Sunday, June 29, 2014

Saturday, June 07, 2014

As has happened before, "lit, a place for stories" is MOVING

Because the domain name for this site costs $39.95 a year now, and I'm not paying that.  So now, you can find lit at its new site by clicking here.

Thanks and see you over there!

Friday, June 06, 2014


Time for another installment of the Indie Writers Monthly blogtacular blog tour! For those of you who missed Day One, this tour is to tell you all the reasons you should be reading Indie Writers Monthly magazine and blog.  Or, to put it in a more bold-faced, underline-y, hyperbolic way:


The first day of the tour, remember, was on Sizzling Hot YA Books, and featured this reason:

1.  Reading Indie Writers Monthly will help you become a time-traveler.

And you can click here to go read that one, but first, read reason #1:

2. Reading Indie Writers Monthly Will Give You Superpowers.

Let's say you want to get superpowers but you do not have any radioactive animals or mysterious lightning bolts striking your chemistry sets or are not from Krypton.  What are you going to do?

"Of all things... I had to be bitten by a radioactive STATUE."

Here's what you're going to do:  You're going to meet Pat "PT" "Grumpy Bulldog" "How Many Nicknames Can One Guy Have" Dilloway.

PT is one of the IWM gang of five, and among his many, many, MANY accomplishments are a couple of series of superhero books. PT is the author of The Scarlet Knight series, featuring a superhero who uses a magical armor and sword combo and is helped by a ghost, and he's also completed The Girl Power Series (featuring superheroes whose gender has been swapped), along with a collection of supporting novels for both series.

OK, fine, I hear you out there saying "Well, that's all well and good for someone who wants superpowers but for crying out loud, I've got kids and the laundry is piling up and now you want me to go out and fight giant robots in Metropolis and all I really want to do is improve at writing and selling books."

"Fighting Giant Electric Pterodactyles MY BUTT. Get home NOW."

First of all, I'm not saying you have to fight the robots, but what are you going to do, let them destroy the city?

Second of all, if you just want to be a writer instead of part of the Universe Corps of Superheroes, okay, I get it.  Being able to shoot laser beams from your fingertips isn't for everyone.  (I go through a lot of keyboards on my laptop.)

What PT also brings to the table is a great deal of experience at writing and publishing.  He has written, by my informal count, about 50 -- yes, FIFTY -- books, in a variety of genres: literary fiction, romance, YA, sci-fi, and more, and he's tried out about every site you can use to sell books.  He's had his books published by traditional companies, written flash fiction anthologies, and indie publishes his books.

And he shares those tips with you, as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of books, movies, comics, and more, on the Indie Writers Monthly blog and in our magazine.  In the past month, PT has posted articles on how he created his signature character, the Scarlet Knight, the fight between Amazon and Hachette,  and how to avoid being a 'chucker.'

What's a "chucker?" Well, you'll just have to click that link and see, won't you?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I believe the Briane signal is lighting up the sky.  *dons mask, fluffs out cape* "TO THE BRI-COPTER!"

Briane Pagel: the man who successfully lobbied
to have the Justice League include
"eating lots of pizza" as a superpower.

CLICK HERE if you'd like to go read Indie Writers Monthly right now!

Or CLICK HERE to get the June issue of our magazine, which is FREE through June 6 and only $0.99 after that! It's got three great short stories, tips on coming up with titles, blog reviews, an author interview, and more!

AND don't forget: you can submit your time travel story to our anthology/contest.  The deadline is June 15, but if you ask nicely we'll give you more time.  You can win money! Details here.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Unfollowed (A #Love Stories) (Infinite Monkeys)

Giraffe by Mr Bunches
X-ray drawing by me.

Unfollowed (A #Love Stories):

.@poethuntress Thanx for favoriting my tweet!
.@poethuntress: thought you might like this story: “14 women who changed… http://tiny. ”
#FF these Tweeps are GREAT: @johnnyonthespot @14milesofbadroad @whycantiusepunctuation @poethuntress
@poethuntress I shuld have put you 1st on that list sorry
@poethuntress thought your blog post today was great, couldn’t comment bc nt a member
@poethuntress sorry about the misspelling!
I have started to write #poetry on my blog, check it out: “Crocodile tears can’t…. http://tinier.”
New #poem, come comment on it: “What it’s like… http://tiniest.”
@poethuntress congrats on getting published, like the photo! #waytogo
#FF people who can really write @poethuntress @johncheeverreincarnated @poethuntress YES she deserves to be on there twice.
@poethuntress I can’t DM you? Twitter must be broken #stupidtwitter
New poem on my blog: “Dark dark dark http://attoparsec.”
Check out what I found: awesome poetry!
I’ve started a tumblr: “Found Poetry http://lightpicosecond.”
Awesome poem by @poethuntress on her Tumblr: “And then I traveled through time…
#FF Tell them I followed you and maybe  these people will unblock me #haha @poethuntress  “That is all”—Homer Simpson
@homersmainman @poethuntress No, I didn’t realize it was the Germans who said that, not Homer.
It’s been a while since I’ve been on Twitter. Do people still use this?
Here’s what I had for breakfast today: #pictureoftoast #hashtagyourphotoinsteadofpostingit

.@gamegeekgal Thanks for the RT! I’m going to go check out your blog.
The Infinite Monkeys project is almost over.  Another two months or so.  Until I reveal what it's all about, here's a link to more Infinite Monkeys stories.

AND HEY, why don't you write a Time Travel story for the IWM anthology and win money! Details here

Monday, June 02, 2014

June Bugs!

Featuring not 1,
                        not 2,

                                 but THREE amazing stories
from our writers, as well as tips on coming up with titles, AND how hard it is to write a bad story AND the IWM interview of Andrew Leon, "June Bugs" is a deal and even MORE so given that it's FREE from Monday, June 2 through to Friday, June 6.