Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Taking the 99 Cent Plunge

Of course everyone is talking about e-books. It's all over the internet and in the blogs (just like I'm talking about it now). And there's also lot's of talk about pricing e-books. Well I've had my book, Do You?, up on Amazon as an ebook for a little while now and I've been tracking it's progress. And, drumroll please, I've decided to take the 99 cent plunge. Yep, I'm doing it. Actually I've already done it; adjusted the price, and refreshed the listing a bit.

And now I track again. Let's see what happens.

This is my book. I'm proud of it.
Do You?
Click the picture if you're curious to see the new listing and new price for e-book download.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Review - The Demon King


Book Review - The Demon King
The Demon King (A Seven Realms Novel)by Cinda Williams Chima

Yes, yes, yes! The Demon King is a perfect example of what a young adult fantasy novel should be. Cinda Williams Chima has written a story that flows seamlessly, with several storylines developing at the same time,  intertwined in a way that is organic and fast-paced. I loved the characters who are strong but flawed, powerful yet make mistakes. This story is easy to read, and although it comes in at 506 pages, once you start reading the story ends before you know it.

A warning...this story is by far finished at the end of the novel. It is obviously the first book in a series, so be prepared to want to run out and get the next book.

Recommended read for young adult fans of fantasy. Good for boys and girls.

Monday, May 23, 2011

River Cleanup 2011

Here's a picture of me at a local river cleanup this weekend; doing my part to help keep the parks clean. The weather was perfect and a nice sized crowd showed-up. Lot's and lot's of garbage was pulled out of the woods and from the river bank. It's amazing how much glass winds up on the shore, and a shame that so many people find it easy to throw their garbage outside instead of into the garbage cans. 

I took my son with me for the second year in a row. I wish all kids (and parents alike) had that same kind of enthusiasm that he has for keeping the world clean.

It's a small effort, but it's those small efforts that collectively add up to significant impacts on the environment. I'm glad I participated, and can't wait to do it again real soon.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Review - Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre (Optimized for Kindle)Book Review - Jane Eyre 
by Charlotte Bronte

It's interesting to reread a book that you haven't picked up in years and compare how the memory of it stands-up to the reread. Jane Eyre didn't disappoint; it's a classic for a reason. My one strongest memory of the book from the original read was the storyline between Jane and Mr. Rochester. THAT was what I remembered most, and the storyline I looked forward to reading. I forgot how much happens to Jane throughout the novel that is disconnected to that storyline. It was almost like I was reading it for the first time!

The impetus for picking up Jane Eyre again, nearly twenty three years after the first read, was to cleanse my Young Adult (YA) reading palette. Jane Eyre was YA, long before YA was even a genre. What I love about the way Charlotte Bronte writes is that every word is perfect. Her sentences are beautifully written, elegant, and spot-on perfect. Yes, there are societal differences between then and now, but the essence of the characters are timeless.

Loved the reread! Most definitely recommended for YA and Adult readers alike.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Did A Whole Week Go By?

Sorry I've been absent from the blog for the last week. Phew, what a week of juggling!  All the things that I thought I had nicely balanced on my plate, suddenly started crashing down, mainly fueled by some new responsibilities that have sucked the life out of me. BUT on a good note, even through the challenges of the last week, I've been super inspired and making incredible headway on my revisions; every day brings me one step closer to completing the manuscript. Now THAT is exciting!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Books in Fashion

Here's a way to show your love of the classics...how about wearing them! Out of Print sells shirts with classic books on the front. Are you a fan of Moby Dick or To Kill A Mockingbird? How about The Great Gatsby or Wuthering Heights? If so, those are just a few of the titles available.

This is super cool! And even better, every shirt that is purchased, the company donates a book to Books for Africa. Check it out: Out of Print

Friday, May 06, 2011

End of the Week Musings...6-6-11

Ok, I have to admit it...last week I didn't do any writing and I didn't go to the gym. Yikes! (nail biting in process). BUT the good news is THIS week I got back in line, gave myself a much needed pep-talk, and did both. (phew)

Wednesday was jury duty day. Did you know jury duty can be a great place to get writing done AND for people watching? I did both! The day was basicly hours upon hours of waiting. I went prepared with a bag full of stuff including a copy of my manuscript. I got through several pages of revisions and it was a great boost in progress.

And the gym - man was I tired this week, and so not in the mood for the gym, but I went anyway. I'm so glad I did. Exercise has a way of revitalizing and supporting creative flow. Feels good to say "I did it" - even when I really wasn't into it.

So all in all it was a great week. And now that the weekend is here, I'm hoping for two solid early morning writing session. Let's see where I end up on the other side of the weekend.

Have a great one!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Guest Post - Typewriter Era Comes To An End

Typewriter "Hermes"By Teresa Edmond

With the explosion in computer use some years ago, it seemed that the typewriter joined the annals of antiquated inventions like the rotary phone, the horse buggy and the Sony Walkman.

Now it looks as though the era of the typewriter has finally come to an end. According to an article from the Daily Mail Reporter, the world's last typewriter factory has closed its doors. Godrej and Boyce, a Mumbai, India-based company, shut its doors with only 200 typewriters left in stock.

 
It may be a shocker to see that there are people in the world still using typewriters, but sometimes it's easy to forget that there are some parts of the world that are not as advanced as other countries. From the article:
Although typewriters became obsolete years ago in the west, they were still common in India - until recently. Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers.
Reading this article reminded me of an antiquated typewriter I owned, bestowed upon me by my father at nine, after I had openly declared my dreams of becoming a writer. I pounded out many poems on that typewriter. Years before my father even married my mother, my father took a crack at the publishing industry by banging out a novel on the device.

 
I don't know the typewriter's model (I was a kid; I wouldn't have pay attention to stuff like that), but I remember that it was grey, and the keys were hard to punch. At the rate I type now (which is 79 wpm -- no lie), the keys sticking together would hinder my typing speed (and thus my progress) and make me feel uncomfortable. The machine's case came in a beige, dry leather case; it had a pocket I stuffed unused and typed-up papers in.

 
Nostalgia came over me tonight while I was at work, and I decided to look for that typewriter. I figured it would be crammed deep into the coat closet in my living room. As soon as I got home, I cleared out the front of the coat closet (what with its deep storage space and all) and peered deep into the closet for the familiar case. My mother asked me why I was clearing out the closet, and I told her the reason. She said the typewriter got thrown out. What a shame. It would have been nostalgic of me to look at that typewriter, to try typing on it, and maybe even show my daughter the computer's predecessor. And I was going to find out the machine's model so I could have put that information in this post.

 
Update 04/26/2011: Electric typewriters are still being made
In addition to being a poet and a novelist, Teresa is also an award-winning reporter for two New Jersey newspapers: The Suburban Trends and The (Bergen) Record. You can visit Teresa's blog at TeresaEdmond.com

(image via Wikipedia)

Monday, May 02, 2011

Amazon Author Page

I setup my Author Page on Amazon yesterday. It was super easy to do. If you have a book on Amazon, you should have an Author Page too. Follow this link to see how to do it: Amazon Author Central

 
Both a Twitter feed and an RSS Blog feed can also be added to your Amazon Author Central Account once setup. Here's how to do it:
  • Sign-in to your Author Central account (or create one)
  • Once signed-in, click on your Profile button
  • Along the right-hand side under "Photos" and "Videos" is a section headlined "Twitter." Click the "Add account" link and provide your Twitter username.
  • To add a blog, you can do so from the "Welcome to Author Central" page - Add a blog you already write using an RSS feed

And if you're curious to see what my page looks like, either search me on Amazon or follow this link: Michelle Reynoso Amazon Author Page.

 
Thanks! Happy Monday!