These can be confusing, so a quick way to remember is E for envelope. That way you will know that stationEry refers to things you’ll need to write and send letters – envelopes, paper, pens, stamps, etc.
The other one, stationary, means not moving.
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Received my upcoming book, The Smoke Eater, from a Beta Reader.
The Good News
Looks like I have a greenlight to proceed with additional edits. The comments weren’t as bad as I thought. Actually, I have a renewed sense of accomplishment with my project and I’m feeling confident that my readers are going to like ti.
Nearing the Finish Line
I hope to get my book to market sometime after Halloween. Stay tuned.
9/11 has affected everyone in the world. The biggest impact it had on me was insight into our world.
When I was working the UAE I showed up on site one day and was kindly welcomed as a new employee. This was in 2005 and my first overseas job in Oil and Gas. The HR lead, an older Arab gentlemen, (great guy too), profusely apologized to me for five minutes on how horrible 9/11 was.
This made me really uncomfortable, but others over there shared the sentiment. I went to the Middle East thinking that there might be a grudge between my race and theirs. What I found was a sense that so many people who were foreign to me wanted unity.
Check out this link here for an excellent post on the Killzone Blog today by Steve Hooley.
I’m having second thoughts about publishing my book independently. Was thinking about trying to go traditional publishing.
What would you do? And why?
The book I have in mind is The Smoke Eater which is about 88,000 words – getting ready for the final polish.
Reid Harris is a firefighter who has seen better times. Still healing from his last act of heroism, the marks of third-degree burn have impacted his emotional and physical wellbeing. With a crippling injury on his right leg, and living with post-traumatic stress, Reid is still desperate to keep working in the only career he ever knew. To keep his life on track, Reid travels to Azurbar, in the Middle East, where he doesn’t have to pass any physical or mental tests.
But on the day Reid travel to the desert, all hell breaks loose. Reid witnesses a shocking event that provides a common taste of what life is going to be like. Threats of violence unleash in a ruthless tirade never seen before in this once peaceful country raising the tensions to their highest levels ever. The terrorists, from the Persian State, don’t see eye to eye with the royal family. Reid’s path will intersect that unknown adversary who is bent on disrupting the Azurbar way of life.
Even though Reid knew he would endure tough times, the mental trauma inside him spikes. He struggles with an Azurbaree national who threatens Reid’s safety, while his alcoholic mentor isn’t coping well with the steady rise terrorism. Reid is stationed in a facility that the terrorist continuously target—BuHasa—one of the biggest oil and gas facilities in the world.
The Smoke Eater is a thrilling novel about adventure, survival and redemption; while exploring foreign Oil and Gas industries that few people know.
Title of the book is “the character in the place (often vantage point)” i.e. The Woman in the Window
Solution: Find something more appealing to name your book. Often a word or line in the text will pop.
Bad guy sees the voyeur investigating what they saw
Solution: This is overdone. If you want to have a voyeur, don’t let the villain see the voyeur. Let the voyeur approach the villain. Maybe the voyeur is worse than the villain and blackmails him or becomes inspired by him and becomes a supervillain.
Washed up grizzled alcoholic detective who lost someone and comes out of retirement to solve the crime even though competent cops can’t