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Wynn at The Authors Guild

Posted: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Wynn at The Authors GuildI am very pleased to let you know that most of my books are now listed at The Authors Guild.

The Authors Guild has been the nation’s leading advocate for writers’ interests in effective copyright protection, fair contracts and free expression since it was founded as the Authors League of America in 1912. It provides legal assistance and a broad range of web services to its members.

This is the organization that fights for fair contracts for writers. It takes on large corporations, such as Amazon and Google, to make sure an author’s copyright is honored.

10 Steps to Writing a Novel

Posted: Saturday, November 26th, 2011
  1. Plot bunnies become too treacherous to ignore.
  2. Bunnies are off’d with great alacrity (stir in fresh bunnies to make the plot thicken).
  3. Plot is almost finished (except for the most important parts).
  4. Cheeky muse vanishes (abandoned, time of peril and need).
  5. Rewrite (hate plot/publisher/agent).
  6. Rewrite (hate missing scenes).
  7. Revisit ill-fated decision not to study pre-law.
  8. Rewrite (put out hit on muse).
  9. Plot fairies visit and miraculously finish missing scenes.
  10. Solitary plot bunny spotted in yard.

Special Discount at Dreamspinner Press

Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Dreamspinner PressDreamspinner Press is running a special.

If you buy any of Wynn’s fictional titles during 2012, you can get a 15% discount. This applies to paperback and e-book novels, but you have to buy on the Dreamspinner website. At checkout, use 1500FB as a coupon code. Your special discount of 15% will be applied on the total cart.

Dreamspinner Press is the publisher of many of Wynn’s fiction titles, including the entire VAMP CAMP series. They specialize in gay romance. This is the deepest discount ever for Wynn Wagner’s VAMP CAMP series.

Laurels and Tardies

Posted: Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Wynn WagnerThis is kind of a big deal for me personally. This website. It is because the engine that does the squishy technical stuff is WordPress, one of the amazing software systems that is available on the internet. The content is stored in a MySQL database. Here’s the amazing part: WordPress and MySQL are absolutely free. WordPress is wrangled by a bunch of scripts that will make the best computer programmer go glassy eyed just before falling over in convulsions. MySQ, but the scripts usually get the job done. MySQL used to be something of a joke around computeroids, but the database developers got themselves a serious case of whoop-ass which they proceeded to pour all over Oracle and Sybase. The point is this: free software rocks. It is almost like they took a cue from… I don’t know… who? Fidonet? Opus?

It still gnaws at me. Because I spent years programming these sill silicon-based whoozits, I have a deeply held belief that I could probably do a better job. Belief? No: absolute knowledge that I could do a better job. It is the kind of corrosive knowledge that is bubbles around every time I launch somebody else’s program.

That’s one side of it. The other side is that running somebody else’s code is lazy. It is like the garden center at one local Home Depot. They actually have a tree staking kit. A what? No, really. It is a sharply packaged bag of wire and short wooden stakes, and there’s some kind of wrap to keep the wire away from the tree trunk. What’s more, they actually printed instructions for the kit. I’m surprised they didn’t include a hammer… unless the instructions tell the purchaser to go to the tool section to buy the hammer of their choice. I mean, give me a plank and some wire. I’ll break off some wood strips to use as stakes, and I’ll have the tree aligned and fastened in less time than a Gen-X Green-jeans can read the damned instruction booklet.

On the other hand, I’m retired from programming computers. I can rest on my … no, I don’t have any laurels. Where are my goddam laurels? WAIT, do laurels have thorns? I’m not putting my tush on top of any thorns for anybody. I’m retired, for Pete’s sake.