Nurturing the Author’s Soul

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I can’t speak for every writer out there, but I know that for myself, I have a love-hate relationship with this profession. It’s just how my creative process works. One day I’ll be flying high, confident in my ability to use words to paint pictures. The next I’ll be rolling low, fighting with myself not to trash everything I’ve ever written. Some nights I can stay up until 3am plugging away, lost in a world of my own making. Other nights I fall into fitful sleep convinced that I’m a hack who should do the world a favor and hide under a rock.

It’s not exactly a steady-as-she-goes gig, this writing thing.

I’m not looking for sympathy here, and this isn’t a not-so-subtle cry for you to tell me how fabulous my books are. This is more of a Public Service Announcement.

If other writers are like me (and I suspect many of them are…we’re a goofy sort-of similar bunch), when we find ourselves at those low points, one of the things we do to buoy ourselves up is to pour over the kind words we’ve gotten from those who dig our work. Words like, “I stayed up till 3 am, I couldn’t put it down,” and “When is your next book coming?” have a sort of nutritional value to the writer’s soul. They give us strength, the kind we can’t provide for ourselves.

This is one reason why reviews are so important. Of course they’re fantastic for helping to sell our books – reviews are guideposts to for new readers to follow, and they do – but along with that, a good, honest review has the power to keep an author afloat when they’re flailing in a stormy sea of self doubt. A good, honest review tells the author – Look, you did it once before. You can do it again.

Today, think about an author you love. Indie pub, self-pub, trad-pub, it doesn’t matter. Pick one, and go leave an honest review. It doesn’t have to be a five star review, it just needs to be honest. And while I think that all reviews – even negative ones – serve a a good purpose, make today about positivity. Find an author who deserves a good word, and lift them up a little. There will be plenty of time tomorrow for negative reviews.

Big love,


p.s. If you’re feeling super ambitious, copy and paste your review on multiple sites. Amazon is many people’s go-to place to leave reviews, but Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, iTunes and others like them are great places to drop a line or two, also.

p.p.s. The voting is still open for IndieReCon’s 2014 Best Indie Novel Award. If you haven’t voted yet, please go here and cast your vote. Voting ends at 7pm on the 27th. Thanks!


IndieReCon Best Indie Novel Nominee


UPDATE: The links below have been fixed. Sorry for any confusion!

I’m so pleased and humbled and generally freaking out about this. When I opened my inbox yesterday, this little message was waiting for me:

“I am writing to inform you your novel has been nominated for the IndieReCon Best Indie Novel Award!”

I have typed and re-typed and re-typed about a hundred sentences to try and convey how excited I am this, but nothing’s coming out right. Basically, I’m shocked. HH1+2 is a baby, barely out of the gate. Whoever got ahold of IRC and nominated it, THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart.

This award is reader-driven, meaning YOU decide who wins. Click the link and vote for the book you love (Ellie Ann’s The Silver Sickle is a nominee in the Children’s category, too – really fantastic YA steampunk reading. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and pick it up). Voting is open from NOW until 7pm on the 27th.

Click here to vote. 

As always, all the love that I can spare (which is a lot, ’cause I’ve got it in spades),


Come And Get It, You Bargainistas (And Bargainistos)

Everybody loves books. Even the people who say they don’t love books really do love books…they just don’t know it yet. They haven’t picked up the right story is all. I know this from personal experience >> CHECK IT OUT: I’ve known the Hubster for more than fifteen years, and he’s never been a reader. Hated to read, period. He wouldn’t even read my books – instead, he listens while I read them out loud (which is something I do, at least twice, before I send them on to beta-readers). Until, this summer, when he picked up a Jack Reacher book while we were in Colorado, he never, ever, ever read.

Okay, well, that’s extreme. He read in college. And he reads for his work. And he reads menus.

But other than that? No reading, until Lee Child worked his magic on him. Now he’s devouring the stuff and begging for more. IT’S A FESTIVUS MIRACLE!


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The unread masses can be converted, people! They’ve just gotta find the right read. You can help ’em, by pointing them in the direction of this fabulous eBook sale. Loads of titles (including Shrilugh) all discounted to 99 cents. Pretty stinking fantastic, am I right?

Here’s what else is going on in Myndi-Land:

HANNA TITLE REVEAL*Hanna, Hanna, One-and-Two is coming along. This is good. Beta-readers, are you ready for some melt-your-face-off-awesome? Oh, man. I guess that kinda sets this whole thing up for a big-ass fall. Maybe I should re-phrase. Are you ready moderately-well written prose with semi-likable, semi-hatable (is hatable a word???) characters? *rolls eyes at self* Oh, brother. One of these days I’ll manage to be appropriately confident. Until then, continue to expect nightmarish vacillations between obnoxious overconfidence and weasel-istic apologies for my lack of talent.

*My sweet, aging Golden-pup is limping. It makes me sad to see her growing old. We’re keeping her comfortable, but we know her time is coming soon. Sadness.

*I had a very exciting conversation with somebody about something. It’s all very exciting. I am very excited. EXCITED! (Did you know that when you type that word over and over again it starts looking like a fake word?)

*Hey, have you checked this out yet? If you dig Sherlock Holmes, or Steampunk anything, or all of the above, you’ll love this. If you have an iPad, it’s a crime for you not to download it. CLICK HERE.

Since you’ve made it this far through this dull-as-my-four-month-old-razor blog post, here is something cute to watch.

Live well today, people. You don’t get any part of this day back. Unless you’re a time traveler. If you’ve a time traveler you can pretty much do whatever you want, ’cause, you know, *shrugs* you’re a freaking time traveler.

This post has gotten completely out of control. I’m signing off now.