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"What's Past Is Prologue." - William Shakespeare

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mini Mind Splat #4: Time

MINI MIND SPLAT WARNING: Nothing I comment on is meant to offend. It's simply my opinion and how I feel about certain things (mostly inconsequential things). I'd love to see thoughts from others in the comments. Just remember, have fun with it. This isn't meant to be super serious.

Time. Such a fickle thing.

When we're kids, we feel like we have all the time in the world. It's awesome, freeing. And when we're eager for something to arrive or be done, time always slows to a crawl. At least that's how it was for me when I was young.

Now? Time speeds by as fast as light. You blink, and an hour's gone. Working on a project that you think will only take an hour? Look at the clock, it's been three.

Am I right? This can't just be me. It seems the older I get the quicker time ticks by. The long list of things I should do added in with the list of things I want to do just never seem to get done because time is gone with the snap of my fingers.

Maybe it's because more things demand our time as we get older, but when I think back to college even, I wonder how I had so much time then and so little time now. And I feel like I squandered that time I had. Why didn't I write more? Why didn't I read more? Why the hell didn't I fill it up with all of the things I want to do now?

Time is supposed to be measured precisely, every second, every minute the same length, immutable. But for me, it shifts and changes, and laughs at me when I think I have more of it than I truly do.

What I'd give to be a kid again, ignorant, seeing the hours stretch before me, endless.

Instead I need to parcel out every second and make sure I'm using my time wisely.

How long did it take to write this post?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Free Books! Reviews! (Click Bait Title? Lol.)

OK, I wanted to have a little fun with the title because... I can. =P Although, there is a possibility of free books, which are also connected to reviews, of course.

I'm currently looking to add people to my ARC Readers List. What the hell does that mean? (Some of you may wonder, but some of you probably know already.)

ARC stands for Advanced Reader Copy. Now, traditionally this means that an author offers copies of her book before it's published (it could still need a final proofreading pass, in some cases) to people for review.

In my case, all of my ARCs are usually sent once the title is published. This is mostly due to the fact that you can't post reviews on Amazon until a book is available for sale, and I prefer not to screw around with giving people a copy early only to have them forget to post a review once the book is on sale.

I guess I could call it an RC (Reader Copy or Review Copy), but ARC is so widely used in the publishing community that it's just easier to keep it that way. Lol.

Anyway, are you interested in receiving a copy of some of my titles in exchange for an honest review? If so, read on!

Here's the rundown of how it works. If you're interested, you fill out my ARC Readers List Form. At my discretion, I'll decide who to accept as an ARC Reader. Either way, you'll be contacted within a week or two of your form submission.

If I accept you as an ARC Reader, the email will include a link to sign up for my ARC Readers Newsletter. I know, another newsletter, but it's the easiest way for me to distribute review copies of my books. The newsletter will only be used to send review copies as well as reminders to review one month after I've sent the aforementioned review copies. Oh, and sometimes a status update if I don't send anything for a year because life exploded on me. Heh.

Once you're on the ARC Readers List, you should get a welcome message with a Books2Read link to my current permafree story, Dreams in Shadow (Fortunes of Fate, 1). This will be the first title you're asked to review! The Books2Read page will list which retailers you can snag it from (and if you notice one isn't set to free, please email me to let me know and I'll get it fixed).

After the welcome message, when I release a new title that I'd like reviewed, I'll send the newsletter with direct download links in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF. Please remember this is just a review copy for personal use. Do not share or distribute this copy.

Once you read the title, you'll leave an honest review on your retailer (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.) or website (Goodreads, Blog, etc.) of choice. I then ask for a quick email to let me know you've posted a review (since, you know, I don't stalk my reviews, but I do like to know when my awesome ARC Readers leave a review). I'll send a review reminder one month after I send the review copies to those who haven't left a review yet.

Also, I will remove people at my discretion, but most reasons will include one of the following: if I find anyone distributing copies, if anyone is receiving copies and not leaving any reviews (I know each person may not review every title I send, but some are expected -- otherwise, why are you on an ARC List?), and if I need to trim the list.

And remember, a review is just your opinion. All you need to post is what you liked or didn't like about the book, and reviews don't need to be long -- they can be short and sweet.

So, are you still interested? Then pop on over to my ARC Readers List Form and fill it out!

If you have any questions or need any clarification you're welcome to ask in the comments or send a message via my contact form. Happy reading, all!

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Mini Mind Splat #3: Sleep

MINI MIND SPLAT WARNING: Nothing I comment on is meant to offend. It's simply my opinion and how I feel about certain things (mostly inconsequential things). I'd love to see thoughts from others in the comments. Just remember, have fun with it. This isn't meant to be super serious.

Sleep. Lovely, beautiful, torturous sleep.

I have so many things I can comment on about sleep, that I'm not even sure where to start. That I'm a night owl and love sleeping in even when the sun's rays are filtering into the room? Or how many of us take this glorious activity for granted? Possibly how when I was younger I could get away with far less sleep than I do now? So many possibilities!

Focus. I need to focus. I can always have a Mini Mind Splat: Sleep, Part 2, right?

I'll talk a little about college days first. All-nighters! Who's pulled some of these to get projects done? Or even to play video games? Yes, yes, sleep is super important, and we shouldn't be depriving our bodies of it, but admit it, you've done it at least once in your life (and if you haven't, that means you are awesome at time management, plus have stellar self-control -- I envy that).

When I was young, this wasn't too hard. I mean, as long as I didn't do it several nights in a row. And I wouldn't want to because I love sleep. It's seriously one of my favorite things, ever since I was young and conjured stories in my head to get myself to drift off. But that's a tangent...

Back to the all-nighters. Wasn't it great when you had the reserves to manage this (or great now if you're still young)?

Nowadays, the thought of an all-nighter brings me to tears. Heck, I stayed up until Midnight last night working on cover art for my short story collection, and I'm seriously regretting staying awake that long. An all-nighter would have me passed out on my keyboard the next day if I had to do it nowadays. I could blame the kids wearing me out, or that I'm not getting enough "quality" sleep on a nightly basis (cats clawing at closed doors don't help with this one), or even the lack of motivation to even try it, but in all honesty, I think it's just because I'm getting too old. And I need more sleep.

I'd blather on, but I think I'm going to take a nap instead. ;)

How much do you or did you used to abuse all-nighters? Never, minimally, way too often? How'd you feel afterward, and what were your reasons for avoiding the necessity of sleep?