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Sparrow Squadron – Cinematic Inspirations

Now that I’m actually getting somewhere with the sequel, my focus is almost entirely on finishing a first draft that’s within sight. So that this blog isn’t entirely dormant, I’m going to take a page from one of my favourite websites by “Exploiting the Archives.”

This piece was a surplus guest post that I wrote for my original blog tour. It’s about some of the movies that I watched for inspiration as I was writing Sparrow Squadron. You can see why it wasn’t picked up, as there isn’t much in the way of bookish content. Still, if you can’t get enough of the first novel, which probably means you’re my mom, then you can take these as movie recommendations!

I Actually Wrote Something! “Why Do You Do This?”

Cosmic horror comes to a soul-destroying workplace not at all meant to resemble certain IT contracting activities.

Yes, over the past year, I’ve mostly been grinding away at a giant hamster wheel of novel-writing. However, I’m also pleased to announce that one of my horror-adjacent stories, “Why Do You Do This?” will be appearing in the anthology of fantasy and surrealism A Land Without Mirrors. Put out by the fine people at Fluky Fiction, A Land Without Mirrors features 16 tales of the weird and fantastic.

My own story, “Why Do You Do This?” is very much experimental in tone, and was a chance for me to try out not only some new narrative techniques, but also to express myself in a much more personal and raw manner. I hope you’ll give it and the other stories in the collection a try.

A Land Without Mirrors is currently available as an e-book from Amazon. If you want to say, hopefully good, things about it, here’s the Goodreads page.


To Go Kindle Select or Not Go Kindle Select?

Time to tackle the burning question for indie authors: Should I go exclusive with Amazon?

For any self-published indie author, Amazon is a big factor in many decisions.  I’ve written before about the 800 lb gorilla that is the Amazon review.  The reason Amazon is so important to reviews is the same reason it’s so important to an author’s sales strategy: it’s the single biggest distributor of books, especially e-books. And with their Kindle Select offering, Amazon offers marketing and sales incentives in exchange for not distributing your e-book with anyone else.

So, the question boils down to, do I want to get a bigger slice of a smaller pie? What’s an indie author to do?


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