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I'll be attending BASCon again this year, November 4-6.

This year I will also be giving two presentations:

Erotic Writing – It’s more than writing sex. (Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-2 PM)
Some sex writing sound little better than read stereo instructions (Insert tab A in slot B), Learn what it take to make writing about sex meltingly hot.

Switching – Fan-fiction and Pro-writing. (Saturday, Nov. 5, 2-3 PM)
Some tips for fan writers who want to become paid authors. It’s not always an either/or. Some of us switch both ways.

Anyone else going? I'd love to hear form you.
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This weekend we celebrated my son's birthday. Each year he picks a theme and we do it up with a decorated cake, props, costumes etc. The first one was Winnie the Pooh. Over the years we've had Fairies, Dinosaurs, Dragons, Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Pokemon, Harry Potter (twice), Pirates, Midsummer Night's Dream, Robin Hood and this year -- Doctor Who.

[personal profile] uncledark spent three days building a TARDIS from a refigerator box I picked up. It took six cans of blue spray pain. We made it so it opens and put it across the front door, so guests had to enter through it. Made it look "bigger on the inside." My son dressed as the newest Doctor (the 11th, played by Matt Smith), while two of his friends came as the 10th and the 9th. There were three Amy Ponds, River Song and one of the villians Madame Kovarian. My husbands dressed as Captain Jack and The Master ([personal profile] uncledark). My sister, [profile] scificangel, came as Donna Noble (more pics at her journal). I was a Weeping Angel. It's 8 AM now, and there are eight teenagers passed out in my liivng room from the slumber party.

Doing these theme parties is great for the adults (fans all) as well as the kids. We got to put a lot of our creative talents to work. I like doing costumes and cake decorating. So here is my "Starry Night TARDIS" cake I did for ther party.

Here is the "Starry Night TARDIS" cake pictures:

I know, I have been absent from fandom since March 4 when our scumbag now-ex-landlord gave us notice. The house sold. The new owners are nice and reasonable people. They have given us the extra time we needed to find a new place and pack our very large household. We are packing and still packing.

This week's good news was that we finally signed a new lease on a house and will be moving on the 16th. That gives us a week to finish packing here. Then the clean up. Then the unpacking at the new place. All things considered, I will probably be missing from online communities for another month.

I miss you all.
Sweet Somethings: Samples from the Circlet Smorgasbord ISBN 978-1-885865-49-6

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Since 1992, Circlet Press has been committed to publishing quality works of erotic science fiction and fantasy. From werewolves to robots, mad scientists to fairy-tale princesses, we have something to captivate every erotic imagination–and we want everyone to know! For the first time ever, Circlet is offering a free sampler for download. Sweet Somethings: Samples from the Circlet Smorgasbord features excerpts from twenty books, providing an enticing taste of what Circlet has to offer.



Sweet Somethings includes samples from the following stories:

“The Bridge” by Sacchi Green, from Best Fantastic Erotica
“Master Mind” by Cecilia Tan, from Edge Plays
Alpha by Molly Maddox
“Navigator” by Kathleen Tudor, from Like That Spark
“Transplant” by Ellen Tevault, from Up for Grabs
“Skin Deep” by Shanna Germain, from Like a Thorn
Faewolf by D.M. Atkins and Chris Taylor
“Wood” by David Sklar, from Like a Sacred Desire
“Enslaved” by Kierstin Cherry, from Like Crimson Droplets
“The Coming Age” by Angela Caperton, from Like a Corset Undone
“Charlie” by Kal Cobalt, from Robotica
“The Pillars of Hercules” by Lionel Bramble, from Like a God’s Kiss
“Ota Discovers Fire” by Vinnie Tesla, from Like a Long Road Home
Mate by Lauren P. Burka
“Queen’s Jewel” by A.D.R. Forte, from Like a Queen
“The Changeling” by Whitt Pond, from Wired Hard 2
“Lupine House” by A.N. Cortez, from Like an Animal
“Come Monday” by Jamie Joy Gatto, from Sex Noir
“Waylaid” by Julie Cox, from Like Tooth and Claw
“The Succession of Knoorikios Khnum” by Zachary Jernigan, from Wired Hard 4

THE ULTIMATE SILENCE
October 12, 1998




Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
The impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
Then listen close to me ...
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.

~ Shel Silverstein










Twelve years ago, Matthew Shepard was murdered for being homosexual.

What will you do to end the silence?

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I'm still in the awful limbo of trying to do a "short sale" to buy our house, clean up our credit and raise money for the down payment. It's exhausting and absolutely no fun. I am managing to write in little dribs and drabs, but nothing like my normal and no editing, so nothing finished. I do so hope it will all be worthwhile. And could we find a worse time to do this than during a Mercury Retrograde? *facepalm* No choice, so I keep working at it and trying not to pound my head into the wall too hard.

I occasionally scan my friendslist and read comments, though I haven't had time to reply. (Actually reading and re-reading comments on my fiction is one of my indulgences I allow myself to keep my spirits up on bad days. It's like sneaking virtual chocolates...)

I haven't been able to keep up with the latest mess with LJ. I'll have to figure it out when the dust settles both here and on-line.

In the meantime, yes, I do have both Insanejournal and Dreamwidth mirrored accounts, so feel friend to add me there if you migrate. And I have extra Dreamwidth invite codes. If you want one, let me know.

Back to the Gordian Knot that is our finances. Now I just need a sword that will cut through it all and give me an Alexandrian solution!


P.S. For those wanting to help by buying autographed copies of Faewolf. The publisher has ordered a new batch sent to me but they have not arrived yet. I'll post when they do. Thanks!
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Wow, you folks rock! I have temporarily sold out of copies of Faewolf. I have ordered another batch from the publisher. I'll let folks know when I get them!

In the meantime, you can still get ebook copies at several different sites. You can see reviews and links to places to purchase the book at: http://www.dmatkins.net/wordpress/?page_id=233
I am working on development for a new original erotic fiction site: Forbbiden Fiction

It will feature the work of a variety of authors, myself included. We are looking for erotic photography and art for the site. If you know of any photographers and/or artists who would like to see their work promoted and are willing to contribute their work to the site in exchange for that, please send them our way.

Have them send samples of their work and/or links to their webpages to: forbiddenfictionpub@gmail.com
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These are samples of work by artist MirAngel, who has volutneered to donate the money for painting or drawing commissions toward the fundraiser for buying our house.

See her profile on DeviantArt: http://mirangel.deviantart.com/

Down the page is information about commissions. Click on her Gallery to see the range of art she can do.

She does both original and fan art. Just talk to her about what you want and let her know that it's to benefit "The Rabbits" as my family is nicknamed.

Meanthile, thanks to everyone who has ordered books and sent donations. We're working hard to pull this together. It would be wonderful to not be uprooted again and finally have our own place.
OMG! We might be able to buy our house! We have to buy our house or move. The irony is that moving will cost us just a much as the closing costs to buy it, but don't have enough for either. With moving we would have a couple more months to save up. To buy it we are going to need it this month. We have about half of the closing costs at the moment.

If I have to move, that means several months I won't be able to spend writing either. We've been here five years and the stability has been very productive for me as a writer. I don't want to have to uproot myself again. We are scrambling to see if we can pull it together instead of having to start packing.

Want to help out? Buy books from our Amazon store? Other ideas? )
Since Faewolf is an ebook, it has got me thinking a lot about the barriers that I have had to buying ebooks.

My first objection was readability. That is becoming less and less of an option, especially given how much reading folks do online already and how much better the technology is now. For Faewolf, I think Circlet Press has done an excellent job in their formatting and in making sure it is available in lots of different types of files. The new reading devices that are coming out are amazing in their quality so that they look more and more like reading on paper. (I have friends who have Sony and Kindle devices.)

My second objection was durability. I am very used to having a book to hold in my hands. And I still like that. On the other hand, ebooks make up for that in a number of ways. The files are permanent, you can keep them and store them on your computer or other device. They take up less space and are easier to move. Our last move was a nightmare. We have over twenty large bookcases full of books. I am actually looking at getting some of those books in digital form so we can have more room in our house. As digital space becomes less expensive and physical space more expensive, this is an attractive feature.

I am also finding ebooks might help with access issues for me. My fibromyalgia means it can be difficult and painful to hold a large book, especially in hardcover, when I read. There are also new adaptive technologies that allow things like voice commands or even voice reading. For example, the Kindle has both large type and voice reader options.

My third concern was value. Like most people, I want to stretch my money to cover as much as possible. Yet, most ebooks are priced less than a paperback. Even with discounts, the traditional hardback release is usually five times as much money as a new ebook. Ebooks are immediately downloadable and you don't have to pay for shipping. Even when you find a cheap used paperback online, you have to pay to ship it.

Faewolf, along with most ebooks, costs less than it costs to go to see a movie. When you go to the theatre, you don't even get to re-watch the movie. And DVDs usually cost more than ebooks. My family are big movie fans. For one movie, we will spend the cost of taking all of us (4-5 adults) plus soda, candy and popcorn to the show. Then if we like the movie, we buy the DVD when it comes out. That means we probably spend at least $50 on a film, sometimes more. An ebook costs less than taking one person to a film!

My biggest problem with ebooks so far is portability. But only because the portable reading devices are still too expensive. If my family is to realistically switch over to buying more ebooks, we will need a reading device for each of us. The ebook devices we like so far are all several hundred dollars. There are five adults and one teenager in our house. That's a lot of money to equip us. We probably won't be able to do it until they are under $100 each. In the meantime, we use our laptops. I like to read in bed, and I find it possible, but more awkward, to read in bed with a laptop. It gets heavy and hot. And I want the book that can slip into my bag or pocket. In my family, we never go anywhere without a book. It can be odd but fun to see us all sitting there during a lull on outings, reading our books.

The move to ebooks has a lot to recommend it and I will be doing more with them. I like the growing diversity of choices for reading and I want to support it. As a writer, I like the potential to develop new literature and give more creative control to authors. As a reader, I like that it will give me more books to read.
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For those who have bought the story about it being a mistake, a glitch or a hacker causing problems in the Amazon search engines, I suggest you read this: Amazon's Glitch Myth Debunked

My non-fiction titles appear to have their rankings back but are still missing all the reviews left.

I am not just concerned over non-fiction books that have been "accidentally" labelled as "adult." I believe strongly that no censorship should be allowed. The deranking of adult selections is censorship. I have no trouble with them being marked as "adult," but being removed from the fair selection, review, and ranking system is absolutely unacceptable.

Write Amazon, defend your right to read what you want.
For those who have (or haven't) been following the Amazon Fail about their blatant censorship not only of "erotic" titles but all LGBT ones, I am chiming in to add that all three of my in print LGBT non-fiction titles are among those stripped of their rankings.

Fail.

More information: Who moved my rank? Sales rank purged from Amazon

For those who don't understand why this matters. This will drastically hurt sales of the books that are marked this way. It means they will not come up in some of the searches, etc. Many sales on Amazon are from people buying books "like" the other ones they ordered. For more information see: Why do Amazon Ranks matter.
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