to the girl who can’t sit still

You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I think know what’s going on with you.  I could tell just at a glance. You were sitting there—I won’t say where or when, so no one can guess who you are—and I saw what you were doing.  You were twitching your leg.

That sounds innocuous: “twitching your leg.”  No big deal.  Except it was more like you were bouncing your leg up and down, up and down, up and down, as fast as you possibly could. I saw you doing that, and then I noticed how thin your leg—and the rest of you—is.

You have an eating disorder, don’t you?

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twl playlist, track 3: “ladies room”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel.

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a hard rock song.  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.  You can find posts about other songs on the playlist here.

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new “dogs” and new approaches

Last week, I posted that it had been suggested to me by some knowledgeable persons that the cover for my novel Lost Dogs could be revised to align it more with other titles in its genre.  I did a mock-up, posted it on Facebook in several places, and asked people whether they preferred the original (with the green landscape background), or the new proposed version.

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twl playlist, track 2: “the wanton song”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel.

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a hard rock song.  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.  I discussed Track 1 here.

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twl playlist, track 1: “you could be mine”

A surprising number of teenagers in 2019 (some them, no doubt, encouraged by hit films like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman) are fans of 70’s and 80’s rock.  So, too, is Alyx, the Feisty Teenage Heroine of This Wasted Land, my latest young adult dark fantasy novel. 

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To go along with that, I set up the table of contents for TWL as a “playlist,” and named each chapter after a hard rock song.  Each relates to their chapter in some way, whether it evokes the mood, mirrors events, reiterates themes, or simply inspired it.

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a new look for “lost dogs?”

Recently, someone suggested to me that the cover of my novel Lost Dogs –a story of the apocalypse as seen, heard, and smelled by a dog–should be revised to be more reflective of its genre.

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of dragons and coincidence

Recently, my younger daughter visited the John Paul II Center in Krakow, Poland, and shared with my wife and me several photos, including this dragon.

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The image, of course, is from the Book of Revelations, as is the monstrous Beast below it.  I first read Revelations when I was about nine, and it gave me the willies, because I took it literally.  Still, it’s some very cool artwork, done by the same fellow who did the mosaics at the JPII Shrine in Washington, DC.

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When she saw the photo, my wife immediately said, “Oh my God, it’s your book!”

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finally home after 40 years

In the summer of 1979, my mother moved us from Phoenix, AZ to Greenbelt, MD.  I was 12 at the time, and to say that the move changed my life forever would be like saying that the Grand Canyon is a big hole in the ground.

Mind you, I hadn’t wanted to move.  I had just finished 7th grade (which turned out to be the best school year I ever had before college) at Grandview, a great public school that, sadly, is no longer there (the school district tore it down and put up Osborn Middle School in its place). 

I had been in the talented and gifted program and on the student council, and I had lots of friends (including a very pretty girlfriend named Mary).  I loved Arizona and I loved Phoenix.  I didn’t want to live anywhere else.

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for writers: how to sell books in person

If you’re an author these days, you need all the help you can get selling your books. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or something else, you can make money and win lifelong, hardcore fans by selling your books in person, but there’s more–much more–to than just signing copies.  So, how best to do it?

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My new guide, Hand-Selling Books: Making Money and Winning Fans, walks you through every step of how to successfully hand-sell books, with lots of do’s and don’ts that I learned from extensive experience.  Among the aspects that I discuss are: 

  • Picking the right venue;
  • What you’ll need to bring;
  • Pricing to make you the most money;
  • Setting up the display; and
  • My  “One-Spoonful-At-A-Time” selling technique that you and your customers will be comfortable with.

Think you’re too shy to meet people and convince them to buy your books?  I’ll show you how to overcome that so you can easily engage with potential readers. 

All the knowledge that I learned and put into Hand-Selling Books, I got from selling my own novels, which you can find here. 

HSB was developed from seminars I gave at recent Bay To Ocean Writers Conferences held by the Eastern Shore Writers Association., but even if you attended those, you’ll want the additional information I’ve included in this volume. 

Don’t wait any longer: get Hand-Selling Books now and make your next book-signing a success!

 

Kenton Kilgore writes killer SF/F for young adults and adults who are still young.  In his latest novel, This Wasted Land, high-school senior Alyx Williams learns that witches are real when one attacks her and her boyfriend Sam, dragging him off to a nightmare world where Alyx must go to get him back.  

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Kenton is the author of Lost Dogs, the story of the end of the world as seen, heard–and smelled–by a dog.  He also wrote Dragontamer’s Daughters, like Little House on the Prairiewith dragons!  With Patrick Eibel, he created Our Wild Placea children’s book about the joy to be found in exploring Nature.  

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exit the x-men

Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men movie—and the last to be produced by 20th Century Fox, now that the film rights have transferred to Marvel Studio—is out.  And I couldn’t care any less.

It’s not that I don’t like the X-Men—quite the opposite.  I was a huge fan when I collected their various titles—Uncanny X-Men, Excalibur, X-Factor, New Mutants/X-Force—in the mid-80’s and early-90’s (I stopped when they started to become more like soap operas than comic books).

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For several years, I ran a Marvel Super Heroes role-playing campaign, with the players portraying the X-Men: Rogue, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Havok, Wolverine, and Longshot, among others.  They tangled with classic X-Men villains like Magneto, the Juggernaut, Mr. Sinister and the Marauders, and the Sentinels.

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