Thursday, October 31, 2013

Black Eye Peas and Elephant Poop

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Chapter six of Future King, "Black Eye Peas and Elephant Poop," has Zane Anderson being forced to pick a Halloween costume.  Here's the first part of it:

“A zombie cowboy?”

“No. I’m not dressing up.” I was unsuccessfully trying to eat my French fries in peace. Madison was having none of it.

“Come on. You’re going trick or treating with Raegan and me. Dakota usually does it but I’m giving you the opportunity this year. You’ve got to dress up. It’s only two weeks away.”

Aiden came to my rescue. “You could go as a high school student.”

“No! Normal clothes do NOT count as a costume.” Madison was very adamant.

“Look. It’s time to stop dressing up. You can if you want to. I just don’t feel like it.”

“You just don’t feel like it because you had one workout, you big sissy.” Madison stole one of my fries.

“One work out? Are you kidding me? I can’t count the number of pushups I did yesterday. They don’t have a number for it. Just because you’re the jock of our little group doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t handle a little workout.” Madison is on the school volleyball team and will probably try out for the softball team. She very good. Why she hangs out with wimps like Aiden and me, I’ve never figured out.

Aiden interrupted. “Well, she does have a point. She could have probably handled the pushups. You, on the other hand, are a bit on the weak side. How about Charlie Brown’s ghost?”

“Charlie Brown’s ghost?” asked Madison. “What do you mean?”

“You know, the sheet with all the holes in it? You could even grab a bag and put some rocks in it.” Aiden smiled.

“You’ve outdone yourself genius. But I’m not going as a ghost of any kind. You always end up tripping over your sheet. Why are you guys so interested in my costume? What about yours?” It hurt to talk. Every muscle in my body just ached.

Aiden said, “I’m staying home and handing out candy. My mom’s got a meeting to go to and she’s worried that if no one hands out candy, the kids in our neighborhood will egg the house. I don’t mind. She’s buying me a whole bag of candy that I pick out, plus my dad is getting me something to outdo my mom. Divorce stinks, but it does have a few advantages.”

Madison chimed in. “Well Raegan’s going as Sleeping Beauty, so I thought I’d go as the evil queen. Hey! Maybe you could go as the prince!”

“I’m not going as Prince Charming to your little sister.”

“Prince Philip. Charming’s in Cinderella.”

“It doesn’t matter. I’ve got more important things to think about. Maybe you could help me with that instead.”

“O.K., what is so important that you need our help with this time?” asked Madison.

“A knot. I can control some of my training once I get this knot undone. But the knot is impossible.”

Aiden looked up. “Gordian?”

That was what Robin called it. “How did you know the name of the knot?”

Aiden smiled. “I thought everyone knew that. You know Alexander the Great?”

“Not personally,” said Madison.

“Ha, ha. Now Alexander the Great had plans to conquer the world when he went out of his way to tackle the Gordian Knot. It was known for many years that it was impossible to untie this knot. People would stop at this town and try, but nobody was ever successful. So Alexander was drawn to it to show he could do anything. Plus I think there was some prophecy about whoever could untie the knot would rule all of Asia or something. So you can see why Alexander wanted a try at it.” Aiden paused to take a gulp of his drink.

“You are such a nerd,” said Madison.

“Yeah, but a brilliantly cool one if you can tell me how he untied the knot,” I said.

“Well, it wouldn’t be much of a story and I wouldn’t be worth my official nerd card if I didn’t know the rest, right? Now, where was I? Oh yeah, Alexander went to the monastery where the knot was and he was encouraged to untie the knot, as was everyone who came there. Alexander took one look at the knot, drew his sword and cut it in half. Viola! No more knot. This shows that there is always a way, if you think unconventionally.” He grabbed his drink, but paused before drinking it. “That or might makes right.”

“That sounds good to me. Cut the rope and start learning how to fight. No more pushups. Done.”

Madison said, “But we still haven’t decided what you are going to dress up as when you go with my little sister and me on Halloween.”

“Then behold and stand in even more amazement as I, Aiden the Brilliant, give you the perfect costume. It’s witty. It’s simple. Both of you take a white tee shirt and write a large P on it. Then take a little bit of black face paint and make a circle around one of your eyes.”

“What’s the use of that?” I asked.

“Duh,” Aiden gave one of his wide grins. “You’ll be black eyed peas!”

“Simple,” said Madison.

“Witty,” I said. “I like it.”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Writing Wednesdays: Fear Part 2

To continue our frightful Writing Wednesday, the challenge this week is to write a scene that would make your readers be afraid of the phobia subject.  Keep it within 10 paragraphs and assume that the characters are already established.  Also, there does not need to be any resolution to the scene.  The focus is only setting a fearful mood.  The actual phobia word can be the title of the piece.

Phobias to choose from:

Paraskavedekatriaphobia- Fear of Friday the 13th.
Pediophobia- Fear of dolls.
Pedophobia- Fear of children.
Peladophobia- Fear of bald people.

Phobophobia- Fear of phobias.
Placophobia- Fear of tombstones.
Pnigophobia -  Fear of choking of being smothered.
Porphyrophobia- Fear of the color purple.
Pteronophobia- Fear of being tickled by feathers (I actually saw this done in a Vegetales cartoon)

Ranidaphobia- Fear of frogs.
Rhabdophobia- Fear of magic.(wand)

Samhainophobia: Fear of Halloween.
Sciaphobia- Fear of shadows.
Scolionophobia- Fear of school.
Selenophobia- Fear of the moon.

Spheksophobia- Fear of wasps.
Staurophobia- Fear of crosses or the crucifix.

Taphephobia - Fear of being buried alive
Tonitrophobia- Fear of thunder.

Venustraphobia- Fear of beautiful women.
Verminophobia- Fear of germs.

Walloonphobia- Fear of the Walloons. (Don't ask me, I don't know what a walloon is)
Wiccaphobia: Fear of witches and witchcraft.

Xanthophobia- Fear of the color yellow.

Zeusophobia- Fear of God or gods.

O.K., if you get a good one, post it in the comments section.  Heck, if you get a bad one, post it in the comments section!

If you wish to see the whole list that I pulled this from:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mythology Monday: Treasure #6

The Knife of Llawfrodedd the Horseman 

This knife would serve 24 men - whatever the heck that means. Does it create food enough for 24, or is the ultimate Ginzu knife and slices 24 slices at once. A commenter on my old blog (Bubo's Blog) suggested the a meaning for the serves 24 men. He said that back in this time they would only have one knife per table and it would be tethered to the table to avoid people using it to stab someone else. Somehow this knife could be used to serve a table of 24, maybe magically teleporting to the next person who needed it.

This treasure plays a small role in Future King as it is one of the treasures obtained by Morgana's crew.

Apparently there is some connection to Excalibur for this knife, but I cannot find out any more than that. Maybe they are cutlery cousins or something like that. The guy who drew the picture below (some chap named Vorp - poor fellow) calls it the Ornate Celtic Cheese Cutter.

There was a contest on the Concept Art web site that challenged artists to design the 13 treasures of Britain. You can see all the designs at:

I cannot find any more about the knife; however, there is more about this Llawfrodded guy. The guy is a Welsh hero. Not only did he own the knife, but he also had Cornillo, one of the Three Prominent Cows of the Island of Britain (say that three times fast). He is mention in the role call of heroes in a few texts dealing with King Arthur. Probably he is one of the Men of the North and lived in the sixth century.

Next treasure ... the Spork of the Lady of the Lake????

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Writing Wednesday: Fear

Well, it's late Wednesday, but still a Wednesday. Today's writing idea comes from fear. Stephen King has been called the Master of Horror and when asked once about how he must not be afraid of anything, he replied, "I'm afraid of everything." That's how he is able to write things that scare people, he just writes about himself. What scares him the most? Just keep reading.

So here is the idea for today. Find a fear and write a scene or short story about it. There are plenty of fears to choose from. Plus, you don't need to have a character that is irrationally afraid, create a scenario that the person has a right to be afraid (and if you are good,  so will your reader)! Here is the first part of a list of some fears that you might be able to write the next It or Pet Cemetery with ( I got this list from - they have a much more extensive list there):

Ablutophobia- Fear of washing or bathing.
Achluophobia- Fear of darkness.
Acrophobia- Fear of heights.
Agateophobia- Fear of insanity. (lots of potential for this one!)
Agliophobia- Fear of pain.
Agoraphobia- Fear of open spaces or of being in crowded, public places like markets. Fear of leaving a safe place.
Algophobia- Fear of pain.
Anablephobia- Fear of looking up.
Angrophobia - Fear of anger or of becoming angry. (I guess the Hulk does a pretty good job of this one already)
Anthrophobia or Anthophobia- Fear of flowers.
Apeirophobia- Fear of infinity.
Aphenphosmphobia- Fear of being touched.
Apiphobia- Fear of bees.
Ataxophobia- Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotton or ignored or forgetting.
Autophobia- Fear of being alone or of oneself.

Batrachophobia- Fear of amphibians, such as frogs, newts, salamanders, etc.
Bibliophobia- Fear of books. (tailor made for a writer!)
Brontophobia- Fear of thunder and lightning.
Cacophobia- Fear of ugliness.
Catoptrophobia- Fear of mirrors.
Chionophobia- Fear of snow. (put this person in the middle of a blizzard and watch the fun begin on your keyboard)
Chronomentrophobia- Fear of clocks.
Cometophobia- Fear of comets.
Coimetrophobia- Fear of cemeteries.
Coulrophobia- Fear of clowns.
Decidophobia- Fear of making decisions.
Demonophobia or Daemonophobia- Fear of demons.
Ecclesiophobia- Fear of church.
Entomophobia- Fear of insects.
Ephebiphobia- Fear of teenagers.
Epistemophobia- Fear of knowledge.
Equinophobia- Fear of horses.
Eremophobia- Fear of being oneself or of lonliness.

Gelotophobia- Fear of being laughed at.
Gerontophobia- Fear of old people or of growing old.
Hadephobia- Fear of hell.
Helminthophobia- Fear of being infested with worms.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia- Fear of the number 666.
Homichlophobia- Fear of fog.
Hylophobia- Fear of forests.

Katsaridaphobia- Fear of cockroaches.
Kenophobia- Fear of voids or empty spaces.
Koniophobia- Fear of dust.

Lockiophobia- Fear of childbirth.

Musophobia or Muriphobia- Fear of mice.

Necrophobia- Fear of death or dead things.
Noctiphobia- Fear of the night.
Obesophobia- Fear of gaining weight.
Ochlophobia- Fear of crowds or mobs.
Octophobia - Fear of the figure 8. (I imagine someone seeing this figure everywhere and realizing that it means something sinister)
Ophidiophobia- Fear of snakes.
Optophobia- Fear of opening one's eyes.

I'll give you more fears to choose from next week.  Which fear do you think would make a great story?
Oh, and what scares King the most? The same that that scares me. Spiders!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rejection Story: Superman

So I'm watching a PBS documentary (I've become my dad, evidently) called Superheroes: a Never Ending Battle. Aside from all the geeky stuff that I get into, the thing that made me think of this blog was Action Comics # 1, the first appearance of Superman.

As I am sure that you know, Superman is the first hero with super powers.  Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were two teenage boys who created the now iconic hero.  When they tried to get it published, no one wanted anything to do with it.

They tried for one year, two years, three years, and continued to ship their comic around until finally, five years later, the company that would become DC comics took a gamble and published them.  They became overnight successes and soon every comic book company was doing their take on the superhero.  They were paid $130 for their first comic ($10 per page).

FIVE YEARS!  Siegel and Shuster had a lot of faith in their creation to stick with it for that long.  Just imagine if they had given up after a year or two.  While they didn't get rich off of their creation, their legend will live on for quite a while.  

By this time in the writing of this post, the show has moved on to Batman and my three year old girl's dessert is kicking in.  She's running back and forth with a towel around her pretending to be Batman.  I think it's time I put the computer aside and play the Joker.  Keep writing, friends!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lycanthrope Detections

As the weather gets cooler and the leaves blow around us in different colors, our tend to wander towards the things that make fall wonderful -- apples, candy corn, tiny tots learning the fine art of begging, and, of course, people mutating into blood thirsty werewolves.  I am not talking about the take-the-shirt-of-every-time-I-get-a-chance-and-lose-the-girl-to-a-sparkling-vampire variety.  No.   I mean the say-your-prayers-because-nothing-will-save-you-from-the-furry-jaws-of-death kind.

So, just in case one of you dear readers find yourself plagued by a person that may be a lycanthrope (werewolf for you of lesser vocabulary skills), there is no need to fear.  There are ways of telling if that creepy coworker is licking his chops in anticipation of making you into a midnight snack.

1. The unibrow - this is a sure fire way to tell. Look out for those who shave the middle part.

2. Fur on the inside of their skin - a bit harder to tell. A Roman platoon suspected one of their own as a werewolf and used this technique to discover the truth. After they ripped his skin off and found no fur, well, he was forgiven.

3. Forget the whole moon thing - that was added in movies. True werewolves do not have to wait for the moon.

4. The ring finger - is longer than the middle finger.

5. Excessive thirst - maybe coming for the idea that dogs and wolves pant because they are always thirsty.

6. Obsession with walking through graveyards - I bet Poe was one. He even proposed to a woman in the graveyard.  One theory is that he died of rabies perhaps from being bitten by a rabid bat in a graveyard.

7. Foul smell - werewolves have extra seat glands. Be alert for a smell of hay and horse manure.

8. Check the pee pee - yep, werewolves have urine that is a deep purple.  However, scoping out the color of someone's urine in a public bathroom could result in problems other than the wolf kind.  Use this technique with caution.

9. The Mark of the Werewolf - the dead give away. If someone has a pentagon on their palm, break out the silver weapons IMMEDIATELY!

10. Shoot him/her with a silver bullet - if he/she dies, probably a werewolf.

Side note, if you are out of silver weapons and are being chased by a werewolf, always drop things.Werewolves must stop and pick them up before continuing the chase. Can anyone say, OCD?  That's why I always have a pocketful of rice wherever I go.  It works for vampires too.

O.K. people - be safe out there!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Quotable Quotes - Part 3

More good stuff from good writers:

"Writers are made, not born."   -Ayn Rand

"If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it."   -Elmore Leonard

"When I was a young boy they called me a liar.  Now that I'm all grown up, they call me a writer."   -Isaac Bashevis Singer

"If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad."   -Lord Byron

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing."   -Benjamin Franklin

"Whenever life hands you trauma, stick it in a book."   -Laurie Halse Anderson

"My purpose is to entertain myself first and other people secondly."   -John D. MacDonald

"You can't sit around and wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."   -Jack London

"Well, the first paragraph is done.  Time for a brownie."   -Marge Simpson (from The Simpsons)

"The person who finds the time is the one who is going to become a writer.  The person who doesn't, won't."   -Meg Cabot

Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Spider-Man's Birthday!

It's also Columbus Day, but I'd rather read a comic about Spider-Man over Columbus any day.  It's is never mentioned in the comic books that this is his birthday, but Marvel Comics had a big display at a convention a while back and they said it was his birthday to coincide with the event.

If you are not keeping up with the comics, here's a little fill in so that you'll know stuff:  Doctor Octopus was dying and in his last minutes of life with all of his organs failing and the life support systems straining to keep his heart pumping, he cybernetically controlled one of his octobots to inject Spidey in the back of the neck, thus causing a mind swap.  Just as Spider-Man realizes that he is now in Doctor Octopus's body, he goes into cardiac arrest and dies.  So now, the Spider-Man that is in the comics for all to read is really Doctor Octopus trying to reinvent himself as a hero and trying to be a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker ever was.

So go out and celebrate Spidey's birthday in style by reading a comic book!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Authors on Twitter L - M

More authors with Twitter accounts.  Useful for new and aspiring authros to follow those who succeeded in getting published and their attempt to establish a web platform.

If you know anyone who needs to be added or you know the author, are the author, or know anything about the way the author writes, please post that information in the comments section.  Thanks!

LaBan, Elizabeth - @ElizabethLaBan
LaCas, George - @George9Writer
LaFevers, R.L. - @RLLaFevers

Laidlaw, Susan - @SusanLaidlaw1
Lake, Nick - @nicholaslake
Lamott, Anne - @ANNELAMOTT

Lanagan, Margo - @margolanagan
Landis, J.D. - @J_D_Landis
Lane, Janet - @janetlaneauthor

Lang, Ken - @DetKenLang
Larson, Kirby - @KirbyLarson
Latham, Irene - @Irene_Latham

Lawrence, Ian - @iainlawrence
Lawrence, Theo - @tlawrencebooks
Lee, Jennifer 8. - @jenny8lee

Lehman, Christopher - @iChrisLehman
Lehrhaupt, Adam - @Lehrhaupt
Leveen, Tom - @tomleveen

Levithan, David - @loversdiction or @davidlevithan
Levy, Joanne - @JoanneLevy
Lewis, Stewart - @stewartlewis

Lichtenheld, Tom - @tlichtenheld
Lieber, Shelley - @wordywoman
Lily, Shen ?? - @Shen_Lily

Lindsey, Mary - @marylindsey
Linko, Gina - @GinaLinko
Little, Kimberly - @KimberlyGLittl

Littlefield, Sophie - @swlittlefield
Liu, Cynthea - @Cynthea
Livingston, Lesley - @LesLivingston

Lloyd-Jones, Sally - @sallylloydjones
Lockhart, E. - @elockhart
Loftin, Nikki - @nikkiloftin

Logsted, Greg - @GregLogsted
Logsted, Lauren Baratz - @LaurenBaratzL
London, J.A. - @J_A_London

Long, Loren - @lorenlong
Look, Lenore - @lenorelook
Lorenzi, Natalie Dias - @NatalieLorenzi

Lowry, Lois - @LoisLowryWriter
Lu, Marie - @Marie_Lu
Lubar, David - @DavidLubar

Ludwig, Trudy - @TrudyLudwig
Lunetta, Demitria - @DemitriaLunetta
Luper, Eric - @ericluper

Lyga, Barry -@barrylyga
Lynch, Liz - @liz_lynch
Maberry, Jonathan- @JonathanMaberry

Mackall, Dandi Daley - @dandiMackall
Mackenzie, Fiona - @FionaJMackenzie
Mackler, Carolyn - @carolynmackler

MacLeod, Hugh - @gapingvoid
Madison, Bennett - @bennettmadison
Mafi, Tahereh - @TaherehMafi

Magaziner, Lauren - @laurenmagaziner
Maiers, Angela - @AngelaMaiers
Mali, Taylor - @TaylorMali

Mancusi, Mari - @marimancusi
Mandanna, Sangu - @SanguMandanna
Mandel, Emily St. John - @emilymandel

Marcus, Kimberly - @kimberlymarcus
Marentette, Meghan - @MegMarentette
Mariz, Rae - @raemariz

Marks, Daniel - @dannymarksya
Marotta, Jenna - @jennamarotta
Marr, Melissa - @melissa_marr

Martin, C.K. Kelly - @CKKellyMartin
Marzano, Robert - @robertjmarzano
Mason, Maggie - @Maggie

May, Matthew E. - @matthewemay
Mayer, Mercer - @MercerMayer
Mazer, Anne - @Annemazer

McCafferty, Megan - @meganmccafferty
McCormick, Patricia - @McCormickWrites
McCranie, Stephen - @stephenmccranie

McDaniel, Lurlene - @Lurlene_McD
McDougall, Carol - @salmonskyview
McDowell, Beck - @BeckMcDowell

McEntire, Myra - @MyraMcEntire
McGehee, Claudia - @claudiaMcGehee
McGrew, Chandler - @ChandlerMcGrew

McLaughlin, Lauren - @LaurenMcWoof
McMahon, Betty - @bettymom
McMann Lisa - @lisa_mcmann

McNeil, Gretchen - @GretchenMcNeil
McQuein, Josin - @JosinMcQuein
Messenger, Shannon - @SW_Messenger

Messner, Kate - @KateMessner
Metz, Melinda - @MelindaMetz
Meyer, Marissa - @marissa_meyer

Mezrich, Ben - @benmezrich
Miller, Debbie - @millerread
Miller, Donalyn - @donalynbooks

von Minden, Marie - @KKadventures
Mingle, Pamela - @PamMingle
Mitchell, Saundra - @SaundraMitchell

Mlynowski, Sarah - @SarahMlynowski
Moesta, Rebecca - @RebeccaMoesta
Monir, Alexandra - @TimelessAlex

Moore, Ann - @AMooreWriter
Moore, Rosemary Clement - @rclementmoore
Moore, Wes - @WesMoore1

Montessori, Maria - @MariaMontessori
Mora, Pat - patmora_author
Morgan, Page - @PageMorganBooks

Morrell, Ernest - @ernestmorrell
Morrill, Lauren - @LaurenEMorrill
Moss, Marissa - @marissawriter

Moulton, Courtney A. - @CAMoulton
Moyes, Jojo - @jojomoyes
Mullin, Mike - @Mike_Mullin

Murguia, Bethanie - @aquapup
Murray, Diana - @DianaMWrites

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mythology Monday - Treasure #5

The Halter of Clydno Eiddyn

This halter hung on Clydno's bed, hanging by a staple (nail). When he went to bed, he would just wish for a certain type of horse and viola, it would be there for him in the morning. At the start of Future King, Morgana already has it. Outside of this, I am having a hard time finding stuff about this halter. I'm not sure if you could get a particular horse (I wish for Joe's horse) or if you could wish for a type of horse (I wish for an appaloosa). There seems to be no pictures of this thing and nothing else to describe it.

Since I have nothing on this horse halter, why not spend some time with this mythical horse that has nothing to do with the treasures of Britain.

The tikbalang - a demon horse from Philippine folklore. It hangs out in the mountains. It looks very weird - the joints are disproportionate to the rest of the body. When he squats down, his knees come above his head.

They love to lure travellers off the path and get them lost in the woods. Of course, you can easily avoid all their hassle by merely wearing your shirt inside out. That or ask permission softly to pass by their woods, but the wearing the shirt inside out is so in these days. Just to put my money where my mouth is, I wore my shirt inside out today and ta-dah! No tikbalang attacks!

A tikbalang has a spiky mane. If you can obtain one of these tufts, then you can use it as a talisman to tame one and keep it as a servant. However, you need to leap upon the tikbalang from behind and then hold on until it gets tired of trying to knock you off balance.

Where do these guys come from? Aborted fetuses. That's right. If you're pro-life, here's another reason why you shouldn't have abortions. If you are pro-choice, then watch out. You might want to start wearing your shirt inside out...

In my neck of the woods, when the sun is shining and it is raining, we say, "The devil's beating his wife." However, there is another saying to describe this phenomenon - "a tikbalang is getting married."

Friday, October 4, 2013

Author Spotlight - Dani Harper

I'm going to take some time to spotlight authors and aspiring authors (hopefully once a month, but we will see how that goes!) that I think seem to be neat people, have interesting ideas, have great platforms, or all of the above.  This month's spotlight is a writer that I have known on the internet for quite a while - Dani Harper.

While paranormal romance is not my particular thing (or normal romance, either), Dani Harper is a great writer.  I know.  I won one of her books when she was in her early years of writing and it was good.  I absolutely love her internet platform - a good combination of information, blogging, and new author advice.  And talk about connected - she is on You Tube, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, and LinkedIn.

Her most recent book is the start of her Dark Wolf series, a good jumping on place to get a taste of her writing.


Her internet platform is amazing.  Her web site ( has all you need to find her name, contact information, bio, book series, social media, and where she will be when she is on tour or at conferences.

My favorite aspect of her writing life is her blog, Way Past Normal.  Even before I started writing, I would check her blog for her articles on legendary creatures.  Now it is a good lesson on how to do it right (I'm still learning, obviously).  She has contests, countdowns to the next book release, links to her favorite sites, and of course a link back to her website.  If you check it out now, you might be able to win some Wicked Wolf Coffee.

I encourage you to check out her Resources for Aspiring Authors.  She has gone through the hoops and now has made it into the publishing world (all the way from Alaska).  She shares what she went through and advice that comes from the experience she has had.

So there you go.  All of you paranormal readers out there check it out.  All of you ready to be published writers out there, check it out.  When you do, or if you are already familiar with Dani, post a comment below!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Query Tracker

There are tons of agents out there.  How do you find the right one for you?

Well, one possible way is to use Query Tracker.  There are several features that Query Tracker has.  Most are free.  

The service that made me sign up to be a free member and blog about them is their genre agent search.  When you are looking for agents, you can tell the search filter to only show agents who accept your genre.  That sounds a heck of a lot better than what I tried last time, which was go page by page through the Writer's Market Guide to Literary Agents.

You can also use the service to track your queries, but I haven't set anything up like that.  There is a message board as well that you can use to talk about your experience and help others with theirs.  Again, if any of you try this service out, let me know how you like it.

Their agent reports require you to be a premium member (costs $25).  I have not signed up to be a premium member, so if any of you out there has, I would love a comment on your opinion of their premium services.

So, what is the URL address?

Try it out!    

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Authors on Twitter H - K

More authors with Twitter sites.  Post in the comments if you follow one of these, know something interesting about the author, are the author (that would be cool), or know of someone I missed.

Hainey, Michael - @MichaelHainey
Hainsworth, Emily - @Emily_YA
Halderman, James - @jameshalderman

Hale, Shannon - @haleshannon
Hall, Robin - @robinhallwrites
Halse Anderson, Laurie - @halseanderson

Hand, Cynthia - @CynthiaHand
Hansen, Angelina C. - @AngelinaCHansen
Hardy, Janice - @Janice_Hardy

Haring, Dan - @danharing
Harper, Charise - @ChariseHarper

Harper, Dani - @Dani_Harper
Harris, Carrie - @carrharr

Harris, Joanne - @Joannechocolat
Harrison, Kim - @BurningBunnies
Harrison, Mette Ivie - @metteharrison

Hartinger, Brent - @brenthartinger
Hartman, Rachel - @_rachelhartman
Harvey, Jacqueline - @JacquelineHarve

Harvey, Stephanie - @stephharvey49
Hathaway, Jill - @jillscribbles
Hattemer, Kate - @KateHattemer

Heasley, Gwendolyn - @GwenHeasley
Heiligman, Deborah - @DHeligman
Hemingway, Mariel - @Marielhemingway

Henderson, Jason - @jasonhederson
Hendricks, John - @hendrixart
Herbach, Geoff - @geoffherbach

Hickam, Homer -@HomerHickam
Hicks, Michael R. - @KreelanWarrior
Higgins, Wendy - @Wendy_Higgins

Hills, Tad - @tadhills
Hinton, S.E. - @se4realhinton
Hiranandani, Veera - VeeraHira

Hirsch, Elisabeth - @ECwrites
Hirsch, Jeff - @Jeff_Hirsch
Hobbs, Renee - @reneehobbs

Hodkin, Michelle - @MichelleHodkin
Hoeflich, Christine - @christine22hoef
Hoenig, Lynne Kelly - @LynneKelly

Hoffman, Alice - @AliceHof
Holder, Nancy - @nancyholder
Holloway, Dan - @agnieszkasshoes

Holm, Jenni - @jenniholm
Holm, Matthew - @mattholm
Holt, K.A. - @karianneholt

Holtz, Jr., Thomas R. - @TomHoltzPaleo
Honeyman, Kay - @kayhoneyman
Hoover, Colleen - @colleenhoover

Hopkins, Ellen - @EllenHopkinsYA
Hopkinson, Deborah - @Deborahopkinson
Horowitz, Anthony - @AnthonyHorowitz

Howard, Anita Grace - @aghowardwrites
Hubbard, Jenny - @HubbardWrites
Hubbard, Kirsten - @kirstenhubbard

Hudson, Tara - @thudsonwrites
Huffington, Arianna - @arrianahuff
Hughes, Mark Peter - @MarkPetrHughes

Hughes, Susan - @childbkauthor
Hullinger, L.S. - @lshullinger
Humphrey, Anna - @Anna_Humphrey

Hunt, Lynda - @LynMullalyHunt
Hutchings, Melinda - @M_Hutchings
Hyams, Gina - @ginahyams

Hyde, Catherine Ryan - @cryanhyde
Ireland, Justina - @tehawesomersace
Jacobs, Kate - @KateJacobsBooks

Jantsch, John - @ducttape
Jarvis, Jeff - @jeffjarvis
Jarzab, Anna - @ajarzab

Javaherbin, Mina - @minajuna
Jay, Stacey - @Stacey_Jay
Joel, William J. - @AniProf

Johnson, Anne E. - @AnneEJohnson
Johnson, Maureen - @maureenjohnson
Johnson, Pat - @CatchingReaders

Johnson, Steven Berlin - @stevenbjohnson
Jones, Carrie - @carriejonesbook
Jones, Rob Lloyd - @RLloydJones

Jordan, Sophie - @SoVerySophie
Judge, Lita - @LitaJudge
Jung, Mike - @Mike_Jung

Juster, Norton - @NortonJuster1
Kade, Stacey - @StaceyKade
Kaiser, Ruth - @SpontaneSmiley

Kane, Kim - @Kimkane2
Kaplan, Isabel - @isabelkaplan
Karas, G. Brian - @gBrianKaras

Karger, Jillian - @JillianKarger
Kate, Lauren - @laurenkatebooks
Keier, Katie - @CatchingReaders

Kelly, David A. - @davidakelly
Kennedy, James - @iamjameskennedy
Kerr, Cory - @corykerr

Khatami, Renee - @lilmodus
Kibuishi, Amy - @amykibuishi
Kibuishi, Kazu - @boltcity

Kincaid, SJ - @SJKincaidBooks
King, A.M. - @AMKing_Writes
King, A.S. - @AS_King

Kinney, Jeff - @wimpykid
Kirby, Matthew J. - @writerMattKirby
Kirkpatrick, Karly - @karlkirkpatrick

Kitanidis, Phoebe - @phoebekitanidis
Kittle, Penny - @pennykittle
Kittredge, Caitlin - @caitkitt

Kittscher, Kristen - @KKittscher
Klassen, Jon - @burstofbeaden
Klein, Stephanie - @stephanieklein

Knight, Jim - @jimknight99
Knowles, Jo - @JoKnowles
Kogler, Jennifer Anne - @jenniferkogler

Kohn, Alfie - @alfiekohn
Kohuth, Jane - @janekohuth
Kontis, Alethea - @AletheaKontis

Kraatz, Jeramey - @jerameyKraatz
Kraus, Daniel - @DanielDKraus
Kredensor, Diane - @OllieandMoon

Krokos, Dan - @DanKrokos
Krosoczka, Jarrett J. - @StudioJJK or @lunchladycomics
Krowder, Angela - @AKrowder

Kuipers, Alice - @AliceKuipers
Kunze, Lauren - @laurenkunze