Quotes, Easter Eggs, and Inside Jokes

 One of my favorite moments is finding a quote from one of my favorite shows tucked in as a passing comment in an article or post. I tend to laugh out loud (especially the most obscure ones because I feel good when I recognize them), then get sad because there’s no one to appreciate it with me.

 Today, while scrolling through FB (when I was supposed to writing), I saw quotes from Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Firefly. Oh, and Doctor Who. Of course, considering many of my friends are science fiction fans, as are many of the groups I belong to, I guess it’s just not that unusual. But still, it makes me happy. The ones I saw today aren’t that obscure:
“The special hell.”
“Not the One.”
“Don’t blink.”
“It’s green.”

 I also love it when someone says something innocuous but I can relate it to a fandom or some inside joke, then I hide my smile or try not to giggle because even if I explain it, they won’t find it funny.
You have to be a Babylon 5 fan to appreciate what’s funny about the “Hokey Pokey.”
To find humor in being given a restaurant pager, you would need to be a fan of the The Guild. (Fun fact: my family won’t let me hold one anymore – just because when it finally goes off I yell, “Floyd needs me!” Sheesh. Party poopers.)
Only an Alien Nation fan would understand why one might call an abusive boss “Kleezantsun.
I used to think all SF fans would know “grok,” but it seems only the older crowd do these days. Sad, that.
Of course, some shows or movies appeal to more than just the SF/F crowd; I find very few people who don’t know the source of “No Capes!”

 I don’t think I’m alone in enjoying these little inside jokes. As a matter of fact, I also tend to tuck Easter eggs or nods to some of my favorite shows or books in my writing. But I don’t know who among my readers get any of them. And that also makes me wonder, do any of my fellow writers tuck little gems in their stories? Please, do tell!



How Much Did You Pay to Get Your Book Published?

“How Much Did You Pay to Get Your Book Published?” a person asked after stopping at my author table at an event, some time ago.

“Nothing,” I replied. “Publishers pay you, you don’t pay them.”

He looked stunned, and asked more questions, then finally asked about self-publishing.

I said no, you still should not have to pay anything, unless you pay for cover art (which I do, as I have all the talent of a ferret when comes to anything artistic), or for someone to copy edit your work, or help with technical difficulties, such as making sure your document is formatted properly for a clean upload.

With places such as Smashwords (for e-books) and CreateSpace (for print books), as examples, there’s no cost to be published (unless you avail yourself of such services as editing, as I mention above).

And these places which are so kind as to offer to have you pay them to edit, publish, and market your book? They’re called vanity presses. Can we say “don’t trust them”? Sure. Try it. Please.

You don’t need them. Truly.

I highly recommend you read David Gaughran’s Basics. And bookmark it.

(BTW, I saw the man I talked to at a later author event – he was still working on his book, but had taken the information I’d given him and was prepared to publish and market his book when the time was right. Kudos! Perhaps I’ll see him at another event this year or next with his own author table. I do hope so!)



Faster Than Light (well almost) Feedback

I received a message on Facebook from someone who bought one of my books at the Dover Comic Con yesterday (Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck). He had gone home, immediately read the whole thing, and liked it so much he contacted me the same night to tell me so.

That’s the sort of thing that keeps a writer writing! Thank you, Gene!


Dover Comic Con 2015 – way too much fun!

So – is it legal to have so much fun? I had a blast – and it was great to share it with family and friends. Selling books was nice too, although I did sigh a few times that I had to be at my table and not just wandering about the whole day. I also went on a guilt trip because I actually had fans who came up and asked when the next books in the series were going to be out!

And I had a costume this year – it was an attempt to show off  bit of each genre in which I have books published, which might have made for a bit of confusion but I think I looked all right, and that’s all that counts!

A few highlights: Mario and Luigi were there, and several Doctors – and the TARDIS. Light and L made an appearance, as well as some stormtroopers and Boba Fett (I challenged him with my ray gun and he ducked outside – that shows what he’s made of!), Ghostbusters and steampunk Ghostbusters, a weeping angel, Harry Potter, tons of superheroes, and too many more to mention.

I have a few photos, but instead of posting them here (because WordPress and I argue too much about wrapping text), I’m putting them on my Facebook author’s page.