Greetings fellow Pirates!!
Its been a while, I know. I’ve been working in overdrive at night to make sure I can get my manuscript into Inkshares’ hands by my self-imposed deadline of next month. They are so chill though, they really don’t give deadlines, just support. This is a wonderful platform, and I’m grateful to be member of it.
BUT I have something so amazing to show you. Last month I decided I wanted a change, and thought a new cover would be a good idea. I enlisted a talented artist, Elizabeth Rupp, to design the book’s new cover. What do you think?
I think it looks amazing! Thank you Elizabeth!
So you ask, what does a dragon have to do with dinosaur paleontology? Pre-order The Pirates of Montana to find out!
No need for a fun dinosaur meme on this update. The Dragon Lizard will rise again!
Hope your week is going well! Quick update: I’m now incorporating edits from Beta Reader Tom, so things are right on track!
I came across this list while surfing during my kid’s afternoon nap break. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers, and I thought this was very interesting and helpful. Inspiring, even.
I hope it gives you all the feels:
8 Rules of Writing from Neil Gaiman
2. Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
3. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
4. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
5. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
6. Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
7. Laugh at your own jokes.
8. The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
And now for some hard science:
Get your Babel fish ready because here’s an update on the manuscript, as well as my expected timeline! Hurray! Huzzah! Horatio! Horn blower?
As it stands, the book is mostly written. I say mostly, because it needs editing. First, my beta (a.k.a amazing-doing-it-during-their-spare-time) editors, Mark and Tom, have sent me their edits which I’m incorporating. I’m also rewriting some chapters to make them stronger, at least in my humble opinion. Those chapters will then be sent to my betas (they sound like groupies or aliens), who will then send me their edits. It’s a process, as you imagine!
Once all of those edits are incorporated, the manuscript will be sent to Inkshares. My goal is August, but Inkshares is awesome and they’ve told me to take my time. However, I think I’m are in a good place and can make it so, as Picard would say. Famous last words?
Once its with Inkshares, their editors will have a crack at it, including a fact-checker from the Science and Entertainment Exchange. So cool!
So that is what I’m working on these days. I still can’t believe The Pirates of Montana won the Inkshares/Geek & Sundry Hard Science Fiction contest. Its been a blurry week of self-congradulations alternating with the Pavlavian urge to check my stats in the contest.
Excelsior everyone! Have a fantastic week! Here is your funny dinosaur meme!
What’s up fishes!
I literally had to pinch myself at 12:01 pm today. I’m so pleased to announce that Pirates of Montana placed 3rd in the Inkshares/Geek & Sundry contest, and will be fully published!!
On January 1st, 2016, after I kissed my family in celebration of the New Year, I turned to my husband and said that my New Years resolution for 2016 would be to write and publish my book. I’d been talking about it for several years, and knew that I’d probably go the self-publishing route. And when I saw Geek & Sundry’s post in early April, I knew I had to enter.
Crash forward to today, and its actually happening! By 12:30 pm today, I was banging my head with a book in disbelief (mostly due to my toddler’s antics, but events were coinciding).
Congratulations to Tal Klein (The Punch Escrow) and Brian Guthrie (After Man)!! You both ran fantastic campaigns!! I cannot wait to read your books!
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that pre-ordered the book. I am so fortunate, and it’s entirely because of you. Your support, your encouragement, your help, your tolerance with my dinosaur meme obsession -- you are my cheering squad, and I’m grateful for it.
A enormous THANK YOU to the Break the Bechdel of Strong Female Characters Syndicate. I was shocked to be nominated and felt exhilarated to win for the Month of May!!! Your support means the world, and I will do you proud! Molly Tanner will do you proud!
Words cannot express how thankful I am to find the community of Inkshares. Several of you have reached out to me for support and advice, and I’m grateful for it. I look forward to many more discussions!!
Thank you Mark Nassi, Tom Steele, Bryan Steele (my Quill purchaser!!), the Evan family, and my wonderful husband Adam. You are my biggest supporters, and I love you all.
I will be keeping you all posted on the book’s progress weekly, so stay tuned!!
Now, all we have to do is wait for Geek & Sundry’s decision on May 25!
It’s the final countdown!
Pirates!! I have great news!!
The Break the Bechdel with Strong Female Characters Syndicate has chosen the Pirates of Montana as its May Syndicate pick!!
It is an honor to be selected. I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude right now. Thank you so much to everyone that voted for the book!!
We watched Tron Legacy last night. It was enjoyable, not as fun as the original, but still visually stunning. It needed more Bruce Boxleitner though. I think we’ll have to re-watch Babylon 5 soon...
Anywho. Big news!! We’ve reached our (Peter) Quill goal!
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign! I truly appreciate it!!
And a huge thank you to everyone who pre-ordered yesterday!! The American Cancer Society thanks you too!!
We are in the home stretch of the Geek & Sundry contest, so we can’t stop the momentum!! Please, if you haven’t pre-ordered Pirates of Montana, do so now! Lets keep rocking!!
What’s the good word Pirates!!
Soooo, the Geek & Sundry contest is almost over! Honestly, I’m a bit relieved. Its been a fun, nail-biting experience for us in the trenches, and I’m looking forward to the next stage. Because of your support, we are #3!!! But, I’m not one to rest until its over, so here is my pitch:
For all those who have pre-ordered, THANK YOU! You are rock stars and we here at Team Pirates appreciate your support!!
For those on the fence, please help us get to and past QUILL!! We’re only a few copies away, and we’re so excited to meet this benchmark!
For everyone that buys today, SATURDAY MAY 14, we will donate 100% of our take to the American Cancer Society.
My mother died of cancer when I was 22. I know she would have loved that Pirates of Montana exists today. This book, this story, exists because of her. #fcukcancer (not sure if Inkshares censures this sort of thing, so yes, it is misspelled ;-))
Anyway here is a hilarious meme to lighten the mood!
I just got an amazing email.
Thank you Kim! You are the 200th unique reader!
You are awesome!! Thank you (and everyone!) for your support!!
Howdy Team Pirates!
I hope you had an amazing weekend!!
I just wanted to write to say, THANK YOU ALL for your ongoing support of the book. It means so much to me, my family, and my friends. Your interest, support, feedback, and your encouragement is the best part of this process, although I do love the writing part! Again, I thank you all. I feel beyond humbled.
I’ve posted Chapter 5, as I wanted to introduce you all to Sean Oliphant. He is based on an old paleo boss of mine. 10 points to anyone who guesses who!
I’ll leave you with a reminder of, arguably, the most selfless act ever committed. Not really, but still.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who have supported The Pirates of Montana!! I’m going to release the next chapter on Monday, so stay tuned!!
The Geek & Sundry contest is almost done, so if you haven’t already, please consider pre-ordering the book!! I promise you will hug it and squeeze it and call it George!!
While its not May 4th any more, I felt that my love of all things Jane Austen and Sci-fi demanded that I post this:
May the Firth be with you