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The Other Slipper paperback is finally here!

It’s finally here! I squealed with delight when I got home and saw the  package from Createspace last night. I’m so much more excited about this than I was about the release of the e-version but that’s probably because this feels so much more real (you can probably see that I already bent the cover with all my eager page turning). I had a few last-minute tweaks to make after reviewing the proof (oh, the woes of formatting) and now the book has been approved for distribution in the USA and Europe via Amazon. To be honest, the e-version looks so much more appealing when you look at the cost of the paperback ($9.99 – ah, the colossal cost of printing) but not everyone likes to read off a screen so this will give those people a chance to get a hold of the book. Please spread the word as usual and thank you once again for all your support.

Link for purchase via Createspace is: https://www.createspace.com/4007967

I will post the Amazon link once it comes up.

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This Week In Kenny’s World…3

So, this week Caeblogs reached a milestone – it passed the 10,000 hits mark! Hurrah! A big thank you to everyone who has stopped by over the last 16 months and made this possible.

I also signed up to Wattpad and I intend to post my short stories on there, starting with most of the ones I’ve posted here already. Feel free to check out my page whenever you’re free. And as always, please spread the word. Thanks.

Short Story 22: Flash Fiction – One Headlight

Today was the day he was going to give her everything she had wanted. That elusive ring she’d hinted at for the first three years they’d been together then stopped mentioning in the last two. That house in the suburbs with the large back garden and white picket fence where they would raise the children she’d always wanted. Even the haircut he should have had a few months ago. He was going to do it all. The near miss he’d had with the lorry as he drove home that evening had imparted the fleetingness of his life on him. Like people said it would, his life had flashed before his eyes and all he had seen was Jenna. Nothing and no one else. That had to mean something. He was going to make it up to her from today. He smiled as he stepped into the flat, the adrenaline coursing through his veins gave him the boost he needed to carry out his mission. He only stopped short at the stark absence of the seaside watercolour she had painted and proudly hung up in the hallway. Then he began to notice the other things.

*

Today was the day she was going to leave him. She had spent a long time waiting for Jason to realise that she existed and then spent even longer waiting for him to acknowledge that her aspirations and dreams mattered too. At first she’d carried some hope that he would open his eyes to what was in front of him but in the end she’d stayed around because splitting rent and holiday expenses with him was convenient. She didn’t think he even noticed that she’d stopped texting him whenever she saw a billboard that reminded her of the first time they’d met at the seaside.  Harry had waited in his car as she took one last look at the flat she had shared with Jason for the last few years.  It had taken her this long to accept that she could Continue reading

Shut Up And Read

No, not you. I’m talking to the voices in my head. And no, you don’t need to call a medic (at least not yet). I do need help though. I’m trying to master the art of disassociation in relation to a host of things in my life.  The rule is simple – the more I know about something, the less I can enjoy it without being critical. The common culprits tend to be things I’m supposedly proficient at. The premise sounds pretty obvious but lately it’s been bugging me a lot as it is interrupting the enjoyment of one of my favourite hobbies, reading – GASP! (yes, caps were necessary)

Not surprisingly, the first place I noticed this annoying trait was in my day job. Over the years I’ve developed a habit of walking into a room and noticing all the mundane things no one else cares about – door handles, air vents, toilet cubicle partitions, skirtings, balustrade fixing brackets, stair nosings. Why? Because as an Architect I spend far too many hours in a day reviewing ironmongery schedules or matching paint colours or carrying out other mind numbing tasks like that. The mundane elements then stick in my head and take away the overall beauty of the space.

Similarly, as a writer I am finding it more difficult to read a book without judging it as a writer. What are the books strengths and weaknesses? Head hopping? Character formation? POV switching? Over use of adjectives? I find myself looking for elements of a story that don’t work, even as I open up the first page. Or I spend ages trying to figure out why I didn’t enjoy a book instead of just accepting that I didn’t enjoy it and moving on to the next one as I would have done a few years ago. Continue reading

The Drama Queen

Okay, so I’ll admit it – I write drama. Not fast paced action filled fantasy novels like I wish I could, but fairly drawn out dramatization of ideas that my brain cells breed. Why do I feel the need to make this declaration? Well, I’m about a two-thirds of the way through writing my paranormal novella, Aversion (did I mention it’s going to be part of a series), and I’ve been trying to bear in mind some of the comments readers have made when reviewing my other works. Most of the reviews have been positive and have enlightened me on readers’ expectations and even some aspects of the craft of writing, however there are some things I know I can’t or won’t change about my style of writing because they are what makes my work original/mine (enough said about that). Anyway, one recurring point that I thought I could try to tackle was “pace”. Apparently I could do with speeding things up a bit, throw in a few more disasters for the protagonist to struggle through, provide more conflict, that kind of thing. Fairly easy to attempt, right?

Wrong! The more I type and the more I think of ways to incorporate these elements into the novella, the more I realise that this is a false expectation for me. I write slow paced stuff, simple. And maybe I should accept that there is nothing wrong with that.  I write about how people feel, how they react to things that happen to them. How these things slowly (or rapidly) change their perspective of life. Yadidadida. And oh yes, my characters internalize things and brood a lot. Continue reading

Short Story 18: Home

‘It’s freezing. Don’t the heaters work?’

‘I don’t like the heat.’

Darren shuddered and heaved a sigh. ‘It must get really lonely here.’

Peggy coughed into her white lace hanky and leaned forward to pick up the bowl of soup Darren’s wife had packaged. She hated tomato soup but Annette was such a nice girl.

‘Great soup, right?’

Peggy forced a smile and nodded as she slurped it up.

‘It would be nicer if you had someone to cook hot meals everyday and even nicer if you had people to share them with.’

‘You and Annette are moving in? That would be nice.’

Darren was caught off guard. ‘No Mother, we’re not moving in.’ Yet, he would have added but went on. ‘Have you given my little suggestion any thought since last time.’

‘What suggestion? My memory isn’t what it used to be.’ Continue reading

Indie Writing: Lessons Learnt So Far

It has been just over six months since I launched my first e-book (gasp! already?) and during that time I have learnt a lot of invaluable marketing lessons in what feels like a very short time. If you thought clicking publish was the end of the saga, think again! Be prepared for many hours of promoting your work and even more hours of self-doubt when it feels like all your hard work might go unnoticed in the large sea of published work out there. I thought I should share some tips I’ve learnt with anyone who comes across this site (only online marketing tips, sorry). As I always say, every little helps.

  1. Nobody knows who you are yet so stop hitting refresh on your sales screen and wondering why the figures are not going up. Get the word out there by creating an online presence or a following in your local area.
  2. Goodreads/Twitter/Facebook are your best friends. So are all other social networking sites where you can publicise your work (e.g. Kindleboards, Mobileread, Librarything, Shelfari…though I tend not to use them so much). Don’t forget to engage in other forms of activities on these sites (e.g. commenting on topics not related to your book) as heavy marketing alone will be sniffed out and frowned upon.
  3. Giveaways will generate reviews but you must remember to curtail your expectations. There are people who just want free stuff and people who will actually review your work. Patience is key to prevent enraged hysteria at the fact that your 1000 giveaways have yielded 5 reviews. Also don’t expect to get reviews within one day or your giveaway, a few weeks to a few months is normal waiting time.
  4. Use your friends. People are more generous than we give them credit for. Twitter, BBM, Facebook postings from one friend will reach hundreds of other people you don’t know. As unbelievable as I thought it was, I made a few sales from friends putting up display pictures of my book on their BBM.  
  5. Your masterpiece might not be your bestseller. Accept this and you won’t feel so bad when that book you spent five years slaving over doesn’t do as well as the one you spent six months on. One of my books is outselling the others at a ratio of 7 to 1 and it is certainly not the one I thought would be doing so well. Continue reading
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