Posts Tagged ‘Steve Umstead’

11 Questions of Badassery by Jesse James Freeman and SPECIAL GUEST

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Ladies and gents I'm super excited at the complete badassery that is happening in my bar today. It's Wednesday so that means I hand the reigns of my site over to last week's featured author and how could anyone forget the awesomely badass, Jesse James Freeman? Well, because Jesse is amazingly awesome he's changing things up a bit and I'm all for it. Over on Jesse's own site he runs an interview series called, "11 Questions of Badassery" that he is transplanting for the day into my little corner pub. The fact that he deems my humble establishment worthy of such badassery makes me want to get on top of the bar and do a little jig. I know what you're saying, "But Karen, you do that every night, how is this different?" The difference my friends? ... Well, I don't know, but this time its for a reason, not just because! Anyway, grab yourself a drink, settle in and get ready to witness some serious badassery at the Writing on the Rocks pub.


New Reviews

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Hey everyone!

I have some new reviews up on the review site Writing on the Rocks! Check them out:

 Asylum Lake by R.A. Evans Writong on the Rocks issue 1


Gabriel’s Redemption by Steve Umstead Writing on the Rocks issue 2


Ties That Bind by Carolyn Arnold Writing on the Rocks issue 6


Gabriel’s Return by Steve Umstead Writing on the Rocks issue 10


Riversong by Tess Hardwick Writing on the Rocks issue 11 


The Camera Guy by R.W. Goodship Writing on the Rocks issue 12


Twitter: An Online Support Group For Writers

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Last week I reviewed a book by Steve Umstead, a writer I met on Twitter. I don’t remember how I started following him, but I’m glad I did. Steve would tweet about the book he published and with his every tweet I got a little more curious about the novel. Even though the story was sci-fi, a genre I know nothing about and usually don’t want to know anything about, I downloaded it for my Kindle.

I won’t go into how much I liked the book, for that you can go to over to my corner shelf and read the post there, but I did like – a lot. By talking to him on Twitter I was introduced to other writers of that genre and started to talking to them as well. The same thing happened. I found myself downloading several other books that are currently burning a hole through my Kindle waiting for me to read them.

I first joined Twitter because that’s what “they” say you should do when starting up a writing career. Get out there, show yourself and your writing to the world. Make friends, give support and in turn you’ll get support back, hopefully.

I have to say it works.

The one writer I talked to asked where she could find my books. If I could have reached through the computer and kissed her I would have. It would have been creepy afterwards, I mean, really, how do you back out after something like that? A nice woman would be sitting in front of her computer giving support to someone whom she thought was a normal person and this crazy redhead jumps out of her computer wanting to kiss her in gratitude. Embarrassing.

I got so giddy when I saw that tweet pop up. However, the ever grounded Sparky was there.

“She wants to know where she can find my book!”

“Um. You don’t have a book yet.”

Gee, thanks for the reminder. But that wasn’t the only reason why I got excited.

I got excited because I made a connection. Everyday I stay at home with my kids and although I wouldn’t change that for the world it can get a bit lonely without adult contact. When I go on Twitter I can talk to other adults about things that are of a common interest.

Knowing that there are people out there that are going through the same things that I am make me feel supported. Knowing that there are people out there that are where I want to be and are willing to talk with me about their experiences gives me something to shoot for.

Sparky’s right, I don’t have a publishable book right now, but I am working on one. It’s amazing that there are people out there that are curious about my work because of conversations that I’ve had with them. It makes me want to write even more.

The support I’m finding on Twitter is second to only the support I get from Sparky.

So, thank you Twitter friends for being there to motivate, inspire and support me. And for giving me someone to drink with while I write. 😉