Okay, here’s a test image for Elder Offensive…

Cover Test Image

And before the smart arses start up … YES! I know I’m going to have to crop or otherwise the image of the eye… among a few things. Anyway, tis is a CONCEPT piece. Also, if you ave the energy and other resources to be an armchair critic – You can come up with something and donate it to me!
A long time ago, I got fed up with the ” I can do better than that ” crowd. Mainly because when push and shove came into play – they folded and fell apart like wet paper!

Anyway, that’s me progress so far… I’m thinking of a frame for the inner square since the Elder Gods are famous for warping views of reality to suit their evil purposes. ( or so the tales tell). I’m trying to incorporate microsoft paint and corel paintshop pro x8 and getting good information or hints on how to use it – all the tools – and get around a lot of minor barriers. So far, no one seems to want to be of assistance and as much as I would have hoped. Any time I DO have the funds to begin working with an artist – they’re either busy, not interested or incredibly expensive. * SIGH *
Believe me, I’d LOVE to be able to hash out the best and most profitable deal for both parties… it’s just getting people to the table. So, for now, I use what I have and make the most out of it. Thus, it’s taken years instead of months to just get the first part of book one of Camden’s Follies out, let alone a small anthology of Dragon Stories…

But for now ~ All be well and may the blessings/wishes/promises be upon you, fulfilled and granted!

~ The Pirate Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another strange day… but maybe…

Okay, here’s my conundrum –

Should I have a contest? Email entries or should I just put up a book for reward? An Ebook is simple as all it requires is an email address. A solid copy requires a mailing or physical address.
Anyway, that’s what I’m wondering for my book projects up and coming!

Now, for the strangeness –

Today was given a dreary and very disheartening forecast in the weather arena. I oft wonder if the world or nature has a long standing grudge against me due to this and other events in my life.
However…
On the writing side, I now have some fairly great ideas for Book 4 of Camden’s Follies and a more solid and plausible ending for Elder Offensive.
Right now, it’s a contest for either raising funds again for book 1 cover art or working with someone who can help me watermark lizard – like eyes over a star background as well as an image of the top of a file folder… Hmmm… Sans scanning anything new in on the image front, I’m a bit flummoxed to say the least on this..
Well, I guess I can carry on and work on it . Chin up, full steam ahead and all that!

ALLONS – Y!

 

For now, or until I see you at COSine or a ComicCon near you with books for sale and a witty repartee for the panels…

~ The Pirate Poet

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Plug and Promotion time again ~ ALLONS – Y!

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Yeah, that’s me ugly mug on the back cover of an urban fantasy/fantasy piece about dragons from various eras in the last century at east…
Yes, I know it’s large and there’s a single sided cover edition that’s smaller that someone else helped out on and I’m using despite the title error.. Shhh!

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And yes..
Camden’s Follies – Book 1, Part 1 is out… Get it while it’s hot in Ebook or print edition!
( I’m working on a smaller format for the book for a second edition!)
Also, working on smaller for the next parts of book 1 and beyond…
I should have copies available at COSine  in Colorado Springs, CO…
Below is where you can sign – up and get weekend passes
firstfridayfandom.org/…osine/registration

 

I know this is a small writers convention, but I believe in it and the people who run it are first class – even if the hotel is a bit dodgy ( They’re researching a new venue as I type this, quite diligently!)

Any suggestions for conventions to attend?! Leave me a message and link with costs for vendor/trades tables -PLEASE!
Am willing to share a spot and all ~ Especially for all my fellow independent artists and authors ~ GERONIMO!
Until next time ~ Here are links for my books ~

~ The Pirate Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE! E – Yup! Camden’s Follies Book 1, Part 1 Ready for reading!!

 

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Now to work on Elder Offensive and the other parts… I’ve finally gotten the templates downloaded and maybe, if I have the right ones, I can format to their specifications and keep on track!
GERONIMO!!~ The Pirate Poet

 

Above, a special shout for an old mate… Give it a like and follow.. another brilliant one!

It’s coming along with a copy of Scales and Hearts – collectible error cover!

 

 

Below, from Book 1, part 1  ~ The one I’ve waited TOO long to be able to put out..

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Below is the one I need to work on… Seriously! I need – either more sleep or caffeine!

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Okay, so I’m waiting for 5 copies of Hearts and Scales.. * SIGH * I know what the cover above says…. I’m WELL aware of the goof. However, I can and will correct it on my Corel PaintShop Pro X8! For now, I will have 5 copies – FIVE for myself and 4 lucky readers!
Who knows? I may have a copy of Book 1, Part 1 for everyone I choose – friends and family for example – signed and such!
For now, celebrating overcoming a minor hurdle and preparing to save for a table at COSine and a couple of other  venues… I CAN’T WAIT!
A SOLID excuse to hang and knock about with me mates!!!!

For now ~ I did you adieu and clear skies with smooth sailing!

~ The Pirate Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never a dull moment…

 

Okay, so now that I’ve cheesed off a fair few editors…
Let’s see then. I just tend to go with the crowd that believes in themselves and not co – dependency. I find that just because one title sells doesn’t mean you have to re – write a perfectly good tale to bore the audience or insult them to tears and a desire NOT to read.
If you can market rubbish – you CAN market solid work. It’s publishing’s job to SELL what they have or find or make a market instead of settling for the tried and boorish bog standard ones.
The new paradigm is us, the authors and artists, realising that we’ve been paying to do all the work ourselves as is. It’s time to unite under a banner of mutual support and true karma. Karma is finding a goal and and then discovering others desirous of this end and helping selflessly to achieve it. We get the energy and resources we truly need in return and expand our knowledge and become better for it in the end.
If it were up to me we’d have a union, with dues and crowd source support and possibly even the odd fund raiser. Work together, support our intellectual, copyright and trademarks by providing legal assistance as needed. Show a united front against the pirates who would profit off of our hard/smart work and encourage more creativity than stifle/snuff it!
No more having to go into debt for what you love! No more sending out manuscripts to just anyone – especially those that don’t return them so they can profit from their cheap ghost writing labour!  For those who couldn’t afford dues – the fund raisers for them and selfless aid in their laudable undertakings. Also, free legal advocates and research – time to get the professors and students of law some real world work, yeah?
Anyway, that’s my rant and I’m sticking to it!

Cheers and keep your eyes on Kobo and Amazon… almost done with the tweaks for Camden’s Follies and SOON, very soon, I shall even have Elder Offensive book 1 out!

ALLONS – Y!

~ The Pirate Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is a link to something I was trying to recall for a while. In this day and age, the words seem to resonate that much more than ever before.  wonder how many would participate in such massive acts of destruction and violence if they pondered these very words?
I know. One cannot dwell on all the evils of the world without falling into an abyss of darkness, but on the other hand – we need to remind ourselves of what our individual contributions are working towards. We cannot cure the whole till we solve ourselves and then we can go forth – not in anger or spite, but in healing.
To some, this is a soft approach of folly and subject of ridicule. Me, I just know what works.

On the story front ~
Working, maybe, on Time out of Balance. A slight horror and alternate reality story..
Still working on which way I wish to end one of two story series. Getting there in regards to which path and all.
On the horror front – coming along nicely.
Dragon stories abound and I struggle to limit myself to a few short stories and maybe a novel.
Maybe one day I’ll find a script writer who actually READS the material instead of trying osmosis, telepathy or skimming. I guess reading is a lost art, yeah?

Okay, enough of the proverbial anger management…
On to and back to writing and getting my readers their stories/tales!

ALLONS – Y!

~ The Pirate Poet

… plus a bit of follow up.

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The above is from Mushi – shi or Mushi master. To me, this is what X – Files should have been and a worthy successor for Kolchak: The Nightstalker.
However. back to topic.

One of the other reasons I don’t work with an editor, aside from not wishing to insult all my previous professors from my days in academia, is ego. The ones I’ve encountered have them at the size of a small planet at least, editors that is.
None of them should think themselves, gods, experts, nor magicians. There is NO magic in destroying a perfectly good work because it doesn’t meet your personal standard of excellence. That’s being FAR to subjective for my tastes.
In my view and observation, if there’s no market for it – MAKE ONE! Don’t be lazy or try to be a pale copy of a pale copy of a masterpiece.
For me, if the blurb doesn’t catch my eye, nor does the first few pages make me want to read more – forget it! I’m not investing in rubbish! PERIOD!
To market rubbish – one more time – is to insult current readers and prevent new readers who then prefer to watch mindless idiocy, rather than read it.
I know many an author, whom, despite their best efforts go unnoticed as some idiots prefer catch phrase and cut and paste to actual literature. Story telling s an art that must and is done out of love and not for the monetary signs. If we get paid properly for our work, it’s an after thought. It’s more important to be read first and foremost.
True, we all need to live indoors and eat, but to do so only for money is a barren existence at best.
If you believe in what you do, put your passion and energy into this effort, it will pay off in the end. Keep your eyes on the goal and NEVER sweat the details. If those wunderkins/ brilliant and flawless people at the editorial and marketing departments are on their game – your books should be selling really well. If they can market rubbish that makes Pet Rocks look desirable, then they can put the same energy in your manuscript!
As is, we wind up doing all that and more in some instances. We’re not millionaires or billionaires, expenses out of pocket are daunting at times. And if it’s up to us – then why do we need them?
Just food for thought…
For now, enjoy your day, write if you are an author, paint or draw if you’re an artist/illustrator or play/sing like no one was watching and let your heart and soul soar!

For now…

~ The Pirate Poet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then, there was this…

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I was on twitter when I noted a re-tweet from Neil Gaiman.  A young and up and coming author asked a question; What do I need to do to become a better writer? His answer; Write!
However, this went over the head of the woman in question. She basically replied by stating that she might have just caught the great author off guard and he was tired.  She just concluded her statement with ~ ” So, I was like, thanks, that’s … o.k?” Or something like that.
Gee, if his answer was more straightforward it would have hit her on the head and bum simultaneously while yelling at her.
Let me add the following to your confusion – if you’re young and starting on your path.
You don’t call yourself a singer if all you do is read about and listen to people singing, do you? Nor do you call yourself a musician if you did similar. You have to pick up the instrument and play it, get behind the microphone and sing before you can even discover how far away or along you are. To find out how much you have to learn or often you must practise. And even then, by practising, playing the instrument or singing – you get better.
Writing is NO different. Don’t wait for someone else to write your tale for you or tell it. Write it! Break yourself of bad habits and refine or expand your mind, genres, vocabulary and technique – WRITE! There is no instant gratification or pill to replace this. WRITE! It’s the first step into a wide, wondrous universe of endless possibilities. WRITE!

The read some more. I can honestly say the best of tales will open the cinema/theatre of the mind and engage your imagination. A great/good story will refresh and leave you ready to tackle the conundrums of everyday living. It will revive you like a walk in the park or a good meal could.

So get out there, don’t bother with advice – WRITE! And be sure to finish what you start…
And if you want top network – go out and make friends, at conventions, libraries and school. Keep each other in the know and do it without thought of reward – selflessly!

So, for now …

 

~ The Pirate Poet