Summer Indie Book Awards Nominations
Uncategorized / August 9, 2016

  I have been nominated for an indie book award for The Annals of Bobian.  I’m super-excited and hope you’ll all vote, whether you vote for me or any of the other nominees. However, not to rest on my laurels, you should go vote to nominate your favorite indie books here as well. If you’re interested in reading The Annals of Bobian and haven’t, leave a comment here. I’ll choose one person from the comments to win a free book. I’m still waffling between e-book and paperback– which is better than pancaking. Finally, here is the official post from Metamorph Publishing concerning the awards and nominations. 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards! The cold of winter is setting in, at least for those of us in the northern Hemisphere of the world. But we at Metamorph Publishing aren’t letting that get us down! We’re already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end…

Pacemaker Summer Olympics
Uncategorized / August 4, 2016

I’m a speedy writer. When I say that, I’m not bragging. I’m also a writer with a moderate attention span. I prefer to slam through a first draft in 45 days and be done with it than belabor over it for months and months. I have been working on The Wicked Witch of Whatever, off and on, since November. Pacemaker, a project writing website, is having a challenge called the Pacemaker Summer Olympics. In this challenge, writers set a word goal of at least 400 words per day between August 5th and August 21st (the dates of the Summer Olympics). Pacemaker has a “fluctuating” setting, so I won’t be writing the same amount every day, but each day will be at least 400 words. Also, because Zanzibar (the place) is in Tanzania (the country), that’s the country I’m representing. What about you? Want to join me for a little word challenge fun? Go to Set up an account if you don’t have one and make or choose a plan. Then sign up for a country. There’s low participation right now, so you could make some obscure country famous (modestly famous) by winning. I don’t have to have challenges to do…

Mall Cats?
Uncategorized / August 2, 2016

I am a fan of Pokémon Go. I’m also a fan of people watching. Since I’m having issues (again) with getting teen lingo right in my current WIP, I went to the local-ish mall to do some hunting and watching. It turns out this was the mall for People of Significant Monetary Means. Figments are not People of Significant Monetary Means. I stayed anyway, because this mall had some very nice Pokémon just wandering around (and a lot of Pokestops). But I learned a few things: People in convertibles are exempt from all traffic rules and can drive however they want because they have a convertible. People are happy to drive around for an hour on the main level looking for parking rather than driving to a different, less convenient, level to park quickly. Older girls (sometimes grown women) and their mothers walk around arm-in-arm or arm-around-shoulder in malls, even if it’s very crowded and people can’t get past them. Is this a fad? The last time I saw women walking around like this was when I watched Anne of Green Gables. For research, of course. There may be more Pokémon at the malls of People of Significant Monetary Means….

X Marks the Spat
Uncategorized / July 28, 2016

I managed, with my usual aplomb, to find myself in the middle of a discussion that turned into a mild argument– on Twitter. It takes extreme talent to argue on Twitter and I don’t advise it. Better to admit my inadequacies and move on: I need far more than 140 characters to really get my teeth in a topic. However, the point isn’t the dispute, but the subject of dispute. We were discussing gatekeepers and whether or not indie writers should have them (or writers in general). I’m going to set forth my reasoning here (in far more than 140 characters or even 140 words), but I would love to hear from you as well. Comment here. Knock me up on Twitter (although I do expect help raising the baby). Send me an email if you’re feeling a bit shy. I’ll put all my contact info at the bottom. Do I think that big publishing houses have too much control over what we read and they tend to be directed more by the almighty dollar than the best in reading material? Yes. Not all of them, all of the time, but a significant enough amount to not ignore it. Do I…

Wednesday. Is It Wednesday? (Reminder #BeTheLight)
Uncategorized / July 13, 2016

First, a reminder. Don’t forget to #BeTheLight tomorrow and spread humor on social media. Funny cat videos (because who doesn’t like laughing at cats when they use up one of their nine lives?), personal anecdotes, or just silly jokes. Share them everywhere. FLOOD media and social media with the funniest things you can find.  Tag them with #BeTheLight Will this solve anything? No. It won’t. But when we can laugh, we can break out of the cycle of anger, hurt, and hate that we get dialed into. We can find a smile, which raises endorphins, which makes us feel good… so we want to be nice to others. That’s actual science there. Don’t get used to it on this blog. Spread this. Spread it thick, like peanut butter on a PB and porcupine sandwich (de-quill first). I don’t care if you track it to me. Just get it out there and get someone laughing. As the second part to this, don’t share anything sad, mad, bad (or ads?) on 14July either. No matter how tempting it may be to share the latest news (and, of course, your opinion about said news), let it go for one day. #BeTheLight and change the…

Teaser Thursday: Eleventh Hour
Teaser Thursday , Uncategorized / May 12, 2016

Thursdays will now be teaser day in this blogging experiment. “The Eleventh Hour” is a short piece I did for a competition. It didn’t win, but that’s okay. I have another short story now to add to the Figments universe. This snippet is copyright 2016 Zanzibar 7. Schwarznegger. The ale was cold and had a faint lemony undertone to it. “I was looking for a ninja. Or a dragon.” “Odd combination.” The bartender leaned over the bar and Christopher got a whiff of something spicy. “Prophecy. Not my choice.” The ale seemed to have disappeared from his mug. “Oh, look, you found the dragon. How goes, Stacie?” Ian sat down next to Christopher, who turned a bit green. “Dragon?” The bartender held out her hand. “Didn’t Ian tell you it’s cosplay night? I couldn’t come dressed as a dragon, could I?” Her hand was incredibly warm when Christopher shook it in a daze. “But… you’re nice. I don’t want to kill you.” Christopher looked from Stacie to Ian and back. “Oh, that’s good. I’d rather not kill you either. It gives me indigestion.” Christopher slumped on his stool. “I’m supposed to kill you. The prophecy said so.” “This prophecy, what…

Setting Big Goals (or Big Goalposts)
Uncategorized / February 2, 2016

Lately I’ve been hearing about this event Reeyal Peeple go to called The Super Bowl. To my disappointment, most don’t attend in person and it has nothing to do with large bowls of ice cream. However, it does have something to do with today’s post: Big Goalposts. I have been told that this is a game in the Reeyal World and that it sometimes hangs in the balance on kicking a ball through these rather large goalposts. I’ve also been told by my Social Reality Person that if I mention “Wide Right”, I will be looking for a new Social Reality Person. Those goalposts are important. I don’t have goalposts, but I do have big goals: I’m planning on putting out five books this year.  Book one is out. The Annals of Bobian is a YA humor book about the importance of ice cream in life. There are probably some life lessons, too, but read it for the time-changing aliens. I digress. I have four more books planned for this year and my Social Reality Person insists she is putting out a book as well and I may have to deal with Reality on my own for a bit. So…

New Things and Purple Text Talk
Uncategorized / August 31, 2015

I’ve been trying new things, like playgrounds and malls, lately. Did you know that there is a gang that converges on both of these areas with regularity, spouting all sorts of code words and swearing life-long allegiance to each other? I’ve been told BFF is not supposed to be taken literally and that ‘tween girls aren’t really dangerous, but the very name ‘TWEEN’ sounds like something that could rip your heart out with a well-placed protractor. I do think I’ve managed to decipher some of the code, though, and am sneaking it into my next short so that others will be warned. Better to be prepared than not!