December 12, 2011

Ready to Start Something New

You know? Getting a few bad reviews probably did me good! I no longer feel the urge to spend so much time trying to market the silly story that I wrote until I gave up on a couple years ago. I am glad that I finally felt brave enough to show off my writing without waiting for someone else's approval!
More than one reviewer stated that they thought I had potential, and even though they may just have been feeling nice, it made me feel good. I will be careful now to avoid the mistakes they pointed out and focus again entirely on writing.
As one of the major problems alluded to was the feeling that I had rushed (I did. If you don't count the amount of time I declared it done and did nothing with it...)That makes me feel good about the few stories I have held back on my computer because of the feeling they need something more.
Like the story I'm trying to put together now. I keep having new ideas for it every couple of days, and putting that into an outline. I don't want to start the actual writing of it, until I feel that outline is complete. I probably won't try working on that one seriously until next year. I want to leave it open to any of the new ideas I might get over the holiday. I tentatively plan to focus on its writing until I get back home after new years. By then; with all my idea filled notes to frame it, it will not be rushed.

...or maybe I'll switch to one of my two or three half written stories with its own set of notes. And maybe my short story 'Right Now' will have been accepted by then! (I enjoyed writing that one enough I'll probably self publish it soon if I can't get anyone to bite at it.)
Whatever, I feel comfortable to consider myself a writer now.

December 09, 2011

Happy with the 1 star review

Say what? Perhaps it's just too early in the morning, but I like the review I got today:
1/5 score, but not because my story stinks or I'm a crappy writer, but because I didn't spend enough time finessing my words and writing into the best that they could be; apparently I left a few rather glaring mistakes. So why does this earn my enjoyment? Because of the time and effort I'm taking with my current writing.
a happy reminder that resisting the urge to rush, may be be beneficial.
And hey, if you don't get too worried about the technical aspects of writing, you can read a novel that, according to Heather, has 'a promising storyline' by an author described with 'great ideas are in her head.'

November 15, 2011

Facebook Page

Ok, I went and made a facebook page for my book: but now I'm lost at trying to attach a 'like' box to my blog.

November 09, 2011

NaNo Demon Wins

Although I'd pretty much decided it by Monday, I'm going to now officially declare that I've thrown in the towel on NaNoWriMo this year. I don't think I've written on my story since Friday, and I don't think there's any chance I can bring up the word count fast enough to get 50,000 in November.
This isn't a bad thing, however. I now have the full set of notes to carry on writing a story I really like. Without worrying about my writing speed, I can now pull the story together and let it improve as I consider all of what could possibly happen.
It may even be a good thing, I never finishedThe Speed of Darkness until a good while after NaNoWriMo.

October 31, 2011


A couple years ago, when I began writing The Speed of Darkness, I never stopped to worry about marketing I figured simply, If the book is any good, it will sell.
Now I realize that no matter how good or bad it may be, no opinions really matter if no one knows of its existence. Before now, the only people I know who have read it are the people I have talked to or contacted myself. No one else knows that it is out there, or even cares if it's any good without seeing the reaction of someone else.
This weekend the book finally began to generate reviews here. At the time I wrote this blog, it's only two, but with any luck, those reviews will get more people to read it. They both graded it 4/5 and seem to have enjoyed their reading.

So hey, care to see what they said, maybe read the book yourself where you can leave your own reaction to The Speed of Darkness?

October 23, 2011

It's almost Short Fiction Week 2011? It must be a sign

This morning I finally worked out in my head how I could write a story with some fantasy characters I've been playing around with for quite a while.
My only problem was that before now that's all it was, 4 characters and no story. And one idea of a scene- a centaur and a satyr hiding inside a fast food joint, trying to serve customers without letting on that they aren't human.
My other 2 characters are a girl dragon in human form with the other mythical creatures and some teenage-20 something guy who is first meeting the others.
Now this was all a bit fanciful even for me so I tried not to give it too much serious thought; but the ideas kept coming back; building into more of a story.
I just knew certain things about my characters:

-The centaur is somehow in charge, the leader or something.

-The Centaur and the Satyr are much older than the other two, and have been teamed together to get past something seriously bad...

-My satyr has goat horns on his human head except one is broken short where the centaur kicked him once. Centaur dude feels guilty about this and it's probably the only reason why he will put up with the satyr acting like he does sometimes.. (you know, like a Satyr ^^)

-The normal guy somehow becomes a werewolf as a result of something the other three do and so they now feel responsible for looking out for him as his beliefs in reality are rewritten and keeping others safe from a werewolf who hasn't learned to control himself.
(As none of them are human they don't have to worry about going werewolf, I guess...)

Need I go on? All that's important is that I never felt it was enough to make a story
This morning I was looking at how it's still about a week until November so I probably shouldn't start on my NaNoWriMo story just yet, but that would be enough time for a semi-flash short story.
[if you ever heard that description before, it's probably 'cause I 'semi-made' it up~ flash-fiction, as I understand it uses no notes and very little forethought- I can't do that! I like to have even minimal notes; to build myself some sort of frame to work within and to spend a bit of time even if it's just a day or two to think about how I would react to the situations I've given my characters.]

So I decided I'm gonna write not the entire story of my 4 characters (for one reason- because I'm pretty sure I haven't thought it all up yet) but just the tale of how my creatures and the human came together, at their lovely fast-food place with dragon-fire-grilled burgers.
Hmm, I wonder if that mode of cooking would pass a health inspection....

October 14, 2011

Stuart Aken: Author Interview with Sarah Baethge.

Stuart Aken: Author Interview with Sarah Baethge.: Hello Sarah, please tell us about you, as a writer. I have always liked Science-fiction and Fantasy, and write primarily to enterta...

October 12, 2011

Discovering Goodreads

If you like to write or even if you just read, you have to check out goodreads. It is like the biggest collection of book knowledge that I have ever found. I've just spent some time trying to link all my writings there so my pages can get a quick/click ad linking to all of my writings.

October 09, 2011

A Rejection I'm Glad to Get

Have you ever had a great idea that refused to materialize when you set to work on it? I'm talking really fun here, just imagining what it could be is enjoyable.
After spending a couple months on one of these 'great' ideas, I had what I considered to be a good first chapter for my epic, imaginary time and space novel written. I had a full vision of where it was going; yet suddenly; I ran into a solid wall that blocked my finding how.
After a week or two of getting nowhere on it, writing but rejecting scenes and notes that didn't quite measure up to what I had, I moved all parts of it to the unfinished folder on my computer, because I couldn't justify spending trying to spruce up the tale that seemed to have died.
Now this was just shortly after I had given up on the other book I recently had the guts to get published. That one, The Speed of Darkness, was enjoyable to me after not looking at it for a good long time, so perhaps I thought, that other one would work now, too.
And yes, I still liked what I had, but the ending seemed just a little bit too short. Fine, I decided, I'll just pass what I have to a couple publishers as a short story, and if I ever decide how to continue it; I can write a sequel.
Of course now, this was last month now that I sent it to someone who asked me to wait until some date in November with no contact before I considered it rejected; so can you guess what happened?
The very night after I sent it off, I had the thought of how to continue it. We're talking one of those fun 11:30 p.m. frantic note writings in the dark that makes me glad my computer screen glows so I don't have to worry about my room light switch.
The continuation!!
I was only left hoping what I had already sent wouldn't pass the prospective editor's evaluation. Not enough hope that I felt I should contact them to withdraw my submission (even what I have planned now doesn't complete the story so it wouldn't hurt to have part published), but I could certainly see that it would all be stronger if presented together. I put off trying to write it until I knew if I should write it as part of what I had or if it needed the right structuring to stand alone.

This morning I got the email, apologizing that my story didn't make the cut. One of the reasons why they gave was that it ended quite abruptly.
This rejection gives me the opportunity to immerse myself once again in my fantasy world of Tehar. Thank you for the rejection Bewildering Stories.

October 04, 2011

It's not procrastination, it's efficiancy

I know I said I was going to start writing today, but responding to: Prem Rao's blog made me realize something,
Everything I've ever had the nerve to self publish has been written for NaNoWriMo.
So now I think I'll take my time with this Idea, fully flesh it out and whatnot, and not start writing until November.
When November comes I'll write all I can without stopping to plan- sure I don't expect to get fully finished, I never have before, but if I can take a liking to this one as I did to the others, I can foresee my future success.

October 02, 2011

New story idea! Why I want to just get it down

Finally I am just about ready to relax a bit on trying to publicize my silly werewolf book. This may have come about because it's finally going to appear in a couple of people's blogs, but really I think it might be because I find myself ready to write again.
I had the idea for what should become a short story on Friday. I've sketched out a story map- some quickly written notes, and am ready to start tomorrow.
Why go so slow? It's exactly how I went about writing my last short story, 'Right Now', and taking my time with that story somehow allowed my mind to play with the concept until the finished short became something that was almost nothing like my original concept for the story. So why risk that happening again?
'Right Now' may be my favorite thing that I have ever written. Currently I'm checking to see if a few small publishers may like it, but even if they don't, I am going to get that one out to the world even if I have to publish it myself.
This new story shouldn't take more than a week or two to write, and even if it happily stays just the way I see it to be, in that speed of writing way it's like 'Right Now' - an important fact.
I have more than enough half fleshed out unfinished story ideas. taking the time to analyze every word seems important, but in reality it does little other than open up self doubt. My stories I actually published: 'The Speed of Darkness' (at amazon or Smashwords) has had little other than cosmetic changes for the last 2-3 years and 'Breaking Away' remains incomplete on a peer review site ( ) because the constant rereading just pulls me too close to my own story and I lose the nerve publishing it.
So timing is important, I don't want to rush through my writing so fast that I eliminate the effect that thinking about my story may have, yet I know that if I don't spur myself on a little I won't be willing to risk the fact that other people may not like my work.

September 27, 2011

Looking for Reviewers - anyone can do it!

OK, so now I've figured out that my publicity for  'The Speed of Darkness' by Sarah Baethge my short novel is never gonna grow unless I wrangle in a few reviews. Specifically, Amazon will give you space to post a review if you buy the book: on Kindle from
If you have  your own place for reviews you can get it for kindle on amazon,
 or in any format available at Smashwords.

any other information you need, you can contact me
on twitter: @22niel
on Google+: +米机生苛 (just highlight-copy&paste)
on linkedin:
or facebook:

thanks alot!

September 26, 2011

rewriting the description

A guy on the boards suggested that I rewrite my description in order to attract buyers to my book. So I rewrote it. If something that simple makes my sales jump I'm gonna be mad that I rushed through its writing the first time. Now it's gonna bug me that I can't remember why I was in such a rush the first time.
and I'm just annoyed that amazon makes me wait a 2-3 day time period so they can approve of what I wrote before they post it.
buy hey; it's here:
just read at least the free sample that it lets you download

September 18, 2011

Solution to my ISBN worries

Earlier I was whining about lacking the money to buy an ISBN?
I found a solution!
If you agree to let Smashwords list themselves as the publisher of your book on their site, they will buy and give you an ISBN that applies to copies of your book originating from that site FREE.
Sure, I still have no ISBN for any version of my book that is stored elsewhere, but now as long as I list Smashwords as the publisher of that copy with it's empty-space reformatting and a few re-wordings of events that I felt were needed as I went through it trying to make the changes necessary to get their submission-checking computer to accept it, I have an ISBN number to fill out the countless forms that not having one made impossible to complete!
Smashwords somewhat rules.