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Ack

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Running out of battery life so I’m just gonna copy/paste the message I posted to my newsletter ~~

Heya peeps. Currently in the ER and getting the side-eye from a tech for using my cell, I guess? I’m not sure if tthat’s still a no but I’ll probably find out if my battery doesn’t run out first.

At any rate, it doesn’t look like I’m getting out tonight or even later today, so the new chapter of OoUMK will be a little late. I have a word processing program on my phone, but left both my charger and my notebook at home. >.< I don't know if this message will get to you, but I hope it does. I will def type up/upload thecchapter as soon as I can. If you could do me a solid and post a mmessage on your social media portals letting people know why I'm late with an update less than three months in, I'd really appreciate it.  I'll try to post a message on my blog if the God of Battery Life is merciful. Also, I have posts queued on tu m blr so please don't be surprised when the messages automatically post to tumblr and twitter. There was some confusion about that last time I was in the hospital. 🙂 Sorry about this, peeps.

The past couple of weeks have been…

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

God, I don’t even know where to begin.

My brother had his seventh child last week. It was a high risk pregnancy and a dangerous birth, but both mother and son are fine now. My brother’s wife had to stay in the hospital for a bit so I babysat my two youngest nieces for three days and, while they are adorable, they set forth a very convincing argument against me ever ever having kids of my own. Thankfully, with the arrival of this seventh child (man, I find myself hoping this kid will have seven of his own children and that the seventh will be a boy just so I can say “Behold! The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son!”) has persuaded my mother that she has enough grandchildren. I’m officially (finally!) off the hook, even though I’m the oldest and apparently giving her grandchildren was my responsibility.

Two days later, my granddad died. It was surreal in the way it was both expected and unexpected. Expected because he was 96 or 97 (we’re not sure–he doesn’t…didn’t have a birth certificate) and was in the hospital for pneumonia. Unexpected because he’d been pretty healthy prior to that so none of us could have pictured him getting sick. He was the oldest member of my family.

Someone tried to give me a “circle of life” speech and I wasn’t hearing that shit. Was still in the “anger” stage of grief, I guess.

I went with my father and aunts to pick out a casket. I’d never been on that side of a funeral before. There was one they thought was good and also within their price-range, but when they asked for it in a darker shade of blue the lady at the funeral home said it would raise the price by two thousand dollars, because coffin manufacturers know that mourners generally want more somber colors and they price accordingly. It struck me as ghoulish.

My father and aunts agreed on the light blue coffin. They told the lady that they only had black suits for my granddad, though. She said she’d provide a navy suit free of charge. So zero points to faceless corporations, but at least five or six points for the compassion of real people.

The church service was nice. The preacher spent a lot of time reciting lyrics from five different hymns which I thought was odd, but I don’t know. It was only the third funeral I’d attended in my life, so maybe it wasn’t. The preacher actually knew my granddad, though, so I would have liked hearing more about him since he was the one giving the eulogy.

At the gravesite, they gave my father my granddad’s flag. He served in the U.S. Air Force before an official Air Force even existed. Technically he was a member of the U.S. Army’s Air Corps. How cool is that?

Then the service was over and my granddad was gone.

A lot of stuff happened afterwards, which I won’t write about here. Partly because it’s personal in the sense that you’d actually have to know me to have any sort of context. Partly because if I wrote the events as they happened down in a story, you would not be able to suspend your disbelief. So, so surreal.

But… my granddad is gone. I’m nowhere near acceptance yet. I think I’m stuck somewhere between bargaining and depression.

I didn’t intend to share as much as I just have. I guess I’m still trying to work through it.

So exhausted. I had plans, you know? Frivolous, fun plans. Was gonna post the first chapter of a new serial. Was going to buckle down and get some sequels done. I figured I’d get back to drawing. Possibly make a Captain America AMV because doing batshit fanboi things like that makes me happy. Animate something. Get to know my new nephew.

But right now I just want to sleep, which will be a trick because I have a fairly severe sleep disorder, but I’m gonna try anyway. If not, I’ll dink around tumblr since that is the ultimate distraction machine.

Next month. Next month I’ll try to pick up a few of the pieces that have scattered across the metaphorical floor.

Maybe.

Birthday!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

My Birthday came and went this week! WooHoo! To celebrate, Loose Id put “One Good Hand” & “Want Me” on sale through the 16th of January. So if you haven’t read either of those books, now might be a good time to pick them up at http://www.loose-id.com/authors/q-t/rowan-mcbride.html . 😉

Also, as a reminder, Loose Id has a “Daily Deals” page at http://www.loose-id.com/specials/daily-deals.html (a page on which I’ve spent *so* much money) and a VIP club (sign up at http://www.loose-id.com/specials/vip-club-2014.html). The VIP club gets you 10% off every book plus coupons and more, so if you shop a lot of ebooks then the membership is definitely worth it.

I think that’s it for now. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Happy New Year. 🙂

Next page

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

As many of you know, I’ve been dealing with a chronic illness that spun out of control and landed me in the hospital for a week in August. I hadn’t written any fiction for a long time before that, and when I got out of the hospital, I realized that my days of writing in glorious bursts of inspiration were probably over. Which was depressing.

But any time life knocks you down, you have to figure out how to adapt. I love writing, and I didn’t want to stop, so what do I do now?

Get to the next page. That’s my new work ethic. Pick a story and sit down every day to write with the goal of getting to the next page in the chapter, or manuscript or whatever. If I write more, great! But at least I’m always making progress.

So that’s my current philosophy. It’s slow, and can be frustrating as hell (remember that halcyon time when I would average a chapter a week, maybe more?), but I’m making progress. I’m adapting.

Just thought I’d share. 🙂

New Digs. Again.

Friday, June 28th, 2013

I got an email from Google saying that my Blogger account has been flagged for adult content. The email also said:

 Please be advised that on June 30th 2013, we will be updating our Content Policy to strictly prohibit the monetization of Adult content on Blogger. After June 30th 2013, we will be enforcing this policy and will remove blogs which are adult in nature and are displaying advertisements to adult websites.

I have no idea what their criteria will be for their purge, but I moved as much as I could from my Blogger account here to WordPress just to be safe. Since I’ve never used WP before, it’s going be rough for a while. >.<

I miss you, Fictionwise

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

I used to buy all my ebooks from Fictionwise. I loved that they offered multiple formats, and if you changed up your reading device you could just go to your Fictionwise library and download the same book in the format you needed. I also loved the fact that most of the books I wanted were DRM-free.

On a totally selfish note, my ratings on FW tended to be higher I *think* because the genres were so wide and varied that there wasn’t as big an expectation of “traditional romance” from readers. Hell, I bought my very first straight up erotic e-book from FW. It was Captain Hook/Tinkerbell and it was incredibly weird. But wonderful.

When B&N shut it down, I was heartbroken. My friends? Not so much. Apparently they hadn’t been buying there for a while.

So now I float from retailer to retailer. All Romance Ebooks is good for M/M and other romantic stories. I dislike the fact that you’re stuck with the first format you choose, though. Their Omnilit branch is one tab away and holds their “mainstream” collection, but I haven’t tried that yet. I don’t buy from Amazon if I can help it. I have a Nook, so shopping should be super convenient but I sideload most of my books through Calibre so not so much. I do tend to get a lot of graphic novels through the Nook store which worries me since I feel like the demise of the format I’m buying them in is inevitable. Sometimes I buy direct from publishers, and a lot of them have varied formats plus offer different loyalty programs. If the publisher is new or sketchy, though, I don’t like to give them my credit card info. In those cases I go to a third party retailer for sure.

Fictionwise shut down a while ago, but I started thinking about it again when a reader emailed me asking if more of my books would be uploaded to Kobo soon. This is my trade and I should have been familiar, but sadly I didn’t even know Kobo was a thing. After going to the site it was pretty easy to see that LSB and Torquere uploaded books to Kobo, but my other publishers did not, so unfortunately I had to tell her that I didn’t know whether my other books would be uploaded there. I do intend to ask about it, though, since I know how it feels when your preferred retailer doesn’t carry what you want. And, yeah, it had me really missing Fictionwise again.

So help me out. Where do you buy your e-books? Why do you like to purchase them from there?

Got a tumblr.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Because clearly what I need most in life is more distractions. 😉

http://RowanMcBride.tumblr.com/ 

(Totally not safe for work)

Winner of ERSH Mini-Drawing

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Congratulations to Shadow, who has won an 8×10 print of Spade from “One Good Year.”

Thank you to everyone who entered. It was a lot of fun.  🙂

click the pic to learn more about the story

Information Dissemination by Rowan McBride

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

You can find out stuff about me through a lot of portals. I try to tailor each portal to the type of person who might use it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that my “logic” regarding my method is shaky at best. Still, I thought it might be fun (for me, maybe not so much for you) to see if I can break it down:

twitter
Twitter is a hundred and forty characters of instant gratification. If I get good news, if I get a good review, if I’ve just posted something—it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll let the world know first on twitter. The benefit of this is that you’re more likely to get news about me as soon as it happens.

The downsides are the sheer speed twitter news can fly by, and the fact that I’m inclined to get wrapped up in conversations about zombies or super heroes or whatever manga I’m reading at the drop of a hat.

My website
This is the most stable portal. My books and buy links are listed. Links to all the other portals are listed. There’s a straightforward news page. I try to keep it as clean and professional as possible.

There’s no real downside, except that every once in a while there’s a piece of information I forget to put on the news page. It doesn’t happen often, though.

My newsletter
After twitter, if I’ve released a book or posted a new installment to a story, my newsletter is the first place I send the message. So if you’re signed up to that, you’re going to get a message whenever the new stuff is up. And while the information included in the updates there are more detailed, I try to keep everything strictly writing related.

I’m not sure if this is an up or a down side, but I don’t update the newsletter unless something specific has happened in my writing life. I also like to have the letters include an announcement to, you know, some sort of STORY, so sometimes if I have news that doesn’t I hesitate unless it’s a lot of news. Those two factors tend to keep the number of newsletters that go out per month low.

blogs
My home blog is on Blogger, accessible via http://rowanmcbride.blogspot.com/ and http://www.rowanmcbride.com/blog. It includes the updates featured in my newsletter but also carries the qualifier of “ramblings” in the title, so I often write about things that catch my attention. Blogger also lets me schedule posts in advance so sometimes I’ll have rambles set to go days or weeks in advance, which is good for me because I get to appear as if I put out (in theory) regularly spaced content, and it’s good for you because you don’t have to deal with those bursts of “blogging mania” I sometimes have and endure ten updates in less than a week.

You can also subscribe to my blog via google reader, feedburner, or RSS feed. There are probably other ways as well, but lately I’ve fallen behind on the tech. In fact, I think google owns feedburner now, so the first two options I listed might very well bottom line at the same thing at this point.

I cross-post most of my blog onto MySpace. MySpace gives me a lot of formatting trouble, though, which is why I jumped ship in the first place. As a result, many times things like Feed the Fetish don’t get posted there (or, if you’re on MySpace now—here). Also, if a scheduled blog posts on Blogger, it usually posts at around 12:01 A.M., but since I have to cut and paste to MySpace, it won’t usually hit there until late afternoon. Which isn’t a huge inconvenience, but if you’ve ever wondered about the disparity in posting times, that’s why.

Edit 6/14/2012: I no longer use the MySpace portal.

goodreads
Although I do have a goodreads account, so far I haven’t used it for much more than popping in on occasion to update my reading list and to drop a few thoughts on whatever manga I’ve just finished. I actually haven’t figured out most of the functions there yet, I’m sure.

There is a blog function there and the beautiful thing about it is that it automatically updates when I post on Blogger.

deviantArt
I very, very rarely post any information of use here. I just dink around and draw. 🙂

3-16-2012 ETA:
Tumblr
More or less a repository for my ADD. Pretty pointless if you want any writing news about me. But, you know, it’s a thing. 🙂


So… I think that’s pretty much every one of my portals. How are you doing? Still awake? Lol.

Pepero winner chosen.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The winner of the giant box of Pepero featured in my previous blog post is Bookheart, who entered the random drawing via the MySpace portal. Please drop an email with your name and snail-mail address to mcbride_rowan@yahoo.com (mcbride_rowan at yahoo dot com).

Thank you to everyone who entered my accidental contest!

Maybe we should make it a yearly thing?