May 17th, 2016 by kwmccabe

 

 

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I decided to post up the prologue to a story I’m working on – hope you enjoy!

 

Prologue

 
“Dawn.”

I lowered my head and walked faster. Maybe if I pretended I didn’t hear or see anything…

“Dawn.”

I bit my lip as my chest started to ache with the tug of power. It always felt like this. Always.

“Dawn.”

The feeling of maggots crawling under my skin made me shudder as the magic grew. I…didn’t…want…to…look.

“Dawn.”

I turned against my will. The bloody specter of a girl stood in the street, cars passing through her shadowed form.

“Hurry, she’s dying,” the girl whispered. Her eyes were black holes of sadness; the rank wind of death flowed from her shadow.

“What is the price this time?” There was always a price. Necromancy was thought dark for a reason.

“You will lose someone you love.”

I sucked in my breath, choking on a despairing laugh. The price was almost never this high. “What is the point, then?”

“You will save someone you love.”

I froze. Then I ran.

It took three hours for them to pull my little sister, Christy, from the wreck. I got there in time to save my mom – but the car had fallen on the passenger side, mangling the door, and crushing Christy. My mom would have bled to death if I had not appeared when I did, but Christy was dead. The specter had followed me all morning, calling me. I had ignored her, not wanting to pay the price our interaction would cost.

Never again will I ignore their call.

The price is too damn high.

May 15th, 2016 by kwmccabe

PJ Brown Construction

I’m finally back!

 

As you can see, the site is almost completed!

 

There are just a few finishing touches needed before I’m completely satisfied with its new look.

 

There have been many glitches and frustrating hours of work, so send me good vibes if you have any to spare ^.^

 

Meanwhile, week 3 of crit1sub1 passed by, and while I did crits – I slacked on the subs >.<

 

I’ll do better next week, I promise.

 

Wish me luck!

 

May 2nd, 2016 by kwmccabe

 

PJ Brown Construction

 
I’ll be upgrading and tweaking the site over the next week or so, but all posts will be up and available.

 

If you see any UFO’s just ignore ^.^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 27th, 2016 by kwmccabe

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Today marks week 2 of my Crit1Sub1 challenge!

So far, pushing myself to write a sub each week feels good. The max amount of words for each week is only 400 words, which is perfect. There is absolutely no way to feel intimidated by a writing assignment that tells you not to write more than 1/3 of a page!

It’s also a really great feeling to be able to connect with authors who are piecing together their own work.

Getting back into the writing rhythm has led me to think more on The Dragon Throne series, along with the best way to connect with more readers. Many of the ways that writers connect with readers involve connecting with book review blogs and doing book tours, but I really want to find out a more organic way of connecting – if there even is one. Toward this end, I listened to a conference which stated that the problem is how to market the product.

As a reader and writer the very idea of thinking of books in that way hurts my bookworm soul, but that’s exactly how the traditional publishing companies think.

That’s even how Amazon thinks.

Why, as authors, don’t we think this way?

 

 

April 19th, 2016 by kwmccabe

IWW2

 

So this is week1 of my Crit1Sub1 personal writing challenge, and so far I’ve critted twice and subbed one flash fiction piece I call Halloween Horror.

Feel free to read it below!

 

Halloween Horror

Bump… Bump… Bump…
Seth strained to hear the footsteps he knew were coming after him in the dark, but all he could hear was the drum beating in his chest and the sound of far off whimpers fading into silence.
He shuddered, exhaling as quietly as possible, his breath a soft cloud whooshing into frigid night.
The shadowed ground just underneath him glinted, strewn with a bright array of scattered candies. His knuckles ached as his fists clenched around the crumpled orange and black paper bag. Somehow, though he’d left Samantha behind, he’d been unable to let go of the bag.
Did that make him a bad person?
No, he thought.
But the secret relief that it had been her, and not him, did.
April 19th, 2016 by kwmccabe

IWW2

IWW1

 

 

So, today is the beginning of my four-week challenge to myself to Crit1Sub1!

 

After being stuck in a rut, I realized that the only way to get out of the rut is to get out of the rut.

 

Facilitating me in this endeavor is the Internet Writing Workshop where I regularly go to get my writing projects critiqued!

 

Of course, nothing comes without some type of give-take, and so in order to get crits, you must also give ^.^

 

Right now I’m pumped and can’t wait to get started.

 

If you’d like to join me in the 4 week challenge to Crit1Sub1, then click HERE and join in the writing fun ^.^

 

Wish me luck!

April 18th, 2016 by kwmccabe

 

I think the first question anyone who has no interest in coding would ask who sees this article’s title is, “Why should I? Why do something I have absolutely NO interest or aptitude in?”

Here is the answer:

 

If you have any interest at all in creating a solid internet presence, while you don’t have to know the basics of web design, it is the tool that will free you from website that will charge you $200 or more to design something that is fairly simple to do yourself.

 

Now, there are sites that create webpages for you for free, but they don’t always have the versatility you might want for the look you have in mind. And to get the look YOU WANT, you either have to hire a designer ($200-$400) or do it yourself (FREE!)

 

And if you intend to have a solid web presence, a sleek website is an absolute must.

 

The very basics of web design are based on a code called Hyper Text Markup Language or HTML.

 

I located and utilized several tutorials, all for free. Some sites include audio and visual, others include interactive worksheets. I’ve included a few links below.

 

BeginnerTuts.com

CSSvideos.com

Codecademy.com

 

April 8th, 2016 by kwmccabe

 

The very first time I posted about Triberr was five years ago when the site first started.

 

At the time, I had no clue what Triberr was or how it functioned.

 

I’ve had five years since then to test and evaluate the site.

 

There have been updates to the site since its start that generally assisted in increasing my reach to a larger audience. I’ve been very pleased over these five years to note that I have always seen a large increase of hits on my blog after my site updates to Triberr.

 

The site is extremely useful in many ways.

 

In fact, the only complaint I have is how often authors of other blogs don’t remain active enough to repost content.

 

You see, activity is the lifeblood of Triberr because activity ensures the repost and increase in outreach for each of its members.

 

Fortunately, as the leader of two separate tribes, I’ve learned that the best way to ensure outreach and growth is to encourage activity by re-posting work from other authors often. After all, why should anyone want to share your work if you haven’t done the same for them?

 

Meanwhile, Triberr has passed the five-year-mark on its location on the internet and is still shoving out content from each of its authors at a steady rate.

 

If you have information or content that you want to share, Triberr is a must.

 

Check my page on Triberr out HERE.

April 7th, 2016 by kwmccabe

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So.

 

I’ve been trying to turn on the desire to work on The Dragon Throne since I first posted about it HERE.

 

And…

 

Nothing.

 

That’s right.

 

Nada.

 

Zero words, no count increase, I don’t even have an additional scene springing up in my mind.

 

I hit…

 

THE BLOCK.

 

It’s that space of absolute nothingness that all writers dread.

 

I want to write.

 

I even want to want to write.

 

No such luck and no cigars.

 

Do you know how frustrating it is to have an urge and be unable to fulfill  it?

 

Ugh.

 

Here’s hoping THE BLOCK ends soon.

 

Wish me luck.

 

 

April 5th, 2016 by kwmccabe

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So, while scanning the internet for interesting reads, I stumbled upon one of my works posted up on a random free-to-download site. I felt somewhat conflicted at first. I mean while the site had not asked for my permission, to view my novel posted up for everyone to see essentially giving me free advertisement was, if you’ll excuse the play on words, novel.

 

While mulling over this turn of events, I googled piracy sites and eventually came to the most interesting article on piracy I have ever encountered. In it the writer of the article interviews the priests of a religion focused on piracy.

 

Piracy as a religion?

 

The idea seems tongue-in-cheek at first, but if you continue reading you begin to wonder if the members of such a church are in earnest.

 

And if so, what does this mean for the writers and creators of the content being pirated?

 

The religion claims that these self-proclaimed priests of piracy a.k.a. “kopimists,” believe in no god…

 

But if their religion is the spreading of information then aren’t we, the authors of such information, either avatars – or gods?

 

Interesting to say the least.

 

Check it out HERE.