska! A place of wild animals, wild lands, and wild inhabitants… oh, and native legends come alive and an inter-planetary alien conflict at their backdoor.

Salmon Run books included in this collection:

Night of the Aurora (Book 1)
Alien Winter (Book 2)
The Singing Lakes (Book 3)

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