Alan Watts – On “Change”

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English Rules Broken – “I before E”

I know I’m not the only one who was taught that “I comes before E, except after C”. But, then as I got older, I discovered an endless supply of words which broke that rule.

My wife brought the above example to my attention last night, after spotting it on a Facebook post, and I knew that I had to share.

There are many more “rules” of the English language that are frequently ignored, or aren’t hard and fast rules, as we’re led to believe. If you have any, please feel free to share them…

Update On My Reader Survey

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a request for feedback from my blog readers. And I’ve been looking at the answers I’ve received so far, and been a little surprised by the answers. But, I will admit, I’m working from a very small sample.

The Top Three Topics People Want More Of:

Book Spotlights

Guest Stories/Poems

Character Interviews

I’m planning to let this survey run until the end of the year, and get as many responses as possible.

While I’m waiting on the end of the year I will be making a few small changes to the post format. If you’re reading this post, you’ve seen two of them already.

A couple of weeks ago I started putting graphic headings in to the posts, instead of just text headers. And today you’ll see everything centered. I want to see if people find this easier to read, or if there is a preference for left justified text formats.

It’s clear that people want to hear more about upcoming books from the Urban Fantasy and Science-Fiction genres. So, I’ll be putting together a plan for reaching out to more authors so that I can provide the best in new books.

Then just before we head into 2018 I’m going to take a look at the final numbers, and work out where this blog will be heading.

Click the banner below to go to my reader survey. Let me know what you like and dislike about my posts, so I can provide material YOU want to read.

500+ Followers On Pinterest – Find out why!

A couple of months ago, I posted about my Pinterest account hitting 300 followers. That was mid-September. Now, just two months later, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve hit over 500 followers.

I’ve now got 51 boards, covering everything from topics I’m researching for my stories, to my personal interests. 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.

Since a lot of people who follow me here might not be aware of my Pinterest account, here’s a few of the things you can discover there.

  • Birds of Prey (4,000+ pins) – For those who know how much I love falconry, and getting up close with raptors, or love these amazing creatures themselves.
  • Writing Prompts (5,000+ pins) – Looking for a story starter, or something to kick-start a scene? This is where you want to be looking.
  • English Language (460+ pins) – Everything from spelling and grammar through to sayings and alternative words.
  • Big Cats (790+ pins) – Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cougars… If they’re larger than a house cat, they’re here…
  • Bullet Journalling (680+ 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 (960+ pins) – They say “a picture paints a thousand words”, and some of the images pinned to this board could inspire even more.
  • Wolves (520+ 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 (190+ pins) – Creatures urban myth through to ancient gods and legendary beasts.
  • All Things Writing (960+ pins) -Yeah, actually not sure how I ended up with multiple boards for writing tips…

Pinterest just added a new feature, which I’m very excited to try out.

Instead of just adding pins to particular boards and watching it all pile up into a disorganized mess, you can now organize things a little more.

The answer is sub-boards, and over I’m going to be using this new feature pretty extensively over the coming months. I really want to give my followers the best chance of finding the pins that best suit their pinning habits, and that starts by being able to find them again whenever I want to.

So, keep your eyes on my boards, because they’re going to become better organized, as time allows. But that means I also have to go back through 20,000 pins to figure out what I need to move into sub-boards.

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!

Shaking Things Up & Reader Survey

I know a lot of my readers have been following this blog for a while, and seen a few things change over the time I’ve been running it. And change is a good thing, but it doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to mix things up a little. I have several reasons for wanting to do so:

  1. I’ve been writing this blog since March 2014, and it started out as a very random thing. Updates weren’t all that regular, and I really no plan as to what I was going to write. Posts were written, as and when I came up with an idea, or had something to say.
  2. We’re now more three-and-a-half years down the line, and things have changed a lot. I have particular posts that go out on scheduled days, as well as a lot of guest posts from fellow authors.
  3. I’ve changed a lot in the same period of time, having gone from a hopeful writer, with aspirations of getting into print to a self-publishing author. I’ve also learned a lot more about producing graphics, videos, and appeared on several podcasts.
  4. I’ve even been mailing a weekly blog update email out to my mailing list… (Sign up here, or Join the RSS feed)
  5. In all, I’d like to think I’ve become more professional in many aspects of being a writer and blogger…

But…

At the end of the day, I know what I like to write about, and what kind of guest posts I like to run.

But, I’m not just writing this blog for myself anymore. Since 2014, it’s evolved into something that I hope book lovers enjoy coming and taking a look at.

Sure, I still make the occasional post about my upcoming book releases, or events I’m taking part in, but I’m thinking of making some changes in what I focus on.

So, I’m asking you, my blog readers to help shape the future. The 31 Days of Halloween event covered lot of different types of post…

  • Book Spotlights
  • Author Spotlights
  • Guest Stories/Poems
  • Top 10 posts
  • Event Spotlights
  • Features on particular topics
  • Character interviews

Tell me what you enjoyed most about the event, or even what kind of posts you’d like to see…

Click the banner below to go to the survey.