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The end of this blog as Animated Insights August 23, 2014

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In recent months, I’ve still been blogging but none of it here. I’ve followed the tastes of my audience, and fragmented out to multiple blogs to reach people more selectively.

If you want to continue following my writing commentary and comments similar to what I’ve done here in the past, consider coming over to Muirwords by Shannon Muir at http://www.muirwords.com. It’s the same tone and style as this blog is, but I began to find the free version of WordPress limiting for my needs and that I could do this same style with more freedom over at my own setup. So please, those of you subscribed to a feed, hopefully you can easily do the same there. A selection of posts from here may ultimately be re-blogged there, I’m still deciding. This will also be where I talk about stories I put out with publishers such as Pro Se Productions or Emby Press.

If animation has been the appeal for you, I’m not really dealing with that exclusively at this point. Your best bet is probably the new home of Shannon Muir’s Animated Insights on Tumblr at http://www.animatedinsights.com. While it aggregates all my blogs there, I also do commentary on re-blogged animation or just share animation I find compelling or nostalgic and talk about it. I may also add in the occasional new text post as necessary, but a lot more is available online now than it was when I entered the arena years ago by people who are more on the cutting edge. I thank them for stepping up and doing so.

There are also other blogs and sites I run that might interest you:

http://www.house-of-books.com: Infinite House of Books primarily consists of author interviews based on questions provided by me to book blog tours and individual authors. They’re not the same stock questions being handed out to 50 sites at once, though authors always answer the same questions.
http://www.discoverwords.com: Discoverwords.com brings excerpts and cover reveals from various authors mainly in YA, New Adult, and various genre fiction areas
http://www.willowbrooknovels.com: The latest news and information on my Willowbrook Saga independently released e-books.
http://www.spontaneouschoices.com: The latest news and information on my e-books led by women fueled by passion (though not always the best decision makers as passion sometimes blinds their logic).
http://www.flying-glory.com: FLYING GLORY AND THE HOUNDS OF GLORY is the long running web comic I’ve partnered up to co-write with Kevin Paul Shaw Broden that has been on the web since 2001.

Lastly, http://www.shannon-muir.com shows all the books and stories I’ve put out with links on how to buy each, as well as links out to all the above listed sites.

See you around the Internet, and thanks for your continued support!

All the best,
Shannon Muir

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Much New Writing on the Horizon for 2014 February 3, 2014

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One nice thing about doing LIVES REFLECTED is that it helped get me reinvigorated for producing material for 2014.

Expect items from THE WILLOWBROOK SAGA, THE HEART’S DUTY, and TRUTH REVEALED in 2014. One of the new stories for LIVES REFLECTED, combined with my exposure to researching time periods for my New Pulp debut last year with Pro Se Productions for NEWSHOUNDS, looks like it may result in an all-new title under the SPONTANEOUS CHOICES banner.

I’m also hoping more opportunities appear on the New Pulp and Genre Fiction front, as I look forward to honing the action writing that is already a must for animation into the world of prose. It’s also a fun mix of characters and situations to play with. Growth in this area, however, is currently dependent on works being accepted by outside publishers. If anything happens here, I’ll let you know as I can.

Hopefully the new year has brought writing renewal to other authors as well.

Find out about all my works at my website. Still trying to find background art I like, but the most up to date content is there.

Be patient and enjoy the writing ride for 2014. I’m looking forward to going on the adventure together!

Almost at the Finish Line… October 22, 2012

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Sounds like a phrase I should be using for NaNoWriMo, but that is next month. No, this is actually where things stand on ON THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH, the follow up to HALF TRUTH AND FULL LYE.
I am getting close to done but the situation is similar to when I was working on DOWN TO THE ROOTS (I am still at the same job but I am done at the end of October). I’ve ended up doing more work at my day job then I thought. So while the manuscript may be done it might be in need of a slight polish.

What I did for DOWN TO THE ROOTS worked all right as far as the free first draft promotion went; however due to timing doing that as a promotion will overlap my NaNoWriMo free work in progress promotion of THE PHOENIX BURNS. I will probably do a ON THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH appearing at Smashwords only for at 99 cents  with coupon event while THE PHOENIX BURNS will be the one for free, and also plan a similar sale coupon for THE PHOENIX RISES.  This way people who want to continue the TRUTH REVEALED story can but not have to pay full price while I work on the edits.
One thing I have learned this year is that it is really hard to promise release dates in advance when you self-publish and work full time when you work in an industry that isn’t of the 9 to 5 variety. I think if you have a steady “day job” it’s a bit more doable. I really need to figure out how to approach this for 2013. It might just be that I devote myself to making the next 4 Willowbrook titles (which mainly are in need of edits as the material largely comes from past NaNoWriMos) and the next book in TRUTH REVEALED all that is on my plate for 2013.

We shall see.

Managing Book Branding May 21, 2012

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Over the course of the week I launched yet another website related to my book titles called SPONTANEOUS CHOICES. I know I still need an improved logo for it; I didn’t realize the template I bought and otherwise liked required something or the template brand came in as placeholder.

The story behind this new site is that I have a new single book on tap and was thinking about how to give it more of a destination feel than just pushing it on this blog (similar to what I have for WILLOWBROOK SAGA and TRUTH REVEALED and was trying to decide what URL to purchase. Then it hit me that I didn’t really have any real place for THE PHOENIX RISES or THE HEART’S DUTY either (my other book, TOUCH THE STARS, though not officially not part of the Willowbrook Saga is deeply connected so gets pushed on that page). I wondered if there might be a way to brand selling them all on the same site. I realized what all the leads had in common is they make choices while taking risks without thinking much of the consequences, then get stuck having to face the music in some fashion. From there, the new website was born.

Today writing is more about just putting words to paper and then making them publicly available, and hoping people will come. There’s a lot of effort – and a degree of expense – in enabling people to discover what you have to offer. The trick is to figure out how to do this in both an economical and effective way. We’ll see how this “combined destination” experiment works since the books aren’t technically branded this way at the moment.