What is it you wish you had known before writing or publishing??? (An interview collection by Mercedes Prunty)

I’m going to open this post with an apology for being late getting this written. I actually forgot to create this post ahead of time. Then this morning, I found out that I was one of several authors who’d been quoted in a blog post by fellow author & blogger, Mercedes Prunty.


A few days ago, Mercedes posted the following question to the Science fiction, fantasy and other genre’s : Learning to promote effectively Facebook group:

What is it you wish you had known before writing or publishing???

Check out what I, and several other authors responded over on her blog: Mercedes Prunty Author : The Walking Mumbie

If you’re a writer, feel free to add your thoughts to the comments in Mercedes’ post. I know that she’s looking to help as many people as possible, and we’ve all got things we wish we knew when we started our writer journeys.


Crazy Love Stories – I’m Available!!!! (An interview by Bianca Basak Dikturk)

I’m so excited to share the news about this particular interview. A few weeks ago, my wife was chatting online with Bianca from the Crazy Love Stories blog, and they got talking about how people met. When the subject changed to how Sandi and I met, Bianca asked if we would do an interview for her site, and we had no hesitation in saying a huge YES!

I don’t want to spoil anything, except to say that as you read, remember one thing… My wife is a very subtle woman sometimes, and at other times she has to hit me over the head with a very large brick to get her point across… I’m sure you’ll see what I mean…

Click the image below to read the story, and please show Bianca just how much we appreciate all her hard work, and her friendship.

Midweek Mumbles – Pinterest As A Research Tool

Between social media, email and online searches, I get around the internet a lot. And sometimes I come across a search engine, or social media platform that proves far more addictive an useful than I originally expected.

Pinterest is just such a platform, and in the short time I’ve been on there it has become very addictive. But I’ve also been able to turn it into a way of storing articles and images for later, turning it into a research tool too.

What is Pinterest?

According to Pinterest’s own user guide:

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas.

These bookmarks are organized on boards, which allows you to sort your pins into topics. As you use Pinterest more it will start to learn the types of images, posts, or videos that will interest you, based on what you have already bookmarked.

What makes it so addicting?

You can add new pins and new boards at any time, which makes it a very flexible tool for research, but because Pinterest will present you with a lot of suggestions for pinning.

Now, I have a lot of personal interests, and of course, I added those first of all. Then, when I realized that Pinterest users were pinning things from all over the internet, I added topics for my story research too. And that’s when things went a little crazy.

Within a week, I found myself checking back in several times a day, and tagging tens of pins at a time, posting them to my boards so I could check them out later. And I seriously intend to do that some day, especially as a lot of what I have been pinning is potential idea generators for my books.

And on that note…

Get a peek at some of the materials I’ve been pinning about Seattle, the city in which the majority of the “Shadows Over Seattle” series is set in…


Announcing My New Facebook Page

In conjunction with my recent announcement of the reboot of my newsletter,  thought I’d offer as many ways to reach out to my potential audience as possible.

Until now, I’ve fed information, blog posts and more to my personal Facebook page, but it’s time to move beyond that, and do something a little more professional. Which means, I’ve put together a brand new author page.

I’m not sure, at his point, how much the page will get used, or updated, but I want to leave my options open. But here’s where you can find it, so you can keep an eye on it…

(Oh, and you can search for it, reference it, or message me there using @TimothyBatesonUrbanFantasy)

Click to be taken to my new Facebook page

Back Porch Writer (February 21st 2017) – Living The Indie Author Life, Take 4

I had the pleasure of chatting with Kori Miller yesterday, over on her podcast “Back Porch Writer”.

9033c608-0595-481e-9b20-5591a5bdca5b_backporchwriterLiving The Indie Author Life, Take 4

We discuss internet search histories, werewolves, vampires, favorite films, writing, research, the upcoming Brain to Books Cyber Convention…

Listen to the episode here

I’d like to thank Kori for taking the time to chat with me, especially because we had to reschedule, and for putting up my ramblings.

Go show Kori some love, and check out her other Back Porch Writer episodes


This is an amazingly short article, there is nothing I don’t agree with.


If I had to distill the writing experience into 10 golden principles, these would be it.

1 – Develop a daily writing habit.

2 – Always fast-write your first draft. Get the content down.

3 – Set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timebound) writing goals.

4 – Actively seek new experiences. It enriches your writing.

image Quote by Desiderius Erasmus

5 – Revise, revise, revise…And when you think you’re done revising, polish it one more time.

6 – Research your genre. Know who is at the top in your field, know their work, know who publishes their work, what are the standards of your genre.

7 – Read extensively, within and outside your genre. The more you read, the more you are able to differentiate between good and bad writing.

8 – Write healthy. Balance mental activity with physical activity.

9 – Commit to constantly improve your craft. Sign…

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For Writers and Readers: What Closure in Fiction ISN’T

I found this to be a very helpful article, especially since I am focused writing short stories. It doesn’t define what form my story endings should take, but gives clear guidelines on the kinds of endings to avoid. I’ve always found http://crimsonleague.com/ to be a great resource, and worth following.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

lockflower-1126249-m Closure is SO important in fiction. Every reader needs some sense of release and “c’est fini” at the end of a novel. A sense that something important–if not everything, at least something major–has been resolved or completed.

This is a main reason why, generally, I can’t stand cliffhangers, even in series novels. I prefer that each novel wrap up a completed story in and of itself.

(Even if there are some lose threads and a larger story arc still in development, a series novel can tell and wrap up a complete story from start to finish. Each Harry Potter novel is a great example of this.)

“Closure” can be a funny thing, though. There is no one way to provide closure and no one definition of what closure means.

“Closure” means something very different from genre to genre and from story to story. You can leave societal unrest not…

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