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DNA, the Universe & Everything Else => Creative Genius => Topic started by: Kilman on August 20, 2010, 04:15:29 AM

Title: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Kilman on August 20, 2010, 04:15:29 AM
"Finished" is a flexible term.

I like that.  I should try it out next time my wife asks if my book is finished.  I suspect it won't go over too well.

Looking forward to the link to your book!
Title: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on August 20, 2010, 03:51:33 PM
Your wish is my command.  :D

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/21501

Actually, I put the link on my signature a couple days ago.

But because you asked, I'll also give you (and everyone at Towel Day) the secret special code to get it for .99 cents:  AL58U
That coupon's good until Sept. 15. But if you don't wish to buy it, you can view half the book for free anyway. It's not on the premium catalogue yet, so it's not yet in the Apple or the Barns and Noble store. But soon. They just issued me my ISBN number. :) It works on all of the various electronic formats. Well, I hope so. I haven't heard from people with all of the different devices yet.
Title: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Grate Oracle Lewot on August 20, 2010, 06:51:39 PM
Whoa :o Just the title and description are pretty amazing. At the moment I'm saving up my money--although I suppose I could spare 99 cents, but I'm none too great at figuring out all this electronic purchasing stuff :/ It always rather confuses me. But, hey, it does sound rather intriguing. If someone can tell me how to buy it, then I'll have something new to read for my (slacking) off-time in college.
Title: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on August 21, 2010, 12:04:08 AM
Thanks, Lewot.  ;D

Well, you can read the first half for free. Maybe you'll hate it! LOL :P Even if you don't have an ereader, you can look at the pdf or html version. I prefer the pdf, myself. You just click "view sample" or "download sample" if you want to read the first part of it without buying. If you click "buy" it will ask you to join Smashwords. That's simple enough. You just fill in a series of boxes. It's sort of neat because it will store the books you buy in your online library for you.

People offer books and short stories for free too. I have a freebie on there. There is some junk on there, but because everyone offers samples, you can weed out the yucky or just plain stupid stuff.
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Kilman on August 21, 2010, 03:24:33 PM
I took the liberty of splitting this off into its own topic.  After all the time you must have put into it, the least we can do is give it its own thread.  That, and it helps create the illusion of many discussions taking place on the forum.  ;)

After a brief peek at Syzygy (the first page beyond the title page) I am happy to report that it has potential.  I'm glad because it would have been awkward to respond here had it been awful.  But, this being August, which for various reasons is always the busiest month of the year for me, I'm afraid I won't be able to get to reading the rest for at least a few weeks.  I will try to get to it before that code expires (yes, I'm cheap).  The same thing goes for Lewot's video game where I progressed a few more feet to a black wall before the call of responsibility summoned me away.

Congratulations on your book!  I hope this leads to more opportunities for you.
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on August 22, 2010, 06:39:56 PM
 ;D
Wow, my own thread! I'm so honored.
I can make as many coupons as I want. I'll make a new one when that one is expired.
I'll make a freebie coupon for anyone willing to post an interview or review of Syzygy on his/her blog or web page.
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Kilman on November 15, 2010, 03:04:06 AM
Is that trailer new?  I don't remember seeing it last time (which either shows my lack of attention to detail or how long it has been since I visited the site).  Syzygy is still on my reading list, but it is always tough when the competition includes Dickens, Benford & Willis.  I have one shelf in my library with about 30 books which represents an on-deck area so to speak.  Syzygy is on there (as a bookless bookmark), but it is disadvantaged by its non-corporeal state.
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on November 15, 2010, 03:24:17 AM
It's semi-new. I threw it together one day. My niece was going to make me a better one but she seems to have lost interest.  ::)

Please, read Dickens first. Any literature is better than my writing. But Syzygy is a quick read. So, if you want something lighter...

I read Syzygy to my girls recently (self editing the naughty words and a couple other things) and found typos. Yikes! I thought I caught them all. Even my nit-picky friend didn't catch them when she went through on one last pass. Can anyone say gremlins? :P
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Kilman on December 02, 2010, 07:41:03 AM
A trip out of town for Thanksgiving got me well into the Dickens book (in-law avoidance).
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on December 02, 2010, 05:19:33 PM
Storynory.com  http://storynory.com/archives/classic-authors/
does a great Christmas Carol audio version. The kids and I listened one cozy rainy afternoon.
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Kilman on June 10, 2012, 08:34:08 AM
Teatime, good luck in the Three Two One Pitch contest!

Also, thanks for the tweet about the contest even though I didn’t enter it.  Bradford is not high on my list of agencies to contact.  That is not a criticism of the agency itself, just an observation that it would not be a good fit for me.  They don’t seem to represent anything along the lines of what I write (not to mention that they only seem to represent women).

Regarding Syzygy - My apologies for not commenting on it sooner.  Some time ago I did read a good portion of the online sample and concluded that I would be a poor choice for offering a review.  Urban fantasy is just not my cup of tea.  For that matter, fantasy in general hasn’t been my cup of tea since I was a teenager (the one exception was Little, Big which I read and enjoyed in my 20s).  Consider that I tried, but was unable to get into, the Wheel of Time, Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones and that should give you a good idea of what you were up against.
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on June 10, 2012, 03:35:57 PM
LOL Thanks, Kilman.
Gee, I didn't know anybody read my tweets. I should tweet more often.

Yeah, not every genre grabs every person. My friend's husband and I are critique partners on our works in progress but I'm not sure it's working. He's very hard science fiction (heavy on the science) and I'm fantasy (heavy on the character development). I feel we don't quite "get" what the other is trying to do. It's funny that one of my best crit partners writes mainstream romance. My current story doesn't even contain romance. But she understands what I'm going for and helps me get there.


Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Kilman on June 11, 2012, 12:03:55 AM
I feel we don't quite "get" what the other is trying to do.

Pretty much the story of all my critique partners and groups.  Probably the closest I have come to having a decent one was a woman who wrote children's stories.  I'm not sure what that says about my writing.
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on June 11, 2012, 03:27:46 PM
Probably the closest I have come to having a decent one was a woman who wrote children's stories.  I'm not sure what that says about my writing.

LOL  :D
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Kilman on June 22, 2012, 05:03:24 AM
Syzygy has a new Book Trailer!

http://afortnightofmustard.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-trailer-and-e-book-coupon.html (http://afortnightofmustard.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-trailer-and-e-book-coupon.html)

It seems to me, having read part of the book, that the trailer has some spoilers?
Title: Re: Teatime's Syzygy
Post by: Teatime on June 22, 2012, 02:38:54 PM
 ;D Thanks Kilman.

Yeah, huge spoilers. Which, I guess makes it not so much of a trailer, but an animated-abbreviated of Syzygy. My sister also pointed out it had spoilers. I wasn't really thinking about that aspect when we worked on the script, maybe because I'm no longer actively marketing Syzygy. It's not that great a novel. Not as good as the one I'm writing now!  ;)

Anyway, the woman who created the trailer is my friend (well, now she's my friend. She was a friend of a friend when we began.) who makes these "machinima" videos. She uses iClone, I think. Anyway, she liked Syzygy and asked if she could make a trailer for it. Of course I was thrilled!

She was still learning the software, so it was somewhat of an experiment for her. And of course, writing the novel was sort of my experiment. So, we were a perfect match. And she did it for free!  Bless her. :)  And I love it. It's so wild to see your characters on the screen.

But if I have a trailer for my next book, I'd be sure to leave out spoilers.

Anyway, thanks for posting it. :)