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# Episode 18

Write here...Episode 18

##Works in Progress

###Mike

[00:00:43] Mike worked on nothing, as he was on vacation for his 5th wedding anniversary. Mike came up with an idea, he wants to write a "booze" blog. He and his wife were in Vegas, and John surmised that all the writing he did had to stay there.

###John

[00:01:27] John's working on second drafts of things. *Dispossessed* and *Stonelair*. 677 words of *Stonelair* were promptly lost while using Penflip. He's still a little bitter about that. Mike suggested using Google Drive for raw writing just to keep it autosaving as he writes.

Besides the autosave issue, John found that you can't rename files through the Penflip interface. Once you name something, it has to stay that name. That's a problem when you write a scene that is different than what you started with. Eric also experienced that same problem.

###Eric

[00:03:34] Eric is making some good headway with the *Don't Wake Up* rewrite. He got past the depressing hump he hit a week ago. Up to chapter 4 and a pre-read by his wife was good. He also wrote the second part of chapter 1 of *Faith, Love and Rust*. He submitted it to the #saturdayScenes on Google Plus. He got some nice comments and reviews there. He created an account at ghost.io to use Ghost as a platform for this story. Ghost is a nice simple, markup-based blog format.

[00:04:26] An agent in New York wanted to read the full manuscript of the *Prince of Pigeon Hill*. It's very exciting and surreal for Eric.

> "You're a total stranger and you want to read this. It's pretty cool, and I'm tickled. It's just not the mindset I'm used to.

##What's happening online

###11 Books You should Read before Writing your Militiary Science Fiction Novel

John came across an article on Io9 [11 History Books You Should Read Before Writing Your Military SF Novel](http://io9.com/11-history-books-you-should-read-before-writing-your-mi-1722755493). Military science fiction is something he'd be interested in writing, but having never served in any armed forces (or anything close), John's experience is lacking. Even *Dispossessed* could be considered Military SciFi, even though its in an existing universe. These books give an idea of what its like being in combat as well as the technologies in present and future armies.

Eric recommended some number of additional books:

[Storm of Steel](http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Steel-Penguin-Classics-J%C3%BCnger/dp/0142437905/?tag=typehammer-20) by Ernst Jünger is a memoir by a German World War I soldier that describes the depravity and horror of that war.

[Spies for Hire](http://www.amazon.com/Spies-Hire-Secret-Intelligence-Outsourcing-ebook/dp/B001949VEW/?tag=typehammer...) by Tim Shorrock discusses the outsourcing of military intelligence after 9/11.

- [Territory of Lies](http://www.amazon.com/Territory-Lies-Exclusive-Jonathan-American/dp/0060159723/?tag=typehammer-20) by Wolf Blitzer is the story of Jonathan Jay Pollard, an American who spied on his country for Israel and how he was betrayed. This is a great spy book.

[BlackWater](http://www.amazon.com/Blackwater-Rise-Worlds-Powerful-Mercenary-ebook/dp/B0097CYTYA/?tag=typehammer-...) by Jeremy Scahill is an expose on the world's most powerful mercenary army (now called Academi). This covers how private operators work in the Middle East.

###10 Science Fiction You Pretend to Have Read

[10 Science Fiction You Pretend to Have Read and Why You Should Actually Read Them](http://io9.com/5924625/10-science-fiction-novels-you-pretend-to-have-read-and-why-you-should-actually-read-them)

John mentioned a book called [Alas, Babylon](http://www.amazon.com/Alas-Babylon-Pat-Frank-ebook/dp/B00CD360ZQ/?tag=typehammer-20) by Pat Frank and Eric mentioned [Lucifer's Hammer](http://www.amazon.com/Lucifers-Hammer-Larry-Niven-ebook/dp/B004478DOU/?tag=typehammer-20) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

###Does Darkness Deserve Lyrical
In a Wall Street Journal interview with author Adam Johnson [Pulitzer Winner Adam Johnson on His New Book, ‘Fortune Smiles’](http://www.wsj.com/articles/writer-adam-johnson-examines-real-human-stories-in-new-book-fortune-smil...) Eric was haunted by a line from Johnson's book as read by the interviewer.

> There’s an incredibly vivid image in “The Orphan Master’s Son”: A sailor cuts off the fin of a shark (for shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia) “and then rolled the shark back into the water, where, unable to maneuver, it would race nowhere but down, disappearing into the blackness, leaving only a thin contrail of blood behind.”




##Reading Spotlight

###The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver

##The Fold by Peter Clines
http://www.amazon.com/Fold-Novel-Peter-Clines/dp/0553418297/tag=typehammer-20
##Tech Focus - Author Websites

Mike Hale:
http://www.webinknow.com/the-underwriting-a-vc-backed-novel-shows-an-alternative-way-to-launch-a-product
Mike Hale:
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/04/16/author-website/
John Uhri:
Your own doman (e.g. http://johnuhri.com/)

About Page
* Headshot and bio
Your Books
* Make sure to list any in a series together
* Text list and one with the covers.
* Each book should go to a landing page for that book.
An Excerpt of your work
Calls to action
Your next book
Clear easy to read text
Contact Info
Email list signup
Events page (or speaking schedule
Recommended books
Blog
Exclusive Content
Testimonials


http://patricksamphire.blogspot.com/2012/02/10-things-every-authors-website-should.html
http://timgrahl.com/how-to-build-the-ultimate-author-website-in-1-hour/
http://www.authormedia.com/what-readers-want-from-your-author-website/
http://dearauthor.com/features/letters-of-opinion/what-every-authors-website-should-contain/
http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/author-website-elements/
John Uhri:
What should an Author Website include?

What shouldn't be included?
John Uhri:
Author Websites

WordPress
Author Plugins

Choose a font that is easy to read!
Own your own space! Wordpress.com vs. Wordpress.org
##Craft Talk

Eric Michalsen:
multitask stories...
too many starts...not enoughings

http://elmwriting.ghost.io/fia/
##Writing that Pays

Eric Michalsen:
http://www.gonomad.com/about-us/writer-s-guidelines