Hello Smashwords

Did you miss me?

Recently, Chris over at The Story Reading Ape shared a post about the new and improved Smashwords. The title caught my attention immediately. Smashwords? That clunky old platform where I began my e-publishing and from where I’d divorced myself about a year ago? I had to check it out. The original article was posted by Mark Williams – The International Indie Author.

Smashwords and I hooked up in 2012 but I was soon lured by Amazon’s suave demeanour and international élan. Juggling the two for myself and my coauthor as well as that whole Life thing, became too much. After ridding myself of the coauthor, a ceremonial burning of the ‘the stuff’ in the form of abandoning Smashwords and retiring the cowritten volumes followed. I never did this in real life – the distraught, teenager, tossing all her love letters into a fireplace thing – so I figured this was a good time to test its efficacy. It was alright. Ice cream and wine are better.

And so…

After reading the article, I decided last night in one of those four AM mental organizing and motivational ie: sleepless moments, that I would see if Smashwords had grown up, changed, improved and if it had, I’d give it a second chance. I might forgive that rake Amazon too, even though it was off wooing more popular gals.

To that end…

I’ve spent several hours reacquainting myself with the two and I’m happy to say that Smashwords and I have kissed and repubbed and Amazon and I have made a few changes to shake up our relationship.

I don’t often mention that I have books available. I figure if you read my Author page, you’ll see the links. However in the new and improved atmosphere at both platforms, I have dusted off three volumes that haven’t been available for a few years on Amazon and all my books have been pulled back out of the vaults at Smashwords. So here’s a big, fat, gold-edged invitation to check out my author profile at both sites, it’d make my day if you click the links below and follow, <3, like or whatever it is that one does there. If you happen to buy a book, I’d love if you’d let me know what you think.

~ kei
16 December 2015

KeiB on Smashwords and KeiB on Amazon and KeiB author page Goodreads

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The Blogger Interview Tag

A heartfelt thanks to my friend The P&TheG over at The Lightening and The Fire for nominating me for The Blogger Interview. I don’t normally do these but I’m honoured he included me in the wonderful company he did so, here goes.

Here are the rules:

* Mention the person who tagged you
* Answer the questions in full
* Don’t forget to tag up to ten other bloggers at the end

Here are the questions:

How did you get into blogging?
You wouldn’t believe the truth! It’s a Sci-Fi opus on LSD! 🙂 So, the semi-truth is, I was encouraged to start a blog here to expand my writing contacts and to promote some books among a community that was focussed on poetry and writing (unlike Facebook). I’d been writing since childhood and had a blog with a very different content focus in the CSS & HTML days, so poetry blogging was like coming home and landing on Mars all at once!

What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?
You have to write from your heart, there are like-minded people out there waiting to hear your voice. Don’t get bogged down in the cliques, critiques and craziness that is prevalent in the blog world. Write hard and true about what matters to you. Be true to your ideals in your writing and how you support others in the community. There are wonderful souls here and there are soul-sucking asshats. Ignore the asshats – picture them in their underwear on the can and having to use SpellCheck 🙂

What would be your dream campaign?
There are so many that speak to me! I’m involved in the 3D world and if I had to pick, I’d like to see Dementia / Alzheimer’s as well as the autoimmune disease M.E. (which I have) getting some research, dollar and awareness loves.

Do you have a plan for your blog
To keep on going as long as it nurtures me. There’ve been moments that I wanted to walk away but as I find a core of true friends here, it makes the staying much easier. I’m trying new things, following new people and hope to continue to inspire and be inspired.

What do you think about rankings?
I think they’re utterly meaningless and I never – for realz –  check them. I love to see that little gold “+” but I’d rather have ten people who are sincere in their opinion of me and my writing than a bunch of folks who don’t even read what I post.

I would love to nominate a few friends, old and new, that keep me smiling and inspired. Always optional guys, feel free to participate or pass:

Seeing The Whisper

Perso-In-Poesia

 You Must Suffer Me To Go My Own Dark Way

The Muscleheaded Blog

This Knitted Life

Southside of Heaven (Ádhamh, I know you can’t, had to include you!)

Orange Smoothie Knits

Siren Song

The Duel

Ever do I wait my turn, to be asked to duet, still here I yearn
So until such time you invite me to, I’ll content myself with a poetic duel…

~~~~~

Surrender my weapon?
My Good Sir, I won’t

You may think that you have me
Be assured Sir, you don’t

I am not like the others
Who are drawn to your charm

For though I find you pleasing
You have yet to disarm

You’ll find me much more elusive
Than what you’ve encountered to date

Indeed you’re a master of the parry and feint
I glisé hold my guard and you’ll have to wait

For though you’re fond of the derobement
And opponents’ broad stroke words

Your wield rapier pen with fiery desire
To master me at the point of your sword

~ kei
19 June 2015

Shivers duet duel

Aside

So-o-o…

If we’ve been blog friends, follow each other, like, comment, maybe even kibitz once in a while and then one day…

Poof!!

You start behaving like I’m the virtual version of the Black Plaque, I may just notice.

And…

If I see that this has happened to me before and that the common denominator each time a connection mysteriously implodes is a unibrowed, tub ‘o adulterous slut…

Well…

I guess I’m better off without anymore “sheeple” in my realm of existence.

Just thinking this afternoon…

~ kei
9 June 2015

Diluted

If your thought is to impress him
With words you know are not your own

I suggest a bit more practice
Than the brazen effort you’ve shown

To capture a lover’s passion with words
Is just the shape of the art

He knows the touch and timbre
Of words written from my heart

A borrowed word or turn of phrase
Won’t fool his eyes and can’t replace

You may think you’re being clever
With sleight of pen to try to sever

One cannot mimic what is not
Copying words but not the thought

So please abandon this poetic ruse
A man’s heart knows his one true muse

~ kei
1 June 2015

Inkwell Parchment Blood

Envy

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Green-Eyed Monster.”

I envy those

With the knack of prose

Words without end

Flow free from their pens

I struggle here

And sometimes I do fear

Ink I spill

Transfused from vein to quill

Has grown clear

And dry as my tears…

~ kei
16 May 2015

Poequote Soutar Ink