Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday What's Up

A third regular post! Though first things first, I am on vacation for one week beginning tomorrow, so there may not be the usual posts.

For those who are waiting on an update on the ITIN - I have still to hear anything from the IRS regarding my application. They do say it takes six weeks on the website, which means I have up to four weeks left of waiting. I will post as soon as I get my number, or (hopefully not) a rejection of my application.

For anyone who doesn't know, Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch is available for sale at all major ebook retail outlets. See the link on the side of the page to get to Amazon. I am working on adding links to the other stores as well.  In hard copy book news, for anyone who lives in Saskatoon, Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch will soon be on the shelves at McNally Robinson (my most favourite book shop, with adjacent most wonderful cafe). If you live nearby and want to own your own paperback, head over anytime after August 10th to pick up your copy!

Broken Tide, the sequel to Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, is coming along nicely. I'm tentatively scheduling this release for just before Halloween - possibly sooner. Black Depths, a Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch prequel, should be up on WattPad soon (within the next two weeks).  I'm hoping to squeeze in enough time to write another lead in story to Broken Tide, but this will depend on what my schedule looks like come Autumn.

If anyone has any questions about Tales, or the Black Depths Universe, this is the place to ask. So fire away!

PS. I just might be posting a free book give away soon, so check back frequently for more writing prompts and updates!

Writing Prompt Tuesday

This one is inspired by my recent trip to the local mini-golf.

What one scene, a page long, which involves this dungeon/tower.

Friday, July 24, 2015

What I'm Reading Saturdays

I'm currently reading The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris.  There are a couple things I love about this book: the mythology, the narrator, the cover. My favourite parts are the brief Loki quotes at the beginning of each chapter, which add some well loved humour.

A quick read, never to dense or meandering like more traditionally written myths can be, this book is full or quick dialogue, beautiful description, and as mentioned earlier, humour.  If you love mythology, as I do, then this is a book for you.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Writing Prompt Tuesdays

I'm going to try to start some "regular" weekly posts. I thought writing prompts would be a good idea. Even when I have a lot of ideas floating across my mind, sometimes I find I need an exercise to get me going. Maybe you do too.

Try this one.

Write for five minutes, non-stop.

What is happening on this balloon?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Self-Publishing on Kobo

I love seeing my book available for sale on the internet.  Here is a screenshot of Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch for sale on Kobo!

If you are looking for something to read on your device, you can buy a copy by clicking on this link.

Kobo even informed me that new members get a $5 coupon for signing up a new account! Which means you can buy my book for free - and Kobo would still pay me which is great! So if you're looking for a free read this summer, head over to Kobo and get your copy of Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch.  Once you're done reading it, be sure to send me a note to let me know what you think!

Hope you're having a great summer!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Getting and ITIN in Canada - Part 3

Good News!

I received my letter from Smashwords in less than a week.  It took longer to get the certified copies of my passport.  But I just picked those up today.  I've finished filling out form W-7 (which seemed pretty straightforward, so hopefully I did it right).  There were good instructions on the IRS website, and I'm pretty good at reading so.....time to mail the whole thing off!  I will be heading out to my local post office soon, just need to make myself a copy of the whole thing for my records.  Then, according to the IRS website, I should hear back from them in approximately 6 weeks with my ITIN and then goodbye tax-withholding!  I look forward to those days.

If you missed part one of my post on obtaining an ITIN, you can find it here.

Here's a picture of the Smashwords letterhead, and also of the cool stamp that came on the envelope.  Nothing better than a bright, colourful stamp, I think:

Also, Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch is now available on multiple retailer websites.  Here is a screenshot of my book up on CreateSpace, where you can order your very own paperback copy of Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch.  I've recently tweaked the cover of the print edition, changing the font and turning the writing red.  Doesn't it POP so much more now?  What do you think?