Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When You Don't Write What You Know: RESEARCH - Over at Magical Words today!

The Curse of Scathach Cover Color Final Small
It's time I finally wrote about my trip to New Mexico. I promised the readers of that I would (and as I link to all those posts here, I've promised all of you, too) and so I finally found a way to share a million words in just under 2000 words on today's post.

So head on over and learn about my research trip to New Mexico for the full version of this short story, The Curse of Scáthach. Here's the direct link:

Also, here's the amazing blurb R.S. Belcher did for the new cover!

 In “The Curse of Sc├íthach,” Tamsin L. Silver has created an intriguing and fast-paced story set in the wild west. It’s the right balance of historic accuracy and flight of fancy to please fans of weird westerns and historical fantasy. Saddle up and go read it!
R.S. Belcher
(The Six-Gun Tarot, The Shotgun Arcana, and Nightwise)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It's Like Sex... - Over at Magical Words today!

Oh...I see...NOW I have your attention...LOL! That's okay, it was intentional. That said, here's the opening of my post at today:

It's Like Sex...

                   …if you rush it, pay no attention to detail, it’s probably going to suck.

Disclaimer #1: Sometimes this not the case…but like everything, there’s always an exception to the rule.

Disclaimer #2: High probability that Disclaimer #1 pertains to you is wicked slim…and I’m sorry.

Disclaimer #3: Sure, we’ve very likely covered what I’m about to say before, but I’m feeling like it needs to be reiterated again.

I feel like I’m channeling John Hartness’ blunt honesty and his, “I’m sorry it has to be said,” attitude right now and maybe that’s a good thing because so many do not hear the soft, nice, polite advice given these days. And yes, it’s true, I’m not some well known author with a huge publisher making a living writing (yet!) so you may be prone to think, “She doesn’t know anything, I got this!”

You don’t.

I don’t.

None of us do. Let me explain…

If you are a new writer doing self-pub, I want you to know I love you and want you to write your ass off, put great work out there, and become a household name who is adored by all who read your work. I desire that for every single person who has that inner fire to write and tries to put work out there. I desperately want that for you…for me…for those with the passion.

What I don’t want is for you to want it so badly that you fall on your face. That’s why I’m here right now and I  need you to read this and really get it.

“I’m not rushing,” you say, “I only get ___ number of words done a day and it’s been two years to write this and…”
I’m not talking about your writing. I’m not. I’m talking about AFTER.

For the rest of this is the direct link: