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New blueHello guys. Many of you are engaging in acts of retail during the next few days. Please consider supporting some of the artists and writers on my list behind the cut. At my household we try to buy books for gifts as much as possible. It works because we have so many readers in our family. I’ve also purchased things like handmade jewelry from friends of mine in the past as gifts. It is important to me to find ways to support the creative types in my life. Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t like I am pushing a large bankroll around. This above all reasons is why I also try to share the love and promote these works. Hey I might not have the cash, but you might. Your friends might. Beyond that, you may stumble upon some particular writer or artist or photographer that you beginto follow because the work moves you. That is my hope. Please spread the word. Please check out the links. Please make suggestions. I will do another one next week. Thanks guys.
Follow the link to my LJ post. Happy shopping.

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The StrangerTake Ron Malfi for example. He sent his friends an email this morning. Yeah, go ahead and ask this author where he gets his ideas! I got permission to share it with you. Hang with me till the end…

Hey Gang,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that my novella, “The Stranger,” was just released earlier this week from Delirium Books. It’s available only as a digital book and, as far as I’m aware at this moment, no hard copy will be published anytime soon. Here’s a quick synopsis:

“It happened outside a motel in rural Florida …A strange thing, a peculiar thing. At first, David thought it was simply a mistake—the stranger who sat behind the wheel of David’s own car in the parking lot of the roadside motel. Had the man gotten into the wrong car? Was he lost? Hurt? But when the doors are locked from the inside and a gun is set on the dashboard, David realizes this was no mistake. And that was when the insanity started…”

Basically, I came up with the idea for this story a while back while sitting in my car in the parking lot of a Jiffy Lube. There was a guy in a car next to me reading a newspaper. I watched him for a while then wondered what I would do if the guy were to…well…start eating his own hand.

Yes. This is how my mind works.

Anyway, it’s a fun story and I hope you enjoy it. It’s available for download for $3.95 exclusively at Horror-Mall: http://www.horror-mall.com/THE-STRANGER-by-Ronald-Malfi-Digital-Edition-p-20095.html

Thanks for the continued support!

Ron

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http://www.ronmalfi.com

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Counting Crows will be crooning us into this new month. October was about balance. I spent time learning how to balance my writing life with work and home. I spent time learning how to balance different aspects of my writing life with each other during the time I had to spend on it as a whole. November was about introspection. We will get to that in just a minute.

December though is about action. As you saw in my last post, I have some pretty definite goals to reach this month. They are not all I need to accomplish. I also realize that my writing time might be compressed during certain periods of the month. I’ve been planning for this. I want to get it done. I want to meet these goals. If I accomplish these, I will have done more than I planned to get to in my writing for the year. I also need to map out next month and the first half of next year.

This is where November comes back in. In a previous post I mentioned what I was contemplating last month. “November will be about introspection, gratitude, and growth. What are my goals as a writer? What have I accomplished this year? What have I failed to achieve and why? What will I work on next year? How will I get there? What should I continue to do? What should I drop?”

Let’s take these one at a time. My goals as a writer are pretty simple. I want to write quality dark fiction and get it in the hands of readers that will enjoy it. I want to learn, grow and continue as a practicing writer. I want to help others in their writing journey.

This year I’ve become a better review writer. I have promoted the works of others. I finished one story and have seen its rejection. I have mapped out several others. I have made better use of available social networking tools. I’ve made new connections, strengthened old ones, and added to what I hope will one day be my fan base. It is currently one heck of a support system/cheering squad. I built one website for another writer and created my own. I joined a small writing group and have managed to be an active participant. I have continued to beta read for a couple of people outside of the group and am improving my editing skills as I go.

So far, I haven’t finished the stories I wanted to this year. The bottom line is poor time management and lack of commitment to the practice of writing, in this case I mean words on screen/page/ whatever. I’ve been working on this during the last part of the year. Really there is nothing to it but to do it. I see my fiction page, and I lament that there isn’t more there for you, my readers and friends to go chase down. I am not diminishing my one, sold story. I am just frustrated that I haven’t sent more out this year. Maybe next year I will get to gripe about the tons of rejections I’ve gotten. I will be proud of that!

I think the previous entry and what is written above covers what my goals are for the remainder of the year, and as I am trying to set the pace for the coming year, you get a pretty good idea of my goals for the next. If you are on my LJ beta filter, then you will be getting more on this in detail. I will accomplish this by managing my time wisely, setting realistic goals, and honoring my commitment to the practive.

I will continue to work with social networks to broaden my audience and make more connections. I will also explore what I can do with my website to include the featured folks segments next year. I will continue to promote others and remain active in the crit group. I will stick with my beta reading. I will continue to run my writing community, Lobo_Luna on LJ. I will write more reviews and query zines to see if they are interested in them for publication. Most importantly, I will write. I will finish stories. I will redraft them and send them out into the world.

I am not sure what I should drop at this point. I think I’ve already taken steps to minimize the time I waste on the net. I’ve realized that the other aspects of my writing life do play an important role. I just need to be sure the stories are there too.

Ok that is my babble. What about you? What do you feel like sharing about your year? last month? this month? the next year? We can talk lessons learned, goals, or even how your Saturday night plans played out.

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