Monthly Archives: January 2015

Two countdown deals and a new release

That’s right. Two countdown deals this week and a new release. Why? Because I can? Because I’m crazy? You pick.

Fine Art_blueYou can pick up the Kindle version for only 99 cents this week. It’s also available in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The MazeAnd, just for fun, The Maze: Three Tales of the Future is also having a countdown deal for 99 cents. Three tales! Of the Future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now and Later ebook coverLast, I have a new/old release out. I’ve compiled all my published young adult short stories into one volume. Currently, it’s only available in Kindle, but I plan to release the print version soon.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with the Flash Fiction Online anthology

Well, that was a nice surprise. Flash Fiction Online has published a 2014 anthology of their stories. And look! It has Straying from the Path. Plus? My name on the cover as well. Very, very cool.

Also, if you like to read and write flash fiction and want to study an excellent market, pick up a copy of this anthology. You’ll get a great feel for what the editors are looking for.

In other news, I didn’t quite make my 1,000 words/day goal this week, but I came close. I also did a little formatting and other whatnot in prep for this week’s Kindle Countdown Deal for The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath.

Speaking of which, three more days to enter the giveaway:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath by Charity Tahmaseb

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath

by Charity Tahmaseb

Giveaway ends January 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~6,257  words

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

flash-fiction-online-2014-anthology-coverIt’s the 2014 anthology! What a cool cover.

It’s available in MOBI, EPUB, and PDF from Weightless Books. You can also grab a copy for your Kindle at Amazon as well.

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with a cookie rally

Busy week this week with Girl Scout stuff. We took a tour of the local police station. One of the K9 dogs was on duty and we got to meet her. So cool. We also participated in a cookie rally, which was a … thing. No, it was fine, but it will be nice to sit and do a little editing today.

Otherwise, a submission, a few rejections (I was following up on outstanding 2014 submissions), and I finished a novelette.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 7,682 words

Submissions:

  • A Measure of Sorrow (audio/reprint market)

Rejections:

  • The Perfect Canvas
  • A Measure of Sorrow

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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Weekly writing check-in: the one with yet another novel

I am really psyched about those two submissions this week. I’m hoping to build my list back up to a respectable level. I have some reprints I’d like to submit to audio markets. I would like to write a few more short stories too, although I can’t seem to stop myself from writing novelettes, so we’ll see how that goes.

Speaking of which, I’m doing something a bit different: working on two things at once, a novel and a novelette. So far it seems to be working.

And, of course, The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath is out, and you can read all about it, the Goodreads giveaway, and the countdown deal in yesterday’s post.

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 9,200 words
  • Graphic Design tutorials

Submissions:

  • Abandonment Issues
  • March Madness

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath

Fine Art_blueYou can see all the details in yesterday’s post, but yes, she is live and on sale.

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Revealed: The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath

So, now it’s here, or rather, now it’s official. It’s in the wild and will do whatever it is that it’s going to do out there.

Currently, it’s available in Kindle and Print (and if you buy the print version, you can get the Kindle one for free).
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Secrets–like war–have their own casualties

MacKenna’s mother died when she was a baby, a casualty of the first Gulf War. Now seventeen, MacKenna has spent her life navigating the minefield of her dad’s moods, certain of one thing: she is destined to follow in her mother’s combat boots. But when she pursues an ROTC scholarship, she finds herself at war before even enlisting.

Her father forbids her from joining the military, inexplicable considering he’d raised her to be a “warrior princess.” MacKenna turns to her grandmother–who arms her with an ammo crate containing her mother’s personal effects from the war. Hidden in the crate’s false bottom is a journal, one her mom stashed there hours before her death.

While MacKenna untangles the secrets of her parents’ tragic love story, her own life unravels. Dad’s behavior becomes erratic, her best friend grows distant and even hostile, and a boy from her past returns–with a life-threatening secret of his own.

If ever a girl needed her mother, it’s now.

The pen might be mightier than the sword, but are a mother’s words strong enough to slice through years of hidden pain? Can those words reach through the battlefields of the past to change MacKenna’s future?

Save the date

I’ll be running a Kindle Countdown Deal starting on January 27th, when you can get the Kindle version for 99 cents. In the meantime, you can hop on over to Goodreads and enter the giveaway for a signed paperback copy:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath by Charity Tahmaseb

The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath

by Charity Tahmaseb

Giveaway ends January 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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Weekly writing check-in: the one where I look back at 2014

Action is hopeHappy New Year! I hope it was joyous and safe and you have lots of plans for the new  year.

I’m going to take a quick look back before I jump into 2015 proper.

Words written:

For 2014, I wrote ~270,000 words.

Uh, yeah. That looks like a lot. You know what? It doesn’t feel like a lot. I don’t feel tired or drained from doing that. In fact, I feel energized, and to quote Mr. Bradbury, I’ll be damned, it’s been a good year.

270,000 words looks intimidating. But really? Divide that by 365. It’s only 740 words per day.

740. Not even 1,000 words per day. That’s doable. If you bump it up a bit, you can take weekends off. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now. Daily writing is a lot like exercise. It isn’t sexy or glamorous, but if you commit to it, you’ll see results.

Of those words I wrote, I managed a couple of novels, a handful of short stories, and several novelettes. I love writing novelettes, but it’s hard to find a home for them.

Other stats:

I made 51 submissions this year (down ~ 50 from last year).

I sold six stories/poem thingies.

Of my fiction writing income, 30% came from selling to traditional markets (short fiction markets) and 70% came from publishing my own work. With this in mind, I will probably concentrate on publishing my own work in 2015, in a variety of ways.

2014 Publications:

Straying from the Path at Flash Fiction Online

A Most Marvelous Pair of Boots at Timeless Tales Magazine

Breakfast in the Desert at Every Day Poets

Playing Soldier in issue #9 of Vine Leaves Literary Journal (and best of anthology for 2014)

The Secret Life of Sleeping Beauty, in audio, at Cast of Wonders

Girl with the Piccolo, in audio, at Cast of Wonders

Incriminating Evidence in Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Issue #4

This week:

Writing Work:

  • Writing ~ 9,700 words (I’m on a bit of a tear this week)
  • Graphic Design tutorials

Submissions:

  • None

Rejections:

  • None

Acceptances:

  • None

Publications:

  • None

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