AuthorBitz.Com – A Meeting Place For Readers & Authors – Why I’m Excited

AuthorBitz.Com - A Meeting Place For Readers & Authors - Why I'm Excited

I know you’ve probably been hearing a lot about Author Bitz lately, especially if you follow my Facebook or Twitter feeds. But there’s some really great reasons for all the attention I’ve been giving it.

What’s All The Fuss About?

I leave the explanation of the plans for the site it’s creator, Lucinda Moebius.

Imagine a social media site designed for authors.

It will be a foundation for authors to showcase their work.

In addition, there will be a place for readers and author supporters.

How Can You Help?

Here’s how the setup costs break down…

First year budget:

Software license $500

Network Fees: $1000

Equipment costs: $500

All donations to the GoFundMe campaign go directly into covering the costs of setting up and developing the site.

Get A Lifetime Level 3 Membership

If you donate $20 (or more), BEFORE MARCH 15th, you get:

Level 3 Membership FOR LIFE

That’s a savings of $24 a year.

Click here to donate

Here’s How The Membership Plans Break Down

There will be three kinds of membership, and each member will decide which user profile suits them best (Reader, Author, or Author Support).

Each type of membership will have three levels, ranging from free to $3.99 per month, and your membership level will determine how much access you have to certain features of the site.

AuthorBitz Membership Plans

Where Do Things Stand?

Funding Goal: $2,000 by June 1st 2018

Money Raised: $1,440 by 28 donators

Money To Go Until Fully Funded: $560

Current Site Status: In Beta Testing

Check Out The Site @ http://www.authorbitz.com/

Help Reach The Goal Now!!!

Want Level 3 Membership FOR LIFE?

Donate $20 (or more), BEFORE MARCH 15th

Click here to donate

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Celebrating 1000+ Pinterest Followers

What You'll Find In My Pinterest FeedIn November, I posted that my Pinterest account had passed 500 followers, and in just three months, that number has doubled.

Even more stunning is that Pinterest reports that I’m getting over 212,900 views EVERY MONTH!

I’ll admit, I’m stunned at how rapidly my following has increased. It’s something I love doing every day, but I don’t always give a lot of thought to what I’m pinning.

I pin an item if:

  1. If it looks interesting,
  2. I want to follow up on it
  3. I think my followers might find it interesting
  4. There are potential stories behind the item

I’ve now got 55 boards, covering everything from topics I’m researching for my stories, to my personal interests. I’ve even started to split some of those boards down into topics, so don’t be surprised when you find my “Character Creation” board has a “Character Bank” topic (where I pin ideas/images that might become characters at some point).

With over 24,100 individual pins my followers can find everything from writing advice to writing prompts; from images of Seattle and the surrounding area to owls and wolves; from different kinds of magic to codes and languages.

You’ll even find a lot of my blog post images on there too, with links back to the original posts.

Here’s a sample of my top boards.

  • Birds of Prey (4,470+ pins) – For those who know how much I love falconry, and getting up close with raptors, or love these amazing creatures themselves.
  • Writing Prompts (5,470+ pins) – Looking for a story starter, or something to kick-start a scene? This is where you want to be looking.
  • English Language (640+ pins) – Everything from spelling and grammar through to sayings and alternative words.
  • Big Cats (1,120+ pins) – Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cougars… If they’re larger than a house cat, they’re here…
  • Bullet Journalling (1,570+ pins) – If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve seen how I use my Bullet Journal to stay organized. This board covers everything from starting your own bullet journal to hacks that can help you really personalize it.
  • Character Naming (170+ pins) – This covers everything from explanations behind people’s names to what names were popular in given years.
  • Story Inspirations – Fantasy Art (990+ pins) – They say “a picture paints a thousand words”, and some of the images pinned to this board could inspire even more.
  • Wolves (660+ pins) – Getting up close to wolves was an experience I’ll never forget. And as a writer who loves wolf-shifters, I’d be remiss in not giving these glorious creatures their own board.
  • Creatures (200+ pins) – Creatures urban myth through to ancient gods and legendary beasts.
  • All Things Writing (970+ pins) -Yeah, actually not sure how I ended up with multiple boards for writing tips…

 

Not only will you learn something about me personally, but you’ll be getting an insight into the kinds of research that I do for my stories… Who knows, you might just find clues to an upcoming plotline…

Check out my Pinterest Boards Today!

It’s Possible I’ve Gone Crazy!

It's Possible I've Gone CrazyIt’s true, there is a chance that I might have gone completely crazy!

There are a number of people who believe that this already happened, and many of them work with me in my retail job.

So, that’s actually the crux of the matter. I’m working semi-full time, and taking on a number very interesting projects.

1) Organizing the Fantasy Genre events for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention

2) A complete overhaul of my website design

3) Designing a chatbot for Messenger

4) Editing “Evaline Transcendent” based on reader feedback

5) Working on the second draft of my first full novel

6) Helping promote and test a potential social media site for authors & readers

Blog Header - Readers & Authors, Join Me At The 4th Annual Brain To Books Cyber Convention

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already have seen my recent post about this amazing event.

In short, it’s a full weekend of online events centered around books.

The event will be coming to you from April 6th-8th, and I’m heading up the Fantasy Genre events.

There will be more information on what we have planned, as myself and the other authors get everything organized.

Blog Header - Website Overhaul

As an author, I’m not one of the most organized people at times.

I was recently going through existing my author website, and planning to update some of the pages, with the most recent information.

Unfortunately, I rapidly came to the conclusion that the site needed a complete overhaul.

  • A lot of the key information about me and my books was hard to locate
  • Some of the pages were seriously out-of-date
  • But most importantly, I really wasn’t happy with how inconsistent the page designs were.

Enter my test site, where I’m trying out some new page layout ideas, along with a cleaner look to the page design.

Enter you, my readers. I’d love to get some feedback on what you like or dislike about both sites.

So, it’s Existing Site vs Test Site – Let me know what you think

Blog Header - Designing a Chatbot for Messenger

Back in December, I wrote a blog post looking at Messenger bots, which are basically an extension of the chat service.

These bots are built to provide a combination of live chat, and “pre-recorded” information. I’m in the process of creating an introduction series that will:

  • Help potential readers learn a little more about me
  • Introduce me to bloggers who might be interested in doing/hosting guest posts
  • Allow fellow authors to learn about my blog, and the services I offer

Check out the chatbot here (Under Development)

Blog Header - Editing _Evaline Transcendent_

A few months ago, I started getting feedback from people about my science fiction short story, “Evaline Transcendent”. There were some interesting questions raised, and a few suggestions for things that could be made a little clearer.

So, with that in mind, I’ve set about going through the entire story with those notes in hand, and making a few edits.

Thankfully, there is nothing in the feedback that I’ve received that requires major changes to the story itself. But, there will be a couple of changes to how I present aspects of the story.

Primarily, I’ll be re-writing the opening of the story, to better present some of the backstory behind the Miranda Two’s mission.

Blog Header - Writing The 2nd Draft of _Of Wolves & Men_

I’ve recently finished reading through the first draft of “Of Wolves & Men (Shadows Over Seattle #1)”, my first attempt at writing a full novel. Along the way I made a lot of notes about things that needed changing, didn’t make sense, or just had to go.

So, I’m now working on the opening scenes of the book, while going through my notes and trying to plot ahead. It’s my aim to have this second draft completed before the end of the summer. Hopefully at that point, I’ll have a solid enough plot that I can go back through and work on editing.

Blog Header - Helping Promote & Test The _Author Bitz_ Social Media Site

A couple of weeks back, I posts about an author who was in the process of raising money to build a new social media site for authors and readers to connect.

So, if you find GoodReads too difficult to navigate, and find Facebook too full of spam posts and fake news, go check out my article about the site. And if it’s something you think is a great idea, consider heading over to the GoFundMe campaign and dropping a few dollars toward hosting and development costs.

Blog Header - What Does That All Mean At The Moment_

Honestly? It means that I’m going to be very busy over the coming weeks.

But there is nothing more important to me than my readers, so please drop me a line, and let me know:

  • Which of these projects are you excited about?
  • Have you checked out my chatbot? If so, what did you think?
  • Have you read “Evaline Transcendent”? Is there anything you’d want to know more about from a revised edition?
  • Are you going to attend the 4th Annual Brain to Books Cyber Convention, either as a reader, or writer?
  • How do you like the potential changes to my website design, based on comparing the old and new sites?

4th Annual Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo

I can’t believe how fast these events keeping coming around, or that I’ve been part of this amazing event since the very start.

I’m very excited to announce that I’m helping to setup this year’s Fantasy events for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo (aka B2BCyCon). I’ll be helping the fantasy genre authors setup their blog tours, discussions, competitions, giveaways, and anything else they can come up with.

You see, that’s the exciting thing about the B2BCyCon; it’s all about connecting readers and writers online.

Blog Header - What is the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo_

Angela B. Chrysler first started the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo back in 2015 over on Goodreads. Since then it’s team of volunteers have grown it into one of the biggest and most diverse online book events that I know of.

But don’t take my word for it. Testimonials of participating authors and readers can be found here.

Basically it’s an entire weekend of books, writing, discussion, competitions and giveaways.

To quote the Brain to Books website:

CyCon is a virtual version of the San Diego Comic Con, but our theme is books. We organize a number of events, celebrating every genre, reader, and undiscovered author out there, and we host dozens of events all crammed into three days. To experience CyCon is a lot like attending a State Fair, only CyCon is 100% online. There is simply so much to do that it’s impossible to do it all in one day and there is something for everyone.

The aim of the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo is described by Angela as follows:

For three days, Brain to Books shines the spotlight on authors not seen in bookstores as a means to welcome in the new season of book releases. Working to increase reader awareness of these hidden treasures, authors, publishers, and retailers are coming together world wide for the largest book event designed just for you, the book lover! We’re giving away books, presenting readers with never-seen-before content, and featuring the world’s largest collection of undiscovered talent available today. We have blog hops, panels, discussions, contests, games, prizes, story time, book readings, sales, and exclusive content only available for these three days. This is content you won’t find anywhere else!

This is Where You Come In

Reader Links Author Links Volunteer Links
Upcoming Events (updated as events are confirmed)

Events By Genre

Sign Up For Reminders (scroll to the bottom of the page)

Watch Out For Updates on the “Book Dreams #2” Anthology

About The B2BCyCon

Author Registration

Learn About Being A Volunteer

Sign Up To Help

Sign Up As A Sponsor

 

 

Fundraiser Spotlight – Book Bitz Author/Reader Social Media Site

If you’re a reader, author, or in the author support market, you’ve no-doubt heard of GoodReads. You may even have tried it out.

I personally have been on GoodReads for a few years now, as a writer, and reader. But, I’ve found it very clunky, under-developed and believe that it falls short of it’s goal of uniting readers and writers.

Blog Header - Is There A Solution

Well, at the moment, the simple answer is NO!

But, there is hope on the horizon.

I’m a member of several writing groups over on Facebook, and I try to pay attention to things that could potentially shake up the marketing of books.

So, it was with interest that I started reading a proposal from Lucinda Moebius in one of the Facebook groups.

Blog Header - Here's The Proposal

  • Imagine a social media site designed for authors.
  • It will be a foundation for authors to showcase their work.
  • In addition, there will be a place for readers and author supporters.
  • All those FB pages, blogs, websites designed to help authors would be easy to locate and search through.

Blog Header - But there is More

Here’s what Lucinda has in mind for the project, and I find the prospect very exciting.

For Readers For Authors For Author Services
1. A place to connect with their favorite authors
2. A place to find new authors
3. A place to review books
4. A place to discuss books
5. A place to connect with other readers
1. A place to connect with authors and support staff
2. A place to promote their work
3. A place to post their work and get feedback
4. A social media platform designed specifically for THEM
5. A place to build readership
6. A place to get reviews
7. A place to learn from experts and each other
1. A place to promote their services
2. A place to obtain reviews
3. A place to connect with authors

Does An Online Book Club Community Sound Good?

Would you like to learn more about what Lucinda Moebius has planned?

Click Here To Visit The GoFundMe Page

About Lucinda Moebius

Where To Find Lucinda Hawks Moebius

Facebook, Google+, Blog (Lucinda Moebius), Website (Lucinda Moebius)

Weather is a fact of life… So is getting hit by flying debris

Weather services say that Alaska does not experience hurricanes, and that’s true, for the most part. But sometimes for those of us living in certain areas, it can seem like it. You see, I live in a valley between two glaciers, and winds tend to get funneled straight through my local area.

As you can see from the image above, we’re currently experiencing winds of 35 mph, with forecasts of gusts up to 54 mph. And this is the third day we’ve had conditions like this, with it expected to taper off by Friday.

Let’s put those wind speeds into perspective, with some information about how they’re classified…

So 35 mph is a moderate gale, and that’s pretty normal here year round, especially during winter high winds. After 13 years living here, I’ve come to expect trees to sway, and prepare to push against the wind when walking against it. But then, these winds are still more than strong enough to pick up trash, dust and has the potential to cause minor injuries if you aren’t careful.

Then we run up the scale two whole categories, with 54 mph winds. Now we’re talking about a strong gale, and real damage and potential for injuries to happen. At this point, expect shopping carts to roll across parking lots whenever they’re left loose. Watch out for cross-winds while driving, flying twigs and small branches. Keep hold of your car doors when opening and closing them, and check your roofs for missing slates.

I went out earlier today, and almost got blown over three times, and had a car door slam shut because I didn’t hold it with one hand while trying to load my shopping. Thankfully, I’d finished loading, had stepped aside, and was about to close the door anyway.

Also in the process of writing this post, I’ve lost power twice. Admittedly, only briefly in both cases, but for long enough to reboot my router, cable modem, and drop me into pitch blackness.

[update: I lost power again 20 minutes after scheduling this post. This time for almost 80 minutes. And since I rent, I don’t have the account information for the power company to log my outage. Spent the time reading a book, on my phone, in bed, while trying to stop the screen rotating every time I moved…]

Q: Who calls 18F temperatures, with 54 mph winds “Fair and Windy”?

A: The National Weather Service, that’s who!

I beg to differ. Personally, I’d say it’s cold and extremely windy. But then, I guess if I wrote the weather reports, I’d probably end up scaring people more than the NWS.

But I’ll tell you one thing. Experiences like this definitely make me take weather into account when I’m writing scenes. After all, the weather is as much a character as any of the people I create.

Disclaimer: No Debris Was Harmed In The Writing Of This Blog Post!

English Rules Broken – Phonetics

Broken Phonetics - GHOTI=FISH

No, A GHOTI is Not A Type of Beard!

So, have you figured out what a ghoti is after reading the image above? And that last sentence is a huge clue.

If you need another clue, just remember, I love my ghoti deep fried in beer batter, slapped on a plate with a nice side order of chips (or steak cut fries), and smothered in salt and dripping with malt vinegar. Anyone suggesting I might want to dip my ghoti in tartar sauce with probably get a funny look, as I sprinkle on more vinegar.

Ghoti=fish.

By now, it should be obvious that I’m talking about fish in the paragraph above. But why do I keep calling it ghoti?

Simply put, phonetics are the building blocks of the spoken word. There are approximately 44 phonemes in the English language, based on the 26 individual letters, and some letter combinations. Unfortunately, there are way more ways to represent those sounds when written down (called graphemes).

This PDF file from Dyslexia Reading Well shows just how complicated spelling can be when we account for possible grapheme variations of the same phoneme.

Breaking It Down

Gh as in couGH (F)

O as in wOmen (i)

ti as in naTIon (sh)

Fish!