Indie Pen Makers Update

About 2.5 years ago, I wrote about Indie Pen makers (can you believe I only owned 20 pens? Incredible!). Since then, I’ve learned about many more pen makers, both that have started recently and that I simply didn’t know about at the time.

For the purposes of this list, I’m putting the following limitations on the term “Indie Maker”:

  • Only or regularly works with customers to make unique/custom pens
  • Fully handmade, uses CNC lathes with hand finishing, or 3D prints custom pen designs
  • Creates kitless pens
  • Not sold in stores (or only sold in local brick & mortar store)
  • Makes one-off or short runs
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AC Valhalla: Post Updates

Before I start, if you have not read my previous posts on the game and the marketing, I highly suggest you do so, otherwise this post will likely make little sense.

I wasn’t planning to write anything else about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla after ripping the game and the marketing to shreds. However, I have information updates for both posts. Rather than update the posts themselves, where no one will ever see the information, I’m writing this post.

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Strange Happenings

Something odd happened the other day. A bit after publishing my Troubles with Torrid post and sharing it to Instagram, I got a notification that Torrid had liked one of my posts. I had a momentary “Bet that was a mistake” thought, then promptly forgot it and went about my day.

Something called it to mind again the next day, so I checked to see if Torrid hand unliked my post yet.

Sure enough, no sign of Torrid liking the post. However, I checked if the notification was still in my “heart” section because it would make for an interesting blog post.

Screenshots showing Torrid's verified Instagram account liked my photo

Well, the notification was still there, but the post that Torrid liked was a vacation photo from September 24. Whoever liked the post would have had to scroll back 37 rows to find it.

It’s cool that Torrid liked one of my photos, but it’s not Torrid related, it’s not fashion related, it isn’t even plus-size or body positivity related.

So, if anyone has any suggestions as to why Torrid would randomly like one of my semi-old photos on the day after I shared my post complaining about them, please let me know. I can’t come up with a plausible reason.

Exalted Bloodlines news 3-26-18

Ok, it’s been far too long since I updated you all on what I’m doing.

The Most Special Chosen is out and available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I’ve gotten some good feedback so far, which makes me very happy.

If you’re interested in some exclusive Exalted Bloodlines content, join my Facebook group. I’ll be doing a giveaway when I hit 50 members, and you won’t want to miss it.

I’m also closing in on 400 followers on Instagram, and I’m considering doing a giveaway when I hit that, too.

Book 2 of the Exalted Bloodlines series is on hold while I work on a story for the Summer Heat anthology. My story in the anthology will feature Shawn and Selene. Think of it as Exalted Bloodlines 1.5. I haven’t quite decided on a title, but I’ll let you know as soon as I have. Summer Heat is due out on July 6.

I’ve been crazy busy lately, but I’m hoping things will slow down soon so I can actually write some. As life slows down, I expect to make some Exalted Bloodlines swag available. If you have anything, in particular, you’d like to see, leave a comment, or join my group and vote in the poll.

I think that’s everything for now. I’ll catch up with you all later!

Lola’s Blog Tours

January 24th was my cover reveal. Congratulations to the winners of the accompanying giveaway!

I did some research while preparing it, and decided to go with Lola’s Blog Tours for the simple fact that, at the time, her cover reveals were free. I figured it was a good way to evaluate her services, and if it was a flop, I hadn’t really lost anything. Thankfully, it was a decent success.

Of course, the question is, how do you measure success? I’m not naive, I didn’t expect my book cover to be plastered across the internet on every single page, especially not as part of a free service, but I’m pretty happy with the 16 people who signed up.

Between the participating bloggers, the social media reach was pretty impressive (to me). It’s impossible, of course, for me to calculate the total reach. But based off of a simple follower count of accounts that posted, tweeted, retweeted, etc., the social media reach of my cover reveal was approximately:

  • 8,000 accounts on Facebook
  • 36,700 accounts on Twitter
  • 428 accounts on Instagram.

This does not account for overlapping followers, nor does it consider blog subscribers, so the reach could be considerably higher.

I also ended up with 29 giveaway entries, which isn’t bad considering the prize was one ebook.

I felt the results were good enough to book additional services with Lola’s Blog Tours. I’ve scheduled a blog tour for March 5-18. If you’re interested in participating, check out the sign up post. I’ve also scheduled a review opportunity that will start around the same time as the blog tour. Subscribe to my blog to get notified when it starts.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Lola. She’s professional and efficient, qualities I greatly appreciate. If you’re in the market for any of her services, I heartily recommend Lola’s Blog Tours.

*The Most Special Chosen* News 12-11-2017

It’s been a while since my last series update. There hasn’t been a lot of news recently. I’ve been reviewing and editing The Most Special Chosen. I’ve been making a lot of minor edits, and even re-writing some sections completely.

I’m currently editing the last chapter before I do a final scrub-through and send it back to my publisher for round 2. I have to admit, I’m really happy with the edits. They’ve really improved the story, and the writing is much improved as well.

Part of the need for re-writes is an ever-changing society. Statements, ideas, and themes that were perfectly acceptable when I finished the story over four years ago are now somewhat iffy, so I’ve changed them. Anyone who picked up a copy of the self-published version a few years ago will want a new copy.

As a “thank you” for reading my blog, here’s a sneak peek of the story.

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*The Most Special Chosen* News

It’s been a while since I updated you all on The Most Special Chosen. It’s just over 4 months to its release date, and I’m really started to get excited. As you may recall, it’s in editing with my publisher, and I’m waiting for recommendations.

Beta Readers

In the meantime, I’ve given it to a few beta readers, and they’ve provided me their comments. I’m working my way through the book, editing it based on those comments. I’m currently on chapter 6, and I feel like the changes are really improving the story. I look forward to making it the best it can be for your enjoyment.

Cover

I’ve also started the cover process. The fabulously talented, award-winning Ryn Katryn is working on finding models, first. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with, as her recent work has been breathtaking. Check out her website to see her work.

Newsletter

I’m working on starting a newsletter to keep you all up-to-date a little better. If you’re interested in receiving email updates, sign up for it.

Meet the Characters

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some news about meeting some of my characters before The Most Special Chosen is released in March. So make sure to check back, or better yet, subscribe to my blog to be notified of new posts.

Stipula Etruria Rainbow Pens Update

Yikes, what a mouthful of a title! Anyway, we’re about a month out from the DC Pen Show, and I’ve been meaning to post an update to my Stipula’s attitude problem and Jim’s pen’s problem.

As you may recall from my post about meeting Brian Goulet, my Stipula was a bit “skippy” when writing (I just considered it had an attitude problem). Jim’s pen suffered from a bit of overuse. While at the DC Pen Show, a lovely gentleman at the Yafa table (Twitter user @stevetweeting pointed out that it was probably Ross) tweaked both of our pens.

Rainbow Prisma 88

I am very happy to report that Prisma is MUCH better behaved now. I don’t have any problem with it skipping now, even when I write quickly. Check out the difference in the before and after. See how smooth and pretty the after writing is. Both are Diamine inks. Tudor Blue from the new anniversary inks on the before page, and Eau de Nil on the after page.

Writing samples before and after my Stipula was adjusted.

It’s certainly a rather wet writer, now. Almost too wet for me, but thankfully it’s still within the “ok” range. It does mean I get some nice shading when I use the right inks.

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Friday Reads Schedule Change

Scar assumes the throneHello my Friday Reads readers! I’m sorry to disappoint you, but my Friday Reads schedule is changing.

After 6 weeks of Friday Reads, I’ve come to the realization that a weekly series isn’t sustainable for the long term. So, it is with a heavy heart that I must curtail Friday Reads. *Giggle* Drop me a comment if you’re a Lion King fan.

Seriously, though, I am sorry to cut back on the frequency of my Friday Reads series. However, while I’ve certainly read a ton of books, they haven’t all been important or impactful. I’m trying to keep my Friday Reads important to me. I want to share books with you that I’ve loved enough to read multiple times (at least 3+ times).

Of course, doing so means that I drastically cut down on the number of books I have to write about. So spacing out the posts will let me keep this series going longer. Friday Reads will now be a monthly series, occurring on the first Friday of each month.

What do you think of the new schedule? Are you ok with it? Would you rather I go back to a weekly schedule and just stop the serious when I run out of books? Leave me a comment and let me know.