A small selection of posts I have enjoyed in the last few days and I hope you will head over to enjoy in full.
Publishing in all its formats has evolved in the last twenty years faster than anyone could have imagined. A new way of presenting your writing is being beta tested on Amazon US and Diana Wallace Peach is testing it out and sharing her early findings. Something to keep an eye on as if successful it is likely to be rolled out to all of the main Amazon platforms.
The Necromancer’s Daughter, and initial thoughts about Vella
I decided to give Vella a try.
In a nutshell, Amazon’s latest program (beta in the US for now) allows authors to publish new stories in serial episodes that readers can access though tokens. (The first three episodes of every serial are free — no fiddling with the tokens required). Readers can “thumbs up” episodes they enjoy and thereby push them up in visibility.
For authors who have published their episodic writing on programs like Wattpad, this is a great way to leverage their fanbase and earn revenue. Over a thousand fantasy stories showed up on Vella on the first day, and one had over a thousand “thumbs up.” It wasn’t mine. Lol.
Head over to find out more about The Necromancer’s Daughter and Diana’s thoughts on Vella:The Necromancer’s Daughter, and initial thoughts about Vella
I know many of you are keeping in touch with Mary Smith as she has worked her way through a minefield for over a year. She has been very good about keeping us updated and also sharing not just the low periods but the highlights of the year. Today news that has Mary waiting again for results, an unexpected and unwanted development that resulted in a bizarre experience and some lovely photographs of her flowers and the gardener.
MarySmith’sPlace ~ biopsies, blood clots & garden pics in CancerDiary#37
Saturday, 31 July: I’ve not yet quite got into the swing of regular blogging after my break and was shocked to find over a week had gone since I last posted.
On Wednesday, 20 July I had the ultrasound on the lump on my neck, which turned out to be three small lymph nodes, suspicious enough in appearance for the doctor to decide to do a biopsy. He said in the lab they will be looking to see if the cells are cancerous or not. If there are cancerous cells he thinks the oncologist will want to look at treatment options.
Head over to discover the bizarre hospital visit and enjoy the beauty of Mary’s garden: MarySmith’sPlace ~ biopsies, blood clots & garden pics in CancerDiary#37
The final post today is from Rebecca Budd and about Robert Frost the poet and shares his iconic poem about roses. Rebecca not only shares the poem but recites it beautifully adding the emotional context of the words.
Asking for Roses
Robert Frost once wrote, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” These words are a profound testament to his courage for living.
Robert Frost went on when, at age eleven, he lost his father to tuberculosis. He went on when his mother succumbed to cancer at the young age of twenty-six. He went on when his younger sister died in a mental hospital. He went on when his wife, Elinor, suffered from cancer then died due to heart failure. He went on when he outlived four of the six children he fathered with Elinor.
Head over to find out more about the life of Robert Frost and listen to Rebecca reading his poem Asking for Roses: Lady Budd – Asking for Roses
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full .. thanks Sally.