I have a few posts in the works with short information about writing techniques and lots of links to study further.
Yes, this is the return of the blog.
Are you tired of all the usual books for Valentine’s Day? Fed up with the flower shops? The romantic dinners in Italy? Always the same scenes and scenarios?
Do I have a book for you! Let’s leave Earth and have a romantic dinner and sexy shenanigans on a space station. You ever wondered about sex in Zero G and what kind of hilarious difficulties might come with that? I wrote a scifi-erotica short story just for you!
I’ve used the Draft2Digital converter to make epubs out of docx. After testing a few converters, I liked the results from D2D best. I’ll try those templates next.
Formatting ebooks has always been a challenge for self-publishers. Smashwords, the original ebook distributor, literally wrote the book on universal formatting with the Style Guide that teaches authors to do it in ways that will convert and be readable at any retailer. Their system is all about keeping things simple, using basic structure and avoiding fancy aesthetics for assured conversion. A functioning solution that was perhaps a bit plain, plus the instruction was difficult for many authors to follow.
Years later when Draft2Digital came out as an ebook distribution service, it distinguished itself from Smashwords by accepting virtually anything uploaded and made an ebook from that using the artificial intelligence of its automated system. Big surprise, a lot of crappy-looking indie ebooks got produced.
Now D2D has done a smart thing, adding ebook templates where authors can display more creativity in titles, chapters and more. Obvious question: does it work?…
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This very cool. How our writer brain works.
This blog feels neglected and I have tried to understand why it is so difficult for me to write for this blog. For one thing, this was meant to be a group project of writing advice and writing events. But that never took off.
I still have thousands of posts reblogged and collected on my tumblr but replicating that kind of resource on this blog would be more work than one little human here can manage. If you’re interested in writing advice, look at my tag page. As I always say when I come across questions: “I have a tag for that!”
Another thing I could use this site for is as an author page. But that doesn’t really work, does it? It doesn’t have my name in the URL and the title is misleading. I started a blog for me with my author name but it’s not exactly alive yet.
Once that lives, I’ll move Tempting The Dragon over there and continue it from there. This site will see the occasional update about writing and I still hope to convince someone to do it with me but it won’t become a collection of writing advice. I have my tumblr for that.
This is really good advice for writing sex scenes with good resource links. And I’m especially tickled pink for seeing AO3 linked.
Barbara here with an update:
It has gotten great reviews, I’m glad that readers seem to enjoy it. My favorite review from amazon.com says:
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The book is here!
As with everything, it took way longer than we expected. But it’s finally here:
Or, if you want to avoid the stores, you can download the pdf version New-Tales-From-Old-Yarn.pdf right here.
Please leave us a nice review if you liked the book.
In case your’re wondering what I’ve been doing…
Roughly a year ago, Lorna Davidson put out a call on tumblr for the writers of writelr, to submit short stories with the theme of rewritten fairytales and myths. The project faced a multitude of problems, and Lorna had to hand the project over to me (Barbara) at some point.
In my hands it also suffered from lack of time and distractonitis but now, finally, it is getting published.
This anthology combines short stories and a poem by eleven talented writers from tumblr. Never before published retellings and reinterpretations of well known tales and exciting new tales and myths from all over the world to read and enjoy in a new light.
I’m still waiting for the amazon link to go live but you can already find our book, for free, at Kobo, Barnes&Nobles, iBooks and many more stores.
I hope you’ll enjoy this anthology and…
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I had an idea to combine all the things I have learned about plotting and make a plotting workshop with videos and text-chats over Discord but I realized — video is very much not my medium.
So I’m reworking that idea into blogposts and pictures. Stay tuned!