Heroes Fall is out!

Heroes Fall is out!

So this is definitely a delayed post, but until the other day, I hadn’t updated this blog in two years. Back then I was still mostly working on my sword-and-sorcery short stories! My first novel, Heroes Fall, has been out since January. It is the first book in the Serenity City series, and it also launches Silver Empire’s HEROES UNLEASHED universe, a shared superhero world! Victoria doesn’t need a cape and a name to be a hero. Living and working…

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What Social Media Does Work for Authors?

What Social Media Does Work for Authors?

So I’ve had two posts recently talking about specific social media platforms and how they’re not good for fan interactions anymore. Especially for gaining new fans since organic reach is suppressed in various ways. Note that this topic is specifically referring to ORGANIC reach, which means your ability to contact your followers without paying for the privilege. Don’t write off Facebook’s paid advertising and reach yet. Don’t even bother to pay for exposure on Twitter. All our tests have shown…

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Twitter and Social Interaction

Twitter and Social Interaction

In my last social media post I talked about Facebook and interaction, marketing, and the upcoming changes. In this one, I get to rag on Twitter. The terrible, terrible user interface update aside, Twitter is becoming an unusable platform as well. Especially for its users. It has never been a great social media site for sales, but it could be used as a way to connect and reach new readers by interacting with them. People buy from creators that they…

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Incoming Facebook Changes

Incoming Facebook Changes

As promised in my “returning to the world of blogging” post, I’m here to share and discuss some of the incoming changes to Facebook. And detail out why they’re bad for businesses AND bad for users. Facebook is no stranger to change. In the years it has been around its been overhauled more than once. This post in the Admin Zone Forums details out the coming changes for Facebook. Click through and read it for yourself. I will be commenting…

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Social Media. I’m tired of it.

Social Media. I’m tired of it.

I’ll repeat it. I’m really sick of social media. For a long time, I’ve been trying to use it as a way to connect to friends, readers, fans. Other authors. But it just isn’t working for me, for many reasons. The biggest is that it’s actually a black hole of human misery and people being generally shitty to one another. It’s an addictive time-sink that feels productive for advertising or connections, but in the end little comes out of it….

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Review: A Place Outside The Wild

Review: A Place Outside The Wild

World War Z meets Rot & Ruin As a fan of zombies, I’ve recently begun to feel burnout from the glut of zombie entertainment in recent years. I’d heard good things about A Place Outside The Wild, author Daniel Humphreys’ debut novel, however, so when I had a little bit of down time I decided to check it out. And despite this book’s size (it comes in at 628 pages!) I blew through it in only two days. Dan’s world…

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A Goodbye & A Thank You

A Goodbye & A Thank You

We just got back from the going away party for our Priest. Today was his last Sunday Mass, and he’ll be moving on to another parish. This makes me very sad, as I adore him. He has always been strong and unwilling to compromise over the Truth. He also is not afraid to make people angry. In age where so many worry about not offending people so their dollars stay in the church, this is refreshing. He is also the…

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Disney is playing an entirely different game than Marvel or Tor

Disney is playing an entirely different game than Marvel or Tor

I decided to write this blog post in response to a short exchange on Twitter, because I have a different opinion than many people on Disney as a company, and where they may or may not be heading. It is often thought to be the teetering giant – just slipping over the edge of the beanstalk, ready to fall to the earth. This may still be the case, but I think Disney operates differently than every other entertainment company on…

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Review: Beauty and the Beast

Review: Beauty and the Beast

Spoilers ahead! I will begin this review stating that I absolutely adore Beauty and the Beast. It has been my favorite Disney movie and fairy tale for as long as I can remember. In fact, I have a novel I’ve been working on for many years named Beast Child that I hope to be able to share with you all in the future. I fell in love with the live action Cinderella film released several years ago, and so my excitement…

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My Top Five Disney Villain Songs

My Top Five Disney Villain Songs

This is a fun little post I was thinking about as my kids and I listened to a Disney villain song collection in the car. It was a little random and missing some good ones, but it got me considering it. Here are the best Disney Villain songs, ranked by me. #5 Be Prepared – The Lion King This song on the list was almost a given, as The Lion King is one of the best of the Disney animated…

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