The Kindness of Strangers

It’s 2 AM. She leaves work and begins the long drive home, exhausted after another twelve-hour shift. Suddenly a tire explodes on a desolate stretch of highway, leaving her stranded at the side of the road. With no jack and no cell phone reception, her only option is to wait in the car…and depend on the kindness of strangers.
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Transference

Josh Bradshaw is a troubled young man. Leah Johnson loves him in spite of his troubles. For nearly two decades, Leah has tried to convince Josh that the guilt he’s been carrying all these years isn’t his to carry. What happened wasn’t his fault. It’s an impossible task, as Josh long ago convinced himself that he’s to blame. On a beautiful October evening, a twist of fate changes everything, and suddenly Josh’s burden is lifted…and placed directly on Leah’s shoulders.
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Transference, a short story, is available now at Amazon.

Promotion Advice from Uncle Chuck

For a long time now, I’ve been disgusted by the sheer amount of writers on twitter and FB who seemingly do nothing but promote their books. To me, it’s a sign of an amateur. It clogs up my feed, and quite frankly, it makes me want to do the exact opposite of checking out their work. It makes me want to run. Fast and far. Fortunately, Chuck Wendig wrote a post about it. Well, sort of about it. It’s about how to promote your work without feeling slimy about doing it. (Yes, one of the most awful things for a writer to ever have to do is promote their own work. Makes us feel dirty, like a phone solicitor or a politician.) But he also talks about writers who do nothing but scream about their books, throwing social media fliers from every online rooftop. My favorite line from his post is: Sniper bullet, not a clumsy spray of machine gun bullets. Promote yourself wisely and sparingly. Not constantly and loudly.

Anyway, I’ll shut up and let you go read Chuck’s advice.

 

How To Promote Yourself And Your Books On Social Media Without Feeling Like A Soul-Selling, Sleaze-Sucking Slime-Glob « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

Crazy Words

I was mulling over some words the other night and it occurred to me (for the bazillionth time) just how ridiculous our language is. Don’t get me wrong — I love words. I use them all the time. But just think about how strange they are, how random and uncoordinated and confusing they are. Here are some examples that just blow my mind and make me feel terribly sorry for anyone trying to learn our language:

Mood

Brood

Food

Good

Hood

Funny how we go from making the long O sound to the short O sound, even though they’re the same words with a different beginning consonant.

Here are some more:

Should

Shoulder

Why does the word change so completely when adding an -er to the end? All of a sudden we’re enunciating the L and making the short O sound into a long O sound. Bizarre.

Far

Car

Jar

War

Really? The AR suddenly sounds like OR. Why do we do this to ourselves?

Paid

Laid

Maid

Raid

Said

What?! Why?

Rut

But

Nut

Put

*shakes head*

Doll

Loll

Roll

See? Crazy.

Jowl

Cowl

Bowl

MmHm. I could go on. There are SO many more words like this. So many in fact, I don’t know how any of us ever learn this crazy language of ours. I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg here, so I’m curious to know which ones drive you crazy.

 

Summer

So summer finally arrived. I couldn’t wait for it to get here because this has been such a busy year for me, and I thought that once summer came, things would slow down. It’s proving me wrong. I keep telling myself it’s still early, we’re only a couple weeks into the season, but still. Where’s my lay-around-and-do-as-little-as-possible time?

So what have you been doing? How’s your summer going so far? Do you have any relaxing time, and if so, could you relax a little for me?