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“One Night in the Hill Country” – A Cozy Thriller?

15 Sep

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I certainly didn’t (don’t) want to offend anyone. And I know mysteries already have a category called cozy mysteries, with lots of followers.

What’s happened though, is I’ve tried to peg my newest fiction piece, a novella titled “One Night in the Hill Country” – and what I’ve come up with is this:

I’m writing a cozy thriller!

Below, I show the process of how I (reluctantly) came to that conclusion.

I mean, really, isn’t it easier just being a thriller? (smiles)

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First, This is a Thriller, Not a Mystery

One Night in the Hill Country med“One Night in the Hill Country” features a woman protagonist, but also features the point-of-view of not only the villain, but supporting characters.

Even more essentially, as per this article, “In mystery novels the reader is only given information and clues as the protagonist learns them.”

As also pointed out in another article, “Thrillers have action.”

And, in a thriller, “the audience is waiting for something significant to happen. The protagonist’s job is to prevent the speeding bus from exploding, or the aliens from eating the crew.”

So I think it’s fairly safe to say, “One Night in the Hill Country” is a thriller.

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So Why is My Work a “Cozy Thriller” ?

Wikipedia has a nice general article about cozy mysteries.

Similarities :

1) Though sex and violence is in my work, “sex and violence are [definitely] downplayed.”

2) “detectives in such stories are nearly always amateurs..and frequently women” – Sam (Samantha) was a police officer handling children in trauma, but not someone in the field directly fighting crime.

3) “typically have a contact on the police force” – Sam make contact with Sheriff Mike Sullivan, but wishes, once she and the four children with her are in deep trouble, she could be in “more” contact with him.

4) “The cozy mystery usually takes place in a town, village, or other community small” – this story is set in a small family vineyard in the Texas Hill Country, a short ways outside a small town.

5) “generally members of the community where the murder [crime] occurs, able to hide in plain sight, and their motives—greed, jealousy, revenge—are often rooted in events years, or even generations, old. – definitely fits the antagonist and his sister.

6) “supporting characters in cozy mysteries are often very broadly drawn and used as comic relief” – ditto several, but not all, of the supporting characters. – this then applies, inversely, as support for being a thriller.

However :

“The precise boundaries of the sub-genre remain vague…”

And there are definite differences, which is why I think, in the case of “One Night in the Hill Country,” the work is Cozy Thriller.

Thriller Distinctions :

1) “The murderers in cozies are typically neither psychopaths nor serial killers, and, once unmasked, are usually taken into custody without violence.” – there is definitely a psychological thriller element to this work.

2) “supporting characters in cozy mysteries are often very broadly drawn and used as comic relief” – ditto several, but not all, of the supporting characters. – thus, this then applies, inversely, as support for being a thriller.

3) The murders take place off stage, and frequently involve relatively bloodless methods such as poisoning and falls from great heights. – violence is on-stage, though of a muted nature vs many thrillers.

4) The antagonist is known, and the problem is stopping that character from inflicting more harm.

5) Pace is quick and propelled structurally via short chapters, shifting locations, and multiple point-of-views.

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Conclusion

I think there’s enough variation that, possibly, it’s quite valid to think a new niche may be in the works.

One that blends some of what’s a thriller, with what’s in a cozy mystery.

Or at least it’s interesting to think about (smiles).

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Well. It’s been awhile since my last header change. Since February 6th of this year, it looks like!

Sheila and I are about end another wonderful stay in her home state of Vermont.

Seems extra hard to say good-bye this time around.

This image, taken from the upstairs bedroom window of our apartment, carries a lot of what I feel about this small state, one so much like my own, Texas. A ruggedness and strong sense of independence. A sincere attempt to be fair. Though my own state of Texas was a bit better at this in the more recent past, I think. :-)

There’s steadfastness in the mountains, and borders of living foliage changing with the season. Mist obscures yet softens the distances. A lighthouse stands guard, rebuilt upon protecting lines with a place to pass. And what seems to pass, day in and day out the most that I’ve seen? The playfulness of small sailboats upon a wide long stretch.

A nice thing to take away and put up as my next header. (smiles)

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Advantage Smashwords – Reader Preview Selection

10 Sep

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Choosing My Own Preview to Show Readers

I figured I was done with my short series, identifying which self-publishing platforms had the best feature in certain areas, at least for me.

But while posting my sample chapters for my new thriller, “One Night in the Hill Country,” I was reminded of another: being able to choose how much preview to show a potential reader.

Even via a subscription program, especially using Scribd’s embedded preview feature (which I should also include as a platform advantage soon) the amount of preview embedded is determined by the amount of preview I initially select at Smashwords (example below).

The only thing better, is choosing my own length of preview on my own site, as I’ve done with “One Night in the Hill Country.” But my site doesn’t get the exposure of my book’s page on the multitude of outlets like Apple and Barnes & Noble etc.

And unless I’m missing it (very possible) I don’t seem to be able to choose my preview selection on Amazon.

So this is a clear advantage to Smashwords.

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For information, including precautions such that some vendors may or may not allow the percent of preview you would like to show, go to : https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq#pricing .

The link includes “pricing” but info on sampling is in the same area.

There’s still a wide latitude to choose from.

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One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample

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Below is approximately the first 3000 words in my 30,000 word novella, “One Night in the Hill Country.”

Humorous, touching, suspenseful. Written in short chapters, with changing point-of-views.

Mature material. A woman is trapped, with four children, in the Texas Hill Country.

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Chapter 1

Parked in the shadows of a line of one and two story western style wood buildings, Tara spied the young girl, barely a teen, if that, start and stop to cross the small border town’s roughly paved street.

Hesitant. Fearful. Hearing the protestors down the street like a funeral procession.

Yet, hiding it well, thought Tara. Remembering to flick her hair, gaze upward, as if unfazed, walking about. Definitely a girl with her bearings about her. Definitely someone the right age her brother would want. Rolf will be proud of me, Tara smiled.

Down the flat street, dusty as a barren riverbed, just a few blocks down, the immigration rally picked up momentum. In a spurt, bullhorns chanting, it began heading their way.

Tara stepped out and shoved the old pickup truck’s door closed. Just loud enough to catch the young girl’s attention, yet not alarm her.

Sharp dark eyes, wary, yet unafraid, peered back at Tara. The little girl looked like a Mexican version of a young Shirley Temple. Pixie, full head of curls softening the wide bright eyes. Stretching slightly, Tara mimicked the young girl’s practiced motion, also glancing upward, feeling the hot blue sky, unwavering as ice, above them. Peripherally, she saw this set the young girl somewhat at ease. Like a bluster, settling into a breeze.

The child grinned, then hid it, hearing the marchers, a slow motion flood of bodies, now half the distance from where they stood – the street, otherwise, nearly deserted.

Tara grabbed the kitten through the truck’s open window, its eyes wide below the striking white on black starburst on its forehead. Walked directly to the child. Looked back to the crowd approaching the next block, the chorus of protest becoming strident voices, abrupt shouts – Tara giving the young girl the hint she was afraid also – and thrust the wiggling kitten into the small girl’s hands, the protestors crossing the intersection into their block.

Smile,” Tara smiled to the little girl.

She smiled.

Wave if anyone looks at us.”

Both girls waved. Big sister, little sister, it must have seemed, to the passersby intent in shouting their meaning. Like thunderclaps rumbling away, the marchers passed. The dust settled back where it’d always been. The young girl choked a sob, and flicked a tear, as if clearing an errant strand of hair from her vision.

Silently, she offered the kitten back to Tara.

Tara began walking. “Keep smiling. Talk to me, pretend I am your sister.”

The child reached for and grasped Tara’s hand, tugging it.

Your kitty -”

You like him?” asked Tara.

Oh, si -”

It’s yours. If you take care of him.”

The girl nodded.

Tara felt relief. Yes, her brother will be proud of her. Another illegal for them.

Tara gazed down at the girl – staring at Tara’s childhood whelp on her arm. Dry and gnarled as the land around them.

No matter how hard. Or, how much..it hurts…” Tara said, eyeing the wiggly kitten.

But Tara already knew the girl’s answer. It was in her gait.

Child-like, she’d pressed the kitten to her chest.

Si. Con todo mi corazon.”

Chapter 2

One Week Earlier

Zilker, off to a frequently visited garage sale site near his home in Austin, peered into the empty cardboard box in disbelief. All the kittens were gone. Especially the tiny black and white one with the star on its head. He’d already named it, he moaned. Starhead!

Quickly he glanced at all four sides of the thick but worn box. There it was. This was the box. Stamped on the backside of the oblong homemade kitten bed, stamped with red white and blue markers – “Made in America.” He choked back a sob.

Nine years old, having spent two whole days convincing his mom he could have a kitty, just like two of his older cousins, Simone and Tabitha, had now left him with nothing. Worse than nothing. The girls had three, sometimes five, kitties at their house!

Starhead. He and his year older brother Buzz had already started making their own box bed for it. Decorated it. Big yellow starburst, with red flame tips. Right next to a giant smiley face.

Are you sure he’s gone?” Zilker asked the man again.

A near neighbor, the older man knew both Zilker and Buzz, and had been holding the kitten for them. But the cats had disappeared the night before. He’d left them out late, the “Free” sign still on the box and, well….

Zilker moved to slink away, drained like a party balloon before anyone had even seen it.

Hey,” the neighbor called out, morning coffee in hand, “want me to get you another?”

No, that’s ok. I know a police lady. Well, she was. Anyway, she can – ”

Police!”

She’s a friend. She’ll help me look for it.”

The old man shook his head in sympathy, and sipped his coffee. Then nodded and smiled.

Ok, then. Hope you find him.”

Me too.”

Chapter 3

Tara felt the air thin as she drove.

How could such a dry barren place along the border be so humid, she wondered.

She knew, but could not help but be amazed, feeling the brisk air through her open window. The landscape yellowing in the morning light, hardening each minute of each mile into the glare of another day. Scrubby. Like her brother’s beard after only a few days. She had quit telling him how bad he looked, he got so angry.

A fresh wind whipped her hair against her face and the small girl stirred, asleep again.

Peppered with salt and sand, the winds from the Gulf of Mexico brought her the waves’ sweat, but not its rain. Unless it flooded, she laughed, waking the child.

Tara could see her eyes open to slits, registering the rumble of the old truck, the shock of the morning air. The girl’s eyes paused, remembering. She saw her reach out quickly, gathering the kitten. Scooping it onto a makeshift towel-bed. The young girl’s eyes grew distant, hurt as she sniffed the young fur. She set him down on the truck’s rough bench seat.

You name him?” Tara asked.

Surprised, to be given this power, the young girl pulled the kitten back to her.

Twisting, tiny-meowing, the fist size creature let its legs drape off the young girl’s hand, stretching like a starfish.

Si. Luz del Sol.”

That’s a long name.”

The two girls grinned.

Tara liked this girl. She could harden her. Yet keep her soft. Inside. Hidden. Safe. Like herself, from her brother.

Chapter 4

Sam balanced on one leg.

Fell.

Re-grounded with both feet.

Fell again.

I’m a lumberjack to my own tree pose, she half giggled.

The full length mirror on the wall revealed her slim body back to her.

Definitely not heavy, she judged. But not fit, toned enough, she decided.

She pulled at her over-size heavy white t-shirt. Austin, everyone here told her, was dry. Drier than Houston, they added, if she squnched her face, disbelief in her eyes. But Vermont – where her brother Matt had returned for a week, finishing their move to Texas – that was dry.

Slowly, then in a swoosh, she slipped the t-shirt off, catching her angles and curves in the mirror. Felt the sticky soft sweat on her skin. Turned left, then right, first holding her hips to the front, yoga style, then slipping, dipping her pelvis as she twisted ever so slightly.

I look like a pieced together mannequin, she mused, working her bottom lip, amused at her own thought. She pulled at a roll beneath her ribs. Took a deep slow steadying breath, raising her arms as she filled her lungs, bottom to top, and lifted back into tree pose.

Caught a glint of the flyer taped to her mirror : Hill Country Wine Festival!

Don’t think! Don’t plan! Breathe…stretch…slowly….

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Swayed, almost fell…

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Sam lifted. Held…

Easy..easy….

Chapter 5

Tara’s eyes widened as she inhaled, catching the scent of mowed medians between the double lanes of state highway. Low, wide, dust-covered tractors clawed the ditch-like, shallow dip separating north and southbound lanes. Dust from the desert air clung and dissolved in the new moisture. Tara took another breath. Soon they would be home.

In the distances, the horizon formed a bowl around them. Arid bleached earth, packed hard as stucco, spotted with shrubs dotted the ground, like architect lines, vanishing nowhere. Outcroppings, tables of solitary plateaus, shimmered in the distance. Faded watercolors created patiently by nature.

Like sound to a silent movie, small trees, then ridges the length of the horizon, woke the landscape and pointed the two girls north.

Wine country, the Texas Hill Country, wasn’t far now.

It was a lot of work, Tara thought, finding children like this one. Anxious to disappear into a new world, familiar with loss, with pain, and easy to give purpose to. And not get caught.

Yes, this young girl, thought Tara, was a lot like herself.

One, of only a very few, Tara noted.

Just as her brother had said.

The little girl, Tara noted, looked nervously out her window, the landscape morphing into the fairyland she had dreamed about and had been told of back home, south of the border.

It was time, Tara decided, to make better friends with her.

So you gonna tell me your name?”

Ja-nee.”

Silence

Then the girl relented.

Lupita.”

Janie is a good name, Lupita. You did well.”

The girl nodded absently, her eyes seeing things far away.

You have a friend named Janie?”

Lupita shook her head no. Said, “No. It was a book. For children.”

A book?”

She nodded yes. “Each girl who leaves, leaves the book – for another….”

Tara waited.

So you liked Janie.”

Lupita petted her kitten.

It is bet-ter,” she said, “than Spot.”

Chapter 6

We found it! We found it!”

Buzz and Zilker burst upon their mom reading by the light of her bedroom window like lightening – bright, sudden, and unexpected.

Katarina, the boys’ mother, patiently put her iPad down. The flurry of her boys’ entrance told her they were water over a cliff. Not stopping. Not til they reached her anyway.

See?” Zilker thrust a fresh laser color print-out of a black and white kitten.

Starhead!” hollered Buzz.

Katarina made a mental note: cut Buzz’s sugar back again.

You sure?” she asked her youngest son.

Zilker nodded. “Yep. See?”

Buzz finger-outlined the star on the small kitten’s forehead.

Katarina held the print in her hand. Made another mental note: change out photo paper in printer for general purpose paper.

Uh,” she began, pressing her lips so as not to blurt her first thought –

Uh,” she began again. “The caption says, Turku Finland.”

The boys bent over the edge of the bed, peered closely at the image and its caption, looked at each other, and climbed into bed, each boy pressing lightly, but firmly, to one side of their mother. Their silence, broken only by faint whimpers, hurt Katarina’s ears.

She gasped a breath, saying, “It’s ok, boys. Keep looking.”

And without a sound, the boys were gone.

Soon their footsteps faded.

Their house, in an older neighborhood of Austin, was not huge, or even what she considered big. Yet, her children had walked but a few rooms away, and seemed to have disappeared.

She shook her worries away and raised her iPad to read again. A mystery set in Spain. And set her tablet down on her lap again.

Debating with herself only long enough to hear the whirr of the photo printer working, and the boys chatting – “No, not that one, print this.” — “Already did!” – “Didn’t take, do it again!” – she dialed Sam from her tablet.

Chapter 7

Like an auto-command, Lupita heard Tara tell her to put her smile on.

She did. Felt the ends of her lips curl up. Her eyes crinkle.

Tara explained it was Vineyard Festival Weekend. The roads were filling with gawking tourists. They looked as if expecting to find something new, something different. Pointed at the protestors with bright signs flashing light from the sun.

No Camps Here!

Go Home!

USA!

Lupita smiled, but her eyes drooped with memories she didn’t want.

Tara tugged at the girl’s shirt, keeping her hand low.

There’s Sheriff Sullivan -”

Glanced sideways, where Tara had pointed with her eyes.

Tall man, suit straight as boards, a star on his chest.

A good man,” Tara said. “Smile.”

Lupita smiled broader.

Stay clear of him,” Tara said. But if you get in trouble – ”

Tara shot Lupita a look.

Real trouble – ”

Lupita swallowed.

Go to him.”

But, he is, po-lice.”

Tara nodded.

I know. But trust me.”

Lupita nodded back.

They stayed silent as Tara made two turns and exited the small town, cresting a small hill, and ambled the old truck down a rough-topped road. If drivers were careful, two cars could pass.

The land rolled in tight mounds, obscuring all but the next mound when they dipped. Revealing a wide horizon each rise.

Rising and falling and rising again, Lupita couldn’t tell where she had been or where they were going. But she had learned, from her father before she had left, look to the stars, look to the sun. And she felt their movement. Angling. Away from the town.

From the town, with families smiling inside cars as big as her old house, and weaving round lines of signs and shouting, she knew they were driving east-northeast with the arc of the sun.

Around a bend, after a left, wired fences strung between sticks, twisted with lines like her grandmother’s face, appeared. Another left, two lefts she told herself, and a barn appeared. Then a house and small cabins.

The light brightened in Tara’s eyes. She sat up, straightened, waved out the window at a man by the barn.

Lupita saw the man’s face. A young man, a grown man. He smiled also. But only his lips. His eyes, Lupita saw, were focused on her.

Chapter 8

Sam had just found a sweet spot in child’s pose, one that stretched a tiny tight back muscle, releasing ice cream smooth scoops of pleasure, when she got the call. Her Kindle, propped up by the mirror under the wine flyer, beeped an alert.

Rolling on her back, she sighed a lip puckered breath, and opened her eyes.

Tapping her phone, which was closer, she voiced it to messages.

Sam, this is Katarina. So sorry to bother you. The boys and your brother Matt have been, well, communicating – they didn’t tell me til now! Anyway. They think they found that lost kitten, the one with the star on its head. Your brother thinks it’s in the Hill Country. Call me. Please.”

Sam dressed. She could already tell this would entail a visit.

She called Katarina and told her she was on her way.

Calling her brother Matt in Vermont as she drove, Sam found out he had helped the boys narrow their search from everywhere in the world, to Texas. Then found, via the embedded IP addresses, three kittens with recent images online, one near Fredericksburg west of Austin. By the time Sam reached Katarina’s house, she had a plan.

The boys already liked and trusted her. Ever since she had helped them recover Zilker’s camera after it was robbed near Sixth Street. At the time, she had just gotten a job with Austin’s police department, as a consultant with children’s trauma. That was before the six young cousins she had helped after the robbery, which included brothers Zilker and Buzz, convinced her to buy a Texas Lottery ticket. And won. Not too big. But big enough to say, “I’m gonna take some time off, a year or two, and see what happens.”

Her trip to the Hill Country Wine Festival was her first planned trip in her new unplanned life. She could take the boys with her. Pretend to look around for the lost kitty, get some ice cream, then head back.

While Katarina considered the six cousins, including her two rambunctious boys, Sam’s “adopted buddies,” she was not sure taking them with her that afternoon was “necessary.”

They have soccer tomorrow morning,” Katarina explored, wondering if she might have a quiet afternoon to herself.

Well, I -”

And of course, you know I trust you totally with the boys, but…”

No, I understand, but yes, it’s no problem.”

Katarina looked at the boys, thinking.

Only real problem,” she began, “they were supposed to go my brother’s, and some place or other with their cousins.”

Simone and Tabitha?”

Yes.”

Such sweet girls,” Sam grinned at the boys.

The prospect of going out to the hill country for the day had the two boys wide-eyed and leaning slightly forward. Even with the chance their two tween cousins would also be along.

Yes,” Katarina said again.

Actually,” Sam said, sensing the deal was done, “they’d be a great help, with the boys.”

Buzz and Zilker made faces, but kept quiet.

Katarina tried one more time. “Really, Sam. You should go out there and,” she smiled, “who knows, maybe,” she whispered, one hand cupping her mouth, “meet someone.”

Sam merely shook her head. Not something she would plan.

Ok,” Katarina teased, “your funeral.”

Traffic remained dense most of the way, city changing to stretches of dry rolling scrub land. Close to noon, the two boys and two tween girls, each chatting with Sam, arrived at a small gift shop in a tiny Central Texas town, and waited patiently to park.

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One Night in the Hill Country

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Also, please forward this link, for folk you know who may also enjoy this preview.

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iTunes (Apple)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-night-in-the-hill-country/id913799952?mt=11#

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8 Sep

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September 08, 2014

Category – Vermont

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Visiting Vermont 2014 – First Photos

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Intro

Last night Sheila’s brother, Kerry, once again took and guided us into, through, and back out of Art Hop :-)

I’ve tried to provide a sampling of what art events used to be like in both Houston and Austin, accessible, approachable, and lots of fun. Though, gotta admit, SXSW is still a lot of fun, most the time (smiles).

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Art Hop 2014

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Right in the midst of Art Hop, along Pine Street is a tiny street with places like Myer’s Bagels and, seen above, Speaking Volumes. We loved going there when we were here a couple of years ago, and were thrilled to see this area again. It’s literally a few feet from the Barge Canal and Lake Champlain.

I’ve a YouTube video I took 2011 of the inlet.

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One of my favorite parts of Art Hop each time has been Sambatucada. Percussions and fun galore :-)

They’re fabulous just listening and jamming to them, but when they burst out marching into the crowd, wow! A video I took back at Art Hop 2011 is available on YouTube. It begins with my art at one of the installations, and progresses into the crowds at Art Hop.

And Sambatucada itself has a nice YouTube video.

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Across the street, manned with male and female traffic guards with glow-batons to direct people and cars, situated my the Maltex Building (which is packed with several large floors of art work) is the Vermont Jazz Ensemble.

My YouTube video from 2011 also has some footage of them playing.

Totally different spectrum of energy from Sambatucada. Yet just as enjoyable and refreshing.

From here, we wandered onto several cordoned areas of music and movement.

One was a Kate Bush installation.

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She has a nice You Tube video also.

Well, this enticed both my wife and I to join in :-)

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Sheila’s brother, Kerry, did a nice patient job of trying to capture the moment.

I’m not familiar with the job putting this on, ArtsRiot, but they seemed to have a really nice group of fun stuff to do, all grouped close together.

This particular music-art-dance was labeled the Kate Bush Wuthering Heights Dance Marathon.

Other than stopping for me to buy and eat an organic peach-cheddar-cheese wheat bread, we headed back home, getting to see one of the metal works installation lit for night time.

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It was beside the Conant Metal and Light building.

Continuing back home (we walked!) we came across several homes that, at night, lit up, turned into fabulous art places to stop by. Here, Sheila and Kerry are back on the sidewalk waiting for me as I took yet another picture :-)

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All in all, a great time.

The next night, Sheila and I returned for Art Hop’s fashion show, Strut.

I’m not sure what images I can use for a post, but I may end up just doing a short piece with some links. I’ll have to see. :-)

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Sheila and I Will Co-Create a New Vermont Photo-Memoir Book

We are co-creating a combo text and image memoir ebook of our five-week stay in Vermont this year.

It’ll have lots of original pics from this trip, plus commentary from Sheila reflecting on growing up here in Burlington Vt and being back.

Don’t miss my previous post, with some first days’ images of Art Hop 2014.

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Happy National Grandparents Day! – 2014

7 Sep

lunch with grandma and grandpa medHappy National Grandparents Day!

2014

With much thanks and gratitude to our five granchildren :-)

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Nothing much defines a grandparent as well as the grandchildren they interact with :-)

For  more information and history on the holiday, begun by Marian McQuade, check out the site grandparents-day.com.

And I’d like to say I remembered this holiday on my own, I didn’t. But I was reminded by my email alerts from National Day Calendar.

Below are two previews, courtesy of Scribd, for two of my favorite grandparent short stories of mine.

Have a great day everyone (smiles)


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September 05, 2014

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Pictures from Vermont (our first few days)

We’re on our last week-plus of our five-week stay here in Sheila’s home state and home town of Burlington, Vermont.

We’ve let ourselves lounge, and we’ve let ourselves explore.

Luckily, Sheila’s keeping a journal of her impressions, returning here again. And I’ve been taking pictures all over the place (smiles).

Here’s a small selection from the first few days.

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Coffee was our first priority on arrival. This is a coffee shop around the corner from our apt.

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Being almost mid August, it’s definitely summer in Vermont, though nothing like back in Texas :-)

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Among the various Jumponit and LivingSocial offers we got before the trip while still in Austin, was for a ghost tour. This is the cemetery we would visit in a couple of weeks, at night – yes, very spooky! I’ve a night pic on my FB page that Sheila took :-)

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One of the unexpected bonuses of having an upstairs bedroom view of the lake from our apartment, was witnessing the changing of the light on the water. Amazing, subtle to distinct changes.

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Here, the light’s returned to the area around the small lighthouse. It’s a restored replica in full functioning order. At night it’s a definite necessity.

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Later, Sheila and I are doing a co-created ebook, with text observations from her and pictures from me. Probably take a bit of work and time to get it all together, but should be fun. :-)

This weekend coming I’ll try and post some pics from Art Hop 2014, including the fashion show.

Meanwhile, here’s a link to an Art Hop we went to a few years ago:

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5 Sep
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I won’t go into a lot of detail here.

It’s fairly straight forward and I’ll provide one example.

It’s on the extreme side, since it’s an older file of mine, involves over 100 poems and links and images.

But it makes the point. One platform wants / needs the changes below to make distribution happen. The other apparently doesn’t.

I did, to make sure, send my Amazon file to Kindle, and checked every single link. They worked fine. Also did not see any glaring font size changes that didn’t fit in.

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Ease of Publishing

Ease of publishing isn’t limited to having a simple upload of one’s file.

Ease of publishing is a state of mind, a peace of mind.

And like all else in this four part comparison of publishing platforms, all could and probably will change in the both the near and distant future.

So this is for right now, mid 2014.

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I should also add, if this was a title that was selling strongly across all channels, then I would, as I have several other titles so far, buckle down and fix the problems with this file.

It isn’t. So, for now, because I have other priorities, especially working on my new thriller series, it’s easier and more practical for me to default to the publishing platform easiest to use, Amazon’s KDP.

Example

This is true example of an early book of mine, “Arts Poems.” I know it wasn’t this bad when it first appeared, so probably some file data corruption’s gone on.

But that list of errors is a lot of checking for which links are inoperable. A lot of image checking of each image. And a lot of “possibly corrupt formatting” to go through to find the “slight font size differentiations.” And that’s assuming I didn’t want size differentiations. Which evidently wouldn’t be allowed anyways. Yuk :-)

The one counter-point I need to point out about all those demands below?

I probably wouldn’t even be aware of them if I hadn’t been told about them.

  • The title of your book in the cover image must match the book title in your metadata/Dashboard and within your source document. Please make all three match, including subtitle.
  • If you take a look at your EPUB, you will see that the links in the Table of Contents are inoperable. Common causes: Hidden bookmarks, improperly formed bookmarks, or bad or missing ToC hyperlinks…
  • Please right mouse click on each image, click ‘format picture’, then click ‘Layout’, then click ‘In Line With Text’, then click ‘save’. This will prevent your image from floating. Floating images cause unpredictable results in ebooks, and often harm readability.
  • Your book contains some possibly corrupt formatting. If you take a look at your EPUB you will see slight font size differentiations in your body text. This is caused by a mix of inconsistent on-screen formatting. One option is to do a CTRL-A and change everything to Normal style, then modify the style to enforce any individual characteristics you want.

As I mentioned in the intro, I checked my current Amazon file of this book, dating from 2012, tried every single poem’s link in the TOC, and they all worked.

The back matter is outdated and should be changed. But any font variations I saw were intentional and part of the look I wanted.

Bottomline: Change out and update the back matter for my Amazon listing of “Arts Poems” and not bother with the same title via Smashwords at this time.

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Future Posts : My Writing Process & New Thrillers

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Click for Preview on Goodreads

Concluding my mini “Advantage” series, where I try to pinpoint the best use for various platforms I publish through, I’ll now turn my attention to posts about my writing process and my new fiction interest, thrillers!

My first, One Night in the Hill Country, is now ready in PreOrder for release on October 19th, my birthday. :-)

I plan to have the first few chapters up in a post as a sample soon.

Meanwhile, a sample excerpt, approx 3000 words of the 30,000 novella, is available via Goodreads.

I hope you’ll join me, and also take a peek at any of the stories that might interest you.

They are generally all available via major online etail outlets, subscription services, and libraries.

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4 Sep

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Advantage Smashwords – Distribution

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Advantage Scribd – Reader Data – 090214

Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size – 090314

Advantage Smashwords – Distribution – 090414

Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing – 090514

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Intro

The previous two days, I posted the “advantages” linked to above, for both Scribd and Amazon.

Today I list a very important consideration and advantage for Smashwords, their distribution range.

Yes, iTunes distributes world-wide, as does Amazon and Kobo. And Barnes & Noble is expanding.

And yes, one can upload to them individually. Actually I have one or two books in iTunes and Barnes and Noble and Kobo. I left those in there so I could keep my account, but removed the other titles to be able to handle in one swoop via Smashwords.

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Smashwords Distributes To :

There are so many options (one can also opt out), I think the best thing is to simply list what’s currently available.

This list usually is expanding, though recently, I believe, Sony went out of the ebook business.

I’ve also notated what I might or might not know about that channel.

Sony – no longer in eBook business

Barnes & Noble – growing distribution channels

Kobo – wide distribution

Amazon – very wide distribution, but limited availability via Smashwords

Apple – very wide distribution, possibility of an ebook subscription service?

Diesel – no longer in eBook business

Page Foundry – not familiar with

Baker & Taylor – distributes to libraries, but no personal experience beyond that

Blio – ditto

txtr – new subscription service, coming soon?

Library Direct – i’ve opted out, not clear on how this works

Baker-Taylor Axis360 – no personal experience

OverDrive – huge potential, unfulfilled at the time of this post

Flipkart – distribution into India, no knowledge beyond that

Oyster – good distribution system, limited success for me so far

Scribd – great customer and writer contact service, good sales channel so far

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Additional Advantages of Smashwords Wide Distribution

  • Non-exclusivity
  • Option to opt-out
  • Set royalty rates across the board
  • One stop submission and distribution

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My New Thriller

Smashwords extensive distribution channels, and my ability to upload directly to most of the major channels myself (doesn’t apply at this time to Scribd, Oyster, and OverDrive; maybe others, but not concerned with those at this time).

That gives me my direction for my newest work, a novella thriller, “One Night in the Hill Country.”

Preview on Goodreads

Preview on Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23150209-one-night-in-the-hill-country

For a probable Vermont image intensive ebook for later this year, that probably won’t be the case as has been with other image books I’ve produced. File size will be a steering factor in my choice then. See my post, Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size.

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Tomorrow

Reminder, tomorrow’s post is: Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing.

I’ll have a very specific example.

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