Friday the 13th

Santana and I would very much like to wish you a happy Friday the 13th!  We are still working on getting the website changed up, and we hope you are liking the changes so far!  Thanks for sticking with us, and we look forward to hearing from you as soon …

Book Launch a Success

I suppose it depends on what one calls success.  It’s not like Neil Gaiman came to the little town called Sand Springs for Halloween.  There were not hundreds of books sold.  If that is one’s definition of success, this was not it. This was setting up a table in a …

Book Cover Upgrade and Midterms

So October is breathing down the back of my neck and I still have some work to do on the book, there are midterms coming up the next two weeks, and I have a book release to plan.  Oh yeah, and the uber spectacular Halloween issue of the newsletter to …

Weekly Writing Prompt #3

  Finish the Scene: I peered around the corner just in time to see the little yappy dog’s ears perk up.  I slowly melted back into the shadows on my side of the building.  I didn’t like the way his eyes glittered in the moonlight.  One sound from me, he …

Time Flies!

So, it got to me this morning that there are never enough hours in a day.  There are never as many days in the year as we think, and there are never enough years, period.  Now, I’m not scheming on literal immortality, but the fact of my own mortality hit …

Weekly Writing Prompt #2

  This Week’s writing prompt is a piece of poetry I wrote.  Poetry can sometimes unlock different patterns of thought about images and words, as well as shifting one’s perspective on their uses. Don’t worry, if poetry’s not your thing, there will be another writing prompt next week!   Teacher   …

August Newsletter and the Next Degree

The end of the month brings with it the end of summer for me.  This next couple of weeks are all about the August Newsletter and cleaning house and organizing to prepare for the start of school this year.  This year I ambark on the next leg of my educational …

Weekly Writing Prompt #1

  Write a short story, poem or vignette using the following three element prompt: Person: Mime Place: Rocket Launch Thing: Briefcase containing ??? If you get something awesome, and would like me to read it and give you feedback, email tcmedia@hotmail.com and put Writing Prompt 1″ in the subject line. …

Formatting That Manuscript

I have typed in Word for years, and I’ve maybe used 10% of the tools it offers.  Two features that I haven’t used until venturing into self-publishing are the Space After, the Section Break and the Page Break.  Surely, the return key is just as good, right?  Well, maybe for …

So… I made some mistakes…

I got the first proof copy of my book a couple of weeks ago, and there were more than a few formatting errors, even though Createspace said everything was fine.  It turns out that unless you have the formatting in mind when you create the document, there are going to …