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Second Review of Dissolution of Peace

“I left my soft chair and became a love-crossed, beautiful captain of a starship”

My Second book review is up.  That is two in two days!  This one comes from SciFi Book Review.   Please take a moment to follow Sheron, the reviewer, on Twitter and Facebook by clicking those links.  And of course, please leave a positive comment on the review.
SciFi Book Review’s post on Dissolution of Peace

Dissolution of Peace is available on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com

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Updates: June 2012

Book Release Announcement

I am pleased to announce that I finally have a release date for Daddy is Tired, the children’s book my son and I wrote over a year ago.  On June 28th, Daddy is Tired will be officially released for sale on Amazon.com.  But, I got good news for you all.  You can order now on Createspace and get a special discount (see below).  Everything the book makes goes directly to Cinco and I really hope to encourage him to continue his pursuits of writing and the arts.  So take a moment to share the links below and share this wonderful book.  It is a great, fun early reader that I feel parents and children can relate to.  Now, a little about the book:

Daddy is Tired

Authored by Richard “Cinco” Flores V, Illustrated by Lorikitty, Authored with Richard Flores IV

List Price: $7.50
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
26 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0615659145
ISBN-10: 0615659144
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Beginner

Daddy is Tired is a children’s picture book about a dad who wants to rest while his son would rather play. Dad hopes for a little nap, but his son just wants to play.
This book was written by Cinco, at five years old, in one of his own quiet time sessions. Of course his dad didn’t get to rest either, he had to help.

Purchase Links:

CreateSpace eStore:

Use discount code: 78VZNJ65 to get 10% off.  This code will only be good until the book is released officially on June 28th, 2012.  Feel free to share the link (https://www.createspace.com/3671972) and discount code with everyone you know.

Amazon:

Click here for the Amazon Listing.

Other updates:

In other news, I have been hard at work getting the Print Edition of Plasma Frequency Magazine Issue 1 ready for it’s release.  I am working on advertising spots now, and there are still a few spots available for this issue.  We have been hard at work on the layout.  And, once the print edition is final, we will begin work on the Kindle Edition.  One great thing in the subscriptions are coming in all over the world.  We have subscribers in the US, Singapore, the UK, Denmark, Canada, and elsewhere.  So I am excited about the release of Issue 1.  Here is the cover art by Tais Teng and it is inspired by “Frequencies” by Michael Hodges.

Of course, we are hard at work on reading for Issue 2 now.  And this has left me little time for much else.  I suppose the if I wish to get more of my own writing done, I will need to seek more volunteers to help me with the reading, artwork, layout, and advertising.  All of which take a lot of work.

I still don’t have cover art to show you for Dissolution of Peace.  But, I suspect it will be released in Late August.  I plan to have an official release date in the July updates.

My novel in progress has ground to a halt.  Mostly because of all my other life commitment.  The Magazine, my volunteer activities, and my job keep me pretty busy most of the time.

No new short story acceptances to report either.

So that is the June Updates.  See next week for my next blog post, not sure what Topic I will choose though.

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Happy New Year!

2012 is coming fast.  For some of the world it is already here.  I’ve talked of resolutions, but over all 2011 was a good year.  I decided I was going to take writing seriously, I wrote four short stories, I was published twice, I started this blog, and got to work on my novel.

On a personal note, any year I get to spend with my wife and kids is a blessing.  And our move to get back on our feet after a few down years was a great accomplishment.

For 2012, I wish you all continued success in whatever you under take.  Be creative, have fun, and remember everything good you have.

 

My first blog post of 2012 should come tomorrow on the results of a survey I published earlier.  See you then.

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Titles

I have a small confession to make:  I hate coming up with story titles for my writings.  I can never think of a good one. I even struggle to name many of these blog posts.

I think it really boils down to a problem naming things.  I had trouble naming all but my oldest son (since he is named after me it was easy).  I had a hell of time picking a business name I liked (when I was in business), and now it plagues me when I try to name my stories.  Its exactly the reason I could never use a pseudonym

I am not sure why this is.  Perhaps the permanent nature of a name is what concerns me.  After all, once the story is published I have to call it by that name for the rest of time.  With titles, its also about getting the readers attention in some way.  I think it also boils down to wanting to find one of those great titles I see in publications.

So with a bit of self exploration, I decided I would look into the purpose of a title.

The title names the story for recognition and ease of description.  Can you imagine if every time I wanted to talk about “Death Watch“, I said “The story about the guy with the watch that tells him when he will die.”?  I can’t imagine doing that.  But that is probably the most basic of reasons for a story title.

But, lets face it you are attracted to more unique titles.  When I browse the crowded book shelves of the book store (you know that place you can get real books at) or look at short stories, I am always attracted to the titles that are different.  But different is a relative term.  Obviously you don’t want to use the title “The Computer”, but “The Computer Code” would draw my attention.

But also your title shout be appropriately named.  You will want to avoid names that may imply a different genre then the one you are writing.  For example, you may not want to use “Princess Tales” as the title of a story about the Starship Princess’ voyages.  The story title implies something different.

I love double meaning titles, though I have not picked one.  “The Computer Code” is a good example.  Computer code is a common topic for the IT department, but the Science Fiction reader will know right away, that you are not talking about 0 and 1.  Perhaps that is part of the story, but Code likely refers to something completely different, like a Code of Conduct perhaps.  Its a bit different then what I mentioned above because the title is still fulfilling its promise in the name.  Where as “Princess Tales” isn’t really a double meaning but is rather promising something different.  A thin line perhaps, but a line none the less.

I hate long winded titles.  “Greg Branson: The Millionaire Who Never Spent a Dime” is an insane title to me.  Its long, awkward, and often people shorten it anyway.  Of course that is my opinion, and I have nothing to back that up, as many people have been professionally published with such titles.

And of course, even though I have seen it forgotten, the most important thing is that your story title has something to do with your story.  I don’t think I could have called “Dream Job” something like “The Car Chase Chronicles”.  That is a bit of an exaggeration, but the point is, a title is part of the promise you make to the readers.

Tips:

Really only you can name your story, but asking for opinions is great.  You may have to ask directly because in all the critiques I have gotten, no one ever has mentioned the title.  So ask people what they think of the title when they read your work.

Don’t delay writing a story simply because you don’t have a title.  In fact, almost everything I have written got the title after it was finished.  Like I said above, I have so much trouble committing to a title, so I’d never write anything if I waited.

Keep a sheet of paper near your computer.  Titles have often hit me while I am typing out a story (or even these blog posts).  Having a sheet of paper to scribble down a title you think of can be as valuable as your story ideas notebook.

Often that initial thought that brought the story to your mind, may make a good title.  Both “Dream Job” and “Death Watch” are named for their story idea source.  “Death Watch”, came from the idea of how a device that would tell us when we died might influence our choices in life.  “Dream Job”, came from a nightmare I had.

So I hope you have a better time with titles then I do.  If you do have an easy time, share your tips below for those poor writers (like me) that struggle with naming our precious tales.  I always look forward to the comments.

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