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Treat everyday as a new adventure

Look what I got!

I had asked for a graphic tablet for Christmas, but didn’t get it until my birthday. Anyway, I got the Wacom Intuos.

 

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Anyway, I am fascinated by the puddles in my back yard and I wanted it so that I could create the pictures that I see in the puddles. Can you see the witch in the puddle?

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How about now?

 

 

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Or now?

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I know, I need some practice, but… :-)

How about this one? What do you see?

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I see a cow. :-) A funny looking one, but a cow just the same. Or maybe you see a dog?

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Another neat thing about it….

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It also works with Microsoft Word. When I start a story, I grab a notebook and an ink pen. I love the feel of writing by hand. This is a little slower, especially since I keep having to look at the screen to see what I am writing, but I was surprised by its accuracy whether I was printing or writing in cursive. Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of a 1-5 scale.

Do you have one? Do you use it? What do you use it for, drawing or writing? What do you think?

I will be back in a couple of days to share a review of three books that I read the last week of December. (Yeah, I know, I’m a little behind. :-) )

Till then; HUGS!

 

 

Catching Up!

I haven’t been keeping up with my blog and I apologize. Been so busy just chasing my tail. LOL!

Actually, I am in the middle of spring cleaning and minor repairs, but I have also been doing some reading, watching new TV shows and catching a few movies.

I’ve also been doing some knitting, crocheting, sewing, and playing around with the new gadget I got for my birthday.  I’ve been missing the creative side of my gift shop (that I closed down in 2011) and have been considering getting back into designing custom gift baskets and party sets to sell on Etsy.

As for writing….Hmm…I’ve got a dozen or more projects started, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I decided I should do some reviews and today I will start with a new TV show called,

   “Last man on earth.”

Did you watch it? What did you think?

   Last man on earth is a comedy about, you guessed it, the last man on earth. It takes place in 2020 and there’s a virus that wipes out all of civilization.  PHIL MILLER played by Will Forte drives around the U.S. in a giant R.V. looking for any signs of life before settling in a mansion in AZ, which he fills with expensive art and whatever he pleases. Last man on earth had its funny parts, but not a lot of substance. In fact the entire hour long premiere could have been made into a movie and done with.

   Working on a post-apocalyptic novel myself for the past two years, I found, Last man on earth, left me with a lot of questions and not many answers.

   First, the story felt rushed. The character’s were a bit flat and predictable. Characters, you ask? Yes. Phil stumbles upon a crazy woman named Carol, played by Kristen Schaal. I would have liked Phil’s ordeal dealt with in more detail before they introduced Carol, but then I didn’t write the script.

  Second, there were a couple of things that just didn’t make sense to me. How did Phil drive all around the U.S. in a giant RV, which doesn’t get good gas mileage, without stopping for gas? I know you’re saying, “How do you know he didn’t stop for gas?” Hold that thought.

   Why were there no dead bodies? If this was caused by a virus, wouldn’t there be bodies lying around?

   Why was there no water or electricity? Did someone shut everything off before they died and disappeared?

   Back to the gas question, you can’t pump gas without electricity. :-) The pumps won’t work.

   The Walking Dead is more plausible, even with Zombies.

   I can’t say yay or nay at this point. I’ll watch one more episode and see how it goes.

Now some questions for you.

If you found yourself the last man, or woman, on earth, what would you do?

Would you find the fanciest house to live in?

Would you become a daredevil trying things you wouldn’t have tried before?

Or would you be more careful knowing that there weren’t others to help you if you got sick or injured?

Would you lock all the doors even though you are supposedly the last person?

I’ll be sharing another review in a day or two about a gift I received for my birthday.

Till then… HUGS!

Happy 2015!

Well, the holidays are pretty much over. Phew! They make me happy and sad. The end of the year always brings me down. First it hits you. You’re getting older! Another year has come and gone. What did I accomplish? What did I miss? What should I have done? So many questions, without many answers.

So now on to a new year. New adventures. New quests. New goals.

I don’t make new year resolutions. To me they are like broken promises and rules that are made to be broken. I’d rather wing it! :-)

I have set some goals for my writing, though. I have so many things in the works and last year I just couldn’t seem to get it in gear and move forward.

So a toast to the new year and to moving forward!

Happy New Year, everyone! May it grace you with love, kindness, compassion, and prosperity!

Trick or Treat!

I love Halloween. The costumes. The decorations. The wind. The smells. The trick or treating. :-) And THE CANDY!

I also love the scary stories.

Give me anything by Stephen King and you’ll lose me for hours, not to mention that I’ll keep you up all night listening for things that go bump in the night. :-)

My house is haunted so there are plenty of noises.

Anyway, since this is the last day of the month and Halloween, and I wanted to share a few books for your enjoyment.

My favorite by Stephen King is “Cell”

But there are plenty of books by new and indie authors that will keep you up at night! Check out the slide show below.

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And a paragraph from one of my short stories that will be in my collection, “Prompted by a Photo”,

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   With arms wrapped around each other, the giggling girls wave goodbye to the old witch and walk along the path towards town. They see the old man in tattered clothes step out from behind the rotting oak tree. His once black fedora, now dingy and gray, sets cockeyed on his balding head. Deep lines etch his face and his scraggly white beard almost reaches his belt. Curious the girls follow him as he moves into the clearing, the dead leaves crackling under their feet. He turns and lifts a gnarled finger to his cracked, dry lips and in a raspy voice he whispers, “What took you so long? Did you talk to her?”

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Still a ways to go and I will be doing some revising, but hopefully I will have the book out before the end of the year!

Now, Go put on your costume and get out there, Trick or Treating, whichever is your pleasure. :-)

See you soon and till then; HUGS!

Seditious – Coming Soon

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Great review of Emily Guido’s, “The Light Bearer” Series and an update to the release of the next in line, “Seditious”!

Originally posted on A Mixed Bag:

Last year, I had the privilege to receive a book my Emily Guido. I found her blog and her books looked interesting. They were about a Light-Bearer and Blood-Hunter. They are Angels and Demons. Having read all three books, I was enthralled, and caught up in them. There are enough twists in it to keep you wondering what is coming and how it will plan out. With surprises aplenty.

Take a look at my review of Charmeine, the first book in the series.

Then I reviewed Mactus.

The third book is Accendo.

 Soon, the fourth book, Seditious is coming out soon. If you want to catch up on what the story is before the release, then here are the links to the books on Amazon. The image is for the UK Amazon, and the link below is the US Amazon.

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What’s New With You, Robert Pruneda?

Hi Rob!

And welcome once again to Karen’s Different Corners.

Hi Karen!

Thanks for joining the Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour and hosting me on your site today. So, what’s new with me? Well, something you may not know is that I’m about to participate in National Novel Writing Month for the first time, so I’m a bit nervous about the idea of attempting to write 50,000 words in only 30 days. Wish me luck!

For fans of Devil’s Nightmare, I’m excited to announce that the sequel Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions is now available worldwide in print and for Kindle and Kindle reading apps.

PREMONITIONS for ebook

 Evil knows no boundaries.

 Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, Robert Pruneda brings fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has called The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where the population count is updated more often than the murder rate. That bit of reputation is about to change when Aaron is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, he is certain what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . Or is he? Evil knows no boundaries and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims.

 

Visit the book promotion page on Robert’s website

by clicking on the link below for all the sales channels:

http://bit.ly/DN_Premonitions

Thank you Rob, for  sharing what’s new with you. I wish you much success with the sequel to Devil’s Nightmare!

And don’t worry about National Novel Writing Month, I’m sure you’ll do great.

And if you, my wonderful followers, have something new you’d like to share email me at kkrafts58@gmail.com

Till then: HUGS!

 

Look What I Got!

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I won “Stranger At Sunset” on a Facebook contest Eden had.

I Love the Cover, Eden! 

(You can get the ebook for just 99 cents right now on Amazon. Just click on the title :-) )

And I purchased “Devil’s Nightmare Premonitions”  from createspace for the paperback or you can get the ebook from Amazon.

I personally love paperback books over ebooks and am excited to read both!

Don’t forget to stop by next Monday, October 27th. Robert Pruneda will be stopping by and talking about Devil’s Nightmare Premonitions and sharing what’s new with him!

 

Till then, HUGS!

How-To Writer’s Books

There are many “How to Write” books out there and quite a few people that I’ve talked to recommend Stephen King’s “Stephen King on Writing”

I enjoyed the book, but felt it was more of a memoir than a writer’s self help book.

One of my favorites is, “How to Write and Self- Publish Your First Novel” by Paul Dorset

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Check out his blog here. Paul‘s a great guy and a wonderful friend to have. Not just for me, but for all writers.

Anyway, I picked up a few freebies today and I wanted to share them with you.

First, I picked up “Self-Publishing Steps to Successful Sales” by Seumas Gallacher And it’s FREE right now.

I received an email letting me know that Seumas is having a Goodreads event and of course I responded with a big yes!

While I was on Amazon picking up Seumas’s book, I came across a few other self help books for writers that were free also.

Now I’m not 16, 18, or even 21 (just a couple of years older than that :-) ) But when I was going to write my first sex scene, I had to google it. :-) I just didn’t know what goes where, well of course I know what goes where, I just didn’t know how to write about it.  (Uh, Mr. King, just a thought, your sex scene in 11/22/63 could have used a little help. Now you know I love you dearly and will always be a fan, but the next time you go to write a sex scene, shoot me an email and I’ll hook you up with the lovely Eden Baylee, her sex scenes are HOT!)

Okay well here is the next book I picked up :-)

How to Write a Sex Scene: Write That Scene (Writer’s Cheat Sheet Book 4) FREE!

And then I grabbed this one; Indie Writer’s Monthly And this month’s issue is great for you Horror writers! FREE!

And last but not least: Great Writing Guide: 30 tips For Writing. FREE!

I haven’t read any of the ones I grabbed today, so I can’t give you my opinion on them yet, but they are free and if you are looking for some help with your writing, it can’t hurt to check them out!

Do you have a favorite writing book? Or have you written one? Share the links in the comments!

Always love to hear from you. Till then, HUGS!

Tag! I’m it!

I was tagged for the “Meet My Character Blog Tour” by the wonderful and talented Nicola (Nikki) McDonagh. Check out her blog post for the Blog Tour HERE!

And you can visit her new website HERE!  I love her new website and her video for #ReadADamnBook challenge! So cool! Make sure to check it out!

So for the blog tour I decided, even though it isn’t out yet, that I need to start promoting,

“The Reincarnations of A.M.B.E.R.” Book 1 “Alexiah”

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What is the name of your character?

Alexiah

Are they a fictional or historical person?

Alexiah is a fictional character

When and where is the story set?

It begins in 2012 and spans 45 years and takes place in Southern California

What should we know about her?

Alexiah is finding her independence. She can be kind and helpful, but she also has a stubborn streak.

What is the main conflict?

To survive the post-apocalypse and rebuild a new life.

What is the personal goal of the character?

To come to terms with her past.

What is the title?

The Reincarnations of A.M.B.E.R. Book 1 “Alexiah”

Where can we read more about it?

On my blog here. Which I will be updating this weekend. :-)

 

Now to keep this goingI am tagging Robert “Sharky” Pruneda, who happens to have a new book coming out this October!

Pre-order it here!

 

Robert “Sharky” Pruneda grew up in Austin, Texas and now lives in south Texas where he has called home since 1994. An entrepreneur at heart, he left his career in the newspaper industry in September 2011 and now focuses his attention on doing what he loves most . . . writing and sharing his stories with the world. When he’s not working on his next writing project, he enjoys reading novels in the horror, thriller, science fiction, and fantasy genres. His favorite author is Stephen King.

Pruneda is also an avid gamer.

During his times of leisure, he enjoys playing both modern and classic video games. You’ll usually find him fighting alongside his friends on the virtual battlefields of the latest first-person shooter, where the enemy typically shoots him up into Swiss cheese. Medic!

Robert “Sharky” Pruneda

Amazon Bestselling Horror Author

www.SharkbaitWrites.com

Pursue Your Dreams . . . And Never Look Back

 

What’s new with me? I Yahoo’d myself!

There’s a couple of things I want to talk about today and I’d love to hear your views!

I’ve Googled myself beforeCome on, admit it. You’ve Googled yourself too! LOL! But I don’t think I’ve ever Yahoo’d.

What did I find out? Well, for one, I am all over the place.

But there was one very interesting thing that I did find. One of my books has been uploaded to a website to download for free. I don’t know if I should be furious or flattered. Flattered that one of my books would be pirated right along with Stephen King and James Patterson, but furious that I am losing money that I worked hard to earn.

What’s your thoughts on this? And what would you do if you found out that your book has been pirated?

 Now on to the next subject.

 Should authors reply to reviewers?

That’s the question and if you click on it, it will take you to a discussion on Amazon.

Do you reply to your reviewers? I’ve heard some say they don’t and I really haven’t heard anything positive from the ones that do. So I am curious as to what the norm is.

I feel, and this is just my personal opinion, that it is common courtesy to thank the reviewer for the review whether it be a 1-star or a 5-star. If they take the time to read my book and review it, I feel they deserve a “thank you” That’s it. That’s not hard. You don’t have to jump down their throat because you don’t like their review. And if you do go off on them, other reviewers are going to be hesitant to leave a review.

I don’t stay up-to date on everything that goes on, but evidently there is a big thing about a Self  Published Author who threatened to sue a reviewer.

HELLO! You put your book out there. You wanted people to read it. And you wanted reviews. YOU! Not anyone else, but YOU! Or Me. Or the next guy. Or girl.

Here’s the thing, not everyone is going to like what you write. We can’t please all the people all the time.

And of course I have to add, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

And I’m not just picking on authors, this should apply to reviewers as well.

I read one review left for another author and the person giving the review claimed to be an editor. Okay, but the problem with her review was she not only trashed the author and the book, but 90% of her review, was just her personal opinion. Personally, after reading her review, I would NOT want her to be my editor.

I commented on the discussion about authors and reviewers and basically what I said was that most of the time reviewers give constructive criticism and we should be thankful for their feedback.

One of the replies to my comment was from a reviewer who disagreed with me. She was nice about it and she did admit she was venting, but she said that she used to work for a publisher and if she is going to give feedback she expects to be paid for it.

So I am going to give you a few examples of reviews vs. feedback vs. personal opinions and then let you go out and enjoy your day! :-)

Positive Review with a personal opinion (I don’t think you can have a review without a personal opinion)

This was a story of boy meets girl and they fall in love. I really enjoyed this story. I give it 5 stars.

Negative Review with a personal opinion

This was a story of boy meets girl and they fall in love. I really didn’t like this story, it was too cliche, so I am giving it a 2 star.

Review with constructive criticism and feedback (Can be good or bad, it just depends on how you look at it)

This story was so slow. The premise was good. The characters were funny. Too many typographical errors. Too much white space. I wouldn’t read it again.

I actually received a similar review for one of my novels and yes, I did thank her.

Why? Because I read some of her other reviews. 

Ones that said;

  • This book has so many errors just in the first chapter that I couldn’t finish it.
  • I want my money back!
  • This book was free and I still want my money back. In fact the author should have paid me to read it.
  • If this were a paperback instead of an ebook, I would have thrown it against the wall

So I thanked her. She liked the story. She gave me some constructive criticism and feedback and she didn’t throw it against the wall. :-)

And the last one…

Bad Review with a lot of personal opinion and very little constructive criticism 

I hated this book. It started out great and then fell apart. The author kept talking about his stupid brown dog and there were too many typographical errors and the hero was bald. Who likes a bald hero? No one, that’s who. Don’t know why this author thinks they can write. This was just a stupid book. Don’t waste your money. And in my opinion, blah, blah, blah…

Now this is a reviewer whom you should thank. Nothing fancy, just; “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy my book, but I thank you for taking the time to leave a review.” Or don’t thank them. Just whatever you do, don’t go berserk on them. Why? Because it makes you look bad.

Moral of the story: Learn to read between the lines and analyze your reviews. And even if you don’t thank your reviewers, be thankful for them.

I love to hear your thoughts and opinions. I may not always agree, but I always respect them. :-)

I have a couple more posts for you this week, so…

Till then: HUGS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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