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Happy Birthday to ME

On my birthday, I like to give YOU a present! Hop on over to Amazon and pick up The Disenchanted Pet for FREE! Once you’re done reading it (and reviewing, hint, hint), go back to Amazon on February 28th and get Don’t Judge a Book By its Magic for 99 cents on Kindle Countdown Deal.

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Also, starting today, you can hear all the shocking truths about my life on my new blog, Honest After Forty. At the official cusp of middle age, I have decided to grant myself the gift of frankness in rebellion of all the stupid conventions that prevent us from truly connecting with one another. I will write on this blog to tell you honestly about myself, you, our life, and our culture. Sometimes it will be funny, and sometimes it will embarrass you. It might make you angry. But it’s the truth. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Bye-Bye Examiner, Hello new direction

Yes, I let my Examiner credentials run out and I am no longer the Seattle Writing Examiner. If you want that position, be my guest.

But why?

Writing for Examiner was a great exercise and a way to expand my platform while showing that I possess the credentials to write web content. Unfortunately it did not bring me money for all the effort I put in. Frankly, I couldn’t think of anything else to write about Writing that hadn’t already been written. (Hehe)

Which brings me to the “new direction”:

I will now be switching gears from the carefree self-publishing-only focus. Now I plan to focus more on writing and getting paid.

I’ve sold a short story called Vampire Thrall to http://www.silkwords.com and have found a great fit there with my writing style. I have great hopes to do business with them into the future. I am scrubbing Horarium till it is nice and shiny to submit to Tor.com for their short-story feature. We’ll see.

Another biggie: I will be seeking a traditional publisher for The Stray, my second story in the ShaZha World. I had planned to finish over the summer but I had to jump on the Silkwords opportunity first. When it is done, off to publishers I go!

As for my site and what I have been doing online for the last two years, you’ll just see less. I still plan to participate in lots of online groups and push Discover Authors forward as far as I can, but I will not spend time scouring the web for self-publishing pots o’ gold. My new “gear” will focus on the changing traditional marketplace and what I find there.

Why am I switching gears like this? I really want to push my writing career into the next level. My family deserves to benefit financially from my writing and not just lose my time and gain nothing. I need to see if I can earn a living off of my writing or learn that it is just a hobby and treat it as such. Self-publishing is wonderful and my preferred method, but I have to try the other path to see if I can succeed that way.

I still plan to self-publish! I write a lot of stories and not all of them will fit the publishing world.

“What if you crash and burn, Kate?” You’re probably not thinking that because you’re too polite. But I am. If I can’t make it pay and contribute to my family finances with my writing so I can help my oldest son become a robot designer, my daughter to become an artist, and my younger son to become Spiderman, then I will write for fun, publish for fun, and give up seeking payment and promotion.

Face it: writing is one of my excretions. (EEEEWWWW!) But it is. I write and it doesn’t stop. Realizing this was the reason I published and I don’t see that stopping now that I can complete a story. Now all I need is a little Vrevzirma to see how it will turn out.

Wish me good fortune!

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter! This is really the most important holiday for Christians. Why is that? You thought Christmas was our big bash? Nope. (Jesus’ birthday was just more commercially lucrative and so gets the biggest boost in the ads.) In a way, I’m really glad this holiday has been downplayed in the commercial industry. It would be inappropriate.

Easter is the remembrance of the whole point of my faith and the faith of any Christian. I believe that I was lost in my evil and the evil of humankind. I believe Jesus Christ died to take the punishment for my evil and the evil of the world and reunite everyone with him. I believe that I can’t earn this myself or pay the price aside from my own annihilation. I believe and that is enough.  I believe that He defeated death and rose again.

Nothing about my faith means anything without this event. Easter is the celebration of the defeat of death!

Normally I wouldn’t get all religious on you guys, but this is really important to me and I thought you should know. If you read my writing, you’ll see its influence.

He has risen!

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