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Read a good book, do a good deed

With the holidays upon us it is natural to think about giving to others but it’s hard with everything else going on this time of year. Or maybe you really want to do something good but are kind of lazy and would rather just kick back with a good read. Maybe you just need a break from the negativity of the election season and want to read a good fantasy book. Or maybe you are super lazy (and poor) but want to feel good about yourself for making a real difference in the lives of some underprivileged here in the United States the price of a Starbucks coffee. The very talented author (and friend of mine) Kenton Kilgore has you covered no matter which of the above categories fit you.

For the entire month of December he will be donating 100% of the profits from the sale of both the e-books and the print copies of his book, the Dragontamer’s Daughters to a non-profit organization that helps provide running water to homes on a Navajo reservation in the American Southwest.

To buy the book, go here – ebook Version on Amazon | print version on Amazon

To read more about this go here – Author to donate profits to Navajo Water Project

To learn more about Kenton go here – Kenton’s webpage

It’s all success even when it’s not

I know, when you aren’t a big shot writer, it’s easy to imagine that we are all living it up like Hemingway, on some island paradise, knocking back the drinks, going on big game hunts (with cameras these days, because we’re cool like that), doing a bit of spying for our respective governments and generally living the lives we write about.

hemingway

While that may be a true a few weeks out of the year for some of us, the rest of the writerly life is one of endurance and perseverance. Oh sure, you may think that the movie Rocky is about a boxer, but its really an allegory for the life of a writer. You get hit. A lot. You get back up and you keep punching those keys. What comes out is sloppy and its ugly but you keep going until the bell rings (that’s the deadline, by the way). Then you do another training montage – outline – get in the ring, write, okay yeah the metaphor is a little thin at this point.

Anyway, what I was getting at is that writing is ugly business and it is painful. The author you see on the shelves at the bookstore has likely been turned down several times (hundreds even!) before finding a home with a publisher. My friend and fellow writer Aeryn Rudel has decided to own this ugly side of the work with his very excellent blog Rejectomancy.  One of the really cool projects he has going there is a live-blogging called Real Time Rejection, which begins with The Journey of Story X. It has received a single rejection so far, and it will be interesting to follow along with it and see where it ends up. He also has some free stories up on his site, so go check him out, I think you’ll enjoy it!