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When circumstances out of your control force you to live with someone whose mind follows no known path of human logic…


Holy shit, it’s a madhouse in here.


Ok, so I caved and finally uploaded to Smashwords. I may have been gritting my teeth, but I did it. Reason being, I can’t stand the meatgrinder (that’s their uploading program. Yes, they call it that.) and I was in a less-than-happy place in general, so it was not one of my Top 10 moments.

But I can’t argue with the benefits Smashwords has and that most (if not all) other places lack. Like making something free with the push of a button, thank you very much. You gotta love that. I’ve been trying to make The Dark Song go permafree at Amazon for days and nothing.  And Smashword coupons, they rock.

Now, without further ado and kvetching, the update:

All Things Unholy, the first novel of the Ikaros Crux series, is now available on Smashwords and also many other places (check the post below. Not Abed, although he is awesome. Two posts further. You got it.)

Oh, alright then. Here are the links if you can’t help yourself and just HAVE TO buy my book right now (I’m doing the Jedi mind control thing. Is it working?)

Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Apple, and Smashwords

THE FREEBIE: While you’re browsing, download ‘The Dark Song’, a dark-whimsical-urban-short-faerystory.
It’s free everywhere that’s NOT Amazon or Barnes & Noble, because, apparently, that’s not how they roll.
Click the above links and you should also see the freebie and be able to download it.

So, I’ve been researching ebook formats and formatting for two days, tried about, oh three ways of doing it, two of which made me say “WHAT!” repeatedly and one (I’m looking at you Scrivener-Beta for Windows) that didn’t have all the necessary bits and bobs.  I’m not mad, Scrivener, you know I love you.

After a minor burn-out when I felt all the hope of a balloon in a room full of cacti, I finally asked myself if I was going to let this one thing stop me from getting this story published so I could move the *bleep* on to writing more stuff?  So I dug in my heels and my stubborness paid off.  I found something that worked. I’ve spent the whole day today converting my manuscript in XHTML.

Wow, is it painful and slow. But strangely this XHTML coded version seems to make the most sense to me. I actually almost understand what I’m doing, which is no mean feat for someone as computer illiterate as me.

In case you’re interested, I found a very helpful tutorial from Paul Salvette. If I can follow his instructions, so can you.

That said, I would probably not use this method (at least with the skill set I have at the moment) for full length novels, because it would make me jump out of the window.


It isn’t high enough to kill me, but it would annoy me to no end because I would probably land in some nettles and then have to walk all the way around the house to get back in.

I’m annoyed enough.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that by the time my novel revision is done and I’ve typed everything up and want to turn it into an ebook, I can either afford to pay someone to do it for me, or at least have that neat conversion thing the Scrivener for Mac has (yes, I’m jealous).

I have so much admiration towards all you coders out there. You who make my favourite software and my favourite games, I salute you.